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Hazed - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 873
Hads: 1,978
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 18
Gots: 163 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 10-12-2002

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Photo of MaristNatick
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I think most reviews here have been ovely critical of this brew. This is a great beer. The reason it is not as hoppy as some people feel it should be is because it is a dry-hopped IPA. This makes the finish much, MUCH smoother. Has all the flavor of an IPA, without the bitter finish.

The only problems i have with this beer are:

1. The label needs to be updated. It looks like something out of the early 90's, the fonts and graphics are too busy...the eye tends to glance over the design and move on.

2. Supply. Many local distributers seem to lag on resupplying kegs. I have seen a couple bars in my area (Boston) who stopped carrying this line because it took to long to receive new kegs. (696 characters)

Photo of JamesMN
3.35/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden/orange hue with effervescence ascending towards a thin foamy off-white head. Good lacing.

Aroma: Orange, earth, pine. Caramel malt.

Taste: Biscuit and caramel malts. Citrusy hops. Decently clean and a bit crisp. Considering that this is several months past the expiration date from the bottle, its held up quite well. What you'd expect from an APA. Sessionable.

Mouthfeel: Just below medium in body (a tad watery). Smooth effervescence and easy drinkability.

Final Thoughts: A good example of the style but not nearly as hoppy as the name suggests. Would I drink it again? I can't see myself seeking it out. (635 characters)

Photo of beergoot
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served at the Blue Sky Bar in Concourse A of Denver International Airport.

Hazy, honey-colored body with thin, quickly dissipating although there is a decent amount of lacing forming down the glass . Virtually no distinctive aroma; nada; I'm thinking this beer has been served way too cold....Thin malt flavor with a robust bitterness creeping in at the finish. Light body with a crisp, clean finish. with some hop bittering bite.

A disappointing offering as aroma and flavor are pretty nondescript. Again, I'll attribute this to the cold temperature it was served at. I'll have to buy some for home and give it a whirl. Otherwise, this is a pretty blase and dull APA. (670 characters)

Photo of patpbr
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A hazy copper color and some lacing. A hoppy aroma of citrus. Hops, citrus, its crisp some fruit and an unpleasant lemon with some bitterness and high carbonation. Its got to much going on to make it come together nicely. I stated before I drank it that It would not have been my pick based on the label and honestly that design carried over into the brew. (356 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one finger soapy tan head. Leaves patches of lace.

S: Big citrus hop aroma off the pour. Grapefruit and orange rind. Smell turns more earthy with a bit o herbal hops and mint as it warms.

T: A bit of a light hop kick right away with some faint lemon and tangerine. Lots of bready malts come in soon after. Some caramel malt, light aspirin and some lemon zest. Finish brings some. Citric resin and grain. Mouthfeel is really light. Definitely a bit of a gateway beer for people who don't think they like hops. (555 characters)

Photo of jsisko01
2.14/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours the weirdest color I've ever seen.. lol. It's like a murky yellowish-orange brown color with a 2 inch, soapy head that lasts for a few minutes. Leaves a very thick lacing.

Smell - Has a very strong bitter funk to it.. with lighter tones of berries (or some similar fruit)

Taste - It has your average pale ale taste with the added caramel and toffee. Bitter, earthy malts, and a very light undertone of some type of fruit..?

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied wit high carbonation.

Overall - I don't know if it's because this is dry-hopped or just because of the ingredients, but it has a very weird funk and feel to it that I don't like. (651 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a hazy red-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, pine, pine hop, citrus, spicy hop, earth, and earth hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, citrus hop, pine hop, cream, spice, earth, and earth hop. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. I actually went into this brew not expecting to like it very much. However, I actually found something that I rather enjoyed. The hop profile going on in the aroma on this one was actually quite nice. The flavor however fell a little short though with the cream and spiciness aspect. I really wish that the creamy aspect I picked up on would not have been present as it really stole a lot from the flavor. Glad I got the chance to try this one finally after I have seen it for so long. I suggest you do the same if you get the opportunity. (1,011 characters)

Photo of Rizalini
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into my Deschutes tulip...

A - Pours a slightly hazy golden amberinh color, with a foamy 1 1/2 finger of off-white head.

S - Smell is earthy, almost grassy. Almost has an umami-type aroma. Just a hint of citrus.

T/M - Nice toffee/carmel malt backbone but finishes with a hoppy resinous finish. Nothing too bold or over powering, but the hops sneak up at the end. Mouthfeel is a little light, good carbonation.

O - A decent pale, but nothing that'll knock your socks off. Smooth and easy drinking. I'd give it a nod, but nothing I would look out for again. (580 characters)

Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy amber, good head.

Smell: Mild citrus.

Taste: Very balanced pale ale. Bready malt, not too sweet, then a mild citrus finish.

Overall: Picked up a 6 pack of cans as backup beer for the tailgate. Poured one later into a glass for a standard review. This is a decent pale ale, I suppose I'm a little disappointed in the aroma. Pretty standard tasting also, not too memorable, just an easy drinking pale ale. (423 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/27/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, mango, pine, herbal, caramel, toast, and light earth. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, herbal, floral, pine, mango, caramel, toast, grass, and light earth. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, floral, toast, grass, caramel, and light earth on the finish for a bit. Great hop flavor balance and complexity; with a good malt backbone. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice pale ale. Great hop flavor profile and flavor balance; and very smooth to drink as expected of 4.85%. No complaints here, very enjoyable stuff. (1,073 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Gator Beverage. Pours a slight orange copper huge with small white head, cloudy/hazy and a little weird looking. Aroma of citrus and mango, caramel malts backing it up. This comes off much better than Boulder's awful Mojo. A nice hop bite and citrus sweetness on the palate, some grapefruit and mango, and plenty of malt backing keeping it pleasantly sweet. Classic for the style and I would go back again. Good beer. Not groundbreaking but an easy drinker all day long. (482 characters)

Photo of Josiah2729
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into pint glass...

Appearance: dark copper color with frosty white head excellent lacing throughout

Smell: piney citrus hops with light malt smell

Taste: Pine and Citrus hops, sweet malt slight alcohol flavor.

Mouthfeel: medium thickness, slight carbonation, slight warming from alcohol

Overall: tasty pale ale hoppy, an enjoyable brew. (355 characters)

Photo of claspada
3.18/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber color filled with a big, fluffy white head.

Aroms begin with resiny pine-infused hops, potpourri and dried citrus fruits with just a very slight amount of caramel hiding under all those hops.

The tastes begin with citrus hops that build atop the assertive resiny, flowery hops and earthy undertones. Minimal toasted caramel malt flavor is thoroughly crushed by the hops.

The mouthfeel is medium-thin bodied with a high level of fine carbonation. Finish is chalky with a bitter finish.

Overall this is just a subpar APA overall. Lack of quality hop flavor mixed with sugary, watery base beer. Really just not appealing in any way shape or form. (671 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been some time since I've had this one, but I see a new can release, so I'm down.

It's interesting that the more beer I try, the more I seem to notice very particular characteristics. This is dry hopped? Well I certainly seem to be able to taste the dry hops. The flavor profile goes more for a leafy tone than an oil or spicy one. Nice overall flavor. Smooth and consistent. Pleasurable drinking experience. (409 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thanks to drewsy for the trade!

A- Pours a nectar like hazed coppery brown color, with tinges of red lingering in the background. The head is excellent, forming a three inch thick meringue like top that is eggshell in color, and retains superbly, only losing perhaps an inch of the original puff. From what I can see, there appears to be much fine carbonation, and the lacing looks to be excellent as well, leaving behind thick lines of soapy film! A very fine looking brew!

S- There is a very pleasant mixture of sweet malt and bittering hops present in the aroma. It is slightly citrus like, with some piney notes as well, but as time passes, I find everything to become more faint.

T- This is a very nice tasting brew....if only a little muted overall. There is definitely a bitter hop character, which I find to be of fresh hop leafs. There is a nice balance of 100% all malt sweetness, and due to the yeast, I also find this to have a bread and/or biscuit like flavor that provides a richness I suppose. The hops leave a bittering aftertaste on my palate that lingers, but doesn't offend.

M- I find this to be a solid medium-full bodied brew and the mild carbonation allows this to have a creamy mouthfeel. It finishes smooth as well, really allowing the hops to shine in this one. I think its a wonderfully nice feeling beer on my palate!

O- I find this to be highly drinkable....the alcohol is hidden well, its flavorful, even though I would like it to be slightly more upfront, and its very smooth and easygoing! I would have no problems enjoying more than one of these during a sitting! I highly recommend and feel it's deserving of it's high marks. (1,663 characters)

Photo of Philousa
2.04/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

22oz bottle with a September 27th 2012 best by date.

Clear, dark copper with a half a finger tan, dense head. Very grassy, biscuity aroma. Seems to me a good amount of crystal malt was used. I get that grainy, dark biscuity aroma pretty clearly. Some citrus notes with a swirl. The hops don't really come through as well as advertised on the bottle. Malt taste starts tart and metallic and drops out quick, leaving a faint bitterness on the back of the tongue along with the metallic taste that came back. Obviously light bodied if the flavor drops out, and it finishes dry.

This comes across as nothing special, start to finish. I'll pass. (643 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1426th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Denver International Airport

App- Big amounts of malty red/brown with only a small amount of head. Didn't leave a ton of cling. A good density in the glass.

Smell- Had a decent amount of hops and was semi balanced out with a strong malt flavor. More of a earthy note above all else.

Taste- Was a nice APA but just needed to dial down the caramel flavors and up the citrus on the finish.

Mouth- A wet medium body with a medium carbonation. A bit of a malty finish.

Drink- For as tired as I was and as hungry as I was. This hit the spot. Probably won't come back to it. (613 characters)

Photo of undeadozzy
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a robust amber with a massive foamy head that is leaving lots of lacing on the glass. Lots of carbonation bubbles are rising within the beer to keep the large head in tact.

S - Lots of hops. Very hoppy scent, but can't pick up anything beyond this bold character, beside for maybe a few hints of biscuit and cracker.

T - Initially it's a very hoppy yet equally unhoppy taste, a very odd taste, but it's what I'm running with in its description. Definite taste of buttery biscuit, dinner roll, saltine cracker, and some corn bread sweetness. The sharpness of the hops dominates everything, the rest are experienced in sort of a secondary taste/after taste.

M - Very smooth. Some bite from the carbonation, but otherwise smooth.

O - Not a bad beer. Tastes kind of like an IPA, Pilsner, and maybe a Lager thrown into one. Don't recall an APA having as much flavor as this one did, which is definitely a positive. Keep up the good work Boulder! (954 characters)

Photo of jsulko
3.12/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a tulip glass

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a decent slightly off white head.

Smell is mostly piney with a hint of malt and sweetness.

Taste is funky fruity at the start and bitter pale ale hoppy at the finish. A strange pale ale to say the least.

Thought this weas something I couldn't get locally when I bought it in Wichita. Definitly the worst beer I bought on the trip. (404 characters)

Photo of TheCondor
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Side poured with standard vigor from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance - Pours a nice murky amber color with a two finger head that sticks around for a good amount of time and leaves pretty good lacing on the side of the glass. This beer is certainly dry-hopped by the appearance.

Smell - True to style, this has a strong hops smell backed with a good malt backbone. Citrus and pine coincide with a bready malt backbone to produce a good balanced nose.

Taste - Bready, biscuity with a medium hops kick in the middle and at the end of the drink. Pretty standard APA stuff, but I liked it. Follows the nose very closely.

Mouthfeel - Finished dry and hoppy, with a decent bitterness. Medium carbonation

Overall - This is a solid beer, no doubt. I would buy it and drink it again, although thee are certainly better APA's out there. But if this is what you have, no worries. It will do the trick. Rceommended. (912 characters)

Photo of stampfler07
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a dark golden with an off-white, foamy head, stacks up to two fingers and slowly recedes

S- Strong pine hop initially, some floral notes, light fruit tones, almost like white grape

T- Some light fruity tones initially, dry bitterness throughout that builds slightly, malt presence is more pronounced in the middle with a moderate breadiness, lightly dry and bitter finish

M- Moderate carbonation, light in body, almost getting into a watery feel but not quite there, crisp

O- Pretty good overall, good mix of flavors, I like the aroma and appearance, the mouthfeel is almost disappointing but the taste keeps it a nice, solid pale ale (647 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light brownish color and left an attractive mound of foam on top that lingered. Could have sworn I smelled a hint of apples among with other fruity flavors. The taste was great. There are clearly multiple fruit flavors in there but it is not over the top and you can still look like a man drinking it. Went down great. No complaints. (342 characters)

Photo of mschind
3.82/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this on tap at the airport in Denver. It came out in a pint glass, waaay too cold.

A- True to its name, this is a murky, hazy brew, appropriate for being dry hopped. Medium copper colored, no head but probably can't blame that on the beer.

S- Crystal malt dominated by hops.

T- Hop bitterness with pine and citrus followed by mild biscuity malt. Dry at the finish without being astringent.

M- medium body, moderate plus carbonation but not fizzy or harsh.

O- If you like a hoppy APA,this fits the bill. Low ABV makes this very drinkable. It paired well with a carnitas burrito that was drizzled with a lime infused crema. It benefited from sitting for a bit to warm up so the flavors and aroma could come through. (725 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into an IPA glass.

The beer is a nice orangish-amber color. A tan colored head sits on top for a long while, when it finally dissipates it's still a fairly nice thick film. Sticky lacing clings to the glass. The beer smells slightly piny and hoppy with a touch of malty sweetness. The taste is bright and clean, with the piny hops dominating. The sweet caramel maltiness balances everything out in the end. There is a tea like quality in this beer. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and goes down very easy with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable APA that's got a nice balance in it. The low ABV is certainly nice for a summer afternoon. Well done by Boulder Beer. (693 characters)

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass, this APA presents as a hazy amber color with a 1.5" sticky foamy head leaving decent lacing down the sides.

This ale has a punky hopped aroma, with leather, dried tobacco, mild apricot, and cracked black pepper notes.

Taste starts mildly soapy, with peach, malt, floral hops, and a tangy finish.

A thin to medium bodied beer, this has a slightly acidic finish that is a bit off-putting.

The beauty of the craft beer in a can revolution is that camp-outs are no longer the bland, bloating lite-beer blah-fests they used to be. Still, just because it is craft in a can doesn't make it great for a camp out. This beer is the perfect example of that; not terrible, but certainly not remarkable. Think of it as the craft beer in a can you take in reserve for that late night poker game, but not the one you enjoy floating down stream. The one good camp-out quality to it is its relatively low ABV; at 4.85%, you won't be napping your way through the afternoon after a few of these in the hot sun. (1,038 characters)

Hazed from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
85 out of 100 based on 873 ratings.