1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Igloo Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Not Rated.
Igloo AleIgloo Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

15 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.09%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Winter Warmer |  ABV ?

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-02-2002)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 14 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DBIII
DBIII

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

12-27-2011 07:56:52 | More by DBIII
Photo of hotstuff
hotstuff

Indiana

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer's appearance consisted of a large sized tan head with fine-small sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing. The body was hazy and free of carbonation with a reddish-brown hue. It had a malty, caramel and hoppy nose. The flavor was bitter with an aftertaste. The palate was tingly, thin and watery and medium bodied.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2003 23:14:40 | More by hotstuff
Photo of beerguy101
beerguy101

California

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reddish brown color, medium head. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy. A medium bodied red-ale. Malts are mild and sweet. Spices are nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and ? Hops are bright and spicy. Very drinkable winter ale, a little thin when compared to others, but still very drinkable. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is mild and smooth. Aftertaste is spicy and malty sweet.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2003 01:11:50 | More by beerguy101
Photo of BittRnessabounds
BittRnessabounds

Colorado

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A friend of mine was kind enough to give two bottles of this to me. He didn't enjoy it very much, and I had no problem taking them off his hands. This beer pleasantly surprised me, especially considering it was free. Igloo poured a nice amber with just a bit of sediment. There was also a generous fluffy off-white head that remained just well enough to prevent me from seeing the warm amber glow from above. The smell was dominantly hoppy, with a grainy and nutty note as well. The one problem I had with the smell was that for some reason it reminded me of dry dog food. The flavor had a dominant hop flavor, but there was plenty of malt to balance, as well as just a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel was fairly pleasant; I would call it a light-medium bodied beer with a good crisp amount of carbonation. This was a very enjoyable and warming beer, especially considering I got it for free.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2003 20:00:16 | More by BittRnessabounds
Photo of Pegasus
Pegasus

Texas

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy mahogany-brown color with lots of swirling sediment and a small cream-colored head and mild carbonation; lacing is excellent. Sweet alcohol notes utterly dominate the complex aroma, along with vanilla, dark fruits, ginger, and nuts. Tasting yields sweet malt, spices, and quite warming alcohol notes, towards the finish rather bitter and lingering hops assert themselves. Finish is rather dry. The mouth feel is a bit thin, but overall, a nice winter beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2003 20:37:20 | More by Pegasus
Photo of feloniousmonk
feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color is a lovely chestnutty brown, with an enormous, crackly off-white head. Aroma is deep, rich, nutty, with additional notes of toffee and butterscotch. Medium body, just-right hops, perfect malt, terrifically tasty. Palate is luscious and fulfilling. Smooth, with just the right flavor to keep me happy until the end of the mug. Hops keep coming, and the warmth is welcome, especially on a Minnesota February night.
A great one from Boulder, and I especially like the cute ice-skating cartoon penguins on the label. Reminds me of that adorable Hamm's beer bear, "from the land of sky-blue wa-a-ters/comes the beer refreshing". Why aren't there more beer cartoon character mascots anymore? Like good ol' Budman? What's that? Who Camel?

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2003 18:38:12 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of LarryKemp
LarryKemp

Texas

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a nice clear dark amber. The head was firm and held up for some time. It lingered in lace on the side of the glass.

The aroma was of malt but not very strong.

The taste was fairly well balanced but the hop bitterness won out and lingered on the tongue. ABV nearing 6% was also slightly noticable.

For a stong ale, this beer had a rather light mouthfeel.

I found this to be to drinkable. I prefer my strong ales to be BIG beers and this one is by contrast a lightweight.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2003 17:10:14 | More by LarryKemp
Photo of Quaffer
Quaffer

Nevada

4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: This beer had a deep red color with a thin, light tan head. It left little lace on the glass.

Smell: The aroma of this beer was very complex. There was a distinct, crisp hoppiness. But on top of that were other smells, some of which I just can't put my finger on. Cracker-like comes to mind, among other things. Smells pretty damn good.

Mouthfeel: This brew could have had a little more body, but it was smooth.

Taste: I really enjoyed this beer. The flavor contained the hops that was promised by the aroma, and was balanced by a good dose of roasted malt. Very tasty indeed.

I have had this beer before, but it was five or six years ago. Need to make sure that I don't go that long again. This is a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2003 20:53:42 | More by Quaffer
Photo of RBorsato
RBorsato

Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bronze (bright reddish to light source) with a low tan head which disappears and leaves no lace. Decent balanced aroma buts leans to the bitter hoppy side (Chinook hops?). Strong malt flavor balanced well but finishes very bitter. Medium bodied but falls flat overall.

Bottle cap states "Colorado's 1st Microbrewery"

2001 Version Tasted 1/17/03

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2003 08:59:52 | More by RBorsato
Photo of Bighuge
Bighuge

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep copper in color. No head to speak of but a bubbly off-white collar laces adequately. Nice spicy and hoppy nose. Ginger mostly and some pungent hops. The flavor of the hopping in this beer seems similar to that signature "Goose Island" hop flavor. Pungent and earthy. Ginger spice accents nicely. There's a slight lingering bitterness and it is all supported very nicely by the malt load, which is substantial. Malt is caramel like and chewy. Body is above medium and mouthfeel is carbonated just right. All in all, a nice seasonal offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2003 21:06:30 | More by Bighuge
Photo of BeerBob
BeerBob

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder “IGLOO” Ale pours a deep copper from a brown 12oz twist off cap bottle.

Nose is a pleasant citrus consisting of grapefruit and pineapple. Palate is a marvelous mixture of citrus that mingles with its own spiciness. Cinnamon and ginger come to mind as sip after sip is drown from the glass. Aftertaste could be compared with the flavor that ginger snaps would leave you with.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2002 20:03:15 | More by BeerBob
Photo of Gusler
Gusler

Arizona

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a crystal clear deep garnet color, the head personable, the texture is frothy, the lace in fine clinging sheets, and both a light tan in color. Nose is malt, hints of caramel, and even a slight whiff of the hops. Front is malt, the top middling. Finish is curtly acidic, the hops biting in their spiciness, dry long lasting aftertaste. Drinkable, but the body is a bit thin or watery, which detracts somewhat from the overall enjoyment.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2002 14:28:54 | More by Gusler
Photo of marc77
marc77

California

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear ruby hue from the filtration. Thick, slowly settling head light tan head leaves sparse lace. Cinnamon, caramel malt, butterscotch and biscuit malt combine into a peanut brittle impression in aroma. There's a hint of spruce and trace citrusy hops as well. Sharp, perfume - like, spruce laced bitterness hits the palate at first, then mellows enough to allow light orange zest and spicy cinnamon to surface. Sweetness emerges late, and is derived from medium caramel malt. Somewhat dull. Mild toasted malt undertone. Lightly bodied, with a slightly weak, insipid mouthfeel. Finishes clean w/ fading hop bitterness briefly lingering on the back of the tongue. Igloo Ale is an uninspired brew, lacking both overall malt character and body. Decent and drinkable but comparatively lackluster for style. It's reminescent of Anchor Our Special Ale cut with a blond ale.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2002 01:15:38 | More by marc77
Photo of bditty187
bditty187

Nebraska

3.4/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-copper hue with a smallish off-white head, some lace. The nose is toasty, “red-hot” candy, and orange zest. Not a very potent aroma. The flavors were enjoyable, the orange zest undertones carried this beer well, and the spiciness helped the warming affect. The malt backbone was weak, but there nevertheless. This is a sensible winter beer; I think you should try it if you see it.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2002 06:03:29 | More by bditty187
Photo of ZAP
ZAP

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I am guessing this is their winter beer...I know nothing about it...I can tell you it is slightly below average for a winter beer. It has hints of spruce on the nose and the flavor...Not a super malty or hoppy beer...somewhat sweetish, but the spruce taste diminishes it somewhat...Nothing spectacular here but worth a try if you see it...One is enough for me...

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2002 21:52:45 | More by ZAP
Igloo Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.