Bourbon Barrel Singletrack | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by xnicknj on 02-08-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The original copper ale gets a bourbony face lift as the normally well balanced beer risks disruption of oak tannin and booze for hopeful benefits of complexity and subtle nuances in taste.

As copper as ever, the bright beer builds a creamy off-white head with fair retention and lace. Looking like most pale ales, it seems that the foam character could be stronger. Modest on carbonation, the beer quickly takes on a lumbered English-like appearance.

Caramel scent dominates the aromatic profile with light complexities of citrus hops, malt starch, bread crust, freshly kilned grains, and a tinge of alcohol. Light notes of bourbon and oak would go largely unnoticed if not alerted that the beer has been introduced to the barrels.

Flavors are also malt-forward with heavy influence from caramel sweetness. Supportive grain and starch allow richer and more succulent flavors to complement the sweet. Hopped for balance, the taste of citrus and light lemongrass counter the sweetness but never rivals the malt. Late bitterness seem mostly of hops but the taste of weathered oak makes minimal impact. Any caramel, coconut, or vanilla taste could easily have come from malt and not necessarily the barrels.

Medium-full to texture, the beer's heavy caramel sweetness remains unresolved and the sugars cling to the soft tissues of the mouth. Light drying from hop resins and moderate alcohol closes the beer with a medium-dry finish. Light grain or oak astringency weaves into the late bitter taste and gives a slightly unsettled bite in its lingering memory.

There's little bourbon barrel aged character to separate the flavors of this version from the original Singletrack. I was expecting more bourbon flavor because the base amber ale is so mild. Instead, it seems that the brewery has treated the beer-bourbon relationship with kid gloves; perhaps afraid of boldness or assertion. That's too bad because that's what this beer needs.

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Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Beer Authority in NYC today. Served in a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy orange color with one finger of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of light fruity malts, light bourbon, bready malts, and some wheat. As it warms up there is some more fruit in the nose. Nourbon is there but not dominating; very nice.

t - Tastes of fruity malts, bourbon, bready malts, wheat, grains, some citrus hops, and some vanilla. Taste has more bourbon and bread than the nose, and more vanilla as it warms up. A little better than the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is smooth and no heat at all.

o - Overall I was weary of a BA amber ale but this was quite nice; it worked well together. Nice fruit in the nose and bourbon in the taste, though it doesn't dominate at all which I liked. Would have it again.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at devils den in philly - review from notes

Pours a clouded golden orange color with some amber hues. A tuft of white head sits on top, leaving some patches of lacing with filmy retention.

Bitter herbal hops followed by notes of oak and vanilla with a very light hint of booze. Citrus and bready notes as well.

Nice hop punch with pine and dry notes. Very herbal on the tongue, followed by an interesting combo of oak, vanilla, and somewhat astringent booze. Malt backbone is bready, sticky, and a little sweet. Finishes dry and herbal with a soft warmth.

Medium body, high carbonation, sticky and lingering on the tongue. This was one of those beers where I couldn't really decide is I liked it or not - overall a fairly weird combination.

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Bourbon Barrel Singletrack from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.57 out of 5 based on 3 ratings.
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