on tap

Regional Distribution

Add Distribution Data
RATINGS: 180   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
Share this beer with friends!
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.

Bill Becker's rating

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Bill Becker (325) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bkurtz (785) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Christpuncher (1162) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Danyel (740) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sturmthis (439) - 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 (2003) - 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 (4809) - 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 (3727) - 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 (1786) - 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 (307) - 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 (1682) - 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.

We Want To Hear From You

Join us! RateBeer is made by beer enthusiasts for the craft beer community. Your basic membership is free and allows you to read all beer ratings. Click here to create your account... and give your opinion!

Join Us »

Page    1  2 3 4 » 18

Tick this beer

for your profile
  • Currently 0/5 Stars.
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Copyright © 2000-2014,
RateBeer LLC. All rights
about us
About RateBeer
New Beers
Advanced Search
Add A Beer
Add A Brewer
Add A Place
Log In
Edit Personal Info
Buy Premium Membership
Your Messages
the best
RateBeer Best
100 Beer Club
The Top 50