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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

428 Ratings
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Ratings: 428
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
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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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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jharkins07

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

02-07-2012 14:48:18 | More by jharkins07
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Trailmix242

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-15-2011 19:55:16 | More by Trailmix242
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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-02-2013 04:02:47 | More by jaydoc
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -21.3%

08-05-2013 01:10:36 | More by JTomczak
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WynnO

Florida

3/5  rDev -21.3%

10-01-2012 05:51:49 | More by WynnO
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sweisel80

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -21.3%

03-24-2012 18:59:45 | More by sweisel80
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-19-2013 23:10:21 | More by ejimhof
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ahbaggins

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

02-20-2012 02:12:49 | More by ahbaggins
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

11-20-2011 15:17:53 | More by jenray
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Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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