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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: 288
Reviews: 165
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 14.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | 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 DogFood11
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average appearance across the board. Copper with red around the edge, flimsy head with average retention. mixed carbonation is lazy. I could pick up a decent malt base backed with some citrus and very minimal hops.

Tasted flimsy for the most part. has a chalky mouthfeel that was distracting. fairly light on taste overall. Had to really concentrate to pick up any depth. the Citrus was welcomed finishing the beer off clean.

One and done on this offering. Had it at old chicago's in denver because it was on special. The waitress said it was her favorite beer. Win some lose some.

DogFood11, Nov 15, 2005
Photo of Dithyramb
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled during the Goatshed festival on tap.

Pours copper, with splashes of amber, with a thick off white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.
Thick and chewy malt with a piney/grapefruity aroma. The hops appeared more subdued in the draft option.
Though the flavor still didn't have the expected hops that the aroma gave off, the draft version had a more stout bready malt base and a distinct buttery/ringwood mouthfeel. Maybe it was all the physical exertion that day, but this made the brew tastier and easier drinking.

Dithyramb, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of ryantupy
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark golden amber color with a nice lace. It was very light and a little hoppy with about a medium level of carbonation. It has some sweetness in the start but finishes rather hoppy metallicness. This was a so so beer defiantly not my favorite from this brewery.

ryantupy, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks copper to golden in color and well carbonated. Average in head retention and lacing. Smells moderately malty and hop spicy. Maybe a bit pine-ey or grass-ey. Tastes nicely malty and spicy. Hopped for bold flavor and bittering. Beer remains firm throught body and gradually tapers through to the finish. Fairly high carbonation numbs the toung. Mild alcohol flavors present in the finish. Hops make for a crisp finish. Bittering lingers. Maybe a bit metalic tasting. A good, safe APA. Nothing to get too excited about, but no real flaws.

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a grainy pale, crystal, and roasted malt scent along with a fine hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry and grainy flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a mild hop flavor; nothing close to the aroma. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I like the aroma, but the taste was a let down. I was hoping for something more.

WesWes, Jul 19, 2005
Photo of palliko
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a translucent copper with some nice foam and lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, but is lacking in malt. Taste is ambivalent, containing both hops and malt, but failing to resolve into a good balance. Carbonation is moderate, and mouthfeel is okay, but there are better beers out there!

palliko, Jul 15, 2005
Photo of mentor
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one-finger fluffy light tan head over a light orange-rust liquid. Smells faintly malt sweet with really gentle hop orange and barely detectable fruity esters. Tastes also very mild. Starts sweet with some caramel and noticable fruity esters (apricot) and a tempered hop bitter. Hop flavor is orange turning lemony in the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor of this beer is quite mild on all fronts. Light body and mildly carbonated. The carbonation may be the cause of a tang in the aftertaste.

mentor, Jul 07, 2005
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling orange-copper with amber accents. In other words, one of the most common hues in craft beer. The splendid looking head of sticky foam is lightly jaundiced ivory in color and its hardscrabble surface eventually melts into a more uniform, though still lumpy, disk as fat strands of lace stick to the glass above.

There isn't much goin' on in the nose. Singletrack smells more like an amber ale than an APA since the hop content is on the low end. There's a hint of caramel malt, but not enough to carry the aroma either. The nose needs strength as well as a focal point.

I'm still inclined to go with amber ale after the first few mouthfuls. It's a little more hoppy than the nose suggested it would be, but not by much. It seems as though the hoppiness is noticeable because of a relative lack (not a critical shortage) of counterbalancing malt. Clean is a word that comes to mind, although a simple lack of flavor can also lead to cleanliness.

The scales are weighted a little more heavily to the hoppy-bitter side on the finish (hopheads will still find it lacking). That isn't entirely fair because I'm sure the brewers set out to create a balanced, drinkable ale... and have succeeded. The finish is also notable for a light spiciness that could be due to either hops or flaked rye or both. The mouthfeel is style average and is neither impressive nor disappointing.

Singletrack Copper Ale lacks that certain hook that would lead to another purchase. I could easily make a session out of it, but with so many other excellent microbrews in circulation, why bother?

BuckeyeNation, Jun 11, 2005
Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with no freshness date. Bring back the old logo!

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a very slight chill haze. Thin but resiliant head that leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell: Mostly sweet malts, with some fruity hops sneaking in alongside.

Taste: Malty medium body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Hops show up at the end to leave a slightly bitter finish. Overall very clean and drinkable.

Overall impression: This one will always have a special place in my heart. Going to school in Boulder, this was one of the first micros I ever tried, and I don't want to think how much of this I have consumed in the years since. Great beer to show up with at a party, or to stock in the fridge as a staple. This one is definitely getting higher scores because of emotional attachment - but hey, reviewing is a subjective thing, right?

rowew, Apr 15, 2005
Photo of BigRedN
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Puchased cause I needed something new and different in my fridge. Had on tap last October in Boulder. This grabbed my attention because of the name. I remember thinking that it was odd that two brewers in a close vicinity in Colorado have bike tire themed names for their beers (also there is Flying Dog which has Tire Bite Ale).

Appearance: Typical to the brewers naming style. It says on the packaging its a copper ale. Guess what? The color of the beer is copper! Not as clear as the gold. Thin head, left some lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty profile, just a hint of hops.

Taste: Malt up front, ends with a touch of hops. A nice balance, but nothing stood out to me, which I find to be not totally in style with other APA's.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Smooth.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, a little "bigger" than the Buffalo Gold. I think I am in agreement with what others are saying. I can't call this a true APA, but what is a "Copper Ale"?

BigRedN, Feb 16, 2005
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 jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a rwo-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear red/amber color. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Hoppy nose. Starts sweet and finishes with a slight bit of hoppiness and a metallic after taste. $1.35 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

jdhilt, Feb 10, 2005
Photo of putnam
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddened brass colored with foam on top. Not a huge nose, but one that displays deep, sticky, earthen hops aromas along with notes of hard red candy, vanilla and spice. Medium-bodied and laced with saccharine perfumes, the finish is quite dry and moderately bitter. The flavors are very neutral. It is shorter than adequate in weight on the midpalate. This is a paint-by-numbers, mass-appeal house ale. Just downable.
For a beer of this gravity I'd like to see less candy and resiny hops flavors.

putnam, Jan 23, 2005
Photo of clvand0
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the local pub (out of a pitcher). Pours a light amber color with a small head that doesn't stick around and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nice balance, but a sweet caramel sticks out most strongly. The flavor has a strong backbone of sweet caramel malts, but is balanced by the hops pretty well. Medium body, good drinkability. Overall, a good beer. Nothing that wows, but an enjoyable drink.

clvand0, Dec 07, 2004
Photo of kmpitz2
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pitcher a slightly amber golden color with 1 finger of head that falls to coat the beer well. The nose was full of caramel sweetness, though not a lot of hop in there. The flavor was good, being dominated by the sweetness from the caramel with some fruity characteristics and a nice finish with some lingering hop and some biscuit malts. The feel was moderate, nothing to really note about it. The beer was better than the individual parts would have led me to believe. Not bad at all.

kmpitz2, Dec 05, 2004
Photo of SheepNutz
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Singletrack pint glass. It pours a light amber color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is light, but has a good balance of malt and hops. Not too much detected. The taste starts malty, with some bready flavors like biscuit malt. There is a nice hoppy finish to round it out. The body is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is nice. A nice amber ale.

SheepNutz, Dec 02, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure what the brewer intended by hanging the "copper" description on the beer. Poured an amber copper-ish tint, but I suppose I was expecting more of an American amber than I got. This struck me as a very average pale ale, but on the lower end of the hopping scale. Some biscuit flavors in the middle, with a slightly grassy/herbal finish. Okay, but not particularly memorable.

Brent, Sep 13, 2004
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 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 canucklehead
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice gold colour and a full hoppy flavour reminiscent of Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. Good balance with a studied bitterness which
place this beer above what I expected from the label. Why this is one of the tiny handful of American beers available in B.C. amazes
me but in loo of Sierra Nevada I'll drink any time.

canucklehead, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of TastyTaste
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer actually exceeded my expetations. The poorly illustrated label, and ubiquitously titled "copper ale" led me to expect a mediocre beer. This beer was copper in color, but what I wasn't expecting was for it to be as well hopped as it was, a little sweet, but a solid beer. A very solid brew.

TastyTaste, Jan 09, 2004
Photo of beerguy101
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light copper color, small white foamy head. Aroma is fruity and sweet. Malted rye and roasted malts with some spiciness. There is slight hop bitterness as well, but malt sweetness prevails. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and crisp, Aftertaste is sweet, no bitterness

beerguy101, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of Boilermaker88
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Boilermaker88, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of Quaffer
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: This was a copper-colored ale (go figure) with a two-finger, coarse head. It settled down into a thin, dense layer floating on top of the beer. The remaining foam was sticky, leaving tendrils of lace on the glass.

Smell: It had a light, crisp, clean smell to it that was puctuated by a heavier roasted, bready aroma. It reminded me of the "baked bread" smell I got from their Buffalo Gold.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin bodied with a crisp bite to it. It was not too rough, though.

Taste: Upfront, the flavor was just slightly sweet and made up of roasted malts. The hops rose up quickly and faded on the finish, being overcome by a mild sweetness. Then, in the aftertaste, the bitterness came back and lingered.

A very light beer without any qualities that make it special. A good session beer or summertime thirst quencher

Quaffer, Aug 08, 2003
Photo of jackndan
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

jackndan, Aug 01, 2003
Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.