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Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by Todd on 10-07-2005

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694
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pDev:
9.85%
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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
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 +5.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -5.9%
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 +2.2%
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 +2.2%
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 +1.5%
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 -1.5%
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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Photo of ImusBeer
4.79/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this one at home 750ml bottle

Appearance was an cloudy orange amber with lots of white head. The beer retains head well with lots of sticky lacing on the side of the glass. piStons starts with pine hops and ends with malt and caramel.

It is very hoppy on the tongue, malt and caramel cone to play as well. Mouthfeel has a hop sting and bitterness otherwise quite light. I like this beer it is what a pale should be.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. Poured a brilliant, transparent copper color with a huge rocky head - ivory in color - good retention and leaves a foam slick atop the ale once finally dissipated. Spotty lacing covers the glass all the way down. Aromas are bold - toasted grains, toffee, citrus, and caramel. Tastes are full of character and complexity consisting of biscuity malt, toffee, overtones of citric grapefruit, slight orange, fresh piny hop that slicks the palate wonderfully with hop resins. Finishes slightly bitter with pine and a hint of white pepper prickle on the tongue. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium, but coats the palate well with low carbonation. Overall, this one grew on me - if it were a 12oz I don't think the additive effect of the hop bitterness would have jumped out at me the way it did during the 2nd half of the bottle. Excellent take on a fresh hop ale.

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Photo of ToddT
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale copper color with a large off white head. Head is fluffy, land lasting, and sticky. Leaves lots of lace on the glass.

S- Sweet grapefruit, pine hops, and pineapple. Not overpowering very nice nose.

T- Nice mellow hops from beginning to end. The interplay between bitter and sweet is interesting and well balanced. Dry and somewhat bitter final note.

M- Medium in body, a little viscous, but not syrupy. Carbonation is spot on. There is a little hop oil residue present at the finish, not unpleasant though.

D- Pretty easy to drink at 6.1% ABV. Not too extreme in taste either.

Nice well balanced APA. Just enough hops to make it interesting.

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Photo of Jayli
3.38/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had 8.8.09
This beer poured a clear copper color witha one finger of thick rocky head to it, leaving ample lacing along the glass on the way down. Nose is of some pale malts, floral and piney hops. Taste is somewhat muted. For a pale ale, close to spot on, but with the Fresh hop billing, hop presence should have been more prevalent. Hops are indeed fresh upfront - floral and citrus goodness, and then the beer falls flat, somewhere in the middle the taste just drops and isn't balanced well. Medium to light bodied, medium carbonation, crisp clean feel to the beer.

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Photo of brandoneast
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Transparent bright copper liquid with an ample amount of rocky ecru foam that hugs the pint. Nose is hyper-fresh hops, screaming into a crescendo of vibrant floral, pine, grass and citrus notes. Bright hop flavors of pine, apricot, pineapple, and grapefruit rind, attacks the tongue but a swift, sweet maltiness balances out the ale. Finishes fairly dry without being overly sweet or full on the palate. Forget your malt-bomb or pumpkin ale this Fall season, rejoice in this fresh lupulin lovefest.

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Photo of far333
3.4/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Slightly hazed honey apricot color with streams of fine bubbles rising up and a firm cap of dimpled foam that lingers.

Aroma of cinnamon and honey, some corn and toffee, plus subtle floral notes.

Biscuity malt flavors with mild floral and grassy hops, slightly metallic finish, tastes a bit stale. Mild bitterness, a piney bitter lingers.

Full and rich and creamy mouthfeel, very satisfying.

Low drinkability, this may be an old bottle. Unfortunately it's not dated. I'll hunt down another and edit this review.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazed, caramel-hued body with a smallish, frothed, white head. Slight speckling of lace on the way down.

Smell: Pleasing, vibrant aroma of fresh-cut grasses, sliced pink grapefruits, and processed pine wood planks, all interspersed with rich, toasty caramel notes.

Taste: Pale and caramel maltiness with a meager handful of toasted bread crusts and sweet tastes of brown sugar and caramelized sugars, though, it's brief and sets up a nice launch pad to catapult the hops. Grassy, earthy, pine blossoms, citrusy (even citric) with a moderate amount of hop bitterness -- it's bold and assertive without becoming overbearing, instead maintaining a constant balance with the malts. A touch of acidity. As is the norm for me, the back half is predominately bitter, though the malts really do their best to counter-assault the hops. Finishes dry and bittersweet with the malts and hops still duking it out in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice treat! Paired well the Pinback tune "Offline P.K." and "Soaked". The beer presented a more than sturdy malt base and plenty of hop flavor and bitterness without the ponderous, heavy DIPA body and subsequent, downright bothersome alcohol content, which keeps this brew surprisingly drinkable. Of note, however, is the fact that though the Great Divide's Espresso Yeti and Saison I recently purchased had "bottled on" dates, the Fresh Hop Pale Ale is curiously missing it, though it is of the new label styling. Still though, it's one I cheerfully recommend.

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Photo of beerorRIP
4.32/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from a bomber to my GDBC pint glass: forms a two finger, rocky head that falls back to a small layer of foam. the body is rather clear and light amber. lacing is present but not crazy amounts.

the smell is nice, even this late in the year. i'd had it when it came out at first and it was super grassy and hops. that has faded now, leaving some grassy smells, but more of the hoppy citrus aromas now.

man this tastes nice. there is plenty of hops taste (citrus and a touch of pine) and even a bit of malt backbone showing through. again, this has changed over time, but it's still a really nice enjoyable fresh tasting pale ale.

not too fizzy on this one. somewhat slick in the mouth.

the bomber is a perfect size for this one. you know you'll want more than just one pint, but more than two might be overload!

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Photo of elniko
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bomber into Stella glass.

A: Huge pillowy head followed by wonderful lacing, rich golden hue. Wonderful looking brew.

S: Not as strong as I thought it would be but still very nice grassy hoppy tones on the nose. Solid.

T & M: What a nicely balanced brew, the fresh hops almost take this to an IPA letter of bitterness but not quite. Nicely bodied with a just slightly creamy mouthfeel, finish has nice citrus and flowery tones.

D: Highly drinkable, Great Divide has yet to disappoint. Without a doubt I will be having this again.

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Photo of fostwal
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly hazy and light brown.
Smell - True to its name, it has a nice hop scent.
Taste - Again, the name really describes the taste. You instantly taste the bitterness of the hops as soon as it hits your mouth and continues all the way through the aftertaste. To contrast, this is different from what I would consider an aged beer that is more mellow and allows the flavors to develop.
Mouthfeel - Average carbonation adds to the bite that the hops give.
Drinkability - Pretty good. This is an excellent beer for hop heads. The flavor hits hard and lingers around a little. Then you want to take another sip to get that jolt again.

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Photo of Seanibus
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a good, study, no-frills ale. refreshing and hoppy without trying to blow your head off with a massive hop bomb.

Pours orangy and slightly hazy with a fluffy white head that dissolves quickly to abundant lacing. The aroma is fresh and summery, slightly grassy. The flavor is mild and hoppy, with lots of gentle grass character and just a bit of pale malt to keep it all together. the bitterness sneaks up slowly and manifests high in the mouth, with a fresh, almost minty character. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

This is not a classic beer. It is not a fancy beer. But it is strong enough to satisfy a hophead and mild enough to keep everyone else interested.

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Photo of riored4v
4.22/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3/28/09

Poured into a Great Divide tulip glass. 2 finger, rocky, white head. Clear, copper colored body.

Smell was citrusy with some orange notes. Light, but pleasant sweetness.

Taste had great balance. Mild maltiness with a lingering grassy bitterness. Nice crisp, citrus bitterness on the tongue. Not to complex, but a very pleasant taste.

Mouthfeel was light with a medium carbonation.

Excellent drinkability. Nice hoppiness w/o being overpower.

One of my favorite Great Divide (session) beers. Easy drinking with a great amount of flavor.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear orange rust color with 1/4 inch of foam

S - aroma of grassy piney hops and maltiness

T - it had a very earthy flavor, i didn't get much citrus but maybe it was just combined with the piney flavor to mask it into a big ball of hops and malt background

M/D - a little more earthy than i was expecting, but not bad. If you're expecting a nice juicy citrusy hop bomb, this isn't the way to go.

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Photo of skinny0ne
4.68/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It has a great foamy head that lasts. The color is a perfect amber. The aroma has plenty of hops and grains and a hint of citrus. The flavor is all hops. But it's not overpowering. Towards the back and in the finish is a bit of grapefruit. And around the edges is some sweet malt. Really a great balance between them all. None overpower. The hops are strong but not brash. It's not an overhopped double IPA. This is as great drinking beer. I thoroughly enjoy it.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
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 JoeBloe
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the label on mine differs from the (newer?) one pictured here -
matte paper with the words 'grassy' and 'citrusy' bracketing the words 'pale ale' - and some food pairing suggestions on the side -
pored a nice honey orange with a nice 2 finger head - leaves sheets of lacing all the way down the glass - good 'fresh hop' flavor - 'grassy and citrusy' is certainly right - nice and light feel for an ale with this much hop taste - goes down real easy - satisfying for me - very drinkable - i'd think this would be a good one for someone new to hoppier ales to try - good stuff.

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Photo of amneziak
3.65/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose: As one would expect from a beer called Fresh Hop Ale, there is a ton of hop aromas on the nose right out of the glass. It's very citrusy and clean smelling with a bit of pungency from this abundance of hops. Finally, there are lots of grassy and bitter grapefruit components present in the end that almost confuse you into thinking it's a double.

Appearance: The FHA pours a warm coppery orange color with a nice subtle (yet rocky) tan colored head. The presence of carbonation is visible as you hold the glass up to a light. There is a very nice foamy three finger head, which on the top, almost looks like frothed milk. As the head settles, it hangs on to the side of the glass leaving its fair share of lacing.

Taste: There's not as much carbonation on the tongue as you would expect from a beer with this much head. Unlike a lot of other hoppy beers along these lines, though, there is a good amount of flavor coming through. The citrus components that I got on the nose don't fully translate to the palate. These hops have a much grassier or pine needle quality than those others.

Palate: The mouth feel on this one ranges between light and medium bodied in that your mouth wants it to be a potent Imperial IPA, but that fact is that it's just a Pale Ale with lots of hops. It coats the tongue nicely, though, and never leaves you needing more bitterness.

Overall: The beauty of this beer is that it's not considered an Imperial IPA - it's a Pale Ale. This difference alone brings the alcohol content down 3% from its older brother, the Hercules Double IPA, which I prefer greatly over this. The problem with the FHA being a Pale Ale, however, is that hop heads will really wish there was more going on in this glass if it's going to include lots of fresh hops. You are basically getting 75% of the experience of a double IPA.

Ultimately, this is a really nice beer because it can be a lower alcohol percentage beer while still hanging on to a lot of the same hoppy characteristics of a double. And to be perfectly honest, it truly is better than a lot of the "Imperial" IPAs I've had from other breweries around the world.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,594 ratings
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