Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
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Style:
Pale Ale - American
Ranked #127
ABV:
6.1%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,224
Avg:
4.08 | pDev: 9.8%
Reviews:
698
Ratings:
1,618
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
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SCORE
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
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
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
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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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

4.04/5  rDev -1%
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
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
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
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
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
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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
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. And yes, that can came courtesy of the incredible woodychandler. Has a burnt orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, pine. Taste is piney, malts, light citrus, mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but I was expecting it to pack a little more punch.

Dec 16, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. The appearance is a bright orange color with a large white head. The aroma is full of hops and not much else. The taste is mostly hops with some malt in the background.

Dec 13, 2016
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fitzy84 from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a can at the Beer Shop in East Longmeadow, MA. The beer pours with a somewhat amber-like color with a white foamy head that leaves some layers of lacing on the sides. Aromas have light, grassy hops with some citrus, mostly a grapefuit like flavor. The taste is really nice; medium piney hoppyness makes the beer approachable without sacrificing complexity. Good mouthfeel too by being generally well-carbonated. Overall, I enjoyed this pale ale's taste, appearance, and mouthfeel the most.

Dec 03, 2016
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Clear, dark golden color with off-white head. Aroma is slightly dank and vegetal with nice grassy hops. Taste starts grassy with fresh hop flavor but there is also a nice nutty malt backbone. Finish is quite balanced with just a light to medium bitterness. Light body but quite smooth on the palate and well carbonated. Overall it's a really nice, easy drinking fresh hop ale.

Nov 23, 2016
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LiquidAmber from Washington

4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium coppery amber with a half finger white head with good retention and nice lacing. Aroma of light caramel malt, citrus hops, tropical fruit, orange and lemon citrus. Flavor is mild caramel and biscuit malt, citrus and piney hops, lemon citrus, a lightly tart grainy component that tastes like rye. Finishes with biscuit malt, lightly resinous piney and citrus hops. Medium bodied with light creaminess, good mouth feel. A malty, well hopped and flavorful pale ale, bordering on IPA territory due to the malt and robust hops. Nice herbal hop flavors, although the fruit in the aroma does not show up in the taste, there are still fine pine and citrus flavor. Malty for a pale ale, but that's how I like my hoppy beers anyway. The biscuit makes this lean towards a robust British bitter, but the hops are definitely domestic. Nice.

Nov 15, 2016
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richj1970 from Alabama

3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can dated 10/12/2016.

A: Clear golden yellow with 1 finger frothy white head. Lasting retention and fairly heavy lacing.

S: Fresh pine cones and bready malts. Faint citrus notes that go almost unnoticed.

T: Toasted bread and grapefruit mixed with fresh cut pine and grass. A little lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a lightly bitter finish.

O: Nice wet hop pale ale, but not in the same league as some of its counterparts especially with a $21 a six pack price.

Nov 06, 2016
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 10/12/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold/orange with some sediment floating around if you look hard enough; some large carbonation bubbles that help maintain a medium thick, sudsy white head. Lacing clings to most of the glass!
Smell - strong bready malt nose with some syrupy hops oils.
Taste - very balanced malt to hop flavor profile; more floral and pine hops to go with malts that present like rye bread.
Feel - medium body and more of a traditional APA with hops supported by a muscular malt structure!
Overall - somewhat of a let down. For $12.99 a six pack, and the average score on this site, I was hoping for a bit more. I'll most definitely enjoy this sixer, but doubt I'll seek this out again.

Nov 06, 2016
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Canned on 10/12/16. 12oz can poured into a tulip. Pours a burnt golden with a subtle haze but still has nice clarity; chunky off-white head that falls leaving lots of frothy retention and very sticky lacing. The aromas have hints of peach and mango. Some floral notes. Caramel malts are there. Some bread and cracker is there as well. The flavors are very clean, crisp and refreshing. It's slightly earthy and floral. Lots of grapefruit along with some hints of pine and fresh grass. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium-bodied with active carbonation. It's very creamy, fluffy and smooth.

This is a solid fresh hop brew. The aromas and flavors might not be flashy, but it's still what you would expect from the style. They stay true to the pale ale style. Once again, it's very clean, crisp and refreshing.

Oct 28, 2016
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Brolo75 from California

4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber orange with a bright white head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation and head retention, it's slightly cloudy, looks good.

A: Definitely has citra in it, guava, papaya, citrus rind, touch of malts, no alcohol on the nose, smells promising.

T: Tropical notes like guava, papaya, peach skin, grapefruit skin, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has a nice balance of toasted, caramel malts, tropical flavors linger in the aftertaste, very nice.

M: Light-medium bodied, semi-dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed, very drinkable, balanced, love citra hops and they really come through but they don't overwhelm, definitely going to enjoy the remainder of my six pack.

Oct 21, 2016
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TH28 from Florida

3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy deep golden with a moderate white foam cap. Aroma is strong fresh cut grass, with hints of pine and wood. Taste is a rich, toasty malt that gives way to a strong bitterness and hop flavors of acidic grapefruit, pine, and grass. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry and sticky on the tongue with a lingering bitterness and grassy flavor. Overall, an assertively bitter APA with tons of grassy hop flavor and aroma.

Aug 18, 2016
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gmoneyproductions from Colorado

3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled date 9.30.15
poured golden with a thick white head that lasted and left lace on glass beer was somewhat cloudy with some sediment
smell of citrus, lemon, pine and grass
taste slightly sweet with citrus and floral notes
feel crisp and effervescent
not bad bottle date made me nervous but beer seemed fine

Dec 27, 2015
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crob3888 from California

4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden sunrise with a white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Smell is of fresh grassy hops. Flavor is grassy, herbal, piney, with hints of mint, bay leaf, cilantro. Cracker like malt backbone. Medium body and medium carbonation. Definitely a delicious pale ale that lives up to the fresh harvest of its name.

Nov 24, 2015
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Lucular from Maryland

3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at a local craft bar, sweet and cloying. Little to no fresh hop taste. I have to assume it was an old keg, but maybe not. Obviously not super fresh, but it couldn't have been THAT old at this point in the year.

Nov 14, 2015
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look - Golden copper color with a good white head that looks to leave a good film.
Smell - Piney malt smell with some citrus in there.
Taste - very similar to the smell but with more citrus in there. Great balance.
Feel - medium body with medium carbonation. Very drinkable.
Overall - Really great Pale Ale!

Nov 12, 2015
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Wiffler27 from North Carolina

4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours dark gold with a solid head.

smell is mild but still present. nice combination of pine/malt with some sweetness.

taste is full of pine and malt, finishes sweet/dry. clearly an APA. taste isn't overpowering but there is still some hop bite in it. goes down smooth, easy drinking for me!

overall this is pretty good! i usually drink IPAs but it's nice to switch over to something less abrasive. a fresh pale ale is a very nice thing. easy to drink, (usually) lower in abv, and still has a hop kick to it.

Nov 11, 2015
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This wet-hopped pale ale pours to a brief, thin off-white head atop a crystal-clear, effervescent pale amber body. The aroma is moderate in intensity for the style, and is very straightforward: pine and grassy notes with hints of bready malt and alcohol. The flavor intensity is style-moderate as well: bitter pineapple up front, with a bitter resinous pine character building in mid-palate and peeks of light bready malt showing around the edges; again, more straightforward than would be desired. The finish is fairly clean, with just a pine hoppiness showing, joined shortly by a style-appropriate clinging hoppy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and peppery from the fizzy carbonation. Lacking in both complexity and intensity. (12 oz bottle, 32 days after pkg)

Nov 02, 2015
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BenwayPHD from California

4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, clear, orange with a thin, yet lasting, perfectly white head. The nose is quite inviting. Earthy, floral, vegetal, mildly spicy. The flavor is great. It's perfectly balanced. The malt is strong and assertive, but the hops are quite present. I would consider this an ipa, but i guess fairly low alcohol would put it in the pale ale range. Great mouthfeel. Quality beer from a quality company.

Oct 28, 2015
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