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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Photo of AWolfAtTheDoor
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on a recommendation from a friend while in Denver.

Pours a dark copper color. Not a whole lot of lacing.

Nice mix of malts and hops on the nose.

Anoher nice mix of hops and carmel malts.

Overall this was a really nice drinkable beer. Colorado hopping rates are different than what i am used to in california, so im really enjoying the balance of malts here in Denver.

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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 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 Shrews629
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - A light amber/copper color with some burnt orange highlights around the bottom. Hazy. A white, soapy head with not much size and only average retention and lacing.

Smell - A rather robust malt tone that brought forth some caramel and some wheat bread. Some sweet, sugary notes similar to a baked pear or baked apple. Some of the earthy, "peat" aromas I'm not fond of however. Maybe a bit of toffee in there too.

Taste - The taste is a bit more mild and not as robust, but much better balanced than the smell. Again, some caramel malt with the earthy tones. Some of the sugary notes blend in well. Small tinge of bitterness, but not overbearing.

Mouthfeel - Medium mouthfeel. Rather smooth and dry. Leaves touches on the palate.

Drinkability - This beer is ok. Not my favorite, but easily drinkable regardless. That "peat" aroma and flavor gets to me after a bit, but I could still down a couple with relative ease. If you see it, pick it up, but don't go out of your way.

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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 tmcelvain
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks a clear amber with the faint smell of malts.
Tastes like a smooth pale ale with a hint of spice - a little low on flavor.
The mouthfeel is very watery, with a med carbonation. It is pretty drinkable, but lacks much to recommend it. A middle of the road choice.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden amber in color, this lighter ale had little carbonation and no lace.

Biscuity and bready, like Fat Tire's cousin with less flavor.

I get a light hoppiness in the finish, but this one's nothing to write home about.

Average all the way.

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Photo of JMad
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass...

The beer was an attractive light golden/ copper color with a thick, off-white, filmy head. It smells bready, there is some sweet caramel malt and a touch of sourness. I took a sip and tasted mostly sweet malt with a nice lemony bitterness but there was also an interesting papaya flavor hanging around. It has a light-medium body, the carbonation is right-on and there is a pleasant, subtle, lingering bitterness. This beer has lots of flavor and is well balanced, I would drink it again in a heartbeat.

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

Pours a dark golf/amber with a rocky two finger cream head and great lacing on the glass. Nose is sweet with caramel and toffee. Taste is as sweet as the aroma with caramel and brown sugar with a touch of hops in the finish. Light to medium mouth feel. Pretty standard amber.

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Photo of beldin96
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Look - It was clear and a good Amber, with little head.

Smell - There was some pale malt smells, and some light hop smells.

Taste - There was some sharp hop notes up front. Also there was some bitterness as well as malts. It was a little out of balance. There is more hops.

Feel - It had a medium weight feel to it, and it was pretty smooth.

Drinkability - The sharpness and bitterness are a little tough for me so it is not too high on the drinkability.

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

Pours a clear copper color, almost looks like carbonated apple juice. Lots of lively carbonation running around in there, pushing up a finger and a half of white, bubbly head that didn't have great retention, but left some pretty nice lacing around the glass. Not a bad looking beer.

The nose leaves something to be desired. Not too aromatic, and for being classified as an American Pale Ale, I can't really smell too much in the way of hops in here. A little bit of caramel maltiness is present, but again it's not too strong.

The taste is a bit better than the nose in terms of hoppiness. It's no Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, which as of right now holds the crown for my favorite APA that I've tried. Still, there is a moderate amount of hoppiness; it's there in the form of pine sap. The caramel malt that was in the nose shows up as well, but not in force.

The mouthfeel is pretty nice, maybe a little high on the carbonation, but otherwise this is a clean, crisp beer with a nice dry finish that would complement a nice bit of hoppiness, had this beer been hopped a bit more.

Overall, a pretty good APA that shows up in the looks department and definitely the drinkability district, but I just need a little more from the brewery in terms of hops, both for flavor and aroma. Regardless, this is still a pretty decent beer.

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Photo of Chronofied
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled to about 50 degrees, poured in a pint glass.

Appearance - Wonderfully copper in color, quite clear, carbonation visible, small head.

Smell - More malt, but hops is clear also. Sweet apple smell, and an undercurrent fruit smell, maybe lemon.

Taste - Lemon, apple, and malt initially. Lemon and apple tastes evaporate, and in the aftertaste the hops taste is more noticeable and the malt flavor increases.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and refreshing. Not very thick, nicely carbonated.

Drinkability - This beer is way drinkable. It goes down very easily... the flavors, though not overly complex, blend well with the alcohol and don't leave much heat behind.

Will probably compare this (bottled) to the tap version when I'm in CO next month...

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

A- Amber, lots of head (poured warmer than reefer temp) and nice lacing.

S- Sticky malts, caramel, sugary hops.

T- nicely balanced hops and malts. Hops start out, followed by a little caramel and fruity esters, ending with ruddy malts. Overall, a balance of bitter and sweet. Not an intense flavor.

M- A little thinner than the color would cause you to expect, but this lends to a more drinkable beer.

D- Nicely drinkable.

Overall: Other reviewers knock this beer for not being very strong, but I believe that many people prefer ales that taste good that don't know you flat with hops or ABV's above 7%. For what it is, I think this is a very good beer. It got me interested in the craft brew scene before my palate was conditioned to like stronger beers.

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

A: A very nice looking copper ale. Just the right color. A good off white generous one finger head, though it doesn't look like it's staying around long, but is leaving good lacing. Plenty of active carbonation.

S: Malty, but not overly sweet or roasted. Some very mild florally hops are there as well. It's good, but not strong.

T: A very biscuity flavor dominates. No more hops, or at least not much. And no real complexity. Very straight forward. Not sweet, not bitter, not harsh, just sort of there, on your tongue.

M: Mildly fizzy, but with the thickness too it. Definitely not water.

D: Very good. Some flavor, but I could drink this for a long time.

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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 deereless
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: A yellow color that reminds me of a ripening banana, thin layer of tightly packed head, consistent stream of bubbles, crystal clear - 4.25, S: Very toasty and bready, a nice nutty aroma possibly with a hint of nuttella, heavy on the butterscotch - 3.50, T: Slightest hop bite on the tail end of the beer, malt dominates this brew, butterscotch, a little dry - 3.00, M: Smooth mouthfeel - 3.50, D: A decent beer, just lacks a little something to push it above the rest - 3.00

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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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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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