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

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Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

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#2,692
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
1,600
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance is an amber color with somewhat low head and carbonation.

Smell is very nice. Lots of hops, citrus, floral and grassy notes that really seems fresh. A little bit of malt sweetness is also noticeable.

Taste is similarly quite hoppy and fresh with grassy, citrus hops and just a little pale malt backbone. Almost reminiscent of wheatgrass juice in the freshly mowed lawn goodness sort of way.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied for a pale ale. Quite drinkable as I would have liked more after finishing the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of madelf66
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spratmi
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear golden copper color with a full one finger head that settled down to a thin cap with a light bubble filled lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Initially there were strong notes of pine and orange citrus along with a slight hint of sweet malt.
T: The first sip yielded strong notes of grass and pine with citrus hops on the finish. The citrus notes were balanced between bitter grapefruit and sweet orange blossoms. There was a hint of malt hidden throughout.
M: Light and crisp with oils lingering on the finish. Medium carbonation.
D: Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

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

From a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a nice clear copper with a medium sized lather of off-white foam that stuck around and left some rather fantastic lacing. Aroma seems subdued at first but as it warms, some great tones of grassy, lemony fresh hops and a somewhat spicy smelling earthy maltiness come through.

The taste is just as advertised. An abundance of fresh, piney hop character with a nice dollop of lemon and grapefruit for good measure with bitterness that lasts the whole way through. A subtle undercurrent of sweet caramel maltiness seems to somehow glide under all that hop explosiveness. The mouthfeel is medium and crisp and feels oh so right.

Great Divide comes through again with this years batch of Fresh Hop. Bold hop character and a medium ABV make this easy drinking for not only Hop Heads but also lovers of fresh tasting APAs in general.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer, but not a contender for price to performance ratio.

A: Pours your typical pale ale pale orange color. Nothing crazy here, but a very nice, foamy and sticky head with decent lacing.

S: Immediately, I could tell that this was a wet-hopped ale from the taste and smell and looked at the bottle to find that I was correct. I don't know how to describe it, but wet-hopped ales simply have a different character than dry-hopped. It's not better or worse, just different. Expect more of a plant-heavy aroma, and a less intense aroma than similar dry-hopped beers.

T: The fresh hops and balanced perfectly with the malt to give an overall "IPA" feel to this beer but clearly much less dry than that style. The fresh hops will push the typical hop "grapefruit" citrus bite back and instead present more of a "tree" or "grass" (plants) taste up front. Great Divide does do one thing right, and that's make a really well-rounded beer and this beer really hit the spot for me.

M: The mouthfeel is average. Excpect something a little sweeter than you expected so you might not be quite as possessed to swirl it around.

D: Great Divide makes phenomenally drinkable strong beers.

If there was one thing I could add to this site, it would be a sixth category, "value". This beer, which I bought on closeout for $4 a bomber, was definitely worth its asking price and demonstrated more of a $6 beer quality, however, its retail price of $9 is simply excessive and this beer is not worth that much, simply put. My experience with this beer and their Hercules IPA is that Great Divide makes beers that are marginally better than the competition and charges an arm and a leg for the result. I would not buy this beer at full price, however, I will go back to the store tomorrow and buy more at the sale price!

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

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange color with moderately lasting 2 finger foamy white head.

S: The nose was well rounded with fresh flowery pine scents, grapefruit and fresh citrus that was well balanced with some malt sweetness.

T: For flavor there was fresh wet hop resins of grapefruit and pine. A big flowery flavor that was well balanced as well with malt sweetness producing a very smooth and refined citrus hop tang in the end. The beer finishes semi-dry.

M: mellow and medium bodied with a very good carbonation highlighting the perfect balance of hops and malt.

D: Overall a very well rounded and smooth drinkable pale and sets the standard by style.

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

Beautiful fresh hopped pale ale. The color is like polished copper, but i could've done with more lacing, but whatever. Love that it has so much flavor but almost void of sticky mouthfeel. Drinks so fresh and so clean clean. I would definitely reinvest in this beer soon.

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

22oz bomber into pint glass.

Hazy deep amber color with a one finger fluffy off white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Stringy lacing along the glass.

Fresh grassy hops which seem to have more of a freshness to them, creating more of a "fruity" smell. Grainy malts are in the background.

Strong bitter but fresh hop taste, with a little more of a leafy aspect to it, like lettuce. Pale grainy malts makeup the backbone. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The feel is sharp and acidic. The finish is loaded with the bitter hops, and it's slightly dry.

I like the concept of the fresh hops, which you can actually taste (at least I felt I could). If you like hops, this is a great one to try.

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Photo of Jree261
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance-Golden amber pale ale with an off white foam out of the bottle.

Smell-Fresh roses and strawberries in the front with cut grass.

Taste-Orange zest that is followed by light grass and red and black fruit.

Mouthfeel-Good full bodied pale ale with a medium length finish.

Overall-Very nice beer. Strong layered aromas are my favorite part. I would've preferred a longer finish but I can forgive for this solid beer.

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Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle with lots of sediment. Poured carefully into a pint glass, it produces a thin quarter inch head on top of a hazy golden orange body.

Aromas of grapefruit are complemented by a strong caramel malt presence. Taste is exactly like it smells. Sweet malt up front with a nice citrus bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is surprisingly full bodied. Drinkability is great. More like a well balanced IPA than an APA.

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Photo of Raymond69
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear honey brown , decent head , some lacing.

Aroma of grapefruit , citrusy hops.

Taste, is of course, hoppy. Good peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light , and enhanced by the drying effects of the hops.

I really enjoyed this beer , although not a session beer , I could drink all night.

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

saw the 22 0z bomber in my local and had to try this one did not see this one last year.. dated 092909.it poured a golden orange color with a 1" head that settled to some fine sticky lacing..the smell was grass and citrus with hops and more hops ..the taste was pines with some grass and with citrus and spice the hops are delicious with a nice caramel finish..what makes this pale ale great is the use of wet fresh hops balanced perfectly with a malt finish this is an outstanding pale ale that taste like an ipa well balanced and highly drinkable

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber into a Duvel tulip. Bottled on October 5, 2010 printed on label.

Appearance: Pours a light golden caramel color with a 1 finger frothy white head. Good lacing.

Smell: Pine, orange and grapefruit. Not exactly complex, but the hops smell great.

Taste: This is hoppy through and through with just a touch of pale malt. The hop flavors are pine, grapefruit, orange and lemon zest. It is bitter, but not overly so. The aftertaste is mildly bitter with just a hint of sweet citrus.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. I'm pretty sure I could go back for another bomber if I had one.

Overall: Excellent beer overall. This seems to tiptoe the line between pale ale and IPA, but I think it manages to remain a pale ale. I really enjoyed this one. I highly recommend checking it out.

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

A 22-ounce bomber bottle poured into a large tulip glass yields a glowing, rose-tinted copper-amber body capped with a huge, fine-bubbled, cream-colored head. The foam is persistent, sticking around, leaving patchy lacing splattered all over the glass.

The smell is pungently grassy with a distinct, sweetly hay-like quality and a juicy citrusy character. A savory toasted malt note adds depth and balance.

The taste is sweetly grassy and citrusy with a raw, chewy, vegetal green stickiness. The fine, toasted malt noted in the nose really shines here, providing an excellent, field-leveling balance in a fine counterpoint to the hop dominance. A crisp bitterness and fruity hop notes work well with a dark caramel presence languishing in the aftertaste.

The drink is crisp and medium-bodied with fine carbonation and a mildly sticky linger. This tasty seasonal is wonderfully drinkable, if a bit pricey here on the East Coast.

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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 dar482
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours out in a orange reddish amber color with an off white fluffy.

The aroma is vibrant of some citrus, but lots of earthy hops, floral notes, pine, green fresh grass and caramel malt sweetness.

The flavor follows with a bit of orange and grapefruit citrus, but is dominated by hops. A sweet citrus note and then some pine resin on the finish. The floral follows a bit, but stands mostly of very green green pine, veggie, grassy, herb hop. There’s a decent caramel malt backbone that gives the beer a bit of sweetness.

The body has a medium to light body. It has a decent carbonation, but then cleans off with a bit of wateriness. This is not to say it’s a bad thing. It keeps the beer from being a full on IPA experience with a drinkable clean light body. This beer is real smooth.

A fantastic beer. One of the better examples of the IPA/APA style.

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Photo of Cartr1dgeBased
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A-Copper orange with a thin off-white head. Retains nice lacing throughout.

S-Fresh, wet HOPS x 10--Duh! Very nice and floral. A pleasure.

T-Sharp and bitter with the "typical" tatse of hay/grass blending nicely with sharp crsipness of citrus. A nice residual maltiness.

M-Lively with hops but becomes very "round" A pleasure in the mouth.

D-A very well done fresh hop beer. One of the best I had in the 2007 season.

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

poured from a bomber, this looked a smelled inviting. a brilliant clear copper with a thick, creamy white head. nose was citrus, pine, and caramel with some floweriness. taste was lacking in malt presence, very little malt sweetness upfront to balance the nice hop bitterness. mouthfeel was a bit thin, very drying, with a tea-like astringency. spritzy and lively. had they used a bit more malt or converted a little less of the sugars (not that i can brew), i would have enjoyed this immensely. (2007)

2008 version: either the beer is better or my palate was off previously. lively head and sticky lacing. nose and taste similar as above with also some earthy/spiciness to the hops going on. nice moderate malt sweetness. medium bodied. really nice shit.

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Photo of Rootscipio
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a goblet

Appears an orange/amber with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and light, whispy streaks of lace on the glass.

Big, fresh hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange, pine needles, and fresh cut grass. A mild malt sweetness holds things down, but the hops really jump out at you.

The earthy, grassy, pine needle hops shine through more on the flavor, with the citrus hops taking more of a backseat. However, they still lend a big hand in the bright hop profile. I am really surprised this is not an ipa.

Medium bodied, maybe a little thin. Finishes crisp and clean.

This is a clean, bright hopped, pale ale and should not be overlooked. Very easy to drink, and extremely fresh.

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

Pours a clear amber with an off white head. Nose is reaching out to me even as I pour. Just getting it anywhere in the vicinity of my nose is giving me something. Upon close review, it is - surprise - very strong with the hops and that expected pine-like fragrance. Flavor is a strong, bitter hop influenced ride. A hopheads liquid paradise. Feel is thick from the high amount of hops and it holds a decent carbonation. Even though it is so pungent with the hops, it is still extremely drinkable.

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

22oz bomber, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, copper color with a fluffy white head that thinned to a layer, leaving plenty of sticky lacing behind.

S - citrus and piney hop aromas.

T - strong piney hop taste upfront, mild malty flavor hits, bitter hop finish. very good balanced brew.

M - light/medium bodied, good carbonation.

D - a very smooth, very good drinking APA.

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

Bottle Inspection: Brown bomber speaks of over night shipping of fresh hops and 55 IBUs and 6.1% abv.

Aroma: Brace yourself: hops. Really a pretty classic west coast IPA nose, sugary malt base, nice ‘fresh’ hops, mostly citric, but some pine as well.

Appearance: Clear amber glass with orange edges capped with a frothy off white head that lasts all the way to the bottom of the glass leaving ice crystal tidemarks in its wake. Second pour leaves a cratered fluffy head of about 3 fingers and imparts a bit of haze.

Flavor: Not much of a surprise: hoppy. I can see where the malt base is lower key, leading more toward the Pale Ale than the IPA, I guess this is what the west coaster call an XPA (eXtra Pale Ale). There is enough of a malt base that the alpha acids don’t burn and provide enough support for the hop juiciness to be enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Light medium – medium body, not much oil but a lingering finish.

Overall Impression: Massively drinkable, enough balance to really let me enjoy hop goodness. A very well crafted beer, I recommend it.

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

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a hazed golden color with bright yellow hues. Thick white head rests on top, slowly dissolving into some retained film and layers of ringed lacing all over the glass.

Piny, spicy hop oils in the nose with splashes of grapefruit and citrus. Lighter toasted malt notes with continuing bitterness.

Super hoppy and bitter up front with oily and resiny hops. Pine and grapefruit notes with some softer orange sweetness and pith. Lighter malt backbone with some toasted notes and faint sweetness. Finishes with another kick of juicy hop resin, very little alcohol presence.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and oily on the tongue. I'm a huge fan of wet hopped beers, and Great Divide's is one of my favorites. Excellent.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,600 ratings
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