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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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

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4.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of Matthowland
4.71/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of coombuyah26
4.69/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard American pint.

At first glance, this isn't all that different than your standard APA. It's a nice amber color, but nothing overly glowing. Has a clean, white 1 finger head after the pour, but it doesn't stick around for very long. The appearance is the only thing that I find average on this beer. The smell holds little back: sweet, earthy hops right up front, but the malts get in there too. The same could be said for that first swig of it: more hops than it would lead you to believe right up front, but a really nice malty backbone that a lot of beers with this much hops seem to leave out. In fact, the balance on this one is really spot-on. The mouthfeel is a little thicker than your typical pale, with medium, foamy carbonation, but this beer is really very drinkable. I think the mouthfeel is really where it excels. Overall, this is my favorite standard pale ale. The 5.4% is hard to believe from a beer that packs this much hoppiness, but I don't think there's much that could get better about it. A staple in my fridge.

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Photo of LukeD23
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a wonderful Pale Ale. I really enjoy toasty malt flavors in pales and this one has it goin for it. Great biscuity flavor backed by a great earthy hop presence. I think this is a extremely high quality Pale Ale and would recommend it time and again.

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Photo of americancontrarian
4.66/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Mitchster
4.65/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Re-rate 6-18-06: Obviously a much different beer than prior, now that infection control is under way. The nose is wonderfully hoppy and sweet with some grain husk and substantial malt underneath it all. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth with a medium body and mild-mod. carbonation. The hops are full, green, sweet and slightly pungent, and the finish is clean and crisp and hoppy. Cleanly fermented. No off-flavors. This time around, this is a world-class APA. I could drink this all day...kinda like a timid cousin of Stone IPA in it's hop flavor. A wonderful brew, highly recommended and inifinitely drinkable.

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Photo of Jacobotsford3
4.64/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

It's a tasty pale ale. I recommend this beer for pale ale drinkerS

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Photo of gkunkle
4.61/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a orange/amber/tan color, the hues slightly remind me of the look of a marzen. The head is about 3/4 of an inch an has pretty good retention. Carbonation is visible. This is truly a visually appealing beer. Smell is of toffee, grainy malts, and citrus hops. The taste emphasizes the malts, but it still doesn't seem disproportionally flavored to me. The taste starts with a caramel sweetness them gets a mottled more toasty. A slight bitterness is imparted by the citric hops. Mouthfeel is good, feels satisfyingly thick, often other pale ales feel a little weak in this dept to me. I really enjoyed this, I'd love to get my hands on more of it to drink as an everyday sort of beer.

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Photo of brettski66
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of steinlifter
4.58/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This came in a brown bottle blue label "DPA" that I took out of a 6-pack.
the pour on this was sensational..huge thick foam rushed to the top of the glass threatening to overrun...then settled into a beautiful meringue like head that actually had stiff peaks! retained fluffy head all the way through..cloudy golden/amber hue.
smell was also impressive floral hops and whiffs of dark fruit.
big bouquet of hops hit up front on the taste..mellows to a carmel malt taste, then finishes with some dry hoppiness...
mouthfeel was a bit chewy..but only slightly so....
drinkability was very fine, I am not usually a big fan of these type beers, but this one is well crafted and might start makin me look for more like this, I wish now I had bought the whole 6-pack..damn....good stuff!

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4.57/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice balanced pale ale that hits the spot.

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Photo of HotterThanHell
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not a big hop head and that is probably why I really like this beer.

This APA has a wonderful copper color with a decent head and some long lasting lacing on my old Pete's pint glass.

The smell is of hops and that's it. Although it is not an overpowering aroma.

The taste is exceptionally balanced with the hops present throughout the drinking experience, letting some malt character through from time to time and just the right amount of bitterness on the end.

For me, this is truly an exceptional brew.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.54/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very nice pungent citrus floral smell from the hops. Its like a sweet citrus fruit and its quite an amazing smell for a Pale Ale. Definitely not your typical aroma. The taste is very smooth, rich and creamy body with a cereal, bready malt sweetness. It then ends with the fruity citrus hops at the end with just a bit of a lasting hop bitterness.

This beer is so well balanced and definitely my favorite English Pale Ale. The nice pungent citrus, fruity hop smell made me think it'd be bitter but its less bitter than all the well crafted American Pale Ale's but has all that hop flavor. The hop flavor plus the body and mouthfeel of this beer makes it a unique pale ale amongst the sea of pale ales.

Its so easy to drink and matches up so nicely with the best of the best beers out there. Great Divide is such a top notch brewery even their Pale ale is a winner. Good beer from Colorado.

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Photo of rogerepd
4.51/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmbraxton
4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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