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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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Reviews: 88
Hads: 322
Avg: 3.42
pDev: 26.32%
Wants: 4
Gots: 28 | 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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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.59/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep orage with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Very weak nose but it did have some bread and perhaps some pine

T: Citrus, a little biterness, bread abd pretty weak tasting

M: Light to medium body, pretty boring, just bitterness on not much flavor on the palate

O: Pass

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.69/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.78/5  rDev -18.7%
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.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.83/5  rDev -17.3%
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.

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Photo of Ilanko
2.84/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

We had this beer out of 22 Oz bottle. At the beginning the smell is very promising, nice aroma of hops and malt. Nice stable foamy head that keep on it's stability.
First sip, the beer is very heavy on the body, very syrupy and less malty.
Tons of heavy long after tastes.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.88/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a snifter...guess I was fooled by the bomber, because this is a pretty average pale ale...barely worth going into much detail...nothing stand-out about this...reasonably clean, decent hop profile, ok balance...nothing special, nothing too bad either...probably won't buy again because there are better pales for cheaper by the 6 or 12 pack, but was worth trying...I guess...

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.91/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A canned version, it's very cool looking. Speaking of looking, I don't thin I find a date canned/best by date on it unless this is it: 2 08 09 etc..

It pours very nicely, a clearish deep gold with a 2 finger head of fluffy foam that is a slow shrinker. Good lacing ensues.

Taking a few whiffs, I get some floral hops that are nice but that seems to be all I get.

The taste is kind of bitter, bitter in not such a good way. Is there such a thing as burnt hops? Bitter gone wrong, imho. There's no saving grace of a malt backbone or, at least, not much of one that I can attest to.

I'm not enjoying this very much and I have 5 more cans to deal with. There's some slight notes of grapefruit that I can taste now but that isn't going to save how I feel about this brew. This one is screaming for some balance and the screams go unheard.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.96/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One finger cream-colored head with low retention rate. Nice white lacing about an inch above the body. Golden body with great clarity. Nice looking beer.

S- Tropical fruits, floral hops. Aromatic before tailing off into mellowness. Average.

T- Slight funk. Floral, sweet and fruity hops.

M- Super light feel that finishes gushingly wet. Carbonation is minimal.

O- Middling beer at best. Interesting aroma, mild flavor.

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Photo of scottyshades
2.98/5  rDev -12.9%
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

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Photo of SteveB24
3/5  rDev -12.3%

a lighter, dank take on the pale ale, this to me is what would happen if Heineken and SNPA had a baby, not exactly bad, easy enough to knock back on a hot day, but not something i would buy again.

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Photo of kevosbob
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Few combinations are better than beer and music. Hoopla is a pale ale brewed by Boulder Beer Company and Kyle Hollingsworth, a Boulder musician known for being the keyboardist in the band String Cheese Incident. Hoopla is a beer brewed for the 2011 beer festival season, it primarily can only be found at festivals, select liquor stores in 22 ounce bottles, and at the Boulder Beer Wilderness Pub. Hoopla is a combination of Kyle Hollingsworth’s homebrew style and the professional brewers at Boulder Beer Company, the result is a 5.7% alcohol by volume pale ale brewed with US and German malts and Glacier hops for a “perfect companion to festival season.”

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber, Hoopla pours an orangeish amber color with a mild haze. The head is a standard off-white color that is creamer than I would expect for a summer pale ale. The nose is nothing special but does have a mellow sweet aroma that has citrus and pine notes. Hoopla smells clean and non-aggressive and ultimately would be great if I was standing in the summer heat at a concert.

When tasting this beer it’s very mellow and smooth for a pale ale. It is sweet with slight caramel notes but the hops bring an exoticness of citrus, mellow pine, and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is in the middle of the road, it’s not low or watered down, but it’s also not high and overemphasizing the hops. The lingering flavors don’t last long but they do have a nice sweet fruitiness from fading hops and malts.

Overall this is a good beer, but not one I would ever rush to find. In reality, this beer proves that Boulder Beer Company has a fantastic marketing team. It’s a beer that is expensive for a 6-pack, but cheap for a bomber ($3.75), a summer seasonal, backed by a semi-celebrity, and supposedly crafted for Colorado outdoor summer beer festivals. If this were a normal, year-round, 6-pack, this beer would be passed up faster than Coors’s Colorado Native. Try this beer if you see it at a festival but don’t be sad if you miss it.

My Beer Rating: 3.0

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3/5  rDev -12.3%

This beer had great presentation. Poured a great honey color with a good amount of head. Picturesque in a clear pint glass. Upon drinking, for me, this was a "just ok" offering. It had most of the characteristics you'd expect from APA but it was not transcendent in any category. Body: Good. Balance: Good. Some citrus notes from the hops, very sessionable. I think this would be a great pick if I planned to sit and drink a slew of them in one sitting but on a "one beer" night it's marginal.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What happens when one of America's most thoroughly mediocre breweries teams up with a minor jam-band celebrity / homebrewer for a collaborative endeavor? Well... nothing special.

A - Pours a brassy amber and is capped with a moderate white head, leaving small spots of lace.

S - The nose is very vague, but what I discern is a slightly sweet hint of caramelized malt, and some grassy and herbal notes. Nothing stands out, good or bad.

T - Some sugar cookie, some herbal tea and citrus bitterness, and overall a very middling effort. There is nothing wrong here. There is also nothing right.

M - The feel is unspecial, or is that everything else about the brew?

O - Mediocrity, a la Boulder, at its most succinct. This beer is every bit as uninspired as Mojo Risin, Sweaty Betty, or Hazed and Infused; this is not a bad beer, but I cannot see a justification for its existence as it does not improve upon anything this brewer is already doing, nor is it distinctive or different.

To be fair to Boulder, I have had a few special offerings of theirs that were quite good, esp. Oak-aged Mojo w/ Apricot; this particular brew is just uninspired, and my tick reflects such.

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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki white head. Decent retention leaving some lace. Color is an autumn gold.

Aroma: Bready/pale malts. Orange citrus. Some piney hops. Fruity.

Taste: Orange citrus and some lemon flavors. Pine hops. More of a hoppy profile here. Still has some bready/pale malts. A bit of hop resiny sickyness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Kind of smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a fairly average pale ale. A bit too malty for my liking. Not bad, just not impressive. Fairly decent drinking.

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Photo of JerseyKirk
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
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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Photo of emmasdad
3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked a bomber of this one up in Boulder last week, solely due to the $3.49 price tag. I guess you get what you pay for. Poured a bright amber color with a lingering ivory head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness and some light floral hops. On the palate, this one was light bodied with flavors of bread, light hops and not much else.

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Photo of jsh420
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
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

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Photo of horshack7
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear but still very copper with some brassy hues and a head one finger thick.

Aroma: Piney and grapefruit notes in the front. Light mustiness, bready malts, note of pear.

Taste: Light carbonation, lemon, green tea, faint grapefruit bits, and a fairly smooth finish.

Notes: This one is unique in a good way it does not taste like a traditional American Pal Ale. The tea notes are a bit different but that's not too bad. It's decently drinkable. Cheers.

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Photo of mastodonj
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this originally at the Kyle Hollingsworth annual fest at Boulder Brewing in July 2011 but
here I'm tasting the 2012 version but in a can which are all over the Boulder area liquor stores right now.

Poured into a diconic
Massive lacing with a medium amber color looking very "organic" and hazy.

Smell is a standard mix of malty hoppiness for a good APA.

This beer is really all about the aftertaste and mouthfeel.
The aftertaste hits the back of the throat with the flavor of a particular hop
which I think is Centennial (I'll check against a reference beer and edit this if needed).
More bitter than floral.
Maybe some alcohol hit there?

Overall, it's worth checking out. If you're a fan of the bitterness, then go for it. If you
like a more floral, piney fresh-hop flavor then you're not going to be thrilled with this.

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Photo of tone77
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of drtth
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of fsvan
3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Goose Island Imperial pint glass. Best buy of Oct. 13 2011.

A- Slightly dark gold. Opaque. 2 fingers sticky white head.

S- Light piney hops. Almost a pilsener type bready malt profile. The smell is nice, but subtle.

T- Very light flavors up front, with a metallic tasting hop bitterness on the end. The metallic flavors wash away with some remaining bitterness.

M- Light, and a bit watery. I guess this is supposed to be an easy drinker for hot summer days, so I didn't knock it down as far as I might have. But at 5.7% this is a pretty big beer for hot summer days...

O- Not impressed much by this one. The metallic notes are just too much, and there really isn't anything redeeming to make up for that.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with no discernible date to mark canning or freshness. Did not pour into another vessel.

Appearance - Can't really comment on it since I drank it out of the can. It looked to be a light coppery color from looking down into the can. I'll score this even with my overall score since I have to rate it.

Smell - Aromatic and pungent, with hints of hop bitterness and maybe some faint sweetness as well.

Taste - The dominant note is malty bittersweetness, like I might expect from an English Pale. The hops come through as well, imparting pine needle and robust bitterness. Finish is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel - Sparkling carbonation and medium body.

Overall, too much of a malt bomb for my preference. The taste has some offsetting resinous hoppy bitterness, but it just doesn't quite balance with the strong maltiness.

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Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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