This pale ale is brewed with fresh wet hops shipped overnight direct to Great Divide for a quick toss into the brew kettle. It pours a big, pillowy head that maintains impressive retention. Aromas are slightly grainy, citric with orange, some lemongrass, and mostly heavy with herbal qualities of clean clarity. The palate is well balanced, smooth and light, beginning with mellow toasted malts. Bitter and sour hops slightly overtake the subdued sweetness for a delightful blend. While hops focus mostly on grassy and herbal notes, an orange citric sourness intermingles. The bitterness is subdued to make way for a greater emphasis on flavor. On the downside, I’m detecting a minor metallic off-flavor that I’ve experienced for the second time now when reviewing this beer. The feel is somewhat thin, medium-light bodied, softly carbonated, and super easy to drink.
Overall, I find this an enjoyable and flavorful pale ale that I would be happy to have year round. It’s not too aggressive, very drinkable and has some pretty tasty hop flavors. Considering Great Divide, I was expecting a tad more presence and broader dynamics, but instead they’ve brewed up an agreeable and more easy-going ale. The fresh hops make a difference, however, it’s not what I had expected and the hop flavors aren’t that astounding. Anyhow, I still recommend it because it’s a solid beer, but I wouldn’t go in with high expectations. Recommended.