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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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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Photo of Tyler_Sly
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great bitter beer without being over the top bitter. The hops almost feel as if they jump around while you're drinking. There's a slightly sweet start with that aforementioned bitter finish that I personally look forward to when I go for another swig. Not sure how it is in the bottle but I'd definitely have this beer again.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a bottled on date of 2/25/14; into a tumbler.
Appearance - a dark gold with limited carbonation and a thin, foamy white head. Lacing is decent.
Smell - doughy malts and some faint citrus.
Taste - very well balanced pale with a strong malt profile and some sweet and bitter hops.
Feel - a bit light, but a flavorful ale with some balance.
Overall - a nice pale that should appease pale fans.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The Denver Pale Ale is ok...While I am writing this I am still drinking it hoping it will grow on me a bit more. The beer poured a nice Amber clear color with thin foamy white head that is leaving a spotty lace. The scent has some fresh hop to it....but very faint. The taste a decent balanced beer with slightly bitter hops paired well with caramel type malt. The mouthfeel is medium in body with good carbonation. Overall it good....but not outstanding.

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Photo of Premo88
2.87/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into nonic
(born on date: Jan. 22, 2014; drank on: Feb. 26, 2014)

L: clear brown/amber -- lots of red; weakish 1/4-inch head of off-white foam; no stick or lace but keeps a decent collar of foam

S: sour mash, sour grain ... grain and medicine

T: creamed corn; dirt; grain; sour grain

F: solid all-around

O: A+ for at least trying to brew an English pale but the brew is a D at best. if somebody put a macro-brew label on this, I might buy it. there is no malt taste at all, and what hops there are taste more like rubbing alcohol than Fuggles. too bad ... I had high hopes, but this is definitely a one-off for me.

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Photo of BeerWizard
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Got some of these in the Brewers' Picks twelver. I'm not much into pale ales at the moment but I am really enjoying this one. Bottle describes it as an English style pale, which has more of a malt-forward or at least more balanced character.

Poured into a goblet, nice medium-amber tone like honey and crystal clear. Modest head that doesn't stick around too long. Aroma is really malty, bready, and certainly hops. Light cherry, and earthy, almost like a rye lager. Flavor is sweet, very malty but finishes with a nice hop edge. Refreshing and light mouthfeel, but not sacrificing flavor in achieving this.

This beer is a great pale ale. Totally satisfying, and with the non-crazy ABV, you can have a few. However with all the malt, not sure if I'd want more than a couple. I'd get this again though, certainly welcome it in the mixed pack.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: deep and clear golden beer with a couple of fingers of off-white foam; smatterings of lace down the glass

S: mild but husky hop aromas suggesting grasses and earth

T: pale subtle malts offer up grain notes underscoring flavors of mildly bitter, washed out hops with pine and herbal elements

M: polished and slightly coating, medium-light body, slick and smooth

O: a decent ale, and not a style I'm familiar with, but a worthy try. Muted bitterness and easy drinking.

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

Fairly enjoyable. It had enough hops to let you know you’re drinking a pale ale, but doesn't smack you upside the head with it. Didn’t really wow me in any specific area, but I’d drink it again if there were few other options.

Seems like it would be best enjoyed in 6 seconds or less.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy gold color with a one figure head that leaves a fair lace on the glass
S-sweet malt with a hop backbone, and a bread smell with an English or Belgium aroma
T-bready or grain like taste, but it has a caramel malt and hop balance at first that goes to a slight hop bitterness that goes to a sweeter hop and malt finish
M-Medium body and medium carbonation
O-Enjoyed this beer, it had many things going on and balanced out great.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dull bronze body, thin white head faded quickly, light lacing.

S - Light bready malts, undercooked toast, light spice from the hops.

T - Very light bread, more like dough, earthy hops. I think I detect a slight bit of orange.

M - Low carb, medium mouthfeel. Leaves clean.

O - Easy drinking, which is what you want out of an English Pale Ale. Well balanced. Neither hops nor malt really take center stage. Happy to have tried, but I don't need to come back to this.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,342 ratings.
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