Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Great Divide Brewing Company

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Fresh Hop Pale AleFresh Hop Pale Ale
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Brewed by:
Great Divide Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

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

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682
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1,548
Avg:
4.08
pDev:
14.71%
 
 
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Photo of bluejacket74
3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper/orange color with about an inch frothy off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. The aroma is mostly hoppy, like grassy and citrusy (orange peel and grapefruit) hops with a little bit of bready malt. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's mostly grassy and citrusy hops with some caramel and bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium with decent carbonation, but seems a bit thin. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and has a clean finish. I think this is a good overall brew, not a bad choice at all.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.13/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a bomber of this for 5 bucks a the house of 1,000 beers. With the great reviews I expect it to be well worth it even though its from October (5 months old.
A - Quite a great appearance a touch darker than I expected for a pale ale but still very clear and mega carbonated making for excellent lacing and a never ending head.
S - Smell is fresh piney hops, some cracker malts, and a touch of pale malts.
T - Very good the hops haven't backed off maybe a bit but it's still very earthy and bitter. The malts seem to balanced good it even borderlines on a IPA with the aggressive hopping.
M - Light to medium, ABV is well hidden. Halfway through the glass it's very balanced and enjoyable.
Overall far from the best fresh hop ales but I believe this may be one of the best pale ale fresh hopped ales I ever drank. Pity it cost 10-13 dollars fresh or I would love to get it again. If you see it now discounted for as cheap as I got it give it a try!

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Photo of DrJay
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Crystal clear amber/orange with a frothy, off-white head. Great retention and lots of clumpy lace. The hop aroma is very smooth and completely without harshness, very delicate for the amount - plenty of grapefruit and grassy character. There's also a bit of caramel and honey behind all the hops. Very balanced flavour with Just enough maltiness to keep the hops in check. Bitterness is solid, but not overdone. Green, grassy, and grapefruit hops are everywhere in the flavour - they linger long into the finish along with a hint of caramel. Slightly drying and creamy texture - there's a bit of powdery character from the hops. Carbonation and body are just on the light side of medium. There's a hint of warmth as well. This beer is highly quaffable. I can imagine drinking pint after pint of this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Elysian Brewing pint glass. Label says Bottled on: OCT 04 2012.

A- Pours a clean medium amber color with a 1/2 inch beige head that retains well before slowly diminishing to become a thin ring around the edge of the glass and random spotty surface foam. Curvy ring of thin lacing.

S- The label doesn't lie: grassy, citrusy with some pine and juicy fruit notes. There's also a considerable underlying malt sweetness.

T- Vegetal hop character reminds me of spinach and peas. The malt keeps things in check though with its biscuity character. Very smooth and drinkable without much alcohol coming through.

M- A bit dry with some mild prickle from the hops. Medium carbonation and a less viscous body.

O- Haven't had this one in a while but it's just as good as I remember it. Can't ask for much more in a pale ale except maybe that it be sold in 6-packs rather than a bomber. Guess you can't always get what you want.

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Photo of bark
3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The colour is pale amber with a tint of gold; the three finger head is compact and yellowish. Lots of lacing.

The smell is hoppy with a sweet note of citric fruits and a creamy bitterness. Some dough and a hint of cat pee.

The taste is hoppy with American notes of grape fruits, cream cookies, and a touch of barbeque meat. The bitterness is medium strong and a little sharp/sour. The aftertaste is a bit alcoholic with some citric chemical bitterness.

The carbonation is medium strong, the bubbles medium sized. The liquid is a bit light.

An unbalanced and tired APA, perhaps not as fresh as the name implies.

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Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a pint glass, had an amber color and a cloudy texture. There was a foamy half inch of long-lasting head and some good lacing.

S: Strong nose of hops, malt and some sugars. A pleasing aroma.

T: A nice combo of floral hops up front and some malt going down. Also has a sugary quality about it. This almost seems like a mix of Great Divide's Denver Pale Ale and one of their IPAs.

M: A good amount of carbonation and a smooth finish. Full-bodied.

D: Overall, this is a drinkable beer. As I said, it shares qualities with the Denver Pale Ale, a beer I'm not that fond of. That being said, this beer is well done and has a solid taste to it.

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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 rfgetz
3.83/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color, clear, cap of soapy head, good retention and lacing. Scent contains a muted profile of piney hops, touch of grapefruit and biscuity malts. Taste slightly more aggressive then scent, leads with a mildly bitter bite from piney hops, faint kiss of grapefruit and a solidly sweet biscuity and nutty malt background. Lighter side of medium bodied, slightly undercarbonated. Decent Pale Ale that doesnt necessarily show what fresh hopping can do to a beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.47/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow. Pours a clear orange/brown, medium sized white head, lots of sticky lace and great retention. Smell is citrus hops, caramel, floral hops, more hops, some more caramel, excellent, and superbly balanced. Taste is caramel up front, followed by an extreme citrus and floral hop hit, lots of hoppage in the finish, clean bitterness thats just right. Great floral/citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low carbonation. Amazing, best pale ale I've ever had, hands down. Malt and hops are perfectly balanced, a superb sipper, would love to stock up on this. Thanks DrJay!!!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hazed orange. Thin, tight ivroy white head. Good retention and intricate lace properties. Great aroma of fresh hops, orange marmalade based malt derivatives and grassy, pungent hop oils. This all follows through on the buds. Bright citric hop tones of grapefruit and lemon peel. Grassy. Very fresh tasting even though this is months old. Malt provides a solid backbone and is toffeeish and caramelly in nature. Some of that marmalade character comes through as well. Medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Yet another nice accomplishment by Great Divide. They have been impressing the hell out of me over the past year or so.

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

On-tap at the South Philly Tap Room, served in a goblet

Appears an orange/amber with a fluffy white head. Excellent retention and light, whispy streaks of lace on the glass.

Big, fresh hop aroma. Grapefruit, orange, pine needles, and fresh cut grass. A mild malt sweetness holds things down, but the hops really jump out at you.

The earthy, grassy, pine needle hops shine through more on the flavor, with the citrus hops taking more of a backseat. However, they still lend a big hand in the bright hop profile. I am really surprised this is not an ipa.

Medium bodied, maybe a little thin. Finishes crisp and clean.

This is a clean, bright hopped, pale ale and should not be overlooked. Very easy to drink, and extremely fresh.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.5/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 10.15.12
Bottled Oct 3, 2012

A - Pours a clear, darker orange with a one inch off-white head with a good retention and lacing.

S - Grass, pine, orange peel.

T - Grass, then bitter citrus and a sweet pine finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body and a creamy mouthfeel.

O - Dank and grassy for a normally pale and light beer.

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

Aroma is subtle yet inviting. Earthy hops with citrus notes balanced by a sweet caramel malt presence.

The taste is very well balanced with a solid 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. Honestly I expected more of a hop presence but as you continue to drink this beer it lingers on the palate and asserts itself.

Overall this beer has nice balance which makes it extremely drinkable and enjoyable. I could drink this all day; lesser hop character than most wet hop ales which I can appreciate as a change of pace from the hop bombs of today.

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

Bottle purchased in Columbus for about $5. The appearance was brilliantly clear, pale copper, thick and frothy topper. The aroma is mostly hops, fresh and resiny. The taste is OK, a nice balanced pale ale base with a blast of fresh hops giving a bitter punch, tasty enough to keep my interest through the bottle. Overall this is not something I'd miss if I didn't see it again, but it's far from bad.

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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 glid02
4.45/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the Brick Store in Atlanta.

Pours a clear copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head sticks around for a while before dissipating into a patchy layer on top and a thick ring around the glass. The lacing is pretty sticky.

Smells largely of citrus and floral hop aromas with some light pine. Very hoppy, I'm excited to sip on it.

Tastes just as good as the smell would indicate. Sweet malts mixed with a slight citrus flavor up front, followed shortly by a nice wallop of bitterness. The flavors linger for a moment but then disappear, making me want to take another sip.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and solid carbonation, but nothing special.

Drinkability is great. This is an easy drinking APA that I could easily have a few more of.

Overall this is one of the better APA's I've had recently. Be sure to give this one a shot if you see it around.

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

Bottled on October 16, 2010 and notes taken last night. Pretty much as fresh as I am going to get a Great Divide beer. Here's to tasty hops!

A- Orange-amber with a pretty nice white head that builds to several fingers in height. The frothy pillow leaves a moderate amount of spotty lace.

S- Hops all the way. Pine, citrus and grassy notes make a majority of the aroma. Some caramel and tropical sweetness come in later.

T- Starts very hoppy with big pine, citrus fruit, earthy and grassy notes. Upon finishing, the malt really kicks in with bready hints and makes you remember this is a Pale Ale. The caramel breaks in as it warms. Orange zest, peach and grapefruit all come to mind.

MF- Light end body with high end, stinging carbonation. Fairly creamy and highly bitter.

DB- Fresh Hop is one way to describe this. It is nice to have a reminder once in a while of how damn flavorful hops can be. I really love the malt finish that keeps it from being just another IPA "APA".

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Photo of Gusler
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a moderate semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to surround the glass. Nose has pleasant hop floral aroma backed buy sweet malt, start is slightly sweet, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic with nice hop spiciness, dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer and Great Divide a long time favorite brewery.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz, overpriced at 5.49 i'm sure at Riley's, but i'd been wanting to try this one

appearance: pours clear amber into a mash house pint glass, foamy white head forms immediately, builds up about a half inch, decent lacing left behind

smell: fresh hops (duh), flowery fragrances, grapefruit, orange/lemon peel, sweet and smooth caramel malts underneath, pine needles

taste: very well balanced...flowery citrus hops are prominent...grapefruit, orange, lemon, bubblegum...sticky pine needles. behind all of that is a well pronounced biscuit-like caramel malt base. this is a very good apa, in the class of alpha king and burning river for me

mouthfeel: smooth, great balance, moderate hop bitterness, very nice indeed

drinkability: very very easy drinking...this bomber wont last long. smooth, fresh and delicious

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a pint glass at the J. Clyde in Birmingham. From notes. Reviewed 24 October 2011. The menu has 'October 18' in parenthesis after the name of the beer...presumably the tap date?

A: A stark white finger of head. Clear golden amber. Good lacing.

S: Beautiful! Piney notes, perhaps from Cascade hops. Strong and superlative. Some grapefruit notes.

T: Mmmm, fan-freaking-tastic. The perfect pale ale? Refreshing, hoppy, and full-bodied without being oppressive. Light and pleasant. The aftertaste is hoppy and lightly dry.

M: Carbonated. Light and smooth.

O: Delicious. I really enjoyed it. Highly recommended. I will definitely have again...maybe tonight.

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

Bomber poured into an imperial pint, Great Divide Fresh Hop is bronze with a large, orange-tinged sandy head that is long lasting, creamy, and leaves pretty heavy lace. Forms a nice, dense little hockey puck island of foam that lasts through the last glass, with a few big lace rings as well. If it wasn't the clear brassy color that I favor the least, it would be a 4.5.

Smell is pungent and very resinous, lumber mill style, and lemony with a hint of oranges.

Taste is also very robust, but the intensity of the hops is cut by a sharp malty tang that I don't really care for. Hops are also mostly pine sap, some sour citrus and smooth but firm bittering, with a bit of spicy alcohol on the finish. It certainly grew on me, but the bite was just to sharp, especially initially.

Mouthfeel is oily and chewy, medium-heavy body.

Drinkability is pretty good, not my favorite Fresh Hop, something about the maltiness isn't really my taste, and I could use more depth from the hops, but I love how strong the flavor and aroma were, without being to acrid. As a 'pale ale', it's very good.

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

From notes while camping last week.

Appearance. Lightly hazy gold-amber with a finger of off white heac and some great lacing.

Smell. Sweet dried pineappe, oranges and guava with a little toasty caramel malt.

Taste. Toasted light grains with some tropical fruits, some grassy hops, a little pine, and a bit of bitter grapefruit rind in the finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice hoppy pale with an awesome tropical fruit smell.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4.42/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Dark orange color, clear with sudsy white head. The smell is grassy hops. The taste reminds me of bubblegum at first and then a bitterness comes around. The mouthfeel is perfectly smooth and creamy, excellent. I like this a lot better this year than I did last year.

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

on tap at pope in philly

Pours a hazed golden color with bright yellow hues. Thick white head rests on top, slowly dissolving into some retained film and layers of ringed lacing all over the glass.

Piny, spicy hop oils in the nose with splashes of grapefruit and citrus. Lighter toasted malt notes with continuing bitterness.

Super hoppy and bitter up front with oily and resiny hops. Pine and grapefruit notes with some softer orange sweetness and pith. Lighter malt backbone with some toasted notes and faint sweetness. Finishes with another kick of juicy hop resin, very little alcohol presence.

Medium body, well carbonated, sticky and oily on the tongue. I'm a huge fan of wet hopped beers, and Great Divide's is one of my favorites. Excellent.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Beer Temple, Amsterdam.

Pours straight pale gold with a layer of film and cathedral lacing. Pine resin, sour citrus and fresh leaf nose. Simple pale malt bill - toasted caramel, some pear and maybe tangerine. Bright lemon and herb hops to end. Clean finish and burning bitter linger. Light to medium, crisp, some stickiness.

Simplistic, but the IBUs are there. Not as fresh-tasting a fresh hop ale as some of the SN Harvests, though. Looking at some of the other glowing reviews, I wonder if this has suffered through shipping and storage...

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Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Great Divide Brewing Company
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