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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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688 Reviews
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
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140
For Trade:
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Reviews: 688 | Ratings: 1,573
Photo of peabody
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out a clear amber to light amber with one finger of off-white suds and some lacing occurs.
Smell is piney hops and malts and caramel sugars. Yeast burns the nose also.
Taste is malt and sugar up front then the bitter hops come into play. Really bitter and not much sugar to balance the hops but still a good tasting beer. Just a tad watery but the aftertaste makes up for the shortcomings.
Mouthfeel is very dry and pretty nice for an apa. Clean otherwise.
Drinkability is ok here but just a tad more of hop and sweetness would make this a great brew.
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Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma is subtle yet inviting. Earthy hops with citrus notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence.

The taste is very well balanced with a solid 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. Honestly I expected more of a hop presence but as you continue to drink this beer it lingers on the palate and asserts itself.

Overall this beer has nice balance which makes it extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I could drink this all day; lesser hop character than most wet hop ales which I can appreciate as a change of pace from the hop bombs of today.

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

22oz brown bottle, no date info.

Hazed and fiery copper. The head is a fluffy eggshell foam that slowly settles to a skim coat. Strands of sticky lacing cling to the sides. Citrus rind bitterness with a fresh cut grass undercurrent, there is also a bright, clean note clearly present. Boldly bitter upfront, sharp but not too sharp citrus rind. Solid malt body works to support the hops and provides a counterbalancing sweetness. The finish is bitey, rindy, and lingers a long while. There is an almost salty component. Medium body, light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation and smooth. Not bad overall, enjoyable and drinkable, but it seemed as though there was something lacking, something that would have made this clearly standout from among the other pale ales.

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Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with krisandajt awhile back. Poured a perfectly clear light copper color, good head and decent retention.

Smell was light and fresh, with earthy and leafy hop aromas. Not much in the way of citrus. Some pine too, and a bit of a biscuit malt component as well.

Taste also didn't have much in the way of citrus, instead showcasing the earthy, leafy and slightly piney hop flavors. Some lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was a light medium body, quite crisp, but not altogether as creamy or smooth as I like.

This is a pretty solid fresh hop ale, although the hop profile is not my favorite and the flavors were almost too subtle. Still a tasty brew though.

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

Thanks to thehand for this bottle. Pours a clear golden/amber color with a nice head and excellent lacing.

Smells like fresh piney hops and caramel malt.

Starts with sweet malt and grapefruit hops and ends on a tasty bitter note.

Good stuff. Very tasty and sessionable.

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

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2008 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV--55 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Pale Ale--Fresh Hop. Big dense rocky lacy head. No sediment. Clear rich bright thin amber color. Rich resinous grassy fresh floral hop front. Hop infused cloying grassy sweet caramel biscuit grapefruit ester tasty malty body. Dry rich hot hop spice bitter resinous citrus clean end. Sampled 10/23/2008. 4 @ $6.79 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--Bottled On: SEP 23 2009. 2009-10 22 oz. Bottle. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Sediment hint? Rich dense lacy white head. Clear pretty bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral citrus grass hop front. Creamy mild sweet piney fruity grassy hop resin mild doughy crusty caramel hint body. Mild hop spice fresh clean sweetbread citrus hint end. Sampled 7/24/2010. 2 @ $8.25 Each.

Great Divide Brewing Company--Fresh Hop Pale Ale--Grassy--Citrusy--2010. 6.10% ABV. 55 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Lacy dense lasting thick white head. Fizzy clear bright ripe peach amber color. Delicate grassy citrus floral fresh hop front. Mildly textured slightly creamy mellow sweet soft doughy caramel soft hop resin flavored palette. Smooth mild citrus hop spice end. Sampled 10/29/2010 from 22 oz. bottle purchased for $9.99 @ The Greenwood Market, Seattle on 10/20/2010.

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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 DenverHopHead
3.73/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 10/12/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold/orange with some sediment floating around if you look hard enough; some large carbonation bubbles that help maintain a medium thick, sudsy white head. Lacing clings to most of the glass!
Smell - strong bready malt nose with some syrupy hops oils.
Taste - very balanced malt to hop flavor profile; more floral and pine hops to go with malts that present like rye bread.
Feel - medium body and more of a traditional APA with hops supported by a muscular malt structure!
Overall - somewhat of a let down. For $12.99 a six pack, and the average score on this site, I was hoping for a bit more. I'll most definitely enjoy this sixer, but doubt I'll seek this out again.

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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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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,573 ratings.
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