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Pass Time Pale Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Pass Time Pale AlePass Time Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.96%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by bditty187 on 08-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 138 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of SheepNutz
4.3/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a light amber color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing. The smell is nice and hoppy, with a good malt base. Very well balanced, and a good full nose. The taste starts malty, with caramel flavors and a little bit of toastiness. The finish has the perfect balance of hops. Very nice. The mouthfeel is just a touch light, even for a pale ale. The drinkability is fantastic. This is really a remarkable pale ale.

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Photo of Hhawk06
4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased in a Rockies BC samlpler pack. The smell is a unique peachy/sugary sweet temptation, great stuff. The color is amber/gold with a nice off-white well formed head. There is tremendous peach bouqeut effervescence and a good full malt taste. Love the tiny splashes of bitterness on the back of the palate. Finishes very quenching and slightly pale, accentuating the roots of the style. An outstanding brew, I'd certainly look for this again.

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Photo of ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An interesting take on a Pale Ale...this has absolutely no hop presence....none....OK...maybe a very soft perfume like scent...but really this is all MALT all the time...nose is caramel and cookie dough...pours a dark gold with a nice off white head that rims the glass...body is medium...firm...feels right...and really I like the taste of this although it is all malt....Kind of an ale O-fest...malt, caramel, nuts...cookie dough....very tasty...sweet, but not overdone...I really like the taste of this but don't expect a Pale Ale...I'd say more of a low hop ESB...whatever...it's not a work of art, but it's one of those beers that I really like the flavor of and would drink a lot of these as an every day beer...low abv would make this a great kegger beer for a fall barbecue...My ratings will make this look like an exceptional beer...I'm not sure everyone will like it as much but it really hits a soft spot for me as an every day drinking beer...I will find more of this and buy more...

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Photo of WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a sweet and fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and light crystal malts along with a mild hop aroma; well balanced. The taste is good. It has a sweet, yet dry malt flavor that goes down easy and finishes with some hops in the aftertaste. It's nothing over the top, but it's a solid beer. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good, all-around beer; a fine drinker.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Nice crips coppery color, decent head retention.

Taste--I was a little bit surprised by this one. I was expecting more hops than malt, but that was not the case. Very smooth, slightly sweet. Strange almost cherry candy taste at the end.

Mouthfeel--smooth and creamy, just slides around the mouth

Drinkability--Very drinkable beer. Goes down nice and easy.

Notes--Not the most complex tasting beer, but it sure tastes good!

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Photo of yesyouam
4.04/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer is a cloudy amber with a small, dense, white head. Excellent lacing. The aroma is of fresh pine and sweet caramel-- maybe some berries. On the palate, it's smooth, fizzy, and medium-light. It's well bittered. The tart tenor malt and fruity yeast blend well with the bitterness. It's a bit heavy to be a session ale.
(rated Apr 10, 2007)

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Photo of ski271
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium-light brownish amber with a small, off-white, milky head that quickly diminishes to an almost full film. Some moderate lacing. The smell is a wonderfull array of hop aromas (estery and floral with some pine and light herbs) over a solid bready malt backbone. After an initial hit of hop sharpness, it’s the smooth, slightly sweet malts that take over. The finish is full of citrus that slowly fades. It has a medium body, creamy texture and moderate carbonation. One of 4 beers in a mix 12-pack (along with their porter, amber and Hazed & Infused). A pleasant, fairly-balance beer with a little more malty than I like but still quite enjoyable and highly sessionable.

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Photo of bditty187
3.99/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear coppery-bronze hue, smallish off-white head that quickly faded to a soapy collar, no lace was produced. Lovely nose, toasty malt and caramel currents too, minimal influence of hops… good potency. The palate is frontloaded with caramel malt, slight toastiness… towards the finish the hops are noticeable, which adds a fair amount of bitterness (a little piney flavor too). The carbonation is moderately firm, medium body… nice mouthfeel. This English-style Pale Ale is very enjoyable to quaff, I’d pass the time with this one any day. The low abv makes this a great session beer… recommended.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear copper to amber colored ale with a smallish off-white colored head.

The smell is quite herbal and strong with English style hops. Aromas of wood, leather, caramel, and leather.

The taste starts out neutral sweet woody and herbal. Sweetness sneaks in the aftertaste, a flash of caramel syrup. More herbal than bitter the hop balance is just about perfect.

Mouthfeel is good.

Outstanding drinkability for a simple ale. To my taste buds this is more British Pale Ale in flavor but just know this is no citrus and pine NW hop ale.

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Photo of bheilman
3.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking, great smelling, fantastic taste. Sweeter than most pale ales and slightly less tolerable because of that, but definitely one of the most smooth and drinkable pale ales I've ever had. Great beer to introduce to a non-beer snob. Best average pale ale I've had in a long while.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, tea citrus and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste pretty decently balanced with flavors of caramel, citrus and tea up front. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is mild for the style but works well for this beer. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty in its simplicity, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, there's nothing outstanding about this beer but it's very solid overall and I found it to bee surprisingly drinkable.

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Photo of MisterClean
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From total wine

A - Pours orange with a 1 fingered off-white head. Dissipates moderately with little lacing.

S/T - Lots of honey, with a light tea-like flavor, and some aroma citrus hops.

M - Full-bodied, well-balanced, and almost overwhelmingly sweet.

D - This would be a great introduction beer for someone who wants to get into the microbrewery scene. For the more experienced micro drinker, it is fairly tame for a pale ale and one may expect a hoppier resolve.

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Photo of beerphan
3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle -> goblet
no date

Pours a oranged amber with a small chalky head that recedes at a quick pace to a thin film of suds clouds. Some patches of thin lace. Carbonation appears slow and steady, though rather scarce.

Nose: Lots of caramel, some spoiled fruit

A medium bodied mouth finishes clean. Mostly the caramel malts up front with a little citrus. Finishes with a somewhat balancing bitterness that exits cleanly and quickly. Would like to see more hops, but what is there adds a nice balance to the heavy dose of caramel malts.

Seems to me to be a perfect session ale, though the hophead in me ask for a bigger dose.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a nice 2" head that lasts. Thick lace sticks to the glass during the session.

Smell: caramel and citrus are easily detectable.

Taste: caramel, orange citrus, sweet pear, and a nice bitterness make a simple and balanced pale ale.

Mouthfeel: crisp from start through the finish, with a short aftertaste of caramel, orange, and some bitterness. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: a solid session pale ale that won't blow you away but is enjoyable.

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Photo of karengarys
3.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours crystal deep amber. I slow-pour beer, and this is the first that I've had which leaves a lasting fluffy head. Even after a half hour, there is a foam coating on top!

Smell is mild, floral hop, bit of malt. Nothing unusual - beer.

Taste is... um... simply solid. It is beer, but not just beer, it's really beer. The maltiness is very strong, and the hop balances it nicely. It isn't overhopped, it is just - nice beer. There is a lot of character here, meaning it is flavored well, not bland. That is why I rated it so high for "just beer".

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Finish is creamy, too, completing the mouthfeel with a slight sweetness.

I recommend giving this a whirl if you see it.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder- Pass Time Pale Ale

A- Orange brown with a thick foamy head.
S- Sweet buttery malt, shortbread, and citrus.
T- Citrus hops (lemon and grapefruit) with an equally balanced dose of buttery toffe malt.
M- Very smooth and buttery sweet. Very easy to drink.

Overall- Good session beer, goes down quickly!

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.84/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up a slightly hazy gold, with a dense white head

S - Faint smell of malt with hop accents.

T - Starts off with sweet malt balanced nicely by hops. Finishes slightly dry with a nice hop flavor--not exactly bitterness, but more herbal

M - Good mouthfeel, slightly creamy, slight carbonation tingle

D - Smooth and easy drinking.

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Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

#2 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

A pour from the scenic labeled bottle displayed a clear amber capped by a frothy ivory head, squishy sheet laces. Some notes of floral in the aroma and some spice hints – just very weak.

NICE quaff! A very sweet malted brew, kicked up a notch by the subtle hints of spice and black pepper. Crisp and dry, this made for an excellent spring drinker. Quality brew from a good brewery – I’m impressed by their session beer offering.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pass Time Pale Ale achieves a balance of malt and hop flavors that I think is very good. It pours with little head, and a little lacing. This beer is surprisingly dark for a pale ale, and I would almost call it and amber if not for the title. Fruity and nicely textured hops characterized the mouthfeel and initial taste, followed by a toasted nut and malty aftertaste. In my opinion, neither the hops nor the malts are out of proportion. It is not over acidic or sweet. This is not the best APA out there, but it is a very good one.

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear dark amber with a nice, soapy head.

Smells of light hops and heavy caramel. The hops are spicy, almost English.

Tastes much like it smells. Starts with a blast of light malted grain, moving into a bitter hop middle and ending on a spicier hop and then a kick of biscuit and cookie malt.

Nice session beer. Not quite hoppy enough to be an exceptional APA, but a well0brewed beer nonetheless.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.77/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a clear and bright orange. Lots of carbonation. Unstable puffy head. Clear but doesn't appear watery.

Nice smell of a slightly pale pub ale. Sweet bready malt with a hint of paleness. Mild, slightly sweet hop. Very mild and balanced.

Taste is an understated pale malt with pleasant mild hops. Quite good. Not bitter at all. The pale malt is a tad chlorine-ish, but also flowery. Pretty good metallic aftertaste.

It's thicker than expected. Dry on the tongue. Dances a bit. Champagne feel to some degree. Overall it's a nicely balanced pale ale. Not too bitter, not too pale. Pretty darn good.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Found a few singles lying around at my local grocery store, and figured I'd try one out. Pours an amber color with a nice amount of head. Smells malty and a bit bitter, and a little floral.

Taste is very malty, a little bitter, and has some caramel notes going on. A little fuller than the nose. And leaves very little to no aftertaste. The bitter hops really balance out any sweetness.

Mouthfeel is decent, and as for drinkability, well, one goes pretty quickly. I can see this as a nice thirst quencher on a hot day, or a decent beer to have with a burger and fries. Not an awful brew at all.

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Photo of eclaycamp
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Pours a bright burnt orange. Head is minimal and unremarkable. Sweet nose of caramel malt and some hops. Sweet toffee taste with minimal bitterness in the finish. Grassy and earthy hops come through the more you drink the beer, but it's the malts that are the real star. If it had more hops going on, this thing could be astronomical. As it is, it's simply quite good. That's not a bad thing.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.72/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light tbrown crystal clear ody, almost no head, save for a small ring around the inside of the glass. Smells and taste are extremely fruity. Blueberries and strawberries are definitely recognizable in the flavor. Hops work very well with the fruitiness, maybe a little more could be used. A pretty good PA, but I like more hops. May be a little too sweet.

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