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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007)
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Photo of TerjUGA
2.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
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

Photo of teetotaler
2.8/5  rDev -26.3%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

Photo of imaguitargod
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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

Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

Photo of avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Photo of Trailmix242
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of JTomczak
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of WynnO
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of sweisel80
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of ahbaggins
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of jenray
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Holland
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of savagepm
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of CDubbs75
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of ncvbc
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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

Photo of AndoBrew
3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
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

Photo of schellsbeer
3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
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?

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