Denver Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,352 Ratings
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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Photo of Brenden
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bright golden-amber with a coppery hue. The head is dense and rocky; not huge but very compact, leaving sticky patches of lacing here and there.
The smell is a simple, nioely balanced mix of sweet malts and clean hops. there's a very subtle toasted biscuit as well as a very light flowery citrus.
The nice balance of malt and hops flavors make the backbone of this one. Very gentle toastiness and citrus notes add to a light herbal note underneath. Pure and simple, the key to this is the clean flavor and balance.
The body is medium with a smooth and crisp mouthfeel. The finish is dry and lingers pretty nicely. Carbonation is on the light side of moderate.
This is a nice brew, clean and balanced.

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Photo of greg202stewart
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first beer I have tried from Great Divide. The color is a dark pale orange with a decent head. It has a rich hoppy smell, but the taste is more subtle with a light copperish hop flavor and there is only a mild bitterness. This is certainly an easy drinking beer and one of the better pale ales I've tasted.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light copper orange color. Poured a 2 finger puffy off-white head that dissipated to a hafl finger cap theat held. Laded in sheets. Decanted continually.

S: A refreshing blend of citrus, grassy hay and lightly toasted bread.

T: Malt more prominent; buttered toast and slightly sweet bread. Pine, citrus and grassy hops. Sharply bitter finish.

M: Medium body. AMple carbonation. Crips and somewhat dry.

D: Very drinkable pale ale with good flavor and balance.

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Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours golden amber with a thick frothy head that leaves broken sheets of lacing down the glass.

The smell is floral and fruity/citric with tea-like spiciness and grainy malt in the back.

The taste is of hop spicing - herbal, tea-like, hint of lemon, followed by grainy, slightly caramelish malt sweetness, then back to an herbal/floral (slight hint of lemon?) dry finish.

It is on the lighter side of medium-bodied (or fuller side of light - on border there).

It is nicely balanced in an "American" way. It says on the bottle "English-style", and it is in the way of the tea-like spicing, but more of an American Pale with a nod words the traditional English. Anyway, it is a flavorful, balanced brew.

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Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a nice peach-orange color with moderate white head. Laces ok.

S- A nice blend of citrus, grass, and toasted bread. Some sweet caramel there too. Not too strong, but pleasant.

T- Strong malty backbone--buttery, toasty, and slightly sweet. Nice blend of hops--citrus, pine, grass. Finishes with a nice kick.

M- A bit prickly, dry finish. Medium bodied. Carbonation is just right to make this an easy drink.

D- Great session beer. Could sit around with some friends and enjoy this guy all night.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange/honey color with a massive foamy white head. Tons of thick foamy lacing. Would have gotten a higher rating here but I actually had to wait for the head to calm down (and this was a careful pour).

Smells lightly of some caramel malt and some floral hops.

Ale with some bite. A green vegetable and chemical alcohol flavor in the background of some light caramel sweetness. But there are the hops, not citric or piney at all, but a bitter herb bite that is a nice balancee to the rest of the flavors. Could have used a little more sweetness, but that is a real picky knock to this one.

Decent body and carbonation. Rather clean beer.

Overall, it went down easy. This is not a beer with sugary elements. You know you are drinking an adult beverage. It is a nice change compared to alot of knock-offs or one-trick (flavor-dominant) ponies out there. Worth the try.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange to amber with a huge, lathered white head of big carbonation bubbles, which takes quite a while to disperse leaving behind a dense, sticky lacing.

The pleasant caramel malt and earthy hop aroma floats from the glass.

Again, a very nice caramel malt palate with earthy hops, but also just a touch of herbs, and then a return to hop bitterness at the finish.

Medium in body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish highlight the mouthfeel.

This pale ale has great drinkability with a balanced palate, low abv, and traditional flavors.

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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 Ricelikesbeer
2.46/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love great divide, and will try anything of theirs once. My buddy warned against this one though. Shoulda listened. The belgian ipa they just came out with had this weird, pungeant flavor and smell that I cant' put my finger on. Absolutely hated it. This beer has a little bit of the same thing. I really dont' like that taste and smell. It might be a hop bitterness that I dont' like. I'd have to study the recipe to know for sure. The mouthfeel was pretty good, but nothing makes up for the way this beer tastes and smells. Not one I'll ever try again. I'll drink yheti and the other line by the gallon though!

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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly dark golden color with about half an inch of bleach white head.
Smell has a solid flowery aroma of hops with a minor malt kick.
Flavor is very smooth, bitter taste that is mitigated well by a hint of malts.
Finish is crisp with a nice after-taste on the back taste buds.
Drinks pretty well and is refreshing in the hot weather.

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

This beer pours a hazy bronze color. The head is one inch in height, and recedes rather quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is very floral, with strong herbal notes, and a nice caramel malt undertone. The taste is just as vibrant as the aroma. The floral and herbal hops are strong without being overly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a very pleasant surprise. I will certainly drink this again.

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Photo of animal69
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a fairly clear golden copper color w/ a thin white cap that dissipates immediately leaving some lacing in my glass
S- a mild smell, some earthy, grassy hops w/ a faint nutty caramel note, reminds me of freshly brewed tea
T- a strong brewed tea type taste as well, a slightly tart, grassy hop flavor initially followed by some cereal grains and very faint nuts and dates (?) crisp slightly mineral finish
M- a light, semi-dry brew, plenty of co2, very refreshing
D- quite a drinkable brew, esp. on a warm spring day, not the best english pale i've had, but certainly in the top 10...

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Photo of OldSchoolGamer
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am typically not too big into American Pale Ales as they tend to taste a little bland, especially when compared to IPAs. Though I have had a few great ones, lets see how this one fares:

A: Pours a clear golden color. Plenty of bubbles coming up from the bottom. Nice frothy head that sicks around. Nice, chunky lacing as well.

S: Smells very fruity. Lots of citrus. Maybe some apple. Smells very good.

T: I actually think it smells better than it tastes. You get very light citrus hops upfront. Then that leads into a very musty, almost dirt like flavor. I guess earthy is a good way to put it. That and bready malts are pretty dominant in the finish. I was kind of hoping for more of a hop presence I guess. Not bad though.

M: Medium to light bodied. Good carbonation. Pretty crisp. Not bad.

D: Pretty good drinkability. The only thing throwing it off this the earthly flavors that I don't care for. I guess thats the English style twist they put on the beer. Probably could drink about 3 in a session.

This is a good beer. Nothing else really to say about it. I just think it needed a bit more hop flavor and bitterness to combat the earth-like malt flavors that dominate the finish. Worth a try.

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

Excellent, simple pale ale. Bright golden liquid topped by a decent head. The aroma is balanced between light malt and floral hops. Nothing overwhelms. The flavor is clean and crisp even at a fairly warm temperature. DPA is the picture of balance, as a pale ale should be. The hops and malt flavors work very well together. The beer would garner an even higher score if the end product was a bit more interesting. As is, it's still very good, just not earth-shattering but perhaps that was the goal.

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Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Purchased from Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Clear as a bell orange-amber with creamy 1-2 finger french vanilla head with good retention and ample lacing down the length of the glass.

S: First aromas are of herbal and floral hops with some spice. Caramel and pale malts are there but play second fiddle.

T: A hoppy English pale ale with a solid caramel and pale malt backbone with substantial spicy and floral hops flavors. A bit of herbal hops is dashed in at the end. Solid but nothing too over the top although quality craftsmanship is evident.

M: Feel is the best quality as it is exceptionally creamy and coating with medium body and low-medium carbonation with a decidedly spicy hops finish.

D: A very good English pale ale with a bit more floral and spicy hops to give this beer a nice flavor to match the excellent feel and drinkability.

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Photo of smcolw
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy; light copper color. Amazing frothy head--leaves extensive spotty lace.

Quite earthy smell (surprisingly), good floral hop aroma.

Very dry, almost astringent, flavor which I think is the source of the earthiness. I like the hop content; it is both bittering and spicy. Predictable body.

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Photo of chinabeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with date of aug 26 08 (poorly printed and hard to see). tasted in late march 09

golden amber color, almost clear, but with dusty sediment giving haze. lots of fluffy off-white head, recedes to thin layer. very nice lacing.

aroma: apple skins and gentle phenols, with lightly caramelized malts, into grassy hop with hints of light citrus rind. faint fusel note in the back.

similar flavors, with slightly more pine and citrus notes to the hops, but still light. biscuity malt is countered by a mild to moderate bitterness, with lightly resinous finish, and another touch of more fusel and phenol.

medium body, smooth with light resins in the finish. lively, sometimes prickly, moderate carbonation can also be fluffy.

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Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thick lacing but head fizzles away quick.

Not a strong smell of light nutty malts. Maybe a bit of caramel.

Ah yes...a taste I thought I forgot; a fantastic malt and hops balance. Toasted caramel malts; nutty goodness.

Medium body; smooth effervescence. Bitterness is more pronounce than I first noticed.

The taste I thought I forgot is one of the first Base Ale I had. Something very new, unexpected and delicious. This ale is not new for me flavor wise, but it was unexpected and reminded me very much of my first experience with Base which is a fond one.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: golden, soft crimson, tangerine orange, and yellows all around. Fizzy white head formed quickly and left quickly. Not to much to yak at, good look for a Pale Ale

S: huge toasted whiffs, oily redskin peanuts, and poofs of caramel candy. Now, I also conjure soft and rather hidden smells of green crusty hops

T: the taste leads the way with toasted malt, yeasty, and nutty notes laced with caramel. Similar to the nose in most regards. I taste a rather potent combo of toasted malts with flaky hops that pull at oranges, pines, and herbal tea. This hop edge is way in the back, amongst the strong malty, almost grainy, profile
For a Pale Ale this honky is malt friendly and tasty

M: good smooth profile in the body, just barely medium. Goes down with no problems and finishes a touch on the dry side

D: nice Pale Ale. I find it to be different than many Pale Ales. Down any road, it is tasty! This is a hearty Pale Ale

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Photo of prototypic
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Denver Pale Ale is very clear and a light copper color. It's topped with a foamy, off-white head that reaches a couple of fingers deep. It was pretty quick to recede, but deposits sticky, thick lace on the glass. Not bad at all.

The nose isn't bad. I was expecting an American Pale rather than an English. One whiff prompted a verification of the style. It's primarily malty and sweet smelling early on. But hops emerge rather quickly and add orange and lemon citrus notes, as well as more earthy and floral elements. Rather diverse and impressive, it is. It smells pretty even-handed and balanced for what it's worth. A little yeast and a light biscuity aroma round it out. Pretty straight forward and uncomplicated. Nicely done for the style.

The flavor is nearly a carbon copy of the nose. The malt bill tastes like an even mix of caramel and pale. It's a little sweet, but not overly so. The hop bill is a citrusy and floral. A little lemon and orange are noted. They war for top billing with grassy and grainy flavors. It is well balanced. I suppose one could argue that that's appropriate for an English Pale, but I'm not sure that's the case. In any event, I prefer things to be more hop forward in Pales. Just sayin'. A little yeast and biscuity flavors are noted on the tail. Alcohol is masked very well and is not noticeable at all. All in all, it's pretty good, but could be better...with a little more hops.

Its body is on the lighter side of medium. Carbonation is light...very light...too light. It's fairly smooth, but could use more bubbles. Drinkability is above average. It goes down easy and has a pretty good flavor. More hops would result in a better flavor rendering it more drinkable. How's that for a sentence? I could handle a few, but would prefer to move on to an American Pale.

Denver Pale Ale is more London than Los Angeles. I'll give it that. Generally speaking, English Pales pale in comparison to their American colleagues. No pun intended. This one has a pretty good flavor, but seems a little short on hops, even for an English Pale. It's not a bad beer and is more than decent for the style. But, it'd benefit from a nice infusion of hops nonetheless. Very much worth a try in any event.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served to me at the APS physics meeting in Denver in a tall pilsner glass

A - Medium straw-gold with plenty of carbonation and a one inch head. Head retention was decent, left behind moderate lacing

S - My adviser was with me, so I didn't take too much time to smell this one. Nice smell of earthy hops though not that strong

T - Strong hop flavor up front with a nice dry and bitter finish. The body was very well balanced caramel-body with a tinge of citrus flavor.

M - This had a thicker body than I'm accustomed to for pale ale, which is arguably the only trait of this beer that sets it apart from other decent English pale ales. A found that the thicker body and medium carbonation worked quite well with this beer.

D - I would like to review this beer more thoroughly sometime, but it's going to be a while until I'm back in Denver. The thick body and hop flavor make it difficult to drink more than a few of these in a given sitting. A solid pale ale, but nothing special and certainly not something I would make the trek for...

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Overall a great pale ale

appearance: amber, golden.

smell: nice hop touch

taste: beautiful, medium bitterness, rich flavor

mouthfeel: good carbonation and very tasty but a thick taste that I didnt like much

drinkability: a slow drinking pale ale for the summer. Great sessionabilty

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Honey color with slight haze. Finger-thick white head with sticky lacing and great retention.

S: Strong smell of lemon peel. Juicy fruit smells are in there as well, mostly orange. Hint of sugary breads and other sweet smells I'm getting from the malts.

T: Citrus up front, hops give it a bitter lemon peel flavor. Hops are definitely there, very perfumy and dry. Bready malt flavor is faint, mostly getting the lemon peel and perfumy hops.

M: Body is typical for style. A little dry, and has a tingly acidity on the tongue.

D: Not bad. Would have liked to pick up more from the malts. Hops were present, just wanted a better flavor from them. A decent pale ale, and I would drink again if offered.

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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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Photo of Morey
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice copper colored pale ale with good clarity. Lots of bubbles floating up towards a decent white head with some pretty good sticking qualities.

Smell is a perfect blend of floral hops and malty sweetness.

Taste is mostly dominated by the malts. This is not an overly hoppy pale ale here. Has some earthy tones mixed in the taste, which I have found to be a staple in most of Great Divide's beers.

Mouthfeel is a little thin.

I could easily put several of these down on a hot summer day.

Morey's Bottom Line: A pretty good Pale, but I tend to like mine a little hoppier. Would be a superb choice to introduce Macro-swillin' friends to the world of craft beer.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,352 ratings.
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