Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 880 | Ratings: 2,062
Photo of HoppyBastard
3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, "enjoy by" date "MAR 30 2018".

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy, copper color with one-finger tan head that slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is significant lacing on the glass, medium carbonation.

SMELL: caramel and toasted bread, faint to the nose.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet caramel then toasted bread and finishes with a slightly metallic hop profile.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a malt forward beer and I'm not a fan of toasted malt so this beer is not for me, it's not a bad beer or poorly made just not my thing.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.41/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Light Amber orange color, looks almost like iced tea. A medium head and some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Lots of toasted bread, some pine and floral hops. Not an overly strong aroma. For a hoppy session, I expect more hop.

T: Toasted brown bread, with notes of pine and some spicy floral hops, and a light bitterness. A little oniony flavor. Some black tea flavor. The taste is stronger than the aroma.

F: Light body mouthfeel is slick.

O: For a hoppy session beer this is a little malty but still drinkable.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

From note taken 07/06/16:

Fairly clear copper-toned amber with fine flecks in suspension. Two-finger head is thick, fine, foamy, holds form well outside of glass, retains well and leaves creamy lace. In glass, mild dank (if that even makes sense) hoppiness. Seems like it might be a darker Pale Ale (this was before I poured it), what with molasses-like aromas. In glass, more so resin, raisin, leather. Tastes like a scotch ale with extra hops. Just malty-tart throughout, a bit smoky, though this seems to be from dankness of hops as much as roasting. Hops are raisiny, leathery, herbal, lightly metallic, occasionally peppery. Cleaner finish than expected, more pepper and leather than anything else. Fun balance and complexity here. Medium-bodied, sloshy with carbonation, mouth-coating, semi-astringent.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.06/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coming in a darker SRM than your average pale ale. 1/2" off white head. Decent dry hope nose to it, leans towards woodsy-forest ness.

Taste is a standard affair with some C hops, bitterness, woody and caramel like malt impressions. When their distribution footprint expanded, I was getting some inconsistent bottles, so there seems to be a bit of a familiar issue for breweries getting fresh or non compromised product out a thousand miles away.

This one I have mixed feelings about, the malt bill seems too dark/roasted/heavy for something 'session' wise as a pale ale. I dunno, when I wanted tame, it went heavier (malt/ibu/alcohol mouthfeel) when I wanted flavor amped up (hops, dry mouthfeel) it came in short. Nothing bad, nothing off, just another beer up in here, up in here.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours hazy amber color.

Overall: This beer has the aroma of sweet floral hoppy notes. The taste contains slightly fruity, slightly malty
with a sweet hop bread flavor. It has a lingering hop and fruit finish. This is one of the most interesting beers I have ever tasted, it is hard to put it into a category. I recommend this beer for a hot summer day. This is a well-balanced session IPA.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Burnt orange, barely translucent, HUGE off white foamy head that explodes & lingers a good while, bit of lacing.
S-Sweet floral, citrus peel, pine.
T-Toffee, followed by a pretty big bitter that lingered nicely, sweet citrus, bit of pine.
M-Big carbonation & quite foamy.
O-I enjoyed it & it's an interesting twist on this style of beer.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.72/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A; hazy; orangish bronze in color; 2 finger off white head that receded slowly to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: pine, floral, caramel, and earthy;

T: not much flavor; basically follows the nose without any floral character; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: not all that interesting, but very drinkable; has more malt character than most session ales, which is nice;

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Photo of stevoj
3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tape at Denver airport. Decent but underwhelming ale, faint aroma, slight malt in the taste and some generic hoppiness. Good looking with decent lacing, but overall seems lacking.

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Photo of tzieser
2.54/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Best by 12/10/15. Haven't had this one in years.

L: Dark hazy-copper in color with a thick head that sticks to the sides of the glass for a long time. Bottle conditioning does wonders for the haziness and the head retention. A nice looking beer.

S: Sweet malt forward aroma with a hint of lemon and grassy hops. Some faint fruity esters linger in the background. Not nearly good enough for an APA in 2015 but nothing really offensive in the nose either.

T: Sweet, almost toffee like malt at first with a bit of toasted biscuit malt flavor to follow. Hops are there but only serve a balancing role with notes of lemongrass. Hints of fruity esters and phenols in the end...not nearly as clean tasting as I remember. Disappointing.

F: Thin and chewy mouthfeel. Nothing here makes you want another sip like some other pale ales.

O: I feel as though this beer has taken a big step back over the past few years. Perhaps it is because the competition in craft beer is fiercer than it has ever been and so many other breweries put out a hoppy pale ale that is better. I remember this being a favorite of mine back in 2007 or so but sitting here in 2015 there isn't much draw to this beer aside from a competitive price point of $7 a six pack. Nothing horrible but I would look elsewhere if you're looking for a hoppy pale ale.

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Photo of egrapplesberg
3.62/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy by dec172015 on the twelve oz bottle. Poured into my Sierra Nevada hop hunter pint glass. Amber in color with carb bubbles. One inch head that produces nice lacing. Smell is soapy citrus and malty. Bitter citrus up front but surprisingly malty compared to smell. Certainly not a bad beer but nothing I'd spend money on again. Cheers!

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Photo of hophugger
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice golden, mostly clear color with minimal head and spotty, clingy lacing. Aroma is hoppy pine and not much else. Taste is slightly watery, yet yields a decent hippy, citrusy flavor. A little off balance, but still refreshing and crisp..

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Photo of pat61
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Pours orange amber with a slight haze under a 3” sudsy white foam cap. After it settles down the cap produces thick ledges of lace. It has some floaties which are disconcerting but do not appear to efftct the flavor. S: Not a lot of hop aroma or flavor T: Some light fruit, a little caramel, but these flavors are not assertive. A little caramel, fruit cake anise lurking in the background. The hops are a little more prominent as it warms. F: Very creamy but the body is almost watery and a little thin. Medium carbonation. O: A somewhat odd beer that may have age issues but I can’t tell because it has no bottle date.

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Photo of Buck89
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Burnt orange/copper hazy color with off white head that receded quickly. Aroma was soft, with orange, citrus and cedar. Taste was initially orange and bitter citrus with bready malt and not too sweet. Finish was clean, feel OK. Overall a solid APA.

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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.42/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head.
Aroma is citrus and flowers with a hint of biscuit.
Taste is pith and orange with a hint of lemon, slightly grassy and a hint of cracker.
Mouthfeel is a bit grainy.
Overall, not bad. Wouldn't go out of my way for another.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.39/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a brownish red with a creamy on finger off-white head. A sweet Carmel hop smell. Taste more of Carmel malt with a slightly bitter hop finish. The feel is pretty thin. Definitely a session. Light and refreshing.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orangish amber color with off-white head. Light pine, citrus, and some malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a nice balance between the resinous hop flavors and the malts.

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Photo of spoony
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz can (best by May 5, 2015) to a tulip. Reviewed from notes date March 10, 2015.

A-A normal pour produces about two fingers of eggshell colored head. The head is dense and retention is good. True the name, the beer is quite hazy and is a brassy, orange-copper color.

S-The aroma is somewhat watery, but there are some hops to be found. I smell orange, lime, grass, and a bit of mint. The malts are slightly buttery and lightly caramelized. Bitterness is lower for the style.

T-The taste tracks the smell. There is a moderate hop note that is dominated by orange flavor with buttery, caramel malts holding things together. The finish drops just a bit of spice (pepper, I think) and bitterness on my palate.

M-The carbonation is on the fine side and drinkability is high. The finish is clean.

O-Not a bad beer here, but nothing to write home about. Just an unremarkable, fairly well-balanced IPA. If there is a high point to this beer it is the mouthfeel; this thing is very easy drinking.

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Photo of fscottkey
3.61/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: [4.00] Beer is a nice rusty orange to brown color. The pour didn't produce much of a head. The bottle lists an enjoy by date 3/17/15 (it is in bright yellow and very easy to read) but no listed ABV.

S: [3.00] Not a strong nose. I am picking up just hints of malt.

T: [4.25] I get nice malt character with caramel up front. There is some hoppiness on the finish - but it is not overly assertive.

M: [3.50] The mouthfeel is smooth with an elevated level of carbonation.

O: [3.50] It would be easy to session this beer. It has a nice neutral flavor that makes it very drinkable. It has a weak nose - but the flavor is still really decent. I would buy a 6er of this and share with friends. This is one that a BMCer might enjoy.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy yellow/orange color with an off white head that fizzed away rather quickly and did not trail the glass. The smell was very faint with only some hops coming through in some grass scents. The taste was nice with grass, grapefruit, and some orange peel coming through from the hops, but it didn't last and I wasn't a fan of the aftertaste which was sticky sweet. Overall it was good, but I would have preferred more hop flavor.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, almost completely opaque, deep, dark, mahogany/copper color, speckled with orange highlights and a finger and a half of white-colored head that slowly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Nice aromas of bready, toasted malt up front, imparting notes of freshly baked biscuits and pretzels. I also get notes of caramel, honey, black pepper, a touch of dried stone fruit, such as raisins and prunes, and a touch of grassy, citrusy hops.

Taste: Very nice! Lots of bready, toasted malt up front, followed by some caramel, honey and brown sugar-like sweetness, some black pepper, coriander and some beautifully balanced, citrusy, piney, grassy, hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and nicely effervescent, as there is quite a bit of carbonation. With an ABV of 4.85%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is another excellent Colorado beer, and another excellent beer from the Boulder Beer Company. It is beautifully balanced and tasty. Delicious!

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Photo of VirginiaBeerMan
3.34/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Light orange/yellow with moderate soapy white head, which dissipates to a lone ring on the edge of the glass
S - Very light hop citrus aroma, secondary hints of malt, and alcohol
T/F - Good, but weak hop flavor, almost no bitter, slightly earthy and no lingering aftertaste
O - Decent, easy drinking, but nothing outstanding here, a very slightly above average APA; good for those that don't enjoy a strongly hopped beer

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Photo of 57md
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%

Light copper color. Nice hop quality to the nose. The malt in the flavor profile is present but thin. The finish is modestly hoppy.

Sessionable but nothing thrilling here.

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Photo of barczar
3.74/5  rDev +2.7%

A little past its prime, but...

Retains an aroma consisting of resin, pine, grapefruit, and a slightly sweet caramel malt backbone. Flavor reveals deeply toasted malt and caramel, nutty tones at the base, with a moderately bitter finish. Notes of grapefruit and tangerine add complexity. Hop dominant in aroma and flavor, with enough malt character to attract the non-hoppy crowd. The finish is floral hop heavy. A nice compromise between malt and hop character.

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Photo of dcscientist
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Holy hops Batman. This was way too hoppy for me, though admittedly I'm not a fan of really hoppy beers. Those that enjoy the style rave about this beer, but it wasn't for me.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The brew is served a rather golden amber color with a nice two finger head of white foam. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is biggest of a pale malt smell with a good showing of a bready aroma. Along with these smells is a light fruity sweetness as well as a moderate showing of hops with both a pine and floral nature being there.

Taste – The taste begins with a somewhat sweeter malt taste with some lightly toasted bready tastes as well as a light fruit sweetness of apricot and orange that were detected from the nose. As the taste advances the sweeter fruit gets replaced by a more caramel like sweetness with some hops coming to the tongue with a grapefruit and pine like nature being the heaviest. Further along to the end of the taste, a floral hop taste comes to the tongue as well as a bit of the sweeter fruit coming back to the taste to leave a rather pleasant, moderately hopped and slightly sweeter pale ale flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather average in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average as well. Both are nice for the more moderate blend of hop, malt and sweet and make for a very easy drinking feel overall.

Overall – A quite easy drinking and enjoyable pale ale. Nothing crazy out of the ordinary, but rather tasty none the less.

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