Singletrack Copper Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale

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Ratings: 306
Reviews: 169
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Reviews by abcsofbeer:
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that claims that Boulder is Colorado's first microbrewery. No drink by date. The color is a clear copper topped by a 3 finger tan head that leaves lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is mostly hoppy; apple and some sweet caramel notes.

Taste is sharp hop notes on the backside. The malt is there slightly, but, it is not very sweet. I also detect some sour apple and sweet cherry flavors.

Mouthfeel is tart with good body.

More User Reviews:
Photo of skybluewater
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather light copper color. Smells faintly of sweet malt, as well as a rather harsh quality (almost like a macro). Taste is quite good, actually, better than I expected. It has a nice maltiness, with a bit of caramel, and some hops as well to keep things from getting all cloying.

While this isn't the greatest beer in the world, it's definitely one of the more sessionable malty pale/amber ales I've had. Not a classic, complex beer, but rather one that goes down easy, without any complaints.

Photo of Beaver13
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Singletrack pours an orange-copper color (surprise!) with a kind of fizzy off-white head that had decent retention and some lacing.

It aroma is very sweet smalt, almost cloying and kind of reminiscent of of mass produced crap but with a slightly spicy, toasted caramel note.

It's taste is a lot of sweet, starchy malt up front with a subtle spicy, hop bite at the finish. As it warms, some toasted malt and toffee comes out, and the bitter finish becomes a little more pronounced. It has a thin, watery body.

Overall, I could see this as a good transition beer, or something to drink if there was nothing better available. It kind of reminds me of a beefed up Dos Equis Amber. It's too sweet for me.

Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Pours dull copper, clear, long lasting and fairly loose med. tan head, leaving tongues of frothy lacing and low fine sheeting.

Dull sniff of just some caramel infused malts.

This one feels more like an amber ale to me, with the malts in control with just some drying hops in the finish.

Best I can say is this is easy drinking, pleasant enough stuff, quite sessionable, would work fine in a pinch...but nothing really worth seeking out going on here..

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As advertised, a light copper appearance. Just a caramel aroma, lacking hop feel.

Taste was pretty plebian. Malty. Lacking hops or bitterness. Hate to call it bland, but accuracy is accuracy.

Easy to drink, I guess its smooth, has its place as an introductory level pale.

Photo of ADR
3.34/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear orangey-brown color, very poor head generation -- a skim is gone in 35 seconds. Aroma is fleeting, just a little sweet molasses impression. Light-bodied and a little seltzer-like. Flavor is clove/sweet and finishes close to an orange soda in flavor, with a little pepper/grass impression somewhat reminiscent of a caraway tone from the malted rye. To me, there was little remarkable in this beer, slightly different but pretty underplayed. Drinkable enough, I suppose.

Photo of jmz62565
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a fine looking ale with a coppery color with a smallish,but creamy head.The smell is pretty strong with scents of malt and an earthy floral smell.The taste doesn't live up to the scent,but it is a nice malt fille ale with some spices.It's not bad,but not great either.The m/f is a little lite and unbalanced. There is a bit of a watery aftertaste.The bottom line is that this is a good beer from a good brewery.

Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: glowing orange with shades of light brown, even some yellow at the edges. The top consisted of a fizzy cream white cap that vanished in a flash. Body has random bubble action throughout and after a few sips I noticed a scattered handful of lacing spread around

S: it smells like a decent amber with caramelized malts and a faint whiff of hops. However, nothing really carries that well in the nose. I am surprised to see this beer labeled "APA" as hops are nowhere to be found

T: let me rephrase my last remark "hops are to be found, at minimal levels." I still think I am drinking an amber. It has a lightly toasted malty character encrusted with caramel and mixed with just a few blades of grass for bitters. Overall this beer has a clean character with a gentle bite at the back after a few gulps

M: medium bodied and pretty straightforward

D: a pleasing beer. Maybe buy it again? I would reach for others

Photo of Bcant
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Copper color with good clarity and a white head that has decent retention. Mostly malts in the nose, some butterscotch and caramel but the smell is a bit muddled. Decently hopped for a copper ail, still the flavor is thin and not complex and hops end in sour taste.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a grocery store in Fort Collins.

A - Slightly hazy dark gold rusty brew with a two finger eggshell white head that gets rocky on it's way down to a nice foamy cap. Looks like an APA should, but nothing more.

S - Carmel malts and carrot cake on the nose. Toffee and sugar. Really sweet and malty; not as hoppy as expected.

T - Sweet carrot cake with icing. Some tangy hops come out to play, and some nice fruity esters are there too. Almost like a really hoppy O-Fest.

M - Medium bodied and firm with moderate carbonation and an off-dry finish.

D - Nothing special. This is a nice drinkable session brew that is also a good food beer (table beer?). A slightly above average APA that is maltier and less hoppy than most....almost like an amber ale.

Photo of secondtooth
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden amber in color, this lighter ale had little carbonation and no lace.

Biscuity and bready, like Fat Tire's cousin with less flavor.

I get a light hoppiness in the finish, but this one's nothing to write home about.

Average all the way.

Photo of ElGordo
3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a small bubbly head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, honey, light hops, and toffee. Nicely balanced palate - the malty sweetness yields to a hoppy bitterness with some slight astringency. Notes of cherry, biscuit, and honey in the ample body. Very good for the style.

Photo of RickS95
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thin white head. Bronze/copper in color. Not quite clear, just slightly opaque.

Flowery hops in the nose, very floral. A little bitter in the mouth, not overpowering, just enough to give you something to feel.

Like the smell, hops and floral dominate the taste. The initial wave of hoppy bitter gives way to whatever gives it the floral aroma, I never could puy my tongue on the ingredient, before it finishes with more bitter.

For me, this is a beer I'd not make a habit of drinking. If the beer is supposed to be bitter, be bitter; if it's supposed to be sweet, be sweet...this beer couldn't make up its mind.

Photo of jackndan
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Singletrack Copper Ale: pours a ta-da: copper color, perfectly clear, with very light visible carbonation. The head pours a creamy off white. The aroma is strong, the hops are noticeable from at least a foot away. Very smooth mouthfeel, creamy to say the least. Looks good, feels good, taste does quite match up, although its not that bad. Decent mix of malts and hops, although hops are more prevalent, with a bit fruits that are noticed, primarily apples. The taste snaps to quick close thanks to the hops. Kind of unusual, as its quite hoppy, but not a classic pale ale, and the hops are too sweet for an IPA, so I’ll call it a tweener.

Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on Singletrack is superb. A wonderful floral hops and sweet caramel malt sets the tone. The hops are never as strong in the taste as the nose might lead one to believe. Definitely the lovely malt curbs the hops and creates a good balance. The slight spiciness is pleasant too. This beer has an absolutely enjoyable taste. The body is copper; the head is white and minimal with no retention and some lace.

I think I realize this beer is not worthy of “Top Beer” status but it is very good and something I will have to drink more of.

Photo of mcraw88
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Comes from the name, copper colored with a very nice dirty white head

Smell - some strong bready malts up front which are followed by some strong hops, two strong smells which appose each other might be a great bear

Taste - It seems to be a confusing beer. It couldn't make up its mind. I asked a friend what he thought and he said to hoppy (not a hop lover) and i immediately thought to bready with the malt. This brew seems to have very different feels to people but never in the positive sense

Mouthfeel - Smooth not to much hops so easy on the palate

Drinkability - Could see this being an easily drinkable beer to someone where the smell and taste suits their desires

Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright pumpkin orange with a huge frothy white head that is creamy and persistent sticking around for awhile.

T: The flavor has a nice grainy texture. The malting is sweet at times, some honey roasted character, a touch of cereal grains and caramel that finishes with a nice grainy finish and a soft floral hopping fade. Overall I really enjoyed the graininess of this beer but the hops were a tad light for a pale ale.

S: hopping is very spicy.

M: Mouthful is moderate with some nice spicy hopping warming on the tongue nicely.

D: Overall a solid brew, nice grainy palate and decent drinkability.

Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear honey amber hue with a dense two finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky lacing in its place. Solid sticky lacing along the glass.

The malts are toasty, giving off a little bit of a brown sugar aroma. The hops are piney and spicy with a little bit of citrus. A little bit of a flowery esters are in there.

Sweet and subtle malts, again giving a little bit of caramel/brown sugar. The hops add a little bit of a citrusy bitterness, but are also slightly sweet at the same time. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is relatively clean, with a little bit of lingering hops.

Not a bad Pale Ale, with a little more caramel flavors than your typical beer of the style. Rather enjoyable. Recommended.

Photo of Murph
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orangey-amber color with a good, thick, tan head that settles to a very nice lacy film. Strong caramel malt aromas in the smell with some decent hops lurking in the background. Malty swetness is present from the start and throughout but much like the aroma, the flavor shows some signs of strong hoppiness but the hops never can get out from under the guard of the malt. Slightly sticky and cloying mouthfeel take away from this beer but it isn't bad overall. After just having sampled the McNeill's Firehouse Amber the other day I don't know if I will ever be satisfied with any other amber ales.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh Colorado. It's hard to find a bad craft brew from Colorado. And Boulder is great. Muted copper color in the glass with a head that formed briefly and then fell. Carbonation was minimal, but enough to refresh. The smell was mostly malt, with a touch of fruity (not spicy) hops in the nose. Taste was identical, though there was a slight metallic aftertaste that puzzled me. Purchased fresh right outside Boulder. All in all, a definitely quaffable beer.

Photo of Boilermaker88
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at my local Trader Joe's. Every once in a while, I get one that might have been parked on the shelf a bit longer than it should have. This might be one of those times.
Poured a, well, copper color (duh!). Had virtually no head, just the thinnest skim around the edge.
Smell was muted, a subdued somewhat sweet aroma of floral hops and some caramel but nothing really stands out much.
Taste is a mellow combination of grainy malt, some caramel, lemon peel, and followed up with a mild hops bitterness in the finish.
Feel is light, dry, and crisp.
On the whole, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. It seemed that it tries to strike a balance between hops and malt but in the end neither stand out enough to make this beer anything other than ordinary.

Photo of rallison
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

Dry, somewhat hoppy pale. Somewhat malty. The flavors here are just a bit too light and one-dimensional for me to find this all that interesting. Decent beer, just not great. Drinkability is good, if only for the fact the mouthfeel is light and flavors don't come close to overwhelming.

Overall, not recommended. There are many, many better pales out there.

Photo of Proteus93
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An amber pour with a slightly yellowish-orange head. Mediocre stickiness, but not too bad.

S: Some herbal hoppiness, a touch bready/biscuity, with some moderately roasted malts coming through. Like the name might imply, it almost seems to be right in between a pale and a brown ale.

T: Going a little beyond full on the front, this starts to push pungent. This smooths out a little and becomes a more malty flavour with a bit of hop bittering. It's got a subtle sweetness that I might not go so far as to call 'caramel,' but it's certainly there, and I can't quite place a finger on it.

M / D + notes: A close to medium body (just a touch light), comes close to becoming a little sticky, and then finishes semi-dry, which is interesting. This was a drink that I had initially tried with a 2 oz. tasting, and thought was alright at the time, so I wanted to get a bottle to review with. After an entire bottle, I don't find myself quite as enthusiastic, perhaps, but it is still a pretty solid beer - kudos to Boulder for that. I continue to see it as a happy medium between a pale ale and a brown ale, as mentioned previously, and I think that's kind of the intention. I'd be fairly happy to come back to it from time to time.

Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear coppery orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar consisting of thick bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of of toasted malts.
T: The initial taste starts out with flavors of earthy yeast and mineral water; notes of toasted malts are present in the finish along with light amounts of bitterness. The maltiness becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The earthiness of this beer makes it seem closer to an English Pale Ale compared to most of the American Pale Ales you are used to seeing. It's not a bad beer and an interesting change of pace.

Photo of minterro
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%

Still on sale so I’m still buying them.

A&S: The brew is lively and almost transparent copper (go figure) in color. Head is white and frothy and leaves some lacing on the glass. No heavy bananas but like a banana bread of sorts. There is some citrus (orange) presence and not much sweetness.

T&M: Extrorianly average tasting beer, almost tastes like boston lager. Light malts, medium grade sweetness and bitterness. Non-bitter, non-dry bready finish. Feel is pretty good. It has a good profile not too full not too light. Carbonation is a high but not sharp and prickly.

Overall: Not a recommended beer, like I said it is a little below average. Probably will never have again even in a situation of low selection.

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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 306 ratings.