Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Beer Diviner Fresh Hops Pale Ale


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (1177) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2014
A lot of breweries use wet hops in IPAs, but you don’t tend to see them in pale ales that often. That makes The Beer Diviner Fresh Hops Pale Ale rather unique in a way. And while it certainly is an enjoyable beer, the fact remains it’s a familiar palette of Centennial and Cascade hops – only more dank than you’re used to.

I poured a 16oz growler into a tulip glass. It cost $5 ($0.31 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark orange color over a translucent body. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Hop-forward nose of orange and tea notes. Mild overall.

Taste: For a pale ale, there’s a lot of hop presence in this beer. Right away I get strong orange flavors, though sweet, such as orange sherbet or orange juice concentrate. Some more earthy/piney notes towards the middle and distinct tea flavor on the back end (Centennial always has a black tea flavor). Note that I said hop flavor and not bitterness. I’m sure the IBUs on The Beer Diviner Fresh Hops Pale Ale are pretty high for a pale ale, the fact remains it’s not an especially bitter beer. I would like to see more malt presence here, though. It’s a strong foundation for sure, but isn’t making for much distinct characteristics. Mild notes of honey, and a general sweetness, which is fine. The hops do linger in the aftertaste, leaving a dank and astringent flavor. This is enjoyable.

Drinkability: At 7% ABV, I was expecting to have to brace myself as I started on The Beer Diviner Fresh Hops Pale Ale. The body is surprisingly light for the weight, though. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, but with a smooth texture and easy finish. There’s a lingering aftertaste of resin and herbs, but it’s easily tolerable. 
Grade: 7/10