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 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 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 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 AdmiralDiaz
3.09/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a copper body with a very small off-white head with extremely poor retention and no lacing.

S: Smells hoppy with a strong malt balance with hints of green tea and slight caramel.

T: Very similar to the smell. Good hop/malt balance with solid caramel notes with a green tea bitterness.

Overall: Poor mouthfeel, low carbonation and an awkward body. It's still fairly drinkable seeing as how it's not a horrible beer.

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Photo of albern
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a respectable and quite a light APA. It pours a lightish copper color with not much head, some lacing present. The nose on the beer is slightly honeyed, some bready grains, quite a bit of mustiness, a touch of florals in there too.

The taste is fairly uniform, none too complex. There are some honeyed caramel flavors, some tea like very mild hop bitterness, some sweetish malts. The beer is very smooth, not much creaminess going on, fairly light bodied, but not watery. The beer is a bit prickly on the tongue from the tangy carbonation. There is a touch of a coppery maybe a slightly woody or oaky cidery flavor to the beer, but this is hidden behind the caramels and the tea like hops. This is a fairly light beer, with no real aftertaste, and a mild mouthfeel. It's okay, not great.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
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 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 hopdog
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium, see through, amber color with an averaged sized white head. Aromas of earth, caramel and citrus (grapefruit in the aroma turning to orange in the taste). Tastes of citrus, caramel, and lightly earthy. Lighlty sweet.

Notes from 2/19/05

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Photo of yesyouam
4.04/5  rDev +24.7%
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 Lexluthor33
3.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy,orange amber color with a small head and thin lace.
The aroma was of butter,caramel hints,fruits and some light hops.
It tasted like apples with some tangy fruit notes and some buttery tones. It felt clean and simple. Medium body and carbonation with a semi dry finish.

Notes: It was an o.k. beer. Much better to be had out there,so I won't go looking for this one anytime soon.

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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 GilGarp
3.41/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the third of 3 beers found in the sampler pack. I have to say I was disappointed that there was not a 4th special beer like the packaging said it "may contain". Either it does or it doesn't but don't get say it might. That just leaves room for disappointment.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. It's a shade paler than the amber but still has the perfect clarity and ample head, something this brewery seems to have perfected.

Aroma is every so slightly hoppy but nothing to get excited about. It could use a bit more dry hopping.

Taste is basically an unremarkable pale ale. It's somewhat balanced and clean but there's nothing memorable about it. Unusally fruity with apples and pears, it has sweetness but no hops.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. Medium-light bodied and medium carbonation level.

Middle of the road is the best way to describe it. It's not a bad beer but it's in no way special.

That makes Planet Porter the best of 3 from the variety box.

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Photo of kinger
3.62/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a solid APA in all categories. Pours a light amber color with a nice tan head. Good lacing clings to the glass until the last sip. The aroma consists of mild hops, caramel/sweet malts, and even a hint of honey. Thin and dry to the palate but finishes with a really well balanced flavor. The hops are more subtle in this pale ale which gives way the the delicate sweetness that is presented. This is an easy going pale ale and most definitely American by nature, good beer can't wait to try it again.

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