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

Boulder Mojo Risin’ Double IPA

I spent the day shopping with my sister at Sam’s Club. To a normal person, this does not sound exciting. But, we only go twice a year and spend about four freakin hours in the store. Then, when we get home, it takes about another hour or so to unload everything. It’s really a fun way to spend a day. Luckily, after all of this, I got to watch some of the football game before going to a fire call. Now, I’m back at home and watching my sister scream at the tv while the Giants are going to overtime…

ABV: 10.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: This is an extreme version of Mojo IPA, which I’ve never had…

Random: I don’t know why the Giants look so pathetic. I thought that they would run away with this game. Apparently not.

This brew poured with a thick, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left extensive lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy amber color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose had a lot of grapefruit, followed up by a bit of sweet and bready malt. On the first sip, I got a lot of sweet and bready malt with some grapefruit hops. Um, this is a double IPA. I shouldn’t get malt as the first or the most prevalent flavor. The body was more towards the thicker side with low carbonation. The finish lasted forever on this brew. Although the ABV on this monster is really well hidden, I can honestly say that I really didn’t enjoy much about this brew. I would not have this beer again. I would avoid this one. A borderline drainpour.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Boulder Hazed & Infused

I forgot to mention in my last entry, another reason this weekend absolutely blew was the fact that my first attempt at brewing beer was an absolute failure. After I cleaned everything, the burner (which is brand new) just wouldn’t work. It would light, but then I would get blowback and the flame would just go out. So, I gave up and since I didn’t brew this weekend, the next time I’ll have an opportunity is in about two or three weeks. So annoying.

ABV: 4.85%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to wikipedia, “Aroma hops are typically added to the wort later to prevent the evaporation of the essential oils, to impart ‘hop taste’ (if during the final 30 minutes of boil) or ‘hop aroma’ (if during the final 10 minutes, or less, of boil). Aroma hops are often added after the wort has cooled and while the beer ferments, a technique known as ‘dry hopping’ which contributes to the hop aroma. The four major essential oils in hops are Myrcene, Humulene, Caryophyllene, and Farnesene which comprise about 60–80% of the essential oils for most hop varieties.”

Random: I had this beer awhile ago at a bar and I really don’t remember much about it. I think that it means that perhaps it wasn’t impressive. Let’s see how this one fairs.

This brew poured with a nice two finger white head. The head left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange color with moderate visible carbonation. The nose presents with some oily hops. I didn’t really get grapefruit on this one at all, it was all pine. I really didn’t get much else except a slight floral aroma. On the taste, I’m just not impressed. I’m getting some floral and pine, but not much else. There is definitely a lot of carbonation, but it was just a mediocre beer. I thought that maybe it started to skunk, but the best buy date is February 9th, 2011. The finish doesn’t linger for a while. If the brew tasted like it smelled, I think it would be better. Definitely would not have again.

Untappd Rating: 2.0/5.0