Cold Hop British-Style Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

BA SCORE
86
very good
473 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Cold Hop British-Style AleCold Hop British-Style Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 04-22-2007

BEER STATS
Ratings:
473
Reviews:
303
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.81%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 303
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Copper in color with a soapy white head and some spotty lacing.

S. Bitter hop pellets dominate the smell. I am not complaining. Some light bready notes.

T. Floral and herbal hops. The malts are light and reminiscent of toasted bread.

M. Aggresively carbonated and crisp, a little watery around the edges.

D. Overall a nice session IpA from the other side. Hoppier than I expected.

 388 characters

Photo of LeftyBWS
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 22 oz. brown bomber with no freshness/date markings.
A: Nice lighter orangey-amber color, with an inch of creamy head that recedes and leaves a good ring of lace throughout. I expected something a little lighter in color, possibly a darkish golden/straw color, and I’m pleasantly surprised by this appearance. I hope it tastes as good as it looks.
S: Quite hoppy and bitter. Kinda grassy and floral, with hints of pine. All in all, a strong smell of vegetation. There’s some sweetness detectable, too.
T: Slightly bitter at first, which was expected. However, the predominant taste after that is just a smooth hoppiness that is almost creamy. I can definitely taste the floral hops that were so prevalent in the smell. The aftertaste seems to just fade away, though, and it seems as though it could do a bit more. The overall taste is very pleasant and not as harshly hoppy as I thought it would be, but it does seem to be missing something.
M: Crisp and mildly refreshing, considering its hop level. Smooth in the aftertaste, despite the bitterness up front.
D: Pretty good. Even after this 22 oz. bottle, I feel like I could drink more of this beer. I will drink this again for sure.

 1,224 characters

Photo of cokes
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clouded brass hued under a dirtied white skimming of foam. Plenty of sticky lace adheres to the sides of the glass.
It noses of crushed flowers, wrought iron, sourdough dinner rolls, and spruce.
It enters the mouth with a floured dinner roll and hard biscuit sense of maltiness. An apricot fruitiness arises as the bready traits track towards sourdough. The hops come with a brisk and assertive bitterness culled from dried flower petals, metal, and pine bark. It puckers further on the swallow with a notion of minerals, and alum.
Medium, if not a bit plumper, in body with a moderate carbonation. It's plenty easy to drink in succession, as the concluding dryness begs to be slaked.
It's no showoff, but it is a perfectly pleasant English IPA.

 745 characters

Photo of Gusler
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Upon its departing the 22 ounce bottle the beer presents a somewhat hazy deep amber orange color with a skyscraper sized creamy white head that lingers long and upon its vanishing the lacing seals the glass with a thick and clinging layer. Nose has a dominate malt aroma, sweet and clean, hops provide a bit of fresh cut grass aroma, and a bit of butterscotch. Start is richly malted; the hops provide a nice bite at the back, top is moderate to full in feel. Finish has a fair to middling acidity, the hops perfect in the benign spiciness; quite dry aftertaste stays and stays, a nice representative to the style.

 614 characters

Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy, almost cloudy, amber with a thin, white head.

The smell is grainy/caramelish with citric fruitiness.

The citrus moves up a bit on the taste, but remains balanced by a grainy sweetness. Some buttery notes are present. Sweetness and bitterness blend nicely in the finish. This is one of those beers that grow better as it progresses.

The body is medium to full with a fair amount of creaminess. It has a nice texture.

A well-made brew here - British-style with an American flair.

 500 characters

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

clear amber, good cap and some lace
floral hoppiness. sweet and earthy flowers. smells a bit like lagunitas ipa.
the sweet earthy flowers are up front in the taste and linger. mid-glass a citrusy quality develops on the sides.
barely medium body, low to moderate carbonation.
very nice. the aroma and flavor outweigh the moderate bitterness, but it's dangerously downable and can knock you flat on your back.

 409 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A standard English IPA, but with the hopping rates expected from the American stle. A firm, malty (Marzen-like) malt base has a crisp, lightly crusty, well-attenuated character that balances well with a healty dose of pine / pungent / resinous hops that linger well after the sip is gone. Beyond that, the fruitiness / esters are light, allowing the malt sweetness and hop bitterness to set the tone for the brew. The beer remains a murky amber / rust color throughout with expected head formation-retention to hold throughout. The beer attenuates in a very American sort of way, not allowing the heavy sweetness to remain, as it does in English Pales. However the grain flavors are softer and less husk-like, as found in American Ales. A nice blend of both.

 758 characters

Photo of Rainintheface
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: golden with a 1 finger white head and much carbonation

S: very floral on the nose. fruity, faint whiff of gum and hints of caramel

T: caramel sweetness up front. a little toasted character, earthy and oranges

M: crisp, dry, medium bodied brew.

D: nicely done. very drinkable.

 282 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out an orange/gold color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. It left some small traces of lace.

S - It smelled very grassy and hoppy.

T - It tasted of toasted malt. The hops were very mild.

M - It was smooth and crisp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - A very good beer. Nice mild hop flavor. It seemed very true to the style.

 344 characters

Photo of Viggo
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Coles last time I was in Buffalo.

Pours a hazed amber/orange, thin white head, some lace spots, settles to a thin layer. Smell is neat, grapefruit and pineapple, very fruity, some sugar and honey, grassy hops, really neat. Taste is toffee and chocolate sweetness, pineapple, bready malt, some floral, sweet citrus and fruit finish, bit of tea character, bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with medium carbonation, pretty chewy, very nice. Really enjoyed this beer, definately wish I had picked up a bottle.

 532 characters

Photo of SykDoc
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It pours a hazy/translucent straw/copper color with a ~1 inch off-white head that reduces to a full lacing. No sediment and carbonation is readily visible.

The aroma is a nice combination of citrus/pine hops and earthy notes with some pleasant floral and sweetness that follows.

The taste also has some of the citrus/pine notes mixed with a floral and earthy component. Mild malty sweetness in the background.

The mouthfeel is light/medium bodied with a an adequate amount of carbonation. It is fairly smooth and not overly crisp. Minimal dryness at the finish.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer. The floral components make it interesting when mixed with the citrus hops. Overall, it is worth having although I would not search it out.

 784 characters

Photo of horshack7
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with about two fingers of head that thins out quick but leaves behind some nice lacing.

Aroma: This one gives off some big hop aroma. It comes at you something hard large amount of force behind it. Much like a solid chunk of pure sodium hitting water then bang and into flames it goes. Very impressive sweet fruit notes such as cherries and sweet syrup.

Taste: This has a very crisp mouthfeel straight out of the gate. Lots of hops on top of lots of hops. Nice sweet syrup notes underlying this wonderful creation. It does have a slight bit of sweetness from the malts but that is way at the bottom. To top it all off stunning sweet fruit notes.

Notes: It's my first English i.p.a and what an amazing style I must try more of this style and more of this beer. Cheers.

 808 characters

Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an impy pint glass a clear rich golden with a swirling tight one finger head that held good retention,milder English aromas quite floral and minty with a hint of toasty sweetness.Full on English malt and hop flavors starting out slightly toasted and biscuity with a noticeable caramel sweetness even a hard water-like note,the minty "green" hops come thru and linger nicely a bit of American grapefruit comes thru as you drink more as well.A nice quaffer it says high gravity on the label I would like to know how "big" it is,a nice beer just dont expect a big American hop smack.

 592 characters

Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot colored with an off-white frothy head that doesn't rise up overly high, but sits back and slowly recedes, leaving some rings around the glass.

Low aroma of honey and ripe pear, some subtle citrus.

Flavor of toasted bread malt, cinnamon and toffee, overripe apple and pear, honey and orange rind bitters. A dry grass tannic note washes through the finish, and pine lingers.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, chewy but a bubbly flourish comes through in the finish.

Interesting beer, tasty and drinkable.

 512 characters

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer tasted for ree at their local distributor's expo. The lone perk of my job.

Pours a nice golden color with a slightly disappointing head. Nice lacing.

Sweet malts and light hops dominate the nose. Nicely done, but not too interesting.

Thankfully the taste is equally sweet and malty with a nice hoppy finish, but it has a nice depth. Same as the nose, but more interesting.

In the mouth it is very light with nice carbonation.

This is one of the most refreshing beers I had that day. I would certainly have a few more of this insanely drinkable beer. Great for everyday or sessions.

 605 characters

Photo of beveritt
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into an Imperial pint glass. Label is simply the words Cold Hop, seemingly breaking through a pane of glass or maybe some ice. Write of the origins, but not method, on the side. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pours with 1 finger of nearly white head. This settles slowly, essentially collapsing to about half its original height. very nice lacing. The beer itself is light orange, with a medium chill haze. Some sediment in the bottle.

Smell: Very low aroma, hard to discern anything specific. Hops, for certain. Citrusy, with a little vegetal note. As it warms, becomes almost holly like.

Taste: Spicy hops upfront with a very solid malt backbone. Hops are slightly citrusy, but no single flavor jumps to the front. Medium level of bitterness starts int he forefront, and lingers well into the finish and beyond. Malt is caramelly and biscuity, with a little sweetness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lower than average carbonation level, as expected for the style. Body is incredible.

Drinkability: In a world of so many, how-many-hops-can-you-put-in-here beers, this is a well balanced ale, with good hop profile and a solid malt body.

 1,184 characters

Photo of Morey
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

December 2009 stamped on the side of bottle.

Pours a cloudy goldish orange with a decent white head following a medium-aggressive pour. The lace seems to be sticking very nicely to the side of the glass.

Smell is rather mild but some citrus and grape like aromas are apparent. Very little hop aroma.

What Cold Hop lacks in smell, it makes up for in taste. First you get a tingling sensation from the hops followed by the citrus and grape like flavors that were also present in this beer aroma. Finishes rather smooth.

Mouthfeel is a little on the thin side, with good carbonation.

I could drink this beer as a session, but I'd be in trouble after a sixer.

Morey's Bottom Line: A refreshing beer. Not ground breaking, but very good none the less. Something I'd buy a case of to have on hand for a session brew.

 815 characters

Photo of kirok1999
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a bright clear gold with a nice white head that laces nicely.
Not much dominant in the smell. Caramel and malt mostly.
Taste is pretty nice, the caramel dominates but in a mild way. There's some earth and wood, musky notes as well. It's very smooth and creamy for an IPA. Feels very smooth and mildly carbonated.
All these qualities make it super easy to drink. It goes down very easy and is a great hot weather drink. Very quenching.

 441 characters

Photo of JayRichter44
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lordofthewiens
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle with Oct 20 2010 stamped on it.
In a pint glass it was an amber color with a medium sized white head. There was a fair amount of lacing.
It had a sweet malt aroma, as well as a floral, lavender odor.
The taste was sweet and bready, with some good piney hops.
A little on the sweet side, still pretty balanced.
I know the ABV was on the high side, but this would be a good session beer.

 392 characters

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, 7th in the Looking Glass series. Pours a hazy orange body with a one inch offwhite head. Some attractive patchy lacing. Aroma is malty toffee and caramel,floral and earthy hops, and some red apple esters. Medium body with prickly carbonation. Taste begins with toffee and caramel but the maltiness is quickly eclipsed by the bitter hops. Earthy, floral, even citrus notes edge into the hop profile. Well balanced, overall. Interesting, tasty, and quite drinkable, but definitely a style bender.

 508 characters

Photo of cclark67789
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Pensfan0782
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of biggred1
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed, orange amber with a finger of fine cream colored foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. The nose is fruity and herbal smelling hops with some toasty malt notes. This beer is tasty but not for people who don't like funky, earthy hops as this one is nice and dank. Fresh, citrusy fruity and resinous hop flavors with a nice toasty malt backbone. Medium bodied with perfect carbonation and lush creaminess. This is really good to my taste buds but I know quite a few fellow beer enthusiasts who would disagree. Oh well, to each his own.

 542 characters

Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.81 out of 5 based on 473 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.