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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007)
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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

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.

cjgator3, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Ricochet, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of xare
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A typical IPA but well done... bit above average. Nice orange color with head that laces well. Floral and citrusy hops lend it a nice aroma and the taste is good. Light hop wallop makes it easy drinking. However, high ABV makes me unable to have more than two of these in a row. Also not easily found by myself. If it's easy to find for you, it's a solid IPA choice but not an exceptional IPA. Basically, it's something between a typical IPA and an excellent IPA.

xare, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of tempest
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 12 oz. single at Liberty St. Tavern. Pours a clear gold-orange into my fglass with a short, white head.

Mmmm, English IPA. The aroma is a little plain, but not necessarily off with more earthy grapefruit. Definite English grains in the flavor, for that dry, biscuity undertone and with grassy, herbal, floral and somewhat citrus hops dominating. Crisper than your average EIPA, there's certainly an American influence here, and while it fits into the style, it stands out. Worth a try if you dig the style and want something different.

tempest, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of deaconsmith
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A.- the appearance was a kinda cloudy amber with a weak head but decent retention on what little there was..good lacing as well.

S.-it has A very fruity and insanely hoppy aroma.

T.- The initial taste was delightfully hoppy with a after taste of fruit nectar...very good taste.

M.- very bubbly and crisp and slightly on the lighter viscosity for a ipa. very well balanced in the mouth

D.- drinkability is excellent i would recomend a six pack ..

very refreshing and well crafted overall..i would recomend this beer

deaconsmith, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of Georgiabeer
1.65/5  rDev -56.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a fairly nice initial head that fades to a thin cap but leaves some nice lacing. Smells very herbal and of fresh hops that have allowed to decompose slightly. Unfortunately that same wilted hop herbal flavor is there for me in the taste. I just can't get over that slightly back of the vegetable crisper flavor. Don't know if its the type of hops or hops allowed to spoil, but I just can't drink this. Mouthfeel is adequete,appropriately carbonated ans smooth, but I just can't get over the flavor.

Georgiabeer, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of Greggy
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Greggy, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: A clear body, pale gold in color with a small off-white head.

s: Sweet floral hops.

t: Sweet malts pair with slightly piny, floral hops. Wonderfully balanced. Moderate hop bitterness.

m: medium body, appropriate carbonation. Not much to say here.

d: A sessionable, but still hoppy beer. Good American take on the style.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of TerjUGA
2.73/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pure golden straw color with small head and very little lacing. you can smell the hops, kind of has a tart smell to it, pretty sweet. hops very present initially, floral notes and a tart taste as well, it almost feels like it has a glue taste to it taste pretty weak.good carbonation, medium bodied. decent beer, not one of my favorites and i wasn't impressed, with a name like cold hop it could really use more of a hop taste.

TerjUGA, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A- clear somewhat dark golden color body with a small, finger sized bone white head.

S- faintly of hops and a little caramelly malt. not too impressed with this aspect of it.

T- ok, there are the hops! mostly citrus and spicy. a pleasant malt backbone as well. well balanced.

M- light, crisp, and clean. no complaints.

D- i love wet hopped beers. i could drink several of these in a sitting. i liked this one more than most i have tried.

jwinship83, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear amber, good cap and some lace
floral hoppiness. sweet and earthy flowers. smells a bit like lagunitas ipa.
the sweet earthy flowers are up front in the taste and linger. mid-glass a citrusy quality develops on the sides.
barely medium body, low to moderate carbonation.
very nice. the aroma and flavor outweigh the moderate bitterness, but it's dangerously downable and can knock you flat on your back.

brewmudgeon, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Copper in color with a soapy white head and some spotty lacing.

S. Bitter hop pellets dominate the smell. I am not complaining. Some light bready notes.

T. Floral and herbal hops. The malts are light and reminiscent of toasted bread.

M. Aggresively carbonated and crisp, a little watery around the edges.

D. Overall a nice session IpA from the other side. Hoppier than I expected.

Stinkypuss, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of MarkSCCOT
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have been wanting to try this style for a longtime. Having been unable to score a bottle of Meantime IPA I was happy to see this in my local Total Wine.
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle with no best by date into a pint glass.

A. Brilliant hazy yellow with a healthy head that rapidly dissipates and leaves wispy lacing.

S. The citrus hops were very apparent. Apricot, Tangelo, grapefruit. Hops much more bold than I was lead to expect from an English IPA. Some sweet bready malt noticeable.

T, Tastes great. Crisp hops without overwhelming the malt. Very much more balanced than the aroma lead me to expect. The malt is very evident in the finish.

M. Very smooth, Moderate to low carbonation but clean finish.

D. Very drinkable despite the 6.5% abv. This one could really sneak up on you. This is a good beer. Balanced yet still enough hops to satisfy the hardest hophead. I think I will explore more traditional English IPA's to see how the style holds up. I would really like to try this in a cask.

MarkSCCOT, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of JayQue
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

JayQue, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of stewart124
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The appearance of this beer is orange to yellow with a nice white head. The head seems to be quite sticky.

Smell is earthy and fruity with those noticable british malts and noble hops.

Taste is creamy and full with a nice hop bitterness in the background. There is a slightly sharp finish but still creamy and smooth. Hops pack more of a punch than I am used to for British-styles but it is an IPA. There are some grapefruit/citrus notes from the hops.

This is a nice beer and a nice American take on a British IPA. Creamy, full-bodied and slightly tart. Delicious

stewart124, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of sevopie
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - Hazy golden with a thick off-white head.

Smell - Nice citric hop smell with a little caramel

Taste - Crisp hoppiness, muted by a fairly strong dose of bready malt.

Mouthfeel - Slick and smooth with the right amount of carbonation.

Drinkability - Incredibly easy drinking for an IPA, I love when this one comes around.

sevopie, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Delaney's Pub & Grill, New Haven, Conn.

A: Poured a light, clear copper-amber with a thin coating of carbonation which left a washed out film of lace.

S: Smells of toasted English malts and some dry, piny hops.

T: Taste is dry and bitter up front and evened by a bit of malt sweetness around mid palate. The flavors are not full and a little watered down tasting. Not bad, though.

M: Mouthfeel is dry, crisp and a little bitter.

D: I was kind of hoping for a more pronounced hop flavor out of this one, but was let down a tad. The drinkability is still pretty good because of then nice balance, and it flows smoothly.

A no hang-ups, no frills IPA with a bit of distinct English flavors. Dry and enjoyable, but not hoppy enough for me. It's decent and worth a try.

Gambrinus1184, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pleasant soft golden color with rust highlights. Even, sticky off-white, 1-2 finger head with lace speckling the glass.

S: Smells like grapefruit frosting -- strong citrus component with orange and grapefruit aromas followed by buttery, thicker malt scents.

T: Delicious blend of buttery sweet malitness and strong but not heavy floral, earthy, and citrus hops that are complex and an enjoyable mouthful.

M: Very thick feel that is lighter in the finish with low carbonation and pleasant soft citrus aftertaste.

D: Another strong effort from Boulder Brewing to stand right next to their other excellent Looking Glass brews.

argock, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of bashiba
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a nice clean copper color with a thick and full head, great retention and tons of lacing.

Smell had a clean and fresh hop smell, very floral with a touch of pepper and mint.

A nice and even english style IPA, very balanced toasted malt body with a crisp fresh hop finish, a bit spicy and a touch of juniper.

Mouthfeel has some nice carbonation but a bit on the thin side.

A very drinkable IPA, I enjoyed it very much.

bashiba, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We tapped this last night. I was a little skeptical until the first sniff.
It pours a crystal orange with a substancial cream head which retains well. Lacing to the bottem of the glass. Aroma is very earthy--definately different from any IPA I've tried to date. Grassy, hop presence. Very crisp.
The flavor is like drinking mother earth--grassy, clean with some hints of orange. Backed by malt but definatley not as strong a malt character as others. Very light in the mouth, and while the hops are wonderful they don't leave they oily almost resin lingering in my mouth. The aftertaste is almost dry. I can definately tell the difference between this and more traditional American IPA's. I'm scoring the drinkability high on this one. Its much cleaner in the mouth with a 6.5 abv so several of these go down easily. I'm sad its such a limited release otherwise I'd roate it throughout the year.

LunaChick, Aug 24, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The beer is clear, light orange color, with a 3-finger head that lasted until the beer was gone. The smell is light citrus hops, seems American hops although the beer is called British-Style Ale, I got some grapefruit and apricot although not too strong. The taste was OK, the hops put some bitterness into the mix and the malts played a bigger role than they did with the aroma. I'd say the beer has a standard body and is very drinkable due to it's light flavors and alcohol content.

TurdFurgison, Aug 18, 2008
Photo of Blakaeris
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear golden-amber in color with brilliant highlights. Head is initially full and lingers awhile.

Aroma is malty and fruity with a pleasant toasted quality. Hops are floral and pungent. Together they create an earthy biscuit character that is mild overall.

Taste is similar to the nose, but the toasted biscuit flavor is much more pronounced. Grainy with hints of leather, along with plenty of herbal tea. Finish is clean with a mild hop spice bite and a bit of a metallic sting.

Mouthfeel is medium-full.

I enjoyed this American take on the British style. It is certainly more aggressively hopped; but it still maintains an overall balance and subtlety. The toasted malt character is full flavored. I would consider this an interesting session beer.

Blakaeris, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of sleazo
2.7/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A_Poured into an Imperial pint glass, the light brown liquid's bubble cling to the bottom of the glass. A dense, two finger head sits steady atop the brew providing a nice view.

S_All of the odour hits you at once. The slightly sourness mingles with a very clean grassy hop essence.

T_Much different than the smell. The malt reigns supreme here in the starting point and at the end. Slightly sour but mostly caramel sweetness. The hops hit in the middle with their ever so slight grassiness. I would say this is more about the malt and the hops don't shine through like they should. The finish does manage to provide a nice generic bitterness.

M_Medium bodied, light to moderate carbonation.

D_For some reason this is just not doing it for me. I like Boulder's other beers but this just seems too acidic and not hoppy enough for what it tries to be.

sleazo, May 31, 2008
Photo of Cresant
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Samuel Adams glass. No date on the label. The body was cloudy amber/honey colored. Some sediment remained in the bottom of the bottle. Minimal head faded to a small ring.

Smell was sweet maltiness. Perfumy. Hard candy. One does not guess that there will be a large amount of bitterness in the flavor.

Taste was acrid hops. Fruity, rich. Sweet but equally bitter, well balanced big flavors. Long bittering finish.

Mouthfeel was medium to full in body.

Cresant, May 27, 2008
Photo of mattster
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened 22 fluid ounce bottle, poured into nonic glass.

Forms low head of 1/2" that quickly dissipates to a layer of lace across top of light copper colored brew.

Smell is of sweet malts with a grassyness. Taste is also pretty grassy with bits of barnyard and light hops. A little stronger than other traditional IPAs that I've tried, but not bad.

Has a nice presence in mouth, although there is a bit of an aftertaste. Very drinkable.

All in all, nothing major, but not a bad brew.

mattster, May 07, 2008
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.