Aurelius (3728) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tonight seems to be the night for Anniversary beers, first Shiner now Boulder. Big ABA aroma, loaded with hops and roast. Bad label, good cap, clear dark toasty brown, with a HUGE spray insulation foam head. Standard micro longneck. An interesting west coast brew, lots of American hops over a sweet, perhaps watery/vacant backbone. Roast and hop bitterness, some crisp, green potato veggie notes. Medium to medium-light bodied. I didnít realize that India Brown Ale was an actual category, but it probably ought to be - Iíve run into enough of them and itís a perfect description. ABC Liquors.
BVery (5153) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
TAP: opaque red/orange pour, foamy head. Citrus hop nose and taste, very clean and drinkable. Nice beer.
twitcher (298) - framingham, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear deep, dark burgundy amber copper color, half inch of light tan head that clears down to to a thin layer of foam that leaves plenty of lace on the glass. Aromas of chunky caramel sweetness and light clean citrus. Some light notes of spruce, acrid tobacco, and burnt pine. Flavor mostly follows the nose, with a sharp citrus grapefruit bite of bitterness up front, and smooth caramel sweetness in the back. Only real problem shows up in an undercurrent of cloying sticky sweetness. Flavor isnít bad, but doesnít stand up to the quality of aroma and appearance. Palate is smooth and creamy with a lightly bitter finish. Overall an enjoyable brew with some minor flaws.
Maddog (368) - Kettering, Ohio, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve always considered Boulder Beer a 2nd tier brewery, and this anniversary beer does not dispel that reputation. Although a decent beer, you would think that a brewery that has been around a lot longer than most micros in the US, would put out an incredible beer for #30. This beer was dark brown to dark amber, clear with a nice tan head. The aroma was malty, and the flavor was caramel malts with some nice fruity hop dryness at the finish. This beer has some alcohol, but overall, it is just a decent beer.
drseusszb200 (688) - Florida, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours dark with a white frothy head. smells of brown sugar, hops, and fruit. tastes bitter hops with a bitter caramel aftertaste.
jblendy (519) - Hawthorne, New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber brown with a small creamy beige head. Strong aroma of caramel, earthy hops, some pine resin, and some underlying tropical fruit. Lots of sweet fruity hops upfront, with a constant underlying roasted malt. Gives way to a slightly more resinous bitterness mid-palate, and finishes with a nice balance of creamy roasted malts and fruity hop bitterness. Palate is medium, with a lasting finish. Nicely balanced, and an interesting take on this style.
3fourths (7534) - Boulder, NEW ZEALAND - MAY 22, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Filtered chestnut brown body. Thick tan head. Nose is one part citrus rind and dry/grassy hops and one part semi-sweet nut bread and caramel malt. Body is moderately thick, somewhat oily and resinous. Flavor is faint banana, more pronounced walnut and bread, with some moderately pungent citrus hops. Doesnít really come together as anything remarkable. Somewhat simple overall, and has that undesirable Boulder beer house character - oily, resinous, astringent.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, rusty-brown color with a beige, small, pillowy head which is mostly diminishing and leaves some lace rings. Nose is certainly cascades with citrus peels, some spice, and some flowers; other notes of toasted caramel, light molasses, and some almonds. Flavor is nice with more roast and dry-hopping notes than expected; it starts with some moderate spice and coffee roast, then moves to almonds, light molasses, grapefruit and peel, toasted caramel, light bready notes; finally the flavor moves to rustic notes with underlying spice, grapefruit peel, and toasted notes in a moderately bitter, drying, lengthy finish. The palate thin, light to medium, silky, and soft to lively; nice texture and carbonation but the lighter body keeps it only adequate. A nice and interesting beer from a marginal brewery at best. The body was a bit thin but everything else fairly solid. A style I would like to see more of.
blazingspiral (170) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 20, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours deep ruby brown with a light tan head of medium size. Lots of citrus and flowers in the aroma, classic cascade presence. Thereís also a cloying sweet smell, like molasses. Flavor is bold. Huge toasty malts battle against sharp grapefruit hops. The hops win, and their bitterness drills into your tongue a little deeper with each sip. At times, a delicious smokey flavor weaves in and out of the fray, and at other times dark chocolate comes to mind. Thereís a long aftertaste of flat bitterness that almost weighs down on your mouth. All these strong flavors just barely manage to stay together in a single glass. This is a stony beer, true to its name and its Boulder roots. For hopheads who grow bored of IPAs, hereís a brown ale that will satisfy serious hops cravings while also delivering a new and interesting taste experience in the form of darker malts.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cask at Rattle n Hum: Muddy brown pour with a great fluffy well retained light tan head. Zesty/spicy cascade hops in the aroma with a touch of sweet crystal malt. Light fluffy feel- some spicy American hop character meshes with brown sugar- more toasted crystal character on the back. Thereís a bit of sweet astringency reminiscent of artificial sweetener. Not bad.