Singletrack Copper Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale

Brewed by:
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 mhewes
1.22/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A : Pours an orange-golden color with a good head and good lacing

S : Not much of a smell. Mainly a malty aroma, nothing that great

T : Malt taste with just some off flavors. Pretty bad

M : Medium-bodied, good carbonation

D : Not worth finishing.

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Photo of joeyels
1.83/5  rDev -46.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rich copper color with bright white, very thin, head that fades very quickly leaving a bit of lace. Smell is very odd, nutty butterscotch caramel, with a very slight hop presence. Taste is nutty, hardly any hops or malt. I hate to be negative but all I could think of to describe the taste is dirty dishwater, there is almost a moldy quality to it. The finish is very light and crisp, extremely easy drinking. Overall, just a bad flavor, not very pleasing to the senses. I wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of Pleepleus
2.03/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

To start off on a good note, the bottle looked good and that's all the nice things I have to say on this one. Had this one from my buddy hyland24's beer of month club, and I am glad I did not buy it. Poured a dark yellow straw color with minimal white lacing and almost no head at all. The smell left alot to be desired. It was a sour citrus and metalic. The taste was bland at best with a metalic aftertaste. Ehh, not so much, nothing special here. Blah.

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Photo of Moxley
2.23/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

First and foremost - do not be fooled by the enticing bottle. You're not getting anything as pleasant as the scene on the label.

A: Poured a clear golden amber with not much of a head or lacing to speak of.

S: Hoppy and metallic. Not good.

T: Not a great beer. Very bitter and metallic tasting. Nuts-n-bolts my friend. Throw a few nickels in your mouth and then swish around a little dirty water and your got yourself a Singletrack Copper Ale.

M&D: Watery, bitter and metallic.

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Photo of DrZarkov
2.26/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance is quite nice. Smell is good, but nothing out of the ordinary. Also mouthfeel was average.
Although the beer met my approval in all other areas taste was really lacking. I can best liken the taste to another copper ale, but with chemicals or detergent into it. I've tried it on two different taps so I know it wasn't a tap that wasn't rinsed well enough after it was cleaned. All but one of my buddies who have tried it didn't care for it either. Altogether this is one of the beers I have enjoyed least.

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Photo of jdskinns
2.31/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a creamy, foamy head. Transparent with a color a few shades lighter than a penny. Only slight carbonation other than the head. Smell is sweet with a little bit of a hop aroma. Not a lot going on taste wise. Very watery. Only a slight hop flavor that goes away very quickly. Very drinkable due to how light it is, but not very good.

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Photo of Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Singletrack pours the color of oak that was recently varnished. An aroma of fruit, dripping with honey, along with a touch of dried caramel, toasted malt and hops, that are pretty herbaceous. The flavor profile is malt accented, thin and possesses notes of butter toffee caramel and hops, but they are flowery rather than herbaceous this time. All in all, this is just another amber ale that was designed to be very approachable and they succeeded

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Compared to other witbiers I've had, I'm not sure this one is really "big" enough to be called a "double wit." The only other beer in recent memory that wore that title was the Real Ale Limestone Wit, which somehow seemed fresher, more citrus-y, and spicier than this example. However, it was quite a nice witbier, especially for American examples of this style, which can be over-sweet for my liking.

Appearance was a slightly hazy lemonade color with a good amount of soft white head. Aroma was rather citrus-y, and definitely spicy. Flavor was mostly clove, with some coriander and a nice amount of citrus. Flavor was pleasant, but not over-stated. Mouthfeel was pretty unremarkable, but not bad.


I bought this at Norm's Beer & Wine in Vienna, VA during a visit there a few months back.

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Photo of avalon07
2.56/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: Not much of a smell here, but hints of malt and hops were evident.

T: Tasted a bit of malt, mainly it was a very unpleasant, grassy hops flavor. When it wasn't that it was thin, watery and without character. Kind of a repellant flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a thin, almost flat finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: Simply put, this is not a well made beer. Not at all drinkable.

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Photo of lokicat444
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a orange-ish gold, with just a slight hint of a haze. Two finger thick head of small bubbles, which quickly dissipate into nothingness. The smell is light, and the only note I detect is caramel.

Upfront, the dominant taste is of caramel, with a slight hop bitterness. The can describes this a medium bodied beer, and that seems just right. However, the taste fades after a few seconds, with a finish that feels like a light beer. I don't notice any rye spiciness.

I had high hopes for this beer, and was hoping for something like Sierra Nevada's rye ale. However, the body and taste of this beer do not deliver a memorable or unique experience. The first impression of this beer seems like an interesting 'medium bodied' beer, but the lack of finish or additional notes is a disappointment.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a rwo-finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Clear red/amber color. Light bodied and medium carbonation. Hoppy nose. Starts sweet and finishes with a slight bit of hoppiness and a metallic after taste. $1.35 for a 12 oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, MA.

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Photo of thinkbreakfast
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


app: Clear mahogany. Very little head even after an aggressive pour.

smell: Butter. This beer smells like artificial store brand 'butter loverz' popcorn butter. Vinyl hops come through. Decent bitterness on the nose, but the butter is freaking me out.

taste: I really cannot stress enough that this beer smells buttery. Taste is vinyl/plastic hops with lingering bitterness. Slight sweet malt. Not too bad if you don't inhale.

MF: strong puckering chalk. melted vinyl. good

drinkability: Not too overpowering. Could be a session if you can get past the smell. Which I, obviously, cannot.

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Photo of denver10
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thickesh caramel body to this with a dark white head, half a thumbs width. Head quickly leaves the scene, leaving a trail around the edge of the glass. Sweet, doughy aroma with a touch of hops thrown in there to give it a little floral presence. Flavor is toffee like, buttery, with some floral hops. Mild bitterness comes in at the end. Medium bodied, kinda syrupy in feel, with a dose of effervescence. Overall, decent aroma but that's all that I enjoyed with this one.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.76/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a tumbler pint, the beer is a pale, clear, watery copper coloring with a light, short, frothy head that quickly settles and dissipates into nothing. Aromas are light, with a sweet caramel and toffee backbone. Flavors are tangy, and slightly sharp with the lighter body. A slight roasting overall, the caramel sweetness is rich, and there is a slight hopping at the end that is resiny and spicy, making the endfeel a bit on the sharp side. The aftertaste is short-lived, with a roasted tang sharply clearing the tongue to give a quick, crisp finish. Easy enough to drink, but there are better offerings of this style out there.

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Photo of Rainintheface
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured with vigor into SA glass

A: hazy copper with one finger foamy white head, clings to glass most of the way down

S: sweet malt beneath a spicy aroma. slightest hint of grapefruit

T: has a spicy rye bitterness but not put offish. some sweet maltinees is present

M: medium body and a light carbonation feel-- nothing impressive

D: OK session but really non-distinctive and unimpressive. Glad I bought a single only.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Average appearance across the board. Copper with red around the edge, flimsy head with average retention. mixed carbonation is lazy. I could pick up a decent malt base backed with some citrus and very minimal hops.

Tasted flimsy for the most part. has a chalky mouthfeel that was distracting. fairly light on taste overall. Had to really concentrate to pick up any depth. the Citrus was welcomed finishing the beer off clean.

One and done on this offering. Had it at old chicago's in denver because it was on special. The waitress said it was her favorite beer. Win some lose some.

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Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This ale is copper in color with orange hues around the edges. The head is a tall layer of white foam.
Caramel malt is the dominant aroma, though there is a slight underlying presence of hops.
The flavor is a bit watered down, but has a citrus feel to it with caramel malt showing through. The hops are in there, but are more in the background.
Mouth feel is light bodied and highly carbonated.

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Photo of corby112
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber/copper color with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger white head that quickly fades into a lasting ring. Not much in the way of lacing.

Rosted malt aroma with some biscuit and rye notes as well as some subtle floral hops. Kind of bland with not much standing out.

Again the flavor is kind of bland. Slightly watered down with a caramel and rye character with some toasty biscuit notes balanced out by subtle floral hops. There's nothing special about this beer and seems to be made for drinking in large session rather than a profound sipper.

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Photo of benito
2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Transluscent copper/amber with little head and virtually no carbonation.

S: A gentle mix of bubblegum and candied fruit (like a compote that my great aunt would have made).

T: Overall, this is really refreshing. There's a nice bitterness up front that has a nice, light balance to it. Unfortunately, the aftertaste comes on abruptly (the beer is 'short' on the tongue) and has a strange 'corniness' to it. The change from the body to the aftermath is almost lager-like in its crispness, but there's some subtlety missing here no matter how you slice it.

M: Light bodied with a good cleaning power. The complexity is low.

D: OK all around--again, the feel is nice and clean but there's not much to speak of otherwise on this brew's behalf. It's a bit of a yawn all-around.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The Singletrack pours an orange-copper color (surprise!) with a kind of fizzy off-white head that had decent retention and some lacing.

It aroma is very sweet smalt, almost cloying and kind of reminiscent of of mass produced crap but with a slightly spicy, toasted caramel note.

It's taste is a lot of sweet, starchy malt up front with a subtle spicy, hop bite at the finish. As it warms, some toasted malt and toffee comes out, and the bitter finish becomes a little more pronounced. It has a thin, watery body.

Overall, I could see this as a good transition beer, or something to drink if there was nothing better available. It kind of reminds me of a beefed up Dos Equis Amber. It's too sweet for me.

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Photo of cheapxceptbeer
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say, a mediocre pale ale with an unfortunate grass flavor. Not a hint of fresh cut grass, but wheat grass in beer, and I am not crazy about wheat grass flavors, let alone in a beer. Yes that health craze shit, they clearly did not use the proper hopping ratio, or used to much of a certain variety, this is how I will remember this beer. It isnt that bad, just in this price range not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Parmesan
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Look: Nice golden copper color. Little head. Some carbonation bubbles.

Smell: Little bit of biscuit, malt and bread but not much.

Taste: Light on taste little bit of malt and biscuit. No hop flavor.

Feel: Is over carbonated, but has a nice crispness.

Overall: Not too much flavor but overall it's drinkable.

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Photo of Boilermaker88
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this at my local Trader Joe's. Every once in a while, I get one that might have been parked on the shelf a bit longer than it should have. This might be one of those times.
Poured a, well, copper color (duh!). Had virtually no head, just the thinnest skim around the edge.
Smell was muted, a subdued somewhat sweet aroma of floral hops and some caramel but nothing really stands out much.
Taste is a mellow combination of grainy malt, some caramel, lemon peel, and followed up with a mild hops bitterness in the finish.
Feel is light, dry, and crisp.
On the whole, I was a bit disappointed with this beer. It seemed that it tries to strike a balance between hops and malt but in the end neither stand out enough to make this beer anything other than ordinary.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.91/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

As advertised, a light copper appearance. Just a caramel aroma, lacking hop feel.

Taste was pretty plebian. Malty. Lacking hops or bitterness. Hate to call it bland, but accuracy is accuracy.

Easy to drink, I guess its smooth, has its place as an introductory level pale.

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Photo of RickS95
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thin white head. Bronze/copper in color. Not quite clear, just slightly opaque.

Flowery hops in the nose, very floral. A little bitter in the mouth, not overpowering, just enough to give you something to feel.

Like the smell, hops and floral dominate the taste. The initial wave of hoppy bitter gives way to whatever gives it the floral aroma, I never could puy my tongue on the ingredient, before it finishes with more bitter.

For me, this is a beer I'd not make a habit of drinking. If the beer is supposed to be bitter, be bitter; if it's supposed to be sweet, be sweet...this beer couldn't make up its mind.

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