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Denver Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Denver Pale AleDenver Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: English Pale Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Photo of Parmesan
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of bwood06
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.93/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Nordicsk8er
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of fx20736
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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

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Photo of svenness
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of nhopkins24
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.51/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Amber in color. Tight finger of head dissipated quickly. Light lacing.

Smell: Light bready malt. Light floral hops.

Taste: Bread malts and melon like fruit. Mild bitterness. Both the malts and hops are well rounded and very well balanced.

Feel: A little lighter body than I was expecting but perfect for a summer's day out in the yard. Balanced finish, Not terribly dry and not terribly sweet.

Overall: Lovely beer. Probably a little underrated as I'm slowly coming around to the idea that Great Divide is making some of the best beer in the world and is actively hiding it from me for some reason. I seriously have no idea why I don't drink Great Divide more often.

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Photo of timontheroad
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow color. Thick half inch head, nice retention but left little lacing. Aroma is lots of bready malt, with just a hint of pine. Taste is pretty bready, with a bit of hop bitterness, not much else. The mouthfeel was rather thin and unremarkable. Overall, this one wasn't too bad, but not that good either, probably won't need to try again in the future.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks interesting, a Denver Pale Ale. Great Divide is a pretty stout brewery, they turn out good products, so I rarely hesitate when trying a new (for me) beer from them. Side poured with standard aggression from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours a beautiful light copper color with a small half finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing on the glass. Light goes right through the beer, making the colors of the brew really pop. Standard GDBC bottle art and packaging, although I enjoy their style.

Smell - Very complex blend of earthy, bready malts with the fruitiness of hops. Both can be detected fairly easily on the nose, which makes for an interesting beer. Very excited to have a taste.

Taste - A pop from the fruits up front is followed by a solid punch of bready, thick malts in the middle, which again gives way to the fruity, bitter hops. This beer changes personality very quickly, and although it may not strictly adhere to the English Pale Ale style, it is very good, complex, and balanced.

Mouthfeel - Finishes with the hop, fruity bitterness after the malty punch. Smooth, easily drinkable. Good carbonation level, medium body.

Overall - This is a unique beer, to say the least. As I previously stated, it may not strictly follow the English PA style, but it is very good. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good, hot-weather option. Another good product from a good brewery.

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Photo of pat61
4.46/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brilliant gold to amber under a 2” sudsy white foam collar that produces Belgian window lace.
S: malt, earthy hops, slight fruit.
T: Starts with sweet malt and segues into a lingering hop finish – the finish is a combination of malt and hops
F: Smooth, creamy, refreshing, medium light body, medium high carbonation.
O: very drinkable, well balanced American pale Ale that starts with a burst of malt and finishes with a nice array of hop flavors

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Photo of leantom
2.36/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, this beer was bloody awful. Here goes:

A: Not looking good from the get-go. Murky, apple-cider brown. Very large solid particulates in the beer. On a side note, it does pour a massive head.

S: Like a (bad) homebrew. Smells like stale bread mixed in with some baker's yeast. Hops are average at best, and the malt is too grainy.

T: Terrible. Blandness followed by stale bread (from the yeast).

M: Extremely light and watery. Despite large head, the carbonation is nonexistent.

O: Drain-pour

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, poured into a goblet

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, deep, dark, amber/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered that top of the beer.

Aroma: Pretty strong aromas of bready, toasted malt, imparting notes of freshly baked sourdough bread or pretzels, followed by some brown sugar and caramel, a touch of black pepper and coriander, and a touch of floral, piney hops.

Taste: Nice beer! Very tasty! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by lots of caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, some black pepper and floral/grassy flavors of clover and honeysuckle, finished with a touch of piney, slightly bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty effervescent as there is a good amount of carbonation. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Good beer and tasty. Definitely worthy of the medals it has won at both the World Beer Cup (Gold in 2000) and the Great American Beer Festival (Gold in 1999 and Bronze in 2006). I’ll certainly get it again!

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Photo of PabloDerango
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

I know it's described as "English-style" on the label, but it's still surprisingly malt forward for a pale ale. Not as balanced (or to my taste) as more hop-forward pale ales.

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Photo of fps_dean
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color, with moderate lacing.

Smells of toasted, bready malts with a hint of grassy hops.

Tastes much like it smells but with a stronger hop presence. There is also some caramel malts in the flavor. Overall, very well balanced with nothing being too extreme, but the malts are stronger than many Pales, as the English style in the title suggests.

It's on the heavier side of medium in body, and carbonation is fairly heavy for a Pale Ale, but it still manages to go down fairly smoothly.

Overall, this is a fairly solid offering. While certainly not the best Pale I've ever had, it's certainly makes a great session beer and provides a nice alternative to most other Pales. I should add that it also goes well with most food.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a decent amber color with off-white head. Some caramel malt, light pine, and some floral notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with just a bit of hop resin.

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Photo of Cyrion
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Consumed five months after bottling. Poured into a shaker pint. I apologize. The sacred gilded chalice was in the dishwasher.

Appearance: Dark copper, and a bit hazy. Very little head to speak of, but little was expected.

Aroma: Malt. Very biscuity. Heavy.

Taste: More malt and tea-leaf bitterness. Hops not very forward at first taste, but they make themselves known as the beer warms. You can tell this is an American version of an English Pale.

Overall: A really nice English style beer that is thick and hearty. Low alcohol makes it easy to drink, and I will definitely seek this one out again.

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Photo of gonzo000
3.59/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper on the pour with a one finger head from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bland smell of Malt and outs. Taste was slight hops on the front, and slight malt on the back, but nothing special - good - but was hoping for more from Great Divide.

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Photo of tone77
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer #1 on a great divide sampler night. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is less malty than the smell. Hops are up front, but not overpowering. Some malts are present, as well as a bit of lemon. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but one is enough for tonight.

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Photo of dcscientist
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DPA is one of Great Divide's best sellers, and it's easy to understand why. Smooth, very drinkable, and not too high alcohol, you'll reach for this one a lot. Nothing wrong with a basic pale ale, and this one delivers.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Feb 27, 2014. Sampled on May 29, 2014.

It pours a cloudy medium amber to copper color with a lingering off-white head.

The aroma has a fine caramel malt sweetness to it with low hop bitterness. Still, it smells clean.

The body is medium.

The taste is also full of caramel and toffee malt roasted sweetness with just a hint of pear maybe and a low bitterness to finish things of. It is a nicely done Pale for certain.

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Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Label says Bottled On MAR 28 2014

A- Pours a dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Sweet, toasty malt nose with hints of hops in the back.

T- Very malty pale ale with lots of bready notes and a moderate sweetness. The hops provide just enough mild bitterness to balance things out.

M- The thin coating of malt syrup complements the restrained hop bite. Medium carbonation and a fullish body.

O- Definitely more in the vein of the English Pale because of the dominating malt presence which is fine if you're in the mood for that.

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