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
very good

302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 459
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 10
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
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 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 AndoBrew
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app:copper cute little head the color could be more magical

smell: nice hop aroma some citrus little bit of pine. nice sneaky malts in the background.

taste: not as good as the smell. more sharp citrus back of the mouth acidic hop taste. lacks the full bouquet. mild malts and the flavor of soda water.

mf: dry and acidic

drinkable?: kinda, have had much better balanced hoppy beers (416 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow orange hue with thin white lace.

Nose is somewhat tame for an IPA, with a distinct orange citrus aroma.

Palate is very fruit-juicy oriented with some pleasant malt in the backdrop. Finish is medium length and nothing terribly special, but nothing bad either.

Overall a nice ale, good, but not great by any means. (335 characters)

Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden,with a thin white head. Good retention,and lacing. Smell is of earthy hops,and a hint of grapefruit.This is a medium bodied beer,that is lightly carbonated. Taste is of woody,earthy hops,with a nice balance of malt. Excellent from start to finish! (268 characters)

Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear gold with a nice white head that laces nicely.
Not much dominant in the smell. Caramel and malt mostly.
Taste is pretty nice, the caramel dominates but in a mild way. There's some earth and wood, musky notes as well. It's very smooth and creamy for an IPA. Feels very smooth and mildly carbonated.
All these qualities make it super easy to drink. It goes down very easy and is a great hot weather drink. Very quenching. (441 characters)

Photo of williamherbert
3.32/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A really nice looking dark golden (or light orange?) color. There is minimal head, but a nice-looking texture. Very nice haze to it.

Magnificent and unexpected woody hop aroma. Has a touch of oak smell (although I don't know if any actual oak is used). Under that, a grainy, dry malt scent. Smells halfway between a pale and an IPA.

For taste, one word: Woody. There is a certain staleness to the malt, which may be a reason that it has that overwhelming oak-wood flavor. The malt is biscuity, which is good. The woody hops and the heavy oak create a major woody flavor, which is actually too much woodiness for the likes of me.

Feels thick and chunky. Severely thick. It's a choker-downer. To me it's like a heavy pale ale filtered through a dresser. I'm not positive that this beer wasn't stale, but I had it pretty recently after it was released. Hard for me to drink too many.

http://jbojangles.blogspot.com/2007/09/beer-othe-moment-boulder-beer-coldhop.html (966 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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! (808 characters)

Photo of BucBasil
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass from the bottle. This is a dark orange brew with one and a half fingers of foamy, off-white head that dissipates in about a minute.

Smell: The best part about this beer. Floral, piney hops with a beautiful clean finish. There is a citrus undertone that underlines and punctuates the hop character.

Taste: Sweet beginning that is pushed to the background by strong citrusy hops. Grapefruit is the flavor that comes to mind immediately, with also a pine note that lingered in the finish and was a little off-putting to me for some reason. Not really balanced, which lowers the score somewhat (for me). (638 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a depp amber color with massive off-white foamy head.
Smell is an enticing blend of piney, grassy, amd citrusy blended in a perfect proportion.
Taste starts out very fruity sweey, but the massive hop content overtakes it and pushes it to the background.
Ending is a bit too dry for my liking with a lack of malt.
A good beer, but not something to desire everyday. (370 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a puffy head. The head dies down to a half finger and leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Nice floral aroma. Pine and fresh cut grass. There is a touch of an acidic citrus aroma lingering in the background.

T: Nice brew. Starts of with a nice pine hop bite. A bready maltyness then overtakes you and finishes with a nice bitter sweetness. Well balanced beer.

M: Medium bodied and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable brew would buy it again.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of British Ales but this one is very Americanized. It has a nice aroma and nice american IPA taste. The balance between the hops and malt is perfectly done with each one making an appearence with each and every drink. Boulder has done a good job with this beer. It's one they should bottle again and again. Would make a great summer session brew. (863 characters)

Photo of BrewSomerville
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Cirtusy hops. Some toasty malt. Pine, grapefruit, oranges. It has a kind of earthy/ grassiness to it too.

Looks: Orange/red/copper in colour. Small head. Poor head retention. No lace. (In a clean and cold water rinsed glass).

Taste: Fuzzy peaches (candy). Pine. Bready, caramel malt flavours. Tangy orange. Good acidity, and moderate bittering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied. Average carbonation.

Overall, it's a nice fruity Beer, I can't get over the fuzzy peaches! (472 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ouncer, no freshness info, but plenty of info in tiny type on the side of the label. Pours, almost golden, almond amber, light tan head, showing tiny bubble, a slow melt to a film and nice looking, fine stringy lacing. Earthy, fruity nose, preceeds the pleasant flavors to follow. Bready malts, fruit filled hoppyness, and a smooth on the tongue mouthfeel all conspire to make this a balanced, worthy and thoroughly tasty sessioner. I also pick up notes of citrus, vanilla, light leather and even a hint of smoke. I like it, nice job here on this subtle yet complex take on the style. (587 characters)

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

This beer pours a brillant orange-red color. The head is large, fluffy, and white. The aroma is of pine needles, oranges, and a hint of grass. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of a moderately aggressive bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth. Carbonation is low, but adequate. Overall, this is a fine IPA. It is not the hoppiest beer around, but most of the time I don't want the hoppiest beer around. I wwill certainly drink this again when in the mood for something assertive without being offensive. (538 characters)

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 beerphan
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Purposive
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,222 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.86/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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. (493 characters)

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (733 characters)

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (317 characters)

Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!! (684 characters)

Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of Bighuge
4.09/5  rDev +6.5%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of WaveRebel51
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (415 characters)

Photo of roller
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (501 characters)

Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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