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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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681 Reviews
Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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:
681
Ratings:
1,546
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Photo of trevorwideman
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from demcorhip, poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange-red-copper colour with a 1 inch head. Great head retention and lots of lace. Carbonation is very mild. Aroma is very sweet with honey, clover, all kinds of floral hop aromas and a bit of citrus rind. There's a nice backbone of crackery malt to balance it all out, not overly complex but delicious.

Taste is well balanced with lots of medicinal herbal notes, grapefruit bitterness, and floral honey sweetness. There's a decent amount of cracker malt here with a touch of caramel. Again, not overly complex but a very flavourful APA that definitely leans on the bitter, hoppy side. Medium-heavy body with mellow carbonation, maybe a little bit thick for the style, but nonetheless it's a really drinkable APA, full of flavour, bordering on an IPA in its hoppiness.

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Photo of TBoneJones
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pure copper, head is basic and recedes quickly. Little evidence of carbonation. Lacing nice though.
Smells light and fresh of some piney hops and fruit notes non-descript, but nice. Maybe berry. Sweet malts barely detected.
Fruity hop mix, apricot, pine, not musty or anything earthy, clean tasting yet balanced with a malt presence that doesn't dominate anywhere (which I like). Beer lives well up to its name. Just not standing out to me as memorable either. I recall liking this even more when I tried it a year ago or so. And this is a fresh bottle as it labeled as being bottled on 10/04/12, and I'm drinking it on 10/24/12 (months late in posting this obviously).
Carbonation feels nice, medium even though it has a thinner appearance to me. Fruit is more subdued than i like, but a slight tropical bitter hop lingers, dry finish, but not strong, crisp.
Overall this beer works as a fine IPA, a clean example, not complex in my opinion , but well-made nonetheless. Until I try some of this brewery's acclaimed stouts, a couple of which I'm still aging a bit, this is about my favorite beer of theirs to date.

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Photo of hardy008
3.74/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange color with a one finger white head. Has a grapefruit, pine, citrus zest aroma, with some earthiness.

Has both bitter and sweet flavors with citrus, pine, citrus zest, earth, and a light amount of caramel malt. Has a bitter back end.

Light to medium bodied with average carbonation and a bitter finish. A good fresh hop APA..

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Divide's Fresh Hop Pale Ale, poured on tap into a pint glass. A clear orangish color with a soapy off white head and alot of lace.

Aroma pretty hoppy as one might expect. Just a hint of the underlying malt.

Flavor is marked with an intense bitterness. Grapefruit-like, but much more bitter and less sweet. Has a juiciness to it as well, though quite bitter. Earthy stinging hops steal the show.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied while being semi-viscious. Hop presence feels like the enamel on my teeth is being stripped away. Dry.

Drinkability rates pretty good. This beer is a palate crusher and very hop-forward. More like an IPA than an APA.

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Photo of GJ40
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a 22 oz bottle purchased at Pike Street Beer & Wine in Seattle.

A - Golden and clear with a thick, creamy, beige head.

S - Piney and floral hops.

T - A diverse mix of piney, grassy and floral hops. A little green apple as well. Moderate bitterness. Not enough citrusy flavor for my tastes.

M - Good moderate carbonation. Maybe a bit thin but about what I'd expect from an IPA that favors hops over malt.

D - A fun and easy to drink beer but not as good as I'd hoped. It was a bit on the pricey side so I expected more but it didn't quite deliver in full.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.
A friend highly recommended this stuff, so I finally tried it.
Pours a light copper color with nice clarity - left the yeast sediment in the bottle with little trouble. A large pillowy off-white head forms and sticks around a while, lacing the glass throughout.

Nose is very floral and grassy, with some citrus. It isn't as strong as I expected but still expresses itself without difficulty. Maybe I should check the age on the bottle. Malt? - none noted here.

Hmm. There is no denying that this tastes quite good...but it isn't what I expected. In terms of trueness to style, it is well done - quite clean, more bitter than some, some semblance of balance with some pale malt not noted in the aroma. Though citrus was evident in the aroma I wouldn't call this fruity. Sweetness is very light. Bitterness is very apparent but I'd never mistake this for an ESB.
Not sure what happened with the mouthfeel. Carbonation is quite low - much lower than expected reading the other reviews. I'd better get another bottle to make sure this one wasn't past prime.

Quite drinkable. Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hoppier and less balanced than some, more bitter than some, but still within the APA style. I'll have this again.

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Photo of stumac
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a clear copper (leaning more towards rusty orange) color with a decent off white head. nice lacing. the nose is dominent floral hops, subtle piney hops, faint grapefruit hops, subtle sweet malts, a touch of lemon. the taste of hops are subtle spicy, piney, lil bit of grapefruit, subtle sweet malts. medium bodied, low carbo, good Pale Ale...

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Photo of rangerred
3.72/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a light copper with a slight chill haze. Just a very thin white head that fades rather quickly. Very little lacing left on the glass.

Aroma of pine with a touch of citrus thrown in. A little bit of bread from the malt but flowers and grapefruit really dominate.

The hop flavors are not quite as prominent in the taste compared to the aroma but they are still the number one feature of the beer. More malt sneaks in in the way of wheat bread and a little dark caramel but it is just barely enough to balance the hops. Bitterness is on the high side leading to a fairly dry finish with just a little stickyness.

Overall, a good APA but a little too average. Even with it being fresh hopped there just isn't a whole lot here that really sticks out to set this beer apart from the thousands like it out there.

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Photo of rand
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

22 oz bomber poured into pint glass

This copper-tan ale exchanges complexity with drinkability, but still tasty nonetheless. The nose is floral and dank hops, with earthy tea-like astringency and a funk that lingers at the edge of the bouquet. The flavors follow the nose but the funk bends into a distinctly unripe apple flavor... still with edges of sour funk.

Not the easiest 6%-ish pale to throw back, but if you're craving dank hops with a lighter malt-backbone, this might hit the spot.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best buy Dec 30th 2013, opened Nov 20th 2013.

A - Hazy orange marmalade body. Mixed bubble white head settles into a sable crown around the rim of the glass. Surprisingly stable retention. Low lace.

S - Soft citrus, pine, melon rind, and fresh pumpkin. The pumpkin note ebbs and weaves, but when it's there it's almost musky, like scooping out a fresh pumpkin.

T - Dry cantaloupe, orange pith, vegetable funk, honey, waxy resin, and pine wood. Feels like something is off - might be a bad bottle?

M - Dry, smooth, medium-full frame. Low carbonation

O - Not terrible, but there's something either in the execution or unique to this bottle that puts the balance out of whack.

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Photo of Kraken
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a traditional beer mug. Scant skim of an off white head with decent lacing. Pours a copper tinged amber.

Nose- Hops, hops and more hops. Resiny, pine tar, citrus lemons and grapefruit.

Palate- Pine resin, astringent citric hops. Bitter and somewhat lopsided. Thin. A true unabashed tribute to fresh hops.

Mouthfeel- Thin, actively carbonated, slightly soapy

Drinkability- fair

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Photo of thagr81us
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured golden yellow-orange with a half finger off-white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spice, and spicy hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, citrus, citrus hop, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. The hoppiness aspect going on here really carried on throughout the entire glass in both the aroma and flavor. The flavor was fairly well balanced and inviting. If I hadn’t been on a ticking spree this day I likely would have had a full pint of this one without hesitation. Definitely worth your time trying if you have not done so before.

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Photo of IrishTed122
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 650ml bottle. Poured into a pint glass

Appearance: An orange-golden color, nice creamy head with thick bubbles, a slightly below average amount of small carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. A good looking beer.

Smell: Very hoppy for a normal pale ale. The bottle says "Citrus and Grassy" and I Would agree with that.

Taste: I was surprised with the hop character and the bitterness of this one. It actually had quite a bite for a pale ale and if I hadn't known what beer I was drinking, I might guess it was an IPA. Good balance though. As I continued drinking I noticed a nice finish to the beer, an aftertaste which was neither good or bad, just interesting. The beer definitely tastes like it smells.

Mouthfeel: To me it's a beer that is trying to be very smooth, but also overwhlem you with flavor. It's an interesting taste and in my opinion could be a bit lighter and smoother but still very good. I'm a big IPA fan and was expecting something a bit lighter with this APA, but again I found it a lot like an IPA.

Drinkability: I had the entire 650ml bottle, but that was plenty. I think a regular 12 oz bottle or 16 oz pint at a bar would be a great beer to start the evening or a single serving if you're looking for that to accompany a meal.I wouldn't be pounding down a lot of these.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The color is deep amber with an orange tint. It has a thick off-white head, which fades but not too quickly and leaves decent lace.

S: Strong hop aroma with a heavy dose of citrus along with it. You can also smell the alcohol a bit.

T: As indicated in the name of the beer, a very intense and decently bitter hops flavor hits you right away and remains dominant throughout. There is some malt and citrus that follow to help balance it out, but as sweetness fades, the hops return to stay in a bitter after-taste.

M: Very crisp, medium body with medium carbonation and the more you drink it, the smoother it gets.

D: As stated above, the beer seems smoother as you drink more of it. If you combine that with the fact that it’s not very filling, the beer is pretty drinkable as long as you’re down with the hop taste. I’m not sure how many I could drink at a time; since I only have the one 22 oz. bottle, but I’m sure I could put away a decent amount. Overall this is a good beer, but not for beginners. I find it a bit stronger than other beers that I’ve had of this style.

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Photo of froghop
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a clear pale orange with a large white head, and good lacing.

smell is of grain, malt, hops, some caramel, and a touch of spice.

taste is of caramel, hops, and a touch of pine, ends nicely bitter.

overall a lot more bitter than i would expect of a pale ale.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a foamy half inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Strong nose of hops, malt and some sugars. A pleasing aroma.

T: A nice combo of floral hops up front and some malt going down. Also has a sugary quality about it. This almost seems like a mix of Great Divide's Denver Pale Ale and one of their IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. As I said, it shares qualities with the Denver Pale Ale, a beer I'm not that fond of. That being said, this beer is well done and has a solid taste to it.

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Photo of unHipHopHead
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - lighter pale orange color with 3/4in head, very clear. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - citrus, grass, pine. smells very fresh and clean.

T - nice bitter hop flavor that lingers and lingers and lingers until it runs up your throat and nose and finally fades away. While I enjoy the bitter hop flavor that lingers it does feel a bit unbalanced, something is a bit off, too one-dimensional.

M - light and refreshing but also substantial due to the lingering hops.

D: As a usual IPA drinker I can appreciate the punch of hops in this pale ale. Good for a hop fix when you don't want the 6-9%ABV of an IPA.

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Photo of berpwillie
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a golden orange color with limited amount of head. very pine like hoppy smell as well as taste. i must say i was not really very impressed with this beer. everything about it was good, but i just didn't find anything about it that was great or extra ordinary. don't get me wrong it was a good, very easy to drink beer that had good flavor. but to me it was just mediocre.

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Photo of Goliath
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an amber color and is notably clear. A fingers width of off white head sits on top.

The aroma is hoppy, with nice citrus and grassy notes.

The taste is hoppy, showing both citrusy and grassy character. The beer is also fairly bitter, but has a strong malt profile.

Mouthfeel is average.

Drinkability is fairly high as the flavors of this beer are not overwhelming. Just watch the 6.1% ABV.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 24oz brown bomber

Appearance: Bright orange amber brew with high carbonation and a fluffy off-white head that lasts.

Smell: Fresh, citrusy/piney hops with smooth caramel and toffee flavors in the background.

Taste: Very light biscuit and toasty caramel with a slightly medicinal hoppiness. A bit less hop flavor than anticipated, but this ends bitter, woodsy, and hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied

Drinkability: Medium

Conclusion: Not bad, it's pretty tasty overall, but the hop flavor is surprisingly understated...I would have liked a little more.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light amber color with a full finger foamy off white head that fades slowly to a nice amount lacing. The smell of the initial pour is filled with the floral fresh hop smell that is balanced with a sweet malt aroma. The nose dampens out quickly to a toasted malt and slightly grassy sharpness. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light-medium bodied. Full flavored, that toasted pale malt flavor finishes with an astringent grassy hop note that lingers appropriately. A really nice drinker. Recommended.

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Photo of BillyBroas
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love seeing more of these fresh hop ales.

I got a whiff of the hops during the pour - ahhh nice...

Appearence is medium-copper/gold, little to no head. Also very little carbonation in the glass.

Aroma - Fresh, wet grassy hops. A bit of toasted malt too.

Flavor - Pretty unbalanced pale ale, which isn't exactly my preference but is expected with american beers. Still though, too much hop flavor. The malt tries to stick its head out but it is shielded by the hops. Not bad tasting. Just not as much balance and complexity as I would like.

Mouthfeel - Too thin for this beer. Biting on the tongue.

Overall - Disappointing by this one. Labeling it an IPA would probably score it higher marks, although then it would have faults as an IPA. It's refreshing and is just what I need at the moment, bu they have much better beers.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

thanks to warriorsoul for the hookup!

22oz settles clear in the glass, interesting color variations from yellowish-gold to crimson towards the surface. bubbles are alive inside. two-finger foam forms quickly and dissolves slowly leaving beautiful craters and three-dimensional lacing patterns. even the airy foam atop this beer has pungent, dry, fruity hop characteristics.. as i find out as my nose and lips accidentally come in contact with the crown.

aroma pleases with juicy hop aromas.. not overwhelming and no alcohol detectable. a nice brown sugary malt presence here balances.. unexpected but nice. some apple aromas as well as something spicy like yeast.

well, this beer sure packs a different punch in the flavor. mouthfeel is a bit heavier, hop bitterness and overall pine sting are in line with most west coast dipa's, and the mouth is pretty much completely coated with botanical resin after one hearty sip. still, the lack of alcohol burn in the finish makes this slightly more drinkable. sipping isn't really an option once the addictive bittering sting has been felt. like sour patch kids or warheads, this is one beer that provides the hophead with masochistic joy. however, 1/3 through the bottle, the bright sweetness fades and most sips are full of aggressive bitterness and a lack of inspiration.

met my expectations, only wish it was a tad more drinkable. for a pale ale, could have dropped to 5 or so % and still kicked ass. recommended for fans of hoppy beers.. just don't go in expecting nectar of hop juice spritzer.

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Photo of kk73
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. bottle into my glass.

A - Pours a clear light copper color, with a nice frothy white two finger head. Good head retention which slowly recedes with good lacing.

S - Smells first of floral hops along with earthy and grassy hops. Some notes of pine with a slight detection of bready malts.

T - Slightly bitter piney, grassy hops balanced by an appearance of some bready malt.

M - Crisp, medium bodied with medium carbonation.

D - Expecting more for the price. A nice drinkable beer, and just about right for an APA. Would not seek out multiple bottles of this one.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

4.5 A: Clear light/medium orange color. Two fingers of white, dense frothy head. Retention is good and plenty of lacing is left behind.

4.0 S: Dank grassy and citrusy hops, with emphasis on orange and mango. Clean overall with a balancing neutral maltiness and a touch of crystal malt.

3.5 T: Good, but the hops don't pop as much as I had hoped. Grassy, earthy, and orange citrus with a touch of pine. Malts play a larger part in the taste. Moderate sweetness with an equal breadines and some crystal malt to a lesser extent. Moderate bitterness.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Moderately creamy, but I could go for some more. Smooth.

3.5 D: I used the word "moderate" a lot in this review and it's only fair to call this beer "moderate" overall. Nothing really stands out, but it is still a solid brew.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 681 ratings.
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