Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,588
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The pours a creamy and frothy head that dissipates quickly but still leaves some foam around the edges and clings to the glass. The beer is a clear dark amber color with a slight reddish tinge. The beer has a stronger malt smell than expected but the hop smell is not too diminished. The hops have a wet grassy smell to them and slight notes of pine resin as well. The taste is similar to the smell but with a much maltier presence. The hops are much more bitter and a wet grassy taste than the smell but still have slight notes of pine. The malt is stronger than the smell and only slightly offset the hops with a sweet malt taste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied but on the heavy side with biting carbonation. The feel is smooth bordering on velvety an dis quite refreshing. Overall, a very good pale ale with wet hops. I'll definitely pick this one up again each year.

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Photo of CONOR8832
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful golden amber colored into the glass with a nice fluffy white head, left some great lacing on the glass. The smell is to die for, it probably has to do with the fresh wet hops that they use but its aromoa is extremely grassy with a ripe great fruit scent that almost makes you think you are about to drink an IPA. The taste is equally as enjoyable as the smell. Very fresh taste, crisp taste, great hop to malt balance. Leaves a nice hop coating on the palate, I had a hard time convensing myself that this is a pale ale not an IPA. Great beer for hop heads, to put it in a nut shell if you could take the breaking of fresh celery stalks and put a flavor and feel to that sound that is what this beer is. I wish it was a year round brew but I guess I will just have to stock up on it.

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date best by Dec 30, 2013
Pours a super clean orange with thin white head

Aroma- big grassy hop resin, musty mango, citrus rind, flower pedal

Taste- juicy and resinous: juicy grapefruit and orange with subtle tropical fruit, earthy wet hop resin surfaces in the middle with sweet bready malt, finishes quite dank and sticky with piney/oily hop resin and traces of citrus

Feel- big for a pale ale, sticky, resinous, balanced

Well I am so pleasantly surprised by this. I was quite disappointed with last year's release (in fact, I kept coming across a similar very astringent grassy note in many of their beers that threw me off, not the case here). This is a great wet-hopped beer with all the right resiny, oily hoppy goodness. Well done Great Divide

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear dark copper-ish amber color, with a nice off-white head on top. great retention level and very nice lacing.

S: wow, that is the greenest nose I have ever smelled. Huge fresh/wet hop aroma...I can't stop smelling this beer. I have put my nose to the glass at least 20 times before tasting this one.

T: wonderful crystal malts lay down a biscuity flavor which is very nice. big fresh/wet hop flavor comes about a second after you sip it. very "green" hop flavor. this is just a great APA.

M: medium bodied APA, with a mild carbonation level. very smooth, but the hop flavors are crisp.

D: very drinkable APA, especially if you enjoy fresh hops. Well worth getting, but I would obviously recommend drinking it fresh.

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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of dashirey
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this tasty beer (on tap from a pint glass) at Canal Street Pub in Reading, PA. A big thanks to bigsplash for letting me know it was on tap! This is my first review of a beer...so here it goes!

A - The orange / copper like color drew me in from the beginning. The thumb of head that I started with dissipated rather quickly, but left behind a small amount a lacing. The beer was neither clear nor cloudy but somewhere in between.

S - Very complex especially for a beginner. Lots of smells from this beer; grassy from the start, from the fresh hops. But later more pine and citrus really overwhelm the nose.

T - Again very complex, it tasted a little different every time I sipped. At first there was a metallic/copper taste - not bad. Followed with more floral then some citrus - but not nearly a overwhelming citrus taste

M - Smooth medium beer with a "twang" at the back of the throat right before it goes down. Carbonation was right on target!

D - Very easy to drink. I would have followed it with another, but more than 2 or 3 would be pushing it for my tastes. I would look for this beer again any time.

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Photo of obywan59
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

650 ml bottle poured into a pint glass.

Crystal clear golden amber to amber depending on the light. 1 1/2 finger white head with good lacing. Really pretty.

Fresh sprightly citrus and herb early. A bit of bread dough. Later, more of a ripe citrus that at times seems more like a "bitter aroma" of hops, if that's possible.

Obviously, hops predominate, but the malt here is no slacker. Plenty of bitter, herbal, citrusy hops, but always the underlying sweetness of the malt. Call is 60:40. Grapefruit and grapefruit rind. Some grassines as well.

Incredible mouthfeel. Medium-bodied. Sticky, but not over the top. Warmth of alcohol in the throat and sting of pepper on the tongue--especially early on.

If I would have had more, I would have drunk more, but it's just as well. That 6.1% was kickin' my ass. I ate lightly today.

This beer started out almost a bit too bitter for my taste, but soon mellowed out as my taste buds were surrounded and beaten into submission.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not so sure about the new cover art, but wasn't real big on the old either. I sure as hell like their beers though, and this one looks very promising.

A three finger, bubbly tan head sprints to the rim as a hundreds of tiny bubbles make their way up through a pale ruby red colored brew. The head stays put for a while before slowly fading and leaving huge chunks and rings of lacing in its wake. Aroma has notes of fresh, bright citrusy hops up front with some candy sweetness, pine and grain following closely behind. The hops are noticed first on the palate, but are enveloped byby a malty sweetness, spice, orange peel and some lingering alcohol heat. The beer goes down fluid, and lies somewhere between medium and light-bodied. Carbonation is quite active. This is one of the best APA's I've tried.

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is actually a very good APA! I got this bottle is a trade with my buddy Sietse, Apophis666. Thanks again my friend. Poured in my struise glass this beer looks very nice with his big broken white head and cloudy fluid.

This beer has a very good taste with much floral and grassy hops in it. Some nice citrus notes in the beer also.

Worth drinking!

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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with bottled on date of 9/29/09...pretty damn fresh.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass a light copper hue with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that really sticks to the glass.

The aroma is classic American hops; spicy, citrusy, and slightly piney. It's more subdued than I would like.

Again, American hops dominate the taste; however, the wet hops are edgier with a grassy/leafy quality. A bit of toasty, sweet grain backs up the hops and the finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

My favorite wet-hopped beer I've tried to date. I pick up a bottle every year and it has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The pour leads me to wonder if there are actually whole hops just underneath the head, supporting the chunky and bubbly texture. An orange honey color glows from within the glass.

Yellow tobacco is the most prevalent, but honey, citrus, and fresh cut grass are also in there. Unique aroma to this beer.

A giant exhale of satisfaction is followed by acknowledgement that the tobacco is still very apparent, but like smoking a smooth cigar, it's not overpowering. Pine and citrus are there to back it up, followed by a bit of herbaciousness. Not as "fresh" as others I've recently had, but more subtle.

Like a giant beer pillow for your tongue - damn that's "soft." The carbonation just slides right off the tongue.

Highly drinkable, especially given its low ABV.

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Photo of Biggness
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours amber with a 2 fingered head, lots of lacing as well as some sediment. The smell is nutty and malty. The flavor has a wonderful malt base to it with that nice fresh hop flavor that I am beginning to recognize, certainly a nice balance between the two. The mouthfeel is ok with a slight dry aftertaste and a good carbonation level. This beer has nice drinkablility and I could drink many of these in one sitting :)

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Photo of TheDudeBeers
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bomber to a glass

A - Nice golden orange with about an inch of head

S - Hops, Citrus, malt, grassy notes

T - Sharp hops and grain with a nice citrus finish.

M - Smooth, good carbonation

D - Very easy to drink. Nice Fresh balanced taste.

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Photo of blitz134
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear light orange brew. Nearly white one finger head on the pour. Left only a single bubble layer on top. Lots of lace. Aroma is strong with fresh hops. Mostly citrus grapefruit with some pine. Simple but really pungent. Taste is strong with pine hops with a little citrus and grassy hops in the back. Not overly bitter though even though there is a hearty dose of hops. Fairly balanced, but the hops are the main focus here and nothing overly malty comes out to me. Mouthfeel is good, typical of a decent pale ale. Drinkability is really good. Crisp and refreshing and not overbearing with the flavor or the alcohol level. Definately worth a shot...

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,588 ratings.
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