Denver Pale Ale

Colorado
United States
Great Divide Denver Pale Ale new recipe
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
81
Aroma:
14 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our classic DENVER PALE ALE is back with a new look and a new flavor to match. This American Pale Ale opens with big citrus and pine notes, then smooths out with a faint toasted malt character and dry, slightly bitter finish. Denver Pale Ale is your go-to beer from city to trail and back again, no matter what the time or season.

Profile

ABV: 
5.0%
Judges Review 
John C. Tull's picture
Judges Rating:
81
Aroma:
14 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

The most surprising thing about this American Pale Ale is the almost complete lack of hop aroma from a beer that provides bitterness levels and hop flavors that are on par for the style. Instead, the beer provides neutral malt aromas that are reminiscent of wheat (but not bread-like), a slight sulfur scent that faded with some time in the glass, little to no esters and only a hint of herbal spice and floral characteristics from hops. The color is light straw with exceptional clarity and a persistent, thin, off-white head. Hop flavors are herbal and smooth, balancing well with the neutral malt character of this beer. Slight fruit esters were detectable after a little bit of warming. Bitterness is assertive but not overbearing and lingers on the palate for quite some time. The mouthfeel is very slightly creamy with a medium-light body and good carbonation. Despite the shortcomings in the hop aroma for an American Pale Ale, the beer is very clean and quaffable as a session beer for those seeking a little extra hope bite without all the drama of an IPA.