Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

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Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
American Pale Ale
Ranked #184
Ranked #7,908
4.06 | pDev: 9.85%
Sep 24, 2020
Oct 07, 2005
Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Pours a dull gold to light amber color that looks like a hazy ipa, big 2/3" head and good retention. Liquid ugly, foam, impressive. The aroma is of old school C bittering hops, rind and pine, rind and pine all day.

Taste doesn't really offer much in terms of flavor. The mouth feel is plenty of bitterness. Lacks that green feel to it, if you really search you can tell yourself there is some grassiness, but that isn't always 'green' it can be more of a dead, yellow, saison kind of grassiness too. The bitterness pushes harder and drier than most C hops, so they may have scored some Simcoe for this one. No off flavors, but in this day and age, I don't know that a beer lacking much if anything in the way of tropical or citrus fruit flavors can cut it for much of the current audience. But hey, I love a mix of old and new, but this just didn't resonate for me in much of any direction.

Another beer first had at the Sierra Nevada Single, Fresh, Wet & Wild Festival in Chico, CA.
Sep 24, 2020
Rated: 3.99 by jjboesen from Maryland

Oct 30, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by rorjets from Connecticut

Sep 10, 2019
Rated: 2.78 by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

May 31, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania

Apr 04, 2019
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Reviewed by GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Canned 10/12/16; drank 10/23/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through dark orange appearance.

A violent pour yielded a HUGE white head (careful pouring!); a thick curtain of lace.

Cane sugar, mild honey & faint mango notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Cane sugar & faint mango flavors up front; faint bitterness on the finish.

This was pleasant; however, it was extremely mild & fairly forgettable. Not one I'll seek out again.
Mar 25, 2019
Rated: 3.44 by mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

Dec 31, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by pvibeer from Colorado

Nov 25, 2018
Rated: 3.5 by caahare from West Virginia

Nov 17, 2018
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
The clear dark golden colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 3/4” fluffy white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap the then becomes an irregular island on the surface of the liquid while leaving lots of foam and lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some scattered patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are light flowery, grassy and grapefruit against a background of some caramel malt.

The flavors have a clean and fresh flowery, grassy character that goes well with the bitterness from the grapefruit zest. The malt backbone and its bit of sweetness are noticeable but stay in the background.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and slightly prickly from the light persistent finely bubbled carbonation. The long finish begins as the malt and its sweetness recede even further into the background as the bitterness from the grapefruit zest moves toward the back of the palate and then slowly fades to a dry persistent bitterness at the end.

Overall a beer worth trying and one I’d be willing to have again if offered, but that said I’ll not be going out of my way to do a repeat.
Nov 04, 2018
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Reviewed by JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Poured into a Great Divide cervoise glass.

Look: Dirty sunburnt golden straw colored body under a rocky, light khaki sea foam head that takes a long time to recede (still waiting) that leaves the entire glass covered in bubbly foam.

Aroma: Sweet malts and fresh pine combine to form a sort of fresh evergreen aroma that’s unique.

Taste: Just the right amount of malt balance before turning both lightly grassy and very piny without a lot of bitterness. Clean wood and pine in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied.

Overall: Very fresh and clean tasting, not overly resinous or bitter, with proper dryness.
Oct 13, 2018
Rated: 3.98 by Luckydog91 from Texas

Sep 19, 2018
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Rated by HopsAreDaMan from Missouri

3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I remember liking it, but not as much as the other fresh hope beers available at the time.
Sep 16, 2018
Rated: 4.67 by corywalston from North Dakota

Jul 02, 2018
Rated: 4.05 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 07, 2018
Rated: 3.96 by emptyglassagain from Massachusetts

Jan 29, 2018
Rated: 4 by R11415 from New York

Jan 26, 2018
Rated: 3.79 by mltobin from Connecticut

Jan 10, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jeff1973 from California

Dec 17, 2017
Rated: 4.09 by Hinge37 from Florida

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 16, 2017
Rated: 3.72 by brewtalthrone from Ohio

Dec 01, 2017
Rated: 4.03 by West_Chester_Ale_Tester from Ohio

Nov 19, 2017
Rated: 4.43 by ICTguy21 from Kansas

Nov 17, 2017
Rated: 3.64 by Nunya from Ohio

Nov 16, 2017
Rated: 2.85 by Lawl3ss from Texas

Nov 16, 2017
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Reviewed by Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz can into Seidel Mug. Best by December 31st 2017.

L: Chill hazed gold, finger and a half of off-white head has very good retention.

S: Bready, herbal, some pine. Something smells off though.

T: Bready, herbal and pine again, tastes alright, nothing crazy.

F: Light-Medium, crisp, drying grain.

O: Meh.
Nov 07, 2017
Rated: 4.18 by kkazemi from North Carolina

Oct 27, 2017
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Rated by BEER88 from Washington

4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Simple easy drinking beer
Sep 04, 2017
Rated: 4.41 by JoeLev from Ohio

Jul 23, 2017
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This was poured into a becher pint glass. The appearance was a hazy to transparent orange color. Sly carbonation rises. One finger white foamy head. Messy foamy lacing. The aroma had a super nice sweet to bitter piney hoppiness bursting over a nice malt backbone, not overbearing. The flavor leads with the piney hops, bitter and sweet. Dry piney aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a great sessionability about it. Good carbonation and doesn’t distract from bitterness. Malt level seems appropriate to provide enough body. Overall, really nice APA surprisingly enough even with the date, I could drink this again.
Jun 18, 2017
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Reviewed by BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
L - Bronze with clarity, with 1 finger of head and some lacing left all over the glass

S - Dank fresh hops, citrus and bitterness

T - Well balanced and dank, more bitter than citrusy

F - well carbonated and medium body

O - A tasty fresh hop brew. I really enjoyed this one
Mar 18, 2017
Rated: 3.81 by varian7 from California

Feb 19, 2017
Rated: 3.75 by ghowehattrick from North Carolina

Feb 15, 2017
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Reviewed by chinchill from South Carolina

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
12 oz can with a canning date of Oct. 2016.

Look - Copper colored body with a creamy off-white head that leaves a thorough coat of film on the glass.

Smell - Hoppy citrus notes dominate. Moderate complexity.

Taste - Hoppy citrus notes dominate but with more pine and more grains. Moderate complexity and medium-mild bitterness.

Feel - medium body with medium+, soft carbonation.

Overall - a great Pale Ale that resembles a mild DIPA more than expected.
Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by Karibourgeois from Texas

Jan 20, 2017
Rated: 3.96 by TheIPAHunter from Pennsylvania

Jan 12, 2017
Rated: 3.97 by Timtac from New Jersey

Jan 08, 2017
Rated: 3.65 by Nolster from Minnesota

Jan 07, 2017
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