Friday, April 3, 2015

Boulder Beer Company Hazed and Infused (6/10)

Boulder Beer Company of Colorado produces Hazed and Infused.  Hazed and Infused is an American Pale Ale that is unfiltered (which gives it a haze) and dry-hopped, then "infused" with a blend of Crystal and Centennial hops.

The beer pours a very slightly hazy amber color with finger thick beige head that has a somewhat spotty texture.

The aroma is citrus, pine, and grapefruit. This is enough to let you know that the beer's going to have quite a hops wallop to it, which one would expect for an American Pale Ale.

The flavor is hop forward with a malt and roasted barley backdrop.  Since it's meant to be a sessionable pale ale, it's not as hoppy as the aroma would make it out to be.  Still, not being a fan of the pale ale styles in general, it's more than hoppy enough to suit me.  It's also sessionable in that it has only a 5% alcohol content, compared with many ales that have 8%, 10%, or more.

Beer Advocate gives Hazed and Infused an 83 or "good" rating.  Rate Beer gives it an 86 overall.  Since I'm decidedly not a pale ale fan, I can only give it a 6 out of 10.  I'd rather drink this than one of the macro brews, but there are many other beers I'd rather have.

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