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Magic happened this year in Boulder, CO, when local music and local beer came together. In search of the perfectly drinkable, yet flavorful, festival beer, the Boulder Beer brewers and avid homebrewer Kyle Hollingsworth, Keyboardist of the String Cheese Incident, joined creative forces. Imagination and improvisation flowed freely, and Hoopla was born.

Hoopla Pale Ale is dry-hopped with generous amounts of Glacier hops for a fruity, floral hop aroma and flavor that will have your taste buds dancing! Its lively hop character is wonderfully balanced with a crisp, clean finish from the unique blend of US and German grains, making Hoopla the perfect companion to festival season.

“We wanted to make a beer that was hoppy, but still appetizing to non-hop-drinkers and drinkable on hot days at summertime festivals,” Kyle explains about the recipe.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
squidknuckle (22) - New Haven, Connecticut, USA - OCT 12, 2011
Crown cap 22oz bottle stamped "enjoy by Sep 28 2011". Slightly past date, almost certainly a good thing for me. The brightness of IPAs built this way is usually too much for me, a little "mutation" is a good thing in my opinion. Pours pale reddish gold with a quarter inch head quickly fading to minimal lacing. Dusty floral nose, not too soapy, some orange peel and brine. Thinner texture fits beer’s overall lightness, nice bitterness not overwhelming. Muted tones of dried herbs and flowers. Bright, but not in your face. Its slight over-age has worked in its favor. Any fresher and I’d need a hot summer day to go along with it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sturmthis (386) - Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Amber color with one finger head. Citrus aroma. Light taste of grain and a little citrus. Nothing special.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (1979) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Draft at the brewery\brewpub in boulder. Very cool spot . Pours a hazy brown color with a slight haziness.. Standard iPa

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (4761) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - AUG 13, 2014
On tap: The aroma consists of light florals, pine, and caramel. It’s a transparent golden-orange with a small white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a slightly thicker ring. There is a decent amount of thin webbing on the sides of the glass. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel with a hint of citrus. He finish has light pine, grass, and a hint of grapefruit. It’s light bodied with moderate carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3710) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 7, 2014
On tap at Brunzies. Medium fragrant hoppy nose with a bit of caramel sweetness. Hazy dull amber with foamy white lacing head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Mild flavors, muted caramel sweetness. Decent hop bitterness and a little floral character. finish is smooth with lingering bitterness in the after.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tide (1761) - Espoo, FINLAND - JUN 9, 2014
Draught at Boulder Beer Company. Amber color, white head. Bitter taste with grapefruit, hops, resin, caramel and a bit of pine. Bitter finish with hops, grapefruit and caramel. Good APA.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
roxtersoxter (299) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours golden amber with small white head. Excellent aroma of citrus, pine, hops, and flowers. Flavor of bitter hops with hint of citrus. Good beer overall. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Leafs93 (1668) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2014
With a little Restless Wind playing in the background...Pours golden amber with a white head. Aroma is citrus, grass and a touch of floral. Taste is sweet with mild bitters. Medium bodied with a crisp finish. I would enjoy this at a festival or two and it would make an excellent summer beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ed5388 (2045) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 31, 2013
12oz can from Manahawkin Spirits. Pours a crystal clear orange color with 2 fingers of foamy off white head. Aroma of citrus, grain, light caramel, and sweet tea. Taste of sweet grains, citrus zest, hints of caramel, and a mild earthy/piny hop bitterness.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 6/20
HuskerTan (486) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - DEC 29, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Draft. A- Floral, pines, spices, citrus. A- Copper color, hazy liquid, white head. T- Very bitter, mild sweetness, hoppy. P- Full body, average texture, average carbonation, bitter finish. O- They said they wanted to make this appetizing to non-hop drinkers but they didn’t manage to succeed. Overly hoppy.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
boxofrane (2093) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Nitro at craft ale house. Pours clear copper with a large white head that looks more like a milkshake. The aroma is very floral with light citrus. The taste has a nice light bitter pop but has a good hoppy taste.

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