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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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277 Ratings
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Ratings: 277
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 13.73%
Wants: 3
Gots: 12 | 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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Ispeakforthetrees

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-27-2012 05:00:42 | More by Ispeakforthetrees
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bluntedboywonder

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-25-2012 02:00:55 | More by bluntedboywonder
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horshack7

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev -8.1%

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.

08-24-2012 03:28:57 | More by horshack7
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

08-24-2012 01:51:30 | More by Kunstman
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sammo

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -3%

08-22-2012 17:25:37 | More by sammo
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SteveGathje

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +41.8%

08-19-2012 19:05:50 | More by SteveGathje
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morimech

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

08-19-2012 18:45:39 | More by morimech
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WesM63

Ohio

3/5  rDev -10.4%

08-18-2012 04:05:53 | More by WesM63
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wertschy

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

08-17-2012 20:57:42 | More by wertschy
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FanofHefe

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

08-16-2012 22:02:21 | More by FanofHefe
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JottaGibboo

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

08-16-2012 20:04:49 | More by JottaGibboo
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PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

08-11-2012 22:46:27 | More by PEIhop
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dbstuart88

Colorado

2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

08-07-2012 23:50:42 | More by dbstuart88
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ww54174

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -3%

07-24-2012 23:50:38 | More by ww54174
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.68/5  rDev -20%

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.

07-23-2012 23:04:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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phishsihq

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +17.3%

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!

07-23-2012 22:06:53 | More by phishsihq
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HopBrain

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

07-10-2012 16:51:57 | More by HopBrain
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Beerchaeology

New York

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

06-06-2012 23:06:48 | More by Beerchaeology
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

05-27-2012 01:16:54 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

05-26-2012 14:52:22 | More by djrn2
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cfcairns

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -10.4%

05-14-2012 16:21:36 | More by cfcairns
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irrgalaxy

Minnesota

3.43/5  rDev +2.4%

22 oz. bomber poured into tall, straight glass.

A: Clear, amber color with low amounts of carbonation.

S: Not strong, but moderate floral notes.

T: More malty than hoppy; some bitter notes at the end.

M: Nice and smooth,

O: Drinkable, but not particularly distinctive. Favor the hoppier beers of Hazed & Infused and Mojo from BB.

03-07-2012 01:04:20 | More by irrgalaxy
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cowineaux

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

02-27-2012 23:51:26 | More by cowineaux
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kevosbob

Colorado

3/5  rDev -10.4%

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

02-13-2012 16:56:19 | More by kevosbob
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Tyrawlings

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

02-12-2012 03:10:11 | More by Tyrawlings
Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 277 ratings.