Crosling (1864) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
Copper with orange highlights.
The nose piney, lemony, floral, citric, caramelly and very fresh. Lovely aromas.
Great hop flavor but very little bitterness. Pacific Northwest Hops. Very grassy with leaves, citrus notes, pine sap, light fruitiness and caramel.
I cannot say enough good things about Great Divide. It’s too bad they stopped making this beer. It was replaced by a DIPA called Hercules which I have yet to try.
This is a very well rounded Pale Ale but it seems a little odd for Great Divide to brew two Pale Ales especially in a series that is supposed to be for the beer drinkers with a refined palate. This isn’t a big beer at all, just a plain n’ simple medium bodied, lightly hopped (for the style) american pale ale. unclebleen (620) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2004
Pours a clear copper color with a large off-white head and some decent lacing. Aroma and flavor are citrus, pine and a general hop note. Malt is balanced decently. A good APA but nothing to write home about. BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JUN 4, 2004
Clear copper hue with lasting frothy head and very good lace. The aroma hints of pine and grassy hops, grapefruit, mild toasted malt, and dusty yeast esters. Twangy pine taste with biscuit malt background and a chalky aftertaste. The feel is dry and as mentioned chalky. A one trick pony, hops and not much depth, very average. steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - MAY 8, 2004
Pours copper with light thinish head. Nose is flowery with a slight piney freshness. The hops in this beer remind me more of the fresh hop leaf rather than hop pellets. Body is medium with gentle finish. Not sure what I expected with this beer. Definitely not like an IPA. More of a clean earthy beer. Silphium (3293) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2004
2003 series. Pours clear amber/copper with a thin-medium off-white head. Grassy, piney hops aroma. Piney hops flavor is played off a biscuity, caramely, lemony malt matrix. Aftertaste returns to piney/grassy hops. Enjoyable yet nondescript; I'm not sure how this fits the "bold and assertive" category the "Maverick" series claims to entail.
JasonG (776) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - APR 12, 2004
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2006 Light orange/copper color with thick, rocky off white head. Aroma is somewhat malty, hint of caramel, along with mild amount of piney, slightly grassy hops, bit of corn. Flavor is mildly hoppy, touches of malt, fair amount of a metallic off taste. Finish is slightly acidic with a firm bitterness. Frankly I was expecting more out of this. I’ve like several other Great Divide brews, and while this isn’t exactly bad, it’s not particularly good either.
JCW (1279) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 7, 2004
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2007 This is one of the better Pale Ales I’ve had, but I really can’t get excited about it. Most Pale Ales that really excite me are more of an IPA or ESB any way, pale ale seems to be a compromise between the two. This Pale Ale is more of an IPA. Gold and translucent colored, with an average white head, its a good looking beer. Aroma/flavor of Cenntinnel, piney, more lemony well carbonated. Not enough malt for my liking of a pale ale. Tangy body, bitter finish. ClarkVV (7141) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2004
Pours a nice reddish amber, with some oranges and what not. Good big off-white head. Aroma is powerful. Wow, I wasnt expecting this much straight-up hops. Smells like 3Cs, at least I know it's got some cascades in there and probably chinooks. Very dry hopped flavor on the finish. Unlike a nice IPA dosent have as much malt to balance. VERY Bitter, weird how 55 IBUs seems this bitter, but it's probably due to lack of balance and the freshness adds alot of acidity. Pretty good medium body dosent quit. Dosent seem to have a tremendous amount of personality. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - JAN 28, 2004
Does taste fresh, I'll give them that. Otherwise it's a solid yet undistinguished brew. $3.99 here. 3fourths (9386) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2003
UPDATED: APR 5, 2013 A regular pale ale smell and flavor, lightly hopped and sweet, good solid malt background, but what I can’t understand is why such a common beer is $5 a bomber. Not worth the price.