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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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

refreshing after a long hike this ale pours a tarnished penny color with a thin pale head. smells like a beer, a little watery, some generic type malts in there, nothing standout. taste is much better than the smell, with a balanced amber malt flavor and a crisp finish. nothing really outstanding going on here, but when the three taps are coors, coors light, and singletrack, you get the singletrack. medium body lends itself to high drinkability after a day in the mountains.

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Photo of metter98
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is crystal clear coppery orange in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that quickly died down, leaving a collar consisting of thick bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of earthy yeast are present in the nose along with notes of of toasted malts.
T: The initial taste starts out with flavors of earthy yeast and mineral water; notes of toasted malts are present in the finish along with light amounts of bitterness. The maltiness becomes a little stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels a bit shy of being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The earthiness of this beer makes it seem closer to an English Pale Ale compared to most of the American Pale Ales you are used to seeing. It's not a bad beer and an interesting change of pace.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks copper to golden in color and well carbonated. Average in head retention and lacing. Smells moderately malty and hop spicy. Maybe a bit pine-ey or grass-ey. Tastes nicely malty and spicy. Hopped for bold flavor and bittering. Beer remains firm throught body and gradually tapers through to the finish. Fairly high carbonation numbs the toung. Mild alcohol flavors present in the finish. Hops make for a crisp finish. Bittering lingers. Maybe a bit metalic tasting. A good, safe APA. Nothing to get too excited about, but no real flaws.

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Photo of brentk56
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear light amber color with a light but frothy head that makes an effort to lace

Smell: Tea-like, slightly herbal, with an underlying bready malt base

Taste: Bready malts up front, with the developing tea-like, herbal hop bitterness by mid-palate; the bitterness is ever so subtle and very English; the finish is rather clean and leans toward the bready side

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Very easy to drink and a nice crossover beer; don't think I will try it again

Note: I had the wet-hopped version of this (Freshtrack) on tap and it was much, much better, with a delightful floral hop character

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Photo of zeff80
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a clear, bubbly, orange color with ruby highlights. It had a thick, white, two-finger head of foam that left some patchy lace.

S - It smelled of grasses, citrus and roasted malt.

T - It had a sharp but mild bitter hop bite with a sweet toasty malt backbone. A subtle citrus/orange peel flavor come through, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light to medium bodied ale.

D - This is a solid APA. I would like to try it from a bottle for comparison sake.

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Photo of mothman
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Bud American Ale pint glass.

Pours a half finger of off white head. Color is a clear golden amber. Head retention is ok, with some lace.

Aroma: Big musky caramel flavors mixed in with a ton of sugar. Some flat hops, but mainly a big malty beer. I don't like the smell very much.

Taste: A ton of malts, but mainly a big caramel flavor. Some dulled down hops and that is about it. Not very much going on here.

Mouthfeel: A little creamy and a little crisp. Light to medium bodied with a fairly low amount of carbonation. Ends with a horrible caramel, sticky aftertaste.

Overall, this isn't my cup of tea. Nothing really clicked here. I couldn't even finish my 12 oz bottle and I wouldn't buy this.

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Photo of jlindros
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a lighter 1/2 finger head that fades slowly and seems like a permanent head covering almost. The beer itself is a crystal clear copper orange color.

N: Some light toasty malts, some sweet malts as well, almost lager like but doesn't have the same fruity lager yeast aromas. There's also hints of syrup or extract very light. Also a little light spicy and earthy hop mix in there.

T: Starts with more toasty and slightly earthy malts with a little sweetness, touch of syrupy sweetness too. A little nutty flavor as well. Some light fruit and semi crisp, again almost lager like but not quite. I almost think they would have made a great beer had they lagered this and done it well. Here is where the hops come into play, some bitterness, spicy hops with some earthy hop tones as well.

M: Lighter body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still somewhat crisp, a nice clean ale at least... that is until the hops turn up the notch to almost 11. It gets pretty bitter on the finish, with more of the earthy and lots of spicy hop flavors. It has a long bitter finish as well. There's a little lingering sticky sweet syrupy flavor, but it dries off quite a bit, which also accents the bitterness.

THis starts off as a nice clear copper ale, but as the hops ramp up they just destroy the beer itself. It's a nice beer, but the hops don't play well. This is the time when you either decide to do an APA and add some malts not a soft and crisp copper ale that the hops just take over. Although, that is probably what they were going for. After all it is a decent beer. After reading some of the other reviews, I think freshness has a lot to do with this one, and mine's about as fresh as they come. It was delivered at the store yesterday.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of tea, citrus, caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste is sweet up front with flavors of citrus, caramel and tea. Then a decent presence of pale hops bitterness comes in and provides a little balance. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet and fruity.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is dry but slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a beer that is worth drinking a few of if your choices are limited.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

16 ounce pint - $5.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Orange-copper brew, clear, with a just under an inch of not-quite-white foam.

Smell: Bready, biscuity malts, a little bit of citrus present, even lighter herb hints, and a low yeasty tone.

Taste: Biscuity, light pale malt. A little sugar cookie sweetness, falling short of a mild caramel taste. A light orange accent, minor spice/herb vibe. Medium-light bitterness. The finish is dry and fairly clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Not particularly malty, not really all that hoppy. While not bad, Singletrack is rather one-note.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sparkling orange-copper with amber accents. In other words, one of the most common hues in craft beer. The splendid looking head of sticky foam is lightly jaundiced ivory in color and its hardscrabble surface eventually melts into a more uniform, though still lumpy, disk as fat strands of lace stick to the glass above.

There isn't much goin' on in the nose. Singletrack smells more like an amber ale than an APA since the hop content is on the low end. There's a hint of caramel malt, but not enough to carry the aroma either. The nose needs strength as well as a focal point.

I'm still inclined to go with amber ale after the first few mouthfuls. It's a little more hoppy than the nose suggested it would be, but not by much. It seems as though the hoppiness is noticeable because of a relative lack (not a critical shortage) of counterbalancing malt. Clean is a word that comes to mind, although a simple lack of flavor can also lead to cleanliness.

The scales are weighted a little more heavily to the hoppy-bitter side on the finish (hopheads will still find it lacking). That isn't entirely fair because I'm sure the brewers set out to create a balanced, drinkable ale... and have succeeded. The finish is also notable for a light spiciness that could be due to either hops or flaked rye or both. The mouthfeel is style average and is neither impressive nor disappointing.

Singletrack Copper Ale lacks that certain hook that would lead to another purchase. I could easily make a session out of it, but with so many other excellent microbrews in circulation, why bother?

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Photo of smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is the best part of this beer: generous head with plenty of lace. Good dark gold/light amber color. Crystal clear.

Up front, I need to say that I do not like the smell. It isn't quite skunky, but it does not invite me to try the beer. It reminds me of cabbage and older meat. Beyond that I do detect some nice malt and background hop.

The taste is a definite improvement. Good malt roundness featuring some fine crystal with a balancing hop finish. The body is appropriate and the carbonation is good if not slightly low. The finish is prickly; the aftertaste dry and bitterly hoppy.

If one can get by the initial aroma (it did seem to improve), this could be a decent beer. A dry-ish offering.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The beer pours a light amber color with a small off-white head.

S: Smells a bit buttery. There is some sweet bread and toffee, but very minimal hop character. A light fruit ester quality to go with the rather bland malt and hop character. A touch of pine and definitely a bit of grass.

T: Some grass and straw, and a hint of pine. The bready malt flavor combines with a light toffee note to provide some sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: Another sub-par offering at the Boulder Beer Tap House.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber/coppery color, with a fine, frothy white head, that doesn't stay long. Aroma is subtle, sweet, with fresh clean notes of citrus, lemon, and honey. Floral, herbal, and a bit on the dry side. Slightly toasty, caramel notes come through towards the middle. Light in body, smooth mouthfeel, with a little tang in the texture. Low in hops, smooth, sweet, delicious. A nice light ale with excellent hops. Perfect for it's target audience, the type who never want to wrestle with hops, and just want to slide something down their throat.

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Photo of Billolick
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle

Pours dull copper, clear, long lasting and fairly loose med. tan head, leaving tongues of frothy lacing and low fine sheeting.

Dull sniff of just some caramel infused malts.

This one feels more like an amber ale to me, with the malts in control with just some drying hops in the finish.

Best I can say is this is easy drinking, pleasant enough stuff, quite sessionable, would work fine in a pinch...but nothing really worth seeking out going on here..

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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 Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a shiny, brass/gold color. Medium head reminding me of soap bubbles. Held the aroma nicely.
Smell of sweet malt, floral hops and mowed grass (slightly).
First sip is nice. Refreshing light flavors (grass, some hops and dark fruit), then more sweet with the malt then finished with a slight bite from the hops. Good feel, nice drinkability.

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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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Photo of BARFLYB
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass, picked this up on a whim.

Singletrack mostly is burnt orange with some faint spots of copper on the outside. Rising bubbles are seen coming up to a fairly weak fluffy off white head that fades to a sustainable cap, sheets of lace, Nice. Smell is all pale malt and caramel with a bit of grass in the back, that about sums it up. Next up, taste is very bisquity with pale malt. Sweet in the middle with caramel and a nice earthy hop bitter spike at the end that evens it all out. Maybe even picking up some spice towards the back. Feel is a bit fuller than light and most pales, a step down and wed be sittin pretty. Carby! All in all a decent pale from a great brewer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper colored ale with a good sized tan colored head.

Smell is malty with the distinctive smell of English style hops, herbal with a tobacco and leather aroma. Little bit of tea and wood aroma.

The taste starts out sweet and malty with strong herbal bite. Flavors of tobacco and leather along with the malt and wood, very quickly becomes a dry refreshingly bitter ale.

Mouthfeel is good.

Quite a nice ale here, in sum total this is a nice medium bitter English Pale Ale.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Minn. airport today.

The beer pours the expected copper amber color with OK head retention and minimal lacing. On the nose, to no great surprise, there is a sweet roasty malt aroma. It's pretty one dimensional, but it's not unpleasant. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose, and this beer is decidedly on the sweet and malty side. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, and drinkability is fair. Alcohol is not very noticeable, which is a plus, but this is essentially another boring, run of the mill, sweet, copper amber ale. Oh well, it does the trick while waiting for my connecting flight.

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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 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 beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a bright pumpkin orange with a huge frothy white head that is creamy and persistent sticking around for awhile.

T: The flavor has a nice grainy texture. The malting is sweet at times, some honey roasted character, a touch of cereal grains and caramel that finishes with a nice grainy finish and a soft floral hopping fade. Overall I really enjoyed the graininess of this beer but the hops were a tad light for a pale ale.

S: hopping is very spicy.

M: Mouthful is moderate with some nice spicy hopping warming on the tongue nicely.

D: Overall a solid brew, nice grainy palate and decent drinkability.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured slightly amber golden color with 1 finger of head that falls to coat the beer well. The nose was full of caramel sweetness, though not a lot of hop in there. The flavor was good, being dominated by the sweetness from the caramel with some fruity characteristics and a nice finish with some lingering hop and some biscuit malts. The feel was moderate, nothing to really note about it. The beer was better than the individual parts would have led me to believe. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear copper color. Poured a 2 finger off white head that slowly dissipated to a skim. Decanted lightly. Laced in thin sheets.

S: Sweet, bready caramel malt and hay. Muted hop character. Overall very subdued nose.

T: Very consistent with the nose, just more prominent. Sharp bitter that exits quick and clean.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Clean and crisp in the finish.

D: Easily drinkable. Not too complex, not filling and low ABV yet still has good flavor and balance.

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