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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
THE BROS
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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 drtth
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice clear light golden copper color with a ¼" ivory head that persists for quite a while. Sipping leaves behind lots of foam and lacing. Later in the beer there is still lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is rich with caramel malt, but the earthy hops and citrus character are clearly in the mix as well.

Taste: The flavors are about what I think a British Style IPA should show. The bitterness is here, but the sweet malt is also clearly present to balance the hop flavors, while still letting show off their character. The malt contributes a mild caramel or light toffee flavor while the fruitiness of the hops shines as well. Think balance between hops and malt here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy throughout with moderate carbonation. The medium long finish begins with balanced malt and hop flavors but then the sweetness of the malt fades away to leave the dry bitterness of the hops to slowly disappear.

Drinkability: I liked this beer and could easily drink several on an evening. I certainly will order this one again when I have a chance.

drtth, Sep 23, 2009
Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 11, 2010 printed on the back neck of the bottle. Label says it's a British-style Ale. Pours a beautiful bright gold w/ a slight orange haze which you can see through. Nice white head that gets smaller but stays w/ the beer the whole way through, decent lacing. Smells pretty fruity w/ citrus notes and malty bread notes. It tastes just like it smells w/ a slight spice. There's a bitterness but not overboard at all. There's something going on in the beer that I can't put my finger on, but I like it. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not overly bitter, crisp and refreshing. Drinks very well. I can't say this is a session brew at 6.5%, but it's pretty hard to drink just one.

This is easily the best English IPA I've tried so far. Boulder Beer comes though w/ this one, recommended if you see it.

BB1313, May 31, 2010
Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in Long Island, NY...
A hefty pour resulted in a copper-amber, grainy hue with a modest head that left a decent amount of lacing...
Strong smell of hops, grains, caramel, and honey...
Raw, balanced, yet not-too-aggressive taste of hops and a mild assertion of caramel, vanilla, honey, and floral essences...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style and not the best beer I've sampled from this brewery, but a pleasing, strong representation nonetheless...
Good mouthfeel, with noticeable essences of hops and florals along with a very good level of drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors...
Good stuff from Boulder...
Worth a shot...

dsa7783, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +5%

Cramerican, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a medium sized head and lace.
An aroma full of hops,grapefruit and citrus.

The taste of hops,citrus notes,malts and of course grapefruit.

The feel was easy to drink and just slightly bitter. Medium carbonation and body.
A well balanced beer.


Notes: Textbook,but very appealing in that this went down well and could almost be a session beer.

Lexluthor33, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN Tulip glass. 1 finger, off-white head that fades to 1/2 finger.

Smell had a great citrusy aroma that was accompanied by fruity and floral. Mellow maltiness.

Taste had a nice hop presence that was both bitter and aroma/flavor. Orangey, fruity/citrusy upfront w/ a grassy finish. Low level of malt sweetness that is mainly in the middle. Finish is fairly bitter. Maltiness does present itself a little more as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability was good. On the bitter side for a English but nothing overpowering.

riored4v, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of beerrooster
4/5  rDev +5%

beerrooster, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Morey
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 2009 stamped on the side of bottle.

Pours a cloudy goldish orange with a decent white head following a medium-aggressive pour. The lace seems to be sticking very nicely to the side of the glass.

Smell is rather mild but some citrus and grape like aromas are apparent. Very little hop aroma.

What Cold Hop lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste. First you get a tingling sensation from the hops followed by the citrus and grape like flavors that were also present in this beer aroma. Finishes rather smooth.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, with good carbonation.

I could drink this beer as a session, but I'd be in trouble after a sixer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A refreshing beer. Not ground breaking, but very good none the less. Something I'd buy a case of to have on hand for a session brew.

Morey, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of John_M
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a solid amber color with good head retention and lacing. Not surprisingly I suppose, this beer smells very ESB like, but with some hoppy, bitter perfume well. There is some underlying sweet malt in the nose as well, typical of an ESB. On the palate, the beer starts off with some roasty sweet malt flavor, but with some underlying hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol very well disguised.

This is a nice enough beer, but is nothing extraordinairy either. One thing I do like is how well the moderate, malty sweetness is countered by the hoppy bitterness in this one. Not bad.

John_M, Sep 15, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

nmann08, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of maniaczak
4/5  rDev +5%

maniaczak, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +5%

Focusf111, Feb 12, 2014
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 nasty15108
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

nasty15108, Oct 30, 2008
Photo of Finn
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy burnt orange, and holds up a decent amount of sticky lacing.

Aroma: Sharp hop aroma, rich sweet malts

Taste: malty bicsuits are quickly joined by a sharp hop flavor profile, with moderate bitterness. finish is pleasant but doesn't linger very long.

Mouthfeel: medium/full body with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: High drinkability. This is an interesting and unique ale. and quite tasty. well crafted and well worth a try.

Finn, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of rorjets
4/5  rDev +5%

rorjets, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of BigRedN
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is copper in color, clear, with a 1/2 inch off white head. The head fades to a solid cover and leaves behind some lace as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Wonderfully hoppy aromas, piney and floral scents. As the beer warms as I slowly sip away, some grainy malt aroma comes through just past halfway.

Taste: This one has a good hop bitterness, but not over-the-top like many American IPAs. There is some balance here with some malts in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, decent carbonation with a dry finish, yet a very "refreshing" beer.

Drinkability: This is a nicely done English IPA. While the hop presence is there, this beer has not overhopped just for the sake of making a big hoppy IPA. I enjoyed the 6 pack I purchased for just $4.99.

BigRedN, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of hunteraw
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a friend.

Appearance: Deep amber in color, clear, good sized head. Some lace.

Smell: Ruby red grapefruit, with some hibiscus. Juicy.

Taste: Slightly reminiscent of Mexican agua de jamaica in its floral hop character. Grapefruit finish - not what I was expecting in an English IPA - better than I was expecting, in fact, although not sure how true to style that makes it. Some English yeast character.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Good

hunteraw, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of paulmcm
4/5  rDev +5%

paulmcm, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap, poured into an imperial pint glass down at Kelleher's on 11-19-09.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark burnt orange beer with a thick ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: Bright piney goodness, and lots of it; this smells like a Christmas tree farm. There are some light toasty malts in the background as well; overall this is nicely balanced with neither the malt or the hops blotting out the other

Taste: Bigh fresh pine flavors combine with a light, delicate bitterness and just a bit of malt in the background. This is nice, light, and drinks like a session ale, even though the abv% is a bit on the high side for that. It's quite tasty and enjoyable, it's just a little bit lighter than you'd expect.

Mouthfeel: Light-light side of medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a really nice, nearly sessionable English IPA. The malty notes aren't quite as forward as they are in many English examples, but the hop bitterness is well-balanced with the malt and is fresh and tasty. A bit simple, but good nonetheless.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of Jspriest
4/5  rDev +5%

Jspriest, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of PittBeerGirl
4/5  rDev +5%

PittBeerGirl, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of shelby415
4/5  rDev +5%

shelby415, Feb 12, 2012
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.