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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 armock
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a thin white head

S - A nice citrus hops smell

T - A whole bunch of hoppy goodness

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - This is a very easy drinking IPA good hops but not overwhelming a very good beer I'd say its worth a try

armock, Jan 06, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard English IPA, but with the hopping rates expected from the American stle. A firm, malty (Marzen-like) malt base has a crisp, lightly crusty, well-attenuated character that balances well with a healty dose of pine / pungent / resinous hops that linger well after the sip is gone. Beyond that, the fruitiness / esters are light, allowing the malt sweetness and hop bitterness to set the tone for the brew. The beer remains a murky amber / rust color throughout with expected head formation-retention to hold throughout. The beer attenuates in a very American sort of way, not allowing the heavy sweetness to remain, as it does in English Pales. However the grain flavors are softer and less husk-like, as found in American Ales. A nice blend of both.

BEERchitect, Jan 05, 2008
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a foggy orange amber. Nose is very piney hops with that sweet character to it. Flavor is very hopped, but in a noticeably English style. I feel like it purposefully subdues itself and never gets out of hand, as many American versions of the style might. The hops present themselves and then an earthy bitter tone hits you. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it. The liquid is thick, though it gives a thick, slick, and syrupy texture on the mouth. Overall very good. Definitely one for the hop heads and possibly one for the real ale folks out there too.

RblWthACoz, Jan 01, 2008
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a small head that melted away to a very thin lacing.

S - Faint aroma of citrus and hops.

T - Juicy hops with hints of citrus-fruits and malt. Nothing over-the-top, just a nice blend.

M - Thin-to-medium body with a bitter-crisp finish.

D - A solid session IPA...I'd pick up a 6-pack if I ever saw it in PA.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a hazed tangerine orange, with golden hay around the edges. Cap of lightly creamy, fine bubbled, off-white.

One deep sniff gives the aroma of some earthy biscuit malts along with floral, piney hops and citrus rinds.

The flavor consists of earthy biscuit malts and slightly sweet citrusy tangerine with a bit of tart grapefruit. It finishes lightly bitter with earthy floral and lightly bitter citrus rind / piney hops.

The mouthfeel is a smooth medium which is quite refreshing with a nice amount of lightly sharp and tingly, fuzzy-creamy carbonation.

This is beer is good, well balanced, and refreshing. Solid.

Slynger, Dec 28, 2007
Photo of jasonjlewis
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge 4 finger head with insane retention all the way down the glass

Smell is of pale and caramel malts with a nice citrusy hop aroma. Smells like fuggle hops for aroma.

First of all there are two hop varieties in this beer. What are the golding and fuggle? I'm pretty sure fuggle is in there, but my english hop knowledge is not that great. Anyways a balance of pale and caramel malts sweetness balances out a nice citrusy hoppiness. Pineyness is very slight but there.

The mouthfeel is awesome on this beer. The carbonation is moderate and leaves a fullnesson the palate.

I could easily drink this all night long.

jasonjlewis, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of davidt
3.43/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze-orang color, thin head rapidly fades. Aroma is hard to pin down; strong malt background with piney hops. The piney hop come through in the flavor, there’s also a light citrus flavor in the mix. A bready malt holds it together. There’s a long-lasting hop after taste. Seems to be a classic English IPA.

davidt, Dec 17, 2007
Photo of macster
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An admirable attempt at reproducing a classic Brit Ale.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color under a 1/2" off-white head which gradually fades to a thin spotty film. No lacing is noted as the beer is consumed.

Subtle and delicate aromas of flowers, caramel, earth, fresh bread and a touch of orange and lemon are enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was clean and fairly light with subtle carbonation; but finished a tad thin.

Flavor profile was well balanced and subtle with gentle notes of caramel, biscuits, toffee, spices, flower essence, citrus and herbs. Finishes with a semi-firm crisp hop bitterness balanced with a touch of honey-like sweetness.

Seems to me to be about as good as anything the Brits are putting out these days.

macster, Dec 01, 2007
Photo of jneiswender
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got as part of a beer of the month club.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice fairly clear amber color. Wonderbread like head that lasts a couple of minutes.

Sweet apple juice smell.

Initial sweet malt and then a blazing strip of hop flavor down the tongue. Crisp taste but not thin in the mouthfeel department. Somewhat slick tasting. Woody, oaky aftertaste.

I really have little to complain about this beer. Its actually quite good. Good representation of the style.

jneiswender, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of ruckzuck
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a beer of the month club delivery my gf got me for my birthday. She's the best.

A - clear, amber, nice white head

S - fruity, floral, bit of spice

T - initial spiciness which gives way to a mixture of sweetness and bitterness

M - medium-light body, smooth, some carbonation

D - well, as yet another biased IPA lover (YABIPAL?) I quite enjoyed this beer and was happy to have received it along with the others I have yet to try. I like it, and would definitely have another if I didn't only have 2 left. Would probably order several at the pub as well if it were around. Enjoyable. Give it a shot if you see it.

ruckzuck, Nov 29, 2007
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique take on a British style IPA, given the the cold hopping and creaminess. A little grapefruity, and some malt offset. A tad of toastiness in the aroma and taste as well. Lace dots. Golden yellow colour. Easy drinking, and I could finish a few of these over a week.

Sammy, Nov 23, 2007
Photo of zook74
4.65/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become one of my favorite beers as of late. It has a great, hoppy flavor that doesn't completely destroy my tastebuds. When I'm down to drinking a beer for a session this, and other Boulder beers, does the trick.

Poured into a pilsner glass Cold HOp has a pretty, subdued gold with a decent whitish head that dissipates quickly, lacing the glass for the duration of the drink.

A nice, crisp aroma, even if it lacks any truly distinguishing characteristics.

Pours easily down the gullet, llight on the tongue, and tastes great a tad on the colder side (I'm guessing 36-38ish).

zook74, Nov 22, 2007
Photo of FatSean
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz Tulip pint from 12oz bottle. A little head that quickly disipated. Beer is a warm brown-gold, a bit cloudy. Smell is simple...light and sweet hop aromas and a little malt. Has some hop bite on the tongue and a sweet finish with enough hop left over to keep it from being a High Life. A bit thin-bodied, but the hop essence makes your mouth and tongue tingle. Quite drinkable, although the sweet finish might bother some.

I had waited months to try this, not being a fan of rather bland (IMO) English Ales but the bottle and carrier art always drew my attention. I'm glad I did. This is an interesting beer.

FatSean, Nov 21, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber hue with a big active off-white head that collapsed very quickly and left a good sheet of lacing until the end of the beer.

S - floral nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and sweet oranges and a slight touch of bready malt.

T - taste follows the nose very nicely. Sweet toffee is the first flavor to me before a nice hop bitterness floods my taste buds. I get a nice shot of bready malt aftertaste on the back of my palate. This is so very well balanced with the malt and hop flavoring sharing their roles as it should be.

M - crisp and clean with a medium finish and overall very satisfying.

D - The drinkability is good.

Final Note: This beer provides the hop bite I am looking for in a well made and well balanced beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of Procrastinator
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1-pint, 6 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange honey colored brew with a huge off-white creamy head. While carbonation seems docile in sight, when the glass is swirled, the head rebuilds itself nicely. Lots of thin lacing clings the glass throughout my entire drink.

Smell: flowery hop presence with a slight piney, spicy note. Sweet caramel. Any citrus rind is definitely in the background.

Taste: bitter resinous piney hops meets a chewy caramel sweetness. On the English sweeter sides of IPAs.

Mouthfeel: slick on the tongue, medium bodied and a bit overcarbonated. A smoother mouthfeel would make for a better enjoyment.

Drinkability: nice easy drinking IPA with fresh hoppy flavors. Could drink two 22-ouncers and get my hop fix.

Procrastinator, Nov 19, 2007
Photo of jwc215
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, almost cloudy, amber with a thin, white head.

The smell is grainy/caramelish with citric fruitiness.

The citrus moves up a bit on the taste, but remains balanced by a grainy sweetness. Some buttery notes are present. Sweetness and bitterness blend nicely in the finish. This is one of those beers that grow better as it progresses.

The body is medium to full with a fair amount of creaminess. It has a nice texture.

A well-made brew here - British-style with an American flair.

jwc215, Nov 08, 2007
Photo of crayphish
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours an amber orange color with an impressive dense white head. Fair amount of lacing. Smell is pungent grapefruit and pine. Softer sweer malt notes as well. Taste is a hoppy grapefruit and pine blast. Very impressive. Only a slight malt balance, perfect for my palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with the bittering astringent doing its thing. A fairly drinkable brew, I did find my palate crushed.

crayphish, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange gold fluid. Large, rocky, light tan head. Big lacing, spider-web like. Drank this close to Halloween, so appropriate for the season!

Aroma was earthy and spicy. Some caramel and peach and a touch of pineapple.

Nicely balanced beer. Hopping was relatively mild and earthy in character. Floral notes were present as well. Hint of alcohol. Malt presence was not particularly sweet, reminded me of wheat bread. Some apricot and grapefruit rounded out the flavors.

Medium in body. Carbonation seems lower than appearance suggests, call it medium at best. Smooth and silky. Alcohol warming seems noticeable early, wonder what the ABV is.

Very easy to drink. If ABV wasn't a factor, this would make a very good session beer.

, Nov 07, 2007
Photo of kennyo
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

found this in the Fishkill Beer store, used to be great store, now so so.
Pours a nice white head, amber color, some lace stuck to the glass. Malty aroma, some hops. Taste is a little bitter, some malt, some sweetness. Nice after taste.
A decent drinkable beer

kennyo, Nov 04, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A cool, but not cold, Cold Hop brew that’s looking good in the ol NB tulip glass. Slight haze orange amber, frothy ivory head.

West coast aroma of citrus and pine. Quaff gets back to the British mode with a woody vinous backbone – still processing a firm punch of American hops.

Another tasty freakin’ brew from Boulder. I’m guessing this is under 5% alcohol – making for a decent session brew.

Vancer, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of Viggo
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles last time I was in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed amber/orange, thin white head, some lace spots, settles to a thin layer. Smell is neat, grapefruit and pineapple, very fruity, some sugar and honey, grassy hops, really neat. Taste is toffee and chocolate sweetness, pineapple, bready malt, some floral, sweet citrus and fruit finish, bit of tea character, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty chewy, very nice. Really enjoyed this beer, definately wish I had picked up a bottle.

Viggo, Nov 03, 2007
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber color, mild carbonation and a moderate, off-white head.

Aroma is very toasty with bready malts and earthy hops.

Taste is malty with nice hoppy flavor and an earhty bitter finish that's rather dry.

Medium bodied, mild carbonation is good for the style. Solid, pretty tasty brew.

AaronHomoya, Oct 31, 2007
Photo of simmons
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with a thin white head not lasting too long leaving a nice bit of lace. Pours hazy with not many bubbles rising

Aroma: Just a little bit of sweet malt is present followed by a mild but very pleasent sweet hop aroma. floral notes also present

Flavor: Malt is complex with a bit of grainyness to it and some sweetness. The bitterness is moderite and pine like followed by a very nice sweet hop flavor just as you would expect from the aroma

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and well balanced. Leaves a bitter/sweet hop aftertaste that lingers around awhile.
Water used seems soft.

Overal: This is a tasty beer. The malt is malty enough but not too sweet and the hops are just right to enjoy. There is nothing that stands out to make this beer outstanding but it is good.

simmons, Oct 28, 2007
Photo of Gusler
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon its departing the 22 ounce bottle the beer presents a somewhat hazy deep amber orange color with a skyscraper sized creamy white head that lingers long and upon its vanishing the lacing seals the glass with a thick and clinging layer. Nose has a dominate malt aroma, sweet and clean, hops provide a bit of fresh cut grass aroma, and a bit of butterscotch. Start is richly malted; the hops provide a nice bite at the back, top is moderate to full in feel. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops perfect in the benign spiciness; quite dry aftertaste stays and stays, a nice representative to the style.

Gusler, Oct 25, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Juicy tangelo with gold accents, crowned by a good looking cap that is the approximate color of elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. Its superior surface is replete with bubbles that take their sweet time entering the atmosphere. What looked like a disappointing amount of lace early is a more than satisfactory amount late.

I like the nose quite a bit. It's unquestionably British in character, thanks to what is probably East Kent Goldings complemented by something fruitier, like Fuggles. I had no luck trying to find the specific ingredients, so those are strictly guesses. Earthy-herbal orange and grapefruit gets it about right.

Cold Hop is good beer that tastes nothing like the rest of the Boulder lineup. I'm pretty sure that was the idea. Like the nose, it hits the English IPA 'hop flavor nail' on the head. It's probably a fraction hoppier than the typical Brit IPA, but then that's what good American craft brewers tend to do. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now I'm not so sure about the hop bill. My guess is that there's something different present... Phoenix or one of the other new varieties perhaps. A light butter toffee and toasted nut flavor is subtle enough to add complexity, while still allowing the grapefruit and apricot-like hops to shine. Musky peach skins contribute as well. This one is tough to nail down with any kind of certainty. All that really matters is that it's delicious beer.

The mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. A generous amount of malt sees to it that the beer is at least medium for the style, with a long-lasting creaminess that becomes even more smooth and polished with warming. Splendid job here guys.

Cold Hop British-Style Ale is an inspired, niche-filling addition to the outstanding Mojo IPA and the equally outstanding Hazed & Confused. It's probably my least favorite of those three, but that doesn't mean that it's anything less than a wonderful American-brewed English IPA. C'mon Boulder, distribution to Iowa seems like a no-brainer.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 25, 2007
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.