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

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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
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 303
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

L: Pours a nice orange-yellow color with a tall and thick white colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: Smells of very sweet toasted malts, then a big piney/citrusy/floral aroma at the end of the nose.
T: Tastes like it smells. Nice toasted malt base and then a nice piney/citrusy/floral finish that was really refreshing.
M: Very crisp, clean, fresh, refreshing.
D: Very drinkable, I liked this one a lot.

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Photo of MinorThreat
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please take this review with a grain of salt. I really don't like British style IPA's.

A - Poured a nice amber color. A bit hazy. Has a bit of head that diminishes into a lacy ring. Looks ok.

S - Smells a bit stale and malty rather than hoppy but I get that a lot with this style and it's not skunked. Mostly grassy hops used.

T - Not that offensive really. I thankfully didn't get a cough syrup type taste just grassy hops and bitter malt. Actually was pretty drinkable.

M - Medium body and dry. It was OK.

D - Naa.... Again I don't really like the style but it was pretty enjoyable. Didn't tarnish my view of Boulder in anyway. Good for the style I guess?

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of ystazi
4/5  rDev +5%

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

Served in a standard shaker glass. A glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice clear light golden copper color with a ΒΌ" ivory head that persists for quite a while. Sipping leaves behind lots of foam and lacing. Later in the beer there is still lacing throughout most of the beer.

Smell: The aroma is rich with caramel malt, but the earthy hops and citrus character are clearly in the mix as well.

Taste: The flavors are about what I think a British Style IPA should show. The bitterness is here, but the sweet malt is also clearly present to balance the hop flavors, while still letting show off their character. The malt contributes a mild caramel or light toffee flavor while the fruitiness of the hops shines as well. Think balance between hops and malt here.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy throughout with moderate carbonation. The medium long finish begins with balanced malt and hop flavors but then the sweetness of the malt fades away to leave the dry bitterness of the hops to slowly disappear.

Drinkability: I liked this beer and could easily drink several on an evening. I certainly will order this one again when I have a chance.

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Photo of BB1313
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August 11, 2010 printed on the back neck of the bottle. Label says it's a British-style Ale. Pours a beautiful bright gold w/ a slight orange haze which you can see through. Nice white head that gets smaller but stays w/ the beer the whole way through, decent lacing. Smells pretty fruity w/ citrus notes and malty bread notes. It tastes just like it smells w/ a slight spice. There's a bitterness but not overboard at all. There's something going on in the beer that I can't put my finger on, but I like it. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, not overly bitter, crisp and refreshing. Drinks very well. I can't say this is a session brew at 6.5%, but it's pretty hard to drink just one.

This is easily the best English IPA I've tried so far. Boulder Beer comes though w/ this one, recommended if you see it.

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Photo of dsa7783
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle purchased from Monarch Liquors in Long Island, NY...
A hefty pour resulted in a copper-amber, grainy hue with a modest head that left a decent amount of lacing...
Strong smell of hops, grains, caramel, and honey...
Raw, balanced, yet not-too-aggressive taste of hops and a mild assertion of caramel, vanilla, honey, and floral essences...
Certainly not the best depiction of the style and not the best beer I've sampled from this brewery, but a pleasing, strong representation nonetheless...
Good mouthfeel, with noticeable essences of hops and florals along with a very good level of drinkability due to the lack of cloying flavors...
Good stuff from Boulder...
Worth a shot...

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Photo of Cramerican
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Lexluthor33
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange color with a medium sized head and lace.
An aroma full of hops,grapefruit and citrus.

The taste of hops,citrus notes,malts and of course grapefruit.

The feel was easy to drink and just slightly bitter. Medium carbonation and body.
A well balanced beer.


Notes: Textbook,but very appealing in that this went down well and could almost be a session beer.

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Photo of riored4v
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a SN Tulip glass. 1 finger, off-white head that fades to 1/2 finger.

Smell had a great citrusy aroma that was accompanied by fruity and floral. Mellow maltiness.

Taste had a nice hop presence that was both bitter and aroma/flavor. Orangey, fruity/citrusy upfront w/ a grassy finish. Low level of malt sweetness that is mainly in the middle. Finish is fairly bitter. Maltiness does present itself a little more as it warms up.

Mouthfeel is light/medium with good carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkability was good. On the bitter side for a English but nothing overpowering.

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Photo of beerrooster
4/5  rDev +5%

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

On tap at Max's the other day.

The beer pours a solid amber color with good head retention and lacing. Not surprisingly I suppose, this beer smells very ESB like, but with some hoppy, bitter perfume well. There is some underlying sweet malt in the nose as well, typical of an ESB. On the palate, the beer starts off with some roasty sweet malt flavor, but with some underlying hoppy bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with the alcohol very well disguised.

This is a nice enough beer, but is nothing extraordinairy either. One thing I do like is how well the moderate, malty sweetness is countered by the hoppy bitterness in this one. Not bad.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +5%

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