Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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3.55/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
Serving type: nitro-tap
12-07-2013 23:48:33 | More by TheBrewo
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 430 ratings.