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%
 
 
Wants:
155
Gots:
141
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BillRoth
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of biegaman
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is indeed pale, but not to say colourless. Its lucid, brassy tone catches the light and reverts it in even brighter, sharper rays. Small spurts of lackadaisical bubbles do just as much to catch the eye. Its well lathered head is both filmy and bubbly; despite the apparent weariness of the carbonation the bubbles turn out to be surprisingly industrious.

This smell of grassy, vinous hops has a curiously sedative quality to it. There are, I'm told, sound scientific explanations for this - none of which interest me. All I care is that this bouquet has enough citrus to give it a dynamic tang (it does) and enough sweet, biscuity maltiness to engage the other half of my beer-related appetite (that too, it also has).

Similarly, the taste also satiates both my penchants for solid, sessionable pale ales. It has a sufficient amount of lightly herbal, citrus smacked hops to satisfy my itch for lupullin, while at the same time it has plenty of caramel and biscuits to gratify my affection for malts. The hints of lemon grass are equally appreciated as those of toffee. Yum!

Perhaps the most important aspect to a successful pale ale is balance - Great Divide has struck a resonance between yin and yang that would impress any Chinese zen master (maybe that's where the brewery get's its name?) One person could call this ultra hoppy and another super malty, neither opinion would be wrong. It's like an Escher painting.

Fresh Hop Pale Ale would make a great girlfriend: it looks nice, it smells nice, all its parts are well proportioned and it's incredibly easy to get along with. The only problem would be that, given the nature of the beer and the fact that only freshly-harvested hops are used, you'd really only get to see her once a year. Hmm, perhaps then she'd make a better affair!?

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Photo of eawolff99
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Gueuzedude
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a brilliantly clear, bright, full copper color; it is well carbonated and forms a frothy, pale tan colored head. The aroma is enticingly hoppy with a resinous aroma of grapefruit, apricots, tangerine and a bit of pine and grassy notes. The aroma is quite nice with a serious sticky hop presence. The beer is fairly dry, but the malt in combination with the hops gives this beer a sticky sweet citrus character without being overly sweet or full on the palate. The flavor has solid notes of resinous pine as well as an equal amount of citrus and fruit; like grapefruit, apricot and peach.

The beer finishes with a solid bitterness, which does not particularly linger too long. The finish is quite smooth, it really just begs for taking another sip. The overall hoppiness and carbonation of this brew gives it a peppery bite as the beer sits in my mouth. This beer is really quite nice, perhaps the most flavorful Pale Ale I have ever had. The fresh, vibrant hop character is really nice and this beer is still fairly smooth without that intense grassy character I have had in other fresh hop beers.

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Photo of wrightst
4/5  rDev -2%

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

Photo of Halcyondays
3.35/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bomber, good to see another GD beer in the Southland,

A: Pours a clear copper with a mild white head, which leaves some surprisingly good lacing.

S: Earthy pine with some lemon, raw and rustic.

T: Bitter grapefruit with a lot of lemon. Hint of ethanol on the back end with a lot of cedar oil. Nice, if not particularly expressive.

M: Soft mouthfeel on medium-bodied beer. Nice long hoppy aftertaste which is always a joy.

D: Not a standout in the wet hop beers by any means. While not a bad beer, when I can get the world class Hop Trip and High Tide or even Sierra Nevada Harvest Ale for a dollar or more less, I'm always going to go there in the future.

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Photo of KAF
3/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Latarnik
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of fredmugs
4/5  rDev -2%

Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a orangish golden hue with one finger head that left a lace ring around the glass. Fresh, floral, grassy citric hop smell with touch of sweet caramel and biscuits. The slightly breadiness and sweet caramel malt add balance and fullness (not quite chewey but definitely not thing) to a mostly floral/grassy, citric hop beer that isn't sharp or biting but still packs a punch. This is as close as it seems one can get to a hoppy IPA (or even DIPA) without making the hops so dominant that everything else is just outside the lines. Very enjoyable and sessionable beer.

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Photo of Kelp
3.25/5  rDev -20.3%

Photo of lupercmda
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

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

A: The beer pours pale copper, slightly hazy. The white large rich head is sparkeling and sure takes its time to dissipate, leaving lots of lacings.

S: Smells of clean caramell malt and american floral hops; there's mainly citric notes but also a hint of pine. Some bitter hops in there as well.

T: Bitter and floral notes up front - same citric and piney notes like in the smell. The hops are nicely balanced by the malt.

M: The after-taste is not to short and holds a nice dry bitterness. The body is medium and the carbonation is rich with lots of small bubbles.

D: A nice APA with a little of everything nice. The fresh hops sure makes a good impression. I like the size of the bottle; 650 ml - a lot of liquid to enjoy!

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Photo of bigred89
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with little foam that leaves just a fine broken layer but there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with lots of grass and grapefruit.

The taste is pretty darned bitter for the style! Lots of citrus, some grass, and a wee bit of malt sweetness *just* before the finish and the actual finish ends up being on the bitter side....fancy that! ;^)

Man, this is what I call paying homage to the almighty hop and to see it done so nicely in an American Pale Ale impresses the heck out of me.


Okay, I'm just pouring in the last bit in my glass and there's some sediment that I didn't expect to see but it *is* very fine so I'm not going to deduct any points in the appearance category. Nor in the taste category....this one started off well and remained so to the very last drop. Yum.

Bottom line: I'm glad I have another bottle of this stuff because this is an APA that is all about, no celebrates the hops. Good job Great Divide!

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Photo of cjgator3
4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle. This beer is an orangish amber color with a small creamy head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. The aroma is dominated by fresh floral and grassy hops. The taste much like the aroma is dominated from the beginning by the hops. However, the malt does a pretty decent job of holding it's own in the background, but the hops not suprisingly definately steal the show. Overall, this is a highly recommended beer that I will surely revisit in the future.

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

A: Poured a hazy golden-orange color with moderately lasting 2 finger foamy white head.

S: The nose was well rounded with fresh flowery pine scents, grapefruit and fresh citrus that was well balanced with some malt sweetness.

T: For flavor there was fresh wet hop resins of grapefruit and pine. A big flowery flavor that was well balanced as well with malt sweetness producing a very smooth and refined citrus hop tang in the end. The beer finishes semi-dry.

M: mellow and medium bodied with a very good carbonation highlighting the perfect balance of hops and malt.

D: Overall a very well rounded and smooth drinkable pale and sets the standard by style.

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Photo of Haybeerman
4.25/5  rDev +4.2%

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

Purchased from New Beer Distributors in New York.

Pours a lovely, slightly hazed orange golden colour, with a full, thick and frothy head of off-white. Lacing is riotous and speckled. Body is light and supple. Looks really good.

Nose is bright and fresh, with characters of crushed vegetation and rubbed citrus rind. Zesty and sharp, but very smooth. The sort of beer that's going to be great to drink, you can just tell.

Crisp and zesty on the palate, with pleasant citric bite and a sweetness like musk and grain. It's supremely refreshing, and extremely well balanced. It's the sort of beer that's bursting with flavour, but which you also just want to drink and drink and drink. Feel is light and fresh. Matches beautifully.

Gorgeous beer, eminently drinkable and extremely refreshing. Even for 6.1%, it's an amazingly sessionable beer. So clean, so light and just so damn good. One of the best APAs I've ever had.

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Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of corby112
3.78/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden amber color with a thick to finger frothy off white head that has decent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing behind.

Earthy hop aroma with citrus fruit notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence. Hints of pineapple, grapefruit and lemon.

Very well balanced with a strong malt backbone that compliments the citrus and earthy hop presence. This beer has a bitter hop bite up front which lingers over the sweet malt body into a dry finish. I usually do not prefer hoppy beers to have this much of a prominent malt character but I thought that it provided some nice balance and complexity in this beer.

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Photo of DucksFan16
5/5  rDev +22.5%

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