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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

445 Ratings
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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.32%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Ratings: 445 | Reviews: 303
Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lightly decanted. Patchy lacing.

S: Citrus and light herbal noble hops.

T: Earthy flavors and herbal hops consistent with smell. Citrus flavor not nearly as prominent; slightly sweet pale malt in the middle. A bit resiny that lingers a bit though a bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and silky to a nicie bitter finish.

D: Very flavorful and nicely balanced with pleasing complexity. Disguises the ABV well.

Photo of mchoffman
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Rayek
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of meatyard
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ricochet
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lace, sticky, no head, pale ale orange amber. About right. Smells like a standard bottled pale ale with not much to define it. A little fruit and a little of the malt, about average. Creamy swallow with odd rye component on the aftertaste and a tea-like tar overtone, but there is bitter at the end that has a little punch. Unusual and extra credit for the rye. Flavor? Because this is an English style, I knew this was going to be subdued, and while the taste is mellow, the hop sting at the end makes this surprising. Tarry hops, slightly bitter at the start, but not overpowering. Rye note in the flavor, more on the aftertaste. Candy like in the center, also not overpowering. Malt is subdued, leaving hops and water as the main components. Well, this is odd, tasty, blends well and has that hops burn at the end. Not bad at all.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Cresant
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date on the label. The body was cloudy amber/honey colored. Some sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle. Minimal head faded to a small ring.

Smell was sweet maltiness. Perfumy. Hard candy. One does not guess that there will be a large amount of bitterness in the flavor.

Taste was acrid hops. Fruity, rich. Sweet but equally bitter, well balanced big flavors. Long bittering finish.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of begforme4484
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of donniecuffs
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thecheapies
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of mntlover
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of flexabull
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a faint head.

Aromas are yeasty, spicy, dusty, and with some faint citrus.

Taste is nice, some good hop flavors, citrus like and floral. Malts lend a creamy, sweet and earthy flavor. Finish is crisp. Nice tasty beer, that isn't overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is good, full and smooth.

Drinkability is good as well. Not the prettiest beer to look at, but it tastes good, and would be a decent session choice.

Photo of BucBasil
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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).

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GarrisWH
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bonsreeb85
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Delivers an attractive, bright copper body; clear with a carbonation trail bubbling up through the center. An ephemeral, off-white head retreats to a ring and neglects to leave behind any lacing.

I'd give the aroma a 4.5, were this an American IPA. Sadly, it's English. That's not to say it isn't a pleasant aroma--because it is, with its hoppy, sweet, and floral notes of clover, grapefruit, and resin.

The flavor isn't all that great for an English OR American IPA; it is decent, however, and slightly above average for its style. The taste is a bit more malty & spicy than the sweet, floral aroma. Mouthfeel is overly carbonated, and the body is dry and bitter with a decent, sticky sweet finish. Overall, Cold Hop isn't phenomenal, but it does satisfy the basic requirements of a hoppy, English IPA as well as a beer that's got enough depth to keep me temporarily interested.

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Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.