Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Hazed Hoppy Session AleHazed Hoppy Session Ale
BA SCORE
3.64/5
2,055 Ratings
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
Ranking:
#34,667
Reviews:
879
Ratings:
2,055
pDev:
13.74%
Bros Score:
3.45
 
 
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23
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Photo of ABHatter
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aggressive pour into a 16oz tumbler produces a gigantic inch and a half head, as well as nice spill on my rug. Oh shit I better clean that up! I underestimated the carbonation. Anyway , Very attractive hazey orange color. Extremely frosty looking lace clings very well to the glass the entire pint. Smell is quite aromatic,pine, nice citrus bouquet with a toasty maltiness in the background. T&M--nice solid melon, slightly sour grapefruit taste leaves a mild bitterness. Malt is sort of lingering in the background, and really doesn't establish itself. That' OK because this beer is still very well balanced and is also very drinkable. D- Excellent!! This isn't your typical pale ale, It's quite aromatic and also quite hoppy but it has a great balance and it's very refreshing. Overall , a very drinkable beer from Boulder. It is a nice change of pace from drinking IPA's all of the time.

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Hazy golden amber body, white head and good lacing.

s: a bouquet of citrusy hops.

t: toasted malt pairs beautifully with a nice citrusy, piney hop finish.

m: medium body.

d: great APA. Good balance, delightful hop flavor. great example of what dry-hopping can add to a beer.

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.09/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy orange, with a bright, billowy, full head. Seriously, it was like a mushroom, it actually rose above the lip of the glass and didn't spill over the edge. Good retention that leaves speckly lacing.

Aroma: Dry-hopping really comes through here - leafy, vegetal hops are crazy strong, as are light citrus hops, and there's nothing to balance it out except a faint, grainy sweetness. Very one-dimensional.

Taste: Citrus/apple esters are stronger here - there's a very strong tart/bitter presence up front, almost like lemon juice. There's some caramel malt too, stronger than it is in the nose, but, still, a little too bitter.

Mouthfeel: Oily, but still very spritzy/effervescent. Medium-to-thick bodied, with very low "sublimation." Even. And puckering.

Drinkability: Nothing in terms of alcohol, and good if you like tart beers, so I won't knock it too much. It was, unfortunately, a little too tart/bitter for me.

An average dry-hopped beer that's a little too one-dimensional in my opinion. Hops are totally off the deep end, and while that's ok in places, it's not so ok across the board.

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Photo of TAMU99
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Pours a off-clear amber brown, with a thick tan head. Scent is heavily citrus/hops. Taste reflects - very hopped, dry beer, with only background malts. Tastes like beery grapefruit juice. I can tell it's a decent beer, but I just dislike IPAs and anything like them. I couldn't even get through a single bottle. But if this is your cup of tea (or beer) then try a bottle.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.57/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brown-copper body with two fingers of off-white head atop it, complete with a thick dollop remaining for most of the beers' duration and thick curtains of lace on the Yankees pint glass; excellent presentation. Lush aromas, full of floral and citrus hops; tremendous nose. Delicious taste, full of hop taste--lemon and orange peel, melon, grapefruit. Somewhat malty, mainly caramel malt with a light roasted chocolate. This has plenty of hop aroma and taste, but little of the hop texture I great enjoy, though it is smooth. I'd describe the mouthfeel as a bit thin, though this is still quite good.

Excellent overall, one I wish I'd tried much earlier. A terrific APA--complex, flavorful, and good enough to make me wish I had a sixer of it.

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a few of these last night at the Capital Ale House - it was keep the glass night.
The beer is as advertised: hazy as it is unfiltered. The colour is a good light coppery hue. The pints came with about a half inch of white head, which didn't last very long.
Flavour-wise this isn't a hop bomb but there are some very tasty afternotes, which became more apparent as the temperature rose. A very pleasant beer that I could drink all night.

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Photo of kevman527
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

First had this beer on tap, and I loved it. Now am reviewing it from the bottle.

A: Deep brownish-reddish color, with a white one finger head, that dissipated in a couple minutes, good lacing however.

S: Malty, and a little bit hoppy.

T: A little nutty, with a little banana'ish flavor. But most of the flavor in my mind comes from the malt. There is some hop presence in the taste as well, which leaves a little bit of an aftertaste on the roof of the mouth.

M: Very smooth, medium bodied, with low to medium carbonation.

D: Goes down very easy, definitely one of my favorite beers of the moment.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A bright copper color very appealing. A thick white head. There is minimal lacing left on the sides.

S: Lots of floral, citrus (grapefruit/orange) and bready hops throughout.

T: More hop taste then I expected, but it was quite enjoyable. A good palance of citrus flavors and hay/grass.

M: Medium body beer, left a decent aftertaste on the palate. Thought it would finish crisper than it did.

D: Low ABV, makes it a good session pale ale. A really good pale ale!

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Photo of Shaw
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A nice copper in color with a sticky off-white head.

The aroma is lightly hoppy.

The taste is similar: lightly bitter with some bread-like flavors from the malts.

The body is hefty enough to keep from being light.

Overall this is a decent APA. There are better options out there.

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Photo of Phade42
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my first review, so if it sounds a little amateurish, well... that explains it. I've had a few different beers since my interest in beergeekdom rose, but I decided to make this the first beer I reviewed because it was the first one where I could actually detect flavor notes and such.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

I bought a six pack from the Blanchards store near my house a few weeks back to go with a steak I had just bought. I'm growing to be quite the fan of Pale Ales but many of them have been really similar, except this really stood out to me.

A - Poured a deep, appealing, slightly hazy orange copper color with a 2-finger bready-colored head. Very appetizing in the glass, with some nice lacing

S - Smelled strongly of rich ripe tart citrus, very grapefruity ... much like the rind smells after peeling one. with a strong but not overpowering tinge of pine - these were backboned by a pleasant hoppy aroma.

T - Wow, this quickly became one of my favorite beers that I've tried. First thing to hit the palate is a delicious, sweet and slightly sour grapefruit, followed by an aftertaste with some sticky pine.

M - Felt nice in the mouth, not to heavy but not watery in the least. Good sticky feel that covers the palate. Had a moderate carbonation that felt appropriate with the accompanying flavors.

D - I could drink these all day by the pool or BBQ, and at a ABV just below 5%, it makes a damn good session beer.

Note: since I am pretty new to the beer game, please feel free to PM me with recommendations you think I might like based on this review.

UPDATE: Have recently tasted from a tap at The Yard House in Dedham's Legacy Place. On tap, tastes pretty much the same as I reported but the aroma was a bit less powerful. I think this is a common problem with beer bars, that less common beers dont get ordered as much as your regular fare, so the kegs dont get changed as often. I'll be stocking my fridge with six packs for the upcoming summer months

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Photo of Misfit138
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Dark orange with a hefty head that wanted to overflow the glass.

S- Strong citrus hops and grains

T- Initial mild sweetness then some citrus hop bitterness.

M- Mostly light with moderate carbonation

D- Good not great pale ale, more kick than most US style pale ales. Decent enough. Could drink a few.

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Photo of Biscuit033
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark orange almost amber with two fingers of slightly off-white head and great lacing.

S: Piney, citrussy hops but there is an earthiness as weel and some sweet malts at the end.

T: Caramel and some chocolate were fighting with the aggressive hop flavors in great balance but the grapefruit and pine finish slightly dominant.

M: Slightly thinner than I would have likedbut good carbination and a great cridp clean finish.

D: There is a lot of flavor in this sub 5%er. Great session beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I chose to pick up the sixpack of this beer instead of the 22 oz. bombers the store also carried. The labeling on both was the same (i.e., quite psychedelic). When poured into a pint glass, the beer formed a large foamy head that dry hopped ales seem to be pretty good at. The head was thick enough to form a volcano cone above the rim of the glass. The body was amber in color and looked a shade or two darker than the average APA. It was however pretty clear, and did not exhibit much of the touted haze until I vigorously swirled the last bits of beer into the glass. The smell was hops of the pungent, earthy, resinous, and a little smoky kind. The taste of the beer let me down after all that buildup. It was not very bitter, and seemed to have a peaty, sour, and chalky taste. These flavors typically work well in a Scotch or old Ale, but the body here was too thin to have them be the main attraction. I am glad I got to try it, and finishing the six pack will be no big deal, but it's not all that I was hoping for, and I will probably not seek it out again.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle with a Aug 13, 2008 fresheness/drink by date. The appearance is slightly hazy, but, a rich amber color. It is topped by a hefty 3 finger white head that was out of control. There is excellent retention and thick lacing. The aroma is pine scented and leafy; fairly strong. I also detect some buttery diacytl notes. The taste is lightly malted, but, nicely hopped. The malt does not come through very much and the hops are not that powerful either.

Mouthfeel is light bodied and lightly tangy. Overall, not bad.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured with a thick creamy head that doesn't fade, giving off aromas off citrus hops and caramelized malts, the flavor comes through in a big way thanks to the hops. I think the malts could have been better balanced against the citrusy lead, but regardless, it has a nice level of carbonation that goes down easy... not bad even at four fifty a pint.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma is fairly strong and overwhelmingly hoppy. It pours a rich, coppery amber with a thick, fluffy, off-white head. Flavor is richly hoppy, mildly bitter, with a strong evergreen component. This ale fairly dances on the tongue and leaves a hoppy aftertaste. I recommend it to all "hop heads."

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Photo of righlander
2.12/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Nice cloudy, yet no sediment amber with a great foamy head.

S - Floral hops, citrus, sweet grain.

T - Citrus tones maybe some fruit. bitter for an APA. it's got some weird twang to it.

M - leaves a weird metallic bitter to the tongue. carb is right though.

D - Meh, It's too weird for me. Possibly off balanced. It tastes a lot more potent than what it is alcohol wise.

Note: It's not something I would buy again.

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Photo of ruckzuck
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured a nice white head, deep amber body

S - sweet malt with citrus hops and hints of pine

T - wow, a lot hoppier than the nose let on. Hints of sweetness up front give way to heavy citrus notes

M - medium bodied with some carbonation present

D - pretty good, but this almost comes across as a bit fruity. Not sure how many I could drink in a session, but I could certainly do a few I'd imagine. Would drink again.

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Photo of KeefD
4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark amber color with an ENORMOUS rocky head. This was quite thrilling because of the relatively slow pour into a chilled pint glass. Head sticks around for awhile, and just doesn't want to leave. Lots of little floaties making their way through the glass. Smell is sweet and super hoppy, nice bitter smell with hints of grapefruit. Taste is elegantly simple. Nice dry-hop character backed up by fine caramel and pale malts. Extra smooth and creamy, with a fantastic mouthfeel. Excellent carbonation and a delight to drink. An all around wonderful brew that really hit the spot on a warm, sunny day.

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Photo of albern
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this APA after having two hoppy ales, and this one was just a disappointment. The beer pours a tawny amber with some head and lacing. The consistency is a bit flat, a bit watery, and the hops just bit but did not offer the nice piney, resinous feel. The grapefruity tanginess was missing, and it left one with a dryish hop bite that was uninteresting. The balance is off with this beer. There are too many caramel notes, too much subdued brown sugar hints, and too much lack of carbonation to make this a beer coming back to. It was entirely mediocre, and a disappointment compared to the hopped up ales I had preceding this one.

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Photo of argock
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a clear pint glass.

A: Looks appealing with a light burnt-orange color and short but stout off-white 1-finger head.

S: Smells awesome but grassier in the hops department than the bottled version with bursting earthy and floral hops aromas dominating.

T: The taste is also far more raw than the bottled H&I with a slightly sour grass mixed with floral hops flavor which is not unpleasant but not my favorite hops taste. There is still plenty of malt in the background.

M: Fairly sharp and not as coating as the bottle, possibly because of the service temp being a little too cold.

D: H&I still tastes great, and Boulder's products are all respectable. I prefer the bottled version because I can control the temp and the pour, but on-tap, it is still delicious.

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Photo of mntlover
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice red copper color with a nice thumb sized cream colored head that leaves some lace behind.

Aroma is nice sweet malt base with hints of citrus orange mostly showing thru, aroma is good.

Taste is weaker then aroma nice easy drinking a malt base with light hop bite. Nothing special going on here just an average tasting pale ale. As far as being dry hopped expected more aroma benefits then are evident.

Mouthfeel is on light side of medium with an average dose of co2.

Drinkability is OK an easy drinking brew nothing special but nothing bad either.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the new Mellow Mushroom in Delray Beach, FL. Poured into a 12oz. (boo) pint shaped glass.

A: Pours a light copper hazey brew with an approachable white head.

S: Your typical above average American Pale Ale nose; citrusy hops, mostly grapefruit, and some pine accents.

T/M: A ton of hops dominates this palate. The hop oils linger long into the aftertaste giving this a bitter finish. The body is light with lots of carbonation, giving it a crisp, thirst quenching presence.

D: Session it on hot summer days. The bitter back may be a bit strong for some but the it really is a thirst quencher.

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Photo of FuzzyGuy84
2.66/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22oz bottle poured into a clear goblet.

A - Dark for a pale ale - kind of an ambery copper. Tan head with fantastic retention. Opaque, hazy thickness almost reminiscent of a wheat beer.

S - Classic american pale ale smell. Distinct american hops are right up front. Grapefruit and floral notes are strong.

T - Very little taste up front. Long backburn of hoppy bitterness that lingers. Unremarkable and slightly below average.

MF - Not a lot of carbonation, a little too watery feeling for my taste. Not great.

D - Easy to drink, may serve as a great session beer. But when I think about drinking an American Pale Ale, this is, by most accounts, below average. Not terrible, but at the same time, difficult to reccomend.

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Photo of Goliath
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy copper color with a thin off-white head from the tap. Head was already gone by the time it made it to my table, but left some bubbley lace behind.

The aroma is pretty nice. A good hop profile with a nice citrus tone.

The taste is alright as well. A good citrusy hop hits up fromt backed up by a nice caramel maltiness. Bitterness is low.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a crisp carbonation.

Drinkability is high as it is low alcohol, decent flavor, and low bitterness. Combine these elements and the beer is quite drinkable.

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,055 ratings
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