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Review of Singletrack Copper Ale

19 Jun
Today’s craft beer review is going to be of the Singletrack Copper Ale brewed by the Boulder Beer Company located in Boulder, Colorado.   

It’s an American Pale Ale that should fit in nicely with the onset of Summer. 

The Boulder Beer Company boasts that it is Colorado’s first microbrewery.  That’s saying something considering the slew of brewers and craft beer enthusiasts in that area.

The website, boulderbeer.com, had this small description of the Singletrack Copper Ale.

Singletrack Copper Ale is refreshing, yet full-flavored; a medium-bodied copper ale.  Not too light.  Not too dark…. it’s just right.

Ok.  Not a lot of info there.  Let’s just see for our selves. 

This beer has an ABV of 4.97% and comes in a 12 oz. bottle. 

It poured a light amber/copper color with some burnt orange highlights around the bottom.  It’s clear, but it did seem to have a bit of a haze to it.  Could have just been the chill haze.  The head was a barely off white color that had a slight soapy texture to it.  I didn’t receive much size, retention or lacing.  I was a little disappointed in that aspect.

The aroma was a rather robust tone of caramel and toffee malts mixed with wheat bread and/or grain.  Some sweet, sugary notes were stumbled upon.  Something similar to baked pears or baked apples, I thought.  They were a delight.  Some earthy hops and “peat” notes popped in for a visit and added a nice bit of balance and complexity.

The taste did not seem to be quite as prominent as the aroma.  It was still worthy, well balanced and tasty however.  Tinges of bitterness pleased the tongue while caramel malts, hints of grain and earthy hops were harmonized well with one another.  More of the sugary pear flavors were found to give it an extra “kick” of sweetness.  Not bad at all.

The mouthfeel was medium, smooth, somewhat crisp and dry.  Touches of flavor were left on the palate, but not an extreme amount.  Seemed to be just enough to make me want to come back for another sip relatively quickly.

The beer was pretty good I thought.  It’s not my favorite beer, however it was easily drinkable and I wouldn’t mind having it again sometime.  I did start to notice that as I got closer to the end of the drink that the earthy aromas and flavors started to become more sturdy and more paramount.  I was hoping that the “sugars” would have stayed with the profile longer, but it didn’t happen, so what can you do?  I would still recommend you pick it up and give it a try if you see it.  It’s worthy in my opinion.             

Thanks for reading and commenting guys.  Hope everyone is having a great Fathers Day and enjoying a craft beer.

Cheers.

Score:  3.6 out of 5
Grade:  B

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