Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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
09-20-2009 02:17:12 | More by jsh420
4/5 rDev +5.3%
On tap at Max's the other day.
The beer pours a solid amber color with good head retention and lacing. Not surprisingly I suppose, this beer smells very ESB like, but with some hoppy, bitter perfume well. There is some underlying sweet malt in the nose as well, typical of an ESB. On the palate, the beer starts off with some roasty sweet malt flavor, but with some underlying hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol very well disguised.
This is a nice enough beer, but is nothing extraordinairy either. One thing I do like is how well the moderate, malty sweetness is countered by the hoppy bitterness in this one. Not bad.
09-15-2009 20:22:47 | More by John_M
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
09-07-2009 16:26:00 | More by hosehead83
3.43/5 rDev -9.7%
Pale gold hazy but slightly translucent. A very thin head.
Can smell the noble hops. Very fuggle herbal, but there is a nice citrus compliment.
Hmm the flavor takes on a slightly different turn. The herbal hops and earthy flavors are still present, and there is a bite not quite the citrus kind of bite. Somewhat sweet pale malt brings balance.
Nice light carbonation and a smooth body. A good take on the british ipa would like to try this on cask.
09-04-2009 02:21:40 | More by bfields4
4/5 rDev +5.3%
Hazy apricot colored with an off-white frothy head that doesn't rise up overly high, but sits back and slowly recedes, leaving some rings around the glass.
Low aroma of honey and ripe pear, some subtle citrus.
Flavor of toasted bread malt, cinnamon and toffee, overripe apple and pear, honey and orange rind bitters. A dry grass tannic note washes through the finish, and pine lingers.
Full and creamy mouthfeel, chewy but a bubbly flourish comes through in the finish.
Interesting beer, tasty and drinkable.
08-27-2009 03:29:55 | More by far333
3.8/5 rDev 0%
Poured to a hazy ornage with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was a citrusy hop (mostly lemons and grapefruit) offset by a hint of malty dark fruit. Mouthfeel was full and a tad biting, but agian offfset by the sweet smoothness of the malt. Taste followed the nose, with a bit of floral thrown in. This well rounded beer finished strong with a perfect mix of the hoppy bitterness and the sweet warmth of the malt.
08-23-2009 01:10:25 | More by kimcgolf
3.93/5 rDev +3.4%
Poured a bottle into a perfect pint glass.
A: A nice glowing copper with a two finger head sitting on top that provides good lacing.
S: Light citrus notes and a touch of floral, not overpowering, with a bit of malty sweetness in the background.
T: Good crisp citrusy bitterness. A bit oily and very fresh tasting. Nothing special, but still very pleasant.
M: Light but not harsh. Not much creaminess.
D: Very easy to sip and drink plenty of. Definitely worth a taste.
08-22-2009 19:01:34 | More by mikey711
3.78/5 rDev -0.5%
A - Hazy milk chocolate brown with myriad bubbles rising vigorously and rapidly; light tan head of boulder-like foam
S - Herbal, medicinal, lemony hop aroma with English-esque biscuity, sweet toffee malt backbone
T - The hop bouquet noted in the nose expands: herbal, oily plant taste one might find in an apothecary -- of which, there is one in Boulder!; funky, bitter, floral hops balanced with sweet subtleties from the honey malt and attempt at an English malt profile; a grassy, lemony undertone reminiscent of Boulder Beer's Hazed & Infuzed -- much like a beefed-up, English twist on the Hazed brew; the 46 IBUs were very present and just barely countered by the sweetness and biscuity malts; the acidity of the hops told me the beer was very green and young, maybe too young for optimum drinkability; as it warmed, this brew got better and better; very bitter and vegetal at first
M - Served overly cold at the brewery; grainy but quite viscous presence in the mouth; chewy yet slippery and robustly carbonated; hop sting on the tongue and carbonation make the liquid aggressively dance on the tongue
D - Became better as the brew warmed; immediate greenness, acidity and almost unchecked bitterness fended off speedy imbibing
08-16-2009 02:20:52 | More by badbassrandy
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-14-2009 03:26:42 | More by danielharper
4.2/5 rDev +10.5%
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.
08-13-2009 21:27:19 | More by mdmako
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with about two fingers of head that thins out quick but leaves behind some nice lacing.
Aroma: This one gives off some big hop aroma. It comes at you something hard large amount of force behind it. Much like a solid chunk of pure sodium hitting water then bang and into flames it goes. Very impressive sweet fruit notes such as cherries and sweet syrup.
Taste: This has a very crisp mouthfeel straight out of the gate. Lots of hops on top of lots of hops. Nice sweet syrup notes underlying this wonderful creation. It does have a slight bit of sweetness from the malts but that is way at the bottom. To top it all off stunning sweet fruit notes.
Notes: It's my first English i.p.a and what an amazing style I must try more of this style and more of this beer. Cheers.
08-10-2009 01:07:19 | More by horshack7
3.58/5 rDev -5.8%
After really enjoying what Boulder has put out, I am looking forward to this beer.
The beer pours a hazy, murky, orange body with an off white two finger head that sticks around leaving copious amounts of lacing. Unfiltered. There's plenty of yeast floating about along with some atop the head.
Aromas are strong and sweet bready marris otter maltiness along with a floral hop character that imparts dried apricots.
The first sip is surprisly smooth bodied with plenty of malt character that is matched well with just enough hop character. The malt shines rather well in this beer with the hops playing second fiddle. Light carbonation and a smooth body make this very much English in the mouthfeel department. With warmth the hop character actually comes out a bit more. Saaz, willamette, hallertauer, and hercules make for a very English IPA. Grassy and floral rather than fruity and bright.
Thanks to atsprings for the bottle (acquired the same evening after splitting Westy 12).
07-13-2009 17:42:04 | More by rtratzlaff
4.1/5 rDev +7.9%
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!
06-23-2009 08:35:35 | More by NeroFiddled
3.98/5 rDev +4.7%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy/translucent straw/copper color with a ~1 inch off-white head that reduces to a full lacing. No sediment and carbonation is readily visible.
The aroma is a nice combination of citrus/pine hops and earthy notes with some pleasant floral and sweetness that follows.
The taste also has some of the citrus/pine notes mixed with a floral and earthy component. Mild malty sweetness in the background.
The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a an adequate amount of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and not overly crisp. Minimal dryness at the finish.
Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. The floral components make it interesting when mixed with the citrus hops. Overall, it is worth having although I would not search it out.
06-07-2009 21:07:47 | More by SykDoc
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
Purchased at bottle barn in santa rosa.
A - Poured a copper-gold wth only 1 finger of off-white head. It dissipated moderately fast leaving a slight amount of lacing.
S - Strong notes of grapefruit, citrus, and maltiness of caramel.
T - Grapefruit, citrus, flowers, and caramel.
M - Full-bodied and hop dominated. Pretty good!
D - This is an outstanding IPA, but not an English IPA. Throwing in British caramel malts mixed with west coast hops does not count as an English IPA. I had to mark down on smell and taste due to this. Otherwise, outstanding.
05-19-2009 03:30:43 | More by MisterClean
4.28/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
05-14-2009 17:37:35 | More by Onenote81
4.35/5 rDev +14.5%
Pours a nice white/light copper color into my glass with a two-finger head.
Aroma is full of a lot of biscuit malt and only a mild hop bitterness in the nose. Sounds right.
Biscuit malt makes its' presence known in this ale followed by a mild hop bitterness that doesn't overwhelm the taste buds. It's kind of sweet but it feels to the style.
Mouthfeel is full of sweet, lingering biscuit malt and hops. Beer goes down well without incident.
I really like this ale. It has a really good balance between malt and hops that is typical of an English IPA. It's fresher than some other examples I've had that came across the big pond. Pick it up.
05-07-2009 20:42:45 | More by Brad007
3.85/5 rDev +1.3%
A - A peachy copper color... Full rich creamy white head with excellent retention... The head ultimately fades midway through the session, but leaves a rich full lacing... Extremely minimal amount of utterly sluggish carbonation... Thick rings of lace on the glass the entire way down...
S - Tangerine... Apricot... Grapefruit... Tart peach... Orange zest... Piney hops... A mild maltiness permeates... Slightly grainy...
T - Well balanced... A very delectable malt base is apparent right off of the bat... The hops presence is only really noticeable during the aftertaste... Its subtle, but its a nice mix of citrus and piney hop notes... Not overly complex, but still completely enjoyable...
M - Charming... Lush and very creamy... Medium bodied... Rich and exceedingly smooth... A tiny bit of prickly carbonation can be detected on the tongue... Consistent...
D - Insanely drinkable... Insanely sessionable... Quite enjoyable offering from Boulder...
05-06-2009 01:10:27 | More by philbe311
3.9/5 rDev +2.6%
A - Pours a deep copper color with just a little bit of foam
S - aroma of piney and citrus hops mainly
T - toasted malt flavor with some piney hops
M/D - light bodied and refreshing, very drinkable and enjoyable. I'd definitely pick this one up again.
04-29-2009 20:25:35 | More by mikereaser
3.45/5 rDev -9.2%
12 oz. bottle with no freshness date found
This one poured a cloudy, goldish yellow color with minimal head or lacing.
When I opened the body, I mainly detected sweet, caramel like malt aromas
This one has a great deal of subtle flavors - there is an initial taste of malts followed by a faint banana flavor which seems out of place for a "British style ale." There is a tangy fruit flavor that dissipates rather quickly leaving a sweetness on the tongue. BA lists this ale as an "English India Pale Ale." This one has a decent flavor, but it is far from a british style ale or india pale ale for that matter.
Not very carbonated and somewhat thin bodied. There is no evident hop bitterness and the flavor is strangly sweet with subtle banana flavors - wrong fruit for a british ale.
Perhaps this was not a fresh bottle which made the flavors taste "off", but I was disappointed. For 6.5 % ABV it is very mild.
04-25-2009 23:15:57 | More by jkrich
3.08/5 rDev -18.9%
Gotta say...some of the Boulder Beers are winners and others are in that other category....they just plain stink. This one is on the winner side.
A - Red Golden Brown Ale with white bubbles escaping to the top. Some minor lacing but really doesn't do anything for me. Not cloudy at all. Crystal clear.
S - At first I didn't know if I liked the smell but after giving it several chances, the smell grew on me. I love hops and they are there but there is a sweet side that I just don't really care for. The hops are not that present either. It smells like a little pine tree got planted in a wildflower garden. Just kind of strange. Ok but different.
T - I do like the hops but again, it is very mild hops. It also has a sweet taste that I could really do without. I like hops so if I am going to drink a hop beer, let there be hops. Please don't sweeten it down with sugar flavoring. Kind of funky the warmer it sits. This beer needs to be consummed AS COLD AS IT CAN GET. Let is sit and it will turn into a drain pour. I better hurry this review because as my beer gets warmer, I want to lower the scores...and quite a bit too.
M - Syrup meets Bitter. Strange. This again was not what I was expecting. Didn't care for it too much either.
D - Drinkability is higher the colder this beer is drank at. It quickly becomes not so nice the warmer it becomes. Not for sitting out on a lazy afternoon after cutting the grass drinking a beer beer. Would get too warm and you would throw it away.
Again, DRINK COLD!!!! Warm....yeah, not so good. Can you say skunk?
04-25-2009 03:36:31 | More by schellsbeer
3.7/5 rDev -2.6%
Pours a hazy copper with a decent head.
Smelled Piney off the top with some citrus
Tastes nice and bitter, Not quite as bitter as a Sierra Nevada, but it is very good. floral hops for aroma with lots of piney hop flavor also some toasty flavored malt
Mouthfeel is very good - not watery, but there are some carbs in this beer that added to the cloudiness of the beer.
Drinkability is great, a true deal at the price point compared to some of the more "popular' beers which are charging a clear $2 more than this sixer.
04-09-2009 03:12:59 | More by alpinebryant
4/5 rDev +5.3%
L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet toasted malts, then a big piney/citrusy/floral aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes like it smells. Nice toasted malt base and then a nice piney/citrusy/floral finish that was really refreshing.
M: Very crisp, clean, fresh, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable, I liked this one a lot.
04-08-2009 10:47:40 | More by erosier
4.03/5 rDev +6.1%
This is one of the better beers new to me I've tried in a while. Amber deep orange with a decent head. The aroma on this was what stands out to me - roasted up front with citrus lemon hitting the back. Taste pretty much the same although hops finish more earthy than citrus. Mouthfeel drinkability - maybe a tad thin - I could see having more than one - but may fill the palate quickly.
04-02-2009 00:36:37 | More by tjkurz
3.83/5 rDev +0.8%
I noticed, after reading the reviews, that often the only thing mentioned when reviewing appearance is the head, and perhaps color. Only a few of the reviews for this beer mentioned haziness. When I poured mine, there were a lot of good-sized floaters in an amber body, with a half finger head that subsided to a thin film that left a tiny amount of lacing.
Aroma was of lightly floral hops, and somewhat biscuity, with hints of sweetness and a touch of citrus. Not grapefruit, more generic and not as pronounced.
Taste was pretty good, right on for style. Initially there was a bit of bitterness, followed immediately by caramel malts and biscuits. A light fruitiness was present, and the finish was oong, light hop resins. Not overly done.
Mouthfeel was good, a little syrupy, with moderate carbonation. A little oily.
Drinkability is pretty good as well. I think a sixer of this would go well while watching Wrestlemania XXV.
03-31-2009 02:23:58 | More by connecticutpoet
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 439 ratings.