Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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3.65/5 rDev -3.9%
Good haze in the English IPA. It dons a coppery-orange color and a sporting white cap of seafoam. The head looks like a patch of insulation. Doesn't really want to wear out anytime soon, either.
Salty cracker aromas of citrus and earthen hops of flora and worldliness. Notes of seawater, freshly cracked wheat, sesame, barley grain, and leafiness. Boasts some freshness to go along with a musty yeast element indicative of the style.
First sip gives off more of that sesame seed nuttiness that I picked up in the nose--definitely a byproduct of the recipe. Citrus mixes with English maltiness and the best descriptor is of semi-sweet navel orange and pith. Bigger still is the presence of floral hops with an orchard vibe. Breezy, but no longer saline. Still, the taste follows the nose. Caramel malts make a stand against the intent, so (for an American craft example) the style designation is semi-questionable. Hoppiness is meager to hold class with other IPAs, but there's a needed balance that it offers. Other gritty flavors that finish this beer are notes of pine, faint toffee, and grist water. Perhaps, grapefruit makes an appearance.
On the topic of the feel, each sip is an easy swish but a more trying swallow. That's the carbonation acting all big and strong. Turns out to be quite the belch-inducer (note: I am downing this a gulp every twenty seconds). That effervescence will get you; prying open the pockets of the mouth and tingling the gums. Most British examples I've had tone it down a bit to develop ease of palate.
This beer is pretty good, all things considered. It's a tough style to brew a beer to win over a crowd with, but I can happily enjoy this 22-ounce pour with no regrets. Alcohol won't get you, either. Maybe it's hit-or-miss; but on-draft, it's a hit.
08-19-2013 03:19:31 | More by thecheapies
3.89/5 rDev +2.4%
Served on tap in an imperial pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber colored brew with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. Floating atop the beer was a one finger pure white and foamy head that faded rather fast. Once largely faded, there was a persistent film and a good deal of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is sweet of a citrus smell with lots of tangerine and orange and a nice sweet tropical fruit and apricot smell as well. Mixed with these aromas is a little bit of a malty smell as well as some piney and floral aromas.
Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and cracker taste mixed with a moderate dose of caramel sweetness. As the taste moves forward the sweeter taste profile changes becoming less caramel like, but more sweet fruit like with flavors of tangerine and pineapple dominating. Mixed with the bready flavors that are initially present is a light citrus hop taste of a grapefruit nature which creates a base for the brew. While the hop is light at first overall, toward the end it gets quite a bit more intense as the grapefruit is joined by other hop flavors of a floral and earthy nature. The transitions of the sweet flavors and the presence of the more potent earthy hop flavor that develops on the tongue at the finish, ends up leaving a moderately earthy bitter and smoother malty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is, as would have been expected from the appearance, composed of tiny carbonation bubbles. Overall the medium bodied nature mixed with the moderate but peppery carbonation were nice for maintaining a more refreshing and easy drinking brew all the while still allowing all the nice hoppy flavors time to be fully appreciated by the tongue.
Overall – A rather tasty and smooth tasting brew with a very nice but still quite drinkable level of hop. Overall it is a rather balanced brew and a treat to drink.
08-10-2013 00:25:15 | More by Darkmagus82
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 436 ratings.