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

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1,587
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693
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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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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Photo of Jeff412pgh
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Rschis16
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beautiful and clear beer that is golden yellow in the thin part of the glass and a rich orange-amber in the thicker parts. A thick and foamy off-white head resides on top and dissapates very slowly leaving thick lacing with it. The smell is full of resiny and earthy hops, definitely grassy in character. There is a matching malt background, grainy in character with a nice caramelly breadiness to it. Lots of aroma and very pleasing and challenging for the nose.

If the freshness, or "wetness", of the hops is what makes this beer pop, then Great Divide should do this with all their pales or IPAs. The resin in the hops is evident with an earthy bite, but unlike some resiny beers, this one remains perfectly balanced. The resin flavors blend so effortlessly with the caramel and bread in the malt that you just can't wait for another sip. There is a pleasant citrus juiciness in the middle back, just before the bitterness and resin takes hold. The medium body suits it well, with a medium to high carbonation that helps prickle the tongue playfully with the hops. The only negative that I can see to hold it back a little is that its almost too clean in the front to middle of the palate. This split second of doubt is washed away the instant the bold and bitter but balanced hops hit the middle-back. The finish is quick and clean, but the aftertaste lingers on for a while with a fresh, clean bitterness.

This is a really nice pale ale and the type of hop really seems to make a big difference. The freshness adds a touch of that earthy, grassy feel while remaining juicy, citrusy and finally dry and bittering. Really good beer here, very drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of bpkrippner
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Light golden, slightly hazy amber with an active dimpled head leaving splotchy rings of lace. Smells slightly of caramel with bready biscuit cereal notes and a hint of husky grains, kissed with hops.

Sweet malt hits the tongue, but is quickly overcome by assertive hops. Hops come in resinous, fresh, akin to chewing on a green pinecone, with touches of herbs and grassy earth. Biscuity and bready malt is light and subdued compared to the hops. Aftertaste is dry, resinous hops, and a touch of dry cereal malt. A bit heavy on the hops, almost IPA.

Moderate body, delicate carbonation. Pleasant, easy drinking, but not out of the ordinary. Pretty drinkable, a bit hoppy, but it is a "fresh hop pale ale", so I really shouldn't use strict APA guidelines (hah).

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

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

Appears a clear light orange-copper color with a one inch off-white head that sinks down to a thin head.

Aroma has that usual grassy green wet hop aroma with some nice citrus notes of ruby red grapefruit and a bit of piney earthiness though it's much less pronounced. A sweet caramel malt backing is present as well behind the hops.

Taste has a nice sweet caramel flavor at first before the juicy hops explode on the palate. When they do it's mostly citrus with those wonderful green hop flavors. Finish brings a bit of pine but it never gets more dominant than the citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with creamy carbonation that makes it really easy drinking.

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Photo of Pro_Magnon
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a clear copper-orange color with a half-finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down fairly quickly leaving behind some lacing.

S - Aroma is full of fresh citrus hops and some grassy hops in the background. There is quite a bit of light fruitiness with some sweet caramel malts in the background as well.

T - Starts off with some citrus hops with some orange and pineapple flavor with a bit of bitterness and caramel malt in the background. Through the middle, some more fresh hops come through with some grassy/earthy flavors and some more bitterness. The finish is a mix of grassy and citrus hops with some bitterness and light sweet malt.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels very smooth with a nice sweet and slightly dry finish.

D - Very drinkable. Nice malt and hop balance from start to end with a nice hop profile as well. Very sessionable for 6.1% abv.

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

Pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with little foam that leaves just a fine broken layer but there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with lots of grass and grapefruit.

The taste is pretty darned bitter for the style! Lots of citrus, some grass, and a wee bit of malt sweetness *just* before the finish and the actual finish ends up being on the bitter side....fancy that! ;^)

Man, this is what I call paying homage to the almighty hop and to see it done so nicely in an American Pale Ale impresses the heck out of me.


Okay, I'm just pouring in the last bit in my glass and there's some sediment that I didn't expect to see but it *is* very fine so I'm not going to deduct any points in the appearance category. Nor in the taste category....this one started off well and remained so to the very last drop. Yum.

Bottom line: I'm glad I have another bottle of this stuff because this is an APA that is all about, no celebrates the hops. Good job Great Divide!

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

Pours amber with a finger of soapy head with big bubbles. The head lasts for the entire beer. Leaves a bit of lacing on the walls of the glass. Clarity is great, with minor chill haze.

Aroma is citrusy, grassy and piney, with cascades jumping out of the glass. It's great. There's a bit of caramel malt in the back, but the hop character is much more prominent.

Flavor is much like the nose. A bit of grapefruit bitterness in the back.

Mouthfeel is light, clean, medium carbonated, and a clean, green, lightly astringent finish.

Balance is great. This beer is exceptionally drinkable. It's well crafted and well put together. It lacks the intangibles to make it world class, in my opinion.

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Photo of kirok1999
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice dark gold with a sticky white head that laces very nicely. Smell is all hops, citrus, pine, grass, dusky earth.
Taste is the same with just a slight malt sweetness. Well carbonated, slick and smooth mouthfeel, easy to drink with a bitter hop finish.
Nicely done for the style.

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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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