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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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Ratings: 319 |  Reviews: 173
Photo of flexabull
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the bottle a clear copper color, with a decent white head.

Beer smells of sweet caramel malts, and some citrus hop notes.

Taste is very creamy. Not very sweet, but there is definitely a grain like, cereal malt flavor. No really hop flavors noticed.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. It does feel pretty full in the mouth.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's a decent pale, but it's kind of boring, with not many interesting flavors.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a clean copper color with an off-white head. Aromas of sweet malt and a small amount of alcohol. It tastes strong, with a sweet maltiness. A small malty aftertaste, yet very clean. A easy beer to drink, a bit refreshing. Not offensive, kind of good for new people into micros.

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

Sampled at the San Diego County Fair.

Dry, somewhat hoppy pale. Somewhat malty. The flavors here are just a bit too light and one-dimensional for me to find this all that interesting. Decent beer, just not great. Drinkability is good, if only for the fact the mouthfeel is light and flavors don't come close to overwhelming.

Overall, not recommended. There are many, many better pales out there.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

As the name would suggest, a copper colored ale here. Sticky white foam is lumpy and holds well. Decent lacing left on the glass.

This is where things head south. Aroma is weak and middling, some caramel malt, some hops, but no direction. The flavor is similarly weak and light, with the same characteristics overpowered by a dextrin flavor that borders on unpleasant. As it warms, this beer shows a little more hop muscle than originally suspected, bringing it up to 3 - average. The malt side shows a little rye bread flavor as well, that I wouldn't have recommended for this brew.

Clean and light, a little watery, and very weak all around. Balanced, but to what end?

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Photo of dreadnatty08
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
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 smcreator
4.4/5  rDev +29.4%
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 jtslay
4.07/5  rDev +19.7%
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 Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Singletrack Copper Ale pours a light copper color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is hoppy with a hint of caramel malt. Light body, definitely on the hoppy side. Not very challenging, but a decent quaff. Would make a decent session beer. Worth a try.

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Photo of jbsteiny
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

For whatever reason, this beer from Boulder was included on the Rock Bottom brewpub’s sampler in the Minneapolis airport, but I’m glad I got to try it. Poured a brilliant copper, and crystal clear. Fine carbonation left nice lacing. Not a lot of nose on this beer. Kind of smells like boring macro. Tastes great, though – a very nice balance of toasted malts and floral hops. Medium bodied, this beer leaves a pleasant tingle on the tongue and is highly drinkable. I agree with the previous reviewer that this "isn't going to drive a beer geek crazy", but I think they've made a well-balanced beer that goes down easy, and there's something to be said about that.

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Photo of BadRockBeer
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type Sampled: 12 fl. oz. brown crown top bottle. Has no bottle features but it does state that their Colorado’s first microbrewery.

Appearance: Rich gold color, crystal clear with a nice white 1 finger head that fades to a great dense lace.

Smell: Subdued sweetness, grainy, earthy hops

Taste: This beer is a little on the mild side as far as taste. There is a real apparent bitterness but not really hoppy. The beer lacks in maltiness but like I say the hops are also under done. I don’t know if I would classify this as an American Pale but more like an Amber.

Mouthfeel: Light in body, medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Good, like I say this beer is very mild. Maybe a good crossover beer, but not one that the beer geek is going to go nuts over.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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 Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not an overly impressive brew, but still a solid performer. I could make this a summer session brew; it has just enough pizzazz to get by.

Good start to the quaff; clear and nicely carbonated “copper” color in the glass, topped by a fine quality lacey ivory head. Hoppy malt in the aroma, with a small floral pop. A standard amber ale taste; subtle malt but well balanced with hops. Close to an English mild ale.

Thin and crisp, guessing 4.5% abv -

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Chaz
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant golden copper in color, with a small off-white head. Citric hops on the nose, but only a bit, the rest is pale, biscuity malt. Sweet/sour tangy and a bit yeasty . . . I've had a British style amber ale like this recently (Arcadia) - could it be the same malt? Smooth and medium-bodied, with some sweetness and well-integrated fruity notes: banana - is there wheat in here? I was told this had rye in it, oh well.) After the initial tang of the first sip this subsequently balances out over the duration of the pour, and finishes dry and even a bit crisp, but hardly bitter by comparison to so many of today's hop bombs. I'm guessing it's around 5% abv (and there's just a touch of alcohol in the aromatics) but it feels so light and drinks so readily that I'm far from worried about getting off my face on this one. Exceptionally well-balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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 karengarys
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours - did you guess copper color? Shiny copper, that is. Crystal clear too. My slow pour leaves little head.

Smell is faint with a bit of floral hops.

Taste is malty and hoppy, balanced out to a nice robust beer with character and flavor. Nothing unusual, nothing odd, nothing bad, and what is left is quite good.

Finish cleans the pallette with a bit of seltzery clean hop.

I recommend trying this beverage.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
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 rousee
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber copper as described. Lvs a small wisp of foam on top. Smell is bready and yeasty-reminds me of the bread I used to make regularly. Taste is a good maltiness with a slight hint of hops. Chalky mouthfeel. I have liked some of the other Boulder beers better.

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Photo of cbl2
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

6/28/2005 $6.99 6 pack 5.00% No best by date.


After a vigorous pour, liquid is crystal clear, and a light copper in color with about an inch of foamy white head that slowly settles.


Vibrant hoppy aroma with scents of orange oils.


Some biscuity malts are present along with the zing of citrus hops, but the overall flavor is that of a standard macro with some offputting adjunct flavors in the finish.

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Photo of hanco005
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with no freshness date, poured into a pint glass

A—clear copper orange with a ¾ inch sea foam like head, bubbles away quickly, web like lacing is produced

S—sweet candy, mild over ripe fruit, faint hops, overall the aroma is pretty mild

T—its balanced pretty well between the hops and malts. Not bad, but doesn’t leave a memorable impression either

M—smooth, light/medium bodied, good carbonation

D—not bad, but not great. I might have another if offered, but I wouldn’t seek it out.

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Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer emigrates from the 12-0ounce brown bottle a clear deep a copper color with a decent sized light tan head that is frothy in texture. As it fades to nothingness, the resultant lace a thin concealing sheet upon the glass. Nose is sweet malt, crisp and clean, start is lightly sweet with a decent grain presence, top is light to moderate in feel. Finish is spiny in its acidity, the hops apropos to the style, quite dry, and a drinkable beer.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.02/5  rDev +18.2%
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 Crosling
2.38/5  rDev -30%
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 benito
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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 joeyels
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
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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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 319 ratings
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