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Sundance Amber Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sundance Amber AleSundance Amber Ale

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78
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98 Reviews
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Reviews: 98
Hads: 122
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.35%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.85% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-12-2003

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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 122
Photo of ngandhi
4.36/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sundance is the best looking amber ale I've ever seen. True to its name, it looks like a setting sun . . . dancing . . . . The body is a deep, translucent amber with a pillowy, stable head sticky like melted marshmallow.

Smells sweet, lightly hoppy, and yeasty; faint characteristics of a light German wheat yeast. The nose is an interesting median of noble hoppiness, West coast fruitiness, and British maltiness.

Labelled as "Colorado's first microbrewery," Boulder Beer shows off all the qualities of a modern West coast ale in Sundance Amber Ale without once being cloying. The humble caramel opening widens to light hop bittering and a pronounced "green" flavor, a tinge of grain, and an ethereal sweet citrus that sticks to the gums. Smooth and full-bodied, this is a session beer with some guts. Sundance is the Citizen Kane of American amber ale.

Thanks to Neil for the samples.

Relax, relax.
ng (918 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.65/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good God, what possessed them to put this out, the need to satisfy the mindless masses who wouldn't want anything beyond a Coors Light or...what?
Appearance: clear, perfectly ambery color, bordering on bronze, with a decent 1/4 " cream-toned head.
Some presence on the palate at first,but very quickly vanishing. Almost no hops, as they didn't show in the nose, either. Malt is smooth and somewhat tasty, easy-going, eager to please. A bit flat in the end and, while a perfectly perfunctory, adequate ale, that ain't what I likes, and I'll never revisit this again, nossir!
Another BA referred to this as "insipid": Accoding to Webster's: 1. without distinctive or interesting qualities, 2.... without sufficient taste or flavor. I'd say this fits both definitions. There's nothing going on here, folks...look away..go on home, show's over...Boring, boring, boring..it'll be a trial to finish this 6-pack, and then, hopefully, happier days will come, when I'll have better brews filling the fridge! (1,001 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average gateway style micro brew. Pours a reddish copper with a small off white head. Thin malt presence in the nose, but some astringent, tart hops are definitely there. Taste is also thin on the malt, and the hops are just too one-dimensionally tart. Finish is acidic and bitter. Not too bad, but there are much better ambers out here in the West. (358 characters)

Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby-copperish/bronze hue, very small and underdeveloped bubbly white head, poor retention… gone in a flash. No lace either. The nose is agreeable with light citrus hops, delicately toasty malts with hints of caramel. Nice, not very potent though. Pleasant palate more malty than the nose indicated, less toasty/caramely however… I’m not sure if that’s a fair trade. The hoppiness is minor, as expected, very well balanced… tasty but rather clean. Minor citrus influences towards the finish, light malty aftertaste… a little too clean. Yeah, its drinkable, somewhat boring… a touch too thin as well, needs a firmer backbone. If this is after Fat Tire’s market share then they need to step-up their game. I’ll finish the six-pack I bought but I would seek this one out again. (789 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These Boulder beers would be great "cross over" beers for those macro friends you're trying to convert...they are so easy drinking and pretty tasty...no works of art, but just very quaffable entitites..

This pours a clean looking impressive amber...nose is malty and spicy too..the malts and hops intermingle very nicely on the nose....body is slightly thin, but not horrible in this regard....other than that this really works well...a nice caramel backbone, nutty...and some of that cookie dough characterist I found in the pale ale too...but what this delivers is a tight spicy finish....I think this is a well done amber ale....I would drink many more of these...just a bit of a watery mouthfeel brings the grade down some....overall though I would recommend this to beginner micro brew folks as well as the venerable quaffers as well... (844 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper appearance. Decent sized bubbly beige head. Retention is adequate. Pretty good caramel tones on the nose. Some slight brown sugar maybe. Caramel maltiness is upfront on the palate. Some slight bitter hop notes. And maybe some light grass notes. Body is about medium. Carbonation adequate. Pretty average tasting amber. (331 characters)

Photo of tavernjef
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulder's Sundance Amber which is different from their other amber with just the mountain on the label. This one has a sun setting behind a mountain range and a large bucket full of beer bottles in the foreground.
The color is a chill hazed amber with a finger high tannish tight and frothy head that dissolves to a thin ring and oily spots and strings of lace. Smell is barely noticeable of soft breadish malts, partially sweet and roasty and a mineral like quality, kinda off.
Taste is mild sweet and soft malts a touch toasty with a very light hop bitterness and a note of nuttyness of peanuts. Quite smooth and simple with just enough flavor to make it worth while to drink. Feel is a bit thin at first but picks up with a nice light nutty-featured texture and finishes crisp, dry, and easy. Good session beer, but beyond that its passable. (848 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark caramel with a decent light beige head atop small to medium-sized bubbles with good retention and lacing. Aroma is wonderful...full of chocolate malt, fresh grains, light coffee, malted chocolate balls, spicy hops, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is initially bright with a soft, lightly dry finish and medium-light body. Taste is just like the aroma...no suprises, but rich with a certain nuttiness. A clean, well-crafted brew with the exception of a rather obtrusive metallic note throughout, which limits it's drinkability. (529 characters)

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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.