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 ajmoody76
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bought at local beer store. 12 ounce bottle into an imperial pint. amber with good clarity. one finger off white head. nice lace. looks good.

fruity with some sweetness. a little floral. no off odors.

good malt presence. expected more hops. works nicely though. good balance. fruity aftertaste.

medium body. good carbonation. nice beer. could drink for a session. i will try again. good example of apa.

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Photo of Gunnz
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Copper in color with a large fluffy cream colored head with impressive retention that leave a lacy finish on side of the glass.

Very floral and hoppy nose.

Slightly bitter nice hoppy taste. Slightly watery after taste. Very similar taste of an ESB at the first taste.

Crisp tasting light bodied and not as smooth as I would like from a beer.

I could drink this again but not often

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Photo of dashirey
4.39/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was My contribution to a recent case split with some friends.

A - One finger of head rose above the murky copper colored liquid. There was lacing left all the way down the glass.

S - Pine hops from the open of the bottle. Once it was poured more hops, but a hint of maly comes through too.

T - I think it is great. More hops than in your typical APA and I'm liking it. Citrusy flavor comes through in the end with that bit of maltiness in the taste as well. (side note - on my burp there were some piney hop notes)

M - Medium bodied, there was a little stinging carbination, but I think it is spot on.

D - All night, all day, hot, cold, great go to beer for anytime you need one. Easy drinking with a great taste. I can't wait to try some other stuff from Boulder.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange with a thin head that mostly disappears. Light citrus and fresh baked bread aromas are pleasant but not all that deep. Quite dry in the mouth with some citrusy hops up front, some very dry malt and a soapy aftertaste that just stops. A bit chalky as far as mouthfeel goes and a little light to boot. They just started selling this in Georgia, so I thought I'd give it a try. I think I'll pass from now on with this one, but I'll give some of there others a try.

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Photo of rye726
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown color with a tan head. A big structure of hops with a nice malty base. The taste has hops up front and through the finish. Some mild malts bring decent balance, but it needs more. The body is crisp and refreshing allowing this to be a good session brew. A nice example of the style from the guys at Boulder beer.

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Photo of WJVII
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this beer has a semi-transparent copper color with a 1/2 in white head that levels into a light cap leaving some decent lacing. The smell is of strong floral hops. The taste is that as well, a lot of variety of hops, leaving a semi-sweet after taste and mild bitterness. Moderately carbonated this was an average brew, decent and at least worth a try.

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Photo of biggred1
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-"hazed" orange amber with a decent rocky tan head.Good sticky lace.

S-Floral citrus hops.

T-Good hoppy taste up front,salty bitter finish

M-Light slick mouthfeel with smooth carbonation.

D-I can drink it but,there are better examples out there.Nothing amazing,decent but one dimensional.

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Photo of tigerdoc
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden copper color with a large white head that fades to thin white lacing. The aroma is intensely hoppy with floral, piney, and citrus notes. The flavor is slightly lacking compared to the aroma, still has nice hop flavor and a subtle malt backbone, not a huge hop bitterness present. The beer had a fairly low carbonation and lacked the crisp bitterness I would think would balance the beer. Still a very drinkable beer with great hop aroma.

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Photo of AlexJ
4.52/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hazed caramel orange in color with a dense white head that laces nicely.

Aroma is surprisingly hoppy with strong grapefruit and floral. The underlying malt is crackery and bready.

The flavor is even better, very hoppy for an APA, hoppier than some IPAs. Excellent grapefruit and tangerine find balance in soft floral and sweet grass. Solid caramel malt backbone. Complex and flavorful for a typically mild style.

Body is medium, soft, and smooth. Extreme drinkability. Possibly my highest rated APA to date.

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Photo of Dodo2step
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in carlisle

A- pours an opaque copper amber color. a nice half finger head with tan coloring tops it off.

S- grapefruit pummels my nose. It is a strong aroma of citrus. Hops ends the aroma.

T- Citrusy, it actually tastes like biting into a grapfruit with hops on the outside. Tasty and very fulfilling.

M- dry and hoppy. It doesnt feel watered down and my mouth feels like an explosion of grapefruit.

D- easy to put down and it goes down smooth. No troubles and this is a nice beer to watch a hockey game with. It has that cold crisp icey feeling to it.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a cloudy red amber with excellent carbonation. The head is nice 3 fingers of tan rocky fluff than leaves excellent lace.

The smell is good, nice hops but not as much as you would have expected.

The taste is nice and interestingly complex. Hopy yes but caramel notes in the finish sugest quite a taste delight. The malt is excellent quite a success for the Bier Meister, Prosit.

The mouthfeel is ok, seems a tad watery.

The drinkability is good, I would try it again. MK

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.22/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark coppery color with one finger head. Excellent retention and lacing from the head.

S - Strong hoppy aroma, citrusy. Also some piney-ness coming trough under the citrus. No hint of malt aroma.

T - Citrus hops, but not overwhelming. Not near as bitter as the aroma had me thinking it would be. Very well balanced.

M/D - Full bodied and so well balanced that it is a very drinkable brew.

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

poured from a 12oz bottle into a footed ale glass
As the name implies, a lovely hazy orange redish color, a great way to do the APA style with a nice head that maintains throughout

smells of heavy hopping, mostly pine and citrus - hops overpower the rest, but a light malt

tastes refreshing! a great rendition of a pale, juiced up a few more notches. The hop power is excellent, this really is a smooth drinker with a great aftertaste. I would buy a sixer on a nice hot afternoon.

the mouthfeel is thick for a pale, almost into the territory of an ipa

overall a smooth option from boulder beer

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Photo of BeerMeister86
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A- A slightly hazy amber color, nice thick head with good lacing.

S- Strong smell of hops at first, very floral and a little citrus and pine. Slight malt background and just barely sweet.

T- Huge initial blast of hops but quickly fades into a crisp finish with no bitter aftertaste. Again, slight maltiness and sweetness but not much. Has a nice clean finish, with an average amount of carbonation.

M- Kind of thin and oily. Not really the best mouthfeel.

D- A very drinkable beer. Very refreshing and smooth. The secondary hops are not overpowering and add a nice touch. Could definitely drink a couple of these.

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Photo of alexmpino
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice dry- hopped ale. Always a favorite at my house. Very strong hop aromas while poured and strong throughout. Great malty balance. Cannot be beat for a specialty ale at this price. Great beer from a great brewery. Very underrated: Boulder Beer

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

Pours a nice auburn brown with a fluffy, sticky beige head. Not particularly hazy, actually.

Aroma is like a Christmas tree lot, resiny and sweet. A bit of gingerbread and spice as well.

Taste seems balanced at first, but then the hops take over. After an initial bit of honey sweetness on the tongue, waves of piney, citrusy, almost soapy hops hit. Some woody, biscuity malts emerge as the tongue gets used to the hops onslaught. Bitterness is high, tingling the tongue. Finish is a bit mediciny and astringent.

Mouthfeel is medium, with an unexpectedly round, smooth quality, but does not disguise the IBUs.

Drinkability is hurt by the phenolic aftertaste.

Overall, an interesting beer with lots of hop aromas and flavors but they seem to explode on top and never work their way into the beer. The flavors don't seem to meld well and the finish is harsh.

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Photo of wcudwight
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to stopbarking.
Amber orange in color. 2 finger white head that fades to a tight lace on top. Lot's of lace sticks to the sides of the glass.
Wow what an aroma for a pale ale. Tons of hops fill the nose. Citrus/Piney C-Hops. This packs as much punch as some DIPA's in the aroma.
Flavor pretty much as the nose suggest. Hops! Hops! Hops! Also a bit of a grassy flavor all supported by a biscutty malt. I can't believe this beer packs this much hop flavor in under 5% abv.
Thin enough mouthfeel to make it sessionable. This is what seperates it from an IPA imho. It doesn't have the malt backbone and therefore the mouthfeel is thin.
A beer with this much hop flavor that is this drinkable is unbelieveable. I have been wanting to try this for awhile and it has exceeded my expectations. I'm back on the look out for it again.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at the Flying Saucer

A: Somewhat cloudy amber. Not much of a head, but poured off tap at a bar so I wasn't in control of a proper pour allowed for good head.

S: I really liked the hop aroma given off by this beer. Probably my favorite part of the brew. Nice piney grassy hop smell given off that smelled better than it tasted.

T: The hops have a strong wet pine/grass taste that is okay but this beer lacks a lot of complexity for me. It was okay but nothing out of this world. Didn't feel like the hop bitterness was overwhelming or anything so that's a plus.

M: Medium bodied, fair amount of carbonation. It was solid in mouthfeel.

D: Thought it was pretty average overall but had a great smell for me. It's not overpowering or anything so I think if you enjoyed it then it could be sessionable. I enjoyed the beer but wouldn't want more than one.

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

A boldly hopped unfiltered pale ale that is quite drinkable. This is by no means the "best in its class" but I thoroughly enjoy the hops used in this brew. Nice citrus and pine combo emanating from the cloudy drink. Some might suggest that the hops are overwhelming but to me they are what makes the beer and what I applaud!

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Photo of avalon07
3.17/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When I poured this one from a bottle to a pint glass, it had an amber color and a somewhat cloudy texture. Didn't have much of a head at all.

S: There was a strong smell of hops and some malt. Decent, if a little obnoxious.

T: Surprisingly dull in this category. You get a nice burst of hops, but then little else. It just wasn't complex enough.

M: A fair amount of carbonation. It's a medium-bodied beer.

D: This is kind of an average beer. As I said, it isn't as complex or lively as it should be. I've had worse, sure, but I've definitely had better.

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

shaped pint glass, no date

A- Big foamy head, 4 fingers, on an even pour. maintains cap, excellent lacing thick and consistent, like a good nitro stout almost. Color is a pallid amber, hazy.

S- American hops, piney, but not overpowering. I was expecting more due to the dry hopping. Not unpleasant, but not special. Like fresh pine wood sawdust almost.

T- Flat, in spite of the hopping. Initial hoppy tingle, lingering bitterness, some acidity, but nothing I can really tease out, and the flavors aren't really complex- just recedes into the bitterness really quickly, in an almost watery fashion. The bitterness isn't bad, but it just doesn't seem strong and in balance with any other flavors.

M- Thin, tingly initial carbonation, but disappears almost immediately.

D- an ok beer to drink overall. It's not offensive, nor great. Not something I would visit again since the hops just don't pop and the flavors just aren't as complex as I would like- fade into the bitterness just far too quickly and nothing to segue or balance it with. I do think I have an older bottle, 2007 of some sort, just don't know exactly, so if given a fresh bottle, I'd try again, but it doesn't keep well.

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

This brew grew on me as I finished the six pack. Pours a cloudy amber with a nice rocky and sticky IPA head on top. Aroma is straight up IPA as well, lots of citrus and piney floral aromas. The taste can't quite match that though. The bitterness is most definitely there, so you never doubt it's an IPA, but there is little there to balance it. Boulder's Mojo IPA does this much better, lending some fruity notes.

The dry hopping here, however, overwhelms the brew to its detriment. The hops come off too sharp and cloying in the aftertaste with nothing there to mellow them. Sometimes an unbalanced hop brew may work, but not here. Still a solid tasting brew. But I was hoping for a bit more after the Mojo.

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

A: Poured a dark, hazy ruby-orange color with smooth white head with moderate carbonation.

S: a very intense aroma of grapefruit, and lemons with slight floral hints.

T: hoppy with fresh citrus (grapefruit), light pine and a good breadiness. A good lively carbonation brings out the strong aromas and flavors of citrus which is balanced well with a good sweet caramel backing.

M: medium bodied, nicely carbonated with a dry lemony residual lacing on the tongue. The swallow was smooth.

D: Good drinkability crisp, very citric and refreshing.

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Photo of boston2bburg
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours about 3 fingers of thick-foamed off-white head, so much so that I can't fit a whole 12 ouce in my oversized Maudite snifter. Head sticks around the whole way down the snifter. Impressive looking.

There's a hefty amount of piney, citrusy hops on the nose, as well as a light apricot aroma, and it reminds me of HIPA and other Magic Hat hoppy beers, in the way it is dryhopped with sweet, pungent hops. The smell has an aggressive, sharp, and clean bouquet that just overtakes your olfactory nerves.

The taste is light citrus and almost lemon. The hops are juicy rather than overly bitter; they taste and smell very fresh. So thick with hops it resembles perfume and oil.

Mouthfeel is light but it's full of flavor. I can't believe this beer is under 5% ABV. I don't remember the last beer I had at that level but it tastes 2% stronger than it really is.

Very impressed by this and the Mojo I've tried from Boulder Beer Co. They know how to do their hoppy beers and they are all better than average. Hops are definitely in excess for a beer of this strength, but are still constructed in a refreshing and tasty manner. For Hop Heads Only.

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Photo of adamette
2.78/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

poured from a bottle into a clear glass at home

A pleasing golden brown, 3 to 4 finger head which remained for 2 minutes at least.

S hops but not too strong

T hops, citrusy, but a bit empty with a less than pleasant hops aftertaste.

M fine. Nothing remarkable

D only fair. It is an interesting beer but not one that has me excited to look for it again.

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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