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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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264 Ratings
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Ratings: 264
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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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TheBigBoy

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

11-11-2012 15:59:48 | More by TheBigBoy
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jaidenjb

Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.4%

11-11-2012 00:34:50 | More by jaidenjb
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jkrich

Indiana

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
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ryanpj

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-23-2012 02:09:44 | More by ryanpj
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2.88/5  rDev -14%
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.

Serving type: can

10-18-2012 19:31:07 | More by Bitterbill
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ShakaShakaShaka

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

10-16-2012 21:03:05 | More by ShakaShakaShaka
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bzach

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev -3%

10-16-2012 09:29:10 | More by bzach
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GratefulNole

Florida

3/5  rDev -10.4%

10-10-2012 18:56:44 | More by GratefulNole
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hayesjw

California

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

10-09-2012 00:15:03 | More by hayesjw
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BigTrubble

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-07-2012 16:34:56 | More by BigTrubble
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Mark5252

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

10-07-2012 00:59:49 | More by Mark5252
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: can

10-05-2012 12:31:53 | More by EgadBananas
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metter98

New York

3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

10-04-2012 02:20:16 | More by metter98
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.38/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 21:27:49 | More by drabmuh
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2012 01:01:07 | More by kylehay2004
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-27-2012 21:23:03 | More by tone77
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Garlicjosh

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +19.4%

09-24-2012 23:43:16 | More by Garlicjosh
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-24-2012 22:53:02 | More by dbrauneis
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

09-23-2012 23:10:47 | More by Hellpop65
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

4/5  rDev +19.4%

09-21-2012 16:42:30 | More by Whiskeydeez
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-21-2012 02:23:15 | More by jsprain1
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mastodonj

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-20-2012 00:24:49 | More by mastodonj
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Serving type: can

09-16-2012 18:44:29 | More by woodychandler
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eatswodo

Minnesota

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

09-15-2012 23:04:24 | More by eatswodo
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PeterOrlando92

Wisconsin

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

09-14-2012 04:07:02 | More by PeterOrlando92
Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.