Boulder Hoopla Pale Ale

Yet another selection courtesy of Katie. I haven’t had a huge amount of Boulder beers, but they tend to be middle of the road for me. They’re decent, but they’re nothing spectacular. I’m hoping this one is better than the others that I’ve had from Boulder.

ABV: 5.7%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “In search of the perfect festival beer, our Boulder Beer brewers and Kyle Hollingsworth, keyboardist of The String Cheese Incident and an avid homebrewer, 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.”

Random: Thanks for the beer, Kate!

The bad boy poured with a thick, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left extensive lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light orange color with light carbonation visible. The nose was a lot of sweet malt with a hint of hops to it. Not exactly what I was expecting. The taste, like the nose, was way more malt forward than I like. The malt itself was very “grainy” and organic, borderline nutty. The hops came through at the end of the sip, but was very subtle. The body was medium thickness with light carbonation. It finished quickly. This was just an alright beer to me. It needed more hop presence and the malt dialed back. I wouldn’t have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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