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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by bditty187 on 08-21-2003

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 125 | Ratings: 138
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 shadow1961
3.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulder Beer Pass Time pale ale pours a finger of white foam over a cloudy peach
colored brew. Carbonation is steady, and the nose is tart malt. The flavor is more of
that malt, with a citrus hop finish. The mouthfeel is thin and dry, but quite appetizing.
I could slam these all day. Good stuff!

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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 Bierguy5
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Slightly hazy and copper in color. An off-white fluffy head trickles to a thin layer very quickly.

Floral and citrusy hop aroma, with some caramel, candy and fruity notes. Aroma leans troward the candy, malt area rather than hops.

A lot of bready, fruity flavors. Hints of oranges, bananas, and caramel covered apples. Very sweet malt character. Not much hop character at all. What was present seemed to be a bit floral. This was certainly not what I expected.

Medium body, and pretty easy to drink, but I did not care for the fruity sweetness.

Overall, certainly not what I thought it would be. Not for hop heads, but if you are a malt person, this could be a good session beer.

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Photo of Vancer
3.81/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

#2 of 4 beers in the 12er sample pack. ALL nice beers; Sundance Amber, Pass Time PA, Planet Porter and Never Summer ale.

A pour from the scenic labeled bottle displayed a clear amber capped by a frothy ivory head, squishy sheet laces. Some notes of floral in the aroma and some spice hints – just very weak.

NICE quaff! A very sweet malted brew, kicked up a notch by the subtle hints of spice and black pepper. Crisp and dry, this made for an excellent spring drinker. Quality brew from a good brewery – I’m impressed by their session beer offering.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.28/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks good, nice amberish pale ale. Northwestern hops, likely Chinook in the mix. Citrusy. Underwhelming aroma, but a decent looking APA.

Hm, falls apart in the taste dep't. Way too sweet upfront, comes in very citric, but cloying sweetness. Dry finish doesn't help. Comes thin in the mouth, not as full a body as standard-bearers like Sierra Nev. PA. There is a caramel toasty flavor that has potential, but more hops would round this off nicely. More like a Special Bitter, if you're considering purchase.

Bottom line: not bad, but in a seriously flooded market, you're going to have to do better than that.

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Photo of utahbeerdude
3.06/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visual: Nice, clear copper color. Good stand of foam on top, with decent persistence and some lacing. Carbonation a bit on the low side. Still, an attractive beer.

Aroma: Moderate hops to start, but then significant fading. What's left is more malty than hoppy, with what appears to be a bit of diacetyl. Maybe a bit of sulphur and a bit of green apple. Complex, but not outstanding.

Flavor: Mostly malt to start, with some contribution from some sort of darker malt, perhaps a darker crystal. This gives way to some hop flavor, which then turns to a light hop bitterness. Throughout there is a hint of sweetness that carries through to the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight creaminess from the carbonation, then a light to medium mouthfeel for the style.

Overall: This is quite drinkable, although the residual sweetness becomes a bit cloying after a while. I wouldn't refuse one, but I wouldn't go out of my way for one either. I would almost classify this beer as an American amber ale.

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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 ColoradoBobs
3.04/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber-gold body with lots of streams of tiny bubbles under a solid one-finger creamy white heard that fades to a thick lid and leaves lots of sticky lacing.

Smell is lightest floral hops behind a light biscuit malt. Not much aroma at all.

Taste follows smell -- biscuit malt and floral hops, with not much bittering. Pleasant enough taste -- just not much of it. Tastes like a "light" APA.

Surprisingly full mouthfeel -- round and almost chewy.

Drinkability: this is sessionable. Not overly complex, not too much depth of flavor, nice mouthfeel and relatively tame ABV.

This is not a bad beer -- it's just that the aroma and flavor are both so light, there not a lot going on here. Worth a try.

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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 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 peabody
2.91/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a nice clear amber color with two fingers of white suds leaving lots of nice lacing.
Smell is subtle yeast and fruit. Mabey a grapefruit.
The taste is a little sweet with a clove hint but very little else.
The beer looks better than it actually is. Watery at best.
The drinkability might be high if it actually tasted better.

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Photo of dfried
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pure amber in color, small white head drops quickly to a ring. Earthy, grassy hops in the aroma, some oranges and a bit like apple juice form the sweet malt. The taste is again that sweet and fruity malt, balanced well with floral and a bit citrus like hops, there is also some apricot and peach flavors. Mouthfeel is not course, but not smooth, enought CO2. Pretty easy to drink. A solid APA, but not too tough to find better.

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Photo of karengarys
3.91/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours crystal deep amber. I slow-pour beer, and this is the first that I've had which leaves a lasting fluffy head. Even after a half hour, there is a foam coating on top!

Smell is mild, floral hop, bit of malt. Nothing unusual - beer.

Taste is... um... simply solid. It is beer, but not just beer, it's really beer. The maltiness is very strong, and the hop balances it nicely. It isn't overhopped, it is just - nice beer. There is a lot of character here, meaning it is flavored well, not bland. That is why I rated it so high for "just beer".

Mouthfeel is nice and creamy.

Finish is creamy, too, completing the mouthfeel with a slight sweetness.

I recommend giving this a whirl if you see it.

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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 arnulfooxblood
4.1/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance--Nice crips coppery color, decent head retention.

Taste--I was a little bit surprised by this one. I was expecting more hops than malt, but that was not the case. Very smooth, slightly sweet. Strange almost cherry candy taste at the end.

Mouthfeel--smooth and creamy, just slides around the mouth

Drinkability--Very drinkable beer. Goes down nice and easy.

Notes--Not the most complex tasting beer, but it sure tastes good!

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

This beer poured a nice medium amber color. A slighlty off white head of one inch shrank to about a quater inch before staying. Almost no carbonation to bee seen. Nice lacing down sides.

A very weak aroma. A faint biscuit scent blended into a floral hops aroma. A second whiff provided even less scent. Again the floral notes can be picked up, but without any other smell.

As with the smell, the taste was also weak. A bitter tasting light citrus flavor was the first to note. A light lemon flavor didn't seem crisp enough to overcome the bitterness of the hops. No other notes to taste. Just an average ale.

A slight watery body. Nice amout off carbonation feeling on the back of the mouth as this beer goes down.

An average pale ale. Would go nice with a salad after a round of golf on a hot day. This is nothign to go out of your way to have. Pick it up only as an alternative to another average pale ale.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
2.96/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This one is fairly bland and average overall.

It pours a nice crisp copper colour with a mildly sticky head that dissolves rather rapidly but is still nice overall.

The aroma is faintly sweet and moreseo malty than hoppy and even has a hint of sulfur in the mix. Hints of fruit notes can be found here and there as well. Unspectacular overall.

Flavour is more of the same : semi-sweet from caramel and a bit of fruit, semi-malty, uber-boring. It's not bad but there's just nothing going on here. What gives? Mouthfeel is light bodied but a touch undercarbonated overall.

This is simply a very average, boring brew and is just very much middle of the road. It's going to get a marginal thumbs up from me by the numbers because of the nice appearance, but I can't say that I would recommend this one...

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Photo of hanco005
3.67/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—mostly clear amber orange with a fluffy ¾ inch cream colored head, fades down immediately to just a few bubbles, some bits of lacing produced as I drink it

S—sweet candy with some grape aroma…not grapefruit…grape. The sweet and bitter aromas are blended pretty well

T—the hop and malt balance is pretty even and balanced, not able to pick out anything too dominate, maybe some candy, maybe some pine…pretty mild overall, finishes clean

M—smooth, lighter bodied, modest carbonation

D—it’s pretty good. Might be a good summer selection, I think.

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Photo of cbl2
3.68/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No best by date.


Pours a light to medium brown that is crystal clear and inviting. Topped by a thin white haze.


Nice aroma of roasted malts and a hint of herbal hops.


Mild smooth mouthfeel with mild nuttiness and a touch of hops. An easy to drink refreshing ale.

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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 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 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 bashiba
2.98/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured amber in color with an inch of white head that disapeared quickly.

Smell was light, but had hints of caramel malts and a touch of floral hops.

Taste is light with a toasted malty buscuit flavor, a touch of grassy hops round it out.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall a pretty average, but drinkable beer.

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Photo of Blakaeris
3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden amber with a frothy head that leaves decent lacing.

Smell is sweet malt and light apple notes. Mild citrus hoppiness. Overall rather thin and subdued.

Taste is better than expected after the nose. However it's mild character is more suited to an ESB, and lacks the aggressiveness of an APA. Toasted caramel malt and sweet apple and apricot up front with hops making a clean finish.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied

Overall this isn't a bad beer. Although in my opinion it doesn't fit the profile of an APA. I think it is more like a mildly fruity version of an ESB. A decent session beer.

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