Pass Time Pale Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Pass Time Pale AlePass Time Pale Ale

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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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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 138
Photo of Sammy
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed from the inventory at Rock Bottom.Kind of off-aroma. Looks like apple juice, with a little white foam and lace. Taste is apple juice and ome hops. Overall OK, carbonation a bit fizy. Glorified apple cider, serviceable hoppiness. Passable beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty middle-of-the-road for Boulder Beer. The flavors are quite nice, but the body (or lack thereof) kills it. The flavors are a simple blend of barley malt and hops--pretty clean. The malts are light, allowing the hops to shine, and probably mask a lot of off flavors and brewing mistakes. So, flavor-wise, I like it. But, the low, thin body has no real base or cussion. It's watery, especially into the finish, leaving the beer a little metalic and scrubbing on the toung. Again, servicable, but not one to seek out. It's still an improvement on water.

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Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured out an orange.amber color with a one-finger head. It left some nice lacing on the glass.

S - It smelled grassy and of hops.

T - It tasted quite malty and had some slightly bitter hop kick.

M - It was crisp and fairly sharp on the tongue. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - It is a pretty good APA. Fairly typical from Boulder. Good but not outstanding.

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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 TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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 BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange heavily infused with amber. There's almost no visible carbonation, but the head is pretty impressive anyway. It's rich cream in color and is tacky enough to deposit a decent amount of lace in scattered chunklets (that become more sheet-like farther down the glass).

The aroma reminds me of an ESB or an English pale ale more than an APA (note added later: I'm not sure why since the hop bill consists of Cascade, Chinook and Hallertau). Malt and hops are in near perfect balance with the fruitiness of the hops more to my liking than the light toastiness of the malt.

After a few mouthfuls, it still seems more like an ESB and not a very distinguished one at that. There's plenty of caramel maltiness that is at least equal to--if not the superior to--the flavor derived from hops. The bitterness isn't that prominent, yet still manages to be slightly harsh. Sweet is favored early and dry is favored late. On a similar arc, the medium body thins out somewhat on the back end.

Boulder's Pass Time Pale Ale isn't bad beer, but neither is it a stellar example of the style. It's a balanced, middle of the road, inoffensive ale that is somewhat drinkable, but isn't otherwise noteworthy. Hardly a ringing endorsement.

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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 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 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 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 Tone
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, copper/golden color. 1/2 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of a general sweetness, hops, earthy malt, and slight raisin aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. There's a strong dryness associated with this brew. Tastes of hops up front (English style - dry), earthy malt background, and some slight banana flavor. Overall, nothing special as an American Pale Ale, but a decent English Pale Ale.

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Photo of Gavage
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
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 WesWes
4.12/5  rDev +27.2%
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 Wasatch
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow, nice carbonation, not much of a head, with some nice lacing. Scents of hops, malt, soury cannot put my finger on it. Nice taste kinda sweet/sour with a dry finish. Medium body. Would make a nice session beer at the 4.9% ABV. I like it, but most likely will not buy again.

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Photo of Zorro
3.97/5  rDev +22.5%
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 jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours with a one-finger bubbly white head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Clear amber color. Nose is slightly malty. Light-medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Starts sweet, finishes hoppy, no a bad pale. $1.35 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a copper amber color with a thin fizzy white head. There is some hops in the nose but the aroma is largely dominated by caramel, malt and biscuits. The taste much like the aroma is largely biscuity and malty with a decent hop profile. Mouthfeel is crisp and sharp due to the carbonation. Overall, I find this to be an average brew that I probably wouldn't purchase again. Certainly not bad, but it is just lacking a little something in nearly every category.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.05/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

June 29 09 stamped on bottle.

It pours a clear bright gold with a 1 finger head of foam. There's some decent lacing.

Smell wise, I'm getting some good hoppy notes, mostly on the lemonish side, and some notes of bread. A pretty good nose over all.

The taste isn't like the nose at all. The hops didn't make the trip at all, ok, just a bit of some lemon bitterness but it's so light, I could easily have missed it. The bready malt does come through but I'd rather that it had not. I'd prefer some nice caramel malt sweetness and a much more assertive hop presence, given it is an American Pale Ale, but this falls way short. A very dull brew.

Medium bodied with good complaints on the mouthfeel.

Drinkability? It goes down easy enough, due in part to the mouthfeel, but this isn't something I'd enjoy drinking multiple bottles of at a sitting. I find it way too ordinary.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a copper- amber color with a small head that disappears within seconds. The smell is of cherries, very sweet. Taste is sweet, and one-dimensional. Cherries are present. Hops bitterness is moderate, but enough to balance things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty good brew. It might not be the greatest APA.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Orange yellow color. Decent head that held half-an-inch lacing nicely.

Smell: Very light citrus, malty. Expected more on the floral hop side so was a bit disappointed.

Taste: Taste was a little thin. Much more malt than hop. Very mild for a pale ale, not much bitter.

Mouthfeel: Again thin is the work that comes to mind. Sort of dry a fair amount of carbonation.

Drinkability: Very drinkable. No lingering like in some pale ales. Would be good to be a more on the taste side.

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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 ZAP
4.13/5  rDev +27.5%
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'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 Gusler
3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color on the pour a transpicuous copper color, the head modest and it evaporates quickly, the lace left behind a patchy sheet, color and off white. The nose is malt sweet, crisp and clean with the start sweet and malt-laden, and the top skeletal in its feel. Finish is mildly acidic with the hops bite minimal and the aftertaste dry, another average beer much as I expected, but I always hold out hope they will produce a winner.

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Photo of mynie
3.78/5  rDev +16.7%
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 KarlHungus
3.13/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copperish amber color with a small head that disappears within seconds. The smell is of cherries, very sweet. Taste is sweet, and one-dimensional. Cherries are present. Hops bitterness is moderate, but enough to balance things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with lively carbonation. Overall, a pretty good brew. It might not be the greatest APA, but it'll do on a hot summer day.

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Pass Time Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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