DW78715816 (119) - Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Pours a deep copper color with white head. Aroma is a little bit grassy and hops and a little malt. Taste is a little bit hoppy but really just kind of the standard pale ale. I expected more. It's good but nothing spectacular.
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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
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 (117) - - OCT 21, 2012
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) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2007
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.
peterschreurs (113) - Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2015
On tap at Middleton's. Refreshing pale ale with plenty of hops to give the beer the perfect balance of crispness.
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Just didn't hit the right notes with me, or fell short of expected. Not that it wasn't good, it just wasn't above many others in the same type of fresh IPA.
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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. Dapierce17 (110) - Pasco, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Pours a golden amber with tan head. Aromas of grassy citrus notes with very slight malty sweetness. A very balanced hop malt flavor. Up front grassy notes with slight piney hop bitterness.
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Very strong hop bitterness with excellent aroma. Looks great and tastes even better. This is a must for any hophead!