jimbowood (1036) - Freeport, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2005
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2006 2006 version much better than 2005. Huge, grassy, resiny hop aroma and flavor. An excellent beer. Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 20, 2005
poured the fresh hop into a levitation glass and was shone an ice tea like looking body with a nice 1 inch head.as the head sat it left nice lacing on the glass.aromas were a very nice balance of fresh pine hops,and sweet caramel malts.flavor was fresh and crisp with the pine hops standing out the most.this is an awsome pale ale! JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Great pale ale! Caramel gold in color with a big, thick, rocky head. Tangerine-like amarillo hop aroma. Light and refreshing flavor, somewhat creamy. Nicely hopped with citric tangerines throughout. Pleasant bitterness at the finish. A winner. Thanks for hooking me Andrť! Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2006
This was a really good hoppy beer and was not overpowering, but instead, well balanced. It was more like and IPA than a pale, so if you are a hophead, try this. Itís great. xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Great Divide Fresh Hop Pale Ale
22 oz bomber
Recent brewing, refreshed 11/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured a clear deep amber copper with an average somewhat lasting off-white head with good lacing.
Smelt strongly of sweet hops, pine, some sweet caramel tones, and light grapefruit.
Taste was upfront strong bitter pine and moderate nuttiness with a light sweet malt bread and caramel backbone followed by a harsh bitter grassy hops bite with moderate soapy and horse blanket yeast touches on a long earthy pine finish. Palate was medium bodied, soft and oily, soft carbonation and moderate astringency.
Overall, this is another winner from Great Divide. The hops taste is clean and perfect without being overbearing. There really is no flaw with this beer, although the hops punch could be too much to handle for some.
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 13, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2006 650 mL bottle, shared with the man, StompBrockmore. Here we go. Is everyone strapped in? Good....A hugely complex and flavourful FRESH HOP MONSTER. They werenít lying when they named this one. Really, really gorgeous. This is a hard style to do because of the finicky nature of the fresh hops - which is why most people just say "ferget it". Great Divide realizes this is a process worthwhile, and they donít mess around. It really pays off. Huuuuuuuge grassy/piney/citrusy/floral hop aromas, the taste is all of the above and more - even a bit of a sweet candied hop nature and cocoa powder (chocolate malts?) in the back of the throat. Everything is cranked to 11 with not one element overpowering any other. I didnít want the glass to end. Near perfect for the style. I feel like crying because I donít have any more of this. Amaaaaaazing. jcwattsrugger (12418) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2007
22 oz bottle-pours a big retaining foamy to rocky light tan head and copper color. Aroma is nice citrus hops, sweet malt. Taste is nice citrus hops-bite, sweet malt-caramel, pine. OK carbonation. DocLock (10652) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2007
I donít give a crap who you are, you must admit that GD makes great beers. This one is no exception. I like my hops like I like my poontang, namely fresh, wet, and aromatic, and this one fits the bill nicely. The pour is dark straw with 2-finger off-white head and those awesome GD floaties. Aroma is huge wet hops and citrus, honeydew, mango, pineapple. The flavor is hoppy, fruity, caramel malty. Pretty dense palate for an APA, and a crisp, very smooth finish with great complexity and balance. This, in my opinion, is the new benchmark for APAs. ericyyz (18) - three bridges, New Jersey, USA - MAY 29, 2007
Incredibly crisp. The use of whole leaf hops is very evident given the grassy aroma and flavor. asedzie (824) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
Bottle. Aroma is piney hops, pine-smelling resins upfront. Also some sweetness and citrus fruit smells. Pours copper with thick, foamy head. Smooth mouthfeel. Citrusy and floral flavors. Malt is also substantial, rounded behind the hops. A tiny bit of soapiness. Bitter and resinous finish. An ideal APA. Perfectly balanced despite the tremendous amount of hoppiness.