Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hazed Hoppy Session AleHazed Hoppy Session Ale
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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 saintwarrick
3.75/5  rDev +3%
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 +9.9%
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 +11.3%
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 -23.6%
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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Photo of Proteus93
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A deep, slightly hazy rich golden colour, with a nice puffy white head. Quite a nice lacing down the glass, leaving a liberal sheeting behind.

S: A light citrus hops with something of a metallic or 'sharp' aroma... a tiny bit of caramel note in there, right on the back.

T: A rather full bodied flavour. Kinda flowery, a tad malty, a little citrusy.

M: Almost an electric sensation going on between the zesty carbonation and semi-foamy feeling over the gums and in the cheeks. Almost numbing in a way. Kinda strange.

D: Ultimately, it's decent. Nothing absolutely extraordinary, but not too shabby. Worth giving it a try, at least.

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Photo of phaiel
4.27/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a great head and lacing. Color is bronze/coppe, and golden. Great looking beer.

Smell is extremely citrusy. You can really smell the hops in this brew. Smells like someone is putting a mango up to my face. Has a small amount of malt detectable. A little bready. Slight grassy/piney component.

The taste was different than the nose. It smelled almost of an IPA amount of hops, but drank more of an APA, though still very hoppy. Very citrusy. Rather orange tasting. Extremely refreshing brew with a good balance of citrus hops and a background of malt. Not a totally complex drinker, but for the purpose this is a great summer type bear.

Medium bodied, a definate session drinker-- especially with the lower ABV. I would recommend this to anyone as a great hot summer day beer.

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Photo of becktone
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Done in a Horizontal tasting with BBC Pale Ale, Ruedrich's Red Seal Ale(North Coast), and Brooklyn Pennant Ale.

Eye: The nicest looking of the four brews...It has the best head retention and nice lacing as well. Color is copper, and the body is very clear. Head is creamy looking...all in all looks real nice sitting there in my glass.

Nose: Floral and grassy notes fill the nose with a nice American hop aroma. Good malt backbone behind this, though it is hard to say exactly what is there, the hops take the foreground in this brew's aroma, just the way I like my APAs. After a bit some slight caramel notes begin to emerge, sweet malt notes as well...there just enough to balance the hops. Very nice.

Tongue: Not as much hops as the nose would have me believe. Grasssy and floral, with some citrus notes, thats how the hops come through to me. There is also a green note to how the hops taste to me, the flavor is reminiscent of the aroma that occurs when hops are first thrown into the boil when brewing. Malt flavor is a lightly toasted flavor of grain. Would've liked a fuller more pronounced hop profile with a less toasty flavor from the grain, thats just me though, it seems to take away from the hop flavor.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium in body and quite smooth on the palate, this beer is easy to drink. Carbonation is lower than expected, but works well with this beer. This is one that I'd drink again even though I have had better APAs. It gets me interested in the rest of the offerings from Boulder. Again, nothing that is "wowing" or damning about this beer, its just another one of the guys...however, it is one of the better guys. All in all a nice session brew.

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Photo of PhxHorn
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
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 +1.6%
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 -5.2%
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 -1.4%
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 -23.1%
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 +9.1%
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 +10.4%
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 -24.2%
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 +9.1%
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 +5.8%
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 -1.1%
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 +3.6%
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 -23.1%
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 +2.5%
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 -1.6%
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 +8.5%
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 +11.8%
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 +3%
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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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 2,059 ratings