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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86
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 460
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Photo of Tballz420
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a deep gold color, nice sized cream colored head on the top. Nice floral scent, some buttery tones. Buttery malt taste, backed by the distinct bolder brewery hop flavor. Think of an english pale ale, with the standard bolder beer company hop mix. Full, creamy mouth. Good lace left on the glass. Very tasteful, very drinkable. Check it out. (350 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extreme haze orange body, topped by a very creamy three fingers of whipped froth. Good dripping lace.

Strong and delighful nose is a mix of citrus fruit and fresh bread.

Smooth semi-sweet beginning fills the mouth. Earthy and fruity hops build gracefully smooth. Juicy. Orange bits in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is both light and full, a difficult combo to pull off, and properly express. Excellent sessionablity.

A fine all occasion beer from Boulder. (456 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice frothy white head tops this brew as I pour it into my pint. I like the creamy white head, but am turned off by the color. This beer looks a bit too light for an English IPA. The carbonation seems a bit too intense as well. The good thing is that the aroma knocks me out. Beautiful maltiness with strong, earthy hops. The malty aroma is almost bready in nature. The hops smell earthy and floral, however there is a faint citrus aroma. The flavor of this beer is pretty rock solid as well. You definitely get a strong biscut-bready malt flavor that is reminiscent of a good English ale. The hops are there, but not in full force. To me this beer seems a bit more pale aleish than IPA. I do like the maltiness quite a bit however. The mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Maybe a little to carbonated for this style.

Overall, a pretty damn good beer. Definitely quite sessionable. The strong points are the flavorful malts and the quintessential English ale aromas. The low points are the slight lack of hops and the overcarbonation. I would love to find this beer on cask somewhere. In the meantime, I will definitely be buying more of this. It may be one of the more complex easy drinking beers I've had in recent times. (1,219 characters)

Photo of zhooker
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tap, to growler, poured into a 12oz mug. Pours golden and very hazy. A finger's worth of head builds and dissipates. Not much lacing as the mug empties.

The aroma is hoppy, but it is a very floral and fruity hoppiness -- not searingly 'green' or bitter. Reminds me of chamomile, lavender, and pear.

Mild, sweet, and fruity on the tongue. The malts are toned down, and the hops do all the talking. However, much like the smell, its not a pronounced hoppiness. The first few sips seem more along the lines of a softer pale ale, but the hops do eventually catch up with you, and their bitterness builds on the back of your tongue. This is not at all an offensive bitterness -- it's very agreeable, well balanced and sweet-ish. Still, over the course of the mug, some of the earlier floral and fruit notes were lost to this bitterness.

This has a pretty average mouthfeel. Crisp enough to please on a hot day, but with enough body to give you something to think about. The hops rile your tongue and cheeks a bit, and I am guessing that the carbonation from a standard shelf-bought bottle might intensify this. From tap to growler to mug I had no complaints though.

This is a pretty good beer, and I look forward to the rest of my growler. It may go without saying, but I would not recommend it to anyone leery or weary of hops. It tempers its hoppiness well, but a whole glass would be a lot to take for those hop-averse. (1,426 characters)

Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a significantly lighter than I was expecting, golden color, crystal clear, no sediment, with a 2 finger, fluffy head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on its way down.

S- Very nice hopiness with notes of sweetened grapefruit, light pine, caramel malt, also some biscuit notes. Nice balance.

T- Starts off very creamy with notes of caramel, mineral dryness, dry grapefruit, peach, balanced hopiness, then moves to a dry mineral finish. Almost a 4.5

M- Nice low carb and nice notes dry hoppy notes on the palette finish.

D- What a tasty brew. I will definitely drink this again. It's not really sessionable but rather something I could have after a day of work. (677 characters)

Photo of mdmako
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden brown with a nice head that has little retention. Some lacing left though. Clear yet amber.

S - A rather malty smell yet excellently balanced with a strong hop aroma. A deep bold smell that makes the beer seem darker and thicker than it is.

T - A delicious malt taste overwhelms the initial hoppy sensation once you begin to swallow. A rich carmel/coffee after taste is present but the other flavors linger to compliment this taste nicely.

M - A medium consistency typical of an ale. Suprisingly smooth for all the deep flavor added.

D - An excellent beer that grows on you quite quickly. The hops flavor seems to creep up on you also as it is very nicely balanced by the malty flavors. (703 characters)

Photo of rowew
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 oz bomber, Label is similar to that of the other BB looking glass series. Description of the beer and the history. No ABV or freshness dating.

Appearance: Pours a clear reddish amber color with a nice frothy head, good retention and lacing.

Smell: Fruit and pine from the hops, and a malt undertone that smells decidely British.

Taste: Smooth medium body, lowish carbonation. Nice and malt at the start - and then the hops come on. A bit more floral than expected from the aroma.

Overall impression: Very nicely balanced - I had this at the brewpub a few days back with fish and chips, and it worked great. I look forward to this in six packs later in the year. (690 characters)

Photo of znichols
4.14/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- This beer has a gold/light amber color to it. Very clear with no sediment. Tight little white head. Ok lacing. Looks decent.

S- Smells like...well...marijuana. Honestly, i get dank herbal and slightly citrusy notes. Theres just a touch of sweet malt in there as well. Very nice aroma.

T- Very good. Sweet up front. The middle is filled with juicy, refreshing citrusy, grassy hop flavor. It finishes with a kind of honey sweetness and a lingering hop flavor. Really nice.

M-Lighter bodied and somewhat oily. Pretty highly carbonated but it lightens this up nicely. Pretty good mouthfeel in relation to the flavors.

O- Wow. Didn't expect to like this beer as much as i do. I would almost say it tastes like a hop-flavor forward, juicy APA to me. Not sure exactly what they mean by "british style ale," but if you like pretty sessionable, herbal/citrus hoppy pale ales, seek this one out. (892 characters)

Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter amber color with a thick and frothy white head that retains well and leaves awesome lacing, this one is a real looker. The aroma has some classic british hop characteristics of flora, mint, mineral, and earthiness, along with some biscuit, honey, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor also starts off with a European hops blast with notes of mint, flora, pine and grass, along with some biscuit, bread dough, toffee, caramel, fruity esters, and a bit of an alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is bordering on oily but isn't unpleasant, and drinkability is quite good. I really dug this beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of English IPAs...the intriguing blend of hops really adds a nice complexity (they used british, american and noble hops). (762 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (804 characters)

Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a 2-finger off-white fluffy head. Good rings of lacing. Some very fine bubbles rising.

S: Citrus hops -- mainly grapefruit but with a hint of orange -- are dominant, but not in-your-face like bigger IPAs or DIPAs.

T: Good balance between malt and American-type ho flavors -- grapefruit, mainly, but with a lingering bitterness that calls to mind more pine or lemon. As it warms it gets fruitier and reminds me of Saranac Pale Ale in some ways -- not surprising, given that Saranac calls its Pale Ale an English Pale Ale and this bottle labels it as "British-style ale." Must be some ingredients in common there.

M: Slightly prickly carbonation. Body is on the lighter side of medium

D: Very good. I finished about 2/3 of the bomber in about 25 minutes, decided I'd better slow down with the rest of it. But if I hadn't made that conscious effort, it would've been gone in no time.

Notes: This is the second solid offering in a row from Boulder. I also enjoyed their Never Summer Ale a few weeks back. If I lived in Colorado, this would make the perfect "house beer" -- it's flavorful, but not over-the-top strong in any way (e.g., hops, alcohol). It's a little pricey here to be a "house beer" but this would be a solid offering to regularly have on hand. Check it out. (1,367 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of dankster
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Taken from notes in october 2011.

A- deep clear brown with two finger white head.

S- malts up front and hops in the back. very classic english.

T-fuggle and goldings take the main stage here. malt is very solid backround

M- clean and session able

O- This beer is my personal fav from boulder beer. I wish they would make this year round. (342 characters)

Photo of danielharper
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dingy red body, very hazy with suspended yeast, with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very malty, serious grains, with a very aromatic hop bite. Strong with caramel.

Taste: Very bready, grainy. Slightly sweet, hints of apples and with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and malty, moderate-to-heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: A good beer, solid and easy to drink, but doesn't really overwhelm the senses. (428 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass
Golden-amber in color with a nice, frothy head
Aroma-Very aromatic fruity herbal hops with a slightly malty nose
Taste- Initial onrush of herbal, almost citrussy hops, then a pleasant, malty, mineral earthyness that seems to strike a nice balance. Very interesting flavor with a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.
Overall, a very interesting, flavorful brew. (395 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber in color, with a big foamy head and rich, detailed lace. Impressive!

Aroma is strong on the citrus side (specifically grapefruit). Seems fresh, and really appealing.

Taste is bitter and citrus. A little sour, even. Cold Hop is definitely bold and hop-forward, yet not the usual IPA, as there's a strong malt character than tones down the bitter qualities well and soothes the tongue.

Very tasty, and a recommendable winner! (439 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasty brew! Deep amber-almost copper-colored body. Very creamy off-white head with lots of sticky lace. Caramelish malt and grassy/ leafy/floral/earthy hops in the nose. Bright and fresh! Apple-like fruitiness comes through in the flavor, and there's a hint of pear as well. Caramel maltiness and floral, leafy, and grassy hops are, of course, present as well. This beer tastes like East Kent Goldings! I think this would pair nicely with a creamy, buttery triple cream cheese and some crusty bread, or perhaps some greasy fish and chips. And, although it wouldn't quite cut the mustard, I'd like to see it thrown up against a wedge of Colston Bassett Stilton. The bitterness is solid but not daunting, and it simply anchors the maltiness. It finishes fairly quickly, going out just as it came in. A really nice English style ale that's superbly drinkable. Well done! (867 characters)

Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by dec 09/09

pours copper gold with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is faint but what i do pick up is carmel malts fruit

taste is great - its mojo with more malts or better balance - big tropical fruit along side the sweet carmel malts - only bad thing would be no bitterness to this beer

mouthfeel is nice and light with decent carbonation

drinkability is great and i see my sixer not lasting long (424 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (336 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazed copper and orange tinted amber with great cap of dense white nitro froth. Scent is a nice mix of fresh hops ranging from earthy, spicy and grassy British notes to fruity and floral American varieties. Taste is quite big on the hop notes... quite unexpected. Big juicy fruit notes ranging from orange to apple and pear. Strong but not overly aggressive malting that ranges from clean to lightly caramel and nutty. Even with the nitro, this was immensely hoppy without being overly bitter. Smooth, creamy medium body from the nitro pour, hops linger on the tongue. Overall it was unexpectedly bold and flavorful, only that aggressiveness was a touch too much at times as some subtelty would have been appreciated over the course of a pint. (751 characters)

Photo of Grandwazoo
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an attractive hazy yellow brown with a nice foamy head

Mild sweet nose of fresh grains and caramel with some floral/apple scents

Nice creamy feel. Great balance of flavor...mild malts, subtle apple, some lemon and floral tones, and enough hops to balance it out and provide a nice bitter end, but not so much that it overwhelms the flavor. Probably the best offering I've had from Boulder Beer (401 characters)

Photo of feelmefoam
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold Hop pours a muddy, slightly murky orange that kinda reminds me a bit of candle wax, for some reason. Dunno. Anyways, nice upward snow of carbonation happening, pushing up a head that sits about the as tall as a pen laying sideways (one of my high-tech beer reviewing tools). The head is off-white... it actually looks like that mocha whipped cream if ya know what I'm talking about. Decent retention, decent lacing, too.

The smell is nice. Easy to find pale malt, a little fruity hoppiness, and some slightly earthy tones towards the end. The only downside is I gotta stick my honker in the beer to get a real good whiff.... not the most fragrant beer going. Good stuff though.

This is just an enjoyable beer to drink. Surprisingly complex, but it doesn't sacrifice flavor. Light pale malts (a little honey-butter biscuit? I'm making myself hungry now) accentuated by a little dank, musty fruitiness.... I like it. Maybe some grapefruit or nectarine, a bit of plum? Hard to ID, but it's tasty all the way.

Maybe a notch below medium-bodied, not a lot of carbonation, but that's ok because this is a smooth drinker. I like the creaminess of the beer, especially as it finishes.

Overall, this is a sexy beer, at least in my opinion. Smooth, sweet, hoppy(in the UK kinda way), and drinkable. I haven't had too many British IPA's, but Cold Hop is good. I'm a little buzzed listening to the Who and drinking an English IPA on a Friday night, I don't think it gets much better. Cold Hop is definitely a drinkable beer with some complexity I didn't expect. I'd probably buy a sixer of this to enjoy again if the price was right (I think this bottle ran about $1.80 at the store). Good stuff, Boulder Beer! (1,711 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color. Nice 2" head slowly falls to some surface bubbles. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: fruity, grapefruit, and a bit of earthy tones. Some bitterness hits nose quickly.

Taste: grainy malt, caramel, grapefruit, ripe apples, grass, and a bit of breadiness is wrapped in a nice but not overwhelming bitterness. Well balanced. Nice representation of the style with a bit more earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: a nice change up from all the American style IPAs that are flooding the market. Easy to quaff, flavorful, and a nice session IPA. Give this a try. (726 characters)

Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (730 characters)

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