Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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:
2,054
Reviews:
879
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
226
For Trade:
0
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Photo of jsh420
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

best by 9/01/09

pours hazy copper gold with a 2+ finger off white head that leaves lacing all over the glass

smells of sweet pale malts and floral pine fruit hops

taste is a tangy light grapefruit/citrus hops with a sweet pale malt backbone

mouthfeel is nice and light and smooth with just enough carbonation to give it some life but needs more

drinkability is great - this is one of my goto APA's - i will take this over a SNPA anytime

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Photo of ThickestHead
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Might as well as add my 2 cents to the hundreds of reviews, can't say mine will be any more insightful though. I got this in a Boulder sampler and though I usually take the IPA ahead of the rest, surprisingly, I like the India Brown Ale first of and then the Hazed then the IPA. Go figure.
The color was bronze and copper with a nice little head that laced well enough.
Smells of grapefruit and pine.
Tastes of a sharp and flowery hops with a miniscule toasty malt backdrop.
It is thin and clean overall, but so what since it is so fresh and tasty. I love this simple brew, gimme some more.

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Photo of GarrisWH
1/5  rDev -73.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of HoppyAlesToYou
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy amber with an enormous head.

S: Hops, but not astringent.

T: Initially smooth hops, followed by malt. A bit too malty, like an amber ale.

M: Creamy, very impressive.

D: Very drinkable, despite the haze. A bit too much malt for an American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of gonzo46and2
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orange with a nice haze and big head.

Aroma is nicely balanced with nice hoppiness and malt. Sweet tones from the malt blend well with the hops to bring about tropical fruit tones. I get pineapple and grapefruit.

Taste is nicely balanced as well with biscuity malts and hops.

Mouthfeel is nice. Not overly bitter. Easy to drink a few of these.

Drinkability is nice on this one.

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Photo of pmccallum86
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- This pour looks very well upon first pour. Nice think head with great retention.

S- Smells of hops and biscuity malt, nothing too special here.

T- Upon first taste you are definitely aware of the hops here, but the hops are immediately overwhelmed by a very biscuity malt character. Overall a satisfying taste though, especially if you are a fan of the seemingly trademark Colorado biscuity malt taste.

M- A full bodied thick fell, as aforementioned very biscuity with medium carbonation.

D- Drinkability is good, it is a filling beer, but goes down very well especially in cold weather.

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

\hazy orange....big, bold earthy hop aroma mixing with a significant malt balance.
great lacing on the pint glass.
Taste as well was very nice. Very nice balance between the hops and malt..dominated by the hop.

Very nice Anerican Pale Ale. Glad to have it on draft!!!1

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

A: No false advertising here, this beer pours a very hazy amber with slightly off-white head. The sediment in the bottom of the bottle tells me that this beer is bottle conditioned, so some of the haze is from yeast floaties. This beer also has an amazing head that lasts to the end of the glass. Excellent.

S: Cascade hops. This beer is heavy on hop aroma and it comes through clear. Just a little bit of sweet malt background to balance it out.

T: Really well balanced between hop flavor, bitterness, and biscuity malt. This beer isn't has bitter as many APAs, which shows off the hop flavor some. Very tasty.

M: Rich and creamy.

D: More drinkable than most APAs, this one goes down by the six-pack.

This beer is not available in Texas, so I just have a six-pack that was kindly brought to me from Colorado by a friend. I wish I had asked for a case. I had forgotten how nice it is.

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

Pours a nice golden brown color with a dense white head that slowly settled leaving some nice lacing on the glass. A nice fresh juicy hop aroma. Orange and grapefruit with a touch of fresh grass. The nice hop presense in the nose is lost a bit in the flavor. There is a brown sugary malt that more than offsets the hop flavor. You can still taste the citrus hops but they are subdued. Light to moderate feel, fizzy carbonation and very balanced. A very nice APA, good balance with a noticable hop presense.

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

12 oz. bottle split with a friend. Brooklyn tulip.

Appearance: Brown-ish and mildly hazy with decent lace and retention.

Smell: Sweeter fruit on the nose, but it doesn't seem fake or overdone. A good balance with the citrus hop aromas.

Taste: Fairly hoppy, a bit sweet, but lots of flavor brimming. A bit of husked grain earthiness, some fruit esters, and some good citrus hops at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Lighter-bodied with good, spritzy carbonation.

Drinkability: I could easily drink a few of these. Probably sweeter than a lot of Pale Ales, but I like the flavor a lot, and the alcohol's low enough that you can, again, easily drink a few.

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

Hazed & Infused is a beautiful orange-amber color which produces a smooth finger of foam when poured, but this quickly dissipates. However the pungent aroma does not. Quite flowery and distinctive, the nose is of lavendar soap. A little sharp and medicinal but this must be due to the dryness of the Crystal and Centennial hops.

The taste was also a bit antiseptic, crisp, and lemony. Due to the pungence it was a bit hard to finish off, and the citrus and slight bitterness might be hard to match to some dishes. But like the analogous wine Gevertztraminer, this highly flavorful brew might be good to savor as a session beer, on its own merits, with plain accompaniment like bread and cheese.

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Photo of steelerguy
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep copper, even amber color. Nice tall head that hangs around and leaves a good deal of lacing. Lots of carbonation to keep the head around.

S - Smoky, earthy aroma with some floral following. Didn't pick up on the citrus mention by so many. Some malt sweetness to balance the hops.

T - Chinook hits early and fast with a tobacco like flavor. Wasn't entirely pleasing coming on so strong and fast. The middle and finish are quite nice with some citrus flavors and caramel malts but can be overwhelmed by the hops flavors. This is not an IBU giant, but there is lots of hop flavor. Finishes with a little tang.

M - Feels highly attenuated, which is to style. Wouldn't mind a little more mouthfeel as it was pretty highly carbonated and some thickness would balance it better.

D - "Digestable" beer. Not heavy, makes it pretty refreshing. No real alcohol flavors or warm so you feel like you can drink a few, very sessionable.

This one left me slightly disappointed. I think they are close to something pretty good here but the recipe could use some tweaking. Namely, a little less Chinook flavor. Would love some more floral and pine in there...some Ahtanam maybe? Didn't think the malt was too weak, just overwhelmed to a degree making it hard to appreciate.

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Photo of hockeyhead
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: nice golden amber hu with a fluffy white head small bubbles with little lacing
S: very hoppy and fruity grapefruit citirus smell
T: very hoppy pine taste up front to a nice buttery finish and malty with a little lingering hop bitterness
M: medium body nice carbination
D: i can drink a twelve pack of this

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Photo of nc41
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six yesterday not really knowing what I was buying to be honest. Just something different.

Opening the bottle was sweet fruit, like oranges maybe, kinda like Leinenkugles Sunset Wheat. Terrific pour, holds the head forever, interesting nose. The taste starts to follow the nose then it just dies instead of exploding.. It's just a little too light on the palate and at the finish. Drinkibility is high, it's light, it tastes good, low in ABV, would be a very decent session brew, or a summer outside brew as well. Worth a try.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Label says July 06 09... so I assume that's a best by date.

Good looking beer. The head forms like a lovely soufflé, rising well above the top of the glass. Excellent structure. The beer is a slightly hazy amber color with mostly orange tones. No visible carbonation. The head is just off white and shows excellent retention. Very nice lines of lacing.

Aroma is quite nice. Floral, citrus and perhaps a touch of grain.. Very light and fresh.

Pretty nice flavor. A bit lighter than I imagined from the aroma. Citrus, floral, some lemon. I get a bit of a green flavor as well as some of the typical Boulder Beer malt flavor. Not sure if it's the grains they use or the type of yeast, but there seems to be something consistent in most of their beers. Fairly well balanced between the light malt notes and very light hop presence, but they clearly want to showcase the hops here. Very subtle citrus hop bitterness towards the end.

The body is a rather light and refreshing. A bit thin perhaps.

Nicely drinkable, but not very exciting. This is an OK beer. Worth having, but not worth chasing or searching for.

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Photo of bonsreeb85
3.46/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - sunset orange w/ and unfiltered cloudy "haze" pretty good head retention too.

S - smells like a balanced beer, carmel malts, some fruity esters(apple?) but the hops are there too.

T - again, very balanced, lots of carmel malty sweetness, but plenty of floral hops to give it a bite. Finished well rounded, and very much reminds me of an ESB in a way.

MF - medium body and ample carbonation make for a mouthfeel that is fuller that your standad pale, yet still crisp and refreshing

D - Pretty sessionable brew here, no doubt. i like the unfiltered take on a no-frills pale.

this could be an excellent "macro-converter beer/hop head starter kit" solid, balanced nothing fancy, just good US craft.

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Photo of mcraw88
3.31/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Darkened copper color with some orange thrown in. 1/2 " head with OK retention and beautiful lacing down the glass.

Smell - Citrus hops followed by citrus fruits and then some sweet malt

Taste - The dry hopping lends itself well to aroma, but also imparts some of the citrus, piney and floral notes to the flavor. Not to bitter, most of it is canceled by the overly sweet malt flavor. Nice introduction into more hoppy beers.

Mouthfeel - Hmmm. VERY CARBONATED. Almost like drinking seltzer water or soda. To much here for my taste.

Drinkability - Not a bad beer. The aroma is wonderful, but all of the other departments are lacking making this an OK beer.

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Photo of dudecandle
3.48/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium-dark color for a pale ale, pretty high carbonation. Modest head, decent retention, not too much lacing.

S/T: Definitely dry-hopped, the most overwhelming aspect of the beer. Sweet malt background with a fruity aspect.

M/D: Mouth is a bit aggressive, but it's pretty drinkable. It opens up as it goes along. Not my favorite APA.

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Photo of beeragent
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Poured a medium copper, forming a huge off-white head, with medium amounts of lacing.

S - Strong hop aroma with a very noticeable malt presence in the smell.

T - The hops dominate the flavor, but with an almost equal malt presence in the taste. Very well balanced, but without the noticeable harsh finish associated with most pale ales.

M - Surpisingly thin bodied, but with way too much carbonation.

D - Not a bad beer at all. Good flavor and easy drinkability. My only gripe is that there was way too much carbonation. Each time I poured, I had to wait a few minutes for the foam to die down before continuing to pour.

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Photo of Mistofminn
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as the final piece to my mix 6 from Zipps.

Pours a dark amber color, definitely not your typical Pale Ale color. Huge pluming head produced. I actually had to stop pouring to prevent the head from spilling over. Very hazy (duh) as it's unfiltered. I'm liking the look on this one.

Smell is pretty fruity with floral hops. Light bitterness, very light nose. I'm liking this very much as well.

Taste is pretty dang good too. Fruity yet bitter. I'm liking the balance between bitter and sweet. Very light mouthfeel. Very smooth and creamy, yet almost bland. There isn't much going on in the mouthfeel department, kind of average. Very drinkable, I could see myself picking up a sixer of this in the future.

Overall, a solid beer, one that I will be coming back to in the future. It's a keeper!

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Photo of foggymountainman
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

a simply delicious beer. this is the one that got me into craft brews and it has never let me down, on tap or in a bottle. the only down side is that it has sadly come to pale (not too pale) in comparison to others craft brews i have come to know and love. it is not an extreme beer, a great vehicle for getting someone in to craft beers. for what it is, it is a very delicious and wonderful, floral and definitely DRY-HOPPED! it gave me a love for hops. great for a summer afternoon/evening... maybe morning. blends very well with the smell of fresh cut grass (so does sam adams summer ale, by the way).

BUY IT, TRY IT, you will be happy you did.

i really want to make a clone of this at home.

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Photo of Brad007
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark copper color with a one-finger head into my glass. Not bad.

Aroma is full of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Dry-hopping comes in handy here as it is delightfully hoppy.

Taste is full of hops upfront with a definite biscuit malt taste in the middle. Kind of sweet as well in a way.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering grassy hop bitterness and biscuit malt. The sweetness isn't as present here. No offensive flavors remain.

Not bad. A decent example of the style. Drinkable and simple.

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

Poured a cloudy amber that had a 1 in. head which left some sudsy clingy lacing.

Smelled of light apricot, very light pine, and some malt.

Flavors were the same as the smell with a slight bitterness that didn't stick around long. Pretty smooth easy to drink beer.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into pint glass. Nice hazy dark amber beer with about 3/4 inch of off white head that leaves a nice lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- I smell a lot of malts to this and not very much hops. Kind of a bready smell with light notes of fruit (apple) and alcohol. Very faint citrus hop smell. I think this bottle might be a little bit old.

T- Yea this beer has a huge malt tone to it that I think the brewer didn't intend for it to have. My bottle is either old or else maybe a bad batch. Upon several sips of it I can finally find a hint of hop flavor to it (a little citrus and pine) but mostly just a big malty taste. The alcohol comes through at the end. For this being old I really must say it doesn't taste bad but not at all what I think it should.

M- Nice mouthfeel to it. Kind of medium in body. Nothing really stand out just goes over the palate and then it's done. Good carbination.

D- All in all this beer isn't bad at all a little past its prime. I could drink this a couple of times a week like this. Maybe I can get a fresh one next time if I try this.

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Photo of SeattleAdam
3.26/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours from bottle really pale, almost blonde but settles in the glass with more of an amber color. Heads up real nice to about an inch--white and fluffy. Beautiful lacing on the glass after each sip.

S- Smells like a very mild IPA with those citrus and piny notes coming through the nose. Nothing over powering or too interesting.

T- Pretty standard APA. Nothing complex in the taste. Some citrus in the finish but quite faint. Very standard.

M- Very light in the mouth. Would be perfectly smooth but I think it's just a touch over carbonated.

D- Very drinkable. Perfect for a spring or summer day. It is refreshing but just a step above boring. My rating is fair because there is nothing wrong with this beer but there is nothing compelling about it, either.

**This beer would be a perfect introduction into the craft world for a "Bud-Man."

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