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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: 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

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Photo of putnam
2.99/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.92/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

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.

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 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 canucklehead
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of TastyTaste
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of beerguy101
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
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

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 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

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 Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evidently made with rye. The aroma is wonderful....fruity with spicy german noble hops, bread...very akin to Boston Ale. Taste is great..begins with very spicy german noble hops, followed by a smooth, bready maltiness, soft fruitiness, then a spicy bittering hop finish which is moderately dry. Very clean, with only a very mild hint of metals.

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

Strange light pale brown with a orangy glow, kinda coppery, looks like a dark honey or thin maple syrup. Finger high head of off-white creamy, bumpy foam. Smells of fresh citrus fruits, not to sour, dull orange and peachy, very nice. Taste is smooth and pale of malt, caramel malt, with a short hop twinge, very clean and mellow. Fairly sugary sweet but dulled, short lived with a small creamy tang, quite enjoyable. Medium bodied, with a smooth creamyness feel, nice. Major drinkability, its one smooth, lighty creamy, yummy, mellowy sweet ride. I will have another, thank you very much.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a beautiful ale. The pour at slightly less than 60 degrees created a very good looking copper / amber hue that was slightly hazy and topped by a huge and billowing light tan head. The head receded but did not disappear and left a very clingy lace down the glass. The hops showed in the nose followed by caramel malt. The taste was bit flat but did have a nice dry hop balance with the malt. A very dry finish with only a moderately bitter aftertaste. Watery mouthfeel with little carbonation to add crispness. Overall a drinkable if not great beer.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/coppery color, with a fine, frothy white head, that doesn't stay long. Aroma is subtle, sweet, with fresh clean notes of citrus, lemon, and honey. Floral, herbal, and a bit on the dry side. Slightly toasty, caramel notes come through towards the middle. Light in body, smooth mouthfeel, with a little tang in the texture. Low in hops, smooth, sweet, delicious. A nice light ale with excellent hops. Perfect for it's target audience, the type who never want to wrestle with hops, and just want to slide something down their throat.

Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now here's a great session beer....cloudy copper colored....lace rims the glass...nose is quite impressive for this style...some caramel and a real fresh hop smell....taste is bready....with a nice spicy hop finish...a real bit of dryness on the finish...easy drinking and pretty tasty for this style...very clean tasting....as I said, a great session beer.

Photo of Bighuge
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a slightly hazed copper color. A thin and airy ivory white head diminishes to a rimming in under a minute. Nice malty nose. A dash of spicy hops in the mix as well. This beer is medium bodied and carbonated just right. The taste is very pleasing. Subtle caramel tones mix with pale malts and spicy (noble?) hops to create a very tasty brew. This beer doesn't overtake your buds with hops or malt but rather produces a nicely blended version of both. A bit of a dry touch on the finish has me reaching for more quite frequently. Nice brew.

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 BeerBob
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Singletrack Copper Ale pours a dark copper from a 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head was up and down, not much to speak of.

Nose on the other hand is a marvelous floral hops, both fragrant and aromatic.

Palate is malt with bitter hops, tasty hops and in quantity sufficient to make this ale better than most.

Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely copper color as the name suggests. Quite nice off-white head that unfortunately disappears within a couple of minutes. Lace is quite decent; carbonation is slight. Aggressive floral hops dominate the aroma; faint caramel malt makes an appearance as well. Taste begins with a mild caramel malt sweetness which is quckly overcome by the hops. The finish is quite dry; mild to moderate hop bitterness lingers well past the end of the taste.

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 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 marc77
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Copper in hue w/ just a touch of haze. Although the head settles quickly, it is persistent enough to leave Belgian lace. The aroma is quite spicy and relatively complex for style due to the combination of malted rye and citrusy hops. Although lightly bodied, this brew is quite flavorful. The rye conrtibutes a grainy tartness, while the crystal malt sweetness is well balanced by the hop bitterness. There are no off flavors whatsoever in this brew. Singletrack finishes bittersweet, dry and refreshing. It's a satisfying brew.

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