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

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Added by Quaffer on 10-12-2002

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Photo of brdc
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap while visiting Colorado.

Golden colored with a nice off white head. Aroma is very good, hoppy and fruity, with some floral notes.
Medium to light bodied, it is hoppy with a lot of fruits, but the bitterness is not prominent, and it is well balanced by an underlying sweet maltiness which increases its drinkability a lot.
It is very well balanced, and easy to drink. The freshness factor obviously helps a lot too.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a DFH Shaped pint glass

A: Pours a deep amber color that is slightly hazy with a large amount of thick head

S: Slightly fruity scent but nothing overpowering or terrible impressive

T: Very malty and carmelly flavor, deeper than what I would expect of a pale ale with a slightly smoked flavor

M: Very smooth on the tongue, no carbonation tingle, but overall pleasant

D: A bit heavy for a pale ale but the overall taste is nice and helps to make it more drinkable

Overall, a decent brew, a bit out of the norm of what i would expect for a pale ale but thats not a bad thing. Nice caramel and almost woody notes. I thought it was nice but probably wont buy it again

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Photo of ludachris
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ahh, the first beer after a month of sickness. Got this as a present from my mom's latest trip to Florida. Lets get to 'er.

The densely hazed (as implied by the name) gooey orange caramel hue makes the beer quite inviting as soon as you see it in the glass. One finger of cream coloured, fizzy head is yeilded after a fairly aggressive pour, leaving thick patches of filmy lace. Despite its haze, steady streams of carbonation are still visible.

The nose is fresh and clean. Very floral with pine needles and grapdefruit rhine adding to the hop profile. Notes of caramel and bready malts also make their way into the mix, fitting quite nicely and adding balance to the nose.

Clean and more simple in taste than the nose led me to believe. Fresh floral hops are just as prominent, but there's nothing else there to really match it. The pine and grapfruit notes reveal themselves in the end, making for a mediocre(in terms of both bitterness and flavour) finish. The malt character seems to have been washed away or diluted by the filmy, almost flat feel.

The mouthfeel is where this beer really lacked. I understand the ABV is lower than average, but it seemed watery through and through and in need of a greater amount of carbonation.

I will admit that I drank this bottle three months after its bottling date, but from the time I got it to now, I kept it in my fridge. It may not be at its freshest state so my review may be slightly skewed, but what the brewery seemed to try and do with this beer was make a sessionable APA with a big hop profile sufficient enough to satisfy the hop heads out there. For me, the sessionability (which stems from the thin mouthfeel and low ABV) takes away from the "massive secondary hop infusion" by diluting the whole experience, from smell to taste. I'd give it another go if I had a chance, but I can think of several Canadian-made APA's that will satisfy me for the time being.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Hazy, burnt-orange in color, with a big rocky head of white foam.
Aroma-Citrussy hops, pine
Taste-Nice onrush of hop flavor, pine and citrus, nicely balanced, great fresh flavor,not overly bitter.
Overall, tasty, well-balanced, and at 4.85ABV, a worthy session beer for hop lovers.

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

They keep gettin' younger, I stay the same age...

A grand ol' head sits hugely on the red tinted orange body.

Aroma is reliant on hops, massive aroma from the dry hopping.

Nice even taste centers on the lightly toasted malt and standard yeasts. The hop flavor does not come in the form of bitterness, it just tastes piney without being too bitter. A little citrusy, with some grapefruit/mellow lemon in there.

Evenly carbonated and frothy feel.

Delicious, well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of thebrood1987
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a very refreshing beer. This is a perfect beer to drink on a summer day even though its October now. It really does taste like an IPA light. It has a great aroma from that dry hopping that smells like oranges and just hoppy to put it plainly but the taste isn't really all that bitter. It has the hop taste but then the malt takes over which is an okay malt taste. Maybe a bit watery because of the low alcohol content??? but Samuel Adams Boston Lager is about the same abv and to me thats more full bodied and a better malt backing. The flavoring hops are nice and save this beer in my opinion. I guess its not that bitter because its a pale ale but Sierra Nevada I'd say I like better. The aroma is great but you don't drink the aroma. I'd say this is a perfect starting beer for people who want to either ease their way into IPA's or want the taste of leafy green hops without that bitterness.

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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 alkemy
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Despite the name, this pours a clear amber color with a fairly short off-white head that is reminiscent of mold growth...let that not be derogatory, the look was pretty enticing. I noticed a big pine aroma that faded into floral hops and then toasted malts. Scent was really inviting. I was initially in love with the taste, but on my second swig I noticed a soapy note. This wasn't detrimental as I felt it married itself to the pine and citrus in a pretty productive manner. Pretty refreshing with a clean finish for me. This is certainly not the best APA I've had, but it's a very solid beer.

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Photo of Reaper16
3.35/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

served on-tap at Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass

My two reviews tonight are going to be shorter than you've come to expect from me. "Quick hits," as it were.

Pours a tawny looking SAC Amber color (the color of caution light covers on automobiles). One finger of fairly dense looking white foam sits on top. No real lacing to speak of. Average.

Hazed and Infused has a very balanced nose. There is a nice, interesting hop profile - orange and basil and catnip and shrubbery - but there's as much biscuit malt as there is hops. The taste of this beer is equally as balanced. The hops provide a herbal flavor without ever being dominant or abrasive. It isn't bitter enough for my tastes. And it isn't like the malt profile is interesting. This is an average pale ale to me, nothing more.

Nice carbonation level. Not too prickly at all. Relatively thin body that still counts as medium-bodied. Low enough ABV% that you can drink this all night. And if you like really balanced pale ales then you certainly can session this. For me, this is not nearly interesting enough to ever order again.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a pleasant APA unfiltered and dry-hopped with Crystal and Centennial hops that opens with a heavy whipped cream head. Watch as it shimmers for a while. It has an inviting body of light amber and a nose of subtle lemon juice. The mouthfeel is crisp, pleasant and refreshing. (If you can find this on draft, get it.)

Hazed and Infused makes a welcoming quaff year round, be it the sultry summer or the brisk blast of autumn. Guess it's tim to book a trip to Boulder. Love the environmentalists and their gas-guzzling SUVs. But the beer is the thing, too.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lightly cloudy orange amber color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to skim around the edge. Patchy lacing.

S: Slightly sweet caramel malt. Citrus and a little pine.

T: Sweet caramel malt and biscuits up front. Citrus and pine flavoring hops in the middle. Even lingering bitter for a nice balance.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. A little resiny feel ahead of a bitter, CO2 crisped fininsh.

D: Very drinkable. Falvorful and balanced versus the hop-bombs (not that there's anything wrong with that) many APA's have become.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.44/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a long trail Vermont pint glass.

Pours an obviously hazy amber orange color with a thin white head with some light white lacing. Nose is great, it's fresh, hoppy and fresh with some mice vegital notes.

Taste is very malty with a nice hop bite on the finish. It's got a nice caramel malt profile with some real tasty fresh hop notes. Creamy full mouthfeel and very drinkable.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a date of Oct 11, 2010. Sampled on August 17, 2010. The pour is a murkey copper color with a quick burst of white head that disappears before establishing itself. Wild hops and a pine sensation grab the nose on first whiff. The body is medium to bold with a taste that has a slight hoppy bitterness along with an herbal, pine-like chaser. Not bad.

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Photo of Liverpool08
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper golden brown. Small white head. Aroma is faint with a trace of hops. First sip is malty with a nice biiter hop kick at the end. A nice pale ale. This one tends to lean toward the IPA side, but nevertheless comes out as a solid brew. VERY easy to drink, the biter lingers but doesn't keep you from drinking more. A very nice session Pale Ale that won't kill you taste buds with over hopped flavors. My first from this brewery, will seek out others.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: rich, dark orange hue with a very slight haze and three fingers of dense ivory foam. Head retention is excellent, and big hunks of chunky lace are left on the glass as I drink. This one is a real looker.

Smell: sweetish malt aroma dominated by hops which are at first citrusy and then fall into a deeper, earthier category. I love it at first but there is a vegetabley tinge toward the end of which I'm not so fond. Still, quite good.

Taste: dry malt flavor with a bit of biscuit to the malt. Citrus character is all gone in the flavor, but so is the vegetabley thing I didn't like. Earthiness complements the dry biscuity malt flavors well. It's really a rather different experience than the aroma, and I rather like it.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a moderate level of carbonation. It's not great but it gets the job done.

Drinkability: refreshing and quite tasty. The bitterness builds on the palate, but not in a bad way. It stays quite drinkable throughout.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep amber color with light carbonation and lacing. Darker than most pale ales I've had.

S - Light roasted caramel malt and delicate pine hopping. I'm sorry to say I'm not getting more in the nose.

T - Very tastey and rich body for a less than 5% beer, much better than I anticipated. Roasted caramel malt with a small touch of citrus on the tip of the tongue and perfectly balanced pine hops throughout. Balance is about as good as it gets as no one ingredient overpowers the other. Malt is on the biscuity side. The aftertaste is a crisp coating citric pine and warm roasted malt.
After reading other reviews, people are describing this as really hopped up. Keep in mind that this review is being written from the perspective of a hop addict so my tolerance is higher than the average beer drinker.
M - Medium body, crisp, and finishes a little on the dry side. Moderate amount of pricklies as the beer rolls over the tongue.

D - Very, very high. This is what I would label as "one of those session beers. This is a beer I normally wouldn't try but am glad I did.

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Photo of sonata2008
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy brown with a slight head.
S: Very floral hops. Spiciness with cinnamon and a bit of cloves.
T: Very interesting, enjoyable taste. Malt in the background but hops are also present. A little bit of sweet biscuit. Dry, almost peppery, bitter after taste.
M: Not a great mouth feel. Somewhat thin.
D: Fairly high drinkability, especially with the low abv.

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

Amber colored beer, thick tan head, good deal of lace.
Mostly citrus aroma, floral, tiny bit of sweet malt.
Predominately grapefruit taste, little bit of pine. The malt in the aroma just disappeared.
Thin mouthfeel, watery.
I expected a little more from this beer.

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Photo of Mardukk
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy dark amber color with a quickly dissipating off white head.

Smells of piney hops and lightly roasted malt.

The taste is dominated by the piney and grapefruit hops, little to no malt to speak of. The finish is nice and dry and hoppy. Would expect more malt backbone with this style,however. Without the malt sweetness this allows the grapefruit hop taste to overpower.

The mouthfeel is very thin. The carbonation is medium and seems to be right on par.

Overall, this is an average to below average APA due to the lack of balance and too thin mouthfeel. Super hopheads may like this but others concerned with balance will not.

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

Into a pint glass, it poured a hazy copper hue, with one finger of white head, good retention, and good lacing. Strong presence of bitter hops in the nose; an obvious indication of dry-hopping. Also present were more herbal and grassy notes, with modest lemon zest and orange peel. The taste confirmed the bitterness which hits you hard at first, blends to a modest citrus/caramel/malt balance midpalate, and then finishes on a dry peel note. Felt more carbonated than it appeared, with a medium body. Generously dry and bitter beer that will keep you drinking.

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Photo of david18
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a twelve ounce bottle of this recently and really liked it. Very good version of the style and another good beer from Boulder Beer.

Good pale/copper color with a very refreshing hop aroma. Flavor is exactly what you want from a pale ale (mix of hops and malt). The lows abv makes this very drinkable.

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Photo of jrallen34
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap into a pint glass at Jake Melnicks...Pours a nice amber color with a decent off white head...The aroma is really nice, nice light grassy hops, a little sweet malts come through, a lighter version of daisy cutter, but very nice in general...The taste is a bit of a step down as its keeps the general light grassiness from the aroma but it adds a weird finish that is almost woody, tough to put a finger on it, but its definely out of place.

Overall, a decent pale ale, nothing special.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - An amber color, although not much haze, as it's pretty clear. Small bit of lacing on the sides.

S - Actually a very good smell. Some nice sweet malts in the background surround a little bit of grain in te backbone. There's a little bit of pine and a small amount of resin. It has a nice hop profile for an APA.

T - Interesting beer that started out pretty solid, good not great, and then got progressively worse. Somthing about the way the taste ended, kind of an abrupt wood finish on it. Grainy malts are largely present, and the wood taste gets too strong throughout the drink.

M - Medium bodied, decently smooth with a moderate dose of carbonation.

D - It is drinkable enough, but the woody taste starts to get a bit too much for me. I think if I were in a different mood, might be easier to do, this is a decent enough APA, but doesn't compare to the likes of Daisy Cutter or Alpha King.

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Photo of Kemmerlin
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: reddish brown color filtered with a thin off white head
S: nutty brown ale smell sweet spice and floral hoppy notes.
T: sweet malty flavors molasses caramel taste with a light hoppy flavor in the aftertaste.
M/D: smooth medium bodied not harsh and not too highly carbonated. Very drinkable one of my favorite Colorado brews.

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Photo of ballz50401
4.08/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best by 7/19/10) into a Sam Adams perfect pint. Pours a murky brownish/orange with plenty of carbonation. The escaping bubbles produce a well sustained head and thick sheets of white foam around my glass as I drink. I get a good mixture of caramel malts with some floral/citrus hops in the nose. Light breadiness along with caramel mingle around the palate then finishes with the floral hops. A lighter bodied ale that leaves the palate tingling from the high carbonation. Overall a pretty easy drinking pale ale that wouldn't be very hard to finish a 6 pack of.

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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