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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

408 Ratings
THE BROS
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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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Georgiabeer

Georgia

1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a fairly nice initial head that fades to a thin cap but leaves some nice lacing. Smells very herbal and of fresh hops that have allowed to decompose slightly. Unfortunately that same wilted hop herbal flavor is there for me in the taste. I just can't get over that slightly back of the vegetable crisper flavor. Don't know if its the type of hops or hops allowed to spoil, but I just can't drink this. Mouthfeel is adequete,appropriately carbonated ans smooth, but I just can't get over the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2008 02:33:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of off white head, hazy honey gold coloring.

s- bright hopy nose, slight sweetness here.

t- right off the bat, very sweet. uncharacteristicly sweet for an ipa - slmost tastes like straight sugar was added. odd aftertaste here as well, not very appealing.

m- medium, smooth.

d- not great, i'm not sure about this one. i couldn't get over the sweetness here - not drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 02:18:54 | More by thecarster1
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dickroop

Maryland

2.4/5  rDev -37%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours honey-golden with a medium, ivory head and good coarse lacing. Beer is hazy to cloudy with lots of bubbly carbonation apparent. Nose is generally lacking.

My real complaints come when I sip. This ale is WAY too sweet. The Brits love their bitters, and bitter this beer just ain't! The taste is almost sickeningly sweet, generally fruit and honey flavors, with a faint hint of bitterness. Mouthfeel is cloying and sticky, slightly conteracted by the carbonation.

Overall, this beer may turn out to be a down-the-drainer, while I return to the fridge for a hop fix. As far as I'm concerned, this is not true to style and a huge, barely drinkable disappointment. Perhaps the six-pack I bought was a bad batch or was somehow mis-treated.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2012 21:57:31 | More by dickroop
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Received this bottle in my Birthday BIF box from mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass. Pours a chill hazy light amber with a light tan head of about a fingers worth of foam that drops quickly leaving barely a wisp around the edges.

Aromas of floral and earthy hops, some fruity esters from the yeast. Some citrus as well. White wine fruitiness as it warms.

Flavors of pine and citrus, hints of mint, malt, and there's an off flavor here as well. Good level of bitterness. A white wine aroma and flavor is popping out as it warms. Not pleasant. Checked the ingredient list, includes some german nobles in the kettle (inappropriate in my mind) and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin. Never experienced this variety before. A little research shows it has a "gooseberry" flavor, which I can name now, as well as a white wine “fruitiness.” I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel is medium, good level of carbonation.

Overall, this isn't working for me. I'm old school when it comes to english styles, which means english hops and estery yeasts. The german nobles and NZ hops to me are wholly inappropriate. I enjoyed the experience of trying something new, but did not like this beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:12:09 | More by JamnesCameron
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer confused me. Started out nice, then ended in the drain.
Poured a nice golden/amber, crisp looking beer. Topped with a fluffy white head; chunked a bit then settled to about 1/4 finger.
Smell: Citrus and floral, something I don't get in English bitters. Confused a bit, but smells nice; floral, citrus, some sweet malt.
Taste: Started out great--nice balance between the floral/citrus and malt. Persimmon and orange zest are calmed down by the malt sweetness and earthiness.
Then the taste when very bad. The hops were gone, the malt was not sweet, and the aftertaste was stale and grainy. The 22oz bomber was too much, 12oz would have been fine.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 19:33:35 | More by Mebuzzard
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LennyV

New York

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color into my DogFish Head snifter. Small head spotty lace.

Smells very malty very slight citrus/hop.

Tastes all malt. Maybe this bottle got skunked but I don't taste the hops.

Full bodied syrupy mouth feel, perfect carbonation.

I could not drink this all night. Maybe I am not partial to english ales or I need to develope a tatse for them but this brew does not have the big flavors or complexity I would expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2008 03:03:39 | More by LennyV
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sleazo

New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the light brown liquid's bubble cling to the bottom of the glass. A dense, two finger head sits steady atop the brew providing a nice view.

S_All of the odour hits you at once. The slightly sourness mingles with a very clean grassy hop essence.

T_Much different than the smell. The malt reigns supreme here in the starting point and at the end. Slightly sour but mostly caramel sweetness. The hops hit in the middle with their ever so slight grassiness. I would say this is more about the malt and the hops don't shine through like they should. The finish does manage to provide a nice generic bitterness.

M_Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation.

D_For some reason this is just not doing it for me. I like Boulder's other beers but this just seems too acidic and not hoppy enough for what it tries to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 04:47:32 | More by sleazo
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TerjUGA

Georgia

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pure golden straw color with small head and very little lacing. you can smell the hops, kind of has a tart smell to it, pretty sweet. hops very present initially, floral notes and a tart taste as well, it almost feels like it has a glue taste to it taste pretty weak.good carbonation, medium bodied. decent beer, not one of my favorites and i wasn't impressed, with a name like cold hop it could really use more of a hop taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 02:31:01 | More by TerjUGA
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womencantsail

California

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is clear golden-amber color with a white head.

S: Smells quite buttery with lots of grassy and herbal hops. Sweet popcorn and bready malts. A bit of pine and citrus peel, too. Not a very pleasant aroma.

T: Sweet bread, toffee, and caramel with quite a lot of butter. Herbal and grassy hops and a weird, but very strong, perfume note.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: This beer was just dreadful. Far too much butter.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2011 02:02:18 | More by womencantsail
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

2.78/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head into my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazy, ruddy amber color, but shows a bright, almost clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is much more malt focused than I was expecting; ample notes of sweet caramelized malt, toasted bread notes, a biscuit maltiness and a sweet grain cookie character are all quite prominent. This does have some hop character, it just plays a secondary role to the malt; hop driven aromas of currants, a rich earthy spiciness and a light resinous hop character all seem to accentuate the malt character more than jumping out on their own. This has quite a pleasant aroma, it is just surprisingly malt focused for a beer with the word hop on so prominent a display on its label.

Sweet malt character is the first thing I notice in my first sip, but this is fairly light bodied, though it does have a slightly sticky malt texture to it. The hops kick in with a resinous, herbal hop flavor and persistent, lightly astringent bitterness. The hops play more of a role in the flavor than they did in the aroma, but they are still second fiddle to the ample, sticky malt character. The sweet malt and hop character combines to create a jam-like, berry flavor here. I do like the finish of this brew as the hop character gets a bit herbal, with a nice floral accent & light bitterness that helps to wash the mouth of the excessive crystal malt. It is only an attempt, as the hop character really doesn't have a chance of standing up to the malt here; caramelized malt sugars, ample biscuit-like flavors and an astringent grain husk edge that though light, just adds to the crystal malt domination.

The crystal malt notes play a bit too big of a role here, they completely overwhelm the aroma and even make a significant attempt at washing out the flavor of this brew. Really not all that bad, but if you are sensitive to excessive crystal malt usage this may be a little too much. Strangely, though the aroma is much more malt dominated than the flavor, it is the flavor where the malt just becomes too excessive.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 03:42:09 | More by Gueuzedude
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teetotaler

Colorado

2.8/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

sweltering day in denver..

poured into my trusty thrift store brandy snifter.

colour shifts from sparkling gold to autumn peach. head recedes quickly but leaves traces of lacing long after the pour.

confusing mix of piney, citrusy hops. mixing a fruity NZ variety with a noble is ballsy, but probably not the best choice. toasted malts and cereal grains on the backside.

slightly-bitter citrus forward (grapefruit), shifting into an earthy, piney finish. an IPA in lingering bitterness, but an english bitter in earthiness and malt characteristics. alcohol is hidden and creeps up slowly.

the mouthfeel is the most impressive characteristic. velvety soft bitterness coats the mouth long after the last drink. carbonation lifts the hop characteristics (which would be good, with better hop choices) into the nasal passages.

this is an interesting choice, but i'd prefer a more harmonious blend of hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2011 22:54:03 | More by teetotaler
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper-orange with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

The aroma is fruity melon and metallic hops with a little pine. Some skunky notes come out on the second pour.

The flavor is caramel malt with a fruity (melon) and pine hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, it tastes more like a subdued American IPA or Pale Ale than anything British. I was expecting more of something like Odell's old Cutthroat Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:21:37 | More by Beaver13
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Huh. Look at that. Pours a clear, orange body with a wispy, bubbly white head.

Smell: Toffee malts with a handful of white pepper and zesty, citric grapefruit.

Taste: The taste of toffee, though with very little sweetness. The bulk of the taste is of tart, tangy grapefruit with plenty of bitterness. Finish is dry, bitter, but somewhat quick.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Doesn't really remind me of anything British. Shows what I know, I guess.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2007 20:22:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

About a one finger frothy head that wallows away to a nice. Beneath the foam, there is a copper amber with highlights of gold and symetrical bubbling. Theres also some nice Brussels lace as well. The aroma is an oily hop and medium toasted Caramel and Crystal malt bread. When I mean oily, I mean oil. The taste is an earthy, somewhat fruity hop. The toasted, biscuit malts taste a bit stale. Makes me think of a bitter, toasted egg bagel. Oily palte that feels muc better han the smell. This beer has sessionable written all over it, minus the oily smell and stale malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 20:02:30 | More by scruffwhor
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imaguitargod

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden copper to a medium head that demised to a very small head, very little lacing. Mildly malty at first then the hop bitterness comes in the background. A little fruity flavor from the hops comes through and the bitterness, which is slight, moves into the after taste.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 21:55:27 | More by imaguitargod
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light, brownish-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A malty, sugary aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Here's where the wheels came off - for me at least. For an IPA (even an English one) this beer had way too much much malt. It gave the beer a funky, dull taste. It was difficult to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer had its strong points, the taste was just not to my liking. Very off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 13:54:54 | More by avalon07
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, bread, and caramel

Taste: bread throughout, citrus hops with some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, slightly sweet with bitter backbone

Drinkability: To me this is average IPA. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would reach for again.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2010 16:05:29 | More by tigg924
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear, copper body with a huge, foamy head that threatened to overflow. However, it does dwindle rather quickly and leaves some spider web lacing on its way down. The nose was overly earthy with pine and grapefruit rounding out the hop side of the equation while toasted malt lays down the foundation. The flavor profile follows the nose. Earthy, herbal hops with just a touch of grapefruit and pine in the finish while toasted malt grabs the taste buds through the middle. Bitterness comes in a quick punch and fades even quicker. Medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is on point. Overall I found this to be lacking and pretty average in every way.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:18:23 | More by ColForbinBC
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AndoBrew

Georgia

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app:copper cute little head the color could be more magical

smell: nice hop aroma some citrus little bit of pine. nice sneaky malts in the background.

taste: not as good as the smell. more sharp citrus back of the mouth acidic hop taste. lacks the full bouquet. mild malts and the flavor of soda water.

mf: dry and acidic

drinkable?: kinda, have had much better balanced hoppy beers

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 02:09:41 | More by AndoBrew
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ncvbc

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fairly pale in color, more golden straw with shades of amber. A thick, white cap atop it that has very good retention and leaves some rings of lacing down the glass. Kind of fruity pebbles smelling and floral. Earthy hops and a hint of biscuity bread but artificial flavor, or something. Pineapple and weird grapefruit but out of place. Very sugary malt. Same thing with the flavor. I think the hop profile is good but the malt kills it, giving it no chance to come to the forefront. Mouthfeel is solid. Creamy and smooth at first with a bitterness that soon meets it and rides out to a moderately dry finish. Something about this one just doesn't work for me. I'll probably try it again down the road but

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 04:54:04 | More by ncvbc
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

3.08/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Gotta say...some of the Boulder Beers are winners and others are in that other category....they just plain stink. This one is on the winner side.

A - Red Golden Brown Ale with white bubbles escaping to the top. Some minor lacing but really doesn't do anything for me. Not cloudy at all. Crystal clear.

S - At first I didn't know if I liked the smell but after giving it several chances, the smell grew on me. I love hops and they are there but there is a sweet side that I just don't really care for. The hops are not that present either. It smells like a little pine tree got planted in a wildflower garden. Just kind of strange. Ok but different.

T - I do like the hops but again, it is very mild hops. It also has a sweet taste that I could really do without. I like hops so if I am going to drink a hop beer, let there be hops. Please don't sweeten it down with sugar flavoring. Kind of funky the warmer it sits. This beer needs to be consummed AS COLD AS IT CAN GET. Let is sit and it will turn into a drain pour. I better hurry this review because as my beer gets warmer, I want to lower the scores...and quite a bit too.

M - Syrup meets Bitter. Strange. This again was not what I was expecting. Didn't care for it too much either.

D - Drinkability is higher the colder this beer is drank at. It quickly becomes not so nice the warmer it becomes. Not for sitting out on a lazy afternoon after cutting the grass drinking a beer beer. Would get too warm and you would throw it away.

Again, DRINK COLD!!!! Warm....yeah, not so good. Can you say skunk?

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2009 03:36:31 | More by schellsbeer
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega, a server's suggestion to start the night, not a great one...A dark but clearish gold, orange highlights, light head, not much retention or lacing...Aroma is sweet caramel to start, light citrus and some hops but not much...The taste is malty to start then a lot of bad hops, harsh, metallic, boring. nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 16:36:59 | More by jrallen34
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HOPFENKOPF

Oregon

3.13/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured a hazy cooper-orange with an off white ½ inch head that quickly dissipated into more of a film. The laces where apparent early on but nothing to write home about.

The nose seemed mild, with slight citrus, pine and floral notes.

The taste was not what I expected. It was more of a pear, bready thing going on with slight lemon citrus. The finish was dry and the malt tones rise with the temperature of the beer.

Both the mouth and carbonation where slightly under medium.

I was not all that impressed with this beer. It was drinkable but with so many other options out there I would not buy it again.

It is possible that this beer was old. Was purchased at a quick mart and have not seen this beer local in some time.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 22:18:25 | More by HOPFENKOPF
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kennyo

New York

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

found this in the Fishkill Beer store, used to be great store, now so so.
Pours a nice white head, amber color, some lace stuck to the glass. Malty aroma, some hops. Taste is a little bitter, some malt, some sweetness. Nice after taste.
A decent drinkable beer

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2007 02:21:25 | More by kennyo
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blakesell

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours two fingers deep a clear golden amber. Porous carbonation, ample lacing. Dissipates slowly and splotchy on the sides of the glass to a thin wisp over the top of the beer.

Smell- A malty background of Maris Otter, hopped well with Cascade grapefruit goodness. None of that sulfur note that I sometimes smell on English style IPA.

Taste- Nice medium roast maltiness with a good noble hop backbone. Bittering hops are a little much on the palate with lingering bitterness. Grainy and drying on the tongue as well. For as many good things that I have heard about this beer, I don't really know where they are based.

Mouthfeel- Drying and medium bodied, Highly carbonated and a bit of motor oil slickness on the swallow. The hops are too astringent for my tastes. Not warming.

Drinkability- Medium drinkability overall as well on this beer. Not memorable by any stretch of the imagination. Give me an English English IPA any day. The American imitation just isn't cutting the mustard.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 15:32:28 | More by blakesell
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Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.