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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

443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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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Photo of Brandt
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Brandt, Nov 17, 2009
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

djeucalyptus, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

LunaChick, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a stamp of NOV2509, this is the last of a mixed 12-pack picked up in ABQ. Pours a dark gold color with a creamy, light tan foam that recedes quickly and leaves a touch of lace here and there.

Nose is nutty, earthy and caramely with a nice whiff of pine sap hoppiness. Bit of bread dough and mild fruitiness. Pretty good smelling brew.

Taste is mighty tasty as well. Well balanced with plenty to offer on both ends of the spectrum. There is a definite hop attack at the beginning and finish, flavor then bitter while the malts are both sweet and toasty. The distinctive flavor of maris otter malt comes through nicely without being too overpowering. I think this is my favorite beer from Boulder I have had. Very easy to drink and does not taste or feel like a 6.5% beer. I would have no problem buying a sixer of Cold Hop were it available locally.

twiggamortis420, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of Schwarz04
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Schwarz04, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Drew966
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Drew966, Jun 18, 2007
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.22/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful translucent amber. Two fingers of tightly bubbled creamy head crowns the beer. Above average retention with some lacing.

S- Very elegant nose. Fruity berries, floral characteristics and citrus peel from the New Zealand hops blend with spicy herbal Czech hops beautifully. Finishes balanced with some dry biscuity malt aromas.

T- Spicey herbal hop flavor hits the palate at first with a sharp bitterness. It quickly transitions into huge floral berry like fruitiness. Finishes with some lemon peel and a rich balancing pale malt flavor that is down right delicious.

MF- full creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and smooth tongue massaging carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a brittish style ale that kills it with hop flavor while remaining balanced and subtle.

Viciousknishs, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of Billolick
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Billolick, Sep 21, 2007
Photo of BenZ
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

BenZ, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

TheodorHerzl, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of johnnnniee
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

johnnnniee, May 29, 2010
Photo of mdmako
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden brown with a nice head that has little retention. Some lacing left though. Clear yet amber.

S - A rather malty smell yet excellently balanced with a strong hop aroma. A deep bold smell that makes the beer seem darker and thicker than it is.

T - A delicious malt taste overwhelms the initial hoppy sensation once you begin to swallow. A rich carmel/coffee after taste is present but the other flavors linger to compliment this taste nicely.

M - A medium consistency typical of an ale. Suprisingly smooth for all the deep flavor added.

D - An excellent beer that grows on you quite quickly. The hops flavor seems to creep up on you also as it is very nicely balanced by the malty flavors.

mdmako, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of phishsihq
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

phishsihq, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Slatetank, Jan 14, 2008
Photo of Litterbean
4.2/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is just a highly drinkable beer. The appearance is spot on for the style, the smell is light and pleasant with a good malt/hop balance, and the flavor is right up there. It's well balanced, and supremely sessionable. Definitely a good beer, and a great interpretation of the milder English style.

Litterbean, Oct 23, 2007
Photo of mudbug
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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!

mudbug, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 19, 2007
Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep gold color, nice sized cream colored head on the top. Nice floral scent, some buttery tones. Buttery malt taste, backed by the distinct bolder brewery hop flavor. Think of an english pale ale, with the standard bolder beer company hop mix. Full, creamy mouth. Good lace left on the glass. Very tasteful, very drinkable. Check it out.

Tballz420, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of znichols
4.18/5  rDev +10%
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.

znichols, Nov 10, 2011
Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

ppoitras, Jul 24, 2007
Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

rowew, Jun 10, 2007
Photo of dankster
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

dankster, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of brewdoc75
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

brewdoc75, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

RonfromJersey, Oct 19, 2007
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.