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Singletrack Copper Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Reviews: 171 | Ratings: 313
Photo of lokicat444
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a orange-ish gold, with just a slight hint of a haze. Two finger thick head of small bubbles, which quickly dissipate into nothingness. The smell is light, and the only note I detect is caramel.

Upfront, the dominant taste is of caramel, with a slight hop bitterness. The can describes this a medium bodied beer, and that seems just right. However, the taste fades after a few seconds, with a finish that feels like a light beer. I don't notice any rye spiciness.

I had high hopes for this beer, and was hoping for something like Sierra Nevada's rye ale. However, the body and taste of this beer do not deliver a memorable or unique experience. The first impression of this beer seems like an interesting 'medium bodied' beer, but the lack of finish or additional notes is a disappointment.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Nice golden copper color. Little head. Some carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Little bit of biscuit, malt and bread but not much.

Taste: Light on taste little bit of malt and biscuit. No hop flavor.

Feel: Is over carbonated, but has a nice crispness.

Overall: Not too much flavor but overall it's drinkable.

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Photo of delta490
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light hazy orangey-copper with a light white head with decent retention. The aroma is barely there with just a little bit of biscuit. The taste is equally absent, with just faint notes of caramel malt sweetness. The body has a decent weight to it, smooth throughout.

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Photo of barczar
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%

A few months past the best by date.

Aroma is very floral, lightly citrusy, piney, and has a substantial caramel, nutty toasted malt backbone. Flavor reveals more floral hop character at the base, with a moderately bitter finish and a toasted malt backbone. Notes of grapefruit surface, but the perfumey, floral hops dominate. Malt presence contributes well to the profile. A little too floral, but a nice change of pace.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Pours a bright copper with a thin head. The smell has a bit of citrus and malt flavor in there. The taste is a spike of hop in the beginning with heavy flavors, almost like a banana bread flavor with the malt coming through for the finish giving this beer a sweeter profile than I was expecting. Not bad.

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Photo of dcscientist
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

I'm a fan of this one, though admittedly I drink it a lot less than I used to these days. It's a solid APA, not overly hoppy and not too sweet either. Better than people give it credit for, to be sure.

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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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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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Orange-copper brew, clear, with a just under an inch of not-quite-white foam.

Smell: Bready, biscuity malts, a little bit of citrus present, even lighter herb hints, and a low yeasty tone.

Taste: Biscuity, light pale malt. A little sugar cookie sweetness, falling short of a mild caramel taste. A light orange accent, minor spice/herb vibe. Medium-light bitterness. The finish is dry and fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not particularly malty, not really all that hoppy. While not bad, Singletrack is rather one-note.

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Photo of rangerred
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had on tap.

Arrived a slightly hazy light copper with little head.

Aroma was somewhat sweet and malty with a little bit of caramel and citrus.

The flavor was quite toasted and I though I detected some rye in there. There was an underlying citrus note but it was hard to tell if it was from the hops or the yeast possibly. A moderate bitterness and a clean finish.

Overall, I thought this was an ok beer but far from great. Not sure I would really seek it out again.

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Photo of phishsihq
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulder Beer Company received only the 43rd brewery license in the US, and began life in a "goat shed" on a farm outside of Boulder. Many changes have come and gone over the following three decades, but great beer has remained a constant. Singletrack Copper Ale took home a silver in 2002 and a bronze at the 2004 World Beer Cups.

The brew pours a light amber color, very clear, and is capped by a modest frothy white head and minimal lacing. Aromas of caramel, tea, citrus, and a grassiness are all quite noticeable. Caramel and bready malt flavors lead into a tea-like flavor before becoming balanced by citrus hop notes. A moderate level of carbonation works well in the medium bodied ale. For a real treat, try to find some Freshtracks on tap in the fall, the wet hopping really takes this beer to another level!


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Photo of avalon07
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Not much of a smell here, but hints of malt and hops were evident.

T: Tasted a bit of malt, mainly it was a very unpleasant, grassy hops flavor. When it wasn't that it was thin, watery and without character. Kind of a repellant flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a thin, almost flat finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Simply put, this is not a well made beer. Not at all drinkable.

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Photo of hopfacebrew
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served to standard pint glass the beer appears a dark amber color, clear, with a a thin 1/2 finger white head, some retention, some lacing. The nose is rather indescript, hints of toasted barley but really not much to report. The flavor starts thin though develops much better than the nose let on. A toasted caramel malt base from which a gentle earthy hop character builds. Mild bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean. Medium bodied and decently carbonated. Overall, not a spectacular brew, but not terrible. Not something I would go out of my way to pursue.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, clear, watery copper coloring with a light, short, frothy head that quickly settles and dissipates into nothing. Aromas are light, with a sweet caramel and toffee backbone. Flavors are tangy, and slightly sharp with the lighter body. A slight roasting overall, the caramel sweetness is rich, and there is a slight hopping at the end that is resiny and spicy, making the endfeel a bit on the sharp side. The aftertaste is short-lived, with a roasted tang sharply clearing the tongue to give a quick, crisp finish. Easy enough to drink, but there are better offerings of this style out there.

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Photo of denver10
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thickesh caramel body to this with a dark white head, half a thumbs width. Head quickly leaves the scene, leaving a trail around the edge of the glass. Sweet, doughy aroma with a touch of hops thrown in there to give it a little floral presence. Flavor is toffee like, buttery, with some floral hops. Mild bitterness comes in at the end. Medium bodied, kinda syrupy in feel, with a dose of effervescence. Overall, decent aroma but that's all that I enjoyed with this one.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pure light copper-toffee color. The light cream colored head dissipates to a thin film with sticky lacing. The beer smells of sweet caramel and toffee. I love the taste of this beer. Caramel and toffee notes dominate. The malts and hops intermingle with a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. I've had it before, but have never dissected it. It has a lot of caramel/toffee sweetness, and is very drinkable. A great session beer at a reasonable price. I'm actually not a huge fan of Boulder Beer, but this one is great.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

refreshing after a long hike this ale pours a tarnished penny color with a thin pale head. smells like a beer, a little watery, some generic type malts in there, nothing standout. taste is much better than the smell, with a balanced amber malt flavor and a crisp finish. nothing really outstanding going on here, but when the three taps are coors, coors light, and singletrack, you get the singletrack. medium body lends itself to high drinkability after a day in the mountains.

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Photo of AEArider
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a crystal amber, or copper as advertised, with a small head leaving plenty of lacing. Smell was a bit fruity, but had a bit of a "dirty" essence. Taste was good, overall pretty well balanced, with a noticeable bitterness and alcohol aftertaste, especially as it warms.

Overall on par with many pale ales and amber ales you'll find out there.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Smells a bit buttery. There is some sweet bread and toffee, but very minimal hop character. A light fruit ester quality to go with the rather bland malt and hop character. A touch of pine and definitely a bit of grass.

T: Some grass and straw, and a hint of pine. The bready malt flavor combines with a light toffee note to provide some sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Another sub-par offering at the Boulder Beer Tap House.

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Photo of notsoprobeer
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Golden orange in color, clear, with a white head that dissipated slowly. Aroma of caramel malts and something lager-esque. I didn't smell the hops. Flavor of caramel and biscuit-like malts. Again, no hops. Medium bodied, effervescent mouth feel, with a dry finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of fltmedic
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pulled into the pilsner glass it is a red brown coppery hue easily seen through with a thin while covering of thick suds. The head fades slowly leaving decent lacy ringlets on the glass.

Smell is light alcohol with banana bread and rye. Not as much for the nose here as i would like.

It meets the tongue with light maltiness, breads and nuts. There is a nice toasty malt body that fades to a bitter hoppiness. The hop lingers, especially toward the bottom of the glass.

Mouthfeel is light and carbonated, just a bit thin... but forgivable.

A good beer with dinner or to have as a side note beer. This is good but probably not a main attraction.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I had this at Village Whiskey in Philadelphia, PA. It was served in a glass I'm not familiar with.
Appearance: The body is a translucent amber color. The head is an off white color, one finger tall, tremdous lacing, fantastic retention, and small bubbles.
Smell: The aromas are pale malt, yeast notes, maybe some pine hop.
Taste: The flavors are pine resin, notes of caramel, and roasted hints.
Mouthfeel: The body is thin with a clean finish.
Drinkability: This beer is very drinkable.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours...uh...copper...with a foamy white head. Some spotty lacing. Good clarity and nice color.

Toasted malt, light hop leaf, some fruit.

A standard copper ale. Nice toasted malt that has the appropriate balance of toastiness, bitterness, fruit, caramel, and hop leaf. Not as hoppy as I had hoped it would be. Dries out in the finish. What's not to like?

Medium body, good carbonation.

Why not buy this again? On sale $6.99/6-er. What a deal! This is great to relax with or with food. Nice solid beer.

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

Had this on a recommendation from a friend while in Denver.

Pours a dark copper color. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Nice mix of malts and hops on the nose.

Anoher nice mix of hops and carmel malts.

Overall this was a really nice drinkable beer. Colorado hopping rates are different than what i am used to in california, so im really enjoying the balance of malts here in Denver.

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The name holds true. A beautiful copper hue with an off-white, bubbly head.

S - So fragrant, with honey, hops, malt, and floral aromas.

T - Malty deliciousness. Everything a Pale Ale should be.

M - Smooth but crisp with tons of flavor and moderate to low carbonation.

I'm a huge fan of this Pale Ale from Boulder.

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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.