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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
greatdivide.com

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
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#5,956
Reviews:
697
Ratings:
1,613
pDev:
9.85%
 
 
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Ratings: 1,613 |  Reviews: 697
Reviews by Ivegotmule:
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.48/5  rDev -14.3%
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)

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle. This beer is an orangish amber color with a small creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by fresh floral and grassy hops. The taste much like the aroma is dominated from the beginning by the hops. However, the malt does a pretty decent job of holding it's own in the background, but the hops not suprisingly definately steal the show. Overall, this is a highly recommended beer that I will surely revisit in the future.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright orange with a thick white head that is damned sticky and leaves all kinds of lace on the glass. The only reason it's not a 5 is because the retention isn't as good as it could be--a thin covering remains over the top of the beer.

S: All hops. Big time citrus--grapefruit and orange, mainly. Other tropical fruits in the background--some mango. Some floral aromas, as well. Either more intensity or complexity would help, but not a major complaint.

T&M: Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this beer is that it is actually an APA. The hops are present in a big way, but there is a pleasant bicuity, cracker-like malt backbone that holds things up well. Hop flavors make their entrance towards the end and burst with cirtus and pine flavor. The mouthfeel is superb--a sticky, resinous feel that lets one continue to savor and salivate in anticipation of the next sip. Body and carbonation are both to style.

D: Excellent drinkability. The project for Great Divide was to make a pale ale, not an IPA, and they superbly accomplished that goal. The body is medium, flavor is balanced (well, relatively anyway), and drinkability is high. My only regret is that I didn't buy more bombers of this stuff when I had the chance (though it is kind of expensive!). As far as comparisons go, this beer is more sessionable than Sierra Nevada's Harvest Ale this year. I love the wet hop beer experience, and I'm pleased that I finally got the opportunity to try a few of these beers.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/29/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a sightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fresh hop profile but the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than what I was expecting.

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Photo of intensify
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of KeyWestGator
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of CK319
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

ok, here we go...

Pours a clear darker copper color with about half an inch of frothy white head. Nice sticky lacing is left behind.

This one smells fresh. Fruity, grassy, and there is some pine mixed in, also.

The taste starts off with a bit of doughy malt before the grassy hops kick in. There is some citrus and pine as well contributing to the bitterness that I so enjoy. Malt presence is there throughout, but the hops are the stars in this one.

Creamy, oily medium body with a dry, bitter aftertaste. The dryness makes you want to take another sip...to which I will gladly oblige. I only bought one of these, but I will be grabbing more before they disappear. This one is almost a session brew for me. Tasty.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4.43/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Served from a bottle straight from the brewery, Thanks Bryan! OH and by the way, I really like the new packaging, nice work.

A-Deep amber/gold color high clarity nice pillowy off white head and great lacing.

S-Nice floral and citrus hop scent with a subtle malt sweetness lingering behind a great hop smell

T-Good toasty malt and subtle hits of caramel sandwiched between waves of hop flavor. Great spicy citrus hop taste and although there is a good bitterness it seems to wash down cleanly. All of the flavors seem to have rounded really nicely, this is damn good beer.

M-Soft and seemingly light, good amount of gas. Very pleasant.

D-Very high, great flavorful yet sessionable brew.

From What I understand this is Great Divide's liberally hopped ale with whole fresh hops rather than pellets. My restaurant was lucky enough to get a few kegs of it during the DNC in Denver. I was pretty bummed out that LHA was a one time brew until Bryan from Great Divide dropped of a bomber of Fresh hop. I have a case on order, it won't last long.

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Photo of Rob315
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of docrates
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of billymoe
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.39/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Amber color with a long lasting one-finger head. Leaves nice lacing.

S - Hops hops and more hops.

T - Grassy and hoppy with a hint of citrus. Also, a little malt flavor.

M - Crisp and dry. Medium-bodied.

S - A very good APA. The fresh hops make it quite good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale, poured on tap into a pint glass. A clear orangish color with a soapy off white head and alot of lace.

Aroma pretty hoppy as one might expect. Just a hint of the underlying malt.

Flavor is marked with an intense bitterness. Grapefruit-like, but much more bitter and less sweet. Has a juiciness to it as well, though quite bitter. Earthy stinging hops steal the show.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied while being semi-viscious. Hop presence feels like the enamel on my teeth is being stripped away. Dry.

Drinkability rates pretty good. This beer is a palate crusher and very hop-forward. More like an IPA than an APA.

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Photo of IPx
3.25/5  rDev -20%

Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Dooleymon
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Ngntjp
4.52/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of Jason
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz brown bomber with a bottled on date.

Clear and beery appearance of amber color and bubbles, lacing on the glass is extraordinary. Smells of fresh mint, wild herbs and soft pine with some bread crust in the back. Creamy medium body. With no warning the taste buds get smacked with a heavy hammer of hop character. Yeah, this is a very hoppy beer. As for the bitterness, yes ... The bitterness is there but the flavor clearly dominates. Lots of spice, orange rind, tobacco, hemp, pine, mint and leafiness from the hop flavor. Hint of lightly toasted malt and alcohol middle to end. Finishes hoppy as well, a little raw but very flavorful.

I'm certain to get my hop fix here. Exceptional.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do think it would be interesting to have a blind tasting of this beer versus other APA's. I suspect the 'fresh hop' imagery produces expectations beyond normal even for an APA and beyond the actual impact on taste of the hop-shipping procedure.

Pours a deep orange, with a large fluffy tan head.

Nose is powerful hop odors, reminds me of pine sap and citrus.

Taste is an amalgamation of a malty body which is distinct despite a ton of hops. In the hops I find citrus and something a bit more bitter, not actually tasting like pine sap (Yes I have tasted it) though the smell is a bit similar. I think the malty body offers a lot of balance for this beer, and at 6.1% it is very drinkable.

Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy body with a light copper color and a big, orange-tinted head. Sheets of lacing and great retention

S- Fresh hop indeed. Big, sticky West Coast C-hops with citric and tropical aromas. Sweet, dark caramel note.

T- The taste seeks to balance the bitter of the hops with a big malt wallop of sweet potatoes and sugar.

M- Substantial body with a silky carbonation. The alcohol shows a bit too much.

D- A nearly perfect pale ale for lovers of balance and order in the beer matrix.

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Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Aroma...
Great Divide's Fresh Hop opens up with a very light citrus scent that coats a delicate caramel backbone.

Appearance...
A brilliantly clear copper that affirms suspicions that dry hopping was avoided here because they used wet hops (this statement could very well be false). Long lasting head. Very little lacing.

Flavor...
A delicate grapefruit flavor starts out and fades into fleeting bitterness. There's about as much malt in the taste as there was in the aroma - you know it's there but it's not the focus.

Mouthfeel...
Medium-light bodied with shmedium carbonation.

Overall...
Fresh Hop is a sessionable pale ale that will also please the discerning beer lover out there. In a world of fist-to-mouth IIIIPA's (yeah, four Is) this is a nice break that offers a rare opportunity to reflect on the complexity that can be found in a pale ale.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,613 ratings