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
Reviews:
692
Ratings:
1,586
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
142
For Trade:
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Photo of daythree16
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 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 Tolann
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one with all the local buzz about it. Still a newb to reviewing beers. I bought this 22oz bottle and poured it into 2 average pint glasses.

A - Golden in color. Thick head that settles very slowly. Nice lacing
S - Sweet lemon(?) grassy smell. Not an overwhelming smell, but definitely there.
T - Bitter hops at the back of your tongue. Not a sharp hoppyness, but white spiced and earthy if that makes sense. Refreshing. Not caramelly or malty. I can't quite place it...Seems simple at first, but then is more complex. There's something going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Did I just chew gum?
M - medium to light body. Bubbley if you try to slurp taste it.
D - Wish I bought another bottle. I didn't see any more in the liquor store today. This is a refreshing and light hoppy beer. Another bottle might have helped the reviewing too. heehee! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds pretty good right now after this beer.

WTH? My husband just poured his half of the bomber to me. Guess I'm in luck. LOL

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

Beautiful clear liquid with carbonation bubbles constantly rising from the bottom of the glass. Rocky offwhite head with sticky thin lines of lace and a slightly subpar retention. Not bad but not as great as I expected.

Is this really a pale ale? That's a whole lot of hops for a pale ale. This one is very resiny with very fruity and grassy hops massaging my nose.

Quickly biting hop flavor that's a tad weaker than the hops in the nose. The taste and palate are quite a bit more in balance than the nose. A tad disappointing but nothing to ruin anyones day. A lot grassier hops in the the taste than in the hops. They're almost duller but still very good. There's a malty balance that is comparable to milk that's been warmed up in the microwave to help one get to sleep. Maybe it's more like a coffee and milk mixture that's 75% milk. Either way it's like a roasted milk taste. This is a great brew though. Glad I got to try this one.

I feel this beer deserves a five on drinkability as I would love to have this as my everyday pale ale but alas, the paradox remains that you can't really have a beer that tastes freshly hopped all year, can you? I'll give it a five anyway though because it's very very good.

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Photo of athensbeermaster
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Once again you can't go wrong with a Great Divide 22 oz. bomber!
Good amber/orange color with a modest fluffy white head.The nose was a pleasant grassy grapefruit aroma. Medium body with a nice orange peel, earthy silky taste. The big difference between this extravently hopped ale and say a Ipa is the fresh hops seem to be more mellow and fruity not as bitter. The low alcohol level helps alot in this regard to. Such a good price for how much planning and hard work that goes into this fresh hop ale!

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Photo of nickthegun12
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at the Auburn Ale House in Auburn Alabama

this beer looks pale...perfect color for a pale ale...with a nice foamy head...

the smell is of piney hops....with the slightest bit citrus notes....

Taste is hops and hops galore....not overly bitter...this beer is very true to style....

a tingly carbonated mouthfeel...

Perfect drinkability....very nice lacing as well

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

New label marketing looks much better than the current picture.

Bottle dated Sept. 29 2009
So happy that they too the time & effort to get these things.

Label says grassy and citrus which is what the puffy head gives me. Crystal clear sunflower yellow fresh beer is a beautiful thing to behold.

Piney. Bold for a pale ale. Makes me think about IPA, but this is much more delicate than a big bitter beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Lingers on the pallet.

A little watery but within the style.

It say on the bottle pare with Epoisses or grilled trout which I can certainly encourage. Lightly smoked fish for sure.

Standing alone this is one 22oz bomber that could be consumed in pairs. Clearly worth the price.

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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 Terp96
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have been waiting for this all year and was stopped in my tracks when I spotted it.

This beer pours a bright orange-amber hue with a decent one finger thick head. Moderate carbonation as well. It laces nicely as you progress.

Smell is phenomenal. If you love hops, this is a beer you must try. Pine, grass, grapefruit, it has it all. A great bouquet.

Taste is equally good and mirrors the aroma. In addition, to the hops, there is a nice malty sweetness to this beer. It finishes with a moderate bitterness to let you know what is in charge here.

Mouthfeel is great. Very balanced. Not heavy or thin. It's just right.

This beer is one of the most drinkable I have ever had. Another great beer from Great Divide. I have yet to find a notable flaw in any of their beers.

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

Bottled Sept. 29th, de-bottled Oct. 21st.

Pours a hazy bright orange with a good two fingers of off white head. Boom! Aroma is pure hops. I homebrew and it smells exactly like when you open a bag of whole leaf hops. Really grassy (but in a fresh, complex, vegetal, lightly green way, not in a bad old musty hops way). A little bit of hop citrus on the nose but it is definitely 80% grassy notes. Taste is more of the same. The bitterness is really quite mild as compared to the strong hop flavor. The flavor of the hops really opens up on the palate and I started to get more herbal (mint, chives...) flavors. Malt is present but only as a stage for the hops. Mouthfeel was smooth but nothing amazing. Overall this beer accentuates the fresh hop flavors and gives you something a little different than your basic APA, but not quite the strong bitterness of an IPA. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jculler82
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/03/11, sampled 12/24/11

Clear orange tinted gold with a nice frothy off white head that settles to a foam cap. Heavy lacing.

Hop forward nose that is balanced well by the malt. Citrus, mainly oranges, and some tropical fruit punch notes. Sweet caramel candy, bread crust.

Flavor is hop forward at first, mirroring the nose of oranges and fruit. Candy maltiness comes into the middle. Firm balancing bitterness in the finish. Nice full mouthfeel.

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Photo of racer2k
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a 20oz glass

A: Copper color that is very clean and pours a very foamy thick head about three fingers thick. The beer leaves a nice lacing ring around my glass.

S: Moderate hops that are extremely fresh and give off an earthy, piney, resiny aroma.

T: I would classify this as a strong Pale Ale or Lighter IPA which has a moderate fresh hop flavor and nice malty back end finish. The hops are not as aggressive as a typical IPA but perhaps a bit more so than your standard Pale Ale.

M: Medium body as the fresh hops fill you up nicely. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I purchased more than the (2) bombers. This was a very nice interpretation of the emerging fresh hop ale beer style which means that the hops are freshly picked and thrown into the kettle without any kiln drying providing a very robust earthy hop flavor compared to traditional hopped beers that use dry hops.

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Photo of mfavoino
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bottle that was bottled on 9/28/2010.

Appearance is a hazy copper with significant lacing. I expected a dominating hop nose, but instead found myself noticing the earthy tones and a bit of citrus hops. Tasted sweet, citrusy, and more malty than I thought this would be as a fresh hop beer. Little carbonation on this beer. I wonder if drinking it while it was fresher would have given more of a hop impression. Regardless, it is an extremely enjoyable pale ale and something I'd buy again.

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Photo of santomark
4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper, light gold, with a very small head that disappeared fairly quickly.

S - Very subtle on the noise, citrus hops, piney, fresh peeled oranges.. very very subtle.

T - Slight bitterness, pine, orange, extremely balanced. However, I feel this is missing something? But considering this is 55 IBUS it can be hoppy at times.

M - Nice carbonation, slight tingling sensation on the palate, silky, smooth, refreshing. Very nicely done with this part

O - This is a finely crafted beer that is superbly light on the palate. Very drinkable, it goes down very smooth, it covers the palate and very enjoyable.. My only complaint about this brew is I wish more of the hop, dank, sweetness and pine notes would have come through. I understand this brew is not meant to be the boldest IPA. Great divide went for balance and I must say they got very close to perfect. I just wish more smell was present. If you served this to me with any other IPA this would not stand out, until I tasted it. However, this is a very nice balanced IPA, probably the best I've had in the taste category. And is a variety break from the darker, heavier brews in the Autumn season. Cheers!

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully brassy pour into a pint glass with a slight white cap. The carbonation is average. The orange peel and piney notes are arranged nicely. The smooth and clean hop flavors linger nicely on the pallet. This APA is not too big, but more of a mellow representation of the style, nicely backed up with mellow tactile attributes. The aromas are complimentary of the hop flavors and in turn are complimented by the stickiness of the mouthfeel. This example of AIPA is a great winter warmer or summer refresher.

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Photo of GarrisWH
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden/copper color with two fingers of off-white, frothy head. Great retention and leaves a bunch of sticky lacing behind.

S - The wet hops jump out with a citric, grassy aroma. Slight malt hiding in the background. I really like the hop character in the aroma on this one

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale. Citric, herbal, grassy goodness hits the tongue right away, leading into a bit of toasty malt to balance it out. Finish is crisp and fairly bitter and leaves some resiny grassy and pine notes into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a lively carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this brew a lot. Full of great fresh hop flavors. A relatively aggressive and delicious take on the pale ale.

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Photo of Swim424
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a palm glass.

A- not much head due to i drank part of it then recapped it. this is the second half. very clean color. i would describe it as a see through copper.

S-floral. smells like fresh pine. very clean and crisp. hint of malt with overpowering hops.

T-taste is mostly hops. not very bitter hops very flavorful fresh hops. some carbonation. a little malt mostly over powered by the hops though. very crisp though

MF- leaves a little hoppy residue. fairly pleasant though.

O- this is a really good beer. i would highly recommend this to anyone who likes hops. this is only the second fresh hop beer i have had and they have both been very good. this one might be the better of the two.

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

Pours a semi-hazy golden amber color with eggshell white head.

Nose is green, vegetal, dank, and slightly tropical fruity. Slight alcohol notes with mild maltiness.

Taste is sweet, light, and fresh tasting. Slightly perfumey, grassy, and definitely piney.

Moderate to low carbonation. Smooth on the uptake - this brew doesn't knock your socks off with bitterness, but showcases some pretty aromatic hops.

Crisp finish with a floral and citrus aftertaste. Overall a very easy drinking fresh hop brew that still satisfies a hop head's desire to be immersed in dank. Will drink again!

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Photo of hustlemuscle
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Put this cloudy, sort of muddy looking beer bam, right in the kisser. Huge grassy fresh hops greet the nose, and then beat on your toungue when you take quaff. Big hops for a pale ale. The hop bitterness makes this a lip smacker and taste bud killa. A damn fine beer from a damn fine brewery.

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Photo of JoePat
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber with a kaki head.

I smell pineapple like aroma with a sweet maltiness. It is very faint and alomost musty but there.

I get a sweet caramel maltiness in the flavor with a nice hope balance. The bittering is very smooth and piney.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel on this beer is almost perfect.

A nice smooth drinkable beer. Great flavor and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of dannydetox
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the fresh hop/wet hop experimentation brewers are experimenting with these days. There is a purity I detect with this approach, and while these beers sometimes lack the complexity of the more traditional hopping technique, I like the fact we get choices. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale has an orange-copper color when poured, and retains a friendly skim of head throughout my glass. Aromas are full of sweet pink grapefruit with some floral notes hiding in the back. I detect a bit of molasses sweetness on this one, too. Highly quaffable and refreshing with the expected bitterness. Does not totally dry the mouth, but I wouldn't want a pale ale to do that. Seems a bit maltier than the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere but only just.

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Photo of BDJake
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear, golden amber with a finger of off-white head that left excellent lacing

S- grassy, piney hops right away that faded into a more bready tone with some mild citrus twang

T- the earthy hop notes are prevalent, but not overpowering the bready malt sweetness, some grapefruit notes as well

M- light-medium body, crisp carbonation with a nice bite in the aftertaste

D- a very fine offering that I enjoyed rather quickly

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

Bottled Oct 3rd, 2011 - Consumed Oct 19th, 2011

A: Nice clear light golden amber with a thick creamy white head that laces the glass very nicely and stays around throughout the beer

S: Wonderful citrus and grass hop aroma coming off the top. Very clean hop aroma.

T: Delicious light malt body that provide backbone to the beer but do not over power and allows for the hop flavors to hit the palette. The ending bitterness is very well balanced and not overly done. It leaves a really bitter grassy hop aftertaste that lingers

M: Light-to-medium body that has excellent carbonation and a very clean mouthfeel

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Photo of jim102864
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper recently at E and into my porcelin mug. Noted a puffy head with lacing that clung in there throughout the experience.

Aroma was mildly hoppy, perhaps less ballsy than I expected but not suprising given the interpretation of the style. Green tea in the background hops all around.

Taste was also milder than expected. Somewhat earthy with hints of pine hops, grass and green tea. Nice moderate hoppy finisht.

Thinish mouthfeel but in a pleasant way.

Drinkable, though not a session brew. Something one could enjoy x 2 in one sitting then would likely seek to move on. Nice effort by a solid brewery.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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