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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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88 Reviews
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Reviews: 88
Hads: 324
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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Reviews: 88 | Hads: 324
Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing too memorable for the style.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: single finger head with some lacing on a clear golden with amber hues body.

S: hemp, earthy hops, caramel malts, breads and hint of gingerhead.

T: breads and caramel malts with hints of orange peel, cereal, chocolate. earthy and herbal hops with a little bit metallic presence.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: easy to drink pale ale. This one favors the earthy and herbal with a very bready base. Easy to drink, a little light on the hops even for the style.

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Photo of metter98
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a good robust pale ale, much appreciated here. pours a copper color, nice and clear, with a milkshake thick caramel colored head that lasts. smell is bold but balanced, lots of english malts, pale and caramel at least, maybe something munic too, hard to tell because the hop profile is also very prominent, piney and honey sticky. flavor is all of the above, and i think i like this as much as any boulder beer, which i guess isnt saying that much, but this is very satisfying. i spent the day canning tomatos and dilly beans and this was great stuff for that, refreshing enough to quench the thirst only a hot kitchen can generate, but autumnal enough to remind me im preserving the harvest and that colder evenings are coming. in that context it was magic. feel is good, more body than a lot of american pales, nice for fall. pick some up.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange-toned body with a tall, frothy, near white head.

Smell: Faintly toasty, mildly bready under the sharper hop notes of firm florals, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Pale malts, along with a taste of lightly toasty grains and saltless saltines. Low sweetness. Floral, snappy spices, and a portion of orange blossoms, maybe even a hint of tropical fruit. Moderately bitter. Slight oily resinous element. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: You can find maltier or hoppier renditions, but it's a decent, middle-of-the-road APA that glides over the tongue nicely.

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear very dark copper to amber in color with some light amounts of visible carbonation and a light amount of particles in suspension. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the majority of the surface of the ber with a small thick patch and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/grapefruit, earthy, and floral hops (with some bitterness) over the much lighter caramel malts.

T: There is a light amount of caramel malt flavors up front with some lighter notes of toasted malts. After that the hop flavors come out with citrus/grapefruit, earthy, and spicy hops all showing up. There is a moderate to strong bitterness in this beer but it does not really linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth and very light amounts of dryness in the finish.Slightly thin/watery.

O: A very strong flavor and aroma of hops in this beer and just a touch too much bitterness in my opinion to make this beer an easy drinker. Enjoyable but not a beer that I would go out of my way to have again.

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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 drabmuh
3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a can, served in a Boulder beer company shaker pint. Boring pale ale. Beer is orange and mostly clear with a faint haze, moderate carbonation, nice white head, looks like beer.

Aroma is plain and mildly hoppy with a hint of graininess in there.

Beer is medium to light in body, grainy on the finish and overall just a meh beer. I don't think I'd bother to have it again but I did use a few of the cans as a cooking solvent, turned out fine.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The CANQuest (TM) finds me knee-deep in the hoopla today, but no sign of Grace Slick here in my kitchen. My thanks to Blargimus for sending this to me as part of a massive shipment of CANs. It is now available in my area so if anyone would like some, let me know. Bear in mind that it is a limited release.

From the CAN: "Our collaboration brew with Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of the String Cheese Incident, Hoopla's fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor will have your taste buds dancing! For more information on Hoopla, free music and more, please scan here [QR code] or go to boulderbeer.com/beers/hoopla-pale-ale."

I went with an inverted Glug to follow the Crack, resulting in two-plus fingers of dense, tawny head with great retention. Color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity. Nose was grapefruit hops underlain with biscuit malt. Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was bitter, but tea-like in its intensity. I have had hops tea on a couple of occasions and this was much like what it tastes like. Finish was semi-dry, but it just seemed to be lacking any Ooomph. Since SNPA is a) the standard-bearer and b) it also comes in a CAN, this is not going to replace SNPA in my cooler. Sorry.

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Photo of smakawhat
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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!!!

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 corby112
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Rings and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with some resinous oils and sweet citrus notes. Slight earthy pine needle presence countered by hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Some pale biscuit malt underneath.

Medium bodied with a nice earthy, spicy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Floral with a dank, piny flavor that gives off some nice dry bitterness. This is countered by biscuit malts as well as hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale but becomes somewhat watered down mid-palate with some slight boozy heat toward the finish. Tastes stronger than 5.7%.

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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 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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Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.