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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

BEER STATS
Reviews:
682
Ratings:
1,548
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Reviews: 682 | Ratings: 1,548
Photo of TH28
3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is a cloudy deep golden with a moderate white foam cap. Aroma is strong fresh cut grass, with hints of pine and wood. Taste is a rich, toasty malt that gives way to a strong bitterness and hop flavors of acidic grapefruit, pine, and grass. Mouthfeel is light to moderate with a moderate carbonation. Finishes very dry and sticky on the tongue with a lingering bitterness and grassy flavor. Overall, an assertively bitter APA with tons of grassy hop flavor and aroma.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled date 9.30.15
poured golden with a thick white head that lasted and left lace on glass beer was somewhat cloudy with some sediment
smell of citrus, lemon, pine and grass
taste slightly sweet with citrus and floral notes
feel crisp and effervescent
not bad bottle date made me nervous but beer seemed fine

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Photo of crob3888
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden sunrise with a white head that leaves a ton of lacing. Smell is of fresh grassy hops. Flavor is grassy, herbal, piney, with hints of mint, bay leaf, cilantro. Cracker like malt backbone. Medium body and medium carbonation. Definitely a delicious pale ale that lives up to the fresh harvest of its name.

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Photo of Lucular
3.03/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap at a local craft bar, sweet and cloying. Little to no fresh hop taste. I have to assume it was an old keg, but maybe not. Obviously not super fresh, but it couldn't have been THAT old at this point in the year.

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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 Wiffler27
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pours dark gold with a solid head.

smell is mild but still present. nice combination of pine/malt with some sweetness.

taste is full of pine and malt, finishes sweet/dry. clearly an APA. taste isn't overpowering but there is still some hop bite in it. goes down smooth, easy drinking for me!

overall this is pretty good! i usually drink IPAs but it's nice to switch over to something less abrasive. a fresh pale ale is a very nice thing. easy to drink, (usually) lower in abv, and still has a hop kick to it.

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Photo of OldManMetal
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
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 BenwayPHD
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden, clear, orange with a thin, yet lasting, perfectly white head. The nose is quite inviting. Earthy, floral, vegetal, mildly spicy. The flavor is great. It's perfectly balanced. The malt is strong and assertive, but the hops are quite present. I would consider this an ipa, but i guess fairly low alcohol would put it in the pale ale range. Great mouthfeel. Quality beer from a quality company.

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Photo of Prager62
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Great Divide Barrel Bar.

Look- Amber in color with a half finger of white foam.

Smell- Faint pine, earth and some biscuit.

Taste- Mild grapefruit, some pine and bread in the finish.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slight bitter and dry finish.

Overall- I had high expectations for this beer and was a bit let down. It just seems to lack the dank and earthy qualities I look for in fresh/wet hop ales.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.49/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Aroma is yeast, pine, tropical fruit, citrus and a hint of biscuit malts. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, mild to medium hop resin, malts and a long and heavy bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of wasso67
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

2014 version, best by date of 12-31-14. Interesting as I first enjoyed this beer in early December, obviously same bottling run. I found the first beer to be amazing, layers on layers of hop goodness. Just really popped. Today's is obviously aged further.

Still excellent, but lacking that hop pop. I rated this as the earlier tasting of this beer. My advice...look for this early next year and drink it fast!

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Photo of MartzMimic
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the tap at McNellie's OKC a dark copper with about a finger of white head. It dissipates fairly soon, leaving moderate lacing. As several others have said, there is very little aroma. Maybe there's a hint of bread, but it's probably more in my mind than my nose. Tastes of caramel, toffee and just a bit of hops in the aftertaste. The mouth is nice and creamy. Maybe there's something wrong with the tap because this tastes more like a hoppy brown than a pale ale. It's not bad, but rather unremarkable.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I just picked this one up as a comparison to the rest of them. I honestly just became aware of Fresh hop beers this year. I don't know why it took so long! Anyway, this one is right up there with Founder's as far as I am concerned. I have had about 10 fresh hop beers this year and these were the two that stood out more than any.

Look: Beautiful, reddish bronze, a decent amount of head that leaves a nice level of lacing.

Smell: That is where it was lacking a bit, but had a nice mild hop aroma going on. Not as pungent as the Founder's but really that is the standard bearer.

Taste: The taste is much better than the nose would allow you to believe. Flowers, not too boozy, but just enough, it has that nice hop taste. Grassy and floral but a nice tartness that balances well with the mild amount of malts going on. This really is one of the better fresh hop beers I have had. No wonder Great Divide is a well regarded outfit!

Overall: My top two in fresh hop beers, I still think Founder's harvest edges this on out in flavor and aroma by a small margin. But this one is definitely a top notch beer.

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Photo of Glennlawless
3.31/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a brownish reddish color...looks filtered and a big frothy 2 inch off white head. drinking out of a frosted snifter glass. a good looking beer. Not getting much off the smell which is odd coming from a bottle titled FRESH HOP, this did not smack me in the face like a stone enjoy by would for example. Getting some earthy soil like grassy hops....some pine..tad of sweetness, not much at all here. weird. Taste follows the smell to a tee...pretty one dimensional and straight forward, but not bad at all. grassy...leaves a slight bitterness on the palate after swallowing. very drinkable and enjoyable. Almost a session beer I would say. I feel like I went in thinking this was going to be a giant hop monster Double IPA. For a pale ale...this is good. Medium carbonation and slightly creamer in the mouth. very enjoyable.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Beautiful head. Tasty! Spot on, fresh, grassy hop profile. Hops are aggressive, but not overwhelming. Bitterness has some bite, but without biting your head off. Complex herbal and botanical notes, with citrust and grapefruit notes adding brightness and zing. A great beer! Get it fresh and on tap!

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Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, best by 12/30/2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A - A ruby, orange, brown mix, with a one finger head that moves quickly a thin semi frothy lace.

S - Grass, pine, slight onion

T - The taste is very similar, it seems like you can taste the hop oils. Not as much malt balance as I was expecting. There is some peppery spice on the finish.

M - Very crisp, light bodied, but it still coats the tongue.

O - An enjoyable offering. If you are into pine and grass, this will serve you well.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/4/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 650ml Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Darker in appearance then any of the other Wet hopped beers I'm trying, dark Golden to Amber in color. Big fluffy white head that has little retention and remains as nothing more then a whisp on the top of the beer.
Aroma: Big Grassy, earthy, wet hay, wet hopped feature absolutely strikes me at the onset. I have trouble getting passed it but I get some grapefruit and mango. Caramel and pale malts provide a slightly toasted and bread crust aroma.
Taste: The tartness is quite mild and beyond the hop flavors what I'm surprised by is the amount of caramel malt I taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Medium carbonation. This beer contains only a minimal bitterness and dryness.

Notes: Drink by 12/24/14

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Photo of PhillyJ
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Ruby red grape fruit and grass. Great take on an apa it's a refreshing change of pace , check the date because freshness is the key here.. it's a very drinkable ale that has a one dimensional citrus flavor and smell but it's not such a bad thing... I will continue to buy it , great beer to enjoy with a something off of the grill...

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Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal, floral, toasted, bready, pale, and caramel malts.

Taste: Grassy, citrus herbal, toasted, pale, bready, and caramel malts. Nice juicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, refreshing, a little chewy, and light tingly bitterness. Enjoyably delicious.

Overall: One of the best fresh hop ales around.

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Photo of VRH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Pours a light tea colour with pleasant frothy head. Nose is bright and herbaceous, with hints of fruit. Taste is complex with melon rind, white pepper, thyme, bitter grass, and a nice oily, creamy malt palate. Great!

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

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass. Best by 12/24/14.

Color was darker than I expected. Coppery amber with a thin white head. Lots of sticky lacing that just stayed glued to the sides of the glass.

Aroma was weedy and grassy with some pine, but then more citrus as it warmed. Smells pretty hoppy for a pale ale. More like a light IPA.

Flavor was dominated by the fresh hops. More citrus than the aroma, but some pine and grass as well. The malt is barely detectable but provides just enough backbone to balance the hop profile. Finish is bitter and long for a pale ale.

Feel is medium and creamy.

Overall, a bit closer to an IPA than a true pale ale, but whose drawing that line? I really liked this beer and was sad to see the last of it in my glass.

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Photo of spoony
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 650 ml bottle (best by December 24, 2014) into a tulip.

A-The beer is darker than many of the style...sort-of a light amber. It is nearly clear with about two fingers of oily, clingy, light-tan head. Retention is pretty good.

S-The aroma is, of course, dominated by hop scents. I sniff some citrus (orange mostly, but some grapefruit too), mint, light floral notes, and light pine notes. The malts are mostly buried, but I get a bit of toast flavor.

T-The taste is more minty and pine forward than the smell. There is some floral character and a bit of citrus. I would call it highly bitter, but more herbal and vegetal. There is a touch of sweetness up front that mostly fades as the beer finishes. Malts are minimal with just a hint of toast again.

M-The feel is medium in heft with a bit of an oily coating. Carbonation is moderate.

O-This is a pretty tasty beer. I like how the hops are not overly juicy, but not overly bitter or harsh, either. The balance is well done and the fresh hops provide a unique aspect to the mouthfeel, in particular. A nicely done beer.

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Photo of neurobot01
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%

Bottle best-by dated 12/24/14. Darker caramel color than I expected, with almost no head. The taste is predominated by caramel malt flavors, with some floral and bitter notes contributed by the hops. Not bad, but I would've liked to see the other elements of the beer be a bit more delicate to let the fresh hops shine through.

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Photo of rand
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

This copper-tan ale exchanges complexity with drinkability, but still tasty nonetheless. The nose is floral and dank hops, with earthy tea-like astringency and a funk that lingers at the edge of the bouquet. The flavors follow the nose but the funk bends into a distinctly unripe apple flavor... still with edges of sour funk.

Not the easiest 6%-ish pale to throw back, but if you're craving dank hops with a lighter malt-backbone, this might hit the spot.

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Photo of larryarms847
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a muddled amber orange with a pale white head that leaves behind gentle lacing.

Heavy pine, orange rind, grapefruit, and some tropical fruit to note.

Citrus, tropical fruit, roasted malts add some caramel notes, and pine balanced wonderfully.

Mouthfeel is soft and buttery, goes down like water.

Overall, one of the better fresh hop IPAs I've sampled to date and at a great price point it's likely I'll pick this one up again soon.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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