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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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86
very good

302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 460
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 10.68%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
English India Pale Ale (IPA) |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Reviews: 302 | Hads: 460
Photo of TheBrewo
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew was served on nitro at MacGregor’s Grill and Tap Room in Canandaigua, NY. It arrived in a dimpled house mug, showing a ruddy orange almond coloring. Initially the entire mug was filled with bubbly foam, but this eventually fizzled away into liquid, supporting a finger tall head of leftover creamy eggnog headiness. This showed excellent retention, leaving a single thick sheet of lacing around the glass. Haze was decent, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation was heavy and pervasive. The aroma sung of honeydew melon and synthetic banana fruitiness, raisin breads, phenolic plastics, dirty estery sweetness, lemon rind and flesh sweetness, pale and lightly roasted caramel malts, tannic dryness, fig, and toasty sesame seeds. Our first impression was that there was a nice bitterness and toast to the malt base, but there was a general lacking of hops all around. The taste began with bitter toast of pale and crystal type malts, straw, mineral, buttery diacetyls, cherry and strawberry sweetness, distant resiny hop oiliness, and cider vinegar. The middle came to a peak with soft boozy wash, raisin and cherry flesh fruitiness, brown and pale malt sours, yeasty metallics, and chlorine plastics. The end of the sip followed through with cereal and dry pale graininess, browned grassiness, adjuncty coin, clean banana esters, toasted pecan Sandies, melted caramel sugars, and oily pine nuts. The aftertaste breathed of lead and pencil woodiness, newspaper, cranberry skin and seed, faint floral and grassy hops, toffee and burnt caramel sugars, chocolate wafer cookies, aluminum, sunflower pollen, lemon rind, adjuncty echoes, wax, and dried twigs. The body was light to medium, and carbonation was lighter. Each sip was unfortunately watery and flat, with only okay slurp, smack, cream, froth, and dull finishing pop. The mouth was left wet, with light astringency coming on the back with time. The abv was appropriate, and the beer was easily consumed.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer was its flavoring, especially after it came to temperature. It was a tough call to choose, actually, because we were rather dissatisfied all around with regards to the lacking of hops in both the nose and flavoring. The aroma starts with soft sweets and decently robust floral, herbal qualities, but without the hops it doesn’t sit too well stylistically. We ran into the exact same thing with the flavoring. We haven’t had a straight English IPA in awhile, and we were pretty excited, so maybe we were let down a little too hard. Additionally, and this may be due to the nitro, but things seemed way too flat and overly soft to support the base flavor, which remained somewhat complex inherently. While this isn’t a terrible beer, as it does hit the spot, it fell way short of what we were expecting, again, especially after that aroma. (2,866 characters)

Photo of halfP1NT
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy amber color with lots of sediment. Thin, white head, left just a bit of very thin lacing around the top of the glass.

Smell is earthy, citrus hops with a hint of spice...maybe nutmeg?

Taste is an unusual malt backbone beneath a more familiar citrus hop flavor. I almost feel like there's two totally different flavors playing against each other, which isn't a bad thing.

Medium amount of carbonation, easy to drink. I think I'd like to give this one another try & make sure it's more recently bottled. (511 characters)

Photo of racer2k
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my favorite pint glass

A - Beer pours a cloudy copper color and leaves a healthy one finger of off white colored head in the glass which slowly dissipates. Some light lacing accumulates around the glass.

S - Pleasant light hoppy aroma with grassy floral tones and a sweet grainy malt flavors in the air.

T - This beer has a nice balance of citrus, pine and spicy hops and a caramel malt, freshly baked bread flavor. There is a very nice bitter hoppy finish to this beer.

M - Medium carbonation and light to medium body which is quite easy to drink.

D - Nice beer and one that brings a lot of balance. This is something that would be perfect for a session beer selection. I enjoy the interplay between the aggressive hops and malt profile. (756 characters)

Photo of TangTKE402
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. A good 2-finger head materialized that mellowed in a minute to a thin ring around the edges. Touches of lacing and a nice ochre/tan color appeared. Mildly opaque.

Predominant smells are of hops, pine, flowers, and a touch of strawberries on the end. It says British-style IPA, but the smell is mostly reminiscent of an American IPA, if a bit subdued. Perhaps its the Czech hops used?

Taste initially hits you with a musk reminiscent of damp wool. The hops and barley take over in the mouth to clear the initial muskiness away with some good dry bitterness one would expect from a Brit ale. Nothing floral or piney about the flavor, but the swallow leaves a nice dry-hop flavor in the mouth. On the swallow I could swear there was some rye in here...

The feel is a touch creamy in the mouth, but clean on the swallow.

This is a nice beer that is different from the usual IPA/Pale Ale. Drinkability is all about how you respond to the flavor. It's mild enough that if you like it, you could have a couple no problem. I could also see people taking a sip and putting it down for good... (1,131 characters)

Photo of froghop
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a semi-clear amber-orange with a small white head, and good lacing.

smell is faint, caramel, hops, and some malt.

taste is a bit watery, malt, hops, touch of citrus, grass, and a touch of caramel, ends a little bitter.

overall a very nice bitter. (255 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Julio's in a 12 pack mixer

A: This beer pours a somewhat hazy golden color with a one finger of white head to it. Head retains nicely leaving wispy chunks of lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is oddly of some roasted malts mingled with a hop character that is somewhat earthy.

T: Taste starts with the roasted malt flavoring, somewhat bready. Earthy hops come through in the middle. Finish is somewhat of sweetmalts and a hint of piney hops.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, lightly oily feel with a dry finish.

D: Goes down easily, ok balanced. A decent beer to sit with for a bit. (605 characters)

Photo of woemad
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49.

Poured an amber color that took on a honey-ish shade when held up to light. Good sized, off-white head. Beer Neglige style lacing.

The nose is malty and herbal, more malty. While well balanced, it doesn't smell like an English IPA, more like an aggressively hopped English pale ale, if that's a distinction that matters.

The taste starts out with an herbal hop bitterness that is almost immediately balanced by a biscuity maltiness. Well-balanced flavor, but not a terribly memorable flavor either.

Mouthfeel is very, slightly oily. Body is medium. Fits into the tight alley between English pale and and IPA styles.

A decent beer, but not terribly interesting. I don't regret drinking it, but there's nothing really here for me to go back to either. (818 characters)

Photo of bnes09
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy orange in color with a thin white head that quickly disappears leaving some lacey lines.

Smell is very crisp, citrusy and spicy. Complex and luring.

Nice hop bite upfront, piney and a bit soapy. This beer may be expired since it has an odd soily taste after the initial bite lets up.

Medium bodied and mild carbonation. Also a drying finish without too much texture.

Its a descent IPA. A good hop character with a crisp feel and smell. Refreshing on a summer day. (473 characters)

Photo of mattster
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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. (489 characters)

Photo of rtratzlaff
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

After really enjoying what Boulder has put out, I am looking forward to this beer.

The beer pours a hazy, murky, orange body with an off white two finger head that sticks around leaving copious amounts of lacing. Unfiltered. There's plenty of yeast floating about along with some atop the head.
Aromas are strong and sweet bready marris otter maltiness along with a floral hop character that imparts dried apricots.
The first sip is surprisly smooth bodied with plenty of malt character that is matched well with just enough hop character. The malt shines rather well in this beer with the hops playing second fiddle. Light carbonation and a smooth body make this very much English in the mouthfeel department. With warmth the hop character actually comes out a bit more. Saaz, willamette, hallertauer, and hercules make for a very English IPA. Grassy and floral rather than fruity and bright.

Thanks to atsprings for the bottle (acquired the same evening after splitting Westy 12). (984 characters)

Photo of cdkrenz
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Orange slightly hazed body topped by a frothy eggshell head of an inch or so tall. Nice stamina in the head too.

S - Nice combination of citrus hops, and English yeast aroma and light sweet malts.

T - It definitely has the English style ale yeast taste. The hops are noticed second and are bitter before anything else.

M - The feel is coarse and abrasive, yet is does leave a sticky feel in the finish.

~ This is a fine beverage and one I would have again. The feel is a bit aggressive for something I would consider sessionable. However, the beer overall is one I would recommend to a friend. (602 characters)

Photo of JDH2000
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into generic pint glass.

A- pours golden amber with about a finger of white foamy head that dissipates to a ring on the outer edge of the glass. Moderate lacing.

S- Big, fruity hops is the first thing that hits you. Next comes some light hints of the malts.

T- again the big fruity (grapefruit) hops comes first with some bitterness and then mellows to taste the malts. Slight taste of the alcohol on the finish.

M- Medium bodied. Slightly oily but with the alcohol finish.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this beer. I typically prefer the American IPAs over the English-style IPAs, but I think the blend of hops in this one really helps a lot. (660 characters)

Photo of Magpie14
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: apple cider in color with a touch of cloudiness. Wonderful head retention and chunks of lace hugging the glass. Rather pleasant overall in the glass

S: bitter and yet a sweet fruitiness around the edges and rather strong in the nose with hops

T: big and husky flavors that are hard to gather at times. Malt presence is sweet at times with a touch of toasted characteristics. Hops push through and help round things out but yet retain a sweeter side. I would say it is not as bitter and hoppy as America PA's but a bit huskier and sweet

M: nice smooth body and leaning towards creamy and a touch acidic

D: I guess it hangs onto English brew style...large and in charge and not as much hops as an American APA. Not bad but not great (737 characters)

Photo of BeerSox
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (702 characters)

Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.62/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of stevemcqueenjr
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: pours about a 3/4 inch head, dissipates quickly. some light lacing. amber color.

s: hops. very earthy hops. not that that is a bad thing, i love a good ipa.

t: what i like about this is that it is not overwhelmingly hoppy. some ipas will just have a hoppy flavor just for the sake of having it to please the hop heads but this is pretty well balanced. it does not really have that bittersweetness, more the bitter, but it has a bite too.

m: fairly smooth, good amount of carbonation.

d: i could drink a few of these, its not really a sipper. (556 characters)

Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden ale, with an attractive eggshell coloured head. Strong aromas, spruce like, with a deep treacle accented malt backing lots of semi-sweet malts, sometimes getting really "toasty", good hop presence, piney, bitter. Ok on the palate, not boring at least. Overall very nice, well drinkable on a cold Autumn night. (321 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, undated

A - Pours a nice appealing gold color - very neutral gold. A little bit of haze. Decent amount of carbonation that leaves a small head.

S - grapefruity smell of hops comes out. Although I have to say its not as strong as many IPAs I've had. A bit muted

T - This thing has an excellent malt flavor. A specialty malt is in there of some kind. Hops are not strongly present. Not very bitter. A sweet finish. Tasty, but perhaps a bit unbalanced.

M -Full of body, not strong carbonation. Goes down fairly easy.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoy it. Its a bit sweet I think for a heavy night's drinking. The high point would do me in too.

Recommended try from boulder beer. I do think I like Hazed better though. (730 characters)

Photo of alpinebryant
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper with a decent head.

Smelled Piney off the top with some citrus

Tastes nice and bitter, Not quite as bitter as a Sierra Nevada, but it is very good. floral hops for aroma with lots of piney hop flavor also some toasty flavored malt

Mouthfeel is very good - not watery, but there are some carbs in this beer that added to the cloudiness of the beer.

Drinkability is great, a true deal at the price point compared to some of the more "popular' beers which are charging a clear $2 more than this sixer. (523 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (271 characters)

Photo of GarrisWH
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-tinged copper color with one finger of off-white head that drops down at a moderate pace, leaving some decent lacing behind. Decent retention as well.

S - Pretty mild aroma, with some lemony, floral hops and some grainy malt smells coming through mostly.

T - A balanced flavor, with some floral, citric, and slightly spicy hop flavors leading into somewhat bready, caramel malt. Finish is a bit dry and leaves some of the floral hop qualities lingering into the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied with fine carbonation that lends a nice smoothness.

D - All in all, a solid and drinkable beer. Nothing spectacular, but it has good flavor and maintains a nice balance. Wouldn't turn this one down in the future. (732 characters)

Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a good pale ale or low hop ipa. Whenever you see something like cold hop or fresh hop it conjures up an image of refreshment. This was a great beer that was not too heavy on any characteristic and a great beer for most seasons.

I would recommend this if you see it. (274 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange/copper color. A one and a half finger white head forms, but recedes in a second. Light lace is left behind.
S: Citrus hops with some bitterness in the nose. Mango and passion fruits. Some sweetness lingers. Smells pretty much like an American IPA.
T: Plenty of fruity hop flavors. Citrus, lemon, and passion fruits. A more substantial caramel sweetness than the nose.
M/D: A medium to full body. A nice crisp snap of carbonation that is very dry. Easy to drink. The alcohol is at the upper limits for the style, but I can still quaff a few.

Very enjoyable. I would not call this an English IPA though. There is some sweetness for balance, but the hops are distinctly American from what I can tell. Regardless, a good beer that I would recommend. (769 characters)

Photo of GClarkage
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

01/15/09- Purchased at Total Wine in Roseville, CA.

Presentation- 12oz bottle with no freshness info. Poured into a random pint glass.

Appearance- Clouded darker golden colored pour. Very white sparkling head of about one inch. Left some decent lace trails and some very light patchwork behind.

Smell- Note of english grassy hay, some fresh fruited hops and a bit of earthyness.

Taste- Taste was definite english IPA flavor with a sprouted grain like taste, mid range malt base and a somewhat sharp pith-like fruit flavor. Also had a kind of sour note to the beer which kinda of threw it off a bit.

Mouthfeel- Medium to a bit higher carbonation level with a light bitter aftertaste. A bit sour in the aftermath as well.

Drinkability- Could have done without the sourness, but overall a pretty good job that could have been great. (835 characters)

Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 302 ratings.