Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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Reviews by zhooker:
4.13/5 rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
From tap, to growler, poured into a 12oz mug. Pours golden and very hazy. A finger's worth of head builds and dissipates. Not much lacing as the mug empties.
The aroma is hoppy, but it is a very floral and fruity hoppiness -- not searingly 'green' or bitter. Reminds me of chamomile, lavender, and pear.
Mild, sweet, and fruity on the tongue. The malts are toned down, and the hops do all the talking. However, much like the smell, its not a pronounced hoppiness. The first few sips seem more along the lines of a softer pale ale, but the hops do eventually catch up with you, and their bitterness builds on the back of your tongue. This is not at all an offensive bitterness -- it's very agreeable, well balanced and sweet-ish. Still, over the course of the mug, some of the earlier floral and fruit notes were lost to this bitterness.
This has a pretty average mouthfeel. Crisp enough to please on a hot day, but with enough body to give you something to think about. The hops rile your tongue and cheeks a bit, and I am guessing that the carbonation from a standard shelf-bought bottle might intensify this. From tap to growler to mug I had no complaints though.
This is a pretty good beer, and I look forward to the rest of my growler. It may go without saying, but I would not recommend it to anyone leery or weary of hops. It tempers its hoppiness well, but a whole glass would be a lot to take for those hop-averse.
Serving type: growler
05-17-2010 05:24:32 | More by zhooker
More User Reviews:
4.04/5 rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
03/04/14 On tap. Very nice stuff. This shows how a well behaved member of the hop family of brews can please and I am very pleased. Wonderful balance. Smells hoppier than it tastes. Good cold. Doesn't look like I'll get try it at room temp. At 6.5% this should be monitored carefully as it very deceptive & delicious.
***Note: Not sure why I dis'sed the nitro experience last year (see below). It may be that the nitro addition of more fizz let the temperature raise & open up too much hoppiness. Note the mention of "good cold". I tend to forgive the author as he's usually drinking on the job. Jul'14
08/20/13 On nitro tap. Let me start by saying that I'm not a hops fan, but this is beer reinforce that. This is the first time I've ever truly regret not having had a taste first. I've spent the money & will drink it down, as not to fret the bar, but this should have a warning label. IMO this is way off base & I see the Rate Beer give it an 88 rating? A jaundiced view, no doubt.
Serving type: on-tap
07-05-2014 17:56:12 | More by seedyone
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 429 ratings.