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 PhxHorn
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Color is a deep red carmel, with a thick white head. Had to pour this one very slowly. Smelled moderately of hops. Taste was the disappointing part...more of a sour lemony flavor followed by the expected bitterness. The sour flavor just didn't do it for me.

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

Hazy orange color, good head. Lacing is rather wispy. Pretty good look for an American craft ale. The aroma is pleasantly hoppy, Chinook I would think, definitely West Coast citric and pine notes. Caramel malt seems light; a bit dextrin.

The flavor is acceptable but slightly out of style. Big hopping, which is great, but the pine/pepper edge seems to take away from the gestalt of the thing. Definitely a tasty and fine ale, a little unbalanced but what do I care?

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

Very cloudy amber color. Poured two fingers of eggshell white head, that went away rather quickly. The aroma and taste were dissapointing. I was expecting a much richer hoppy flavor. That being said, the mouthfeel and drinkability were quite nice, and it finishes with a bite that lingers. This is a beer that I could drink on a nice warm summer day, but I would prefer a much more full bodied ale.

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Photo of kwm13
3.59/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber color, slightly cloudy, no head retention at all.

Nice sweet smell, lightly hoppy, enjoyable.

Clearly an IPA based on the hops here with a nice sweet hoppy flavor and a bit musky and dry, but it's not bad. It might even have a slight hint of a citrusy taste.

I enjoyed this beer. Relatively well balanced.

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Photo of lvbs
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was the definition of a mixed review among our 12 tasters. It received rankings up and down the board, so its final score of 2.75 makes sense. Hop heads enjoyed it, but still thought it lacked some of the more tempering elements of IPAs. Of course, that lack of overpowering hops allowed some non-hop heads to enjoy it more than they otherwise would have. Some thought it was "well constructed," but just not their style. If you are a hop fan, it's probably better than this rating, but it's most similar in taste to a British IPA, with a sort of musty dryness from the dry-hopping process.

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Photo of MarkSCCOT
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulder beers have just come to SC!
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle bought at Ted's Butcher Block into a pint glass.

A. Hazy amber brew with a small insignificant head and little lacing.

S. Some citrus like hops aroma that aren't in your face, but subtle. Just a hint of malt.

T. Citrus malt taste, grapefruit, granny apple. Some malt in the finish.

M. Thin texture and clean finish.

D. Very drinkable. I wish the hops were more bold, but all in all a decent APA.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I got a pint of this at Ullr's in downtown Breckenridge.

My first time trying this beer on-tap.

Appearance: copper color with a 1/2" off-white head off the tap
Smell: lots of hops....great
Taste: very pronounced hops....some citrus flavor also
Mouthfeel: medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night

overall...an impressive that i'd like to drink more of in the future

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Photo of JDV
2.76/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark amber pour with a hazy body, and thick medium beige head. Smell is sweet and hoppy/malt balance at first like a rich amber, but turns metallic after a bit. This bottle must be a little old. Needs a touch more malt in the taste, and the body is a bit thin. Slight metal and oxidation in the taste and it almost turns sour as it sits. Unbalanced and most likey unfresh.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep orange almost brown and very cloudy. The citrus smell was very noticeable with mostly grapefruit and orange coming through. As the label states hazed and infused with hops which held true. Highly drinkable and the hops were the main characteristic they were not overwhelming. Nice enjoyable beer!

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass no freshness date.

A: For a beer that has hazed in the title it is pretty damn clear, the beer is also pretty damn dark, compared to other APAs I've seen lately. It pours a dark woody color with a one inch white bubbly head that bubbles down into a cap in a minute, but also leaves a pretty sticky and extensive lacing all over the glass. The further you get into the beer the more lacing clings to the side of the glass.

S: The hops are there and the malts are there, a pretty nice balance but the hops do most of the work here as to be expected. Not nearly as over the top in the aroma department, but has a nice bread crust and light grapefruit and pine but the bread crust dominates and the fruit and pine bring up the rear a nice interplay happening.

T/MF: A slight fresh bready flavor greets the mouth upon the first sip and is balance out by a juicy orange and caramel apple nutty flavor. The nutty character comes across much stronger in the long finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery but the hop oils can still be felt clearly down the middle of the tongue, the finish leaves the tongue a bit slick but cleaner than you would expect from an APA.

D: If it were not for the increased bitterness I might be fooled into thinking this is an american amber ale, or something similar, so while this is a decent tasting beer it does not seem to fit withing the style as well as I would hope for an APA.

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

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 2/11/08.

A - Hazy deep amber/orange body with one-finger frothy, off-white head and a nice reverse rainfall of carbonation bubbles. Decent head retention with lots of thick, sticky lacing around the glass.

S - Ample dry hopped aroma with an assortment of citrus, floral and herbal hops dispersed around a sweet caramel malt base. A bit of toasted malt and grainy goodness as well.

T - Hops and malts are nicely balanced with a distinct herbal hop bite juxtaposed with a caramel sweetness that transforms into a more toasted, grainy malt flavor with a bit of burnt toast. Finishes with more herbal hops and a bit of citrus fruit.

M - Light to medium body with fairly thin, watery texture that's trying to be oily. Finish is quite dry, lightly bitter and warm on the tongue. Lively carbonation results in a bit of sharpness on the tastebuds.

D - A fairly easy drinker with a distinct dry hopped aroma and flavor. Hops possess a slight burnt quality in the finish, but overall I find this brew to be a tasty one.

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Photo of thryn
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden amber, with rather a lot of cream-colored head that subsides into a layer just a couple millimeters thick. The rather a lot of head could be because I poured too roughly.

It smells lovely, of bitter hops and sweet honey.

The taste is mild, both in the bitterness and the sweetness. It's not bad at all; it's good, but the nose suggests more flavor than it ultimately has.

Mouthfeel is light enough to be refreshing, but not thin.

Overall, it's extremely drinkable, in part because the flavor is not all that strong. It would hit the spot on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of srobertson59
2.8/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle

A - Hazy honey-colored with light carbonation rising in the glass. Not quite cloudy...not quite clear. Decent foam on the pour, but dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet honey aroma with a little bread-y malt. Barely a glimpse of hops in the nose.

T - Malts overtake any hops in the brew. Very imbalanced...but sweet. Not hateful by any means, but not what I was expecting. It tasted watered down to me. Flavor is there, but well disguised!

M - Thin, thin, thin. Did I mention that the mouthfeel was thin? Alcohol is not even noticeable; unfortunately neither is much of the flavor. Carbonation is noticeable, but there is so little flavor that there is no reason to wake up the taste buds.

D - Very drinkable, but very thin and very light in the taste; unless you like sweet.

This is what I would expect if Kool-Aid brought out a Beer flavored drink mix. Don't get me wrong; it isn't bad or hideous, it just doesn't have anything special to it. (IMHO...YMMV)

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Photo of tpd975
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had many times in the bottle and on draft.

A: Pours a golden amber with a half-inch head of foam. Wonderful head retention and beautiful spider web lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Sharp pine and citrus nose. This one is all about the hops.

T: Orange with acidic grapefruit finish. Nice bite in the end.

M: Very crisp. Sort of light for an IPA, yet clingy, very unique.

D: Sessionable hoppy brew

Overall: One of my go to's at a local hangout. One of their best beers on the menu that is good tasting and quite sessionable. One of Boulder Beer Company's Best!

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

Enjoyed this courtesy of Barefootbrewer. Pours a hazy orangey/coppery color with a fantastic thick head that lasts forever. Aroma is very hoppy and dominates the smell. Flavor is also dominated by the hops with little if any maltiness coming through. Not a very well-balanced beer, but not bad for the hop addict. Lacing was pretty good as was mouthfeel. Not one I could drink a lot of.

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Photo of shamrock7
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy copper color with a nice thick white foamy head that hangs around for a while. The aroma has a hoppy overtone with citrus in the background. The taste is nice and hoppy with a bitter finish, but not over the top at all. The mouth feel is a little thin, but it has a nice carbonation overall. A very drinkable APA.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a semi-cloudy amber with a small off-white head; little retention.

S - Aroma of hops and honey with some grassy notes in the background.

T - Pale ale? Hmm...this is one of those times I'm not sure whether to review the beer per its style, or general taste. I'll stick with the taste. Blend of juicy citrus and hops with a semi-sweet malt background. Finishes sweet with a slight bitterness.

M - Light-to-medium body, but the bittersweet finish is very nice.

D - This is a very drinkable selection...don't get hung up on the style. Delicious beer without the extra ABV - definitely a great session selection.

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Photo of tprokop7
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with a medium-thin head, pale yellow, over an amber body. Hoppy, as the bottle suggests, and fairly pleasant. My main complaint about this beer is that it is too sweet, and the sweetness detracts from the hop flavor. The smell is great, and the beer remains drinkable... I just wish it was a little less sweet.

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Photo of marcpal
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap, poured heartily into pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy dark orange under a stiff white head. Lacing was impressive.

S: More hops that I would have expected, purely citrus. Not much malt or breadiness. Grapefruit most pervasive by far.

T: Grapefruit hops similar to the aroma and there is some presence of maltiness that shows up, but subdued. Bitter and citrusy in a good way.

M: Highly carbonated and not an oily hopfeel.

D: Very drinkable, surpassed expectations. Very good session beer.

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Photo of jenbys2001
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite my smooth librarian aesthetic, I wanted to loathe this beer due to it's eyeball murdering label. Ignoring my offended artistic sensibilities, I tried this one the other day at the Mellow Mushroom and found it to be rather appealing. The smell and taste are quite "grass-y" and actually it tasted like an IPA to me. If you like that distinctive hop taste this is not a bad beer to drink. Although it doesn't have that bitter punch to it that I enjoy. Not my favorite, but much better than the hippy, cheese-y label suggests.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, courtesy of jasonjlewis

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color, as advertised, under a big white head. Nice retention, really nice lace.

S: Smells of some citrus hops, with some lemony and orange character really revealing itself. Slight hints of pepper. A little subdued, but nice.

T: Tastes of pepper stick out the most, with some citrusy and grassy hops, and again mostly lemon-like, and some other fruity hints as well. Really a lot going on in the taste department. Bitterness is moderate at best, with slightest dry quality in an otherwise bitter finish.

M/D: Carbonation is just right, a medium to light body. Drinkability is good as this one is easy to go down and low ABV.

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Photo of Hoppington
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A nice dark copper pour with medium lace and head. Hoppy floral nose with prounced orange citrus notes on the tastebuds, finidhing with mild smoke and muted pine. A superb APA with a fairly decent hop kick to it, which is the way I like it. Not very high alcohol, so it is a good drinker. Would definitely order this again.

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Photo of vdubmatt
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle of this poured into a tumbler pint glass at the Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell, NJ.

A- Has a nice slightly cloudy light amber color. Decent head and retention. Nothing too spectacular with the appearance.

S- This was one of the strong points for this beer in my opinion. Contrary to other reviewers I found this to be very upfront and strong in the hop department. It could be mistaken for an IPA from smell alone. Citrusy smell and clearly an American Pale Ale.

T- I was a little underwhelmed by the taste and the smell. Not bad by any means, and actually very good, but I was expecting a little more. Very balanced with a mild bitterness for all of the hop aroma and taste.

M- Again, nothing out of the ordinary here with the mouthfeel. Nice levels of carbonation and not too watery.

D- I could put these back all night. They were very drinkable and enjoyable.

In summation, I would definitely reach for this beer again if I saw it out somewhere. I recommend it to anyone who is a fan of a nice hoppy ale.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.23/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Was hoping for a bit more hoppiness to this one.

Very hazy pour with a pretty good sized head.

Smells faintly hoppy although not nearly as strong as I was expecting.

Hmmm...just a touch of hoppiness to it but mostly kind of light and watery. Faint hop influence to this, not nearly as much as some of the other APAs.

Might give this one another try to ensure I didn't have a bad bottle or something. Didn't care for this one too much.

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Photo of Eirerate
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy, light amber color from a 12 oz. bottle into a clean glass mug. The head was decent head; smooth and did hang around for awhile. Smell was good; well balanced with fresh hops aroma. Taste was good and clean, but nothing really outstanding. Far and away better than your average beer, just not outstanding. Mouthfeel was a bit thin but still pleasant. All in all a good little beer and I would gladly have more.

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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