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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Reviews: 302
Hads: 460
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (500 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

Color is a thin white head that fizzles down to a thin layer that drifts over the beer.

Aroma is a lot of floral hops. There is a malty smell also, but I can't put my finger on it.

Taste is of heavy floral hops with bread-like malts. Some zest to it as well.

Mouthfeel is bitter, but also smooth. Leaves a slight dry aftertaste. Low carbonation.

Overall this beer reminds me of a regular IPA, except with some twists. Decent beer, however there is really nothing to special about it. (514 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/15/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Clouded darker golden colored pour. Very white sparkling head of about one inch. Left some decent lace trails and some very light patchwork behind.

Smell- Note of english grassy hay, some fresh fruited hops and a bit of earthyness.

Taste- Taste was definite english IPA flavor with a sprouted grain like taste, mid range malt base and a somewhat sharp pith-like fruit flavor. Also had a kind of sour note to the beer which kinda of threw it off a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a bit higher carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste. A bit sour in the aftermath as well.

Drinkability- Could have done without the sourness, but overall a pretty good job that could have been great. (835 characters)

Photo of Gueuzedude
2.83/5  rDev -26.3%
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 (2,173 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color. Nice 2" head slowly falls to some surface bubbles. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: fruity, grapefruit, and a bit of earthy tones. Some bitterness hits nose quickly.

Taste: grainy malt, caramel, grapefruit, ripe apples, grass, and a bit of breadiness is wrapped in a nice but not overwhelming bitterness. Well balanced. Nice representation of the style with a bit more earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: a nice change up from all the American style IPAs that are flooding the market. Easy to quaff, flavorful, and a nice session IPA. Give this a try. (726 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness info, but plenty of info in tiny type on the side of the label. Pours, almost golden, almond amber, light tan head, showing tiny bubble, a slow melt to a film and nice looking, fine stringy lacing. Earthy, fruity nose, preceeds the pleasant flavors to follow. Bready malts, fruit filled hoppyness, and a smooth on the tongue mouthfeel all conspire to make this a balanced, worthy and thoroughly tasty sessioner. I also pick up notes of citrus, vanilla, light leather and even a hint of smoke. I like it, nice job here on this subtle yet complex take on the style. (587 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of tempest
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz. single at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a clear gold-orange into my fglass with a short, white head.

Mmmm, English IPA. The aroma is a little plain, but not necessarily off with more earthy grapefruit. Definite English grains in the flavor, for that dry, biscuity undertone and with grassy, herbal, floral and somewhat citrus hops dominating. Crisper than your average EIPA, there's certainly an American influence here, and while it fits into the style, it stands out. Worth a try if you dig the style and want something different. (548 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Copper in color with a soapy white head and some spotty lacing.

S. Bitter hop pellets dominate the smell. I am not complaining. Some light bready notes.

T. Floral and herbal hops. The malts are light and reminiscent of toasted bread.

M. Aggresively carbonated and crisp, a little watery around the edges.

D. Overall a nice session IpA from the other side. Hoppier than I expected. (388 characters)

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.74/5  rDev -54.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden color that borders on amber with a huge fluffy whit head that sticks around for a while. Wow what a nice nose. Spicy floral and resinous hops with hints of toffee and maybe some butter. Gives off and almost herbal aroma at times. Flavor follows the aroma quite well. Starts with a fruity floral and resinous hop that melds into a bit of an herbal note. The some malts come forward to reveal some toffee and a hint of butter. Finishes with a lingering spicy herbal note. Creamy resinous mouthfeel, rather full body, ample carbonation. Wow I enjoyed that one although it is not what I expected while opening the bottle. Well done Boulder, and welcome to NH. (675 characters)

Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a solid amber color with good head retention and lacing. Not surprisingly I suppose, this beer smells very ESB like, but with some hoppy, bitter perfume well. There is some underlying sweet malt in the nose as well, typical of an ESB. On the palate, the beer starts off with some roasty sweet malt flavor, but with some underlying hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol very well disguised.

This is a nice enough beer, but is nothing extraordinairy either. One thing I do like is how well the moderate, malty sweetness is countered by the hoppy bitterness in this one. Not bad. (658 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured light grapefruit and apricot aromas with a soft sweet grain.

The taste was very well balanced and soft around the edges. A light citrus hop melted perfectly into the light doughiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very good and very well balanced ale. Highly drinkable. (423 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to pokesbeerdude for this one.

Poured into a tulip a cloudy orange/yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy/foamy off-white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy/malty, some citrus/pines. The taste is hoppy, with some nice sweet malty notes, nice tone of citrus, slight piney. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice EIPA. (373 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head falls gradually, with ample sticky lace lingering more or less forever. Aroma is citrusy, with a little grassiness mixed in. Taste follows along similarly, each flavor melting nicely into the next. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is quite nice and easy. I was expecting something British-style from the label, and that's what we got. Very nice. (544 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very clear pumpkin orange color.

S: Some citrus and grassiness on the nose. A good citrusy spiciness from the hops stand out against a nice britsh style pale malt backbone.

T: there is some cereal grains from the british malting, along with some fruitiness sneaking in and finishes with some dry floral hopping. Think a british style ale with strong American pale ale influence (west coast hopping). The spicy and citrusy American hops stand out nicely against the pale british grains that highlight this beer. Overall I would say this is a good hybrid rather a true british style.

M: nicely carbonated bringing out the citrusy hopping with a nice dryness.

D: very nice drinkability, with a nice pale malt backbone that stands well against the strong citrusy hopping. (783 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a small head. Smell is heavy of hops. Taste like it smells, very hoppy, a tad bitter. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this makes for a fairly decent brew. (253 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles last time I was in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed amber/orange, thin white head, some lace spots, settles to a thin layer. Smell is neat, grapefruit and pineapple, very fruity, some sugar and honey, grassy hops, really neat. Taste is toffee and chocolate sweetness, pineapple, bready malt, some floral, sweet citrus and fruit finish, bit of tea character, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty chewy, very nice. Really enjoyed this beer, definately wish I had picked up a bottle. (532 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dull copper. Bubbly off white head. Lacing is moderate in quantity and lacy in design. Very nice aroma. Floral, earthy, fruity, resinous and smoky. For an English IPA, quite a bit of aroma is squeezed from those English hops. Nice work. Nice tasting English IPA. Kind of a grundgey feel at first. Not as bright as the American counterpart, but not expected to be either. Toffeeish malt backing with earthy, herbal hop accents. Kind of raw. A little resinous in flavor. Good flavor overall. Slight bitterness is pretty clean, though it doesn't linger much. Body is medium to medium-full Light amounts of carbonation. Solid English IPA. (634 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours an amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very good with some malt and a nice dose of floral hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts off with a nice smooth malty backbone with the hops coming in the finish. The hops do not produce a huge amount of bitterness, but they do provide a really nice flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA that I would purchase again in a heartbeat. Recommended. (500 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours from 22oz bottle(bottled July 1 as per small stamp near base of the bottle) a clear gold with a healthy head of foam that shrinks fairly quickly....some spotting in the middle and some lacing hugging the side of my glass.

The smell has some hoppy and sweet notes along with some bread and some fruit. Nice nose.

The taste on first sip and I get some good caramel malt and bread followed by some grain and a mild hop character. Tasty. After a few more sips, there's more hoppiness in the flavour but it's balanced nicely by the malt and it really works well for me. I don't have to have a hop bomb in every IPA that I drink!! ;^)

The mouthfeel is medium, the carbo is medium, and it finishes slightly sweet. Good stuff and it's going to be no problem at all finishing the bomber. I recommend it! (808 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow, light orange works its way in, a thin wispy head. Aroma, reminiscent to a degree with Stone's 14th, but not nearly as good.

Taste, a lot going on for a EIPA frankly, bitterness is one dimensional uk bitterness without much of a hop mouthfeel, but the alcohol warming gives this beer more of a personality. Excellently balanced.

A good beer, very ssssionable, but its taste is all over the place, aspects of all kinds of ipa, from all over the world. A hodgepodge. (488 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Oct. 4, 2010. Sampled on August 16, 2010. The pour is mainly amber and golden with a quarter-inch of foamy, off-white head that lingers. A bit on the cloudy side. A floral hoppiness greets the nose in the taste with a background of sweet malts trying to keep a lower profile. The body is medium to full. The New Zealand hops take me to faraway places but also keep me anchored to the ground with the earthy grains that accompany them. The aftertaste reminds me of flowers. A fascinating IPA. (524 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice white/light copper color into my glass with a two-finger head.

Aroma is full of a lot of biscuit malt and only a mild hop bitterness in the nose. Sounds right.

Biscuit malt makes its' presence known in this ale followed by a mild hop bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the taste buds. It's kind of sweet but it feels to the style.

Mouthfeel is full of sweet, lingering biscuit malt and hops. Beer goes down well without incident.

I really like this ale. It has a really good balance between malt and hops that is typical of an English IPA. It's fresher than some other examples I've had that came across the big pond. Pick it up. (645 characters)

Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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