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
Reviews:
692
Ratings:
1,586
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
142
For Trade:
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Reviews: 692 | Ratings: 1,586
Photo of davidt
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn't sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems 'smoother' and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick.

This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.

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Photo of tpd975
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice bubbly white head builds up on this golden hued beauty. There are tons of bubbles rising to the top keeping the head afloat nicely.

S: Nice earthy fresh cut grass aroma. There is a hint of citrus in the background, but cut wet grass reigns supreme.

T: Nice pine taste with hints of lemon. There is a nice underlying maltiness which pulls this one together.

M: Medium bodied yet refreshing.

D: Very drinkable.

Overall: I really like this beer; it should be introduced earlier in the season though. This would be a nice light hopped beer to drink at the beach or on a hot Florida afternoon. I love Great Divide and this is another example of a finely crafted easy drinking brew that is easy on the pocket.

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Photo of Tolann
3.62/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Been looking forward to this one with all the local buzz about it. Still a newb to reviewing beers. I bought this 22oz bottle and poured it into 2 average pint glasses.

A - Golden in color. Thick head that settles very slowly. Nice lacing
S - Sweet lemon(?) grassy smell. Not an overwhelming smell, but definitely there.
T - Bitter hops at the back of your tongue. Not a sharp hoppyness, but white spiced and earthy if that makes sense. Refreshing. Not caramelly or malty. I can't quite place it...Seems simple at first, but then is more complex. There's something going on that I can't quite put my finger on. Did I just chew gum?
M - medium to light body. Bubbley if you try to slurp taste it.
D - Wish I bought another bottle. I didn't see any more in the liquor store today. This is a refreshing and light hoppy beer. Another bottle might have helped the reviewing too. heehee! Mint chocolate chip ice cream sounds pretty good right now after this beer.

WTH? My husband just poured his half of the bomber to me. Guess I'm in luck. LOL

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-hued bronze with loads of effervescence & 3+ fingers pillowy pearl-colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruitty & metallic hops, plus some breadyness as this warms up.

T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops, slight honey notes & bit of cakeyness up front. As this warms, I get bready notes, caramel & then more grapefruitty hops. Finishes with a bit of boozey warmth, grapefruitty + lemony hops, & dry bready notes

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, & very good balance

Drinks easy, not as impressed as the last 2 vintages, but nothing to sneeze at, one to look forward to every harvest!

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

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy medium orange with a soapy white head and a decent bit of lacing.

Aroma is citrus and piney hops and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is much like the smell with the hops plus a caramel touch.

Medium mouthfeel with a soft carbonation.

This is a very nice and easy to drink APA. Great Divide rarely disappoints.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If only this was readily available 365 days a year. Has a nice, deep amber appearance. The foam from the pour has that fresh from the fermenter look. Smells like fresh-cut grass after a nice mist of rain. The taste is truly exceptional -- piney taste of hops hits up front, but balanced with malt creaminess. A real, refreshing grassy, pine-like taste, which probably comes from the fresh hops. If you like Pales and IPAs, do whatever takes to give this a try.

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

This is from the early October, 2007 brewing and release, so it's very fresh. Purchased, consumed and reviewed on October 16, 2007.

22-ounce bottle poured at about 45 degrees into a Hefeweizen glass (to concentrate head and aroma) yields a huge off-white head that fades slowly to a rocky solid lid with tons of thick lacing, all over a clear light orange-amber body. Gorgeous looking beer.

Aroma has a surprising amount of malt: cracker, bread-dough, even a little dark fruit. The floral and citrus hops are there, though subtle; primary note is pine. Sweet pine, bitter pine and metallic pine.

Taste is crisp and cracker-y, with lots of hops immediately present: the pine notes dominate, the floral is mild, and the citrus is subdued and definitely in the background. Slight hints of pepper, marjoram and thyme. Interesting finish: as I inhale through my mouth, there is a notable "minty-ness" there, mostly spearmint. Fascinating.

Mouthfeel is delightfully rich at the same time it is refreshingly crisp, the obvious product of the abundant hop-oils.

Drinkability is high due to the relatively low ABV and the complexity of flavors.

This one does not play a one-note song. There is a fascinating complexity of flavors present, with the most notable being the mint. Does anyone else pick up on that?

Highly recommended. Another home-run from Great Divide.

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

Pours a cloudy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice small off-white creamy head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is very hoppy, some malts, good dose of citrus, and some pineyness, also some caramel. The taste is pretty hoppy for a Pale Ale, tones of malts, some citrus/pines, and caramel. The finish is slightly dry and bitter. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is an extradinary pale ale, very tasty and hoppy, highly recommended.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, clear with sudsy white head. The smell is grassy hops. The taste reminds me of bubblegum at first and then a bitterness comes around. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and creamy, excellent. I like this a lot better this year than I did last year.

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Photo of YonderWanderer
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice hazy copper with visible carbonation. Some lacing left on the glass that just sticks there real nice.

S: Subtle, piney hops. Not much else. A bit of malty sweetness, but overall, the smell is fairly mellow.

T: Taste is decent, but not great. Some piney, resin hops come through, balanced out by a bit of maltiness. The hops are the dominant force here, despite how mellow even they are. Not bad, but it's not as balanced or hoppy as I'd like or expect. A decent pale ale, but nothing to go out of your way for.

M: A little grainy, but not bad. Lots of carbonation.

D: It's a decent example of a pale ale, though I think their Denver Pale Ale is better. I also wonder if this bottle might be from last year, in which case I might have an entirely different review for a truly fresh bottle.

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

Poured from a 22oz bomber.

A light copper brew that forms a one fingered head. Settles quickly and leaves moderate lacing on the glass.

The smell is of flowers and pine. Never smelled a fresh hop but I think it would smell something like this.

The taste is grassy and floral with a hop bitterness on finish. Maybe a little smoke aftertaste. Light bodied and perfectly carbonated for the style. A good APA and worth a try to find out what a fresh hop does to beer.

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16.9oz bottle.

A-Poured into a 20oz pint glass. Produced a thick cream colored head that settled sowly leaving nice lace on the glass. Orange amber color looks very nice while condensation forms on the outside of the glass in 90+ degree heat.

S-Very flowery hoppy.

T-Hop up front with a bitter finish.

M-Very smooth the hops really linger.

D-A tasty brew, perhaps this was the wrong day to enjoy, a bit too much flower but probably just what the brewer was searching for. Next year i will save this for a cooler afternnon.

i enjoy the seasonality of a fresh hopped beer and will look for this again next season

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

pours a beautiful red-gold with a cloudy head, highly carbonated. smells fantastic, huge amount of floral hops and some malty tones too. Tastes like an IPA and a red ale got together and made babies, lots of yummy maltiness but with a great compliment of hopness. mouthfeel is full and warm, drinkability is good, since it is a higher ABV beer i can't drink these all night long unless i want to forget how good it is

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

A very good pale ale base for the beer that is golden in color, a bit little when backlit, but a solid creamy head on top that hangs on. At on 55 IBU, it's not overwhelming but give a solid bite to the beer on which to overlay the fresh hop. A very citrusy taste though a little grassy but nothing distracting. Better cold because the grassy grows a bit as it warms--cleaner at frig temperature. Overall a very good beer if you like fresh hop in your nose.

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Photo of umustdrink
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Scored this little gem at Dennis Brothers for only $5

A - Medium-dark orange color, opaque. Bright white head, rocky, fades to a thick film in the center, thicker around the edges. Lacing is average.

S - Fragrant, pungent, strong, sweet, piney hops (a very hoppy smelling beer). Sweet, sugary and spicy. Also an earthy, grassy smell.

T - Starts with a nice citrus hoppy taste, quickly goes into a bitterness nicely balanced with a spicy malt. Finish is a very earthy malty taste. There's pretty much 3 outlying characteristics in this taste: hoppy bitterness, spiciness and sweetness, all flavors very nicely compliment eachother throughout the drink. This is what a pale ale should taste like.

M - Consistency is thin to medium, slightly grainy and thin to medium carbonation.

D - This is a VERY good beer with an awesome taste (for the style). Definitely my favorite APA I've had, I like it a lot better than Alpha King. And unfortunately this is the only Great Divide beer I can't get in Duluth!

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Photo of bigbelcher
4.72/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

What is the word I am looking for? Oh yea, QUAFFABLE. Very tasty beverage. The only thing I have to wonder about is how old the beer is since fresh hops are only available for a short timeframe and the beer must now be 9 months or so old. Still quite good though. Alcohol is there to preserve it. Hop aroma is more of a piney, earthy aroma rather than cascade type grapefruit. Color is a deep golden color. Head retention was excellent.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of BretSikkink
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A little late in the year for the Fresh Hop, but still good carbonation and an off white head over a clear copper brew. Good lacing and retention as expected.

Prominent hop aromas include grass, herbal/pine notes, and big time citric blasts. These last heavily feature grapefruit, which shows up again in the flavor. There is a woody character in the taste, plenty of fruit. The finish is dry, with a citric twist at the end. Not terribly bitter, but great for the style. Not complaining about the one-sided hop flavor, very addicting.

Overall, light and easy to drink. The hops are the featured ingredient without coming anywhere near harsh. Flavorful, light body, smooth mouthfeel. Highly enjoyable on a summer night spent outside, but I wish I'd gotten a fresher bottle.

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

22 oz bomber poured into 25mL heineken glass

A - Pours a light copper translucent color with a 1/2 inch head. Head fades to a slight covering with lacing being quite attractive.

S - Not the most aromatic brew, but grassy and citrus hop flavors are most prominent.

T - A grassy, dry hop flavor is most dominant with a slight sweet breaded malt addition for balance. Hop bitterness is moderate. A bit of citrus and lemony hop flavor is notable as well.

M - Well carbonated and medium bodied with a slightly bitter and drying finish.

D - The Deschutes Hop Trip was a more memorable fresh hop pale ale in my opinion, perhaps because of the overnight hop shipping required for this brew. Still very tasty for a pale ale and worth a try.

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

Pours out the usual pale ale colour with good clarity and a soapy white head with good lacing. Smell is subdued- probably due to bottle being consumed in April that is probably on the down turn. Taste- biscuity malts with medium caramel flavour. Hops are a little woody and have a herbal/tobacco bite. Nicely balanced and reminds me of FFF Alpha King. Very quaffable and a solid offering from one of my favourite breweries. Would love to try fresh in the fall.

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Photo of Kendo
4.27/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured gently from a 22 oz bomber into an imperial pint glass, it explodes with carbonation, resulting in a 2+ finger bubbly off-white head that settles over a clear coppery/honey-colored body. Lots of fine bubbles of carbonation rush to the surface to refortify that head, resulting in solid head retention -- it remains at 1-finger for most of the glass -- and foamy clumps of lacing on the way down the glass. After downing the first half of the bomber and pouring in the second half, there were some floaties in the body -- I swear they were hop remnants, however, not the usual yeast sediment.

S: All hops, all the time: fruity, juicy, citrusy and grassy. Lots of grapefruit especially, but also a hint of something drier like pine or grass (the kind you mow, not the kind you smoke).

T: At first it surprised me with how mild it tasted given the nose. However, after a couple sips the hops took over. There is a fruity sweetness at the beginning of the sip, with a grassy taste in the middle, and then finishing up with a dry, lemony bitterness that at times feels a bit metallic. I described it as a "puckering bitterness," and once that taste coats your mouth, it's tough to sense anything else.

M: Lighter than expected, but on the other hand I've been drinking mainly IPAs and DIPAs recently, not the APAs as this is classified. So maybe I shouldn't have been surprised by the lighter heft of this one. Very well carbonated, but with very small, fine bubbles that result in a creamy feel rather than the more harsh bite you sometimes get with a heavily-carbonated beer.

D: Excellent. Light in body, just 6.1% ABV according to the bottle and a pretty smooth mouthfeel made this one go down faster than your dream date.

Notes: A little bit one-sided, but I like that side and it clearly lived up to the advertising: this tasted like fresh hops. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A friend highly recommended this stuff, so I finally tried it.
Pours a light copper color with nice clarity - left the yeast sediment in the bottle with little trouble. A large pillowy off-white head forms and sticks around a while, lacing the glass throughout.

Nose is very floral and grassy, with some citrus. It isn't as strong as I expected but still expresses itself without difficulty. Maybe I should check the age on the bottle. Malt? - none noted here.

Hmm. There is no denying that this tastes quite good...but it isn't what I expected. In terms of trueness to style, it is well done - quite clean, more bitter than some, some semblance of balance with some pale malt not noted in the aroma. Though citrus was evident in the aroma I wouldn't call this fruity. Sweetness is very light. Bitterness is very apparent but I'd never mistake this for an ESB.
Not sure what happened with the mouthfeel. Carbonation is quite low - much lower than expected reading the other reviews. I'd better get another bottle to make sure this one wasn't past prime.

Quite drinkable. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hoppier and less balanced than some, more bitter than some, but still within the APA style. I'll have this again.

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Photo of OutlawJoseyWales
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

app: caramel, with one finger of head

smell: grassy hop aroma, with hints of sugary malt

taste: sharp intense hops, especially in the finish. very clean and crisp
a caramel, sugary malt in the background, not as pronounced as it couldve been, but this beer really delivers on its title 'fresh hop'

mouthfeel: slightly prickly and moderately dry. very refreshing beer.

Drinkability: solid, just the right amount of pungent hop bitterness that doesnt go into the extreme category of the double IPAs. drank a bomber of this no problem at only 6% abv.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber, head that stuck around. S: Citrusy and floral, grassy hops. T: Very nice, surprising sweetness underneath the hops, great balance. Dry finish. M: Mild carbonation, very smooth. D: Obviously very hoppy for a pale ale, but I didn't find any part of it overwhelming. Really refreshing. Very nice all around.

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Photo of AaronHomoya
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle.

Appearance is an amber color with somewhat low head and carbonation.

Smell is very nice. Lots of hops, citrus, floral and grassy notes that really seems fresh. A little bit of malt sweetness is also noticeable.

Taste is similarly quite hoppy and fresh with grassy, citrus hops and just a little pale malt backbone. Almost reminiscent of wheatgrass juice in the freshly mowed lawn goodness sort of way.

Mouthfeel is nice, medium-bodied for a pale ale. Quite drinkable as I would have liked more after finishing the 22 oz bottle.

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Photo of Nipitato
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bottle at Julio's in Westborough, MA.

A: Medium amber color. Off white head with good retention. Head is puddled and splotchy. Sticky lacing.

S: Strong hop aroma. Hop character is grapefruit and grassy. Sweet malt character is present and bready.

T: Big mouth filling hoppy bite. Good bready malt flavor that is apparent on the back. Beer takes on a much sweeter character as it warms. Hop character is grapefruit. Bitter finish is moderate and not overly aggressive.

MF: Medium mouthfeel. Smooth. High carbonation.

D: More like an IPA than an American pale ale. For many American pale ales the distinction between the two styles is moot. Good beer. Easily drinkable. Let this beer warm - it really come complex with added strong malt character.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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