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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

443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007)
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Photo of plaid75
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured light grapefruit and apricot aromas with a soft sweet grain.

The taste was very well balanced and soft around the edges. A light citrus hop melted perfectly into the light doughiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very good and very well balanced ale. Highly drinkable.

plaid75, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Purposive
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Purposive, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a six pack of this at Northridge in Laramie, WY. About $7.

A: Poured a nice orange/gold color, slightly hazy and with an off white head about half an inch thick that reduced down to a film with some clumps of loose lacing on the edge.

S: big time earthy hop character, nice caramel, candy sugar aspect too, quite sweet underneath the initial hop bite, hops are quite piney, and earthy. very aromatic.

T: earthy hops really take over the whole mouth on this one, nice caramel sweetness underneath, but the hops dominate this one, excellent bitterness. lots of earthy undertones. this one is tasty.

M: pretty thin, nice carbonation, and a relatively clean finish, a little lingering bitterness.

D: this is a great session beer, smooth, and tasty, and really goes down easy, another great beer from Boulder.

pokesbeerdude, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a foggy orange amber. Nose is very piney hops with that sweet character to it. Flavor is very hopped, but in a noticeably English style. I feel like it purposefully subdues itself and never gets out of hand, as many American versions of the style might. The hops present themselves and then an earthy bitter tone hits you. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it. The liquid is thick, though it gives a thick, slick, and syrupy texture on the mouth. Overall very good. Definitely one for the hop heads and possibly one for the real ale folks out there too.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of spike882
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

spike882, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

Bitterbill, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of vette2006c5r
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber color with very small head, no lacing. It fortinalty taste and smells the same. A nice hoppy bite, but not overpowering. Finishs very smooth, and has a very dry flavor. Overall a great beer very enjoayble, very surprised, never heard of this comapny before.

vette2006c5r, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap -> pint

Pours an oranged copper with a smallish white head that leaves some light rings of lace. Carbonation appears medium-high.

Nose: Piney hops, some sweet caramels

Crisp medium body. A nice combination of sweet caramel malts and fruity hops. Medium lingering bitterness finishes clean. As the pint warmed the fruity hops took hold and stood up with pineapple and some peach like flavors.

I really good ipa that seems more american than british. The pub had this labeled as a 'strong ale', which i new was wrong, but i wouldn't of tabbed this of the british style. I really enjoyed this brew.

beerphan, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of WaveRebel51
4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

WaveRebel51, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of Stigs
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - 1 finger of offwhite/cream colored foam, leaves impressive lacing on its somewhat quick departure. kind of a generic but clean...hazy light gold color.

S - very impressive floral hops, all the yummy pine, grass, and grapefruits poke in at times. actually making my mouth water. well done here.

T - more of the floral, but somewhat subdued. tangy malts help carry the pretty pleasant hop profiles.

M - somewhat watery, but nicely carbonated.

D - only had one wanted more. could be dangerous at 6.5, as i could have no problems putting a big dent in a six pack of this.

Stigs, Nov 07, 2009
Photo of neonbrown82
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I have enjoyed everything by Boulder that I've had, but I typically don't care much for English "inspired" American beers. This one was great, however.

The beer looks great. Light golden with a slight ruby hue. Has a light cloudy haze, but mostly clear. A good amount of tight-knit fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is apparent, but not over the top.

The smell is good. Definitely has that toasted biscuit, nutty, caramelized English malt flavor, but the hops smell distinctly American. Quite well balanced between malt and hops. Usually with such fruity, floral hops aromas the malt tends to take backseat. By that same token, many English inspired American beers tend to over-emphasize the malt, but this beer really does a great job at achieving a happy medium.

The taste is every bit as good as I was expecting from the nose, and better yet. The toasted caramel and nutty maltiness hit up front, followed by a slight bitterness with a very smooth floral and fruity hops flavor. Still a great balance. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a fairly sharp hit of carbonation. The body isn't as syrupy as many English inspired beers often tend to be. Very easy to drink.

One thing I would have liked to see is maybe a little more of a spicy, grassy hop flavor with a slightly lighter bitterness for more of an English style. On the other hand, I really liked this beer as it was, so why fix what isn't broken? Final verdict: Hazed & Infused with English malts.

neonbrown82, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of scoob8000
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

scoob8000, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange/gold with a big white foamy head on top. Retention is a little weak, but the lacing that sticks is all over the place. Smells of malts, breads, and sweet floral hops.

Light mouth on this one, but oh so creamy. This is a very smooth beer. Big biscuit malty sweetness in this beer. Finishes with just enough of a hop smack on the end, but nothing overpowering or harsh. This is one of the sweeter EIPAs I've had, but I like it alot. Recommend.

Onenote81, May 14, 2009
Photo of arizcards
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber back in late August from AJ's for $3.79.

Beer poured an orange color with a 2 finger white head that is leaving a nice lacing behind. Nose is somewhat biscuity with hints of citrusy hops. Initial taste was very much an American PA, a blend of biscuity malted barley with west coast hops providing a nice citrus finish. A twist was that I caught some orange in the initial sips. Subsequent sips suggest the hints of UK hopping influence as apple is present as I progress thru the bomber. Mouthfeel is quite nice, almost a full bodied beer for the style. Overall drinkability is very good. This is a very well balanced beer that is very easy to drink!

arizcards, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of Reagan1984
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A translucent orange/amber color....just slightly darker than dark gold... No visible carbonation. Thick fluffy white head that had large bubbles and starts to fade almost immediately.. But in the end, it shows some really nice retention.

Aroma is malty first, then a bit floral.. After this you get quite a bit of earthiness and some sweetness. O.K., maybe the earthiness comes first as I continue to enjoy the bottle.

Nice beer. The balance is quite evident. Really does taste like a British beer. Kudos on that. The flavor has a lot of nice flavors happening and is quite deep. Some caramel sweetness, behind a great fruity flavor. You get a burst of grapefruit, but also get some sweeter fruits as well. At the same time, you get a nice malt flavor and some cracker/bread notes.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is very light as the style dictates. Drinkability is wonderful. I wish the British used fresh hops like this...

This is my favorite Boulder Beer. BRILLIANT!!

Reagan1984, Nov 02, 2008
Photo of brentk56
4.26/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear lighter amber color with a one finger head that leaves plenty of squiggles of lace

Smell: One of the most unusual aromas I have encountered from an IPA - I am picking up some of the vinous elements of the Nelson Sauvin hops but there is a grassy aspect as well; toffee malt galore underneath

Taste: Cookie dough and honey malt flavors that layer underneath the vinous, grassy and citrusy flavors that arrive by mid-palate; after the swallow the malt and hop flavors balance each other out

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I just wasn't expecting a beer as interesting as this; just love the balance, with the sweeter elements (that I normally would eschew) really complementing an unusual blend of hop flavors

brentk56, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of BeerCon5
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

BeerCon5, Aug 25, 2014
Photo of slay
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

slay, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of sevopie
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

sevopie, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of MrBuckHigh
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

MrBuckHigh, May 01, 2014
Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

08/07/2014 Nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This really has me wondering why I slammed this the first time through. It is, in fact, a very nice ale. The Nitro lends a creaminess that sets it a notch above other iterations.

03/04/14 On tap. Very nice stuff. This shows how a well behaved member of the hop family of brews can please and I am very pleased. Wonderful balance. Smells hoppier than it tastes. Good cold. Doesn't look like I'll get try it at room temp. At 6.5% this should be monitored carefully as it very deceptive & delicious.

***Note: Not sure why I dis'sed the nitro experience last year (see below). It may be that the nitro addition of more fizz let the temperature raise & open up too much hoppiness. Note the mention of "good cold". I tend to forgive the author as he's usually drinking on the job. Jul'14

08/20/13 On nitro tap. Let me start by saying that I'm not a hops fan, but this is beer reinforce that. This is the first time I've ever truly regret not having had a taste first. I've spent the money & will drink it down, as not to fret the bar, but this should have a warning label. IMO this is way off base & I see the Rate Beer give it an 88 rating? A jaundiced view, no doubt.

seedyone, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of TastyDelicousness
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

TastyDelicousness, Apr 16, 2013
Photo of CaptainKev
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

CaptainKev, May 27, 2014
Photo of PatGreer
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

PatGreer, May 10, 2014
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.