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Cold Hop British-Style AleCold Hop British-Style Ale
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Cold Hop British-Style AleCold Hop British-Style Ale

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

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Todd on 04-22-2007

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Photo of Kendo
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 22 oz bomber into a Sam Smith's nonic. Body is coppery/orangey-amber with a 2-finger off-white fluffy head. Good rings of lacing. Some very fine bubbles rising.

S: Citrus hops -- mainly grapefruit but with a hint of orange -- are dominant, but not in-your-face like bigger IPAs or DIPAs.

T: Good balance between malt and American-type ho flavors -- grapefruit, mainly, but with a lingering bitterness that calls to mind more pine or lemon. As it warms it gets fruitier and reminds me of Saranac Pale Ale in some ways -- not surprising, given that Saranac calls its Pale Ale an English Pale Ale and this bottle labels it as "British-style ale." Must be some ingredients in common there.

M: Slightly prickly carbonation. Body is on the lighter side of medium

D: Very good. I finished about 2/3 of the bomber in about 25 minutes, decided I'd better slow down with the rest of it. But if I hadn't made that conscious effort, it would've been gone in no time.

Notes: This is the second solid offering in a row from Boulder. I also enjoyed their Never Summer Ale a few weeks back. If I lived in Colorado, this would make the perfect "house beer" -- it's flavorful, but not over-the-top strong in any way (e.g., hops, alcohol). It's a little pricey here to be a "house beer" but this would be a solid offering to regularly have on hand. Check it out.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This ale was a pleasant surprise to my tastebuds also as other reviewers before me noted.
From the Looking Glass series, the brown 12oz decanted cool into my Boddingtion's pub glass.

A - Deep amber, almost rust colored w/ a 3 finger rocky, off white head. The lace is moderate w/ good stickage.

S - An enticing blend of hoppy, malty and yeasty. There is spice, fruit and herbal notes blended together in a sweet floral and citrusy melange.

M - Crisp, spice and medicinal texture w/ a tinge of tannic astringency. Moderate carbonation and a relatively smooth feel w/ a lightly bitter finish.

T - A sweet smooth malt w/ peppery notes succumbs to an equally spicy hop flavor that swells and recedes as the lingering bitterness fades. Malty dry notes w/ biscuit and nutty hints w/ a smooth honey sweetness adds to the flavor. Citrus and floral sweetness from the hop begins to show as the beer warms. A full British style yeasty quality adds to the flavor of this interesting ale w/ only a hint of booziness.

D - Very smooth and balanced w/ a nice blend of malty, fruity and bitter. Very citrusy, yet mellow almost lime-y w/ a spice and rind flavor that has a hint of dry ale flavor and booziness. Very satisfying and drinkable, Kudos to Boulder, a testament also to the Godfather of homebrewing Charlie Papazian w/ a fine fresh and well crafted English inspired American offering.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. I have enjoyed everything by Boulder that I've had, but I typically don't care much for English "inspired" American beers. This one was great, however.

The beer looks great. Light golden with a slight ruby hue. Has a light cloudy haze, but mostly clear. A good amount of tight-knit fluffy white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is apparent, but not over the top.

The smell is good. Definitely has that toasted biscuit, nutty, caramelized English malt flavor, but the hops smell distinctly American. Quite well balanced between malt and hops. Usually with such fruity, floral hops aromas the malt tends to take backseat. By that same token, many English inspired American beers tend to over-emphasize the malt, but this beer really does a great job at achieving a happy medium.

The taste is every bit as good as I was expecting from the nose, and better yet. The toasted caramel and nutty maltiness hit up front, followed by a slight bitterness with a very smooth floral and fruity hops flavor. Still a great balance. Very refreshing.

The mouthfeel is a bit thin with a fairly sharp hit of carbonation. The body isn't as syrupy as many English inspired beers often tend to be. Very easy to drink.

One thing I would have liked to see is maybe a little more of a spicy, grassy hop flavor with a slightly lighter bitterness for more of an English style. On the other hand, I really liked this beer as it was, so why fix what isn't broken? Final verdict: Hazed & Infused with English malts.

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Photo of katan
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, undated

A - Pours a nice appealing gold color - very neutral gold. A little bit of haze. Decent amount of carbonation that leaves a small head.

S - grapefruity smell of hops comes out. Although I have to say its not as strong as many IPAs I've had. A bit muted

T - This thing has an excellent malt flavor. A specialty malt is in there of some kind. Hops are not strongly present. Not very bitter. A sweet finish. Tasty, but perhaps a bit unbalanced.

M -Full of body, not strong carbonation. Goes down fairly easy.

D - Very drinkable. I enjoy it. Its a bit sweet I think for a heavy night's drinking. The high point would do me in too.

Recommended try from boulder beer. I do think I like Hazed better though.

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Photo of wagenvolks
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Delivers an attractive, bright copper body; clear with a carbonation trail bubbling up through the center. An ephemeral, off-white head retreats to a ring and neglects to leave behind any lacing.

I'd give the aroma a 4.5, were this an American IPA. Sadly, it's English. That's not to say it isn't a pleasant aroma--because it is, with its hoppy, sweet, and floral notes of clover, grapefruit, and resin.

The flavor isn't all that great for an English OR American IPA; it is decent, however, and slightly above average for its style. The taste is a bit more malty & spicy than the sweet, floral aroma. Mouthfeel is overly carbonated, and the body is dry and bitter with a decent, sticky sweet finish. Overall, Cold Hop isn't phenomenal, but it does satisfy the basic requirements of a hoppy, English IPA as well as a beer that's got enough depth to keep me temporarily interested.

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Photo of MillRat
3.33/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A rich tawny gold with a little orange topped by a thin but persistent cream-colored head. Read the label saying it was a British style ale, and expected an earthy Fuggle or Goldings hop aroma, and got a snootful of citrus and pine typical of the northwest US instead. Not bad, mind you, but unexpected. Like a Keith Moon drum solo in the middle of a Beethoven symphony. The malt is a solid sweet presence in the aroma, and really keeps the hopping of this beer quite pleasantly in balance. The beer is a little on the heavy side for anything but an IPA, but a second or third round would certainly not be excessive. Certainly worth the price of admission, but one that I think would be better classified as an American IPA and let folks rave about how nicely you crafted that nice malt body than claim British heritage and get knocked (like here) for malting like a Deutschmann and hopping like a Yankee.

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Photo of woemad
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $1.49.

Poured an amber color that took on a honey-ish shade when held up to light. Good sized, off-white head. Beer Neglige style lacing.

The nose is malty and herbal, more malty. While well balanced, it doesn't smell like an English IPA, more like an aggressively hopped English pale ale, if that's a distinction that matters.

The taste starts out with an herbal hop bitterness that is almost immediately balanced by a biscuity maltiness. Well-balanced flavor, but not a terribly memorable flavor either.

Mouthfeel is very, slightly oily. Body is medium. Fits into the tight alley between English pale and and IPA styles.

A decent beer, but not terribly interesting. I don't regret drinking it, but there's nothing really here for me to go back to either.

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Photo of jdg204
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

All good things come to an end, as I got my last Beer of the Season offering that my old boss got me last year. This is the first review from the last batch and not a bad one at all. Also got to use my new Chalice, which made it pretty cool.

Appearance - Very nice copper color with a nice plump white head, clearly distinguishes this as an English IPA.

Smell - Decent hop filled, tangy malty odor with a twinge of some darker fruits.

Taste - A very unique blend with some more tangy malts (like a German Lager) mixed with a more robust hop profile than most English IPA's. The mix is pretty cool and makes for a nice brew.

Mouthfeel - Aftertaste was decent though a bit too drying with the tang/hop combo, smooth drinking all in all.

Drinkability - Didn't know exactly what to expect here, but not a bad brew at all. Nice change of pace too for those of us used to American IPA's, this offers a nice alternative while still delivering the robust hops and flavor we all love. All in all, a good brew that you should try if you get a shot.

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Photo of armock
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a copper color with a thin white head

S - A nice citrus hops smell

T - A whole bunch of hoppy goodness

M - This is a medium bodied beer

D - This is a very easy drinking IPA good hops but not overwhelming a very good beer I'd say its worth a try

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on-tap at The Blind Tiger in NYC.

Pours a foggy orange amber. Nose is very piney hops with that sweet character to it. Flavor is very hopped, but in a noticeably English style. I feel like it purposefully subdues itself and never gets out of hand, as many American versions of the style might. The hops present themselves and then an earthy bitter tone hits you. Feel has a bit of carbonation to it. The liquid is thick, though it gives a thick, slick, and syrupy texture on the mouth. Overall very good. Definitely one for the hop heads and possibly one for the real ale folks out there too.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.45/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a snifter at 40 degrees.

A - Pours a clear copper color with a small head that melted away to a very thin lacing.

S - Faint aroma of citrus and hops.

T - Juicy hops with hints of citrus-fruits and malt. Nothing over-the-top, just a nice blend.

M - Thin-to-medium body with a bitter-crisp finish.

D - A solid session IPA...I'd pick up a 6-pack if I ever saw it in PA.

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Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
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 jasonjlewis
4.48/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Huge 4 finger head with insane retention all the way down the glass

Smell is of pale and caramel malts with a nice citrusy hop aroma. Smells like fuggle hops for aroma.

First of all there are two hop varieties in this beer. What are the golding and fuggle? I'm pretty sure fuggle is in there, but my english hop knowledge is not that great. Anyways a balance of pale and caramel malts sweetness balances out a nice citrusy hoppiness. Pineyness is very slight but there.

The mouthfeel is awesome on this beer. The carbonation is moderate and leaves a fullnesson the palate.

I could easily drink this all night long.

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Photo of davidt
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze-orang color, thin head rapidly fades. Aroma is hard to pin down; strong malt background with piney hops. The piney hop come through in the flavor, there’s also a light citrus flavor in the mix. A bready malt holds it together. There’s a long-lasting hop after taste. Seems to be a classic English IPA.

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Photo of macster
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An admirable attempt at reproducing a classic Brit Ale.

Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color under a 1/2" off-white head which gradually fades to a thin spotty film. No lacing is noted as the beer is consumed.

Subtle and delicate aromas of flowers, caramel, earth, fresh bread and a touch of orange and lemon are enjoyed.

Mouthfeel was clean and fairly light with subtle carbonation; but finished a tad thin.

Flavor profile was well balanced and subtle with gentle notes of caramel, biscuits, toffee, spices, flower essence, citrus and herbs. Finishes with a semi-firm crisp hop bitterness balanced with a touch of honey-like sweetness.

Seems to me to be about as good as anything the Brits are putting out these days.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got as part of a beer of the month club.

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Nice fairly clear amber color. Wonderbread like head that lasts a couple of minutes.

Sweet apple juice smell.

Initial sweet malt and then a blazing strip of hop flavor down the tongue. Crisp taste but not thin in the mouthfeel department. Somewhat slick tasting. Woody, oaky aftertaste.

I really have little to complain about this beer. Its actually quite good. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of ruckzuck
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Received as part of a beer of the month club delivery my gf got me for my birthday. She's the best.

A - clear, amber, nice white head

S - fruity, floral, bit of spice

T - initial spiciness which gives way to a mixture of sweetness and bitterness

M - medium-light body, smooth, some carbonation

D - well, as yet another biased IPA lover (YABIPAL?) I quite enjoyed this beer and was happy to have received it along with the others I have yet to try. I like it, and would definitely have another if I didn't only have 2 left. Would probably order several at the pub as well if it were around. Enjoyable. Give it a shot if you see it.

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Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A unique take on a British style IPA, given the the cold hopping and creaminess. A little grapefruity, and some malt offset. A tad of toastiness in the aroma and taste as well. Lace dots. Golden yellow colour. Easy drinking, and I could finish a few of these over a week.

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Photo of zook74
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This has become one of my favorite beers as of late. It has a great, hoppy flavor that doesn't completely destroy my tastebuds. When I'm down to drinking a beer for a session this, and other Boulder beers, does the trick.

Poured into a pilsner glass Cold HOp has a pretty, subdued gold with a decent whitish head that dissipates quickly, lacing the glass for the duration of the drink.

A nice, crisp aroma, even if it lacks any truly distinguishing characteristics.

Pours easily down the gullet, llight on the tongue, and tastes great a tad on the colder side (I'm guessing 36-38ish).

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Photo of FatSean
4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 20oz Tulip pint from 12oz bottle. A little head that quickly disipated. Beer is a warm brown-gold, a bit cloudy. Smell is simple...light and sweet hop aromas and a little malt. Has some hop bite on the tongue and a sweet finish with enough hop left over to keep it from being a High Life. A bit thin-bodied, but the hop essence makes your mouth and tongue tingle. Quite drinkable, although the sweet finish might bother some.

I had waited months to try this, not being a fan of rather bland (IMO) English Ales but the bottle and carrier art always drew my attention. I'm glad I did. This is an interesting beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange/amber hue with a big active off-white head that collapsed very quickly and left a good sheet of lacing until the end of the beer.

S - floral nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and sweet oranges and a slight touch of bready malt.

T - taste follows the nose very nicely. Sweet toffee is the first flavor to me before a nice hop bitterness floods my taste buds. I get a nice shot of bready malt aftertaste on the back of my palate. This is so very well balanced with the malt and hop flavoring sharing their roles as it should be.

M - crisp and clean with a medium finish and overall very satisfying.

D - The drinkability is good.

Final Note: This beer provides the hop bite I am looking for in a well made and well balanced beer.

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Photo of Procrastinator
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1-pint, 6 oz. brown bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: hazy orange honey colored brew with a huge off-white creamy head. While carbonation seems docile in sight, when the glass is swirled, the head rebuilds itself nicely. Lots of thin lacing clings the glass throughout my entire drink.

Smell: flowery hop presence with a slight piney, spicy note. Sweet caramel. Any citrus rind is definitely in the background.

Taste: bitter resinous piney hops meets a chewy caramel sweetness. On the English sweeter sides of IPAs.

Mouthfeel: slick on the tongue, medium bodied and a bit overcarbonated. A smoother mouthfeel would make for a better enjoyment.

Drinkability: nice easy drinking IPA with fresh hoppy flavors. Could drink two 22-ouncers and get my hop fix.

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Photo of jwc215
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of crayphish
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This ale pours an amber orange color with an impressive dense white head. Fair amount of lacing. Smell is pungent grapefruit and pine. Softer sweer malt notes as well. Taste is a hoppy grapefruit and pine blast. Very impressive. Only a slight malt balance, perfect for my palate. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with the bittering astringent doing its thing. A fairly drinkable brew, I did find my palate crushed.

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Cold Hop British-Style Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 473 ratings
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