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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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BA SCORE
77
okay

285 Ratings
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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of ShemRahBoo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

ShemRahBoo, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

StonedTrippin, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of sansho
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

sansho, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

BeerOps, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.33/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

RblWthACoz, Aug 31, 2012
Photo of PthPndr
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

PthPndr, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass.

The beer is a nice pure copper color with a frothy mocha colored head that recedes to spotty film froth. Good sticky lacing remain on the glass.

The aroma is mostly hop bitterness, some pine, and some malts.

Boulder Beer know hops, and this one is no joke either. Lots of bitter grapefruit and piny hops that overshadow the slight sweetness of the malts. But there is a nice rich malt body in this that makes it balanced.

Mouthfeel is sticky and medium bodied.

Overall, I think I liked this at first, then as I kept drinking it became more average. And seriously, how many Pale Ales do Boulder make? It seems like that's the only thing they brew.

JuicesFlowing, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Ryandey
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Ryandey, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of Ispeakforthetrees
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Ispeakforthetrees, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of bluntedboywonder
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

bluntedboywonder, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of horshack7
3.08/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

horshack7, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of Kunstman
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Kunstman, Aug 24, 2012
Photo of sammo
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

sammo, Aug 22, 2012
Photo of SteveGathje
4.75/5  rDev +42.2%

SteveGathje, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

morimech, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of WesM63
3/5  rDev -10.2%

WesM63, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of wertschy
4.25/5  rDev +27.2%

wertschy, Aug 17, 2012
Photo of FanofHefe
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Local bottle store just got this in cans; no apparent dating on the can. Poured into a Duvel tulip and has a clear, light amber/orange appearance in the body with a thick, two-finger light tan head. Decent rings of lacing left on the glass.

The aroma is fairly weak overall. Some light citrus and floral hops with some light, sweet malt in the background.

The taste is a slight improvement over the aroma. The hop bitterness leans toward the pine and citrus side. The hop flavors dominate, but blend fairly well with some light caramel malt. Not very complex, but not expected for a pale ale.

Light mouthfeel and very drinkable. Overall, solid for a pale ale and nice to have it in cans now.

FanofHefe, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of JottaGibboo
4.5/5  rDev +34.7%

JottaGibboo, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of PEIhop
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

PEIhop, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of dbstuart88
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

dbstuart88, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of ww54174
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ww54174, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.68/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of phishsihq
3.93/5  rDev +17.7%
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!

Hoot!

phishsihq, Jul 23, 2012
Photo of HopBrain
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.