Great Divide Brewing Company Fresh Hop Pale Ale – American Pale Ale at 6.1% ABV

Great Divide Brewing Company Fresh Hop Pale Ale American Pale Ale at 6.1% ABV ($7.88 at Specs Main Branch, 650ml, best before Jan7 2015)

Pours clear pale amber with two fat fingers of rocky white head, good retention, moderate lacing. (4/5) Nose is earthy, grassy, mild pine, pale malt, mild citrus, black tea. (7/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter, mild black peppery spice. (7/10) Medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry finish. (4/5)

Obviously I’m slow on the uptake, but there’s no way I can be effectively reviewing a wet-hopped beer right now. Shouldn’t have bought it in mid-January, when it was fresh four months ago. It’s still just fine, mind you, but I don’t feel like I’m really appreciating the fresh hops. Good, with a green hoppy bitterness, but without being great. (15/20)

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