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:
1,587
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Rschis16
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and clear beer that is golden yellow in the thin part of the glass and a rich orange-amber in the thicker parts. A thick and foamy off-white head resides on top and dissapates very slowly leaving thick lacing with it. The smell is full of resiny and earthy hops, definitely grassy in character. There is a matching malt background, grainy in character with a nice caramelly breadiness to it. Lots of aroma and very pleasing and challenging for the nose.

If the freshness, or "wetness", of the hops is what makes this beer pop, then Great Divide should do this with all their pales or IPAs. The resin in the hops is evident with an earthy bite, but unlike some resiny beers, this one remains perfectly balanced. The resin flavors blend so effortlessly with the caramel and bread in the malt that you just can't wait for another sip. There is a pleasant citrus juiciness in the middle back, just before the bitterness and resin takes hold. The medium body suits it well, with a medium to high carbonation that helps prickle the tongue playfully with the hops. The only negative that I can see to hold it back a little is that its almost too clean in the front to middle of the palate. This split second of doubt is washed away the instant the bold and bitter but balanced hops hit the middle-back. The finish is quick and clean, but the aftertaste lingers on for a while with a fresh, clean bitterness.

This is a really nice pale ale and the type of hop really seems to make a big difference. The freshness adds a touch of that earthy, grassy feel while remaining juicy, citrusy and finally dry and bittering. Really good beer here, very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of bpkrippner
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of sopor
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden, slightly hazy amber with an active dimpled head leaving splotchy rings of lace. Smells slightly of caramel with bready biscuit cereal notes and a hint of husky grains, kissed with hops.

Sweet malt hits the tongue, but is quickly overcome by assertive hops. Hops come in resinous, fresh, akin to chewing on a green pinecone, with touches of herbs and grassy earth. Biscuity and bready malt is light and subdued compared to the hops. Aftertaste is dry, resinous hops, and a touch of dry cereal malt. A bit heavy on the hops, almost IPA.

Moderate body, delicate carbonation. Pleasant, easy drinking, but not out of the ordinary. Pretty drinkable, a bit hoppy, but it is a "fresh hop pale ale", so I really shouldn't use strict APA guidelines (hah).

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Photo of roadhouse
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a clear light orange-copper color with a one inch off-white head that sinks down to a thin head.

Aroma has that usual grassy green wet hop aroma with some nice citrus notes of ruby red grapefruit and a bit of piney earthiness though it's much less pronounced. A sweet caramel malt backing is present as well behind the hops.

Taste has a nice sweet caramel flavor at first before the juicy hops explode on the palate. When they do it's mostly citrus with those wonderful green hop flavors. Finish brings a bit of pine but it never gets more dominant than the citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation that makes it really easy drinking.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of fresh citrus hops and some grassy hops in the background. There is quite a bit of light fruitiness with some sweet caramel malts in the background as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with some orange and pineapple flavor with a bit of bitterness and caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, some more fresh hops come through with some grassy/earthy flavors and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of grassy and citrus hops with some bitterness and light sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice sweet and slightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance from start to end with a nice hop profile as well. Very sessionable for 6.1% abv.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with little foam that leaves just a fine broken layer but there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with lots of grass and grapefruit.

The taste is pretty darned bitter for the style! Lots of citrus, some grass, and a wee bit of malt sweetness *just* before the finish and the actual finish ends up being on the bitter side....fancy that! ;^)

Man, this is what I call paying homage to the almighty hop and to see it done so nicely in an American Pale Ale impresses the heck out of me.


Okay, I'm just pouring in the last bit in my glass and there's some sediment that I didn't expect to see but it *is* very fine so I'm not going to deduct any points in the appearance category. Nor in the taste category....this one started off well and remained so to the very last drop. Yum.

Bottom line: I'm glad I have another bottle of this stuff because this is an APA that is all about, no celebrates the hops. Good job Great Divide!

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Photo of khiasmus
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours amber with a finger of soapy head with big bubbles. The head lasts for the entire beer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Clarity is great, with minor chill haze.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy and piney, with cascades jumping out of the glass. It's great. There's a bit of caramel malt in the back, but the hop character is much more prominent.

Flavor is much like the nose. A bit of grapefruit bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, medium carbonated, and a clean, green, lightly astringent finish.

Balance is great. This beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's well crafted and well put together. It lacks the intangibles to make it world class, in my opinion.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark gold with a sticky white head that laces very nicely. Smell is all hops, citrus, pine, grass, dusky earth.
Taste is the same with just a slight malt sweetness. Well carbonated, slick and smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink with a bitter hop finish.
Nicely done for the style.

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Photo of Yancey82
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Pooba001
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with a whitish almost-a-finger head that sicks around very well. Aroma is big floral and grassy hops, with pine, tangy citrus, biscuit and toffee notes also appearing.

Taste is initially bitter, citrus and pine/resin are right up front, biscuit and toffee are prominent as well. Good hop flavor from an American pale, quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is good, nothing spectacular. Drinkability is ok, I enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure it lends itself to sessionability. This is something I'd have later in an evening when I'm perhaps folling this beer with a big IPA to end the night.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass. Color was pale honey. Decent amount of head, maybe 1 ½ inches. Frothy white lacing on the top. Bubbly gray film on the sides.

Smelled citrus hops with grapefruit and tangerine coming through first. Sweet caramel malts as well.

Tasted citrus hops from the beginning, which wasn’t surprising given the smell, but surprising for a pale ale. More grapefruit than tangerine here. Bitterness on the tongue after.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Bitter finish.

I liked this beer and went back and forth on a host of ratings, but decided to settle on my initial thoughts. I’d definitely give it another go.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful orange clear, that has a nice crisp, clean look to it. From its appearance, the beer looks fairly tame, because of the clarity, with a massive amount of carbonation flowing to the top.

The beer poured a nice 1.5 finger head and the lace stayed on the sides of the glass. The nose of the beer is a sharp contrast the beers appearance. The aroma is citrusy with a strong dose of hops, more than many other pales ales that I have drank.

The beer shocked with a strong dose of hops. The refreshingly bitter taste is excellent. The beer is medium bodied, and has a complex flavoring to it. Very drinkable beer. Good for both summer/winter times. Outstanding product.

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Photo of onecrazybreeze
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Falling Rock. Pours orangish with nice head. Smells of hops and floral, a nice crispness to it. Was hoping since it is described on here as the Liberally Hopped made for the DNC it would taste more like it. Tasted citrusy, hoppy and clean but not like the Liberally Hopped at all. Overall a good beer though.

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Photo of xav33
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, refreshed 11/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.

Poured a clear deep amber copper with an average somewhat lasting off-white head with good lacing.

Smelt strongly of sweet hops, pine, some sweet caramel tones, and light grapefruit.

Taste was upfront strong bitter pine and moderate nuttiness with a light sweet malt bread and caramel backbone followed by a harsh bitter grassy hops bite with moderate soapy and horse blanket yeast touches on a long earthy pine finish. Palate was medium bodied, soft and oily, soft carbonation and moderate astringency.

Overall, this is another winner from Great Divide. The hops taste is clean and perfect without being overbearing. There really is no flaw with this beer, although the hops punch could be too much to handle for some.

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Photo of JizackFH
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a growler of this filled at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in NYC.

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a 2-figner slightly off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and a nice fresh hop aroma. There is also a nice fruity aroma to it, as well as some citrus.

T - The taste starts off with a nice malty sweetness. There is a nice fresh hop flavor that gives off a good amount of bitterness. There are some nice tropical fruit flavors and some citrus zest. The finish leaves behind some lingering sweetness, fruit flavor, and hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel too it. There is a bit of sweetness and medium amount of hop bitterness. There is a bit of citrus zest as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a nice refreshing, easy going pale ale, and it really hits the spot. I think this is a really nice beer on a warm summer day, but it works all around as well. The hop flavor is perfect in this for it being a pale ale. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I would buy it again. I recommend trying it out.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Grassy" and "Citrusy" are on the label. I'm excited. As always, I enjoy the design of GD's brews. Hoping this one is as tasty as the others I've had.

Immediately things look promising with thick lacing and a bulbous head that doesn't fade much. Beautiful pour. The color is perhaps a little bit lighter than I would like, but it's a great thing to see go down.

The smell is easily the best thing about this beer -- it's absolutely wonderful. I absolutely expected more hops from this beer. With NW hops, I think it would be a much more rounded, complete beer. The hops do a wonder to the nose of this beer, and it just doesn't carry onto the taste. Caramel malt carries the day here, with some mild hop presence through the middle. Mild bitterness and a pleasant finish. Perhaps my expectations were unwarranted?

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- pleasantly carbonated with some body to match. At 6.1%, it's eminently drinkable.

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Photo of timbro81
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy orangeish color topped with a standard 1/2 inch head. Decent lacing down the glass. Smells glorious, fresh, wet, piney hops. The taste is juicy piney hops all the way down, this is a pale ale? Minimal malt presence, but I'm not complaining. Aftertaste is of mellowing hops. "I like!"

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

Photo of drdiesel9483
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!

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Photo of Enola
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This pale ale is mighty good. It would be hard to top. There was a fair head that has faded to a thin coating. There is ample lacing. The beer has a nice orange glow when held to the light. The smell is is of sweet hops. The taste is of hops and nothing else. A very bitter beer. There is a sweetness to the taste as well. The mouthfeel is sticky and there is a lasting bitterness that does not go away anytime soon. Overall, a very good beer that is a must try for hop lovers.

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

Reviewing from notes after enjoying this brew on 11/1/2013. I really need to organize my tasting notes and pictures better. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a bright green foil wrap and a best by date of Dec 30, 2013 stamped on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body pours a translucent copper color with notes of orange and muddy brown depending on how the light and shadows pass through. Atop the body sits a rocky two finger head comprised of very small bubbles the color of linen. The retention is excellent, and the foam slowly starts to recede with ample pocking and a consistently thin sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - A pretty good balance of light, bready malt and more pungent hops. The hops, consisting of lots of herbal undertones--grass, chives, pine needles--and citrus were more obvious, but they were held in check by a pleasant foundation of grain, to give the aroma some fullness, so to speak. In addition to the herbal dominance, there were notes of lemon and orange zest to give a delightful citric quality to the aroma.

Taste - Here the grain is again present, but only as a cracker is present to convey delicious charcuterie and cheese to one's mouth. In this case, the part of the meat and cheese is played by the wonderful wet hops with a fantastic combination of pine resin, lemongrass, orange zest and even some hints of pink grapefruit. Perhaps it's all in my head, but the fresh harvest variety of the hops really adds a punch to the flavor profile. It's almost like I steeped my beer with a tea bag of whole cone hops.

Mouthfeel - Sufficient body--I'd place it at about medium, with moderate carbonation and a juicy characteristic, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, I can't say this is the best wet hop ale I've had, but it's a very good one, and much easier to obtain than some of my favorites. As such, I will slot this into the list of seasonal beers I must procure when they come out each year.

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Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: 1/2 finger of head from a moderate pour with good retention. Color is a crystal clear Amber/Dark gold. I can see Dust through this amber spyglass! No wait, that's carbonation. I would like more head. Beautiful though.
S: Pilsnery smell - must be the grassy hops. Orange juice, slight sherry (negative), clove, a lot of esters. A little rubbing alcohol upon warming.
T: Bitter and slight grapefruit and pineapple edge. A bit of maltiness follows. Definite sweet finish. Much hoppier and more bitter than Sierra Nevada Harvest or Deschutes Hop Trip. I prefer the balance of those other two beers. The alcohol character of this one reminds me of DFH 90 min. IPA.
M: Makes my mouth water! Also puckering from the bitterness. Good, but a tad starchy greenness.
D: Solid, flavorful, enjoyable. 2 pints would be great! Yea for fresh hops!

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,587 ratings.
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