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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Reviews: 591 | Ratings: 1,342
Photo of hero27
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear burnt-orange color. Off-white head is foamy but retention is average. Leaves a nice spotty lacing on the glass.

Smell: Smells well-balanced, at least. Honey, sweet malts, and floral hops are noted in the aroma.

Taste: This beer had potential, and I've liked most Great Divide brews I've had, but the flavor just doesn't do it for me. I like hops but this isn't the clean, fresh taste I was expecting. There's a piney bitterness and hop bite..hoppier than most PAs, but in this brew's case, it isn't really a good thing.

Mouthfeel: Relatively light-bodied with a bit of a rough mouthfeel. Decent carbonation. Dry, chalky finish.

Drinkability: Good drinkability due to it's light body. I like the 5.6% ABV as well.

Overall, this is one of those beer that is nice to try but is easily forgotten.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 2004, Sampled January 2005
Pours a brilliantly clear full copper color, it is topped by a light amber tan head with a fairly low level of carbonation. The aroma is sweet with caramel malts and hopily spiced with notes of tangerine, apricot, and oranges, and a nice fruity flower nectar type thing. The taste is quite well balanced. This beer is not quite sweet yet quite fruity & hoppy. It is very well balanced with a complimenting malty caramel note that accentuates the hops. This beer reminds me of candied orange peels, spruce tips. The hops nearly dance across my tongue with spicy herbal notes of pine and a nice bitterness that moves from the middle of my tongue to the back of my mouth as this beer passes down my gullet. This is just a really nicely made Pale Ale, it is actually even better than the IPA and IIPA from this brewery.

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

nice rocky head that leaves some nice lacing on the way down. golden amber with a few floaters
smells like a solid pale ale. grassy, floral hops with some nice caramel coming through
citrus hops with great biscuity and toffee malt. not something i've tasted in an APA before, but i definitely dig it

i really liked this stuff. more than sierra nevada. does this get me into the mile high club?

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Photo of rowew
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12 oz long neck bottle. Newly designed label. Description of the beer and its awards on one side, freshness info notched on the other.

Appearance: Bright copper colored with a one finger head that disappated into a nice full lacing.

Smell: Slight fruity smell with flowery hops behind.

Taste: Carmel with hints of pine. Nice hop bitterness that leaves a fairly dry finish. Mouthfeel has a slight oily feel to it.

Overall Impression: All in all a decent Pale Ale. Nothing outstanding, but a good beer to spend the day with.

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Photo of beerceller99
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle pours a clear rusty orange hue. A massive, fake looking off white head leaves an awesome lace. Has a spicy, black pepper caramel smell. Medium bodied with way too much carbonation. Mildly sweet caramel taste with a raw hop bitterness to finish. The big foam and carbonation reminds me of Hales Pale Ale .

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really liked this brew. POurs a nice copper, with a fluffy lasting head that laces the glass the entire way down. It smells a spicey blend of floral scents, some citrus, and a splash at pepper.

The intial taste is a blast of citrus and sweetness the greets you in such a pleasent way. But what the flavor is built on is a solid malt backbone. If nothing else, this is what the brew is built on. Sweet and Spicey, delicous and smooth. Light mouth feel makes it easily drinkable, and is finish off with enough hops to make you happy.

Dig it!

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Photo of Beaver13
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly hazy copper-orange with a monstrous fluffy off-white head that retains well and shows some lacing.

Its aroma is biscuity caramel malt and grassy floral hops with some citrus and pepper.

The flavor is sweet (almost candy-like) caramel malts, with some biscuit and a mild bitter finish. The bitterness in the aftertaste and finish comes out a little more as it warms. A little on the thin side.

Overall, a little too sweet for me, although it got better as it warmed. Not much of the classic English PA hoppiness.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored pale ale? Not sure about that. No head or carbonation to speak of, slight lacing. Fruity smell, a little stronger than a typical pale ale. Little complexity in the mouth, could be from the lack of carbonation. Nice hops and bitterness, strong flavor characteristics of an india pale ale. Label mentions it has won three medals for English Pale Ales yet this description above says its an American Pale Ale, what's the difference, does it just depend where it's brewed? Paid $1.59 for a single at a local beer store. Good deal but there's others available there I like much better.

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Photo of skybluewater
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a standard amber color. There's a small amount of lace. I don't get much of a smell from this one. The taste is rather odd (almost vegetal, but maybe that's just me...), with some grapefruit as well.

Overall, not the greatest pale (although who knows, I could grow to like it as I work my way through the sixer I have). I expected more from the brewers of the great Titan IPA and Hercules Double IPA.
Update: I've now finished the sixer, and nope, I don't like this beer. I'm downgrading the taste to 3. It's not necessarily a bad beer, I just prefer my brews vegetables without. ;-)

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

Color: clear and amber-tinged, decent raft of milky foam floats on top.
Citrus in the nose, as well as hints of tropical fruits, nice hoppiness, fresh and lively, a little toasty, very English feeling.
Taste is more blase, finely balance, with plenty of backup in the body, quite sufficient malt, and a recurrent ringing in from the hops, but it's not much ado, at all. Flavor is nice, but nothing special. Medium bodied, caramel taste butts in a bit before we're through, and the finish is long and tasty.
An adequate ale all the way, something that fills in quite nicely as a standard sessioner...nothing wrong with that, nothing at all. Actually, despite that i prefer other types of ales, I like this better, for what it is, the more I drink.

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Photo of dauss
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky copper brown. Small tannish yellow head disappears to a lace around the glass very quickly. Smell is sweet, hop aroma is light and flowery. Very malty and even some fruitiness. Low-moderate carbonation. Strong hop flavor, but low bitterness. Almost oily the amount of hops they put in. Good body and almost sweet malt, but finishes dry with a light bitterness aftertaste. Its definitely a wussy american pale ale, probably good a good gateway into stronger, more bitter pale ales.

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Photo of cokes
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Orange hued tilted towards deep golden. Short, fleeting pale khaki head, that resides afterward as a collar.
Manifests an aroma that yells "balance" as it whispers everything else. Toasted honey and grain are the malt's contributions, and pine-encrusted grapefruit peels are the hop's.
Begins full of grain, with a lightly spicy rye sense in the periphery. Caramel too, but it stays leaned towards dryer things. Hops enter, knocking politely, and garnish with mostly tepid pine bitterness. Some citric hues are noted, mostly via orange peels, and some glimmers of dry grassiness too.
Light bodied with a moderate carbonation. Not a showy Pale Ale in the least, but a decent one regardless. This tends towards the 100's of other mediocre, instantly forgotten APAs, but a slightly foward malt presence saves this from that fate. Good session/grill choice, I feel.

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Photo of oelergud
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Red bronze in color. Light tan firm head, medium bubbles, very little carbonation but good retention and lace.
Grass, bread and fresh hay makes up the nose. Clean citrus scents dominating.
Sweet hoppy bitterness, citrus and grass mingled well together. Long lasting after taste with quite a pleasant hoppy twang to it. A faint taste of caramel.
Very mellow and clean on the palate, feels grassy yet smooth.
This has all the characteristics of a great session beer.


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Photo of kbub6f
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One cm of pale, beige-white, thick, foamy head sits on a dark, amber-brown, clear beer. The smell is citrus-hoppy with some sourish cream. Tangy, hoppy and dusty up front; sour, fruity and a little watery through the middle; toasty, grainsy, hoppy bitter in the end. It's a decent APA: quite roasty, not overly hoppy.

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

Bought this as part of a Brewer's Picks collection for around $13. DPA pours a dark copper color with short off-white head. Aroma is hoppy, with some sweetness buried in the hops. Taste is a balanced combination of mild pine hops and sweet malts. The flavor lingers in my mouth for an almost perfect amount of time, leaving me ready for another sip when it's finished. This is really tasty and almost too easy to drink. Great Divide's flagship beer, DPA, is very good, but there are better APAs out there.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.66/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beautifully bright copper color, medium sized foamy creamed cap of ivory hue sits briefly, moderately laced with thin patchy sheets. Keeps some thinner foam on top along with a foamy collar pretty much the entire glass. Aroma has a dry leafy/wood hoppyness, touches of peach and orange, toasty, raw breadish malt backing. Flavors are about the same, little more of a malt sided pale with a dull sweetness of toasty bread and a somber caramel blending within, midway brings in some slight fruity malts and hops, notes of dark orange, finishes nice with a complexing little display of hops, tame bitterness overall, leafy, woodish and floral hops with a super squeezed in piney bite and some tannic and metallic hints. Feel is about medium with a somewhat loosened slickness and creamyness. Finishes dry with a narrowing chalky texture. No real cohesiveness to its body, its just kinda there. Not what I prefer out of a Pale, but not bad...but there's better.

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Photo of usualpulp
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with a medium sized offwhite head.

The beer doesnt smell like the average american pale, very strong malt smells, along with hop, a slightly sweet and flowery smell lingers.

The taste is nice and mellow, there is a nice sweetness to start each sip, very floral. Then the hop bite kicks in at the end of each sip to round it all out. The malt and the hops compliment eachother very well.

The mouthfeel of this brew is nice, very smooth, yet high in carbonation. DPA has more carbonation that many of the other american pales I have tried, but it works very well for this beer.

Overall this is a good beer, not one of the best of the style but very good, and very drinkable.

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Photo of hobbes2112
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Pours a deep gold with amber core, small uneven white head dissipates quickly leaving some lace. The carbonation is very noticable with the streaming bubbles.

Aroma is, hey get this....hops! Joking aside, the smell is dominated by hops but there is an element of malt and soy sauce in there too. Dark fruit hiding in there too, though I think this and the soy smell are one and the same just changing from one moment to the next in my head.

Taste is great, the combination of the hops and malt is well balanced and the long bitter finish is fun. The taste is perked up by the carbonation. The flavors are put together well, not loose layers. All this with a good weight makes for a taste beer that has excellent mouthfeel.

A while back someone was asking for a beer to put on tap at his Asian restaurant; this would have been my choice had I know about it at the time. I have a feeling this would go really well with General Tso's chicken.

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

Nice pub-style bitter. Herbal and earthy bitterness, very quenching, with a fresh raw hop aroma. Soft carbonation, prickly enough to highlight the hops, still going down very easy, I just had DPA in a Great Divide tasting going from lightest (Whitewater Wheat/Honey) to heaviest (Hercules/Yeti); the DPA came off as a great entry-level beer for the hops. I've found it to be inconsistent between bottles, but filled with nice light lemon and grass notes when good.

Original Rating: 2.2

Relax, relax.

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

Sunshine bright orangified amber. The good-sized head is ecru in color, semi-stiff, finely pitting on top and takes its sweet time disappearing. Abstract patterns of lace are beginning to adorn my pint glass. Very nice pale ale nose. A generous amount of floral, citrusy hops were used, I'll bet.

The first thing that impresses me on taking a swallow or two is the mouthfeel. DPA has one of the most full, creamy mouthfeels that I've experienced in a beer of this style. As a big body lover, I approve, though some may prefer a bit less heft. The flavor follows the nose for the most part. Citrus-floral hop start, solid caramel malt middle, bitter/slightly dry finish.

Denver Pale Ale carves out its own little niche in the style. Although it isn't among my very favorites, I can see how it's won some awards along the way.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Be careful with the pour! Enormous, rocky, offwhite head fills he glass before the bottle is half empty. Considerable patchy lace all over the glass, after the head settles down.

Aroma is grapefruit and pine, with citrus dominating the pine. A hint of pale malt is noted.

Mouthfeel has a mild, pine hops bite, and the carbonation is medium, in spite of the overcarbonated appearance of the pour.

Grapefruit and pine are the dominant flavors, echoing the nose. Hops last the distance but never get rough or rowdy. Pale and caramel malt emerge as it warms, and lend a good, drinkable smoothness.

A nice American Pale Ale, with good drinkability, but nothing to set it apart from the crowded field.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This PA has a dark orange/amber colored body. Good sized cream colored head on top. Good lace. The nose is floral hops, some hints of hop oil. The hop blast is balanced out with sweet caramel malts. Somewhat thinner bodied than some of my favorite PAs. Some citrus notes. This is a good PA, not outstanding but delicious none-the-less.

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Photo of abents
4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours opaque golden red with a nice chunky thick white white and great lacing.

Smell: Aromas of floral hops and sweet malty notes detected.

Taste: Tastes like flowers with a strong hoppy backbone and a nice slight maltiness detected. Very crisp and no lingering finish. Slight bittnerness not too powerfull.

Mouthfeel: Extremely smooth with a light mouthfeel and slight carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy drinking and smooth good pale ale.

Nice pale ale, very good job. First taste of the Great Divide and I'm hoping to try many more.

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Photo of RasputinsRevenge
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 6-pack of these over the weekend. Frankly not all that impressed with this beer. It's hard to describe, but the taste just did not sit well with me - that plus a watery mouthfeel did not make for a very enjoyable brew. Like one of the previous reviewers, I too was expecting a little more hop I was a little let down by that. The appearance and aroma were decent, but nothing spectacular, and if you can get past whatever taste was bothering me, I guess this beer is pretty drinkable. I'm not going to write-off the brewery, and plan on trying their strong ale, and their porter, but based on my personal experience, I think you can find much better pale ale's out there.

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

Pours a light copper with a white head. Excellent lacing sheets the glass as I drink.

Aroma - Floral hops with a hint of malt greet the nose before consumption. A little more aroma would have been better.

Taste - Hoppy and mild. Not as much flavor as I'm used to but still a nice flavor. Tastes like a pale ale.

Mouthfeel - A little thin but some body exists in this brew. A nice dry hoppy finish leaves the mouth satisfied.

Drinkability - You can drink this beer all day.

A nice offering from Great Divide that would be a nice introduction to those who have not known the pleasure of a micro brew.

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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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