Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
91
outstanding
682 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:
682
Ratings:
1,548
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
Wants:
151
Gots:
135
For Trade:
1
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 682 | Ratings: 1,548
Photo of nrbw23
3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice hazy copper with a fairly small white head. Head leaves some lacing on the glass.

S- Subtle, piney hops, not much else. I expected a lot more a bit disappointed. A bit of malty sweetness, but overall, the smell is fairly mellow.

T- Taste is decent, but not great. Some piney hops come through, balanced out by a bit of maltiness.

M- Lighter side of medium in body and carbonation was right on.

D- Fairly easy to drink just not what I was wanting out this one.

 482 characters

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.43/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fresh Hop has a perfectly clear orange body and an off-white head that is creamy and manages good retention and lacing.

The aroma is hop-centric for sure, with a variety of citrus scents and a bit of fresh cut grass.

I love fresh hop beers, and I was expecting big things from this one, but I was a little bit let down. This is a fine beer, but nothing special. One thing I expect from fresh hop beers are big, fresh, grassy flavors with a lower flavor of alpha acids/bitterness. Great Divide's Fresh Hop doesn't quite deliver on that. The grassy flavors are there, but they are not nearly as prominent as the biting citrus flavors. Lots of bitterness. The backbone is pale malt.

Bitter and oily, moderate amount of body and carbonation.

As I said, I like Fresh Hop, but I'm not thrilled by it, nor do I think it is a great representation of a fresh hop pale ale.

 867 characters

Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light amber color with one finger of diminishing white foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Toasty cereal and more faint caramel are at the fore of the smell encountered here, with fresh grass and coniferous foliage a step behind.

T: Begins off-dry with assertive pale malt, followed by slightly acidic floral and citrus hops emerging in the middle. The quality of the citrusy aromatics here are not grapefruit, but more like mellow, diluted orange. The short finish features restrained bitterness, with unusual doughnut-like cakiness and some astringency.

M: Thin to medium viscosity with low carbonation. This beer vanishes fairly quickly from the palate without lingering to be enjoyed or studied, thus encouraging another follow-up sip.

D: This beer provides a response to the question, 'Is proximity to hops a factor in producing a wet-hopped ale of quality?' What it lacks in interesting qualities, it makes up for with an overall appeal that equates to better than average drinkability. Still, for a fresh-hop seasonal it is mid-pack at best. It leaves me with a very similar impression to the riptide that I had at Pizza Port a few weeks earlier.

 1,225 characters

Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes, consumed Dec. 23rd. 22 oz. bottle.

Pours with a huge four finger head and sticky lace at the edges. It's a deep orange color, with plenty of visible carbonation and ok head retention. Slightly funky yeast aroma, malt sweetness, and a vague grassy quality. Not the fresh hop character I was hoping for. Sweet malty butterscotch taste, mildly bitter with some earthy, aspirin-like hops in the aftertaste. Creamy texture from mild carbonation, and sort of filling. One bomber is drinkable, but it's slightly too heavy for a session. Overall it reminded me more of SNPA than a wet-hopped ale, probably won't revisit unless it was fresh on tap...

 661 characters

Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thank you to cjacobsen for sharing!

(A)- Pours a clear orange color with a minimal head.

(S)- A big piney citrus with lemon and lime and pineapple.

(T)- Dry, with a piney citrus. Very similar to the smell.

(M)- Very bitter. A good carbonation level and some good citrus, but otherwise very bitter.

(D)- A decent pale ale, but far too much bitterness for the style.

 408 characters

Photo of OldManMetal
3.48/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This wet-hopped pale ale pours to a brief, thin off-white head atop a crystal-clear, effervescent pale amber body. The aroma is moderate in intensity for the style, and is very straightforward: pine and grassy notes with hints of bready malt and alcohol. The flavor intensity is style-moderate as well: bitter pineapple up front, with a bitter resinous pine character building in mid-palate and peeks of light bready malt showing around the edges; again, more straightforward than would be desired. The finish is fairly clean, with just a pine hoppiness showing, joined shortly by a style-appropriate clinging hoppy bitterness that lingers for a few minutes. Mouthfeel is commensurate with the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and peppery from the fizzy carbonation. Lacking in both complexity and intensity. (12 oz bottle, 32 days after pkg)

 856 characters

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.15.12
Bottled Oct 3, 2012

A - Pours a clear, darker orange with a one inch off-white head with a good retention and lacing.

S - Grass, pine, orange peel.

T - Grass, then bitter citrus and a sweet pine finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Dank and grassy for a normally pale and light beer.

 353 characters

Photo of coldmeat23
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

GLASS: Over-sized Wine Glass
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 45 degrees
Fresh 2008 Vintage

Light, golden amber color. Good one-finger white head. Good retention. Quite good lacing.

Very citrus dominated hops profile. Big grapefruit and orange zest, here. Great grassy presence. Smells fresh and new.

Pine and citrus bite dominate this one. Fresh, grassy flavor. Malt is hidden way down inside this one. Minimal sweetness on this one.

Crisp and clean mouthfeel. More waterey than I prefer, though.

Too hoppy for me to enjoy on a regular basis, but that's just personal taste preference. It's still an overall good hoppy brew.

 621 characters

Photo of david18
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I liked this about the same as the bottle but it was more fun to have a "fresh hop" beer on draft. Surprisingly dark for a pale ale but the flavor is not overwhelming and the hop character is about the way it should be for an american pale. This is a very easy beer to drink and i'll have it as long as it's available.

 318 characters

Photo of Vancer
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour, decent white head that’s leaving some sheets of lace. This is a pine cone in a bottle, and some flowers thrown in for good measure.

Slick and sticky, this probably makes it for many hop heads, but I’m not a big fan of the floral hops – still, I could sip on this beer for an hour or two. Relatively low alcohol almost makes this a session type brew.

 371 characters

Photo of letsgopens
3.53/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This selection pours a pale, translucent, orange/amber with a bright white smooth head that leaves some good lace behind.

The aroma is mellow and sweet with some grainy malt and hops. The aroma is pleasurable but not very well pronounced.

Sweet and primarily malty flavor with lots of fruit thrown in the mix; mostly citrus and apple. The hops are there. The flavor of the hops are characteristic of the wet hopping process, mellow and floral. Bright and sweet with some nice honey in the finish.

Matted mouthfeel but with good carbonation that makes for a lighter texture Somewhat dry as well. Pleasurable, but not terribly complex or flavorful even for a wet hopped pale ale. A solid selection, but not as good as I expected.

 732 characters

Photo of bigfnjoe
3.54/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- pours an absolutely crystal clear light orange with a one finger white head. Great lacing

S- sweet citrus hops, but they're pretty muted. Disappointing

T- lots of pine, with a slightly sweet finish...little bit of bitterness in the aftertaste. I expected more

M- little bit of body here, but not a lot. Its only a pale ale, nothing imperial here so I shouldn't be expecting a lot...but still

D- I expected more. The bottle is only 6 weeks old, so it should still be ok...overall, disappointing, but still good

 557 characters

Photo of tayner
3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

first of all, this is not in my preferred style, but i am going to attempt to rate it for the style, not my preference, although i surprisingly enjoyed it

poured it into my anderson valley tulip glass. color was a hazy leather brown color. nice head that settled down to about 1/4 inch that laced nicely.

smelled of fresh flowers, go figure.

Taste is remarkably not what i expected. I don't have alot of experice with fresh hop brews, but this one is very nice. Not remotely the same bitterness as a dry hopped beverage. there is a very strong citrus/pine flavor without all the bitterness. there is enough malt to keep it from being undrinkable.

Light feeling in the mouth, with all the hops it has a very drying finish which makes me want more.

I would rate the drinkability higher if the fresh hop season was in the spring so that this would be a summer brew instead of a fall/winter release. That is obviously not something the brewer can control i know. I wish this came in 12 ounce size, as i think one at a time would have been enough for me, but again, i am not a hop head. Now that i have tried this one i am looking forward to trying the other fresh hopped offerings i have in my fridge.

 1,206 characters

Photo of rab53
3.56/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear medium amber with a small even white head. Aroma dominated by grass and citrus pith. Not unpleasant, but not quite what I was expecting. Taste is biscuity malt and grassy hops. Very earthy overall, unlike the citrus heavy California IPAs. Easy-drinking, dangerous with the ABV. Not the best wet hop ale I've had, but one to revisit.

 338 characters

Photo of RoyalT
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a nice, bright orange in color with an easy, gorgeous white head that showed nice retention.

Smell - The hops are clean if a little dull and I really don't get much of the malt. The aroma is good it just lacks diversity.

Taste - The malts sweeten up a bit at the taste but again they are a bit bland. The hops are good though. They aren't very fruity but have a nice, leafy character that is a bit heavy at times but satisfies nevertheless.

Mouthfeel - This is definitely medium-bodied with some mild but firm carbonation and a velvety, smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability - The feel in the cheeks really made this for me. I really like this brewery but this was one of their lesser offerings. It was good but not great.

 740 characters

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bentwookie for this one! Bottled 9/30/11

A: Pours a clear copper color with a two finger white foamy head on top. Pretty good retention and sticky lacing left behind on the glass.

S: A little bit of citrus and some pine. There is a heavier caramel component than I was expecting. Some lemon in the front.

T: Maltier than I was expecting and hoping, possibly due to age. Lots of caramel with a little bit of lemon and a hint of pine.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Drinks pretty smooth, slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad, would have loved to try it a bit fresher. Will look for it next time it comes out though.

 638 characters

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle pours a light amber with a nice, fluffy couple inches of head. Very soapy lacing left on the side of the glass. Smell is hops, but less than I was expecting. There are more hops in the taste, but they are more 'watery' for the lack of a better term. The beer seems to have no edge to it. A very easy drinking and way too easy to finish beer. But not much more than that.

 377 characters

Photo of Durtdiggler
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into tulip glass, clear orange in color with 2 finger head and nice lacing around the glass. Bottle date 10/2012.

I don't pick up any hops, rather sweet malt, bready character with orange rind. Kind of disappointed the beer doesn't have more hop character.

Beer is tasting more on the sweet side, slightly syrupy. The caramel malts overwhelm the hop character of this beer. Unbalanced, too much malt. It has a soft feel too it and finishes clean.

Medium bodied beer, very easy drinking, smooth and soft yet effervescent.

I had big expectations given the experiences with Great Divide. It's a good beer but there are better choices. Nothing stood out as far as complexity with aroma or flavor. Maybe I had an off bottle.

 745 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tumbler at The Tribes.

The Accidental Highway to Hell Tour continues! This stop pours a clear straw-amber topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises pine, lemon zest, light caramel, light biscuit, and grass. The taste brings in more of the same, but with more biscuit and some light celery (or some form of cellulose, anyway) in the back. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation, a smooth feel, and a kinda dry finish. Overall, a solid, if not wholly distinctive, fresh hop brew. Good times.

 536 characters

Photo of
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Flying Saucer.

Clear, orange-amber in color. Generous, off-white head.

Very hoppy aroma, citrus & grass. Malt very much second fiddle - hints of caramel/molasses?

Taste was a bit of a let down for me, in that I expected more from the hops. They were definately showcased, but seemed mild and well balanced.

Body was light, with medium carbonation. A bit drying, but still quite refreshing.

Overall, may be a case of too high of an expectation. Beer is quite good. What is odd, is that the bottle version seems hoppier to me. A bit smoother as well.

 577 characters

Photo of bobhits
3.58/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Golden, slightly amber colored. A nice pillowy head with good retention. Leaves a nice lacing down the glass.

Fresh hops just have a certain aroma. It has this sweet yes balanced bitter nose. It's hard to explain but this is dead on for the harvest ales.

A light malty amber mouth, that finishes sharply bitter. Earthy and citrus hops, very oily and extremely bitter.

Medium body, good amount of carbonation. Feels more than 6.1% which is a touch of a disappointment.

Rather easy drinking beer. Just right for a pale ale.

Overall a really tasty beer. Bottled October 4th and consumed the 16 so I can't really find a fresher beer. At 6.99 this is just way too freaking expensive though. A 22 dollar 6 pack and lets not forget sierra makes a better fresh harvest for $4 for 24oz. Goose island makes a 6 pack for something like 8 bucks that's again better than this.

 871 characters

Photo of gmoneyproductions
3.59/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
bottled date 9.30.15
poured golden with a thick white head that lasted and left lace on glass beer was somewhat cloudy with some sediment
smell of citrus, lemon, pine and grass
taste slightly sweet with citrus and floral notes
feel crisp and effervescent
not bad bottle date made me nervous but beer seemed fine

 349 characters

Photo of FosterJM
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1581st Review on BA
Bottle to Stemmed Tulip
22oz

Bottle dated Oct 4 2012
Purchased at Party House Liquor, Chino Hills, CA ($8.99, I overpaid I think)

App- A nice and medium looking amber color with some good highlights and a bit shimmery. Had a nice 1-1/2 finger white capped head that stuck around for a bit and left a nice cling/lace trail. A nice looking beer in the glass.

Smell- Its an okay pale ale for me. I think im not used to Wet hopped pales yet. The thick hop notes intermixed with the base malts create a fairly caramel rich nose that isnt really my thing.

Taste- Along with the nose, this flavor profile doesnt really do it for me. With my pale ales I like them to be a bit brighter and lusher. This was thick with caramel malts and tinges of bitter. Was a bit thick on the flavors but guess that comes with wet-hopped I am noticing.

Mouth- I can appreciate the feel on this one. GD likes to amplify their flavors and this was no different. A bit too thick of a body but semi-works on this one. The carbonation is a bit lush and creamy like a fuller IPA/DIPA vs. this style. I generally liked it though.

Drink- I will say I am usually excited for GD beers. Although besides the Yeti lineup my fervor is waining for some other beers in the series. May have to try to land things in the 12oz size before going 22oz. Probably wont have this one next year.

 1,373 characters

Photo of scottfrie
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Duvel green tulip. Split with a friend. Big thanks to StormKing47 for this one.

A: Pours an orangeish-amber color with a couple fingers of off-white head that slowly receded into a thin bubbly film that left a fairly thick sheet of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of citrus hops, pineapple and grapefruit. Not much malt, but there is a little bit of cracker or bread crust.
T: Follows the nose except the hops are a little less citrusy and a little more herbal and earthy. Finish has a touch of malty sweetness and the aftertaste is lightly bitter.
M: Medium body, smooth mouthfeel and even carbonation. Not overly sticky, syrupy or dry.
D: Overall I'd buy this occasionally if it were local, but there are plenty of west coast APA's that I'd probably rather drink. Good but not memorable.

 823 characters

Photo of alexgash
3.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Autumnal copper with golden edges. Frothy, cottony, eggshell white head with good lacing. Pine sap and citrus hop nose mixed butterscotch. Light hop bitterness up front. Sweet shortbread cookie and butterscotch malt come on strong. Light tropical fruitiness. Piny and herbal hop bitterness in the finish. Maltier than expected and the hops don't seem as "fresh" as other harvest ales. Still good, just not overwhelming. Medium body with a low carbonated, casky feel.

 466 characters

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 682 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Return of the Belgian Beer Fest

    BeerAdvocate Brings its All-Belgian Fest to Portland, Maine on September 17, 2016. Tickets are on sale now.

    Learn More
  • Get the Mag

    Become a BeerAdvocate magazine print subscriber today.

    Subscribe