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
Reviews:
692
Ratings:
1,586
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
9.8%
 
 
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156
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142
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Photo of dblinkhorn
4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bomber into my stone IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a clear honey/amber color with a creamy half-finger off-white head. Good lacing is left all the way down the glass as you drink. Moderate carbonation activity is visible within the beer. And finally...a pale ale that retains a nice creamy thick cap of head throughout the whole drink.

Smell - A nice mixture in the hop aroma of some fruitiness, flowery characteristics, and some citrus smells as well. As the label says, they indeed smell fresh. There are some mild sweet scents as well on this brew, along with a slight bit of sourness.

Taste - Hop explosion for sure, and yes...VERY fresh tasting. This tastes like there are whole hop flowers in the beer bottle. The hops flavors isn't overwhelming, but the flavor that is there (which is certainly higher than most pale ales) is very intense and fresh tasting. Mainly tastes of cut grass, citrus (especially lemon and lime), pine, and flower/herbal notes as well. There is a mild bready malt character behind the hop goodness which desperately tries to balance the beer out but to little avail (but it does help!). There is moderate alcohol presence throughout, with a slighty earthy and citrusy/piney aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Has a nice lively level of carbonation but it is not so powerful that it distracts you from the taste. It is also quite smooth with a medium body. It goes down so nicely!

Drinkability - Surprisingly drinkable despite the intense hop properties of this beer. Still, though, it's a lot to handle compared to most pale ales. Good overall though.

Well if you like hops you'll love this one. If you don't well...steer clear of this mother. It has a smooth body with wonderfully fresh and crisp hop characteristics, and best of all a beautiful creamy head through the whole drink! A must have!

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Photo of Wonka
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

1 PINT, 6 FL. OZ.
6.1% Alc. by Vol.
Notched O, 1, ‘07
55 IBUs

Appearance – lightly clouded, just-a-tad-lighter-than-amber / copper body; inch-thick, white micronized head at pour fades to a paper thin layer; lace is reasonable

Smell – mellow hoppiness; concentrated wet grass; some hay; light spice; liquefied sugar; if the full package was a bit ‘louder’, it would be perfect

Taste – follows what I know about an APA; not a hop monster, but there’s certainly a pleasing presence of west coast hops; grains and adequate sweetness for balance

Mouthfeel & Drinkability – proper carbonation throughout; the hops zing the tongue and palate moderately; light hop zip in the aftertaste that sets the table for another sip; bronze in the hop burp category; I might be a bit ‘dry’ right now so I’ll give a pass on the product for slight palate dryness

I’d definitely come back to Fresh Hop. Here’s a certain recommendation. Great Divide scores another hit.

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Photo of Illinick
3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber from D's.
A: Amber and copper in color with slight hints of reddish-orange hues. Sticky and clumpy slightly off white head that clumps around for the duration of the brew. Good lacing throughout. Last pour is full of sediment.
S: Grassy, piney, musty earth, and hops at first quaff. Upon further smelling some malt scents and some citrus and lemon zest come out with slight herbal notes.
T: The first sip is a doozy. Piney and grassy hops with definate bitter grapefruit and citrus peel flavors. Herbal flavors and a definate malt presence in the middle to the end. Some tart citrus peel and some zest in there too. The grapefruit, grass, and fresh hops dominate.
MF: A bit chewy and mouthfilling
Overall: A solid brew with some intense up front flavors. Takes a few sips to really taste the quality of the brew, but I don't mind the continuous sipping. A nice, fresh APA.

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Photo of PlaywrightSam
3.63/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber, head that stuck around. S: Citrusy and floral, grassy hops. T: Very nice, surprising sweetness underneath the hops, great balance. Dry finish. M: Mild carbonation, very smooth. D: Obviously very hoppy for a pale ale, but I didn't find any part of it overwhelming. Really refreshing. Very nice all around.

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Photo of alli4051
4.32/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 24oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a bright, crystal clear bronze, with a large, foamy, white head. Good retention and lots of sudsy lacing left behind. As one would have guessed smell is tons of hops. Grassy and citrusy just as the label promised. Taste has a ton of hop flavor with surprisingly little bitterness. Citrus and floral hops with a touch of sweetness and a faint malty backbone that provides some balance. Flavor is weird (in a very good way) in the sense that it has the flavor of a major hop bomb but doesn't have that tounge smacking bitterness you would expect. Medium bodied with a nice crisp finish. This is my first experienced with a wet hopped beer and I am pretty disappointed that it is over. Loved this beer and I think I've found another yearly release to look forward to.

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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 Norfawkers
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
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 guitarmage
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours a a clear amber orange, lots of little bubbles float into an inviting rocky head, shows good retention. A very solid looking ale. Caked on lacing.

Smell: Light grassy hops, mildly floral, citrus, a little malt sweetness. I say very balanced sweet, citrus, hop.

Taste: Again, very smooth and balanced. Light bready malt, mostly citrus hops, lightly floral, a dry, biscuity finish. Almost a cookie-like sweetness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Nice medium body, carbonation is minimal and smooth, very drinkable, very dry finish.

Drinkability: One of my new favorite APAs, this beer is so drinkable and well balanced. I want to say it's less aggressive then mirror pond (cascade hops), but a lot more going on than Sierra Nevada.

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Photo of bminor7
3.8/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz from EBI in Saratoga NY.

Great lacing...crystal clear amber color. Decent hop odor. By no means as strong as some DIPAs are. Reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Grassy taste with not as much citrus as I would have thought, though it is in there. Strong bitterness in the aftertaste as this one is still young (9/29/2009 bottling).

Not my favorite style, could be more accessible once the bitterness fades. Despite that, drinkability is good, making this a good candidate for a summer session ale.

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Photo of begforme4484
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber, minimal head with spotty lacing.

Good amount of floral hops in the nose.

Taste has a decent amount of earthy and floral hops. Minimal malt to tie it together.

Light to medium bodied, good amount of carb, and dry finish.

Def an easy drinking beer. Just a tad too expensive to drink regularly with so many choices out there.

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

22oz bottle (bottled on Sep 23 2009)

The is a perfect orange amber color . Great off white head, a good 2 fingers worth, that is full of bubbles. Lacing begins almost immediately, leaving some circular designs.
The label states a grassy, citrusy designation, and I certainly agree. The citrus is grapefruit and lemony in smell and the grassy reminds me of a fresh cut lawn on a spring day.
The taste has a great amber male that stays around for awhile. Only as the beer reaches the back of the palette does the hop presence appear. The aftertaste is definitely astringent and dry but is balanced my the lingering malt. There is also this interesting earthy, garden like taste, like the lingering of a bite of fresh vegetable soup. Carbonation is nice and full. The beer is medium bodied and stays on the pallet; very smooth. It's been awhile since I'v had a pale ale that didn't have India in front of it. Love the restraint Great Divide had in this. Is a perfect example of an American Pale Ale.

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Photo of troutmask96
4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm gonna call this one an I.P.Ale Ale. Witty, huh? Because this beer really defies categorization. Hoppy and citrusy like an I.P.A., but with the rich finish of a superior pale ale. All the fresh "wet" hops they use in this brew lend a remarkably fresh taste right out of the bottle. A bit spendy at almost $7.00 for a 22-ounce bomber, but this baby's worth it...

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Photo of evanforbeer
4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle date best by Dec 30, 2013
Pours a super clean orange with thin white head

Aroma- big grassy hop resin, musty mango, citrus rind, flower pedal

Taste- juicy and resinous: juicy grapefruit and orange with subtle tropical fruit, earthy wet hop resin surfaces in the middle with sweet bready malt, finishes quite dank and sticky with piney/oily hop resin and traces of citrus

Feel- big for a pale ale, sticky, resinous, balanced

Well I am so pleasantly surprised by this. I was quite disappointed with last year's release (in fact, I kept coming across a similar very astringent grassy note in many of their beers that threw me off, not the case here). This is a great wet-hopped beer with all the right resiny, oily hoppy goodness. Well done Great Divide

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Photo of jhammerly
3.68/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance of this beer is almost picture perfect. A thick off-white head sitting on top of a golden body with amber highlights. Good head retention with some lace clinging to the sides. A nice whiff of citrus and floral aroma after the pour. A bitter grapefruit taste that lingers on the tongue for awhile. Not much maltiness, but it isn't lop-sided with hops either. Light to medium-bodied and a good beer over all.

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Photo of MOB210SA
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

*Bottled September 29, 2009

The pour produced a billowing 2 finger creamy and fluffy head that dies moderatly quick. Clear orangish amber in color. Outstanding lacing, and some great clinginess.

An intoxicatingly hoppy and slightly citusy fruitiness that almost overwhelms my senses as I take a deep whiff. Almost penetrates my sinuses.

Taste is nothing short of outstanding. Not a lot of hoppy bitterness. Straight forward hops and some cirtus backdrop. Find this even more enjoyable than other pale ales that I know and love.

Mouthfeel is silky smooth and creamy, nice light carbonation that is simply put just smooth and drinkable. Seems like a great anytime drinker.

Great Divide, great job as always.

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

A - Amber with a nice off white head that left some lacing, but not much.

S - Citrus and pine hops with a sweet caramel malt background.

T - Pretty good. Grassy pine flavor balanced well with citrus hop notes. Malt sweetness is there, but is not overwhelming. Very crisp and clean.

M - Light to medium bodied and smooth.

D - Very drinkable. A light, crisp beverage that has enough flavor to keep me happy.

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

Thanks to thehand for this bottle. Pours a clear golden/amber color with a nice head and excellent lacing.

Smells like fresh piney hops and caramel malt.

Starts with sweet malt and grapefruit hops and ends on a tasty bitter note.

Good stuff. Very tasty and sessionable.

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Photo of HOPPYKC
3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just bought this beer from a local store. It came in a 22 Oz. bomber, and was bottled on Jan 14 2010.
Initially i was excited about this beer. I had tried sierra nevada celebration, and thought it would be similar; and i think it is, only with a bit less hops.
(A)- Poured a nice amber and orange color with little to no head at all. i like a bit more head on my beers but color alone was okay.
(S)- I loved the smell. initially all i could smell was a strong piney smell with some citrus. but now after 5-10 min or so im getting a nice malty smell to it.
(T)- The taste was okay nice citrus flavor maybe lemon or grapefruit.I thought when i bought this it would be more on the IPA side but now know its a pale. still descent in taste.
(M)- Smooth, clean, doesn't leave a great aftertaste in my mouth but i can appreciate the texture.
(D)- nice drinkable beer and i feel it is a descent beer from great divide. Honestly im not a huge fan of GD but i def think this is one of my favs.

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

A: Pretty typical pale ale. Copper/orange color with a one-finger head. Excellent lacing as you drink.

S: My first smell convinced me this was a summer, lawn party beer. Too bad it's practically winter. Citrusy, grassy, and pretty damn good.

T: Tastes somewhat like a green beer, with some great citrusy and fruity/piny undertones. Quite hoppy and bitter, but balanced with a fair amount of sweetness throughout.

M: Quite smooth, with a medium amount of carbonation. Finishes clean.

O: Certainly airs on the side of an IPA. Great Divide ships the hops for this beer overnight from the West Coast, so with this level of attention to the hops it's not surprising that they dominate the beer. Overall a great pale ale (from a devoted DIPA drinker). Would buy again, bomber or six pack.

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.41/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served chilled in a traditional pint glass.

Poured a translucent, totally filtered light golden amber that produced a very froathy head which fleeted to a tremendously nice consistent lacey layer. Smells are of slight hop, freshness, slight undiscernable citrus and minimal malt. The smells are not very robust. The taste follow suits with a tad of hoppy bitter awesomeness. It has hints of earthiness to it. The tastes fade quickly leaving a dry bitter bite. A decent beer but it was lacking something. The bottle notes 'Grassy' and 'Citrusy' characteristics with 'Grassy' being triumphant. It did lack a bit of hoppiness that I look for in a good PA. A bit pricey at $6.99 I feel. It's worth noting that the bottling date is in early Sept. A few reviews I briefly overviewed mentioned October or later. Hoppy beers are better the fresher they are, in my limited opinion. Nonetheless, I'm glad I tried it.

Enjoy!

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

Bottle poured into Pint Glass
A: Copper brown. Half inch head retained. Beautiful sticky lacing left in splotches around the glass. Nice CO2 trails from bottom of glass.
S: Very sweet start followed by Piney citrus filled hops.
T: Not nearly as sweet as I was expecting by the smell. Piney hops creep in and dominate the flavor profile. Leaves a resiny aftertaste on tongue, a pleasant one that is.
M: Light on tongue, kind of more bare than I was hoping for.
D: Of the fresh hops I have enjoyed this season it is by far one of the most drinkable. The hops don't tear apart your palette, but dominate a large portion of the flavor profile.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
4.2/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into pint glass.

The beer is a beautiful orange clear, that has a nice crisp, clean look to it. From its appearance, the beer looks fairly tame, because of the clarity, with a massive amount of carbonation flowing to the top.

The beer poured a nice 1.5 finger head and the lace stayed on the sides of the glass. The nose of the beer is a sharp contrast the beers appearance. The aroma is citrusy with a strong dose of hops, more than many other pales ales that I have drank.

The beer shocked with a strong dose of hops. The refreshingly bitter taste is excellent. The beer is medium bodied, and has a complex flavoring to it. Very drinkable beer. Good for both summer/winter times. Outstanding product.

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Photo of RockAZ
4.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just tapped the keg yesterday, May 8th and the paper ring says it was kegged Oct 31 - so it might be a little old to be calling Fresh Hop but I will review it anyways as I liked it very much. Beautiful color, nice carbonation that has some thickness to the foam - coats the glass with lacing patterns. Not a strong scent from it, but what there little there is, is very pleasing. Is 6.1% a session IPA? Well, compared to what I usually drink it is, ...

I like the mouthfeel, it does flow over the tongue and leave some pleasant bitterness followed by dryness in the back corners of the mouth. Only 55 IBU's? Well, I think it is pretty well balanced, recommend you try it on draft. There has always been a "metallic" aftertaste in the bottle versions of this, IMHO.

Later EDIT: discussed this with a couple of friends and they are confirming that the October batches are selling for huge discounts on both keg and bottle - don't let the hype on "Fresh" sway you, the 1/6bbl costs me $40 which is a screaming deal on any IPA of quality. I hear the former $12-13 bombers are going for $3-4, which again, is a heck of a deal on a marvelous beer!

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Photo of brow1901
4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pretty looking beer. Great two finger rocky and fluffy head sits atop a clear light amber liquid. Really great lacing and perfect retention. I initially gave it a 4.5 but after more than half way through the beer with a thick layer of foam still sitting perfectly on top I had to give it a 5. It truly makes the beer more enjoyable having some foam in every gulp.

S- Grassy? Hell yeah its grassy, I've been hearing that about all these fresh hop beers which seem to be more popular this year than ever. This is the first beer where I could really identify it. It's really pungent, kinda burns the nostril or makes you want to sneeze. Great smelling beer!

T- Not overly bitter, but a really nice clean up front hop flavor. Real complexities show up in the hop flavor that other IPA and IIPA's lack, good balance of piney bitter hops, earthy, and sharp citrus falvors.

M- Good mouthfeel, I like the carbonation and medium bodied seems to go well with this style. Nothing really sticks out to me though.

D- Great drinkability. Not too high ABV no overwhelming or palate stomping flavors. Really good beer this is, I highly recommend it but I do really love fresh hop beers.

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

Brought a 22 oz bomber back form Denver. Poured into two Great Divide Cervois glasses to split with my wife. The beer is a deep-golden red color with good head retention. Wasn't sure what to expect never having any "fresh hop" beers before. I was not disappointed. The hops are distinct, but not over-bearing. The citrus flavor is still there, but it seems 'smoother' and not so sharp. The aroma is citrusy with a grassy back ground. Mouthfeel is only slightly slick.

This is a very drinkable beer. I wish I could have brought more back.

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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