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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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2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (387) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 18, 2012
A canned version, it’s very cool looking. Speaking of looking, I don’t thin I find a date canned/best by date on it unless this is it: 2 08 09 etc.. It pours very nicely, a clearish deep gold with a 2 finger head of fluffy foam that is a slow shrinker. Good lacing ensues. Taking a few whiffs, I get some floral hops that are nice but that seems to be all I get. The taste is kind of bitter, bitter in not such a good way. Is there such a thing as burnt hops? Bitter gone wrong, imho. There’s no saving grace of a malt backbone or, at least, not much of one that I can attest to. I’m not enjoying this very much and I have 5 more cans to deal with. There’s some slight notes of grapefruit that I can taste now but that isn’t going to save how I feel about this brew. This one is screaming for some balance and the screams go unheard.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Darkmagus82 (1782) - - OCT 14, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 4-9-14- 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.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
slowrunner77 (6019) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 24, 2014
"Undated can, new to Reno 3 weeks ago. Tasted and smelled medium fresh. Liked the fruity tropical aroma ad flavor going on, haylike backbone, light biscuit and caramel malt. Simple, tasty. Lower scores around the 50th percentile on rb...I thought it slightly above average and sessionable. "

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Aurelius (4307) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2014
Festive can. Aroma is very hoppy be at first. Lots of pine. Then it mellows out into a sweetish malty affair. Clear burnt orange beer. Ivory head. Clean, hoppy, woody. Not terribly interesting, but drinkable. ABC Liquors, Betton.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bkurtz (860) - PERU - SEP 12, 2014
Can-Pours a hazy copper with a creamy head. Nice tropical aromas. Taste has light citrus notes with some bitterness, but also some soapy flavor. Average at best.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1325) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 2, 2014
a very bitter and hoppy pale from boulder beer. bitter aftertaste and smells hoppy. had a can pour from revolution brewing. pours orange in color with a white head.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (1047) - Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2014
Can. Pours clear orange with white head. Aroma is floral, malty, molasses, very grainy, sweet. Taste is very grainy- cereal, nuts, balanced, a b it flat. Good beer.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sturmthis (558) - Ohio, USA - AUG 21, 2014
Amber color with one finger head. Citrus aroma. Light taste of grain and a little citrus. Nothing special.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrewBoxer (2089) - 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

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5025) - 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.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nate (3759) - 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.


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