soyorganic (307) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2008 On tap at Old Chicago as "liberally hopped ale" this beer looked like the rice beer Samurai and tasted like it but with more hops. Crisp, drinkable and with heavy carbonation but I was not too impressed. johnbuck100 (306) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 24, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2010 One of the best beers I have tasted in approximately 38 years of drinking beer. (Ok the first 10 years - ages 15-25 were pretty much wasted on crappy beer - I didn’t know better) . This beer, a 1. 5 pint bomber bottled on Sept 29, 2009, was so incredibly delicious that I immediately purchased 2 cases from my local distributor (Pennsylvania has great beer but extremely antiquated beer laws - case only). Imagine the best, most fresh tasting , most hoppy full bodied pale ale you have ever had in your life, and this beer is it. Nirvana, the beer. Chipper (303) - Red Lion, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 24, 2011
Deep clear orange pour with a small off-white head. Big citrus and pine hops aroma, even a little sweet. Flavor is big, very smooth, and picks up the hops without it being overly bitter. This is another excellent one from Great Divide. scotchzi (302) - Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Pour is a perfect copper with a decent white sticky head. Smell is extremely grassy with hints of dates and coconut. Taste is hay pineapple and slight juniper with a touch pine and banana pepper. molly75 (301) - (Madrid - España), ITALY - NOV 16, 2011
ESAME VISIVO VOTO (1-5) 4
SCHIUMA: bianca , media presenza, compatta, media persistenza
COLORE: oro carico, tendente all’ambrato, limpida
AROMA VOTO (1-10) 7
profumi dominati dai luppoli, con sentori erbacei più che fruttati; chiara l’impronta USA. Si affiancano leggeri contributi dati dai malti.
SAPORE VOTO (1-10) 9
c’è spazio per un inziale dolce di malto , caramello, miele, che lascia strada ad sapori tipicamente luppolati, proiettati verso un erbaceo resinoso, quasi speziato/aromatico sul finale. Il tutto rimane nei giusti limiti, mantenendo un generale equilibrio, senza raschiare la gola sul finale.
TEXTURE VOTO (1-5) 4
copro medio, molto morbida e vellutata in bocca, leggermente oleosa. Carbonatazione azzeccata.
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pale ale sostanziosa, con maggior corpo rispetto alla media APA. Offre una maltatura di base che rimane in secondo piano ma che sostiene con vigore una generosa luppolatura la quale, sebbene rimanga vincolata ad un risultato prettamente vegetale, offre senzazioni molto piacevoli ma senza strafare. sicuramente ha influito negativamente la catena distributiva che me la ha portata fra le maniavendo spento parte dell’entusiasmo dei fresh hop. Si avvicina molto ad una IPA grazie ad una buona alcolicità e una struttura complessa. facendo un confronto con le altre pale ale della marca, trovo questa fresh Hop più simile alla DIPA, una sorta di sorella minore che mantiene comunque un buon equilibrio malto-luppolo al contrario della IPA che si sbilancia maggiormente su luppoli pungenti. comunque sia, Great Divide non si smentisce ed è sempre un gran piacere
beerandIT (300) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2009
This beer is just awesome!. Gorgeous on the initial pour with over an inch of head. The color if a nice golden amber. Very fresh from the bottle and bottled on just the 23rd of September. Medium bodied but really almost drinks like a light bodied beer. I smell a very floral/citrus combo on the nose along with subtle hints of straw. Slight nuances of malts hidden in there. Great lacing of the glass there as well. Awesome head retention. On the palate i am getting fresh citrus notes, floral hints, resiny, sticky mouth feel there as well. A bitter but very balanced hop bite through to the finish. Fantastic! 2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
The Fresh Hop Pale Ale pours a dark amber color and settles into a medium amber body. The medium fizzy off-white head was mostly diminishing with excellent lacing. The nose detected a strong hop presence with notes of pine and wet grass. The harsh initial bitter taste lasted for quite sometime moving into a moderately bitter taste on the palate for an tremendously long duration. Creamy with soft carbonation and lively carbonation, the Fresh Hop Pale Ale had a strong presence of hops. This pale ale stands above the crowd with it’s strong hop presence. It’s not a well balanced beer, but the hoppiness packs a strong bitter punch.
clingman71 (297) - Centerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2007
It’s smells delicious - Ian. For non hop heads, stay away and let us enjoy this special brew - Sean.
Reviewed on January 11th, 2007.
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2007 22oz Bottle. Pours golden with a trace of amber, has a generous slightly off-white head that dissipates pretty quickly. The aroma is overwhelming with hop freshness. To anyone that has ever homebrewed, it is like openeing a pack of hops and sticking your nose in the package. The flavor however is slightly off to me. I LOVE HOPS, don’t get me wrong, but you need a little more malt body than this to carry off this amount of hoppiness. It is very close though, and I did enjoy it. DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 13, 2006
On draught at the Draught House in Austin. Great aroma, very northwest. It has a medium body with a nice crystal malt sweetness. Yes, it’s pretty bitter and has some earthiness but this is balanced with the body and sweetness. Very nice as it warms, too. Great beer. branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color, clear, with a large, white frothy head. Aromas of hops, grapefruit, lime, and a bit of lemon. Mouthfeel is nice with a smooth start, lively middle and sticky finish. Flavors of hops, grapefruit, and hints of citrus. Overall a very good beer - buy it.