Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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84
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2,055 Ratings
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Hazed Hoppy Session AleHazed Hoppy Session Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 10-12-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
2,055
Reviews:
879
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
226
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 2,055 |  Reviews: 879
Photo of McNealc31
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The cloudy copper and frothy head are inviting, and floral and citrus hops let you know very early it’s an IPA. The caramel malt is a nice touch so that there is some substance other than hops.

Surprisingly smooth and drinkable for the style and the amount of hop kick. Outstanding lacing. Extremely dry finish.

Overall, I think it’s fine. There’s nothing here that makes me want this instead of any other IPA.

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

Poured into a pint glass. Reviewed alongside Stone Pale Ale.

A: Clear amber with three-finger, white, foamy head that lasted a few minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Caramel malt and strong pine and citrus hop smell.

T: Moderate sweetness and light hop bitterness. Kind of floral and minty. Pine hops are there too. Interesting.

M: Light to medium bodied with soft carbonation. Silky feel. Nice.

O: Because of the silky mouthfeel and the piney hop flavor, I liked this beer slightly more than the Stone Pale Ale.

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Photo of milkjunkie666
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is a deceptively average beer, though it has strong floral scents and sweet smooth silky body, its nowhere near the beer i was expecting when i bought the 9 dollar sixer, as it is dressed in pretty clothes, but good marketing but it may have ultimately sunk this ship, had it come in a less distracting plain can or something i might have liked it more, which isnt saying much about my easily influenced persona, ooh pretty colors! any way you serve it, be it glass or bowl, it comes up a little short, but still an alright beer, hence the C score.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in tulip.

A: Pours a lovely amber that is actually quite clear. Shifts between ruby red and golden straw depending on the light. Big fluffy eggshell head. Above average retention. Leaves some lace.

S: Fresh pine. Mint. Herbal aroma. Some citrus here are there. Sweet caramel hiding in the background.

T: Pine sprigs and sweet honey. grassy hops. Caramel malt. Hint of butterscotch.

M: Medium body. Silky feel.

O: Very solid beer. At 4.85% it's an easy quaffer. Love that it's now available in cans.

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Photo of DEdesign57
3.94/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber in color. Produces a very large white foamy head. Hazy but but your still able to see through of held to the light.

Smell: This is by far the most impressive in my opinion. The smell of full if hop aroma, citrus, some earthy notes, but mostly full front hops. Smells very refreshing and welcoming. This is all due to the crystal and centennial hops that they INFUSE into it.

Taste: At first the taste is very much like the smell. That means that you get the hops up front with the citrus notes in between. Some mild sweetness and grains in the taste but its mostly about the hops. The taste gets somewhat blander as time goes on and the beer warms up.

Mouth-feel: Some carbonation but over all very smooth and somewhat dry but the dryness is not noticeable really.

Overall: This is a very decent beer. This beer is like when you first open a can of coke and taste your first sip. At first its very refreshing but as time goes on it starts to dim away slightly.The beer still taste good but doesn't retain the hop freshness for to long. Sold B in my book and very drinkable.

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Photo of magine
3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Pours a cloudy, 'hazed' deep tea like amber. Has a massive fluffy dense light tan colored head. Tremendous looking head and lace remains. Excellent looking brew.

Brew smells of caramel malts and has a nice citrus and earthy hop presence. Good nose on this one.

The brew is clean but a bit unbalanced leaning towards sharp. Some decent malts and nice citrus and fruit hops. Has some earthy bitters as well. Some light oil resin. Good flavors and finishes slightly dry. This brew could use some more malts to balance the flavors and the feel. A good tasting brew, just missing the higher end scores because of the sharpness and lack of malts.

This is a tremendous looking apa, great color, head and lacing. It just leaves you a bit disappointed with the carbonation and thinner feel. Nice hops, just unbalanced. Very sessionable, and still a good beer though.

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Photo of BEERME528
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light brownish color and left an attractive mound of foam on top that lingered. Could have sworn I smelled a hint of apples among with other fruity flavors. The taste was great. There are clearly multiple fruit flavors in there but it is not over the top and you can still look like a man drinking it. Went down great. No complaints.

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Photo of abgba121
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy light amber with very thin head but good retention

S: very sweet and caramel like, a very slight touch of hops

T: Sweet up front, with fruity notes, very little hop presence, slightly bitter finish

M: medium body, low carbonation

O: a decent beer to try, though won't buy again. The taste is too bland and not very interesting.

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Photo of gestyr
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint

A: A nice amber hazy color with a small head that leaves lacing

S: Hops, floral, spicy, malty

T: Spicy hops with fruity and floral notes. Nice malt backbone. Some caramel with lingering bitterness

M: Light bodied and goes down smooth

O: A nice APA. Smooth and flavorful, I would buy again. Would go well with some grilled chicken

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a 16-oz pint glass at Mikro in Hamden, Conn.

A: Hazy, medium copper amber with a thin head of creamy white foam which left a nice trail of lace on the glass.

S: Nice whiff of herbal, spicy, almost minty hops to go with a thinly veiled fruity malt aroma.

T: Clean, semisweet and dry caramel malts up front that lend some fruity apple and pear notes to the palate before a rush of dry, bitter hops comes through to dry things out quickly. The finish is clean, slightly spicy and bitter with a creamy, albeit a tad thin aftertaste.

M: Clean, medium-bodied and a little thin in some places, there's a little creaminess to balance the bitter, quickly fading hop prickle.

O: A well-crafted and pretty balanced APA that trends towards the dry and hoppy side. A nice accompaniment to my curry wings and sessionable with enough crowd-pleasing flavors at 4.85% ABV. I'd pick it up for a general get-together in a pinch.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

Let's have another random taste at Bliss, shall we? This one pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of lightly dirty white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit, pine, orange zest, lemon peel, very light lime zest, very light caramel, and plenty o' flowers. Not bad-smelling at all. The taste comes in very similarly, focusing on the pine and flowers, and bringing in some dark greens and a bunch o' balsa planks. It's almost too hoppy for its own good. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a very dry finish. Almost too dry. Overall, an okay pale, but they went too far with the hops without thinking about what they would do in tandem with each other. (In other words, there needs to be a helluva lot more balance in here for it to really work).

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

Amber color with white head. Aroma was slightly floral and pine. Actively carbonated. Hops bitterness is definitely less than in typical IPA. Medium bodied with a dry finish and tase had a bit of malt and citrus.
Overall, a satisfying American Pale Ale that was very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of jameswaldo
2.65/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass, I poured a pretty hazy dark amber, SRM 16 on my chart, with creamy persistent head that left a fine sticky haze.
But where are the hops smell? Sniffing hard, I get hardly any hops aroma at all. Taste, too, is just barely bitter, with none of the bitter aftertastes I like in a good IPA. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated, so attenuated you might think this is a diet beer. Can't see this as hoppy enough to merit the fridge space I reserve for Indian Pale Ales, tho for a mild American pale ale it's not bad, and would serve well for those averse to hops bitterness.

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Photo of CuttDeez
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a snifter

A - A cloudy darker amber body with a fluffy white head.

S - Resin and big pine smell with some slight citrus undertones. Bi malty sweetness on the back end.

T & M & D - Very smooth and easy with malty sweetness (some caramel) and pine on the front end - earthen and rustic. It opens to some slight citrus and clean finish that is not too bitter at all. Decent carbination and medium bodied feel with a good clean finish.

O - An interesting beer with a great smell. Very smooth and easy to drink. Have one.

-Cheers

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled pint glass at Brixx in Charlottesville. From notes. Reviewed 18 July.

A: Little head, with a surprisingly dark brown body. Translucent, but nothing but light can be seen through it.

S: Gentle hops. Citrus? Not much else.

T: Hrm. Quite strange...vegetal. Not bad, but just plain plant-like. Hoppy/chewy with a lightly dry endtaste. The maintaste is similar.

M: In gulps, excellent! Full and carbonated; nice.

O: Nothing I'd drink again, but it's alright -- not precisely recommended, but highly drinkable. IPAish, with strong hints of tea.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a cloudy copper, arrived with no head. Nose picks up a floral hops aroma, but nothing else. Taste is again floral hops with mild to little bitterness and a light malty finish, becomes a more nutty finish as the beer warms. Little carbonation leaves this beer medium bodied and dry.

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Photo of Forb
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Jake's Cigars and Spirits - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Copper haze is the character presented with a sturdy fluff of a creamy head. Looks delicious and appealing in it's tulip.

Smell: Complexity; a collection of many fruit and floral aromas gives this one a great first impression.

Taste: Citrus fruit notes complement the earthy floral elements amid a low malt but still present taste.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth and creamy on tap. A delicious beer that I could keep drinking all night.

Overall: A great pale ale. Will be going back to this one over and over again.

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Photo of jmvecchio1
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed and Infused pours out hazy orange and copper in color with a nice thick white head. The beer has a nice amount of carbonation that leads to a nice bubbly lace on the beer.

The smell is a balanced blend of grapefruity citrus and piney aroma hops. This comes from a blending of Nuggett, Willamette, Crystal, Centennial, Plus Crystal, and Centennial hops in this beer.

On the first sip you get citrusy hop goodness with a piney dry hop finish. We will say that the malts are almost absent in this beer, despite it being an American pale ale style. The mouthfeel is medium to light with a good amount of carbonation on the tongue. The sip’s finish comes with a light dose of bittering hop oil.

For hop-heads, this is an extremely drinkable/sessionable beer. But at the same time, you may feel the beer falls short of a solid IPA status.

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Photo of Mit
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear read colour with minimal to no head.

Mild grapefruit notes...some malt smells coming through.

Hmmm....the malt flavours come through first....some hop flavours come through. Not super controversial but it's a sub 5% beer so that may contribute to the lack of complexity.

Fairly thin even at 4.5% alcohol.

Overall it was fairly unremarkable. Not a bad beer but def not my first choice.

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Photo of Eldalonde
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark caramel color with a flufly pillowy head that diminishes slowly.

S - Smells of hops! Lots of floral aromas, some earthy notes.

T - The flavor is definitley floral tones with some sweet caramel hidden in the background.

M - A little thin on the palate perhaps, but this is only a APA, not some big chewy DIPA

O - Not the most mind blowing beer out there, but it's still pretty good and a nice beer on a warm sunny day.

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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 nicksta
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The beer looks and smells great. The colors fade through translucent browns and reds and golds. Decent lacing and a thin head stick around. The smell is citrus. Orange and lime. Pine. Spice and malt with floral hops. The taste has the same citrus fruits and spice from the smell. Great hops are there, too. It's bitter but balanced perfectly by the smooth finish. Clean enough. The mouthfeel is outstanding. It's velvet in your mouth. Best American Pale Ale I've had yet.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazed and Infused has a body that is a dark, burnt orange color and is just a bit hazy. The off-white head is a finger thick and very solid looking, which leads to some pretty good retention and lacing.

The aroma hinges on a good bit of citrus and pine, with biscuit and caramel malt behind it.

Hops jump the the forefront of the flavor right away. Grapefruit and orange lead off and they lend a fairly bright hop flavor to the beer. I would say that the pine flavor that brings a ton of bitterness with it is probably more powerful than the citrus. Big, balancing sweet caramel malt rounds things out, with a good bit of biscuit.

Pretty substantially sized body, almost chewy, with moderate carbonation.

Hazed and Infused is a solid APA.

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Photo of xtremejammn
3.81/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My grocery store recently expanded the beer selection, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Had 5 bucks left, decided this would be a better investment than gas.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, light-caramel brown. Nice thick frothy head that lasts long enough. The bottle itself? Too gaudy for my taste, then again I'm not much for psychedelics so I guess it's not my place to judge. As for the beer itself, I like it.

Smell: Smells grassy and floral, also a bit "bitter smelling." Nothing I haven't encountered before with other dry hopped ales, but not bad.

Taste: Tastes floral and grassy (again) as well as a little bitter, more bitter than your average pale ale, but not IPA bitter. There's a slight metallic taste to it, but it's very minute and easily ignored.

Mouthfeel: This ones on the other side of the coin, it's between flat and average bubbly-ness. Very, very smooth.

Bottom line: If you like pale ales (or IPA's) I say give it a try. I certainly enjoyed it. Have a good one mi amigos.

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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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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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