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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

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Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

BEER STATS
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#2,629
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
1,595
pDev:
9.85%
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4.18
 
 
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Ratings: 1,595 |  Reviews: 694
Photo of rarbring
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
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 brayton
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Apellonious
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber, best by 12/30/2014, poured into a tulip glass.

A - A ruby, orange, brown mix, with a one finger head that moves quickly a thin semi frothy lace.

S - Grass, pine, slight onion

T - The taste is very similar, it seems like you can taste the hop oils. Not as much malt balance as I was expecting. There is some peppery spice on the finish.

M - Very crisp, light bodied, but it still coats the tongue.

O - An enjoyable offering. If you are into pine and grass, this will serve you well.

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Photo of denver10
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear, golden with a effervescent white head.Flavor and aroma matched each other quite well offering some nice bright floral and grassy hops on top of a sweet crackery malt belly. A lighter, active mouthfeel. Overall, an enjoyable beer. Glad I got to try try, would happily drink again.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD of 12/30/13. Pours a light copper with a nice head that laces well. Mild nose of pine hops with a citrus background. Light medium body with normal carbonation. Nice balanced hop flavor with grapefruit at the front while the pine claims the back end. Finishes clean with a slight residual bitterness of mostly grapefruit and then followed by pine. A sound beer that is well suited for those that desire a not too hoppy brew.

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Photo of jjanega08
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a totally translucent amber color with a thick three finger high head on it that is an off white color but not tan or even verging on it. Maybe a shade under vanilla ice cream color. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= This is a nice smelling wet hop beer. This is right up there with the Founders Harvest for my wet hop beers as far as smell goes. Nice citrus smells come through as well as some of that really nice earthy plant matter smell. Green smelling and leafy. It smells like the hops picked right off the plant and smushed in your hand. Excellent.

T= The taste doesn't quite live up the smell but it still has nice taste to it. Maybe I spent so much time smelling this thing that I got my hops up. It has a nice APA flavor with some balance to it. This isn't an IPA by any means but still is a hop forward beer. I get again the citrus and plant material flavors that I got from the nose but they are a little more toned down and the sweet caramelly malt comes forward a bit more.

M= Really creamy. Sort of feels like whip cream in my mouth it's so light.

D= A great hop forward APA pushing the IPA boundary. Smooth and drinkable with a little complexity keeping you coming back for more. A fine wet hop beer.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear reddish amber, bordering on coppery, with a fine-bubbled, barely off white head. Richly hoppy aroma has grapefruit and spicy hints. Flavor is quite hoppy but not at all bitter, with hints of evergreen and sour orange. Smooth yet lively and fizzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle.

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper to orange body with golden hues beneath the massive, foamy off-white head that erupts from the pour and is packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Generous aromas of sweet malt and piney and citrus hops float from the glass although it is tough to tell which is the headliner. As it warms, there are hints of wood and grass as well.

The immediate flavor is citrus hops, followed by the sweet maltiness, and ending with the grassy and pine hop notes.

Medium in body with generous carbonation, with an oily coated finish.

A very nice AIPA overall, although it seemed a bit metallic at the finish, I would write this off to the fact that the bottle was just over a year old (did not notice when purchased).

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly less then super beer. It pours a nice golden amber color with a fluffy head that dissipates quickly leaving a lacy residue on the glass. It smells like a hoppy bread. Hmmmm hop bread? Sounds like I have some experimenting to do with me free time. The taste is a-ok. Its a light pale ale with a nice malty, hop start and a good long bitter finish. Its has slight citrus flavors that are layered under and through the hops. I like it. Its not punch you in the face hoppy but also not a wimpy beer. There is a good balance of flavors and smells to this brew.

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Photo of MrHolden
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chico1985
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber shared by cbutova. Bottled 10-14-10, less than a month ago.

Pours rusty orange with a super bubbly off-white head, retains and great with awesome lacing.

Sweet, sweaty wet grass and hop aroma, starts off good and fades over time.

Huge pale bready malt present all the way through, piny and grassy hops with a hint of grapefruit are strong up front but fade extremely well on the finish which is a huge wave of malt.

Smooth oily mouthfeel and a nice balance.

The transition from hoppy to malty on the finish is pretty awesome, an interesting well-balanced pale ale.

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Photo of Chelsea1905
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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 assurbanipaul
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber with a frothy head. Aroma is bright, juicy hops with lots of grapefruit.

Taste is dry, biscuity, toasty malt with lots of citrusy hops. Juicy, squishy hops, grapefruit, lemon, fresh citrus. Quite dry, the hops taste farm-fresh.

Mouthfeel is medium, smooth, clean. Good balance keeps this from being too harsh, easy to drink. I could have a few.

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Photo of Dreadnaught33
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Straw Orange hue with nice foamy head and some lacing.

S: Biscuity malts mix with some fresh grassy hops. The aroma is good but really faint. Thinking maybe it's too late to try this, or maybe the aroma has just faded.

T: Luckily the taste is still good. Malty, bready flavors mix with some resiny hops with a lingering bitterness. Sweet as well which is nice.

M: Medium to light feel, good carbonation.

D: Sessionable and tasty, just nothing earth shattering.

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Photo of Gerred
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of abrand
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
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 cjgiant
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This beer doesn't have the hop punch you might expect from a fresh-hopped beer, but does make up for it as an extremely drinkable pale ale, perhaps a little on the malty side, which is fine with me.

A: very clear yellow-amber, carbonation bubbles visible as they sustain the foamy head that leaves significant lacing
S: caramel, honey in the malt, maybe a little grass, but nothing too strong
T/M: carbonated beginning with an orange-honey, mango sweetness on top of a grapefruit-grassy mouth draw. The tastes work well together, neither side overpowering. A well-balanced beer, but one that could use maybe just a little more hop bite.

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

22oz bomber, poured into a nonic pint glass.

Clear dark straw with a punch of orange peel. Topped with a massively spongey, sticky, white sandy head.

Reminds me quite a bit of FFF's Broodoo, which is a very good sign. Massive, massive amounts of hops. Pine resin, grapefruit and orange juice but backed by a very strong maltiness as well. Good balance, impecably (sp?) fresh.

Quite woody, pine cone, pine needle like woodiness. Not as much fruit here and a grainy malt finish that is coupled with a lingering prickly bitterness. The more you get into this beer the more like a chistmas tree it begins to taste like. since christmas is not too far off, i'm not going to knock on that taste too much. hell i really like the smell of christmas trees, why can't it be the taste too?

I would say that this is a pretty respectable beer, but as far as a harvest ale goes, it seems to lack a little something. it just doesnt smack of that certain freshness that characterizes so many of these beers.

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Photo of cyrushire
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of carln26
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured into the glass a medium copper color, very clear, and was topped by a thick, fluffy off white head that showed good retention, and left a nice lace on the side of the glass as it settled. The nose does impart a good bit of hops. Light on the floral hop, more grassy with a citrus finish. Light caramel character in the aroma. The flavor is classic American Pale. Decent balance of caramel malt with a punch of citrus hops. Floral hop shows more mid way through the drink, and lasts into the finish. More bitterness than I expected in the beer. The mouth feel is slick, just a touch sticky. Decent drinkability. I've had a few other fresh hop offerings from Russian River, Moonlight to name a couple, and this lacks the strong floral character I really enjoyed in those beers. It could be the age, and if so, I apologize. Good enough that I will try again next year, and test the freshness.

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Photo of Amedlin18
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of T_Hass
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Stignacious
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of Boca-X
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.10 %,
reviewed 10/31/09
bomber>pint glass tasting sponsored by the Graham cracker...

4.0... 3.5 drinkability

Appearance was a good 2 finger head with decent head retention. Color is an orange/copper color. Smell is hop forward aromas as expected with pine & hop spice. Taste as it smells with pine/spicy hops on a satisfactory malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium+ body with medium carbonation.
Drinkability is scored down a bit; a bit more pine hoppyness than I prefer, and a tad bit expensive without to much "wow" factor IMHO (@ $8 a 22oz bomber)

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,595 ratings
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