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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:
688
Ratings:
1,573
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
14.95%
 
 
Wants:
153
Gots:
140
For Trade:
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Reviews: 688 | Ratings: 1,573
Photo of Tucquan
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2010-11-26 at Fatheads in Pittsburgh, PA.

A - Clear amber with a 1/2 finger off-white head and very good lacing.

S - Mild. Orange and hop floral.

T - Biscut, pineapple, red grapefruit, lemon zest, spice, pine. Aftertaste is mildly tropical and caramel sweet and very bitter. A little sourness creeps in after a bit.

M - Light- medium body and medium carbonation. Mildly oily. Not creamy.

D - Pretty decent, especially if you're looking for a bitter experience with a moderate ABV.

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Photo of jim102864
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy copper recently at E and into my porcelin mug. Noted a puffy head with lacing that clung in there throughout the experience.

Aroma was mildly hoppy, perhaps less ballsy than I expected but not suprising given the interpretation of the style. Green tea in the background hops all around.

Taste was also milder than expected. Somewhat earthy with hints of pine hops, grass and green tea. Nice moderate hoppy finisht.

Thinish mouthfeel but in a pleasant way.

Drinkable, though not a session brew. Something one could enjoy x 2 in one sitting then would likely seek to move on. Nice effort by a solid brewery.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just bought this beer from a local store. It came in a 22 Oz. bomber, and was bottled on Jan 14 2010.
Initially i was excited about this beer. I had tried sierra nevada celebration, and thought it would be similar; and i think it is, only with a bit less hops.
(A)- Poured a nice amber and orange color with little to no head at all. i like a bit more head on my beers but color alone was okay.
(S)- I loved the smell. initially all i could smell was a strong piney smell with some citrus. but now after 5-10 min or so im getting a nice malty smell to it.
(T)- The taste was okay nice citrus flavor maybe lemon or grapefruit.I thought when i bought this it would be more on the IPA side but now know its a pale. still descent in taste.
(M)- Smooth, clean, doesn't leave a great aftertaste in my mouth but i can appreciate the texture.
(D)- nice drinkable beer and i feel it is a descent beer from great divide. Honestly im not a huge fan of GD but i def think this is one of my favs.

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Photo of Ruslanchik
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no dating information. Clearly the 2008 model, though, as the label is new this year. The label proudly proclaims a grassy flavor. Not something I expected to be a selling but, we will see.

Poured into a snifter, this beer is a crystal clear amber with a foamy white head. There aren't very many bubbles rising so the head fades relatively quickly. The beer did maintain a nice film of head throughout, though.

The aroma is filled with citrusy hops followed by just a touch of nutty malt. When I agitate the beer a bit I can detect a trace of coffee aroma as well. There is a bit of "grassy" aroma here, though I think it smells more like crushed leaves.

The wet hops are very evident in the flavor. There is a strong up-front bitterness that fades into a fairly robust malt flavor. This trails off into a vegetal flavor that is pretty unique to wet hop beers. There is some grassy character, but also something like leaves in the fall. There is definitely more malt flavor here than I was expecting, but it is very well balanced between the hop bitterness, malt, and hop grassiness. The flavors complement each other well.

This beer has a nice medium body and a relatively dry, tart finish.

The flavor of this beer is unique and a little inappropriate for sessioning. 22oz of this is probably enough for the whole year actually. I great beer that has its place, but not one I will be coming back to soon.

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Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper with orange highlights. The nose piney, lemony, floral, citric, caramelly and very fresh. Lovely aromas. Great hop flavor but very little bitterness. Pacific Northwest Hops. Very grassy with leaves, citrus notes, pine sap, light fruitiness and caramel. This is a very well rounded Pale Ale. This isn’t a big beer at all, just a plain n’ simple medium bodied, lightly hopped (for the style) american pale ale.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden with no head

Smell: Sweet, citrusy

Taste: Faint.. Toasty with some hops

Mouthfeel: Bitter with initial carbonated feel. Very light

Drinkability: Overall, it's an okay beer, but the flavor is very faint. I was hoping for a slightly more hoppy flavor.

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Photo of Prager62
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Great Divide Barrel Bar.

Look- Amber in color with a half finger of white foam.

Smell- Faint pine, earth and some biscuit.

Taste- Mild grapefruit, some pine and bread in the finish.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slight bitter and dry finish.

Overall- I had high expectations for this beer and was a bit let down. It just seems to lack the dank and earthy qualities I look for in fresh/wet hop ales.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 12/29/13.

Pours a clear orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of toasted malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and earthy herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a sightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a nice fresh hop profile but the mouthfeel is a bit thicker than what I was expecting.

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Photo of orsulacp
3.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I love the look of this beer, a creamy/rocky off white head on top of a slightly cloudy yellow-orange body. The head loooks really nice. The nose is grassy with a hint of alcohol. The nose isn't as pleasing as some other fresh hop beers I've had recently. The taste starts spicy, kind of piney and then there is a good biscuty malt flavor to hold up the spiciness. The finish is bitter and dry. The mouthfeel is a little too heavy for an APA if you stick to sytle but it needs to be that heavy to hold up the hops.

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Photo of NODAK
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is of pine, a bit of resin, perhaps grass. Biscuit in the background. Not strong at all, though. Very subdued.

Pours a dark golden color in the glass. Fair head.

Initial taste is a decent pine floral hoppiness that is about on par with many APA's. There is a somewhat small biscuit malt profile underneath that peeks through but never becomes very prominent. On the finish, a renewed grassy floral hoppiness pages across the tongue with a little bit of astringency.

Not a bad offering, though I don't know that I would consider this one of the very best in style. It's refreshing though, and drinks well despite that lack of real malt balance.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden copper. Aggresive pour yielded a full 2 fingerwidth head, good retention.

The smell is all hops, unabashedly so. Piney and citrusy, this is a delicious aroma.

Following the aroma, the taste is all about the hops. Mild hints of grapefruit, starts off strong, but am disappointed as it falls short after the first strong impression. I'd call the ending mild and smooth, but thats being kind to an otherwise good beer.

This is generally a good beer, I like the aggressive hoppiness, but I just don't get much out of the taste.

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Photo of bminor7
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from EBI in Saratoga NY.

Great lacing...crystal clear amber color. Decent hop odor. By no means as strong as some DIPAs are. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grassy taste with not as much citrus as I would have thought, though it is in there. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste as this one is still young (9/29/2009 bottling).

Not my favorite style, could be more accessible once the bitterness fades. Despite that, drinkability is good, making this a good candidate for a summer session ale.

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Photo of blakesell
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bomber bottle into a Belgian goblet.

Appearance- Beer pours a light amber with a fluffy but normal sized head that clings to the glass for the duration of the drink. A light melted marshmellow appearance is what the beer looks like from above after the head dies down.

Smell- Malt upfront strangely enough. The hops are there but the light pale malts come thru first. The fruity piney hops quickly come in and take over, but the malt is upfront.

Taste- Malt balances well with the hops for a fresh hop beer. I was looking for something more along the lines of an IPA with the fresh hop distinction, but it is more like a balanced pale.

Mouthfeel- Thin but still mouth coating. Light bodied and well carbonated. No stickiness on the lips or alcohol warming tendencies.

Drinkability- This is a very easy to drink pale. I could have a session with this one pretty easily. Not my favourite from the 'harvest/wet hop' style, but still a formidable beer worth trying again if given the opportunity.

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Photo of richj1970
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz can dated 10/12/2016.

A: Clear golden yellow with 1 finger frothy white head. Lasting retention and fairly heavy lacing.

S: Fresh pine cones and bready malts. Faint citrus notes that go almost unnoticed.

T: Toasted bread and grapefruit mixed with fresh cut pine and grass. A little lingering sweetness.

M: Medium body with average carbonation. Crisp and refreshing with a lightly bitter finish.

O: Nice wet hop pale ale, but not in the same league as some of its counterparts especially with a $21 a six pack price.

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Photo of Omnium
3.79/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > Pint Glass

A - Pours a really nice clear gold color, two fingers of off white head, nice lacing.
S - Aroma has some nice tropical fruit scents, peach and pineapple, a little lemon peel, hop resin, pale malt, pine.
T - Well, there's diacetyl in here, and its really ruined this beer for me, it gets less noticeable as it warms up, but c'mon GD, more and more in their beer I find diacetyl popping up and just ruining the good traits of their beers. There's a light grassy and lemon zest flavor, but there's a lot of malt.
M - Buttery texture, not really "bright" as the label says, chewy.
O - Stupid beer. I say that because there's a lot missing here, aroma is good for sure, but the taste is unbalanced, too much malt, and this diacetyl problem keeps persisting with almost every Great Divide beer I've had in recent times.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber honey orange with a giant tan foamy head. The head lasts forever and leaves great lacing making this an outstanding looking beer. The smell is pungent with bread yeast,hops, carmel,and malt. The taste is very hoppy with citrus and pine flavors present,a creamy bread yeast flavor,and some malt. Not bad,but the hop bitterness is alittle much. The m/f is light with the flavors mixing well. A pretty good beer that's alot hoppier than can be believed.

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Photo of coachdonovan
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber bottled on Sept 30. Probably don't need a tulip for this, but I don't want to miss any aromas. After letting this warm up for about 30 minutes, I see a towering head that leaves intricate, almost symmetrical, lacing. The third and final pour from the bottle leaves a more resilient head that sticks around until the last drop. The beer is a perfectly clear orange-ish copper.

Aroma and taste are straight citric hops; there is nearly a complete absence of malt sweetness and yet my palate isn't torched. I've had other harvest APAs that have a heavier hand with caramel/chocolate malts but that's clearly not what GD was going for here. It's extremely light and refreshing without those malts or higher ABV to weigh it down, but it's not overpowering either.

I might have preferred a bit more sweetness for balance, but after spending most of the last six weeks ODing on marzen, this beer is pretty damn close to what I was looking for. It's a great representation of the fresh hop style.

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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 corby112
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a thick to finger frothy off white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Earthy hop aroma with citrus fruit notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon.

Very well balanced with a strong malt backbone that compliments the citrus and earthy hop presence. This beer has a bitter hop bite up front which lingers over the sweet malt body into a dry finish. I usually do not prefer hoppy beers to have this much of a prominent malt character but I thought that it provided some nice balance and complexity in this beer.

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Photo of fugitive
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle 650ml. Color unclear hazy orange with smal not lasting white head. Aroma malt ,extremely hoppy giving it notes of citrus and pine, grass. Taste sweet, bitter, citrus, long duration. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. Refreshing.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours straight pale gold with a layer of film and cathedral lacing. Pine resin, sour citrus and fresh leaf nose. Simple pale malt bill - toasted caramel, some pear and maybe tangerine. Bright lemon and herb hops to end. Clean finish and burning bitter linger. Light to medium, crisp, some stickiness.

Simplistic, but the IBUs are there. Not as fresh-tasting a fresh hop ale as some of the SN Harvests, though. Looking at some of the other glowing reviews, I wonder if this has suffered through shipping and storage...

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Photo of falloutsnow
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From: Binny's, Linicoln Park, IL
Date: Best by 2013-12-30
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Great Divide's Fresh Hop ale is fairly well-infused with complex hop aromas and flavors, with prominent orange, grapefruit, and herbal characters. That being said, the beer isn't particularly distinct from any other APA with a similar blend of hops, and while good, at $8 per 22oz bottle, I would not revisit this.

Pours a 3cm tall head of off-white to light beige-colored foam with above-average retention of two minutes, the head gradually fading to a thick clump of foam residing atop the body of the beer for the duration of the session. Lacing is substantial and ubiquitous, heavy froth clinging to all sides of the glass in a variety of shapes and patterns. Body is a dark copper orange color, with light bringing out bright orange-yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the transparent body, moderate in number and activity.

Aroma of peach, passion fruit, grapefruit at first, then grassy, herbal, orange peel, and caramel malt sweetness as the beer warms. Fairly diverse and interesting overall, not crazy over-the-top hops as I was expecting, pleasant and enjoyable in a non-West coast manner.

Flavor is full of herbal and woodsy, grapefruit and orange peel-laden hops, with hints of the pale and caramel malt sweetness in the background. Front of palate finds woodsy and grassy hops with moderate grapefruit and orange peel flavors, atop a light pale malt backbone. Mid-palate of moderate hop bitterness with dried orange and grapefruit peel, oily hops contributing woodsy, grassy, and bitter herb flavors. Back of palate finds moderate to high hop bitterness, dried herbs and orange/grapefruit peel, hints of pale and minor caramel malt backbone. Aftertaste of medium to medium-high hop bitterness, dried orange peel, and slightly grainy, bread-like characters.

Beer is medium-light to medium in body, which is surprisingly thin for the ABV and style of beer. Carbonation is of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel of foamy (1/4), smooth (1/2), and watery (1/4) sensations. Closes dry, with moderate stickiness on the palate and lips.

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Photo of MoorBeerPlz
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass.

A: Poured a clear, gold/orange/copper with about 2 fingers of foamy off white head. This dropped back to light lacing, a foam ring and sticky foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Some hops, malts, grapefruit and maybe some other citrus, hay/freshly mowed grass. I detected just a hint of pine at the end of the first whiff.

T: Hops up front followed quickly by the citrus and malt backbone. With that, a sourness and a grass-like flavor as the beer warmed in the glass. Drinks pretty clean with a dryer, bitter finish. Spicy??? Though I tasted that, not too sure. No alcohol taste detected.

M: Light to medium body with a dry finish, leaving a hoppy, spicy taste on the back of the tongue. Carbonation was good, not too much, not too little.

O: Decent take on the pale ale from Great Divide. Very drinkable, finishes well and it's definitely something I would have no problems buying again.

Cheers!

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Photo of rawfish
3.76/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Clear brassy hue, a off white head that can reach easily three fingers high with average retention. Lacing left behind is terrific, pillowy and with great coverage.

Pungent herbal, grassy and dank pine needle hops with a malty backbone of raw grain, stale bread. Very raw and earthy, the aroma is slightly above average in power for a pale.

Steady bready and cracker malt, thin but enough to support a wave of pine, fresh cut grass and dank herbal hop flavors. Bitterness is toned and lifting leading to a drying feeling, stickiness with a pine aftertaste.

Good body and carbonation. Alcohol is well hidden. Dries pretty well. Drinkable and smooth.

All in all this is a solid drink, malts are raw and earthy and I expected a bit more boldness from a fresh hop beer. We can't forget that this is only a pale ale so it competes well for the style.

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Photo of miketd
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Beer Engine.

Pours a golden, straw color with a decent size whitish head. Nice looking beer. Aroma is wet hops and grain...a bit nutty as well. Flavor is mildly hoppy with a good malt backbone. Decent palate and almost sweet finish. Good brew.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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