Monday, October 6, 2008

Boulder Beer Cold Hop review

I was in the mood for something hoppy a week ago or so and searched through my cellar for an IPA or Strong Ale and found a nice 22 oz bomber of Boulder Beer Company's Cold Hop. Cold Hop is listed as an English style Strong Ale or English IPA. Either way, I knew it was brewed with a lot of hops in it.

I selected this ale due in part to Boulder Beer's anniversary (September 25th). I've heard that this beer also comes in 6-packs but when I shop for new beers to taste I'll go for a single bottle over a 6-pack initially to review it and then follow up later with a 6-pack purchase if I liked it. I thoroughly chilled this brew then opened it up.

Cold Hop poured a clear golden color with a frothy white head. It left a decent lacing along my pint glass as the head thinned out. The aroma reminded me of a lot of different things: it was grassy, floral, spicy, perhaps bread-like and later citrusy. Remember, as a beer warms you can start to imagine other scents.

The first taste definitely reminded me of an English bitter (ESB) that I've had before. It had a healthy amount of hop bitterness but not over the top as some big IPA's can be.

Cold Hop didn't have a big malt taste either with this brew. There were not any dark malts involved here but you could pick out some of the lighter caramel malts. The taste finished very clean. It was bitter up front but not on the finish.

This beer was quite enjoyable. It was just what I was hoping for in a hoppy beer. The 6.5% ABV alcohol sneaks up on you a bit after the 1st glass from the bomber. This is a bit too strong for a session beer, but that's OK in my book. A full 22 oz bomber was perfect for the evening.

I'm going to give this beer a Thumbs Up and a Repeat Buy recommendation. I will definitely seek this one out again.

Your turn.

My reviews aren't complete without your input. Don't just take my word for it, try this beer for yourself. Have you sampled this beer? If so, please tell me what you thought of it. Good, not so good, indifferent? Thanks and Cheers!

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