Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
BA SCORE
86.1%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 1,589 ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,540
Reviews:
693
Ratings:
1,589
Liked:
1,368
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
9.85%
Alströms:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
141
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 1,589 |  Reviews: 693
Photo of TBoneJones
3.74/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure copper, head is basic and recedes quickly. Little evidence of carbonation. Lacing nice though.
Smells light and fresh of some piney hops and fruit notes non-descript, but nice. Maybe berry. Sweet malts barely detected.
Fruity hop mix, apricot, pine, not musty or anything earthy, clean tasting yet balanced with a malt presence that doesn't dominate anywhere (which I like). Beer lives well up to its name. Just not standing out to me as memorable either. I recall liking this even more when I tried it a year ago or so. And this is a fresh bottle as it labeled as being bottled on 10/04/12, and I'm drinking it on 10/24/12 (months late in posting this obviously).
Carbonation feels nice, medium even though it has a thinner appearance to me. Fruit is more subdued than i like, but a slight tropical bitter hop lingers, dry finish, but not strong, crisp.
Overall this beer works as a fine IPA, a clean example, not complex in my opinion , but well-made nonetheless. Until I try some of this brewery's acclaimed stouts, a couple of which I'm still aging a bit, this is about my favorite beer of theirs to date.

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Photo of ramblinwreck101
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Userme59
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of TicoCali
3.5/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of ohtheguilt
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of hellhammermario
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.44/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A minimal amount of foamy head on top of a pale copper body. Aroma hits you with a large amount of hops. Lemon/Lime citrus, grapefruit and honeydew melon. Some malts are also present but this is all hop. Before I go on about hops the pale, subtly sweet caramel, malt bill is a great base for the hops that go over it. With that as a base there is a great mix of hop flavors. Juicy grapefruit, pineapple and melon upfront. The finish is a mix of pine and grass but the lingering bitterness is fruity. Awesome balance of juicy and bitter. Medium/light body, hop bomb but not bitter bomb. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Petey_the_Quiet
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of SargeC
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Deep gold-orange color with a slight haze. Golden-white head.

Smell: Citrus, bread. The hop aroma is subtle instead of pungent.

Taste: Very pronounced hop flavor. Characteristics change throughout the taste. Begins with citrus flavors and evolves into pine. A minor sweetness in the brew balances and supports the hop flavors this beer displays.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Very crisp. Dry finish.

Drinkability: Another excellent member of the Great Divide family. A good fresh hop brew that showcases different hop flavors with a good amount of bitterness.

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Photo of sammo
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ultrasrs
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of changeup45
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good beer. A murky darker shade of orange, not a big head but still some nice sticky lacing. Fruity hop aroma and potent for a Pale Ale. Grapefruit hoppy flavor, slightly sweet maltiness, which sneaks out more as it warms, bitter and a little dry. Nicely balanced. A lot of flavor and a lot of hops for a Pale Ale, which seems like it could be an IPA. Perhaps Great Divide put an IPA in a Pale Ale bottle so we'd be shocked at the flavor. Whatever, it worked, this might be the best Pale Ale I've ever had.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.

S – Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.

T – A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.

M – Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D – I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going… It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again.

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Photo of KnowYourCraft
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of frlrv1020
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Ineedabeerhere
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz into DFH snifter. I must say that I like this year's bottle art more than the previous style.

Poured a little darker than I was expecting- somewhat of a dark amber color with a small head.

Great pine aroma that was followed up in the mouthfeel by a ever so slight creaminess with hints of grapefruit backed by some caramel malt. I definitely am enjoying the fresh-hop ales this year but I wish I had gotten them a little earlier because even this seems like it would've been hoppier when it was a little fresher. Definitely drinkable- It would be nice to have 2 bombers of this in a night. I'll definitely be getting it again next year.

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Photo of Greels
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StoneTSR
4.45/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Transparent, light copper poured from a 22oz. bomber into a pint glass. Solid quarter-inch head rested on top. Good lacing covered 30% or so of the glass.

SMELL: Not overpowering, but a good, hefty nose of sweet pine. It smells like Colorado, which is a good thing.

TASTE: The front end of the sip briefly retains the piney sweetness of the nose, but the sweet quickly gives way to a bitter middle and end. This beer is about the hops. Bitter and delicious hops dominate the sip and leave a very pleasant and bitter grapefruit aftertaste. Very impressive flavor.

MOUTHFEEL: Very crisp, clean and surprisingly light, but at the same time fairly smooth. I generally like a beer that, for lack of a better phrase, rips your tongue to pieces on the way down. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale is easy on the palate and very refreshing, even if it isn't as harsh as I would normally like.

OVERALL: This is a remarkably well balanced beer. Although I do love the hop bombs, at 55 IBUs this is an extremely drinkable Pale Ale with a lot of character. Maybe it is just great marketing, but this beer does taste fresh. And I guess, given that it was bottle less than a month ago, on Oct. 14, 2010, it is.

EDIT: I'm bumping the score of the appearance up a notch (from 3.5 to 4.0) due to the packaging. This is a good looking bottle and the green foil is a great touch.

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Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I dont remember when I enjoyed this but it was when it was fresh, lets say end of october

A: vibrant orance with an inch of white head. Lots of carbonation rises up from the bottom of the glass and there is good head retention but no lace.

S: Nicely fresh and hoppy. The hops were mainly citrus and there was a light caramel note in the backgroumd

T: Bursts of lemon and pine followed by a hint of caramel sweetness. As it warmed it become much pinier

M: Decent amount of body with some creaminess and a bit of puckering bitterness

D: Goes down smooth and easy. Very enjoyable but it was missing that "it" quality to make it great

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Photo of DoctorDog
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1pint 6 oz. bottle into a nonic. "BOTTLED ON OCT 04 2010" stamped on the bottom of the label.

A- Clear, light amber appearance. Pours with 1 1/2+ fingers of off white head, which fades very gradually to a thin cap. Excellent retention. Tons of sticky lacing.

S- Pine with subtle earthy hop notes. Bready malty notes follow the hops.

T- Malty, bready, biscuity notes, with solid hop bitterness coming in behind it, providing a flavorful, balanced attack.

M- Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Quite creamy. Very smooth. Very good.

D- Very good. Easy drinking and enjoyable on all fronts.

Future outlook: A winner of an APA, will be happy to have again.

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Photo of freed
2.95/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a bottle of this, could not resist the label nor the style.

Pours a hazy deep golden with a rough skimming of foam on top, though it's thinning is quick.

The aroma is of harsh grass and alfalfa and even a little sharp pine. Sadly, none of the pleasant citrus is left and sharpest qualities are left.

The taste is much the same. Decent malt body that lets the hop shine, but the hop profile is kind of sharp. I'm not sure what varietals were used in the hopping, but they tend to focus on the grassy and bitter flavors without any floral or citrus kiss, and instead the notes are closer to the skunk (but with a much larger hop) of a green-glass beer.

Still, I don't mind it, but I would consider using a different hop varietal to brew with next September.

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Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled on 9/29/09. No abv info is given. Comes in at 55 IBUs. The artwork is different than the one shown on BA.

A-Pours a crystal clear light amber. It has a two finger off white head that fades to a nice frothy layer. Lots of bubbles continuosly rise from the bottom. Lots of lace is left after each sip.

S-Pine is all over the nose on this one along with some grapefruit. On the second pour the grapefruit was a little stronger. Not much malt is evident and the usual grassiness associated with a wet hop beer is lacking.

T-Like the nose, lots of pine and grapefruit. There is pale malt and a touch of sweetness midsip. There is some nice grapefruit and fresh raw hop bitterness that lingers in between sips. There is also a little sweetness in between sips.

M-Medium bodied, smooth, and nicely carbonated.

D-A great fresh hop beer. The hops are quite evident and it is not grassy like so many other wet hop beers.

I had this one a year ago on tap in Phoenix and really enjoyed it. The bottled version was just as good.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2008 version. 22oz. bomber served in a shaker pint glass. Poured a dark copper with a fine bubbled off white head. Big piney hop aroma. Pretty good initial hop blast. Decent malt base with a little sweetness. Smooth mouthfeel, not that mouth puckering dryness you get in some hoppy beer. Maybe a little one dimensional, but if you like hops that's a good dimension.

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Photo of biggmike
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured an attractive copper color with a generous white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin layer of head across the top. The aroma is of grassy hops and smells outstanding. The taste is of citrus hops and is medium-bodied. This is a very good beer and very drinkable. I would definitely have this again.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.1% out of 100 with 1,589 ratings
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