Saturday, February 5, 2011

Great Divide - Denver Pale Ale

Denver Pale Ale is Great Divide Brewing Company's English-Style Pale Ale and has an ABV of 5.4% and an unknown IBU.  This one pours a crystal clear light amber / gold with great carbonation and wonderful effervescent bubbles visible in the no-nick pint glass.  I know these are traditional served in a shaker pint, but I prefer the no-nick pint glass.  DPA has a very nice aroma and nice malt taste with low bitterness as with the English-Style vs. American-Style Pale Ale.  This is beer is very quaffable and with the lower ABV, I would categorize this as a session beer.  Great Divide describes DPA as “a world-renowned, classic pale ale with a malty middle and an equally hearty complement of hop aroma, flavor and bitterness.  The words “Brilliant” and “Balanced” are on the sides of the label and I like how Great Divide uses these descriptors on each of their beers.  It gives the buyer an idea of what they are buying because Great Divide is very accurate with these descriptors.  Great Divide is another excellent brewer in Colorado.  This beer along with many others has won a number of awards over the years, and I look forward to sampling more from Great Divide.

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