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 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 cheapxceptbeer
2.87/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much to say, a mediocre pale ale with an unfortunate grass flavor. Not a hint of fresh cut grass, but wheat grass in beer, and I am not crazy about wheat grass flavors, let alone in a beer. Yes that health craze shit, they clearly did not use the proper hopping ratio, or used to much of a certain variety, this is how I will remember this beer. It isnt that bad, just in this price range not what I was expecting.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: glowing orange with shades of light brown, even some yellow at the edges. The top consisted of a fizzy cream white cap that vanished in a flash. Body has random bubble action throughout and after a few sips I noticed a scattered handful of lacing spread around

S: it smells like a decent amber with caramelized malts and a faint whiff of hops. However, nothing really carries that well in the nose. I am surprised to see this beer labeled "APA" as hops are nowhere to be found

T: let me rephrase my last remark "hops are to be found, at minimal levels." I still think I am drinking an amber. It has a lightly toasted malty character encrusted with caramel and mixed with just a few blades of grass for bitters. Overall this beer has a clean character with a gentle bite at the back after a few gulps

M: medium bodied and pretty straightforward

D: a pleasing beer. Maybe buy it again? I would reach for others

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Photo of biggred1
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coppery amber with a big fluffy head that leaves big sudsy lace on the glass. Smell is foral and hoppy with a big hit of caramel malt. Tastes more like a well balanced amber than APA to me but is pleasant regardless. Biscuity malt with some sticky hops in the background. Medium bodied and mildly carbonated, a good session brew I suppose. Not my favorite offering from Boulder but a decent brew that has a label design that looks remarkably similar to Fat Tire.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Rock Bottom MSP location. This beer is a clear orange color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes quickly. Patches of lacing. Aroma of light citrusy hops and sweet caramel malt. Light-bodied with a sweet caramel and malt character, and just a bit of hops flavor too. The finish is sweet and malty and the aftertaste does not linger long. No big faults, just a boring beer.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Comes from the name, copper colored with a very nice dirty white head

Smell - some strong bready malts up front which are followed by some strong hops, two strong smells which appose each other might be a great bear

Taste - It seems to be a confusing beer. It couldn't make up its mind. I asked a friend what he thought and he said to hoppy (not a hop lover) and i immediately thought to bready with the malt. This brew seems to have very different feels to people but never in the positive sense

Mouthfeel - Smooth not to much hops so easy on the palate

Drinkability - Could see this being an easily drinkable beer to someone where the smell and taste suits their desires

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Photo of becktone
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes 1-27-09

Eye: As the name suggests this one is a copper colored beer. It is brilliantly clear and lively with carbonation. Head retention and formation are all that could be asked for. This beer couldn't possibly look any better. Head is a creamy white and has some serious staying power at two fingers.

Nose: Really nothing all that special about this beer, smells as one would expect it to smell-malty, sweet and hints of caramel. Light fruitiness and hints at some hop aroma-can't pin down whether its citrus, floral or piney/resiny.

Tongue: Malty sweetness is balanced by just enough bittering hops. Flavor is pretty light, maybe some toasted, nutty, light grainy and light caramel tones. There is nothing special about this brew, its just an easy session beer. I can see it pairing well with quite a few different food types. I'd be more pleased with it were it a little more robust in flavor.

Feel and Drinkability: Feel is thin and a bit too watery on the palate, slick feeling. However, given the qualities of the aroma and flavor I think that its feel is appropriate. Aftertaste is short lived...what aftertaste there is speaks of hops-floral and a balancing bitterness. This is one that I'd drink again were it more appropriately priced. At 9 and change it is overpriced. Easy enough to drink, and as aforementioned I believe that it would be a good session beer, but I also think that there are others out there that are much better...there have to be.

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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 RickS95
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thin white head. Bronze/copper in color. Not quite clear, just slightly opaque.

Flowery hops in the nose, very floral. A little bitter in the mouth, not overpowering, just enough to give you something to feel.

Like the smell, hops and floral dominate the taste. The initial wave of hoppy bitter gives way to whatever gives it the floral aroma, I never could puy my tongue on the ingredient, before it finishes with more bitter.

For me, this is a beer I'd not make a habit of drinking. If the beer is supposed to be bitter, be bitter; if it's supposed to be sweet, be sweet...this beer couldn't make up its mind.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with Aug0508 stamped on bottle neck. I drank this prior to this date. Poured into tulip pint glass.

Appearance: copper orange colored with beige small-bubbled 1/2" head which recedes to leave moderate lacing. Plenty of carbonation streams to the top in a clean refreshing look.

Smell: strong scents of sweet caramel and honey, along with floral sweetness is offset by piney hops.

Taste: sweet honey with floral undertones and toasted bread crusts, is equalled by bitter hops.

Mouthfeel: oily and slick hops in a lighter side of medium body. Well balanced, but a bit overcarbonated.

Drinkability: easily drinkable with great scents and flavors. Only slight drawback was overcarbonation. More body would be a plus.

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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 hopdog
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle acquired in trade with robertsreality (thanks!).

Poured a medium orange color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of caramel, citrus, and I'm getting a light earhiness. Tastes of citrus, caramel, and toasted malts. Starts off lightly sweet and ends in a light citrus, bitter finish.

Notes from 6/29/06

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Photo of Douglas88
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another bottle thanks to Richard. Pours a clear copper color with a small white head. The aroma is full of caramel and a large hop presence. Some light citrus and honey too. The flavor is smooth and easy; lots of crisp hops balanced by a large caramel and light toasted malt. Very quaffable and easygoing. A light bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Clear honey amber hue with a dense two finger head that slowly settles to a thick cap, leaving behind sticky lacing in its place. Solid sticky lacing along the glass.

The malts are toasty, giving off a little bit of a brown sugar aroma. The hops are piney and spicy with a little bit of citrus. A little bit of a flowery esters are in there.

Sweet and subtle malts, again giving a little bit of caramel/brown sugar. The hops add a little bit of a citrusy bitterness, but are also slightly sweet at the same time. Full bodied with good carbonation. The finish is relatively clean, with a little bit of lingering hops.

Not a bad Pale Ale, with a little more caramel flavors than your typical beer of the style. Rather enjoyable. Recommended.

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Photo of Yesac
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours amber/orange with a medium head

S - Not much to smell here, a faint sour smell is all I could muster.

T - large biscuity nose, malt dominance and very slight hop taste, wish there was more.

M - A slight watery after taste gives the palate a thin feel. Leaves a bready taste. Medium carbonation.

D - What a great APA to grab on the trail, I'd down a few of these while taking a break.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny but hazy amber-yellow. Terrific bishop's collar of lace at the top. Nice to look at.

Some nice sweet and biscuity barley malt smell. Mild hop presence. Pleasant but not much to speak of in terms of variety.

The taste is pleasant, sweetish barley. Minor citrusy hop that adds nice balance. Has a hoppy pilsnerish quality. A fine example of a light ale with a citrus kick. (Similar in many ways to Erie Brewing's Mad Anthony.)

The feel is creamy and medium bodied. Nice bod. It's quite quaffable. Light but not watery; hoppy but not bitter.

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Photo of micahgoldfus
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a nice orange color, with little head, but a lace across the top. Smell was pleasant: hops was the dominant smell, full of pine and citrus, combined with a wet malty, base. The taste, however, did not match the smell. It was balanced enough, and I could pull out caramel malts, bready flavors, floral hops, and a spicey aftertaste. But even with that, the beer wasn't all that great, just kind of bland. There was the hop flavor, but it was more muted by a generic bitterness. There was the caramel malt flavor, but it was burried in average, grainy malts. I drank the beer, I didn't dislike it, but I didn't much like it either.

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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 sstackho
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle courtesy of my dad. Pours a clear light-medium gold with a bit of head. Nice lacing. Weak malty aroma. Flavour is light-to-medium bodied. Decent maltiness, and a little bit of hop bitterness eventually works its way into the aftertaste as it warms. Not very interesting.

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Photo of nasty15108
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

A - Poured a clear amber color. The pour produced a head of white foam that quickly subsided into a bubbly film.

S - Malty with hints of citrus (grapfruit/pineapple) and pine needles.

T - Malty and metallic up front followed by a slightly oily hop finish. Slight hints of citrus and pine detected.

MF&D - Nothing ground breaking here, but I believe it would make a pretty good session ale.

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Photo of Goliath
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper.amber color and was presented to me with no head.

Aroma is not great. Kind of muttled and macroish. slight sweet malt, and no real hop presence.

Taste is ok. Good malting showing some caramel, grain, and cereal. A bit of citrus in there too with a slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good carbonation tingle.

Drinkability is moderate. Decent flavor and low alcohol make the beer sessionable. Not great, not bad, I'm pretty indifferent.

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

Received in early June as part of the May MicroBeerClub shipment.

Beer poured a copper color witg an off white head that is leaving lacing behind. Nose is malty and is nicely perfumed by floral hops. Taste is not overly complex. The intro is led by caramel malts with a hints of citric hops to finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, of just above average smoothness and feel when going across the palate. Overall drinkability is pretty good. I have had this beer several times over the years with this being the first chance to review. This is a likeable beer, good to have while watching baseball or finishing yardwork.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that claims that Boulder is Colorado's first microbrewery. No drink by date. The color is a clear copper topped by a 3 finger tan head that leaves lots of sticky lace.

The aroma is mostly hoppy; apple and some sweet caramel notes.

Taste is sharp hop notes on the backside. The malt is there slightly, but, it is not very sweet. I also detect some sour apple and sweet cherry flavors.

Mouthfeel is tart with good body.

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Photo of nsmartell
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From micro of the month club bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: By far, the best thing about this beer. Large off-white head that lasted until the last drop. Pours a nice dark golden amber color.

Smell: Not much going on here. Malty and a hint of pines.

Taste: Malty and slightly hoppy.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and light to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: A decent overall beer, but I would not seek out again.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This was poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

A - clear light copper color with a great head that settles into a somewhat thinner chunky collar

S - very malty aroma: mostly toasted grain character with a slight touch of hops

T - toasted malt dominates the flavor; it has a decent hop finish that cleans it up nicely

M - medium body, moderate carbonation

D - Every APA doesn't have to fit the super-Cascade hop profile. Nonetheless, I think this beer fits the American amber category better than the APA category. And, in all honesty, the label does state 'copper ale' and not pale ale. This is a very sessionable beer and works well in the context of an amber, where balance is very key for that style.

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Singletrack Copper Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.41 out of 5 based on 316 ratings.
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