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

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a DFH specialty glass.

Pours a lively orangish amber color that puts up about a finger of off-white, bubbly, foamy head. A decent amount of lacing, but nothing that wows me.

Smells mainly of floral hops masked with a little amount of malt. Pretty run of the mill, but definitely not disappointing.

Denver Pale has a good flavor that is spearheaded by a nice floral hop character that has just the right amount of bitterness without ever pushing the line between pale ale and IPA. A nice caramel malt backbone keeps the beer balanced out while making way for a slightly dry finish.

Nice mouthfeel, has a fairly full body with a moderate amount of carbonation that work together to create a creamy, smooth feel on the tongue.

Pretty damn drinkable. Not very bitter, but has a solid flavor and mouthfeel that makes drinking a couple of these no gargantuan feat. A good beer.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to pilsner glass. Bottled on August 19, 2009.

A: Straight golden ale. Tons of bubbles and a little white foam cap.

S: I'm struggling to describe it as other than 'heavy' hops. Maybe a pear-like sweetness and earth. Some biscuit.

T: The look, nose, and taste of this brew is quite similar to Fat Tire. The malt is not sweet but biscuit and toast. This beer may be the equivalent of savory. So, the bread swirls around the mouth and then a bit of a bite from the earthy English hops finishes it off with little bitterness.

M: Substantial for a pale ale and not fizzy considering all the visible bubbly.

D: I would say many of these could go down but it might get boring. A solid one, two of malt and hops in its style.

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Photo of towersfall
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - A nice copper with an off-white head that holds on throughout the beer.

Smell - Light hop aroma and that's about all I can gather from the smell, not too impressive.

Taste - Smooth and crisp with a definite hop kick. The sweetness from the hops round out the brew.

Mouthfeel: Light crisp body that's well carbonated and its suits my taste buds just fine.

Drinkability - Goes down really smooth and shows just how easy it is to down a sixer of this stuff. Will continue shopping from Great Divide as I would be interested in trying an IPA from them.

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Photo of dacrza1
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Situation: release after a Kisatsky family movie night (thanks again to Brad for bringing this one up to Warren County!)...
Glassware: Howard's Raw Bar pint...
Appearance: Creamy, thick, frothy foam; orange-bro, almost tea-like in color; little or no effervescence...
Aroma: soft pale malts and light but representative hops balance rather well--GD's goal realized in scent, where the style is stated but not ridiculously overpowering, like many West Coast spruce trees...
Palate: medium-bodied, with some hops kick that fills out the glass on a rather full note; little bubble or fanfare, but finishes with a lingering aftertaste...
Taste: rounded, robust hops with a malt base that makes this an easily drinkable pale ale...
Overall: Smooth drinking, lip-licking beer that perhaps is stronger overall than its idividual aspects.... the taste is clean, clear, and pleasant--as versatile a paleas I've had ina while, besting the Stoudt's offering...

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

Pours amber orange color, dense frorthy head, good retention and lacing. Smell is composed of piney and grapefruit hops blended with nicely roasted carmel and pale malts. Taste is slightly more mild than scent dictates, but follows the same patern of piney and grapefruit hops up front with a nice carmel and pale malt background. Medium bodied, slightly oily and chewy. Good beer, could use some slight cleanign up to make it one of the better in its style.

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

Very nice appearance - a dark copper with a pillow of white head that holds out impressively. Smell is mostly malt - sweet caramel and a little fruity. Flavor is fairly mild, with some toffee and biscuit flavors. Slightly sweet malt is followed by a blast of bitterness.
The mouthfeel is a little thick for the rest of the beer. This doesn't surprise me given that most GD beers seem to lean toward thick, which I usually appreciate. Not as much here though.

Not a beer I really enjoy sipping on its own, but a good companion to salty fried foods and in my limited experience with the English Pale Ales, a solid representation of the style.

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Photo of philbe311
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Two fingers worth of tight compact fluffy head that is ever so slightly tannish in color... Solid retention ultimately gives way to a full creamy lace... An orangish amber color with mild caramel highlights... Small carbonation bubbles start at a crawl at the bottom of the glass but quickly accelerate towards the top... Lots of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - A wonderfully well balanced aroma... A combination of caramel and pale malts do battle with a citrus hops in a never ending battle... Some floral esters... Overall the aroma is fairly mild, but serves of proof that mild aromas can still be seductive...

T - Loads of pale malts... Grassy notes... Contrary the the citrus scent the hops seems to take on piney characteristics... A slightly astringent bitter finish...

M - Medium bodied... Slightly dry and chalky... A very slight pickling on the tongue after the finish...

D - Very quaffable as I find my self taking small sips rapidly one right after another... Another all around solid offering from Great Divide... Definately English in nature...

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

A - This beer poured a golden orange color that had a fluffy white head that had good retention and laced the side of the glass nicely

S - The aromas produced by this beer were pale and caramel malts, with a generous amount of earthy and citrus hops

T - The taste of this beer had the pale/caramel malts bill that one would expect followed by a decent amount of citrus and earthy hops

M - The mouthfeel of this beer had a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation

D - This beer, along with Firestone Walker's Double Barrel Ale does not get enough recognition because the hops do not rip your face off, but this was a good drink

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Photo of BlackBearForge
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Denver Pale Ale pours a bright clear orangish amber, fairly light in color, with a huge fluffy head which becomes craggy and cratered as it falls leaving large soap like bubbles and thick creamy curtains of sticky lacing. Quite possibly one of the nicest looking pales I've seen if I do like them a tad darker.

The aroma is full of clean fresh mellow hops, lightly citrus in character with lightly sweet malt as of baking sugar cookies.

The flavor follows the nose, the big pale malt is sweet but is cut by generous amounts of citrusy hop ( I pick up sour lemon, tangerine and perhaps some ruby grapefruit). Definitely English in overall character however. The finish is long, dry and becomes nicely bitter in the end.

The medium mouthfeel is quite nice, full and creamy and very smooth. A bit heavier than expected but still nice, quite a lush feel in the mouth.

A very nice English pale ale! Great Divide brews great beers and DPA is well crafted example. While not my favorite style (I prefer APAs) I would be very happy drinking this whenever it was available!

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Photo of stewart124
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Huge off-white head on this copper colored beer. This leaves a nice lacing along the sides of the glass.

Lots of fruit and bread in the nose. I'm picking up pear and a nice maltiness.

Full-bodied with lots of light caramel and a huge bready/biscuity character. This boasts a noble bitterness with very nice flavors. There is a lingering maltiness that is very delicious.

Lots of drinkability here!

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

Got this from a GD Brewer's Pick box the last time I was in Denver.

Appearance - copper colored with an off-white lace.

Smell - light and flowery hop aroma with a hint of fruit.

Taste - like a smooth, British ale with a kick in the hops department. Nicely blended hop bitterness with malty sweetness.

Drinkability - this ale goes down really smoothly and the hops won't taint your palette like other Pales. Having just returned from the UK a couple of months ago, I would've loved to have enjoyed this in the pubs.

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Photo of Gyle41386
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled August 26, 2009.

Amber pour with just shy of two fingers of rich foam. Head retains well and deposits some nice lacing.

Aroma is of musty, earthy hops. Some graininess, and a bit of tea-like bitterness.

Flavor pretty much follows the nose. There's no mistaking that this is an English Pale Ale. This is my first encounter with Denver Pale Ale, and I'm curious to know if previous installments were hoppier. Malty sweetness balances out the grainy, earthy bitterness. It's not a particularly interesting flavor, but is inoffensive, and not a bother to drink.

Medium-light body. Appropriate carbonation. Somewhat creamy texture. A very easy drinker, though not a contemplative one. Not a bad beer, but sort of disappointing compared to Great Divide's other quality brews.

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

The Denver Pale Ale is an interesting beer.
Pours a pale copper in color with a nice head and a reasonable amount of lacing.

Smells nice with a hint of hops and a strong sweet smell. Also a hint of the alcohol can be sensed.

The tastes in this beer confuse me but I enjoy them. It has the bitterness that a pale ale should, but not the crispness I expected from a pale ale. It has an almost earthy/plant taste to it that actually gives it a nice aftertaste.

It is a bit heavy feeling on the mouth but is a good beer.

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Photo of nickd717
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

A - Clear copper color with a small white head.

S - Aroma is mainly malty with notes of caramel and maybe a little floral hops.

T - Rather one-dimensional, with bready and caramel malt and just a little bit of earthy, floral hops. Not much to it really.

M - Palate is medium-light and crisp with medium carbonation.

D - Decent. Not great, since this beer just doesn't taste very appealing.

Overall this beer is average. Not exactly what I'd expect from a brewery like Great Divide. Unoffensive at least, which I guess is what some people are looking for.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.41/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured into a tulip glass from a 12 oz brown bottle with bottle date of Aug 26 '09.

A: Bright, clear copper color with off-white head and lacing.

S: Sweet and flowery hop aroma, some fruity malt scents.

T&M: Very smooth with a sweet hop and malt flavor. Mild hop bitterness that finishes with a slightly sweet malt fruitiness. Dry finish.

Great pale ale!

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Photo of Newkie
3.62/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy copper color with a fairly frothy, thick off white head that sticks around a bit. Lookin' good so far.

S: Expecting malt to dominate, but I get a whiff of some nice English hops with a sweet, honey scent to balance it out. Very nice aroma all around. Definitely has my attention now.

T: Subtle hop flavors add a bitterness that carries through with a nice buttery malt. Very typical English pale. Not quite as strong of flavor as the nose may have suggested.

M: Nice frothy mouthfeel. Carbonation is nice and the head stays throughout the sitting.

D: I could certainly revisit this beer. A nice example of the style, although this may not have the malt-dominating characteristics that I love in my EPAs. Certainly sessionable, too.

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

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a golden yellow/light orange color. Decent head on top leaving nice trails of sticky lacings. The head disappears rather quickly.

Moderate nose with a whiff of hops, malts and a floral backdrop.

A tight beer here - biscuit backbone with a sweet honey and floral combo. Mini hop snap on the finish. The malt presence in this beer is minimal. The drinkability is there for sure. Hops are present and the this pale ale has a fruity quality mixed in. Perhaps some apples and pears.

I was hoping for a bit more, but I can also tell this is not the freshest sample. I would like to try this brew again at some point.

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Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaped pint glass.

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale poured light gold with less than a finger of head and moderate lace. The lack of head detracted from the appearamce and overall experience, and the color was weak.

Its smell, taste, and feel were much stronger than the look, with caramel sweetness up front and a very nice bitter finish. The flavor faded until it was borderline bland; however, it was extremely refreshing and drinkable.

Denver Pale Ale is a wonderful, if unattractive, hot day or post workout ale.

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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 glid02
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a mixed 12-pack from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear brownish-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of a combination of pale and caramel malt with good amounts of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The pale and caramel malt flavors are a bit larger than the smell would indicate and are joined by floral and light citrus hop flavors midway through the sip. Ending is mildly bitter and rather crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a solid thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing the bottle and could have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better EPA's that I've tasted. Granted it's a slightly Americanized version, but it's good nonetheless. Worth a shot.

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Photo of GPHarris
4.43/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

a - poured a three-fingers thick tan, bubbly and fizzy head into a tumbler that left a nice ring and lace throughout. the body was a clear and bright amber color.
s - grass hops and caramel malts.
t - big caramel malt front with nice hop backbone.
m - creamy and medium on the tongue.
d - highly drinkable. this is what an EPA should be and is an incredible session beer.

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Photo of danielharper
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Reddish-orange hue, very hazy with suspended carbonation, with a thick white bubbly head. Makes my mouth water just looking at it.

Smell: Crisp malts and hops, hints of caramel and probably Kent Goldings on the hop front. Some hints of citrus.

Taste: Some malty sweetness up-front, with a caramel backbone and a dry hoppy finish. Very nice, very clean, very refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than anticipated, heavy with carbonation. Hops tickle the mouth. Probably a bit thick as per style, but still quite nice.

Drinkability: One of my all-time favorite English Pale Ales, for sure.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From Bottle August 8, 2009. Pours mostly clear amber with small white head. Great hop aroma and a very well balanced English Pale Ale. I just found this beer pleasantly enjoyable, even more than their Titan IPA. Very crisp, and it definitely hit the spot on a warm summer evening - cheers!

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Photo of cbutova
4.21/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a clear golden orange/amber color with a two-three finger head that retains pretty well and leaves light-medium lacing as I drink the beer. Lots of rising carbonation in the glass, a very good looking beer. Smells of malt presence and citrus hops, kind of strange considering the taste. Tastes of hops, but I pick up more piney/woody hops up in the taste with only a bit of citrus. First few sips had large malt presence but as the glass emptied the hops picked up and it started tasting more like an IPA. Malt was heavy in the aftertaste, turned into a well balanced hop/malt beer. Mouthfeel is light-medium, coats the mouth well and has a bit of cream to it, medium carbonation, good mouthfeel. Drinkability is about as high as it gets here, could probably session the hell out of this since it has a good taste and its not filling at all, will probably buy this again and consume the whole six pack in one night.

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Photo of Seru1
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a Pint Glass.

Appearance- Yellowish, orange, amber color with a medium white head and decent carbonation.

Smell- Gente Spice and lemon with a rounded out leathery aroma that blends into a perky odor

Taste- Herbal and lemony flavors dominate with the hops playing a reserved staring role. At the end there is a extinguishing almost milky sweet, but not quite, finish. Refreshingly crisp but not bitter.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and decently lasting. It's a good summer food beer.

Drinkability- 3 to 5 wouldn't be a struggle at all to drink. Especially with food and a decently warm day.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.71 out of 5 with 1,379 ratings