Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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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.
12-15-2008 02:05:14 | More by ZAP
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.
12-12-2008 13:54:54 | More by avalon07
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.
12-09-2008 20:48:18 | More by SaCkErZ9
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.
12-04-2008 02:20:04 | More by HomebrewPgh
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.
11-29-2008 15:31:14 | More by Rayek
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.
11-16-2008 18:39:38 | More by koopa
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.
11-14-2008 23:50:09 | More by brewdoc75
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,
11-13-2008 05:25:13 | More by BgThang
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.
11-12-2008 03:39:36 | More by HopDerek
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.
11-12-2008 00:59:16 | More by budgood1
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!
11-09-2008 06:01:25 | More by djeucalyptus
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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.
11-07-2008 21:47:30 | More by beeroclock
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.
11-06-2008 05:55:15 | More by HoustonTX
2.68/5 rDev -29.7%
Pours a dark amber color into my DogFish Head snifter. Small head spotty lace.
Smells very malty very slight citrus/hop.
Tastes all malt. Maybe this bottle got skunked but I don't taste the hops.
Full bodied syrupy mouth feel, perfect carbonation.
I could not drink this all night. Maybe I am not partial to english ales or I need to develope a tatse for them but this brew does not have the big flavors or complexity I would expect.
11-06-2008 03:03:39 | More by LennyV
3.78/5 rDev -0.8%
Pours a amberish orange with a nice creamy light tan head that leaves some spotty lace. The nose is mildly fruity with some assertive hops. Slightly bitter with a nice healthy amount of green tasting hops. A good amount of grapefruit,buttered toast and subtle caramel malt flavors. Great creamy mouthfeel,medium bodied and refreshing for such a hoppy brew.
11-05-2008 00:10:57 | More by orangemoustache
4.28/5 rDev +12.3%
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!!
11-02-2008 19:41:49 | More by Reagan1984
3.6/5 rDev -5.5%
12oz bottle into nonic.
Hazy amber hue with a burnt orange tint. The head is about one finger and solid. As it settles it leaves behind a solid wall of lacing.
A good amount of aromatic hops, more on the American side than English in my opinion, but the overall aroma isn't as sharp as an American IPA. The aroma is sugary and sweet with a bit of grapefruit-like citrus. The malts are well hidden behind the hops, giving a little bit of a bready aroma.
Flavorful hops, giving a sweet flavor without a lot of spiciness. The malts don't show up once again, providing a bit of toastiness in the background.
Sort of a hybrid English/American IPA. Great hop flavor with the malts being slightly hidden.
10-31-2008 22:42:39 | More by BeerSox
4/5 rDev +5%
Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.
A - Poured a slightly cloudy orange/amber color. Big head of white foam and good lacing.
S - Slightly malty. Very floral with a huge pine aroma.
T - Malty and biscuity up front, followed by a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Finishes off dry.
MF&D - Overall a pretty good beer, tasty and easily sessioned. I'd drink this one again
10-30-2008 19:53:26 | More by nasty15108
3.98/5 rDev +4.5%
Clouded brass hued under a dirtied white skimming of foam. Plenty of sticky lace adheres to the sides of the glass.
It noses of crushed flowers, wrought iron, sourdough dinner rolls, and spruce.
It enters the mouth with a floured dinner roll and hard biscuit sense of maltiness. An apricot fruitiness arises as the bready traits track towards sourdough. The hops come with a brisk and assertive bitterness culled from dried flower petals, metal, and pine bark. It puckers further on the swallow with a notion of minerals, and alum.
Medium, if not a bit plumper, in body with a moderate carbonation. It's plenty easy to drink in succession, as the concluding dryness begs to be slaked.
It's no showoff, but it is a perfectly pleasant English IPA.
10-29-2008 06:48:11 | More by cokes
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
10-24-2008 00:10:49 | More by spike882
3.2/5 rDev -16%
Pours a light golden color with a very nice inch of pillowy white head. Smell is subtle hops. Taste is mellow hops, with a bit of mild bitterness. This is a decent beer, just doesn't seem to come together. Really smooth and seems quite sessionable, but at 6.5% this one will catch up with you. Decent, but nothing extraordinary.
10-23-2008 13:40:17 | More by FtownThrowDown
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Dark gold color, nearly clear. Explosive (and eventually rocky) head that leaves thick lace on the glass side.
Pleanty of hop nose; attractive and inviting, if you like hops.
Good malt start, but the hop is the star. Lots of spicy pine in the aftertaste. Quite dry. Moderate body with low carbonation.
This is a tasty beer but is the run-of-the-mill hoppy near IPA.
10-19-2008 20:39:18 | More by smcolw
4.53/5 rDev +18.9%
I just tried this beer on a whim and i loved it. It has an extremely hoopy aroma to it. Pours a nice amber orange with an off white head. The inital taste is awesome. It is full of fresh hops, probably one of the best beers that i have had. They go down extremely smooth also. There is a high drinability to this brew. A must try.
10-14-2008 15:27:57 | More by HopEnthusiast
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
A- Pours an amber color with an off-white head.
S- The aroma is very good with some malt and a nice dose of floral hops.
T- The taste like the aroma starts off with a nice smooth malty backbone with the hops coming in the finish. The hops do not produce a huge amount of bitterness, but they do provide a really nice flavor.
M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
D- This is a very drinkable IPA that I would purchase again in a heartbeat. Recommended.
10-09-2008 02:16:22 | More by cjgator3
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
Good lace, sticky, no head, pale ale orange amber. About right. Smells like a standard bottled pale ale with not much to define it. A little fruit and a little of the malt, about average. Creamy swallow with odd rye component on the aftertaste and a tea-like tar overtone, but there is bitter at the end that has a little punch. Unusual and extra credit for the rye. Flavor? Because this is an English style, I knew this was going to be subdued, and while the taste is mellow, the hop sting at the end makes this surprising. Tarry hops, slightly bitter at the start, but not overpowering. Rye note in the flavor, more on the aftertaste. Candy like in the center, also not overpowering. Malt is subdued, leaving hops and water as the main components. Well, this is odd, tasty, blends well and has that hops burn at the end. Not bad at all.
10-05-2008 17:08:02 | More by Ricochet
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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