Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hazed Hoppy Session AleHazed Hoppy Session Ale

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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Added by Quaffer on 10-12-2002

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Photo of orlandomag
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served from a 12oz brown bottle into a .47L snifter.

Pours a nice amber with a small tanish head.

When you first smell it there is a sugary sweetness most present in the nose, but with more time you start to pick apart the apricot and berries notes.

The first taste is bitter, yet malty. The dry hopping presents a lot of bitterness but seems mostly for the floral nose.

The mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation. Easy to drink.

This isn't a beer I drink very often as I feel it's a bit heavy on the taste and bitterness but it does get the job done when neccessary. Above average.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Puchased in Boston, MA. Enjoyed in Ottawa, Canada.

Poured a nice amber, slightly hazey with a wonderfull head and lacing on my Maudite Glass.

Smell: A bit less smell than I'd expect from a dry-hopped ale. But, pleasent hop aroma, not overpowering at all.

Taste: Very nice, smooth with enough bitterness to create some lingering at the back of the tongue. The malt is low but present. I find it standard, enjoyable and certainly a nice beer.

Overall, a nice easy drinking but yet flavorful beer but not my fav.

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

Presented in a brown 12 oz. bottle with a tripped out label and poured aggressively into a Delirium Tremens goblet. Part of the Looking Glass Series of specialty beers. Who's the master brewer? Alice?

Pours a hazed apricot color with a massive, off-white, three-finger head with good retention and excellent lacing. Aromas of caramel malt, brown sugar and citrus peel.

Opens malty with notes of caramel and brown sugar, followed by generous waves of peppery bitterness. Well carbonated with a thin-bodied feel. Crystal and Centennial hop infusion comes into play. Suggestions of pine and lemon citrus surface. Finishes dry and moderately bitter. Nice APA with above average drinkability. Go ahead, take a trip through the looking glass.

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

Poured into my Surly pint glass. A clear, dark, reddish orange color. Lots of carbonation bubbles that lead to a one finger head that reminds me of sea foam. Lace is probably gonna stick around.

Smell is very bready with just a hint of citrus notes. Maybe a tangerine. Just a bit sweet.

Taste almost mirrors the smell. The yeast or bread hits the pallet first followed by a weak attempt at a hop bill. It is almost as tart as it is bitter. Fairly sweet. I just noticed that the bottle says Apr 26 2011. I am pretty sure that is a fresh until date. So this may be (and I remember it being) a bit more on the bitter hop side when it is fresh.

Mouth is a bit watery for my taste, but not to bad for an APA. Carbonation is a little hyper, to the edge of being soda like.

Overall I must say that this beer is not at all great for me. What I do think this beer is, and should be used for, is a stepping stone for the Adjunct Lager guy (or girl) to find their way into the wonderful world of hand crafted IPA's and DIPA's. Not a bad summer session beer for anyone though.

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

Hadd on tap at the denver airport. Pours a deep amber/copper with a decent head. Leaves a decent amount of lacing as its being drunk. some malt and hop on the nose but nothing too strong.

Nice citrusy and floeal hops in the mix on the taste balanced very well with delicate malt flavors. Good light to medium body with a very crisp finish.

Overall very drinkable and definitely one I will be going back to when looking for a really solid APA.

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Photo of IronLover
3.56/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled from a can with no apparent freshness date. Dirty copper orange with a deep haze. Poured with an impressive fizzy, off-white foam that reduced to a healthy cap. Decent sticky lacings on the glass. Citrus arange and lemon aromas with a light sweet malty aroma beneath. Smooth and oily feel. On the thinner side of medium bodied with nice carbonation. Light citrus orange and lemon flavors that are well balnaced with ligth malty flavors. Clean, crisp, semi-dry finish. Very easy to drink, light and r refreshing. But generally not unusual.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass; nice amber /dark copper color, decent head that laces a little bit.

Smell is slightly fruity (not sour) with a hint of malt sweetness, almost like malt extract (not overly sweet, but that scent). Light bitter notes.

Taste relatively smooth, well balanced mix of caramely malt sweetness (still kind of picking up some malt extracty flavors) with mild fruity hop flavor.

Mouthfeel is solidly balanced good mix of carbonation and flavors on the tongue.

Overall, i thought it was off on the scent, but the flavor, mouthfeel and appearance pick it back up.

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Photo of FattyJLE
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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

A - Hazy, bronze/orange with a white head and good lacing.

S - Very little aroma, but I can just make out the smell of sweet dried fruits and citrus.

T - Citrusy and mildly bitter hops. Slight hint of citrus rind. No off flavors present, but not a lot of desired flavors either.

M - Moderate carbonation but the body is too watery.

O - All in all I was disappointed by this beer. Very little flavor and a watery mouthfeel. On the other hand, this would make for a very drinkable session beer. However, there are other sessions I would definitely choose before this. Would not have again.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Split a can with my brother, pours a nice hazy amber gold with a finger of head that dissipates into a lacy film.

Nose reveals the dry-hopping, but it's still relatively subdued - citrus comes out, maybe a touch of pine.

A taste is prickly up front, mellow malt body, not overly sweet - good light orange zest bitterness. Carbonation is alright, but the body is a little thin towards the end of a sip.

Weaker elements still combine into a really drinkable brew. Refreshing and just bitter enough.

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Photo of SteelersX
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have had this great session beer in the Can, bottle, and draft.
Not sure which I prefer. Maybe the can becasue of the cost and I have never had a bad can but I have had bad bottles

The head is fluffy white and the beer pours cloudy/hazy.

The aroma is hops with some residual malty aroma
C- hops for sure (I hope)

Body is thin but there is a lot of flavor for a fairly low alocohol beer. Great hoppy flavor and a malty backbone. almost bready in the finish.

This is a drinker for a long day of bar-b-que and hanging out with friend but be sure to buy enough because it goes quick.

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

A – Raspberry ice tea. Nice white head stands 1 finger high with great retention.

S – Woody hop character. Touch of orange. Slightly brighter than the bottle.

T – Pine hop. Orange zest. Medium roast malt with a light bready character.

M – Better carbonation than the bottle. Woody bitter note on the back end.

O – Noticably fresher than the bottle.

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Photo of Smurfe
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Just saw this on the shelf at the grocery. Is new to my area. Read the reviews here while trying my first glass. Reviews are pretty spot on. Pours a hazy orange color. Hop aroma is very prevalent. Centennial is prominent for me. Thick off white to light amber head. Fantastic lacing. Taste has a slight sweetness behind the bready/malty taste. The overall flavor is a bit on the weak side. Will re-evaluate when it gets closer to room temps. Possibly a bit too cold now to let flavor potential fully shine. Mouth feel is decent with moderate to higher carbonation. Overall a very enjoyable beer that has great session-a-bility. No regrets on purchasing a six pack and will buy again.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.29/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to optimator13. Served in a Half Acre pint glass. Best before June 22, 2011.

A - Pours with a voluminous off-white foam that slowly dissipates leaving glass-coating lace. Lightly hazed copper-amber body. Pretty much reference quality for the style.

S - Pine, hint of lemon zest, soap, and a bready malt backbone.

T - Taste is a slightly understated, with some light malt sweetness and perhaps a touch of floral hops. There's a vaguely mineral note in the finish, but it's not overly strong.

M - Crisp, and slightly overcarbonated. Medium-light body, slightly grainy texture.

D - This is pretty decent and largely inoffensive. Might be a touch better fresh off the line, but it's mostly just an average APA.

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

Had on-tap at Old Chicago Fort Collins. Arrived in a shaker pint with a thin half finger band of head with tight parchment colored bubbles over a slightly hazy body of dark copper/amber. Pretty good retention through the drink leaving spots of lacing on the glass.

Fairly light smell especially for a dry hopped beer, honey and bready malts in the nose pierced occasionally with some citrus and grassy hops. Grass character comes in slightly dank and earthy but the malt backbone appears prominetly in the aroma.

Light sweetness carried through by caramel and bready malts a creeping bitterness that never gets too strong but is resolved well at the end of the drink. Flashes of orange zest accompanied by bites of sharp sweetness. Primary hop flavor is of grapefruit blended with grass and orange peel.

Medium bodied and perhaps a little lacking in carbonation which would liven up the flavor. Malty aftertaste accompanied by bitterness slightly too sweet in some areas.

A well put together beer with a pleasant collection of citrus and grassy hops and balancing malt. Spiciness and hop flavor was rather sporadic in the drink which knows down the grade some. Still a good and sessionable pale ale offering.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice looking beer, amber-tan and slightly hazy, with a nice big foamy head, plenty of lacing, and plenty of rising bubbles.

Smells of a nice mixture of light fruits, crisp hops, and flavorful malts.

The taste is a bit floral, nicely hoppy too, with citrus rinds, a touch of pine, a little bit of grapefruit, and a blending balance of malt flavors.

The feel is pretty good. Light and easy to drink with a mildly bitter, grassy aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice beer that I rather enjoyed and would happily drink again.

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Photo of scarfield
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

App- Pours an amber from the bottle with a rocky head that measures about a 1/4 inch. Inconsistent lacing.

Smell- Citrusy hops, and once they subside a small bit of breadiness comes through.

Taste- hops are for sure there, not terribly complex, and to me they are reminiscent of pine or resin. There is a bit of sweetness that tries to come through as well. It balances well but the overall taste diminishes fairly quickly. I feel like something is off in the aftertaste, it tastes stale to me.

Mouthfeel- The beer is light and active in the mouth, but feels of a bit higher and thicker body than most pale ales.

Overall- Not a bad beer to sit down with, has enough taste to keep you interested in it.

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Photo of rsdaugherty
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Can into pint glass
A – Frothy off-white 2 finger+ head did not allow me to pour the whole can into the pint glass, left very nice lacing as it receded, and poured hazy slightly red amber 4.5
S – Primarily a hops & citrus nose, slightly grassy, very slight sweetness 4
T – Moderate pine hop. Slight orange citrus, caramel, and biscuit notes. Mild malt character fits this beer well; this brew is now on my best of pale ale list. 4.5
M – Light to moderate mouthfeel, moderate carbonation 3.5
O – Tasty with top notch drinkability, I want another. A prime candidate for the definition of a long session beer, a beer I will buy by the 12pack or case for events or general debauchery. 4.5

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Photo of Samp01
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy medium amber with nice long lasting tan head, good lacing. Aroma of earthy hops, light fruitiness and caramel malts. Taste is nice sweet caramel malts with some earthy hops, some light citrusy notes. Palate is medium body with good carboantion. Finish is citrusy earthy hops with a nice sweet caramel malt for balance. Overall a good easy drinking brew.

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Photo of aasher
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've had this many times in the past but never from a can. This can is courtesy of my buddy Dave (backfat), which really wasn't necessary. He gave it to me for running a bottle of Cantillon to him.

It pours a hazy orange on the verge of amber with a billowing two finger sudsy off white head. The head sat atop the pint glass for several minutes before crumbling upon itself. It's very hoppy for the alcohol percentage. In the nose you are hit with hops before getting honey and carmel malt. It's very dry and has some floral aspects to it. It's definitely appealing and very aromatic. The flavors aren't as sharp as they are out of the bottle. It's only lightly hoppy and has a good amount of malt to it. It's sweetness is comparable to honeycream. Something is off though. It's a mellower version of this beer from a bottle. The mouthfeel too is off. It's very watery and isn't crisp like it should be. This beer would normally give me cotton mouth but it's so watery that it's actually quenching my thirst. I do like this beer but perhaps the can does it detriment.

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Photo of younger35
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9am at the Denver Airport with a 2 hour layover. Might as well review an adult beverage. Drank from a generic pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a hazy dirty orange with a half finger bright white head. A spotty cap and decent collar is left along with a fair amount of random lacing.
Smell- Not the most potent nose in the business but light citric tones are noticeable. Hints of orange zest and peach come through with the lightest tinge of bready malt. Almost a wheaty smell as it has that sort of sweet doughy thing going on.
Taste- Nice light fruity hoppiness from the get go. The peach and orange hold true for the taste as well with but sort of sit backseat to the grapefruit. None of it is super potent or overly bitter but all in good balance with the light malt backbone. Almost caramely but very minimal.
Mouthfeel- Nice hefty body, especially for a lighter Pale Ale, with minimal carbonation that almost gives it a cask feel.
Drinkability- Not too shabby. At only about 5% it’s definitely drinkable and has a nice light fruity holiness that really sets the beer off. Very enjoyable and by far the best beer I've had in an airport.

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

Had this one on tap at the Oak Barrel Tavern...

A: Serves up a light copper red with an off-white head that leaves a lot of spotty lace.

S: Light caramel and bready malts; not as hoppy as I was expecting... on the nose, at least.

T: Light malt sweetness followed by a orange zest hoppiness; much more impressive than the nose would imply.

M: Medium-light mouthfeel with a higher carbonation.

O: Very drinkable and refreshing due to the zesty hop profile... Not too exciting, but an interesting spin on an APA. Lower abv is nice, too. Wish this came in cans -

*edit: Hold on... does it come in cans?

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Photo of Brianjames16
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a nice hazy amber color with a big frothy white head. A lot of bubbles rise to the top from the carbonation.

S- Right away I'm getting some light fruits from this one. Smells somewhat like apricots and light grapefruit. I'm getting a slight bitter hop aroma with a backbone of mild malts.

T- Once again on the taste I'm getting a nice light fruitiness followed by some slight hop bitterness. Nice mild and interesting flavors in this one.

M- Somewhat light body with a nice crisp and refreshing finish. Huge drinkability on this one.

O- Very pleased I picked up a six pack. Gos session beer with great flavor.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
2.73/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours an amber to light copper color with a nearly nonexistent white head. there is a bit of hop aroma when the can is opened but when poured into a glass its gone. there is little hop flavor and very little bitterness. the mouthfeel is light on carbonation and the beers is overall just a pretty big disappointment. will not buy again

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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