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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

436 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 436
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 5 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007)
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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours clear golden-amber in color with brilliant highlights. Head is initially full and lingers awhile.

Aroma is malty and fruity with a pleasant toasted quality. Hops are floral and pungent. Together they create an earthy biscuit character that is mild overall.

Taste is similar to the nose, but the toasted biscuit flavor is much more pronounced. Grainy with hints of leather, along with plenty of herbal tea. Finish is clean with a mild hop spice bite and a bit of a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

I enjoyed this American take on the British style. It is certainly more aggressively hopped; but it still maintains an overall balance and subtlety. The toasted malt character is full flavored. I would consider this an interesting session beer.

08-10-2008 21:28:40 | More by Blakaeris
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ikats

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -1.8%

Clear, amber in color with a white head full of small bubbles, that linger for some time and then subside to a substantial 1/8" cover. Sweet fruity aroma with earthy notes. Earthy taste, some sweetness, a bit of dryness and bitterness at the end. To me it seems slightly unbalanced, yet it is very drinkable.

03-10-2008 01:31:34 | More by ikats
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mchoffman

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

The Cold Hop was recommended to me because I like hoppy beer, but I don't find this beer to be that hoppy. It is fairly tasty though. It first is tastes like a pale ale, then kind of hoppy and like an IPA, and it leaves a stout-like taste in my mouth. It is good, but with all the beers out there, I don't think I will purchase it again.

10-27-2010 00:22:59 | More by mchoffman
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear brownish amber with a nice white marshmallowy head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit subtle. Light, yet sharp hops and some sweet malt.

Tastes is pale English malt and some florally hops. Not nearly as bold as the American version of IPA.

Well balanced.

Overall, a tasty, easy drinking IPA. Much more than an English Pale Ale, but much less than an American IPA. Worth a try for sure.

07-06-2007 02:18:17 | More by bluegrassbrew
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alpinebryant

Connecticut

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Pours a hazy copper with a decent head.

Smelled Piney off the top with some citrus

Tastes nice and bitter, Not quite as bitter as a Sierra Nevada, but it is very good. floral hops for aroma with lots of piney hop flavor also some toasty flavored malt

Mouthfeel is very good - not watery, but there are some carbs in this beer that added to the cloudiness of the beer.

Drinkability is great, a true deal at the price point compared to some of the more "popular' beers which are charging a clear $2 more than this sixer.

04-09-2009 03:12:59 | More by alpinebryant
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Rayek

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

A: Pale gold with somewhat active carbonation and good clarity. Fluffy cream had has pretty good retention and leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Heavy on the citrus hops, plus a sweet and toasted caramel note.

T: More citrus, but not over the top. Bitterness level is high, but appropriate for the style. There is some malt sweetness in the background. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body is somewhat slick and oily. Carbonation level is about right.

D: Citrus grapefruit flavor makes this taste to me like more of an American than English IPA. It's a decent beer overall, however. I'd happily drink this again.

11-29-2008 15:31:14 | More by Rayek
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meatyard

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.6%

Appearance is a slightly hazy golden, amber with a 2" head from a hard pour. The head falls fairly quickly leaving good lacing.
The smell is of mild, sweet hops with a bit of pineapple.
The taste is mildly sweet hops with a bitterness at the end. A bit of grapefruit as well.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin.
Drinkability is good.

A mostly pleasant drinking beer, slightly different and more subtle than most hopped beers. A nice one to try.

10-06-2007 19:07:17 | More by meatyard
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Body pours to a honey orange amber hosting a inch and a half of fuzzy light tan head with nice staying power. Leaves slight scattered lace. Hops on the nose are very creamy and slightly piney with a sweet tart candy like buzz. Enters the mouth with sharp tangy grassy hop presence. The hop feel is very woodsy and raw leafy like. a different experience hop wise as this beer is very green. Makes me want to hug a tree. There is a bit of balance mid palate with some malt presence. A bit of citrus does come through as the beer warms. Nicely drinkable with a unique hop feel. Mouthfeel has a welcomed hop bitter thickness.

02-29-2008 15:32:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a wheat color amber, a tad on the darker side of the spectrum. 2 fingers width head with ample lacing.

Smells somewhat earthy. Hint of malts with some grassy hops there too.

Taste is right on par for an english IPA. Some pale malts floating around encompassed by grassy and earthy hops. Not very bitter, but still has enough bite.

Medium bodied and carbonation. Nice and dry.

Could drink a few in a sitting with the relatively low abv for an IPA.

09-06-2010 01:21:49 | More by begforme4484
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral notes, and very light pine hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - A nice English IPA. I got this as part of my beer of the month club and it's one of the better beers I've received from them. Would have again.

01-03-2011 23:41:29 | More by mdfb79
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

In an English style Boddington's pub glass, appears a slight hazed bright copper amber hue forming a large orange tinted sandy head with a dimpled dough like cloud texture. Thick formation at least two fingers worth even thin lace is left behind after the slow dwindle. Aromatics contain nice citrus tea with funky and grassy herbal qualities upfront, malts edge their way in with doughy caramel sweetness but overall a really pungent distinctive hop aroma that is hard to compare to any other brew of recent memory. What's up with Colorado why does the beer have to be so cold? Now we have the coldest tasting hops out there. Flavor has a sharp assertive hop bitterness with funky biscuit caramel malts, an aggressive American brew with some English ale twang to it. A lot of earthy herbal tea flavors with mild citrus peel hop tones raw and raucous to the core. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strange slightly oily, yet a tad prickly with citrus peel bitterness sticking to the palate. Carbonation is dead on, not the complaint here just something weird about the feel this brew had to offer. Drinkability is nice but isn't too sessionable the pungent hops and English funk become too much after a couple, high quality offering it's just not something I want to drink during the football game.

10-23-2007 13:50:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A unique take on a British style IPA, given the the cold hopping and creaminess. A little grapefruity, and some malt offset. A tad of toastiness in the aroma and taste as well. Lace dots. Golden yellow colour. Easy drinking, and I could finish a few of these over a week.

11-23-2007 04:09:47 | More by Sammy
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GarrisWH

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A - Pours a hazy golden-tinged copper color with one finger of off-white head that drops down at a moderate pace, leaving some decent lacing behind. Decent retention as well.

S - Pretty mild aroma, with some lemony, floral hops and some grainy malt smells coming through mostly.

T - A balanced flavor, with some floral, citric, and slightly spicy hop flavors leading into somewhat bready, caramel malt. Finish is a bit dry and leaves some of the floral hop qualities lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with fine carbonation that lends a nice smoothness.

D - All in all, a solid and drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular, but it has good flavor and maintains a nice balance. Wouldn't turn this one down in the future.

01-28-2010 08:13:30 | More by GarrisWH
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mntlover

Tennessee

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Pours a hazy copper color with thumb sized off white head that falls quickly with sparse lace.

Aroma is nice soft hops fruity mingle with floral with a caramel malt background.

Taste is hops not like the nose more herbal, earthy minty like. Malts come thru almost seems like they have and earthy metallic note but could be the hops?

Mouthfeel is medium with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is ok a nice change, but not something i would really repeat buy.

12-18-2009 19:33:15 | More by mntlover
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

At the Blind Tiger, NYC. Into a pint glass, poured a cloudy orange/amber with one finger of white, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of malted apple, pear, and slight herbal hops. Taste of apple, caramel, fig, and woodiness progressed to a thin finish. VERY thin, which most likely was highlighted by the cask. Decently sessionable, but a little too thin for me.

07-23-2010 18:54:34 | More by donniecuffs
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champ103

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color. A one and a half finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Citrus hops with some bitterness in the nose. Mango and passion fruits. Some sweetness lingers. Smells pretty much like an American IPA.
T: Plenty of fruity hop flavors. Citrus, lemon, and passion fruits. A more substantial caramel sweetness than the nose.
M/D: A medium to full body. A nice crisp snap of carbonation that is very dry. Easy to drink. The alcohol is at the upper limits for the style, but I can still quaff a few.

Very enjoyable. I would not call this an English IPA though. There is some sweetness for balance, but the hops are distinctly American from what I can tell. Regardless, a good beer that I would recommend.

11-26-2010 20:04:32 | More by champ103
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BucBasil

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. This is a dark orange brew with one and a half fingers of foamy, off-white head that dissipates in about a minute.

Smell: The best part about this beer. Floral, piney hops with a beautiful clean finish. There is a citrus undertone that underlines and punctuates the hop character.

Taste: Sweet beginning that is pushed to the background by strong citrusy hops. Grapefruit is the flavor that comes to mind immediately, with also a pine note that lingered in the finish and was a little off-putting to me for some reason. Not really balanced, which lowers the score somewhat (for me).

09-25-2007 23:36:36 | More by BucBasil
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bonsreeb85

Colorado

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

A - clear copper with a quickly diffusing foam cap and some okay lacing

S - caramel malt, fruity notes -apple mostly with slight kiss of hops to seal the deal.

T - rounded w/ caramel malts, spicy and floral hops, fruit esters and an underlying nuttyness. ends relatively dry and clean.

MF - low carbonation. smooth and slick feel on this medium size body

D - very balanced, subtle yet rewarding flavor profile. good go-to session brew.

11-03-2009 02:52:10 | More by bonsreeb85
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev -3.9%

Good haze in the English IPA. It dons a coppery-orange color and a sporting white cap of seafoam. The head looks like a patch of insulation. Doesn't really want to wear out anytime soon, either.

Salty cracker aromas of citrus and earthen hops of flora and worldliness. Notes of seawater, freshly cracked wheat, sesame, barley grain, and leafiness. Boasts some freshness to go along with a musty yeast element indicative of the style.

First sip gives off more of that sesame seed nuttiness that I picked up in the nose--definitely a byproduct of the recipe. Citrus mixes with English maltiness and the best descriptor is of semi-sweet navel orange and pith. Bigger still is the presence of floral hops with an orchard vibe. Breezy, but no longer saline. Still, the taste follows the nose. Caramel malts make a stand against the intent, so (for an American craft example) the style designation is semi-questionable. Hoppiness is meager to hold class with other IPAs, but there's a needed balance that it offers. Other gritty flavors that finish this beer are notes of pine, faint toffee, and grist water. Perhaps, grapefruit makes an appearance.

On the topic of the feel, each sip is an easy swish but a more trying swallow. That's the carbonation acting all big and strong. Turns out to be quite the belch-inducer (note: I am downing this a gulp every twenty seconds). That effervescence will get you; prying open the pockets of the mouth and tingling the gums. Most British examples I've had tone it down a bit to develop ease of palate.

This beer is pretty good, all things considered. It's a tough style to brew a beer to win over a crowd with, but I can happily enjoy this 22-ounce pour with no regrets. Alcohol won't get you, either. Maybe it's hit-or-miss; but on-draft, it's a hit.

08-19-2013 03:19:31 | More by thecheapies
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racer2k

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Poured into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a cloudy copper color and leaves a healthy one finger of off white colored head in the glass which slowly dissipates. Some light lacing accumulates around the glass.

S - Pleasant light hoppy aroma with grassy floral tones and a sweet grainy malt flavors in the air.

T - This beer has a nice balance of citrus, pine and spicy hops and a caramel malt, freshly baked bread flavor. There is a very nice bitter hoppy finish to this beer.

M - Medium carbonation and light to medium body which is quite easy to drink.

D - Nice beer and one that brings a lot of balance. This is something that would be perfect for a session beer selection. I enjoy the interplay between the aggressive hops and malt profile.

07-06-2010 11:57:15 | More by racer2k
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stevemcqueenjr

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

a: pours about a 3/4 inch head, dissipates quickly. some light lacing. amber color.

s: hops. very earthy hops. not that that is a bad thing, i love a good ipa.

t: what i like about this is that it is not overwhelmingly hoppy. some ipas will just have a hoppy flavor just for the sake of having it to please the hop heads but this is pretty well balanced. it does not really have that bittersweetness, more the bitter, but it has a bite too.

m: fairly smooth, good amount of carbonation.

d: i could drink a few of these, its not really a sipper.

06-26-2007 03:15:43 | More by stevemcqueenjr
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david18

New York

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

This is a good pale ale or low hop ipa. Whenever you see something like cold hop or fresh hop it conjures up an image of refreshment. This was a great beer that was not too heavy on any characteristic and a great beer for most seasons.

I would recommend this if you see it.

03-30-2010 21:21:54 | More by david18
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Reidrover

Oregon

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

Dark golden ale, with an attractive eggshell coloured head. Strong aromas, spruce like, with a deep treacle accented malt backing lots of semi-sweet malts, sometimes getting really "toasty", good hop presence, piney, bitter. Ok on the palate, not boring at least. Overall very nice, well drinkable on a cold Autumn night.

10-23-2007 13:16:34 | More by Reidrover
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froghop

Washington

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

pours a semi-clear amber-orange with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, caramel, hops, and some malt.

taste is a bit watery, malt, hops, touch of citrus, grass, and a touch of caramel, ends a little bitter.

overall a very nice bitter.

12-20-2008 00:19:11 | More by froghop
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GClarkage

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.5%

01/15/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Clouded darker golden colored pour. Very white sparkling head of about one inch. Left some decent lace trails and some very light patchwork behind.

Smell- Note of english grassy hay, some fresh fruited hops and a bit of earthyness.

Taste- Taste was definite english IPA flavor with a sprouted grain like taste, mid range malt base and a somewhat sharp pith-like fruit flavor. Also had a kind of sour note to the beer which kinda of threw it off a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a bit higher carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste. A bit sour in the aftermath as well.

Drinkability- Could have done without the sourness, but overall a pretty good job that could have been great.

01-16-2009 01:10:44 | More by GClarkage
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.