BigBeer45 (1282) - 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 (2572) - 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 (2185) - 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
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Deep copper color with nice looking carbonation and minimal head. Very grassy aroma with hints of citrus peal. This smells like the hop storage room at their brewery. Fresh tasting indeed! Pine, citrus peal and strong fresh grassiness practically punches you in the mouth while the malt struggles to hold the whole show up. Semi-dry body. Not a bad brew. Quite grassy though.
rajendra82 (964) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the 22 oz. bomber, this Pale Ale came out clear and bubbly, and readily formed a three finger thick head, which looked quite nice atop the pale amber colored body. The aroma was typical of the “C” hopped west coast products, with a leafy and citric hop profile. The hops were backed by the scent of sweet and partially caramelized malt. While not overly strong, especially considering the presence of the words Fresh Hop in the name, the smell was spot on for an American Pale Ale. The taste was well balanced between sweet toffee-ish malt and spicy dry hop oils. Not a lot of bitterness was present, except for a little grapefruit rind like flourish at the end of each sip. Feeling a bit thicker on the tongue than a run of the mill Pale Ale, this was highly quaffable, while not being watery. A well made beer, which was not quire the showcase of hops I was hoping it would be. The quality was however so good, it kept my disappointment from creeping into the score.
cbkschubert (2900) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle Pours a clear amber color with a nice off white head. Light spotty lacing. Has your typical citrus hop aroma. Flavor is mostly hop with some caramel malt to back it. No real lingering bitterness on the palate. Medium body. A good PA.
dwedin (249) - Happy Valley, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber and clear, small white head. Crazy strong floral, resin aromas, a little malt. High carb, fresh hop flavor. Great hop flavors but a little one sided, apparently that is their point.