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Great Divide Denver Pale Ale

Serve in English pint


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RATINGS: 1044   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. DPAís extraordinary hop finish is marked by crisp yet moderate hop bitterness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - AUG 29, 2004
Bottle. Slightly darker than most pales, and also a bit more malty...maybe a bit too malty, as it seems to have thrown the balance off a little bit. Average mouthfeel. Drinkable, but not much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
raymow (1395) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2004
Pretty good, but I prefer the English pale ale style over the American pale ale style. The English style tends to be sweeter, where the American style tends to be hoppier.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - AUG 25, 2004
UPDATED: SEP 7, 2004 A nice rendition of the calssic English pale ale style. Great hazy copper color with an off-white head that diminshes slowly and leaves lace down the glass and a touch of foam on the suface. Aroma is malty but on the light side. Flavor begins with hops but a bit of maltiness comes through in the middle. Finishes pretty dry though, and almost chalky. Adequately bitter. I have a feeling my Great Divide samples might not have traveled well from Denver--I notice a slightly sour smell and taste that Iím guessing shouldnít be there. Might try this again another time of the year to see if I get a different impression. Discounting those problems, Iíd say this is an okay ale. It doesnít exactly knock my socks off, because in the end I think itís a bit mediocre and bland. But itís not bad. A little more of one or more ingredients would help--more hops, more malt?

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - AUG 21, 2004
Bottle. Very nice appearance--copper colored with a foamy white head. Aroma is floral and lightly malty. Flavor is hoppy, but not overdone so much that you canít taste the maltiness. Has dry finish. Very pleasant beer. Well done.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wunderbier (1434) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 11, 2004
12 oz bottle, shaker. Toasted light bread, slightly nutty, hints of caramel malt (L); flower and orange hops (M); light apricot and pear aromas. Hazy amber-red body with an average, foamy, off-white head that is well lasting and leaves good lacing. Moderately sweet, lightly acidic flavor becomes a lightly acidic, moderately bitte, dryr finish. Medium body, watery/creamy texture, average carbonation. The bottom line is: a tasty EPA with nice hopping that could use a touch more caramel malt.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - AUG 8, 2004
Bottle - Pours a copper-red color with a thin whitish head. Aroma is of spicy hops and a mild amount of malt. Flavor is just about all hops and bitterness. Finish is bitter with a slight amount of sweetness at th end.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - AUG 3, 2004
Beautifully bright copper color, medium sized foamy creamed cap of ivory hue sits briefly, moderately laced with thin patchy sheets. Keeps some thinner foam on top along with a foamy collar pretty much the entire glass. Aroma has a dry leafy/wood hoppyness, touches of peach and orange, toasty, raw breadish malt backing. Flavors are about the same, little more of a malt sided pale with a dull sweetness of toasty bread and a somber caramel blending within, midway brings in some slight fruity malts and hops, notes of dark orange, finishes nice with a complexing little display of hops, tame bitterness overall, leafy, woodish and floral hops with a super squeezed in piney bite and some tannic and metallic hints. Feel is about medium with a somewhat loosened slickness and creamyness. Finishes dry with a narrowing chalky texture. No real cohesiveness to its body, its just kinda there. Not what I prefer out of a Pale, but not bad...but thereís better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkover (1534) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 21, 2004
UPDATED: MAR 16, 2008 Light copper color with a beige head. Aroma of sweet malt/cake and a little hops. Flavor of mild hops and malt. Finish is dry and bitter. Pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Cowtown57 (18) - Ft Worth, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2004
lotsa carbonation. Okay head. A bit watery and not really a whole lot of flavor to speak of. Pretty average and not much better than your mainstream domestic offerings.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2141) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - JUL 19, 2004
a pretty damn good EPA. pours out orange colored. i had mine in the fridge, so i poured it very cold. it was very good this way too. head is small. smells hoppy and floral. taste is smooth, malty and hoppy. its a pretty good very drinkable beer. worth trying for sure.

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