Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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Ratings: 310
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 05-22-2011

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Ratings: 310 | Reviews: 89
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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a gold color with a small white head.

Aroma very timid. Faint notes of sweet malt, citrus, and flowers.

The taste was a little bit better than what the aroma promised. Sweet biscuit, pine, and some grapefruit. Still a bit on the meek side.

Medium-bodied, balanced.

There's a lot of better APAs out there.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoopla Pale Ale 5.7% alcohol by Boulder Beer, Wilderness Pub. 22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Muticolored design caught my eye so I grabed it, not even knowing it was a pale... funny.

A- Mild pour produces a beautiful medium hued amber fluid with a nice half inch head that falls to a sticky froth leaving continuing rings of lacing not unlike a beer just served in a bar... very nice looking ale.

S- Smell is a consistant meld of overly ripe citrus and grassy hops. Secondary scents are composed of a dull sweet malt musk.

T-M- Taste upfront is a medium bitter bite of mostly lemon and light orange flavored hops with a backbone showing a more grapefruit and tangerine charactor. Barley there malts linger in the end as only a sweet note. Mouthfeel is slightly astringent with a smooth carbonation that lingers.

Overall this beer is a winner with the aspect of drinkablity and mildness. As it says a perfect festival beer. Cheers!

Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with hard to read enjoy by dating on the bottom

Pours hazed oily looking medium amber, Lifts a huge head initially, larger bubble, that recedes to a messy looking film and high thicker lacing.

Resiny hop nose.

More resin, some pine and whole wheat malts on the palate.

Nothing amazing going on here, just a respectable hopped up pale ale. Dry, hoppy and worth a try.

Always good to have more quality beer options in a can.

Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malt and grassy hop on the nose. Pours brilliant amber, 2” foam dissipates to ½”, very rocky. Grainy malt with some caramel, slight astringency from the hops on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, sessionable with the balance leaning slightly to the hops.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.69/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice yellow and orange meld, 5/8" head on it, white, decent retention, not much in the way of lacing. Aroma, hey uh, where's the hops? Smells slightly stale, old.

Taste, mostly bitter, barely a hop or discernable malt presence here, just bitter and a little bit of cloying. Just reeks of bittering hops and no flavor or dry hops. High bitterness for no reason seems to contribute to the higher abv on the mouthfeel than there should be.

Boulder can make a decent hoppy beer, but lately, I don't know if they just dumped a lesser/older batch in Reno or what, but damn, a usually reliable brewery is becoming less so lately.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, a souvenir from Denver Beer Week/GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and lazily bubbly ecru head, which leaves some patchwork land bridge lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of grapefruit and orange pith, further muddled tropical fruit, mild pine resin, bready, crackery pale and caramel malt, and some late-forming floral, grassy hops. The taste is more fairly astringent citrus rind, leafy pine needles, earthy hemp rope, toasted caramel and bready pale malts, and a mildly perfume-like floral essence.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but in a reserved, easy-going manner, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit pithy and clammy in its heady attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt well parrying the lingering bitter floral, citrus, and earthy hops.

An agreeable enough APA, the multitude of flavours all eventually leading to a combined, enhanced, and almost isolated bitterness. Good, but I feel that my palate would quickly tire after only one more.

Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caught up with this at The Buckeye Beer Engine. A nice bitterness. lace sheet complementing an orange tinged body. Very hoppy, nice, but not as drinkable as I would expect from an APA.Hoppy aroma, more of an IPA. OK beer that did not hit the spot, maybe needs a simpler plan. Orange peel.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the Hoopla Pale Ale with my good friend from NC. The beer poured a lighter copper clear color with thin white head that laced. The aroma were of hops that provide more floral tones than pine or citrus. The taste was more floral with hints of bitter citrus. The mouthfeel was a light to medium body pale ale with decent carbonation. Overall it is a pretty good beer.

Photo of Fatehunter
2.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy, dirty orange colored body.
The aroma had a nice pine smell with a touch of grapefruit. Bold.
The taste had a dull strong bitterness to it, some dryness. Muddled overall.
The texture had an unpleasant fizziness to it.
Not my favorite. The taste and texture were off.

Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from tap into a sampler tumbler. Poured a slightly hazy dirty golden yellow with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grass, earth, earth hop, and wet dog. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, earth hop, spicy hop, spice, and grass. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty average brew. Nothing on the brew really stood out to me if I’m honest with the exception of the wet dog note I got on the nose. Phew! If you own/have owned a dog and smelled them after being out in the rain, you know what smell I’m talking about. I have no idea where this came from, but it was definitely distinctive. There was a ton of earthy notes going on throughout this one. Worth trying to say that you have ticked it, but I wouldn’t order a full pint without getting a small taste of it first.

Photo of morimech
3.97/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can. Clear amber color with just over one finger of head. The head quickly settles to a thin film. Quite a bit of lacing is left down the glass.

The aroma and flavor reminds me of a smaller Sand Creek's Wild Ride IPA or even Masala Mama. Has a toasted, musty malt base that I absolutely love in my pale ales. I get pine and earthiness from the hops in the flavor. More floral in the aroma. To this drinker, it works. Bitterness is moderate but seems high because of the lack of sweetness from the malt.

A little undercarbonated but nothing unfavorable. Good sized body for an APA.

This beer works for me. I only bought it because it was in cans but glad I did.

Photo of jimmy82063
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed for a Music Festival in Colorado, release dated May to September 2011 so I was very surprised to find this in New Haven, Connecticut. This pours a nice amber color, two finger head. Hops are slight and bitter, mostly malty taste.

Nice beer to kick off a Sunday....could see myself going back to this over the summer.

Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler and his huge box-o-beer for this one. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of piney hops. Taste is hoppy, bitter, a bit piney and minty, a touch unbalanced. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall I found this to be a mediocre beer.

Photo of jsh420
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

best by aug 23 2011

pours light copper gold with a 1finger white head that had decent retention and left some spotted lacing

smells of fruity spicy hops and light candy sugar caramel malt

taste was a let down after the nose - flavors seem watered down - just and average apa - on the plus side it has plenty of bitterness

mouthfeel was very boring - light body thin and no carbonation to give it the crisp bite this beer desperately needed

overall - was let down quite a bit but the bomber was only $3 and this is only an APA

Photo of EgadBananas
2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a dark caramel colour, with a pale coloured head, no lace. Aroma was spicy, herbal hops, some malt sweetness and a hint of nuttiness. Lightly bitter taste, some more herbal hops, and a bit of sweet malts. Somewhat of a crisp body, average.

Wasn't really digging this. Too herbal of a pale ale for my tastes and didn't really have a whole lot of character.

Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Enjoy by Aug 23 2011, HA as if, we gonna do this right now! It's Beer O'Clock Time!

After some settling its a simple off white foamy head with some even bubbles that is present. Head size seems to be a good solid three fingers and a pretty solid looking retention cap too. Body is a little cloudy, even some haze, but it's a very nice brown amber with rust bent color. If that haze wasn't there I'd probably rate this a little higher but this looks real good. Sticky clumps of retention too while drinking.

Bouquet is faint citrus and very mild wet grapefruit. Kind of a little bit herbal has a very clean and wet tea nose quality to it. I dig it so far, rather pleasant and simple although not too interesting.

Taste is predictable as it seems from the nose from the start. Mid palate wet grapefruit, very light bodied, clean but not very exciting. No carbonation at all in feel, some hoppy bitter character but nothing distinct but hey it's a pale ale.

Overall fine beer, lacking some body and distinct taste. Not gravitated toward it, but hey $5 bucks no complaints here. The more I drink it and think about that price... the more I like it!!!

Photo of jmarsh123
2.74/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark straw color with a small white head.

Not a lot of nose to this one. A little bit of caramel with a hint of earthy hops.

Hops come out a bit more in the taste with a very piney presence. A little bit of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is too light. Good carbonation.

Mediocre offering from a brewery that is never really bad, but not good either.

Photo of scottyshades
2.98/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a really pretty amber color with a frothy creamy cap. Retention is good

S: Bright citrusy and resinous hops, caramel, and lots of wheat coming through. Not bad at all

T: Eh, not sure if this is a little oxidized as we have sat on this growler for a week...but ther is a big resinous bitterness with some caramel accents

MF/D: Prickly carbonation, rough feel, resin finish. Overall, decent

Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense off white head that has very good retention properties, consistently leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy and floral hops are present in the smell.
T: The taste has flavors of caramel and toasted malts along with notes of citrus and floral hops. A very slight amount of bitterness is noticeable.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a very easy drinking and sessionable APA, but still manages to provide some nice flavors from the hops.

Photo of Cresant
3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served this 22 oz. brown bottle in a Sam Adams glass. Best by: Aug. 23 2011. The body was pale copper and clear. The creamy off-white head left spotty lacing. The head was pillowy and left a thick cap until the end.

The smell was pine needles. Not strong, and not much else was noticeable.

The taste was malty with a pale bitterness. Actually a solid APA. Some caramel maltiness and a bit of crunchy bitterness.

The mouthfeel was medium to light bodied with a prickly and plentiful carbonation.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.41/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't know this was in cans so it's a good thing I waited since bombers were like 7 bucks. Got the can for $1.75 and still paid too much. No canned date but a number "20712A2BA" on the side.

A - Holly carbonation! I am not sure if anyone else got a glass of foam but it took forever to settle. I know for a fact it wasn't shaken since the can wasn't bloated and I know how to tilt a glass. After it settled I was even a touch disappointed since it was quite a dark shade of amber brown, much darker than a pale ale should be. At least it had extreme lacing from such a bubbly pour.

S - Some piney resin, touch of pale malts, some biscuit malts. Not bad.

T - Well the taste was pretty good it wasn't too hoppy or malty, but it wasn't really that great. Forgettable.

M - Due to high carbonation it left the palate with a light beer taste as bubbly as champagne, again not great for a pale ale.

Overall not something I would track down again especially since I can get Mojo IPA for the same price which is 2x better. Be careful with these cans too they seem to be uber carbonated.

Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2.25

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit flavour. It ends with a malty sweet mildly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - A nice easy drinking beer that has enough flavour to stay interesting. There are some fruity notes and a fair amount off hops. Worth a try.

Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC; pours hazy amber brown gold color with a creamy beige head that fades slowly, leaving excellent lacing coating the glass with rings as it goes down; a nice looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, flowers, grains, citrus hops, orange peel, caramel and some brown sugar; pretty mellow nose with a balance of hops and malts, but nothing exciting. The hops are a little more potent than the malt.

Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, flowers, grains, citrus hops, orange peel, light grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, toasted wheat, hay, grass and other earthy tones; a nice balance in the flavor as well, with malts, hops and grains giving a nice crisp sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light crisp carbonaton, a medium body that's on the light side, and a smooth creamy feel on the tongue that slides down easy. A very refreshing beer that is easy to drink and a fine session beer. I recommend trying this one, it's tasty.

Photo of drtth
3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice copper/gold color with a ¼” off white head that recedes fairly soon but leaves a ring around the glass and some leggy/spotted lacing. By about midway through the beer the ring is mostly gone and little lacing is left by sipping.

Smell: The aroma, while not strong has some caramel that is accompanied by some earthy, floral hops.

Taste: The flavors include some background sweetness that fades early leaving an earthy bitterness that isn’t particularly complex and doesn’t seem to have much else going for it.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a reasonable amount of carbonation. The finish is medium long and mostly consists of a simple earthy bitterness that fades into a dry ending.

Drinkability and Overall Impression: The beer is ok for drinkability but nothing about it stands out as leading me to want a second one. My overall impression is that it’s a good choice if nothing else is available but it doesn’t make my list of memorable Pale Ales.

Photo of JerseyKirk
3.06/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger slightly off white head. Caramel to slight amber color.

S: Citrus, slight pine and caramel malt.

T: Citrus bite, then malt hits with a slight lingering bitterness. Very non offensive.

M: Medium body. No alcohol punch.

O: The taste and aroma fails on this beer. Really average pale ale. I couldn't see anyone really going crazy for this beer. At best one could use as a stepping stone for non-craft beer drinkers.

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Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.