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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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very good

302 Reviews
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Reviews: 302
Hads: 462
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 13.91%
Wants: 12
Gots: 12 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 04-22-2007

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Reviews: 302 | Hads: 462
Photo of jrallen34
3.11/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon its departing the 22 ounce bottle the beer presents a somewhat hazy deep amber orange color with a skyscraper sized creamy white head that lingers long and upon its vanishing the lacing seals the glass with a thick and clinging layer. Nose has a dominate malt aroma, sweet and clean, hops provide a bit of fresh cut grass aroma, and a bit of butterscotch. Start is richly malted; the hops provide a nice bite at the back, top is moderate to full in feel. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops perfect in the benign spiciness; quite dry aftertaste stays and stays, a nice representative to the style.

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

Pours a hazed copper and orange tinted amber with great cap of dense white nitro froth. Scent is a nice mix of fresh hops ranging from earthy, spicy and grassy British notes to fruity and floral American varieties. Taste is quite big on the hop notes... quite unexpected. Big juicy fruit notes ranging from orange to apple and pear. Strong but not overly aggressive malting that ranges from clean to lightly caramel and nutty. Even with the nitro, this was immensely hoppy without being overly bitter. Smooth, creamy medium body from the nitro pour, hops linger on the tongue. Overall it was unexpectedly bold and flavorful, only that aggressiveness was a touch too much at times as some subtelty would have been appreciated over the course of a pint.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
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.

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper colored brew with a clumpy off-white head and good lacing. Smells of fruit nougat malt and sweet hops. The taste captures a sprucey hops with great slick body and a bit of alcohol. It's creamy but has a nice touch of subtle bitterness and some licorice at the finish. Quite drinkable and overall fairly sweet while keeping the hops happiness. Very nice. Don't miss trying this one.

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Photo of champ103
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.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with a stamp of NOV2509, this is the last of a mixed 12-pack picked up in ABQ. Pours a dark gold color with a creamy, light tan foam that recedes quickly and leaves a touch of lace here and there.

Nose is nutty, earthy and caramely with a nice whiff of pine sap hoppiness. Bit of bread dough and mild fruitiness. Pretty good smelling brew.

Taste is mighty tasty as well. Well balanced with plenty to offer on both ends of the spectrum. There is a definite hop attack at the beginning and finish, flavor then bitter while the malts are both sweet and toasty. The distinctive flavor of maris otter malt comes through nicely without being too overpowering. I think this is my favorite beer from Boulder I have had. Very easy to drink and does not taste or feel like a 6.5% beer. I would have no problem buying a sixer of Cold Hop were it available locally.

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Photo of ZAP
4.57/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Interesting and enjoyable beer that reminds me of an ESB/English IPA/American IPA hybrid.

Some toffee and mineral water notes on the nose along with a nice fragrant hop aroma. Hops impart a floral impression first and then a bit of a sweeter citrus fruit note.

This is 6.5% but drinks like a mild almost. Never feels thin but very easy drinking. There is an underlying sweet toffee maltiness that complements the floral hoppiness perfectly. Not particularly bitter but there seems to be a small portion of west coast IPA style hops that lend a citrus note (think sweet mandarin oranges). The predominant hop feel though is english..perhaps east kent?....Then there is a unique hop taste that reminds me of something along the lines of Summit (the hop not the beer)...

Drinks like a 5.0 ABV beer....really slides down easily and with a lot of flavor....hard to keep this one in the glass.

A real interesting, tasty beer that will allows have a place in my refrigerator.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in an imperial pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served an orange amber colored brew with tons of tiny carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the body of the beer. Floating atop the beer was a one finger pure white and foamy head that faded rather fast. Once largely faded, there was a persistent film and a good deal of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is sweet of a citrus smell with lots of tangerine and orange and a nice sweet tropical fruit and apricot smell as well. Mixed with these aromas is a little bit of a malty smell as well as some piney and floral aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a biscuit and cracker taste mixed with a moderate dose of caramel sweetness. As the taste moves forward the sweeter taste profile changes becoming less caramel like, but more sweet fruit like with flavors of tangerine and pineapple dominating. Mixed with the bready flavors that are initially present is a light citrus hop taste of a grapefruit nature which creates a base for the brew. While the hop is light at first overall, toward the end it gets quite a bit more intense as the grapefruit is joined by other hop flavors of a floral and earthy nature. The transitions of the sweet flavors and the presence of the more potent earthy hop flavor that develops on the tongue at the finish, ends up leaving a moderately earthy bitter and smoother malty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is, as would have been expected from the appearance, composed of tiny carbonation bubbles. Overall the medium bodied nature mixed with the moderate but peppery carbonation were nice for maintaining a more refreshing and easy drinking brew all the while still allowing all the nice hoppy flavors time to be fully appreciated by the tongue.

Overall – A rather tasty and smooth tasting brew with a very nice but still quite drinkable level of hop. Overall it is a rather balanced brew and a treat to drink.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, bread, and caramel

Taste: bread throughout, citrus hops with some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, slightly sweet with bitter backbone

Drinkability: To me this is average IPA. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would reach for again.

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Photo of Brenden
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A rusty orange-red in color with a deep haze all the way through, this beer looks the part and more, showing a depth and substance in the form of a nice, tight, creamy but firm head over a finger tall with very nice retention. The lacing left behind falls in heavy drooping curtains all the way to the bottom of the glass.
The smell is pungent with floral and piney bitterness but with a bit of something like apricot almost leaning toward American. Malts are not quite crackery dry and not quite bready, more like bread crust but working well in this earthier brew. It has a bit of fruity sweetness to it but remains British nonetheless.
I look forward to trying this in the bottle; as it is, some is lost off the nose, including a bit of the fruitiness (though some remains). It's not that it goes anywhere; in the flavor, though, I get a lot more dryness and earthiness. The bitterness becomes more pithy, more akin to dandelion; not abrasive, but a little chalky and woody. Not harsh, but hard, for lack of a better way to describe it.
There's nothing wrong with the feel. It's moderately both crisp and smooth, with active but stable carbonation in a solid medium body.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper color with a tan head. Aroma is all hops, small citrus/ grapefruit. Taste is hops as well and a mellow malt, lighter body than anticipated as well. Aftertaste of a small maltiness and a hop, but it does not linger. Very nice, easy to drink, aprehensive going into it, but turned out very nice!

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

This beer was a transparent amber in color with a short tan head. The smell is hoppy and sweet. It has a really nice aroma. The taste is malty and hoppy at the same time, very nice balance. The hop flavor is slightly bitter and grassy. This is a pretty good beer! This is now my favorite Boulder Beer brew.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a brillant orange-red color. The head is large, fluffy, and white. The aroma is of pine needles, oranges, and a hint of grass. The taste is like the aroma with the addition of a moderately aggressive bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is wonderfully smooth. Carbonation is low, but adequate. Overall, this is a fine IPA. It is not the hoppiest beer around, but most of the time I don't want the hoppiest beer around. I wwill certainly drink this again when in the mood for something assertive without being offensive.

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Photo of cokes
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded brass hued under a dirtied white skimming of foam. Plenty of sticky lace adheres to the sides of the glass.
It noses of crushed flowers, wrought iron, sourdough dinner rolls, and spruce.
It enters the mouth with a floured dinner roll and hard biscuit sense of maltiness. An apricot fruitiness arises as the bready traits track towards sourdough. The hops come with a brisk and assertive bitterness culled from dried flower petals, metal, and pine bark. It puckers further on the swallow with a notion of minerals, and alum.
Medium, if not a bit plumper, in body with a moderate carbonation. It's plenty easy to drink in succession, as the concluding dryness begs to be slaked.
It's no showoff, but it is a perfectly pleasant English IPA.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A translucent orange/amber color....just slightly darker than dark gold... No visible carbonation. Thick fluffy white head that had large bubbles and starts to fade almost immediately.. But in the end, it shows some really nice retention.

Aroma is malty first, then a bit floral.. After this you get quite a bit of earthiness and some sweetness. O.K., maybe the earthiness comes first as I continue to enjoy the bottle.

Nice beer. The balance is quite evident. Really does taste like a British beer. Kudos on that. The flavor has a lot of nice flavors happening and is quite deep. Some caramel sweetness, behind a great fruity flavor. You get a burst of grapefruit, but also get some sweeter fruits as well. At the same time, you get a nice malt flavor and some cracker/bread notes.

Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and silky smooth. Carbonation is very light as the style dictates. Drinkability is wonderful. I wish the British used fresh hops like this...

This is my favorite Boulder Beer. BRILLIANT!!

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Photo of tpd975
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice golden color with a puffy head. The head dies down to a half finger and leaves behind some beautiful lacing.

S: Nice floral aroma. Pine and fresh cut grass. There is a touch of an acidic citrus aroma lingering in the background.

T: Nice brew. Starts of with a nice pine hop bite. A bready maltyness then overtakes you and finishes with a nice bitter sweetness. Well balanced beer.

M: Medium bodied and dry in the finish.

D: Very drinkable brew would buy it again.

Overall: I am not usually a fan of British Ales but this one is very Americanized. It has a nice aroma and nice american IPA taste. The balance between the hops and malt is perfectly done with each one making an appearence with each and every drink. Boulder has done a good job with this beer. It's one they should bottle again and again. Would make a great summer session brew.

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Photo of hopdog
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving type: 22oz bottle.

Poured a darker and slightly hazy orange color with a larger sized off white head. Aromas of pine, citrus, biscuit, caramel, and slightly earthy. Tastes of earthiness, caramel, pine, and toasted grains.

Notes from: 12/08/07.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Pleasant soft golden color with rust highlights. Even, sticky off-white, 1-2 finger head with lace speckling the glass.

S: Smells like grapefruit frosting -- strong citrus component with orange and grapefruit aromas followed by buttery, thicker malt scents.

T: Delicious blend of buttery sweet malitness and strong but not heavy floral, earthy, and citrus hops that are complex and an enjoyable mouthful.

M: Very thick feel that is lighter in the finish with low carbonation and pleasant soft citrus aftertaste.

D: Another strong effort from Boulder Brewing to stand right next to their other excellent Looking Glass brews.

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

Overall, this seemed just a notch shy of enough hops to qualify as an IPA, but the flavor profile was nicely complex. Hops had an earthy, leafy flavor that complemented the mineral note in the malt. Nice, sharp bite at the finish - overall the beer carried off the English slant quite well, and would be a good beer to have with a meal.

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by dec 09/09

pours copper gold with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is faint but what i do pick up is carmel malts fruit

taste is great - its mojo with more malts or better balance - big tropical fruit along side the sweet carmel malts - only bad thing would be no bitterness to this beer

mouthfeel is nice and light with decent carbonation

drinkability is great and i see my sixer not lasting long

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Photo of Florida9
3.46/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a British nonic. Slightly hazy apricot color. Forms a thick creamy stable head. Leaves sheets of lacing.
Aroma is nearly non existent, but what is there is cracker and toast, with just a hint of hops.
Taste is very mild. Light caramel malts, bread, toast. Very mild herbal hops.
Nice creamy mouthfeel. Moderate bitterness.
A decent beer, certainly better on nitro than from the bottle, but still a fairly average beer.

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Photo of david18
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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