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Singletrack Copper Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale

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Ratings: 299
Reviews: 168
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.37%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001)
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Reviews by abcsofbeer:
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

abcsofbeer, Jul 24, 2008
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Photo of Turbo
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Turbo, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of skybluewater
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

skybluewater, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

danthehopslamman, Aug 15, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Beaver13, Jul 07, 2004
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..

Billolick, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +10%

bpfrush, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 29, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

ADR, Jul 15, 2002
Photo of schoon
3.75/5  rDev +10%

schoon, Mar 19, 2012
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

stereosforgeeks, Dec 17, 2012
Photo of dsauter
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

dsauter, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Trashcat
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Trashcat, Nov 18, 2014
Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +10%

LXIXME, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of IPAylor
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

IPAylor, Jan 04, 2012
Photo of jmz62565
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

jmz62565, Dec 02, 2005
Photo of Magpie14
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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

Magpie14, May 04, 2009
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.

Bcant, Feb 22, 2006
Photo of pmcadamis
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

pmcadamis, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

dertyd, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of secondtooth
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of ElGordo
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

ElGordo, Mar 20, 2004
Photo of RickS95
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

RickS95, Mar 07, 2009
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

cliff1066, Jan 11, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

kkrez, Nov 15, 2011
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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 299 ratings.