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 Focusf111
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of kkrez
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Crimsontider22
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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 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 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 moundbz
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jkrich
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date found

This one poured a cloudy, goldish yellow color with minimal head or lacing.

When I opened the body, I mainly detected sweet, caramel like malt aromas

This one has a great deal of subtle flavors - there is an initial taste of malts followed by a faint banana flavor which seems out of place for a "British style ale." There is a tangy fruit flavor that dissipates rather quickly leaving a sweetness on the tongue. BA lists this ale as an "English India Pale Ale." This one has a decent flavor, but it is far from a british style ale or india pale ale for that matter.

Not very carbonated and somewhat thin bodied. There is no evident hop bitterness and the flavor is strangly sweet with subtle banana flavors - wrong fruit for a british ale.

Perhaps this was not a fresh bottle which made the flavors taste "off", but I was disappointed. For 6.5 % ABV it is very mild.

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

The ale pours brilliantly clear deep golden color with copper highlights and a clingy white head. The aroma is moderately hoppy, floral, spicy and a bit of citrus. There is a medium-low malt aroma as well, a bit like crackers and slightly sweet. The flavor is moderately hoppy upfront with a bit of malt and hint of esters toward the swallow. The finish is a bit prickly with medium-high hop bitterness lingering. The carbonation is medium-high and body medium. Overall a fairly balanced ale with a nice hop flavor. Solid.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: apple cider in color with a touch of cloudiness. Wonderful head retention and chunks of lace hugging the glass. Rather pleasant overall in the glass

S: bitter and yet a sweet fruitiness around the edges and rather strong in the nose with hops

T: big and husky flavors that are hard to gather at times. Malt presence is sweet at times with a touch of toasted characteristics. Hops push through and help round things out but yet retain a sweeter side. I would say it is not as bitter and hoppy as America PA's but a bit huskier and sweet

M: nice smooth body and leaning towards creamy and a touch acidic

D: I guess it hangs onto English brew style...large and in charge and not as much hops as an American APA. Not bad but not great

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Slightly hazy, light amber beer topped with a bright, orange-white head. As the head slowly receded, a slight rockiness emerged with some chunky lacing.

S-Earth and piney hops, quite floral with a slight grapefruit. Overall, a very hoppy aroma with only a slight grainy malt presence.

T-Bright, floral, and perfumy hop, slightly fruity at times. These flavors are complimented by a confident hop bitterness. A bit of nutty and biscuity malt helps create a well-rounded beer. Finishes dry and hoppy.

M-Medium-high carbonation, this beer has a pleasant, moderate body, thought the carbonation is perhaps a bit too high.

D-A quite drinkable brew. Enough hops to keep me on my toes and a firm malt foundation that's able to pull everything together.

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Photo of informaticsDoc
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Nice light copper color. Dense white head with decent retention. Really nice Jarlsberg cheese look to the lace with dense areas and medium size holes.

Nice citrus and spicy hop aroma, both American and noble here. Caramel and biscuit malt.

Very lemony citrus flavor kicks in off. The middle is caramel and simple syrup with a touch of biscuit. There is not a lot of bitterness, just a touch, but a lot of hop flavor on the finish spicy and floral.

Beer is medium bodied with a vibrant, fizzy carbonation. Hops oils coat the mouth and are then carried away by the fizz. Quite nice actually.

Very drinkable, I could have several of these. This is quite a nice offering from Boulder.

Thanks for Reading.

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Photo of danielharper
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dingy red body, very hazy with suspended yeast, with a thin head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Very malty, serious grains, with a very aromatic hop bite. Strong with caramel.

Taste: Very bready, grainy. Slightly sweet, hints of apples and with a dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Thick and malty, moderate-to-heavy carbonation.

Drinkability: A good beer, solid and easy to drink, but doesn't really overwhelm the senses.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a perfect.

Pours a medium straw to light amber with a decent head that recedes to a cap.

Aroma is of tannic acid with a light malt and hop aroma.

Flavor is tannic and light. The water gives a nice mineral flavor with a decent hop rider.

Moutfeel is mdeium bodied and carbonation is adequate.

Good beer, a decent IPA if light.

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Photo of tubeman
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of runlikeakenyan
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of EStreet20
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Pours out a fairly clear copper color with two fingers of nearly white head.

S - Nice indication of some hop on the nose along with some toasty malts.

T - Pretty smooth. Hops really stay to the back of the maltiness of this brew. Some sweetness along with some toasted malt.

M - Not bad, light to medium body. A tiny bit more carbonation would help this one out.

D - Not bad. Nice and smooth and pretty flavorful.

Notes: I'm pleasantly surprised here. I'm not a big fan of English IPAs but I could not resist a brew called "Cold Hop". This has the makings of a nice ESB in my opinion.

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Photo of Schwegler
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The beer is copper in color, clear, with a 1/2 inch off white head. The head fades to a solid cover and leaves behind some lace as the beer is consumed.

Smell: Wonderfully hoppy aromas, piney and floral scents. As the beer warms as I slowly sip away, some grainy malt aroma comes through just past halfway.

Taste: This one has a good hop bitterness, but not over-the-top like many American IPAs. There is some balance here with some malts in the middle.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in body, decent carbonation with a dry finish, yet a very "refreshing" beer.

Drinkability: This is a nicely done English IPA. While the hop presence is there, this beer has not overhopped just for the sake of making a big hoppy IPA. I enjoyed the 6 pack I purchased for just $4.99.

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Photo of slowdaddy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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