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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

302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 460
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Reviews: 302 | Hads: 460
Photo of simmons
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with a thin white head not lasting too long leaving a nice bit of lace. Pours hazy with not many bubbles rising

Aroma: Just a little bit of sweet malt is present followed by a mild but very pleasent sweet hop aroma. floral notes also present

Flavor: Malt is complex with a bit of grainyness to it and some sweetness. The bitterness is moderite and pine like followed by a very nice sweet hop flavor just as you would expect from the aroma

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and well balanced. Leaves a bitter/sweet hop aftertaste that lingers around awhile.
Water used seems soft.

Overal: This is a tasty beer. The malt is malty enough but not too sweet and the hops are just right to enjoy. There is nothing that stands out to make this beer outstanding but it is good. (796 characters)

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

I thought unklesyd hit it right on with his description. It is kind of hard for me to find a British ipa that I really dig, but I think this is just about as perfect as it could be with the chosen ingredients.

So many British-style IPAs are completely dominated by these "cheesy" tastes that it is hard to focus on the rest of the beer. This ale has the standard tast burried way behind some really clean biterness, and some very nice malts.

Extraodinarily drinkable and refreshing for what seems to be a relatively high abv beer. I love it and hope it comes out in sixers. (579 characters)

Photo of Brandt
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer poured out a cloudy copperish tone with minimal head

there is a very resinous hop aroma here as well as a more earthy character. there is sweet malty undertones in the beer that balance nicely

the flavor of this beer is very good, a good strong bitterness with a dilute sweetness and great floral fruity hops

the finish for this beer is med body with a great coating of bittering hop on the tongue. had this quickly at denver international airport before waiting in the security line and it was well worth it. very nice ale (536 characters)

Photo of LennyV
2.7/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a dark amber color into my DogFish Head snifter. Small head spotty lace.

Smells very malty very slight citrus/hop.

Tastes all malt. Maybe this bottle got skunked but I don't taste the hops.

Full bodied syrupy mouth feel, perfect carbonation.

I could not drink this all night. Maybe I am not partial to english ales or I need to develope a tatse for them but this brew does not have the big flavors or complexity I would expect. (437 characters)

Photo of ScarletLady
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Regular pint glass. The art on the tap handle caught my attention right off so I thought I'd give it a try.

A - nice medium color. A little bit of head and some lacing

S - Citrus, not too strong just enough to peak my interest

T - Very nice. Malt at the start giving way to a pleasant amount of hop bitterness

M - A bit more than medium carbonation, just right I thought. Perfect mouthfeel, not too thin

D - Oh yeah I can (and did) drink several. Great flavor without being overpowering, nicely balanced

A 'must try' by me. Boulder is new to MD, or at least my part of the state. Very happy to make your aquaintance! (622 characters)

Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent EIPA. I don't try many of these maybe because I am American. I like my beers crisp and biting. This beer has a nice pour. Light gold with a few small bubbles and a one finger off white head. The aroma is a weird mix of hops and farts. Yes I said farts. Two years running and it still has this same element. Taste was light malt and a hint of caramel with a very light European variety hop aftertaste. (409 characters)

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

Pours an attractive hazy yellow brown with a nice foamy head

Mild sweet nose of fresh grains and caramel with some floral/apple scents

Nice creamy feel. Great balance of flavor...mild malts, subtle apple, some lemon and floral tones, and enough hops to balance it out and provide a nice bitter end, but not so much that it overwhelms the flavor. Probably the best offering I've had from Boulder Beer (401 characters)

Photo of JDH2000
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into generic pint glass.

A- pours golden amber with about a finger of white foamy head that dissipates to a ring on the outer edge of the glass. Moderate lacing.

S- Big, fruity hops is the first thing that hits you. Next comes some light hints of the malts.

T- again the big fruity (grapefruit) hops comes first with some bitterness and then mellows to taste the malts. Slight taste of the alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Slightly oily but with the alcohol finish.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I typically prefer the American IPAs over the English-style IPAs, but I think the blend of hops in this one really helps a lot. (660 characters)

Photo of badbassrandy
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy milk chocolate brown with myriad bubbles rising vigorously and rapidly; light tan head of boulder-like foam

S - Herbal, medicinal, lemony hop aroma with English-esque biscuity, sweet toffee malt backbone

T - The hop bouquet noted in the nose expands: herbal, oily plant taste one might find in an apothecary -- of which, there is one in Boulder!; funky, bitter, floral hops balanced with sweet subtleties from the honey malt and attempt at an English malt profile; a grassy, lemony undertone reminiscent of Boulder Beer's Hazed & Infuzed -- much like a beefed-up, English twist on the Hazed brew; the 46 IBUs were very present and just barely countered by the sweetness and biscuity malts; the acidity of the hops told me the beer was very green and young, maybe too young for optimum drinkability; as it warmed, this brew got better and better; very bitter and vegetal at first

M - Served overly cold at the brewery; grainy but quite viscous presence in the mouth; chewy yet slippery and robustly carbonated; hop sting on the tongue and carbonation make the liquid aggressively dance on the tongue

D - Became better as the brew warmed; immediate greenness, acidity and almost unchecked bitterness fended off speedy imbibing (1,237 characters)

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

Pours a golden amber color from a 22oz bottle. The dense, white one-finger head left stilted lacing on the glass. The smell is light grains with a distinct grapefruit twang that shows up again in the flavor. This grassy, hoppy citrus bite is balanced with a sweet malt body. The finish is ruby red grapefruit again, but not as crisp and clean as an AIPA. Medium bodied. Overall a tasty brew, with a much more pronounced hop presence compared to other English IPAs I've had. I'd have it again for sure. (501 characters)

Photo of remllof
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle, poured a darker cloudy golden color with a decent head. The scent is not too strong but what there is, is light floral. Taste is a nice floral taste, then a decent bit of bitterness that lingers a bit. Mouth feel is decent no too thick but not on the watery side. Overall a decent beer when Im looking for somthing a little more on the bitter side. (370 characters)

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

A: Pours a hazy orange with a good two finger head. Good lacing down the glass

N: Wow, when handed this beer I could smell the resins and piny hop aromas. I thought immediately that this was an AIPA.

T: A little lacking when compared with the nose, still solid. Flavors of grapefruit, bitterness are present and then knocked aside by malty, bread, yeast flavors.

M: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Good mouthfeel.

O: Pretty solid, I would get it again depending on the price. I was surprised to see this was an English IPA when as I noted for the nose but the flavor is more subdued as would be expected for an EIPA. (625 characters)

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

From tap, to growler, poured into a 12oz mug. Pours golden and very hazy. A finger's worth of head builds and dissipates. Not much lacing as the mug empties.

The aroma is hoppy, but it is a very floral and fruity hoppiness -- not searingly 'green' or bitter. Reminds me of chamomile, lavender, and pear.

Mild, sweet, and fruity on the tongue. The malts are toned down, and the hops do all the talking. However, much like the smell, its not a pronounced hoppiness. The first few sips seem more along the lines of a softer pale ale, but the hops do eventually catch up with you, and their bitterness builds on the back of your tongue. This is not at all an offensive bitterness -- it's very agreeable, well balanced and sweet-ish. Still, over the course of the mug, some of the earlier floral and fruit notes were lost to this bitterness.

This has a pretty average mouthfeel. Crisp enough to please on a hot day, but with enough body to give you something to think about. The hops rile your tongue and cheeks a bit, and I am guessing that the carbonation from a standard shelf-bought bottle might intensify this. From tap to growler to mug I had no complaints though.

This is a pretty good beer, and I look forward to the rest of my growler. It may go without saying, but I would not recommend it to anyone leery or weary of hops. It tempers its hoppiness well, but a whole glass would be a lot to take for those hop-averse. (1,426 characters)

Photo of PubliusII
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulder Beer Company "Cold Hop"

Appearance- Dark bronze pour with a one finger head.

Smell- Hops and fruit pretty uniform smell

Taste- Sweet taste of grapes, apricots, roasted grain

Mouthfeel- Light body, decent carbonation, leaves with a clean, smooth finish.

Drinkability- A fantastic beer with a sweet, bitter taste. It tickles and tongue and is a great buy. (367 characters)

Photo of TerjUGA
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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. (435 characters)

Photo of spike882
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Slight amber body with a nice head the diminishes quickly. Very floral in the nose and also in the mouth. Seemed a little highly carbonated but was a nice contrast to the hoppiness. Very easy drinkability and not very filling at all. Would definitely reccomend. Not the greatest IPA I ever had but worth the three bucks or so. Another nice beer to add to their repertoire. (372 characters)

Photo of Schwarz04
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light orangy brown, little head, no lace.

Smell: Hoppy and a bit citrusy. Orange and lemon notes are present.

Taste: Quite bitter, hops defiantly dominant as the name would suggest. Slight citrus and some grassy hints are also present.

Mouthfeel: Bitterness lingers a bit, a touch of dryness present afterwards, not bad though. There seems to be a small touch of an undistinguishable spice as well.

Drinkability: Quite pleasant to drink, the bitterness is strong at first taste but doesn't linger or leave an overly dry taste...will buy again! (559 characters)

Photo of zook74
4.59/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become one of my favorite beers as of late. It has a great, hoppy flavor that doesn't completely destroy my tastebuds. When I'm down to drinking a beer for a session this, and other Boulder beers, does the trick.

Poured into a pilsner glass Cold HOp has a pretty, subdued gold with a decent whitish head that dissipates quickly, lacing the glass for the duration of the drink.

A nice, crisp aroma, even if it lacks any truly distinguishing characteristics.

Pours easily down the gullet, llight on the tongue, and tastes great a tad on the colder side (I'm guessing 36-38ish). (587 characters)

Photo of mdmako
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden brown with a nice head that has little retention. Some lacing left though. Clear yet amber.

S - A rather malty smell yet excellently balanced with a strong hop aroma. A deep bold smell that makes the beer seem darker and thicker than it is.

T - A delicious malt taste overwhelms the initial hoppy sensation once you begin to swallow. A rich carmel/coffee after taste is present but the other flavors linger to compliment this taste nicely.

M - A medium consistency typical of an ale. Suprisingly smooth for all the deep flavor added.

D - An excellent beer that grows on you quite quickly. The hops flavor seems to creep up on you also as it is very nicely balanced by the malty flavors. (703 characters)

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours about a 3/4 inch head, dissipates quickly. some light lacing. amber color.

s: hops. very earthy hops. not that that is a bad thing, i love a good ipa.

t: what i like about this is that it is not overwhelmingly hoppy. some ipas will just have a hoppy flavor just for the sake of having it to please the hop heads but this is pretty well balanced. it does not really have that bittersweetness, more the bitter, but it has a bite too.

m: fairly smooth, good amount of carbonation.

d: i could drink a few of these, its not really a sipper. (556 characters)

Photo of deaconsmith
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.- the appearance was a kinda cloudy amber with a weak head but decent retention on what little there was..good lacing as well.

S.-it has A very fruity and insanely hoppy aroma.

T.- The initial taste was delightfully hoppy with a after taste of fruit nectar...very good taste.

M.- very bubbly and crisp and slightly on the lighter viscosity for a ipa. very well balanced in the mouth

D.- drinkability is excellent i would recomend a six pack ..

very refreshing and well crafted overall..i would recomend this beer (519 characters)

Photo of teetotaler
2.81/5  rDev -26.8%
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. (909 characters)

Photo of scoob8000
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not new to pale ales, and I'm not really a fan of them but this one is another story!

Had a 20oz glass on draft at our usual Friday spot.

Appearance reminds me of apple cider, but with a quickly disappating head. Lacing lingers on the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not over powering.

Taste is mildly citrusy. Another reviewer describes it as almost tropical. I think that hits this nail on the head.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. I bet this would be great on a hot summer day.

Drinkability is very high on this one.

I apologize for any typos or incorrect spelling. This is my first review written from my cell! (627 characters)

Photo of HOPFENKOPF
3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured a hazy cooper-orange with an off white ½ inch head that quickly dissipated into more of a film. The laces where apparent early on but nothing to write home about.

The nose seemed mild, with slight citrus, pine and floral notes.

The taste was not what I expected. It was more of a pear, bready thing going on with slight lemon citrus. The finish was dry and the malt tones rise with the temperature of the beer.

Both the mouth and carbonation where slightly under medium.

I was not all that impressed with this beer. It was drinkable but with so many other options out there I would not buy it again.

It is possible that this beer was old. Was purchased at a quick mart and have not seen this beer local in some time. (746 characters)

Photo of mchoffman
3.72/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Cold Hop was recommended to me because I like hoppy beer, but I don't find this beer to be that hoppy. It is fairly tasty though. It first is tastes like a pale ale, then kind of hoppy and like an IPA, and it leaves a stout-like taste in my mouth. It is good, but with all the beers out there, I don't think I will purchase it again. (337 characters)

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