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 ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Orange/Amber in color with only a little bit of haziness. Has a really good amount of off-white rocky head.

Smell: Fruity hoppy smell with a little more sweetness then expected.

Taste: Sweet almost caramel beginning at first that fades into a hoppy bitterness that fades rather quickly into what I would call a "dry" taste/mouthfeel.

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Photo of drumrboy22
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz. bottle into a La Chouffe tulip. Beer was a hazy orange color, with a two-finger, rocky off-white head. Moderate carbonation and thick, heavy lacing around the glass.

Aroma was citrus and floral hops, bread and grains.

Taste was fresh grains and caramel up front, followed by a piney, somewhat bitter, hoppy finish.

Refreshing and easy drinking. Tasty session beer.

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

Hazed and Infused pours a hazy caramel with intriguing orange highlights running through it. The most impressive thing about the appearance is the off-white head, which rose to over two inches on the pour and hung around for a long time, leaving pretty decent lacing around the glass as it slowly died.

The aroma consists mainly of bright, aromatic, citrusy hops. There is some maltiness floating around in the background, but the main character here is the hops. The dry-hopping makes this beer smell like hop juice, which certainly isn't a bad thing.

The flavor isn't quite as impressive, but it's certainly not bad. A tiny bit of maltiness at first, followed closely by a tasty-yet-tame (APA style) hop rush that is full of pine and citrus but doesn't have the zesty, lasting bitterness that I truly crave. Still, this is an APA, not an IPA, so I can't complain too much, because it's still very flavorful.

The beer sports a medium body with a sparkling carbonation note that provides a bit of zest as you drink. Thins out a bit as the beer warms, it seems.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer, especially at under 5% alcohol. Full of hoppy flavor and aroma, I would've liked this a bit more in an IPA format, but this is still a pretty damn good APA. One of my favorites of the style, for sure.

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

A- aggressive pour that comes out a dirty amber color and a huge frothy head that takes up half of the pint glass. fair amount of carbonation bubbles and lots of lacing down the glass. best part of the beer!

S- notes are fairly muted with a hint of orange, pineapple and pine. seems to be a sweet smell of malts hidden there as well

T- this beer is well-balanced and I must keep reminding myself not to compare it to an IPA. hops and pine notes with earthy undertones and a slight caramel note flavor to keep the scale even. seems to finish a little light and watery

M- light to medium body with right amount of carbonation. actually seemed a bit velvety.

D- sure, it was drinkable but really didn't do much for me. no wow factor... think its more the class that I'm not that into (can't fault the beer for that).

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this before in a bottle, but prefer it from a can. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light hops. Taste is mostly of citrus hops, a bit of malts, easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
2.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours from a bottle into pint glass with 1 finger of slowly receding head that forms a nice crown on a reasonably dark brown beer. Transparent and with little apparent carbonation. Good amount of lacing and fairly strong smell as it warms up.

The smell is really interesting on this one. At first, I could have sworn I smelt sushi. I was extremely concerned about this, especially after a friend confirmed it. However, after taking a sip, I realized it smelled and tasted like the pickled ginger you sometimes get with sushi. Very interesting for a Pale Ale, as I've usually only had ginger in wit beers. Very smooth and refreshing taste. Not bitter enough for an APA, however..

I'm getting a little graininess in the mouth feel. That and the astringent taste make it not so drinkable.

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Photo of backfat
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a light copper, semi hazed, with a lively two finger off white head. odd lacing. smells are not as strong as i had hoped but still really nice. citrus hops and light mango balanced with some caramel malt. tastes of light bready biscuits with backrounds of faint malt and bitters. all the flavors are a bit faint, but all still pleasant.

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Photo of nelnutter
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz. bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber-copper with a nice soapy 2-finger head. Stuck around for a little bit and left lacing all around.

S: Hoppy, citrusy and pine. Lemon coming through.

T: Starts off with and mostly dominated by sweet and citrusy and piney hops. Very slight sweet caramel malt, but stands no chance with the hop onslaught.

M: Medium-bodied, a bit high on the carbonation, but not too much. Leaves a slick feel in the mouth. Very refreshing and just enough of a bitter after-bite.

D: This is one that I could stand a lot of, quite refreshing and very sessionable. Gives me my hop fix, and though it could be a bit more balanced for its style, I thought it was quite tasty.

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Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer reminds me of a solid easy to drink beer back in the mid-90's, slamming pint after pint on a hot day. This beer came as a surprise and a nice break in all the DIPA's and sours and RIS's that seem to be flooding the market, as far as the better beers go i mean. This was well balanced, smooth malts throughout, slight hoppy at the finish. Good stuff.

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Photo of dropout86
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy amber-copper with a huge, pillowy 3 finger head off-white in color. There was residue left in the bottle and on the finish of the pour. I let sit for about 5 minutes before sampling.

S: Citrus. Hoppy, sticky pine. Biscuit. Lightly toasted malt.

T: Initial strike is sweet hops, citrus, fruit and loads of pine. Followed by a very nice midsection of cool, mild hops, sweet fruit, and light malt. But this quickly degrades to an assault of bitter lemon, metallic astringency and, yes, more pine.

M: Well carbonated. Slick but a touch oily. Decent density but a bit too, uhm, chalky. It's almost like drinking a slurry and the residue is left behind while the liquid slides down the gullet.

D: Well, it's drinkable if you stop at one. Not a session beer for m. I know some will love this beer but it's just not a good example in my mind. I am willing to review again if I can find a fresh version on tap.

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Photo of DerekP
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Solid-brown look, malty-brown taste on over drive. A little hops come through to offer a bitter note. Dark chocolate taste with raisins. A bock-like view from the top of the pond. A very nice carbonation-lacing relationship, pretty active.

Hazed & Infused Dry Hopped Ale has a very balanced taste for a roasted malt, somewhat hoppy take on this style of beer. It stands as one of the few I could have several of.

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Photo of blazin5050
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a pretty light beer for the craft drinker but with a good balance of hop to malt. For me it's a perfect everyday drinker, and I doubt I could find a better beer for playing pong with than this.

Mellow and easy drinking with a smooth mouthfeel not overwhelming hop or malt presence and a beautiful bouquet thanks to a lush dry hopping. This is the connoisseur's beer for a super bowl party where chugging is in order or any time that a sipping beer just won't do. Cheers!

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Photo of climax
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This one poured a slightly cloudy amber, not as "hazed" as I was expecting, but as I agitated it the effect became more pronounced. The head was absolutely huge and clumpy and had excellent retention.

The nose was good and balanced. Sweet caramel and toast meets a fruity hop profile.

The flavor didn't have a whole lot of strength, and it did have a bit of a metallic taste to it. Nonetheless it was still good and well balanced. Spice, citrus and caramel make up the flavors.

The body was on the thin side of medium. Feel was well carbonated and sharp. Slickness in the mouth faded to a dry finish. Easy to drink, and easy on the eyes. this one's not bad.

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Photo of bob3701
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. A hazey orange/amber color with a big creamy head that hangs around a long time with fairly good lacing. Floral aromas and bubble gum also grapefruit. To be honest this taste surprised me since my son loves this stuff I was expecting a hoppy bitterness but although hops are in the taste they are not overwhelming. The is a clash between sweet and sour with sour finally winning in an orange/lemon aftertaste. Very drinkable but I think I would rather have this on a hot day instead of the dead of winter.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
2.88/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

G – Pint

A – Hazy and amber-orange, with an overly huge soapy head, great lace.

S – Vague citric hoppiness. Strangely, something is reminiscent of lemon-lime soda.

T – Pretty bland for the style. This beer may not be the freshest, as it was purchased from a gas station, but it has no freshness dating, so that is speculation… The hop flavors tend towards floral, the malt is very light in flavor, the balance is sufficient; all the same, this beer is relatively banal.

M – On the heavier side of medium-bodied; the flavor is not as robust as the weight.

D – Nah. I like one of the other regular offerings from this brewer; I think it is Mojo Risin’. This one is uninspired. Also, it is better on draft.

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Photo of jabel9
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is a nice rich amber with a foamy head. It does leave a nice lacing as you drink it. This is surprising because it feels a little light. This would be a nice session beer on a day where you can kick back and fire up the grill. Nose has that infused hop aroma. Taste is nice but has a rather bland finish.

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

Appearance: pours a clear orange color with a 2" head that lasts a while.

Smell: floral hop bitterness and some lemon citrus rises from the glass into the nose.

Taste: caramel, lemon zest, green grapes, and a moderate bitterness is wrapped in a soft bready quality.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with a short-lived aftertaste.

Drinkability: easy to quaff this beer. One could have a few in a session but it may have you looking for something a bit bolder in flavor.

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Photo of Freethyhops
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle stamped MAR0210 into a pint

A- poured a slightly hazy dark orange/amber. produced two fingers of white head. not as much lacing as I would have expected from the amount of head. the head retention is good, though.

S- a hint of citrus acidty and bitterness with hint biscuit and caramel

T- not very hoppy. mostly the caramel and biscuit malt profile coming through that finishes slightly bitter and a little lemon citrus in there as well.

M- medium in body with ample carbonation. a very pleasant feel.

D- goes down easy but I've had many better pale ales and I probably won't visit again.

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Photo of RedBrewer83
3.71/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aggressively poured into pint glass....

A: Pours an orange golden yellow hue with a massive frothy four finger creamy head that falls in pockets very slowly leaving incredibly lacing behind...

S: Slightly muted grapefruit and a hint of tangerine, very west coast style but slightly muted...

T: Doesn't deviate much from the nose, the citrus flavors come through but they are a little muted and the malt profile is present but at the same time just a little muted.

M: Light medium body that is smooth with nice carbonation.

D: Pretty drinkable, especially with the abv it goes down quite smoothly.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy copper with a very lively head. The aroma is grainy with a slight earthy hop edge. The flavor follows through with a biscuity, slightly caramel grain, with a bit of earthy hops and a slight bitter-lemon bitterness on the finish. The mouthfeel is slick but a little dry. This is a tasty beer.

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

A- Very nice dark tan-brown color with a sticky 2-finger+ head. Poured out smooth and soft.

S- Smell was hopped up and had a brisk sensation on the nose.

T- I really liked the taste of this beer with its mix of hops and slight pine essence. Some good things going on here.

M- Medium to heavy mouthfeel with a light-malty texture.

D- Drinkability is very good in my opinion and i would have no problem with 3-4 of these on any day.

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

Glassware - Shaker Pint

Appearance - Very hazy dark amber (or light brown) in color with a slightly off-white, creamy head. The head has good retention and lasts most of the way down the glass and leaves a lot of really nice lacing.

Nose - Grassy hops dominate the nose. There is some pine in there but for the most part it smells like fresh cut grass. No noticeable malt aromas.

Taste - There is more malt in the taste than there was in the nose, a nice biscuit and some light caramel. Good hop flavor but not a whole lot of bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Lighter medium body with mild carbonation. Clean finish.

Overall - Seems closer to an English Pale Ale or ESB to me than an American Pale Ale. Still a very decent beer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle with a stamp of NOV3009. Hazy (go figure) copper color with an ample beige head that sticks to the glass with ease. A good looking pale ale here.

Nose is juicy and citric with oranges, grapefruit and hibiscus flowers. Plenty of malty sweetness in there, dark and syrupy. Smells pretty good, I like the hop varietals used but it seems they got a little carried away with the specialty malts.

Bitter and floral with the malts being a bit too much on the toasty side for me. Pine sap with some sugar-crusted burnt biscuit bottoms is what comes to mind when tasting this beer. I know I am probably in the minority here, but I am not-Amazed and Confused why this beer is so popular.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A solid built pale ale, a sessionable one at that.

A darker hue than most pale ales, this one brings a bit more heft to the eyes and nose than standard. Taste, even better, a dry nose, dry hopped feel for the beer, but doesn't come off as an afront, throw down challenge to the senses. This is like a CO spin on SN Pale Ale. Standard bearer, and owes no apologies to anyone in its vicinity for what it is.

Mouthfeel, nuances beyond the hop balanced bitterness and ample malt backbone, some lemon or wheatgrass effect drops in at the back. Remains highly drinkable. A good, not great pale ale.

EDIT: Bought a 12 pack variety, w/ 3 of these in it last month. Best before middle of Jan 2012. All of them tasted just highly bitter, not much hop mouthfeel. So damn tired of that trend. Old score: 3.5/3.5/4/3.5/3.5

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Photo of Rauknar
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dark straw in color with some sediment in bottle. Completely clouded after swirling bottle to mix in sediment.

S - Slightly malty in scent, but dominated by but hop character.

T - Extreme hop aroma complimented by slight malt sweetness. Very pleasant hop flavors mainly in flavor and aroma and just enough in bittering.

M - Flavors linger on palate, yet do not dominate taste buds.

Overall - An awesome, enjoyable, very drinkable ale!

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