Heyday Modern IPA
Great Divide Brewing Company

Heyday Modern IPAHeyday Modern IPA
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #5,774
ABV:
5.8%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,462
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 9.36%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
81
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Great Divide Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
Heyday Modern IPAHeyday Modern IPA
Notes: Who says the best days are behind you? HEYDAY is an IPA for the modern Bold Character. Abundantly hopped, light in body, and low on bitterness, Heyday shines with notes of tropical fruit, berry, and melon. The complex hop profile is complemented by a crisp malt character for an approachable IPA fit for any occasion. Today is yours, have a Heyday.
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BucannonXC5 from California

3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Type: 19.2-oz. can
Reviewed as: American IPA
Glass: Pure Project 14-oz. Teku glass
Price: $2.49
From: Trader Joe’s in La Mesa, Calif.
Purchased: June 22, 2020
Consumed: June 23, 2020
Misc.: Canned on June 10, 2020 at 8:12 p.m. MT

Had Rachel pick up me some random beer at Trader Joe’s. It’s been a long time since I had a beer from Great Divide. The Great Divide website called it, “Who says the best days are behind you? HEYDAY is an IPA for the modern Bold Character. Abundantly hopped, light in body, and low on bitterness, Heyday shines with notes of tropical fruit, berry, and melon. The complex hop profile is complemented by a crisp malt character for an approachable IPA fit for any occasion. Today is yours, have a Heyday.” No mention of hops.

Poured a medium yellow-to-gold semi-hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of bubble streams coming up along the sides of the glass at fast speeds, kind of reminiscing a snow globe underneath the head. Almost perfect uneven foamy lacing. Almost perfect retention. (Sight - 4.75)

Smelled mango, papaya, passion fruit, tangerine, grapefruit, melon, lemon, lime, dish soap, strawberry, pear, apricot and herbal. Not quite as good out of the can. No mention of hops, but would lean toward Citra for sure and maybe Motueka or Southern Cross? I think a bunch more in there as well. (Smell - 3.75)

Tasted about as good as the nose. In order got papaya, mango, melon, bitter grapefruit peel, mandarin orange, tangerine, pear, apricot, peach skin, lemon, dish soap, passion fruit, herbal and peppery spice. No mention of hops but would kind of getting Citra, Amarillo, Southern Cross, Motueka, Galaxy, Vic Secret and Mandarina Bavaria. Let’s pick three or four of those. (Taste - 3.75)

Medium body. Oily texture. Lively carbonation. Abrupt, bitter, dry finish. (Feel - 4.00)

This was very good overall. Really interested in the hop combo here. (Overall - 3.75)

3.84 | 86 | B+

Aug 21, 2020
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defunksta from North Dakota

4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, light and clean yellow color with a soft white head. SRM of 5-6. (3.75)

Aroma: Strong deep tropical aromas of resinous melon and berry. Not too sweet though. Mostly tropical melon, but smells clean. (4.00)

Flavor: Flavor follows the nose with a strong deep and tropical melon flavor that evolves into berry. Strong tropical melon and berry all around. Then the carbonation comes through the middle which gives it a sort of grape soda type of flavor. No drying black tea, and finishes sort of sweet. (4.00)

Feel: Medium-bodied. Moderate carbonation. Heavier than I was expecting for 5.8%. Drinks like an IPA in terms of the body and sweetness. (4.25)

Compared to Wasatch Brewing Tropical IPA: Pours a lighter color. Stronger melon/berry aromas. Less citrus and flower. Heavier bodied and sweeter overall.

Overall: Quite an impressive IPA for 5.8%. Has much more body than I was expecting at this alcohol level. Great tropical melon and berry flavors. It's a Heyday of a beer for 5.8% (Final Rating: 4.01

Aug 07, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

7/1/19...pours bright gold with light layer of white foam. Light citrus nose. Grassy too. Smooth, light minty pine flavor. Simple and juicy. Very nice IPA, another solid GDBC!

Mar 28, 2020
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Reidrover from Oregon

3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

19.2 oz can from Capital Market in Salem OR
$2.95
Pours a ever so slightly hazed light gold colour with a nice sized frothy white head.
Aroma is faintly floral with a bit of orange in the back.
Taste light floral/citrus hop..lightly malted.
Mouth feel works for what it is medium low , medium carbonation and a semi dry finish.
Average lighter IPA

Mar 08, 2020
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Parmesan from Colorado

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L:. Pours a hazy straw gold with a medium white head and some lacing on the glass.

S:. Notes of lemon, earthy beers, pine tree, orange, a bit of grapefruit.

T:. Strong bitterness that is piney mixes with some lemon orange and other fruits, a bit of berries and earthiness.

F:. Medium body slightly prickly carb.

O:. Fairly average IPA.

Oct 18, 2019
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Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A couple of 19oz cans purchased at Total Wine in Lynnwood, Washington.
Canned on date is hard to read but I think it's 08/20/19. Poured in a collins glass.

Look- Hazy, pale straw color, nice dense white head with good retention, spotty lacing. lots of carbonation streams as it sits.

Smell- Citrus (orange, grapefruit, lemon), tropical fruit (pineapple, passion fruit or mango), light stone fruits, grainy cereal malts, pine, and dank. Grassy/herbal notes.

Taste- Pithy citrus, pine, pineapple, light stone fruit and melon, grass, cereal malt. Pretty darn tasty.

Feel- Medium/light bodied with a clean, crisp, semi-dry finish. Moderate bitterness, fairly well balanced, medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- A nice enough offering, light and sessionable. Worth trying if you find it.

Oct 08, 2019
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy pale gold with one finger of white head.
Smell is floral hops and bread crust malts.
Taste is floral bitter hops with a good backing from the malts. Seems almost like one of those session IPAs.
Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. Finish is dry a lightly bitter.
Overall an alright IPA but not remarkable in any way. No date guys!

Jun 29, 2019
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can bought at Liquor Shed. Canned April 19th 2019.

It pours a clear straw gold with a big head of foam. Lacing good, head retention very good.

Smells of tropical fruit, dank, earthy malt, melon.

Taste has bitter citrus and melon, tropical fruit, grass, toasted malt, flavourful.

Very good mouthfeel.

Enjoyable.

May 27, 2019
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ChrisBeerDrinker94 from Colorado

4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful yellow-light orange, hazy color. Thick, creamy, fluffy-white head. Constant bubbles going up the glass. Smells like pineapple, very pleasantly mixed with floral hops. Taste is exploding in orange, citrus peels and hops. No bitter aftertaste. Leaves a light floral taste. Nice warmth of alcohol behind but not too overwhelming. I don’t drink IPA’s normally, but this would be my go-to. Almost tastes like an improved IPA version of Blue Moon.

Feb 22, 2019
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BillDon from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fine IPA. The backstory from the local rep at a beer tasting ... this was a co-branding with Jeep (c) But just before it was released Jeep called to tell GD it would be 18 months until the Jeep release. Told a similar story about Yeti co-brand.

anyway the beer was solid but not as fresh as he said not 4 four days but 6 weeks old. so close. Did get a pile of stickers that are rattling around my car for buying...

Nov 17, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy light amber in color. Head is frothy and white with lasting retention. Lacing is nice with rings around the glass.
The nose is tropical. Lots of pineapple. Picking up some orange, wheat, and a soft floral note. Bitterness is moderate.
Orange rind bitterness with some pineapple sweetness in the taste. Still picking up the grains. Bitterness lingers.
Mouthfeel is light bodied and very smooth. Carbonation is light and pleasing. In the middle.

Jul 23, 2018
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craigbelly from Iowa

3.96/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color. Aroma is a little dank, tropical fruits, and grapefruit citrus. Tastes the same as it smells with citrus and sweetness coming out in the end. Moderate bitterness. Feels medium bodied with mild dryness.

Jul 16, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a fine but unexciting ipa, dubbed "modern" ipa on the packaging, which i suppose is true given that the malt is largely dropped out of it and the hops seem more new school and more dry hopped than northwestern and bitter, although the yellowish brew is fairly clear, this isnt so modern that its new england style. great divide has made a good beer here, i think a needed update to the rest of the hoppy beers in their portfolio, which are so old school that they seem dated now, so this makes sense, but its also fairly conservative as they go, and didnt really turn me on the way i hoped it would. its got some citra in it i would think, that clean and delicate almost soapy lemon complexion to the hops in both aroma and flavor, a little orange peel character as well, some lemongrass and even tea, its fresh and its light and there isnt much bitterness to back it up. light body, no crystal malt evident in here at all, it even feels a little thin, but the bubbles are there and there is a certain summery sessionable nature to the thing overall that i cant help but find appealing. its barley an ipa really, but its on trend and should work well for these guys, a fine companion to a cheeseburger too. i have been seeing this one around quite a bit this summer, more than i have seen of great divide in ages...

Jul 08, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 5/16/2018. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, red apple, passion fruit, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is a very good IPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and pretty refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish, no overly aggressive. Mix of American, New Zealand, Australian, and German hops. Balanced vibrant, dank, and earthy hop complexity; with a solid pale malt backbone, and no residual sweetness. A very enjoyable offering, with a unique hop profile.

Jul 07, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of citrus, toasted caramel and pine. Sweet citrus flavor with a piney bitterness and toasted caramel backbone.

Jul 02, 2018
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Wasatch from Colorado

4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can
Canned On: MAY 29 2018

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice cloudy pale yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger white head, which also leaves some nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach. mango, apricot), slight diesel. The taste is hoppy, malty, with a pretty nice citrus complex (orange, tangerine, grapefruit, peach, mango, apricot), nice little diesel like. Medium body, ABV is hidden very nicely, with a dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew. Kinda Orange Juilius! Addictive!

Jun 30, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

3.59/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a pale yellow with a solid head. The aroma is vague but pleasant, with lemon and orange peel, with a touch of honey, grass, and pine. The flavor is a bit brighter, but with a mild start of grass, pine, and orange peel, followed by some floral qualities and a reasonably strong bitter kick. the mouthfeel is is quite full, with loads of soapy carbonation, and a slightly astringent finish. Overall this is a perfectly acceptable beer, but lacks any wow factor. Too bitter to be easy going, but not enough to be diverting, t hangs in an odd middle ground.

Jun 25, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unclear yellow, with thick, high foam and some floaties.

Smell is citrusy and crisp, with hints of lemonpeel.

Taste is citrusy, with some notes of pine and peach, and a pretty solid bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a decent IPA with a bit too much bitterness for the rest of the flavor, which is a bit subdued.

Jun 23, 2018
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DenverHopHead from Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can with a canned on date of 4/5/18; into a pint glass.
Appearance- an unfiltered snow globe of sediment and bubbles against a straw yellow canvas; head is a thick, soapy white and leaves dynamic lacing!
Smell- traces of pineapple, grapefruit and herb.
Taste- this is Titan (similar hop character at least) on a grapefruit and pineapple steroid and lower ABV!
Feel - powerful hop profile lends a delightful bitter backdrop to the entire session!
Overall- really solid ipa offering from GD that checks every box other than smell.

May 05, 2018
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

What is a modern IPA? I guess I'm about to find out.

A hazy, pale yellow-orange brew with just enough opacity to keep you from seeing all the way through. An off-white froth hovers for a bit then fades into a fine covering.

Some florals, orange and grapefruit in the aroma.

Tastes like the fruit juice you get out of a soda machine, which isn't always bad, but just doesn't compare to the real thing. More florals, a hint of spice and some lemon zest and melon going down.

Has a light body and goes down easy with little to no bitterness.

Always been a big fan of Great Divide, and I'm sure I always will be, but this one seems contrived and unnecessary to me.

May 05, 2018
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tempest from New York

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

GD describes this as low bitterness and approachable, but it's got a dry bite that stands out. The aroma and flavor veer from guava and grapefruit rind into dank cannabis with a little toast. Clean flavors and expertly brewed, but not to my taste.

Apr 27, 2018
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Great Divide carabiner mug (aluminum).

The white frothy head coats the side of the mug spectacularly as the beer goes down, and a film of thin white cloud cover remains on top all the way to the last sip. The color of the beer itself is a light hazy straw yellow. The smell is a little dank with mostly woods coming through -- pine and spruce with a fair bit of grapefruit citrus. Tastes the same as it smells with lots of citrus coming through in the finish and even a little bit of sweetness. Feels medium-light on the throat, dry. Overall, decent citrus and wood, not all that bitter which makes it very likable.

Apr 22, 2018
Heyday Modern IPA from Great Divide Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 81 ratings