Entwined Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Entwined AleEntwined Ale

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Ratings: 151
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 1
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
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Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: snarygare on 05-21-2014

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Reviews by LambicPentameter:
Photo of LambicPentameter
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a best by date of 1/30/15 stamped on the neck of the bottle. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series tulip glass.

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear golden yellow that becomes a bit hazy, more straw-colored yellow as it rests. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles rises up through the liquid throughout to replenish a silky fine head of microbubbles. The foam is almost three fingers and shows excellent retention, slowly shrinking down to about a half finger of perma-film, the color is stark white. No lacing save but for a couple of isolated spots of foam on the side of the glass.

Smell - First whiff brings vinous characteristics, with white wine must, reminiscent of sauvignon blanc, with hints of non-tart green apple and pear, but very faint. Beneath the fruit characteristics is a pale malt base, with some crackery grain and white bread.

Taste - Based on the aroma, I expected a little more presence from the wine grapes, but instead, they are a hint, a suggestion on the palate. That said, there is still a nice presence of pinot grigio and pear that makes this an interesting flavor profile. On the aftertaste, there is a hint of light grain and some faint notes of yeast that linger on the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied and moderate to low carbonation that is just enough to keep a level of interest to the texture, with a slight crispness on the tongue.

Overall, an interesting beer. I've only had a few other beers in the beer/wine hybrid arena, and I'd have to say this one is the most vinous, really evoking the characteristics of white wine being "beer-ified". As someone who has a fair appreciation of wine, I'm a fan. I imagine it would pair excellently with a meal.

More User Reviews:
Photo of gibgink
1.5/5  rDev -53.1%

The description of this beer made me pick it up. Sounded quite interesting. Was unable to smell or taste any of the "grape" flavors. Even the description of "malt beverage" did not come through. I had some very bitter, possibly earthy notes and that was it. Drain pour, 5 bottles still in package. Even the local distributor can not get rid of this stuff. Would not recommend.

Photo of hophugger
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Somebody spilled some white wine in my beer.....

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, high carbonation, straw yellow in color, clear

Smell: hay, pilsner malt, and white grape juice

Taste: White grape juice start with a malty pilsner like middle and then a white wine finish. The grapes seem sugary sweet at the beginning but definitely take on a more wine like taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweet with slight bitterness, light body, high carbonation

Overall: Really interesting. This drinks like a pilsner or light lager mixed with a white wine. Almost has elements of a dry reisling. A nice summer beer. I could have several of these.

Photo of bsp77
2.27/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.

Appearance: Very light yellow, almost fluorescent, with rapidly diminishing head, leaving little behind.

Smell: Two day old Sauvignon Blanc. It's an okay smell but worrisome.

Taste: Tastes like a cross between a bland Blonde Ale and bad white wine. Lingering, horrible aftertaste.

Feel: Moderate carbonation but leaves a flat impression. Bad sweet finish.

Overall: This is the worst beer I have had in a while.

Photo of MattyG85
3.77/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass. Bottle says best by 01/30/15.

Appearance: Pours a bright and fairly hazy straw golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big three finger white head that fades into a thin patchy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fruity and bready malt forward aroma with big hints of white grapes. Pale malt with hints of grains, straw, biscuit, cracker, and yeast. Big scent of white grapes giving a white wine like aroma. Also some fruit hints of pear, green apples, and lemon zest. Some sweet hints of sugar as well. An interesting aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a fruity and fairly bready malt and juice driven taste with big notes of white grapes. Sweet pale malt with notes of straw, cracker, grains, and biscuit. Big taste of sweet and tart white grapes with a wine like presence. Other fruit notes include green apples, pear, and lemon. Some light notes of sugar as well. A pretty decent taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a high level of carbonation. Crisp and pretty spritzy and smooth.

Overall: A decent twist on a Blonde Ale. Light but the added grape juice adds a nice kick to the Blonde notes.

Photo of chinchill
3.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with a BB date of 30 Jan. 2015.
Pours the color of wine wine, but hazy and with an exceptionally high amount of visible carbonation. The large white head has good retention and leaves a fairly full coat of lacing upon tipping of the glass.

Aroma: golden ale with white grape juice.

Flavor: Adding grapes or grape juice to beer just ounds like a bad idea, but here's yet another beer that manages to add make this work. Like some others, this one does it even though the grapes have a detectable contribution to the flavor (and aroma). Still, don't love this but modestly enjoyable and easy drinking.

O: light, fruity and refreshing.

Photo of OKbrew89
2.46/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Very pale liquid that smells like grapes and lemon juice. Taste was sweet grapes upfront with sour grape on the end and an unusual wine-like aftertaste. It had a light, watery body with the carbonation of a chardonnay. It didn't feel like a beer at all since there was no trace of wheat or hops. I like blonde ales and fruit ales, and this wasn't close to either. I was wary due to the malt beverage description on the bottle and unfortunately the wariness was correct. No thanks, would not have again.

Photo of cjgator3
1.73/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a very light straw colored yellow with a thin fizzy white head. The nose is a mixture of apple and grape juice. The taste is very light, thin, and dry with a touch of grape juice. Not much going on and what is going on just doesn't work. This is more of sparkling grape juice (very light on the grape that is) than a beer.

Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Goebels in Wichita, BBD of 01/30/15

Pours just like champagne; light gold & effervescent. Stays effervescent throughout, a little bit of lacing & carbonation

S: Faint breadyness & white grapes

T: Faint breadyness & white grapes & little grassiness up front. More of the same as this warms, slight dryness as well. Finishes dry, prickly & with some white grape

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation, some acidity & starts becoming slightly overgassed

Easy to drink, but this could've been executed so much better. I think Boulevard took a great idea & just dumbed it down too much. Expected way more

Photo of gillagorilla
2.75/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada pint (best by 1/30/15)

A: Super clear faint white wine color. Nice foamy head that goes away pretty quick. Just a bit of lacing.

S: Fruity, grape must smell with that blonde ale smell behind it all.

T: Weird tasting. The blonde is marred by the grapes here instead of 'entwined' like it is called. Weird dryness that seems like it is fruity but actually really isn't.

M: Quite carbonated, but not very rough. More foamy with lots of bubbles.

O: Pancakes will be made out of this. I'm sorry, but that best by date is a joke. This thing is only going down hill.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.76/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Dogfish Head pint glass. Pours a light straw amber with a half finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Aroma of light sweet malt with a hint of biscuit, grape juice, slight apple juice. Flavor is mild malt, wheat, white grapes, finishing with a slight tartness and mild grassy hops. Odd grapey aftertaste. Light bodied with active carbonation. Tastes more like a light white wine to start, but finishes as a slightly tart pilsner-like light ale. As a lover of malt more than wine, the additional flavors are interesting, but nothing I would actively seek out. As usual, Boulevard did a nice job on this and for a light blond ale with grape juice added, it's pretty good. I'll be moving on, however.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.08/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 01/30/2015 printed on the bottleneck. Acquired the six pack of this stuff from the local beer store. "Malt beverage brewed with grape juice".

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - Pours a pale golden yellow with two fingers of soft soapy white head and some active carbonation streaming topside. Leaves a little bit of fluffy lacing, but not much. Looks alright. 3.5

S - The smell is fairly neutral and uninteresting - musty, grainy, wheaty, yeasty, & grassy. A very vague earthy / musty white grape aroma is noticeable, but not dominant. 3

T - Taste follows the nose - musty, grainy, wheaty, lightly phenolic. There are some very subtle vinous wine-like notes in there, paired with the grain / malt. 3

M - The feel is crisp & clean, finishes dry. Medium bodied with good carbonation. 3.5

Overall, it was okay, but definitely not something I would want again. I can appreciate the idea, but the addition of grape juice doesn't do the blonde ale part of this beer any justice.

Boulevard Entwined Ale -----3/5.

Photo of Karibourgeois
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear straw colored pour with an small and airy white head. Has a very light bready aroma. Taste is follows the nose and is very light with grain and white grapes upfront. Also has some cracker and biscuit flavors. Highly carbonated and finishes slightly sweet.

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.63/5  rDev +13.4%

Very clean and easy to drink beer. However, not a lot to offer in flavor or character. If you want a quantity, easy to drink beer you could roll through these in a hurry.

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.53/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aroma of straw, matlines, mild lemon juice, faint citrus & floral notes. Taste slightly sweet, bitter, & acidic, watery & thin body.

Photo of jlindros
3.15/5  rDev -1.6%

Best by 1/30/15, so still plenty of time to enjoy it.

Pours a huge pasty white creamy frothy 1.5 finger head that even forces me to stop pouring early, but fades semi quickly at first, then slows, nice soapy lacing, crystal clear watery pilsner light tan colored. 3.5

Nose is interesting, some wheat and blond malt like aromas, little creamy grainy malt like profile, with plenty of vinous notes, an almost musty concord grape kinda thing, big grape skin and must, faint spices. That's about it. All in all pretty light nose. 3.5

Taste starts tart with sour grapes, musty grape skin and a little phenolic character that gets a little chemically like, probably the grape skin effect. very light malts that are barely there, a little creamy and blond toasty notes, thin and a bit watery tasting even, little sticky but mildly sweet, and a touch of concord grape juice like flavor. Finish adds a touch of bitterness, more slimy like chemical phenol grape skin thing, more mildly sweet blond malts. 3

Mouth is thin, decent carb at least. 3

Overall pretty meh, very light all around, not much going on, even the grape juice was not nearly the best choice for grape juice, so pretty bland beer, plus the phenolic chemical thing. 3

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.34/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a light blonde color. half a finger of a bubbly head that fades quickly and leaves just about nothing behind. strong clarity and brightness to it.

Smell: vinous white grapes, white grape juice, a little bit of fruit and some earthiness.

Taste: opens with a grassy to earthy taste. white grapes come in varying from sweet grape juice to wine grapes to slightly tart grapes. slight berry like flavor and lots of vinous character

Mouthfeel: fairly heavy and sticky for what it is. very vinous sweet and almost alcoholic mouthfeel.

Overall: I grabbed a single of this since I had been enjoying quite a few boulevard options lately. I didn't have high expectations and it fell about where I thought it would. Its a beer with strong wine like character and is fairly enjoyable. just not quite my style, even for a blonde.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.45/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a tumbler.

Let's see Boulevard's take on the whole "we put wine grapes/juice/must/whatever into our beer" thing. This stuff pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises white wine grapes (some kind of chardonnay or sauvignon blanc or something) and a touch of rather light sweet biscuit. The taste brings in more of the same, the wine character dominating any potential challengers. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a thickly fluid feel. Overall, a nice beer, but I would have preferred some wine/beer interplay, rather than just a beer flavored heavily with wine grapes (especially considering the name), but it's not bad.

Photo of djdoughy
4.7/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

When I thought of what beer would taste like when I first started drinking years ago, this beer is exactly what I was expecting. A bit sweet, a bit hoppy, easy to drink, doesn't sit heavy. I was able to try a few glasses of this doing a tour at the factory with a friend who works there, and I couldn't get enough of it. Hoping it stays around for a while.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
4/5  rDev +25%

Aroma: Unique aroma of white grape juice, sweetness of candy sugar, slight sulfur, and a hint of mustiness. Almost smells like a Belgian golden strong ale (Duvel). No distinct hop aroma.

Appearance: One of the lightest colored beers I have had this year! Straw color with brilliant clarity. Large white head that is persistent.

Flavor: Grape juice right up front giving this a light wine start, but fades quickly to a pilsner malt finish. Fairly thin in body. Slight sulfur notes in flavor, especially as it warms. Very little hop flavor, but bitterness is present to balance the sweetness. Not a very sweet beer despite its aroma. Ends quite dry and crisp like a pilsner, but not astringent. Very interesting. Not quite as much Nelson hop flavor as I remember from the test batch.

Overall: A very good, refreshing and easy to drink beer. The combination of the hop and grape juice really make this a unique beer that is worth trying. Like a strange offspring of a German Pilsner and a fruity white wine!

Photo of HiWire
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyable and Interesting blend from Blvd Brewing.

Photo of kevanb
3.58/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before 1.30.2015, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack tulip.

The beer pours a super clear, crisp, golden color, hues of straw and lemon with plenty of bubbles rising to the top of the glass, with a thick, taut finger of soapy, white head that has nice retention and leaves a few spots of soapy lace. The aroma is soft, mild pale malt, white grape, pear, light lemon, lightly vinous, lightly tart and acidic. The flavors are nice, pale malt, soft and smooth, not skuzzy or bitter at all with a nice helping of white grape, vinous and mildly earthy, light pear and apple flavors, very reminiscent of white wine, but the malt backbone is a very nice twist. The beer feels good, higher carbonation, but much thicker and substantial than I expected, soft around the edges, much like a wine would be, delicate comes to mind, but not overly so, and the finish is really easy.

Verdict: A very refreshing beer from Boulevard, and one I found myself enjoying more and more as it warmed up. The wine-like aspects are a nice twist that bring out some interesting complexity, a successful experiment.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.59/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i am surprised this is as unpopular as it is here in the early going. this new release from boulevard is actually perfect for summer, light as they come, but just interesting enough that i would take it over so many pilseners and blondes out there. perhaps people are fed up with these beer/wine mixes, but entwined has something different to offer i think. an extremely light colored brew, pale yellow, almost see through, with a light protein haze and a bubbly but short lived white head. it smells like a light pale ale, some fruity hops detectable, along with one of the lightest grain bills i have seen. fresh though, with a thirst quenching element, but i get very little grape on the aroma, just a light summer beer bouquet. the taste is extremely refreshing, very light on the grain, with the grape juice all in the finish, and mostly fermented out, no sweetness at all, but that citrusy tartness is there. i have to imagine viogner or gruner or sauv blanc juice in this, its too light for chard or pinot grigio i think, too light in body for the others in any concentration. bright and clean finishing, beer first, and i think a nice turn of direction for a style that hasnt been all that impressive as a whole. with the low abv, i could just hammer these in hot weather. i appreciate it, although it may never catch on with the masses.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.22/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

A: Pours a cloudy straw color. The head is a finger high and white in shade. Not only does the head have an attractive creaminess, it also retains nicely. No lacing is left behind, though.

S: Smells like a blonde ale - ergo, the primary aromatic notes are bready malts and a touch of grass. Pretty typical, that is until the grape notes come forward. While it's still an average aroma, the latter does jazz up an otherwise bland nose.

T: Just like the nose indicated: the base beer is - for better or worse - a typical blonde ale. The grape juice is both subtle and easily palpable, though. While there isn't much to be excited about here, it's very well made for what it is. Both elements (grape juice/base beer) are very well integrated within each other, creating a sense of delicacy that compensates for the lack of big flavor.

M: Crisp and light, with just a gentle sweetness lingering on the palate. For a hair over 4%, it feels decently substantial. Carbonation is medium, also helping create a relative illusion of bigness.

O: Give it credit, it lives up to its namesake entirely - this is a very well balanced beer. It's not shocking or bold, it's just very easy to session and enjoy. As a means to bring some wine characteristics to beer, it's a success.

3.2/5: Very well brewed blonde ale, just somewhat unexciting

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Entwined Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
74 out of 100 based on 151 ratings.