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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,627
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
1,595
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
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Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/8/12

A: Copper in color with a big, sticky, pillowy, white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Grassy, fresh hops with honey-sweet malt.

T: Fresh, delicious hops balanced by sweet, sugary malt. One of the maltier/more balanced fresh hop beers I've had. Tastes closer to an amber/red ale. I'd love to have several bottles on-hand at all times during hop harvest season.

M: Very clean, smooth, and fresh but can be a bit cloying as it warms.

O: One of the better fresh hop beers out there. Wish I could have had this closer to the bottling date but it's held up well after more than a month in the bottle and a trip across the country.

UPDATE...10/24/2016:

Canned on 10/12/2016 so just 12 days old!

I first had this back when anything in a can was garbage so it's great to see this and so many other beers in cans; even sours!?! This beer is even better than I remember, but then again I haven't had hops or even beer in a so long that it may be that anything would taste great. Amazing color for a PA with this much flavor (on the darker side). Nose and taste are all fresh, piney, fruity, resiny hops of course. That incredible West Coast hop punch. Great Divide must be using different hop varieties this time around and it's noticeable. While a 6-pack was pricey ($13), I am very happy that I have five more to enjoy in the next few weeks (or days). Just a side note...if you're reviewing a fresh hop beer a few months or more past its bottled/canned date, you shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion on it. Be fair to the brewer. And your palate. You can spare a tick/Had/Review.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly. Fine and drinkable but a bit off-balance to really enjoy.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a totally translucent amber color with a thick three finger high head on it that is an off white color but not tan or even verging on it. Maybe a shade under vanilla ice cream color. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= This is a nice smelling wet hop beer. This is right up there with the Founders Harvest for my wet hop beers as far as smell goes. Nice citrus smells come through as well as some of that really nice earthy plant matter smell. Green smelling and leafy. It smells like the hops picked right off the plant and smushed in your hand. Excellent.

T= The taste doesn't quite live up the smell but it still has nice taste to it. Maybe I spent so much time smelling this thing that I got my hops up. It has a nice APA flavor with some balance to it. This isn't an IPA by any means but still is a hop forward beer. I get again the citrus and plant material flavors that I got from the nose but they are a little more toned down and the sweet caramelly malt comes forward a bit more.

M= Really creamy. Sort of feels like whip cream in my mouth it's so light.

D= A great hop forward APA pushing the IPA boundary. Smooth and drinkable with a little complexity keeping you coming back for more. A fine wet hop beer.

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Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of donspublic
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber, no date.

A - A clear dark golden color, somewhere between brown and gold. Pours very little head, and what does dissipates quickly. Little carbonation on the inside.

S - Very strong hops smell that is well balanced with some malt background. I detect somewhat a grapefruit smell.

T - Starts with its interesting flavor from the bittering hops. Grassy is a good word, as per the bottle description. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Quick transition from the initial hops bite. Although, its somewhat surprising to me that there is that much malt hit on what one would think is a hop dominated beer.

M - Not much carbonation on this one. Does have a creamy thick feeling.

D - A good tasting beer, while the intense hops probably would keep me away from drinking alot of these. An excellent beer for a "onezy twozy" night where I really want to taste and enjoy my beer.

Good choice overall.

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Photo of firkingroovin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasty cereal and more faint caramel are at the fore of the smell encountered here, with fresh grass and coniferous foliage a step behind.

T: Begins off-dry with assertive pale malt, followed by slightly acidic floral and citrus hops emerging in the middle. The quality of the citrusy aromatics here are not grapefruit, but more like mellow, diluted orange. The short finish features restrained bitterness, with unusual doughnut-like cakiness and some astringency.

M: Thin to medium viscosity with low carbonation. This beer vanishes fairly quickly from the palate without lingering to be enjoyed or studied, thus encouraging another follow-up sip.

D: This beer provides a response to the question, 'Is proximity to hops a factor in producing a wet-hopped ale of quality?' What it lacks in interesting qualities, it makes up for with an overall appeal that equates to better than average drinkability. Still, for a fresh-hop seasonal it is mid-pack at best. It leaves me with a very similar impression to the riptide that I had at Pizza Port a few weeks earlier.

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Photo of sheenisgod
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of GeorgiaBeerGuy
4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of WritersBlock
5/5  rDev +23.2%

Photo of 1424IpA
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
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 Josholson666
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 Pro_Magnon
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dfillius
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 Brolo75
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber orange with a bright white head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation and head retention, it's slightly cloudy, looks good.

A: Definitely has citra in it, guava, papaya, citrus rind, touch of malts, no alcohol on the nose, smells promising.

T: Tropical notes like guava, papaya, peach skin, grapefruit skin, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has a nice balance of toasted, caramel malts, tropical flavors linger in the aftertaste, very nice.

M: Light-medium bodied, semi-dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed, very drinkable, balanced, love citra hops and they really come through but they don't overwhelm, definitely going to enjoy the remainder of my six pack.

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Photo of Basoos1
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of HoppyBastard1
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,595 ratings
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