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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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Photo of scooter231

New York

3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Found a few singles lying around at my local grocery store, and figured I'd try one out. Pours an amber color with a nice amount of head. Smells malty and a bit bitter, and a little floral.

Taste is very malty, a little bitter, and has some caramel notes going on. A little fuller than the nose. And leaves very little to no aftertaste. The bitter hops really balance out any sweetness.

Mouthfeel is decent, and as for drinkability, well, one goes pretty quickly. I can see this as a nice thirst quencher on a hot day, or a decent beer to have with a burger and fries. Not an awful brew at all.

02-11-2008 01:14:30 | More by scooter231
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +20%

Boulder- Pass Time Pale Ale

A- Orange brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Sweet buttery malt, shortbread, and citrus.
T- Citrus hops (lemon and grapefruit) with an equally balanced dose of buttery toffe malt.
M- Very smooth and buttery sweet. Very easy to drink.

Overall- Good session beer, goes down quickly!

02-02-2008 23:06:51 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of HankNew


2.73/5  rDev -16%

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden / orange color - with a 1/4 inch of head which disappears quite quickly.
A bitter malty scent of hops does not fall pleasantly on the nose.
The taste of this beer is equally bitter and stings the back of my mouth and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
This beer looks promising but unfortunately does not deliver. Perhaps a taste closer to the brewery may yield different, fresher results.

01-24-2008 23:53:29 | More by HankNew
Photo of RblWthACoz


2.83/5  rDev -12.9%

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).

12-30-2007 07:00:03 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of hwwty4


2.73/5  rDev -16%

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured exactly what I think a APA should look like. Golden amber with a nice size head that lasted quite a while. That’s about the best thing about this beer. Smell is matliness and butter. Taste is what I think buttered cardboard would taste like. Mouthfeel is light with a slight carbonation. I don’t think I will be picking this up again.

12-13-2007 20:13:43 | More by hwwty4
Photo of morimech


2.73/5  rDev -16%

The beer looks like a good APA but that is where it ends. Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head that is slow to disipate.

The smell is strange for an APA, sweet and buttery.

The flavor is dominated by the sweet malt that leaves a buttery taste in the mouth and no hop bitterness to offset all the sweetness. Not a well balanced beer with the heavy diacetyl taste. The carbonation is good and it is not heavy so it is not hard to drink if you can get past the sweetness. I would recommend a pass on the beer.

11-10-2007 20:58:56 | More by morimech
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.42/5  rDev -25.5%

The appearance of this beer was very attractive; a nice copper color with pretty good head formation. Aroma was a metallic-coppery smell balanced with just a bit of hops - which really didn't get me excited. Flavor had some diacetyl and maltiness, but not else and I was not a fan. I believe that diacetyl (buttery-ness) does not really belong in this style (IPA). Mouthfeel was pretty full, due in large part to the diacetyl. I would not recommend this beer.

I picked up this bottle at Liquor Mart, in Boulder, CO during my visit to attend the 2007 GABF.

10-19-2007 01:23:52 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of rkuhnel


3.6/5  rDev +10.8%

From a 12 oz bottle purchased at the State Liquor Store in Salt Lake City, UT this poured a clear gold with fat white head and good lacing. Nose of fruit and light malts, and very mild hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and clean. Flavor was good for a pale ale. Nothing fancy here, but very easy to drink.

09-27-2007 22:48:19 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of kdoc8


3/5  rDev -7.7%

The Search for Oregon Summer Beers:
I acquired this in a bottle from the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Pours out with a thin, long-lasting white frothy head and lots of lacing. The color is deep reddish-goldon and it's very effervescent. It smells sweet and floral, but not too strong. The taste was a bit of a disappointment, and was a bit weak and watered down, compared to the smell. It had a slight hops taste on the front and almost no aftertaste - not too much of the complexity came through.

07-16-2007 00:14:21 | More by kdoc8
Photo of beerphan


3.98/5  rDev +22.5%

12oz brown bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a oranged amber with a small chalky head that recedes at a quick pace to a thin film of suds clouds. Some patches of thin lace. Carbonation appears slow and steady, though rather scarce.

Nose: Lots of caramel, some spoiled fruit

A medium bodied mouth finishes clean. Mostly the caramel malts up front with a little citrus. Finishes with a somewhat balancing bitterness that exits cleanly and quickly. Would like to see more hops, but what is there adds a nice balance to the heavy dose of caramel malts.

Seems to me to be a perfect session ale, though the hophead in me ask for a bigger dose.

07-10-2007 19:44:41 | More by beerphan
Photo of ChuckD

New York

2.45/5  rDev -24.6%

12oz brown bottle from a sampler pack poured into a pint glass. Slight whitish lacing atop a dull copper body. The nose is mostly malt based - bread and candy. Lack of any hop bouquet at all. The taste is much like the smell - overloaded sweetness with no hop bite for balance. Very limited taste layering - with a feel that is thin and light. The finish is far from dry and leaves a bad taste.

Not very pleasant.

05-17-2007 17:37:31 | More by ChuckD
Photo of shadow1961


3.58/5  rDev +10.2%

Boulder Beer Pass Time pale ale pours a finger of white foam over a cloudy peach
colored brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is tart malt. The flavor is more of
that malt, with a citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and dry, but quite appetizing.
I could slam these all day. Good stuff!

05-11-2007 01:42:41 | More by shadow1961
Photo of cjgator3


3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper amber color with a thin fizzy white head. There is some hops in the nose but the aroma is largely dominated by caramel, malt and biscuits. The taste much like the aroma is largely biscuity and malty with a decent hop profile. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp due to the carbonation. Overall, I find this to be an average brew that I probably wouldn't purchase again. Certainly not bad, but it is just lacking a little something in nearly every category.

04-23-2007 21:02:39 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Bierguy5


3.23/5  rDev -0.6%

12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy and copper in color. An off-white fluffy head trickles to a thin layer very quickly.

Floral and citrusy hop aroma, with some caramel, candy and fruity notes. Aroma leans troward the candy, malt area rather than hops.

A lot of bready, fruity flavors. Hints of oranges, bananas, and caramel covered apples. Very sweet malt character. Not much hop character at all. What was present seemed to be a bit floral. This was certainly not what I expected.

Medium body, and pretty easy to drink, but I did not care for the fruity sweetness.

Overall, certainly not what I thought it would be. Not for hop heads, but if you are a malt person, this could be a good session beer.

04-04-2007 17:12:49 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Vancer


3.85/5  rDev +18.5%

#2 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

A pour from the scenic labeled bottle displayed a clear amber capped by a frothy ivory head, squishy sheet laces. Some notes of floral in the aroma and some spice hints – just very weak.

NICE quaff! A very sweet malted brew, kicked up a notch by the subtle hints of spice and black pepper. Crisp and dry, this made for an excellent spring drinker. Quality brew from a good brewery – I’m impressed by their session beer offering.

03-27-2007 20:21:46 | More by Vancer
Photo of BretSikkink


3.25/5  rDev 0%

Looks good, nice amberish pale ale. Northwestern hops, likely Chinook in the mix. Citrusy. Underwhelming aroma, but a decent looking APA.

Hm, falls apart in the taste dep't. Way too sweet upfront, comes in very citric, but cloying sweetness. Dry finish doesn't help. Comes thin in the mouth, not as full a body as standard-bearers like Sierra Nev. PA. There is a caramel toasty flavor that has potential, but more hops would round this off nicely. More like a Special Bitter, if you're considering purchase.

Bottom line: not bad, but in a seriously flooded market, you're going to have to do better than that.

03-17-2007 02:01:18 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of utahbeerdude


3.05/5  rDev -6.2%

Visual: Nice, clear copper color. Good stand of foam on top, with decent persistence and some lacing. Carbonation a bit on the low side. Still, an attractive beer.

Aroma: Moderate hops to start, but then significant fading. What's left is more malty than hoppy, with what appears to be a bit of diacetyl. Maybe a bit of sulphur and a bit of green apple. Complex, but not outstanding.

Flavor: Mostly malt to start, with some contribution from some sort of darker malt, perhaps a darker crystal. This gives way to some hop flavor, which then turns to a light hop bitterness. Throughout there is a hint of sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess from the carbonation, then a light to medium mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: This is quite drinkable, although the residual sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a while. I wouldn't refuse one, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one either. I would almost classify this beer as an American amber ale.

02-28-2007 03:16:57 | More by utahbeerdude
Photo of mynie


3.78/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a nice, soapy head.

Smells of light hops and heavy caramel. The hops are spicy, almost English.

Tastes much like it smells. Starts with a blast of light malted grain, moving into a bitter hop middle and ending on a spicier hop and then a kick of biscuit and cookie malt.

Nice session beer. Not quite hoppy enough to be an exceptional APA, but a well0brewed beer nonetheless.

02-10-2007 04:59:06 | More by mynie
Photo of ColoradoBobs


3.03/5  rDev -6.8%

Amber-gold body with lots of streams of tiny bubbles under a solid one-finger creamy white heard that fades to a thick lid and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is lightest floral hops behind a light biscuit malt. Not much aroma at all.

Taste follows smell -- biscuit malt and floral hops, with not much bittering. Pleasant enough taste -- just not much of it. Tastes like a "light" APA.

Surprisingly full mouthfeel -- round and almost chewy.

Drinkability: this is sessionable. Not overly complex, not too much depth of flavor, nice mouthfeel and relatively tame ABV.

This is not a bad beer -- it's just that the aroma and flavor are both so light, there not a lot going on here. Worth a try.

01-30-2007 03:59:02 | More by ColoradoBobs
Photo of pmcadamis


1.5/5  rDev -53.8%

A - Crystal clear light copper brew with a one finger head of bubbly foam and lots of really nice white lace.

S - Sweet and mild nose that smells like subdued malt and although I'm sure that they don't use adjuncts, I actually a bit of corny adjunct-like aroma.

T - Bitter up front and very salty. A confusing array of flavors goes in all different directions and causes my tongue to lose focus. Coppery, metallic, salty, and very strange. I don't like this at all. Blah.

M - Thin, acrid, and metallic. Like sucking on a penny, or a battery.

D - Poor. This is pretty horrible stuff. I'm begining to wonder if this one is ruined somehow. It doesn't really taste skunked, but the overbearing metallic flavors surely can't be there intentionally.

01-12-2007 05:50:06 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of zeff80


3.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

12-19-2006 23:25:41 | More by zeff80
Photo of peabody


2.88/5  rDev -11.4%

pours out a nice clear amber color with two fingers of white suds leaving lots of nice lacing.
Smell is subtle yeast and fruit. Mabey a grapefruit.
The taste is a little sweet with a clove hint but very little else.
The beer looks better than it actually is. Watery at best.
The drinkability might be high if it actually tasted better.

10-01-2006 01:30:36 | More by peabody
Photo of dfried


3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

Pure amber in color, small white head drops quickly to a ring. Earthy, grassy hops in the aroma, some oranges and a bit like apple juice form the sweet malt. The taste is again that sweet and fruity malt, balanced well with floral and a bit citrus like hops, there is also some apricot and peach flavors. Mouthfeel is not course, but not smooth, enought CO2. Pretty easy to drink. A solid APA, but not too tough to find better.

09-18-2006 17:34:01 | More by dfried
Photo of karengarys


3.93/5  rDev +20.9%

This pours crystal deep amber. I slow-pour beer, and this is the first that I've had which leaves a lasting fluffy head. Even after a half hour, there is a foam coating on top!

Smell is mild, floral hop, bit of malt. Nothing unusual - beer.

Taste is... um... simply solid. It is beer, but not just beer, it's really beer. The maltiness is very strong, and the hop balances it nicely. It isn't overhopped, it is just - nice beer. There is a lot of character here, meaning it is flavored well, not bland. That is why I rated it so high for "just beer".

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Finish is creamy, too, completing the mouthfeel with a slight sweetness.

I recommend giving this a whirl if you see it.

09-16-2006 03:20:26 | More by karengarys
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.93/5  rDev +20.9%

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.

09-07-2006 12:00:39 | More by Gavage
Pass Time Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
75 out of 100 based on 135 ratings.