Pass Time Pale Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Pass Time Pale AlePass Time Pale Ale
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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 jdhilt
3.06/5  rDev -5.8%
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 edchicma
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light copper amber apppearance with little to no head. Smell is malty and buttery. Taste is a bit on the sweet side with a very light hop presnece on the finish. Mouthfeel is initially a tad dry, but ends a tad oily...nothing special. Mouthfeel and swetness lessened teh drinkability profile.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lighter amber color with a miniscule off white head. Buttery biscuity malt aromas with a small dosage of English bittering hops in there as well. Mostly caramel-like iced tea sweetness with just the right amount of hops to beckon another sip. This pale is a little too sweet for my liking, but overall, a fairly good English-style pale ale. Only drawback is that it off-tasted almost underfermented.

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Photo of ngandhi
2.67/5  rDev -17.8%
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 marc77
2.91/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear copper hue. Thin, spotty off white head leaves tattered lace. Dilute, ripe orange hop nose along with mild biscuit and light caramel in aroma. As it breathes, a soapy edge develops. Somewhat prosaic, yet unbalanced aromawise. Flavor is dominated by perfunctory, non descript caramel, which is partially offset by gently hopping. Hop character is tame and vaguely floral. Toasty, biscuit like notes attempt depth, but the apparent over filtration has stripped life from this brew. Lightly bodied overall, and passably dextrinous in mouthfeel. A notch above thin. Hop bitterness fades late, leaving a combination of caramel and simple maltose sweetness to linger on the palate. Finishes mildly savory, with slight salty, minerally notes fading quickly. Innocuous, yes, but only two notches beyond insipid. Worth trying one bottle, but no more.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.73/5  rDev -16%
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 ADR
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This may be a re-package of the Boulder Extra Pale Ale (much as they constantly do) but it had enough change to make it worth a rate...

Sub amber and clearish, nice and bright in the light. Average 1/4 inch pale yellow head, leaves lace that's simple but does cling. Aroma is far more hoppy than the Boulder Pale of yore, pithy and somewhat juicy. The flavor follows smell fairly closely, hops dominate but dry the finish a little too much. The nice caramel malt counterpart seems to be gone in this re-package/re-make, this is a much more unidimensional and average beer. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is decent, but this doesn't have the profile to stand out in a competitive field.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer was a copper-orange hue with some hints of red when held up to the light. The two-finger, almost white head was very rough and became fluffy as it settled down. It was gone fairly quickly, and left only a couple of streamers of lace on the side of the glass.

Smell: Right after the pour, the smell was what I would expect from an average pale ale. It was a combination of a baked bread/roasted malt aroma mixed in with a spicy hoppiness. After the head had settled down, the hops aroma all but disappeared and the malt gained strength, become warmer and fuller. It definitely had the quality of lightly spiced baked goods. If I aggitated the heck out of the glass, I could resurrect the hops, but it was fleeting.

Mouthfeel: Kind of thin in the mouth, but chewy at the same time. It was fuzzy on the tongue, but gained a lot of roughness as it hit the back of the throat.

Taste: This beer was all malt. Upfront were flavors of roasted malt, bread, and grains. There was an acidic hoppiness that kind of floated over the top of the flavor, but it was very light. On the finish, the malt picked up some sweetness and the hops kicked in a little more.

I really enjoyed this beer, but as a pale ale, it was weak due to a lack of hops presence. This makes rating this beer tough. Damn my hopheaded tendencies . . . !

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Bruiser81
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is a dark golden copper color. The head is small and doesn't last long, however it does leave a smooth sheet across the top. There was some lacing.
The aroma is kind of muted and different for this style. Most noticeable was the malt. A little bit of caramel and some sweetness. Hops were barely detectable in the back, not totally void.
The taste is also unusual. Sweet malt hits first followed by a slight bit of caramel. I kept waiting for the hops to kick in and take over but never happened. They showed up in the end but with little to offer. A slight bitterness that doesn't last long. The aftertaste leaves sort of a funny aftertaste, I can't recognize it.
Goes down a bit rough, sharp at the swallow. I didn't care to much for this one.

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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'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 Bighuge
2.61/5  rDev -19.7%
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 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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Pass Time Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 16.7% out of 100 with 138 ratings
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