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

Cold Hop British-Style AleCold Hop British-Style Ale

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very good

408 Ratings
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%

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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Photo of KarlHungus


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brillant orange-red color. The head is large, fluffy, and white. The aroma is of pine needles, oranges, and a hint of grass. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of a moderately aggressive bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth. Carbonation is low, but adequate. Overall, this is a fine IPA. It is not the hoppiest beer around, but most of the time I don't want the hoppiest beer around. I wwill certainly drink this again when in the mood for something assertive without being offensive.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2007 03:54:55 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of mudbug


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy orange with a medium 1/2 inch head that settles into a cap
Aroma of malt and bitter hops
Taste is upfront bitter in a good way, as the beer warms up the maltiness comes on strong, overall very balanced.
Some breadiness with a dry finish, good quaffer, easy drinking.
I'd drink this anytime, Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 01:23:00 | More by mudbug
Photo of znichols


4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer has a gold/light amber color to it. Very clear with no sediment. Tight little white head. Ok lacing. Looks decent.

S- Smells like...well...marijuana. Honestly, i get dank herbal and slightly citrusy notes. Theres just a touch of sweet malt in there as well. Very nice aroma.

T- Very good. Sweet up front. The middle is filled with juicy, refreshing citrusy, grassy hop flavor. It finishes with a kind of honey sweetness and a lingering hop flavor. Really nice.

M-Lighter bodied and somewhat oily. Pretty highly carbonated but it lightens this up nicely. Pretty good mouthfeel in relation to the flavors.

O- Wow. Didn't expect to like this beer as much as i do. I would almost say it tastes like a hop-flavor forward, juicy APA to me. Not sure exactly what they mean by "british style ale," but if you like pretty sessionable, herbal/citrus hoppy pale ales, seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 04:10:56 | More by znichols
Photo of rowew


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, Label is similar to that of the other BB looking glass series. Description of the beer and the history. No ABV or freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color with a nice frothy head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Fruit and pine from the hops, and a malt undertone that smells decidely British.

Taste: Smooth medium body, lowish carbonation. Nice and malt at the start - and then the hops come on. A bit more floral than expected from the aroma.

Overall impression: Very nicely balanced - I had this at the brewpub a few days back with fish and chips, and it worked great. I look forward to this in six packs later in the year.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 19:11:44 | More by rowew
Photo of ppoitras


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head falls gradually, with ample sticky lace lingering more or less forever. Aroma is citrusy, with a little grassiness mixed in. Taste follows along similarly, each flavor melting nicely into the next. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is quite nice and easy. I was expecting something British-style from the label, and that's what we got. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 22:53:35 | More by ppoitras
Photo of RonfromJersey

New Jersey

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extreme haze orange body, topped by a very creamy three fingers of whipped froth. Good dripping lace.

Strong and delighful nose is a mix of citrus fruit and fresh bread.

Smooth semi-sweet beginning fills the mouth. Earthy and fruity hops build gracefully smooth. Juicy. Orange bits in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is both light and full, a difficult combo to pull off, and properly express. Excellent sessionablity.

A fine all occasion beer from Boulder.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2007 19:32:57 | More by RonfromJersey
Photo of brewdoc75


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice frothy white head tops this brew as I pour it into my pint. I like the creamy white head, but am turned off by the color. This beer looks a bit too light for an English IPA. The carbonation seems a bit too intense as well. The good thing is that the aroma knocks me out. Beautiful maltiness with strong, earthy hops. The malty aroma is almost bready in nature. The hops smell earthy and floral, however there is a faint citrus aroma. The flavor of this beer is pretty rock solid as well. You definitely get a strong biscut-bready malt flavor that is reminiscent of a good English ale. The hops are there, but not in full force. To me this beer seems a bit more pale aleish than IPA. I do like the maltiness quite a bit however. The mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Maybe a little to carbonated for this style.

Overall, a pretty damn good beer. Definitely quite sessionable. The strong points are the flavorful malts and the quintessential English ale aromas. The low points are the slight lack of hops and the overcarbonation. I would love to find this beer on cask somewhere. In the meantime, I will definitely be buying more of this. It may be one of the more complex easy drinking beers I've had in recent times.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 23:50:09 | More by brewdoc75
Photo of dankster


4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes in october 2011.

A- deep clear brown with two finger white head.

S- malts up front and hops in the back. very classic english.

T-fuggle and goldings take the main stage here. malt is very solid backround

M- clean and session able

O- This beer is my personal fav from boulder beer. I wish they would make this year round.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 18:42:31 | More by dankster
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden,with a thin white head. Good retention,and lacing. Smell is of earthy hops,and a hint of grapefruit.This is a medium bodied beer,that is lightly carbonated. Taste is of woody,earthy hops,with a nice balance of malt. Excellent from start to finish!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2007 00:47:42 | More by riversider76
Photo of Kendo

New York

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a 2-finger off-white fluffy head. Good rings of lacing. Some very fine bubbles rising.

S: Citrus hops -- mainly grapefruit but with a hint of orange -- are dominant, but not in-your-face like bigger IPAs or DIPAs.

T: Good balance between malt and American-type ho flavors -- grapefruit, mainly, but with a lingering bitterness that calls to mind more pine or lemon. As it warms it gets fruitier and reminds me of Saranac Pale Ale in some ways -- not surprising, given that Saranac calls its Pale Ale an English Pale Ale and this bottle labels it as "British-style ale." Must be some ingredients in common there.

M: Slightly prickly carbonation. Body is on the lighter side of medium

D: Very good. I finished about 2/3 of the bomber in about 25 minutes, decided I'd better slow down with the rest of it. But if I hadn't made that conscious effort, it would've been gone in no time.

Notes: This is the second solid offering in a row from Boulder. I also enjoyed their Never Summer Ale a few weeks back. If I lived in Colorado, this would make the perfect "house beer" -- it's flavorful, but not over-the-top strong in any way (e.g., hops, alcohol). It's a little pricey here to be a "house beer" but this would be a solid offering to regularly have on hand. Check it out.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 21:54:29 | More by Kendo
Photo of BoitSansSoif


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not an impressive pour...formed a head about 1/4" thick which quickly fizzled down into almost nothing. The liquid is golden-pinkish-orange, and a bit of cloudiness seems to give the robe some texture. Some rising string beads of small bubbles. No lacing.

S-An interesting blend that I had to sniff about a twenty times to decipher-I enjoyed every one too: Hops, grass, strong tangerine on the first hit and light blended citrus thereafter, roasted almonds and chestnuts, rye, light herbs and vegetation. The malt blend is what strikes me most...there is a robust backbone of toasted grain that even overshadows the hops. There's more, but I'm getting impatient to drink it.

T-Pleasant hop balance is strong, but not too Type-A, and is generous enough to reveal a toasted nut flavor, grass, orange-tangerine, at the start of the mid-palate, pleasant malts, and a clean finish that gives off almost a hint of menthol freshness. The aftertaste is excellent, and lingers lightly, enticing me to take another drink.

M-Mouthfeel is fairly light and well-balanced. The carbonation is quickly fading, and the quality is degrading every minute I put off finishing this. I was expecting a thicker consistency based on my limited experience of British-style ales.

D-I enjoyed what this beer had to offer, and I'd like to try a fresher bottle since the condition of the one I just bought is disappointing--great physique, but no spirit. It definitely demonstrated it is worthy of a second opinion.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2008 15:48:55 | More by BoitSansSoif
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazy orange-gold. Two fingers of head quickly spring up and show some fight before reducing back to a thin cover. Sticky lacing leaves wavy patterns around the glass.

Aroma - like fresh pink grapefruit juice.

Taste - decent grain front side, a touch of biscuit and caramel. More pink grapefruit, though not near as syrupy sweet as the fruit. The flavor is juicy but the bitter has teeth. Instantly drying, the swallow and finish keep the bitterness going without getting medicinal. One of the hoppiest English style beers I've tasted. I'd be doubly impressed if this was *made* across the pond.

Mouthfeel - a light oily smoothness, level body, slightly uppity carbonation.

Drinkability - a very nice IPA for sessioning. The bitterness doesn't overwhelm but doesn't let up either.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 05:35:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Greggy


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a significantly lighter than I was expecting, golden color, crystal clear, no sediment, with a 2 finger, fluffy head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on its way down.

S- Very nice hopiness with notes of sweetened grapefruit, light pine, caramel malt, also some biscuit notes. Nice balance.

T- Starts off very creamy with notes of caramel, mineral dryness, dry grapefruit, peach, balanced hopiness, then moves to a dry mineral finish. Almost a 4.5

M- Nice low carb and nice notes dry hoppy notes on the palette finish.

D- What a tasty brew. I will definitely drink this again. It's not really sessionable but rather something I could have after a day of work.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 00:37:26 | More by Greggy
Photo of Monkeyknife


4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber-orange with a healthy off-white head and sticky lacing.

The aroma is light with faint malts and citrus.

The taste is quite citrusy with orange, pine and grapefruit. Finishes with sweet caramel malts and a hint of cinnamon.

Medium bodied, a tad sticky, and moderately carbonated.

This was much hoppier than expected and a pleasant surprise. I think I'll have to put this one into my regular rotation.

Serving type: bottle

11-27-2009 23:26:35 | More by Monkeyknife
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter amber color with a thick and frothy white head that retains well and leaves awesome lacing, this one is a real looker. The aroma has some classic british hop characteristics of flora, mint, mineral, and earthiness, along with some biscuit, honey, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor also starts off with a European hops blast with notes of mint, flora, pine and grass, along with some biscuit, bread dough, toffee, caramel, fruity esters, and a bit of an alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is bordering on oily but isn't unpleasant, and drinkability is quite good. I really dug this beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of English IPAs...the intriguing blend of hops really adds a nice complexity (they used british, american and noble hops).

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 02:54:23 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of zhooker

New York

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
Photo of WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a piney hop scent that really stands out over a solid base of pale and light crystal malts. The English yeast esters blend well with the hops to create a refreshing aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor that goes down easy and finishes hoppy with a bit of fruity yeast esters. The malts are present, but they seem to only provide a stage for the hops and yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting brew. I love the hop content, but it seems a bit unbalanced. All in all, a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 01:03:03 | More by WesWes
Photo of Brent


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, this seemed just a notch shy of enough hops to qualify as an IPA, but the flavor profile was nicely complex. Hops had an earthy, leafy flavor that complemented the mineral note in the malt. Nice, sharp bite at the finish - overall the beer carried off the English slant quite well, and would be a good beer to have with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 14:40:36 | More by Brent
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at Downtown Wines and Spirits in Somerville after the American Beer Festival. This was one of the beers that I sampled there, and like other Boulder brews, I found this to be quite enjoyable and a change from offferings that are brewed here in the northeast. Thankfully, I was able to buy some for home and get a better taste of this!

This had a nice pour to it - an English style red hue with a pretty decent head on top of it. The lacing was alright, but the hop aroma wasn't that overpowering. Instead, it was very soothing up front, and the bitterness didn't kick in until the back. The taste was that of a soapy and floral type - like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but not buttery like that aforementioned beer. Instead of being strong, this had a very warming and soothing effect to it, a great example of a well-balanced beer, for the senses!

The alcohol could hardly be detected here, but those who've had some of the other beers in the "Looking Glass" series will notice a similar aftertaste here. No matter, Boulder has an easily drinkable winner her, and I look forward to seeing it for sale here in New Jersey. At least I got to enjoy this out of a big bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 07:10:33 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color. Nice 2" head slowly falls to some surface bubbles. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: fruity, grapefruit, and a bit of earthy tones. Some bitterness hits nose quickly.

Taste: grainy malt, caramel, grapefruit, ripe apples, grass, and a bit of breadiness is wrapped in a nice but not overwhelming bitterness. Well balanced. Nice representation of the style with a bit more earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: a nice change up from all the American style IPAs that are flooding the market. Easy to quaff, flavorful, and a nice session IPA. Give this a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 22:27:37 | More by Gavage
Photo of Vancer


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cool, but not cold, Cold Hop brew that’s looking good in the ol NB tulip glass. Slight haze orange amber, frothy ivory head.

West coast aroma of citrus and pine. Quaff gets back to the British mode with a woody vinous backbone – still processing a firm punch of American hops.

Another tasty freakin’ brew from Boulder. I’m guessing this is under 5% alcohol – making for a decent session brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2007 19:20:07 | More by Vancer
Photo of Slynger


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a hazed tangerine orange, with golden hay around the edges. Cap of lightly creamy, fine bubbled, off-white.

One deep sniff gives the aroma of some earthy biscuit malts along with floral, piney hops and citrus rinds.

The flavor consists of earthy biscuit malts and slightly sweet citrusy tangerine with a bit of tart grapefruit. It finishes lightly bitter with earthy floral and lightly bitter citrus rind / piney hops.

The mouthfeel is a smooth medium which is quite refreshing with a nice amount of lightly sharp and tingly, fuzzy-creamy carbonation.

This is beer is good, well balanced, and refreshing. Solid.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 21:20:14 | More by Slynger
Photo of jkdrummer


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice thick and rocky head -- evidence of the hop presence, head fades and you have a nice lace for the remainder of the session. Color is a golden orange with a little hazy.

Taste is nice and sweet and honey like. Nice creamy mouthfeel as well. Goes down smooth and no bitterness. Says British Style on the bottle but I feel it's got more American IPA characteristics.

Nice beer, good price and recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 23:09:43 | More by jkdrummer
Photo of rkuhnel


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a nice apricot color with light yellow head that was big and fizzy and left great lacing. Nose of piney and fruity hops, light malts and a touch of flowers. Good rich mouthfeel. Flavor is of fruits and hops, and there is nice long bitter finish. Very enjoyable to drink

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2008 03:46:54 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of stewart124


4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is orange to yellow with a nice white head. The head seems to be quite sticky.

Smell is earthy and fruity with those noticable british malts and noble hops.

Taste is creamy and full with a nice hop bitterness in the background. There is a slightly sharp finish but still creamy and smooth. Hops pack more of a punch than I am used to for British-styles but it is an IPA. There are some grapefruit/citrus notes from the hops.

This is a nice beer and a nice American take on a British IPA. Creamy, full-bodied and slightly tart. Delicious

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:04:35 | More by stewart124
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.