Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hazed Hoppy Session AleHazed Hoppy Session Ale

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Quaffer on 10-12-2002

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Reviews: 879 | Ratings: 2,046
Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Above average pale on tap at Underground Bluz II in Orlando, Florida. Nice appearance with bubbles. Good hops, clean and crisp. Great floral pine aroma from hops. Very drinkable smoothness, some fruit juice sweet fruit flavours, cirusm, pineapple grapefruit.

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Photo of GRG1313
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark hazy amber with a nice white head. Assertive lemon skin citrus nose that goes to ripe pinapple. Nice nose; the dry hopping is apparent.

Mouthfeel is medium with a rich semi-creamy character that is appealing. Flavors are bright and assertive but fall just short of a real "hop head" beer.

Flavors are pleasantly bitter and pleasant and with a nice grapefruit skin/pine resin finish - all medium in nature and really don't hit you over the head like some. A decent very drinkable example but falls short of the huge hop brews.

Actually very nice for someone getting into hops or for the person that likes hops and hop character but doesn't want the over the top bitterness or hop character. Nice beer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy amber color with a 1 inch off-white head that fades to a thin cap. Random legs and drips of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells solely of fresh hops: citrus zest, pine trees, and herbal aromas. Interestingly, the taste of the hops is subdued with malt flavors taking over. There is also a slight metallic taste that I assume is from the can. Mild hop bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a medium body with a bubbly but slightly thick moutfeel. Overall, the metallic taste and subdued hop flavors are not very good. I am not too sure I would get this one again. My first beer from Boulder.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a real good beer, more along the lines of an ipa than a straight pale ale. pours distinctively hazy as the name implies, with a 2 inch white head that leaves some lacing. smell is fruity and evergreen hops in equal proportions, without much malt to balance out the nose. flavor is more balanced, but still a hop bomb by all counts. very high pitched fruity notes define the hop profile, more than just citrus, although the zesty vibe is definitely there. very crisp in the finish. feel is very brightly carbonated, maybe too much so for the style, but it works perfectly here. medium body, maybe a bit more. a lot of these can be filling, but its a good beer to start the evening with. overall an excellent off-beat pale ale at a very reasonable price. i dont like it as much as the hazed and infused, which i think stands as one of the more memorable and distinctive colorado india pales, but this one is a little easier drinking. they do a good job of not sacrificing the flavor when reducing the booze on it. solid.

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Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Liked the idea of the name here so I grabbed a bottle to try. The beer poured out as a hazy yellow color with a white head. The lacing didn't really do too much. The smell was a little hoppy and had some malts in the background a slight floral aroma was there too. The taste was mostly hoppy but nothing too strong in flavor. This brew reminded me a little bit of Boulder's Mojo. They both kind of fall apart in the end. The mouthfeel was pretty light and drinkable. Overall it's an ok beer, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light copper in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that has good retention properties.
S: There are light aromas of citrus and pine resin hops in the nose.
T: The taste has a light amount of bitterness with flavors that are similar to the smell along with some notes of caramel malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and relatively crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to consume and the taste is quite flavorful.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Terrificic for sytle. Very floral. Low malt. Low alcohol. But both noticable.
Appearance: Nice copper to golden color. Not much in the head, but well carbonated. A lively beer.
Taste: Nose starts off well. Overwhelming grassy and earthy flavors, again good for style. Body falls a bit weak, and finishes a bit weak and metalic. Hops remain but disipate evenly, leaving the beer a bit too salty.
Aftertaste: weak, metalic. But hop character reamins. Little sweetness, not too dry, not too tacky.
Impression: A nice summertime beer for thirst quenching. Nice beer to pick up along the way, but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer was on clearance at my local store ($6.99/12)

I'm a sucker for a good deal so I tried it out. Aroma and smell are hops galore, and tastes like an IPA for sure. After more inspection, I realize it's only a pale ale and has a much lower ABV than you would imagine. It's almost like a low alcohol IPA (or NA IPA if you will). Besides the lack of ABV, the rest of the beer is damn good.. hoppy taste and very drinkable, plus what a good deal I got, damn!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from the local Whole Foods in suburban Denver.

This beer pours a slightly hazy medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of loosely foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some attractive spackled random polygon lace around the glass as things bleed off.

It smells of somewhat dank floral hops, clammy, slightly toasted bready and biscuity caramel malt, and some further stale grassy, weedy essences. The taste is more or less a continuation of the same - cludgy, clammy pale biscuity and caramel malt, underwhelming floral and citrus notes, and a withering earthy mustiness.

The carbonation is mildly astringent, a guise that it keeps up with a persistent glee - the body medium-light in weight, and so-so smooth, that ingrained pithiness not content to give it up just yet. It finishes off-dry, the touched bready malt ceded a sort of free rein in the absence of any hops that seem to still give a shit.

I was led to believe a whole lot more about the greatness of this offering than actually came to pass once I encountered it - there is nothing crisp, nor overly hoppy about it - blandness is the best word I have to proffer, which makes me sad by the same token - the marketing, and my introduction to it, perhaps built it up a bit too much. Oh well.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an acceptible head that leaves some sheets of lacing

Smell: Smells like a stroll through a Christmas tree farm; nice and piney

Taste: Starts out with a nice biscuity base but the bitter resins start to make an appearance after just a few seconds; after the swallow, it all breaks loose and a strong piney bitterness kicks in and pretty much overwhelms the malt; aspirin-like bitterness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Overwhelming bitterness for an APA and lacking in fruit

Thanks, oxymoron, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 0z. bottle pours out a pumpkin/orange color. It had a small head but still left some lacing. It smelled very hoppy. The hop flavor wasn't as strong as the smell. It tasted a little bit of herbs and citrus. The mouthfeel was crisp and sharp. It is quite drinkable. I would certainly recommend this beer to anyone.

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Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into weizen glass... other glasses were still drying off.

Pours a white pillow top head. Great lacing. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma is very hoppy. Hardcore floral aroma, just like an IPA. Taste not as bitter as I was expecting. Grapefruit with floral hops. Seems a little weak.

Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter, but mellows down quickly. Goes down pretty smooth leaving a very dry aftertaste. Seems well carbonated.

Overall, I was hoping the smell would reflect more on the taste. This beer was pretty easy to drink and I could definitely have another.

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Photo of nickfl
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with two fingers of off-white foam with a tinge of orange, the foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace. The body is a copper-orange color with good clarity.

S - Lots of fruity hops with notes of orange, grapefruit and a little bit of pine. Sugary malt aromas of toast and light caramel balance the hops.

T - Bready malt up front with some toast and caramel. Light hop flavors of pine and orange show up next but do not overpower the sweet, biscuit malt. Finishes with more bread-like malt, balanced by moderate bitterness and more orange hop flavor. Some lingering malt and orange flavors remain on the palate in the aftertaste with just a hint of hoppy tobacco.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a well balanced finish.

D - This is a nice, drinkable pale ale. I somehow remembered this beer being more intensely hoppy than it is, but is in the appropriate range for a pale ale. There really isn't too much to say about this beer, it is well balanced with a good hop aroma but relatively mild flavors. Drinkable, well balanced and uncomplicated; everything an APA should be.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured well... a hazed copper with a tinge of orange with a tight but thinner white head that stuck around for quite awhile.There is a nice herbal/piney hop profile in the aroma if not a little subtle it was pleasant I dectected a touch of caramel underneath as well.A well balanced pale with the piney.citric hop winning out by a narrow margin over the light caramel malt backbone.I think a real quaffing type ale flavorful,low in alc% and well balanced.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 9/27/2012. Pours lightly hazy golden orange color with a nice 2 finger dense light khaki head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice soapy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of orange, grapefruit, mango, pine, herbal, caramel, toast, and light earth. Very nice aromas with nice balance and complexity. Taste of grapefruit, orange zest, herbal, floral, pine, mango, caramel, toast, grass, and light earth. Fair amount of herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pine, herbal, floral, toast, grass, caramel, and light earth on the finish for a bit. Great hop flavor balance and complexity; with a good malt backbone. No cloying flavors at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice pale ale. Great hop flavor profile and flavor balance; and very smooth to drink as expected of 4.85%. No complaints here, very enjoyable stuff.

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Photo of jlindros
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I haven't reviewed this one yet, its pretty much a staple IPA if you can find it at a bar.

It pours a light fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a medium pace over mostly clear copper orange-red color.

The nose brings some nice hops, slightly spicy with a little pine, citrus, and a little fresh musty hop resin. Under that is a very light malty base with hints of crystal malt and pale, as well as a touch of yeast. Not as much on the hop end for aroma as I expected, but not bad.

THe taste brings some toasty flavors, with a slight crystal and pale malt taste. Also plenty of hops as expected, some light pine and citrus, a little mild grassy herbal hops, and a light chewy hop flavor. It's pretty clean and refreshing, and has some bitterness but not heavy bitter. It has a long bitter lasting finish, but not heavy bitterness, with a clean dry finish as well.

The mouth is slightly medium bodied but a little on the lighter side, with decent carbonation.

It has good drinkability, pretty much as sessionable as you can get for an APA, with a slight bitterness lingering, nice bitter taste though, and mostly dry on the finish, and at less than 5% abv I could drink plenty of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What first comes to mind for me is that this beer is very hoppy in flavor and aroma, but not overly bitter, which leaves it very drinkable! It's hazy orange-copper body is capped by a short head of frothy ivory foam that holds well and leaves nice splashes of lace about the glass. The nose is bright with floral, piney, and citrusy hops that override whatever malt is underneath. It's just mildly crisp and then smooth in the mouth with a very fine-bubbled, median carbonation; and a medium-light body. The flavor delivers more malt than the nose suggests (although there's a bit less than expected); and it's hop flavors ride silkily along atop a lightly caramelish and biscuity malt. It's nicely balanced to display its hoppy flavor atop a delicate maltiness and reigned-in bitterness. It's not an IPA, and yet it gives every impression of one except for the larger maltiness, heavier bitterness, and higher alcohol content. They've done an exceptional job of getting the hops in here; and I certainly hope that this beer isn't overshadowed by some of the bigger beers out there. It's drinkable, dammit!!! At 4.85%, you can have a few of these in one night. If you love hops it's not to be missed!

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Photo of chinchill
3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(Previously tried this on tap; pleased that the bottle replicates the high quality of that beer)

A - hazy (of course) orange/amber with a large, foamy, and long-lasting off-white head.

Excellent fresh nose and flavor. Detectable malt in aroma, but citrus hops are the primary component. Fresh and crisp with a modicum of fruit and floral notes. The citrus hops are very present in the initial taste too, with a more piney hoppiness in transition to bittersweet finish. Clear grapefruit rind bitterness in the aftertaste is largely absent, and not missed, in this ale. Rich, bold, fresh taste. Hop bitterness is nicely, but incompletely, countered by some sweet malt, making it highly drinkable for such a hoppy brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper, with 2 fingers of eggshell-white head. This retains with a thin foaminess, yet this has quite a robust flare-up to it, leaving back a latticework of thick swathes of lacing. The aroma smells floral and leafy, with a moderately bright citric feel to the nose. Underlying sweet graininess mixes in to give this a green tanginess in the nostrils.

The taste is bitter with citrus flavors, surrounded on the edges by a leafy and herbal feel (which picks up even more as this warms). There is a rather pronounced toasted graininess here from the malts, which while offering up some sweetness, mostly lingers in the finish of this along with a dry and gritty pithiness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a soft and creamy feel along the back of the palate which then gets sharper the longer it sits on the tongue. There is some slickness to the feel, which helps keep this relatively easy overall in the mouth.

This was a decent Pale with some potential but it just never really did cut loose like it seemed to want to. Maybe there was a little too much of an herbal feel and toasted presence here that negated much of that fresh feeling citric bitterness that was present. This was certainly drinkable but there was nothing overly special about this one.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.8/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color with a large foamy off-white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very hoppy with sweet compliments of citrus and caramel.

T: The taste is very well-balanced, with a strong hops bitterness, smoky caramelized malts and the sweetness of citrus. Although the hops flavor is the more dominant one, all of the flavors compliment each other quite nicely. The after-taste is hoppy, bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, very clean finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, nice representation of style and of the best APA’s that I’ve had, I could drink a lot these, it’s the perfect beer to drink all evening long.

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Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Coarse white head on an orangy amber beer. Quite acidic, even a touch of sour. Hops come on slowly after a good bit of aroma. Some malt but overall a thin mouthfeel. Hints of sharp fruit flavors like orange peel. Nose of muffins and fresh newspaper print.

Has an element of harshmess. Very plain hops. Just seems to have a plodding dullness. Last stretch of the aftertaste is more like dishwater. Not one of my favorite breweries, I am finding.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: bottle from Pinocchio's, Media, PA

A: Bright copper, slightly hazy, nice white head.

S: Crisp citrus, clean floral notes.

T: The hops hit you right away but are quickly balanced by the malts, and a subtle floral quality ties it all together.

M: Light-medium body, crisp, medium carbonation.

D: Pretty easily drinkable.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.72/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber body filled with scattered particles and topped with big, fluffy white head.

Smell: Booming, resiny aroma of pine-infused potpourri and dried citrus fruits with just a very slight amount of caramel hiding under all those hops.

Taste: Citrus flavors build atop the assertive hop bitterness and earthy undertones. Minimal toasted caramel malt flavor is thoroughly crushed by the hops and the long chalky, bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body with a high level of fine carbonation.

Drinkability: While I guess I can't fault this beer too much for trying to go "LOOK! L@@K at ME!!" I have to acknowledge the big blank spot when it comes to any malt to balance out the hops.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazed rustic orange with bright lemon highlights, capped by a generous head of orangish beige that is as rocky as the name of the brewery that gave it life. This APA looks even more impressive as the crown melts unevenly and scattershot chunks of lace begin to stick to the glass.

I don't even need to get my nose over the glass (dry hopping is the absolute greatest thing since sliced bread). Fantastic nose of summer sunshine bright, citric hops. Crystal and Centennial have been aromatized for your olfactory enjoyment! I could sit and smell this beer for hours. One of the handful of great APA noses. Ever.

The flavor is a small step down; possibly because the body doesn't quite hold up its end of the bargain. Of course, what I'm asking for is probably more along the lines of an IPA rather than the stated style. Bitter grapefruit pith, orange zest and pine sappy hops hit like a flock of screaming eagles, but don't quite have time to sink their talons in to the hilt before they begin to be washed away.

Don't get me wrong, Hazed & Infused is still wonderful beer. It's just that with a nose like a Greek goddess and an inspired choice of hops, it could have been one of the best APAs in the world if it had a bigger, more luxurious body. Hell, it might be anyway. Boulder's Looking Glass line is home to some mighty delicious beer.

When one first glimpses the Hazed & Infused label, one might be Intrigued & Amused. After one bottle, one might be Impressed & Enthused. After six, one might be Dazed & Confused. And after twelve, one might end up Concussed & Contused. Highly recommended.

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Photo of russpowell
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 22oz bomber into a New Belgian Pils/Flute glass (Blasphemy, I know)

Pours a slightly hazy dark amber with a massive 2.5" sand colored head that held up almost all the way down the glass. Superior lacing.

Tons of piney and more predominant citrusy hops. Not much else breaks through, but who cares, just a feast for the nose

Taste: Fruitness up front that is quickly overwhelmed by dryness and the hop onslaught: Citruss up front and then pineyness.

Smooth, well carbonated, but a little out of balance, more malt please!

Tastes really fresh and drinkable, but just a tad too hoppy to make this a session brew. On my regular rotation to be sure!

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