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

Copper color with good clarity and a white head that has decent retention. Mostly malts in the nose, some butterscotch and caramel but the smell is a bit muddled. Decently hopped for a copper ail, still the flavor is thin and not complex and hops end in sour taste.

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Photo of Naes
2.85/5  rDev -16.2%
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 SupaCelt
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was copper in colour. Who would have guessed? I got a massive white cloud of fluff off a proper dropper. The body is crystal clear and looks well carbonated. The head held for introductions and then parted leaving some decent lace behind as promotional material. Hopeful. The nose is lackluster. I get some heavy malt caramel tones with a lesser display of hops. Maybe some sweaty socks. Not anything extremely floral in the way of hops, but just an impression. Not all that inspiring. The taste is more of the same sort of average character. It actually comes across more bitter than sweet to me, which is unexpected after sniffing it. The malt aspect is gone in a flash, followed by a quite prolonged excursion into a dry and bitter finish. Lingers. Light in body. Quite uninteresting and nothing I would repeat without a good reason. Not much of that APA characteristic balance either. Just an average type that doesn't draw much attention. Try it if you have a spare spot in your mix a six.

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a fine looking ale with a coppery color with a smallish,but creamy head.The smell is pretty strong with scents of malt and an earthy floral smell.The taste doesn't live up to the scent,but it is a nice malt fille ale with some spices.It's not bad,but not great either.The m/f is a little lite and unbalanced. There is a bit of a watery aftertaste.The bottom line is that this is a good beer from a good brewery.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

~Served in a pilsner glass, a nice and clear, copper color. with a modest and steady head, and a little bubbling. Lacing is pretty decent.
~Smells of caramel I guess, good malts and a pretty solid hoppy aroma. Not all that increadably strong smelling though. People say pine needles... I can see that.
~Can't quite pick out the first taste, but a good hoppy middle to it. Didn't get any of the malts I thought I smelled. Aftertaste reminds me of grapefruit perhaps. All in all, a pretty 'balanced' beer,
~Maybe a little thin, but a good feel in the mouth. Nothing outstanding, but solid.
~Basically, a solid beer. I'm on #3 of a six pack, and its been a good experience.

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Photo of DrZarkov
2.26/5  rDev -33.5%
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 DogFood11
2.83/5  rDev -16.8%
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 Dithyramb
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled during the Goatshed festival on tap.

Pours copper, with splashes of amber, with a thick off white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing.
Thick and chewy malt with a piney/grapefruity aroma. The hops appeared more subdued in the draft option.
Though the flavor still didn't have the expected hops that the aroma gave off, the draft version had a more stout bready malt base and a distinct buttery/ringwood mouthfeel. Maybe it was all the physical exertion that day, but this made the brew tastier and easier drinking.

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Photo of ryantupy
3.17/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a dark golden amber color with a nice lace. It was very light and a little hoppy with about a medium level of carbonation. It has some sweetness in the start but finishes rather hoppy metallicness. This was a so so beer defiantly not my favorite from this brewery.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
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 WesWes
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
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 palliko
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a translucent copper with some nice foam and lacing. Aroma is brown sugar, but is lacking in malt. Taste is ambivalent, containing both hops and malt, but failing to resolve into a good balance. Carbonation is moderate, and mouthfeel is okay, but there are better beers out there!

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Photo of mentor
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from Superior Liquor (Colorado) in July 2005 and consumed a couple days later. Pours a one-finger fluffy light tan head over a light orange-rust liquid. Smells faintly malt sweet with really gentle hop orange and barely detectable fruity esters. Tastes also very mild. Starts sweet with some caramel and noticable fruity esters (apricot) and a tempered hop bitter. Hop flavor is orange turning lemony in the aftertaste. Overall, the flavor of this beer is quite mild on all fronts. Light body and mildly carbonated. The carbonation may be the cause of a tang in the aftertaste.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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 rowew
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle with no freshness date. Bring back the old logo!

Appearance: Pours a copper color with a very slight chill haze. Thin but resiliant head that leaves a good amount of lace.

Smell: Mostly sweet malts, with some fruity hops sneaking in alongside.

Taste: Malty medium body with a very creamy mouthfeel. Hops show up at the end to leave a slightly bitter finish. Overall very clean and drinkable.

Overall impression: This one will always have a special place in my heart. Going to school in Boulder, this was one of the first micros I ever tried, and I don't want to think how much of this I have consumed in the years since. Great beer to show up with at a party, or to stock in the fridge as a staple. This one is definitely getting higher scores because of emotional attachment - but hey, reviewing is a subjective thing, right?

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Photo of BigRedN
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Puchased cause I needed something new and different in my fridge. Had on tap last October in Boulder. This grabbed my attention because of the name. I remember thinking that it was odd that two brewers in a close vicinity in Colorado have bike tire themed names for their beers (also there is Flying Dog which has Tire Bite Ale).

Appearance: Typical to the brewers naming style. It says on the packaging its a copper ale. Guess what? The color of the beer is copper! Not as clear as the gold. Thin head, left some lacing.

Smell: Mostly malty profile, just a hint of hops.

Taste: Malt up front, ends with a touch of hops. A nice balance, but nothing stood out to me, which I find to be not totally in style with other APA's.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied. Smooth.

Drinkability: Easy enough to drink, a little "bigger" than the Buffalo Gold. I think I am in agreement with what others are saying. I can't call this a true APA, but what is a "Copper Ale"?

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Photo of skybluewater
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a rather light copper color. Smells faintly of sweet malt, as well as a rather harsh quality (almost like a macro). Taste is quite good, actually, better than I expected. It has a nice maltiness, with a bit of caramel, and some hops as well to keep things from getting all cloying.

While this isn't the greatest beer in the world, it's definitely one of the more sessionable malty pale/amber ales I've had. Not a classic, complex beer, but rather one that goes down easy, without any complaints.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
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 putnam
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reddened brass colored with foam on top. Not a huge nose, but one that displays deep, sticky, earthen hops aromas along with notes of hard red candy, vanilla and spice. Medium-bodied and laced with saccharine perfumes, the finish is quite dry and moderately bitter. The flavors are very neutral. It is shorter than adequate in weight on the midpalate. This is a paint-by-numbers, mass-appeal house ale. Just downable.
For a beer of this gravity I'd like to see less candy and resiny hops flavors.

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Photo of clvand0
3.75/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the local pub (out of a pitcher). Pours a light amber color with a small head that doesn't stick around and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma has a nice balance, but a sweet caramel sticks out most strongly. The flavor has a strong backbone of sweet caramel malts, but is balanced by the hops pretty well. Medium body, good drinkability. Overall, a good beer. Nothing that wows, but an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a pitcher a 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 SheepNutz
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap poured into a Singletrack pint glass. It pours a light amber color with two fingers of head. There is a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The smell is light, but has a good balance of malt and hops. Not too much detected. The taste starts malty, with some bready flavors like biscuit malt. There is a nice hoppy finish to round it out. The body is fairly thick and smooth. The drinkability is nice. A nice amber ale.

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Photo of Brent
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Not sure what the brewer intended by hanging the "copper" description on the beer. Poured an amber copper-ish tint, but I suppose I was expecting more of an American amber than I got. This struck me as a very average pale ale, but on the lower end of the hopping scale. Some biscuit flavors in the middle, with a slightly grassy/herbal finish. Okay, but not particularly memorable.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
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 ElGordo
3.89/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber with a small bubbly head. Very nice aroma of sweet malt, honey, light hops, and toffee. Nicely balanced palate - the malty sweetness yields to a hoppy bitterness with some slight astringency. Notes of cherry, biscuit, and honey in the ample body. Very good for the style.

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