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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

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Added by Quaffer on 06-12-2003

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Ratings: 121 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of JackTheRipper
2.4/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a decent amber color. Clear with a faint little head.

S: Strong caramel aroma. Some malts, but not enough. No hop aromas.

T: Strange sourness up front. There are some nice hoppy flavors, but that sourness is freaking me out. Light flavors of a toasted/grainy malt flavor. Can't get around that sour taste, though.

M: Medium/full in body. Fairly sharp feeling carbonation. Alcohol seems higher than the stated ABV%.

D&N: I don't think this is something I'd either recommend or buy again. Doesn't even come close to Hopback Amber.

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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 Tballz420
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Sundance pours out a dark-gold/amber color, with a bubbly cream colored head on the top. Some lace is left behind as it drops. The scent is sweet malt with a touch of hops. Taste is sweet malt in the front, some bitterness from the hops, metallic taste from the water. Fairly thin mouth. This isnt horrible, but doubling the ingredients would be nice.

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

Presentation: Full 20 ounce Pint sampled at the Mile High Bar/Grille located in Concourse ‘B’ at Denver International Airport whilst waiting for a flight back to Bismarck, North Dakota. I spied a local offering amongst the 10 taps and decided to try the “Boulder Sundance Amber Ale”.

Appearance: Stunning body, lovely looking copper- russet sunset infused orange-red body is topped with a nice off-white cap head. Head retention was half decent as well. Perfectly clear body displays a few streamers. Nice conditioning in the body supports the head. Light lacing. Good looker from the Tap.

Nose: Limited nose, sweet malts with a light toffee caramel aroma. Delicate nose overall.

Taste: Chinook, Willamette and Cascade hops are all use, yet the malts seem to dominate throughout. Starts with a sweet amber entrance, mild caramel on the palate in the middle, only in the finish do the hops offer and lend a soft bitter finish. Soft tones with no sharp corners. Dry finish which can often leave a gentle tingling smoked-burnt malt feel on the top of the tongue. An interesting brew.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with soft conditioning and a sweet malt aspect. Does a rather good job given that this is only 4.85% though.

Drinkability: I had an hour between flights and thankfully my gates were either side of the Mile High bar so this was on my way so to speak. Even so, I easily managed two of these with very little effort.

Overall: If you find yourself in Denver International Airport and are flying United Airlines, the Mile High Bar/Grille is not a bad stop for amongst the approx. 10 taps full of macro offerings it has at least 2 Sam Adams Taps and 1 Local one; the latter always has a Boulder brew on……and when it’s the Amber it is worth trying. Nothing spectacular here, but a tasty travel brew nonetheless.

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Photo of ericsdawson
3.61/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

served in a mug. one to two finger head that dissapeared quickly. some lacing.

this is a very nice beer. the color is a beatiful medium amber and the head slightly off white. very mild aroma. It has a very clean taste. goes down smooth, especially after it warms a little bit. has a little bit of a chocolate and metallic aftertaste, an atribute i've noticed with other boulder beers. finishes a little bit on the bitter side.

overall, a decent solid brew. plus, it comes in a box with a pretty picture on it.

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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 kmpitz2
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This has been in the fridge for a while now, so I should give it a good home. The beer pours a nice amber (imagine that) color with a finger of off white head that stays over top of the beer really nicely. The nose is not quite as hoppy as I would want it. There are hints of grapefruit hop, orange and caramel from the malts that blend together well in my opinion. The beer has a somewhat weak flavor. There is a slighty citrus and earthy hop flowing over a caramal base, but its just sort of average. There is even a little bit of a metallic aftertaste on this one as well. The feel is a little bit thin for my, just lacking a bit of body that would make it better. Drinkability is not all that bad, but overall, the beer is not anything to go out and buy again. I like it, but would take others over it.

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Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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 clvand0
3.18/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a light amber color with a small had that dies off fast and leaves no lacing on the glass. The aroma is quite hoppy, some citrus there as well. Nice carbonation. The flavor has a large character of citrus hops and there is a small bit of malt to back it up. I would have enjoyed this beer a little more if it weren't so highly hopped. Just too much for the style.

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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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Sundance Amber Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 121 ratings
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