Denver Pale Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale
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Style:
English Pale Ale
Ranked #23
ABV:
5.4%
Score:
84
Ranked #34,486
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 11.8%
Reviews:
604
Ratings:
1,401
From:
Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
84
Good
Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale
Notes: This American pale ale opens with big citrus and pine notes, then smooths out with a faint toasted malt character and dry, slightly bitter finish. Denver Pale Ale is your go-to beer from city to trail and back again, no matter what the time or season.
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Peach63 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours pale yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, which dissipates. Moderate lacing to the end. Hazy.

Aroma of strong pine, grapefruit zest, floral.

Taste is grapefruit zest, pine, slight grass.

Medium bodied, lively carbonation. dry finish.

A great IPA, excellent bitterness.

Apr 19, 2020
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tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Sitting at the Denver airport on a two-hour delay, on tap poured into a chalice glass.

L- Pours a clear, golden color with a finger of white foam that dissipates and leaves a generous lacing throughout.

S- Faint, but toasted malty, bready notes, some orange/citrus, light floral hops, and honey stand out

T- Similar to the nose. Citrus, malt, honey, cereal grain

F- Light to medium bodied, smooth, slightly dry finish, very drinkable

O- Good, but nothing really stands out here. Slightly citrus and watery, much less hoppy than other pale ales which at least makes it very drinkable.

Sep 05, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little more malt in this pale ale than I'm use to but that's not a bad thing. It's got some fruit up front followed by some pine and then malt. It does a have a bitter finish.

Jul 19, 2019
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

LOOK: Pours less than clear light pale straw yellow with a frothy all white head. Shows excellent side glass lace and has good retention.
AROMA: These are light to moderate. Some lightly punchent citrus, orange peel and floral hops. Mild biscuit, breads.
TASTE: Tart and drying hops of citrus and pine nuts with a drying finish.
Tartness on this one is rather strong and continues into after taste.
All and all a worth Pale Ale.

May 22, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned March 15th 2019.

It pours a clear pale gold with a long lasting head of foam, lacing is quite good.

Toasted malt and citrus hops in the smell. Little bit of sweetness going on.

Toasted malt, some sweet notes, half citrus half pine hoppiness flavours, pretty well balanced but more importantly, tasty.

Mouthfeel is fine.

Old school APA and I am enjoying it. What's a bit surprising is that I've not reviewed it before despite it not being available locally until now.

Apr 25, 2019
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RyanK252 from California

3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can poured into a Mountain Rambler Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours golden straw with a frothy off white head that settles to a firm layer and laces nicely.

S: Floral, light citrus, herbal and earthy notes, faintly fruity, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

T: Floral, citrus, lemon, mild herbal and earthy notes, faint fruit, peach and apricot, crackery malt, and a touch of sweetness.

M: Light to medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty enjoyable and super drinkable English pale ale.

Dec 20, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 7/20/12: Pours pale amber producing a 1.5 inch lasting, off-white, frothy head that leaves nice sticky lace. Aroma is malty sweet, pound cake, caramel and honey hints; faint citrus and grassy hops. Taste is biscuit, light toast and sweet malt; nice floral, earthy and mild citrus hop balance and bitterness. Finishes dry. Produces a lingering, bitter aftertaste. Overall it is smooth and rich. Nice body and carbonation.

Dec 13, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks clear copper with a small white head. Decent retention. Spotty lacing.
Smells like iced green tea with honey and lemon, grapefruit zest, and mineral water.
Tastes like lemon sparkling water, grapefruit zest, tart apple skin, honey, iced tea, toasted biscuit, and a hint of pine-scented soap. Clean and crisp, lightly dry with a brief touch of bitterness.
Feels a bit light, but not watery. Well carbonated. Goes down clean and easy.
A real nice APA. Refreshing and sessionable.

Nov 17, 2018
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste: Tart, wheat, big spiced, hoppy piney citrus herbal, notes. Same with nose. Pale Gold, semi clear with a sticky ring of foam on taster .Medium body.

Sep 27, 2017
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Beginner2 from Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I am not the first reviewer to suggest that Denver Pale has more APA characteristics than EPA.
While the confusion could have been made because of its Looks and balanced Smells, its toasty malt quickly gets obscured by citrus and pine hops on the Tongue. While its body is thin, it is gently creamy... or at least not too many bubbles.

This is a nice sessionable APA consistent with the style.

Sep 19, 2017
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strohme2 from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned May 18, 2017 so it's a little older than I usually get. Right on the cutting off point for me.
Pours a dull golden with peach flesh highlights. Small head. Slight citrus, lemon peel and grains on the nose. Muted citrus, lemon and orange, and malty graininess. Great mouthfeel, good drinkability. It's a solid pale choice.

Sep 03, 2017
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

6/30...pours dirty blonde with active bubbles, and a foam filled white head. Citrus forward nose. Subtle pine. Mellow lemon flavored malt. Citrus bitter sustained. Nice mountain beer.

Sep 02, 2017
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a golden yellow color with a massive head that fades down to a decent cap that leaves good lacing

S: Some earthy, citrusy, and piney hops up front along with some toasted maltiness and a light sweetness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the earthy and citrusy hops and goes into the toasted and bready maltiness. Moderately bitter with a balancing sweetness from the malt. Finishes with lingering light bitterness

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth

O: A solid pale ale with a good balance between hop bitterness and malt sweetness. Very easy to drink. Check it out if you're into hoppier pales

Aug 04, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy light-gold in color with a tall white head. This brew has citrus aromatics, a fresh aroma, and some underlying grain and grass. The taste is dryish with lots of hop presence. The citrus notes continue, along with some peppery character. Full in body and a clean refreshing finish.

May 29, 2017
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at a local bar and grille. Pours a hazy straw color, good lacing. Smell and taste of grapefruit, hops, tropical fruit. Light to medium mouthfeel, very refreshing, good. PS I just ran a race and this hits the spot.

Feb 12, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

L: Slightly Hazy straw gold color with a creamy white head and rings of thick lacing around the glass.

S: Sweet cereal, slight note of citrus fruit and tropical fruit, but very light hop aroma for a pale ale.

T: Strong hop bitterness, with little hop flavor. cereal grain and malt.

F: Medium body and high carbonation.

O: A pretty bland pale ale compared to some of them.

Sep 23, 2016
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bwood06 from Wisconsin

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was on tap at a local barbecue place that my buddy and I hit up in Denver recently. It sounded interesting, without the normal "IPA "or just simply "Pale Ale" tags in the name. Mad me curious as to what it was all about. This beer features a white, frothy, thick head that that dissipates rather slowly to a rocky layer that is retained for quite some time. The beer itself is clear and a light golden amber color with moderate carbonation easily visible. 4/5 The aroma is very much on the hoppy side of things with notes of grapefruit, citrus peel, and tangerine really coming out. These notes also come across quite sweet as well but as noticeable hoppy. There is a bit of fresh white bread that makes an appearance but this is mainly as an undertone. 3.75/5 The flavor is led off with a light grainy sweetness and unsweetened cereal. There is possibly an undertone of caramel, but it is not much of one. The hops really come out at this point in time with grapefruit, tangerine, and orange peel coming out very strongly while also providing a fruity sweetness. The bitterness is moderate and lingers for quite some time after swallowing. 4/5 The mouthfeel is fairly light and crisp with light dryness but no lingering dryness (surprisingly). There is a light carbonation burn up front but this quickly disappears. 3.75/5 This is really an enjoyable beer, albeit not one that completely wows me. Very well executed and layered with varying aromas and flavors. It is interesting that a pale ale named after a city which helped start the pale ale craze in the US with pine forward hops, uses tropical and citrus flavored hops for its beer. 4/5

Sep 18, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow appearance, darker variety, thin white head, 1/6", lots of sediment going on here. Aroma was weak, woody, lacking hops.

Taste had the bitterness but lacked flavors of hops, crystal60 malt. Gritty. This seems like it came off the very bottom of a keg where that shit settles.

One of my least favorite beers from a brewery I really like.

Mar 21, 2016
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Nordicsk8er from Massachusetts

3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

So many pale ales out there. So little time.

The Masterpiece Deli in LoHi in Denver was out of some others I wanted to try first, so I chose this one.

Poured into a plastic cup from the bottle it produces a slight head with good retention and a light caramel aroma.

Caramel malt predominated the flavor profile with a hint of a spice I couldn't name. A citrusy hop presence was more pronounced than many other English-style pales I've tried.

I had this with a cup of miso soup and their homemade chicken salad sandwich. It was a fine accompaniment with plenty of flavor that didn't overpower the food. I could see this complimenting many other dishes.

Mar 14, 2016
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jngrizzaffi from Texas

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy amber color with a finger width foamy head. Head retention is mild. Lacing is decent. Aroma of pale malts, slight citrus and floral hops. Nothing to write home about. Pale malty taste with very mild butterscotch and mild bitter hop at the end. Light bodied with mild to moderate carbonation. Not bad, but need to try a bottle that is a little fresher.

Feb 24, 2016
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden straw color with several fingers of soapy, white, and rocky head. Excellent retention on the side, leaving at least half a finger throughout session. Fat globs of lacing are left behind. Aroma is of crusty bread and floral hops. Taste is sweet malt, floral and earthy hops. Low bitterness. Feel is medium thin, buttery.

Feb 20, 2016
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fx20736 from New York

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack from Beers of the World, Jan. 2016. Served in a Duvel tulip at fridge temp.

Look: cloudy peach, thin white head

Smell: mild orchard fruit, maybe some diacetyl

Taste: butterscotch, earthy bitterness

Feel: medium carbonation

Overall: spot on for style, a style I no longer am crazy about

Feb 09, 2016
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svenness from Arizona

3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled Oct 28 2015

L: Brilliant, copper, fast rising bubbles, long lasting thick white head
S: Bread, light floral and herbal hops
T: Caramel malts, some sweetness, hops in the background, a little metallic/pennies
F: Medium bodied, moderate palate carbonation, light bitterness
O: Malt-forward pale ale with nice mouthfeel

Dec 18, 2015
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Franziskaner from Missouri

3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper color with a heavy amount of sediment throughout the body and a fingernail of beige on top. I'm not sure how I feel about the sediment in a pale ale. Heavy lacing. Aroma is of pale malt and faint bittering hops. There's plenty of pale malt and a gentle piney hop flavor in the back of the palate. The mouth is a bit sticky and syrupy for the style.

Nov 07, 2015
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nhopkins24 from Ohio

3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber color tone with a little head from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Taste was decent, a balanced beer with slightly bitter hops. Feel is medium in body with good carbonation. Not a bad beer, but not going to rave about it.

Aug 07, 2015
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