VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 650 mL bottle, shared with the man, StompBrockmore. Here we go. Is everyone strapped in? Good....A hugely complex and flavourful FRESH HOP MONSTER. They werenít lying when they named this one. Really, really gorgeous. This is a hard style to do because of the finicky nature of the fresh hops - which is why most people just say "ferget it". Great Divide realizes this is a process worthwhile, and they donít mess around. It really pays off. Huuuuuuuge grassy/piney/citrusy/floral hop aromas, the taste is all of the above and more - even a bit of a sweet candied hop nature and cocoa powder (chocolate malts?) in the back of the throat. Everything is cranked to 11 with not one element overpowering any other. I didnít want the glass to end. Near perfect for the style. I feel like crying because I donít have any more of this. Amaaaaaazing.
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
i didnít enjoy this fresh hop beer as much as others. i did not have that Pacific NW hop aroma or flavor. very earthy and grassy with hardly and citrusy sweetness. was good, but i expect a certain freshness with wet hop beers and this just didnít have it.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle, shared with VeloVampire - wow, really nice hop aroma just upon popping the cap on the bottle. Poured a golden amber with a really foamy white head. Nice! The aroma is lots of hops, sweet and piney and rich. I couldíve probably just sat smelling this one. I knew right there this was going to be a fantastic beer. The taste surprised me - right off the top I of course were fresh hops, followed by some caramel/milk chocolate (!! perhaps they used chocolate malt?) and more sweet, citrusy, piney, resiny, grapefruity hoppiness that goes down so smoothly. There is a huge hop flavour to this beer, but without the bitterness of an American IPA. Like itís name implies, this is a really fresh tasting and refreshing beer. Beautiful stuff!
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great Divide is another one of those breweries that just doesnít produce bad beer. This one is no exception. Pretty typical west coast APA/IPA. Piney hops, citrus, a little malt. Great smell, excellent color, lacing, etc. etc. etc. etc. Damn good.
BigBeer45 (1266) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber, poured golden with some amber, some bubbles that disapated,
scent of sweet with piney hops, drink of hop bite, citrus, malts, hops linger on the tongue, the hops overshadowed the malts, I thought there could be more malts in this one, its ok.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, refreshed 11/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured a clear deep amber copper with an average somewhat lasting off-white head with good lacing.
Smelt strongly of sweet hops, pine, some sweet caramel tones, and light grapefruit.
Taste was upfront strong bitter pine and moderate nuttiness with a light sweet malt bread and caramel backbone followed by a harsh bitter grassy hops bite with moderate soapy and horse blanket yeast touches on a long earthy pine finish. Palate was medium bodied, soft and oily, soft carbonation and moderate astringency.
Overall, this is another winner from Great Divide. The hops taste is clean and perfect without being overbearing. There really is no flaw with this beer, although the hops punch could be too much to handle for some.
HumuloneRed (751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear orange pale with a fluffy white head and sticky lacing. It has a strong pine and earth aroma. The flavor has pine & grapefruit with an intense bitter bite at the end. A very refreshing, well made, and hoppy beer.
jazz88 (2562) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 9, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. A hazed orange color with an off-white head. A nice hop aroma, grassy, the a moderate malty flavor. A little too malty for my taste and not balanced enough. Rating from December 2005 notes.
SDalkoholic (2173) - Linda Vista, California, USA - NOV 8, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Full nose decked with tons of hops pine and floral citrus aroma. Appears copper colored brass with some light sut floating about in equilibrium. Thick topping of foam and leaves behind plenty of beautiful lace. The flavor is delicious with a big smack of wet juciy hops that are so moist and fresh it would make Snoop Dogg say sticky icky icky. Damn good harvest ale. Great Divide just blows me away with how good they brew,
linkolnlogg (94) - your home, Minnesota, USA - NOV 7, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle to shaker (pounder). Pours out a gold-amber colour with a very nice foamy white head and excellent lacing. It is made from freshly harvested hops and only available about 3 months out of the year. Its nose is caramel and earth with light pine and definite hop elements. Taste is sweet, appealing, and hoppy with a caramel backdrop. Finish is bitter and sweet with caramel notes and a pleasant grass element. Complex and very flavorful