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:
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Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

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Reviews:
682
Ratings:
1,548
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of fresh citrus hops and some grassy hops in the background. There is quite a bit of light fruitiness with some sweet caramel malts in the background as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with some orange and pineapple flavor with a bit of bitterness and caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, some more fresh hops come through with some grassy/earthy flavors and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of grassy and citrus hops with some bitterness and light sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice sweet and slightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance from start to end with a nice hop profile as well. Very sessionable for 6.1% abv.

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

This brew poured from a 22 oz bottle looks orange-yellow in the light. The color is very nice. Carbonation was minor at first, but remained at the same level for the whole time it took me to drink the brew. White bubbles.

Smell was a little disappointing. I think my bottle is about 8 weeks old though, so my guess is that the smell was great a couple months back. Smell is of light citrus notes and grapefruit- slight sour odor.

Taste is a little harsh. The predominate flavor is malt, with the slightest lemon aftertaste. I would say the hop level has simply declined with time. With that said, when I warm it for a moment in my mouth, I find that it releases more of the hoppy flavor that I am used to in a pale ale.

Not too bad for a pale ale, but needs to be consumed closer to the date produced. I will likely try again next fall.

Cheers!

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

A: Pretty typical pale ale. Copper/orange color with a one-finger head. Excellent lacing as you drink.

S: My first smell convinced me this was a summer, lawn party beer. Too bad it's practically winter. Citrusy, grassy, and pretty damn good.

T: Tastes somewhat like a green beer, with some great citrusy and fruity/piny undertones. Quite hoppy and bitter, but balanced with a fair amount of sweetness throughout.

M: Quite smooth, with a medium amount of carbonation. Finishes clean.

O: Certainly airs on the side of an IPA. Great Divide ships the hops for this beer overnight from the West Coast, so with this level of attention to the hops it's not surprising that they dominate the beer. Overall a great pale ale (from a devoted DIPA drinker). Would buy again, bomber or six pack.

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

Got a growler of this filled at the Whole Foods Bowery Beer Room in NYC.

A - This beer pours a nice clear copper color. It has a 2-figner slightly off-white head resting on top. The head has good retention, and it leaves a nice sheet of lace behind on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of caramel malt and a nice fresh hop aroma. There is also a nice fruity aroma to it, as well as some citrus.

T - The taste starts off with a nice malty sweetness. There is a nice fresh hop flavor that gives off a good amount of bitterness. There are some nice tropical fruit flavors and some citrus zest. The finish leaves behind some lingering sweetness, fruit flavor, and hop bitterness.

M - This has a medium body and good carbonation. It goes down easy and has a nice smooth feel too it. There is a bit of sweetness and medium amount of hop bitterness. There is a bit of citrus zest as well.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a nice refreshing, easy going pale ale, and it really hits the spot. I think this is a really nice beer on a warm summer day, but it works all around as well. The hop flavor is perfect in this for it being a pale ale. Overall, I really enjoyed this, and I would buy it again. I recommend trying it out.

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

Poured from a bottle (650ml) into a tumbler. Bottle dated: Oct 17 2011

A: Pours a dark golden color with a burnt orange hue. About 1 1/2 fingers worth of an off white foamy head which dissipates rather slowly, but leaves great sticky lacing behind. Carbonation is coming off the bottom of the glass, very nice looking APA.

S: As soon as I opened it, my nose was overwhelmed with big citrus notes, lemon zest, and Lemongrass. Almost like fresh cut grass. Small piney resin and medium to light maltiness in the background as well

T: Taste follows the bouquet, middle of the tongue is where the hops make a presence, but then the malts come in and balance everything, making for a very quaffable beer.

M: Mouthfeel is medium; Carbonation is refreshing and well balanced. The piney resin along with the biscuity malts, give for a great medium bodied, but non-aggressive APA.

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Photo of fugitive
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 650ml. Color unclear hazy orange with smal not lasting white head. Aroma malt ,extremely hoppy giving it notes of citrus and pine, grass. Taste sweet, bitter, citrus, long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Refreshing.

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Photo of dannydetox
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the fresh hop/wet hop experimentation brewers are experimenting with these days. There is a purity I detect with this approach, and while these beers sometimes lack the complexity of the more traditional hopping technique, I like the fact we get choices. The Fresh Hop Pale Ale has an orange-copper color when poured, and retains a friendly skim of head throughout my glass. Aromas are full of sweet pink grapefruit with some floral notes hiding in the back. I detect a bit of molasses sweetness on this one, too. Highly quaffable and refreshing with the expected bitterness. Does not totally dry the mouth, but I wouldn't want a pale ale to do that. Seems a bit maltier than the Sierra Nevada Northern Hemisphere but only just.

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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 Gobzilla
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice citrusy hoppy notes came through on the first whiff alongside a little malty sweetness, and a bit of orange tangerine notes.

T: the orange tangerine qualities were more apparent on the palate with a very mild hop bit, a good amount of malty sweetness and piney accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had piney, citrusy, mild hoppy, sweet, and very mild bitter finish.

D: the brew was really easy drinking and thought it was a solid pale ale.

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Photo of Phelps
3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a tulip, Fresh Hop is brewed with Northwestern whole cone hops shipped to Denver overnight.

Tangerine, with a soft chill haze. The head is feathery, thin and white, only about a quarter inch tall but very sticky. A thick ring sticks around for a long while and leaves webs of lace.

Bright, piney, grassy nose. Orange peel, some crackers and honey emerge upon deeper investigation. Very resinous.

In the flavor, the hops take on a solvent, almost soapy quality with fairly high bitterness for the flavor they deliver. A subtle, crackery note lends soft sweetness. Smooth and resinous, with a crisp finish.

Light and massaging carb. Silky fizziness. Medium-light body. Just a hint of hot alcohol fumes.

Great Divide’s Fresh Hop is resinous, but there might not be enough base malt flavor to back it up. It’s a well-hopped pale ale, but without much sweetness, the hops become too powerful for my tastes.

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

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass, bottled on date of Sep 30, 2011. This pours a golden color with a nice off white held which leaves a nice lacing. The smells are of hops, citrus, pine, grassy with a little caramel malts. The feels are medium with a nice mouth coating hop bitterness. The taste is great a mouthful of bitter hops the same taste as the smells, great stuff.

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Photo of Bugsey
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice pale ale, but a little over the top on the hop bitterness. Compared to a Sierra Nevada or Dale's Pale Ale, this one has more of bitter bite. Now that's a personal preference, but I prefer something more balanced and less jarring. So I'll stick with Sierra and Dale's for this beer style.

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

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear light/medium orange color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Dank grassy and citrusy hops, with emphasis on orange and mango. Clean overall with a balancing neutral maltiness and a touch of crystal malt.

3.5 T: Good, but the hops don't pop as much as I had hoped. Grassy, earthy, and orange citrus with a touch of pine. Malts play a larger part in the taste. Moderate sweetness with an equal breadines and some crystal malt to a lesser extent. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, but I could go for some more. Smooth.

3.5 D: I used the word "moderate" a lot in this review and it's only fair to call this beer "moderate" overall. Nothing really stands out, but it is still a solid brew.

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Photo of depechemode1983
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Copper in color. Head is off-white with moderate retention. Lacing is minimal. Slightly above average. I was hoping to see tons of sticky lacing.

S - Sweet grapefruit and pineapple up front. Undertone of caramel and flowers give a bit more depth.

T - Taste is very bitter. Grapefruit with a mix of lemon zest and a slight orange sweetness. Malts balance it out nicely with a bit of caramel sweetness.

M - Smooth and extremely soft with almost perfect carbonation. Very impressive. A bit airy in the finish.

O - A damn fine APA one of the better ones Ive tried if not the best. Excellent.

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

Bottled on Sep 30 2011

A: Brilliant shade of copper, filtered, huge head and lacing that just won't quit.

S: Earthy and grassy. Candied pineapple and mint.

T: Thought this was gonna go overboard with hops, but the caramel malts balance the citrus/pine hops. Juicy. Definitely fits the APA category. Bit of an herbal-y bitterness at the end.

M: Light, refreshing, zesty.

O: A pretty good APA, one of the best I've had.

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Photo of KOrtega
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber poured into a cervoise goblet (bottled on 21 Oct 2011)

A-Pours a bright and clear orange-amber color with a thick, creamy off-white head. Some lacing as the head settles.

S-Fairly mellow grassy aroma mixed with sweet malt.

T-Starts with some slightly sweet malt with a bit of toffee or caramel. The hops come with the finish: bitter with a little citrus-sweet mixed in.

M-Starts off very smooth drink and finishes with a good bitter hop bite. Gets the mouth watering.

O-The beer has an awesome appearance. The aroma is pretty mellow, but the taste is solid. Occasionally can come off watery or weak-ish on drinks, but I think that contributes to the beer's drinkability.

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

Batch brewed Oct. 21 2011...

A - clear copper color with a thick off white head that retains very well and laces beautifully

S - amazing fresh grassy and earthy hops with a touch of biscuity malt

T - starts with breast malt and slight caramel, finishes with earthy and spicy hops that finish clean... slight bitter bite at the end

M - nice and clean... Nothing too harsh or cloying, but could use just a touch more body

O - another great example of a fresh hopped ale by great divide... Always a pleasure to drink

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

Great looking beer, a great orange amber color, clear with lots of smooth, fine rising bubbles, a great three finger head that lasted and lasted, leaving a nice cap and great lace.

Fresh hops is a good name for this beer when you take a whiff, it's certainly hoppy smelling, though not overpoweringly so like some DIPAs. It's a bit grassy too, with a nice malt base and some pine.

Taste wise this one is a winner. Well balanced between lovely fresh hops flavors, a good malt base and a great mixture of grapefruit, pine and light fruits.

It's a little sweet and bitterness is spot on. Body is light to medium, well carbonated, and very thirst quenching.

This is a wonderful after work beer, which is when I'm enjoying it. Very much recommended and you can be very sure I'll be buying this one again.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, lemon zest, light caramel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more biscuit and some light celery (or some form of cellulose, anyway) in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not wholly distinctive, fresh hop brew. Good times.

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

22 oz bottle. I think it was $6.99 from Ned's.

Appearance: Its a nice, clear, orange amber with a big fluffy head, good retention and lacing. Looks very much like a SNPA.

Smell: Herbal, very green. Fresh cut grass, pine. Some grapefruit. A little caramel malt kiss.

Taste: Quite bitter. Again grass, pine, and citrus pith. There's some malty sweetness, but bitterness wins, by a mile.

Mouthfeel: Its clean and crisp. Just the right amount of carbonation so that it is just slightly creamy. Resiny mouthfeel with the bitter finish.

Overall: Overall. Its a good pale ale, and the wet hopping is a tasty, aromatic touch. Its a bit too bitter and unbalanced to get higher scores.

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Photo of Swim424
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a 22oz bottle into a palm glass.

A- not much head due to i drank part of it then recapped it. this is the second half. very clean color. i would describe it as a see through copper.

S-floral. smells like fresh pine. very clean and crisp. hint of malt with overpowering hops.

T-taste is mostly hops. not very bitter hops very flavorful fresh hops. some carbonation. a little malt mostly over powered by the hops though. very crisp though

MF- leaves a little hoppy residue. fairly pleasant though.

O- this is a really good beer. i would highly recommend this to anyone who likes hops. this is only the second fresh hop beer i have had and they have both been very good. this one might be the better of the two.

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

Poured a crystal clear copper color from a 22 oz bomber into a snifter. Date of bottling and ABV were clearly marked on the label.
Massive two finger head that dissipated slowly to a thin film. Good head retention.
The moment the bottle was cracked open the hop aroma was evident. Floral, piney, citrus (grapefruit) hop aroma dominates.
Slowly with time, hints of biscuity malt aroma makes its presence felt.
Taste, similar to the aroma is all hops upfront. Felt like I was actually chewing on the hop leaves, very grassy. Perfect hop-goodness that is balanced perfectly with just the right amount of malt backbone. One of the most flavorful hop-bomb.
Very good lacing all along the insides of the glass with good carbonation. This ale is a treat for all senses, and to me it is almost bordering to an IPA.
Another winner from Great Divide, and a definite 'must-try' for every hop head. Highly recommended.

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Photo of dbmernin83
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light amber, lasting head and pretty good lacing.
Piney herbal hops in the nose.
Crisp pine, minty and refreshing. A light bitterness. This is a clean and bright beer showcasing the flavors hops bring to a beer without big bitterness.
Great carbonation, medium bodied.
A great beer. I could drink this all day during the fall. Gotta love fresh hop season!

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Sept 30. Probably don't need a tulip for this, but I don't want to miss any aromas. After letting this warm up for about 30 minutes, I see a towering head that leaves intricate, almost symmetrical, lacing. The third and final pour from the bottle leaves a more resilient head that sticks around until the last drop. The beer is a perfectly clear orange-ish copper.

Aroma and taste are straight citric hops; there is nearly a complete absence of malt sweetness and yet my palate isn't torched. I've had other harvest APAs that have a heavier hand with caramel/chocolate malts but that's clearly not what GD was going for here. It's extremely light and refreshing without those malts or higher ABV to weigh it down, but it's not overpowering either.

I might have preferred a bit more sweetness for balance, but after spending most of the last six weeks ODing on marzen, this beer is pretty damn close to what I was looking for. It's a great representation of the fresh hop style.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.33/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - bright clear copper with two fingers of sudsy lasting foam.
S - piney citrus growing in a fresh cut lawn.
T - more malt than I expected but it's quite a nice balance with the zesty hoppiness.
M - light to medium bodied wih moderate carbonation. Leaves a slight astringent aftertaste.
D - easy drinking.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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