HogTownHarry (6834) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle (650ml). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle. Poured clear deep amber with a small diminishing off-white head. Aroma of fresh funky citrus and pine hops. Flavour follows the nose, strong resiny (and as tupalev says, herbal) hops backed up ably by solid lightly sweet malt, quite balanced with a long finish, almost pungent at the end. Quite a full bodied APA, juicy, creamy and astringent. Like a lot of Great Divides, a solid offering. Recommended. Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JAN 7, 2006
Bottle shared with hogtown harry and blankboy (you both have this beer I think, so I’ll credit both of you for bringing it, as I can’t recall who exactly brought it!). Dark orange/light brown, small bubbly white head. Lovely piney fresh hop aroma (imagine that!) - very herbal and fresh - unique. Lovely unique hop taste - much more malt than I was expecting. The fresh hops assert themselves more in the finish - what a linger! That just stays in the back of your throat screaming for more, I love it! Very herbal/plant like quality to the hops. Medium mouthfeel. Well balanced. A really good session like beer from a brewery that never disappoints and is probably my favourite American Micro right now. And my 1000th rating, cheers to all I have had the good fortune of meeting and sharing a pint with, especially the local Toronto Ratebeerians and Bartowelers who got me in to this whole thing. Cheers! DarkElf (3062) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 3, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) Oh fantastic, another of these chalky beers I seem to love so much! I know it’s a beer that is supposed to be about the hops, and it is, but the chalky nose, flavor and mouthfeel jump out at me immediately and really appeal to me. Husky, grainy, mildly sweet malt sets a solid and flavorful base. The hops actually tastes like hops here, that’s always a good thing, and shows much acidity, some citrus, and a moderate bitterness, balancing the beer out quite nicely. Some alcohol seems evident as well, and combined with the acidic hops kind of cleans out my sinuses. Surprisingly, the nose is much more balanced toward the husky grains, with the hops being more restrained than in the flavor. Medium "plus" bodied, well-carbonated, dry and very crisp right from the sip, but especially in the finish. Medium amber color has perfect clarity. The bubbly, off-white head rises to over an inch on the pour, covers the beer in a thin but full layer for the entire session, and decorates most of the glass with an amazing and beautiful coating of tightly-packed ice crystal lacing. Overall, this is an excellent pale ale with a brilliant hop character, a beer I’d definitely buy if it were available in California. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2006
bottle-pours bright orange with a whispy foamy white head with some legs. aroma of straight in your face smack of pine but has a cool note of raspberry tea. flavors are big pine, citric sweetness (orange) coacunt, pineapple, grapefruit. There is some malt there but mostly a hop bomb! As it warmed the balance started to show with some lightly husky malts but mostly sweet. My only gripe here is the body suffers from lack of substance. Cool splash of vanilla on the finish. Great job GD! beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - JAN 2, 2006
Clear amber gold color with a medium stacking head of off-white fluffy foam on top. Top stays present for good length, fading slow to a hefty skim and collar. Lacing is in a fine, tightly spotty sheeting across the glass. Nice looking glass of ale.
Aroma is of pale citrus, dullish-like orange and grapefruit with a spritz of lemon. Lots of pine-sided woodyness hovers over the top. Semi resinous and floral with a grassy touch, but mostly woodish and pale citrus. Clean and pungently pleasing.
Taste is more wood toned then citrus, at least in this serving, perhaps an actual fresher bottle would have had more of the citrus tones more forward. As is, this time around, the wood is a bit heavy and bringing it to one side of the hop scale that isn’t really keeping a good balance from others GD Fresh Hops I’ve had. Medium to light bitterness, semi drying into the finish with some citrusy tones, but more piney and thickly prevalent in wood flavors that take away from the crispyness that pops in front.
Feel is about medium, a bit parching in its bitterness and dryness, but stays the course(coarse) and keeps a very teetering balance that could fold either side into too much pine and/or too much parchness. That said, for no other reason then this- its damn drinkable. It keeps a nice clean profile overall while grabbing hold with woody, citrus tinted bitterness, and maintains a doughy little malt backing while doing it. Some sweetness finds its way in around the corners, in the middle, and very, very late after the finish. Which in turn helps this become quite a fun ride to drink down. After finally sitting down with this one, it seemed a bit more woody then the others I’ve had in the past month or so. A little more clean, snappy, crisp, and citric and this bottle would have nailed it, much like previous bottles. Another bottle or two and another review may be in order...
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2006
The beer dispenses from the 22-ounce brown bottle a luminous golden amber color with a moderate semi-creamy light tan head that slowly erodes leaving a fine coating of lace to surround the glass. Nose has pleasant hop floral aroma backed buy sweet malt, start is slightly sweet, the top middling in feel to the palate. Finish is mildly acidic with nice hop spiciness, dry aftertaste and a very drinkable beer and Great Divide a long time favorite brewery. TheBeerNinja (137) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Pours a pale orange with a thin off-white head that lasts. Flavor, honestly reminds me of a dumbed down hercules. The hops are subdued and piney, the malts are robust and roasty. It’s a nice beer but from great divide, I’ve come to expect better eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2005
Poured orange with an off white fluffy head. Quite carbonated with huge lacing all the way down. Aroma was sweet citrus hops (orange peel and lemon) with a grassiness to it. Good malt body with sweet lemon and orange flavors. Very hoppy, but not too bitter. Refreshing. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Bright orange/amber, nice white head. Lively, fresh grapefruit aroma. A very well rounded hop flavor, though a little quick on the finish. Watery, not super oily. Typical hop-driven beer; one-dimensional. aracauna (3606) - Georgia, USA - DEC 27, 2005
Perfectly clear amber, almost copper, with a thick, lasting, lumpy off-white head. Grassy, orangey, floral hop aroma is obviously too slight to be an IPA, but pleasant. The flavor has higher bitterness than the average APA, and it overbalances the malty, but slightly thin body by a tad. Overall a good beer, though.