Hoopla Pale Ale | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Hoopla Pale AleHoopla Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale copper color, head dissipates, leaving thin retention, and some lacing.

S: Familiar citrus/ grassy or earthy scent give way to heavy dose of hops... very little malt in there.

T: Caramel malts dominate this for me... also a good deal of sweetness from the citrus. Finish is crisp.

M: Medium to light.. good deal of carbonation.

O: Its ok, crisp and hoppy for the style. Not a favorite, but just ok.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz bomber into a snifter...guess I was fooled by the bomber, because this is a pretty average pale ale...barely worth going into much detail...nothing stand-out about this...reasonably clean, decent hop profile, ok balance...nothing special, nothing too bad either...probably won't buy again because there are better pales for cheaper by the 6 or 12 pack, but was worth trying...I guess...

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly burnt orange color with a big white head which laces quite a bit. Smell is nice and balanced a bit of a hop aroma but with a decent malt presence a little of both worlds. Taste is average, the beer seems watery above all unfortunately. It isn't nearly as good as other Pale Ales such as Goose Island or Schlafly in similar price ranges, but it isn't a bad beer. Mouthfeel is weak and not very impressive. Overall its an average beer

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Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice creamy 1 finger head clear blond golden orange color.

Nose big hops, candy hops, earthy, light citrus, bit floral, and plenty of sweet caramel malts.

Taste starts lighter than I expected for malts, light sweet reddish toasty malts. Floral flavors almost like chamomile flowers. Light floral hops, bit of citrus, fruity and candy hops, semi biter. Dry semi bitter floral hop finish.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, nothing special, nice hops of many shapes and sizes, bit of a malt base.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, coppery color…huge head, milky toned, leaving lace. Nice.

Soft, but lively, floral aromatics, loaded with citrus notes. I'm wondering if there's more than Glacier going on here, but I don't know as much about that one as I'd like.

Taste: Zesty, spicy malt mouthfeel. Is it crystal rye malt? This really reminds me of SurlyFest, and it's malt profile. Whatever, it's clean, fresh, bright, slightly sweet, and delicious. Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Lightly tingly hop profile, lays long on the palate. Utterly pleasant, perfectly pleasing. Hops bump happily against sweet malt. Great drinking, great tasting.

I'll drink this with a hippie any ol' day.

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Photo of scottyshades
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a really pretty amber color with a frothy creamy cap. Retention is good

S: Bright citrusy and resinous hops, caramel, and lots of wheat coming through. Not bad at all

T: Eh, not sure if this is a little oxidized as we have sat on this growler for a week...but ther is a big resinous bitterness with some caramel accents

MF/D: Prickly carbonation, rough feel, resin finish. Overall, decent

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hoopla Pale Ale 5.7% alcohol by Boulder Beer, Wilderness Pub. 22oz. bomber poured into a pint glass. Muticolored design caught my eye so I grabed it, not even knowing it was a pale... funny.

A- Mild pour produces a beautiful medium hued amber fluid with a nice half inch head that falls to a sticky froth leaving continuing rings of lacing not unlike a beer just served in a bar... very nice looking ale.

S- Smell is a consistant meld of overly ripe citrus and grassy hops. Secondary scents are composed of a dull sweet malt musk.

T-M- Taste upfront is a medium bitter bite of mostly lemon and light orange flavored hops with a backbone showing a more grapefruit and tangerine charactor. Barley there malts linger in the end as only a sweet note. Mouthfeel is slightly astringent with a smooth carbonation that lingers.

Overall this beer is a winner with the aspect of drinkablity and mildness. As it says a perfect festival beer. Cheers!

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, deep orange-toned body with a tall, frothy, near white head.

Smell: Faintly toasty, mildly bready under the sharper hop notes of firm florals, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Pale malts, along with a taste of lightly toasty grains and saltless saltines. Low sweetness. Floral, snappy spices, and a portion of orange blossoms, maybe even a hint of tropical fruit. Moderately bitter. Slight oily resinous element. Drying, fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: You can find maltier or hoppier renditions, but it's a decent, middle-of-the-road APA that glides over the tongue nicely.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.59/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a deep orage with good carbonation and a nice white cap

S: Very weak nose but it did have some bread and perhaps some pine

T: Citrus, a little biterness, bread abd pretty weak tasting

M: Light to medium body, pretty boring, just bitterness on not much flavor on the palate

O: Pass

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: clear copper with a dense, creamy sustained head and gobs of lace.
S: caramel malts and fruity hops which I can't quite put my finger on; my first encounter with glacier hops that I am aware of. Some floral honey notes as well.
T: sweet caramel malts are well-balanced by a smooth hop bitterness. Finishes dry.
M: just over light bodied. Nicely carbonated and frothy.
O: I prefer a paler malt base to showcase a single hop, but still a nice apa.

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Photo of CHickman
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Rattle-N-Hum in NYC; pours hazy amber brown gold color with a creamy beige head that fades slowly, leaving excellent lacing coating the glass with rings as it goes down; a nice looking beer.

Smells of sweet malt, floral hops, flowers, grains, citrus hops, orange peel, caramel and some brown sugar; pretty mellow nose with a balance of hops and malts, but nothing exciting. The hops are a little more potent than the malt.

Tastes of sweet malt, floral hops, flowers, grains, citrus hops, orange peel, light grapefruit, caramel, brown sugar, toasted wheat, hay, grass and other earthy tones; a nice balance in the flavor as well, with malts, hops and grains giving a nice crisp sweetness.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with light crisp carbonaton, a medium body that's on the light side, and a smooth creamy feel on the tongue that slides down easy. A very refreshing beer that is easy to drink and a fine session beer. I recommend trying this one, it's tasty.

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Photo of fsvan
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into Goose Island Imperial pint glass. Best buy of Oct. 13 2011.

A- Slightly dark gold. Opaque. 2 fingers sticky white head.

S- Light piney hops. Almost a pilsener type bready malt profile. The smell is nice, but subtle.

T- Very light flavors up front, with a metallic tasting hop bitterness on the end. The metallic flavors wash away with some remaining bitterness.

M- Light, and a bit watery. I guess this is supposed to be an easy drinker for hot summer days, so I didn't knock it down as far as I might have. But at 5.7% this is a pretty big beer for hot summer days...

O- Not impressed much by this one. The metallic notes are just too much, and there really isn't anything redeeming to make up for that.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a gold color with a small white head.

Aroma very timid. Faint notes of sweet malt, citrus, and flowers.

The taste was a little bit better than what the aroma promised. Sweet biscuit, pine, and some grapefruit. Still a bit on the meek side.

Medium-bodied, balanced.

There's a lot of better APAs out there.

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Photo of riored4v
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 6/7/11

Poured in to a pint glass. Clear, copper colored body. 1.5 finger, white, rocky head. Great lacing.

Smell was fairly malty and sweet. Some strong floral aromas. Good citrusy notes as well.

Taste was as of a nice, american styled pale ale. Lightly hoppy with some good floral notes in the middle. Finishes with some more floral and fruity hops. Nice maltiness backed with a lightly bready and caramelly note. Light resiny hop finish as well.

Mouthfeel was medium-light body and medium carbonation. Crish finish.

Overall it was nice. Could drink alot of these and the palate wouldnt feel overpowered.

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Photo of mothman
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours 1/2 finger of khaki white head. Decent retention leaving some lace. Color is an autumn gold.

Aroma: Bready/pale malts. Orange citrus. Some piney hops. Fruity.

Taste: Orange citrus and some lemon flavors. Pine hops. More of a hoppy profile here. Still has some bready/pale malts. A bit of hop resiny sickyness.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and creamy. Kind of smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, a fairly average pale ale. A bit too malty for my liking. Not bad, just not impressive. Fairly decent drinking.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

A - A nice clear orange color with some redness to it. Head was big but light and quickly died.

S - Nice hoppy aroma that has a good amount of citrus crisp notes mixed with an earthen background.

T & M & D - The beer is somewhat sweet and crisp with a decent citrus hop taste. The middle of the beer is strongly earthen and floral. The beer finishes a little dry and overall it is just average in taste. Nothing pops. Mouthfeel is a little dry and the body of the beer is medium to light bodied.

O - An average APA that doesn't do anything pourly but doesn't wow you either.


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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

$5.00 bomber from Abe's.

Hazy orange body, topped by three-plus fingers of level white bubbles of various sizes. Nice lacing covering a lot of glass.

Fresh citrus aroma, grapefruit, orange, maybe some mango. Not huge, but inviting.

Sweet caramel beginning comes off a bit sloppy, splashing all over the mouth rather than firmly on the center of the tongue. Juicy fruit quickly joins in and provides solid balance.

Light mouthfeel flows fine.

Overall a tasty pale ale worth a try, though maybe not a long hunt.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Caught up with this at The Buckeye Beer Engine. A nice bitterness. lace sheet complementing an orange tinged body. Very hoppy, nice, but not as drinkable as I would expect from an APA.Hoppy aroma, more of an IPA. OK beer that did not hit the spot, maybe needs a simpler plan. Orange peel.

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Photo of burymeinhops
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice golden straw color. About an inch of head, but doesn't last long.
S - Faint smell, but a pleasant earthy aroma
T - Decent hoppy taste, but nothing special
M - Good carbonation, refreshing.
O - not a bad beer, but not really something to write home about.

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Photo of corby112
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden orange color with a 1.5 finger frothy white head that quickly settles into a thick lasting ring. Rings and spots of soapy lacing left behind.

Floral hop aroma with some resinous oils and sweet citrus notes. Slight earthy pine needle presence countered by hints of grapefruit and orange peel. Some pale biscuit malt underneath.

Medium bodied with a nice earthy, spicy hop presence up front that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malt backbone into a dry finish. Floral with a dank, piny flavor that gives off some nice dry bitterness. This is countered by biscuit malts as well as hints of orange peel and grapefruit. Pretty hoppy for a pale ale but becomes somewhat watered down mid-palate with some slight boozy heat toward the finish. Tastes stronger than 5.7%.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra pale and very crisp, the sheer lightness of the malt character amplifies puts the hop bitterness on display.

Pale copper in color, Hoopla forms a rich lather of off-white foam with fine lace and retention. A modest dry-hopped haze signals to the hop aroma to come.

Very citrusy, grassy, earthy, and sharp aromas of hops easily gain precedence over the thin caramel malt scent. Balancing toward hops, this pale ale has a very IPA-like nose.

The thin caramel malt taste continues in flavor, where a spicy ginger character takes the beer from medium sweetness to white grapefruit, pungent grass, vibrant herbs, and pine hoppy taste. Finishing with a grassy bite, the beer leaves far behind the sweetness of malt for a very crisp and refreshing taste.

Medium to start, the beer makes quick work of malt textures and carbonation and ushers in a quick bitterness turn dryness by the evaporation of malt, mild alcohol cooling, and hop bitterness. Light astringency and vegital hop bitterness is more noticed because of the fleeting malt character, where the hop flaws have nowhere to hide.

A good, crisp, and hoppy ale with the strained grassy hoppy character doing as much harm as benefit. With the balance toward hops, the beer shows some weakness.

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Photo of jmarsh123
2.74/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark straw color with a small white head.

Not a lot of nose to this one. A little bit of caramel with a hint of earthy hops.

Hops come out a bit more in the taste with a very piney presence. A little bit of caramel as well.

Mouthfeel is too light. Good carbonation.

Mediocre offering from a brewery that is never really bad, but not good either.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulder : Hoopla Pale Ale

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a large mug. A clear light copper in color, huge pillowy head and lacing. Aroma of floral hops and some pine. In the flavor, nice hop bitterness, a bit earthy, light herbal notes. Faint pine with a pale malt backing and English ale yeast. Mouthfeel is light bodied. Overall, a pretty tasty little pale ale that is close to IPA territory.

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Photo of PollardsVision
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap in a pint glass. Rivermont Pizza, Lynchburg, VA

Poured a golden color with little head.

Decent pale ale. A bit of hoppiness, but not much flavor, in general. Certainly, nothing offensive. Just not much to it. It's refreshing and I'd have it again, but I just prefer hoppier PA's more.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean orange-ish color with a white head. In the aroma, a mellow pine hop. In the taste, a small pine hop which is balanced nicely with a mellow malt. A small hop bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry, mellow pine hop in the aftertaste. A bigger hop for a pale, nice and mellow.

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Hoopla Pale Ale from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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