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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

440 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 440
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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4/5  rDev +5%

smithmd4, Dec 31, 2011
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4/5  rDev +5%

cclark67789, Nov 01, 2013
Photo of famous_mortimur
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

famous_mortimur, Sep 21, 2013
Photo of uwmgdman
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%

The ale pours brilliantly clear deep golden color with copper highlights and a clingy white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, floral, spicy and a bit of citrus. There is a medium-low malt aroma as well, a bit like crackers and slightly sweet. The flavor is moderately hoppy upfront with a bit of malt and hint of esters toward the swallow. The finish is a bit prickly with medium-high hop bitterness lingering. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium. Overall a fairly balanced ale with a nice hop flavor. Solid.

uwmgdman, Feb 13, 2010
Photo of nasty15108
4/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a pint glass.

A - Poured a slightly cloudy orange/amber color. Big head of white foam and good lacing.

S - Slightly malty. Very floral with a huge pine aroma.

T - Malty and biscuity up front, followed by a good amount of hoppy bitterness. Finishes off dry.

MF&D - Overall a pretty good beer, tasty and easily sessioned. I'd drink this one again

nasty15108, Oct 30, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

ninner00, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +5%

Pensfan0782, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of orangemoustache
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a amberish orange with a nice creamy light tan head that leaves some spotty lace. The nose is mildly fruity with some assertive hops. Slightly bitter with a nice healthy amount of green tasting hops. A good amount of grapefruit,buttered toast and subtle caramel malt flavors. Great creamy mouthfeel,medium bodied and refreshing for such a hoppy brew.

orangemoustache, Nov 05, 2008
Photo of bfields4
3.43/5  rDev -10%

Pale gold hazy but slightly translucent. A very thin head.

Can smell the noble hops. Very fuggle herbal, but there is a nice citrus compliment.

Hmm the flavor takes on a slightly different turn. The herbal hops and earthy flavors are still present, and there is a bite not quite the citrus kind of bite. Somewhat sweet pale malt brings balance.

Nice light carbonation and a smooth body. A good take on the british ipa would like to try this on cask.

bfields4, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of brewmudgeon
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

clear amber, good cap and some lace
floral hoppiness. sweet and earthy flowers. smells a bit like lagunitas ipa.
the sweet earthy flowers are up front in the taste and linger. mid-glass a citrusy quality develops on the sides.
barely medium body, low to moderate carbonation.
very nice. the aroma and flavor outweigh the moderate bitterness, but it's dangerously downable and can knock you flat on your back.

brewmudgeon, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of brewdoc75
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%

A nice frothy white head tops this brew as I pour it into my pint. I like the creamy white head, but am turned off by the color. This beer looks a bit too light for an English IPA. The carbonation seems a bit too intense as well. The good thing is that the aroma knocks me out. Beautiful maltiness with strong, earthy hops. The malty aroma is almost bready in nature. The hops smell earthy and floral, however there is a faint citrus aroma. The flavor of this beer is pretty rock solid as well. You definitely get a strong biscut-bready malt flavor that is reminiscent of a good English ale. The hops are there, but not in full force. To me this beer seems a bit more pale aleish than IPA. I do like the maltiness quite a bit however. The mouthfeel is pretty spot on. Maybe a little to carbonated for this style.

Overall, a pretty damn good beer. Definitely quite sessionable. The strong points are the flavorful malts and the quintessential English ale aromas. The low points are the slight lack of hops and the overcarbonation. I would love to find this beer on cask somewhere. In the meantime, I will definitely be buying more of this. It may be one of the more complex easy drinking beers I've had in recent times.

brewdoc75, Nov 14, 2008
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

j0hnc2468, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of AaronHomoya
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Light amber color, mild carbonation and a moderate, off-white head.

Aroma is very toasty with bready malts and earthy hops.

Taste is malty with nice hoppy flavor and an earhty bitter finish that's rather dry.

Medium bodied, mild carbonation is good for the style. Solid, pretty tasty brew.

AaronHomoya, Oct 31, 2007
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3/5  rDev -21.3%

sweisel80, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of boatshoes
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

Had this on tap at Brews Cafe on my most recent visit. Hadn't heard of this one from Boulder Beer before. Thought I'd give it a try.

Appearance- Pours a darker amber golden with about a finger and a half of creamy white head. Head dies back to a ring around the edge, very mild amount of lacing left as well.

Smell- Nose is big and fruity, with lots of grapefruit rind and a bit of orange. Some sweet bready malt showing through as well, along with a whiff of alcohol.

Taste- Again, starts off with big and fruity hops that lean heavily on the side of grapefruit rind. However, a good dose of caramel and sweet bready malts show through thereafter. A bit of alcohol does in fact show through on the finish as well.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is nice and slick and despite the alcohol on the finish, I found this one to go down quite easy.

Overall, I thought this was a pretty good take on an English IPA. Lots of fruity hops but also a solid amount of sweet malt. Quite drinkable as well.

boatshoes, Jun 17, 2010
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2.25/5  rDev -40.9%

clfrost, Aug 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

jharkins07, Feb 07, 2012
Photo of NuclearDolphin
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured into 16oz. Tulip glass.

Appearance - Dark Orange/Rust color with some slight haze, with brighter shades of orange towards the bottom. Leaves a finger sized head that stays around for about a minute or so and leaves some good lacing.

Smell - It has a grassy smell combined with that of a fruity/bread aroma with a slight pine scent.

Taste - Sweet and Tangy with a fruity/grapefruit taste. It becomes a bitter grapefruit/citrus flavor at the very end. Hop characteristics are very subtle here and it has a subtle citrus aftertaste to it.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was slight but perfect. It felt heavy on the palette and it had a thicker feel to it than most IPA's I've tried out.

Overall - A solid IPA that's able to distingush itself without forgetting that it's an IPA. It's not as strong as other IPAs I've had but it's still a very enjoyable beer to drink

NuclearDolphin, Oct 19, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

JJStorm, Aug 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

tubeman, Nov 22, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

runlikeakenyan, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%

22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear brownish amber with a nice white marshmallowy head. Leaves good lacing.

Smell is a bit subtle. Light, yet sharp hops and some sweet malt.

Tastes is pale English malt and some florally hops. Not nearly as bold as the American version of IPA.

Well balanced.

Overall, a tasty, easy drinking IPA. Much more than an English Pale Ale, but much less than an American IPA. Worth a try for sure.

bluegrassbrew, Jul 06, 2007
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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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
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3.95/5  rDev +3.7%

All good things come to an end, as I got my last Beer of the Season offering that my old boss got me last year. This is the first review from the last batch and not a bad one at all. Also got to use my new Chalice, which made it pretty cool.

Appearance - Very nice copper color with a nice plump white head, clearly distinguishes this as an English IPA.

Smell - Decent hop filled, tangy malty odor with a twinge of some darker fruits.

Taste - A very unique blend with some more tangy malts (like a German Lager) mixed with a more robust hop profile than most English IPA's. The mix is pretty cool and makes for a nice brew.

Mouthfeel - Aftertaste was decent though a bit too drying with the tang/hop combo, smooth drinking all in all.

Drinkability - Didn't know exactly what to expect here, but not a bad brew at all. Nice change of pace too for those of us used to American IPA's, this offers a nice alternative while still delivering the robust hops and flavor we all love. All in all, a good brew that you should try if you get a shot.

jdg204, Jan 06, 2008
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4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

A British-style Ale brewed with Maris Otter malt and hops from New Zealand & The Czech Republic.
Pours a pale gold with light white head that provides good lacing throughout. Combination citrus, piney, and fruity nose, with slight breadyness notes. The mouthfeel is medium with a similar level of carbonation. The Maris Otter malt is pronounced upfront, then followed by a well balanced citrus and spicy hop flavor, with the the malt lingering just a little longer. And let it linger we will, as we have heard that this may be the last brewing of this amazing beer. Cheers!

phishsihq, Dec 26, 2011
Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
86 out of 100 based on 440 ratings.