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:
1,588
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
141
For Trade:
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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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Photo of Amp
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Duvel tulip glass. No bottling info even though there is a spot on the label for it. Saw other reviews that had a date so guessing this batch got missed for some reason? Just hit the market here so still pretty fresh. It was a clear light copper color with plenty of carb streams. It had a 2 finger foamy, white head that slowly settled into a constant foam cap. Great lacing with lots sticking.

The aroma was excellent with pine resin and plenty of citric hops alongside it. Not a hop bomb aroma since an APA and not an IPA - just great hop aroma without overdoing it. The taste was also excellent and again feature the resin battling with the citric hops for dominance. Just a little sweet in there to balance it out a little. Moderate bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel with good carb levels and a slight bitter aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that I highly recommend especially if you can get fresh. I missed this one the last couple seasons so was very excited when I was able to get a couple this year. Really loved the aroma and taste on this one. Very smooth. Avail here in TX - limited release seasonal. Rotation - got one more that I'll drink while super fresh and see if I can get on-tap this weekend. Definitely going to seek several bottles each year. [H;Y]

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Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Zimm
4/5  rDev -2%

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

My first wet hop or fresh hop ale. Was dying to have this beer. Great divide looks like an awesome brewery with good line up of beers especially IPAs and a lot of experimental stuff.

Had it at beer tasting. Poured from a 22oz bomber.

Regular color of an IPA. Amber, slight copper hue. Small one finger thick head. Medium to low carbonation. Clear and transparent in the glass.

Smell very grassy, from a distance. Prominent hops, slight citrus. Malt and sweetness is not felt at all.

Taste is where it feels like heaven. Extremely hop prominent. Very distinct from other dry hopped APAs. As grassy and fresh as i have ever had. I have smelled and tasted dry, leafy and pellet hops. This one is hell a lot better. You can get a feel(smell and taste wise) of what a freshly harvested hop would be like. Smell is more pronounced when you are devouring it. Just like other APA and IPA stuff. Awesome fresh feel and it seemed to transport me into a grass guzzling panda like world. More upfront on hops and still not very bitter of APAs. Good balance between malts and the type of hops used.

Mouth feel : Less oily. But very smooth. Medium bodied feel.

Excellent brew. Would certainly like to have it again and again.

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

A: Dark orange clear body with 2 finger head, good retention

S: Hops hops hops. citrus, lemon, some sweetness from the malt, orange peel.

T: Other than some bitterness towards the end, it's all citrus hops and sweet malt. Simple and great. I don't get too much grass as written on the bottle.

M: Medium thickness with decent amount of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink pale ale. Very pricey though ($7.99 for 22oz).

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

Pours hazy burnished amber with a white foamy head. Nice sheets of lacing.

Smell is crisp citrus and floral hops. Decent caramel malt base, fruity and slightly sweet and sticky.

Taste is full flavored hop bitterness. Citrusy and fruity up front, then it mellows to a more grassy hop flavor that lingers on the palet. Sweet malt base has a presence but is overshadowed by the generous hop character.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with only a slight hop oil residue.

Aggressive enough to be interesting, but stops before it becomes a total hop bomb. Flavor is very smooth and balanced. Another winner from Great Divide.

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Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a light amber with a nice, fluffy couple inches of head. Very soapy lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is hops, but less than I was expecting. There are more hops in the taste, but they are more 'watery' for the lack of a better term. The beer seems to have no edge to it. A very easy drinking and way too easy to finish beer. But not much more than that.

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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 Phillyz
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of BeerMeBro720
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of carteravebrew
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Domingo
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last one of these I encountered at my local shop just in time for the UFC.
Pours a yellow-orange color. Of note, this is "just" an uber-hoppy APA and not an IPA, so you'll notice a lighter color. For something this hoppy, I actually expected clouds, but it's relatively clear, actually.
The smell is that of fresh hops (like you didn't expect that!). The main thing I noticed is that even though it's claim to fame is the hop character, there is a little malt and even a little bit of a caramel backing.
Flavor is VERY smooth. Alcohol sweetness is non-existant, but a malty sweetness is definitely. The hops offer flavor, but they aren't as overpoweringly bitter as some of GD's other brews. I'd actually say this is more drinkable just because of the lower alcohol and less potent flavor.
Pretty good beer for just relaxing.

(2006 Note: While on tap I think this beer was much like last year's, the bottled version's hop potency is DIPA level. Makes for a unique experience because the alcohol isn't there. I don't think it's as easy drinking as before, but for a hop kick it's nearly unmatched)

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Photo of doughanson78
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Orange with a slight yellow tint. Perfectly clear. Two finger rocky white head with amazing retention and damn good lacing.

S: Very resinous. Citrus and earthy hops. Pineapple mainly with some orange peel. Just a hint of caramel.

T: Resinous and earthy. Touches of caramel. I know it's a pale ale but no bitterness at all. Very dirty/earthy finish with none of the citrus that was in the nose. Almost to much resin in the flavors.

M: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Very dry finish. Slick and oily.

O: A great beer. Not near the likes of Zombie Dust. But definitely tasty.

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Photo of jkball01
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of goodbyeohio
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup!

22oz settles clear in the glass, interesting color variations from yellowish-gold to crimson towards the surface. bubbles are alive inside. two-finger foam forms quickly and dissolves slowly leaving beautiful craters and three-dimensional lacing patterns. even the airy foam atop this beer has pungent, dry, fruity hop characteristics.. as i find out as my nose and lips accidentally come in contact with the crown.

aroma pleases with juicy hop aromas.. not overwhelming and no alcohol detectable. a nice brown sugary malt presence here balances.. unexpected but nice. some apple aromas as well as something spicy like yeast.

well, this beer sure packs a different punch in the flavor. mouthfeel is a bit heavier, hop bitterness and overall pine sting are in line with most west coast dipa's, and the mouth is pretty much completely coated with botanical resin after one hearty sip. still, the lack of alcohol burn in the finish makes this slightly more drinkable. sipping isn't really an option once the addictive bittering sting has been felt. like sour patch kids or warheads, this is one beer that provides the hophead with masochistic joy. however, 1/3 through the bottle, the bright sweetness fades and most sips are full of aggressive bitterness and a lack of inspiration.

met my expectations, only wish it was a tad more drinkable. for a pale ale, could have dropped to 5 or so % and still kicked ass. recommended for fans of hoppy beers.. just don't go in expecting nectar of hop juice spritzer.

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Photo of jsurfs82
4/5  rDev -2%

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 FeDUBBELFIST
4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint glass.

A: Incredibly huge off-white head that was both frothy and rocky. Huge mountain peaks that lasted and lasted. The lacing was very good and the body is clean and perfectly clear. The color of this brew is a light coppery-orange.

S: Not a complex brew. But who says everything has to be? The hop bill, consisting of pine, grass and citrus was huge, particularly for a pale ale. Light biscuity malts provide some balance but the hops are the standout feature.

T & M: Just a little alcohol comes through as well as some peppery notes and diacytel. Lightly sweet and lightly acidic. The bitterness one-ups these qualities as one would expect such a hoppy beer to do. Creamy texture, medium body mouthfeel. This beer has medium carbonation and finishes crisp and dry. From the aroma, taste and mouthfeel, there's no debate about the freshness, even from my bottled version, it's apparent. I'd love to find this on draft soon.

D: Fresh an refreshing. There is a cleanliness to this brew that you don't see everyday. Every once in a while, it's nice to take a break from the bigger beers out there and mellow out with the likes of an easy drinker like this.

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Photo of younger35
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received the beaut in a trade with stopbarking. This will be my first taste of a brew by Great Divide, although I have 2 others sitting in the “cellar”. Drank out of my Deschutes Black Butte Porter pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a nice orange yellow with hints of a pinkish red. Decent one finger off white head forms that is fluffy and glistening. Maintains a nice cap and collar for the duration of the brew that leaves a bit of ring like lacing.
Smell- Lot’s of citrus fruit goodness here. Lemon zest, orange and a boat load of grapefruit pop out of the glass. A bit of malt does show with very candy like caramel goodness.
Taste- As hoppy and aggressive as the nose. Starts the same way as it smells with lots of grapefruit and orange. A bit of very earthy, pine makes it’s way through as well. Some malt sweetness does show reminding me a bit of caramel corn. Finishes semi sweet that slowly gives way to lots of bitterness.
Mouthfeel- Slick and oily with a nice full feel. Nice medium carbonation.
Drinkability- This is a really nice beer. It’s really similar to Deschutes Hop Trip with a bit more bitterness. If I had to pick one, I’d probably go with the Hop Trip (just biased probably). This is a great beer though that you need to pick up while it’s still fresh. Thanks again to stopbarking!

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Photo of Nolen12
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, malt, hops, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is of caramel, hops, and a touch of pine, ends nicely bitter.

overall a lot more bitter than i would expect of a pale ale.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,588 ratings.
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