Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

BA SCORE
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1,586 Ratings
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:
1,586
Reviews:
692
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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Photo of THORN
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into Pint Glass
A: Copper brown. Half inch head retained. Beautiful sticky lacing left in splotches around the glass. Nice CO2 trails from bottom of glass.
S: Very sweet start followed by Piney citrus filled hops.
T: Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting by the smell. Piney hops creep in and dominate the flavor profile. Leaves a resiny aftertaste on tongue, a pleasant one that is.
M: Light on tongue, kind of more bare than I was hoping for.
D: Of the fresh hops I have enjoyed this season it is by far one of the most drinkable. The hops don't tear apart your palette, but dominate a large portion of the flavor profile.

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Photo of Dotcubed
4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

New label marketing looks much better than the current picture.

Bottle dated Sept. 29 2009
So happy that they too the time & effort to get these things.

Label says grassy and citrus which is what the puffy head gives me. Crystal clear sunflower yellow fresh beer is a beautiful thing to behold.

Piney. Bold for a pale ale. Makes me think about IPA, but this is much more delicate than a big bitter beer. Very crisp and refreshing. Lingers on the pallet.

A little watery but within the style.

It say on the bottle pare with Epoisses or grilled trout which I can certainly encourage. Lightly smoked fish for sure.

Standing alone this is one 22oz bomber that could be consumed in pairs. Clearly worth the price.

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Photo of Martin2D
2.92/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks to fbm115 for sharing this one.

A - Amber in color, decent head

S - Piney hops

T - Big malt presence, highly roast with a slight hop bite. The hops are far too piney though and there is no balance to the hop bouquet.

M - Medium-high carbonation and medium in body.

D - Not that good. Too piney, not a great beer from Great Divide. Very disappointed by this one.

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Photo of GeezLynn
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper/orange with an off white head. Good retention.

S: Fresh grassy hop smell. Hint of pine, sweet caramel malt which becomes more bready as the beer warms.

T: Bold hop bitterness, grapefruit rind, and a medium to slightly toasted malt body.

M: Light, but clings to the mouth . Medium carbonation.

I prefer the Sierra Nevada Harvest Wet Hop Ale to the Fresh Hop. However, it's a very enjoyable example of a full-flavored pale ale.

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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 unclejimbay
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Fresh Hop Pale Ale
Great Divide Brewing Company
Style: American Pale Ale (APA)
ABV: 6.10 %,
reviewed 10/31/09
bomber>pint glass tasting sponsored by the Graham cracker...

4.0... 3.5 drinkability

Appearance was a good 2 finger head with decent head retention. Color is an orange/copper color. Smell is hop forward aromas as expected with pine & hop spice. Taste as it smells with pine/spicy hops on a satisfactory malt backbone. Mouthfeel is medium+ body with medium carbonation.
Drinkability is scored down a bit; a bit more pine hoppyness than I prefer, and a tad bit expensive without to much "wow" factor IMHO (@ $8 a 22oz bomber)

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Photo of kylejohnson03
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on Sept-29 and served on Oct-29.

A: Pours a beautiful copper, with hints of orange flickering about. Two fingers of sticky white head, leaves great lacing and a small layer of foam on top, even after half the glass is gone.

S: Very bright, grassy smell. Citrus notes can be picked up as well.

T: Tastes much sweeter than I expected, with the grass and citrus standing dead center. Finish picks up more of the malty-ness and leaves a very pleasant bitter aftertaste.

M: Medium body with just the right touch of carbonation.

D: So incredibly smoooth and easy to drink. This beer is incredibly fresh and kudos to Great Divide for putting out a great beer that sticks to the style.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Plan B

A - Copper with an orange tint to it. Very nice 2-3 finger head.

S - Citrusy, grassy hops, some pine.

T - Well balanced hoppy ale.

M - Pretty darn smooth. Body felt a little thin to me.

D - There were a bunch of beers on tap otherwise I would have had a second pint. This one was very well balanced.

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Photo of Bierguy5
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 6.1% abv. Bottled sept.29, 2009. Pretty fresh indeed. Pours a clear copper to orange color. Thick white, fluffy head holds together for a really long time. When it fades, there are huge sheets of lace left on the glass. A very good looker.

Citrusy and grassy hop aroma. A hint of sugary caramel malt. A bit resiny. Nice aroma, but it is not quite bursting out of the glass like I thought.

Malt character turns out to be light. Oily, citrusy, and grassy hops give off a great amount of flavor, without being overly bitter or cloying. Just enough sweetness to keep thins from being crazy. Long lingering dry, bitter finish.

Medium body, with an adequate amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable, and certainly a hop showcase here.

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Photo of gatornation
4.3/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

saw the 22 0z bomber in my local and had to try this one did not see this one last year.. dated 092909.it poured a golden orange color with a 1" head that settled to some fine sticky lacing..the smell was grass and citrus with hops and more hops ..the taste was pines with some grass and with citrus and spice the hops are delicious with a nice caramel finish..what makes this pale ale great is the use of wet fresh hops balanced perfectly with a malt finish this is an outstanding pale ale that taste like an ipa well balanced and highly drinkable

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Photo of nickfl
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Two fingers of off-white head on top of a clear, orange body. The merangue-like foam settles slowly and leaves a thick patchwork of lace.

S - Citrus and pine hop notes with orange and cranberry. A sweet, bready background of toasted malt backs up the hops along with a hint of caramel.

T - Dry, toasted bread malt notes up front are quickly countered by resinous pine hops. Notes of lemon and juniper come out to compliment the tarry pine. Strong, solventy bitterness blows away any malt sweetness in the finish and leaves only a lingering grapefruit pith feeling on the palate with just a hint of tobacco.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - I expected a very hop foreword beer, and I was not disappointed. The hop aroma is very nice and fresh, but with a malt character that is more than an afterthought. The flavor is not quite as three-dimensional, with more of an emphasis on bitterness and a gin-like pine hop flavor that almost totally crushes the malt character. A good fresh hop beer, though it could easily tolerate more malt character (especially in the flavor) and perhaps a more varied hop profile with some floral or fruity additions to augment the pine and citrus.

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Photo of brow1901
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty looking beer. Great two finger rocky and fluffy head sits atop a clear light amber liquid. Really great lacing and perfect retention. I initially gave it a 4.5 but after more than half way through the beer with a thick layer of foam still sitting perfectly on top I had to give it a 5. It truly makes the beer more enjoyable having some foam in every gulp.

S- Grassy? Hell yeah its grassy, I've been hearing that about all these fresh hop beers which seem to be more popular this year than ever. This is the first beer where I could really identify it. It's really pungent, kinda burns the nostril or makes you want to sneeze. Great smelling beer!

T- Not overly bitter, but a really nice clean up front hop flavor. Real complexities show up in the hop flavor that other IPA and IIPA's lack, good balance of piney bitter hops, earthy, and sharp citrus falvors.

M- Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation and medium bodied seems to go well with this style. Nothing really sticks out to me though.

D- Great drinkability. Not too high ABV no overwhelming or palate stomping flavors. Really good beer this is, I highly recommend it but I do really love fresh hop beers.

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Photo of babaracas
4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear darker amber with two finger fluffy white head, everlasting lacing. Smell: fresh cut grass, piney, spicy, and a hint of orange citrus. Taste: piney, grassy, spicy, acidic and sweet pineapple aftertaste, just enough balance from the sweetness of the pale malt, a touch of wheat tangyness. Mouthfeel: prickly carbonation, medium bodied and fluffy, juicy finish. Really nice hoppy pale ale. Enjoyed from bomber bottled 9/23/9.

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Photo of taylocd
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from 22 oz. bottle.

A - bright copper with a bit more orange tint; head was over 1/2-inch and receded slowly, with great lacing.

S - the smell didn't pack the punch I expected from a Great Divide; I picked up more of the citrusy and less of the grassy.

T - this one had a great balance for a pale ale, with ample bitterness without being overpowering

M - the weakest area for this fine beer as it felt just a bit thin.

D - Unfortunately, I only had one bottle of this one, otherwise I could have downed plenty more. It was incredibly smooth and tasty.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle poured into a 22oz mug

Very pretty beer -- bright golden with some amber, big pretty head and amazing lacing, nice carbonation. Smells fresh and hoppy (as befits the name) -- spicy and piney.

Taste is predominantly hops, very piney, a little citrus with a mild malty sweetness to balance (still tipped toward the hops).

Mouthfeel is great...I want to use the word "fluffy". Very drinkable. Glad I got this.

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2010
Got another one this year...still really good.

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2011
Holy crap, this thing smells unbelievable, maybe the best I've ever smelled. Still an excellent beer.

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2012
Not as impressed this year. Muted aroma, less brightness in flavor. Still not bad.

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2013 (best by 2013-12-29)
Head not so big. Label is different. Smell doesn't fill the room, but smells very good. Still excellent.

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2014 (best by 2014-12-??)
More muted all the way around for me. Maybe, more like 2013 than previous years.

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2016-11-10, 12oz can (canned on 2016-10-12)
So many good fresh hops now -- still good, but not a leader any more. Not so floral, more traditionally bitter. Nice.

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Photo of Daniellobo
4.01/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nicely balanced, fresh and pleasing pale ale.

Presentation: 22 oz bottle. Retro somewhat fifties label design around the current Great Divide design (As of today the picture on its BA profile reflects an old label and/or this one may need a new beer entry if the brew has changed in any manner since.). Short descriptive narrative noting the main ingredients and way of brewing this fresh ale. Displays date of bottling (Sep 22 2009), shows IBUs (55), and Alc. by Vol (6.1.0%) Poured into a tulip glass.

A - Deep gold pour with a generous white head that faces with good retention and hefty lacing.

S - Soft, even light aroma, grassy, citrusy and a tad of malt, but all very subdued.

T - Nice hoppy freshness, citrusy, a tad of grapefruit, over a good malty note.

M - Very fresh mouthfeel, smooth and with good carbonation.

D - Fantastic offer, a great brew and very quaffable.

Notes: Nice wet-fresh hop brew. Nice how it balances being a hoppy pale ale, with a noticeable freshness without giving it a sense of a jump to an IPA, which would have been fine by me but would turn it into another beast. Instead, they have accomplishes an rather nice and balanced pale ale with a very nice touch to it.

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Photo of Buebie
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have never seen this before in MN, I think this is a newly distributed item. So I had to grab this bomber for $7

Poured into a pub glass off a semi rigerous pour. 2 inches of of white foamy head form up, slowly receding to leave a thick collar and even thicker webbings of sticky lace.
This is transparent with an amber copper color.

Aroma is all filled with hops, bitter bitter hops.
Theres a tad of grassy hay filled hops as well, plenty of pine bite and a touch of sauteed onions and peppery spice. Malt exists in the mix with a semi-sweet mixture of grains and floral hops juicing forward.

Taste up front is malt and hops, increasingly sweet into the middle. Cereal grains, huge floral hops wafting through my nostrils and returning to flavors. Pine, a touch of mint, peppercorns, aspirin, fresh cut grass and caramel corn buttered toffee.
Finishing bitter with an increasing dryness, hops linger for a good amount of time.

Mouthfeel is full of carbonation with a bit of balance from a fuller body.

Yum!

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Slightly hazy body with a light copper color and a big, orange-tinted head. Sheets of lacing and great retention

S- Fresh hop indeed. Big, sticky West Coast C-hops with citric and tropical aromas. Sweet, dark caramel note.

T- The taste seeks to balance the bitter of the hops with a big malt wallop of sweet potatoes and sugar.

M- Substantial body with a silky carbonation. The alcohol shows a bit too much.

D- A nearly perfect pale ale for lovers of balance and order in the beer matrix.

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Photo of spratmi
4.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a clear golden copper color with a full one finger head that settled down to a thin cap with a light bubble filled lacing along the sides of the glass.
S: Initially there were strong notes of pine and orange citrus along with a slight hint of sweet malt.
T: The first sip yielded strong notes of grass and pine with citrus hops on the finish. The citrus notes were balanced between bitter grapefruit and sweet orange blossoms. There was a hint of malt hidden throughout.
M: Light and crisp with oils lingering on the finish. Medium carbonation.
D: Clean, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of bump8628
4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber with bottled on date of 9/29/09...pretty damn fresh.

Poured into an Imperial pint glass a light copper hue with 2 fingers of fluffy white head that really sticks to the glass.

The aroma is classic American hops; spicy, citrusy, and slightly piney. It's more subdued than I would like.

Again, American hops dominate the taste; however, the wet hops are edgier with a grassy/leafy quality. A bit of toasty, sweet grain backs up the hops and the finish is clean, bitter, and dry.

My favorite wet-hopped beer I've tried to date. I pick up a bottle every year and it has yet to disappoint.

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear golden with no head

Smell: Sweet, citrusy

Taste: Faint.. Toasty with some hops

Mouthfeel: Bitter with initial carbonated feel. Very light

Drinkability: Overall, it's an okay beer, but the flavor is very faint. I was hoping for a slightly more hoppy flavor.

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Photo of ClevoPiwo
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saw this for the first time today and decided to pick it up. I'm a big fan of Great Divide, so my hopes are pretty high going in.

The appearance is very nice. Exceptionally crisp, clear and clean looking beer. The head is about the width of two fingers and dissipates down to a frothy covering leaving some lacing.

The smell is very balanced and clean. Nice pine hop flavor with a distinct sweet malt presence in the background that gives it lots of character but really lets the clean pine scent of the hops shine. Overall the bouquet is very balanced and 'fresh'.

Taste is good, with the hops obviously dominating. Very big hop flavor as well as bitterness. The bitterness comes in shortly after the grassy and pine flavor, lingering long into the aftertaste. The malt, however does occupy a distinct and important role, giving a supportive balance and character.

Overall, another great showing from Great Divide.

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Photo of GilGarp
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/22/09. Doesn't get much fresher!

Served chilled in a pint glass. It has a nice pale golden orange color with great clarity, especially for a hoppy ale. The head is thick and sticky. It settles slowly leaving heavy lacing on the glass.

Aroma is sweet and citrusy and definately lives up to its name. It has a great fresh hop aroma not unlike opening a bag of hops on brewing day.

Flavor is obviously big on hops with lots of bitterness. It has a surprising UK quality that reminds me of an English pale ale. The hops aren't big on citrus like west coast versions and lacks the pine and grapefruit too. More of a grassy/earthy flavor but pleasant nonetheless.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Lots of bitterness but not completely out of balance. The malts contribute just enough sweetness.

Overall a very good APA but not one of my favorites. Not my prefered hop profile and a little pricy.

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Photo of nickd717
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Great Divide, served in a pint glass.

A - Clear copper-amber color with a creamy white head and good lacing.

S - Very fresh citrus and floral hops as well as caramel malt on the aroma.

T - Caramel malt and fresh, crisp citrus and floral hops, as well as a little grass and earth. Tasty.

M/D - Finish is clean, and body and carbonation level are medium. Some lingering hop resins on the palate. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Great Divide Tap Room.

A: Deep amber, with nice clarity and mild carbonation. A soapy cream tinged cap has strong beginnings, good retention and leaves a goodly amount of lace.

S: Citrus, pepper and pine dominate. There are some toffee notes in the background, but the focus is placed squarely on the hops.

T: Bittersweet toffee starts things out. A moderate bitterness comes on fast. Flavors of lemon, grapefruit, pepper and pine intermingle nicely; with no one flavor overpowering the others. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness.

M: The medium body is oily and slick. Carbonation feels about right.

D: Overall, this is a very nice APA. The hops add a lot of flavor without making the beer a hop bomb. A very nice effort from Great Divide.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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