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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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#2,644
Reviews:
694
Ratings:
1,599
pDev:
9.85%
Bros Score:
4.18
 
 
Wants:
156
Gots:
143
Trade:
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Ratings: 1,599 |  Reviews: 694
Photo of DNICE555
4.18/5  rDev +3%
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 Prager62
3.81/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Great Divide Barrel Bar.

Look- Amber in color with a half finger of white foam.

Smell- Faint pine, earth and some biscuit.

Taste- Mild grapefruit, some pine and bread in the finish.

Feel- Crisp and clean with a slight bitter and dry finish.

Overall- I had high expectations for this beer and was a bit let down. It just seems to lack the dank and earthy qualities I look for in fresh/wet hop ales.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 10/12/16; into a pint glass.
Appearance- dark gold/orange with some sediment floating around if you look hard enough; some large carbonation bubbles that help maintain a medium thick, sudsy white head. Lacing clings to most of the glass!
Smell - strong bready malt nose with some syrupy hops oils.
Taste - very balanced malt to hop flavor profile; more floral and pine hops to go with malts that present like rye bread.
Feel - medium body and more of a traditional APA with hops supported by a muscular malt structure!
Overall - somewhat of a let down. For $12.99 a six pack, and the average score on this site, I was hoping for a bit more. I'll most definitely enjoy this sixer, but doubt I'll seek this out again.

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Photo of ninaturner
4.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of JTomczak
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Bottle from Belmont Party Supply.

A - Poured a clear copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing.

S- Moderate sour citrus and small malt aroma.

T - Medium to heavy bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish of moderate to long duration.

M - Medium body with a slick texture and flat carbonation.

D - Solid drinkable brew that met my expectations.

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Photo of number1bum
3.75/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared a bottle of this with krisandajt awhile back. Poured a perfectly clear light copper color, good head and decent retention.

Smell was light and fresh, with earthy and leafy hop aromas. Not much in the way of citrus. Some pine too, and a bit of a biscuit malt component as well.

Taste also didn't have much in the way of citrus, instead showcasing the earthy, leafy and slightly piney hop flavors. Some lightly sweet caramel and biscuit malt flavor as well.

Mouthfeel was a light medium body, quite crisp, but not altogether as creamy or smooth as I like.

This is a pretty solid fresh hop ale, although the hop profile is not my favorite and the flavors were almost too subtle. Still a tasty brew though.

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Photo of Stignacious
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%

Photo of kmoen
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of AMarkle6524
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Gatch
4.54/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 10/8/12

A: Copper in color with a big, sticky, pillowy, white head. Good lace and retention.

S: Grassy, fresh hops with honey-sweet malt.

T: Fresh, delicious hops balanced by sweet, sugary malt. One of the maltier/more balanced fresh hop beers I've had. Tastes closer to an amber/red ale. I'd love to have several bottles on-hand at all times during hop harvest season.

M: Very clean, smooth, and fresh but can be a bit cloying as it warms.

O: One of the better fresh hop beers out there. Wish I could have had this closer to the bottling date but it's held up well after more than a month in the bottle and a trip across the country.

UPDATE...10/24/2016:

Canned on 10/12/2016 so just 12 days old!

I first had this back when anything in a can was garbage so it's great to see this and so many other beers in cans; even sours!?! This beer is even better than I remember, but then again I haven't had hops or even beer in a so long that it may be that anything would taste great. Amazing color for a PA with this much flavor (on the darker side). Nose and taste are all fresh, piney, fruity, resiny hops of course. That incredible West Coast hop punch. Great Divide must be using different hop varieties this time around and it's noticeable. While a 6-pack was pricey ($13), I am very happy that I have five more to enjoy in the next few weeks (or days). Just a side note...if you're reviewing a fresh hop beer a few months or more past its bottled/canned date, you shouldn't be allowed to have an opinion on it. Be fair to the brewer. And your palate. You can spare a tick/Had/Review.

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Photo of Belittle
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of firkingroovin
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of MuddyFeet
3.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a frosting-like head that never uite went away. Fairly clear and brown. Nose is hoppy but comes across as very evergreen and wet sod. Flavor is full of citrus and pine but leaning more to the grapefruit and lemons than Christmas. Malts are very subdued and overpowered by the hops. Medium mouthfeel with an oily texture from the hops that lingers surprisingly briefly. Fine and drinkable but a bit off-balance to really enjoy.

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Photo of donspublic
3.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Bear1964
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of jjanega08
3.92/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= The pour is a totally translucent amber color with a thick three finger high head on it that is an off white color but not tan or even verging on it. Maybe a shade under vanilla ice cream color. Great lacing on the side of the glass.

S= This is a nice smelling wet hop beer. This is right up there with the Founders Harvest for my wet hop beers as far as smell goes. Nice citrus smells come through as well as some of that really nice earthy plant matter smell. Green smelling and leafy. It smells like the hops picked right off the plant and smushed in your hand. Excellent.

T= The taste doesn't quite live up the smell but it still has nice taste to it. Maybe I spent so much time smelling this thing that I got my hops up. It has a nice APA flavor with some balance to it. This isn't an IPA by any means but still is a hop forward beer. I get again the citrus and plant material flavors that I got from the nose but they are a little more toned down and the sweet caramelly malt comes forward a bit more.

M= Really creamy. Sort of feels like whip cream in my mouth it's so light.

D= A great hop forward APA pushing the IPA boundary. Smooth and drinkable with a little complexity keeping you coming back for more. A fine wet hop beer.

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Photo of MammothTarantula
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of sludgegnome
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of katan
3.41/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served out of a 22oz bomber, no date.

A - A clear dark golden color, somewhere between brown and gold. Pours very little head, and what does dissipates quickly. Little carbonation on the inside.

S - Very strong hops smell that is well balanced with some malt background. I detect somewhat a grapefruit smell.

T - Starts with its interesting flavor from the bittering hops. Grassy is a good word, as per the bottle description. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor. Quick transition from the initial hops bite. Although, its somewhat surprising to me that there is that much malt hit on what one would think is a hop dominated beer.

M - Not much carbonation on this one. Does have a creamy thick feeling.

D - A good tasting beer, while the intense hops probably would keep me away from drinking alot of these. An excellent beer for a "onezy twozy" night where I really want to taste and enjoy my beer.

Good choice overall.

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Photo of Brolo75
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours an amber orange with a bright white head, lots of lacing, good amount of carbonation and head retention, it's slightly cloudy, looks good.

A: Definitely has citra in it, guava, papaya, citrus rind, touch of malts, no alcohol on the nose, smells promising.

T: Tropical notes like guava, papaya, peach skin, grapefruit skin, moderate amount of bitterness, finish has a nice balance of toasted, caramel malts, tropical flavors linger in the aftertaste, very nice.

M: Light-medium bodied, semi-dry finish, good amount of carbonation.

O: Very impressed, very drinkable, balanced, love citra hops and they really come through but they don't overwhelm, definitely going to enjoy the remainder of my six pack.

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Photo of beagle75
3.45/5  rDev -15%
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.

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Photo of Booner818
4/5  rDev -1.5%

Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 1,599 ratings
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