Denver Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

591 Reviews
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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Reviews: 591 | Ratings: 1,347
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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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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Photo of Walletsworth
4.36/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice deep gold color with a touch of red, a little head but nice lacing. Smells fruity with a slight hop smell. Taste is smooth without any bitterness. Good hop taste, slight fruit and honey in there as well.

Overall a very good beer that I would gladly have again.

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Photo of matjack85
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I picked this up at the local Jewel/Osco store as part of a build- your-own six pack for $9.99, making a single 12oz bottle $1.67 each. Bottled on date of April 5, 2013 is stamped on the side label.

The beer poured a slightly hazed pale golden/orange color with a ½-finger of white head. Head retention only lasted about a minute, but it left plenty of good lacing.

The smell was a really nice mixture of fruit and flowery hops.

This is a case where the taste does NOT match the smell. I was expecting a sweet juicy flavor, but what I got instead was an assertive mix of various hops. Grapefruit, orange, and piny hops dominate the flavor and the combination is really delicious. It's mostly dry with mildly bitter fruit rinds and pine. Bready malt helps keep it balanced and give it a touch of sweetness.

It's creamy but not heavy. Medium bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

Haven't tasted anything quite like this, but now that I have, I'll be back for more.

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Photo of Act25
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great Divide, you brew for me.
I am often torn and amazed by the best of the west and east coast brewers, so wouldnt you know my favorite beers are made in colorado!

A: Totally clear, poured into a ..5 liter Spaten glass, brings a big white, pitted head that lasts and revives with the least swirl, and hieroglyphs of lace all the way down. Perfect amber/orange APA color ala my other fave Dales Pale.

S: Back of the bakery at 5am, fresh bread, and flowers. Very nice and inviting. Grassy hops too.

T: Like the smell, bread fresh from the oven, with flowers and herbs drying in the bakery. Hops bitter mid way through and a lovely finish. Well balanced.

M: The creamy, mid body is amazing on this beer and is part of what makes it so special. Great weight. Yes, modest alcohol with a clean finish. Great with food and for sessioning. This could be an every day alternative to Dales.

Great with giant NJ sea scallops, and yellow heirloom tomates with lightly sauteed cukes, beet leaves, chard, and pasta and rosemary bread. Great food beer.

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Photo of beergoot
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Zesty spice and pepper aroma rises up from an amber body and generous, foamy white head. Flavor leans toward a smooth, light malt flavor with a crisp, biting hop bitterness building up through the finish. Light, soft feel; crisp and dry finish.

A well-done APA with excellent, distinctive flavors and aromas to please your palate. It's not a powerhouse hop bomb nor an overly bold malt monster, just a well-balanced yet easy drinking ale. Tasty and classy.

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Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a crisp and clear copper golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing head that almost overflows. Decent retention and lots of clingy lacing around the glass.

Smell: An earthy and floral aroma that leans more towards malty than hoppy. Pale malts with good hints of bready biscuit, grains, straw, crackers, yeast, butterscotch, and some caramel. Slight hints of honey sweetness. Earthy hop presence with hints of grass, pine, flowers, and citrus orange, lemon, and grapefruit. Leans towards the malty side but still well balanced.

Taste: Like it smells, a clean bready malt driven taste with some nice earthy hop notes. Bready pale malts with a taste of biscuit, grains, crackers, straw, butterscotch, caramel, and yeast. Some honey like sweetness and spice. Solid balance of earthy hops with some floral notes and some grass, pine, and citrus orange, grapefruit, and lemon zest. Definitely a English style taste with the strong biscuit presence. Pretty nice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth with a somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A pretty solid take on the English Pale Ale style. Good bready biscuit taste with some nice earthy backing hops.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz bottle picked up in a mix 6 pack

A - Copper with some clarity, tiny bit of head, no lace.

S - Malt grains, earthiness, not much hop aroma

T - Like the smell, big malt body, spiciness, and semi-sweetness.

M - Very carbonated. Medium bodied

O - An average pale ale. I was expecting more, but whatever. Not terrible, just not great.

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

If you are looking for a nice pale with maybe a little less bitterness and darkness and an easier than usual aftertaste, this is a great choice. I'd love to have this on tap some time. Two or three.

It opens to a nice clear pour. The right dark yellow with lots of nice lace. The aroma is refreshing. Clean.

The taste similarly is clean and free from any unbalanced harshness. It has little tiny bits of unique overtones, but nothing out of place. The aftertaste is uniquely understated and refreshing. Not the usual bitter.

Overall, this is another great Great Divide brew.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.29/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Let's hope our Colorado brethren don't start clamoring for a new style, the DPA... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear amber topped by a finger of lightly off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises earthy and spicy greens, light leek, cilantro, mustard seed, and peat moss. ...Didn't see that coming, like a surprise roundhouse from JCVD. The taste is mostly a blast of spicy and salty greens (think a salad of cilantro, chive, parsley, and spinach, all drizzled with a chlorinated peppercorn dressing), though there is a backbone of mild biscuit trying desperately to bring things back to reality. No avail, I'm afraid. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, this is a strange and downright unpleasant (or, if I'm not being so euphemistically-inclined, nasty) beer. It's touted as a balanced and mild English-style pale ale, but it comes across as an oddly spicy and salty mess. I thought I got a bad bottle, but, upon talking with others who have had it from the source (on tap in the Rockies), it's clear this stuff is just plain awful.

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Photo of MarkQ617
4.04/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this poured into a pint glass. Smell was understated with hints of malt, toffee, and slightly floral. The taste was less hoppy as you might expect from a English style pale ale, and there were nice hints of caramel and vanilla. The carbonation was maybe a bit more than I'd like but not too bad. The appearance is sort of a goldish-copper, and there wasn't much of a head. Overall, pretty decent.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,347 ratings.
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