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Denver Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#27,961
Reviews:
597
Ratings:
1,371
pDev:
12.13%
Bros Score:
4
 
 
Wants:
36
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Ratings: 1,371 |  Reviews: 597
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of Very citrussy grapefruit, floral, piney, with carmel and malts. Juicy hop and fruity, with bitter aftertaste. Certainly not a lot of malting, more IPA and can pass as one. light golden yellow with a bit of froth. Understated carbonation. A good one.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: 2.5 finger head with lots of thick lace and good retention. clear amber with golden hues.

S: Nice hops and grapefruit. A little surprising for an english pale ale.

T: Nice oak flavoring with nice hop and malt character which transitions to floral notes and more oak in the finish.

M: medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: A nice example of an english pale ale in the taste. A little off in the aroma. A very good beer.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the Great Divide Tap Room in Denver, CO.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that fades to an oily film. Random spots of lace dot the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt and citrus zest along with an off-putting herbal and skunk aroma. Taste is of malt and citrus zest/pine hops with a very herbal quality. Mild hop bitterness on the palate fades quickly. This beer has good carbonation with a crisp and clean feel. Overall, this is alright but I wouldn't get it again most likely.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

decent english style pale ale. pours a darker yellow color with a medium head. smells very english, tons and tons of malts, like a dense loaf of fresh bread. some more hops in the flavor, but only in there at the end. feels pretty good too in the mouth. lots of body here, and enough carbonation. easy drinking but not particularly thrilling. overall good beer in the great divide lineup

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Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer is so damn drinkable it's scary. I bought a Great Divide mixed 12 and it was one of the best mix packs I have bought. This one was so crisp, clean, and refreshing. One of my favorite styles and this one lived up to it very well. I will be unting for this guy in the future.

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Photo of t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of large rings of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of earthy hops in the nose along with some faint hints of citrus.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of earthy hops along with notes of bready and buttery malts. A light amount of bitterness is present in the finish.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and very well balanced. It's a nice change of pace having this compared to American Pale Ales.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A terrifically drinkable pale ale. Simple and true to style. Nice esters and malty sweetness to the nose. No yeast, not grain, just clean aromas. Look is traditionally an APA: golden and well carbonated. Flavors are totally of barley malt. Not too heavy, or trying to pick up too much fruitiness. Not too weak. Warm fermenting hopping brings out nice esters in flavor, bitterness, spiciness and slight hints of caramel and toast. Body falls a bit short, but has fair creaminess. Aftertaste is mildly malty and bitter. Very appropriate to style.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz single bottle, a participant in the awesome local practice of mixed sixed-packs.

This beer pours a crystal-clear, pale golden amber hue, with two fingers of lazily puffy, tightly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some decent spectral clouded lace around the glass as things duly drop away.

It smells of grainy, bready, and somewhat pastry-like caramel malt, a bit of sweet biscuit, and earthy, floral, and light citrus-tinged hops. The taste is biscuity, grainy pale and caramel malts, a bit of gritty straw, some faint lemon and lime citrus twinges, and earthy, leafy, and weedy hops.

The carbonation is fairly understated and pleasantly subtle, the body a near medium weight, and mostly smooth, the edgy biscuit and hops notes taking a wee poke at this stage. It finishes rather dry, the same biscuity graininess and hop notes from the mouthfeel slip-sliding and tap-dancing gaily through the end.

A pretty slavish ode to the headier of the English pale ales out here, even delving slightly into ESB territory. Denver can be proud to call this their own session ale, even if the style and ABV hardly qualify it as such.

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3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, honey color with a nice white head and guite a few shards of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a very grainy hop aroma

Taste: Starts out biscuity, but the grainy bitterness supercedes the sweet malt by mid-palate and continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The grainy element of the beer doesn't really do it for me; I just think it is very rough

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Photo of zeff80
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 12oz bottle pour out an orange/amber color with a two finger head. It did leave a little lacing.

S - The main two aromas were hops and grasses. There was a yeasty/alcohol smell, too.

T - It was dominated by a malt flavor, but there was a nice hop balance to it. A slight bitter aftertaste.

M - It was fairly soft on the palate and it was light-bodied.

D- I enjoyed it and would like to have more than just the one that I purchased.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LXIXME
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of superspak
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Pours crystal clear light orange amber color with a 2 finger off white head with very good retention that reduces to a lacing cap that lasts for the entire glass. Some ok glass lacing. Aromas of citrus, floral, spices, and caramel. Aromas are a bit weak, but still pretty good. Taste of caramel, spices, bread, and some citrus. There is a fairly large amount of bitterness that comes at the finish, and it linger for a while with spiciness and citrus flavors. No alcohol noticed at all. Medium body and fairly high carbonation, the carbonation seems to detract some of the flavor, but is not too bad. Some good balance of the hops and malts. Very refreshing beer with a nice bitter bite. Overall a very solid pale ale.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great Divide's dlagship Denver Pale Ale strattles the fence between an English-style and American pale ale. The brewery promotes it as English-style, and to their credit it certainly wins enough medals when entered into competition as such. But Michael Jackson has called it an American-style pale ale, as have many others. It's amber colored body is a touch darker than what we might normally think of as American (although it certainly fits within the guidelines), but color alone does not make it English. The nose, however, does. The hops are decidedly floral and grassy, over some yeasty fruitiness and a lightly sweet malt base. It's medium-bodied with a standard carbonation (right @ 2.5 volumes CO2), and it's a bit airy and smooth across the palate. In the flavor, however, some more hop flavor is present than might be expected in an English version. Still, it's nicely malty with a wash of crystal malt character; and some delicate yeasty fruitiness rounds it out. But does it have the depth of malt character to make it truly English? That could be argued, but it's also fairly clean and straightforward like and American pale ale. But regardless of its designation, it's quite nicely balanced with malt, hop and yeast all present but distinct, and anchored by a solid but far from obtrusive bitterness. It finishes dry with some quickly fading malt and hop flavor, followed by some mold, lingering bitterness. Very well done!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear copper in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a couple of small patches that are slightly thicker and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit malts with some caramel sweetness and citrus hops. There is also just a hint of some nuttiness.

T: The beer starts with a combination of biscuit malts and some caramel malt sweetness. That is combined with a little bit of floral hops and lots of citrus hops. Light amounts of bitterness that linger.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slight hints of dryness in the finish.

O: This beer is enjoyable but not the easiest to drink - there is something a little different about the flavor and mouthfeel (especially for the style) that was not really to my preference.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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