Sundance Amber Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Sundance Amber AleSundance Amber Ale
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 06-12-2003

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of niceonebro
5/5  rDev +47.5%

Photo of RBorsato
4.58/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dark gold with a hint of red (garnet?), a nice beige head, good carbonation, and sheets of lace. Nice balanced nutty aroma and light hoppiness with light ground coffee notes. Primarily a nutty malt flavor with great balance, light smokiness and ground coffee character. Light-medium bodied and very session-able.

An excellent blend of malts - a superior amber ale without resorting to making it overly hoppy... an interesting variation.

Per R.B.Co. website:
Grains: U.S. Medium Caramel Malt, U.S. Roasted Barley, U.S. 2-Row Malted Barley.
Hops: Chinook, Willamette, Cascade.
Original Gravity: 12.5
Alcohol by Volume: 4.85%

Drink By?: AP0404 (lasered on neck)
Tasted: 04/15/04

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Photo of ngandhi
4.36/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sundance is the best looking amber ale I've ever seen. True to its name, it looks like a setting sun . . . dancing . . . . The body is a deep, translucent amber with a pillowy, stable head sticky like melted marshmallow.

Smells sweet, lightly hoppy, and yeasty; faint characteristics of a light German wheat yeast. The nose is an interesting median of noble hoppiness, West coast fruitiness, and British maltiness.

Labelled as "Colorado's first microbrewery," Boulder Beer shows off all the qualities of a modern West coast ale in Sundance Amber Ale without once being cloying. The humble caramel opening widens to light hop bittering and a pronounced "green" flavor, a tinge of grain, and an ethereal sweet citrus that sticks to the gums. Smooth and full-bodied, this is a session beer with some guts. Sundance is the Citizen Kane of American amber ale.

Thanks to Neil for the samples.

Relax, relax.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
4.35/5  rDev +28.3%
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 brewdlyhooked13
4.32/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a muddied amber with a thin, wispy film of bubbles. Some random lace around the edges.

Aroma - a brief glint of citrus, backing off to a mildly sweet roasted grain nose. Some biscuity aroma after it settles.

Taste - big roasted caramel malts with a moderate sweetness. Some citrusy hops provide the balance, very low key on the bitterness and very tasty. Aftertaste is a dry, slightly grapefruity flavor with plenty of toasty grain warmth.

Mouthfeel - crisp, somewhat full-bodied.

Drinkability - delicious, very sessionable!

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Photo of hockeyfighter19
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Photo of beveritt
4.18/5  rDev +23.3%
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 ZAP
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

These Boulder beers would be great "cross over" beers for those macro friends you're trying to convert...they are so easy drinking and pretty works of art, but just very quaffable entitites..

This pours a clean looking impressive amber...nose is malty and spicy too..the malts and hops intermingle very nicely on the nose....body is slightly thin, but not horrible in this regard....other than that this really works well...a nice caramel backbone, nutty...and some of that cookie dough characterist I found in the pale ale too...but what this delivers is a tight spicy finish....I think this is a well done amber ale....I would drink many more of these...just a bit of a watery mouthfeel brings the grade down some....overall though I would recommend this to beginner micro brew folks as well as the venerable quaffers as well...

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Photo of Mitchster
4.02/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark caramel with a decent light beige head atop small to medium-sized bubbles with good retention and lacing. Aroma is wonderful...full of chocolate malt, fresh grains, light coffee, malted chocolate balls, spicy hops, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is initially bright with a soft, lightly dry finish and medium-light body. Taste is just like the suprises, but rich with a certain nuttiness. A clean, well-crafted brew with the exception of a rather obtrusive metallic note throughout, which limits it's drinkability.

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.01/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip-style glass. It pours a deep amber color with two fingers of head. There is lots of lacing. The smell has lots of caramel maltiness and just a hint of hops. Not much else going on. The taste is pretty malty overall, with some caramel sweetness, and just a hint of toffee. Just a touch of hops on the finish. The body is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is really good though. A decent amber.

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Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +18%

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. It's not the best I've had, but it's solid.

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Photo of Gavage
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear amber in color with a 2" head. Some light lace spots develops onthe glass.

Smell: some sweet caramel candy tones is all that's detectable.

Taste: caramel, fruity, brown sugar sweetness, and some mild bitterness levels.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp at the start and smooth at the finish. Very short aftertaste. Medium bodied.

Drinkability: easy to quaff - a nice session beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

Starts off with the classic clear amber / mahogany pour with a frothy tan head – nice looking brew.

Then a note of black pepper in the aroma perks my interest, nicely followed by sharp and crispy tasting spicy amber ale. Finishes with a smooth malt balance (yeah, opposite).

Just another fine session brew from our boys in Colo. Really, give this one (or the sample pack) a try.

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Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +15.9%
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 albern
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice amber and coppery color beer, with not a ton of head, but there is some retention and lacing. The beer pours a pretty clean and clear amber with the aroma giving off lots of nutty and caramel sweet malts. The aroma is enticing.

The beer is definitely an amber beer in that it has all of the nut brown and caramel malts that you would come to expect. The carbonation is modest and this is light to medium bodied. I wouldn't consider this a "red" ale because it has almost no peaty qualities or for that matter the roasted reddish malt characteristics of the style either. This is a respectable amber ale, it is a little buttery, perhaps has a bit of residual diacetyl, and is chewy in the finish. This isn't an overly complex beer, but it is refreshing. There is some hoppy bitterness in the finish, along with the chewiness from the malts. There is a bit of sweetness in the mid section but it segues into a more dry finish. The nut flavored aromas in the nose never really insinuate themselves, but you will find some caramel malts in the mid section as well. Worth a shot.

Update 11-2009: This beer is fresher than I remembered the first one. It has a more medium body, bready quality, a bit more peaty, a bit more of the leafy hop in the finish, a bit more complex than I originally gave it credit for. I'm adding a few notches to the beer.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.92/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle this poured a clear amber with a nose of caramel malts and citrus hops. Medium mouthfeel. The flavor was malts and hops and overall in good balance. Slightly bitter finish. A simple amber that was enjoyable to drink. Boulder makes lots of very drinkable beers.

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Photo of crookedhalo
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale copper/amber color with a thick beige colored head. Good stickage and lacing. Some toasty Vienna and Crystal malt character with a bit of tea-like notions. Nice floral hop background. Malty and rich with a decent hop counterbalance. Still, rather swayed towards the malty side. Toasty character comes through very well, and the hopping level is spot-on. One of the better amber ales I've tried recently.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color, nice carbonation, nice small head which leaves pretty quick. Nice lacing afterwards. Scents of sweet malts. Nice taste for an amber ale, sweet with a dry finish. Medium body. Very drinkable, nice beer. Would recommend, but there are nicer amber's out there.

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Photo of Abita45
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass with an unremarkable head and faint sweet aroma and dark copper/amber color.

A sweet malty taste that reminds me slightly of caramel. No hop presence or carbonation whatsoever. The mild, sweet malts carry the beer entirely, but I found it a pleasant, nice beer to drink. It is a bit light, but not thin or weak. It has a smoothness to it I appreciated. I'm not sure how fresh the beer is and can't help but wonder if a draught might be a bit more nuanced than a bottle bought from World Market in Avon, Ohio. Still, I enjoyed it and wish I had a few more bottles to continue my exploration.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bought at local beer store. mix/pick a six of 12 ounce bottles. poured into an imperial pint glass. nice amber color. clear with a one finger cream color head that thins a bit. looks good.

toasty malt nose. floral boquet. no off odors.

fruity caramel sweetness. it tastes red. if that makes sense. i like it. dry hoppy aftertaste. good balance.

good firm medium body. enough carbonation. nice lace. i like this beer. it has a great malt presence mixed with the fruity hop flavors. i could do a session. i would like to have this beer again. good amber.

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Photo of colts9016
3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass at 45 degrees.

Appearance: A dark amber color with copper hues. There is an ivory head that is foamy. The head is one finger thick and has some retention to it. There is some effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is clear and brilliant. Another surprise is there is some lacing on the glass.

Nose: A malt aroma with some caramel hints. There is some citrus and floral esters in the back ground of the beer.

Taste: A malt flavor with a moderate amount of caramel in flavor. There is however a little bit of floral and citrus.

Overall: The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated and smooth. The body of the beer is medium to medium light. The finish is slightly bitter. The finish is clean and a tad bitter. For an amber ale this one is not to bad. I was really expecting the beer to watery and not very good. The beer I feel could have a touch more flavor to it, but overall it is not too bad. I was a bit surprised.

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Photo of hanco005
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A—reddish amber and clear with a ½ inch foamy tan head that fades away after a few minutes and produces spotty lacing as I drink

S—malty sweetness is strongest, a little butter and caramel, just a touch of hops in the nose as well

T—good. It’s a bit smoky to me, the caramel and butter blend well for a sweet flavor

M—a little slick, light bodied, just a bit flat with the carbonation

D—not bad. I’ll enjoy the other 3 that can in the sample pack.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +11.2%
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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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