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Hazed | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 10-12-2002

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Reviews: 873 | Ratings: 2,001
Photo of tzieser
2.54/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by 12/10/15. Haven't had this one in years.

L: Dark hazy-copper in color with a thick head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a long time. Bottle conditioning does wonders for the haziness and the head retention. A nice looking beer.

S: Sweet malt forward aroma with a hint of lemon and grassy hops. Some faint fruity esters linger in the background. Not nearly good enough for an APA in 2015 but nothing really offensive in the nose either.

T: Sweet, almost toffee like malt at first with a bit of toasted biscuit malt flavor to follow. Hops are there but only serve a balancing role with notes of lemongrass. Hints of fruity esters and phenols in the end...not nearly as clean tasting as I remember. Disappointing.

F: Thin and chewy mouthfeel. Nothing here makes you want another sip like some other pale ales.

O: I feel as though this beer has taken a big step back over the past few years. Perhaps it is because the competition in craft beer is fiercer than it has ever been and so many other breweries put out a hoppy pale ale that is better. I remember this being a favorite of mine back in 2007 or so but sitting here in 2015 there isn't much draw to this beer aside from a competitive price point of $7 a six pack. Nothing horrible but I would look elsewhere if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by dec172015 on the twelve oz bottle. Poured into my Sierra Nevada hop hunter pint glass. Amber in color with carb bubbles. One inch head that produces nice lacing. Smell is soapy citrus and malty. Bitter citrus up front but surprisingly malty compared to smell. Certainly not a bad beer but nothing I'd spend money on again. Cheers!

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Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden, mostly clear color with minimal head and spotty, clingy lacing. Aroma is hoppy pine and not much else. Taste is slightly watery, yet yields a decent hippy, citrusy flavor. A little off balance, but still refreshing and crisp..

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours orange amber with a slight haze under a 3” sudsy white foam cap. After it settles down the cap produces thick ledges of lace. It has some floaties which are disconcerting but do not appear to efftct the flavor. S: Not a lot of hop aroma or flavor T: Some light fruit, a little caramel, but these flavors are not assertive. A little caramel, fruit cake anise lurking in the background. The hops are a little more prominent as it warms. F: Very creamy but the body is almost watery and a little thin. Medium carbonation. O: A somewhat odd beer that may have age issues but I can’t tell because it has no bottle date.

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Photo of Buck89
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Burnt orange/copper hazy color with off white head that receded quickly. Aroma was soft, with orange, citrus and cedar. Taste was initially orange and bitter citrus with bready malt and not too sweet. Finish was clean, feel OK. Overall a solid APA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head.
Aroma is citrus and flowers with a hint of biscuit.
Taste is pith and orange with a hint of lemon, slightly grassy and a hint of cracker.
Mouthfeel is a bit grainy.
Overall, not bad. Wouldn't go out of my way for another.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.39/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brownish red with a creamy on finger off-white head. A sweet Carmel hop smell. Taste more of Carmel malt with a slightly bitter hop finish. The feel is pretty thin. Definitely a session. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber color with off-white head. Light pine, citrus, and some malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice balance between the resinous hop flavors and the malts.

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Photo of spoony
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can (best by May 5, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes date March 10, 2015.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of eggshell colored head. The head is dense and retention is good. True the name, the beer is quite hazy and is a brassy, orange-copper color.

S-The aroma is somewhat watery, but there are some hops to be found. I smell orange, lime, grass, and a bit of mint. The malts are slightly buttery and lightly caramelized. Bitterness is lower for the style.

T-The taste tracks the smell. There is a moderate hop note that is dominated by orange flavor with buttery, caramel malts holding things together. The finish drops just a bit of spice (pepper, I think) and bitterness on my palate.

M-The carbonation is on the fine side and drinkability is high. The finish is clean.

O-Not a bad beer here, but nothing to write home about. Just an unremarkable, fairly well-balanced IPA. If there is a high point to this beer it is the mouthfeel; this thing is very easy drinking.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Beer is a nice rusty orange to brown color. The pour didn't produce much of a head. The bottle lists an enjoy by date 3/17/15 (it is in bright yellow and very easy to read) but no listed ABV.

S: [3.00] Not a strong nose. I am picking up just hints of malt.

T: [4.25] I get nice malt character with caramel up front. There is some hoppiness on the finish - but it is not overly assertive.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel is smooth with an elevated level of carbonation.

O: [3.50] It would be easy to session this beer. It has a nice neutral flavor that makes it very drinkable. It has a weak nose - but the flavor is still really decent. I would buy a 6er of this and share with friends. This is one that a BMCer might enjoy.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with an off white head that fizzed away rather quickly and did not trail the glass. The smell was very faint with only some hops coming through in some grass scents. The taste was nice with grass, grapefruit, and some orange peel coming through from the hops, but it didn't last and I wasn't a fan of the aftertaste which was sticky sweet. Overall it was good, but I would have preferred more hop flavor.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, almost completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany/copper color, speckled with orange highlights and a finger and a half of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked biscuits and pretzels. I also get notes of caramel, honey, black pepper, a touch of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, and a touch of grassy, citrusy hops.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel, honey and brown sugar-like sweetness, some black pepper, coriander and some beautifully balanced, citrusy, piney, grassy, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 4.85%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent Colorado beer, and another excellent beer from the Boulder Beer Company. It is beautifully balanced and tasty. Delicious!

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Light orange/yellow with moderate soapy white head, which dissipates to a lone ring on the edge of the glass
S - Very light hop citrus aroma, secondary hints of malt, and alcohol
T/F - Good, but weak hop flavor, almost no bitter, slightly earthy and no lingering aftertaste
O - Decent, easy drinking, but nothing outstanding here, a very slightly above average APA; good for those that don't enjoy a strongly hopped beer

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Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%

Light copper color. Nice hop quality to the nose. The malt in the flavor profile is present but thin. The finish is modestly hoppy.

Sessionable but nothing thrilling here.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%

A little past its prime, but...

Retains an aroma consisting of resin, pine, grapefruit, and a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Flavor reveals deeply toasted malt and caramel, nutty tones at the base, with a moderately bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine add complexity. Hop dominant in aroma and flavor, with enough malt character to attract the non-hoppy crowd. The finish is floral hop heavy. A nice compromise between malt and hop character.

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Photo of dcscientist
2.5/5  rDev -32.8%

Holy hops Batman. This was way too hoppy for me, though admittedly I'm not a fan of really hoppy beers. Those that enjoy the style rave about this beer, but it wasn't for me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew is served a rather golden amber color with a nice two finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a pale malt smell with a good showing of a bready aroma. Along with these smells is a light fruity sweetness as well as a moderate showing of hops with both a pine and floral nature being there.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sweeter malt taste with some lightly toasted bready tastes as well as a light fruit sweetness of apricot and orange that were detected from the nose. As the taste advances the sweeter fruit gets replaced by a more caramel like sweetness with some hops coming to the tongue with a grapefruit and pine like nature being the heaviest. Further along to the end of the taste, a floral hop taste comes to the tongue as well as a bit of the sweeter fruit coming back to the taste to leave a rather pleasant, moderately hopped and slightly sweeter pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are nice for the more moderate blend of hop, malt and sweet and make for a very easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – A quite easy drinking and enjoyable pale ale. Nothing crazy out of the ordinary, but rather tasty none the less.

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Photo of rockidr4
4.27/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is quite possibly my favorite beer. Which is too bad, since it's all the way on the other side of the country. Every so often I'll come across a bar with Boulder Beer, but it's never hazed and infused. It's a very hoppy beer, which inspired my friend to send me down the path of IPAs, which was an absolute disaster. IPAs are just too bitter for my taste, which is why I refuse to review any of them. It would be like asking a vegan about a good steak place. But... anyway...

This is a hoppy beer that isn't very bitter. It's quite nice. I give it two approving thumbs up, and 10 dollars to anyone willing to get me some.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a snifter

A - It is a deep amber color bordering on copper. It is topped with two inches of beige head.

S - I smell some light fruity and floral hops. There is a caramel malt backbone with a dank smell of a red ale.

T - The taste is a nice balance between malt and hops. The hop taste is similar to the smell, light fruit and floral. The malt has some deep grain flavors. It is earthy.

M - Medium

O - It's been a long time since I have had this beer. It is a decent pale ale. It is not something I would drink regularly. It does not stand out as some others do. I would almost call it am amber ale based on appearance.

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Photo of scotorum
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoy By March 18, 2014. Another aged single purchased recently (two days ago) at a local liquor store. Check your freshness dates people!

a: Hazed amber with a huge inch and a half offwhite head which receded slowly to heavy surface foam and dense lacing.

s: Very mild fruit.

t: Caramel and bread malt up front followed by a light to moderate hop bite.

m: Medium, very good body, quite a bit of carbonation tingle.

o; A solid pale ale, probably not as well-flavored as when fresh, but still very drinkable and pleasant.

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Photo of seedyone
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

08/22/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum. See below for bottle review.Pale ales are always full of surprises for me. Often they get overly hoppy, but that is not the case here. Not only is this an example of a well balanced brew it has a remarkably lingering aftertaste. I know this sounds weird but if you like a lot of hops, this may not be for you and if you hate hops, this is may not be happy spot either, but if you can appreciate a well crafted balance, somewhere between hop heaven and hell, put you money down on the D&I. IMO you'll get a better understanding of where I think the place hops have in this whole process.

08/20/13 From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Curious taste. Lots of lemon, reasonable texture, although a bit thick for a wit. The balance is off somewhat. Is it the coriander or the wheat or both. Hard to figure. Ok for a one try stand.

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Photo of Roscoe1847
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really good beer.


I got a keg for my family. The day after, everyone had uncontrollable gas. We changed the keg to something else, and the gas subsided. We switched it back, and the gas was back.

This is a good beer, but it will catch up to you.

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Photo of brosidelong
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

great beer. wonderful head. carbonation is just right. taste is almost that of an IPA, but not quite. has a beautiful golden-amber color, with a great scent while not being overpowering. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who prefers an IPA over a lager.

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Photo of guityler83
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Off white head, soapy like appearance, about 2 fingers tall when poured into an english style pint glass. Hazy complexion with a dark amber color.

S: Mild grapefruit, blueberry and sweet tart hop aroma. Some candy like malt coming through (light caramel?) Fairly faint overall. I think this may be an older bottle.

T: Medium levels of grapefruit and hard candy (lifesavers) hop bitterness. The character malts are coming through moderatly with the toffee, toasty and caramel flavors nearly balancing the hop flavors. There is a grainy and somewhat harsh aftertaste left on the pallet after a few sips.

M: Mild carbonation levels with a moderate body. The harshness in the aftertaste takes away from the drinkability of this beer, but might be from the age of this particular bottle.

O: Nothing mind blowing, but it had a nice balance between the hops and malt backbone. The aroma seemed to be faded in this bottle and the harshness.. not overwelming but took away from the enjoyment.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appears a nice clear light amber with sparse head and minimal lacing. The nose is lightly hopped with piney notes paired with grain and caramel malt. The taste matches the nose. Light malts, moderate hop character with notes of light pine and a touch of grass. Mouthfeel is light and and highly carbonated. Overall, nothing bad about this beer, pretty well balanced.

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