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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 04-10-2002

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Ratings: 1,386 |  Reviews: 600
Reviews by RichBeer:
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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Although its ben awhile since i have had this I do remember some of the qualitys,it is one of the first pale ales I ever had.Had a decent copper color with a small head,had a firm malt background with hoppy herbal tones the most.Quite balances for a pale ale good malty background with floral fruity hop flavor.A little filling as I reacall but a pretty good pale ale.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RoyalT
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearnce – This is a cloudy, almost muddy, orangish-brown in color with a predictably explosive head that left a beautiful, even white film on the inside of my glass. It wouldn’t go away.

Smell – The English malt is evident here. There’s a light toffee character to the nose and the hops are leafy and subdued.

Taste – The English character is in full force at the taste. This is definitely an EPA if there ever was one. The wonderful toffee is present but not overpowering. The toasted bread is light. The hops are very bitter and refreshing.

Mouthfeel – This is a big medium-bodied and very slick in between the cheeks. The carbs are mild and just right.

Drinkability – If you are a fan of the style you will love this effort. This is a terrific drinker, well-balaned yet bold, with an incredibly smooth character.

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

Appearance: Great lacing! Great Head! Bright copper color. Very nice.

Aroma: Sweet and subtle orange hop aroma. Hints of Amarillo, touch of pine.

Taste: Very smooth malt background with a pretty large hopped front and back. Not overpowering in anyway but very apparent. Nice citrus fruits throughout. Grainy finish. Solid.

Mouthfeel: Starts bitter sweet finishes dry. Very nice.

Drinkability: Quite good.

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Photo of Turbo
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of t2grogan
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nohead02
2.55/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I opened three bottles of this. Two of them were like a home brew gone amock. Got an inch and a half of beer and the rest of the glass filled with foam. Not surprisingly, those bottles were dominated by a yeast flavor. The bottle without the yeast problem wa certainly distinctive but not much my style. It was more a British style pale ale than American. Had a toasty flavor and decent aroma. I'll try again and see what kind of luck I have with this stuff. So far, though, I don't think this is going to the top of my Favorites list.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard amber color. There's a small amount of lace. I don't get much of a smell from this one. The taste is rather odd (almost vegetal, but maybe that's just me...), with some grapefruit as well.

Overall, not the greatest pale (although who knows, I could grow to like it as I work my way through the sixer I have). I expected more from the brewers of the great Titan IPA and Hercules Double IPA.
Update: I've now finished the sixer, and nope, I don't like this beer. I'm downgrading the taste to 3. It's not necessarily a bad beer, I just prefer my brews vegetables without. ;-)

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my brother Brian for bringing this back from his recent trip to Colorado..fresh from the source! The Denver Pale Ale pours from the bottle a deep amber/red color with a healthy creamy bone white head atop the brew. Quite a dark pale ale here. Aromas of toasty, biscuity malts mixed with a spicy, citric herbal hop presence. A bit of caramel as well. Nice stuff.

First sip brings a nice toasty, biscuity maltiness upfront. A touch of bready caramel mixes in with a somewhat spicy, earthy citric hoppiness. It goes down nice and clean with a mellow bitterness to clean off the palate. Overall it's a nice pale ale with a bit more of a darker, toasty malt background than most.

Mouthfeel is smooth, medium bodied with a nice carbonation that adds a bit of a creamy texture to the brew. This would be a nice session brew, although I think I'd probably opt for the IPA personally. A tasty pale ale that's good to drink, enough said.

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Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks good. A bit darker than your average pale ale. Great big billowy white head, much like the last G.D. beer I had.

A lot of cascade hops in the nose, but not super-strong. Smells hoppy in that restrained sort of way that pale ales have.

Pretty tasty. Maybe a faint touch of smokiness? The hops are restrained in the taste as well. Decent.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Bitterness on the finish without any real hop-blast.

I was pretty pleased with this beer. It deserves better than the (relatively) lower scores it has gotten so far.

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Photo of SmellTheGluv
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange with a monstrous fluffy off-white head that retains well and shows some lacing.

Its aroma is biscuity caramel malt and grassy floral hops with some citrus and pepper.

The flavor is sweet (almost candy-like) caramel malts, with some biscuit and a mild bitter finish. The bitterness in the aftertaste and finish comes out a little more as it warms. A little on the thin side.

Overall, a little too sweet for me, although it got better as it warmed. Not much of the classic English PA hoppiness.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a bottled on date and a nice description but no ABV.

Appearance: The body has a slight haze and a faded orange gold color. There is a lot of tight fine carbonation supporting a tall off white head. The head is thick, creamy and long lasting. It also makes lots of cool lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose there is a mix of modest pale bready malt with some balanced hops. The hops are some what lemony, floral and leafy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a good base maltiness with a solid bready and pale grain with a light fruity back note. This hooks up with the hops and brings nice floral and mild lemon like citrus notes with a little herbal/leafy character as well. The hop bitterness takes over in the finish and lingers nicely and begs for some nice salty pretzels. LOL

Notes: This is a solid English Pale Ale with a touch of American boldness and flare.

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Photo of bellce0
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of iemailjack
3/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of petewheeler
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Presentation: 12 oz brown with the "month and week bottled" notch on the side for freshness.

Appearance: Bight and copper toned, decent off-white lace appears on top.

Smell: Sweet and delicate flowery hop aroma, some fruitiness from the malt also.

Taste: Very smooth with a sweet hop oil flavour riding on top of the malt backbone. Light pungent American hop bitterness flexes a bit, mild fruitiness balances. Finish dries perfectly with a grain and hop mesh.

Notes: True characteristics of an American Pale Ale. Distinct hop profile with a straight forward malt palate.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be careful with the pour! Enormous, rocky, offwhite head fills he glass before the bottle is half empty. Considerable patchy lace all over the glass, after the head settles down.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine, with citrus dominating the pine. A hint of pale malt is noted.

Mouthfeel has a mild, pine hops bite, and the carbonation is medium, in spite of the overcarbonated appearance of the pour.

Grapefruit and pine are the dominant flavors, echoing the nose. Hops last the distance but never get rough or rowdy. Pale and caramel malt emerge as it warms, and lend a good, drinkable smoothness.

A nice American Pale Ale, with good drinkability, but nothing to set it apart from the crowded field.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, with "month and week bottled" info notched onto the label. Pours fairly dull, typical almond amber. Clear. Creamy tan head, showing decent retention and then leaves ample spotty lacing. Dull malty nose. This one is Brit style all the way, malt/hop, sweet/bitter balance, sessionable, easy drinker. Pleasant and nicely crafted offering.

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Photo of henryclay_
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, dark-gold, medium carbonation

Smell: caramel and malt

Taste: caramel and malt to start followed by a hoppy, grassy, tobacco, and tea finish

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a slightly bitter finish, smooth, medium body, medium carbonation that is felt, dry, and crisp

Drinkability: I could have two or three. This is slightly above average for the style. I love the taste of tea that I get. I could see myself wanting this inearly spring or late fall.

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Photo of badmoon
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Served in a tulip from a bottle.

A: Reddish orange hue. Decent finger's worth of head. Disappears quickly leaving a slight bit of lacing.

S: Sweet. I'm picking up some citrus, and spice. I'm also detecting some grassy notes.

T: Mellow hop flavors. I'm getting some bread-like flavors and good malt texture. Stays on the palette nicely.

M: Interesting body. Low carbonation. I would categorized this as chewy. It wasn't what I was expecting.

D: I love it! This could be a session beer for me. Not hard to get into this one.

Overall: Excellent beer. I was not expecting it to distinguish itself like it did. I will be purchasing this again!

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 1,386 ratings