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RATINGS: 1076   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.71/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 183   ABV: 6.1%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewing with fresh hops is a big endeavor, requiring four to five times the hop volume compared to using pelletized hops. Although the process is complex, it brings impressive results: Fresh Hop is an American-style pale ale with moderate hop bitterness marked by a unique and intensely grassy hop flavor and aroma. Fresh Hop is a superbly refreshing, medium bodied, light-copper colored pale ale weighing in at 55 IBUs and 6.1% ABV.

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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SpecialSauce (47) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 8, 2005
Smell is overwhelmingly fresh...floral hop flavors escape even as I’m pouring this one. Another whiff reveals a subtle malt character, which balances the piney/floral hop notes nicely. Taste pretty much follow’s the aroma’s lead. Very palateable due to the malty characteristics offsetting the stronger hops. Doesn’t seem to have terribly high alpha acids, a very well balanced brew all around.


3
nilsas (4641) - Bryne, NORWAY - DEC 14, 2017
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
645411


Lukt: Syrlige frukter.
Utseende: Gyllen.
Skum/kullsyre: Tynt skum, heng langs kant.
Smak: Frukter, svak champangne brus avslutning.
Hvor: Melkebaren, Sandnes.
Medium: [email protected], [email protected],1%, Nå[email protected]

3.7
Turtles (3005) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2017
Keg @ Bishops Arms, Hornsgatan. Slightly hazy, pale golden, looks thin. Medium size white head, good lacing. Citrus hoppy aroma, herbal, grassy and biscuits. Crisp and clean mouthfeel, medium carbonation, light to medium bodied. Citrus hoppy taste, grapefruit, tangerine, herbal, dank, biscuits malty. Dry and crisp finish with bitterness that lingers. Very drinkable and refreshing.

3.9
obxdude10 (2378) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2017
Excellent APA on draft at the Railroad in Linfield. The beer poured a light amber color with plenty of foamy, white head. The body wasn't as hoppy and bitter as I was expecting, but very good nonetheless. The flavors were very delicious and well-balanced, with a pronounced earthy hop profile.

3.7
luttonm (6841) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2017
Can in Seattle. Small soap head, lightly clouded green-orange. Grassy-dank sip. Clean, lovely bitter. Pithy citrus. Medium carb. Solid.

3.5
mrol (346) - - NOV 15, 2017
Pours a clear copper with a creamy off white head.
Aroma of resinous hops and pine.
The flavor is the same as the nose whit some malt and pepper. Decent bitterness in the finish with a pretty clean aftertaste.
Nice APA.

3.7
Bill Becker (1911) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 19, 2017
From Mar 2007

Pours from 22oz bottle a clear medium gold with little foam that leaves just a fine broken layer but there's plenty of lacing.

The smell is very hoppy with lots of grass and grapefruit.

The taste is pretty darned bitter for the style! Lots of citrus, some grass, and a wee bit of malt sweetness *just* before the finish and the actual finish ends up being on the bitter side....fancy that! ;^)

Man, this is what I call paying homage to the almighty hop and to see it done so nicely in an American Pale Ale impresses the heck out of me.


Okay, I'm just pouring in the last bit in my glass and there's some sediment that I didn't expect to see but it *is* very fine so I'm not going to deduct any points in the appearance category. Nor in the taste category....this one started off well and remained so to the very last drop. Yum.

Bottom line: I'm glad I have another bottle of this stuff because this is an APA that is all about, no celebrates the hops. Good job Great Divide!

4
BeerRenter76 (1043) - Texas, USA - MAY 9, 2017
Originally rated on 12/30/08. The aroma was my favorite aspect of this beer, it was a nice grassy, citrus mix that was noticeable upon opening. The body was a clear mid copper color with plenty of carbonation that left good lace. Mouthfeel was crisp but a touch watery. Flavor was pretty much pine, with very little malt presence. Overall this seemed more IPA than APA, but when somethings this good who cares

3.6
ryanscourt (1546) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2017
Very similar in style to the ipa. Very much a midwest ipa with fair body with plenty of malt balance.

2.9
malvrich (354) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2017
5 month old can > IPA
A: Pours whole glassful of foam so off to a bad start. Eventually had to trowel it off the top. Otherwise, nice deep orange color with rocky beige head. Busy bubbles.
S: Pine resin and sweet caramel scent.
T: Big pine bitterness with just a faint caramel sweetness. More toasty or woody. A little grapefruit pith eventually shows up adding more bitterness but also some complexity.
M: Medium body with average carbonation level. Bitter resinous finish.
O: Fairly average overall though to be fair, it is very old. Still not a repeat purchase.

3.9
chinchill (5342) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 25, 2017
12 oz can with a canning date of Oct. 2016.

Look - Copper colored body with a creamy off-white head that leaves a thorough coat of film on the glass.

Aroma - Hoppy citrus notes dominate. Subtle herbal and floral notes. Moderate complexity.

Taste - Hoppy citrus notes dominate but with more pine and more grains. Moderate complexity and medium-mild bitterness.

Feel - medium body with medium+, soft carbonation.

Overall - a great Pale Ale that resembles a mild DIPA more than expected.


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