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Fresh Hop Pale Ale - Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

1,242 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,242
Reviews: 657
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 9.78%
Wants: 113
Gots: 39 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 10-07-2005)
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Fcolle2

Illinois

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear amber in color with a one finger off white head that retains nicely

Smell has some good hop aromas. Big grassy herbal aromas forward with some citrus near the end. There is some light pine aromas near the end along with a mildly sweet caramel malt aroma.

Taste follows the nose with more good fresh hop flavors forward. More herbal and grassy hop flavors followed by a very mild piney hop bitterness. Malt is very subtle and has a very mild sweetness near the end.

Mouthfeel is great lots of hopy oils and a medium body gives this a moderate sticky thickness. Carbonation is mild and gives it a soft feel.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2013 04:55:19 | More by Fcolle2
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Tumble

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +16.1%

11-03-2012 20:44:04 | More by Tumble
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Atron67

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a surprizingly dark copper color with a huge white head that fell slowly but gave huge lacing all over the inside of the glass. crystal clear body.

S- heavy citrus and grassy notes all over the place. great heavy hoppy charachter all over the place. light malty charachter. a little citrus character is there as well.

t- lightly malty at the start, then the hops settle in. the hops are strong but not as strong as i expected from teh start. theres a strong bitterness that slowly settles in slowly but the wet hop citrus character is very strong and i liked that alot.

M- full body with a strong carbonation with a lingering stickyness to the tongue

D- pretty good, really liked it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 23:25:21 | More by Atron67
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saintwarrick

South Carolina

4.45/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy gold with a big fluffy head that never leaves. Big-time aroma with fresh grapefruit and pine needles. Taste is dry and sweet, nice malty balance in this brew. Nice citrusy, hoppy kick, but not overwhelming. Goes down very smooth with some hop-oil aftertaste.

Not quite as good as Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale, but still a tasty beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 06:50:30 | More by saintwarrick
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber for $8.49 - $2 (on sale) = $6.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY.

Dense amber brew, big eggshell head settles to a thick film and leaves awesome lacing. Lacing is interesting and very dynamic as the glass goes down- first sticky thin webs, then a thick even coat, then large sticky chunks. Smell is thick body of light malts, robust citrus rind, a bit of pine and grass, sticky sweet, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Taste is sweet orange rind, thin malt background, bit of semi-burnt caramel, bitter grass. Mouthfeel is crisp, very soft carbonation, body not as thick as it smells. Easy drinking. A little EtOH burn in the finish, but not offensive.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2010 21:43:24 | More by BeerNinja007
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Moses_Malone

District of Columbia

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-06-2013 04:16:07 | More by Moses_Malone
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jadler16

Indiana

4/5  rDev -2.2%

05-02-2014 15:18:02 | More by jadler16
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Skye1024

Indiana

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

11-21-2011 04:04:40 | More by Skye1024
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mweso2000

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-20-2011 12:21:35 | More by mweso2000
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CHILLINDYLAN

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright copper. Big chunky tanned head. Frothy chunks of lace.

Grapefruit, grass, and pine. Toasty bready malt behind.

Piney, grassy, and herbal with a big splash of grapefruit. A bit of toasty bready malt to balance it slightly. A pleasant, non-overpowering herbal bitterness.

Somewhat sticky and dry. med body, good carbonation for style.

Very drinkable. Fresh, hoppy, and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2010 21:45:41 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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csiewert

Oregon

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch brewed Oct. 21 2011...

A - clear copper color with a thick off white head that retains very well and laces beautifully

S - amazing fresh grassy and earthy hops with a touch of biscuity malt

T - starts with breast malt and slight caramel, finishes with earthy and spicy hops that finish clean... slight bitter bite at the end

M - nice and clean... Nothing too harsh or cloying, but could use just a touch more body

O - another great example of a fresh hopped ale by great divide... Always a pleasure to drink

Serving type: on-tap

11-11-2011 00:45:41 | More by csiewert
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jmccullough108

Missouri

4/5  rDev -2.2%

11-15-2013 22:53:14 | More by jmccullough108
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mhenson42

Texas

5/5  rDev +22.2%

12-03-2011 02:45:45 | More by mhenson42
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capuchinpilates

Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.2%

09-01-2013 14:55:21 | More by capuchinpilates
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assurbanipaul

Texas

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy head. Aroma is bright, juicy hops with lots of grapefruit.

Taste is dry, biscuity, toasty malt with lots of citrusy hops. Juicy, squishy hops, grapefruit, lemon, fresh citrus. Quite dry, the hops taste farm-fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, clean. Good balance keeps this from being too harsh, easy to drink. I could have a few.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2006 04:32:00 | More by assurbanipaul
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EStreet20

New Jersey

4.63/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22 ounce bomber, 20 ounce nonic.

A - Hazy golden amber with a tiny tint of red with a one and a half finger, nearly white head. Head has nice staying power. Little lace rings pop up sporadically on the glass.

S - Beautiful citrusy hops on the aroma. Nice fresh cut lawn smell nehind there. I love the smell of these harvest ales.

T - A nice hoppy punch for your taste buds but not overpowering. Great citrusy hop taste along with some pine. However, this beer is also surprisingly well balanced and has a clean taste. Very well put together.

M - A great medium bodied feel that is perfect for the amount of hop punch this brew has along with all the delicately balanced flavor.

D - Excellent. This brew goes down like a pale ale of much smaller proportions. The hops do not overpower and really just provide an all around great beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 04:56:43 | More by EStreet20
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Atlas1

Texas

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 00:57:35 | More by Atlas1
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mrchrisray

New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

11-07-2013 04:08:47 | More by mrchrisray
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dt_gbpackersfan

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +10%

11-13-2013 19:40:30 | More by dt_gbpackersfan
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alienlifeforcecube

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

10-19-2013 02:33:38 | More by alienlifeforcecube
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photomike

California

5/5  rDev +22.2%

12-14-2011 18:49:33 | More by photomike
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.95/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/08/12
Opened 10/17/12

P:  Pours a crystal clear pale copper with effervescence and a crown of bone colored bubbly head. Lacing is wet but hangs well. 

S:  Super fresh grassy, citrus cones, hickory wood chips, subtle caramel malt base with a faint aroma of milk that has been spilt in the refrigerator (not soured).

T/M:  Clean juicy citrus hops, lemon zest, timid citrus dish soap, melon, grapefruit, fresh, peaches, pine needles, treated wood, fresh grass clippings and cereal grain.  The body is medium and creamy with zesty carbonation. The aftertaste once first swallowed is similar to cream soda. Finish is smooth and semi dry lingering orange oil and grapefruit. 

O:  I was so excited when I grabbed this off the shelf. 9 days old, super fresh. Alas, I was kinda let down. Don't get me wrong it's a great beer but I expected much more. The aroma has something odd that is dairy like and wrong. Not to the point of ruin but still wrong. The hops are really fresh and the overall flavors are well balanced. Expectations aside this is a great pale ale. 

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 02:38:40 | More by Hopswagger
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WoodburyMN

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +10%

08-27-2012 20:22:59 | More by WoodburyMN
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ultralarry2006

Illinois

3.63/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle. Leaves one finger of a tan rocky head that has very good retention, and it leaves sheets of very good lacing. Body is orange amber.

Smell - subtle aroma of grassy, herbal hops and some toasty malt biscuits. Slight scent of pine resin and citrus.

Taste - much like the smell. A subtle flood of herbal, grassy hops with a soft backbone of toasty malt biscuits. Some pine resin on the finish, as well as a metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, and semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is a good ale, but it is rather subdued, and so I don't find it to be sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 16:55:49 | More by ultralarry2006
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sunofneurot

New York

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

11-03-2013 20:43:21 | More by sunofneurot
Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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