mcc5468 (121) - USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I should have rated last year’s version as I enjoyed that a bit more, but all in all, a good IPA. Hoppy - more on the sweet side this year, it seemed to have less of that IPA crispness. I would say piney hop flavor this year. Again, a nice IPA. I look forward to next year’s edition.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz. bottle into lager glass. Pours a clear, dark copper with a light white head that laces nicley. Aroma is heavy on grpaefruit and lemon with a noticable hoppyness. Flavor is of fresh hops, grass and grapefruit with a slight pine finish. Mouthfeel is very smooth and goes down easy. Great APA.
HopDevil1979 (117) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 12, 2007
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours not-so-hazy, not-so-clear.. Dark amber with frothy head. Smells of NW hops, yes, but I was expecting more in-your-face scents, considering the price I paid... Tastes very crisp and, well, fresh. Like a newly mowed lawn meets a grapefruit. The mouth-feel is what this beer is all about though. Not too watery, not too thick MAXIMUM palate points.
BeerSquare (116) - - OCT 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting beer-- I agree with the label and "Fresh Hop Pale Ale" rather than anyone who tries to call this an IPA. But it’s one of the hoppier pale ale’s you’ll taste.
Aroma is a litle dank and subtle, with some of that pilsnery barley must that tells you not to expect too much hop. The coppery color and minimal head complicate that message a bit.
The taste has a nice sharp edge to it, but it just gets your attention and then subsides very slowly into softer grassier flavors-- eventually it’s actually a very dry, clean finish.
The resiny undertones are really nice and complex, but this beer is about balance and a long, developing and fading flavor, rather than an IPA tastebud burner.
Palate is on the thick and mealy side for a pale ale, as to be expected. Feels like a resin has been infused gently throughout.
Very drinkable, and relatively low abv considering the hop flavors. Ah, the glory of wet hoppitudenicity.
illkarate (115) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2007
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Medium copper color, egg-white head, good lacing. Nice full aroma. Really nice, crisp mouthfeel. Great hop flavor, citrus (grapefruit, and a bit of orange), pine, resin, very balanced. Great Divide rarely disappoints - very nice pale ale.
DaTimBennett (111) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Smell of a lot of hops, pine, grass. Pours golden with a nice head that last. Taste hops, citrus, pine and grass. This beer is a nice mellow hoppy beer if you want something that has favor but is still easy to drink.
shanepardue (110) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - OCT 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very strong hop bitterness with excellent aroma. Looks great and tastes even better. This is a must for any hophead!
dsm (109) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours copper with a small head and good lacing. Aroma is hops. The taste is an excellent blend of hops and grapefruit. Almost like an IPA. I really enjoyed this one.
hopasaurus_rex (109) - Surprise, Arizona, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a cloudy golden orange. Aromas of malt, grass, citrus, slight caramel and a touch of alcohol. Initial taste is malty with a slight bitterness. A tad spicy with a nice grassy flavor. Has a smooth piney/citrusy bitterness to it that hangs around. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and a tad bitter. Overall a solid pale.
porkdiggity (108) - Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grassy flavor. I got this is in February so it was probably a little past peak consumption time. A little flat on flavor, not as hoppy as I would expect
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