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
Ratings:
1,587
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.98/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

An APA with more than a slight hat-tip to an IPA. Clear yellow/orange with lots of bubbles, like carbonated apple juice. Nice off-white head. Nose is grassy cascade hops. Taste has a recognizable amount of malts up front, then citrusy grapefruit hops that linger. Good mouthfeel, quite bubbly. Drinkability is good too.

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Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of cvstrickland
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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 DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 3/4" cream coloured head over cloudy amber liquid.

S: Sweet biscuity malt, tangerine and leafy, grassy hops.

T: Grass, lemon, pineapple, tangerine, earth and leafy hop flavours over a sweet biscuit and honey malt backbone.

M: Creamy medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation. Resiny, particularly near the bottom of the bottle.

O: I really liked this one, it is extremely easy drinking and it has a great creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A: 1/2 finger of head from a moderate pour with good retention. Color is a crystal clear Amber/Dark gold. I can see Dust through this amber spyglass! No wait, that's carbonation. I would like more head. Beautiful though.
S: Pilsnery smell - must be the grassy hops. Orange juice, slight sherry (negative), clove, a lot of esters. A little rubbing alcohol upon warming.
T: Bitter and slight grapefruit and pineapple edge. A bit of maltiness follows. Definite sweet finish. Much hoppier and more bitter than Sierra Nevada Harvest or Deschutes Hop Trip. I prefer the balance of those other two beers. The alcohol character of this one reminds me of DFH 90 min. IPA.
M: Makes my mouth water! Also puckering from the bitterness. Good, but a tad starchy greenness.
D: Solid, flavorful, enjoyable. 2 pints would be great! Yea for fresh hops!

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Photo of Josholson666
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 10/12/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold/orange with some sediment floating around if you look hard enough; some large carbonation bubbles that help maintain a medium thick, sudsy white head. Lacing clings to most of the glass!
Smell - strong bready malt nose with some syrupy hops oils.
Taste - very balanced malt to hop flavor profile; more floral and pine hops to go with malts that present like rye bread.
Feel - medium body and more of a traditional APA with hops supported by a muscular malt structure!
Overall - somewhat of a let down. For $12.99 a six pack, and the average score on this site, I was hoping for a bit more. I'll most definitely enjoy this sixer, but doubt I'll seek this out again.

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Photo of HoppyBastard1
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of firkingroovin
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sloelco
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber gold with very little head and of course nothing to retain. Laces well.

Pine nut hops in the nose. All pine with only a hint of faint dry citrus.

Hits extremely hoppy and bites hard after that. Sweet but tart and dry in the middle with a green piney finish. Very nice combination.

Medium body, just right for the style and taste.

Great drinker, especially for hops. If hops aren't your thing, then stay away.

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Photo of bschmidt_37
4.36/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of Williaar
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Stignacious
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 11/3/07

Pours an amber copper with a slight haze to it and scant bubbles climbing to the top. Head is thinnish but clings to the glass well. Nose is all hops. Big fresh hops throwing out pungent aromas of grapefruit rind, pine sap, and fresh mowed grass. Malt is there slinkin in the back with its sweet body. Slight alcohol tinge in the nose. Flavor starts briefly with the classic pale malts and its bready sweetness, but doesn't stay in the focus too long before the hops come in. The hops bring huge flavors of sweet red grapefruit, followed by green and oily flavors of pine sap and grass. Malt really thins out here, and I wish that it would hold a steadier base for the hops. Lots of pine comes out in the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty light in weight. At first the carbonation is pretty lively, but as I drink this, it becomes smoother and creamier.

I used to really love this, but after having had Sierra Nevada's Harvest this year, I really needed to reevaluate this offering from Great Divide. Just doesn't offer the great malty caramel backing which SN's does. Just a bit thin and one-dimensional. Still a really good beer, but for the price, you can certainly get a better wet hop beer.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw Orange hue with nice foamy head and some lacing.

S: Biscuity malts mix with some fresh grassy hops. The aroma is good but really faint. Thinking maybe it's too late to try this, or maybe the aroma has just faded.

T: Luckily the taste is still good. Malty, bready flavors mix with some resiny hops with a lingering bitterness. Sweet as well which is nice.

M: Medium to light feel, good carbonation.

D: Sessionable and tasty, just nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear orange rust color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - aroma of grassy piney hops and maltiness

T - it had a very earthy flavor, i didn't get much citrus but maybe it was just combined with the piney flavor to mask it into a big ball of hops and malt background

M/D - a little more earthy than i was expecting, but not bad. If you're expecting a nice juicy citrusy hop bomb, this isn't the way to go.

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Photo of linnymtu
4/5  rDev -2%

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 hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of AlexJ
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is superb when very fresh but I find that the fresh hop characteristics diminish rather quickly. So beware of older bottles.

Crisp golden amber pour with a well sustained head of paper white that leaves delicate patterns of lace.

Aroma is sweet honey and very light caramel malt and bursting with green hops that are floral, citric, and grassy.

Flavor is nicely balanced between the clean malt flavors and very grassy floral hops that develop into light citrus midpalate.

Smooth creamy mouthfeel and sessionable drinkability(if it didn't cost $6 a bomber.

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

Reviewing from notes after enjoying this brew on 11/1/2013. I really need to organize my tasting notes and pictures better. Poured out of a 22 oz brown bottle with a bright green foil wrap and a best by date of Dec 30, 2013 stamped on the label. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - Body pours a translucent copper color with notes of orange and muddy brown depending on how the light and shadows pass through. Atop the body sits a rocky two finger head comprised of very small bubbles the color of linen. The retention is excellent, and the foam slowly starts to recede with ample pocking and a consistently thin sheet of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell - A pretty good balance of light, bready malt and more pungent hops. The hops, consisting of lots of herbal undertones--grass, chives, pine needles--and citrus were more obvious, but they were held in check by a pleasant foundation of grain, to give the aroma some fullness, so to speak. In addition to the herbal dominance, there were notes of lemon and orange zest to give a delightful citric quality to the aroma.

Taste - Here the grain is again present, but only as a cracker is present to convey delicious charcuterie and cheese to one's mouth. In this case, the part of the meat and cheese is played by the wonderful wet hops with a fantastic combination of pine resin, lemongrass, orange zest and even some hints of pink grapefruit. Perhaps it's all in my head, but the fresh harvest variety of the hops really adds a punch to the flavor profile. It's almost like I steeped my beer with a tea bag of whole cone hops.

Mouthfeel - Sufficient body--I'd place it at about medium, with moderate carbonation and a juicy characteristic, with a mostly dry finish.

Overall, I can't say this is the best wet hop ale I've had, but it's a very good one, and much easier to obtain than some of my favorites. As such, I will slot this into the list of seasonal beers I must procure when they come out each year.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,587 ratings.
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