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

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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 04-22-2007

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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 mudbug
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice hazy orange with a medium 1/2 inch head that settles into a cap
Aroma of malt and bitter hops
Taste is upfront bitter in a good way, as the beer warms up the maltiness comes on strong, overall very balanced.
Some breadiness with a dry finish, good quaffer, easy drinking.
I'd drink this anytime, Cheers!

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

Poured from the bottle a hazy amber-orange with a healthy off-white head and sticky lacing.

The aroma is light with faint malts and citrus.

The taste is quite citrusy with orange, pine and grapefruit. Finishes with sweet caramel malts and a hint of cinnamon.

Medium bodied, a tad sticky, and moderately carbonated.

This was much hoppier than expected and a pleasant surprise. I think I'll have to put this one into my regular rotation.

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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 BedetheVenerable
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: On tap, poured into an imperial pint glass down at Kelleher's on 11-19-09.

Appearance: Slightly hazy dark burnt orange beer with a thick ivory cap with good retention.

Smell: Bright piney goodness, and lots of it; this smells like a Christmas tree farm. There are some light toasty malts in the background as well; overall this is nicely balanced with neither the malt or the hops blotting out the other

Taste: Bigh fresh pine flavors combine with a light, delicate bitterness and just a bit of malt in the background. This is nice, light, and drinks like a session ale, even though the abv% is a bit on the high side for that. It's quite tasty and enjoyable, it's just a little bit lighter than you'd expect.

Mouthfeel: Light-light side of medium bodied

Drinkability: High

Conclusion: This is a really nice, nearly sessionable English IPA. The malty notes aren't quite as forward as they are in many English examples, but the hop bitterness is well-balanced with the malt and is fresh and tasty. A bit simple, but good nonetheless.

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

this beer poured out a cloudy copperish tone with minimal head

there is a very resinous hop aroma here as well as a more earthy character. there is sweet malty undertones in the beer that balance nicely

the flavor of this beer is very good, a good strong bitterness with a dilute sweetness and great floral fruity hops

the finish for this beer is med body with a great coating of bittering hop on the tongue. had this quickly at denver international airport before waiting in the security line and it was well worth it. very nice ale

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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 Stigs
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A - 1 finger of offwhite/cream colored foam, leaves impressive lacing on its somewhat quick departure. kind of a generic but clean...hazy light gold color.

S - very impressive floral hops, all the yummy pine, grass, and grapefruits poke in at times. actually making my mouth water. well done here.

T - more of the floral, but somewhat subdued. tangy malts help carry the pretty pleasant hop profiles.

M - somewhat watery, but nicely carbonated.

D - only had one wanted more. could be dangerous at 6.5, as i could have no problems putting a big dent in a six pack of this.

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Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer tasted for ree at their local distributor's expo. The lone perk of my job.

Pours a nice golden color with a slightly disappointing head. Nice lacing.

Sweet malts and light hops dominate the nose. Nicely done, but not too interesting.

Thankfully the taste is equally sweet and malty with a nice hoppy finish, but it has a nice depth. Same as the nose, but more interesting.

In the mouth it is very light with nice carbonation.

This is one of the most refreshing beers I had that day. I would certainly have a few more of this insanely drinkable beer. Great for everyday or sessions.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.65/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear copper with a quickly diffusing foam cap and some okay lacing

S - caramel malt, fruity notes -apple mostly with slight kiss of hops to seal the deal.

T - rounded w/ caramel malts, spicy and floral hops, fruit esters and an underlying nuttyness. ends relatively dry and clean.

MF - low carbonation. smooth and slick feel on this medium size body

D - very balanced, subtle yet rewarding flavor profile. good go-to session brew.

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Photo of ScarletLady
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Regular pint glass. The art on the tap handle caught my attention right off so I thought I'd give it a try.

A - nice medium color. A little bit of head and some lacing

S - Citrus, not too strong just enough to peak my interest

T - Very nice. Malt at the start giving way to a pleasant amount of hop bitterness

M - A bit more than medium carbonation, just right I thought. Perfect mouthfeel, not too thin

D - Oh yeah I can (and did) drink several. Great flavor without being overpowering, nicely balanced

A 'must try' by me. Boulder is new to MD, or at least my part of the state. Very happy to make your aquaintance!

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Photo of scoob8000
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not new to pale ales, and I'm not really a fan of them but this one is another story!

Had a 20oz glass on draft at our usual Friday spot.

Appearance reminds me of apple cider, but with a quickly disappating head. Lacing lingers on the glass.

Smell is hoppy but not over powering.

Taste is mildly citrusy. Another reviewer describes it as almost tropical. I think that hits this nail on the head.

Mouthfeel is very light and refreshing. I bet this would be great on a hot summer day.

Drinkability is very high on this one.

I apologize for any typos or incorrect spelling. This is my first review written from my cell!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber color. Poured a 1 finger off-white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lightly decanted. Patchy lacing.

S: Citrus and light herbal noble hops.

T: Earthy flavors and herbal hops consistent with smell. Citrus flavor not nearly as prominent; slightly sweet pale malt in the middle. A bit resiny that lingers a bit though a bitter finish.

M: Medium body. Medium carbonation. Smooth and silky to a nicie bitter finish.

D: Very flavorful and nicely balanced with pleasing complexity. Disguises the ABV well.

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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 ┬╝" 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 imaguitargod
2.9/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours golden copper to a medium head that demised to a very small head, very little lacing. Mildly malty at first then the hop bitterness comes in the background. A little fruity flavor from the hops comes through and the bitterness, which is slight, moves into the after taste.

~Jonathan Passow

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

best by dec 09/09

pours copper gold with a 2 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell is faint but what i do pick up is carmel malts fruit

taste is great - its mojo with more malts or better balance - big tropical fruit along side the sweet carmel malts - only bad thing would be no bitterness to this beer

mouthfeel is nice and light with decent carbonation

drinkability is great and i see my sixer not lasting long

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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 hosehead83
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into standard pint glass
Golden-amber in color with a nice, frothy head
Aroma-Very aromatic fruity herbal hops with a slightly malty nose
Taste- Initial onrush of herbal, almost citrussy hops, then a pleasant, malty, mineral earthyness that seems to strike a nice balance. Very interesting flavor with a lingering hop bitterness in the finish.
Overall, a very interesting, flavorful brew.

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Photo of bfields4
3.4/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale gold hazy but slightly translucent. A very thin head.

Can smell the noble hops. Very fuggle herbal, but there is a nice citrus compliment.

Hmm the flavor takes on a slightly different turn. The herbal hops and earthy flavors are still present, and there is a bite not quite the citrus kind of bite. Somewhat sweet pale malt brings balance.

Nice light carbonation and a smooth body. A good take on the british ipa would like to try this on cask.

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Photo of far333
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy apricot colored with an off-white frothy head that doesn't rise up overly high, but sits back and slowly recedes, leaving some rings around the glass.

Low aroma of honey and ripe pear, some subtle citrus.

Flavor of toasted bread malt, cinnamon and toffee, overripe apple and pear, honey and orange rind bitters. A dry grass tannic note washes through the finish, and pine lingers.

Full and creamy mouthfeel, chewy but a bubbly flourish comes through in the finish.

Interesting beer, tasty and drinkable.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured to a hazy ornage with medium thick off-white head that lingered well and left good lacing. Nose was a citrusy hop (mostly lemons and grapefruit) offset by a hint of malty dark fruit. Mouthfeel was full and a tad biting, but agian offfset by the sweet smoothness of the malt. Taste followed the nose, with a bit of floral thrown in. This well rounded beer finished strong with a perfect mix of the hoppy bitterness and the sweet warmth of the malt.

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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 badbassrandy
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy milk chocolate brown with myriad bubbles rising vigorously and rapidly; light tan head of boulder-like foam

S - Herbal, medicinal, lemony hop aroma with English-esque biscuity, sweet toffee malt backbone

T - The hop bouquet noted in the nose expands: herbal, oily plant taste one might find in an apothecary -- of which, there is one in Boulder!; funky, bitter, floral hops balanced with sweet subtleties from the honey malt and attempt at an English malt profile; a grassy, lemony undertone reminiscent of Boulder Beer's Hazed & Infuzed -- much like a beefed-up, English twist on the Hazed brew; the 46 IBUs were very present and just barely countered by the sweetness and biscuity malts; the acidity of the hops told me the beer was very green and young, maybe too young for optimum drinkability; as it warmed, this brew got better and better; very bitter and vegetal at first

M - Served overly cold at the brewery; grainy but quite viscous presence in the mouth; chewy yet slippery and robustly carbonated; hop sting on the tongue and carbonation make the liquid aggressively dance on the tongue

D - Became better as the brew warmed; immediate greenness, acidity and almost unchecked bitterness fended off speedy imbibing

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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 mdmako
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A golden brown with a nice head that has little retention. Some lacing left though. Clear yet amber.

S - A rather malty smell yet excellently balanced with a strong hop aroma. A deep bold smell that makes the beer seem darker and thicker than it is.

T - A delicious malt taste overwhelms the initial hoppy sensation once you begin to swallow. A rich carmel/coffee after taste is present but the other flavors linger to compliment this taste nicely.

M - A medium consistency typical of an ale. Suprisingly smooth for all the deep flavor added.

D - An excellent beer that grows on you quite quickly. The hops flavor seems to creep up on you also as it is very nicely balanced by the malty flavors.

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