Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
I picked this one up as soon as I saw the label. I love the other "Looking Glass" beers from Boulder that I've tried (Mojo and Hazed & Infused), so I figured this one would be good. The label says "British-style ale." Let's see how British it is.
Poured from an attractively-labeled bottle into a big weizen glass with medium off-white head. Head lingered for a few sips before settling into a thin layer, leaving pretty good lacing along the way. Nice golden color.
Smells fresh and hoppy, but not as citrusy as some other IPAs. Maybe Boulder really did back off the super-citrus American hops from their other pales. Can't wait to try this.
The taste is...excellent. Strong, pine hops are immediately present, but earthy malts come through to balance them out nicely. As the smell indicates, the hops aren't overly citrusy -- this must be the "British-style" coming through. Alcohol is clearly present, but not off-putting. I'm guessing this is around the 6.5% mark, but it isn't listed.
Overall, this is a fantastic beer. It's balanced perfectly, but gives a good hop blast for the hop-heads. Doesn't have the sweet, heavy aftertaste of some IPAs, making it a great session beer. Can't wait to drink the other five.
09-12-2007 02:33:03 | More by Purposive
4.43/5 rDev +16.3%
Pours a nice copper colour with a decent sized frothy head that has moderate retention time and a fair amount of stickiness to it.
The aroma is hoppy, dirty. Hops are a bit pine-like and there's some citrus sweetness way in the back mixed with a hint of caramel malt. I also picked up a bit of rye for some reason as well.
The flavour hits on all aspects of the aroma. It is again hoppy and dirty all around. There's a bit of pine and citrus hop flavour in the middle and toward the finish that blends well with the overall harshness of flavour here. Caramel comes in at the finish of each sip for a nice sweet flavour blend. Again, I still picked up some rye. Is it actually in here? Who knows, but my tastebuds seem to think so. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a nice amount of carbonation. A refreshing crisp beer.
This one is nice all around. I wanted to not like it for some reason after the first few sips, but it grew on me, and fast. Flavour just gushes all over the place and there are no real flaws to be found. An easy recommendation.
09-10-2007 03:54:52 | More by SixpointJMH
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
Appearance: Huh. Look at that. Pours a clear, orange body with a wispy, bubbly white head.
Smell: Toffee malts with a handful of white pepper and zesty, citric grapefruit.
Taste: The taste of toffee, though with very little sweetness. The bulk of the taste is of tart, tangy grapefruit with plenty of bitterness. Finish is dry, bitter, but somewhat quick.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Doesn't really remind me of anything British. Shows what I know, I guess.
09-09-2007 20:22:58 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.5/5 rDev -8.1%
Pours a clear golden-copper hue with a thin cream colored head. There is some lacing, but only near the top of the glass.
The aroma is sweet florals, caramel, and grain. Not bad, but it seems to fade over time.
The flavor is somewhere between an English and an American IPA. Definitely sweeter than an American version, yet not quite as earthy as an English one. I get some of the floral hops, a bit of grass, caramel, sour molasses, and yeast. The yeasty bit at the end isn't a good way to finish up a decent beer.
Medium bodied with lighter than average carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly dry with a touch of bitterness. Not a bad beer, overall. But I think these two styles should be left to their own merits and not combined.
09-07-2007 16:05:03 | More by Imstillthegman
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Boulder- Cold Hop
Appearance- Light copper with a thick meringue head.
Smell- Smokey pine and malt.
Taste- Smooth creamy malt with smokey/ woodsy pine hop flavor.
Mouthfeel- Smooth with low carbonation (flatter feel) and a light dry bitter finish.
Overall- Not bad. Easily drank a 6er of this and would do so again.
09-04-2007 20:45:02 | More by NJpadreFan
District of Columbia
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
mildly hazy copperish color with an off white head that leaves a lacy lace. well balanced smell with a nice hop/malt/yeast character. piney and bready. maybe a little fruity. i could wax poetic about how this isn't all it's cracked up to be, but truthfully, i taste traditional english and typical coloradoan flavors. not over the top, but certainly above average for a beer that isn't trying to push the limits. medium body and mildly creamy mouthfeel. easy easy drink and great with a sharp cheese or spicy food. this one was a gift from a friend that took a trip to colorado and was kind enough to bring back some flavor for the geographically tied down ilk. thanks bob! hey now!!!
09-03-2007 03:05:20 | More by timtim
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
09-02-2007 06:21:03 | More by dedrinker
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
08-25-2007 04:28:40 | More by Bighuge
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
08-24-2007 17:46:07 | More by WaveRebel51
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
08-24-2007 06:45:47 | More by roller
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
08-24-2007 01:09:25 | More by crookedhalo
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
08-23-2007 14:09:50 | More by hunteraw
3.85/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-19-2007 18:14:01 | More by RedChrome
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
08-17-2007 13:42:57 | More by merlin48
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
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!
08-17-2007 12:29:07 | More by OWSLEY069
4/5 rDev +5%
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.
08-11-2007 00:25:31 | More by Mdog
3.73/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
08-09-2007 20:02:20 | More by Duster72
2.83/5 rDev -25.7%
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.
08-02-2007 03:21:37 | More by Beaver13
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
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 Im 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. Theres 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.
07-30-2007 05:13:06 | More by LeftyBWS
3.95/5 rDev +3.7%
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
07-28-2007 04:08:05 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +5%
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
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
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
4/5 rDev +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.
07-23-2007 21:43:31 | More by oberon
3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
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.
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.
07-06-2007 02:18:17 | More by bluegrassbrew
3.98/5 rDev +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.
07-02-2007 14:16:19 | More by zeff80
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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