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Pass Time Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Pass Time Pale AlePass Time Pale Ale

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135 Ratings
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Ratings: 135
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 14.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.96% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bditty187 on 08-21-2003)
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Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the inventory at Rock Bottom.Kind of off-aroma. Looks like apple juice, with a little white foam and lace. Taste is apple juice and ome hops. Overall OK, carbonation a bit fizy. Glorified apple cider, serviceable hoppiness. Passable beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 04:04:06 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange heavily infused with amber. There's almost no visible carbonation, but the head is pretty impressive anyway. It's rich cream in color and is tacky enough to deposit a decent amount of lace in scattered chunklets (that become more sheet-like farther down the glass).

The aroma reminds me of an ESB or an English pale ale more than an APA (note added later: I'm not sure why since the hop bill consists of Cascade, Chinook and Hallertau). Malt and hops are in near perfect balance with the fruitiness of the hops more to my liking than the light toastiness of the malt.

After a few mouthfuls, it still seems more like an ESB and not a very distinguished one at that. There's plenty of caramel maltiness that is at least equal to--if not the superior to--the flavor derived from hops. The bitterness isn't that prominent, yet still manages to be slightly harsh. Sweet is favored early and dry is favored late. On a similar arc, the medium body thins out somewhat on the back end.

Boulder's Pass Time Pale Ale isn't bad beer, but neither is it a stellar example of the style. It's a balanced, middle of the road, inoffensive ale that is somewhat drinkable, but isn't otherwise noteworthy. Hardly a ringing endorsement.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 15:45:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -7.7%

12-09-2011 23:24:11 | More by nmann08
Photo of BEERchitect


3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty middle-of-the-road for Boulder Beer. The flavors are quite nice, but the body (or lack thereof) kills it. The flavors are a simple blend of barley malt and hops--pretty clean. The malts are light, allowing the hops to shine, and probably mask a lot of off flavors and brewing mistakes. So, flavor-wise, I like it. But, the low, thin body has no real base or cussion. It's watery, especially into the finish, leaving the beer a little metalic and scrubbing on the toung. Again, servicable, but not one to seek out. It's still an improvement on water.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2006 18:00:24 | More by BEERchitect
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

10-28-2013 02:03:41 | More by jaydoc
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North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden with a thin white head that dissapates pretty quickly leaving no lace behind,aromas are very faint just a passing buttery note maybe a touch of toasted grain but not much going on.Somewhat watery mouthfeel not much oomph flavor wise,diacytal butteriness dominates not much hop presence here at all.Lackluster in my opinion nothing going on for this beer thin and over diacytal I wont be revisiting this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2006 20:50:10 | More by oberon
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3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange.amber color with a one-finger head. It left some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and of hops.

T - It tasted quite malty and had some slightly bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - It is a pretty good APA. Fairly typical from Boulder. Good but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2006 23:25:41 | More by zeff80
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Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste pretty decently balanced with flavors of caramel, citrus and tea up front. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild for the style but works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty in its simplicity, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there's nothing outstanding about this beer but it's very solid overall and I found it to bee surprisingly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 16:26:23 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.83/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a decent sized head. Nose is like an extremely mild bing cherry, though overall there isn’t much to it. Flavor is totally weak. Bordering on watered down with very little presence of hops or anything remotely interesting or appealing. I can’t say it is the worst I have ever had, but it just doesn’t move me at all. For this style there are so many much better examples to try. Feel is pretty good with a nice carbonation on it, but the drinkability stays low because it is just not very moving. I’ve had it and I’m on to something different (never to return most likely).

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 07:00:03 | More by RblWthACoz
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2.7/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very pale amber color, underneath a good, well-held, creamy head. Aroma: fresh, soft, minorly citric, ...nothing else.
Taste: Quite mild, with the hops, the malt, everything, so mild as to be mind-numbingly boring. Some fruitiness arrives, and thrives, a bit, peach, apricot, apple, but only very, very slightly. A very mellow ale, nicely integrated, but altogether ...BOR-ing! Let's try it again...
yeah, sorry, there's no spark, little to remember. I can see why they named it "Pass Time", yeah, the beer to guzzle when you've got nothing better to do, apparently.
"Pass Time" Pale Ale...ah, jeez, how dumb do we gotta get?
Drinkability goes down because, although many may be comfortable guzzling such a thing, I succomb to crippling boredom after 1/2 of a bottle....
Good God, this is the 3rd Boulder beer if had recently that has bored me to pieces...what is up???

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2003 06:56:33 | More by feloniousmonk
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2.65/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours honey colored with a 1.5" head that drops off very fast to a thin film that covers the top of the beer. Bubbles pull up from the midle/bottom with every pull. Head retention below average and some lacing on the bottom of my glass

Smell: Some hops and malt hide behind the off putting vegtal smell

Taste: Light fruitiness, some grain notes and alcohol. Fruitiness/honey and dryness in the finish

MF: Prickly, a little thin and slighty overcarbonated

Almost easy to drink depsite some fairly big flaws, pretty mediocre for the style, pass next time!

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2006 03:57:11 | More by russpowell
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet and fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a mild hop aroma; well balanced. The taste is good. It has a sweet, yet dry malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some hops in the aftertaste. It's nothing over the top, but it's a solid beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good, all-around beer; a fine drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2005 12:57:52 | More by WesWes
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2.17/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice off-white two-finger head, which leaves a good lace on the glass. Color is solid amber and clear.

Okay, how can this be? This beer smells like vegetable soup, with perhaps a touch of Salisbury Steak. I don't smell any hop or malt. Egads!

The flavor has some hop bite to it. After that, the taste became metalic. There is some noticeable malt, but the aroma is overwhelmingly distracting. The finish is very, very short. On the positive side, it has nice body with good carbonation.

Sorry guys, my worst pale ale homebrew is better than this. I'm curious how this is made. You must be doing something unusual to create a beer like this.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2005 20:07:30 | More by smcolw
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New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice 2" head that lasts. Thick lace sticks to the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel and citrus are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, sweet pear, and a nice bitterness make a simple and balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start through the finish, with a short aftertaste of caramel, orange, and some bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a solid session pale ale that won't blow you away but is enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2006 12:00:39 | More by Gavage
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

04-10-2013 09:37:50 | More by beernads
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3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper- amber color with a small head that disappears within seconds. The smell is of cherries, very sweet. Taste is sweet, and one-dimensional. Cherries are present. Hops bitterness is moderate, but enough to balance things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty good brew. It might not be the greatest APA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2008 03:55:27 | More by barleywinefiend
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3.98/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper to amber colored ale with a smallish off-white colored head.

The smell is quite herbal and strong with English style hops. Aromas of wood, leather, caramel, and leather.

The taste starts out neutral sweet woody and herbal. Sweetness sneaks in the aftertaste, a flash of caramel syrup. More herbal than bitter the hop balance is just about perfect.

Mouthfeel is good.

Outstanding drinkability for a simple ale. To my taste buds this is more British Pale Ale in flavor but just know this is no citrus and pine NW hop ale.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 00:03:59 | More by Zorro
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New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Starts sweet, finishes hoppy, no a bad pale. $1.35 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2004 23:07:14 | More by jdhilt
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3.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, nice carbonation, not much of a head, with some nice lacing. Scents of hops, malt, soury cannot put my finger on it. Nice taste kinda sweet/sour with a dry finish. Medium body. Would make a nice session beer at the 4.9% ABV. I like it, but most likely will not buy again.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2005 00:35:00 | More by Wasatch
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3/5  rDev -7.7%

09-19-2013 23:08:35 | More by ejimhof
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3.25/5  rDev 0%

12-29-2013 05:09:21 | More by BillRoth
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2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear light amber colored. Small ivory white head. Little retention. A bubbly collar sticks around and laces adequately. Some slight caramel malt tones mixe with a barely perceptible citric hoppiness. Pretty weak nose. This beer lacks character in the taste department. Malt seems to be primarily caramel but there also seems to be some biscuit like properties. Hops impart a small piney character and some dryness. I'd prefer a lot more hop flavor and bitterness. Body is hovering over medium. Not a PA I'd go get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2003 04:40:03 | More by Bighuge
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New Mexico

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

11-18-2013 18:58:04 | More by LXIXME
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3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on the pour a transpicuous copper color, the head modest and it evaporates quickly, the lace left behind a patchy sheet, color and off white. The nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean with the start sweet and malt-laden, and the top skeletal in its feel. Finish is mildly acidic with the hops bite minimal and the aftertaste dry, another average beer much as I expected, but I always hold out hope they will produce a winner.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2003 23:57:29 | More by Gusler
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3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of a general sweetness, hops, earthy malt, and slight raisin aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There's a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of hops up front (English style - dry), earthy malt background, and some slight banana flavor. Overall, nothing special as an American Pale Ale, but a decent English Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 03:29:28 | More by Tone
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Pass Time Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
75 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.