Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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

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1,604
pDev:
9.85%
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Photo of Hopswagger
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled 10/08/12
Opened 10/17/12

P:  Pours a crystal clear pale copper with effervescence and a crown of bone colored bubbly head. Lacing is wet but hangs well. 

S:  Super fresh grassy, citrus cones, hickory wood chips, subtle caramel malt base with a faint aroma of milk that has been spilt in the refrigerator (not soured).

T/M:  Clean juicy citrus hops, lemon zest, timid citrus dish soap, melon, grapefruit, fresh, peaches, pine needles, treated wood, fresh grass clippings and cereal grain.  The body is medium and creamy with zesty carbonation. The aftertaste once first swallowed is similar to cream soda. Finish is smooth and semi dry lingering orange oil and grapefruit. 

O:  I was so excited when I grabbed this off the shelf. 9 days old, super fresh. Alas, I was kinda let down. Don't get me wrong it's a great beer but I expected much more. The aroma has something odd that is dairy like and wrong. Not to the point of ruin but still wrong. The hops are really fresh and the overall flavors are well balanced. Expectations aside this is a great pale ale. 

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Photo of kaelingirl
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ToddThompson
3.93/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beaver13
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head that retains well and coats the glass with lacing.

The aroma is spicy fresh resinous hops (smells dry hopped to me) with some pepper and pine. A touch of melon and malt in the background.

The flavor is the same as the nose - some sweet melony malts with peppery/piney hops. It has a decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thinnish and very watery.

Overall, a very nice APA. A decent amount of hoppiness, but definitely in the APA vs the IPA category. The body brings it down some, otherwise it would be one of the top APAs I've had - as is, it's still up there.

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Photo of Mikey_C_getitright
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%

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

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

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,604 ratings