Great Divide “Denver Pale Ale (DPA)”
This English-style pale ale is Great Divide’s flagship brew. Aromas are light and airy, hop-forward on the citrus and flowers, sweetened with overtones of fruity malt. Predominant flavor notes are both salty and sweet. Malt ushers in an ultra creamy feel with sweetness that reaches all the way into the climax. Hops infuse citric and herbal qualities reminiscent of lemongrass, evergreen, and grapefruit. Malt embodies caramel drizzled sweet bread. Bitterness takes the lead, leaving with a drop of hop oil. Mouth feel is juicy, though somewhat thin, leaving behind a bittersweet aftertaste with moderate sustain.
I think this is a good session ale with just the right amount of power and flavor behind it, one that I wouldn’t get tired off too quickly. Think West Coast-style pale ale with an English malt twist. I love that Great Divide chooses to go English, because I think its more interesting than the standard pale malt. I wouldn’t quite call it sessionable, but it drinks easy enough that enjoying several would not be an issue. This is a decent standard that’s worth trying, but not worth many repeat purchases in my opinion. Try it sometime, it’s a solid pale ale.