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

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473 Ratings
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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:
304
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.29%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
17
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 473 |  Reviews: 304
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 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 moundbz
4.06/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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%

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

on-tap -> pint

Pours an oranged copper with a smallish white head that leaves some light rings of lace. Carbonation appears medium-high.

Nose: Piney hops, some sweet caramels

Crisp medium body. A nice combination of sweet caramel malts and fruity hops. Medium lingering bitterness finishes clean. As the pint warmed the fruity hops took hold and stood up with pineapple and some peach like flavors.

I really good ipa that seems more american than british. The pub had this labeled as a 'strong ale', which i new was wrong, but i wouldn't of tabbed this of the british style. I really enjoyed this brew.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a great looking deep orange color into my sam adams glass, it really looks great with its big white head, it laces pretty well too. smell is good, has that classic slight sour, mildly hoppy aroma to it. taste is good, refreshing and easy to drink, its a very mild beer like alot of british beers its not an over powering ale, or a weak boring lager, just a good lively beer, no compromise. mouthfeel is good, not watery at all.

drinkability is good, its a good honest beer, just like many of the beers that boulder makes.

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Photo of blakesell
3.19/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a Belgian tulip.

Appearance- Beer pours two fingers deep a clear golden amber. Porous carbonation, ample lacing. Dissipates slowly and splotchy on the sides of the glass to a thin wisp over the top of the beer.

Smell- A malty background of Maris Otter, hopped well with Cascade grapefruit goodness. None of that sulfur note that I sometimes smell on English style IPA.

Taste- Nice medium roast maltiness with a good noble hop backbone. Bittering hops are a little much on the palate with lingering bitterness. Grainy and drying on the tongue as well. For as many good things that I have heard about this beer, I don't really know where they are based.

Mouthfeel- Drying and medium bodied, Highly carbonated and a bit of motor oil slickness on the swallow. The hops are too astringent for my tastes. Not warming.

Drinkability- Medium drinkability overall as well on this beer. Not memorable by any stretch of the imagination. Give me an English English IPA any day. The American imitation just isn't cutting the mustard.

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Photo of Jmbbabson
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of thecarster1
2.15/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one fingers worth of off white head, hazy honey gold coloring.

s- bright hopy nose, slight sweetness here.

t- right off the bat, very sweet. uncharacteristicly sweet for an ipa - slmost tastes like straight sugar was added. odd aftertaste here as well, not very appealing.

m- medium, smooth.

d- not great, i'm not sure about this one. i couldn't get over the sweetness here - not drinkable.

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Photo of BoitSansSoif
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Not an impressive pour...formed a head about 1/4" thick which quickly fizzled down into almost nothing. The liquid is golden-pinkish-orange, and a bit of cloudiness seems to give the robe some texture. Some rising string beads of small bubbles. No lacing.

S-An interesting blend that I had to sniff about a twenty times to decipher-I enjoyed every one too: Hops, grass, strong tangerine on the first hit and light blended citrus thereafter, roasted almonds and chestnuts, rye, light herbs and vegetation. The malt blend is what strikes me most...there is a robust backbone of toasted grain that even overshadows the hops. There's more, but I'm getting impatient to drink it.

T-Pleasant hop balance is strong, but not too Type-A, and is generous enough to reveal a toasted nut flavor, grass, orange-tangerine, at the start of the mid-palate, pleasant malts, and a clean finish that gives off almost a hint of menthol freshness. The aftertaste is excellent, and lingers lightly, enticing me to take another drink.

M-Mouthfeel is fairly light and well-balanced. The carbonation is quickly fading, and the quality is degrading every minute I put off finishing this. I was expecting a thicker consistency based on my limited experience of British-style ales.

D-I enjoyed what this beer had to offer, and I'd like to try a fresher bottle since the condition of the one I just bought is disappointing--great physique, but no spirit. It definitely demonstrated it is worthy of a second opinion.

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

A- pours a beautiful translucent amber. Two fingers of tightly bubbled creamy head crowns the beer. Above average retention with some lacing.

S- Very elegant nose. Fruity berries, floral characteristics and citrus peel from the New Zealand hops blend with spicy herbal Czech hops beautifully. Finishes balanced with some dry biscuity malt aromas.

T- Spicey herbal hop flavor hits the palate at first with a sharp bitterness. It quickly transitions into huge floral berry like fruitiness. Finishes with some lemon peel and a rich balancing pale malt flavor that is down right delicious.

MF- full creamy mouthfeel with a medium body and smooth tongue massaging carbonation.

D- very drinkable.

Overall a brittish style ale that kills it with hop flavor while remaining balanced and subtle.

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Photo of sweethome
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy amber/orange color. Light head is gone in a flash.

Nose is sweet malts, honey, and orange peel. Yes, a little bit of fruity hops back there - not a big citrus hop nose of american hoppy beers - a bit more restrained (or is that refined?).

Full, thick mouthfeel on the entry. Generous sweet malt flavors. A hint of honey. The hops are not in your face, but provide a balance and contibute to the complexity. Citrus hop flavors on the finish - in some respects that finish reminds me of Samual Smith's IPA.

A very tasty beer. The sweetness detracts a bit from drinkability for me, but I really like the complexity of flavor and the mouthfeel is excellent.

Probably the best beer I have had from Boulder.

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

Very light haze to the orange colored liquid. Half an inch high creamy off-white head shrank over the course of a minute. A handful of meandering carbonation bubbles. Ribbon lacing.

A very sweet initial aroma upfront. Scents are very reminiscent of fresh brewed tea. Alcohol presence in the back blends with a slight hops bittering.

Malt aromas carry over to the flavors, and abound with sweet tastes. A roasted caramel coasts a very light pine presence. Hints of citrus also fade in and out with additional sips.

Average feel to the consistency of this beer. A very light carbonation tingles the entirety of the sip.

A decent beer. This is a great choice for a plate of bangers and mash. A very nice interpretation of the style. A hearty cheers to the boys and girls at Boulder.

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Photo of HoustonTX
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-amber, with a frothy bubbly white head.

Fresh and fruity floral aroma.

Very solid earthy body, infused with a nice backing of florals. Fresh and ripe, lots of depth - yet stays true to the earthy malts.
Finishes clean and crisp and it has large amounts of balance and drinkability.

Definitely true to the style, with a lot more fresh florals then the English import counterpart.

A tasty, and well made beer.

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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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