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:
304
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Photo of
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle

Slightly hazy, orange gold fluid. Large, rocky, light tan head. Big lacing, spider-web like. Drank this close to Halloween, so appropriate for the season!

Aroma was earthy and spicy. Some caramel and peach and a touch of pineapple.

Nicely balanced beer. Hopping was relatively mild and earthy in character. Floral notes were present as well. Hint of alcohol. Malt presence was not particularly sweet, reminded me of wheat bread. Some apricot and grapefruit rounded out the flavors.

Medium in body. Carbonation seems lower than appearance suggests, call it medium at best. Smooth and silky. Alcohol warming seems noticeable early, wonder what the ABV is.

Very easy to drink. If ABV wasn't a factor, this would make a very good session beer.

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Photo of kennyo
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber

found this in the Fishkill Beer store, used to be great store, now so so.
Pours a nice white head, amber color, some lace stuck to the glass. Malty aroma, some hops. Taste is a little bitter, some malt, some sweetness. Nice after taste.
A decent drinkable beer

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

A cool, but not cold, Cold Hop brew that’s looking good in the ol NB tulip glass. Slight haze orange amber, frothy ivory head.

West coast aroma of citrus and pine. Quaff gets back to the British mode with a woody vinous backbone – still processing a firm punch of American hops.

Another tasty freakin’ brew from Boulder. I’m guessing this is under 5% alcohol – making for a decent session brew.

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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.

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

Light amber color, mild carbonation and a moderate, off-white head.

Aroma is very toasty with bready malts and earthy hops.

Taste is malty with nice hoppy flavor and an earhty bitter finish that's rather dry.

Medium bodied, mild carbonation is good for the style. Solid, pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of simmons
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Amber in color with a thin white head not lasting too long leaving a nice bit of lace. Pours hazy with not many bubbles rising

Aroma: Just a little bit of sweet malt is present followed by a mild but very pleasent sweet hop aroma. floral notes also present

Flavor: Malt is complex with a bit of grainyness to it and some sweetness. The bitterness is moderite and pine like followed by a very nice sweet hop flavor just as you would expect from the aroma

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated and well balanced. Leaves a bitter/sweet hop aftertaste that lingers around awhile.
Water used seems soft.

Overal: This is a tasty beer. The malt is malty enough but not too sweet and the hops are just right to enjoy. There is nothing that stands out to make this beer outstanding but it is good.

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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.

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

Juicy tangelo with gold accents, crowned by a good looking cap that is the approximate color of elephant tusk ivory bathed in a soft orange light. Its superior surface is replete with bubbles that take their sweet time entering the atmosphere. What looked like a disappointing amount of lace early is a more than satisfactory amount late.

I like the nose quite a bit. It's unquestionably British in character, thanks to what is probably East Kent Goldings complemented by something fruitier, like Fuggles. I had no luck trying to find the specific ingredients, so those are strictly guesses. Earthy-herbal orange and grapefruit gets it about right.

Cold Hop is good beer that tastes nothing like the rest of the Boulder lineup. I'm pretty sure that was the idea. Like the nose, it hits the English IPA 'hop flavor nail' on the head. It's probably a fraction hoppier than the typical Brit IPA, but then that's what good American craft brewers tend to do. I wouldn't have it any other way.

Now I'm not so sure about the hop bill. My guess is that there's something different present... Phoenix or one of the other new varieties perhaps. A light butter toffee and toasted nut flavor is subtle enough to add complexity, while still allowing the grapefruit and apricot-like hops to shine. Musky peach skins contribute as well. This one is tough to nail down with any kind of certainty. All that really matters is that it's delicious beer.

The mouthfeel holds up its end with no trouble at all. A generous amount of malt sees to it that the beer is at least medium for the style, with a long-lasting creaminess that becomes even more smooth and polished with warming. Splendid job here guys.

Cold Hop British-Style Ale is an inspired, niche-filling addition to the outstanding Mojo IPA and the equally outstanding Hazed & Confused. It's probably my least favorite of those three, but that doesn't mean that it's anything less than a wonderful American-brewed English IPA. C'mon Boulder, distribution to Iowa seems like a no-brainer.

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

In an English style Boddington's pub glass, appears a slight hazed bright copper amber hue forming a large orange tinted sandy head with a dimpled dough like cloud texture. Thick formation at least two fingers worth even thin lace is left behind after the slow dwindle. Aromatics contain nice citrus tea with funky and grassy herbal qualities upfront, malts edge their way in with doughy caramel sweetness but overall a really pungent distinctive hop aroma that is hard to compare to any other brew of recent memory. What's up with Colorado why does the beer have to be so cold? Now we have the coldest tasting hops out there. Flavor has a sharp assertive hop bitterness with funky biscuit caramel malts, an aggressive American brew with some English ale twang to it. A lot of earthy herbal tea flavors with mild citrus peel hop tones raw and raucous to the core. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a strange slightly oily, yet a tad prickly with citrus peel bitterness sticking to the palate. Carbonation is dead on, not the complaint here just something weird about the feel this brew had to offer. Drinkability is nice but isn't too sessionable the pungent hops and English funk become too much after a couple, high quality offering it's just not something I want to drink during the football game.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.63/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark golden ale, with an attractive eggshell coloured head. Strong aromas, spruce like, with a deep treacle accented malt backing lots of semi-sweet malts, sometimes getting really "toasty", good hop presence, piney, bitter. Ok on the palate, not boring at least. Overall very nice, well drinkable on a cold Autumn night.

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

This is just a highly drinkable beer. The appearance is spot on for the style, the smell is light and pleasant with a good malt/hop balance, and the flavor is right up there. It's well balanced, and supremely sessionable. Definitely a good beer, and a great interpretation of the milder English style.

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

From a 12 oz bottle with no date noted into my crystal mug. Nice hazy amber-orange color with minimal carbonation streams but a pillowy, craggy, off-white head that fades slowly yielding great retention and good lacing. Good looking brew. Nose of floral hops right out of the gate, piney, biting, with light citrus. There’s some malt in there, but it’s hiding behind the hops. In the mouth, it’s again floral hops up front with a bit of citrus, though the malt comes through to balance things out nicely, making this one a crisp, hoppy, yet ultimately drinkable beer. Lightly syrupy body with low carbonation is smooth; just enough carbonation to keep the flavor crisp. Drinkability is very good overall: this is a nice, tasty, sharp and enjoyable IPA.

Overall: Another solid offering from Boulder Beer, this one’s a nicely crisp and floral hopped IPA. Recommended.

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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 RonfromJersey
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Extreme haze orange body, topped by a very creamy three fingers of whipped froth. Good dripping lace.

Strong and delighful nose is a mix of citrus fruit and fresh bread.

Smooth semi-sweet beginning fills the mouth. Earthy and fruity hops build gracefully smooth. Juicy. Orange bits in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is both light and full, a difficult combo to pull off, and properly express. Excellent sessionablity.

A fine all occasion beer from Boulder.

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Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one and a half finger creamy white head. There was good lacing and retention.

The smell featured light grapefruit and apricot aromas with a soft sweet grain.

The taste was very well balanced and soft around the edges. A light citrus hop melted perfectly into the light doughiness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness.

Overall a very good and very well balanced ale. Highly drinkable.

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Photo of TheodorHerzl
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This pours 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.
The smell is a very vibrant floral nose of citrus, grapefruit, pine, and sweet oranges and a slight touch of bready malt.
The 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.
The mouthfeel is very crisp and clean with a medium finish and overall very satisfying. The drinkability is extremely high for me. It's a little high on alcohol content, but I would make a session out of this.

Overall fantastic offering from Boulder Beer. According to the bottle it's their take on one of Charlie Papazain's favorite recipes. English overall, but with a nice American flavor kick.

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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 Dewey0603
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber/orange with a large tan foamy head. Long lasting and great lacing, make this head very nice. The smell has sweet malt,citrus hops,and floral earthy scents. The taste is thin with some bitter hop,floral,sweet malt,and some "woodiness" to it. The m/f is light with all the flavors mixing well. A good drinking beer,for a lower alcohol beer, this packs a real flavor punch.

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

Appearance is a slightly hazy golden, amber with a 2" head from a hard pour. The head falls fairly quickly leaving good lacing.
The smell is of mild, sweet hops with a bit of pineapple.
The taste is mildly sweet hops with a bitterness at the end. A bit of grapefruit as well.
Mouthfeel is medium to thin.
Drinkability is good.

A mostly pleasant drinking beer, slightly different and more subtle than most hopped beers. A nice one to try.

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Photo of ohoove
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured off a clear oft orange color with a creamy , frothy head that slowly gave wat and left behind exceptional lacing.

sweet malts and citrus ,light pine, and unrefined chocolate

a nice balance with the hops taking a backseat, ever so slightly, to the sweet and floral tones. left a nice bitterness in the back of the mouth

A creamy and slick mouthfeel , coated the palate nicely

Very gooddrinkability. We drank this one at room temp. which was probably best as it seemed to release a more true smell and taste. I really enjoyed this brew and would visit again. Great for a hop head butnot hoppy enough to turn those with a more mellow craving away. Thinking about picking up a 6er for our Bloctoberfest tomorrow night (it's going to be about 70 degrees so an Oktoberfest will have to wait ).

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Photo of Durge
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear copper colored brew with a clumpy off-white head and good lacing. Smells of fruit nougat malt and sweet hops. The taste captures a sprucey hops with great slick body and a bit of alcohol. It's creamy but has a nice touch of subtle bitterness and some licorice at the finish. Quite drinkable and overall fairly sweet while keeping the hops happiness. Very nice. Don't miss trying this one.

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

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color. Nice 2" head slowly falls to some surface bubbles. Some moderate lacing develops.

Smell: fruity, grapefruit, and a bit of earthy tones. Some bitterness hits nose quickly.

Taste: grainy malt, caramel, grapefruit, ripe apples, grass, and a bit of breadiness is wrapped in a nice but not overwhelming bitterness. Well balanced. Nice representation of the style with a bit more earthiness.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp and dry throughout. Medium bodied beer. Long aftertaste as the flavors glue themselves to the tongue.

Drinkability: a nice change up from all the American style IPAs that are flooding the market. Easy to quaff, flavorful, and a nice session IPA. Give this a try.

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Photo of AndoBrew
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*did not mind would not buy*

app:copper cute little head the color could be more magical

smell: nice hop aroma some citrus little bit of pine. nice sneaky malts in the background.

taste: not as good as the smell. more sharp citrus back of the mouth acidic hop taste. lacks the full bouquet. mild malts and the flavor of soda water.

mf: dry and acidic

drinkable?: kinda, have had much better balanced hoppy beers

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

Pours cloudy yellow orange hue with thin white lace.

Nose is somewhat tame for an IPA, with a distinct orange citrus aroma.

Palate is very fruit-juicy oriented with some pleasant malt in the backdrop. Finish is medium length and nothing terribly special, but nothing bad either.

Overall a nice ale, good, but not great by any means.

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Photo of riversider76
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden,with a thin white head. Good retention,and lacing. Smell is of earthy hops,and a hint of grapefruit.This is a medium bodied beer,that is lightly carbonated. Taste is of woody,earthy hops,with a nice balance of malt. Excellent from start to finish!

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