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Rockies Fall Fest Amber Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
82
good

35 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-31-2001)
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Reviews by BittRnessabounds:
Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

BittRnessabounds, Jun 21, 2004
More User Reviews:
Photo of Engibeer
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Engibeer, Jan 14, 2005
Photo of Jason
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz short twist with a panoramic view of the golden aspens on the label. No freshness date.

Appearance: Huge pillowy rocky head lays on top of a garnet hued brew.

Smell: Big malty aroma both caramel and toasted malt, some fruit and a hint of hop also.

Taste: Wonderful chewy mouth feel ... very malty, sweet, grainy, mild fruit, and a touch of Munich malt flavour rounds out this complex malt backbone. As for the hops, they help even the malt profile a bit ... even through the faded caramel and grainy finish.

Notes: It may say Amber Ale, which it is a damn good one at that, yet you would swear that there is a touch of the Octoberfest in this brew. Extremely drinkable, visually appealing and a sheer joy to quaff with a meal or standing alone.

Jason, Apr 10, 2002
Photo of ADR
2.78/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Very clear reddish brown with a decent head of pale orange color, 1/2 inch in height, and about 40 seconds duration. Vertical string laces. Sweet raisin bread malty aroma, almost Marzen-like. Attractive look and smell, but there it ends for me. Light body, slightly overcarbonated. Starts tea-like, just slightly bready but very quickly this brew shows a lot of weird hoppiness, bitter pith spiraling toward classroom chalk. Quite a bit of late acidity that lingers to the aftertaste. This beer doesn't strike me right for the season, with an odd combination of bitterness with weak malts and underwhelming mouthfeel.

ADR, Sep 21, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

NeroFiddled, Dec 22, 2003
Photo of andjusticeforale
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

andjusticeforale, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of AndyM
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

AndyM, Sep 17, 2004
Photo of Brent
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Brent, May 09, 2005
Photo of babydoc
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

babydoc, Sep 28, 2004
Photo of Gusler
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Gusler, Dec 11, 2003
Photo of marc77
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tralucent bronze hue. Thick, well retained, dense whipped cream white leaves respectable lace. Tepid citrus and herbal hop combination in aroma, contrasted by sweet caramel and lightly toasted malt. Trace spicy hop undertone. Gentle and clean aromawise. Middling biscuit initially in flavor yields to a balmy combination of citrus zest and toffeeish medium lovibond caramel malt. Modicum of black currant like fruitiness adds a trace dark fruit note. Hop bitterness augments and couples with agreeably minerally, slightly chalky notes to lend a dry earthiness impression late. Lean in overall body and mouthfeel, and could use a firmer dextrin presence. Finishes quite clean, with fleeting hints of burnt bread like bitterness. Quite an enjoyable amber, with a simple toasted grain and caramel malt driven malt profile. With a heftier malt backbone this could be excellent. Fall Fest is tasty and certainly very drinkable, nonetheless.

marc77, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of daliandragon
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

daliandragon, Nov 26, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

TastyTaste, Nov 12, 2004
Photo of smcolw
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

smcolw, Oct 16, 2005
Photo of cdwil
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

cdwil, Dec 25, 2011
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

brewdlyhooked13, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of Bruiser81
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a dark amber color. Head is big and fluffy but doesn't last long. Lots of lacing.
Aroma has a lot going on. Sweet malt and caramel are the most pronounced. A very noticeable fruity aroma hides behind the malt.
Taste as well is mostly malt. Flavor is sweet and toasty. Towards the back end is a big dark fruit flavor. A slight amount of hop bitterness contributes to the finish. Aftertaste is slightly acidic.
A medium mouthfeel makes this brew fairly quaffable, however the aftertaste makes one of these just enough.

Bruiser81, Sep 30, 2003
Photo of Illinick
3/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

Illinick, Oct 11, 2005
Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 17, 2005
Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

garymuchow, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

WesWes, Nov 02, 2005
Photo of nklatt
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this to be an above-average brew. Fruity scent and medium hops.

nklatt, Oct 31, 2001
Photo of beerguy101
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Deep Amber Color, medium white foamy head. Aroma is nutty and sweet. Nicely malty, slightly hoppy Amber Ale. Slightly roasted malts, full flavor. Good balance of hops to malts. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter, somewhat malty.

beerguy101, Sep 18, 2003
Photo of clvand0
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

clvand0, Dec 13, 2004
Photo of Quaffer
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

Quaffer, Oct 21, 2003
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Rockies Fall Fest Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
82 out of 100 based on 35 ratings.