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:
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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 ncvbc
3.06/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Fairly pale in color, more golden straw with shades of amber. A thick, white cap atop it that has very good retention and leaves some rings of lacing down the glass. Kind of fruity pebbles smelling and floral. Earthy hops and a hint of biscuity bread but artificial flavor, or something. Pineapple and weird grapefruit but out of place. Very sugary malt. Same thing with the flavor. I think the hop profile is good but the malt kills it, giving it no chance to come to the forefront. Mouthfeel is solid. Creamy and smooth at first with a bitterness that soon meets it and rides out to a moderately dry finish. Something about this one just doesn't work for me. I'll probably try it again down the road but

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Photo of JimmytheSaintPSU
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-copper hue with a thin cream colored head. There is some lacing, but only near the top of the glass.

The aroma is sweet florals, caramel, and grain. Not bad, but it seems to fade over time.

The flavor is somewhere between an English and an American IPA. Definitely sweeter than an American version, yet not quite as earthy as an English one. I get some of the floral hops, a bit of grass, caramel, sour molasses, and yeast. The yeasty bit at the end isn't a good way to finish up a decent beer.

Medium bodied with lighter than average carbonation. Aftertaste is slightly dry with a touch of bitterness. Not a bad beer, overall. But I think these two styles should be left to their own merits and not combined.

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Photo of Jodio
3.72/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Mistofminn
3.36/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber color. Very nice color. About two fingers of off-white head are produced, and it has decent retention.

Even though this is an English IPA, I was hopping for more hoppy characters. This is definitely more malty than hoppy so thats kind of disappointing. I still get light notes of floral hops, and a larger note of sweet English malt.

Taste is very subtle. It's not bad, just very muted. I was expecting more maltiness given the nose, maybe even a little hop kick. What you get is a muted, slightly malty and only very subtley hopped IPA. Again, it's not bad, I was just expecting more. As it warms, the flavors come out a little more.

Mouthfeel is medium, with a bitter aftertaste that I wasn't expecting. Sharp and crisp texture. Drinkability is ok, nothing special.

Overall, English IPA's are not my favorite style, and this one is no exception. I'm more of a fan of over-hopped American IPA's than the overly malty English version. This is better than others that I've had, but just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So, a nod to the English with an American twist; or so says the bottle. What this usually translates into is nowhere near the malt or yeast complex subtlety of an English ale with far fewer hops than American hop-headed geeks want. Great. A middle of the road beer. Trying to bridge the gap between two sides only to find they've built a fence, not a bridge. But it's not bad. It tilts more to the American than the English side of things here. It has a nice balance of malts and hops, but the hops do get out front. It has a nice soft mouth feel, and there is some malty depth after all. Yes, I will recommend it, but only to the curious, or those that feel they have to try them all for fear of missing out on "the one." Which this one isn't by the way. If you are a fan of either side of the Atlantic in particular, this one won't have you buying a plane ticket to the other side any time soon.

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Photo of Cooper
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a bright, clear golden-amber with a scant slightly off-white head, which fades fairly quickly but leaves behind decent rings of lace on the glass.

Full of citrus and pine notes in the nose; vibrant in aroma, with a slight floral nature.

Disappointingly light and somewhat watery in mouthfeel, but nice flavors of hops--grapefruit notes dominate, with a slight salinity--and a soft, subdued malt presence combine to form a balanced palate, leaving behind a citrusy, fruity and dry finish urging for more.

Drinkable, yet not overly desireable. Lacking in appearance and mouthfeel, but the palate is full of that nice, not-over-the-top British character that makes for a quenching and sessionable brew.

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Photo of timtim
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

mildly hazy copperish color with an off white head that leaves a lacy lace. well balanced smell with a nice hop/malt/yeast character. piney and bready. maybe a little fruity. i could wax poetic about how this isn't all it's cracked up to be, but truthfully, i taste traditional english and typical coloradoan flavors. not over the top, but certainly above average for a beer that isn't trying to push the limits. medium body and mildly creamy mouthfeel. easy easy drink and great with a sharp cheese or spicy food. this one was a gift from a friend that took a trip to colorado and was kind enough to bring back some flavor for the geographically tied down ilk. thanks bob! hey now!!!

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a lighter amber color with a thick and frothy white head that retains well and leaves awesome lacing, this one is a real looker. The aroma has some classic british hop characteristics of flora, mint, mineral, and earthiness, along with some biscuit, honey, fruity esters and a bit of alcohol. The flavor also starts off with a European hops blast with notes of mint, flora, pine and grass, along with some biscuit, bread dough, toffee, caramel, fruity esters, and a bit of an alcohol burn. The mouthfeel is bordering on oily but isn't unpleasant, and drinkability is quite good. I really dug this beer, and I'm not normally a big fan of English IPAs...the intriguing blend of hops really adds a nice complexity (they used british, american and noble hops).

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Photo of athomasPSU
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of blknikon
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of donniecuffs
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

At the Blind Tiger, NYC. Into a pint glass, poured a cloudy orange/amber with one finger of white, good retention, and great lacing. Smelled of malted apple, pear, and slight herbal hops. Taste of apple, caramel, fig, and woodiness progressed to a thin finish. VERY thin, which most likely was highlighted by the cask. Decently sessionable, but a little too thin for me.

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Photo of JamnesCameron
2.59/5  rDev -32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Received this bottle in my Birthday BIF box from mdfb79. Thanks Dan.

Poured into a New Holland Pint glass. Pours a chill hazy light amber with a light tan head of about a fingers worth of foam that drops quickly leaving barely a wisp around the edges.

Aromas of floral and earthy hops, some fruity esters from the yeast. Some citrus as well. White wine fruitiness as it warms.

Flavors of pine and citrus, hints of mint, malt, and there's an off flavor here as well. Good level of bitterness. A white wine aroma and flavor is popping out as it warms. Not pleasant. Checked the ingredient list, includes some german nobles in the kettle (inappropriate in my mind) and dry hopped with Nelson Sauvin. Never experienced this variety before. A little research shows it has a "gooseberry" flavor, which I can name now, as well as a white wine “fruitiness.” I'm not a fan.

Mouthfeel is medium, good level of carbonation.

Overall, this isn't working for me. I'm old school when it comes to english styles, which means english hops and estery yeasts. The german nobles and NZ hops to me are wholly inappropriate. I enjoyed the experience of trying something new, but did not like this beer overall.

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Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Crimsontider22
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Greggy
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a significantly lighter than I was expecting, golden color, crystal clear, no sediment, with a 2 finger, fluffy head that leaves some nice sticky lacing on its way down.

S- Very nice hopiness with notes of sweetened grapefruit, light pine, caramel malt, also some biscuit notes. Nice balance.

T- Starts off very creamy with notes of caramel, mineral dryness, dry grapefruit, peach, balanced hopiness, then moves to a dry mineral finish. Almost a 4.5

M- Nice low carb and nice notes dry hoppy notes on the palette finish.

D- What a tasty brew. I will definitely drink this again. It's not really sessionable but rather something I could have after a day of work.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good lace, sticky, no head, pale ale orange amber. About right. Smells like a standard bottled pale ale with not much to define it. A little fruit and a little of the malt, about average. Creamy swallow with odd rye component on the aftertaste and a tea-like tar overtone, but there is bitter at the end that has a little punch. Unusual and extra credit for the rye. Flavor? Because this is an English style, I knew this was going to be subdued, and while the taste is mellow, the hop sting at the end makes this surprising. Tarry hops, slightly bitter at the start, but not overpowering. Rye note in the flavor, more on the aftertaste. Candy like in the center, also not overpowering. Malt is subdued, leaving hops and water as the main components. Well, this is odd, tasty, blends well and has that hops burn at the end. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a hazed tangerine orange, with golden hay around the edges. Cap of lightly creamy, fine bubbled, off-white.

One deep sniff gives the aroma of some earthy biscuit malts along with floral, piney hops and citrus rinds.

The flavor consists of earthy biscuit malts and slightly sweet citrusy tangerine with a bit of tart grapefruit. It finishes lightly bitter with earthy floral and lightly bitter citrus rind / piney hops.

The mouthfeel is a smooth medium which is quite refreshing with a nice amount of lightly sharp and tingly, fuzzy-creamy carbonation.

This is beer is good, well balanced, and refreshing. Solid.

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Photo of mikey711
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

A: A nice glowing copper with a two finger head sitting on top that provides good lacing.

S: Light citrus notes and a touch of floral, not overpowering, with a bit of malty sweetness in the background.

T: Good crisp citrusy bitterness. A bit oily and very fresh tasting. Nothing special, but still very pleasant.

M: Light but not harsh. Not much creaminess.

D: Very easy to sip and drink plenty of. Definitely worth a taste.

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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 climax
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Into a pint glass, Cold Hop poured a murky gold hue with a pretty good sized off white head. It faded pretty slow and turned lumpy as it sank.

The aroma is pretty well-balanced. Lots of sweet toasty malt is equaled by fruity and floral hops. Mostly caramel, grapefruit oils and and some cidery notes made up the fla.vors

Flavor seemed a bit more hoppy than the nose. The sweetness and caramel is evident throughout, but further in the background. Grass, grapefruit, and resiny pine made up a real good hop profile.

Medium bodied, and the mouthfeel had an excellent crisp dryness to it. The finish was chalky and toasty. This is a well-balanced good tasting beer.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a rich golden orange color with some haze to it. A very white and frothy head bubbled up vigorously and stuck around for a bit before deflating to a fairly thick ring with some lacing dancing across the top. Fair lacing down the glass leaving some nice ornamentation.

bready malt with some green hop notes. Floral and vegetable hops come through with a definite bitter aroma. Smells earthy and doughy, with some green flowers and a hint of evergreen. wet leaves as well. Interesting.

Pleasant freshness that i wasn't expecting. Even for a relatively old bottle, there's a ton of fresh green hop notes. Floral hop notes dominate with only have a hint of citrus, mostly lime and lemon. Earthy, green, and even. Some pleasant earthy bitterness. There's some nice biscuit and caramel malt flavors in the background that keep it beautifully balanced. Definitely tastes British... very enjoyable.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with some moderate carbonation. Leaves a touch of bitter hop oils on the tongue, which is pleasant and fairly nice for this brew. A lingering finish which is beautiful on the tongue.

wow. I'm pretty impressed. I feel like Boulder is always decent, but not always wowing. This brew, while not incredibly complex, is incredibly solid with some nice clean and green flavors. I could easily see drinking a few of these in a night. Smooth and light enough (in body) for sessioning, but enough flavor to keep it interesting. I'm impressed, and will definitely be drinking a few more of these. Definitely worth a shot!

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