Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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4/5 rDev +5.3%
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...
07-26-2007 05:36:11 | More by feloniousmonk
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
01-14-2008 16:31:31 | More by Slatetank
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
06-22-2007 01:03:03 | More by WesWes
3.68/5 rDev -3.2%
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.
01-03-2011 23:41:29 | More by mdfb79
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
11-08-2007 00:28:25 | More by jwc215
2.78/5 rDev -26.8%
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
05-03-2008 03:42:09 | More by Gueuzedude
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
Dark gold color, nearly clear. Explosive (and eventually rocky) head that leaves thick lace on the glass side.
Pleanty of hop nose; attractive and inviting, if you like hops.
Good malt start, but the hop is the star. Lots of spicy pine in the aftertaste. Quite dry. Moderate body with low carbonation.
This is a tasty beer but is the run-of-the-mill hoppy near IPA.
10-19-2008 20:39:18 | More by smcolw
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
10-04-2007 22:27:37 | More by Gavage
3.63/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
01-16-2009 01:10:44 | More by GClarkage
4.05/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
09-28-2008 00:07:32 | More by tempest
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
09-20-2007 23:52:58 | More by Billolick
1.65/5 rDev -56.6%
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.
09-25-2008 02:33:12 | More by Georgiabeer
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
01-31-2009 21:49:18 | More by mothman
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
01-27-2009 23:45:15 | More by Wasatch
4.15/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
07-24-2007 22:53:35 | More by ppoitras
3.95/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-19-2008 22:39:59 | More by Stinkypuss
2.68/5 rDev -29.5%
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.
05-29-2007 19:33:35 | More by Mebuzzard
4/5 rDev +5.3%
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.
09-15-2009 20:22:47 | More by John_M
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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