Hoopla Pale Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 89 | Ratings: 330
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I like the appearance, you get a good vibrant gold and orange mixture of color with a head that chills around a half an inch. Hops can be sometimes there and sometimes completely devoid of them replete with stale old oxidized cardboard vibe. Can/bottle dating? Can't find it. Not my fault.

Taste has bitterness, but there is nothing descriptive going on malt or hop wise beyond that really, generic two row toasting, pale malt I guess. The alcohol is noticeable, which isn't a good thing if you're below 6% abv.

I've had some good stuff from Boulder, but I find a lot of the times you're in for an unpredicable inconsistent journey.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange gold like color with off-white head. Floral notes galor on the nose, just a hint of grass and fruit; follows onto the palate. Finishes with some malt and hop notes, fairly balanced.

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Photo of pat61
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Malt and grassy hop on the nose. Pours brilliant amber, 2” foam dissipates to ½”, very rocky. Grainy malt with some caramel, slight astringency from the hops on the finish. Medium body and carbonation, sessionable with the balance leaning slightly to the hops.

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Photo of Zach136
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear light amber, white head, good lacing.

Aroma: Medium-light mix of pine/grass/citrus hop with a touch of malt sweetness.

Flavor: Fairly astringent bitterness of pine and grass. Again, just a touch of residual, caramel sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with earth, citrus zest, and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable, but nothing too memorable for the style.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of A_bit_of_the_Sacrament
3/5  rDev -12%

This beer had great presentation. Poured a great honey color with a good amount of head. Picturesque in a clear pint glass. Upon drinking, for me, this was a "just ok" offering. It had most of the characteristics you'd expect from APA but it was not transcendent in any category. Body: Good. Balance: Good. Some citrus notes from the hops, very sessionable. I think this would be a great pick if I planned to sit and drink a slew of them in one sitting but on a "one beer" night it's marginal.

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Photo of SteveB24
3/5  rDev -12%

a lighter, dank take on the pale ale, this to me is what would happen if Heineken and SNPA had a baby, not exactly bad, easy enough to knock back on a hot day, but not something i would buy again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Pours from the can a beautiful honey colored, clear liquid with an almost creamy, off-white head as thick as your little finger. Retention is extremely good and the lacing left behind is formidable, lasting until it dries in place.
Smell is a bit weak overall with some wood, some hops, some malt. Balanced well, but hard to suss out details.
Taste is better presented, much like an English pale ale, more muted than the American style. Notes of citrus hops, malt, wood, faint floral/herbal. Balance is good.
A drying finish, warming slightly after the swallow. A resinous aftertaste lingers gently long afterwards. Overall, a pretty good example in my estimation. Not overly hopped like most American pale ales, very drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a big foamy head of a white color. The head has a great level of retention, very slowly fading to leave a great level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with some nice aromas of a more fruity nature. The fruit is a nice mix of citrus and tropical fruit smell with an orange mingling with some mango and papaya. Along with these aromas are some smells of a grassy and grapefruit hop as well as a bit of an earthy and hay-like aroma overall producing a rather inviting aroma.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and slightly grassy flavor mixed with some lighter sweetness of a light fruit nature. The light fruit, which consists of an orange, apple and pear flavor, is very mild, with it growing even more so as the flavor advances to the end of the taste. While the sweeter flavors dwindle, so too does the bready flavors, with them being replaced by a more cracker like taste. Toward the end of the flavor profile, the grassy flavor gets slightly stronger in nature with it being joined by a light hay-like and earthy hop flavor, which in the end, leave a rather crisp and clean taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side as well. The blend of body and carbonation are fantastic for the malty and moderately hoped flavors of the brew all while still maintaining an easy drinking and crisp feel for the brew. Great for the style.

Overall – This was a very easy drinking and rather tasty APA. I rather enjoyed this one and will certainly go back to it.

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Photo of Ilanko
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

We had this beer out of 22 Oz bottle. At the beginning the smell is very promising, nice aroma of hops and malt. Nice stable foamy head that keep on it's stability.
First sip, the beer is very heavy on the body, very syrupy and less malty.
Tons of heavy long after tastes.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, a souvenir from Denver Beer Week/GABF 2013.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, foamy, and lazily bubbly ecru head, which leaves some patchwork land bridge lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of grapefruit and orange pith, further muddled tropical fruit, mild pine resin, bready, crackery pale and caramel malt, and some late-forming floral, grassy hops. The taste is more fairly astringent citrus rind, leafy pine needles, earthy hemp rope, toasted caramel and bready pale malts, and a mildly perfume-like floral essence.

The carbonation is a bit peppy, but in a reserved, easy-going manner, the body a decent medium weight, and a bit pithy and clammy in its heady attempt at smoothness. It finishes off-dry, the bready caramel malt well parrying the lingering bitter floral, citrus, and earthy hops.

An agreeable enough APA, the multitude of flavours all eventually leading to a combined, enhanced, and almost isolated bitterness. Good, but I feel that my palate would quickly tire after only one more.

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Photo of Billolick
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can with hard to read enjoy by dating on the bottom

Pours hazed oily looking medium amber, Lifts a huge head initially, larger bubble, that recedes to a messy looking film and high thicker lacing.

Resiny hop nose.

More resin, some pine and whole wheat malts on the palate.

Nothing amazing going on here, just a respectable hopped up pale ale. Dry, hoppy and worth a try.

Always good to have more quality beer options in a can.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz can into a conic pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- One finger cream-colored head with low retention rate. Nice white lacing about an inch above the body. Golden body with great clarity. Nice looking beer.

S- Tropical fruits, floral hops. Aromatic before tailing off into mellowness. Average.

T- Slight funk. Floral, sweet and fruity hops.

M- Super light feel that finishes gushingly wet. Carbonation is minimal.

O- Middling beer at best. Interesting aroma, mild flavor.

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Photo of JohnnyJam
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

My bro, Gary, came over and brought this over. I guess he liked it and wanted to know it I had it recently on tap when I went to CO on my brewery tour vacation. No, but thanks.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle with a used by date of 8/29/2013 and got two inches of off-white, creamy head that dissipated slowly.

A: Pours a golden orange color with 2 fingers of off- white head and lots of lacing. Outstanding.

S: Smell of citrus and some floral notes.

T: Mostly floral notes and later some pine but not resin pine smell.

M: Medium carbonation and easy to drink.

O: I have to recommend this and I would have it again: it goes down good. I was excited on the initial pour. Really, The lacing and the head is the best thing about this beer. Overall, it's a better than average beer that is easy to drink in a style that I like.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz Can from the Potsdam NY IGA for $2.25

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with a large size fizzy off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, grapefruit, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and hops. There is also some grapefruit flavour. It ends with a malty sweet mildly hopped aftertaste.

Overall - A nice easy drinking beer that has enough flavour to stay interesting. There are some fruity notes and a fair amount off hops. Worth a try.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks toasted. Has that clear coppery color. Maybe closer to bronze. Head insulates well.

Husky hops come out with fandangled citrus and floral aromas. Unmasked is a lightly caramelly malt presence. Notes of hemp oil and scruffy toast.

Happily bitter. Jet blast of raw hop leaf, hemp, floral bitterness, toasty grains, light booziness, earthy pine, and citrus pith. Sweetness of the malts can't penetrate this oomph of bitterness. Decent stuff.

Feels right-on. Nearly milky body. Carbonation has an appeal that screams 'bushy-tailed'. Very good.

I like this kind of aggression in a toasty pale ale. It keeps the malts from interfering too much in a hoppy ale.

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Photo of BierStein711
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Draught into shaker pint, two finger off-white head, amber color, mild carbonation

Smells: Pine, grain, hops, wet leaves, light grass

Taste: Pine, floral hop, sharp finish

Mouthfeel: mild

Overall, this is not too bad of a beer, highly sessionable. My second sortie to explore this brewery. If I wasn't pleased with other offerings I'd go for this.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz can with no discernible date to mark canning or freshness. Did not pour into another vessel.

Appearance - Can't really comment on it since I drank it out of the can. It looked to be a light coppery color from looking down into the can. I'll score this even with my overall score since I have to rate it.

Smell - Aromatic and pungent, with hints of hop bitterness and maybe some faint sweetness as well.

Taste - The dominant note is malty bittersweetness, like I might expect from an English Pale. The hops come through as well, imparting pine needle and robust bitterness. Finish is semi-dry.

Mouthfeel - Sparkling carbonation and medium body.

Overall, too much of a malt bomb for my preference. The taste has some offsetting resinous hoppy bitterness, but it just doesn't quite balance with the strong maltiness.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a finger and half of head on a hazy, dirty orange colored body.
The aroma had a nice pine smell with a touch of grapefruit. Bold.
The taste had a dull strong bitterness to it, some dryness. Muddled overall.
The texture had an unpleasant fizziness to it.
Not my favorite. The taste and texture were off.

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Photo of Bucktron18
3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz can, no freshness date.

Pours a clear copper with a lot of suspended flakes. Nice white head that falls to a thin lace. Smells lightly malty, thin caramel and no hops. Taste is sweet caramel with some funky alcoholic notes. Finishes with a solid hop bitterness and some malty flavors linger as well. Mouthfeel is a little heavy with low carbonation.

Overall a good beer to get out of a can. Could be a little more hop aroma to really call it a pale ale.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This pours a mostly clear, red orange color, with a slight light brown head. There is a scent of hops mixed with some sweet malt. The texture is kind of thin but yet it delivers a flavorful sweet grain flavor that finishes with a slightly dry finish with a little smokiness to it. Overall it’s kind of so-so. It’s more of a red lager with a pale ale finish than a full on pale ale.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't know this was in cans so it's a good thing I waited since bombers were like 7 bucks. Got the can for $1.75 and still paid too much. No canned date but a number "20712A2BA" on the side.

A - Holly carbonation! I am not sure if anyone else got a glass of foam but it took forever to settle. I know for a fact it wasn't shaken since the can wasn't bloated and I know how to tilt a glass. After it settled I was even a touch disappointed since it was quite a dark shade of amber brown, much darker than a pale ale should be. At least it had extreme lacing from such a bubbly pour.

S - Some piney resin, touch of pale malts, some biscuit malts. Not bad.

T - Well the taste was pretty good it wasn't too hoppy or malty, but it wasn't really that great. Forgettable.

M - Due to high carbonation it left the palate with a light beer taste as bubbly as champagne, again not great for a pale ale.

Overall not something I would track down again especially since I can get Mojo IPA for the same price which is 2x better. Be careful with these cans too they seem to be uber carbonated.

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Photo of PrivateEquity
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange tinged gold, finger and a half off-white head. Nice lacing down the glass. This is the best thing the beer has going for it.

S - Bready, caramel nose. Earthy hops. Nothing too spectacular.

T - Good taste. Nothing too spectacular. Little piney resin, grassy notes. Lacking sweetness. Flavor doesn't last long enough.

M - Dry finish. Medium-bodied.

O - Drinkable APA. No a go-to APA, but every once in a while is a good one to get. To be fair, though, on average I would usually prefer an IPA

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Small but lasting, bar-pour head. Dark amber color and semi-cloudy (i.e. more than hazy). Leaves a thorough blanket of lace.

Good hop presence on the initial smell. The aroma is peppery with only a touch malt present.

Starts with a neutral, slightly toasted, pale malt flavor. This slides into a more dry malt taste as the hop bitterness kicks in. The finish is moderately hoppy. The body disappoints as it is very thin with an elevated level of carbonation.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear, bubbly mix of brass and copper hues. Nice head after the pour that leads to a strong foam for all twelve ounces.

Floral and fruity hop, malt, and yeast aroma mix. There's also some tinny aromas. I get some light tropical fruit and flower aromas here and there.

Toasted crackers and biscuits roll in with differing hop bitterness. Tropical fruit, earthy grass and flowers. The bitterness is slow in letting go of your palate.

This is an interesting APA that seems to seperate itself from the standard style lot. Glad I tried this beer.

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