Hazed Hoppy Session Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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
Ratings:
2,055
Reviews:
879
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
13.44%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
226
For Trade:
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Photo of surlyseth
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful, foamy head. Lacing that lasts longer than the serving. Deep hazy gold to rust spectrum. A marvel.

S: Oooh. This is going to be one hell of an APA! Citric, bright, floral. IPA like hop smell.

T&M: Hmmm. Not as good as advertised. Unbalanced. Kind of a generic hop profile that doesn't play as nice as I would like with the cereal malt. Enjoyable, but a little watery.

D: Seshable, but doesn't get better as it goes along.

Pretty decent. Lots of hops, but not much else.

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Photo of redneckchugger
4.45/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into a proper pint.
inch of foamy white, light brown color, very clear.
smells of citrus, pine oil, maybe some brown sugar
very crisp tasting, light piney hops, grapefruit, orange, slight malt in the back ground, refreshing,
very thin in the mouth, light, little bit too light for the style actually
very drinkable, good abv for session, , has some flaws but its my go to beer for just relaxing.

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Photo of sleazo
4.72/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A-Pours a slightly hazed brown with a fluffy cloudlike two finger head. Lacing abounds ad astounds, really a good looking brew.

S-Perfume like hops compete with a very biscuity malt for dominnance with neither side claiming victory. The balance here is just superb. The hop scent is very fresh with pine being the dominant note. When I opened the bottle the scent filled the room. Ah I love dry hopping

T-Not as hoppy as the scent. The malt is also a tad sweeter than I expected as it is both slightly caramel sweet and toasted biscuit at the same time. The aftertaste does showcase the pine//floral hops. The hops are still very fresh tasting.

M-I would actually say this is on the chewy side, the substantial head adds to the overall experience and the carbonation lightens the overall feel.

D-This is one hell of a tasty APA. Very well balanced yet providing a substantial hop kick. I wish this were a local brew. This would make a terrific session brew

Edit- I am shocked this isn't rated higher. I think people must be expecting an IPA whcih this is not. It still provides me with my hop fix without being a one trick pony.

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

Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle says that this is the FIRST in a series of "Looking Glass Series".... I'm looking forward to the others!

The head produced by the pour was a perfect 1". This quickly disappeared to a thin cap. The beer itself was an almost clear copper color.

The aroma is interesting.... kind of woodsy.... like a saw mill. I can pick up some caramel malt and a little bit of pine.

The taste is a bit funky! There is no freshness date on the bottle... so I have no idea how old this one is. The taste is somewhat hoppy... kind of a piney taste. But the predominant taste is a malty woodsy aftertaste. A bit of a sour finish.

The mouthfeel is appropriate for an APA. Nice carbonation level.

Drinkability: The sour finish is hard to get over.... I would like to give this another try.... but one that I KNOW how old the beer is... maybe closer to the brewery... hmmmm... must take a trip to Denver sometime...

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Photo of OKCNittany
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

More Yellowstone/Boise notes - this time from the Denver Airport

A: Hazy brown/orange body. Nice tan head that stayed awhile and left lacing everywhere.

S: Nose of floral, piney, and citric hops.

T: Big, hoppy flavor just barely balanced. Really seems like more of an IPA, but I suppose a little short on malt & alcohol. Who cares though - it tastes great just the way it is.

M: Fuller body than I expected with medium carbonation - overall a very nice mouthfeel. More importantly, finished with a pleasantly bitter aftertaste & hop burp. (the hop burps continued an hour later on my flight.

T: Solid session beer, but for hop-heads only. So good I needed to stay for a second - almost missed my flight (figures it would be the one time United flew on time).

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Photo of jackorain
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at the new Beer Bar in Wildwood New Jersey Good Night Irene's

A-Amber, Clear. Head fell to nothing quite quickly but shows very good lace.

S-Green and pine resiny hops galore. a little biscuit malt also shows through. Not complex, but certainly a forshadowing of the flavors to come.

T-WHACK! right upside the pallete. Big hop bitterness immediately shows itself. The hops are geen and big pine resin. There is a little biscuit and caramel malt that tries to push through in the middle only to beaten in submission by another wave of bitterness that finishes long and strong. This baby is far from balanced.

M-a little on the watery side but has a nice even carbonation. As this beer warmed up the resinous pine started to show itself in a little mouth coating oils.

D-I think this is quite good for such an unbalanced beer. If this were balanced it certainly would be a 6+% IPA becasue so much more malt would be necessary to balance it out. And if you cut back the hops to balance it out, well then it just wouldn't be the same. So for a nice long session when I'm looking for hops, this will be the one.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

22oz bomber served in a pint glass.

A - hazy, rust color with a tall tan head that stayed around and left plenty of lacing.

S - very strong citrus hop aroma.

T - clash of hops and malt, not a very balanced brew.

M - a bit thin and watery.

D - first few sips were interesting and then it became a struggle to enjoy as it went on.

Final Note: you can't judge a book by it's cover and you can't judge a beer by it's look and aroma.

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

Poured cold into a Bass trademark glass. From the looking glass series.
A - Decants a hazed (imagine that) amber w/ a full 2 finger cream head. A huge amount of lace hangs on.

S - Very fragrant, citrus scents from hops, pungent and fresh w/ a tinge of pine in the mix.

M - Med. full body w/ plenty of carbonation, very resionous, nutty and moderately bitter.

T - A deep rush of piney hop flavor with a subtle bite. A nutty roasted malt flavor, dry and grainy almost like fresh roasted nuts. A grassy bitter herbal taste lingers on. A good deal of citrus and mellow malt flavors resonate.

D - A very potent brew in flavor. Definitely a must try for hop fans. Very flavorful and juiced up w/ crystal and centennial hops. It is intense and is a beer that tastes a lot bigger than it is. I could drink several without any problem - very quaffable.

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

Enjoyed out of a standard pint glass. Pours a very pleasant, hazy, orangey copper with a creamy-white, two finger, short-lived head; lacing left all over the glass. Aroma is immediately of strong hops: floral and spicy. I could smell the hops as soon as I cracked the bottle. Taste is a little lacking. I thought there would be more hop flavor, instead I was hit with too much bitterness and not enough flavor. Citrus and grassy notes, but not a good balance. Mouthfeel is a little thin and slick with a noticeably astringent aftertaste. Very smooth, but the bitterness is going to limit me to 1 or 2 at a time. Overall, I think this beer's bark (smell) is worse (more deceiving) than its bite (taste). I liked it, and I think its worth a try, but I'm going to try their other IPA next time, Mojo IPA.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a bottle of this into a glass mug.

A: Pours an amber body with a small white head with ok retention. Eventually slows down to a nice lacing that holds until the finish.

S: A mixture of sweet malts and floral hops - solid APA smell.

T: A very strong hop taste with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste that I assumed was a mixture of the pretty high IBU and the malts. The hops seem to overpower the malts, which does not really balance it out. Still tastes pretty good, though, just pretty hoppy for an APA.

M: Okay mouthfeel; a little thinner than what I expected, but nice and smooth nonetheless.

D: As I mentioned above, this beer seems to have a higher IBU amount compared to other APAs that I've had - and they are my favorite style. I'd recommend this beer, but the higher than normal IBU content will probably limit you from drinking to many of these in a row.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber color with a finger of off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Looks pretty good. Nose is strong on fruity hops, lots of grapefruit a la SNPA. Taste is fruity, almost sweet hops up front. A touch of caramel malt shows through in the middle, and then back to drier, more bitter hops that linger in the nice aftertaste. Feel is maybe a touch thin and watery in my book, but not too bad.

I'd say I actually liked this more at first drink than later on. The wateryness shows up more later, and the neat fruit flavors disappear into a sort of bland bitterness as the beer goes on. It's by no means bad, just not mind-blowing.

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

Nice orange color with a soap bubble foamy off white head and lots of sticky lacing. Inviting looking beer. Smell is that clasic grapefruit hops smell, very clean, smooth and inviting. Taste has a nice citrus burst in it. Also a solid malty backbone, mostly caramel with some bready notes also. Medium body and a mild piney finish. This is a nice solid beer. It leans a little toward IPA range which is fine with me but might surprise some looking for a pale ale.

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

The hazed and confused is a caramel amber color with a foamy head that last quite a while and later turns to a soapy film.

The smell is aromatically infused with a citrus and a stagnant malt.

The taste is smooth and a mellow ale.

The mouthfeel is the weakest part of the ale as it doesn't stay very long.

This is the first time I have had this style of beer. One might say that is busts in your mouth like a juicy grapefruit.

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Photo of kernalklink
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A decent APA- I was excited by the pour- nice glowing orange color, medium bodied head and some whiffs of hoppiness. Flavor was good enough- some floral hops, not too flavorful, and a hint of malts in the background. Mouthfeel was light and smooth, but not so satisfying. Not a bad choice but it lacked flavor and real character. Almost as if a good brew was made then watered down for mass production- though i'd still try another boulder in the future.

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Photo of Patrick999
4.24/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - Golden brown, OK head, some nice lace.

S - Beautiful. I definitely appreciate the dry-hopping - the hops smell fresh and ever-present.

T - Hoppy to be sure, but not overly bitter. I think that's the big hop aromatics playing tricks on me. Cereal malts and a touch of sour play against what hop bitterness is present. Tastes like the hoppier end of the APA spectrum. I'm digging this beer.

M - Can't complain. A little thin, but it's a 4+% APA, I don't expect a big chewy feel.

D - Damn near perfect for this style. Though not so complex a beer, it's a lot of fun to drink. Tasty and aromatic hops, low ABV...what more do you want? I could sniff those hops all night long and probably be satisfied.

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Photo of mpyle
3.07/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber color with decent clarity. Moderate sized offwhite head. Reasonably tight bubbles, but quickly dispersed.

A grassy, piney, grapefruity hop aroma. Slight sweet malt aroma beneath the hop.

Heavily bitter with the hops, and a bit of a sour finish. Moderate citrusy hop flavor. Lingering hop bitterness. Sourness strange, and hops give it a one-dimensional flavor (malt character overly buried).

Medium body and carbonation. Sour flavor associated with some astringency in the mouthfeel.

Overall a true hop bomb. Delivers what it advertises, but could use a bit more balance by using less bittering hops while maintaining the hop flavor.

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Photo of demcorhip
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to markaberrant for this brew.

A hazy amber brown brew resulted from an aggressive pour that included a few swirls to include all the "haze". Nice three finger pale tan head from the swirling and pour, with decent retention. Can already tell that the lacing will be nice and sticky as clumps have already formed and stuck as the head slowly receeds.

Grapefruit and a pronounced floral fruit punch aroma greet my nose. Interesting. Some toasty malts, a solid bready quality, a hint of nuttiness and a touch of caramel lie underneath the fruity aromas.

No real surprises in the taste, which is much like the nose. The grapefruit and fruit punch come through initially, and as these flavours give way the malts reveal themselves again much as their nose.

Light-medium bodied brew. Decent hop profile well balanced with respect to the malts, slightly favours the hops according to the APA style. Almost finishes dry, and with a very mild hint of tea like astringency.

Very drinkable and refreshing brew, a good choice for summer sessions and refreshment. Certainly approachable as well. Thanks again Mark for this well made and tasty ale which would go down nicely at a family or work BBQ or picnic. Ill be looking for this at my favorite beer stores, and probably soon.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ppours a clean amber color with a nice white head. In the nose a earthiness and grapefruity hops. In the taste a fruity sweetness and a small bitterness. Very smooth with a hoppy aftertaste that hangs around for a while. Very easy to drink and a great aroma.

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Photo of errantnight
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed... I had such high hopes... particularly after opening the bottle...

Just barely "hazed" with a rich, creamy head, superb lacing... I was stoked! Aroma was citrusy and just a little malt sweetness and a hint of fruit esters... a ripe peach springs to mind.

And taste is... well, it's just off. I taste raisins, but not in a rich, fruity way, and the citrus hops seem almost in contrast. Bitterness is mild, just right, and body/carbonation are spot on: crisp, just a tad oily, but thin and smooth enough to go down like a champ... but the hops are a little vegetal, and this odd grapy, raisiny sweetness keeps sticking around... just not what I'm looking for in an APA. It's distinct enough that I could see either coming around on it, or it clicking for some people and really loving it, so I'm not not recommending it, but it sure doesn't do it for me. One was enough, although I went back for another to confirm my feelings. I'd drink it, and I'm curious to try on tap, or perhaps in a state closer to the source (I'm in MA at the moment)...

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Photo of afinepilsner
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz brown bottle

Hazed & Infused was a darker amber color and hazy. It had a beige head that had good retention and lacing. Citrus hops dominate the aroma. The taste was full of hops as well with some caramel malt to balance. It was medium in body with good carbonation. Drinkability was excellent. It was a very nice pale ale.

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Photo of WaveRebel51
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not a one-size-fits-all-beer, but is brew that seems directly aimed at Pale Ale fans. Starts with a hazy, deep amber appearance, then moves to intense floral aroma to the floral, fruity hoppy taste. Very drinkable, enjoyable and recommended to all Pale Ale fans, despite the below average ABV.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very rich amber color with a 2 finger white head that leaves some good lacing.

Smell is biscuity malt and some citrusy notes.

Taste starts with some bitter hop flavor, grapefruit and grass. Gets a bit juicy in the middle before finishing with sweet malty goodness.

Mouthfeel was a tad thin.

Overall, a highly drinkable APA. Hoppy and malty. Well balanced. Just a little watery toward the end, but still quite tasty.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is labeled as an APA, but I believe that it is very close to crossing the line to an IPA.

Pours an golden amber color with a white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of lightly toasted malt and citrusy hops.

Taste hoppy and light, with hints of citrus, apricot, grapefruit. Some lightly toasted malt flavor comes through as it warms. Mouthfeel is light and carbonated. Extremely drinkable because of the low ABV, but very tasty, good session beer.

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Photo of GimmeAles
3.57/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy garnet, 2 finger head recedes to a sheet barely sealing the glass. Good lacing.

Awesome aroma of floral, hoppy goodness. Soft-citrus and other fruity esters with an edge of cotton-candy or bubblegum. Complexly fragrant – nothing screams at you individually, but there’s no mistaking some serious dry-hopping is going on but in a balanced way.

Taste is initially toasted, husky grains with a bit of smokiness in the back. Caramely sweetness is candy-like and the darkish malts lend an unexpected chocolately character which I’m not sure I’m digging. A smooth wave of hop bitterness is woven throughout, but very well balanced to the beer’s overall character. An interesting beer and one that’s growing on me as I continue sipping.

Mouthfeel is smooth and well-rounded, medium-to-light viscosity. This with the low abv makes for a very quaffable brew. With it’s interesting, somewhat contrasting taste-aroma characters, I could session this beer and pondering its different facets. An intriguing Pale Ale.

edit: I should really wait till I finish a beer before casting final judgment. With the end of the pint glass coming, I notice a mouthfeel and taste taking a hit. Mouthfeel is weak and a faint, mineral astringency become more prominent and the beer suffers overall, mouthfeel and taste scores suffer accordingly. Went well with some veggie enchiladas but doesn't stand well on it's own in the end.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.6/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass (mine says Guinness on it). A nice, white, rocky head forms, about two fingers in size. Generous lacing. The head stays a long while.

Aroma is pure citrus hop goodness. Grapefruit, grass, and hay. Backed by a nice caramel malt backbone with a slight sweetness aroma.

More hops in the flavor and taste of this one. Completely balanced hop bitterness and sweetness from the malts. Tons of grapefruit flavor to begin with, followed by the somewhat earthy, grassy tones. Sweetness balances out perfectly. Very fresh tasting.

A tad under medium bodied; just a bit watery. Nothing major to complain about here. This is one fine beer. I wasnt expecting much but I got more than I deserved. This is a top notch APA. Could drink this all day and night: Actually, I think I will.

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