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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

440 Ratings
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Ratings: 440
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.55%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007)
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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.85/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Slightly hazy, light amber beer topped with a bright, orange-white head. As the head slowly receded, a slight rockiness emerged with some chunky lacing.

S-Earth and piney hops, quite floral with a slight grapefruit. Overall, a very hoppy aroma with only a slight grainy malt presence.

T-Bright, floral, and perfumy hop, slightly fruity at times. These flavors are complimented by a confident hop bitterness. A bit of nutty and biscuity malt helps create a well-rounded beer. Finishes dry and hoppy.

M-Medium-high carbonation, this beer has a pleasant, moderate body, thought the carbonation is perhaps a bit too high.

D-A quite drinkable brew. Enough hops to keep me on my toes and a firm malt foundation that's able to pull everything together.

CHSLBrew, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

01/15/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Clouded darker golden colored pour. Very white sparkling head of about one inch. Left some decent lace trails and some very light patchwork behind.

Smell- Note of english grassy hay, some fresh fruited hops and a bit of earthyness.

Taste- Taste was definite english IPA flavor with a sprouted grain like taste, mid range malt base and a somewhat sharp pith-like fruit flavor. Also had a kind of sour note to the beer which kinda of threw it off a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a bit higher carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste. A bit sour in the aftermath as well.

Drinkability- Could have done without the sourness, but overall a pretty good job that could have been great.

GClarkage, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of beveritt
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simply the words Cold Hop, seemingly breaking through a pane of glass or maybe some ice. Write of the origins, but not method, on the side. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles slowly, essentially collapsing to about half its original height. very nice lacing. The beer itself is light orange, with a medium chill haze. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very low aroma, hard to discern anything specific. Hops, for certain. Citrusy, with a little vegetal note. As it warms, becomes almost holly like.

Taste: Spicy hops upfront with a very solid malt backbone. Hops are slightly citrusy, but no single flavor jumps to the front. Medium level of bitterness starts int he forefront, and lingers well into the finish and beyond. Malt is caramelly and biscuity, with a little sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as expected for the style. Body is incredible.

Drinkability: In a world of so many, how-many-hops-can-you-put-in-here beers, this is a well balanced ale, with good hop profile and a solid malt body.

beveritt, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%

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 Spikester
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Full amber color with a two finger head and very good lacings. Aroma is floral, earthy hops and some caramel malts. Taste is bitter earthy hops, resins, sweet rich malts.
Mouthfeel is average with a little too much carbonation.
Drinkability would be better at about 5% abv.
Nice beer.

Spikester, Jan 09, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.38/5  rDev +15%

Another one I picked up as part of a mixed pack the other night. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, I enjoyed this one with dinner tonight. Consumed on 01/06/2009.

The pour was quite nice. A light amber in color with good clarity to it. Nice carbonation could be scene bubbling up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session, with a very nice head of white across the top.

The aroma was loaded down with fresh hops. Rich notes of citrus just coming up out of the glass. I did not think this one would be this rich. Really very well done. Lots of pineapple and grapefruit in here as well. Light sweetness to it really wrapped it together quite well, as I leaned in for the first sip I was very suprised by ust how hoppy this one was. Crisp, clean, and definitely impressive. Light floral hops ruled the day here, with a lingering bitterness long into the finish and a delicate grapefruit flavor that would not quite. Easily sessionable I had no issue with throwing this one down and then looking for more.

Overall a very solid and very underated IPA. I would love to try this one on tap. It was as solid an IPA as I have had recently and was a pleasure to drink.

mikesgroove, Jan 07, 2009
Photo of Rainintheface
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%

A: golden with a 1 finger white head and much carbonation

S: very floral on the nose. fruity, faint whiff of gum and hints of caramel

T: caramel sweetness up front. a little toasted character, earthy and oranges

M: crisp, dry, medium bodied brew.

D: nicely done. very drinkable.

Rainintheface, Jan 05, 2009
Photo of Magpie14
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

A: apple cider in color with a touch of cloudiness. Wonderful head retention and chunks of lace hugging the glass. Rather pleasant overall in the glass

S: bitter and yet a sweet fruitiness around the edges and rather strong in the nose with hops

T: big and husky flavors that are hard to gather at times. Malt presence is sweet at times with a touch of toasted characteristics. Hops push through and help round things out but yet retain a sweeter side. I would say it is not as bitter and hoppy as America PA's but a bit huskier and sweet

M: nice smooth body and leaning towards creamy and a touch acidic

D: I guess it hangs onto English brew style...large and in charge and not as much hops as an American APA. Not bad but not great

Magpie14, Jan 02, 2009
Photo of scruffwhor
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

About a one finger frothy head that wallows away to a nice. Beneath the foam, there is a copper amber with highlights of gold and symetrical bubbling. Theres also some nice Brussels lace as well. The aroma is an oily hop and medium toasted Caramel and Crystal malt bread. When I mean oily, I mean oil. The taste is an earthy, somewhat fruity hop. The toasted, biscuit malts taste a bit stale. Makes me think of a bitter, toasted egg bagel. Oily palte that feels muc better han the smell. This beer has sessionable written all over it, minus the oily smell and stale malt.

scruffwhor, Dec 26, 2008
Photo of froghop
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

pours a semi-clear amber-orange with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, caramel, hops, and some malt.

taste is a bit watery, malt, hops, touch of citrus, grass, and a touch of caramel, ends a little bitter.

overall a very nice bitter.

froghop, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Serving type: 22oz bottle.

Poured a darker and slightly hazy orange color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, biscuit, caramel, and slightly earthy. Tastes of earthiness, caramel, pine, and toasted grains.

Notes from: 12/08/07.

hopdog, Dec 17, 2008
Photo of superdedooperboy
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear golden-amber with a scant slightly off-white head, which fades fairly quickly but leaves behind decent rings of lace on the glass.

Full of citrus and pine notes in the nose; vibrant in aroma, with a slight floral nature.

Disappointingly light and somewhat watery in mouthfeel, but nice flavors of hops--grapefruit notes dominate, with a slight salinity--and a soft, subdued malt presence combine to form a balanced palate, leaving behind a citrusy, fruity and dry finish urging for more.

Drinkable, yet not overly desireable. Lacking in appearance and mouthfeel, but the palate is full of that nice, not-over-the-top British character that makes for a quenching and sessionable brew.

superdedooperboy, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of ZAP
4.58/5  rDev +20.2%

Interesting and enjoyable beer that reminds me of an ESB/English IPA/American IPA hybrid.

Some toffee and mineral water notes on the nose along with a nice fragrant hop aroma. Hops impart a floral impression first and then a bit of a sweeter citrus fruit note.

This is 6.5% but drinks like a mild almost. Never feels thin but very easy drinking. There is an underlying sweet toffee maltiness that complements the floral hoppiness perfectly. Not particularly bitter but there seems to be a small portion of west coast IPA style hops that lend a citrus note (think sweet mandarin oranges). The predominant hop feel though is english..perhaps east kent?....Then there is a unique hop taste that reminds me of something along the lines of Summit (the hop not the beer)...

Drinks like a 5.0 ABV beer....really slides down easily and with a lot of flavor....hard to keep this one in the glass.

A real interesting, tasty beer that will allows have a place in my refrigerator.

ZAP, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of avalon07
2.98/5  rDev -21.8%

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light, brownish-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A malty, sugary aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Here's where the wheels came off - for me at least. For an IPA (even an English one) this beer had way too much much malt. It gave the beer a funky, dull taste. It was difficult to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer had its strong points, the taste was just not to my liking. Very off-putting.

avalon07, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Lightly ambered in color with a thin and somewhat wispy white head. The head is the consistency of soda.

Aroma is floral and slightly fruity with a touch of earthiness. Sweet smelling as well with a hint of caramel. Plenty of grain and a little toffee as well.

Fairly sweet in the beginning. A little bt of hop bitterness in the finish but not much. A big caramel presence in the flavor makes this a little more malty than I prefer. Significantly fruity in the flavor with pineapple and peaches being the main contributors.

Pretty thin on the body with good carbonation. Not bad I guess. I prefer the AMerican version to the british but this wasnt bad at all. Probably wont purchase this again.

SaCkErZ9, Dec 09, 2008
Photo of HomebrewPgh
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%

A decent EIPA. I don't try many of these maybe because I am American. I like my beers crisp and biting. This beer has a nice pour. Light gold with a few small bubbles and a one finger off white head. The aroma is a weird mix of hops and farts. Yes I said farts. Two years running and it still has this same element. Taste was light malt and a hint of caramel with a very light European variety hop aftertaste.

HomebrewPgh, Dec 04, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

A: Pale gold with somewhat active carbonation and good clarity. Fluffy cream had has pretty good retention and leaves a nice amount of lace.

S: Heavy on the citrus hops, plus a sweet and toasted caramel note.

T: More citrus, but not over the top. Bitterness level is high, but appropriate for the style. There is some malt sweetness in the background. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body is somewhat slick and oily. Carbonation level is about right.

D: Citrus grapefruit flavor makes this taste to me like more of an American than English IPA. It's a decent beer overall, however. I'd happily drink this again.

Rayek, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of koopa
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

Bottle purchased at Buyrite Liquors in South Plainfield NJ.

Appearance: Pretty clear orange body with a generous off white head. Loads retention and lacing on this one.

Smell: Slight touch of alcohol, sweet honey malt, some floral hops, strong British charecter, a bit earthy.

Taste: Like a British IPA but with a larger dash of hops. Buttery but hoppy too. Grapefruitish but Fuggle like at the same time. Interesting.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation help with this slightly thick medium bodied brew.

Drinkability: Not my session beer of choice but I could see making an decent evening out of this one if I had to.

koopa, Nov 16, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

brewdoc75, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of BgThang
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Thanks to kevin at grape and gourmet in virgina bech for recommending this beer

OK I do not prefer english style hopped ales but I figured since it was being recommended I would give it a shot

Looks - its a hazy, cloudy yyellowish orange. Almost looks like a lass of piss after a heavy drinking night.

Aroma - I get some grapefruit, but primarily orange and tangerine nose on this. Its also really mild nose.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, light citrus upfront then the little bit of bitter that it has comes through on the back end.

Drinkability - This beer is a descent beer which I think it may fall under a more hoppy beer than a regular english style ipa would. the ibu's I am sure is up there with a strong pale ale or ipa.
I am glad I got a chance to try this beer,

BgThang, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of HopDerek
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%

Pours a clear golden amber with 2+ fingers of frothy off-white head. Very good retention and nice spotty stick. Smells of grapefruit, floral and earthy hops, bready malt, caramel, and earth. Tastes of grapefruit and apricot up front, then caramel, toast, and dank earth with a dried grass and floral hop finish. Medium in body with good carbonation. Sweet, malty, and citrus fruity with a nice slightly bitter finish. A good hop presence but nicely balanced and not too bittering, just enough. I don't know if I'd say this was a British style IPA, seemed a little too citrusy for me, but it was pretty refreshing and very easy to drink.

HopDerek, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of budgood1
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%

pours out a deep hazed sunset orange colour, with a rocky snow white head that reduces to some semi-sparse lace. the aroma is a bright citrusy mix of orange, tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit...with a slight nod to some maltiness buried in their somewhere...but this concoction is all about those aromatic hops! the flavour comes around a bit with some grassy, herbal and earthen notes...malt driven but yeast influenced. this is one confusing, yet intriguing brew. herbal yet fruity. earthy yet sweet. a bit of alcohol spice adds another dimension that seems to fit in quite nicely with everything. some nice bitterness lingers on and provides a bit of calm to a schizophrenic taste profile. the english IPA influenced part of this brew gets drowned out by the american slant for sure. there is a lot going on to contemplate and it's an enjoyable experience. the body is about perfect to prop up whatever they are going for and the mouthfeel seems smooth as silk, almost luscious in nature. finishes on the dry side, with the subdued bitterness i already touched upon. drinkability is great. it's tasty, hop driven and quite interesting...especially if you dig fruity hops with a touch of english driven herbalness.

wow...i wasn't expecting to enjoy this as much as i did. IMO this is a layered and somewhat complex pale ale, IPA, or whatever you perceive it to be. definitely worth a try.

budgood1, Nov 12, 2008
Photo of djeucalyptus
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%

pours a rich golden orange color with some haze to it. A very white and frothy head bubbled up vigorously and stuck around for a bit before deflating to a fairly thick ring with some lacing dancing across the top. Fair lacing down the glass leaving some nice ornamentation.

bready malt with some green hop notes. Floral and vegetable hops come through with a definite bitter aroma. Smells earthy and doughy, with some green flowers and a hint of evergreen. wet leaves as well. Interesting.

Pleasant freshness that i wasn't expecting. Even for a relatively old bottle, there's a ton of fresh green hop notes. Floral hop notes dominate with only have a hint of citrus, mostly lime and lemon. Earthy, green, and even. Some pleasant earthy bitterness. There's some nice biscuit and caramel malt flavors in the background that keep it beautifully balanced. Definitely tastes British... very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with some moderate carbonation. Leaves a touch of bitter hop oils on the tongue, which is pleasant and fairly nice for this brew. A lingering finish which is beautiful on the tongue.

wow. I'm pretty impressed. I feel like Boulder is always decent, but not always wowing. This brew, while not incredibly complex, is incredibly solid with some nice clean and green flavors. I could easily see drinking a few of these in a night. Smooth and light enough (in body) for sessioning, but enough flavor to keep it interesting. I'm impressed, and will definitely be drinking a few more of these. Definitely worth a shot!

djeucalyptus, Nov 09, 2008
Photo of beeroclock
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

Pours a dark orange/copper with a bubbly white head. Laces and holds well to the glass. Smells slightly floral with some citrus musk pushing through. Has some mild citrus hop with more breadiness coming through and settling down. Enjoyable, not too heavy with a good flavor. Not much as far as carbonation.

beeroclock, Nov 07, 2008
Photo of HoustonTX
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

Pours a hazy yellow-amber, with a frothy bubbly white head.

Fresh and fruity floral aroma.

Very solid earthy body, infused with a nice backing of florals. Fresh and ripe, lots of depth - yet stays true to the earthy malts.
Finishes clean and crisp and it has large amounts of balance and drinkability.

Definitely true to the style, with a lot more fresh florals then the English import counterpart.

A tasty, and well made beer.

HoustonTX, Nov 06, 2008
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.