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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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 138
Photo of WillieMoe
3.53/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an opaque orange amber, with a mild head that dissolves very quickly.

S-Has the usual pale malt scent, with bit of burnt woodiness, but there are hints of fruit in there as it warms.

T&M- Has a juicy, mildly sweet taste about it, possibly from the some dark fruits. It also has a bit of a roasted nut in there, but is not overly dry, by any means. It is dry, just not to an extreme. Has a mild bitterness and leaves a nice mild coating on the tongue, with not a great deal of carbonation.

This is a fairly smooth and easy drink. It's light and refreshing. I'd have it again, and could easily knock back a bunch of these on a warm summer (or fall or spring) day.

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Photo of kkosmoski
3.43/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Longneck poured into an Ommegang Hennepin glass-May 2008 date stamped on the bottle, which I am hoping is the packaged date. Lively carbonation was noted during the pour, which produced an orangish colored liquid with a small amount of bubbley white head on top. No haze at all from this crystal clear ale. The aroma has a slightly pungent hop character to it, rather than the usual bright, citrusy American characteristic. The first flavor I notice is a bit of subdued hop tang - kind of lemony or grapefruit. Flavor remains pretty neutral and balanced through to the finish, where some biscuity and very light caramel hints can be found. The mouthfeel is prickly and light, which isn't my preference, but fits into the American style.

This ale is something different I think than what we have come to know in recent years as "American Pale Ale". It does not display huge hop flavors and aromas, but is rather more balanced and neutral in flavor. If I had blindly tasted this beer, I would have guessed the style as a copper or American Amber Ale. It is not what I would expect to get when buying an American Pale Ale, but there is nothing bad about it. It is just more neutral and can appeal to a much larger crowd.

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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 Misfit138
3.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass

A- Dark yellow/orange in color with decent inch head that remained as lacing thoughout consumption.

S- Almost a sweet malt caramel scent with mild hints of citrus.

T- Really too smooth for a pale, no real kick at all. Sweet mild malts seem more noticeable than the hops. Almost like a lager.

M- Thin and light.

D- Its OK. I won't be buying it again. Its not what I look for in a Pale Ale. Stick to Sierra Nevada, Yazoo, SweetWater, or Tarrapin.

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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 Gambrinus1184
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass:

A: Poured a clear, golden-amber color with a one finger head of white carbonation which didn't leave much lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of faintly roasted caramel malt and some light, fruity hopping.

T: Taste is initially thin and sweet up front, with a thin resinous hop tingle across the palate before finishing with a toasted biscuit malt flavor.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, crisp and palatable.

D: With an ABV under 5% and a fairly unimpressive blend of flavors, I'd likely have one of these and go for something more interesting. However, I suppose it's not bad to have on had at a BBQ-type function.

Perhaps the name is indicative of what's meant to become of this brew; either to just have it to pass the time drinking, or to pass on it completely. Not the best APA around, or even a blip on the radar.

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Photo of rye726
3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is better stuff than the Sundance Pale Ale. It has a little more going on, but still pretty standard. A dark gold color with a fizzy tan head. Hot much nose. Mellow hops with some grainy malt. The taste has a decent malt structure complimented by well balanced hops. Medium crisp body can be refeshing. A nice pale.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.32/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew was not the best looking beer I have ever seen, came from the other side of the beer tracks as it arrived a dark amber and hazy with limited carbonation.
Crown is very short with limited glass cling and ring.
Aroma of roasted barley.
Mouthfeel is creamy and the body is a medium.
The taste is very sweet of malted barley throughout with a limited presence of hops to blend.
Not impressive.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.77/5  rDev +16.4%
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 Oxymoron
3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wouldn't third and long be a good time to pass? Pours a honey golden color with a mostly clear but some haze is abound. A good pour leaves a creamy soft head but does fade over time. Decent lacing throughout.

The nose is light overall. A nice blend of hops and malt. More of a basic generic malt backing with hints of biscuit and bready aromas. There is more of a flavor backing with a light citrus finish.

The taste is similar but limited as well. The hops come out a bit more with a good bitterness up front. A light floral and citrus finishing hop but there is a soapy taste that offsets the finish. The malt is limited with more of a generic malt taste but as it warms some biscuit flavors come out. A touch of Vienna as well.

The body is light and the carbonation is on par. Overall not a great beer but no off flavors either. A good beer to bring mass market beer drinkers into the micro scene.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
3.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Pass Time Pale pours a semi hazy floaty pour with a finger head and not much in the way of lacing or retention. No freshness date on the bottle.

The aroma is lemony with a faint malt aroma. The taste is crisp and has a malty mouthfeel that stays with you. Overall not a bad brew but pretty uneventful.

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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 drumrboy22
3.31/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Bristol Nonic pint glass. Beer was orange, with a two finger, foamy, white head. Excellent lacing and moderate carbonation.

Aroma was lightly sweet and hoppy. A touch of malt along with faint citrus hops.

Taste was buttery, yet crisp and refreshing. Very light, but would be nice on a hot summer afternoon.

Smooth and easy drinking beer. I'm just so-so on this one. It's OK, but it's not full flavored enough for my tastes.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bought at local beer store. pick/mix a six of 12 ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint glass. clear, light copper. thin white head.

earthy hop aroma. flowery with a little sweetness. no off odors.

hoppy up front. fruity with some malt in there. good balance. dry citrus aftertaste.

thin body with light carbonation. a little lace. i like this beer. could do session. i would buy it again. nice example of an apa.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.56/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into mug.

A- Orangeish-brown color. Little head that didnt last.
S- Citrusy.
T- Citrusy, more than expected from an APA. Buttery as well.
M- Very smooth. Excellent carbonation as well, definitely not overdone. Very oily feeling as well which I am not a fan of.
D- Goes down easy.

A decent beer but definitely not my favorite. Probably wont be buying again.

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Photo of scooter231
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%
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 NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +19.8%
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 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 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 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 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 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 rkuhnel
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle purchased at the State Liquor Store in Salt Lake City, UT this poured a clear gold with fat white head and good lacing. Nose of fruit and light malts, and very mild hops. Mouthfeel was smooth and clean. Flavor was good for a pale ale. Nothing fancy here, but very easy to drink.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.07/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Search for Oregon Summer Beers:
I acquired this in a bottle from the Bier Stein, Eugene, OR. Pours out with a thin, long-lasting white frothy head and lots of lacing. The color is deep reddish-goldon and it's very effervescent. It smells sweet and floral, but not too strong. The taste was a bit of a disappointment, and was a bit weak and watered down, compared to the smell. It had a slight hops taste on the front and almost no aftertaste - not too much of the complexity came through.

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Photo of beerphan
3.95/5  rDev +21.9%
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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Pass Time Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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