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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86
very good

443 Ratings
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Ratings: 443
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 11.58%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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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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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear amber with good head and lacing.

Smell: Mostly hops, floral and grassy.

Taste: Yes! No tea-like bitterness, just a nice balance of sweetness and grassy hops.

Drinkability: Doesn't feel too strong, could be a nice starter beer for an evening.

Hey, I found an "English" beer that I like, but it comes from Colorado. Many of the English beers I've had have a metal or tea-like bitterness that I dislike. This doesn't, so good for it. A nice beer.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a transparent amber in color with a short tan head. The smell is hoppy and sweet. It has a really nice aroma. The taste is malty and hoppy at the same time, very nice balance. The hop flavor is slightly bitter and grassy. This is a pretty good beer! This is now my favorite Boulder Beer brew.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear gold with a nice white head that laces nicely.
Not much dominant in the smell. Caramel and malt mostly.
Taste is pretty nice, the caramel dominates but in a mild way. There's some earth and wood, musky notes as well. It's very smooth and creamy for an IPA. Feels very smooth and mildly carbonated.
All these qualities make it super easy to drink. It goes down very easy and is a great hot weather drink. Very quenching.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with no date noted into my crystal mug. Nice hazy amber-orange color with minimal carbonation streams but a pillowy, craggy, off-white head that fades slowly yielding great retention and good lacing. Good looking brew. Nose of floral hops right out of the gate, piney, biting, with light citrus. There’s some malt in there, but it’s hiding behind the hops. In the mouth, it’s again floral hops up front with a bit of citrus, though the malt comes through to balance things out nicely, making this one a crisp, hoppy, yet ultimately drinkable beer. Lightly syrupy body with low carbonation is smooth; just enough carbonation to keep the flavor crisp. Drinkability is very good overall: this is a nice, tasty, sharp and enjoyable IPA.

Overall: Another solid offering from Boulder Beer, this one’s a nicely crisp and floral hopped IPA. Recommended.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow orange hue with thin white lace.

Nose is somewhat tame for an IPA, with a distinct orange citrus aroma.

Palate is very fruit-juicy oriented with some pleasant malt in the backdrop. Finish is medium length and nothing terribly special, but nothing bad either.

Overall a nice ale, good, but not great by any means.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Copper brown/tan, nice 1 inch head, plenty of lacing.

Smell - Hops, malts, pineapple, grapes, some sugars, some lemon and banana.

Taste - Classic english hop and malt flavor. Lots of grapefruit and apple. Malts are roasted and add a carmal flavor. Pineapple also comes out in each drink. Fairly sweet but not overboard.

Mouthfeel - PRetty smooth on mouth. Tounge gets alot of hops, malts and sugars. Palette is left intact, only slighty bittered. Aftertaste is malty and sweet.

Overall - Soild and easy to drink. Balanced really well. ALcohol is low enough, has enough sweetness, and bitterness is low. Fine example of a english ipa, really enjoyed.

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4/5  rDev +5.3%

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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The look: clear and coppery, with a big, active head, dwindling with a quickness.

The smell: bright, fresh, hoppy, plenty of citrus pith, grapefruit and pine...apricot and orange...wide open and wondrous.

The taste: sweet and tangy, with plenty of jazz and juice. Slips easily off the tongue.
Medium bodied, full of fruity flavor, with just enough hop smack to tickle the tastebuds. Caramel malt adds deliciousness.

According to the label, they consulted one of Charlie Papazian's favorite English IPA recipes, "gave it (their) own twist and (they were) over the moon with the results." My guess is that the twist is American hops...that's what I feel really differentiates this from an English Pale Ale or IPA...

what's up with the name? "Cold Hop"?Huh? What's that mean? The opposite of Hot Hop? Anyone know?

Anyway, it drinks down really nice, but not that amazing of a creation. I could have kept the five bucks. A pleasant sip, nonetheless...

Photo of magnj
4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orange body with a just a little haze and sediment. Fantastic head leaves lacing on my Guinness pint glass.

S - Sweet malty presence up front backed up by some interesting hops. Nose indicates that it's big.

T - Sweet up front balanced out by a unique hops flavor and bitterness. Really malt forward all the way through but well balanced. Hops are almost like big American hops, pine and pineapple but there's a strong flavor I can;t identify like lime or something.

M/D - Full body that leaves a sweet aftertaste. A nice drink, borderline sessionable but a little too big. Glad I picked it up.

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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 443 ratings.