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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Photo of Sammy
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +9.1%
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 GRG1313
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -17.6%
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 djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.12/5  rDev +13.2%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 biboergosum
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
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 BEERchitect
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of zeff80
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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 superspak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of mothman
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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 NeroFiddled
4.34/5  rDev +19.2%
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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