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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Photo of DCon
2.58/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bought the Great Divide Brewer's Choice 12-pack (12 FL OZ. bottled) from Shop N Save in Valley Park, MO for $14.99 and this was included. Poured from the blue bottle with DPA in yellow & a Ram above the "A" on it into a Crown Royal Shaker Glass. Has NO bottled on date... Strange b/c the rest of them do!

Aroma- Has the lightest aroma aroma... Not much hop at all in here but mostly clean and malty.

Appearance- Pours no head at all. Has a copper color body (almost like apple juice) with good clarity. Leaves no head.

Flavor- Has a caramel and strong malty taste from the get go. A light bitterness finishes off this brew and theres not much Pale Ale to it. Very one sided, malty and sweet.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Low Carbonation, and leaves sweetness on the palate. No bitterness.

Overall Impression- Tough to say, but this was not a good English Pale Ale from Great Divide. Way to sweet and malty. Needed to have more hops in here. I'm still wondering why there wasn't a Bottled On date on this one but all the rest... This may be just a bad brew. Will try again to see.

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Photo of iSip
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale: The label reads “English Style Ale”, and that what you get! Pour this beer and you get and English Oak panel brown color body topped with a thin off-white head that fades by the time most of the brew is gone. Very good aroma, nice complexity with a lot of roasted malt coming through. Flavors come on slowly, but end with the unmistakable roasted malt that is typical of an English style ale. There is just the right amount of bitterness, and lots of malt sweetness. This Great Divide ale goes down smoothly for a beer with a thick feel to it. English style ales are not my favorite type of beer, but this is a good one if you are so inclined, and a good beer overall.

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

On tap

App- Bright yellow with a decent lacy head

Sm- Very floral hops with a bit of green apple poking through. Wisps of malt sweetness.

Ta-Initial hop bitterness washes over but is followed by the a nice grain balance. Very nice.

Ov- One of the true great american pales, that isn't just a masquerading IPA. Excellent.

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Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Ithaca glass. It poured a crystal clear, copper color with a thin but fizzy head to it. The head stayed mostly to the edges of the glass and left just a hint of lacing.

The aroma has a malty, bready profile to it with a some caramel, toffee and some toasted grain notes to it. It's crisp and clean and accentuates the malts pretty nicely.

The taste has more of a sweeter, malty flavor to it at first. I get a little of the caramel at first as well. Midway, more of the toasted grains come out and mix with some balancing bitterness. Nicely balanced in the finish with some malty flavors lingering for a bit.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty solid and easy drinking beer. It showed off the malty, toasty, somewhat sweet flavors nicely while still managing to be balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of abgba121
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours a light amber color with almost no head and a very slight lace down the glass.

S: smells sweet and malty, very little hop character

T: Sweet up front, some hoppy bitterness to follow, citrusy and lingering, great flavor. Finish is bitter, crisp and dry

M: medium body, good carbonation

O: a good beer to try and enjoy, good malt character with slight hop presence.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, dated "bottled on Oct 28, 2010". Yes, I'm reviewing a Pale Ale that is almost 11 months old, but not my fault. I just bought this variety case a week ago, and was burned by Great Divide not putting dating on the outer case.

appears hazy orangish color, with big rocky white colored head. it does smell a bit stale, a little cardboardish. taste seems fine, about in-line for an English pale ale- malty with just a touch of hops to balance. medium body, higher carbonation.

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

on tap at the brewery

A-gold brown with some foamy head.

S-citrus hops, malt.

T-mild hoppy bitterness with some malt to balance it out.

M-mild carbonation, cool and crisp.

O-overall a good pale ale that is perfect to session with the hot weather.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.14/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, no date on the label but I recall this being fresh from the case stamp...either June or July bottling date. Served at around 45F.

Pours hazy golden amber with tiny flecks of dark sediment, good three finger white head that leaves some rings of lacing and maintains a small cap.

Aroma starts fruity with applesauce and pear, quite bready/doughy, along with some grainy, grassy, floral and herbal hops. Good to very good strength.

Flavor starts with some citrus and herbal hops, fruity like the nose with some applesauce and pears, moves to some sweet caramel and doughy malt and finishes with nice bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fairly strong carbonation, a bit oily and sticky as well.

OK I guess? The apple cider/applesauce character, which at times makes me think of Gerber baby food, really picks up steam as it warms which isn’t my favorite flavor profile in a beer and detracts from my enjoyment.

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

Poured a slightly hazy amber color from a 12 oz bottle. No mention of ABV or freshness on the label.
Thin film of a head that dissipates very quickly.
Aroma is all malty and spicy with hints of hops popping up intermittently.
Taste is also high on malts upfront with a nice lingering bitterness in the finish.
Very good lacing along the insides of the glass.
This ale is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink. Has all the makings of a perfect sessions beer.
Definitely worth a try.

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

Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Pours a clear copper color, soapy head and moderate lacing. Aroma is lightly floral, some citrus and caramel. In the taste, english pale malts, semi-fruity yeast, and a small pine/citrus hop presence. Not so bitter, tang from the yeast, not too sweet either. Light to medium bodied feel, adequate carbonation. Overall, an easy going pale ale with crossover potential.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mysterious, cloudy amber-gold, with a rich white head and beautiful lace.

Nose is citrus hops, and a dash of malty sweetness. Nice.

Taste is mild, but certainly well-hopped. Nonetheless, it's not too bitter or heavy. A solid and session-worthy pale ale with a clean, fresh flavor and good balance.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.61/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It's tan to copper colored, clear, with lots of rising bubbles. The two finger head lasted, a nice creamy white topping remained for many a sip. Lacing was good too. Really it looked quite nice.

Smell was kind of weak but not bad. I mostly smelled malts but a bit of floral aromas were there too. Maybe just a pinch of hops.

Taste was heavily malty, bready and caramel malts mostly, along with a small amount of balancing hops and some fruity notes.

Feel is pretty good, easy to drink, well carbonated, with a lightly fruity, floral aftertaste.

It's a pretty tasty beer. I'd happily drink this one again, and I'm glad I bought a sixer of it because I'm ready for another!

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.54/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a semi hazy copper with very very little white head.

The smell is all malt coming through.

The taste is very simple, MALT and HOPS. The malt is bready and the hops are bitter with very slight citrus or fruit flavors. Definitely English style.

Not a bad beer and I am enjoying it for sure, just very simple and there are better pales (American or English) out there.

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Photo of BeerHiker
3.96/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Great from the Ol' Divide.

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Wonderfull 1-1/2 inch frothy head appers from a light copper colored pour. Light lacing left behind on the glass.

It is very soft on the nose, very beasy and balanced smelling. Nice bready notes as well.

The bottle says: "Brilliant..Balanced" and this is nothing short of the truth for this beer. A wonderfully balanced hop and malt partnership. Very easy on the tongue. Very soft and inviting. Not too bitter, not too malty. Nice bread flavors left behind as well. VERY DRINKABLE.

Good job, Great Divide. Another amazingly balanced, drinkable, delicious beer. Definatly recomend to anybody. There isnt a bad note in this one.

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Photo of Claudius424
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found at the back of the beer fridge at a friends house. A good pale ale with a healthy kick and awesome mouthfeel that made it stand out from your usual domestic pale ale entries. It didn't taste like it was old or skunky, which made me wonder why it had been lost in the depths of the fridge. Glad I found it.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful translucent saffron color with visible effervescent carbonation. The eggshell colored head comes up to two fingers, receding to a solid one finger. Big, sticky retention.

A light, biscuity toffee malt scent lays the base for sweet, spicy citrus hops with a head of grapefruit.

This one tastes like bittersweet, hoppy goodness. The smell doesn't lie - the malts here are a baseline, and don't dare overstep their line and overpower the beer. At the same time, the hops don't wander into IPA territory - they stay equally delicate. The beginning spice almost hits like a very weak rye. The body is the bittersweet citrus on a bed of toast. The end is bitter and dry. Tasty, intriguing, but not complex.

This beer's on the lighter side with an easy, balanced carbonation - very quaffable. Almost like drinking tea, actually, with the dryness on the tongue.

Don’t let me mislead you. While the hops to me are more prevalent than the light malt, this is not a hoppy beer. It’s just a well balanced pale ale. It seems like it’d be a great session beer, or even a great fallback beer in a moment of indecision. It’s a classic in the pale ale style, well done in that regard.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, bottled on April 12, 2011.

This pours a light amber color with a white head. The smell is light, a little bread malts, a hint of grass. Feel is medium. The taste is better than expected from the smell, I get some bread malts up front, a ittle caramel / toffee sweetness and a nice hoppy bitter finish. Overall a pretty good beer.

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Photo of WSB
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a light amber color, clear, with a tight white head. Its a nice color, but it definitely doesn't look like a "pale" ale. (I guess its time I learn that "pale" refers more to the style than the color.)

Smell is, in a word, AWESOME. It smells like warm white bread coming out of an oven- yeasty, doughy, with a malt back. I get no hop smell, but I don't care.

Mouthfeel is light, crisp, wet. Moderate to light carbonation on the tongue.

Taste- Yup, same as the smell, which is to say AWESOME. You get the taste of warm, freshly baked white bread, followed by some maltiness, then a moderate hop bitter finish, and its all in perfect balance. Its amazing. Its refreshing. Its comforting. Its super satisfying and thirst quenching.

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Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle was from a Great Divide Variety 12pk

Enjoyed in a DFH Signature glass

A - Beers pours with a slightly hazy, amber/reddish color with a one finger foamy head. Head dissipates slowly. Nice lacing on the glass.

S - Nothing that says "wow". A slightly sweet, malty aroma

T - The taste is actually very good. The beer is very malt forward with a nice combination of toffee-like sweetness and a hint of hops. Slightly tangy on the aftertaste. The ABV is rather low and it is not noticeable at all.

M - A thin to medium consistency. Nice tingles from the carbonation.

O - I enjoyed this beer. Nothing about it stands out, per se, but it well made and is highly drinkable. A session beer in my opinion. A nice example of the style. I'll enjoy finishing up the remaining bottles in the pack.


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Photo of fusco86
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice golden amber color that is transparent. Foam is moderately thick and fades after a few minutes, leaving a nice lacing that sticks to the glass.

Aroma is piney and citric, with hints of biscuity malt.

Mild carbonation, reminiscent of english-style hand pump. Bready malt is beautifully balanced by the hops, which are noticeable yet mild, and linger in the finish very pleasantly.

A very well balanced pale ale.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a Great Divide sampler 12 pack.

Perfect looking. The frothy, sticky head is everlasting. It's bubbles are so compact that they create a very creamy looking covering. Lacing is not a strong enough word. No haze on this beer, just active carbonation and fiery copper colors. Sam Adams Perfect Pint and DPA, the perfect storm.

Hops are mostly grassy and floral. There is a big, healthy lump of doughy malts right in the middle of this aroma.

Tea leaves and floral English hops are the first and main flavors. A few scattered dashes of pine and citrus keep this interesting. This is malty, sure, but it really just keeps things in balance. Toasted bread crust and honeyed biscuits.

The low carbonation makes an effort to be cleansing and prickly. It finishes smooth and clean with only a light lingering pine and grass bitterness.

A really good pale ale, its just a shame that really good pale ales leave you with little to say. This one is a well made exercise in restrained, classical brewing.

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Photo of Dope
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear copper-amber pour with a good fluffy white head. Retention and lacing are quite good. Honestly probably the best aspect of this beer.

S: Smells like...malt? Kinda bready/biscuity smell. Almost no detectable hops other than a light grassy smell.

T: Grass hop flavor followed by very bready malt. Not much else too it. Pretty basic and bland.

M: Pretty clean and mild. Smooth. Almost nothing to it so a very drinkable beer.

D: Definitely not for the hop head as this is a very basic beer. Nice and simple if you are trying to get started with pale ales and haven't quite gotten the taste for strong hops yet. If you're a hop addict, avoid this as it will taste quite bland.

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Photo of chocosushi
3.41/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A ~ Deep toffee color with delicate carbonation. Certainly looks English. They tend to have a golden brown hue on their EPA/IPAs.

S ~ English hops, peas, dusty scones, walnuts.

T ~ Caramel malt, dried grass and leaves way up front. Nuts (peanuts, chestnuts, & walnuts), butter, traditional English hop flavors, and Mashed Potatoes (forreal)

M ~ Bitter, medium bodied. Lots of organic/vegetable feel on the mouth. Savory.

D ~ This was my to Great Divide beer when I was first getting into Craft, so it was fun to go back to it. It's actually a pretty great rendition of the English Pale.
I feel like the bottle I got wasn't at it's freshest, though. But regardless it was a good way to start a casual tasting.
Not alot of frills but that's what I expect with english styles

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

Pours a pale, attractive looking gold. Large white fluffy head. Thanks to a generous JCB.

Smells faintly of pine and a bit of toasted caramel. Not much aroma, really.

Taste is light pine, that toasted caramel is a bit more prominent in the flavor, a biting, mineral-y aftertaste that doesn't seem to quite mesh with the style. No real citrus, which is surprising, just that pine-y bitterness.

Well, it's pleasant enough. I won't write a ballad about it, but nicely carbonated and quaffable.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.54/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a yellow, gold'n honey, bubbly booze, translucent with lazy carbs, half a finger of Danish head..

Very faint hop oils and nothing else

Bitter hops and some old season pine nothing else... wow thats a big disappointment for me here considering when I was like seventeen it won the best pale ale in the US by United Airlines Flight magazine

Light, medium bodied, semi strong carbonation and no lingering effects

Overall it isn't bad, its just not good... not going to recommend it to anyone

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