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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#2,881
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
1,603
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of doughanson78
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange with a slight yellow tint. Perfectly clear. Two finger rocky white head with amazing retention and damn good lacing.

S: Very resinous. Citrus and earthy hops. Pineapple mainly with some orange peel. Just a hint of caramel.

T: Resinous and earthy. Touches of caramel. I know it's a pale ale but no bitterness at all. Very dirty/earthy finish with none of the citrus that was in the nose. Almost to much resin in the flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very dry finish. Slick and oily.

O: A great beer. Not near the likes of Zombie Dust. But definitely tasty.

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Photo of omnigrits
4.28/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass (in two hits) from a 22oz bomber, bottled on September 29th, 2009.

Beautiful pale amber colour with a thick white head that hardly subsides and leaves very impressive lace. A subtle but promising nose with plenty of grapefruit and hay. By this point you know there's going to be a heavy hop profile. Slightly malty up front with a dry, bitter finish. Very little carbonation and so a bit thin as far as mouthfeel is concerned, but a very nice beer all the same. I'll buy a few more bottles of this for sure.

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

Here it is, approximately 5.5 years since my original bottle review and they have CANned this year's version. I have been solidly attacking my Bottle Backlog, but today is Thanksgiving, 24 Nov 2016 & I am thankful to be able to take a momentary respite to return (albeit briefly) to The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Brewed Fresh to Drink Fresh"; "Great Minds Drink Alike"; "Limited Release Tank Farm Series"; "Keep It Cold".

I CAN't adequately express my happiness in being able to CANduct a Crack! & inverted Glug! It has been far too long since the last one. The head was really coming up quickly as I pulled the CAN from the glass, so I left a little bit of liquid still in the CAN. It actually had a pseudo-cascade going before settling into two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was both earthy and minty, like making tea with freshly picked mint leaves. Ahh, fresh Fresh Hop Pale Ale ... I just knew that something was missing from that old bottle. Mouthfeel was medium to full, not quite creamy, but big, especially for the style. The taste had that earthy mintiness that is the hallmark of a fresh/wet hopped Pale Ale. We have begun talking about terrior as it relates to beer, just as oenophiles have related it to wine for so long. Here, the earthiness revealed the freshness of the hops and the mintiness was an offshoot of that freshness. It was not pungent or overpowering, but just right for an APA. Finish was dry, but not overly bitter. It was the sort of thing that I would drink as often as it is available (fresh). Next, my original, bottle review, dtd 12 Feb 2011.

Say, since when did it become customary to leave this beer on the shelves for so long? I had stopped in at one of my up-and-coming bottle shops to score some CANs for a CANTrade and snagged this while I was there. I now notice a "Bottled On OCT 14 2010" stamp on the label! WTF, over?!? It's not the bottle shop's fault, per se as they are just recently stepping up their game, but their master distro must have decided to unload some outdated beers on them. Fooled me once, shame on you. Oh well, I like beer.

From the bottle: "Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed with fresh whole cone hops from the Pacific Northwest. We ship these "wet" hops to Denver overnight and brew shortly after harvest, imparting an intensely grassy hop aroma and citrus hop flavor in a medium-bodied ale."; "Suggested Food Pairings: Grilled trout, grilled bratwurst, garlic/ginger sweet potatoes, Epoisses (a rich, washed rind cow's milk cheese from France.)"

I loved the visual aspect of this beer! I got two-plus fingers of tawny head off of my pour, and the color was a deep-orangish/ coppery amber with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a very earthy, grassy, hay-like aspect underlain by a caramel/biscuit sweetness. I'll bet that this would have been killer, had it been fresh. I was reminded of summers in my youth, when my maternal grandparents were still largely surrounded by farms and the meadows were freshly mown and left to dry before raking. Mouthfeel was medium with an initial hit of grassy, minty hops before allowing a caramel sweetness to pop up like Whack-a-Mole. Finish had a slight hoppy bite, and again, I wept for what might have been. It was as if the Volume knob had been turned to "2", vice "11". Awww, man. The sticky lacing that appeared looked like it was going to require a jackhammer to remove later. If it is still on their shelves on my next visit, I am going to bring this to their attention. This travesty is on their distro, not them. My original scores were 4/4/3/3.5/3 = 3.35

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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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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,603 ratings