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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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91
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688 Reviews
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
Reviews:
688
Ratings:
1,573
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
14.95%
 
 
Wants:
153
Gots:
140
For Trade:
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Reviews: 688 | Ratings: 1,573
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a good beer. It had a nice appearance. The head stayed until I finished my beer. One of the best heads I've ever seen. Very thicka and frothy. THe smell was of hops. Sort of an earthy smell. Taste was hoppy with some caramel and pale malt balance. Mouthfeel was alright, but there wasn't as much carbonation on the palate as I would have liked. This beer is a sessionable beer. It's easy to drink.

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Photo of guitarmage
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a a clear amber orange, lots of little bubbles float into an inviting rocky head, shows good retention. A very solid looking ale. Caked on lacing.

Smell: Light grassy hops, mildly floral, citrus, a little malt sweetness. I say very balanced sweet, citrus, hop.

Taste: Again, very smooth and balanced. Light bready malt, mostly citrus hops, lightly floral, a dry, biscuity finish. Almost a cookie-like sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, carbonation is minimal and smooth, very drinkable, very dry finish.

Drinkability: One of my new favorite APAs, this beer is so drinkable and well balanced. I want to say it's less aggressive then mirror pond (cascade hops), but a lot more going on than Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear honey/amber color with a creamy half-finger off-white head. Good lacing is left all the way down the glass as you drink. Moderate carbonation activity is visible within the beer. And finally...a pale ale that retains a nice creamy thick cap of head throughout the whole drink.

Smell - A nice mixture in the hop aroma of some fruitiness, flowery characteristics, and some citrus smells as well. As the label says, they indeed smell fresh. There are some mild sweet scents as well on this brew, along with a slight bit of sourness.

Taste - Hop explosion for sure, and yes...VERY fresh tasting. This tastes like there are whole hop flowers in the beer bottle. The hops flavors isn't overwhelming, but the flavor that is there (which is certainly higher than most pale ales) is very intense and fresh tasting. Mainly tastes of cut grass, citrus (especially lemon and lime), pine, and flower/herbal notes as well. There is a mild bready malt character behind the hop goodness which desperately tries to balance the beer out but to little avail (but it does help!). There is moderate alcohol presence throughout, with a slighty earthy and citrusy/piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Has a nice lively level of carbonation but it is not so powerful that it distracts you from the taste. It is also quite smooth with a medium body. It goes down so nicely!

Drinkability - Surprisingly drinkable despite the intense hop properties of this beer. Still, though, it's a lot to handle compared to most pale ales. Good overall though.

Well if you like hops you'll love this one. If you don't well...steer clear of this mother. It has a smooth body with wonderfully fresh and crisp hop characteristics, and best of all a beautiful creamy head through the whole drink! A must have!

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Photo of Shaw
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A beautiful amber-colored ale with a very nice, frothy head. It smells, surprise, of herbal and citrus hops. Quite nice.

The hops are much more apparent in the taste. This is a nice, bitter beer with a strong, spicy hop finish. It's all about the hops. If you're looking for malt or balance, look elsewhere.

The body is quite substantial. It's not watery at all, just the way I like it.

Overall this is an excellent APA and a special treat for hopheads. It has many of the wonderful qualities of a Double IPA, but it's much more drinkable, thanks to the lower alcohol level. I highly recommend this beer. Seek it out.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A fantastic beer from start to finish. Pours a clear copper color with a minimal amount of cream head that leaves decent lacing. Without a doubt, this is what hoppy beers should smell like...enough said.

Piney fresh hoppiness on the taste, very organic and bitter but decadent. Mouthfeel is juicy with a decent carbonation level, doesn't "wow" me up front but the hop bite in the aftertaste is nice. I will surely have this one again. Good complexity (not outstanding) but a solidly brewed, great beer.

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Photo of plaid75
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy medium copper hue with a quarter inch foamy white head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell featured a resiny citric, peppery and piny hop.

The taste consisted of a strong earthy and spicy hop coupled with a soft grainy malt.

The mouthfeel was full with a dry finish.

Overall a very good APA. Very drinkable.

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

I'll be visiting Denver in a few weeks, and plan on stopping by GD. I'll be interested to see the differences between the bottled and tap beers i've sampled and one's I can't get locally from them.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a shaker pint glass:
A: Deep golden copper color with excellent carbonation, head retention and some sticky lacing that hangs around to the end of the glass.
S: Piney, evergreen, hoppiness with a little maltiness detectable among several fruitlike flavors
T: The flavor profile is strong with hops being dominant but complimentary to the other grassy and fruit hints. Very clean finish that leaves you wanting more
M: Medium bodied with a smooth slick feel that inundates the palate. Very nice.
D: I could easily down a few bombers of this without batting an eye. I can't wait to try it fresh at the brewery.

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Photo of BattleRoadBrewer
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured at about 35F from amber bomber into a nonick pint.

Excellent presentation of slightly hazy, orangish medium amber color with a nearly white rocky head leaving good lacing, hop aroma dancing out of the glass to practically fill the room.

Aroma is all about fresh citrusy hops, completely dominating with no hint of anything but hops in the nose. Even Great Divide calls it grassy, but I don't pick up grassiness (which I tend to consider a defect). Maybe they're apologizing for a possible problem with wet hopping, but there are no problems with this beer.

Flavor is excellent, a familiar-tasting recipe, with a bit of caramel and Munich- or Vienna-like maltiness, but not quite balanced with the big hop flavor. Full hop flavor complements the aroma, with a nice, lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel is decent, but maybe a bit thin for the richness.

Drinkability is fine. This is a tasty and enjoyable brew. A good example of the XPA style--hops over malt with absolutely no defects. It calls itself an APA, and falls right in the middle of the IPA judging category at 55 IBU and 6% ABV. There are plenty of beers with more IBU but less flavor. All hail multiple hop additions!

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Photo of Gavage
4.7/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a thick two finger head that lasts nicely.Decent lacing paints the glass.

Smell: copious amounts of grapefruit citrus, ripe fruits, and pine bitterness.

Taste: caramel, pears, apples, green grapes, grapefruits, and pine bitterness. This is a wonderfully well balanced pale ale that is bold in the flavor profile. It's nice to have a fresh hop ale that isn't DIPA.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is pleasantly full flavored citrus, ripe fruits, and bitterness.

Drinkability: this is an exceptional pale ale that can be quaffed all day long without developing boredom or laying flat on the floor. Absolutely great beer.

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Photo of Foxman
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a crystal clear paleological amber, minus the embedded flies and mosquitoes. A finger of soft off-white head fizzles soon to microbubble atolls. Tiers of lacing striate the inside of the glass.

The aroma wafts a sweet wisp of toasted malt, distantly caramel and berry fruit. The hops present a distinctly bitter melding of citrus and grassy oils.

Upon sipping, a pale ale flutter of fairly sweet malt delivers caramel and blueberry. The hops clomp in, printing fresh-clipped morning grass and dry grapefruit on the scape. A back end bit of biscuit dovetails into a crisp, dry, bitter finish, lingering long and green apple clean. The fresh, green hops are well played and make for a sassy and interesting offering.

Between light and medium bodied, the malt is filmy, but the hops are chock full of resin and oil on the palate.

In lesser hands the newly mown hops might come off as unduly brassy and raw, but here they impress as the green, viscous essence of American beer ingenuity. Now, the bite might get punchy after too much, but one happy bomber is decidedly drinkable and enjoyable. So the dimensions may be few, but they're a pleasing mix of subtle APA and snappy new-harvest hops with more depth than at first perceived.

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Photo of carln26
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a medium copper color, very clear, and was topped by a thick, fluffy off white head that showed good retention, and left a nice lace on the side of the glass as it settled. The nose does impart a good bit of hops. Light on the floral hop, more grassy with a citrus finish. Light caramel character in the aroma. The flavor is classic American Pale. Decent balance of caramel malt with a punch of citrus hops. Floral hop shows more mid way through the drink, and lasts into the finish. More bitterness than I expected in the beer. The mouth feel is slick, just a touch sticky. Decent drinkability. I've had a few other fresh hop offerings from Russian River, Moonlight to name a couple, and this lacks the strong floral character I really enjoyed in those beers. It could be the age, and if so, I apologize. Good enough that I will try again next year, and test the freshness.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.17/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint shaker.

Pours a nice, clear golden orange color. Little head to speak of, but small skiffs of foam hang around, like the last visage of dish washing liquid.

Aroma is interesting to say the least. Not as overpowering a hop aroma in the glass as there was coming from the neck of the bottle, but it's still there. Initially, you get a good burst of hops, smelling bright and vegetal. In the bottle, that's all you got. In the glass, however, you're met with an equally strong earthy malt aroma, which balances the first blast of hops quite nicely. In total, it smells of a bitter yet sweet substance that is strangely appetizing.

Upon first taste, this comes across as just a standard (albeit quite good) APA. But then you get a new sensation, one I'm not used to with the beers I drink. It feels like the hop bitterness floats up to the roof of your mouth, then tries to make its way up the back of your nose and into your sinuses from behind. It's perhaps the strangest physical sensation I've gotten from drinking anything I can remember. Yet it's a pleasant experience, and adds an odd level of complexity to this brew. Beyond that, this IS just a really good standard pale ale, with a small but present malt backbone to try to hold off the avalanche of hop bitterness that permeates the entire drink. The hop flavors dominate, with the vegetal/citrus flavors defeating any resistance the malt sweetness may try to put up. Quite nice, especially when you add the extra sensation I mention above.

The mouthfeel is, as Baby Bear said, just right. It's substantial enough to let you know this isn't water, but with no need to chew it to get through it.

Overall, this is one interesting beer. It's not overly complex, being, as I said, nothing more than a standard American Pale Ale. But something with the wet hops does add a level to the drinking experience which was new to me, and one I enjoyed tremendously. This isn't a great beer, but it's a damned fine one, and well worth seeking out.

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Photo of bashiba
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a slightly hazed amber with a thick pillowy head, good retention and lacing.

Has a very nice green hop odor with a nice fresh juniper and grapefruit aroma.

A very nice crisp hop taste dominates throughout, a bit of malts are detectable, but the fresh wet hops are definitly the dominant force of this beer. Very nice with a bit of grapefruit and juniper along with a bit of mint in the finish.

Mouthfeel has a lot of carbonation with a nice bit of hoppy oil coating the tongue and a touch of dryness in the finish.

Very drinkable and nice will be having more of these while I can still get them.

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Photo of dogfooddog
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I do think it would be interesting to have a blind tasting of this beer versus other APA's. I suspect the 'fresh hop' imagery produces expectations beyond normal even for an APA and beyond the actual impact on taste of the hop-shipping procedure.

Pours a deep orange, with a large fluffy tan head.

Nose is powerful hop odors, reminds me of pine sap and citrus.

Taste is an amalgamation of a malty body which is distinct despite a ton of hops. In the hops I find citrus and something a bit more bitter, not actually tasting like pine sap (Yes I have tasted it) though the smell is a bit similar. I think the malty body offers a lot of balance for this beer, and at 6.1% it is very drinkable.

Certainly worth trying.

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Photo of Grundle20
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance:
Pours clear and copper in to a tulip. There is a minor head but it has some really good sticky lacing despite it's poor retention.

Smell:
The scent is potent and piney and pretty much all things you would expect from rich oily hops.

Taste and Mouthfeel:
There is a nice candy sweetness up front but from then on out there is aggressive "green" hop bitterness. The beer is crisp overall and finishes rather clean with some lingering bitterness in to the aftertaste.

Drinkability:
Personally I find this to be very refreshing and tasty but people who are not big on hops should probably shy away from this one.

Bottom Line:
Just as good this year as I remember it being last year. It's intensely hoppy for a pale ale so be sure to pick this up hop fans.

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Photo of jwc215
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours slightly hazed orange/amber with a fairly thick head that descends to a lasting cover.

The smell is grassy, piney, citrusy.

The taste is of slight sweetness soon overtaken by oily, fresh hops. Fresh-cut grass, pine and orange citrus run the show. Sweet malt lies underneath to keep it all together and balanced. The fresh leafy, piney, citrusy hops seem just ripened. Medium bodied. Pushes the hop limits of an APA - could be confused for an IPA.

Fresh, tasty, crisp and very smooth. If you like hoppy pale ales - this one's for you!

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 hckyfn9999
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy darkish copper color with a nice cream colored head with good retention and lacing. Wonderful citrusy and floral hop aroma. Upfront the taste is biscuity malt then some powerful citrus flavor. Very nice. Mouthfeel is medium bodied as the label promises and is pretty smooth. A very drinkable APA. Overall this is right up there with Alpha King as far as APA's go in my opinion. A great beer.

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Photo of bjohnson
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden copper color with a frothy one finger white head. Big and bubbly with nice retention.
S: Fruity and piney--mostly grapefruit and pine needles. Nice grassy undertone. Good fresh bitterness can be detected.
T/M: Piney, citrusy, and grassy hop presence. Good malt backbone to this brew. Nice balance with an excellent bitterness that's felt in the aftertaste. Floral notes in the finish. A tad oily and resiny on the palate as it slides across. Damn tasty--excellent bitterness! Heavily dry hopped.
D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. Excellent bitterness makes me question if it's really a sneaky ipa. Definitely worth a shot if you can find it. One of the better hoppy pale ales out there.

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Photo of Drew966
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale pours a light tea color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. I like the aroma, it's all hops. The flavor is excellent, strong citrusy hops. Much lighter body than a double ipa, but in some ways fills the bill to get a hop fix that I might expect from a double ipa. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a beautiful bronzed dark amber with a nice but not huge head.

Fresh soft hops on the nose, with a yeasty finish.

Tastes fruity of apples and cherries and lingering fresh bitterness.

Mouthfeel is great- perfect heft and nice carbonation, crisp and balanced.

Great drinkability. Nice flavors and very refreshing.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle. This beer is an orangish amber color with a small creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by fresh floral and grassy hops. The taste much like the aroma is dominated from the beginning by the hops. However, the malt does a pretty decent job of holding it's own in the background, but the hops not suprisingly definately steal the show. Overall, this is a highly recommended beer that I will surely revisit in the future.

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Photo of Jredner
3.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at New World Brewery.

The aroma is all pine and citrus with some floral notes buried beneath. Very intense, but it doesn’t smell any fresher than a normal beer hopped all to heck.

Body is a light gold and holds a nice looking thumb thick white head that is mostly lasting.

Hops, hops and then some mild sweet malt and then more hops. It’s good for what it is, a massively hopped pale ale. I might even drink it again, but I wouldn’t drink it a lot.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 RonfromJersey
4.55/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden body, good clarity, tons of fine carbonation streams, topped by a fist worth of heaping billowing off-white froth. Stylish lacing stretches like Spider-man's webs.

Inviting, intoxicatingly fresh hop aromas, bits of flowers and pine and juicy citrus.

All those fresh hops in the nose show up right at the start of the taste too. They are not overpowering though, they just don't let the malt get its moment in the sun. Instead this beer is balanced from start to finish, a sweet caramel layer on the bottom slathered with fresh juicy fruity hops roaring down the strip together.

Good solid medium mouthfeel flows easily and damn too quickly.

A very well done example of the expanding fresh hop family, hurry and seek this out before it grows stale.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,573 ratings.
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