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