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:
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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 brandoman63
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has a piney hop scent that really stands out over a solid base of pale and light crystal malts. The English yeast esters blend well with the hops to create a refreshing aroma. The taste is good. It has a very bitter flavor that goes down easy and finishes hoppy with a bit of fruity yeast esters. The malts are present, but they seem to only provide a stage for the hops and yeast. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is an interesting brew. I love the hop content, but it seems a bit unbalanced. All in all, a good drinker.

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Photo of Nichols33
3/5  rDev -21.3%

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 BillRoth
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Copper in color with a soapy white head and some spotty lacing.

S. Bitter hop pellets dominate the smell. I am not complaining. Some light bready notes.

T. Floral and herbal hops. The malts are light and reminiscent of toasted bread.

M. Aggresively carbonated and crisp, a little watery around the edges.

D. Overall a nice session IpA from the other side. Hoppier than I expected.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
1.74/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with a fairly nice initial head that fades to a thin cap but leaves some nice lacing. Smells very herbal and of fresh hops that have allowed to decompose slightly. Unfortunately that same wilted hop herbal flavor is there for me in the taste. I just can't get over that slightly back of the vegetable crisper flavor. Don't know if its the type of hops or hops allowed to spoil, but I just can't drink this. Mouthfeel is adequete,appropriately carbonated ans smooth, but I just can't get over the flavor.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle dated Oct. 4, 2010. Sampled on August 16, 2010. The pour is mainly amber and golden with a quarter-inch of foamy, off-white head that lingers. A bit on the cloudy side. A floral hoppiness greets the nose in the taste with a background of sweet malts trying to keep a lower profile. The body is medium to full. The New Zealand hops take me to faraway places but also keep me anchored to the ground with the earthy grains that accompany them. The aftertaste reminds me of flowers. A fascinating IPA.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
2.83/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a frothy, initially fat-two-finger thick, light tan colored head into my 25cl tulip glass. The beer is a lightly hazy, ruddy amber color, but shows a bright, almost clear, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is much more malt focused than I was expecting; ample notes of sweet caramelized malt, toasted bread notes, a biscuit maltiness and a sweet grain cookie character are all quite prominent. This does have some hop character, it just plays a secondary role to the malt; hop driven aromas of currants, a rich earthy spiciness and a light resinous hop character all seem to accentuate the malt character more than jumping out on their own. This has quite a pleasant aroma, it is just surprisingly malt focused for a beer with the word hop on so prominent a display on its label.

Sweet malt character is the first thing I notice in my first sip, but this is fairly light bodied, though it does have a slightly sticky malt texture to it. The hops kick in with a resinous, herbal hop flavor and persistent, lightly astringent bitterness. The hops play more of a role in the flavor than they did in the aroma, but they are still second fiddle to the ample, sticky malt character. The sweet malt and hop character combines to create a jam-like, berry flavor here. I do like the finish of this brew as the hop character gets a bit herbal, with a nice floral accent & light bitterness that helps to wash the mouth of the excessive crystal malt. It is only an attempt, as the hop character really doesn't have a chance of standing up to the malt here; caramelized malt sugars, ample biscuit-like flavors and an astringent grain husk edge that though light, just adds to the crystal malt domination.

The crystal malt notes play a bit too big of a role here, they completely overwhelm the aroma and even make a significant attempt at washing out the flavor of this brew. Really not all that bad, but if you are sensitive to excessive crystal malt usage this may be a little too much. Strangely, though the aroma is much more malt dominated than the flavor, it is the flavor where the malt just becomes too excessive.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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

This pours from 22oz bottle(bottled July 1 as per small stamp near base of the bottle) a clear gold with a healthy head of foam that shrinks fairly quickly....some spotting in the middle and some lacing hugging the side of my glass.

The smell has some hoppy and sweet notes along with some bread and some fruit. Nice nose.

The taste on first sip and I get some good caramel malt and bread followed by some grain and a mild hop character. Tasty. After a few more sips, there's more hoppiness in the flavour but it's balanced nicely by the malt and it really works well for me. I don't have to have a hop bomb in every IPA that I drink!! ;^)

The mouthfeel is medium, the carbo is medium, and it finishes slightly sweet. Good stuff and it's going to be no problem at all finishing the bomber. I recommend it!

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

A: Pours a very clear pumpkin orange color.

S: Some citrus and grassiness on the nose. A good citrusy spiciness from the hops stand out against a nice britsh style pale malt backbone.

T: there is some cereal grains from the british malting, along with some fruitiness sneaking in and finishes with some dry floral hopping. Think a british style ale with strong American pale ale influence (west coast hopping). The spicy and citrusy American hops stand out nicely against the pale british grains that highlight this beer. Overall I would say this is a good hybrid rather a true british style.

M: nicely carbonated bringing out the citrusy hopping with a nice dryness.

D: very nice drinkability, with a nice pale malt backbone that stands well against the strong citrusy hopping.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours an amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is very good with some malt and a nice dose of floral hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts off with a nice smooth malty backbone with the hops coming in the finish. The hops do not produce a huge amount of bitterness, but they do provide a really nice flavor.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- This is a very drinkable IPA that I would purchase again in a heartbeat. Recommended.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Dark yellow to light orange, 1/3" off white head. Aroma drops the earthy old world hops and toffee malt.

Taste is the usual bitterness without hop mouthfeel, a warming sensation of alcohol with the bitterness. Achieves balance. Takes on a woody feel downbottle. A stronger than average English ipa.

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Photo of avalon07
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a light, brownish-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Good lacing.

S: A malty, sugary aroma, with traces of hops.

T: Here's where the wheels came off - for me at least. For an IPA (even an English one) this beer had way too much much malt. It gave the beer a funky, dull taste. It was difficult to drink.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: While this beer had its strong points, the taste was just not to my liking. Very off-putting.

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Photo of tigg924
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, hazy, orange/brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: citrus hops, bread, and caramel

Taste: bread throughout, citrus hops with some caramel

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, medium/low carbonation, slightly sweet with bitter backbone

Drinkability: To me this is average IPA. Not a bad beer, but nothing I would reach for again.

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

Pours a hazed copper and orange tinted amber with great cap of dense white nitro froth. Scent is a nice mix of fresh hops ranging from earthy, spicy and grassy British notes to fruity and floral American varieties. Taste is quite big on the hop notes... quite unexpected. Big juicy fruit notes ranging from orange to apple and pear. Strong but not overly aggressive malting that ranges from clean to lightly caramel and nutty. Even with the nitro, this was immensely hoppy without being overly bitter. Smooth, creamy medium body from the nitro pour, hops linger on the tongue. Overall it was unexpectedly bold and flavorful, only that aggressiveness was a touch too much at times as some subtelty would have been appreciated over the course of a pint.

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Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Please take this review with a grain of salt. I really don't like British style IPA's.

A - Poured a nice amber color. A bit hazy. Has a bit of head that diminishes into a lacy ring. Looks ok.

S - Smells a bit stale and malty rather than hoppy but I get that a lot with this style and it's not skunked. Mostly grassy hops used.

T - Not that offensive really. I thankfully didn't get a cough syrup type taste just grassy hops and bitter malt. Actually was pretty drinkable.

M - Medium body and dry. It was OK.

D - Naa.... Again I don't really like the style but it was pretty enjoyable. Didn't tarnish my view of Boulder in anyway. Good for the style I guess?

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Photo of IdrinkGas
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ColForbinBC
3.03/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Clear, copper body with a huge, foamy head that threatened to overflow. However, it does dwindle rather quickly and leaves some spider web lacing on its way down. The nose was overly earthy with pine and grapefruit rounding out the hop side of the equation while toasted malt lays down the foundation. The flavor profile follows the nose. Earthy, herbal hops with just a touch of grapefruit and pine in the finish while toasted malt grabs the taste buds through the middle. Bitterness comes in a quick punch and fades even quicker. Medium body with a smooth feel. Carbonation is on point. Overall I found this to be lacking and pretty average in every way.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/2" beige head over the slightly cloudy amber brew. Head falls gradually, with ample sticky lace lingering more or less forever. Aroma is citrusy, with a little grassiness mixed in. Taste follows along similarly, each flavor melting nicely into the next. Mouthfeel is smooth and soft over the tongue, and drinkability is quite nice and easy. I was expecting something British-style from the label, and that's what we got. Very nice.

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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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