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Hoopla Pale Ale - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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Ratings: 290
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 3.34
pDev: 13.77%
Wants: 5
Gots: 16 | 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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2.25/5  rDev -32.6%

dbstuart88, Aug 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

ww54174, Jul 25, 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 24, 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!


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

HopBrain, Jul 10, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

Beerchaeology, Jun 07, 2012
Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

acurtis, May 27, 2012
Photo of djrn2
2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

djrn2, May 26, 2012
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

cfcairns, May 14, 2012
Photo of irrgalaxy
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

irrgalaxy, Mar 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

cowineaux, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of kevosbob
3/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

kevosbob, Feb 13, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Tyrawlings, Feb 12, 2012
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

jennaski01, Jan 03, 2012
Photo of mlazzaro
3.35/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle. Somewhat clear amber color with a thin white head. Smells good, just awfully faint. I think it's centennial hops, but something citrusy and piney. Bitterness is heavy against the thinner body. Still has some good sweetness, caramel flavor. Minimal on hop flavor. It's alright beer, I would like to have a fresh example. I do like their other staple beer more.

mlazzaro, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of WoodBrew
3.68/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

WoodBrew, Jan 02, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Tpsauer, Dec 29, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

Shilt, Dec 28, 2011
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3/5  rDev -10.2%

ROGUE16, Dec 20, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

savagepm, Dec 19, 2011
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3.05/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: 1 finger slightly off white head. Caramel to slight amber color.

S: Citrus, slight pine and caramel malt.

T: Citrus bite, then malt hits with a slight lingering bitterness. Very non offensive.

M: Medium body. No alcohol punch.

O: The taste and aroma fails on this beer. Really average pale ale. I couldn't see anyone really going crazy for this beer. At best one could use as a stepping stone for non-craft beer drinkers.

JerseyKirk, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

shcufj, Dec 03, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

rab53, Nov 25, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

cfinch2, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +19.8%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
77 out of 100 based on 290 ratings.