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Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Cold Hop British-Style AleCold Hop British-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 461
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Reviews: 302 | Hads: 461
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber color with very small head, no lacing. It fortinalty taste and smells the same. A nice hoppy bite, but not overpowering. Finishs very smooth, and has a very dry flavor. Overall a great beer very enjoayble, very surprised, never heard of this comapny before. (281 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured light grapefruit and apricot aromas with a soft sweet grain.

The taste was very well balanced and soft around the edges. A light citrus hop melted perfectly into the light doughiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very good and very well balanced ale. Highly drinkable. (423 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this at Northridge in Laramie, WY. About $7.

A: Poured a nice orange/gold color, slightly hazy and with an off white head about half an inch thick that reduced down to a film with some clumps of loose lacing on the edge.

S: big time earthy hop character, nice caramel, candy sugar aspect too, quite sweet underneath the initial hop bite, hops are quite piney, and earthy. very aromatic.

T: earthy hops really take over the whole mouth on this one, nice caramel sweetness underneath, but the hops dominate this one, excellent bitterness. lots of earthy undertones. this one is tasty.

M: pretty thin, nice carbonation, and a relatively clean finish, a little lingering bitterness.

D: this is a great session beer, smooth, and tasty, and really goes down easy, another great beer from Boulder. (824 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a foggy orange amber. Nose is very piney hops with that sweet character to it. Flavor is very hopped, but in a noticeably English style. I feel like it purposefully subdues itself and never gets out of hand, as many American versions of the style might. The hops present themselves and then an earthy bitter tone hits you. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it. The liquid is thick, though it gives a thick, slick, and syrupy texture on the mouth. Overall very good. Definitely one for the hop heads and possibly one for the real ale folks out there too. (597 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 22oz bottle(bottled July 1 as per small stamp near base of the bottle) a clear gold with a healthy head of foam that shrinks fairly quickly....some spotting in the middle and some lacing hugging the side of my glass.

The smell has some hoppy and sweet notes along with some bread and some fruit. Nice nose.

The taste on first sip and I get some good caramel malt and bread followed by some grain and a mild hop character. Tasty. After a few more sips, there's more hoppiness in the flavour but it's balanced nicely by the malt and it really works well for me. I don't have to have a hop bomb in every IPA that I drink!! ;^)

The mouthfeel is medium, the carbo is medium, and it finishes slightly sweet. Good stuff and it's going to be no problem at all finishing the bomber. I recommend it! (808 characters)

Photo of beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap -> pint

Pours an oranged copper with a smallish white head that leaves some light rings of lace. Carbonation appears medium-high.

Nose: Piney hops, some sweet caramels

Crisp medium body. A nice combination of sweet caramel malts and fruity hops. Medium lingering bitterness finishes clean. As the pint warmed the fruity hops took hold and stood up with pineapple and some peach like flavors.

I really good ipa that seems more american than british. The pub had this labeled as a 'strong ale', which i new was wrong, but i wouldn't of tabbed this of the british style. I really enjoyed this brew. (610 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear lighter amber color with a one finger head that leaves plenty of squiggles of lace

Smell: One of the most unusual aromas I have encountered from an IPA - I am picking up some of the vinous elements of the Nelson Sauvin hops but there is a grassy aspect as well; toffee malt galore underneath

Taste: Cookie dough and honey malt flavors that layer underneath the vinous, grassy and citrusy flavors that arrive by mid-palate; after the swallow the malt and hop flavors balance each other out

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I just wasn't expecting a beer as interesting as this; just love the balance, with the sweeter elements (that I normally would eschew) really complementing an unusual blend of hop flavors (777 characters)

Photo of neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I have enjoyed everything by Boulder that I've had, but I typically don't care much for English "inspired" American beers. This one was great, however.

The beer looks great. Light golden with a slight ruby hue. Has a light cloudy haze, but mostly clear. A good amount of tight-knit fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is apparent, but not over the top.

The smell is good. Definitely has that toasted biscuit, nutty, caramelized English malt flavor, but the hops smell distinctly American. Quite well balanced between malt and hops. Usually with such fruity, floral hops aromas the malt tends to take backseat. By that same token, many English inspired American beers tend to over-emphasize the malt, but this beer really does a great job at achieving a happy medium.

The taste is every bit as good as I was expecting from the nose, and better yet. The toasted caramel and nutty maltiness hit up front, followed by a slight bitterness with a very smooth floral and fruity hops flavor. Still a great balance. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a fairly sharp hit of carbonation. The body isn't as syrupy as many English inspired beers often tend to be. Very easy to drink.

One thing I would have liked to see is maybe a little more of a spicy, grassy hop flavor with a slightly lighter bitterness for more of an English style. On the other hand, I really liked this beer as it was, so why fix what isn't broken? Final verdict: Hazed & Infused with English malts. (1,552 characters)

Photo of scoob8000
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not new to pale ales, and I'm not really a fan of them but this one is another story!

Had a 20oz glass on draft at our usual Friday spot.

Appearance reminds me of apple cider, but with a quickly disappating head. Lacing lingers on the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not over powering.

Taste is mildly citrusy. Another reviewer describes it as almost tropical. I think that hits this nail on the head.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. I bet this would be great on a hot summer day.

Drinkability is very high on this one.

I apologize for any typos or incorrect spelling. This is my first review written from my cell! (627 characters)

Photo of sevopie
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy golden with a thick off-white head.

Smell - Nice citric hop smell with a little caramel

Taste - Crisp hoppiness, muted by a fairly strong dose of bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Slick and smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Incredibly easy drinking for an IPA, I love when this one comes around. (334 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/gold with a big white foamy head on top. Retention is a little weak, but the lacing that sticks is all over the place. Smells of malts, breads, and sweet floral hops.

Light mouth on this one, but oh so creamy. This is a very smooth beer. Big biscuit malty sweetness in this beer. Finishes with just enough of a hop smack on the end, but nothing overpowering or harsh. This is one of the sweeter EIPAs I've had, but I like it alot. Recommend. (465 characters)

Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A translucent orange/amber color....just slightly darker than dark gold... No visible carbonation. Thick fluffy white head that had large bubbles and starts to fade almost immediately.. But in the end, it shows some really nice retention.

Aroma is malty first, then a bit floral.. After this you get quite a bit of earthiness and some sweetness. O.K., maybe the earthiness comes first as I continue to enjoy the bottle.

Nice beer. The balance is quite evident. Really does taste like a British beer. Kudos on that. The flavor has a lot of nice flavors happening and is quite deep. Some caramel sweetness, behind a great fruity flavor. You get a burst of grapefruit, but also get some sweeter fruits as well. At the same time, you get a nice malt flavor and some cracker/bread notes.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is very light as the style dictates. Drinkability is wonderful. I wish the British used fresh hops like this...

This is my favorite Boulder Beer. BRILLIANT!! (1,003 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color that borders on amber with a huge fluffy whit head that sticks around for a while. Wow what a nice nose. Spicy floral and resinous hops with hints of toffee and maybe some butter. Gives off and almost herbal aroma at times. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Starts with a fruity floral and resinous hop that melds into a bit of an herbal note. The some malts come forward to reveal some toffee and a hint of butter. Finishes with a lingering spicy herbal note. Creamy resinous mouthfeel, rather full body, ample carbonation. Wow I enjoyed that one although it is not what I expected while opening the bottle. Well done Boulder, and welcome to NH. (675 characters)

Photo of arizcards
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber back in late August from AJ's for $3.79.

Beer poured an orange color with a 2 finger white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is somewhat biscuity with hints of citrusy hops. Initial taste was very much an American PA, a blend of biscuity malted barley with west coast hops providing a nice citrus finish. A twist was that I caught some orange in the initial sips. Subsequent sips suggest the hints of UK hopping influence as apple is present as I progress thru the bomber. Mouthfeel is quite nice, almost a full bodied beer for the style. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very well balanced beer that is very easy to drink! (669 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness info, but plenty of info in tiny type on the side of the label. Pours, almost golden, almond amber, light tan head, showing tiny bubble, a slow melt to a film and nice looking, fine stringy lacing. Earthy, fruity nose, preceeds the pleasant flavors to follow. Bready malts, fruit filled hoppyness, and a smooth on the tongue mouthfeel all conspire to make this a balanced, worthy and thoroughly tasty sessioner. I also pick up notes of citrus, vanilla, light leather and even a hint of smoke. I like it, nice job here on this subtle yet complex take on the style. (587 characters)

Photo of BenZ
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I thought unklesyd hit it right on with his description. It is kind of hard for me to find a British ipa that I really dig, but I think this is just about as perfect as it could be with the chosen ingredients.

So many British-style IPAs are completely dominated by these "cheesy" tastes that it is hard to focus on the rest of the beer. This ale has the standard tast burried way behind some really clean biterness, and some very nice malts.

Extraodinarily drinkable and refreshing for what seems to be a relatively high abv beer. I love it and hope it comes out in sixers. (579 characters)

Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours a clear orange/amber hue with a big active off-white head that collapsed very quickly and left a good sheet of lacing until the end of the beer.
The smell is a very vibrant floral nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and sweet oranges and a slight touch of bready malt.
The taste follows the nose very nicely. Sweet toffee is the first flavor to me before a nice hop bitterness floods my taste buds. I get a nice shot of bready malt aftertaste on the back of my palate.
The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a medium finish and overall very satisfying. The drinkability is extremely high for me. It's a little high on alcohol content, but I would make a session out of this.

Overall fantastic offering from Boulder Beer. According to the bottle it's their take on one of Charlie Papazain's favorite recipes. English overall, but with a nice American flavor kick. (880 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A British-style Ale brewed with Maris Otter malt and hops from New Zealand & The Czech Republic.
Pours a pale gold with light white head that provides good lacing throughout. Combination citrus, piney, and fruity nose, with slight breadyness notes. The mouthfeel is medium with a similar level of carbonation. The Maris Otter malt is pronounced upfront, then followed by a well balanced citrus and spicy hop flavor, with the the malt lingering just a little longer. And let it linger we will, as we have heard that this may be the last brewing of this amazing beer. Cheers! (573 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale was a pleasant surprise to my tastebuds also as other reviewers before me noted.
From the Looking Glass series, the brown 12oz decanted cool into my Boddingtion's pub glass.

A - Deep amber, almost rust colored w/ a 3 finger rocky, off white head. The lace is moderate w/ good stickage.

S - An enticing blend of hoppy, malty and yeasty. There is spice, fruit and herbal notes blended together in a sweet floral and citrusy melange.

M - Crisp, spice and medicinal texture w/ a tinge of tannic astringency. Moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel w/ a lightly bitter finish.

T - A sweet smooth malt w/ peppery notes succumbs to an equally spicy hop flavor that swells and recedes as the lingering bitterness fades. Malty dry notes w/ biscuit and nutty hints w/ a smooth honey sweetness adds to the flavor. Citrus and floral sweetness from the hop begins to show as the beer warms. A full British style yeasty quality adds to the flavor of this interesting ale w/ only a hint of booziness.

D - Very smooth and balanced w/ a nice blend of malty, fruity and bitter. Very citrusy, yet mellow almost lime-y w/ a spice and rind flavor that has a hint of dry ale flavor and booziness. Very satisfying and drinkable, Kudos to Boulder, a testament also to the Godfather of homebrewing Charlie Papazian w/ a fine fresh and well crafted English inspired American offering. (1,382 characters)

Photo of Brandt
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a cloudy copperish tone with minimal head

there is a very resinous hop aroma here as well as a more earthy character. there is sweet malty undertones in the beer that balance nicely

the flavor of this beer is very good, a good strong bitterness with a dilute sweetness and great floral fruity hops

the finish for this beer is med body with a great coating of bittering hop on the tongue. had this quickly at denver international airport before waiting in the security line and it was well worth it. very nice ale (536 characters)

Photo of djeucalyptus
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich golden orange color with some haze to it. A very white and frothy head bubbled up vigorously and stuck around for a bit before deflating to a fairly thick ring with some lacing dancing across the top. Fair lacing down the glass leaving some nice ornamentation.

bready malt with some green hop notes. Floral and vegetable hops come through with a definite bitter aroma. Smells earthy and doughy, with some green flowers and a hint of evergreen. wet leaves as well. Interesting.

Pleasant freshness that i wasn't expecting. Even for a relatively old bottle, there's a ton of fresh green hop notes. Floral hop notes dominate with only have a hint of citrus, mostly lime and lemon. Earthy, green, and even. Some pleasant earthy bitterness. There's some nice biscuit and caramel malt flavors in the background that keep it beautifully balanced. Definitely tastes British... very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with some moderate carbonation. Leaves a touch of bitter hop oils on the tongue, which is pleasant and fairly nice for this brew. A lingering finish which is beautiful on the tongue.

wow. I'm pretty impressed. I feel like Boulder is always decent, but not always wowing. This brew, while not incredibly complex, is incredibly solid with some nice clean and green flavors. I could easily see drinking a few of these in a night. Smooth and light enough (in body) for sessioning, but enough flavor to keep it interesting. I'm impressed, and will definitely be drinking a few more of these. Definitely worth a shot! (1,546 characters)

Photo of LunaChick
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We tapped this last night. I was a little skeptical until the first sniff.
It pours a crystal orange with a substancial cream head which retains well. Lacing to the bottem of the glass. Aroma is very earthy--definately different from any IPA I've tried to date. Grassy, hop presence. Very crisp.
The flavor is like drinking mother earth--grassy, clean with some hints of orange. Backed by malt but definatley not as strong a malt character as others. Very light in the mouth, and while the hops are wonderful they don't leave they oily almost resin lingering in my mouth. The aftertaste is almost dry. I can definately tell the difference between this and more traditional American IPA's. I'm scoring the drinkability high on this one. Its much cleaner in the mouth with a 6.5 abv so several of these go down easily. I'm sad its such a limited release otherwise I'd roate it throughout the year. (897 characters)

Photo of Schwarz04
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orangy brown, little head, no lace.

Smell: Hoppy and a bit citrusy. Orange and lemon notes are present.

Taste: Quite bitter, hops defiantly dominant as the name would suggest. Slight citrus and some grassy hints are also present.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness lingers a bit, a touch of dryness present afterwards, not bad though. There seems to be a small touch of an undistinguishable spice as well.

Drinkability: Quite pleasant to drink, the bitterness is strong at first taste but doesn't linger or leave an overly dry taste...will buy again! (559 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber hue with a big active off-white head that collapsed very quickly and left a good sheet of lacing until the end of the beer.

S - floral nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and sweet oranges and a slight touch of bready malt.

T - taste follows the nose very nicely. Sweet toffee is the first flavor to me before a nice hop bitterness floods my taste buds. I get a nice shot of bready malt aftertaste on the back of my palate. This is so very well balanced with the malt and hop flavoring sharing their roles as it should be.

M - crisp and clean with a medium finish and overall very satisfying.

D - The drinkability is good.

Final Note: This beer provides the hop bite I am looking for in a well made and well balanced beer. (788 characters)

Photo of Drew966
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cold Hop British Style Ale pours a reddish amber color with an off white head from a brown twenty two ounce bottle. There is a bit of grapefruit in the aroma. There is a nice thick mouth feel and a big rush of hops of a grapefruit type nature. Toasted malt becomes more apparent as the beer warms. I like this one. (314 characters)

Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.