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

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Ratings:
1,587
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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155
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Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale amber with a tint of gold; the three finger head is compact and yellowish. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a sweet note of citric fruits and a creamy bitterness. Some dough and a hint of cat pee.

The taste is hoppy with American notes of grape fruits, cream cookies, and a touch of barbeque meat. The bitterness is medium strong and a little sharp/sour. The aftertaste is a bit alcoholic with some citric chemical bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is a bit light.

An unbalanced and tired APA, perhaps not as fresh as the name implies.

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

Poured from 22oz brown bomber into a clear glass mug. Born on Sept 23, 2009, stamped on front label. Purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $7.79.

A: Clear rusty-amber with 2-3 finger beige head with good retention and craggy lace formations

S: A great-smelling brew with tons of C-type hops aromas that are mostly citrus, pine, and lightly leafy layered on a fair-to-style solid pale malt backbone

T: Hops are aggressive but not as moldy grassy as I thought (maybe that's 3 months in the bottle), and they deliver a nice palette of hops flavors including lemon, orange, pine, and leaf with a substantial but overmatched pale malt sweetness that just regulates the hops somewhat.

M: Tacky and sticky like an IPA but more comfortable drinking lack of dryness like an APA. Aftertaste is very bitter though.

D: High price tag but probably worth it because of the dedication to quality that Great Divide always devotes to its brews. I'm glad I tried it because it is excellent, but I would still probably buy an Arrogant Bastard if they were the only brews left on the shelf.

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Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with krisandajt awhile back. Poured a perfectly clear light copper color, good head and decent retention.

Smell was light and fresh, with earthy and leafy hop aromas. Not much in the way of citrus. Some pine too, and a bit of a biscuit malt component as well.

Taste also didn't have much in the way of citrus, instead showcasing the earthy, leafy and slightly piney hop flavors. Some lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was a light medium body, quite crisp, but not altogether as creamy or smooth as I like.

This is a pretty solid fresh hop ale, although the hop profile is not my favorite and the flavors were almost too subtle. Still a tasty brew though.

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Photo of ATraurig
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Bright copper/orange appearance with a white head when poured.

S: Smells slightly on the malty side yet still hoppy. Also has earthy notes.

T: Nice flowery, hoppy taste when it first hits your tongue. Then has a bit of a malty taste, though, after the hops run their course. Slight hint of citrus but if I had to desribe the taste in one word it would be earthy.

M: Good but a bit shallow. The hops hit your tongue quickly but then leaves you hanging a little (as compared to the top tier APA/IPAs).

D: Very smooth. Lighter than I'd expected.

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

This is indeed pale, but not to say colourless. Its lucid, brassy tone catches the light and reverts it in even brighter, sharper rays. Small spurts of lackadaisical bubbles do just as much to catch the eye. Its well lathered head is both filmy and bubbly; despite the apparent weariness of the carbonation the bubbles turn out to be surprisingly industrious.

This smell of grassy, vinous hops has a curiously sedative quality to it. There are, I'm told, sound scientific explanations for this - none of which interest me. All I care is that this bouquet has enough citrus to give it a dynamic tang (it does) and enough sweet, biscuity maltiness to engage the other half of my beer-related appetite (that too, it also has).

Similarly, the taste also satiates both my penchants for solid, sessionable pale ales. It has a sufficient amount of lightly herbal, citrus smacked hops to satisfy my itch for lupullin, while at the same time it has plenty of caramel and biscuits to gratify my affection for malts. The hints of lemon grass are equally appreciated as those of toffee. Yum!

Perhaps the most important aspect to a successful pale ale is balance - Great Divide has struck a resonance between yin and yang that would impress any Chinese zen master (maybe that's where the brewery get's its name?) One person could call this ultra hoppy and another super malty, neither opinion would be wrong. It's like an Escher painting.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale would make a great girlfriend: it looks nice, it smells nice, all its parts are well proportioned and it's incredibly easy to get along with. The only problem would be that, given the nature of the beer and the fact that only freshly-harvested hops are used, you'd really only get to see her once a year. Hmm, perhaps then she'd make a better affair!?

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

Poured some of a 22 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Clear, bright amber orange color. The light tan head rises fast and furious, then slowly dissolves over the course of minutes turning rocky and clinging to the glass with confidence. Nice!

Big citrus hop aroma, with an earthy quality to the hops and malt background. Flavor has a citrus and pine quality to the hops. There is a light sweet caramel malt background but this baby is all about the hops. Finishes bitter and tingly, it lingers for a bit.

Medium in body, with a very smooth mouthfeel. Definitely an easy drinking big hoppy beer.

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

Poured into the Sam Adams perfect pint from a 22oz. bomber.

A - Pours a beautiful light copper color with a nice 2 finger head that is very dense and active. Nice clear hue. Recedes slowly and leaves some nice lace behind.

S - Extremely floral and hopy smell. Awesome and very fresh. Pine, some citrus and some sweet grapefruit. Some spicy notes and mild malty sweetness in there but hops all the way.

T - Hops, hops and more hops. Could be called a APA/IPA. The fresh hop taste is very prevalent. Flowery and earthy with some nice citric notes. There is a nice clean and dry bitterness right at the end. Very hopy beer but very delicious with great pine and great grapefruit citric flavors.

M - Carbonation is pretty active.

D - Very drinkable stable ABV.

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Photo of WYVYRN527
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle dated Sep. 29, 2009

A: Pours a rich golden color with slight haze. The head is thick and fluffy, with excellent retention and great lacing.

S: The smell is almost all hops. Citrus, pine and spring meadow dominate the nose, while a sweet, honey-like malt aroma takes a back seat.

T: Like the smell, only alot more powerful. Citrus, pine, and grass are most prominent, with a very bitter edge. The finish is somewhat sweet, yet has a leafy floral character.

M: Medium bodied, yet not as viscous as I would have imagined. Crisp and dry, and also very refreshing.

D: Overall, this beer is very easy to drink. Great on it's own, but would be great with spicy dishes, fish, or even wild game birds.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale, poured on tap into a pint glass. A clear orangish color with a soapy off white head and alot of lace.

Aroma pretty hoppy as one might expect. Just a hint of the underlying malt.

Flavor is marked with an intense bitterness. Grapefruit-like, but much more bitter and less sweet. Has a juiciness to it as well, though quite bitter. Earthy stinging hops steal the show.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied while being semi-viscious. Hop presence feels like the enamel on my teeth is being stripped away. Dry.

Drinkability rates pretty good. This beer is a palate crusher and very hop-forward. More like an IPA than an APA.

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

On-tap at Flying Saucer Raleigh on Dec. 3 served in a standard pint glass and reviewed from notes. The beer was served a crisp orange with a decent eggshell head. The aroma was an abundance of citrus hops. The taste was a nice citrus hop presence in front of sweet malts. The beer was quite crisp and refreshing. This is a very enjoyable beer, it's too bad it can't be produced year round.

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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 Chelsea1905
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, bottled on Sept 29th

Light yellow orange with large 2 fingers of off white head.

Smell was not as hoppy as I'd hoped but I also think it's over 2 months old so that may have an effect.

Smell si a bit malty up front, with a decent amount of pine like hops in the background.

Taste is nice and light, initial whoosh of malt is closely followed by a citrus and piney hop characteristic

ight to meddium mouthfeel, perfect for an APA, and drinks well

Good offering

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Photo of omnigrits
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a straight pint glass (in two hits) from a 22oz bomber, bottled on September 29th, 2009.

Beautiful pale amber colour with a thick white head that hardly subsides and leaves very impressive lace. A subtle but promising nose with plenty of grapefruit and hay. By this point you know there's going to be a heavy hop profile. Slightly malty up front with a dry, bitter finish. Very little carbonation and so a bit thin as far as mouthfeel is concerned, but a very nice beer all the same. I'll buy a few more bottles of this for sure.

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Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this about the same as the bottle but it was more fun to have a "fresh hop" beer on draft. Surprisingly dark for a pale ale but the flavor is not overwhelming and the hop character is about the way it should be for an american pale. This is a very easy beer to drink and i'll have it as long as it's available.

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Photo of mjl21
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
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 Reaper16
3.22/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

served on-tap at Flying Saucer KC into a pint glass

Pours a brassy brown that is pretty typical of the APA style, perhaps a smidge darker than the average pale ale. The small head is white and foamy, so much so that the head looked like it was the product of a nitro tap. Lacing is not happening.

A bevy of pine smells come up out of the glass. The malt aroma is faint but sweet when it shows up. This is really one-note and unimpressive. I'd love to be able to write more about it, but I can't.

At least it tastes fine. The wet hops dominate the flavor, though the lupulin flavors aren't complex. This is a very grassy beer. The strong pine from the aroma doesn't translate to much pine flavor. And it isn't floral. Its mostly just astringent and it reminds me of straight lawn grass. The pale malts do bring some biscuit background so that the grassy hops don't become unbearable.

The carbonation level is moderately high, which is a plus and it compliments the thinner body. I can't rate the drinkability of this beer highly. It just isn't good enough to want to have multiple pints of.

Ultimately, this beer drinks like an APA from a random brewpub. I wasn't impressed at all, though this is fine enough.

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Photo of bminor7
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from EBI in Saratoga NY.

Great lacing...crystal clear amber color. Decent hop odor. By no means as strong as some DIPAs are. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grassy taste with not as much citrus as I would have thought, though it is in there. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste as this one is still young (9/29/2009 bottling).

Not my favorite style, could be more accessible once the bitterness fades. Despite that, drinkability is good, making this a good candidate for a summer session ale.

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

Pours a clear reddish amber with a small tan head. Smells strongly of freshly cut grass. Taste is malty sweet up front, with a earthy grassy bitterness in the middle, and a hint of citrus in the finish. Mouthfeel is smooth, low carbonation. Drinkability is great, a refreshing pale ale with a pleasant hop character.

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Photo of racer2k
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a 20oz glass

A: Copper color that is very clean and pours a very foamy thick head about three fingers thick. The beer leaves a nice lacing ring around my glass.

S: Moderate hops that are extremely fresh and give off an earthy, piney, resiny aroma.

T: I would classify this as a strong Pale Ale or Lighter IPA which has a moderate fresh hop flavor and nice malty back end finish. The hops are not as aggressive as a typical IPA but perhaps a bit more so than your standard Pale Ale.

M: Medium body as the fresh hops fill you up nicely. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I purchased more than the (2) bombers. This was a very nice interpretation of the emerging fresh hop ale beer style which means that the hops are freshly picked and thrown into the kettle without any kiln drying providing a very robust earthy hop flavor compared to traditional hopped beers that use dry hops.

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

A - Pours a clear golden/copper color with two fingers of off-white, frothy head. Great retention and leaves a bunch of sticky lacing behind.

S - The wet hops jump out with a citric, grassy aroma. Slight malt hiding in the background. I really like the hop character in the aroma on this one

T - Very hoppy for a pale ale. Citric, herbal, grassy goodness hits the tongue right away, leading into a bit of toasty malt to balance it out. Finish is crisp and fairly bitter and leaves some resiny grassy and pine notes into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with a lively carbonation

D - I really enjoyed this brew a lot. Full of great fresh hop flavors. A relatively aggressive and delicious take on the pale ale.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber color with a large white foamy head. Lots of grass and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is also dominated by the grassy and citrus flavors of the hops with some pine coming through as well. The malt is there but the hops are clearly the star of the show. It wasn't bad by any means but I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other Fresh hop & IPA's I had this weekend. It had too much of the grassy flavor for me.

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Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
4.39/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A beautifully brassy pour into a pint glass with a slight white cap. The carbonation is average. The orange peel and piney notes are arranged nicely. The smooth and clean hop flavors linger nicely on the pallet. This APA is not too big, but more of a mellow representation of the style, nicely backed up with mellow tactile attributes. The aromas are complimentary of the hop flavors and in turn are complimented by the stickiness of the mouthfeel. This example of AIPA is a great winter warmer or summer refresher.

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Photo of pourmeup
4.43/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on Sept. 29 2009

A- Retains a thick off-white cake-like head throughout the entire glass, has a nice golden-orange color to the beer itself, leaves behind clumps of lacing in random places on the glass
S- Very heavy on the citrus rind in the nose, light sourdough bread smell at the end
T- It was almost as if I walked headfirst into a hop wall. Hops are present in every part of this brew, heavy citrus notes with even a bit of pepper evident on the after-taste.
M- Leaves your mouth with a lingering hop taste, but what remains is very subtle, has a slight creamy texture from the thickness of the head, overall a nice a texture
D- Not a terribly heavy beer, but slightly unrelenting in the hop department, which lowers the drinkability a little, but not much.

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

22 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. A nice clear crisp golden/copper color. Two fingers of head with great retintion. Some moderate lace around the glass while I drank.

Smelled really crisp and clean, citrus and grassy with a touch of toasted malt.

Good citrus hops on the front some really good earthy tones in the back. A bit of toasty malts though out. A nice bold apa!

A almost dry finish, medium body. Really easy to drink!

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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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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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