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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

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

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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 121
Photo of Brent
3.15/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a nice, slightly hazy amber color (as it should). Aroma was fairly assertive hops, but the actual hopping was less pronounced in the flavor profile. Solid malt presence, with some biscuit flavors. A little watery at the finish, but not too bad. An okay beer, one of the better so far from this brewery, relatively speaking.

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Photo of budgood1
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

pours out an odd reddish hued colour, with a pink tinged off white head. a bit of lacing, too. delicious fruit and malt aroma...with a hint of hops. the taste follows suit behind the nose...lightly malted....fruit flavours abound in a subdued but noticeable way....sweet choco and caramel notes, with a light dose of hops. the mouthfeel is a bit thin and watery, but i suppose that's how they wanted it. with a bit more body, this would be a very nice amber ale. it goes down smoothly enough, though...and i'm guessing a few of these will go down without a problem. definite session amber, and a nice pair with a good sandwich.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Amber-influenced orange with a slight reddish blush. The cap is on the large side, persists for a bit and eventually results in sheet-like lace several inches above its receding surface. The nose is an equal mix of caramel malt and citric-spicy hops. Not bad, not bad at all.

The beer is a bit of a letdown on the palate. My first impressions are: mild flavor, metallic notes, thin mouthfeel. Despite the decently robust nose, the malt structure is on the wimpy side. The hops (Chinook, Willamette, Cascade) should be outstanding, but are barely noticed. They provide a little flavor and a smidgen of bitterness, but that's about it. The metallic flavor fades after the first few mouthfuls, as it so often does.

Sundance Amber isn't bad beer, but it certainly isn't good beer either. More malt and more hops (the basics, basically) would be a good starting point to pull this beer up to the ranks of respectability in the American Amber/Red Ale category.

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Photo of Billolick
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
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 MuddyFeet
3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It struck me as a very drinkable beer, but there was not much else remarkable about it. It poured a deeper red than most other ambers. There was a thin head with only a little bit of lace. It was just ever-so-slightly hoppy, but not multi-textured. It actually left me expecting something more.

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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 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 marburg
3.21/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Plain like yogurt. Yawn.

Looks superb out of the bottle. Bronzed amber tone with a pretty picture-perfect head for the style. Sadly, not much happens beyond that.

It does what it's supposed to -- provides a clean, malty, smooth drink. A little too clean; perhaps they removed most of the flavor in the cleaning process?

However, I sucked this down in about 4 seconds. This is obviously a real beer, and unlike most "tasteless" brews, this one doesn't get nasty as it warms, of course, and it's got it's little niche as a quaffer or as a pairing to some simple BBQ or something.

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Photo of packetknife
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with good translucency. Foamy off-white head that head to the bottom of the glass. Slightly sweet on the nose, malty. A bit of caramel and decent malt on the tongue, finish is sour and lingers fo a while. A bit of spiciness well into the drink. Decent carbonation and readily drinkable.

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Photo of Shaw
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice amber color with a short head that quickly vanishes. Its nice aroma is of specialty malts. The taste is similar: toasted malts and a bit of hop flavor.

Sundance has a good mouthfeel. It's clean on the palate.

Overall Sundance is an above average amber ale.

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Photo of Quaffer
2.34/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: True to its name, this beer poured a crystal clear, amber color. The off-white head rose up to only about a finger and dissipated quickly, leaving just a few thin bubbles floating around after a couple of minutes. There was no lacing.

Smell: The aroma was a very straightforward combination of sweet malt, light roasted malts, hops. The roasted malts gave the beer a slightly toasted, bready character. Over the top of these base aromas was a light fruitiness and a sweet melon component. The smell was the best attribute of this brew.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied, thin, and extremely rough. Not enjoyable at all.

Taste: A harsh, almost tannic, malt flavor started this one out. This carried directly over into a hops bitterness in the middle, and then straight to an odd, sour finish. The sourness seemed to grow the more I drank, to the point where I felt the need to brush my teeth when I was done. Underneath these flavors was a very light malt body that came through as being bready, but this was very, very light.

Unimpressive. I will pass on this one from now on.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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. overall...eh.

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Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer disengages the bottle a limpid deep amber color with the head modest in size, the texture frothy, the color a winsome light tan as it slowly disintegrates the lace left behind forms a fine curtain to drape the glass. Nose is sweet malt, fresh and crisp, hints of caramel, start is sweet, nice malt presence, top is middling in feel, Finish is a bit sour, or tart if you prefer, the hops spicy and pleasant to the palate a decent drinking beer, and another nice all round beer from a nice all round brewery.

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Photo of Crosling
3.06/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Deep red in color with a modest head. Some slippery lacing left on the glass.

Smells earthy and yeasty with light hops, citrus notes and sweet malts.

Definately leans towards the malty side on this one. Low hop presense which is not what I prefer for the style. Low carbonation as well which I can especially tell on the finish. Bready malts with caramel and a tart undertone. After tasting this I can see why this is hard to find outside of Boulder.


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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 feloniousmonk
2.65/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good God, what possessed them to put this out, the need to satisfy the mindless masses who wouldn't want anything beyond a Coors Light or...what?
Appearance: clear, perfectly ambery color, bordering on bronze, with a decent 1/4 " cream-toned head.
Some presence on the palate at first,but very quickly vanishing. Almost no hops, as they didn't show in the nose, either. Malt is smooth and somewhat tasty, easy-going, eager to please. A bit flat in the end and, while a perfectly perfunctory, adequate ale, that ain't what I likes, and I'll never revisit this again, nossir!
Another BA referred to this as "insipid": Accoding to Webster's: 1. without distinctive or interesting qualities, 2.... without sufficient taste or flavor. I'd say this fits both definitions. There's nothing going on here, folks...look away..go on home, show's over...Boring, boring, boring..it'll be a trial to finish this 6-pack, and then, hopefully, happier days will come, when I'll have better brews filling the fridge!

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Photo of alexgash
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pretty average gateway style micro brew. Pours a reddish copper with a small off white head. Thin malt presence in the nose, but some astringent, tart hops are definitely there. Taste is also thin on the malt, and the hops are just too one-dimensionally tart. Finish is acidic and bitter. Not too bad, but there are much better ambers out here in the West.

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Photo of bditty187
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
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 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 tasty...no 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 Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear copper appearance. Decent sized bubbly beige head. Retention is adequate. Pretty good caramel tones on the nose. Some slight brown sugar maybe. Caramel maltiness is upfront on the palate. Some slight bitter hop notes. And maybe some light grass notes. Body is about medium. Carbonation adequate. Pretty average tasting amber.

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

Boulder's Sundance Amber which is different from their other amber with just the mountain on the label. This one has a sun setting behind a mountain range and a large bucket full of beer bottles in the foreground.
The color is a chill hazed amber with a finger high tannish tight and frothy head that dissolves to a thin ring and oily spots and strings of lace. Smell is barely noticeable of soft breadish malts, partially sweet and roasty and a mineral like quality, kinda off.
Taste is mild sweet and soft malts a touch toasty with a very light hop bitterness and a note of nuttyness of peanuts. Quite smooth and simple with just enough flavor to make it worth while to drink. Feel is a bit thin at first but picks up with a nice light nutty-featured texture and finishes crisp, dry, and easy. Good session beer, but beyond that its passable.

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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 aroma...no 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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