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 | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

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682
Ratings:
1,548
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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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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Photo of portia99
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle (bottled 9/29/09) received as winnings in the SNF squares BIF from kiltedtxn. Thanks. Poured into a Dogfish Head signature glass.

A - Pours a bright amber orange with a thick finger of cream colored head on top. Crystal clear - easily can see right thru this one. Head has excellent staying power, probably helped by the steady stream of bubbles coming off of the laser etching at the bottom of the glass. Good looking pale ale.

S - Rich and citrusy. Lots of oranges and grapefruit up front with notes of cut grass and some tropical fruits. A touch of pine in the background. Some sweet and slightly caramelly malt blends and balances nicely.

T - Nice and bitter first impression. Grapefruit is up front and stays throughout. Bitterness turns a bit and ends up being a bit medicinal like. The overall fruitiness in the nose is not really present in the flavor. A bit of bready/biscuity malt appears as the beer warms up a little. Overall, an enjoyable beer, but the somewhat harsh medicine bitterness detracts overall.

M - Medium body, perhaps a bit on the thin side. Carbonation is moderate as well. Bitterness coats the mouth entirely and just stays there forever...way after the last swallow, this one leaves something to remember.

D - The medicinal bitterness detracts from the drinkability of this one. This is about 4 months old, so maybe some of the fresh hop goodness has left this one. Not a bad beer, but one bomber is plenty. It's going down without any problem...I just wish it was a little bit smoother on the hop character.

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

On-tap at Willard's

A - It pours a straw-copper hue, is capped with a white head of micro-bubbles, and leaves satin-y sheets of lace upon the glass.

S - The aroma is generally hoppy, albeit mildly so. Notes of lemon, herbal-ness and random citrus fuse with a slightly caramel-y malt to produce an overall earthy tone. The smell is quite mild when compared to a good IPA, but really it is correspondingly appropriate given the style.

T - The taste is quite subdued, even more than the nose is. Soft herbal notes, esp. lemongrass and verbena, sit on a (flavor-deficient) caramel malt, and the whole thing is nicely safe and inoffensive. This is a very mild beer. It tastes good, and even comes with training wheels.

M - It feels so good.

D - Though I really can't knock this beer for its flavor, I wouldn't recommend it to those who have earned their 'big boy pants'.

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

The appearance of this beer is almost picture perfect. A thick off-white head sitting on top of a golden body with amber highlights. Good head retention with some lace clinging to the sides. A nice whiff of citrus and floral aroma after the pour. A bitter grapefruit taste that lingers on the tongue for awhile. Not much maltiness, but it isn't lop-sided with hops either. Light to medium-bodied and a good beer over all.

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

This brew poured from a 22 oz bottle looks orange-yellow in the light. The color is very nice. Carbonation was minor at first, but remained at the same level for the whole time it took me to drink the brew. White bubbles.

Smell was a little disappointing. I think my bottle is about 8 weeks old though, so my guess is that the smell was great a couple months back. Smell is of light citrus notes and grapefruit- slight sour odor.

Taste is a little harsh. The predominate flavor is malt, with the slightest lemon aftertaste. I would say the hop level has simply declined with time. With that said, when I warm it for a moment in my mouth, I find that it releases more of the hoppy flavor that I am used to in a pale ale.

Not too bad for a pale ale, but needs to be consumed closer to the date produced. I will likely try again next fall.

Cheers!

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Photo of FatSean
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a 12oz pint glass.

A very nice shade of orangey-brown with a thick off-white head that shortly decomposes into heavy lacing.

Smells of hops! Milder than I would think, but my bomber was a bit cold.

Excellent oily goodness on the tongue at the first sip. Simple flavors, maybe a bit too simple?

Nice and viscous

Goes down smooth, but I think I would tire of the flavor profile after a few.

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

22oz. Bottled on the 2nd week of October 2007.

Appearance - Shiney copper. White head falls to some lacing that hangs around.

Smell - Grassy, lemon citrus, pine, fresh cut wood and carmel.

Taste - Wet, slightly bitter, green hops. Lots of crisp citrus with some very light sweet malt mixed in.

Mouth feel - Slightly creamy and oily. Moderate carbonation.

Drinkability - Good. I wouldn’t seek it out again, but found it enjoyable. Worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz. bomber provided by AKSmokedPorter via the BS-BIF.

Pours a hazy orange amber with a withe head that thins. Mild lacing.

Aroma is very grassy and citrusy with some mild malt aroma as well.

Very citrusy, fresh and grassy hop flavor upfront. There's a bit of malt that presents itself followed by a nice bitter bite. Finishes slightly bitter and dry. Bitter aftertaste.

Nice slick texture and ample carbonation.

Quite drinkable and a nice tatsing brew. At times, it's almost like having a mouthfull of fresh hop cones.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.67/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: poured an orangish brown in color with yellow highlights and a very thin head that barely left any lacing sticking to the glass.

S: some nice citrusy hoppy notes came through on the first whiff alongside a little malty sweetness, and a bit of orange tangerine notes.

T: the orange tangerine qualities were more apparent on the palate with a very mild hop bit, a good amount of malty sweetness and piney accents.

M: the brew was medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had piney, citrusy, mild hoppy, sweet, and very mild bitter finish.

D: the brew was really easy drinking and thought it was a solid pale ale.

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Photo of beachbum1975
3.66/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A – 22 oz bottle from Rivers Bend Wine & Spirits in Cincinnati, Ohio. Neat, bold labeling with no freshness date. Pours a clear golden/amber with an off-white head. Good retention with thick and sticky lacing.

S – Fresh hop aroma on first whiff, definitely makes you want to take a sip. Grass and pineapple scented hops, followed by a slight malt-iness.

T – A fair amount of bitter hop flavor on the first sip. The hop flavor can be broken down into pineapple, oranges and lots of pine. The bitterness is well balanced with the brown sugared, malt sweetness.

M – Easy to handle, medium boded beer with just the right amount of carbonation.

D – I enjoyed this beer. For me, it was easy going… It was nice to crack it open at the end of a seemingly never ending day of work. Will likely purchase again.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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