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 JEdmund
4.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance
Pours out golden orange and clear; regular inch-sized head, with moderate lacing

Aroma
Yum and wow! This is such a big part of the beer. It really excites your tongue to get a whiff of this. The fresh hop brewing truly gives this a unique aroma, as it's not something I've smelled before. It's clearly hops, just different and really refreshing. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass - not necessarily a lawn smell, but a very natural wet, earthy, plant matter kind. Also very citric, with nice hints of orange, lemon, and grapefruit.

Taste & Mouthfeel
Tastes like a well-crafted pale ale. It's immediately recognizable and familiar, yet unique and exciting. The mouthfeel is light, as it should be for a pale ale. Nice level of carbonation and swishing it a little in the back of my mouth really opened up the flavor: orange, grapefruit, and a tasty malt balance.

Overall
Another fantastic seasonal that I will be sure to pick up each summer when it's available (I wish it came in a six-pack.) Easily a session beer due to its low weight. The aroma is really the standout character of this beer; I've never been so impressed by any beer's aroma like this one.

Update
Had this again April '07 and it was still tasty, but not nearly as aromatic and flavorful. I think the key is to pick it up within the first couple months it hits the shelves.

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Photo of iemailjack
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of shopk
4.12/5  rDev +1%

Photo of theboozecruise
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a hazy amber color... white head with great retention and lacing.

The smell is dominated by hops naturally, with a slight hint of citrus.

The taste is more of the same, but very crisp, giving it huge scores in the mouthfeel department. Just a pleasure to drink, not overpowering and easy to enjoy.

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

Pours amber with a finger of soapy head with big bubbles. The head lasts for the entire beer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Clarity is great, with minor chill haze.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy and piney, with cascades jumping out of the glass. It's great. There's a bit of caramel malt in the back, but the hop character is much more prominent.

Flavor is much like the nose. A bit of grapefruit bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, medium carbonated, and a clean, green, lightly astringent finish.

Balance is great. This beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's well crafted and well put together. It lacks the intangibles to make it world class, in my opinion.

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Photo of johunnic
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of scoobybrew
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear light copper color with a thick, ice-cream-like foamy head that has excellent retention, leaves a nice lacing as it drains

S - strong, resiny American hop aroma with a touch of malt

T - strong American hop flavors with a strong malt backbone and moderately assertive hop finish

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - This is truly a fantastic American pale and perhaps one of my most recent favorite discoveries. I've always like APAs, but until recently they haven't held much interest for me. This one certainly got my attention. The hop flavors and aroma are vibrant and wonderful - a must try if you can.

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Photo of Elfastball7
4.75/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of paulthebeerguru
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: snifter. pours a crystal clear dark copper-ish amber color, with a nice off-white head on top. great retention level and very nice lacing.

S: wow, that is the greenest nose I have ever smelled. Huge fresh/wet hop aroma...I can't stop smelling this beer. I have put my nose to the glass at least 20 times before tasting this one.

T: wonderful crystal malts lay down a biscuity flavor which is very nice. big fresh/wet hop flavor comes about a second after you sip it. very "green" hop flavor. this is just a great APA.

M: medium bodied APA, with a mild carbonation level. very smooth, but the hop flavors are crisp.

D: very drinkable APA, especially if you enjoy fresh hops. Well worth getting, but I would obviously recommend drinking it fresh.

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Photo of paulys55
5/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of Atlas1
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed the last bomber of this at Chevy Chase today and ran open to drink it. I've been looking all over for this but just keep missing it. Not tonight. Tonight it's mine.

Pours a good looking golden amber color with a healthy two-finger head that has serious longevity. The foam eventually breaks up into juicy clumps and leaves a lot of sticky residue on the sides of the glass as it recedes. Bueno. The nose is fresh and fruity, with elements of grass and strawberries thrown in for good measure. Not so much pine in the aroma as I'd expected, but plenty of citrus scents. It tastes, however, a bit denser than what the nose might have suggested. Thick and heavier than I thought it would be, but super smooth. Kind of sweet and juicy up front, with a bit more pine and hoppy bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy.

I could drink this all day long. It may not be my favorite IPA of all time, but it's mighty tasty. And at 6.10% ABV, it's not going to knock you out after just one. A session beer? Sure, if I could find it on tap, why not. And I'd love to find it on tap. Another outstanding effort from the gang at Great Divide.

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Photo of KornWallace
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Date: 11/4/14
Location: Halftime Mamaroneck
Draught/Bottle: 650ml Brown Bottle
Glassware: Snifter

Appearance: Darker in appearance then any of the other Wet hopped beers I'm trying, dark Golden to Amber in color. Big fluffy white head that has little retention and remains as nothing more then a whisp on the top of the beer.
Aroma: Big Grassy, earthy, wet hay, wet hopped feature absolutely strikes me at the onset. I have trouble getting passed it but I get some grapefruit and mango. Caramel and pale malts provide a slightly toasted and bread crust aroma.
Taste: The tartness is quite mild and beyond the hop flavors what I'm surprised by is the amount of caramel malt I taste.
Mouthfeel: Medium body, Medium carbonation. This beer contains only a minimal bitterness and dryness.

Notes: Drink by 12/24/14

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Photo of JeffreyJDavis
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of jerefreakinmiah
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled opened just shy of 2 months after it was brewed. I would prefer a fresher bottle, but not being a hard-core hophead I probably wouldn't notice a huge difference anyway.

Pours a beautiful flamed-orange clear body under a fantastic three fingers of highly tenacious off-white head that laces with outstanding crustiness and falls to a substantial soft, thick layer on the surface of the beer. This looks fantastic.

The aroma is on the greener/piney side of the hop spectrum than the citrus side. I smell fresh mellow ginger root, evergreen needles, sweet grass.

The flavor follows the nose with the addition of some simple (but tasty) malts. Having picked fresh hops, I can taste how this is indeed a "fresh hop" ale. The green, rosiny, grassy "leafy" flavor is apparent and very tasty. There is impressive depth of flavor and a long lasting hoppy aftertaste that includes the best of bitter and sweet.

The mouthfeel is is full but not heavy or alcoholic. The carbonation is sufficiently low for my tastes.

Conclusion: For all those who love hops and wish to deepen their appreciation and understanding of their flavor spectrum, fresh hop ales add another category for exploration. This beer is a great example, and one that I would happily drink again and again.

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Photo of Jameswoody
4/5  rDev -2%

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4/5  rDev -2%

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

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Full 3 finger fluffy head. Thick lacing. Very good retention. Color is dark golden orange.

S. Hops. Citrusy, Piney hops. Touch of lemon zest. Very hoppy and floral. Biscuity malt smell.

T. Fresh hops up front. Piney Citus hops flavor. More biscuity malt flavor. Well balanced. A very tasty APA.

M. Medium boided. Medium carbonation. Pretty crisp.

D. Highly drinkable. This would be pretty close to my definition of what an APA should be. I like pale ales with a kick of hops, but not so much that it borders on an IPA. Damn good Pale Ale.

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Photo of philbertk
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Fresh Hop. Big dense rocky lacy head. No sediment. Clear rich bright thin amber color. Rich resinous grassy fresh floral hop front. Hop infused cloying grassy sweet caramel biscuit grapefruit ester tasty malty body. Dry rich hot hop spice bitter resinous citrus clean end. Sampled 10/23/2008. 4 @ $6.79 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--Bottled On: SEP 23 2009. 2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint? Rich dense lacy white head. Clear pretty bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral citrus grass hop front. Creamy mild sweet piney fruity grassy hop resin mild doughy crusty caramel hint body. Mild hop spice fresh clean sweetbread citrus hint end. Sampled 7/24/2010. 2 @ $8.25 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2010. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy dense lasting thick white head. Fizzy clear bright ripe peach amber color. Delicate grassy citrus floral fresh hop front. Mildly textured slightly creamy mellow sweet soft doughy caramel soft hop resin flavored palette. Smooth mild citrus hop spice end. Sampled 10/29/2010 from 22 oz. bottle purchased for $9.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/20/2010.

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Photo of Shnanign
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber for $8.49 - $2 (on sale) = $6.49 at Hoosick Beverage in Troy, NY.

Dense amber brew, big eggshell head settles to a thick film and leaves awesome lacing. Lacing is interesting and very dynamic as the glass goes down- first sticky thin webs, then a thick even coat, then large sticky chunks. Smell is thick body of light malts, robust citrus rind, a bit of pine and grass, sticky sweet, maybe a hint of bubblegum. Taste is sweet orange rind, thin malt background, bit of semi-burnt caramel, bitter grass. Mouthfeel is crisp, very soft carbonation, body not as thick as it smells. Easy drinking. A little EtOH burn in the finish, but not offensive.

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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