Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
BA SCORE
86.1%
Liked This Beer
4.06 w/ 1,589 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#2,538
Reviews:
693
Ratings:
1,589
Liked:
1,368
Avg:
4.06/5
pDev:
9.85%
Alströms:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
157
Gots:
141
Trade:
2
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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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4.46/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer!

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BritCvS
4.66/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fast becoming my favorite. Waited for it to become a little warmer from the fridge. Bomber, poured into a Riedel glass.

A: Outstanding head, rich, thick. Amazing belgian lace. A rich brown, ever so slightly cloudy. Really looks like an excellent British bitter.

S: Grass, freshness, citrus. A little tiny bit of pine. Lovely.

T: Superb taste, warm malts balanced with amazing hops. Perfect.

M: not too much carbonation. Long, long flavor. Great hoppiness. Easy malts.

O: Wonderful. Do try it.

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4.75/5  rDev +17%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -20%

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4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

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4/5  rDev -1.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this for 5 bucks a the house of 1,000 beers. With the great reviews I expect it to be well worth it even though its from October (5 months old.
A - Quite a great appearance a touch darker than I expected for a pale ale but still very clear and mega carbonated making for excellent lacing and a never ending head.
S - Smell is fresh piney hops, some cracker malts, and a touch of pale malts.
T - Very good the hops haven't backed off maybe a bit but it's still very earthy and bitter. The malts seem to balanced good it even borderlines on a IPA with the aggressive hopping.
M - Light to medium, ABV is well hidden. Halfway through the glass it's very balanced and enjoyable.
Overall far from the best fresh hop ales but I believe this may be one of the best pale ale fresh hopped ales I ever drank. Pity it cost 10-13 dollars fresh or I would love to get it again. If you see it now discounted for as cheap as I got it give it a try!

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3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 22 oz bottle (bottle 10/4/12) into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a huge yellow white head that lingers leaving some lacing, slight haze

S: grassy, citrus hops, grapefruit

T: nice bitter notes without being overpowering, litttle sweetness from malt, grapefruit peel

M: LOTS of carbonation makes this on e kind of sudsy, medium body, nice bitter hop aftertaste, dry finish

O: a nice APA with good bitterness that isn't overly obtrusive or complicated

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3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Handsome amber in the glass with a touch of burnt orange. Nice lacing and pleasantly carbonated.

Flavor and mouthfeel are more like a DIPA. Big and rich with malt. Tangy and winey. The hops are resiny and aromatic, but not as bitter as you might expect in a Pale Ale. Sweet and malty on the tongue, but it dries out in the aftertaste. A great mouthful of flavor and a bigger, better brew than most APAs.

On tap at Zero One in San Angelo, Texas [Transcribed notes from 11/13/2012 tasting].

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86.1% out of 100 with 1,589 ratings
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