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: 1,347
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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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A true American Pale Ale with a bright new penny shade of copper body and decent off-white head. Quickly recedes but gives superior lacing from the sheet of residual. The nose is of floral hops and a little malt back in the background.

The flavor is of the hops and some malting. The body is thin and more than a bit watery. Smooth and a bit creamy, just the same. Easy drinkability with a fine ending bitterness.

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Photo of HardTarget
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. brown bottle with notched “Month and Week bottled on” but the notch isn’t clearly indicating the month and week, otherwise this is a beer from 2 weeks in the future, or 50 weeks from the past. (Maybe a year mark instead of a week mark next time, eh?)
Aroma: Mild hop aroma for a pale ale, getting a lot of malt smell and a whiff of a candy like smell, cotton candy maybe?
Appearance: Clear light amber with a thin white head. I worked hard to get a head in the pour. It has some nice lacing and tidemarks.
Flavor: Almost non-existent hops top off a rather mild taste. Also notes of DMS (dimethylsufide) or cooked corn taste, a real problem. Has a nice malt backbone, but doesn’t have the hops to really back it up.
Mouthfeel: medium body, thicker than the mild taste would predict
Overall Impression: I’m really hoping my bottle is 50 weeks old, but that still wouldn’t explain away the DMS taste. It might help explain where the hops went. The most hoppiness I got out of this was the picture on the bottle. Maybe I’ve blown out my hop receptors with all the Rogue and Stone beers, but I’m just not tasting any here. Despite the DMS taste, this ends up being fairly drinkable beer, but I can’t really recommend it.

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Photo of Gusler
3.22/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours to a nice amber color with a modest and frothy off white head, as it erodes a fine sealing sheet of lace is left behind to drape the glass. Nose is lightly floral, malt sweet, crisp and fresh; start is sweet, nice malt profile with a light to moderate top. Finish is crisp in its acidity, hops apropos to the style, a drinkable beer, and one I received in or from four different “Beer Clubs”, so somebody must like this beer.

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Photo of beerguy101
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium amber gold color, large white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are grapedfruity and bitter. Farily hoppy for a pale ale. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter

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Photo of marcobrau
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Amber colored ale that pours with a rocky head. This beer has an herbal aroma with herbal tasting hops that blend with an assertive clean malt flavor. There's a hint of a mineral-like quality to this lighter bodied pale ale. The finish is lightly bitter and quick. A very quaffable, tasty pale ale, but a bit on the lightweight. Found this at a Brennan's produce market in Monroe, Wisc., and hadn't seen it in awhile around my homebase in the Chicago suburbs.

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Photo of BierReise
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Kind of a bland APA in my opinion. Clear copperish golden colored with a slim head and little lacing. Medium hop aroma and a bit sweet smelling. Flavor is slightly bitter and has a metallic taste to it. A bit watery. Medium body. Not a bad beer just nothing really impressive.

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

Clearish medium amber appearance, creamy 1/2 inch head that's shiny and a pale tannish white. Nice laces, interlocking webs of crystalline foam. Aroma is reserved, minimal malt and a somewhat sharp huckleberry flowery hop smell. Malt flavors assert early, medium body and carbonation, some bits of pizza dough breadiness and pale caramel. Hop balance is good and leaves the floral impression slightly behind as there is a weak assertion of a juicy bit of citrus rind. Not piney at all. Not as aggresively hopped as many in the American style. Decent beer here, a little on the straight forward side for me to pick it up again.

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Photo of ZAP
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Semi hazy burnt orange color....bubbly head that rims the glass nicely...the nose is of freshly squeezed hops..a bit piney..also citrus notes...also some biscuity malt....very nice aroma...flavor is relatively hopped up...more of an IPA...a bit unbalanced towards the hops....I bet the IBU's aren't real high but it tastes like they are because of the low malt backbone...there is some English style biscuit/bready malt notes but they are definitelty secondary...

I love bitter, hoppy beers but something seems just a little off in the mouthfeel and drinkability...

A nice hoppy pale ale that hop lovers will enjoy...a bit more blalance and this would be very it is, I still think it is very good...

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Photo of Jon
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As the six pack carrier exclaims, call it DPA. Well, DPA pours a slightly hazed apricot color with a creamy white head, which leaves subdued trails of lace down the glass. Nose is of some floral hops and a surprising amount of biscuity malt. For a beer that is supposed to have a dense concentration on hops, I didn't notice as much as expected. Flavor is a decent balance between bready, biscuity, somewhat caramel-tasting malt and some citric hops. Once again, not nearly as hopped-up as advertised, or maybe it's just me. Tastes and smells a lot more like an English style IPA. This is a medium to full bodied brew, which is fairly drinkable. Would work as a solid session beer, as well.

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

Brownish copper color with an off-white head. Chill haze and some precipitate are present. Some lacing.
Aroma of toasty malts and floral hops.

Taste shows floral hops and malts with a toasty caramel flavor. Nice flavor and bitterness level.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a solid pale ale.

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Denver Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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