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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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Ratings: 244
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 05-22-2011)
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4.33/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ooh, a new Boulder beer. Always down for that.

This is an easy drinking ale. Plenty of interesting character on it, but nice and steady and in no ways obnoxious. Hops bring out a perfect balance of character. I like this ale a lot. It could easily be a regular beer. Very well made.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 05:24:06 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of BierStein711


4.14/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draught into shaker pint, two finger off-white head, amber color, mild carbonation

Smells: Pine, grain, hops, wet leaves, light grass

Taste: Pine, floral hop, sharp finish

Mouthfeel: mild

Overall, this is not too bad of a beer, highly sessionable. My second sortie to explore this brewery. If I wasn't pleased with other offerings I'd go for this.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2013 14:40:44 | More by BierStein711
Photo of jimmy82063


4/5  rDev +19.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 16:11:35 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulder : Hoopla Pale Ale

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a large mug. A clear light copper in color, huge pillowy head and lacing. Aroma of floral hops and some pine. In the flavor, nice hop bitterness, a bit earthy, light herbal notes. Faint pine with a pale malt backing and English ale yeast. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall, a pretty tasty little pale ale that is close to IPA territory.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2011 20:15:21 | More by Stinkypuss
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3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-19-2012 18:45:39 | More by morimech
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3.98/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a big foamy head of a white color. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with some nice aromas of a more fruity nature. The fruit is a nice mix of citrus and tropical fruit smell with an orange mingling with some mango and papaya. Along with these aromas are some smells of a grassy and grapefruit hop as well as a bit of an earthy and hay-like aroma overall producing a rather inviting aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly grassy flavor mixed with some lighter sweetness of a light fruit nature. The light fruit, which consists of an orange, apple and pear flavor, is very mild, with it growing even more so as the flavor advances to the end of the taste. While the sweeter flavors dwindle, so too does the bready flavors, with them being replaced by a more cracker like taste. Toward the end of the flavor profile, the grassy flavor gets slightly stronger in nature with it being joined by a light hay-like and earthy hop flavor, which in the end, leave a rather crisp and clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The blend of body and carbonation are fantastic for the malty and moderately hoped flavors of the brew all while still maintaining an easy drinking and crisp feel for the brew. Great for the style.

Overall – This was a very easy drinking and rather tasty APA. I rather enjoyed this one and will certainly go back to it.

Serving type: can

04-09-2014 01:21:41 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoopla pours a clear, burnished gold, with just a touch of amber. The brew is topped a thin off-white head that provides a decent amount of lace. Notes of toasted bread meet a wonderful bouquet of floral and citrus hop aromas. A distinct earthiness quickly fades into slight citrus and piney hop flavors before meeting a sturdy pale malt backbone. smooth and easy drinking, Hoopla is medium-light in both body and carbonation. We luckily found this brew on draft at String Cheese at red Rocks a few weeks ago, and it is quickly becoming a summer favorite!


Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:06:53 | More by phishsihq
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3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a mellow pine hop. In the taste, a small pine hop which is balanced nicely with a mellow malt. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, mellow pine hop in the aftertaste. A bigger hop for a pale, nice and mellow.

Serving type: on-tap

07-06-2011 20:54:19 | More by OWSLEY069
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3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/7/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Clear, copper colored body. 1.5 finger, white, rocky head. Great lacing.

Smell was fairly malty and sweet. Some strong floral aromas. Good citrusy notes as well.

Taste was as of a nice, american styled pale ale. Lightly hoppy with some good floral notes in the middle. Finishes with some more floral and fruity hops. Nice maltiness backed with a lightly bready and caramelly note. Light resiny hop finish as well.

Mouthfeel was medium-light body and medium carbonation. Crish finish.

Overall it was nice. Could drink alot of these and the palate wouldnt feel overpowered.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:20:03 | More by riored4v
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New York

3.9/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 04:04:36 | More by CHickman
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery color…huge head, milky toned, leaving lace. Nice.

Soft, but lively, floral aromatics, loaded with citrus notes. I'm wondering if there's more than Glacier going on here, but I don't know as much about that one as I'd like.

Taste: Zesty, spicy malt mouthfeel. Is it crystal rye malt? This really reminds me of SurlyFest, and it's malt profile. Whatever, it's clean, fresh, bright, slightly sweet, and delicious. Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Lightly tingly hop profile, lays long on the palate. Utterly pleasant, perfectly pleasing. Hops bump happily against sweet malt. Great drinking, great tasting.

I'll drink this with a hippie any ol' day.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2011 09:39:21 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of jkrich


3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from an undated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear cooper color with a sustained, foamy white-head that slowly dissipated leaving some very intricate lacing on the glass.

The aroma was nicely floral with tropical fruit wafting from the glass.

The mouthfeel was very spritzy with solid carbonation. The flavor began with a pleasant hop bitterness that lingered on the palate. The faint buttery, malt comes forward on the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is surprisingly soft and rounded for such a light bodied ale. The ale is far from complex, but is flavorful and refreshing for what it is: a light, sessionable ale that can be enjoyed by most beer drinkers.

Serving type: can

11-03-2012 22:57:35 | More by jkrich
Photo of LtCracker20


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy orange/amber body with a good 3-finger white head that shows some good retention and fairly nice lace.

S- Citrus, slight pine, grassiness, and a very nice floral hit up front, followed by mild sweetness.

T- I was expecting more from the taste after the aroma, but the flavors are a subdued version of the smell: Floral, grassy, a little citrus, and some sweetness.

MF- Medium body, very clean and crisp.

O- Overall, not a bad beer, subtle on the flavors, but they are nice flavors and a couple with a nice smell as well.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 03:58:32 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of smcolw


3.78/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small but lasting, bar-pour head. Dark amber color and semi-cloudy (i.e. more than hazy). Leaves a thorough blanket of lace.

Good hop presence on the initial smell. The aroma is peppery with only a touch malt present.

Starts with a neutral, slightly toasted, pale malt flavor. This slides into a more dry malt taste as the hop bitterness kicks in. The finish is moderately hoppy. The body disappoints as it is very thin with an elevated level of carbonation.

Serving type: on-tap

12-22-2012 17:40:32 | More by smcolw
Photo of thecheapies


3.76/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks toasted. Has that clear coppery color. Maybe closer to bronze. Head insulates well.

Husky hops come out with fandangled citrus and floral aromas. Unmasked is a lightly caramelly malt presence. Notes of hemp oil and scruffy toast.

Happily bitter. Jet blast of raw hop leaf, hemp, floral bitterness, toasty grains, light booziness, earthy pine, and citrus pith. Sweetness of the malts can't penetrate this oomph of bitterness. Decent stuff.

Feels right-on. Nearly milky body. Carbonation has an appeal that screams 'bushy-tailed'. Very good.

I like this kind of aggression in a toasty pale ale. It keeps the malts from interfering too much in a hoppy ale.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2013 14:45:32 | More by thecheapies
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-21-2013 21:59:16 | More by biboergosum
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New York

3.74/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 11:15:28 | More by Billolick
Photo of gatornation


3.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 22 0z bomber..enjoy by 090711

A-pours a slight hazed light copper color with a fast receding 1 finger head..with nice lacing on side of glass

S- is some citrus hops ,grassy notes,malts and bread

T- is some pine hops ,a touch bitter with some lemon grass fruit and spice , a touch of caramel malts,,its actually good

M- medium carbonation a touch bitter on the tongue

O- its a good pale ale a thirst quencher easy to drink

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2011 22:37:46 | More by gatornation
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3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with a small, white head of bubbly foam. It left thin traces of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity with grapefruit and orange peel.

T - Sweet caramel with a bitter piney bite. Some mango, grapefruit and orange flavors, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.

O - This is a nice sessionable APA in a can. I enjoyed it.

Serving type: can

11-28-2012 03:23:27 | More by zeff80
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2013 00:12:02 | More by spinrsx
Photo of jlindros


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy 1 finger head clear blond golden orange color.

Nose big hops, candy hops, earthy, light citrus, bit floral, and plenty of sweet caramel malts.

Taste starts lighter than I expected for malts, light sweet reddish toasty malts. Floral flavors almost like chamomile flowers. Light floral hops, bit of citrus, fruity and candy hops, semi biter. Dry semi bitter floral hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special, nice hops of many shapes and sizes, bit of a malt base.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 02:45:00 | More by jlindros
Photo of WoodBrew


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2012 03:12:01 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of PrivateEquity


3.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange tinged gold, finger and a half off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass. This is the best thing the beer has going for it.

S - Bready, caramel nose. Earthy hops. Nothing too spectacular.

T - Good taste. Nothing too spectacular. Little piney resin, grassy notes. Lacking sweetness. Flavor doesn't last long enough.

M - Dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O - Drinkable APA. No a go-to APA, but every once in a while is a good one to get. To be fair, though, on average I would usually prefer an IPA

Serving type: can

01-07-2013 03:57:27 | More by PrivateEquity
Photo of joesmithrealname


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Just had this tonight @ HOOPS-N-HOPS in Simsbury, CT, and am
transported to the summer upon first taste.

While I've never been a fan of Pale Ales, (give me GUINNESS every
day), let's say Sierra Nevada-style, I really liked Hoopla. It was a
smack-me-in-the-face you-bet-your-ass-I'm-a-REAL-Pale-Ale first sip!

I could see this going down real easy on a Summer's day, especially
with the mouth-feel being so substantial.

As a designer by nature, and, yes, I know this may be laughable to
some, I thought the tap-marker could have used a better design. Not
the color, or logo, which I LOVE, but the IMAGINATION of the
tap-marker. A certain specific...shape! This will come! The Boulder
Brewing Co. is too creative to not capitalize on the visual appeal of
the Beer Enthusiast!

I'm just starting to notice the 5.7 ABV.
Like I said, usually a GUINNESS guy.


Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2011 09:24:57 | More by joesmithrealname
Photo of scruffwhor


3.65/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, bubbly mix of brass and copper hues. Nice head after the pour that leads to a strong foam for all twelve ounces.

Floral and fruity hop, malt, and yeast aroma mix. There's also some tinny aromas. I get some light tropical fruit and flower aromas here and there.

Toasted crackers and biscuits roll in with differing hop bitterness. Tropical fruit, earthy grass and flowers. The bitterness is slow in letting go of your palate.

This is an interesting APA that seems to seperate itself from the standard style lot. Glad I tried this beer.

Serving type: can

12-21-2012 14:30:39 | More by scruffwhor
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