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Rockies Fall Fest Amber Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
83
good

31 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 31
Hads: 35
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.86%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.13% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 31 | Hads: 35
Photo of daliandragon
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is an interesting looking beer with a loud reddish brown color with lots of chunky sediment floating underneath a thin, barely present head that fades quickly. I usually enjoy seasonal beers because brewers seem to be more creative and daring than with their more traditional styles and flagship offerings. The smell is quite fragrant, with hops and spice both making their presence felt although there is also a hint of something akin to soap which isn't as great.
The taste is fruity and spicy with a nice hop base that mellows as the sip matures in your mouth. A well balanced aftetaste. The spices remind me of a pumpkin ale and the hops of an Oktoberfest. This is a tasty beer that sems to be a hybrid of the two trational fall styles.
This is the first of four beers I got from a Boulder "brewer's dozen" mixed twelve and this is pretty solid start for the first Colorado brewery I've been able to sample outside of those silly silver bullet people. (964 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a decent malt scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and bisquit malts. It toastey and breadlike with a mild hop aroma. The taste is good also. It is smooth and full of flavor. It has a balanced taste that boasts of crystal/bisquit malts and hops. It has a mild breadlike quality. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good seasonal. It has excellent malt complexity and good use of hops. (557 characters)

Photo of futaboots
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hey this is pretty damn good. The hops in the aroma are very strong. If I can smell anything with my nose, that's an achievement in itself.

I don't know quite what I was expecting. This is a seasonal beer, so I figured something that would be out there, either with wierd ingredients or a style that this particular brewery wouldn't normally try. What I got was copper ale, with a thin body, and subtle flavor.

I kind of like this approach. This is a beer I could drink at night, outdoors, in November. This is the kind of beer I could drink 3 or 4 of on Thanksgiving. This is a damn good beer. (601 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly cloudy dark amber with a touch of orange to it. Nice long lasting head--leaves lace on the glass.

Nice blend in the aroma. The hops smell fresh. Notable crystal malt smells as well. Inviting.

More malty than hoppy, similar to an Oktoberfest (but ale'd). Pleasant and ever so lightly sweet. Not much aftertaste. Moderate body with appropriate carbonation.

Nothing wrong with this beer, but then again, nothing exciting about it. Definitely worth trying. (470 characters)

Photo of Illinick
3/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Amber colored brew with orange and red hues. Rising carbonation forms a sticky, thick, tan head.
S: Malty, sweet bread and yeast with a fruit smell in the background=cherry mixed with apricot and other pit fruits. Slight hop aroma in the background but the real winner here is no surprise=roasted, sweet, malty, bread smell.
T: Roasted, sweet and bread-like malts throughout with a hop taste present in the middle-mid-end. The fruit taste is present as is yeast. Ends with a slight tartness that offsets the sweet malts throughout nicely. But no surprise-sweet malts and bread throughout that dominate and act as the back bone for other flavors.
MF: light-medium mouthfeel that is "chewy at times," with a semi-dry finish. Easy to drink.
Overall: A solid brew that pairs nicely with the cool temperatures of the fall. Easy drink to drink, however the flavors seem to be bland at times, especially as the brew warms. Worth a pick up though. Good, solid Fall-time beer. (977 characters)

Photo of andjusticeforale
2.95/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured to a brown color like a cream soda; not much head.

The overall mouthfeel was undercarbonated. There were some malt flavors which seemed to be cloying and of the nut-brown ale variety. There was a watery-ness to this beer that kind-of mimicked apple juice. There were no appreciable hops. A semi-sweet aftertaste.

Perhaps this beer is good with food; something middle of the road- a burger or chicken sandwich at a pub, perhaps.

There really is not too much drinkability here, There is a full body but no carbonation- malt with no hop balance- you would get full here and not know why until its too late.

Iguess the one redeeming thing is that there is more flavor than a Macro. (698 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Aroma: quite malty, blended with spicy hops. Slight cidery at times. Sweet smelling, something of maple syrup.

Appearance: Copper to amber in color, just off from clear. Off white head formed about 1" and disipated quickly. Nicely carbonated. An active beer.

Taste: Starts off sweet, caramelly, malty, brown sugary. Slightly nutty and bitter rounds out the body. Begins to pick up on a strange bitter and thinning, almost metalic. Finishes slightly sweet, mainly bitter, yet weaker than expected. Also finishes a bit earthy or yeasty.

Aftertaste: Fairly crisp and refreshing. Hops help. Slight sweetness lingers for just a moment. Slight taste of butter popcorn.

Impression: A nice Autumn beer, a little astrengent toward the end of the body, otherwise nice flavors throughout. (789 characters)

Photo of Brent
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a golden bronze. Lively carbonation. Caramel malt predominates, but the beer has an interesting fruity dimension - generalized orchard fruit with no particular flavor identifiable. I expected an Oktoberfest, but this does not fit the profile. Overall, a bit light in body with good drinkability, no reason to limit this to a fall seasonal. (346 characters)

Photo of Engibeer
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of a mix-a-six.

This beer has a very attractive label, which is what first drew my eye. The beer pours an excellent copper color with a solid off-white head. Very pleasing to look at. Rich malt in the aroma and it actually reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Taste is of chewy malts with just enough hops to add some balance. The malts are biscuity, not syrupy sweet. Spot and ribbon lace. Very drinkable. Likely an excellent session brew. Next time I will pick up a sixpack. (490 characters)

Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an amber color with a small head that doesn't stay around long and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma has a lot of resiny hops and a caramel sweetness. Not bad. The flavor has a lot of pine and floral hop notes. The body is a bit thin as well. Sweet caramel as the backing malt. This one didn't impress me much. (340 characters)

Photo of kmpitz2
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours an amber color with a finger of head that falls to ring the beer. The nose reminds me more of an APA, but with a touch more sweet hop in there. Some biscuit and some piney and grapefruit hop. I like the aroma. The flavor is a bit thin for my liking. There is some caramel sweetness and a touch of piney hop in there, but the thinness of the flavor sort of ruins it for me. The feel is also a bit too thin, just hinting that it might want to be moderate. Drinkability suffers from a touch of a metallic aftertaste. As it warms, a touch more of the hop comes through. Drinkability is okay on this. Its not the best amber I've had, but it is a servicable beer. (672 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a carmel brown color, with a tiny layer of off-white head on top. Smells very balanced, biscuity maltines, and perceptable amounts of floral hops. Taste is sweet with carmel maltiness, nice hops bitterness finish. There is also honey in the flavor. Reminds me of Fat Tire in many ways. A very good, sessionable beer. (322 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light Brown. Dry, sharp, pungent hops in the nose along with a hint of butter toffee, caramel, fruity juices and perhaps a touch of honey. The heavy hop flavor is balanced well by the malty sweeness. Notes of pineapple, lemon and pine accompanied by a touch of toasted malt and caramel. A suprisingly characterful brew. (319 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Appearance - burnt orange color, high clarity. Thick, creamy pale orange head leaves a thick blanket of lacing, being fed with a torrent of bubbles. A few lumps of foam sit like melted ice cream on top, outstanding head retention.

Aroma - biscuity malt background, but outweighed by some sweet citrusy hops. Steady and well-balanced with the malty aroma, just not overly aromatic.

Taste - bready malts, turning rather sweet, yielding to the citrus style hops. Tasty, but a metallic note in there. Finishes toasty with hints of orange.

Mouthfeel - wonderfully smooth, not nearly as bubbly as the steady head and effervescence would suggest.

Drinkability - on the sweeter side, but a reasonably decent session beer. Certainly a good one for the fall, fireside, etc. (775 characters)

Photo of budgood1
4.01/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours out a deep amber colour...thick frothy tannish head appears and sticks around awhile leaving plentiful lace on the glass as it is gulped down. fruity and nutty aroma...fresh caramel rolls and a good dose of hops piques the interest. one can certainly pick up on the amber ale characteristics; fruiten maltiness with a nutty undertone...but the earthy and toasted malt flavours hint ever so stongly that this is an amber ale aimed at pleasing the marzen and o-fest crowd. a munich malt touch and the earthy and slightly hopped up characteristics make this a hybrid that is actually interesting and pleasing at the same time. for what it attempts to be...it succeeds splendidly. body is medium at best, with a smooth and easy drinking feel to it. finishes sweet with a slight bitter aftertaste that leaves the drinker eager for another sip. i especially find it satisfying after a hard days work in the elements of a cool northern minnesota autumn day. very apropos. (970 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber color with a nice off white head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Fresh fruity aromas, malty, nutty, caramel flavors. Medium bodied with a full and creamy mouthfeel, finishes clean. A very nice amber, very drinkable, I wish I had bought another bottle. (268 characters)

Photo of babydoc
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The label is different this year- it's Boulder Beer's 25th anniversary (so there is a date on the bottle!). Pours dark amber-copper, with a light cramel head that begins to dissipate almost immediately to a thin swirly film that persists to the end. The lacing is more than I expected from the little head that remained.

The nose was subtle but pleasant malt and hops, less than I anticipated. Sweet malty taste initially, accompanied by a lightly carbonated moderate mouth feel that fades to a thinner ending. Taste is nice, though, and that mallty taste is balnced in the end by a slightly citrusy hops ending that lingers on the palate. It's very drinkable, worthy of having another one. (737 characters)

Photo of AndyM
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this beer on-tap at a hotel bar just outside of Denver. It was a pleasant surprise, since I couldn't understand the bartender and just ordered what I previously thought of as a random seasonal.

This is a delightful beer with many of the characteristics you'd find in Oktoberfest beers, even though this isn't technically qualified as one. It had a very hearty, robust mouthfeel and the taste was quite smooth. The color was very rich, and it looked very elegant in a standard pint glass.

Overall, be sure to give this one a try if you see it somewhere. Due to the wide range of flavors and relatively low hoppiness, I think it will appeal to the palates of a wide range of beer drinkers. (697 characters)

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.42/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

from notes in the fall of '03
First off, i'm think i need to have this at the same time as Boulder Brewing's regular amber ale. I'm not sure there is much of a difference. The appearance is nice and simple amber color with moderate head. The smell is also fairly simple dominated by the sharp hops, but there is a bit of malt for balance and a hint of light fruitiness. This is one of those beers that also pretty much tastes as it smells. Mouthfeel and drinkability were also pretty average. Nothing really to dislike about this beer, it just fits the bill as an average amber. Tasty buy kind of boring. (605 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear, deep amber/copper body with bronze highlights rests beneath a short head of creamy yellow-tinted foam. The head retention is fairly good and it leaves some spotty lace about the glass. Bright, citrusy and piney/herbal hops (pine, spruce, tangerine, grapefruit, pineapple) appear in the nose over a sweetish and toasty caramel malt. The body is medium and somewhat dextrinous; and when paired with its fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation it's lightly creamy and smooth across the palate. Hops appear with their fruitiness upfront; followed by some piney/spruce character; and finally, some toasty, creamy-caramel maltiness. As the beer warms, however, the fruitiness of the hop subsides and the pine/spruce/spice elements of the hops dominate. It's well-balanced with a solid bitterness, and it finishes dry with just a dollop of malt that quickly erodes to reveals more piney hops. (889 characters)

Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma has nice mix of Cascade type of hops and firm malt backing.
Appearance shows rocky looking head after inital inch and 1/2 head. Amber with orange hues. Clear. Good looking
Very mice mix of solid malt and hoppy bitterness (with citrus qualities). A slight sweetness that's interesting in contrast to the tartness and hop bitterness.
Feels a little on the thin side and somewhat watery. Fine feel to the carbonation.
Quite an easy drinker. Nice flavor mix. Session beer quality. (487 characters)

Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer as it sets in my glass a limpid mahogany color with a generous light tan head that is frothy in texture as it erodes a fine sheet of lace conceals the glass. Sweet malt nose that has a light hint of caramel and is also crisp and clean a nice nose, start is quite sweet and has a goodly amount of malt, top is middling in feel. Finish is perky in its hop spiciness, the acidity pleasing to the palate, a nice drinking beer, good and dependable and I see nothing harmful in that description. (498 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very impressive looking beer....rich amber....nice creamy white head that laces glass....Nose is big on the caramel and also some spicy, herbal hop characteristics....Mouthfeel is about medium..or on the lighter side of medium...Nicely balanced beer...nice strong caramel flavored backbone....but also a good spicy, almost earthy hop finish....has some hints of an O-fest but much more of an amber ale in my opinion...

Easy drinking and enjoyable but far from a great beer...definitely above average and I'd buy this and drink it as a session style beer in the future... (573 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Third in a series of Boulder Beers that seriously disappointed me...
Appearance: clear, bright bronze color, under a perfunctory film of off-white foam.
Aroma: faint, but sweet and fruity, actually comes right up to the typical amber ale smell, soft, subtle, malt showing more than hops.
Taste: bright flavor, with no bite, no snap (though, I realize that it may be the brewer's intention). Body is light, maybe creeping into medium, very little texture. Flavor is ample up front, malty, tasty, but then just fades away, leaving only a glimmer of a finish.
An easy beverage to consume, but not, to this ale aficianado, to enjoy. Honest, I'd love to like it, but it's a faint shadow of a beer, with the taste all up front, and swiftly disappearing, no finish, no substance, no texture.
With this ambiguous sobriquet of "autumn ale", it feels as if they're trying to twist an amber ale into an Oktoberfest, but to me, they came up short in the attempt.
Actually, it's much better, than the Pass Time Pale ale, and the Sundance Amber, but I really wanted much, much better. Next time, next time.... (1,101 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: There was a lot of depth to the amber-copper color of this beer. The off-white head rose up easily to over two fingers and settled back down very slowly. It had a dense, sticky quality to it that contributed to a decent amount of lace being left on the side of the glass.

Smell: The first smell to hit my nose was an odd, sweet-tangy malt aroma. Kind of a sweet and sour sort of thing. The underlying foundation, though, was a bready, roasted smell that had nice warmth to it.

Mouthfeel: Thin- to medium-bodied with a hint of chewiness on the sides of the tongue. There was definitely some roughness to this beer, but it wasn't too bad.

Taste: The flavor of this beer was pretty consistent from the tip of the tongue all the way through to the aftertaste. The sweet/sour combination that was in the smell carried over well into the taste. Sweet malt combined with a very strong acidic sourness were what made up the majority of the flavor. There was an underlying roasted malt component and a hint of hops, but they were buried beneath the sourness.

This brew looked and smelled great, but the flavor was just too acidic for my tastes. (1,159 characters)

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Rockies Fall Fest Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
83 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.