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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,586
Reviews:
692
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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Photo of ImusBeer
4.79/5  rDev +17.4%
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 -1.2%
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 -3.2%
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 -17.2%
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 +7.1%
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 -16.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 +7.4%
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%
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 +0.5%
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 +3.4%
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 -2.7%
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 +14.7%
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 +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 JoeBloe
4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -10.5%
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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Photo of srandycarter
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky orangish copper, off white 1/2 inch pillow resolves to bubbles around the rim of the liquid. Sticky webbed lacing persists.

S - Deep vat of malt.

T - Sweet malt wrapped in tons of perfume and citrus. While the body is medium on the tongue, the flavor does kinda die towards the finish. Would have scored way higher in T and M with a thicker more persistent taste.

M - Medium body, good balance coating and carb, but gets just a little watery at the end.

D - Because it doesn't finish too deeply, it is an excellent session beer.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.28/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 11/1/2007 (bottled 07OctWeek2):

Pours an amber color, very clear fizzy. Frothy white head, not big but lasting. Very hoppy grapefruit aroma. A little smell of skunk. Some earthy aroma. Sweet grapefruily taste. Robust but not bitter, slight sweet aftertaste. Very tasty. A hoppy pale ale. Sweet mallty taste.

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

This beer pours amber with a 2 fingered head, lots of lacing as well as some sediment. The smell is nutty and malty. The flavor has a wonderful malt base to it with that nice fresh hop flavor that I am beginning to recognize, certainly a nice balance between the two. The mouthfeel is ok with a slight dry aftertaste and a good carbonation level. This beer has nice drinkablility and I could drink many of these in one sitting :)

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Photo of Jmoore50
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Overall a good beer. The appearance is really gold. Pours a translucent golden color that comes with a crisp white head that makes the brew look good. Leaves a thin sticky lace in parts of the glass.

The smell is good also, maybe a little too sweet. I got a few different smells, obviously some beautiful fresh hops. Really good stuff that comes with honey smell with a wheat smell also. Maybe not a wheat as much as a grain smell. Hey, it was a good smell, not too complex, just like a good pale ale.

The taste was good too. It was not a great pale ale, it was a good brew that is drinkable and enjoyable. I got some sweetness with the taste with it also, but not much. Probably a little honey, a little sweet fruits which most likes come off the sugars and hops. Okay, it is a drinkable pale ale, what else do you want? It is good, it tastes like a pale ale, there are hops present, it is all good.

The mouthfeel is weird because it is an oily brew. I don't know what about the brew makes it oily, probably something from the hops, but a lip-smacking oily taste contributes to the mouthfeel. Otherwise, the brew is good, dances well on the tongue and goes down pretty smooth. Really a good average pale ale. I would maybe try it again, but there are better pale ale's out there. Overall good.

J

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

A golden amber color, with a half inch head that is light cream in color. It laces slowly and clings itself to the glass. Pine and citrus are dominant scent at the front, then the sweet scent of malt strikes the nose. Then it finishes with herbal spicy aroma. The malt is hearty and strong at the front, then the hops begin to grow in strength. The hop onslaught comes out with a strong grapefruit citrusiness, followed by earthy and pine flavors. Slightly watery at the front, gaining weight as it crosses the palate. It does finish with dryness on the back end. This is a strong pale ale, th e fresh hops are brought on strong and in your face. Throw this beer at something spicy, Thai, chinese, mexican or cajun.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to coldmeat23 for sending this my way. It sure looks beautiful, with the uber-creamy head sticking around the entire time---and sticking to the sides of the glass in thick walls of web-like sea foam. Color emits glassy shades of orange and copper.

Aroma is a near-perfect mingling of pine and citrus, with malt taking up some space in the form of butterscotch and caramel notes. Something somewhere between spice and mint is detected. Like smelling a fresh bouquet of exotic wildflowers. Plenty of depth in the nose, that's for sure.

At first, the flavor is absolutely wonderful, with the expected pine/citrus coming on full force, but after many sips at various temperature levels, I still come to the same conclusion: there be wet dog in this beer--particularly near the middle, end and finish. Basically in just about all aspects of the flavor. I couldn't shake this impression. Grapefruit gets halfway there, and so does placing it on the pungent side of resiny--but wow, this is some pretty uncompromising stuff, hop-wise. As the beer warmed, that impression seemed to fade a little, or perhaps I was just acclimating to it.

Smooth, soft and slick on the tongue while also having just the right amount of carbonation tingle. Here's where this beer easily falls into the APA category--it isn't creamy or super-round like the imperial member of the pale ale family.

Big hops, no doubt about it, but I wonder if I'm tasting what everyone else is? Pungent is good, insanely bitter is good...just not sure about the animal/musk stink that prevails. I eventually found myself warming up to this strange element, although it keeps me from having a full-out love affair with this beer. I will seek out another bottle in the hopes it reveals something further. It's unique among hoppy beers and even wet-hopped beers, no doubt about that, and for that reason alone it should be tried at least once if you kneel at the altar of the almighty hop.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.6/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours translucent dark amber with generous white head that retains well, and is very meringue like.

Nose reminds me of black Ceylon tea, metallic notes, and a grapefruit from across the room.

On the palate the tea like malty sweetness comes through beautifully with balanced hops giving a modest citrus kick and to help dry things out. I'm detecting what I think is some Centennial, so I'm quite pleased to say the least.

Medium to light bodied and very, very drinkable. Refreshing, easy going, yet still flavorful.

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Photo of soupyman10
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with a big fluffy three finger slightly off-white head. Solid lacing.

S: Crazy fruity hop nose. Lots of citrus, light spicy malt. A strong, distinctly wet hoppiness in the nose. Monstrous nose, best part of the beer.

T: Strong bitter wet hop flavor. A touch of breadiness and maybe a mild hint of cookies, but this, like the nose, is a hugely wet hop-flavored beer. In fact, the flavor is a lot heavier on the hops than even the nose suggests. Not bad by any means, but maybe a little one-dimensional for me.

M: Body is solid, medium with appropriate carbonation.

D: Overall, a good beer, with an interesting flavor that's unlike most other APAs you'll try. Quite honestly, the fresh hops dominate a bit touch much, keeping this from greatness. But otherwise, a tasty one (if not quite worth the price tag...more than an Oak Aged Yeti? I think not...)

750 ml/$8.99/Wine Specialist

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
4.08 out of 5 based on 1,586 ratings.
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