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Cold Hop British-Style Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Cold Hop British-Style AleCold Hop British-Style Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

408 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 11.29%


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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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear, copper body with a huge, foamy head that threatened to overflow. However, it does dwindle rather quickly and leaves some spider web lacing on its way down. The nose was overly earthy with pine and grapefruit rounding out the hop side of the equation while toasted malt lays down the foundation. The flavor profile follows the nose. Earthy, herbal hops with just a touch of grapefruit and pine in the finish while toasted malt grabs the taste buds through the middle. Bitterness comes in a quick punch and fades even quicker. Medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is on point. Overall I found this to be lacking and pretty average in every way.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 19:18:23 | More by ColForbinBC
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JamnesCameron

Illinois

2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Received this bottle in my Birthday BIF box from mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass. Pours a chill hazy light amber with a light tan head of about a fingers worth of foam that drops quickly leaving barely a wisp around the edges.

Aromas of floral and earthy hops, some fruity esters from the yeast. Some citrus as well. White wine fruitiness as it warms.

Flavors of pine and citrus, hints of mint, malt, and there's an off flavor here as well. Good level of bitterness. A white wine aroma and flavor is popping out as it warms. Not pleasant. Checked the ingredient list, includes some german nobles in the kettle (inappropriate in my mind) and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin. Never experienced this variety before. A little research shows it has a "gooseberry" flavor, which I can name now, as well as a white wine “fruitiness.” I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel is medium, good level of carbonation.

Overall, this isn't working for me. I'm old school when it comes to english styles, which means english hops and estery yeasts. The german nobles and NZ hops to me are wholly inappropriate. I enjoyed the experience of trying something new, but did not like this beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 22:12:09 | More by JamnesCameron
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BrewCrew2010

Mississippi

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A orange/brown body beer, murky clarity, with a small white head that leaves dainty lace here and there.

S: Although this is a lighter aroma, I'm getting wonderful nose of hops: floral, fruity, & a bit of a citrus bite. I'm defintely smelling czech saaz and some toasted honey malts as well.

T: A refreshing flavor of a variety of hops (fruity, floral, citrus, hint of pine) balanced with toasted caramel malts. After the inital sweetness, it's quickly followed with a pleasent hoppy bite. A bit dry bitter finish, but very well needed.

M: A crisp & light texture with a medium to full body and decent carbonation.

D: Like I said in the taste, this one is extremely refreshing and easy to drink. The balanced flavor of sweet malts and bitter hops make this one a joy for the palate.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 18:55:37 | More by BrewCrew2010
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mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12/31/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a nice transparent amber color with one finger of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of pine hops, citrus hops, fruity malts, and floral notes.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, floral notes, and very light pine hops.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - A nice English IPA. I got this as part of my beer of the month club and it's one of the better beers I've received from them. Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 23:41:29 | More by mdfb79
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PubliusII

Connecticut

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulder Beer Company "Cold Hop"

Appearance- Dark bronze pour with a one finger head.

Smell- Hops and fruit pretty uniform smell

Taste- Sweet taste of grapes, apricots, roasted grain

Mouthfeel- Light body, decent carbonation, leaves with a clean, smooth finish.

Drinkability- A fantastic beer with a sweet, bitter taste. It tickles and tongue and is a great buy.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 00:36:05 | More by PubliusII
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arboristfish

Wisconsin

4.83/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a slightly hazy copper color with a thick white head. The aroma of this beer is delicious. It smells like toasted malts and a spicy noble hop character. There is another aroma that is very interesting that I cant pin down. The taste is toasty, with a caramel sweetness. The bitterness seems to balance with the malt. There is a slight noble spicey hop flavor. The mouthfeel is medium light, with a decent amount of carbonation. This beer is very well balanced, and is also very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2010 23:27:37 | More by arboristfish
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champ103

Texas

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2010 20:04:32 | More by champ103
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark yellow, light orange works its way in, a thin wispy head. Aroma, reminiscent to a degree with Stone's 14th, but not nearly as good.

Taste, a lot going on for a EIPA frankly, bitterness is one dimensional uk bitterness without much of a hop mouthfeel, but the alcohol warming gives this beer more of a personality. Excellently balanced.

A good beer, very ssssionable, but its taste is all over the place, aspects of all kinds of ipa, from all over the world. A hodgepodge.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:51:55 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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wethorseblanket

California

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unexpected extra from Steve - Thanks.

Pours a clear amber with a fine white head and minimal lacing. Smells faintly of fruity hops. Taste is good combination of citrus hop and sweet malt. Neither is overly out front. Rather well balanced. Mouthfeel is mildly bitter and sweet. Overall, very sessionable and would have liked another to enjoy. Nice surprise and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 04:39:52 | More by wethorseblanket
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magnj

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2010 00:57:14 | More by magnj
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mchoffman

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The Cold Hop was recommended to me because I like hoppy beer, but I don't find this beer to be that hoppy. It is fairly tasty though. It first is tastes like a pale ale, then kind of hoppy and like an IPA, and it leaves a stout-like taste in my mouth. It is good, but with all the beers out there, I don't think I will purchase it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 00:22:59 | More by mchoffman
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear amber with a not-too-large but steady head.

S - Nose has some floral notes, a bit of caramel and ripe fruit.

T - On the sweet side. Lots of fruit and a rich floral hoppiness. Not particularly bitter but lots and lots of flavour. Actually, the bitterness does catch up at the end, but definitely takes some time to build up.

M - Smooth, resinous body.

D - Really nice rich, delicious brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2010 23:20:37 | More by allergictomacros
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vette2006c5r

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a amber color with very small head, no lacing. It fortinalty taste and smells the same. A nice hoppy bite, but not overpowering. Finishs very smooth, and has a very dry flavor. Overall a great beer very enjoayble, very surprised, never heard of this comapny before.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:55:03 | More by vette2006c5r
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TangTKE402

New York

3.58/5  rDev -6%
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...

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 00:40:57 | More by TangTKE402
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear lighter amber color with a one finger head that leaves plenty of squiggles of lace

Smell: One of the most unusual aromas I have encountered from an IPA - I am picking up some of the vinous elements of the Nelson Sauvin hops but there is a grassy aspect as well; toffee malt galore underneath

Taste: Cookie dough and honey malt flavors that layer underneath the vinous, grassy and citrusy flavors that arrive by mid-palate; after the swallow the malt and hop flavors balance each other out

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: I just wasn't expecting a beer as interesting as this; just love the balance, with the sweeter elements (that I normally would eschew) really complementing an unusual blend of hop flavors

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 01:51:15 | More by brentk56
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

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

Please take this review with a grain of salt. I really don't like British style IPA's.

A - Poured a nice amber color. A bit hazy. Has a bit of head that diminishes into a lacy ring. Looks ok.

S - Smells a bit stale and malty rather than hoppy but I get that a lot with this style and it's not skunked. Mostly grassy hops used.

T - Not that offensive really. I thankfully didn't get a cough syrup type taste just grassy hops and bitter malt. Actually was pretty drinkable.

M - Medium body and dry. It was OK.

D - Naa.... Again I don't really like the style but it was pretty enjoyable. Didn't tarnish my view of Boulder in anyway. Good for the style I guess?

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:56:01 | More by DrDemento456
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lordofthewiens

Maine

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

Bottle with Oct 20 2010 stamped on it.
In a pint glass it was an amber color with a medium sized white head. There was a fair amount of lacing.
It had a sweet malt aroma, as well as a floral, lavender odor.
The taste was sweet and bready, with some good piney hops.
A little on the sweet side, still pretty balanced.
I know the ABV was on the high side, but this would be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:24:12 | More by lordofthewiens
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a hazy orange color with a small one finger light yellow head that instantly gives in to some sticky lacing. Nose is fruity and fresh, it's got that distinct Boulder note that they all seem to have.

Taste is mellow and balanced, it's got a good maltiness to it but it leaves a nice sharp hop bite on the tip of your tongue. It's fairly refreshing and really easy drinking. Overall a solid EIPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 20:16:15 | More by kingcrowing
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jrallen34

Illinois

3.1/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Bodega, a server's suggestion to start the night, not a great one...A dark but clearish gold, orange highlights, light head, not much retention or lacing...Aroma is sweet caramel to start, light citrus and some hops but not much...The taste is malty to start then a lot of bad hops, harsh, metallic, boring. nothing special.

Serving type: on-tap

09-18-2010 16:36:59 | More by jrallen34
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

2.05/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of off white head, hazy honey gold coloring.

s- bright hopy nose, slight sweetness here.

t- right off the bat, very sweet. uncharacteristicly sweet for an ipa - slmost tastes like straight sugar was added. odd aftertaste here as well, not very appealing.

m- medium, smooth.

d- not great, i'm not sure about this one. i couldn't get over the sweetness here - not drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 02:18:54 | More by thecarster1
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begforme4484

Connecticut

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a wheat color amber, a tad on the darker side of the spectrum. 2 fingers width head with ample lacing.

Smells somewhat earthy. Hint of malts with some grassy hops there too.

Taste is right on par for an english IPA. Some pale malts floating around encompassed by grassy and earthy hops. Not very bitter, but still has enough bite.

Medium bodied and carbonation. Nice and dry.

Could drink a few in a sitting with the relatively low abv for an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 01:21:49 | More by begforme4484
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feelmefoam

South Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cold Hop pours a muddy, slightly murky orange that kinda reminds me a bit of candle wax, for some reason. Dunno. Anyways, nice upward snow of carbonation happening, pushing up a head that sits about the as tall as a pen laying sideways (one of my high-tech beer reviewing tools). The head is off-white... it actually looks like that mocha whipped cream if ya know what I'm talking about. Decent retention, decent lacing, too.

The smell is nice. Easy to find pale malt, a little fruity hoppiness, and some slightly earthy tones towards the end. The only downside is I gotta stick my honker in the beer to get a real good whiff.... not the most fragrant beer going. Good stuff though.

This is just an enjoyable beer to drink. Surprisingly complex, but it doesn't sacrifice flavor. Light pale malts (a little honey-butter biscuit? I'm making myself hungry now) accentuated by a little dank, musty fruitiness.... I like it. Maybe some grapefruit or nectarine, a bit of plum? Hard to ID, but it's tasty all the way.

Maybe a notch below medium-bodied, not a lot of carbonation, but that's ok because this is a smooth drinker. I like the creaminess of the beer, especially as it finishes.

Overall, this is a sexy beer, at least in my opinion. Smooth, sweet, hoppy(in the UK kinda way), and drinkable. I haven't had too many British IPA's, but Cold Hop is good. I'm a little buzzed listening to the Who and drinking an English IPA on a Friday night, I don't think it gets much better. Cold Hop is definitely a drinkable beer with some complexity I didn't expect. I'd probably buy a sixer of this to enjoy again if the price was right (I think this bottle ran about $1.80 at the store). Good stuff, Boulder Beer!

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2010 22:49:01 | More by feelmefoam
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Orange gold pour with very active carbonation. Nice tall 2-finger head with excellent retention and nice lace.

Light citrus nose with herbal notes. Orange and some grassiness.

Orange citrus comes out initially and really develops as the glass warms. Also getting an herbal earthiness, contributed by both hop and malt. Weak caramel backbone. Yeasty.

Feel is very creamy with a hint of fizz, only at the end.

Extremely easy to drink and 2-3 of these at a time would make for a good night.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2010 01:31:09 | More by beer2day
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biggred1

Indiana

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

Hazed, orange amber with a finger of fine cream colored foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. The nose is fruity and herbal smelling hops with some toasty malt notes. This beer is tasty but not for people who don't like funky, earthy hops as this one is nice and dank. Fresh, citrusy fruity and resinous hop flavors with a nice toasty malt backbone. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation and lush creaminess. This is really good to my taste buds but I know quite a few fellow beer enthusiasts who would disagree. Oh well, to each his own.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 21:37:40 | More by biggred1
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Oct. 4, 2010. Sampled on August 16, 2010. The pour is mainly amber and golden with a quarter-inch of foamy, off-white head that lingers. A bit on the cloudy side. A floral hoppiness greets the nose in the taste with a background of sweet malts trying to keep a lower profile. The body is medium to full. The New Zealand hops take me to faraway places but also keep me anchored to the ground with the earthy grains that accompany them. The aftertaste reminds me of flowers. A fascinating IPA.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2010 19:29:49 | More by puboflyons
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 408 ratings.