Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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!
09-02-2011 01:40:05 | More by wesbrownyeah
3.43/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
There's a lot of better APAs out there.
07-31-2011 19:19:33 | More by lordofthewiens
3.74/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
10-12-2013 11:15:28 | More by Billolick
2.68/5 rDev -20%
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.
07-23-2012 23:04:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
10-21-2013 21:59:16 | More by biboergosum
3.53/5 rDev +5.4%
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.
07-10-2011 14:26:38 | More by Sammy
3.68/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
01-02-2012 03:12:01 | More by WoodBrew
2.78/5 rDev -17%
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.
06-12-2013 03:52:18 | More by Fatehunter
3.03/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-21-2012 12:09:28 | More by thagr81us
3.98/5 rDev +18.8%
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.
08-19-2012 18:45:39 | More by morimech
Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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