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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

430 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 430
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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brewmudgeon

Wisconsin

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

clear amber, good cap and some lace
floral hoppiness. sweet and earthy flowers. smells a bit like lagunitas ipa.
the sweet earthy flowers are up front in the taste and linger. mid-glass a citrusy quality develops on the sides.
barely medium body, low to moderate carbonation.
very nice. the aroma and flavor outweigh the moderate bitterness, but it's dangerously downable and can knock you flat on your back.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 20:27:08 | More by brewmudgeon
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 22:39:59 | More by Stinkypuss
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MarkSCCOT

South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this style for a longtime. Having been unable to score a bottle of Meantime IPA I was happy to see this in my local Total Wine.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no best by date into a pint glass.

A. Brilliant hazy yellow with a healthy head that rapidly dissipates and leaves wispy lacing.

S. The citrus hops were very apparent. Apricot, Tangelo, grapefruit. Hops much more bold than I was lead to expect from an English IPA. Some sweet bready malt noticeable.

T, Tastes great. Crisp hops without overwhelming the malt. Very much more balanced than the aroma lead me to expect. The malt is very evident in the finish.

M. Very smooth, Moderate to low carbonation but clean finish.

D. Very drinkable despite the 6.5% abv. This one could really sneak up on you. This is a good beer. Balanced yet still enough hops to satisfy the hardest hophead. I think I will explore more traditional English IPA's to see how the style holds up. I would really like to try this in a cask.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 02:36:33 | More by MarkSCCOT
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JayQue

Virginia

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

Very nice. Pours a light copper color with a good size white head. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells good, mostly caramel malts but some hops come through as well

Tastes good. Kind of a heavy duty English IPA (like a milder Brooklyn Monster). A good hops balance at the end. This is an English IPA with a kick. Very tasting and refreshing and would be a good transition to lure the uninitiated into the world of hoppy goodness. The hops enhance rather than overtake the English IPA qualities of this beer.

Mouthfeel is rich. Malts predominate. Hops complement. Very drinkable. A bit too much octane for a session beer, but it would be nice letting a few of these catch up with you. A nice American take on a British style.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2008 02:17:35 | More by JayQue
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stewart124

Ohio

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

The appearance of this beer is orange to yellow with a nice white head. The head seems to be quite sticky.

Smell is earthy and fruity with those noticable british malts and noble hops.

Taste is creamy and full with a nice hop bitterness in the background. There is a slightly sharp finish but still creamy and smooth. Hops pack more of a punch than I am used to for British-styles but it is an IPA. There are some grapefruit/citrus notes from the hops.

This is a nice beer and a nice American take on a British IPA. Creamy, full-bodied and slightly tart. Delicious

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 01:04:35 | More by stewart124
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sevopie

Colorado

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy golden with a thick off-white head.

Smell - Nice citric hop smell with a little caramel

Taste - Crisp hoppiness, muted by a fairly strong dose of bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Slick and smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Incredibly easy drinking for an IPA, I love when this one comes around.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2008 02:38:41 | More by sevopie
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's Pub & Grill, New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a light, clear copper-amber with a thin coating of carbonation which left a washed out film of lace.

S: Smells of toasted English malts and some dry, piny hops.

T: Taste is dry and bitter up front and evened by a bit of malt sweetness around mid palate. The flavors are not full and a little watered down tasting. Not bad, though.

M: Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and a little bitter.

D: I was kind of hoping for a more pronounced hop flavor out of this one, but was let down a tad. The drinkability is still pretty good because of then nice balance, and it flows smoothly.

A no hang-ups, no frills IPA with a bit of distinct English flavors. Dry and enjoyable, but not hoppy enough for me. It's decent and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2008 03:46:01 | More by Gambrinus1184
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argock

Virginia

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

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pleasant soft golden color with rust highlights. Even, sticky off-white, 1-2 finger head with lace speckling the glass.

S: Smells like grapefruit frosting -- strong citrus component with orange and grapefruit aromas followed by buttery, thicker malt scents.

T: Delicious blend of buttery sweet malitness and strong but not heavy floral, earthy, and citrus hops that are complex and an enjoyable mouthful.

M: Very thick feel that is lighter in the finish with low carbonation and pleasant soft citrus aftertaste.

D: Another strong effort from Boulder Brewing to stand right next to their other excellent Looking Glass brews.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2008 02:36:09 | More by argock
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bashiba

Iowa

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean copper color with a thick and full head, great retention and tons of lacing.

Smell had a clean and fresh hop smell, very floral with a touch of pepper and mint.

A nice and even english style IPA, very balanced toasted malt body with a crisp fresh hop finish, a bit spicy and a touch of juniper.

Mouthfeel has some nice carbonation but a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable IPA, I enjoyed it very much.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2008 23:08:36 | More by bashiba
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LunaChick

Pennsylvania

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

We tapped this last night. I was a little skeptical until the first sniff.
It pours a crystal orange with a substancial cream head which retains well. Lacing to the bottem of the glass. Aroma is very earthy--definately different from any IPA I've tried to date. Grassy, hop presence. Very crisp.
The flavor is like drinking mother earth--grassy, clean with some hints of orange. Backed by malt but definatley not as strong a malt character as others. Very light in the mouth, and while the hops are wonderful they don't leave they oily almost resin lingering in my mouth. The aftertaste is almost dry. I can definately tell the difference between this and more traditional American IPA's. I'm scoring the drinkability high on this one. Its much cleaner in the mouth with a 6.5 abv so several of these go down easily. I'm sad its such a limited release otherwise I'd roate it throughout the year.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2008 17:02:57 | More by LunaChick
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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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Blakaeris

Iowa

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden-amber in color with brilliant highlights. Head is initially full and lingers awhile.

Aroma is malty and fruity with a pleasant toasted quality. Hops are floral and pungent. Together they create an earthy biscuit character that is mild overall.

Taste is similar to the nose, but the toasted biscuit flavor is much more pronounced. Grainy with hints of leather, along with plenty of herbal tea. Finish is clean with a mild hop spice bite and a bit of a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

I enjoyed this American take on the British style. It is certainly more aggressively hopped; but it still maintains an overall balance and subtlety. The toasted malt character is full flavored. I would consider this an interesting session beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 21:28:40 | More by Blakaeris
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sleazo

New York

2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the light brown liquid's bubble cling to the bottom of the glass. A dense, two finger head sits steady atop the brew providing a nice view.

S_All of the odour hits you at once. The slightly sourness mingles with a very clean grassy hop essence.

T_Much different than the smell. The malt reigns supreme here in the starting point and at the end. Slightly sour but mostly caramel sweetness. The hops hit in the middle with their ever so slight grassiness. I would say this is more about the malt and the hops don't shine through like they should. The finish does manage to provide a nice generic bitterness.

M_Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation.

D_For some reason this is just not doing it for me. I like Boulder's other beers but this just seems too acidic and not hoppy enough for what it tries to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2008 04:47:32 | More by sleazo
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Cresant

Kentucky

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date on the label. The body was cloudy amber/honey colored. Some sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle. Minimal head faded to a small ring.

Smell was sweet maltiness. Perfumy. Hard candy. One does not guess that there will be a large amount of bitterness in the flavor.

Taste was acrid hops. Fruity, rich. Sweet but equally bitter, well balanced big flavors. Long bittering finish.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 15:47:16 | More by Cresant
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mattster

Texas

3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 22 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Forms low head of 1/2" that quickly dissipates to a layer of lace across top of light copper colored brew.

Smell is of sweet malts with a grassyness. Taste is also pretty grassy with bits of barnyard and light hops. A little stronger than other traditional IPAs that I've tried, but not bad.

Has a nice presence in mouth, although there is a bit of an aftertaste. Very drinkable.

All in all, nothing major, but not a bad brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2008 07:56:37 | More by mattster
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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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dsa7783

New Jersey

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

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in Long Island, NY...
A hefty pour resulted in a copper-amber, grainy hue with a modest head that left a decent amount of lacing...
Strong smell of hops, grains, caramel, and honey...
Raw, balanced, yet not-too-aggressive taste of hops and a mild assertion of caramel, vanilla, honey, and floral essences...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style and not the best beer I've sampled from this brewery, but a pleasing, strong representation nonetheless...
Good mouthfeel, with noticeable essences of hops and florals along with a very good level of drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors...
Good stuff from Boulder...
Worth a shot...

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 20:28:03 | More by dsa7783
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pmcadamis

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - This one is hazy, amber hued, coppery. The head is a massive three finger beast that gets rocky and pitted, but still manages to look fluffy. Butt-loads of sticky lace is left on the glass. This looks really promising.

S - Gritty hops come right out of the glass, and dirty hay and leaf notes abound. The malt component is primarily a sticky sweet honeycomb note. Nice.

T - Again, big time sweet honeycomb flavors support some really prevalent hops. The hops are oily, dank, and very much "northwestern" in character. Some pine aspects show themselves with warmth. Tasty!

M - Medium-light in body, with some prickly but mellow carbonation. The finish is slightly boozy and quite hoppy.

D - An above average pale ale. Due to the high levels of hops, this doesn't really seem all that English in character, but it's a really solid beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 05:06:36 | More by pmcadamis
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halfP1NT

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with lots of sediment. Thin, white head, left just a bit of very thin lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops with a hint of spice...maybe nutmeg?

Taste is an unusual malt backbone beneath a more familiar citrus hop flavor. I almost feel like there's two totally different flavors playing against each other, which isn't a bad thing.

Medium amount of carbonation, easy to drink. I think I'd like to give this one another try & make sure it's more recently bottled.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 11:23:22 | More by halfP1NT
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flexabull

California

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a faint head.

Aromas are yeasty, spicy, dusty, and with some faint citrus.

Taste is nice, some good hop flavors, citrus like and floral. Malts lend a creamy, sweet and earthy flavor. Finish is crisp. Nice tasty beer, that isn't overpowering at all.

Mouthfeel is good, full and smooth.

Drinkability is good as well. Not the prettiest beer to look at, but it tastes good, and would be a decent session choice.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2008 02:21:04 | More by flexabull
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ikats

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, amber in color with a white head full of small bubbles, that linger for some time and then subside to a substantial 1/8" cover. Sweet fruity aroma with earthy notes. Earthy taste, some sweetness, a bit of dryness and bitterness at the end. To me it seems slightly unbalanced, yet it is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:31:34 | More by ikats
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blakesell

Ohio

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours two fingers deep a clear golden amber. Porous carbonation, ample lacing. Dissipates slowly and splotchy on the sides of the glass to a thin wisp over the top of the beer.

Smell- A malty background of Maris Otter, hopped well with Cascade grapefruit goodness. None of that sulfur note that I sometimes smell on English style IPA.

Taste- Nice medium roast maltiness with a good noble hop backbone. Bittering hops are a little much on the palate with lingering bitterness. Grainy and drying on the tongue as well. For as many good things that I have heard about this beer, I don't really know where they are based.

Mouthfeel- Drying and medium bodied, Highly carbonated and a bit of motor oil slickness on the swallow. The hops are too astringent for my tastes. Not warming.

Drinkability- Medium drinkability overall as well on this beer. Not memorable by any stretch of the imagination. Give me an English English IPA any day. The American imitation just isn't cutting the mustard.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 15:32:28 | More by blakesell
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - pours a hazy orange-gold. Two fingers of head quickly spring up and show some fight before reducing back to a thin cover. Sticky lacing leaves wavy patterns around the glass.

Aroma - like fresh pink grapefruit juice.

Taste - decent grain front side, a touch of biscuit and caramel. More pink grapefruit, though not near as syrupy sweet as the fruit. The flavor is juicy but the bitter has teeth. Instantly drying, the swallow and finish keep the bitterness going without getting medicinal. One of the hoppiest English style beers I've tasted. I'd be doubly impressed if this was *made* across the pond.

Mouthfeel - a light oily smoothness, level body, slightly uppity carbonation.

Drinkability - a very nice IPA for sessioning. The bitterness doesn't overwhelm but doesn't let up either.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2008 05:35:51 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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SPLITGRIN

Kentucky

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

Body pours to a honey orange amber hosting a inch and a half of fuzzy light tan head with nice staying power. Leaves slight scattered lace. Hops on the nose are very creamy and slightly piney with a sweet tart candy like buzz. Enters the mouth with sharp tangy grassy hop presence. The hop feel is very woodsy and raw leafy like. a different experience hop wise as this beer is very green. Makes me want to hug a tree. There is a bit of balance mid palate with some malt presence. A bit of citrus does come through as the beer warms. Nicely drinkable with a unique hop feel. Mouthfeel has a welcomed hop bitter thickness.

Serving type: bottle

02-29-2008 15:32:54 | More by SPLITGRIN
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2008 00:47:31 | More by beerthulhu
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.