Singletrack Copper Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Singletrack Copper AleSingletrack Copper Ale
319 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-25-2001

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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of Pleepleus
2.03/5  rDev -40.3%
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 thinkbreakfast
2.73/5  rDev -19.7%
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 smcolw
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
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 Gambrinus1184
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass:

A: Poured a clear amber color with a one finger head of white foam which left a little lacing on the glass near the top.

S: Smells of toasted caramel malt and some citic hopping.

T: Taste is a bit sweet and fruity, with a copper ale bitterness across mid-palate which is washed away with some grapefruit and other citrus hops. Not overly impressive.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and refreshing.

D: With an ABV under 5% and a fairly unimpressive blend of flavors, I'd likely have one of these and go for something more interesting. I'd like to have seen the malt bitterness or hops used differently in this one.

Not even a great copper ale class or APA, and only a shade darker than Pass Time Pale Ale with some different ratios and IBUs.

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Photo of Rayek
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on-tap at 3 Margaritas in Louisville, CO.

A: Nice copper color with good clarity. Head was a brilliant white, but was very small and had middling retention. Left a fair amount of lace.

S: Mostly fruity, with a citrus bent. Not very complex.

T: Malt hits first with subtle caramel sweetness. Hops come second with strong lemon and grapefruit tastes that form the bulk of the beer's flavor. Bitterness level is on par with other APA's. Finishes with a faint lingering bitterness.

M: medium-light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Good session beer. Pairs well with food, but not exciting enough for me to want it alone.

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Photo of rye726
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with a tan head. Not the best retention. Nose is of pale hops and malts. Taste has a mild malt structure with some bitter hops. Fairly light for the style. It has a Medium, crisp body passes well over the palate. A nice session pale ale, but nothing too special.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
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 Proteus93
3.72/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: An amber pour with a slightly yellowish-orange head. Mediocre stickiness, but not too bad.

S: Some herbal hoppiness, a touch bready/biscuity, with some moderately roasted malts coming through. Like the name might imply, it almost seems to be right in between a pale and a brown ale.

T: Going a little beyond full on the front, this starts to push pungent. This smooths out a little and becomes a more malty flavour with a bit of hop bittering. It's got a subtle sweetness that I might not go so far as to call 'caramel,' but it's certainly there, and I can't quite place a finger on it.

M / D + notes: A close to medium body (just a touch light), comes close to becoming a little sticky, and then finishes semi-dry, which is interesting. This was a drink that I had initially tried with a 2 oz. tasting, and thought was alright at the time, so I wanted to get a bottle to review with. After an entire bottle, I don't find myself quite as enthusiastic, perhaps, but it is still a pretty solid beer - kudos to Boulder for that. I continue to see it as a happy medium between a pale ale and a brown ale, as mentioned previously, and I think that's kind of the intention. I'd be fairly happy to come back to it from time to time.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.2/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a copper color with big bubble of carbonatino rising up. A thin white head with good staying power and some spotty lacing down the glass. Smell is somewhat light but not bad. Good sweet malts and a piney hop bitterness. Light fruitiness with a hint of spice and caramel in the taste. There is a biscuity malt also that leads to a dryness. Herbal and earthy hops with pine also that follow the biscuit flavor close. Mouthfeel is nice and pretty refreshing. A little too dry but not bad. Not one of the better Pales I've had, kind of standard stuff here.

Thank you, Dana!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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 Vixie
3.04/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle. Forms a nice white head. Head lasts for some time, leaving lacing on the glass.

Smell is not strong, but is a bit on the sweet side. Once I drank most and tried the smell again, had a strong malt character to it.

Appearance is good, nice copper color with a hint of red.

Taste is not strong, starts off almost watery, then citrus notes kick in. Reminds me a bit of drinking a lemon-lime soda. Finishes with a bit of a hoppy taste that helps balance the sweetness.

Mouthfeel is about average, not bad, but nothing of note.

Drinkability is good, although nothing overly noteworthy. Not sure I'd want to drink more than one, as it is a bit on the sweet side. Still, a pleasant lightweight beer that goes down easy.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a 7 oz snifter at 50 degrees. First sampling was too cold, so it shall be disregarded.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a 2-inch white head; slight retention.

S - Malty aroma; nondescript, for the most part.

T - Not at sweet as the scent led me to believe...still strong flavor of malt, but its met with mild hops and some grassy notes here and there.

M - Light-to-medium bodied with a crisp finish.

D - Another good session beer from Boulder...nothing too special about this one, but that's not always a bad thing ;-)

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Photo of joeskirkie
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this purely for the mountain biking theme.It's a brown 12 oz bottle with no decipherable freshness information.

It's a good, slightly hazy, light amber/orange with a small white head. I pick up a faint husky grassy hop aroma, possibly a small malty undertone.

When tasting theres more sweetness and maltiness, it finishes bitter, but not overly bitter by any means.

Finishes crisp and clean. It would probably make for a good session, but I can think of better.

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Photo of ajmoody76
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought at local beer store. 12 oz. bottle to tulip pint glass. light copper color. clear with a thin cream head that stays a fine layer all the way down. looks good.

citrus nose. malt way in the back. not much presence though. no off odors.

crisp hop bitterness with a little fruitiness. more malt presence than with the smell. good balance. sweet aftertaste.

medium carbonation with a thin-bodied mouthfeel. no lace. good beer. i could do a session with this one. i would love to drink again. great version of APA.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Received from a beer of the month club yesterday.

A - copper, clear, thin head

S - a bit of sweetness, citrus

T - a bit of spice, a bit of bitterness, some sweetness

M - light-medium body, a bit of carbonation

D - eh, nothing that great. I'd consider having another (and will, as I got 3 in the mail), but this isn't something I'd pick up at the store/pub.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer came from a beer of the month club.

Light copper color. Decent head but not very dense. The head has some staying power.

Definitely get a nose of hops then some sweet malt. Almost rosy hop scent.

Good taste. The caramel malts come through followed by a sustain hop taste and finish. Somewhat of a rose like finish to the flavor as well. Spicy rose is what I think after I put the glass down.

Slick mouthfeel, but not too thick. Pleasant body.

Definitely drinkable. But not terribly exciting. The rose like finish is either a nice change or annoying. I can't really decide.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
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 Rainintheface
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
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 ViveLaChouffe
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear bright copper with a thin white head. Not much lacing. Smells maltier than I expected but with a subtle bouquet of citrusy hops.

Taste is fairly well balanced, some pale malt sweetness up front with some persistent floral hops in the finish. It's light bodied enough to be sessionable but flavorful enough to have just one. Very drinkable and pretty tasty.

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Photo of mithrascruor
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a mug.

Apparance: Pours a clear, light copper color. Somewhat creamy white head that laces that glass a bit. Somewhat thick at the start, and becomes a dense lace.

Smell: Has a malty, caramel-like, aroma with a bit of fruit and sugar. No hops noticable.

Taste: Up front a very malty flavor, similar to (but less sweet than) the smell. Towards the finish hops start to come out, but they're still somewhat overwhelmed by the malts. Same with the aftertaste. And I really don't get much of a sense of balance. Nevertheless, it's still a decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light- to medium-bodied with very mild carbonation and quite smooth.

Drinkability: The level of alcohol seems fine and there's nothing bad with the taste; just feels a bit odd for a session beer.

This really isn't near being a pale ale until you get to the finish. Decent taste (though a bit odd), worth giving a try, but not something I'm very tempted to come back to. I guess I'd just like the beer to decide if it wants to be a pale ale, or if it wants to be a malty beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at a grocery store in Fort Collins.

A - Slightly hazy dark gold rusty brew with a two finger eggshell white head that gets rocky on it's way down to a nice foamy cap. Looks like an APA should, but nothing more.

S - Carmel malts and carrot cake on the nose. Toffee and sugar. Really sweet and malty; not as hoppy as expected.

T - Sweet carrot cake with icing. Some tangy hops come out to play, and some nice fruity esters are there too. Almost like a really hoppy O-Fest.

M - Medium bodied and firm with moderate carbonation and an off-dry finish.

D - Nothing special. This is a nice drinkable session brew that is also a good food beer (table beer?). A slightly above average APA that is maltier and less hoppy than most....almost like an amber ale.

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Photo of Phatz
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks roan22 for hookin me up with a bottle.

Appearance pours a pretty typical orange amber color, with a translucent body and large carbonation bubbles rising slowly fueling the short off-white head that fades to a cap. The frothy cap along with moderate sticky lace last most of the duration of the beer. Nice.

Smell: Grain and sweetness. Made me think of creamed corn. Don't know why but came to mind. Light grass bitterness, very mild with almost a slash of lemon scent.

Taste: The sweet grain and caramel malt flavors lead into a dry finish with little grassy hop bitterness but a pleasant residual sweetness and gentle dryness, almost eluding to a nip from the hops, makes overall; a quite quaffable brew.

Drinkability: This is a very simple easy drinking beer with no bells or whistles. It is not that there are any flaws, just little that stands out. OK, its decent beer, drink up!

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of cdkrenz
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
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 domtronzero
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice amber copper with a small, dense, off-white head, which leads no lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma is malty sweet with notes of caramel and a hoppy grassiness. Tastes about the same as the smell, but more malty and the hops didn't come through like a thought they would from the smell. Mouthfeel is thin and oily, leaving a mouthcoating that I didn't enjoy. Overall, an average beer. I would recommend heir Hazed & Infused IPA, or their Mojo IPA. Much better beers from the same people.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This poured from the bottle to a nice amber color with thin off-white head that lingered awhile, then left a thin cap on top, with no lacing. Nose is somewhat stale hops, mixed with fruit and floral notes. Mouthfeel is slightly tingly, and the flavor is a nice caramel-hoppy fruit mix. Finish is of medium duration, and leans on the side of being caramel sweet with a hint of alcohol. Not a bad beer, just nothing special

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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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