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 shand
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my Sierra Nevada imperial pint.

It pours a brilliant golden colour with amble carbonation and two and a half fingers of fluffy head. Retention is decent, but lacing is full and sticky. The aroma was very faint maltiness and a touch of floral hops. The taste is big on the caramel malts, with just a little bit of slightly sharp floral hops. Not bad, but nothing too stunning either.

The mouthfeel is nice, it goes down easily without being too thin. And it's drinkable enough, it's a bit too sweet for me but otherwise goes down very nicely. Another middle-of-the-road craft brew that does nothing different to stand out from the pack.

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Photo of suspect
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: Weak yellowish/orange color. Only about a finger of head after a normal pour. Lacing lasted throughout the duration of the beer.

S: Malty. Not much else to it. Can't really discern any hops or citrus in it.

T: Sweet with relatively nice malt blend. Taste lingers on for a long time after it goes down.

M: Medium bodied, lingering aftertaste. Low carbonation, but not underdone. Creamy, yet weak. Immediate mouthfeel reminded me of Saranac which isn't my favorite, but I don't hate it either.

D: Eh, I could take it or leave it. Was ok. I would drink it if there were no other craft brew options available.

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Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass. Bottled on January 23, 2011.

Appearance: Brilliant amber-orange with thin white cap and some lacing.

Smell: Caramel & toasted malt. Spicy, floral & citrusy hops. Somewhat metallic.

Taste: Nice malt backbone of caramel, biscuit and cherry. The spicy hops provide some counterbalance and are a little more dominant on the finish, with a light citrusy kick.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, nice creamy body that is fuller than expected, nice dry finish.

Drinkability: Very solid English Pale Ale. Well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light coppery/honey color with quarter inch head and minimal lacing.

S - Very light fruity aroma coupled with a biscuity/bready/yeasty malt background.

T - Initial flavor comes across as earthy and biscuity malts followed by a stale hop bitterness with a mild fruity backbone, very similar to the smell. Bitterness lingers slightly.

M - Perfect mouthfeel for a pale ale. Medium to light-bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - Definitely a perfect beer to pair with good bar food or grilling out. Goes down smooth and could drink a few depending on the mood I'm in.

A solid representation of a pale ale. Good, not great. I wouldn't turn it down but probably will not seek it out in the future.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium gold color w/ a off white head that quickly disappears. Very floral nose to this beer, and not much else. There's a floral, grassy, hoppy taste to this beer. Maybe some vanilla in there as well. The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer for me. Very smooth and creamy, like an IPA root beer float. Drinkability is somewhere between fair and good. This is a good solid beer. Not great, but I'm thankful to have tried it.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle, the Denver Pale pours a almost clear honey golden in color and offers a light white cap of brief retention. Lacing is light as a result.

Light citric hops and a bit of grain on the nose along with some biscuity caramel notes. Decent but unexciting and a bit reaching in fact, warming expands and opens up more in the musky hop department.

Flavor is equally middle of the road with some caramel sweetness and a moderate bready texture and feel. Finishes with a flash of orange and spice. Overall the beer suffers from low carbonation but still lacks a certain 'brightness' to the malt body.

Bottled on Nov. 24, 2010

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Photo of rpardon7
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle with an explosive thick foamy white head,even with a gentle pour the head pillowed,color was a bright orange copper. Smell was of tropical and piney hops with perhaps a bit of buscuity malt. Taste was hop dominated mostly grapefruit and piney hops with a touch of buscuity malt. Mouthfeel was alive very crisp and dry. Drinkability was nice would enjoy in the summer or fall!

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Photo of Zundo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light, clear, copper honey color with a one-finger, slightly off-white head that leaves a frothy film on top and laces well.

Smell: Has a sweet orange and pineapple smell with biscuity caramel malt.

Taste: A nice orangy, grapefruit taste with some faint pine and sugary caramel.

Mouthfeel: A bit too carbonated and watery, but the finish has an interesting chewy finish.

Drinkability: Has a bit more bite than most Pales, but it is still pretty drinkable.

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Photo of nukem5
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: great caramel color with a perfect cap of off white foam.Nice lacing as well.

S: Nice floral and citrus balance of hops, slight sweet malt notes.

T: Sweet malts combined with a great dose of floral and citrus hops.Spicey and zesty great balance here of some nice flavors.

M: A bit thin and watery but a nice carbonation level.

D: Very drinkable and smooth. Could drink a few of these no problem. Goes great with a cheeseburger and fries.

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

A darker honey color, just this side of clear, probably chill haze. Great pale ale head; rocky, sticky, chunky and textured. Smell is spiced hops notes and a solid malt background. Pretty balanced aromas, crisp and uplifting. Taste is initially of honey malts then moves to a sweet balanced hops flavor, ending on light bitterness and some fruitiness. Has a good sweetness to it and well balanced. Feel is light medium bodied with subdued carbonation.

Solid beer from Great Divide; tasty, crisp and quite sessionable. Nothing spectacular, just solid.

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

Poured this into a pint glass. Bottled on Sept 8th 2010.

This pours a nice golden color, that forms a beautiful nice 1" head that stands for a minute or so then falls. Transparent and showing just a small amount of carbonation.

Smells on light hops, with lots of lemon and light fruit. A nice dry bread like flavor.

I really nice taste for a pale. The the bitter and sweet flavors come together nicely. I get a nice citrusy flavor as well.

The M&D are dry at the finish but but easy to drink and very satisfying. a great beer for anytime.

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Photo of KidsDoc
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint

A: soft orange with light amber hues. White one finger head that leaves big sticky lace

S: subtle with buttery malt, light fruit/apple; faint earthy hops

T: sweet and light up front, well balanced push of bittering hops blending with soft fruit notes, then finishing with a buttery smooth finish.

M: Light-medium, very smooth with a long, lingering finish. Refreshing carbonation.

D: very drinkable with a manageable ABV and balanced blend of light malt and earthy/subtle hoppiness.

Overall a refreshingly good beer. Nothing too exciting and not something I would actively seek out or feel I am missing to not have regularly. Just a solid pale ale, much like many others.

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Photo of Snow81
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: little golden orange

Smell: almost smells like a cleen lager

Head: nice and white with a little lace andit stays around for a bit

Taste: a bit of a hop note, bit of pine

Weight: pow flaver then it drops out a bit

Finish: hop lingers in my mouth, yum!

All in all not to bad of a beer.

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Photo of Bizz88
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a clear copper amber with a one fingered off white head with a fair amount of sticky lacing the entire pint glass. Light aromas of malts and citrus hops on the nose. Crisp piney hops and malt on the palate with nice clean feel and desent carbonation.

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

I poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a nonic, hazy gold pour with a big, sticky white head. The beer leaves nice rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is light and floral. It has a floral hop taste up front and a lighly bitter finish, kinda muddled in the middle. The body is lighter than I would like, but not terrible. A decent English Pale, not a beer I would seek again.

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

It says "English" on the label, as in English Pale Ale, but it seems to me that the only thing English here is the label copy. Everything about this beer says American Pale Ale. There's isn't enough fruity aroma or taste to qualify as a good English PA, but it has enough floral stuff in it to make it compete with a decent APA, such as those from BBC. There's a edgy, sharp bite from the hops and the ample fizz, and the dry finish would make it a decent pounder, although I would't recommend wasting it that way. Overall it's a nice, average beer for average circumstances.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Dark copper with little head and nice sea form lacing.

S- Florla hops, caramel sweet malts and faint citrus. Maybe lemon. Grass and rich earthy soil.

T- Clean biscuit taste, watery, floral hops on the back end. Clean finish. Hints of citrus but faint. Earthy tones.

M- Medium body, watery.

D- Very drinkable, but not impressive. Watery. Goes down easy. Bland.

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Photo of drummstikk
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Brilliant copper color with a rocky tan head. Smells like sweet malt and flowers. Very clean aroma. Taste is malty but not cloying, bitter but not bracing. Hops are mostly spicy and clean, with a little American resin in the finish. Malt is sweet and aromatic, but evaporates with hop bitterness for a dry and refreshing finish. Yeast produces some significant English fruit flavors, but is a much-cleaned up version of anything you'd find coming out of Burton. Body is on the thicker side of most 5% beers, but the caramel malts are kept in check so that the finish is simply spicy and aromatic rather than sweet and cloying.

The contradictions in this beer place it very high on the list of most-drinkable beers.

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Photo of Duff27
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear dark ruby red. Lots of floaties. A good two fingered white head on this Pale Ale. Lacing gets it graded a tick higher.

S- Very much citrus smelling. Floral hops.

T- Bready/biscuity with a hop feel that lingers. I'm not getting too excited about the taste.

M- Medium mouthfeel...actually, on the thin/watery side.

D/O- Drinkability is high due to low ABV% and the fact that there isn't too much flavor to kill the palate. A six pack would be no problem with this beer. Consider me a tad unimpressed.

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Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Irish Style Pint

A - Pours a slightly hazy bright orange color, with medium effervescence. Generates an off white 2 1/2 to 3 finger soapy head that disapates down to a half finger head that sticks around. Leaves great lacing on the glass.

S - Smells more like a West Coast IPA than a Pale Ale. Lots of cirtus and floral hops in the nose, with some nice malt as well.

T - Tastes more so like an IPA than a Pale Ale too. Very cirtusy, with a nice crisp hop bite on the back end. Hops linger for a little while, but nothing like a full fledged IPA. Very juicy-like taste. Kinda like if you bit strait into a grapefruit, you get that bitter juciy quality. This beer is just like that. Very very tastey.

M - Now I am not going into the beer blind, for I have had 5 before this last one. But, the first 5 were consumed from a red solo cup, and I must say that the mouth feel was much much softer from the red cup. But be that as it may, this time around, the mouthfeel is a little on the thin side. Its definitely not thin and watery, but definitely not as soft, and it doesnt dance on you tongue as much as from a solo cup. Strange huh?

D - Taking into accounnt the complexity of this beer, the drinkability is extremely high. The first night picked this beer up I drank 5 in a row at a party and felt great. Therefore, I would deem this beer a very tasty session beer.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.21/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into my Narke tulip...A medium copper with an off white head that is light. Poor retention and lacing...Strong aroma, like an cask conditioned esb, toffee, lots of pale malts and a little grass. Light chocolate milk notes come through as well, interesting...Taste is totally English, light overall, burnt toffee on the front, light grass hops that are not as fresh as I would like. Light chalk/metal finish, not overly offensive but I'm not chomping at the bit to drink more.

Slightly below average pale that can be skipped. I'd try it again on cask.

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Photo of generallee
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a small mug. The label has a bottled on date and a nice description but no ABV.

Appearance: The body has a slight haze and a faded orange gold color. There is a lot of tight fine carbonation supporting a tall off white head. The head is thick, creamy and long lasting. It also makes lots of cool lacing on the glass as I drink.

Smell: In the nose there is a mix of modest pale bready malt with some balanced hops. The hops are some what lemony, floral and leafy.

Taste/Palate: The flavor has a good base maltiness with a solid bready and pale grain with a light fruity back note. This hooks up with the hops and brings nice floral and mild lemon like citrus notes with a little herbal/leafy character as well. The hop bitterness takes over in the finish and lingers nicely and begs for some nice salty pretzels. LOL

Notes: This is a solid English Pale Ale with a touch of American boldness and flare.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Started foamy with a nice head that faded fast leaving a good lace and a deep amber color that clouded the carbonation. Smelled a bit of juicy fruit but also a sour wine note too. Mouth was a creamy fruity hoppy experience with a bitter back end. So, taste? Very hoped but subdued, showing it's "English Style" but not mellow like a true English Pale. The mellow flavors, carrot stick, slight licorice, candy hops bitter with a touch of grapefruit.

This is good, but I'd throw it in with the many beers I've tried that taste almost the same. Entry level pale ale, along the lines of Great Lakes or Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of jhammel01
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light gold, clean, clear. foamy white head. Looks nice and solid lots of retention and lacing down the glass.

Smells of fresh hops, slight biscuit. Unfortunately, not much else.

The taste is much hoppier than I expected. 1st taste has plenty of hop bite that is almost completely wiped clean by the malty, caramel backbone of this beer. Finishes a bit toasty / biscuity.
Gets a little watery the more it sits out..Wierd..

Seems more like a crisp APA than an English Pale Ale. Either way...damn good. Never dissapointed w/ Great Divide.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a honey yellow with a bubbly white head that unevenly deflates, leaving sticky residue down the sides of the glass. Nice lacing remains as the beer is consumed.

Has a malty smell, slightly yeasty, with a touch of sour hops.

Taste is crisp, with a bit of smooth malt in the middle ending slightly bitter. A clean, tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is fresh and refreshing.

Highly drinkable, this is an easy go-to session beer.

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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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