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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Reviews: 97 | Ratings: 121
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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Photo of hwwty4
2.78/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Chimay chalice. Poured a clear amber with a little fizzy head that quickly dissapated. Aroma is a bit grassy with hints of vanilla. Taste is sweet with vanilla and then almost a taste like english breakfast tea on the back end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Its an easily drinkable beer, but I'm not sure I would plunk down the money for another one.

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Photo of scottblaze
3.01/5  rDev -11.2%
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 BeerBelcher
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I felt this to be a pretty marginal amber ale. I had a McTarnahan's a few months ago, and have since been ruined for other amber ales (I really enjoyed it). This one was OK, but simply did not measure up to the best amber ales that are out there.

This beer pours a color that would best be described as...amber. Aroma was lightly hoppy, with a significant malt presence. Flavor was fairly balanced, but not very distinctive. As I was drinking it, I started to snack on some food, which made the hop character jump out at me a bit more, but it was no means substantial, particularly not for those who usually seek out large quantities of hop flavor. Mouthfeel was unremarkable.

There's nothing wrong with this's just a bit boring. There are times I crave roasty maltiness, and there are times I crave hoppiness. But there aren't really times I crave middle of the road amber ales, so I'm not sure where this beer fits in my drinking repertoire. Not bad, but just not for me.

I bought this at Liquor Mart in Boulder when I visited CO for the Great American Beer Fest. It rode back to Milwaukee in my wooden leg.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours the color of watery cherry Kool-Aid. The head is half and inch in height, and recedes slowly but leave no lacing. The aroma has a generic malt sweetness, with a hint of tropical fruit. This smells like far too many other none-interesting ambers I have had. It tastes just like all those other beers too, but with a little more flavor. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Overall, this beer is a bore. I don't think I will have it again.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The label reads "Necktar of the Vampires" and I am suspicious that this is simply relabeled sundance amber but whatever. This pours out a nice amber color with a perfect off-white head. Smell is malty as is the taste. Not much going on here but very drinkable and has a nice aftertaste of malt. I like the fact that they are supporting local arts.

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz longneck bottle into a pint glass a clear amber/copper in color. Pour produces a 1/2 inch off white head. Head fades to a partial cover, leaves some lacing.

Smell: Typical amber ale, some light caramel malt scents, slightly roasted, touch of aromal hops, providing a touch of floral scents.

Taste: Some decent malt provinding the base with a slightly bitter finish. Its solid, but not overly inspiring.

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with light carbonation. Nothing too exciting.

Drinkability: This is just a solid, well made, sessionable brew. I purchased a 6-pack for just $4.99, which is a great price for a good beer.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Downtown Wines and Spirits up in Somerville, Massachusetts over the weekend. I liked all of the beers that I've sampled from Boulder's "Looking Glass" series, so I thought that I'd give it a try. The Troeg's Nugget Nectar was the only other brew in this style that I've had, and thought that this would be a bit more representational of an American Amber/Red Ale. With half of my drink now gone, I can't quite say that it is, but I can certainly state that this is very unique and unlike anything I've ever had before.

The pour was decent, in that the head was full, the lacing minimal, and the hue was - you guessed it - a nice, deep red. The aroma and taste seemed a bit like an Octoberfest to me, but only up front! Lots of caramel and roasting to be found, with a smoky undertone tying both of them together. Then, ya swish it around and drink it down, and the back hits. Can ya imagine's metallic and very dry! I can't say that many beers that I've had have had the bottom drop out of them, but this would be one of them. It's not necessarily a good or bad thing, but to have the malty backbone of this be the only constant throughout my tasting experience was quite a surprise, at least to this beer drinker!

At 4.85%, this has the qualifications of a good session beer, but it's not going to be the end-all on a hot summer day. The bite of the metallic aftertaste is certainly going to leave one wanting for more, not the least of which would be where the woody, chestnut-like tones, that one initially encounters in this, went. No matter, it's still fairly easygoing and worth a shot, but I'd prefer Boulder to stick with their hoppier concoctions. At least I know that this will suit a lazy summer night at home, or could wait out the warm weather and be enjoyed in the early fall...

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Photo of cjgator3
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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 BadRockBeer
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Serving Type Sampled: 12fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. No extra features but a nice sunset picture!

Appearance: Copper in color, small tan head that faded quickly into a loose lace. Very clear.

Smell: Sweet malt and citrusy hops

Taste: Very strange on the palate. At first it’s like bang! Bitterness and caramel malt. But just as quick as it hits you, it’s gone leaving nothing but a metallic aftertaste. There is a slight hoppy note some where in the middle but it is really mild. I also taste a sweet note maybe brown sugar. I haven’t had many beers that fade as quick as this one.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, medium carbonation

Drinkability: Good, I guess. I found this beer to be really strange. I don’t think that I will ever purchase this beer again but by no means is it bad.

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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.39 out of 5 based on 121 ratings.
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