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Singletrack Copper Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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301 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 301
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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Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Apparance: Pours a clear, light copper color. Somewhat creamy white head that laces that glass a bit. Somewhat thick at the start, and becomes a dense lace.

Smell: Has a malty, caramel-like, aroma with a bit of fruit and sugar. No hops noticable.

Taste: Up front a very malty flavor, similar to (but less sweet than) the smell. Towards the finish hops start to come out, but they're still somewhat overwhelmed by the malts. Same with the aftertaste. And I really don't get much of a sense of balance. Nevertheless, it's still a decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with very mild carbonation and quite smooth.

Drinkability: The level of alcohol seems fine and there's nothing bad with the taste; just feels a bit odd for a session beer.

This really isn't near being a pale ale until you get to the finish. Decent taste (though a bit odd), worth giving a try, but not something I'm very tempted to come back to. I guess I'd just like the beer to decide if it wants to be a pale ale, or if it wants to be a malty beer.

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.

Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks roan22 for hookin me up with a bottle.

Appearance pours a pretty typical orange amber color, with a translucent body and large carbonation bubbles rising slowly fueling the short off-white head that fades to a cap. The frothy cap along with moderate sticky lace last most of the duration of the beer. Nice.

Smell: Grain and sweetness. Made me think of creamed corn. Don't know why but came to mind. Light grass bitterness, very mild with almost a slash of lemon scent.

Taste: The sweet grain and caramel malt flavors lead into a dry finish with little grassy hop bitterness but a pleasant residual sweetness and gentle dryness, almost eluding to a nip from the hops, makes overall; a quite quaffable brew.

Drinkability: This is a very simple easy drinking beer with no bells or whistles. It is not that there are any flaws, just little that stands out. OK, its decent beer, drink up!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of cdkrenz
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clean copper color translucent to light with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the surface which is covered by a frothy white 1/2 inch of head.

Smell - Strong malty aroma with a citrus overtone. An inviting brew.

Taste - Hops and malt. This is a good beer.

Mouthfeel - The flavor migrate through my mouth and finishes on the back outside edges of my tongue with a slight bitterness.

~ This was a beer that was left over at Gnomefest 2007. I'm glad it was. I wish I had a few more to follow up this one. Needless to say, if you get the chance give this Singletrack a ride.

Photo of domtronzero
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber copper with a small, dense, off-white head, which leads no lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with notes of caramel and a hoppy grassiness. Tastes about the same as the smell, but more malty and the hops didn't come through like a thought they would from the smell. Mouthfeel is thin and oily, leaving a mouthcoating that I didn't enjoy. Overall, an average beer. I would recommend heir Hazed & Infused IPA, or their Mojo IPA. Much better beers from the same people.

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

This poured from the bottle to a nice amber color with thin off-white head that lingered awhile, then left a thin cap on top, with no lacing. Nose is somewhat stale hops, mixed with fruit and floral notes. Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, and the flavor is a nice caramel-hoppy fruit mix. Finish is of medium duration, and leans on the side of being caramel sweet with a hint of alcohol. Not a bad beer, just nothing special

Photo of flexabull
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a clear copper color, with a decent white head.

Beer smells of sweet caramel malts, and some citrus hop notes.

Taste is very creamy. Not very sweet, but there is definitely a grain like, cereal malt flavor. No really hop flavors noticed.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It does feel pretty full in the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a decent pale, but it's kind of boring, with not many interesting flavors.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clean copper color with an off-white head. Aromas of sweet malt and a small amount of alcohol. It tastes strong, with a sweet maltiness. A small malty aftertaste, yet very clean. A easy beer to drink, a bit refreshing. Not offensive, kind of good for new people into micros.

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 BretSikkink
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the name would suggest, a copper colored ale here. Sticky white foam is lumpy and holds well. Decent lacing left on the glass.

This is where things head south. Aroma is weak and middling, some caramel malt, some hops, but no direction. The flavor is similarly weak and light, with the same characteristics overpowered by a dextrin flavor that borders on unpleasant. As it warms, this beer shows a little more hop muscle than originally suspected, bringing it up to 3 - average. The malt side shows a little rye bread flavor as well, that I wouldn't have recommended for this brew.

Clean and light, a little watery, and very weak all around. Balanced, but to what end?

Photo of dreadnatty08
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light caramel, dark straw color with a nice thin bubble white head with good sustain. Aromas of juicy, fruity hops with a light toasty undertone. Some slight spicy character comes out. On the palate, the rye really takes precedence, more than I remember. Its spicy and earthy characteristics are balanced well with the grapefruity hops and toasty, biscuity malts. It's an extremely drinkable beer, nice on a hot day.

Photo of smcreator
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale amber ale with a minimal head.
S: Very light and clean hoppy smell.
T: Not very complex, but very good for its style. It has a clean refreshing taste.
M: Slightly crisp in the mouth but overall very good.
D: One of the most refreshing and easiest beers to drink.

Photo of jtslay
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise on my recent trip to Colorado. I had never seen this beer before so I gave it a try.

The beer has a pale/amber appearance with minimal head that releases a somewhat hoppy aroma. The taste is rather clean and refreshing for an ale. Very drinkable in my opinion and has a decent mouthfeel.

Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Singletrack Copper Ale pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of caramel malt. Light body, definitely on the hoppy side. Not very challenging, but a decent quaff. Would make a decent session beer. Worth a try.

Photo of jbsteiny
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For whatever reason, this beer from Boulder was included on the Rock Bottom brewpub’s sampler in the Minneapolis airport, but I’m glad I got to try it. Poured a brilliant copper, and crystal clear. Fine carbonation left nice lacing. Not a lot of nose on this beer. Kind of smells like boring macro. Tastes great, though – a very nice balance of toasted malts and floral hops. Medium bodied, this beer leaves a pleasant tingle on the tongue and is highly drinkable. I agree with the previous reviewer that this "isn't going to drive a beer geek crazy", but I think they've made a well-balanced beer that goes down easy, and there's something to be said about that.

Photo of BadRockBeer
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Has no bottle features but it does state that their Colorado’s first microbrewery.

Appearance: Rich gold color, crystal clear with a nice white 1 finger head that fades to a great dense lace.

Smell: Subdued sweetness, grainy, earthy hops

Taste: This beer is a little on the mild side as far as taste. There is a real apparent bitterness but not really hoppy. The beer lacks in maltiness but like I say the hops are also under done. I don’t know if I would classify this as an American Pale but more like an Amber.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, like I say this beer is very mild. Maybe a good crossover beer, but not one that the beer geek is going to go nuts over.

Photo of tgbljb
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive white puffy head. Great lacing.
Smell is dominated by a nice caramel maltiness.
Taste is also significant for caramel notes with a slight hoppiness at the finish.
Great retention with full mouthfeel.
Easy to drink. Very average, yet refreshing.

Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not an overly impressive brew, but still a solid performer. I could make this a summer session brew; it has just enough pizzazz to get by.

Good start to the quaff; clear and nicely carbonated “copper” color in the glass, topped by a fine quality lacey ivory head. Hoppy malt in the aroma, with a small floral pop. A standard amber ale taste; subtle malt but well balanced with hops. Close to an English mild ale.

Thin and crisp, guessing 4.5% abv -

Photo of tugdriver7
4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
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 Chaz
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden copper in color, with a small off-white head. Citric hops on the nose, but only a bit, the rest is pale, biscuity malt. Sweet/sour tangy and a bit yeasty . . . I've had a British style amber ale like this recently (Arcadia) - could it be the same malt? Smooth and medium-bodied, with some sweetness and well-integrated fruity notes: banana - is there wheat in here? I was told this had rye in it, oh well.) After the initial tang of the first sip this subsequently balances out over the duration of the pour, and finishes dry and even a bit crisp, but hardly bitter by comparison to so many of today's hop bombs. I'm guessing it's around 5% abv (and there's just a touch of alcohol in the aromatics) but it feels so light and drinks so readily that I'm far from worried about getting off my face on this one. Exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a shiny, brass/gold color. Medium head reminding me of soap bubbles. Held the aroma nicely.
Smell of sweet malt, floral hops and mowed grass (slightly).
First sip is nice. Refreshing light flavors (grass, some hops and dark fruit), then more sweet with the malt then finished with a slight bite from the hops. Good feel, nice drinkability.

Photo of karengarys
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours - did you guess copper color? Shiny copper, that is. Crystal clear too. My slow pour leaves little head.

Smell is faint with a bit of floral hops.

Taste is malty and hoppy, balanced out to a nice robust beer with character and flavor. Nothing unusual, nothing odd, nothing bad, and what is left is quite good.

Finish cleans the pallette with a bit of seltzery clean hop.

I recommend trying this beverage.

Photo of arnulfooxblood
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearence--Nice golden-amber color

Taste--Very well balanced, not too malty, not too hoppy, just right. If anything this one really reminded me of Anchor Steam, which is pretty good in my book.

Drinkability--Went down real easy--I was wishing I had more!

Photo of rousee
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber copper as described. Lvs a small wisp of foam on top. Smell is bready and yeasty-reminds me of the bread I used to make regularly. Taste is a good maltiness with a slight hint of hops. Chalky mouthfeel. I have liked some of the other Boulder beers better.

Photo of cbl2
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/28/2005 $6.99 6 pack 5.00% No best by date.

Appearance:

After a vigorous pour, liquid is crystal clear, and a light copper in color with about an inch of foamy white head that slowly settles.

Aroma:

Vibrant hoppy aroma with scents of orange oils.

Taste/Mouthfeel:

Some biscuity malts are present along with the zing of citrus hops, but the overall flavor is that of a standard macro with some offputting adjunct flavors in the finish.

Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.