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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 05-22-2011)
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Photo of thecheapies


3.76/5  rDev +12.6%
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
Photo of BierStein711


4.14/5  rDev +24%
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 smcolw


3.78/5  rDev +13.2%
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 thagr81us

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2012 12:09:28 | More by thagr81us
Photo of barleywinefiend


2.58/5  rDev -22.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

08-28-2011 14:54:50 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2011 14:26:38 | More by Sammy
Photo of BEERchitect


3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra pale and very crisp, the sheer lightness of the malt character amplifies puts the hop bitterness on display.

Pale copper in color, Hoopla forms a rich lather of off-white foam with fine lace and retention. A modest dry-hopped haze signals to the hop aroma to come.

Very citrusy, grassy, earthy, and sharp aromas of hops easily gain precedence over the thin caramel malt scent. Balancing toward hops, this pale ale has a very IPA-like nose.

The thin caramel malt taste continues in flavor, where a spicy ginger character takes the beer from medium sweetness to white grapefruit, pungent grass, vibrant herbs, and pine hoppy taste. Finishing with a grassy bite, the beer leaves far behind the sweetness of malt for a very crisp and refreshing taste.

Medium to start, the beer makes quick work of malt textures and carbonation and ushers in a quick bitterness turn dryness by the evaporation of malt, mild alcohol cooling, and hop bitterness. Light astringency and vegital hop bitterness is more noticed because of the fleeting malt character, where the hop flaws have nowhere to hide.

A good, crisp, and hoppy ale with the strained grassy hoppy character doing as much harm as benefit. With the balance toward hops, the beer shows some weakness.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2011 00:08:44 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of PollardsVision


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

On-tap in a pint glass. Rivermont Pizza, Lynchburg, VA

Poured a golden color with little head.

Decent pale ale. A bit of hoppiness, but not much flavor, in general. Certainly, nothing offensive. Just not much to it. It's refreshing and I'd have it again, but I just prefer hoppier PA's more.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2011 13:38:36 | More by PollardsVision
Photo of OWSLEY069


3.9/5  rDev +16.8%
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
Photo of drtth


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2011 00:46:09 | More by drtth
Photo of Rayek


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

On-tap at the brewery's Wilderness Pub. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Hoopla arrives with a hazy pale amber hue and a small eggshell cap. The head falls to a patchwork film and leaves bits of lace behind.

This beer presents a fairly standard APA profile. Citrus aromas and flavors mix nicely with lightly toasted sweetbread from the malts. The bitterness level is fairly low, but the beer has nice hop flavors. It finishes with a lingering citrus bitterness. The body is medium-light and slightly oily.

Overall, a very unassuming APA that's an easy drinker.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2011 03:19:53 | More by Rayek
Photo of joesmithrealname


3.65/5  rDev +9.3%
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 ktrillionaire


3.03/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-04-2011 18:54:53 | More by ktrillionaire
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2011 16:11:35 | More by jimmy82063
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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
Photo of Ilanko

New York

2.8/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 12:57:11 | More by Ilanko
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Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +12.3%
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
Photo of Billolick

New York

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.

Serving type: can

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


2.94/5  rDev -12%
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.

Serving type: can

10-12-2013 00:18:36 | More by Murrhey
Photo of JohnnyJam


3.26/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My bro, Gary, came over and brought this over. I guess he liked it and wanted to know it I had it recently on tap when I went to CO on my brewery tour vacation. No, but thanks.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with a used by date of 8/29/2013 and got two inches of off-white, creamy head that dissipated slowly.

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of off- white head and lots of lacing. Outstanding.

S: Smell of citrus and some floral notes.

T: Mostly floral notes and later some pine but not resin pine smell.

M: Medium carbonation and easy to drink.

O: I have to recommend this and I would have it again: it goes down good. I was excited on the initial pour. Really, The lacing and the head is the best thing about this beer. Overall, it's a better than average beer that is easy to drink in a style that I like.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2013 21:36:40 | More by JohnnyJam
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +10.8%
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 LambicPentameter


3.23/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2013 04:00:00 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of Fatehunter


2.78/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-12-2013 03:52:18 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Bucktron18


3.25/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, no freshness date.

Pours a clear copper with a lot of suspended flakes. Nice white head that falls to a thin lace. Smells lightly malty, thin caramel and no hops. Taste is sweet caramel with some funky alcoholic notes. Finishes with a solid hop bitterness and some malty flavors linger as well. Mouthfeel is a little heavy with low carbonation.

Overall a good beer to get out of a can. Could be a little more hop aroma to really call it a pale ale.

Serving type: can

05-25-2013 00:43:24 | More by Bucktron18
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Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.