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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

426 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 426
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%
Wants: 7
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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Mebuzzard

Colorado

2.68/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 19:33:35 | More by Mebuzzard
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Gusler

Arizona

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

Upon its departing the 22 ounce bottle the beer presents a somewhat hazy deep amber orange color with a skyscraper sized creamy white head that lingers long and upon its vanishing the lacing seals the glass with a thick and clinging layer. Nose has a dominate malt aroma, sweet and clean, hops provide a bit of fresh cut grass aroma, and a bit of butterscotch. Start is richly malted; the hops provide a nice bite at the back, top is moderate to full in feel. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops perfect in the benign spiciness; quite dry aftertaste stays and stays, a nice representative to the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2007 22:19:39 | More by Gusler
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Brad007

Vermont

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 20:42:45 | More by Brad007
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is clear, light orange color, with a 3-finger head that lasted until the beer was gone. The smell is light citrus hops, seems American hops although the beer is called British-Style Ale, I got some grapefruit and apricot although not too strong. The taste was OK, the hops put some bitterness into the mix and the malts played a bigger role than they did with the aroma. I'd say the beer has a standard body and is very drinkable due to it's light flavors and alcohol content.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 10:22:25 | More by TurdFurgison
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afsdan

Colorado

4/5  rDev +5%

05-21-2014 04:49:33 | More by afsdan
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

About a one finger frothy head that wallows away to a nice. Beneath the foam, there is a copper amber with highlights of gold and symetrical bubbling. Theres also some nice Brussels lace as well. The aroma is an oily hop and medium toasted Caramel and Crystal malt bread. When I mean oily, I mean oil. The taste is an earthy, somewhat fruity hop. The toasted, biscuit malts taste a bit stale. Makes me think of a bitter, toasted egg bagel. Oily palte that feels muc better han the smell. This beer has sessionable written all over it, minus the oily smell and stale malt.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2008 20:02:30 | More by scruffwhor
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-01-2012 17:52:05 | More by rolltide8425
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega, a server's suggestion to start the night, not a great one...A dark but clearish gold, orange highlights, light head, not much retention or lacing...Aroma is sweet caramel to start, light citrus and some hops but not much...The taste is malty to start then a lot of bad hops, harsh, metallic, boring. nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 16:36:59 | More by jrallen34
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 00:21:22 | More by johnnnniee
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2007 23:14:08 | More by Bitterbill
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avalon07

South Carolina

2.98/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light, brownish-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A malty, sugary aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Here's where the wheels came off - for me at least. For an IPA (even an English one) this beer had way too much much malt. It gave the beer a funky, dull taste. It was difficult to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer had its strong points, the taste was just not to my liking. Very off-putting.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2008 13:54:54 | More by avalon07
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

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

Pours a copper color with a tan head. Aroma is all hops, small citrus/ grapefruit. Taste is hops as well and a mellow malt, lighter body than anticipated as well. Aftertaste of a small maltiness and a hop, but it does not linger. Very nice, easy to drink, aprehensive going into it, but turned out very nice!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 12:29:07 | More by OWSLEY069
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Please take this review with a grain of salt. I really don't like British style IPA's.

A - Poured a nice amber color. A bit hazy. Has a bit of head that diminishes into a lacy ring. Looks ok.

S - Smells a bit stale and malty rather than hoppy but I get that a lot with this style and it's not skunked. Mostly grassy hops used.

T - Not that offensive really. I thankfully didn't get a cough syrup type taste just grassy hops and bitter malt. Actually was pretty drinkable.

M - Medium body and dry. It was OK.

D - Naa.... Again I don't really like the style but it was pretty enjoyable. Didn't tarnish my view of Boulder in anyway. Good for the style I guess?

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:56:01 | More by DrDemento456
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a stamp of NOV2509, this is the last of a mixed 12-pack picked up in ABQ. Pours a dark gold color with a creamy, light tan foam that recedes quickly and leaves a touch of lace here and there.

Nose is nutty, earthy and caramely with a nice whiff of pine sap hoppiness. Bit of bread dough and mild fruitiness. Pretty good smelling brew.

Taste is mighty tasty as well. Well balanced with plenty to offer on both ends of the spectrum. There is a definite hop attack at the beginning and finish, flavor then bitter while the malts are both sweet and toasty. The distinctive flavor of maris otter malt comes through nicely without being too overpowering. I think this is my favorite beer from Boulder I have had. Very easy to drink and does not taste or feel like a 6.5% beer. I would have no problem buying a sixer of Cold Hop were it available locally.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 05:39:45 | More by twiggamortis420
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2010 00:47:32 | More by tone77
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ZAP

Minnesota

4.58/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Interesting and enjoyable beer that reminds me of an ESB/English IPA/American IPA hybrid.

Some toffee and mineral water notes on the nose along with a nice fragrant hop aroma. Hops impart a floral impression first and then a bit of a sweeter citrus fruit note.

This is 6.5% but drinks like a mild almost. Never feels thin but very easy drinking. There is an underlying sweet toffee maltiness that complements the floral hoppiness perfectly. Not particularly bitter but there seems to be a small portion of west coast IPA style hops that lend a citrus note (think sweet mandarin oranges). The predominant hop feel though is english..perhaps east kent?....Then there is a unique hop taste that reminds me of something along the lines of Summit (the hop not the beer)...

Drinks like a 5.0 ABV beer....really slides down easily and with a lot of flavor....hard to keep this one in the glass.

A real interesting, tasty beer that will allows have a place in my refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2008 02:05:14 | More by ZAP
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champ103

Texas

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

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color. A one and a half finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Citrus hops with some bitterness in the nose. Mango and passion fruits. Some sweetness lingers. Smells pretty much like an American IPA.
T: Plenty of fruity hop flavors. Citrus, lemon, and passion fruits. A more substantial caramel sweetness than the nose.
M/D: A medium to full body. A nice crisp snap of carbonation that is very dry. Easy to drink. The alcohol is at the upper limits for the style, but I can still quaff a few.

Very enjoyable. I would not call this an English IPA though. There is some sweetness for balance, but the hops are distinctly American from what I can tell. Regardless, a good beer that I would recommend.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:04:32 | More by champ103
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Haybeerman

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lightly decanted. Patchy lacing.

S: Citrus and light herbal noble hops.

T: Earthy flavors and herbal hops consistent with smell. Citrus flavor not nearly as prominent; slightly sweet pale malt in the middle. A bit resiny that lingers a bit though a bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and silky to a nicie bitter finish.

D: Very flavorful and nicely balanced with pleasing complexity. Disguises the ABV well.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2009 00:43:45 | More by Haybeerman
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Durge

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper colored brew with a clumpy off-white head and good lacing. Smells of fruit nougat malt and sweet hops. The taste captures a sprucey hops with great slick body and a bit of alcohol. It's creamy but has a nice touch of subtle bitterness and some licorice at the finish. Quite drinkable and overall fairly sweet while keeping the hops happiness. Very nice. Don't miss trying this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 04:32:40 | More by Durge
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cjgator3

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 02:16:22 | More by cjgator3
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cokes

Wisconsin

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

Clouded brass hued under a dirtied white skimming of foam. Plenty of sticky lace adheres to the sides of the glass.
It noses of crushed flowers, wrought iron, sourdough dinner rolls, and spruce.
It enters the mouth with a floured dinner roll and hard biscuit sense of maltiness. An apricot fruitiness arises as the bready traits track towards sourdough. The hops come with a brisk and assertive bitterness culled from dried flower petals, metal, and pine bark. It puckers further on the swallow with a notion of minerals, and alum.
Medium, if not a bit plumper, in body with a moderate carbonation. It's plenty easy to drink in succession, as the concluding dryness begs to be slaked.
It's no showoff, but it is a perfectly pleasant English IPA.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 06:48:11 | More by cokes
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whartontallboy

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

01-16-2012 03:03:33 | More by whartontallboy
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 19:29:49 | More by puboflyons
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Brenden

Ohio

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rusty orange-red in color with a deep haze all the way through, this beer looks the part and more, showing a depth and substance in the form of a nice, tight, creamy but firm head over a finger tall with very nice retention. The lacing left behind falls in heavy drooping curtains all the way to the bottom of the glass.
The smell is pungent with floral and piney bitterness but with a bit of something like apricot almost leaning toward American. Malts are not quite crackery dry and not quite bready, more like bread crust but working well in this earthier brew. It has a bit of fruity sweetness to it but remains British nonetheless.
I look forward to trying this in the bottle; as it is, some is lost off the nose, including a bit of the fruitiness (though some remains). It's not that it goes anywhere; in the flavor, though, I get a lot more dryness and earthiness. The bitterness becomes more pithy, more akin to dandelion; not abrasive, but a little chalky and woody. Not harsh, but hard, for lack of a better way to describe it.
There's nothing wrong with the feel. It's moderately both crisp and smooth, with active but stable carbonation in a solid medium body.

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2012 19:13:47 | More by Brenden
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ArrogantB

Colorado

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

This beer was a transparent amber in color with a short tan head. The smell is hoppy and sweet. It has a really nice aroma. The taste is malty and hoppy at the same time, very nice balance. The hop flavor is slightly bitter and grassy. This is a pretty good beer! This is now my favorite Boulder Beer brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2007 15:35:26 | More by ArrogantB
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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