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:
2
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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 Gambyt20
3.02/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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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Photo of Brolo75
4.31/5  rDev +5.6%
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 phishbone23
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of kimcgolf
4.62/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours to a bright copper color with thick off-white head that lingers for the whole glass and leaves very good lacing. Very strong, very hoppy citrus aroma, leads to a very tingly, full mouthfeel, and this in turn carries over to a bitter citrus hop flavor that is biting, yet pleasant.

Finally, the finish is very bitter, long lasting and dry, just as I would expect from this style. Very possibly the best APA I’ve ever had.

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Photo of BltByKrmn
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of t8dd
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of fox227
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

Photo of Eddiehop
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Over-sized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Fresh 2008 Vintage

Light, golden amber color. Good one-finger white head. Good retention. Quite good lacing.

Very citrus dominated hops profile. Big grapefruit and orange zest, here. Great grassy presence. Smells fresh and new.

Pine and citrus bite dominate this one. Fresh, grassy flavor. Malt is hidden way down inside this one. Minimal sweetness on this one.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. More waterey than I prefer, though.

Too hoppy for me to enjoy on a regular basis, but that's just personal taste preference. It's still an overall good hoppy brew.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4/5  rDev -2%

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a clear light orange-copper color with a one inch off-white head that sinks down to a thin head.

Aroma has that usual grassy green wet hop aroma with some nice citrus notes of ruby red grapefruit and a bit of piney earthiness though it's much less pronounced. A sweet caramel malt backing is present as well behind the hops.

Taste has a nice sweet caramel flavor at first before the juicy hops explode on the palate. When they do it's mostly citrus with those wonderful green hop flavors. Finish brings a bit of pine but it never gets more dominant than the citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation that makes it really easy drinking.

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Photo of jeffthepony
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of JimGlonke
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Mojo
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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