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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

441 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 441
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 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 slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

slowdaddy, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of beerphan
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

on-tap -> pint

Pours an oranged copper with a smallish white head that leaves some light rings of lace. Carbonation appears medium-high.

Nose: Piney hops, some sweet caramels

Crisp medium body. A nice combination of sweet caramel malts and fruity hops. Medium lingering bitterness finishes clean. As the pint warmed the fruity hops took hold and stood up with pineapple and some peach like flavors.

I really good ipa that seems more american than british. The pub had this labeled as a 'strong ale', which i new was wrong, but i wouldn't of tabbed this of the british style. I really enjoyed this brew.

beerphan, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of blakesell
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours two fingers deep a clear golden amber. Porous carbonation, ample lacing. Dissipates slowly and splotchy on the sides of the glass to a thin wisp over the top of the beer.

Smell- A malty background of Maris Otter, hopped well with Cascade grapefruit goodness. None of that sulfur note that I sometimes smell on English style IPA.

Taste- Nice medium roast maltiness with a good noble hop backbone. Bittering hops are a little much on the palate with lingering bitterness. Grainy and drying on the tongue as well. For as many good things that I have heard about this beer, I don't really know where they are based.

Mouthfeel- Drying and medium bodied, Highly carbonated and a bit of motor oil slickness on the swallow. The hops are too astringent for my tastes. Not warming.

Drinkability- Medium drinkability overall as well on this beer. Not memorable by any stretch of the imagination. Give me an English English IPA any day. The American imitation just isn't cutting the mustard.

blakesell, Mar 05, 2008
Photo of Jmbbabson
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Jmbbabson, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of 1fastz28
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a great looking deep orange color into my sam adams glass, it really looks great with its big white head, it laces pretty well too. smell is good, has that classic slight sour, mildly hoppy aroma to it. taste is good, refreshing and easy to drink, its a very mild beer like alot of british beers its not an over powering ale, or a weak boring lager, just a good lively beer, no compromise. mouthfeel is good, not watery at all.

drinkability is good, its a good honest beer, just like many of the beers that boulder makes.

1fastz28, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
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.

thecarster1, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Viciousknishs
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- pours a beautiful translucent amber. Two fingers of tightly bubbled creamy head crowns the beer. Above average retention with some lacing.

S- Very elegant nose. Fruity berries, floral characteristics and citrus peel from the New Zealand hops blend with spicy herbal Czech hops beautifully. Finishes balanced with some dry biscuity malt aromas.

T- Spicey herbal hop flavor hits the palate at first with a sharp bitterness. It quickly transitions into huge floral berry like fruitiness. Finishes with some lemon peel and a rich balancing pale malt flavor that is down right delicious.

MF- full creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and smooth tongue massaging carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a brittish style ale that kills it with hop flavor while remaining balanced and subtle.

Viciousknishs, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not an impressive pour...formed a head about 1/4" thick which quickly fizzled down into almost nothing. The liquid is golden-pinkish-orange, and a bit of cloudiness seems to give the robe some texture. Some rising string beads of small bubbles. No lacing.

S-An interesting blend that I had to sniff about a twenty times to decipher-I enjoyed every one too: Hops, grass, strong tangerine on the first hit and light blended citrus thereafter, roasted almonds and chestnuts, rye, light herbs and vegetation. The malt blend is what strikes me most...there is a robust backbone of toasted grain that even overshadows the hops. There's more, but I'm getting impatient to drink it.

T-Pleasant hop balance is strong, but not too Type-A, and is generous enough to reveal a toasted nut flavor, grass, orange-tangerine, at the start of the mid-palate, pleasant malts, and a clean finish that gives off almost a hint of menthol freshness. The aftertaste is excellent, and lingers lightly, enticing me to take another drink.

M-Mouthfeel is fairly light and well-balanced. The carbonation is quickly fading, and the quality is degrading every minute I put off finishing this. I was expecting a thicker consistency based on my limited experience of British-style ales.

D-I enjoyed what this beer had to offer, and I'd like to try a fresher bottle since the condition of the one I just bought is disappointing--great physique, but no spirit. It definitely demonstrated it is worthy of a second opinion.

BoitSansSoif, Jan 29, 2008
Photo of jkrich
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date found

This one poured a cloudy, goldish yellow color with minimal head or lacing.

When I opened the body, I mainly detected sweet, caramel like malt aromas

This one has a great deal of subtle flavors - there is an initial taste of malts followed by a faint banana flavor which seems out of place for a "British style ale." There is a tangy fruit flavor that dissipates rather quickly leaving a sweetness on the tongue. BA lists this ale as an "English India Pale Ale." This one has a decent flavor, but it is far from a british style ale or india pale ale for that matter.

Not very carbonated and somewhat thin bodied. There is no evident hop bitterness and the flavor is strangly sweet with subtle banana flavors - wrong fruit for a british ale.

Perhaps this was not a fresh bottle which made the flavors taste "off", but I was disappointed. For 6.5 % ABV it is very mild.

jkrich, Apr 26, 2009
Photo of Syracuse12
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Syracuse12, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of seedyone
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

08/07/2014 Nitro tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. This really has me wondering why I slammed this the first time through. It is, in fact, a very nice ale. The Nitro lends a creaminess that sets it a notch above other iterations.

03/04/14 On tap. Very nice stuff. This shows how a well behaved member of the hop family of brews can please and I am very pleased. Wonderful balance. Smells hoppier than it tastes. Good cold. Doesn't look like I'll get try it at room temp. At 6.5% this should be monitored carefully as it very deceptive & delicious.

***Note: Not sure why I dis'sed the nitro experience last year (see below). It may be that the nitro addition of more fizz let the temperature raise & open up too much hoppiness. Note the mention of "good cold". I tend to forgive the author as he's usually drinking on the job. Jul'14

08/20/13 On nitro tap. Let me start by saying that I'm not a hops fan, but this is beer reinforce that. This is the first time I've ever truly regret not having had a taste first. I've spent the money & will drink it down, as not to fret the bar, but this should have a warning label. IMO this is way off base & I see the Rate Beer give it an 88 rating? A jaundiced view, no doubt.

seedyone, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of sweethome
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber/orange color. Light head is gone in a flash.

Nose is sweet malts, honey, and orange peel. Yes, a little bit of fruity hops back there - not a big citrus hop nose of american hoppy beers - a bit more restrained (or is that refined?).

Full, thick mouthfeel on the entry. Generous sweet malt flavors. A hint of honey. The hops are not in your face, but provide a balance and contibute to the complexity. Citrus hop flavors on the finish - in some respects that finish reminds me of Samual Smith's IPA.

A very tasty beer. The sweetness detracts a bit from drinkability for me, but I really like the complexity of flavor and the mouthfeel is excellent.

Probably the best beer I have had from Boulder.

sweethome, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of RedChrome
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very light haze to the orange colored liquid. Half an inch high creamy off-white head shrank over the course of a minute. A handful of meandering carbonation bubbles. Ribbon lacing.

A very sweet initial aroma upfront. Scents are very reminiscent of fresh brewed tea. Alcohol presence in the back blends with a slight hops bittering.

Malt aromas carry over to the flavors, and abound with sweet tastes. A roasted caramel coasts a very light pine presence. Hints of citrus also fade in and out with additional sips.

Average feel to the consistency of this beer. A very light carbonation tingles the entirety of the sip.

A decent beer. This is a great choice for a plate of bangers and mash. A very nice interpretation of the style. A hearty cheers to the boys and girls at Boulder.

RedChrome, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of HoustonTX
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-amber, with a frothy bubbly white head.

Fresh and fruity floral aroma.

Very solid earthy body, infused with a nice backing of florals. Fresh and ripe, lots of depth - yet stays true to the earthy malts.
Finishes clean and crisp and it has large amounts of balance and drinkability.

Definitely true to the style, with a lot more fresh florals then the English import counterpart.

A tasty, and well made beer.

HoustonTX, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of BrewCrew2010
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.

BrewCrew2010, Jan 19, 2011
Photo of RomaniIteDomum
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer tasted for ree at their local distributor's expo. The lone perk of my job.

Pours a nice golden color with a slightly disappointing head. Nice lacing.

Sweet malts and light hops dominate the nose. Nicely done, but not too interesting.

Thankfully the taste is equally sweet and malty with a nice hoppy finish, but it has a nice depth. Same as the nose, but more interesting.

In the mouth it is very light with nice carbonation.

This is one of the most refreshing beers I had that day. I would certainly have a few more of this insanely drinkable beer. Great for everyday or sessions.

RomaniIteDomum, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Cooper, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a small head that melted away to a very thin lacing.

S - Faint aroma of citrus and hops.

T - Juicy hops with hints of citrus-fruits and malt. Nothing over-the-top, just a nice blend.

M - Thin-to-medium body with a bitter-crisp finish.

D - A solid session IPA...I'd pick up a 6-pack if I ever saw it in PA.

JohnnyM2002, Dec 30, 2007
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 rkuhnel
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a 22 oz bottle this poured a nice apricot color with light yellow head that was big and fizzy and left great lacing. Nose of piney and fruity hops, light malts and a touch of flowers. Good rich mouthfeel. Flavor is of fruits and hops, and there is nice long bitter finish. Very enjoyable to drink

rkuhnel, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

j0hnc2468, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of rtratzlaff
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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).

rtratzlaff, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of SykDoc
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy/translucent straw/copper color with a ~1 inch off-white head that reduces to a full lacing. No sediment and carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is a nice combination of citrus/pine hops and earthy notes with some pleasant floral and sweetness that follows.

The taste also has some of the citrus/pine notes mixed with a floral and earthy component. Mild malty sweetness in the background.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a an adequate amount of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and not overly crisp. Minimal dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. The floral components make it interesting when mixed with the citrus hops. Overall, it is worth having although I would not search it out.

SykDoc, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of Brown120
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Brown120, Dec 04, 2011
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.