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Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 1045   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29/5   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
DPA has risen to become one of the most award-winning English-style pale ales in the world. Sporting a brilliant copper hue and an assertive floral hop aroma, DPA is known for its smooth, malty middle, which is expertly complemented with hearty and complex hop flavor. DPA’s extraordinary hop finish is marked by crisp yet moderate hop bitterness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
EKGoldings (634) - Radford, Virginia, USA - MAY 15, 2004
Bottled 2-3 months ago. Pours amber with modest head, smell is floral hop. Tastes smooth, fairly dry, light malt, nice citrusy hops in balance. I would have no problem drinking a bunch of this :-) Not a powerhouse but a nice beer with just enough character to be interesting without being too sweet or blowing out your hop-buds.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Braudog (6341) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - MAY 7, 2004
Visited the brewery in Denver and had a great time with Bernie, one of the brewers. Nothing like a great friendly brewery! This was dark amber with a beautiful head. Nicely hopped and lightly malty for a good balance. Good American Pale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jde123 (775) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - APR 23, 2004
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2004 Wow, pours a prismatic goldenrod color, but since I have trouble discerning color, lets just say it has the color of orgasmic inferno. Let’s hope this good opinion proceeds. Decent aroma, lot’s of hops, kind of smells like cotton candy actually. Mmmm,mmm! Great great great taste, I dare say this is the best (or ranks among the best) pale ales I have ever tried! And to think I got this for free during a promotional drive at my local beer retailer. Fantastic! Nothing wrong with this at all!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (13235) - Washington DC, USA - APR 22, 2004
Crystal clear, light copper body topped by a small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, floral, caramel, light grapefruit. Taste is mild sweet, earthy/floral, caramel, dough, finishing mild-intensity grapefruit. Light-medium body. Nice, easy-drinking beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - APR 7, 2004
Dark amber almost copper body topped by a frothy stark white head. The aroma is floral/herbal hops with a tad bit of sweetness. Flavorwise the malts are a mite more dominate with the hops coming into plat towards the end of the taste. Hops are slightly citric. Body is medium with a medium dry finish. Decent enough beer overalll.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - APR 5, 2004
On-tap at the Denver Airport in the Pilots Lounge
Bronze copper with white head & lacing. The aroma is citrusy with some hops and a little malt character. It's hard to pick up on some of the more subtle charactaristics of this beer due to the bar. Picture an airport that is all non-smoking save for one bar that has about 100 seats and every seat is filled with a stressed out traveler puffing furiously on one to two cigarettes. That's how bad this place was. The flavor was well balanced and mild. Light bitter finish with a medium-light body along with some diactyl notes that came towards the end (when I could get a gasp of fresh air).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 2, 2004
UPDATED: APR 9, 2004 Deep amber-copper, thin off-white head. Nose tart and hoppy, bit sour and skanky, even though it was bottled two months ago. Hops have lots of pine, a bit citric. Some malts, though not enough to balance the hops, bit of toffee and maple syrup as well.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stefanberggren (135) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 29, 2004
A nice every day pale that is worth buying a six pack at least once a month. Good summer beer with a nice hop flavor that remains inspite of filtration.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2004
Pours with a nice orangey bronze body and a thick fluffy off white head. The nose suggests notes of caramel, light notes of citrus, small notes of spruce and cedar. The flavor is pretty earthy and organic. Ideas of peat, mulch, a musty heap of moist grains. This is without question a British style Pale Ale; I’m changing the “style” from APA! I’ve gotta admit that this brew does have a nice creamy mouth feel, however, I’m not the biggest fan of this style. This PA finishes with a caramel malt and citrus palate that lingers around for some time.
Post Note: It freaking says right on the bottle that this beer has won 3 Great American Beer Festival medals in the category of – Classic English-Style Pale Ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 22, 2004
Copper body with moderate carbonation, apparent dry-hop residue, and a small velvety white head. Pine and citrus aroma plus a malty/apple quality. Some elements of the flavor suggest an English pale ale. Tangy. A fair pale ale but nothing great.

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