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%
 
 
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155
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141
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Photo of mstyne
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Bottled on 9/29/2009.

An orange/gold pour with a good head and good lace. Smells of citrus, soap, grassy-earthy.

Definitely a pleasant brew, and what I would expect for this style. The hops are definitely front and center, but not overpowering. I could definitely see this as a session brew, and at 6.1% abv you could probably get away with it.

Would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a thick to finger frothy off white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Earthy hop aroma with citrus fruit notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon.

Very well balanced with a strong malt backbone that compliments the citrus and earthy hop presence. This beer has a bitter hop bite up front which lingers over the sweet malt body into a dry finish. I usually do not prefer hoppy beers to have this much of a prominent malt character but I thought that it provided some nice balance and complexity in this beer.

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Photo of abrand
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass.

The Fresh Hop APA pours a golden color with a nice foamy 2 finger head. Plenty of lacing on the glass. Very nice looking pour. Aromas are mostly floral hops and a cut grass. A musky finish rounds out an average nose profile. Taste is mildly bitter with plenty of sweetness up front that contains citrus fruits. Mouthfeel is light bodied with good carbonation. This is a very easy drinking APA that has a good, not great flavor.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.36/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice medium orange color, capped off with some generous white foam. Nosing this one, based on past experiences with this style, I was expecting nothing but huge hoppy aromas; not the case here. I got some light grassiness, citrus and a touch of pine. On the palate a little bit of caramel and sweet biscuit malt, along with lemon zest and grapefruit. A decent effort, but not even close to the hoppiness I was expecting.

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Photo of IrishTed122
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 650ml bottle. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: An orange-golden color, nice creamy head with thick bubbles, a slightly below average amount of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. A good looking beer.

Smell: Very hoppy for a normal pale ale. The bottle says "Citrus and Grassy" and I Would agree with that.

Taste: I was surprised with the hop character and the bitterness of this one. It actually had quite a bite for a pale ale and if I hadn't known what beer I was drinking, I might guess it was an IPA. Good balance though. As I continued drinking I noticed a nice finish to the beer, an aftertaste which was neither good or bad, just interesting. The beer definitely tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel: To me it's a beer that is trying to be very smooth, but also overwhlem you with flavor. It's an interesting taste and in my opinion could be a bit lighter and smoother but still very good. I'm a big IPA fan and was expecting something a bit lighter with this APA, but again I found it a lot like an IPA.

Drinkability: I had the entire 650ml bottle, but that was plenty. I think a regular 12 oz bottle or 16 oz pint at a bar would be a great beer to start the evening or a single serving if you're looking for that to accompany a meal.I wouldn't be pounding down a lot of these.

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Photo of stimulus
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a 22oz bomber with a friend, poured into pint glasses.

A: Pours a clear orange hue with a mild creamy one finger head.

S: Crisp, clean, hoppy scent.

T: Fresh, full hop flavor with some sort of fruit flavor (citrus?) on the way down into the aftertaste.

M: Carbonation does wonders for the mouthfeel of this beer

D: Not quite sessionable, but I probably could have finished the bomber myself and been content. The fresh taste from this beer would be good for another 11 ounces.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden orange color with limited amount of head. very pine like hoppy smell as well as taste. i must say i was not really very impressed with this beer. everything about it was good, but i just didn't find anything about it that was great or extra ordinary. don't get me wrong it was a good, very easy to drink beer that had good flavor. but to me it was just mediocre.

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Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Clear bright copper. Big chunky tanned head. Frothy chunks of lace.

Grapefruit, grass, and pine. Toasty bready malt behind.

Piney, grassy, and herbal with a big splash of grapefruit. A bit of toasty bready malt to balance it slightly. A pleasant, non-overpowering herbal bitterness.

Somewhat sticky and dry. med body, good carbonation for style.

Very drinkable. Fresh, hoppy, and refreshing.

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Photo of claminat420
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured an orangey amber color with a thick fluffy white head. thick lacing.

S- just some light piney hops.

T- the biscuity malt tangles up most of this brew but with the piney and some slight citrus bitterness reaching out in the end.

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- wish i got a couple 22's.

Overall- for not being an american pale ale fan this one is pretty damn good. a good choice for a step into the more hoppier ipa's. hop bite isn't to bad. it just shows up slightly in the end.

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Photo of biggred1
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copied from notes 10-30-09 while enjoying a much older bottle as I write.

Pumpkin orange with a creamy cap of ivory that melts slowly, leaving plenty of fine lace on the glass. Delicious smelling,tropical fruity and piney hops with a touch of pale malt. Huge, fresh hop flavors of grapefruit and pine sap without being overly bitter or heavy. Well balanced flavors for sure. Good medium bodied beer considering that this is a 6.1% ABV APA. An easy drinker for sure.

Note- Best enjoyed fresh. This and all Fresh/Wet hop beers fade fast and this one is no exception, while still very drinkable the bottle I am now consuming is a ghost of what it once was.

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Photo of rarbring
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a clear light copper toned brew with a white firm head that leaves lots of lacing.

An abundance of citric and floral hops dominates the smell, dried grass with grapefruit and a dash of pine. But also some sweet malty tones.

A touch of sweet biscuit is quickly overrun by the bitter nuances of the hops. On the verge of being unbalanced.

Light carbonation, and a surprisingly watery feeling. Quite refreshing.

In all a good bitter ale.

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

A - lighter pale orange color with 3/4in head, very clear. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - citrus, grass, pine. smells very fresh and clean.

T - nice bitter hop flavor that lingers and lingers and lingers until it runs up your throat and nose and finally fades away. While I enjoy the bitter hop flavor that lingers it does feel a bit unbalanced, something is a bit off, too one-dimensional.

M - light and refreshing but also substantial due to the lingering hops.

D: As a usual IPA drinker I can appreciate the punch of hops in this pale ale. Good for a hop fix when you don't want the 6-9%ABV of an IPA.

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Photo of wchesak
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (bottled on Sep 23 2009)

The is a perfect orange amber color . Great off white head, a good 2 fingers worth, that is full of bubbles. Lacing begins almost immediately, leaving some circular designs.
The label states a grassy, citrusy designation, and I certainly agree. The citrus is grapefruit and lemony in smell and the grassy reminds me of a fresh cut lawn on a spring day.
The taste has a great amber male that stays around for awhile. Only as the beer reaches the back of the palette does the hop presence appear. The aftertaste is definitely astringent and dry but is balanced my the lingering malt. There is also this interesting earthy, garden like taste, like the lingering of a bite of fresh vegetable soup. Carbonation is nice and full. The beer is medium bodied and stays on the pallet; very smooth. It's been awhile since I'v had a pale ale that didn't have India in front of it. Love the restraint Great Divide had in this. Is a perfect example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (bottled 9/29/09) received as winnings in the SNF squares BIF from kiltedtxn. Thanks. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a bright amber orange with a thick finger of cream colored head on top. Crystal clear - easily can see right thru this one. Head has excellent staying power, probably helped by the steady stream of bubbles coming off of the laser etching at the bottom of the glass. Good looking pale ale.

S - Rich and citrusy. Lots of oranges and grapefruit up front with notes of cut grass and some tropical fruits. A touch of pine in the background. Some sweet and slightly caramelly malt blends and balances nicely.

T - Nice and bitter first impression. Grapefruit is up front and stays throughout. Bitterness turns a bit and ends up being a bit medicinal like. The overall fruitiness in the nose is not really present in the flavor. A bit of bready/biscuity malt appears as the beer warms up a little. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but the somewhat harsh medicine bitterness detracts overall.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is moderate as well. Bitterness coats the mouth entirely and just stays there forever...way after the last swallow, this one leaves something to remember.

D - The medicinal bitterness detracts from the drinkability of this one. This is about 4 months old, so maybe some of the fresh hop goodness has left this one. Not a bad beer, but one bomber is plenty. It's going down without any problem...I just wish it was a little bit smoother on the hop character.

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Photo of Intelligentsia
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

"Grassy" and "Citrusy" are on the label. I'm excited. As always, I enjoy the design of GD's brews. Hoping this one is as tasty as the others I've had.

Immediately things look promising with thick lacing and a bulbous head that doesn't fade much. Beautiful pour. The color is perhaps a little bit lighter than I would like, but it's a great thing to see go down.

The smell is easily the best thing about this beer -- it's absolutely wonderful. I absolutely expected more hops from this beer. With NW hops, I think it would be a much more rounded, complete beer. The hops do a wonder to the nose of this beer, and it just doesn't carry onto the taste. Caramel malt carries the day here, with some mild hop presence through the middle. Mild bitterness and a pleasant finish. Perhaps my expectations were unwarranted?

The mouthfeel is outstanding -- pleasantly carbonated with some body to match. At 6.1%, it's eminently drinkable.

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Photo of PatrickJR
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Clear, coppery/light amber in color. Nearly four fingers of off white, slightly tan head rise with great retention. Lots of lacing as well.

S - Very leafy, "green" aromas emerge first. Grassy, somewhat earthy notes are most prevalent with citrus taking a backseat in comparison to similar brews. Lots of herbal and tea-like aromas, though hard to pin down specifics. Faint breadiness in the background.

T - Lots of herbal and floral flavors hit early palate. Grass, tea, and bay leaves all stand out. Mid palate reveals earthier flavors akin to bark and roots, though these are still somewhat obscured by the lingering leafiness. Late palate furthers these earthy flavors, at times becoming a little onion or chive-like. Some citrus is evident also, a mild mixture of grapefruit and lemon peel. Bitterness grows to a moderate amount in the aftertaste. There's a soft bready sweetness underneath all the hops providing a bit of respite.

M - Not bad, but a little lacking. Carbonation is somewhere on the light end of moderate. Fresh Hop Pale Ale has a medium-light body. There's a marginal "flat-ish" quality during some sips which makes the overall experience strange. In fact, as the beer has warmed, the sweetness pulls through more and there's no bubbly to cut through it. I vote to crisp this brew up just a bit.

D - Good drinking stuff. The hop flavors are noticable but they aren't overwhelming. Overall the beer is decently balanced and a pretty good showcase for hops.

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Photo of JohnL9013
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An excellent beer, but not a contender for price to performance ratio.

A: Pours your typical pale ale pale orange color. Nothing crazy here, but a very nice, foamy and sticky head with decent lacing.

S: Immediately, I could tell that this was a wet-hopped ale from the taste and smell and looked at the bottle to find that I was correct. I don't know how to describe it, but wet-hopped ales simply have a different character than dry-hopped. It's not better or worse, just different. Expect more of a plant-heavy aroma, and a less intense aroma than similar dry-hopped beers.

T: The fresh hops and balanced perfectly with the malt to give an overall "IPA" feel to this beer but clearly much less dry than that style. The fresh hops will push the typical hop "grapefruit" citrus bite back and instead present more of a "tree" or "grass" (plants) taste up front. Great Divide does do one thing right, and that's make a really well-rounded beer and this beer really hit the spot for me.

M: The mouthfeel is average. Excpect something a little sweeter than you expected so you might not be quite as possessed to swirl it around.

D: Great Divide makes phenomenally drinkable strong beers.

If there was one thing I could add to this site, it would be a sixth category, "value". This beer, which I bought on closeout for $4 a bomber, was definitely worth its asking price and demonstrated more of a $6 beer quality, however, its retail price of $9 is simply excessive and this beer is not worth that much, simply put. My experience with this beer and their Hercules IPA is that Great Divide makes beers that are marginally better than the competition and charges an arm and a leg for the result. I would not buy this beer at full price, however, I will go back to the store tomorrow and buy more at the sale price!

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled September 29, 2009

The pour produced a billowing 2 finger creamy and fluffy head that dies moderatly quick. Clear orangish amber in color. Outstanding lacing, and some great clinginess.

An intoxicatingly hoppy and slightly citusy fruitiness that almost overwhelms my senses as I take a deep whiff. Almost penetrates my sinuses.

Taste is nothing short of outstanding. Not a lot of hoppy bitterness. Straight forward hops and some cirtus backdrop. Find this even more enjoyable than other pale ales that I know and love.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, nice light carbonation that is simply put just smooth and drinkable. Seems like a great anytime drinker.

Great Divide, great job as always.

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

a - poured a one finger thick, dense off-white head into a snifter. the lacing was tremendous throughout as it clung to the glass for dear life. the body was a clear, bright and bubbly amber.
s - grassy, herbal and citrusy.
t - hops! hit you in the tongue hard that tasted of grass and pine.
m - surprisingly very clean with a medium thickness.
d - good beer, hop heads will be pleased.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful orange clear, that has a nice crisp, clean look to it. From its appearance, the beer looks fairly tame, because of the clarity, with a massive amount of carbonation flowing to the top.

The beer poured a nice 1.5 finger head and the lace stayed on the sides of the glass. The nose of the beer is a sharp contrast the beers appearance. The aroma is citrusy with a strong dose of hops, more than many other pales ales that I have drank.

The beer shocked with a strong dose of hops. The refreshingly bitter taste is excellent. The beer is medium bodied, and has a complex flavoring to it. Very drinkable beer. Good for both summer/winter times. Outstanding product.

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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 Evil_Pidde
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours pale copper, slightly hazy. The white large rich head is sparkeling and sure takes its time to dissipate, leaving lots of lacings.

S: Smells of clean caramell malt and american floral hops; there's mainly citric notes but also a hint of pine. Some bitter hops in there as well.

T: Bitter and floral notes up front - same citric and piney notes like in the smell. The hops are nicely balanced by the malt.

M: The after-taste is not to short and holds a nice dry bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich with lots of small bubbles.

D: A nice APA with a little of everything nice. The fresh hops sure makes a good impression. I like the size of the bottle; 650 ml - a lot of liquid to enjoy!

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Photo of mikey711
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
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 beer2day
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep amber gold with very little head and of course nothing to retain. Laces well.

Pine nut hops in the nose. All pine with only a hint of faint dry citrus.

Hits extremely hoppy and bites hard after that. Sweet but tart and dry in the middle with a green piney finish. Very nice combination.

Medium body, just right for the style and taste.

Great drinker, especially for hops. If hops aren't your thing, then stay away.

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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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