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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

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694
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1,596
pDev:
9.85%
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Photo of ThrewRedButter
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Blazer22
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

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

Bomber from Beverage Mart on NY 66. Bottled on 9/29/2009.

An orange/gold pour with a good head and good lace. Smells of citrus, soap, grassy-earthy.

Definitely a pleasant brew, and what I would expect for this style. The hops are definitely front and center, but not overpowering. I could definitely see this as a session brew, and at 6.1% abv you could probably get away with it.

Would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of billab914
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured an amber color with a large white foamy head. Lots of grass and grapefruit in the aroma. Taste is also dominated by the grassy and citrus flavors of the hops with some pine coming through as well. The malt is there but the hops are clearly the star of the show. It wasn't bad by any means but I didn't enjoy this one as much as some of the other Fresh hop & IPA's I had this weekend. It had too much of the grassy flavor for me.

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Photo of srfou
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gentlegiant
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A golden, pours a nice head, good retention but not the strongest. Clear.

S light citrus, hints of leather, hints of grapefruit

T not too heavy on the palate, on the verge of an ipa.piney

M light bodied but just enough to make you want another tilt of the glass

O for 7.99/bomber this is a good pickup. I would buy another in thr future. I would pair it with some sort of roasted lamb or a cut of primerib and some seasonal veggies. Kudos to Great Divide for a tasty beer.

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Photo of JoePat
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a pale amber with a kaki head.

I smell pineapple like aroma with a sweet maltiness. It is very faint and alomost musty but there.

I get a sweet caramel maltiness in the flavor with a nice hope balance. The bittering is very smooth and piney.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel. The mouthfeel on this beer is almost perfect.

A nice smooth drinkable beer. Great flavor and smooth mouthfeel.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found just one of these on the shelves at Downtown and had to snag it...
Bright copper color with a full finger of off-white head...half of it sticks around for the duration of the pint and very impressive lace.
A hefty dose of bitter floral hops in the nose...mild candy corn sweetness and an earthy carbonation.
The taste is fantastic...the malt sweetness is there, but the bitterness wins out on the pallet. Less floral and more citrus with oranges being the majority.
Mouthfeel is above average for the style and the carbonation is maybe just a touch too much.
Goes down very easy and stacks up nicely to the likes of Alpha King...a must try if you enjoy your Pale ales with a bit more hops.
I am really enjoying these fresh hopped brews popping up in our area. Another solid offering from Great Divide.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, capped, no date. Pours a clear copper color with orange hues. Two finger white head is creamier and stiffens nicely, leaving pockets of floam and copious big-bubbled lacing.

The aroma is dominated by hops, along with whiffs of pine and grass, honey, and lemon peel. The flavor is very nutty and hoppy, as one would expect, along with some subtle corriander and spicy elements, and an understated caramel malt accent.

The mouth is medium to light bodied, decent complexit, finishing dry and bitter on the hoppy climax. It's drinkable for any lover of the hops. I've yet to find a beer from GD that I haven't liked considerably.

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Photo of djkrause
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PDXHops
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a shaker pint. See-thru light amber with a finger's worth of dense head that leaves an impressive amount of sticky lacing.

Fairly potent hoppy nose, herbal and citrusy with just a bit of bready malt in the background. Surprisingly bitter up front before intense hoppy flavors take over. Zest of lemon and grapefruit, mint and pine, some spice. Hints of bready malt; this one's all about showcasing the hops. A touch boozy, even at this modest ABV, yet it's not entirely out of place.

Overall impression: A fresh hop ale definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of jar2574
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Giant frothy head after a nice pour. Orange-yellow tinted beer.

Grassy hops, like the bottle promises. The smell doesn't blow you away like some other IPAs. It's subtle.

Nice taste. Creamy for an IPA. Grass, pine, hops, and earthiness. The beer somehow reminds me of being in a forest, surrounded by nature. It's one of a kind, in that respect.

A unique IPA experience. I'm not a huge IPA fan, but this might be my favorite.

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Photo of claminat420
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- poured an orangey amber color with a thick fluffy white head. thick lacing.

S- just some light piney hops.

T- the biscuity malt tangles up most of this brew but with the piney and some slight citrus bitterness reaching out in the end.

M- medium bodied. nice carbonation.

D- wish i got a couple 22's.

Overall- for not being an american pale ale fan this one is pretty damn good. a good choice for a step into the more hoppier ipa's. hop bite isn't to bad. it just shows up slightly in the end.

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Photo of beveragecaptain
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Great Divide Fresh Hop Ale pours out a clear copper color with a creamy looking head. Pungent, resiny hop aroma. Biscuit malt flavor with lots of hop flavor. Not as bitter as an IPA, but this beer certainly has as much hop flavor as almost any IPA. Grapefruit hop flavors. The malt is there, but almost overwhelmed by the hop flavor. Soft mouthfeel. This is a pretty good beer, but I prefer the Titan IPA.

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Photo of Greels
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of mlazzaro
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, amber with white head. Smells good, just a very mild hop smell. Soft but very present bitterness. Highly drinkable beer. Maltiness is sort of lost. Considering the IBUs and overall hop presence, this is pretty much an mild American IPA. Luckily I love IPAs. I was surprised to read the ABV, I assumed much less. Pretty good beer, kind of expensive.

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Photo of BeerNemesis
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh Hop Pale Ale | 650 ml. | 6.1% ABV | 2010

Brewer: Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
Glass: pint

Appearance:
Basic amber—the color everyone associates with "beer"—with some nice streaming bubbles and a foamy white head.

Aroma:
Wild herbs, musty pine, citrus, light malts, floral hops.

Taste:
The floral hops and soft pine come through first, backed up by lightly toasted bread crust and wild herbs. Citrusy hops cut through mid sip. It finishes with a leafy/grassy flavor.

Mouthfeel:
Clean and slightly creamy. Medium-bodied, on the lighter end of the spectrum.

Harmony:
A compact, mildy hoppy experience with some added complexity due to the herbal and floral notes.

Would I get it again?:
Yes.

Bottled: October 4, 2010
Served: January 29, 2011

Price = ?

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Photo of gr0g
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color with high clarity. Good head formation and retention, while the lace formation is similarly impressive. Aroma is a bit muted, but I like what's there. Primarily C-hop notes of bitter citrus and bit of grassiness. Minimal pine/resin. Some herbal and fruity qualities in there, too.

Despite a claim of 50-ish IBUs (I think...), this a well-balanced APA. Bitterness is only moderate, enough to slightly overpower a well-defined caramel malt backbone. Some contributions of grapefruit flesh and rind from the hops. Well-carbonated but smooth. Slick mouthfeel. More of an herbal flavor overall, not what you'd expect from a fresh and/or wet hop American pale.

I like the balance in Great Divide Fresh Hop, as it makes for a versatile beer. It doesn't really fit the bill when it comes to the fresh hop A(I)IPA style, though. A very good, nicely balanced APA, but not really worth the price per fl. oz. in bomber format.

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

SIgnificant grapefruit C hop aroma, quick fading head, lots of lace. Bitter like an ESB dying but very drinkable on a scorching Saturday. Drying aftertaste, tasty complex bitterness,like the hops, citrus, well malted, well carbonated. Some of the fresh homebrewed taste from this sub-style.

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Photo of ssimpson89
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Illinick
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from D's.
A: Amber and copper in color with slight hints of reddish-orange hues. Sticky and clumpy slightly off white head that clumps around for the duration of the brew. Good lacing throughout. Last pour is full of sediment.
S: Grassy, piney, musty earth, and hops at first quaff. Upon further smelling some malt scents and some citrus and lemon zest come out with slight herbal notes.
T: The first sip is a doozy. Piney and grassy hops with definate bitter grapefruit and citrus peel flavors. Herbal flavors and a definate malt presence in the middle to the end. Some tart citrus peel and some zest in there too. The grapefruit, grass, and fresh hops dominate.
MF: A bit chewy and mouthfilling
Overall: A solid brew with some intense up front flavors. Takes a few sips to really taste the quality of the brew, but I don't mind the continuous sipping. A nice, fresh APA.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy and chunky copper hued brew. Decent one inch pale tan head, with decent retention despite mild level of carbonation. Already leaving some sticky gobs of lace as the head subsides. Yup, as I drink this thick and sticky gobs of lace are left behind

Nice aroma. Lightly toasted biscuit, some caramel and a hint of buttery diacetyl. Nice hop aroma, floral, grassy, with a decent amount of citrus (grapefruit).

Pretty tasty. Lightly toasted biscuit, and a touch of caramel. Buttery diacetyl appears in the middle, and is something I find mildly annoying as it detracts from the oily hops. Very nice level of hops, both flavourful and bitter, I'm thinking sweetened white grapefruit with a hint of pine.

Nice hop tingle stands above the tasty malts. Mildly astringent with a medium body. Some creaminess, and the hops add a slick oily feel.

A pretty solid brew. I would prefer a cleaner ale without the diacetyl, something that reduces the drinkability and overall enjoyment for myself. With that said, however, this beer does a better job of showcasing the fresh hops than another fresh hopped pale ale, in my opinion. Recommended to fans of hoppy pale ales, and those who like their hops fresh and oily. I'll be looking for this again next year. May Mother Earth provide a bountiful harvest!

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Photo of mweso2000
3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mike24
3.86/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

beautiful golden amber with a nice sticky head and good retention. unbelievable lacing going on here. smell is equal parts piney hop and citrus hop with a little floral backing. bright and citrusy when it hits the tongue rounding out with some bitter hop coming in with a faint alcohol warmth. finishes with a little bitterness and some acidity. crisp and medium bodied, i feel like the malt is a little lacking here to combat some of the acidity and make it a little less harsh. drinkability is very good, but i might try something a little smoother.

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Photo of dandaugherty1221
3.85/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,596 ratings
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