1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Not Rated.
Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
77
okay

301 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 301
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 14.07%
Wants: 5
Gots: 18 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 05-22-2011)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 301 | Reviews: 85 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of drabmuh
3.38/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

drabmuh, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

kylehay2004, Sep 28, 2012
Photo of tone77
3.2/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

tone77, Sep 27, 2012
Photo of Garlicjosh
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Garlicjosh, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

dbrauneis, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Hellpop65
2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

Hellpop65, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of Whiskeydeez
4/5  rDev +19.8%

Whiskeydeez, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of jsprain1
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

jsprain1, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of mastodonj
3.1/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

mastodonj, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of woodychandler
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

woodychandler, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of eatswodo
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

eatswodo, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of PeterOrlando92
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

PeterOrlando92, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of Sturmthis
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Sturmthis, Sep 14, 2012
Photo of UnoMasBelgian
4/5  rDev +19.8%

UnoMasBelgian, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of circus_cat
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

circus_cat, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of hiphopj5
3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

hiphopj5, Sep 06, 2012
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 03, 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
Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 301 ratings.