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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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 pmcadamis
1.59/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Crystal clear light copper brew with a one finger head of bubbly foam and lots of really nice white lace.

S - Sweet and mild nose that smells like subdued malt and although I'm sure that they don't use adjuncts, I actually a bit of corny adjunct-like aroma.

T - Bitter up front and very salty. A confusing array of flavors goes in all different directions and causes my tongue to lose focus. Coppery, metallic, salty, and very strange. I don't like this at all. Blah.

M - Thin, acrid, and metallic. Like sucking on a penny, or a battery.

D - Poor. This is pretty horrible stuff. I'm begining to wonder if this one is ruined somehow. It doesn't really taste skunked, but the overbearing metallic flavors surely can't be there intentionally.

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Photo of schellsbeer
1.93/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Got in a mixed pack from Boulder Beer. My very least favorite Boulder Beer to date. there anything positive to write about this beer? Not really. The only medium or average grade it gets is a 2.5 on appearance. Thats it. They say that they are Colorado's First Microbrewery....well they need to back to school because the times have changed since they went into business. Up the standard. Give me most macro brews before this one.

Musty. Funky aftertaste. Pass Time is the name....boy they aren't kidding. This beer's time passed about 2 decades ago. Lets catch up to the modern scene shall we?

On a positive note, I really do like the Planet Porter. Here is a beer that Boulder does an ok job at. This one...yeah, not so much.

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Photo of smcolw
2.13/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Nice off-white two-finger head, which leaves a good lace on the glass. Color is solid amber and clear.

Okay, how can this be? This beer smells like vegetable soup, with perhaps a touch of Salisbury Steak. I don't smell any hop or malt. Egads!

The flavor has some hop bite to it. After that, the taste became metalic. There is some noticeable malt, but the aroma is overwhelmingly distracting. The finish is very, very short. On the positive side, it has nice body with good carbonation.

Sorry guys, my worst pale ale homebrew is better than this. I'm curious how this is made. You must be doing something unusual to create a beer like this.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.23/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

The Pass Time Pale pours and orange-amber with a fizzy white head that quickly goes down to a thin film.

Its nose is apricot, sweet malt and maybe a little yeastiness. It's a little too sweet and cloying for my taste.

It's flavor is pretty mild. Mostly citrus (apricot and apple) with a mild metallic taste. Surprisingly, there are no hops that I can discern. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a kind of harsh carbonation at first.

Overall, not at all what I was expecting from a Pale's more like a mild fruity beer. Too sweet, almost treacly, for me.

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Photo of Rippeddisc
2.25/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brought this back from the mainland from one of my trips and it was time to pop it. For thoughts...

A - woah...impressed! Rarely to pale bottles actually have a decent head...this one...2 fingers and sticky. very cool. nice amber color and carbonation rising nicely. lacing down the glass

S - meh...not much there. very very slight bready notes and some fruit? apricot?

T - uhm. what? a little something....cant put my tongue on it

M - decent body, lingers on the tongue for a bit

D - too bad this beer doesnt much at all. so if you want something to take up space w/o much gratification. here's your brew.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.44/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The appearance of this beer was very attractive; a nice copper color with pretty good head formation. Aroma was a metallic-coppery smell balanced with just a bit of hops - which really didn't get me excited. Flavor had some diacetyl and maltiness, but not else and I was not a fan. I believe that diacetyl (buttery-ness) does not really belong in this style (IPA). Mouthfeel was pretty full, due in large part to the diacetyl. I would not recommend this beer.

I picked up this bottle at Liquor Mart, in Boulder, CO during my visit to attend the 2007 GABF.

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Photo of ChuckD
2.45/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz brown bottle from a sampler pack poured into a pint glass. Slight whitish lacing atop a dull copper body. The nose is mostly malt based - bread and candy. Lack of any hop bouquet at all. The taste is much like the smell - overloaded sweetness with no hop bite for balance. Very limited taste layering - with a feel that is thin and light. The finish is far from dry and leaves a bad taste.

Not very pleasant.

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Photo of DaPeculierDane
2.56/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty, if pale, amber color. Thin but chunky off white head. Almost no scent. A bit of sweet malt here and a touch of citrus there. That’s all. Mild taste focused on sweet malts and a pinch of fruit. Subtle biscuit and caramel flavors but lacking overall. To dull to be drinkable. Light overly sweet mouthfeel. Big pass on this one.

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Photo of tr4nc3d
2.59/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 fl oz bottle poured into my pint glass

The appearance is that of a pretty dark copper color with a nice sized two inch slightly off-white head. Great head retention that last above average and as it subsides leaves scattered spiderweb lacing clinging to the sides of my glass.

The aroma mainly consisted of malts and had barely any hop aroma. The malts consisted of caramel and pale malt, toffee notes, barley. I did get the slightest bit of some kind of noble hop(?).

Taste upfront and throughout the beer is all malt. I get upfront sweet taste of caramel that leads way into a toffee flavor. Thats about it folks.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery with slightly above medium carbonation

Really disappointed with this beer and even though it might just be old, I still wish I had at least sop hop flavor in it. I would pass this up. Pretty much the flavor profile for this beer could pass for a "Czech Pilsner" rather than a "Pale Ale"

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Photo of Bighuge
2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear light amber colored. Small ivory white head. Little retention. A bubbly collar sticks around and laces adequately. Some slight caramel malt tones mixe with a barely perceptible citric hoppiness. Pretty weak nose. This beer lacks character in the taste department. Malt seems to be primarily caramel but there also seems to be some biscuit like properties. Hops impart a small piney character and some dryness. I'd prefer a lot more hop flavor and bitterness. Body is hovering over medium. Not a PA I'd go get again.

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Photo of russpowell
2.66/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours honey colored with a 1.5" head that drops off very fast to a thin film that covers the top of the beer. Bubbles pull up from the midle/bottom with every pull. Head retention below average and some lacing on the bottom of my glass

Smell: Some hops and malt hide behind the off putting vegtal smell

Taste: Light fruitiness, some grain notes and alcohol. Fruitiness/honey and dryness in the finish

MF: Prickly, a little thin and slighty overcarbonated

Almost easy to drink depsite some fairly big flaws, pretty mediocre for the style, pass next time!

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Photo of ngandhi
2.67/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first thought is that this beer has no ale characteristics at all. Boulder + beer . . . I'm looking for hops. For the longest time I thought I had this mixed up with a batch of homebrewed German pilsener I just did. After verifying the bottlecaps and lack of sediment in the bottles or glass, I knew this was the right beer, but I still can't believe it.

Lightly caramelly, but moreso grainy, this "pale ale" exhibits a lot of pilsener/amber maltiness -- so much so that I expect a rush of Saaz hops with each sip. When served cold, there is absolutely no hop character at all on the nose or palette. Smooth and creamy, but virtually flavorless, this would have been good marketed as a California common -- it's very much to that style.

As it warms, a delicious buttery maltiness comes out with some residual and it becomes clear that this is a BRITISH pale ale. The nose picks up a soapy, fuggles-influenced, toffee-like bouquet that, in another context, would match up nicely with an old ale. Unfortunately, the beer actually ends up tasting like soap.

Although the British influence does redeem it beyond a total flop, this brew is still way off base. That said, it tastes decent and is, in complexity, abv, and price, intended to be a session beer. I'd keep the beer around, but I'd put the marketing department under review.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.73/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: very pale amber color, underneath a good, well-held, creamy head. Aroma: fresh, soft, minorly citric, ...nothing else.
Taste: Quite mild, with the hops, the malt, everything, so mild as to be mind-numbingly boring. Some fruitiness arrives, and thrives, a bit, peach, apricot, apple, but only very, very slightly. A very mellow ale, nicely integrated, but altogether ...BOR-ing! Let's try it again...
yeah, sorry, there's no spark, little to remember. I can see why they named it "Pass Time", yeah, the beer to guzzle when you've got nothing better to do, apparently.
"Pass Time" Pale Ale...ah, jeez, how dumb do we gotta get?
Drinkability goes down because, although many may be comfortable guzzling such a thing, I succomb to crippling boredom after 1/2 of a bottle....
Good God, this is the 3rd Boulder beer if had recently that has bored me to pieces...what is up???

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Photo of morimech
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer looks like a good APA but that is where it ends. Pours a nice golden color with a thick white head that is slow to disipate.

The smell is strange for an APA, sweet and buttery.

The flavor is dominated by the sweet malt that leaves a buttery taste in the mouth and no hop bitterness to offset all the sweetness. Not a well balanced beer with the heavy diacetyl taste. The carbonation is good and it is not heavy so it is not hard to drink if you can get past the sweetness. I would recommend a pass on the beer.

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Photo of hwwty4
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured exactly what I think a APA should look like. Golden amber with a nice size head that lasted quite a while. That’s about the best thing about this beer. Smell is matliness and butter. Taste is what I think buttered cardboard would taste like. Mouthfeel is light with a slight carbonation. I don’t think I will be picking this up again.

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Photo of HankNew
2.74/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice golden / orange color - with a 1/4 inch of head which disappears quite quickly.
A bitter malty scent of hops does not fall pleasantly on the nose.
The taste of this beer is equally bitter and stings the back of my mouth and leaves an unpleasant aftertaste.
This beer looks promising but unfortunately does not deliver. Perhaps a taste closer to the brewery may yield different, fresher results.

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Photo of JAHMUR
2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

Photo of budgood1
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

pours out a deep amber colour with a fine stiff head. ample lacing. nose lightly malty sweet with a faint soft hop aroma. taste is more of the interplay of thin malts and non american tasting hops. APA? it seems more along the lines of a british bitter. very sessionable and for drinking lots of. mouthfeel almost is bordering on watery. for the masses and in massive amounts. finishes a little metallic and grainy....this might go along with some hot wings and a football game but for appreciation it's dead. easy drinking and quenching. that's about it.

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Photo of JackStraw22
2.76/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, dark golden body with an inch of off-white head. Head retention was average and there was some modest lacing. Aroma is cidery and sweet. Not really any hop aroma to balance out how cidery it is, though there is a slight amount of spice aroma. Good malt flavor, not nearly as sweet as it smells thankfully. Some bitterness, but not much. Bready and herbal. Quite sticky mouthfeel, and there's light carbonation, which doesn't make it as refreshing as I usually think of for a pale ale. With so many good pale ales out there, I'd pass on trying this again.

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Photo of oberon
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clear golden with a thin white head that dissapates pretty quickly leaving no lace behind,aromas are very faint just a passing buttery note maybe a touch of toasted grain but not much going on.Somewhat watery mouthfeel not much oomph flavor wise,diacytal butteriness dominates not much hop presence here at all.Lackluster in my opinion nothing going on for this beer thin and over diacytal I wont be revisiting this beer.

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Photo of NEhophead
2.83/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thin, golden-caramel in color. Rapidly receding, burnt white head that leaves a few trails of light lacing.

Faint, astringent biscuit malt; a touch of sweetness. Floral hops with lemon. Corn, rice, and cabbage adjunctory aromatics.

Semi-sweet caramel and light coffee-flavored toasted malt. Wheat, rice, and other artificially sweetened grains. Very minor bitterness followed by a powdery, floral hop aftertaste. A very bland flavor profile.

Light, medium bodied; the sweetness gives this watery Pale a much needed layer of thickness.

A sub-par offering from the boys at Boulder. Bland, even unpleasant at times. Questioning whether I should pour this one out.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.86/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden amber with a decent sized head. Nose is like an extremely mild bing cherry, though overall there isn’t much to it. Flavor is totally weak. Bordering on watered down with very little presence of hops or anything remotely interesting or appealing. I can’t say it is the worst I have ever had, but it just doesn’t move me at all. For this style there are so many much better examples to try. Feel is pretty good with a nice carbonation on it, but the drinkability stays low because it is just not very moving. I’ve had it and I’m on to something different (never to return most likely).

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Photo of Hunter
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer pours a penny-copper bright color (I know, it's zinc now). Brief head of white foam that vanishes quick.

Sweet malt in the nose, gentle kiss of hops. Pretty standard.

Taste is right there with the nose. Malt, light hops, little else. Grainy aftertaste and a light scouring of the tastebuds before it reduces to a vegetable finish.

Drinkable, decent quality for the price, but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

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Photo of cwachtel
2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice golden amber color with an orangey hue. Head was very thin (could have been the glass). Aroma was a strong and fruity with an lemony citus side.

The fruity citrus trend continued with the first taste. Felt very thin on the tongue...would have prefered a little more to it. Wasn't completely won over with the first few sips but it settled to be a decent beer. I prefer a little more malt/hop flavor to my APA's so i probably wouldn't get it again, but not bad.

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Photo of manahansf
2.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light amber color with a clear body and visible carbonation. Slight piney hop aroma. Smooth light body with nice carbonation levels. Earthy hop bitterness flavor well balanced with supporting malt flavors. Finishes with a subtle piney hop flavor.

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Pass Time Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.24 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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