Singletrack Copper Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Reviews: 173 | Ratings: 317
Photo of smcreator
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale amber ale with a minimal head.
S: Very light and clean hoppy smell.
T: Not very complex, but very good for its style. It has a clean refreshing taste.
M: Slightly crisp in the mouth but overall very good.
D: One of the most refreshing and easiest beers to drink.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Evidently made with rye. The aroma is wonderful....fruity with spicy german noble hops, bread...very akin to Boston Ale. Taste is great..begins with very spicy german noble hops, followed by a smooth, bready maltiness, soft fruitiness, then a spicy bittering hop finish which is moderately dry. Very clean, with only a very mild hint of metals.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ahhhh Colorado. It's hard to find a bad craft brew from Colorado. And Boulder is great. Muted copper color in the glass with a head that formed briefly and then fell. Carbonation was minimal, but enough to refresh. The smell was mostly malt, with a touch of fruity (not spicy) hops in the nose. Taste was identical, though there was a slight metallic aftertaste that puzzled me. Purchased fresh right outside Boulder. All in all, a definitely quaffable beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Strange light pale brown with a orangy glow, kinda coppery, looks like a dark honey or thin maple syrup. Finger high head of off-white creamy, bumpy foam. Smells of fresh citrus fruits, not to sour, dull orange and peachy, very nice. Taste is smooth and pale of malt, caramel malt, with a short hop twinge, very clean and mellow. Fairly sugary sweet but dulled, short lived with a small creamy tang, quite enjoyable. Medium bodied, with a smooth creamyness feel, nice. Major drinkability, its one smooth, lighty creamy, yummy, mellowy sweet ride. I will have another, thank you very much.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.17/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a slightly hazed copper color. A thin and airy ivory white head diminishes to a rimming in under a minute. Nice malty nose. A dash of spicy hops in the mix as well. This beer is medium bodied and carbonated just right. The taste is very pleasing. Subtle caramel tones mix with pale malts and spicy (noble?) hops to create a very tasty brew. This beer doesn't overtake your buds with hops or malt but rather produces a nicely blended version of both. A bit of a dry touch on the finish has me reaching for more quite frequently. Nice brew.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a pure light copper-toffee color. The light cream colored head dissipates to a thin film with sticky lacing. The beer smells of sweet caramel and toffee. I love the taste of this beer. Caramel and toffee notes dominate. The malts and hops intermingle with a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slightly dry finish.

Overall, I was really impressed with this beer. I've had it before, but have never dissected it. It has a lot of caramel/toffee sweetness, and is very drinkable. A great session beer at a reasonable price. I'm actually not a huge fan of Boulder Beer, but this one is great.

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Photo of Gatch
4.12/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - The name holds true. A beautiful copper hue with an off-white, bubbly head.

S - So fragrant, with honey, hops, malt, and floral aromas.

T - Malty deliciousness. Everything a Pale Ale should be.

M - Smooth but crisp with tons of flavor and moderate to low carbonation.

I'm a huge fan of this Pale Ale from Boulder.

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Photo of rowew
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with no freshness date. Bring back the old logo!

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a very slight chill haze. Thin but resiliant head that leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell: Mostly sweet malts, with some fruity hops sneaking in alongside.

Taste: Malty medium body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Hops show up at the end to leave a slightly bitter finish. Overall very clean and drinkable.

Overall impression: This one will always have a special place in my heart. Going to school in Boulder, this was one of the first micros I ever tried, and I don't want to think how much of this I have consumed in the years since. Great beer to show up with at a party, or to stock in the fridge as a staple. This one is definitely getting higher scores because of emotional attachment - but hey, reviewing is a subjective thing, right?

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Photo of ZAP
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Now here's a great session beer....cloudy copper colored....lace rims the glass...nose is quite impressive for this style...some caramel and a real fresh hop smell....taste is bready....with a nice spicy hop finish...a real bit of dryness on the finish...easy drinking and pretty tasty for this style...very clean I said, a great session beer.

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Photo of bditty187
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The nose on Singletrack is superb. A wonderful floral hops and sweet caramel malt sets the tone. The hops are never as strong in the taste as the nose might lead one to believe. Definitely the lovely malt curbs the hops and creates a good balance. The slight spiciness is pleasant too. This beer has an absolutely enjoyable taste. The body is copper; the head is white and minimal with no retention and some lace.

I think I realize this beer is not worthy of “Top Beer” status but it is very good and something I will have to drink more of.

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Photo of jtslay
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a pleasant surprise on my recent trip to Colorado. I had never seen this beer before so I gave it a try.

The beer has a pale/amber appearance with minimal head that releases a somewhat hoppy aroma. The taste is rather clean and refreshing for an ale. Very drinkable in my opinion and has a decent mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.04/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Singletrack Copper Ale pours a dark copper from a 12oz twist off cap bottle. Head was up and down, not much to speak of.

Nose on the other hand is a marvelous floral hops, both fragrant and aromatic.

Palate is malt with bitter hops, tasty hops and in quantity sufficient to make this ale better than most.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear honey amber hue with a dense two finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky lacing in its place. Solid sticky lacing along the glass.

The malts are toasty, giving off a little bit of a brown sugar aroma. The hops are piney and spicy with a little bit of citrus. A little bit of a flowery esters are in there.

Sweet and subtle malts, again giving a little bit of caramel/brown sugar. The hops add a little bit of a citrusy bitterness, but are also slightly sweet at the same time. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is relatively clean, with a little bit of lingering hops.

Not a bad Pale Ale, with a little more caramel flavors than your typical beer of the style. Rather enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of tmitch75
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Monthly club selection for May. Dark amber color, nice clarity, ample white head that sticks for a while and coats the inside of the glass.

Tasted caramel malt smell with some nice floral notes. Smells a bit weak but otherwise quite good.

Tastes of buttered toast up front with good (albeit a bit weak) caramel sweetness. Floral and citrusy hops finish it out. Medium body, very smooth.

Quite a good beer overall. Very sessionable and enjoyable. Style is confusing (labeled as copper/amber ale, but BA says APA). Either way, it's a good beer.

Tasted on 6/2/08.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Slightly nutty with a solid base of what to me smelled like English hops.

Appearance: Clear copper glass sports a healthy ½ finger of white frothy head that leaves solid lace

Flavor: Sweet, clean, buttery base supports a very citric and American (odd) hop. The nutty note is there as well. Only a slight cardboard finish as a minor flaw.

Mouthfeel: Lively carbonation, medium body, lingering finish

Overall Impression: Easy drinking, clean, enjoyable beer. Very quenching, but I could see a session without any problems.

Enjoyed at Old Chicago in Manhattan, KS.

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good Copper colored beer. Thick head not bad though. Smell of hops and tastes of hops. Not your average APA, but a bit crispier. Not real ly much else to say for this beer but to drink a six pack of it!!! Just your average Joe beer. nothing too special

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper color with massive white puffy head. Great lacing.
Smell is dominated by a nice caramel maltiness.
Taste is also significant for caramel notes with a slight hoppiness at the finish.
Great retention with full mouthfeel.
Easy to drink. Very average, yet refreshing.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

Appearence--Nice golden-amber color

Taste--Very well balanced, not too malty, not too hoppy, just right. If anything this one really reminded me of Anchor Steam, which is pretty good in my book.

Drinkability--Went down real easy--I was wishing I had more!

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose is malty with chocolate roast and lots of biscuit with creamy fruitiness - lightly tropical and slightly spicy. Smells good.

Pours clear pale gold with moderate head. Looks pretty good.

Moderate caramel sweetness - fully malty biscuit and caramel malt, as well as a full clean malt profile. Mild bitterness, mild nut. More than mildly sour. Mild grape-like fruit. Notes of rich chocolate malt. Mild spice. Tastes good. Feels good. Good drinkability.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled during the Goatshed festival on tap.

Pours copper, with splashes of amber, with a thick off white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.
Thick and chewy malt with a piney/grapefruity aroma. The hops appeared more subdued in the draft option.
Though the flavor still didn't have the expected hops that the aroma gave off, the draft version had a more stout bready malt base and a distinct buttery/ringwood mouthfeel. Maybe it was all the physical exertion that day, but this made the brew tastier and easier drinking.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the Blind Tiger, NYC. Into a pint glass, poured a slightly hazy, golden-amber with modest visible carbonation, less than a finger of white head, modest retention, and decent lacing. The nose was dominated by citrus/lemon, orange, apple, grass, and herbal hops. The taste confirmed a nice balance between herbal/bitter hops (initial taste) and citrus flavor (midpalate), progressing to a modestly dry bitter peel finish. The thin'ish body and light carbonation blended very well with the delicate citrus tones. Very good summer session beer.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear light caramel, dark straw color with a nice thin bubble white head with good sustain. Aromas of juicy, fruity hops with a light toasty undertone. Some slight spicy character comes out. On the palate, the rye really takes precedence, more than I remember. Its spicy and earthy characteristics are balanced well with the grapefruity hops and toasty, biscuity malts. It's an extremely drinkable beer, nice on a hot day.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with Aug0508 stamped on bottle neck. I drank this prior to this date. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: copper orange colored with beige small-bubbled 1/2" head which recedes to leave moderate lacing. Plenty of carbonation streams to the top in a clean refreshing look.

Smell: strong scents of sweet caramel and honey, along with floral sweetness is offset by piney hops.

Taste: sweet honey with floral undertones and toasted bread crusts, is equalled by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: oily and slick hops in a lighter side of medium body. Well balanced, but a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability: easily drinkable with great scents and flavors. Only slight drawback was overcarbonation. More body would be a plus.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Clean copper color translucent to light with tiny bubbles slowly rising to the surface which is covered by a frothy white 1/2 inch of head.

Smell - Strong malty aroma with a citrus overtone. An inviting brew.

Taste - Hops and malt. This is a good beer.

Mouthfeel - The flavor migrate through my mouth and finishes on the back outside edges of my tongue with a slight bitterness.

~ This was a beer that was left over at Gnomefest 2007. I'm glad it was. I wish I had a few more to follow up this one. Needless to say, if you get the chance give this Singletrack a ride.

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Photo of WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice dark gold/amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a grainy pale, crystal, and roasted malt scent along with a fine hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry and grainy flavor that boasts of pale and crystal malts. It has a mild hop flavor; nothing close to the aroma. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking beer. I like the aroma, but the taste was a let down. I was hoping for something more.

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