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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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86
very good

431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique take on a British style IPA, given the the cold hopping and creaminess. A little grapefruity, and some malt offset. A tad of toastiness in the aroma and taste as well. Lace dots. Golden yellow colour. Easy drinking, and I could finish a few of these over a week.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2007 04:09:47 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +5%

08-26-2012 20:12:51 | More by t0rin0
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

03-01-2013 01:22:18 | More by djrn2
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy tangelo with gold accents, crowned by a good looking cap that is the approximate color of elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. Its superior surface is replete with bubbles that take their sweet time entering the atmosphere. What looked like a disappointing amount of lace early is a more than satisfactory amount late.

I like the nose quite a bit. It's unquestionably British in character, thanks to what is probably East Kent Goldings complemented by something fruitier, like Fuggles. I had no luck trying to find the specific ingredients, so those are strictly guesses. Earthy-herbal orange and grapefruit gets it about right.

Cold Hop is good beer that tastes nothing like the rest of the Boulder lineup. I'm pretty sure that was the idea. Like the nose, it hits the English IPA 'hop flavor nail' on the head. It's probably a fraction hoppier than the typical Brit IPA, but then that's what good American craft brewers tend to do. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now I'm not so sure about the hop bill. My guess is that there's something different present... Phoenix or one of the other new varieties perhaps. A light butter toffee and toasted nut flavor is subtle enough to add complexity, while still allowing the grapefruit and apricot-like hops to shine. Musky peach skins contribute as well. This one is tough to nail down with any kind of certainty. All that really matters is that it's delicious beer.

The mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. A generous amount of malt sees to it that the beer is at least medium for the style, with a long-lasting creaminess that becomes even more smooth and polished with warming. Splendid job here guys.

Cold Hop British-Style Ale is an inspired, niche-filling addition to the outstanding Mojo IPA and the equally outstanding Hazed & Confused. It's probably my least favorite of those three, but that doesn't mean that it's anything less than a wonderful American-brewed English IPA. C'mon Boulder, distribution to Iowa seems like a no-brainer.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 13:49:20 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear lighter amber color with a one finger head that leaves plenty of squiggles of lace

Smell: One of the most unusual aromas I have encountered from an IPA - I am picking up some of the vinous elements of the Nelson Sauvin hops but there is a grassy aspect as well; toffee malt galore underneath

Taste: Cookie dough and honey malt flavors that layer underneath the vinous, grassy and citrusy flavors that arrive by mid-palate; after the swallow the malt and hop flavors balance each other out

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I just wasn't expecting a beer as interesting as this; just love the balance, with the sweeter elements (that I normally would eschew) really complementing an unusual blend of hop flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:51:15 | More by brentk56
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +5%

12-09-2011 23:25:31 | More by nmann08
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another one I picked up as part of a mixed pack the other night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one with dinner tonight. Consumed on 01/06/2009.

The pour was quite nice. A light amber in color with good clarity to it. Nice carbonation could be scene bubbling up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, with a very nice head of white across the top.

The aroma was loaded down with fresh hops. Rich notes of citrus just coming up out of the glass. I did not think this one would be this rich. Really very well done. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit in here as well. Light sweetness to it really wrapped it together quite well, as I leaned in for the first sip I was very suprised by ust how hoppy this one was. Crisp, clean, and definitely impressive. Light floral hops ruled the day here, with a lingering bitterness long into the finish and a delicate grapefruit flavor that would not quite. Easily sessionable I had no issue with throwing this one down and then looking for more.

Overall a very solid and very underated IPA. I would love to try this one on tap. It was as solid an IPA as I have had recently and was a pleasure to drink.

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2009 02:06:01 | More by mikesgroove
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard English IPA, but with the hopping rates expected from the American stle. A firm, malty (Marzen-like) malt base has a crisp, lightly crusty, well-attenuated character that balances well with a healty dose of pine / pungent / resinous hops that linger well after the sip is gone. Beyond that, the fruitiness / esters are light, allowing the malt sweetness and hop bitterness to set the tone for the brew. The beer remains a murky amber / rust color throughout with expected head formation-retention to hold throughout. The beer attenuates in a very American sort of way, not allowing the heavy sweetness to remain, as it does in English Pales. However the grain flavors are softer and less husk-like, as found in American Ales. A nice blend of both.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 16:17:48 | More by BEERchitect
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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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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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jaydoc

Kansas

3/5  rDev -21.3%

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an impy pint glass a clear rich golden with a swirling tight one finger head that held good retention,milder English aromas quite floral and minty with a hint of toasty sweetness.Full on English malt and hop flavors starting out slightly toasted and biscuity with a noticeable caramel sweetness even a hard water-like note,the minty "green" hops come thru and linger nicely a bit of American grapefruit comes thru as you drink more as well.A nice quaffer it says high gravity on the label I would like to know how "big" it is,a nice beer just dont expect a big American hop smack.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 21:43:31 | More by oberon
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a nice golden color, the head was fizzy and white leaving just a light lacing behind. The smell of the beer has a good amount of malt in the mix and some citrusy hops too. The taste of the beer has a strong bitterness to it. The mouthfeel was well carbonated and had a good drinkable quality too. Overall this beer wasn't too bad. I would probably have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 02:53:05 | More by Knapp85
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left some small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and hoppy.

T - It tasted of toasted malt. The hops were very mild.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Nice mild hop flavor. It seemed very true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 14:16:19 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty brew! Deep amber-almost copper-colored body. Very creamy off-white head with lots of sticky lace. Caramelish malt and grassy/ leafy/floral/earthy hops in the nose. Bright and fresh! Apple-like fruitiness comes through in the flavor, and there's a hint of pear as well. Caramel maltiness and floral, leafy, and grassy hops are, of course, present as well. This beer tastes like East Kent Goldings! I think this would pair nicely with a creamy, buttery triple cream cheese and some crusty bread, or perhaps some greasy fish and chips. And, although it wouldn't quite cut the mustard, I'd like to see it thrown up against a wedge of Colston Bassett Stilton. The bitterness is solid but not daunting, and it simply anchors the maltiness. It finishes fairly quickly, going out just as it came in. A really nice English style ale that's superbly drinkable. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 08:35:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a foggy orange amber. Nose is very piney hops with that sweet character to it. Flavor is very hopped, but in a noticeably English style. I feel like it purposefully subdues itself and never gets out of hand, as many American versions of the style might. The hops present themselves and then an earthy bitter tone hits you. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it. The liquid is thick, though it gives a thick, slick, and syrupy texture on the mouth. Overall very good. Definitely one for the hop heads and possibly one for the real ale folks out there too.

Serving type: on-tap

01-01-2008 02:08:41 | More by RblWthACoz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of honey, caramelized malt and pale hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with sweet flavors of caramel and honey, a pale hops bitterness and a little smokiness to it as well. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound for a while if you're in the mood for the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2008 05:01:34 | More by TheManiacalOne
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look: clear and coppery, with a big, active head, dwindling with a quickness.

The smell: bright, fresh, hoppy, plenty of citrus pith, grapefruit and pine...apricot and orange...wide open and wondrous.

The taste: sweet and tangy, with plenty of jazz and juice. Slips easily off the tongue.
Medium bodied, full of fruity flavor, with just enough hop smack to tickle the tastebuds. Caramel malt adds deliciousness.

According to the label, they consulted one of Charlie Papazian's favorite English IPA recipes, "gave it (their) own twist and (they were) over the moon with the results." My guess is that the twist is American hops...that's what I feel really differentiates this from an English Pale Ale or IPA...

what's up with the name? "Cold Hop"?Huh? What's that mean? The opposite of Hot Hop? Anyone know?

Anyway, it drinks down really nice, but not that amazing of a creation. I could have kept the five bucks. A pleasant sip, nonetheless...

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 05:36:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In an English style Boddington's pub glass, appears a slight hazed bright copper amber hue forming a large orange tinted sandy head with a dimpled dough like cloud texture. Thick formation at least two fingers worth even thin lace is left behind after the slow dwindle. Aromatics contain nice citrus tea with funky and grassy herbal qualities upfront, malts edge their way in with doughy caramel sweetness but overall a really pungent distinctive hop aroma that is hard to compare to any other brew of recent memory. What's up with Colorado why does the beer have to be so cold? Now we have the coldest tasting hops out there. Flavor has a sharp assertive hop bitterness with funky biscuit caramel malts, an aggressive American brew with some English ale twang to it. A lot of earthy herbal tea flavors with mild citrus peel hop tones raw and raucous to the core. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strange slightly oily, yet a tad prickly with citrus peel bitterness sticking to the palate. Carbonation is dead on, not the complaint here just something weird about the feel this brew had to offer. Drinkability is nice but isn't too sessionable the pungent hops and English funk become too much after a couple, high quality offering it's just not something I want to drink during the football game.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2007 13:50:28 | More by WVbeergeek
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Citiric hops & not much else

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops up front. Biscuitty malt & a little caramel follows as this warms. Finsishes crisp, hoppy & dry

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, skews a tad hoppy for my taste balance-wise

Drinks pretty easy, don't recall too many english IPAs this hoppy when I was sampling there from 88-93. Hop heads could enjoy this as a session ale easily

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 04:08:05 | More by russpowell
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2008 16:31:31 | More by Slatetank
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a piney hop scent that really stands out over a solid base of pale and light crystal malts. The English yeast esters blend well with the hops to create a refreshing aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor that goes down easy and finishes hoppy with a bit of fruity yeast esters. The malts are present, but they seem to only provide a stage for the hops and yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting brew. I love the hop content, but it seems a bit unbalanced. All in all, a good drinker.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 01:03:03 | More by WesWes
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral notes, and very light pine hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - A nice English IPA. I got this as part of my beer of the month club and it's one of the better beers I've received from them. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:41:29 | More by mdfb79
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, almost cloudy, amber with a thin, white head.

The smell is grainy/caramelish with citric fruitiness.

The citrus moves up a bit on the taste, but remains balanced by a grainy sweetness. Some buttery notes are present. Sweetness and bitterness blend nicely in the finish. This is one of those beers that grow better as it progresses.

The body is medium to full with a fair amount of creaminess. It has a nice texture.

A well-made brew here - British-style with an American flair.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2007 00:28:25 | More by jwc215
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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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Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.