Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale

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Brewed by Great Divide Brewing Company

Denver, CO, United States

Style:  American Pale Ale

6.1% Alcohol by Volume

55 International Bittering Units

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Just in time for cooler temperatures, Great Divide will bottle its fall seasonal beer, Fresh Hop Pale Ale. The September hop harvest is a once-a-year opportunity to brew with fresh hops, also called “wet hops.” Given the perishable nature of just-harvested hop cones, they are shipped overnight to Great Divide shortly after harvest. The morning of the scheduled hop delivery in Denver, Great Divide’s brewers begin brewing Fresh Hop and are ready to hop the beer just as the fresh hops are delivered. Using fresh hops is a big endeavor, requiring four to five times the volume of hops compared to the usual process of using pelletized hops. This complex process brings impressive results: Fresh Hop is an American-Style Pale Ale with moderate hop bitterness marked by a unique and intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma. Fresh Hop is a superbly refreshing, medium bodied, light-copper colored pale ale.

ID: 19291 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 18 years ago

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Overall Rank349
Overall Percentile99.3
Style Rank4 of 2215
Style Percentile99.8
Lowest Score2.3
Highest Score4.8
Average Score3.939
Weighted Score3.870
Standard Deviation0.440

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  • GIVMEBEER 795 reviews
    rated 3.6 8 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Clear amber pour, not much head but surprisingly leaves quite a bit of lacing. Mild pine aroma. Fruity, floral, pine and grassy flavour. Helped along with a slight breaded malt background. Light bodied with medium carbonation. More like a fresh hopped ipa than an apa.

  • ICHORM 144 reviews
    rated 4.2 11 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    from my notes: Wish I knew the hop. Really nice, dark gold colour, nice aroma, really well hopped. Aroma tickles the nose like a pollenated flower. "There is nothing wrong with this beer." Well above average APA. Finish is rich, flavourful, crisp and lovely. ##2nd review: This one tastes like peanut butter. I swear it. Still, hoppy, smooth, regal even. BUt peanut butter on the finish...

  • MITCHFORGIE 683 reviews
    rated 3.6 12 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 7 | Overall: 8

    Really lemony I thought, well really citrus, leaning to a lemon angle. slight lime too, some honey. Darker than the average IPA I thought. Sweet smelling in general. Bitter and sweet smelling hops. Medium to thin body, really quaffable.

  • IABEERGUY 371 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    This was a fantastic beer, something I've come to expect from all Great Divide products. Hazy orange pour with a nice head. Great lacing on the glass, aroma of fruity hops, some pine. Creamy grapefruit flavor and a bitter finish. Great Divide continues to impress!

  • RJA 2975 reviews
    rated 4.3 13 years ago

    Aroma: 10 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    A bright orange colored beer with a big frothy textured, white head rising above. Good hang time on this one. And the lacing of film all over the sides of the glass and thin ringlet are impressive enough. The nose is all about hops, pine and citrus. But surprisingly the tasting is not as strong. The malt balances everything out very well. Well carbonated and light medium in body. Comes as near to perfection as cn be had.

  • SLOWRUNNER77 5682 reviews
    rated 4.0 13 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 8

    i was hoping for great, and got very good. no complaints, my expectations for GD have become so high it's hard to measure up. this has a nice zesty, spicy, grassy and citrus hop bitterness which is very nice in the flavor and nose. a little light bodied, but fitting for the style. not a ton of malt presence. slightly darker than usual for the style. nice beer. one of the better pales i've had.

  • CYBERCAT 11711 reviews
    rated 3.8 13 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Pours a clear reddish amber, bordering on coppery, with a fine-bubbled, barely off white head. Richly hoppy aroma has grapefruit and spicy hints. Flavor is quite hoppy but not at all bitter, with hints of evergreen and sour orange. Smooth yet lively and fizzy texture leaves behind a nice tingle.

  • KINGER 2328 reviews
    rated 3.8 14 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 7

    Abundant citrus hop aromas with a good pine quality, the bread and caramel malts can be picked up as well. Dark copper color with a big fluffy head and thick lacing. Fresh and nicely bitter, it was a quenching hoppy ale. Good flavor the hops provide a nice soapy taste to compliment the citrus and evergreen. Biscuits, caramel and a touch of nutty malts make their way through the aggressive hop flavors.

  • BEERGUY101 5022 reviews
    rated 3.9 15 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 7 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Sampled on 4/26/2009. This American Pale Ale pours a slightly cloudy orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head, with nice lacing and decent retention. The aroma is fruity, citrusy and piney hops, and caramel malts. A medium bodied American Pale Ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are juicy with lots of pine and citrus. A bunch of orange and orange peel flavors as well. Nice balance. Good carbonation. The big juicy hops shine is this beer, from the big up front bitterness to the long lasting bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is bitter.

  • JERRYMORRISON 2130 reviews
    rated 4.0 15 years ago

    Aroma: 7 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 7 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 9

    The aroma was my favorite aspect of this beer, it was a nice grassy, citrus mix that was noticeable upon opening. The body was a clear mid copper color with plenty of carbonation that left good lace. Mouthfeel was crisp but a touch watery. Flavor was pretty much pine, with very little malt presence. Overall this seemed more IPA than APA, but when somethings this good who cares?

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