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 bpfrush
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.41/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a firm head that persists nicely and delivers a smattering of lace

Smell: Biscuity, with a hint of caramel

Taste: Lots of biscuity caramel up front, with a modest metallic, but spicy, hop element that emerges by mid-palate; after the swallow, the malt bill takes over and provides a rather sweet finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Really for those who prefer a malty amber, this beer is easy to consume but not particularly memorable

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Photo of manahansf
3.05/5  rDev -10%
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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Photo of Bitterbill
2.83/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From my notes of Oct 25, 2009:

It poured a clear dazzling reddish gold with over a finger's worth of foam. No lacing to speak of.

The smell was very bready and had some toastiness to it that made for a rather sweetish nose overall.

The taste brought the bread, light roasted malt, and a lot of sweet tones that was only offset by a very mild showing of some hops. I didn't enjoy the flavours much as there wasn't enough complexity, even for a simple Red Ale.

The body was between light and medium and the carbonation was medium.

Drinkability? I bought this as part of Boulder's Sampler pack and I'm glad I only have 3 more bottles to drink rather than 5. ;^) This just isn't my kind of Red....

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Photo of DeathbySexyBT
2.7/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I am not sure if this beer is intentionally boring or if this was just a terrible offering. I say "intentionally boring" with the intent of conveying mild, bland, dumbed-down beer that will appeal to the drooling masses.

A: This beer is an amber red, with negligible head with a wee bit of lacing. Nothing special there.

S: Grainy, but without depth. Other than a minimal spice, this is a ver boring nose.

T: And the tast follows suit... Though this beer was on tap, I swore I could taste the aluminum of a can. A dose of malt and a whisper of hops give you only enough of a glimpse to see what this beer could have been.

M: Smooth enough to merit finishing the glass.

D: Nothing offensive about the beer that would make me cut out my tongue...but nothing about the beer that inspires me to even get the bartender's attention for another.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with a light head. The nose has a strong malt presence but still stays pretty light and leads you to expect an easy drinking and refreshing beer that won't fill you up. I think I saw a beer commercial like that once. The attack is pretty refreshing, but has a rich maltiness about the flavor. There are some hints of nut towards the finish. This beer has a rich malty character from start to finish.

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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 InandOutBeerGuys
2.81/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

First off let me say...eehh- not awful, not impressed either. Very average & I honestly expected more from Boulder. I really enjoy many of their other offerings especially those of the looking glass series. But this one lacks the flavor I'm looking for. Hardly any hop flavor here, low bitterness- which is OK, but no hop flavor or aromas, just a simple Amber Ale brewed with a fair amount of English malt (?) for residual earthiness (and/or its a lil long in the tooth?- wouldn't know no date!) & cardboard/fat off flavors. There resides a small amount of caramelized Maple sticky sweetness coats the tongue- & finishes ok but in general I ask, wheres the flavor? Are my standards set too high? don't know but Ballast Point, Bell's & Stone Levitation (not in order) are definitely better beers and do a lot better job of putting together a "package" this one is just a bit bland & of moderate character. a C+ at best because this is a pretty looking beer, nice head retention & bright copper/amber hue.

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Photo of strengthdoc
1.81/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured out of the bottle to reveal a small head and a meduim amber color. The aroma was mildly sweet and had a slight maple component. The mouthfeel was very thin and watery. There was a mild maple taste to the beer and it finished with a slight dryness, but overall the beer was very watery and poor.

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Photo of cmaloy
2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: This beer was a good looking orange amber in color and had an off white head.

S: I did get the carmel smell from the beer and the hops.

T: It started sweet and the flavor turned bitter and lingered with the taste I could only describe as plastic.

M: The beer tasted best really cold. It seemed to loose something as the beer warmed up. The carbonation was not too bad and the beer was actually refreshing.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A: Pours a reddish orange body with a big off-white head with great retention that eventually becomes very rocky. Leaves lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Smells caramely with a strong bready malt background accompanied by floral hops.

T: Sweet caramel turns a little earthy before the hops kick in, which give it a warm bread taste with a bitter finish.

M: not very good. Very thin and watery, the only plus is that you could drink it like water...i guess?

Overall: I could drink a lot of these, they have enough flavor to keep me entertained. It's a good cookout or football watching beer.

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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 Zorro
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small tan head. Fairly strong orange tint to this beer, but not really IPA Orange.

Smell is sweet and malt with a distinct sweet tea aroma. Toasted bred and faint herbal hops complete the scent profile.

The taste starts out sweet and bready with a mild bitter aftertaste. Just a mild middle of the road ale, quite a bit like Budweiser American Ale in flavor.

Mouthfeel is light.

An OK middle of the road type of ale good for an intro to ale. Experienced beer lovers may find this one a bit boring.

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Photo of hopdog
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving type: 12oz bottle.

Poured a medium copper color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel and citrus. Tastes of caramel, citrus, and I was getting some nuttiness. Lightly sweet with a light bitter balance.

Notes from 04/16/05.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pretty average amber with a small foamy head of slightly off-white head that leaves some less than impressive lace. The nose is sweet with caramel malts and some spicy hops on the tail,smells quite nice. The flavors are mostly of lightly toasted malts that taste like Wheaties drizzled with a disappointing amount of caramel. The hops are there,but they too fail to deliver a much needed infusion of flavor. This Amber Ale is a little better than average with a medium to light body,leaning slightly toward the fuller side of the spectrum. Not offensive,not going to get very high marks either.

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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 GilGarp
3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass:

A: Poured a reddish amber color with a one finger head of ivory carbonation which left some nice sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Smells of toasted caramel and toffee malts and some pine needle hopping.

T: Taste is a nice mellow roasted malt flavor with a bitter bite across mid-palate before finishing with a slight hoppy sweetness and drying malt balances. Interesting.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with a bitter bite.

D: With an ABV under 5%, this would make for a decent session brew. This particular amber/red took on an ESB character for me, which gave it a few more points.

A shade darker than the Singletrack Copper Ale, Boulder seems to have made the same ale thrice over and made each a tad more distinct than the other. As a result, the darkest seemed more interesting to me. Judge for yourself, it's worth a try.

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Photo of rye726
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard amber color with a tan head. The smell is faint of sweet malts and soem caramel. The taste has a mild malt profile that has soem light bitter hops. A good light to medium body is refreshing. A drinkable session brew, but a bit over priced. Up there with most other ambers.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.31/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle.

A: snifter. beautiful copper color. barely any head on this one, but what is there is off-white in color. faint lacing.

S: very sweet malty aroma. still has that boulder brewing aroma. Some floral hop aromas, as well as some fruity hints.

T: some fruity flavors from the sweet malts, some caramel in there too. no big hop characteristic.

M: very smooth and refreshing. clean mouthfeel. good carbonation.

D: it is a good session red ale, but nothing to go crazy for. good representation of American Amber/Red Ale style.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad. Poured to a light orange-red with thin off-white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Aroma was a somewhat muted, malty raisins and nuts. Mouthfeel is slightly sweet but non-descript, and the flavorfollowed the nose. Finish was drier than most ambers, but pleasant. Could be an OK session beer.

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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 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 TYE
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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 RblWthACoz
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear heavily ruby toned gold with a thick head. Slight hop nose with not much else going on really. Flavor is too thin like the Pass Time Pale Ale I tried last. Almost watered down and overall weak. You get those characteristics you expect from the style, but there is no grace or beauty about it. Just lacking overall. Mouthfeel is good, but with so little to offer, the drinkability stays low.

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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 23.1% out of 100 with 121 ratings
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