Sundance Amber Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sundance Amber AleSundance Amber Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.85%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 06-12-2003

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Ratings: 122 |  Reviews: 97
Reviews by manahansf:
Photo of manahansf
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

High carbonation brings thick but lacy head atop a deep auburn colored brew. Sweet malt aromas are strong on the nose. The flavor is very malty, sweet, and slightly toasted. Very little hop presence. Somewhat out of balance. Sweet malty finish. Nice and fresh off of the tap.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice clear light amber to copper color with a thinner white head but I nice sheet of lace was left behind as it settled.Lightly roasted malt and juicy fruit in the nose not much hop profile but this is a more traditional malt drived amber ale here,malt driven is the key here light carmale sweentess and some buttery toffee-like flavors overtop of a light roastedness with not much of a hop profile to speak of but for what it is its pretty darn good.A lighter quaffing amber better than alot of others amber ales out there,I would have again given the chance.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Second bottle tasted from the brewery's sampler box on 11/12/04. This one pours a clear copper amber body with a small white head that disappears in seconds. Minimal patch lace is left on the glass.
Caramel and toffee dominate the nose, with a vague fruity hops presence in the background.
Mouthfeel is thin and light bodied with medium carbonation.
Taste has a dominant toffee and caramel malty sweetness that reigns pretty much unchecked by any hops presence. A hint of grassy and citrusy hops bitterness emerge toward the finish to salvage drinkability. Average amber ale.

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Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, found in a deli in midtown NYC, go figure. Pours a light orangy amber, clear, average head, small bubble film and leaving respectable lace. Bready/hoppy nose. Balanced amber ale, decent malt base and resiny hops at the back end. Starter micro, godd session brew. Middle of the road decent brew.

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Photo of bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of BadBadger
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beverage pours from the bottle a dark amber color, with reddish undertones. The head is descent in size at the beginning but diminishes quickly. The smell is a mixture of malts and hops, with the malty nature winning the battle. The taste for me was somewhat sweet, with a slight bittering. The mouthfeel is moderately heavy. A nice brew but not one I would search out again.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big off white head covers a clear copper to gold colored beer.

A lighter aroma of caramel grain malts with maybe of touch of some hops sneaking in.

A seemingly balance taste of caramel malts and a bit of hops.

Very little aftertaste with very little tastes sticking around with this medium bodied and easy drinking amber.

Pretty easy drinking beer.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.01/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"This is deja vu all over again"...maybe it is just "creeping old fartism" thats gettin' the best of me...I am tiring of that same hop profile that so many brewers think just gottta be. I am suspicious it is the Cascade that is getting on my nerves but might be the Chinook or Willamette or all of them. It may be that it is not a particular hop but too much of it that bugs me....I will fugure it out.

This brew looks appealing enough..light amber, head had decent retention. Grassy smell, hint of chamomile and vanilla. Once my taste buds became fatigued, taste wasn't all bad but still it has that hoppy overload that IMHO is becoming far too prevelant in American beers. There are ways to make interesting beers without hopping the hell out of them. If you like like it, if you don' don't.... it's wearing me out.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear amber with a large foamy head. The smell is a nice 'bisquit' aroma with some roasted malt with little else. The taste has some malt with a slightly bitter hop aftertaste,not bad, but really nothing special. The m/f is light and creamy with a malt and hop mixture thats not quite right. This is a decent beer that I would'nt mind trying again.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting to note: Boulder Beer claims to be Colorado's first microbrewery, founded in 1979. The year I was born!

Poured from a brown 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appropriate amber color, perfect clarity, and lots of fluffy head.

Aroma is unremarkable even when I accidently stuck my nose in the foam.

Flavor is mostly malty at first but with a bitter finish. Not a pleasant hoppy bitter but more of a tannic bitter.

Mouthfeel is a little thin and not very carbonated. I suppose that's okay for an amber.

Drinkable, yes, but not something I would seek out again.

So it's not a bad beer but it's far from exceptional. With all the great beers available in Colorado, this one is a let-down. For a much better American amber ale from Rocky Mountain State, look no further than Odell's Levity.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark golden amber with a short-lived bubbly head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, biscuit, and honey. The sweetness continues on the palate, with light fruit, malt, and a touch of molasses. Very nice body, but a little too bubbly. Overall, I like it - makes a great session beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a amber/copper color with a thin white head that leaves a small amount of lacing. The nose is a faint aroma of sweet malt and some citrusy hops. The taste is roasted biscuity malts with a mild hop finish that is pretty well balanced. The flavor is a little too toned down for me but it is a highly drinkable red that would make a pretty decent session.

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Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber to caramel with a 2 finger deep white head> Slight head retention and minimal lacing

Smell: Malt & caramel give way to alcohol as the beer warms

Taste: Caramel sweetness and slight bitterness on the tounge with some nuttiness and dryness in the finish

MF: Slightly chewy, malt character comes through, a little undercarbonated

Fairly drinkable just nothing special

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear ruby-copperish/bronze hue, very small and underdeveloped bubbly white head, poor retention… gone in a flash. No lace either. The nose is agreeable with light citrus hops, delicately toasty malts with hints of caramel. Nice, not very potent though. Pleasant palate more malty than the nose indicated, less toasty/caramely however… I’m not sure if that’s a fair trade. The hoppiness is minor, as expected, very well balanced… tasty but rather clean. Minor citrus influences towards the finish, light malty aftertaste… a little too clean. Yeah, its drinkable, somewhat boring… a touch too thin as well, needs a firmer backbone. If this is after Fat Tire’s market share then they need to step-up their game. I’ll finish the six-pack I bought but I would seek this one out again.

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Photo of beveritt
4.18/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. The label depicts 8 beers chilling in a bucket while the sun sets over the Rockies. Boulder Beer also claims to be "Colorado's oldest microbrewery."

Appearance: Pours with a big 1 1/2 inch creamy, off-white head. The head settles very slowly, but sticks around for the whole beer. Tons of lacing! The beer itself is a crystal clear orange-amber with a ton of bubble activity.

Smell: Grassy hop aroma, with a slightly sweet malt background.
A little bit of smokiness.

Taste: Nice even hops bitterness throughout the beer. An undertone of sweet, slightly caramelized malt.

Mouthfeel: Average carbonation level, good body.

Drinkability: A nice flavorful, easy drinking beer. I go this in a mix pack and am wishing I had more.

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Photo of bashiba
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark amber with just a bit of white head.

smell was dominated by toasty and bready malts.

Taste has a very nice toasted bread flavor with hints of nuts and just a touch of lemony hops to round it out.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Overall a pretty decent amber, easy to drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of profzoom
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours a rich, coppery brown. The head is relatively thin, and the surface is riddled with larger bubbles, almost like craters on a lunar landscape. The aroma is very sweet and apple-like.

Each sip hits first with the smooth apple-ness present in the smell, then tapers as it goes down with a carbonated maltiness.

A very good beer, but one that doesn't strike me as very memorable.

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Photo of TYE
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pores orange/amber and mostly clear. White head stands 1 1/2 fingers solid. Fair retention with some lacing and some residual smear as glass gets empty. Looks refreshing.
S - Flowery with an expected citrus aroma. Grassy and possibly slightly smokey.
T - Orange, lemon, grassy. Cool tasting with a lingering bitterness.
M - Medium carbonation, medium body, bites the tongue slightly. A little texture mostly from the carbonation.
D - I could drink one or two. Definitely would be nice on a hot summer day drank on the colder side. It makes me feel really full, though.

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Photo of GarrisWH
1/5  rDev -70.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of TSJ4000
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Man, it's tough to rate Amber Ales because everyone on this site dogs them. This was an above-average amber ale. It had a nice roasty malt, carmel malt sweetness. The carbonation was just right and it poured with a little off-white head. I like traditional amber ales and I'd rather have this one than a Fat Tire any day.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a dark gold amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a grainy pale and roasted barley scent. It is also dry and mildly hoppy. The taste is good. It has a decent malt base that is composed of pale and light crystal malts. It's smooth and hoppy on the finish. The floral hops stand out; very nice. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

Photo of AsburyParkJMH
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this is one of those tough reviews where there's not much more to say about a beer than it's average. nothing special about it, yet nothing makes it that dreadful. everything about it is pretty much typical for this style. pours an amber colour with a slightly sticky head. the smell is a little floral, a little caramel and a little hop and malt. nothing bold here. the taste is a watery version of the smell. nothing that defines this brew once again. it starts a bit sweet, goes into a malt flavour then combinies with a malt/hop finish.. it is not as crisp as i'd like it to be for a light to medium bodied ale. drinkable? sure, but just because it's so basic. there are scores of other amber ales i'd rather have in this one's stead.

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Photo of tclapper
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.37 out of 5 with 122 ratings