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
Ratings:
1,587
Reviews:
693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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155
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141
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Photo of OatmattStout
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

really nice fluffy and even rocky head that opens up the nose of well what else, fresh hops. Very nice and inviting. the color is corn yellow and clear.

the mouthfeel is very nice and typical of a pale ale full but not like and IPA.

The taste is really nice and has a nice grainy sweetness that is complemented by grassy hops. The hops are not overpowering at all and just really are a nice complement and balance to this beer.

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Photo of Cresant
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this undated 22 oz. brown bottle into a becker. Clear copper colored body suspended a huge cotton candy head. Four fingers of head left a sticky speckled lace down the entire glass.

Smell was of fresh hops...surprise. Floral, earthy. Green grass. Very nice.

Taste was flavorful bitterness. Leafy hops. Oily hops were nicely balanced with a mild malt sweetness. Citrus characteristics surfaced as the beer warmed. This one was better than I had anticipated. A solid APA.

Mouthfeel was slippery and thin to medium bodied. Carbonation was medium to mild. I will look for this one again.

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Photo of chefkevlar
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a slightly hazy pale orange/tan color with an inch or so of fluffy head. Head retention is good and leaves good lacing

S: Smells of citrus and piney hops. There's a slightly sweet note of honey as well.

T: Flavor is actually a little lighter than I expected from the smell. Overall though the flavor is very hoppy with only a minimal amount of bitterness. There's a nice balance also between the hops and a slightly honey like sweetness.

M: Medium to light bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Very refreshing on the palate.

D: Highly drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of meathookjones
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Murky amber with a full frothy white head. Excellent hoppiness comes through in the aroma. Great floral and citric bitter notes nice and juicy with hops. Flavor starts with some lightly bitter citric hops notes before some smooth toasty malt sets in. Some light caramel provides a sweet touch to it. Finish is lightly bitter and hoppy. The aroma was great with the hops juiciness but the taste was a bit of a let down from that but still good. Solid body with good carbonation. I could have drunk a few of these.

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Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/28/09

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. 2 finger, rocky, white head. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell was citrusy with some orange notes. Light, but pleasant sweetness.

Taste had great balance. Mild maltiness with a lingering grassy bitterness. Nice crisp, citrus bitterness on the tongue. Not to complex, but a very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel was light with a medium carbonation.

Excellent drinkability. Nice hoppiness w/o being overpower.

One of my favorite Great Divide (session) beers. Easy drinking with a great amount of flavor.

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Photo of xGrapeApe
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A=
Head- large, frothy, off-white, diminishing
Lacing- fair
Body- clear to slightly cloudy
Particles- very light clouding
Color- deep straw yellow-light orange
S=
Malt- light, bready, grain, hay, cereal
Hops- average, grass, citrus, pine, grapefruit
Yeast- light
T=
Duration- average
Sweet- light, bread, cereal
Acidic- light, citrus, grapefruit
Bitter- moderate, grass, pine, resin
M=
Body- medium
Texture- average
Carbonation- moderate
Finish- lightly bitter, astringent, metallic
O= The relatively light body showcases the hops wonderfully, they are certainly in the foreground but by no means overpowering or overly bitter. Very drinkable and flavorful. No complaints to be had.

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Photo of Atron67
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a surprizingly dark copper color with a huge white head that fell slowly but gave huge lacing all over the inside of the glass. crystal clear body.

S- heavy citrus and grassy notes all over the place. great heavy hoppy charachter all over the place. light malty charachter. a little citrus character is there as well.

t- lightly malty at the start, then the hops settle in. the hops are strong but not as strong as i expected from teh start. theres a strong bitterness that slowly settles in slowly but the wet hop citrus character is very strong and i liked that alot.

M- full body with a strong carbonation with a lingering stickyness to the tongue

D- pretty good, really liked it.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

A - Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and small malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - Solid drinkable brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of russpowell
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a honey-hued bronze with loads of effervescence & 3+ fingers pillowy pearl-colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Grapefruitty & metallic hops, plus some breadyness as this warms up.

T: Grapefruitty & lemony hops, slight honey notes & bit of cakeyness up front. As this warms, I get bready notes, caramel & then more grapefruitty hops. Finishes with a bit of boozey warmth, grapefruitty + lemony hops, & dry bready notes

MF: Medium-bodied with lively carbonation, & very good balance

Drinks easy, not as impressed as the last 2 vintages, but nothing to sneeze at, one to look forward to every harvest!

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Photo of Kromes
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy orange with big white chunks. Bottle has sat undisturbed for about a week. Not sure why the chunks are there. A thick off-white head that leaves oily laces down the glass.

S: A grassy hop aroma with some candy sweetness.

T: Nice sweet malt flavor with some smooth citrus and grass hop flavors. There is also a light fruitiness to the beer. Flavors are balanced very well and continue to the finish which is slightly bitter and dry with a subtle sweetness that remains.

M: medium body and good carbonation. Slight oily feel to it.

O: Very good beer. Definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of SadMachine
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes from 1/9/13

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden/straw color with a small to medium sided head with decent retention.

S- The aroma is very grassy and piney, with a bit of freshly baked bread. A hint of caramel malt appears as it warms. Overall a very clean, fresh, and refreshing aroma.

T- The taste follows the aroma very closely, with dank/grassy hops taking the forefront, a healthy dose of pine and toasted bread in the middle (as well as caramel malt as it warms), and a snapping, yet refreshing bite of hop bitterness in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is medium with good carbonation.

O- This is one of the best APAs I've had to date!

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Photo of Quafftastic
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Flounder57
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

22 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a puffy layer. It is a slightly hazy pale orange color with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice frothy lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus, grassy, herbal, floral, toasted, bready, pale, and caramel malts.

Taste: Grassy, citrus herbal, toasted, pale, bready, and caramel malts. Nice juicy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, light to medium bodied, refreshing, a little chewy, and light tingly bitterness. Enjoyably delicious.

Overall: One of the best fresh hop ales around.

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Photo of CrellMoset
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Green's, Ponce location, Atlanta, GA. Poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous clear copper-color with ample, fast carbonation. It's lively, plentiful, fast, and medium-sized - great look, especially in this glass. The head itself is huge, sticky, foamy, and does that thing where it fades around the edges of the glass before the big blob of foam at the center dissipates. Even after all the head has faded and the lacing is a stained glass window-esque splatter all over the sides of the glass, that little blot of fuzzy foam is just sitting there, floating around in the center of the glass. Speaking of the lacing, it's sticky, foamy, sponge-like, and also has great staying power. Just a perfect-looking beer.

Aroma: Crisp and spicy are the two modifiers I'd use to the describe the hop notes in the nose on this one. There's a slide bready, roasted edge as well, but there's really a ton of spiciness here, pine-like. It's not bad, just not particularly exciting. ... ok, update that as I continue to drink. A fresh-cut grass note, hay-like, slightly spicy but mostly leafy and herbal, begins to emerge with a fierceness once this one warms. I'm gonna knock it up half a point - it's still not amazingly complex or crazy awesome, but it's a little nicer.

Taste: A step up. This one's not very bitter at all - most of the harshness on this one comes from the sprucey hop notes, and even that's minimal. Mostly, this is just a solid, balanced combination of pine, heavier citrus, and fresh-cut hay notes, all on a bready, roasted easel.

Mouthfeel: Slick, even, fluffy, oily - all the things a wet-hopped ale should be. The body itself is medium, and is lightened considerably by the carbonation.

Drinkability: A damn good beer, if I do say so. I just finished the Founders Harvest Ale, and this one just seems a little fuller, more rounded ... just a little better, and it may perhaps even rival the Sierra Nevada Harvest for the "Best Wet Hopped Ale" crown. Regardless, the 6.1% abv is low and well-hidden, the flavors and aromas impressive, the lacing and color amazing ... this would become a fall fridge mainstay ... if only Great Divide distributed to Virginia. Bollocks!

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Photo of DaftPatrick
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Mora2000
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear orange color with a decent-sized white head. The aroma is full of papaya, orange and orange, with some biscuit malt. The tropical fruit hop aroma is very fresh and dominates the smell. Very nice. The flavor also features a lot of tropical fruit. I get some nice pineapple and papaya notes, with a low amount of bitterness. The biscuit malt is also present, but it takes a back seat to the fresh hops. The alcohol is very well hidden. Medium, soft mouthfeel and low to medium carbonation.

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Photo of racer2k
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bomber poured into a 20oz glass

A: Copper color that is very clean and pours a very foamy thick head about three fingers thick. The beer leaves a nice lacing ring around my glass.

S: Moderate hops that are extremely fresh and give off an earthy, piney, resiny aroma.

T: I would classify this as a strong Pale Ale or Lighter IPA which has a moderate fresh hop flavor and nice malty back end finish. The hops are not as aggressive as a typical IPA but perhaps a bit more so than your standard Pale Ale.

M: Medium body as the fresh hops fill you up nicely. Carbonation is moderate.

D: Very nice fresh hop pale ale. I really enjoyed this beer and wish I purchased more than the (2) bombers. This was a very nice interpretation of the emerging fresh hop ale beer style which means that the hops are freshly picked and thrown into the kettle without any kiln drying providing a very robust earthy hop flavor compared to traditional hopped beers that use dry hops.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22ox bomber with a new label than pictured above. Poured cloudy copper orange with 2 fingers of foam. Lots and lots of lacing down the side as I worked thorugh the beverage.

Smell was hops from evert direction - grassy, hints of pine. One could tell that there was going to be a hoppy brew.

Taste was as the smell advertised, though not as intense as I might have expected. The grassy notes come through and there is some citrus buried in there. I expected this to be like the Sierra Wet Hop Harvest, but the bottering was much less intense.

Well balanced in the mouthfeel. Tasty.

Drinkable as much as the style would permit. For some one who is building their hop tolerance, this beer would be a good step.

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Photo of akorsak
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A bottle purchased from Liquid Solutions.

A: The ale is a clear copper-orange color with a thin 1/2 finger's head that does not lace.

S: The ale has a soft hop aroma, subtle but potent in a way that differs from a DIPA. The hop presence is big without being citrusy and strong.

T: The taste is hoppily intense, with a very concentrated, dirty earthy flavor that has grapefruit and citrus characteristics. The fresh hops pack quite a wallop while still managing to remain subtle and soft compared to most ales that use hop pellets.

M: The fresh hops are delicious, starting softly and finishing with a very bitter flourish.

D: The abv is moderate and a fresh hop flavors are quite good, making me look forward to next autumn's harvest.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange golden color with a tight white head that leaves a good amount of lacing.

Smells of clean citrus hops.

Tastes of the cleans hops with a very good malt background. Hops are mostly citrus with some grassy notes as well. Fresh hop oiliness is evident. Bitterness and sweetness are both moderate and balanced, which is very pleasant. A bit of sour fruit comes as it warms, but plays with the citrus nicely.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with a smooth amount of carbonation.

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Photo of cbutova
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled on October 16, 2010 and notes taken last night. Pretty much as fresh as I am going to get a Great Divide beer. Here's to tasty hops!

A- Orange-amber with a pretty nice white head that builds to several fingers in height. The frothy pillow leaves a moderate amount of spotty lace.

S- Hops all the way. Pine, citrus and grassy notes make a majority of the aroma. Some caramel and tropical sweetness come in later.

T- Starts very hoppy with big pine, citrus fruit, earthy and grassy notes. Upon finishing, the malt really kicks in with bready hints and makes you remember this is a Pale Ale. The caramel breaks in as it warms. Orange zest, peach and grapefruit all come to mind.

MF- Light end body with high end, stinging carbonation. Fairly creamy and highly bitter.

DB- Fresh Hop is one way to describe this. It is nice to have a reminder once in a while of how damn flavorful hops can be. I really love the malt finish that keeps it from being just another IPA "APA".

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Photo of TheHoppiest
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into an oversized wine glass. Pours a jewel-like amber gold with a sticky white head that leaves nice froth on top.

Sweet toffee smell, with underlying notes of ruby-red grapefruit. Crisp smelling, the aroma promises a nice tasting beer.

Malty and grainy, grassy even, starts sweet and quickly turns bitter. Fairly astringent, tempered with a buttery resin. Peppery on the tongue, it sits spicy in the gut.

Medium-bodied, and active in the mouth.

Quite drinkable, I'd love to have this on tap.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark orange clear body with 2 finger head, good retention

S: Hops hops hops. citrus, lemon, some sweetness from the malt, orange peel.

T: Other than some bitterness towards the end, it's all citrus hops and sweet malt. Simple and great. I don't get too much grass as written on the bottle.

M: Medium thickness with decent amount of carbonation.

O: Super easy to drink pale ale. Very pricey though ($7.99 for 22oz).

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle a slightly hazy medium orange with a soapy white head and a decent bit of lacing.

Aroma is citrus and piney hops and a sweet maltiness.

Taste is much like the smell with the hops plus a caramel touch.

Medium mouthfeel with a soft carbonation.

This is a very nice and easy to drink APA. Great Divide rarely disappoints.

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Photo of veech
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'll be visiting Denver in a few weeks, and plan on stopping by GD. I'll be interested to see the differences between the bottled and tap beers i've sampled and one's I can't get locally from them.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a shaker pint glass:
A: Deep golden copper color with excellent carbonation, head retention and some sticky lacing that hangs around to the end of the glass.
S: Piney, evergreen, hoppiness with a little maltiness detectable among several fruitlike flavors
T: The flavor profile is strong with hops being dominant but complimentary to the other grassy and fruit hints. Very clean finish that leaves you wanting more
M: Medium bodied with a smooth slick feel that inundates the palate. Very nice.
D: I could easily down a few bombers of this without batting an eye. I can't wait to try it fresh at the brewery.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,587 ratings.
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