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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

431 Ratings
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Ratings: 431
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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dedrinker

Kansas

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, a nod to the English with an American twist; or so says the bottle. What this usually translates into is nowhere near the malt or yeast complex subtlety of an English ale with far fewer hops than American hop-headed geeks want. Great. A middle of the road beer. Trying to bridge the gap between two sides only to find they've built a fence, not a bridge. But it's not bad. It tilts more to the American than the English side of things here. It has a nice balance of malts and hops, but the hops do get out front. It has a nice soft mouth feel, and there is some malty depth after all. Yes, I will recommend it, but only to the curious, or those that feel they have to try them all for fear of missing out on "the one." Which this one isn't by the way. If you are a fan of either side of the Atlantic in particular, this one won't have you buying a plane ticket to the other side any time soon.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2007 06:21:03 | More by dedrinker
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2007 04:28:40 | More by Bighuge
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WaveRebel51

Nebraska

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Starts out with an orange-like hue. The piney, floral aroma of hops dominates. Again, with the taste, you get a lot of piney, floral, citrusy hops, but with a nice malt balance at the back end. Going by the aroma, you would think that the hops would dominate but this beer is pretty balanced out by the malts on the back end. It is very drinkable but beware I'm not sure of the abv, but this does pack quite a kick.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 17:46:07 | More by WaveRebel51
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roller

Florida

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 06:45:47 | More by roller
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crookedhalo

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours up a clear light-copper color with a thick off-white head. Good retention and stickage in the nonick. Aromas of caramel malts, grassy hops and a good overall cereal aspect to it. I'm not entirely sure where the monicker "cold" comes into play, but this is a good interpretation of an American-brewed English IPA. It has a healthy dosage of 2-row malt paired with a decent hop bitterness that is by any strech over-the-top. It's hop character is subtle and complementary to the malt sweetness. A lightly lingering astringency is the predominant indicator of hops. Otherwise, it is just mostly malty sweetness with a light minerally background. Carbonation is mostly light and subtle, spot-on for the style they're going for. It may sound strange, but if I were to reproduce this beer, I'd go for a bit less west coast hop addition and up the American-cloned Euro low-alpha content. A nice beer, just my 2 shillings.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 01:09:25 | More by crookedhalo
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hunteraw

China

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

Split a bomber with a friend.

Appearance: Deep amber in color, clear, good sized head. Some lace.

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit, with some hibiscus. Juicy.

Taste: Slightly reminiscent of Mexican agua de jamaica in its floral hop character. Grapefruit finish - not what I was expecting in an English IPA - better than I was expecting, in fact, although not sure how true to style that makes it. Some English yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2007 14:09:50 | More by hunteraw
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RedChrome

Connecticut

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light haze to the orange colored liquid. Half an inch high creamy off-white head shrank over the course of a minute. A handful of meandering carbonation bubbles. Ribbon lacing.

A very sweet initial aroma upfront. Scents are very reminiscent of fresh brewed tea. Alcohol presence in the back blends with a slight hops bittering.

Malt aromas carry over to the flavors, and abound with sweet tastes. A roasted caramel coasts a very light pine presence. Hints of citrus also fade in and out with additional sips.

Average feel to the consistency of this beer. A very light carbonation tingles the entirety of the sip.

A decent beer. This is a great choice for a plate of bangers and mash. A very nice interpretation of the style. A hearty cheers to the boys and girls at Boulder.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2007 18:14:01 | More by RedChrome
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merlin48

Kentucky

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

22 oz bottle, 7th in the Looking Glass series. Pours a hazy orange body with a one inch offwhite head. Some attractive patchy lacing. Aroma is malty toffee and caramel,floral and earthy hops, and some red apple esters. Medium body with prickly carbonation. Taste begins with toffee and caramel but the maltiness is quickly eclipsed by the bitter hops. Earthy, floral, even citrus notes edge into the hop profile. Well balanced, overall. Interesting, tasty, and quite drinkable, but definitely a style bender.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2007 13:42:57 | More by merlin48
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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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Mdog

Minnesota

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

Appearance: Clear amber with good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly hops, floral and grassy.

Taste: Yes! No tea-like bitterness, just a nice balance of sweetness and grassy hops.

Drinkability: Doesn't feel too strong, could be a nice starter beer for an evening.

Hey, I found an "English" beer that I like, but it comes from Colorado. Many of the English beers I've had have a metal or tea-like bitterness that I dislike. This doesn't, so good for it. A nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 00:25:31 | More by Mdog
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Duster72

Indiana

3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber pours a clear copper color with a big two finger head. Aroma is sweet orange with some definite floral/pine. Taste is sweet malts followed by mild bitter hops that mirror the aroma. Stronger than your typical English bitter, but milder than an American IPA. Nice to drink one, but not a session candidate for me. Nice beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2007 20:02:20 | More by Duster72
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper-orange with a white head that quickly dissipates to a thin film.

The aroma is fruity melon and metallic hops with a little pine. Some skunky notes come out on the second pour.

The flavor is caramel malt with a fruity (melon) and pine hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with low carbonation.

Overall, it tastes more like a subdued American IPA or Pale Ale than anything British. I was expecting more of something like Odell's old Cutthroat Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2007 03:21:37 | More by Beaver13
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LeftyBWS

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. brown bomber with no freshness/date markings.
A: Nice lighter orangey-amber color, with an inch of creamy head that recedes and leaves a good ring of lace throughout. I expected something a little lighter in color, possibly a darkish golden/straw color, and I’m pleasantly surprised by this appearance. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.
S: Quite hoppy and bitter. Kinda grassy and floral, with hints of pine. All in all, a strong smell of vegetation. There’s some sweetness detectable, too.
T: Slightly bitter at first, which was expected. However, the predominant taste after that is just a smooth hoppiness that is almost creamy. I can definitely taste the floral hops that were so prevalent in the smell. The aftertaste seems to just fade away, though, and it seems as though it could do a bit more. The overall taste is very pleasant and not as harshly hoppy as I thought it would be, but it does seem to be missing something.
M: Crisp and mildly refreshing, considering its hop level. Smooth in the aftertaste, despite the bitterness up front.
D: Pretty good. Even after this 22 oz. bottle, I feel like I could drink more of this beer. I will drink this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2007 05:13:06 | More by LeftyBWS
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Citiric hops & not much else

T: Lemony & grapefruitty hops up front. Biscuitty malt & a little caramel follows as this warms. Finsishes crisp, hoppy & dry

MF: Medium-bodied with moderate carbonation, skews a tad hoppy for my taste balance-wise

Drinks pretty easy, don't recall too many english IPAs this hoppy when I was sampling there from 88-93. Hop heads could enjoy this as a session ale easily

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 04:08:05 | More by russpowell
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

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...

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2007 05:36:11 | More by feloniousmonk
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2007 22:53:35 | More by ppoitras
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oberon

North Carolina

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

Poured into an impy pint glass a clear rich golden with a swirling tight one finger head that held good retention,milder English aromas quite floral and minty with a hint of toasty sweetness.Full on English malt and hop flavors starting out slightly toasted and biscuity with a noticeable caramel sweetness even a hard water-like note,the minty "green" hops come thru and linger nicely a bit of American grapefruit comes thru as you drink more as well.A nice quaffer it says high gravity on the label I would like to know how "big" it is,a nice beer just dont expect a big American hop smack.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2007 21:43:31 | More by oberon
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bluegrassbrew

Georgia

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear brownish amber with a nice white marshmallowy head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit subtle. Light, yet sharp hops and some sweet malt.

Tastes is pale English malt and some florally hops. Not nearly as bold as the American version of IPA.

Well balanced.

Overall, a tasty, easy drinking IPA. Much more than an English Pale Ale, but much less than an American IPA. Worth a try for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2007 02:18:17 | More by bluegrassbrew
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zeff80

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left some small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and hoppy.

T - It tasted of toasted malt. The hops were very mild.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Nice mild hop flavor. It seemed very true to the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2007 14:16:19 | More by zeff80
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ElGordo

Oregon

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

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a bright golden orange hue, topped by a quickly dissipating thin ring of stark white head. Aroma of lightly sweet British malt and mild fruity hops. Palate is nice and mellow - British malt and a light hop character are very well-balanced. The finish is smooth and mildly sweet. A velvety, slightly rich mouthfeel is just about perfect for an English pub ale. Not necessarily what I would call an IPA (American, English, or otherwise), but a tasty ale nevertheless.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2007 07:18:06 | More by ElGordo
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

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

Picked this up at Downtown Wines and Spirits in Somerville after the American Beer Festival. This was one of the beers that I sampled there, and like other Boulder brews, I found this to be quite enjoyable and a change from offferings that are brewed here in the northeast. Thankfully, I was able to buy some for home and get a better taste of this!

This had a nice pour to it - an English style red hue with a pretty decent head on top of it. The lacing was alright, but the hop aroma wasn't that overpowering. Instead, it was very soothing up front, and the bitterness didn't kick in until the back. The taste was that of a soapy and floral type - like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but not buttery like that aforementioned beer. Instead of being strong, this had a very warming and soothing effect to it, a great example of a well-balanced beer, for the senses!

The alcohol could hardly be detected here, but those who've had some of the other beers in the "Looking Glass" series will notice a similar aftertaste here. No matter, Boulder has an easily drinkable winner her, and I look forward to seeing it for sale here in New Jersey. At least I got to enjoy this out of a big bottle!

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 07:10:33 | More by JerzDevl2000
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stevemcqueenjr

California

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 03:15:43 | More by stevemcqueenjr
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Brent

Kentucky

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

Overall, this seemed just a notch shy of enough hops to qualify as an IPA, but the flavor profile was nicely complex. Hops had an earthy, leafy flavor that complemented the mineral note in the malt. Nice, sharp bite at the finish - overall the beer carried off the English slant quite well, and would be a good beer to have with a meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2007 14:40:36 | More by Brent
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BenZ

Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 03:29:02 | More by BenZ
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WesWes

New York

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2007 01:03:03 | More by WesWes
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 431 ratings.