JasonBMoore (22) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2006
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
First off, I love the label graphics. Pours sparkling amber with a large creamy head, heavy uniform lacing. The aroma screams northwest hops- I love it! Fresh squeezed grapefruit, spruce, and perfume combine into a true force to be reckoned with. Intense hop flavor dominates, zesty spruce and grapefruit wrapped in a bold bitterness. Finish is quite bitter, sprucey, and cleansing. This beer is not for the timid, serious hopheads only need apply.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(2006 Edition) This beer has a nice a “fresh hop” nose. The palate is rich in complex hop flavors, that are reminiscent of pine cones and grapefruit skins. A beer that is most focused on hop flavor and aroma, but the bitterness balances things out. This is certainly a wonderful beer that I would love to see in six-packs in the future.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Aroma: Light pine and grapefruit, strong grassiness and a touch of earthy spiciness. Some malt sweetness and light caramel. Appearance: Light amber in color and fairly hazy. Off-white head was full and frothy with good retention. Good lacing. Flavor: Lots of somewhat juicy hop flavor. Citrus, pine, resin, and a strong grassy and hay flavor. Some earthy hop flavors into the finish. Medium sweet maltiness with a nice caramel note. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Overall: We don’t get alot of these wet hopped beers in the midwest, so I grab them up when I see them. This one was good, with a nice fresh hop flavor.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber; pours a perfect amber with a medium sized off-white head, excellent lacing. A more subdued aroma than expected with some pine, grass and resin coming through. What the aroma might lack the flavors brings on strong. A near perfect bite with a big hit of fresh hops, citrus, grass and a nice lingering after taste of hops that makes you want more. This is a really crisp beer and well worth a try; you won’t regret it!
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 weren’t 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 don’t 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 didn’t want the glass to end. Near perfect for the style. I feel like crying because I don’t have any more of this. Amaaaaaazing.
Cliff (355) - 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 didn’t 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 didn’t 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 could’ve 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 it’s 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 doesn’t 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 (1436) - 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.