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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
Reviews:
876
Ratings:
2,014
Avg:
3.72
pDev:
20.43%
 
 
Wants:
22
Gots:
199
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 876 | Ratings: 2,014
Photo of moulefrite
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber/yellow in color, the head lacks a bit, as does the lace and stick. Aromas are clean and hoppy, while never overly hoppy, just a pleasant buzz. Good flavor with hops taking on a ginger like flavor. A subtle malt finish adds depth and balance-nicely made.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle. No date.
It pours a deep copper color with little bits of hoppy goodness floating about. A fast-fading off-white head sit on top. Some patchy and trailing lace coats the glass.
The smell? Floral hops, pelletized, hop, citrusy hops aroma and just a faint smell of hay.
There's a hint of biscuity malt and a bit of a grassy taste.
Grapefruity and lime-like bitterness mix with a tea-like and metallic bite. A peppery spiciness is very pronounced.
This is the result of leaving a hophead alone in the brewery.

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Photo of edchicma
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great copper color with unbelievable lacing. Smell is primarily yeasty in nature, but nonetheless pleasant. Taste is initially sweet then nicely tangy and hoppy on the finish...not over the top. Fairly light mouthfeel, light oily ininitially with a dryer hop finish. Easy to frink...low abv..could be a decent sesssion brew,

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off-white head atop a copper brew. Laced nicely.
Huge, wonderful citrusy, piney hop aroma. Pale malt buried underneath the hops.

Taste shows big, citrusy hop flavor. A bit too grapefruity IMO. They need to date their bottles because the grapefruit character was almost sweet and I'm left wondering whether the beer was just starting to go bad or if that's just it's normal character. Toasty malt backbone doesn't make much of a presence. Grapefruit finish.

Good mouthfeel and drinkability.
Overall, a good, well-hopped ale with plenty of flavor. I'll be revisiting this one.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.16/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Presentation: Picked up recently whilst on a drinking tour of Phoenix with the legendary Gusler, I managed to avoid a “Davo” incident at the Airport due to the immensely kind gesture from Sir Joe to box my stash of beers purchased and send them on. This was the first bottle out of the first of two boxes that recently arrived – A 22 ounce Bomber with one of those plastic shrink-wrapped labels. A tie-dye green background and lots of pastel colors, give the label a very 1960’s psychedelic look. ‘Hazed and Infused’ is writ in red bordered yellow lettering with the words ‘dry-hopped ale’ in white completing the presentation. The left part of the wrinkly label states that this offering is from the Looking Glass series.

Appearance: Lovely deep scorched copper color, a crème brulee body quietly sits underneath a massive off-white head with a vanilla yellow hint. Good carbonation levels and some nice lacing. Looks great.

Nose: A sweet and orangey aroma at first. A nice hop profile sits against some malt-bitter odors. Not high in strength but strangely average and a let down after the appearance.

Taste: I think this is missing something. It has the hops, but it is like they are on their own, out on a dusty country road waiting for the Bus that comes once a week. As such they are diluted in the overall scheme of things. Maybe it needs some more malt to support the beer? Something’s not quite right here. Half decent but missing something for me.

Mouthfeel: This part was a real let down for me. I found it to be thin and watery and incapable of supporting the body of the beer. Lacked depth and was seriously wanting.

Drinkability: The thin mouthfeel detracted from the overall taste profile and gave a very “watery” feel to this offering at times. Nice to start with, but soon got very wishy-washy and boring.

Overall: Not bad, worth the coin for the try, but I would not purchase it again. It looks great, but sadly the mouthfeel is way too thin, and the taste somewhat repressed and unbalanced for me. More malt would give the beer some more desperately needed body and would most certainly support the ‘free-standing’ hops and lend this Eunuch Pale Ale some much needed Balls. Either that, or I guess I’m getting spoilt after 30 months in California. There are much better ‘hoppy’ Pale Ales out there for my money. Very Disappointing.

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

The beer pours a dark gold amber color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is awesome. It is filled with pale and light crystal malts along with a great hop scent that penetrates. It is intense and quite citrousy. The taste is also good. It has a beautiful citrousy hop flavor. It blends well with the malts. This beer has tremendous balance. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. The beer drinks well. I got this through a trade. Thanks Quaffer.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An all-around good beer, although I think the brewery hypes the dry hopping a bit more than warranted. A hazy in appearance, but really more of a chill haze look than turbidity. Nice grapefruity hops, sharp yet not overpowering. Toward the back some rustic malt flavor becomes evident, perhaps a bit heavier with malt at this point than most hoppy pale ales. Pushes the border on robustness close, but not quite to, IPA territory. A pleasant quaffer for the hops-inclined.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.82/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep copper, slightly hazy, with a white head. Smells fruity , citrusy, bitter, reminds me almost of the scent of the stickiest of the icky. The taste initially has a fruity, malty taste that changes to the delcious bitterness of hops and grapefruit. A very unique beer, haven't had anything like this. Almost an IPA, almost tastes like a fruit beer. Definitely try this if you can find it.

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

Pours a hazy copper with an off-white head. The fluffy cumulus-like head leaves sheets of lace on the glass like a growing congregation of clouds. Carbonation streams up to the surface like bubbles in an aquarium.

Wow. This smells like fresh hops you by at the homebrew store. There is a hint of carmel in the nose as well. The floral hops tickle the nose in anticipation of consumption.

The taste was initially hoppy. But as the beer warms, the tang of the hops and the sweetness of the malt balance in a symphony of flavor. This is a wonderful taste experience that I do not want to end.

The mouthfeel is full and creamy. The carbonation and the hops grab the tongue in a hug of appreciation and thanks. It's as if the beer is grateful for its ensuing demise. There is a crisp dry finish and a memory of the drink that you don't want to forget.

This is a very drinkable beer. I don't know what it is, but I really love this beer. Is it perhaps that this is a pale ale that aspies to be an IPA? Or is it that I have come to really appreciate dry-hopped beers? Whatever the case may be, this, in my opinion, is a fantastic brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.34/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Great amber tone with full creamy head dwindles quickly and leaves behind nicely dispersed lacing. Aroma: Dry hopped with Centennial and Crystal hops can't beat this, great floral earthy hop aroma nice mellow caramel malt tone good stuff. Taste: Well balanced mellow malts that just balance enough then the hops come through and fulfill my hopheaded craving just the way I wanted, good stuff here. Mouthfeel: Medium bodied ale good carbonation, no complaints. Drinkability: The aroma alone leaves me wanting more and more beer, awesome stuff not expecting anything here but boy I'm I glad I found this gem of a balanced hoppy ale.

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

Honestly, I went into this one with very little idea of what to expect, and I came away pleasantly surprised.

H&I poured a bold amber color with two fingers of a beige, bubbly head. The aroma was sweet and hoppy that gets me pretty pumped about tasting this one. The taste is full of sweet, floral hops (which provided the aforementioned aroma) but doesn't have much astringency or bitterness--just the right amount to make this easy drinking, without sacrificing flavor. It finishes with a clean, almost piney aftertaste.

I'm surprised and impressed. Full hop flavor without taste bud annihilation? This is intriguing stuff...

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Photo of CRJMellor
3.92/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little hazy but beautiful amber/copper nectar. Small white head that disappears quickly leaving decent lace on the glass. Aroma is very grapefuity, citrus hop with a minor background of medium malt. Flavor is not quite as hoppy as aroma would indicate. I assume the dry hops give of more aroma than taste. Very nice balance of medium malt and hop spiciness. Back has a nice bitter, spicy alcohol kick. Only distraction is little a bit of mineral water flavor on the finish. Really be interested to see what this one would do on draught, or even better cask-conditioned.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, cloudy, perhaps dark amber in color. A decent off-white head, great lacing. An obvious, yet inviting hoppy aroma, some fresh fruit noticeable on the nose as well. Up front, a massive dose of hops (centennial?). Great amound of grapefruit, plum, grapes and apple peel notes in the body, combined with a tender malt backbone. Hop presence off the cuff, this is borderline on an IPA. Very little carbonation, creamy and quite tasty, a great hop palate; dangerously smooth, the sign says "non-hop heads need not apply."

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

Hazed and Infused: poured from a double deuce bomber. A dry hopped ale, according to the label. Pours, initially, a deep amber with a slight haze. A slight swirl causes big flaky chunks to pour from the bottle, detracts from the look, but I’ve seen worse. Nice head, slightly off-white, that leaves a thick coating on the side of the glass. Very nice hoppy aroma, almost fruity.

The taste is nice, almost needless to say, a very assertive hoppy taste, with a dry/clean aftertaste with a small hint of malts. The hops are pine like, with a slight note of floral hop flavor. Overall, very tasty, but slightly over the top in terms of hop bitterness, somewhat of a bite in the belly: probably not for someone prone to heartburn.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
4.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A really nice pale ale from the Rockies. Great hazy amber topped of by a delightfully sticky ivory head. Nose is full of hops as is the flavor. Full to brim with Centennial hopping against a nice malt backbone. Good mouthfeel with very solid mouthfeel. Just an all around great beer with IPA tendencies. Loaded to the hilt with grapefruit flavors and citric oils.

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Photo of beerluvr
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with a thick off white head that falls upon slightly hazy amber/golden liquid. The nose is intense, sharp and flowery hoppiness along the lines of Bell's Two-Hearted Ale. The taste is somewhat astringent, hoppiness dominates all the way. Fruity notes and more flowery hops appear soon after...maltiness appears as an afterthought. The hop bitterness fades slowly into a long finish, a good hophead brew, just wish it had a touch more malty backbone. Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle!

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Photo of winomark
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a medium copper with a thick, frothy off-white head.

Aroma: Hop citrus dominates the nose. Lovely aroma through and through.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness with some malt richness in the back.

Mouthfeel: Light, but flavorful. Somewhat of a short finish.

Drinkability: A solid pale ale. Good balance. Worth trying at least once.

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Photo of bditty187
4.37/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Coppery-bronze hue, auburn highlights, slight haziness, the off-white head reached a finger in height. Admirable retention, a loose, soapy cap remained throughout my slow sipping of this lovely beverage. Modest, thin lacing. Looks very agreeable in my glass. The first whiff immediately tells me this is going to a hoppy treat. Pine needles galore with flowery notes underneath, grapefruit rinds too. On-tap I found the nose soft, like pineapples in bitterness with a strong resemblance to Bell’s Two Hearted Ale. But poured from a bottle, it is much different, better I’d say, a hell of a lot hoppier! The palate is raw, bitter; piney hops throughout, grapefruit, a smidge of general fruitiness here and there. Only for a brief moment towards the finish is a note of caramel malts detectable. This beer is not balanced; it doesn’t try, the bitterness bite is modest but strong enough. The mouthfeel is a touch oily and slick; the carbonation is low, I’d like to feel a tickle more but I’m not complaining. Hazed & Infused is a great Pale Ale, it is only second to Alpha King. The best part is I bought a six-pack of this in Omaha… the last one. :-(

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

Hazed? No shit. Looks like a glass full of burnt sea monkeys, hazed.

Besides that though, Mr. beer has a fatty head of puffy glue. Nose of lemon tarts and mower blades. Flavors of sourdough toast under a cilantro olive tapenade sprinkled with cane sugar. Easy draining stuff, no doubt, if you don't mind the floaters.

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

This beer poured a cloudy copper amber color with a nice bubbly off white head that left circular lace as it subsided. A small amount of carbonation and sediment was present. The aroma was of malt, hops and grapefruit/citrus. The flavor was of malt, hops, citrus with an astrigent bitter finish but a touch sweet. Not as hoppy as other American styles, but not a bad IPA.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.02/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Interesting mix of citrus and grassiness with a bite of sweetness. Pleasing aroma.
Full head that recedes rather quickly, but settles nicely. Amber and clear.
Full hops flavor, but not overpowering or excessive. Citrus and more than average bitterness. Medium lingering. A little grassy, little grainy and a bit watery.
Slight softness to feel from carbonation, otherwise not that soft and too thin.
Has a raw quality that takes away from smoothness. Enjoyable nonetheless.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at From The Vine monthly beer tasting Oct 13th, 2003: Clear dark amber color with a somewhat foamy medium white head. Nice lacing. Fair amount of hops in the aroma. Medium body and kind of earthy, with a nice blend of citrus and other fruit, hops and a hint of caramel. A little bit of malt makes its way through in the finish but it retains the hoppy aspect throughout. Pretty good.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
1.85/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Served chilled in a pint glass. 12 oz. bottle.

Appearance: Hazy medium brown liquid with an ecru frothy head (about 3/4" at max. height). Head eventually settles down to a nice sized layer of foam and gobs of foam appropriate to the style cling to the glass.

Smell: Great balance of piney and citrus hops at first, but the grapefruit eventually wins out. Nicely fragrant.

Taste: Precious little malt taste, or hops for that matter... Flash in the pan piney bitterness followed by something like a ginger ale in taste. A major letdown after the look and smell. Look like the Looking Glass line is a funhouse mirror.

Mouthfeel: Watery. I was expecting something with more body than this. Seemed more like weak iced hop tea or something.

Drinkability: Blech. I had problems finishing this. If the smell weren't so good, I'd be thinking I got a stale bottle. Oh well, at least the bottle looks cool.

Still, thanks to feloniousmonk for the trade.

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Photo of freed
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My sister brought this back from Jackson, but didn't know she was getting it for me... he he.

Poured a very murky bronze, carbonation lining the inside of the glass. Bountiful head and lacing, bubbles of all sizes cap the beer. Aroma is abundant but too simple. Slight grass, but little else. Taste is also a little simple, pale malt body with a crystal hop bittering end. The aromatic qualities translate to little hop flavor, so a palette drying bitterness is the hop offering. Because of the unbalanced bitterness, it doesn't make for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a super spicy hop aroma to it, it is quite remarkable. I really like how the hops have given this beer a spicy aroma and flavor, it is not just the typical citrus type hop flavor, though that flavor is definitely in this beer as well. The spiciness is more of an herbal grassy spiciness which goes really well with the malt background in this beer.

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Hazed Hoppy Session Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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