Denver Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

1,361 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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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of gwalt
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours crystal clear with a finger of egg white head. Nice caramel / orangish hue. Faint to no hops in the nose but hints of straw, biscuit, and a touch of sweetness. I really like the mouthfeel of this beer, upper end of medium body. Slight earthy hops present in the taste with nice caramel and toasty malt character. Overall this is a very pleasant beer that is well made. My enjoyment was after a particularly stressful day and it went down well in the adirondack chair on the front lawn.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Fahz
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of spoony
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle (bottle on February 5, 2013) into a tulip.

A-A normal pour produces very little head that quickly drops to a white, shiny ring of foam. The ring leaves a little chunky lacing on the glass. The brew is clear and golden in color with a few random bubbles of carbonation visible.

S-The smell is pretty mild. I detect very little in the way of hops, but there is some decent toasty, caramel-toffee malt coming through. As the brew warms up a bit, I also detect some buttery fruit notes.

T-The taste, like the smell, is a little light on the hops. The malts produce a lightly fruity, toasted grain base flavor that persists from start to finish. There is very light hoppiness that comes through as an earthy, barely-floral spice on the finish.

M-The feel is light to medium body with a fine, prickly wave of carbonation. It is quite drinkable, but I could have used a little more heft.

O-I have mixed feelings about this beer. I tend to like more sharpness in my pale ales, and this brew was definitely on the butter side and malt heavy (which is odd given the lack of head and oily lacing on the glass). Nevertheless, I guess this IS an English Pale, so it can't be faulted too much for being overly malty.

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Photo of acsprouse
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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5/5  rDev +34.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of homebrew311
3.15/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is pale and clear with minimal head. Smell is mild and grainy, almost no hops to speak of. Taste is much like the nose, with and addition of a little earthy hop presence along with some caramel. Mouthfeel is lackin in carbonation and is very light. Pretty boring beer overall.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of LuauLarry
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from Wegmans Dewitt NY for 2$

Appearance - Clear light copper colour with an average size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, caramel, grassy notes

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel and hops. There is also some light grapefruit flavour mixed with hay/herbal/grassiness. It ends with a malty caramel herbal aftertaste.

Overall – My bottle is from August 2012, which isn't helping I'm sure.. It's got a little too much of a herbal/wet grass type flavour going on for me. It reminds me of a fall/oktoberfest type beer.

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Photo of Jacurdy60
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Deep golden-brown with a nice orange hue. Pours a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing.

S-The nose is bready as hell. I'm also getting a subtle note of grapefruit and oranges.

T-Damn good. But in all seriousness: wheaty, but not dry. Some bitter fruit is in there too. Semi-malty finish

MF-Crisp, but not dry. Smooth, but not thick.

O-A very complex brew. I feel like I haven't picked up on all the flavors as I have only drank one. A damn good pale ale, though. What a good beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
3.71 out of 5 based on 1,361 ratings.
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