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 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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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 12 ounce bottle purchased from the Beer Stop. Poured into a shaker glass. Appears a slightly cloudy rich amber color with about an inch of creamy, off white foam. The head leaves a thin lace on the inside of my glass with each sip. Smells and tastes of mildly resinous pine, floral, citrusy hop notes such as lemon and grapefruit, and toasted malts. A notch below medium in both body and carbonation. Overall though, a decent warm weather ale.

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Photo of PirateUlf73
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Mostly clear reddish-amber color with a modest white head.

S: Nice pine and citrus hops on the nose. Some sweet, toasty malt manages to pierce through, but the hops are running this aromatic show.

T: An interesting bittersweet taste up front. I detect a sort of tartness on the sides of the tongue. Plenty of herbal hops, but with a decent malt backdrop as well. Bordering on IPA flavors. Very nice.

M: Lighter side of medium-bodied with an average amount of carbonation. Smooth feel and a fairly clean finish.

D: Good idea for a sittin'-on-the-porch kind of beer.

Wonderful aromas, pretty nice taste and excellent quaffing character makes this a winner in my book. One of the better pale ales I've tried recently. I will surely visit this one again.

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Photo of ancientelixir
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is my second six pack, I enjoyed this one. Into a pint glass, came up with about a quarter inch head that dissipates fairly quickly. Appearance is golden/amber. Smells like wheat, and the sweet and sour of an apple. I got a little hop bitterness and some sourness upfront. It has some roasted malt flavor, I like how it mingles with the sourness. Has a light fruity and nutty finish. Super crisp and clean. Easily drinkable. I bought this again because of the clean flavor, and at just under 5% alcohol, I can have a few and it wont go to my head too much. Lately
I have been taking a break from the imperials, and this is one of the the lowest alcohol beers with a good body and flavor.

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Photo of dickieb
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours haxy burnt orange in color with a 2 1/2 finger foamy white head and some pretty good lacing. The smell is dominated by the dry hopping, mostly sweat and piney. The flavor is carried by the dry hopping as well with subtle floral and piney hops throughout with a medium malt profile and a nice floral finish. This is a good session brew in my opinion if only it was bit cheaper I would drink it more often (the story of my life) I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of colts9016
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a mug at 41 degrees.

Appearance: A dark golden yellow color with a reddish orange hue. There is a 2 finger head that is ivory and foamy. There is a lot of effervescence in the beer. The clarity of the beer is hazy, duh that is what the label said. There is a lot of lacing on the mug.

Nose: A mild grapefruit and pine aroma with malt and a touch of sweetness.

Taste: A grapefruit, pine flavor with a light malt and some sweetness.

Overall: The body of the beer lightly medium. The mouth feel of the beer is carbonated but flat at the same time. The finish is mild. This beer need a malt backbone bad. It is a descent beer, but that is pushing it.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An aggressive pour results in a huge billowy tan head that falls slowly leaving lots of lace. Slightly hazy, coppery amber in color.

Aroma is citrus, a little grassy. Not getting any malt characteristics... it's all hops.

Taste is thin on the pale ale, high on the hop flavors but surprising low on bitterness. Just a light bitterness in the finish.

Feels watery, but the carbonation is good and it's nicely dry in the finish.

Light body and dry finish equals lawnmower beer to me. But there are better brews to lawnmower with.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.83/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a four-finger bubbly white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Cloudy amber color. Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Piney nose. Flavor is piney hops with lingering piney aftertaste. $2.15 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits, Acton, Ma.

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

On tap at the Minneapolis airport today.

The beer pours a hazy dark orange color with fair head retention and good lacing. I don't get a whole lot on the nose, though what's there seems pretty floral, suggesting some decent hoppiness on the palate. On the palate, this beer is pretty decent. There is some pretty good underlying hoppiness, but with some apple cider blending in well with it. The beer is on the dry side and the alcohol seems as if it's dialed down pretty low. Mouthfeel is light, thin and a bit on the watery side. Drinkabilty is pretty good, which is what one would expect from a beer this low in abv.

This is a decent enough beer, with a fair amount of flavor given the abv. It's nothing to get excited about, but it's not bad.

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Photo of bimish
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Clear, burnt orange color. Pours with a 2-finger, thick head that dissipates slowly. Nice lacing.

S - Floral, grassy hop aroma. Faint caramel malty aroma. Citrus notes also apparent.

T - Caramelly malt flavor with a fair amount of bitterness to balance. Surprisingly nutty. Also some citrus notes. Finishes with a bit of tartness as the hop flavors become more apparent.

M - Medium bodied, fairly coarse. Fairly high carbonation.

D - Really a nice beer for hop heads. The hop flavors really being to dominate as you make your way through a glass.

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Photo of emsroth
2.42/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz bomber with no freshness date.

App: A hazy dark, dark amber. A 2 finger head that formed a crater/dome. Very cool.

Smell: Even parts sweet malts and fruity hops that smell like apples.

Taste: A bit of sweet malt and bitter hops, but an overall flat, lifeless taste. Maybe something is wrong with the bottle.

I had this once before and it looks and tastes radically different. Much tastier before, with a lighter body and crispier taste.

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

Beer poured a hazy amber color with a slight head that faded very fast. Virtually no lacing in glass. Upfront smell was very slight malt with an earthy hops smell. Taste was a slight toasted malt, perhaps a slight biscuit flavor that is quickly overwhelmed by grassy hops that finish with a bit of citrus. A decent Amber IPA though not as well balanced as it could be. Still a decent offering from Boulder.

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Photo of Beefeater57
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, auburn color. Crème head, good retention.

S: Nice hop smell, hints of spearmint and sweetness from the malts.

T: Malty up front, hops grow at the back of the tongue in the finish, but don't overpower. A little dry and acidic. Hints of apple.

M: Dry, watery. A tad fizzy.

D: Not bad, pretty easy to drink. Pretty balanced flavors but want more of a hop profile with this one. Could easily drink a few of these however...

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Photo of KI9A
3.6/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Orangish-red, nice puffy head. Holds windows of lace quite well.

S: Citrusy hops! Very inviting. Some malt.

T: Grapefruit, not as hoppy as the smell leads you to believe. Nice malt backbone.

M: coats mouth with some bitterness. Nothing offensive, nother spectacular.

D: Lower ABV, and decent balance, makes this a decent drinker.

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

22 ounce bottle. "Colorado's first microbrewery. Enjoyed since 1979" is on the bottle cap. The color scheme on the label seems a little trippy, but I think I can get past that. On to the beer:

The body is a little hazy here, a muddy orange color that creeps into brown. The head looks very creamy, akin to what you'd expect from a nitro-infused beer. I love the whipped lacing this beer is leaving on the glass. Mild earthiness in the nose, with some notes of caramel and pineapple notes hitting at it.

The taste is a mix of different types of flavors. A little raw as well. The hops tend to dominate here. It isn't a bold hoppiness, but a more delicate one. Grassy hop leaf is the most dominant of the hoppy department. Raw green vegetable notes floow that. Earthy caramel balances out the hops in this beer. Mouthfeel is light, carbonation is light as well.

Session beer all the way. Boulder Beer doesn't make its way to California, but I am glad to have picked up one of their offerings on my recent trip to Phoenix.

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Photo of SeattleBeerBlog
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- is pretty good, clear amber color, but low carbonation and little head retention, would expect a little more, but perhaps it is a little old.

S- best smelling amber I have seen, very very hoppy and easy to see that they dry-hopped this one big time. Makes me excited to drink.

T- Not as hoppy as it smells which is a little disappointing but it is still much hoppier than your average amber. Has a great malt profile that makes up for the lack of hops. Overall a great tasting Amber.

M- nothing special here, medium bodied and goes down well with no major falts to talk about.

D- A very drinkable amber, It was the first craft beer I ever had outside of Sierra while in college and I hadn't had it in a while so I figured I would try it out again. Man I remember this being to much hops back in the day! A great session beer and one that I will be drinking a lot more of. Best amber I have had in a while.

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

This beer pours a deep burnt HAZY orange with a white foamy head that retains nicely. Lacing is sticky and lasts the whole way through. Nose is of hops, hops and more hops. Easily picked up in the nose is citrus, spices and floral hops. Taste is definitely of floral hops, with citrus and spice. There is ever so slight malt in this that makes the finish rather smooth. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and slightly lighter bodied. This went down nice and smooth, good kick, and one I could with for a session again!

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Photo of Stunner97
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance-Cloudy Dark amber brownish red, thick white foam head, lots of carbonation with bubbles traveling powerfully up the glass

Smell- Hops, hops, and more hops on the nose of this bad boy, citrus aromas mostly I tend to be picking up orange on the hops of this smell, strong aromatic odor, hops calling for sure

Taste- Mostly hops in this beer, maybe a little out of balance really, slight citrus hops in this one, the aromatic aspect of this is really so strong really probably plays most of the roll in your taste, not sure if its the dry hoping thats makes this affect so strong but id guess as such, nice bitter finish, definitely orange to me picked up in the hops and flavor,

Mouth- pretty full bodied considering the not so high alcohol, smooth soft body

Drinkability- I honestly think hard to say this is not a pretty drinkable brew, its low alcohol yet definitely still very full on flavor, the one thing I would say on this beer is its hop controlled even more than alot of pale ales can be, closer really to an IPA i think then anything else, I liked this beer its seems a bit more then alot of people i guess but for me it would be a pretty decent choice as a sessioner

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Photo of tapman
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Body is copper-orange with beige, tight bubbled head that makes a nice lace. Head goes down quick, though.

Biscuit malt, some caramel, and centennial hops. Hops are fresh smelling which should be from the dry-hopping since that's the point, getting some raw hop flavor. Nose is kinda sweet and almost has a real ale quality to it.

Ok, so the malts are a little small, though not too small to be covered up completely. The sweetness definitely comes from the malts and is quite present. Could have been some more aggressive malts, but for me the fresh dry hop taste is very good. I don't know why everyone is so unimpressed as to call this beer "boring" and a "pass". The hop taste is like you picked a couple buds and pooped them in you mouth. This would make a fantastic session beer with a sticky hop character that only a brewer or homebrewer could fully appreciate.

Unfortunately this beer could stand to be a little bigger with some more balanced malt. This is most apparent in the thin mouthfeel. Doesn't hurt the idea of this being a sessioner, though.

Overall I say this is a really good beer. Maybe you have to be a brewer, home or otherwise. This brew smells and tastes like fresh hops. Then again, I'm the kinda guy who, after brew day is done, takes the small amount of unused hops from the recipe and makes a nice tea out of it to be enjoyed with some Grieg piano music and a Vonnegut novel. Not the best beer ever made, of ocurse not, but definitely not a "pass".

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

On tap at Old Chicago in Boulder, CO

A-Copper. Not much head. Cloudy/"hazy" (that where the name came from?)

S-Not much in the way of hops...hmmm

T-Malty with a bit of a tart flavor. Not bad, but not remarkable.

MF-medium bodied though a bit watery/weak.

D-If you wanted to bore yourself....this is it.

Overall, Seems like Brewery could have gotten more from this. Title is mis-leading...Pass

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

Poured into weizen glass... other glasses were still drying off.

Pours a white pillow top head. Great lacing. Color is a clear copper amber.

Aroma is very hoppy. Hardcore floral aroma, just like an IPA. Taste not as bitter as I was expecting. Grapefruit with floral hops. Seems a little weak.

Mouthfeel is somewhat bitter, but mellows down quickly. Goes down pretty smooth leaving a very dry aftertaste. Seems well carbonated.

Overall, I was hoping the smell would reflect more on the taste. This beer was pretty easy to drink and I could definitely have another.

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

Poured into a pint glass.

A-Slightly hazy (from dry hopping) amber beer. Light tan head, fluffy and cloud-like. Nice retention and some decent lacing.

S-A bit of bright citrus with a much bigger piney hop presence. Flowery and big, but not overwhelming. Little malt presence.

T-Floral, resinous and earthy hops with a piney twist. Assertive malt is biscuity and bready. Hop bitterness helps to provide a force behind the hop characters, while countering the malt flavors.

M-Moderate body, carbonation is approriately medium-low.

D-I like this brew, and have had experiences with it several times over the years. Enjoyably tasty, hoppy, but also quite mellow.

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Photo of mwagner1018
3.87/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice golden amber color, bright lacing down glass, crystal creamy head.

S- Good initial hop odor, fleeting, nice aroma of floral and citrus. Clean fresh aromatics.

T- Nice hop bitterness, overall balance decent, but doesn't seem as well proportioned as I would like (this coming from a hop head).

M- Clean, crisp, nicely carbonated, dances on the tongue, tingles.

D- Drinkable, sweet hop bitterness, can have a couple, but doesn't contain the complexity I have come to love from other American Pale Ales and IPA's, with a nice balance of hops and malt, not smooth enough for me to put down more than 2 at any one sitting.

I have had this beer many times, and will often pick up a six pack at my local bottle shop. A good representation of the APA, leaning to Amer. IPA.

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

Pours a deep amber with a nice large off white and frothy head with great retention. Hazed, as promised.

Aroma is sweet and citrus hops with a slight grassy note. Pineapple and grapefruit come to mind from the scent.

Flavor is slightly watery, but what is there is good citrus and a very light malt presence. Easy to drink, but non distinct.

Mouth is medium and carbonation is moderate.

This is a great session pale ale as I could probably drink it all night, but when shopping around, I probably won't revisit this one.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Murky amber in color with a crazy amount of floaters all over the glass. Nice full rocky head that retains well and leaves good thick sticky lacing behind.

Smell is very fruity and citric with orange and lemon zest. There's a decent amount of malt in the nose as well.

Tastes fruity and citric, but somewhat milder than expected. I was bracing myself for a strong, biting hop experience, but they're somewhat soft. They're is actually a bit of fruity sweetness in the finish. This is enjoyable, though the malt is a little thin.

Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation. A slight creaminess to the feel.

Overall it has a nice flavor and its pretty drinkable, it just doesn't have that extra something to make it great. A little weak in both major areas, but there's nothing bad or unpleasant about it at all.

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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