Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 951
Reviews: 393
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 119 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

Boulevard Pale Ale is a smooth, fruity, well-balanced beer with year-round appeal. A variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while liberal use of whole hops adds zest and aroma. Pale Ale is the first beer we brewed, and continues to be a perennial favorite.

30 IBU
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Ratings: 951 | Reviews: 393
Photo of infinitebruner
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 17, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Light to medium amber, fairly clear. I poured a bit of the sediment so slightly hazy from that. Has an inkling of a pinkish, peachy glow. A couple inches of slightly off-white foam, thick, long-lasting.

S – Golden biscuits and a touch of sweet caramel. Earthy, herbal hops, with a light amount of fruity hops. Some pear notes and light grapefruit.

T – Biscuits and bread crust, some grainy sweetness, a bit of sweet caramel. Earthy and herbal hops with some citrus fruit, lemon, and grapefruit low in the background. Hop bitterness is moderate.

M – Sweet up front with moderate bitterness following. Starts off fairly juicy, but there is dryness on the finish. Medium carbonation, medium body.

O – Very much an American interpretation of a traditional British pale ale. A nice blend of hops and a well-built malt profile. Keeps you interested, very drinkable.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/5/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy right orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, apple, lemon/orange zest, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a very good English pale ale style. All around good robustness and balance of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of bwood06
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Hazy copper-orange in color with a very tall frothy (and somewhat creamy) khaki head that takes forever to dissipate. Beer is obviously bottle conditioned. Moderate carbonation visible. 3.75/5

S - Pine resin and an orange citrus (peel and fruit) are the first two notes that hit me. Biscuity, caramel malt as well as a bit of a floral note. Biscuit transforms into more of a buttered white bread aroma as the beer warms. Hoppy. 3.75/5

T - Slight caramel and white readiness to the malt. Not getting as much citrus here as I expected. The main bit of citrus that I do get is more of an orange rind. Some tartness from the citrus note. This beer tends to favor the pine and white bread notes. Pine lingers very long on the finish. Bitterness is not overstate. Bitterness is present, chiefly on the finish, but it is not overwhelming. 3.5/5

M - Finds a nice balance between heavy and light. Drying astringency on the back end that parches the tongue. Not overly carbonated, just enough to bring out the flavors. 3.5/5

O - Overall a decent Pale Ale. Not the best I've ever had but not anywhere close to the worst either. I could easily down 1 or 2 of these with dinner. 3.75/5

Photo of Beer-Lovin-RAT
5/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My all time favorite pale ale.

Photo of pat61
4.07/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am drinking this 3 months before its best by date. The nose begins with s slight tartness that quickly dissipates bringing forward caramel, light biscuit and hop notes. It pours amber with a slight haze under a white, a” fluffy, persistent cap that produces good lace. Malt and light fruits roll over the tongue to finish with a moderately bitter hop accent. It has a smooth, creamy texture, medium body, and moderate carbonation. Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of JRed
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Cloudy deep orange in body with white head that never leaves. Aroma of citrus, honey, light fruit, sweetened cereal. Tastes of citrus but no rind, light fruity notes, mild mint, honey sweetness, and toned down bitterness. Light bodied with light carbonation. Lacking some body but nice and sessionable. I could tank these all day.

Photo of dcscientist
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

Now this is what an APA should be. Perfectly balanced, not too hoppy but a ton of flavor. This beer needs to be your designated BBQ beer, just as you would expect from a brewery in Kansas City. You can enjoy this one year-round, and I do. It's Boulevard's first-ever beer and still the best. I'm a Colorado beer guy mostly but this one finds its way into my fridge fairly often.

Photo of collier_KC
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

I'm not a pale ale guy but this is a smooth drink that can definitely satisfy.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a mug.

A- Poured an orange color with white soapy head that left chunky lace.

S- Basically no aroma, a hint of light crackery notes.

T- Nice citrus and grassy hop character with a nice malt backbone with notes of cracker, lemon, and bready notes.

M- Refreshing, prickly carbonation, medium body, and dry.

O- A very well-balanced and flavorful pale ale. This is really a great text-box example of the style.

Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
2.79/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Boulevard Pale Ale has an extremely high carbonation factor for a pale ale. It is not a good mouthfeel but tastes overall okay. The carbonation is almost too much. This beer albeit different is perfectly predictable.Good but not great just what you expect from the "Show Me State."

Photo of Warmonster
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have drank literally hundreds of these beers.. So I figured I should review it.. Boulevard is a GREAT brewery with some of the best tasting beers probably in the World. That being said I have tried many many different brews of theirs and this is one of the best. It use to be less consistent with taste but I actually called them about it months ago and it seems to be fixed... I even broke a case on accident once because of their weak cardboardish packing. I told them about it and they changed the packaging and sent me money for another 12 pack!... I love this company and this beer and will be a customer of theirs till the day I die. One thing about this beer I have found with NO other beer EVER.. I find if I fall asleep and a beer has been opened.. I can wake up and even after being open all night. I can take a drink and it still tastes like a fresh beer and even has carbonation!!! That blew me away, most beer is crap after being left open.. This is one of the greatest brewed beers in the World IMO.

Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Honey-colored and hazy. Not translucent. Not much head, but heavy lacing.

S: Typical pale ale, but pleasant. Fresh hops. Pine. Citrus.

T: This is a darn tasty pale ale. Surprising sweetness really complements the citric acidity. Pleasant and herbal lingering finish. This is a damn fine pale ale. Quintessential, even. Highly recommended.

M: Malt base is substantial and beer is crispy and refreshing.

Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Mild lace paints the glass.

Smell: very soft aroma as only a bit of caramel and some orange citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, sweet pear, and a floral hop bitterness are the main flavors here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a hint of dryness arrives at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a serious sessionable pale ale that leans towards west coast style. Worthy of a try.

Photo of jeff52
4.21/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard gets it right for a pale ale. Citrus fruity hops with a slightly bitter finish which perfectly balances the sweetness of the caramel malt finish. Better and even more complex as it warms up.

A refreshing, tasty and well-balanced brew. One of my favorite go-to beers.

Photo of PieOhMy
3.59/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

A Dark amber, no transparency. Half inch white head remains. Thick lacing.

S Hops. Wet grass. Some rye and wheat are there for sure. Malty. Very refreshing.

T Earthy and grainy upfront. The rye and wheat really come through. Bitter hoppiness follows.

M Its thin, but so are most pales. Bitter follow-through.

O Good APA. Nothing special. But that's kinda how the style is. Either it's great and people are bitching that it should be classified "IPA" or its a bland run-o-the mill ale. This sits somewhere in between. Try it. You won't hate it.

Photo of rtrasr
4.73/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich toasty malt balanced by a hop bite with taste of citrus. A real beer, I rate a brewery by how well they do the pale ale, a pilsner, a wheat. They have to get those right. The Double Imperial IPA is gravy after that. . Boulevard got this right. Boulevard was the first micro besides Sam Adams available in my area. They always have a soft spot in my heart.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 06/21/2013. Acquired as part of the Boulevard twelve pack sampler. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of fluffy white froth for a head on top of a nice bright beautiful orange colored body with lots of sediment twirling around the glass, not unlike the Boulevard Single-Wide I.P.A. Head dies out quickly.

S - Earthy, pine resin hops, lemongrass, wheat and caramelized malts.

T - Taste is crisp, medium bodied, with tart citric lemon qualities. Decently hopped up for a being a pale ale. Sweet tangy hops are complemented well with the malts.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light to medium body, with a nice tart lemon hop bite. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste with some dryness.

Overall, another decent year-round beer from Boulevard. Simple, fairly average, and doesn't stray too far from the rest of the pack, but this is a pale ale that definitely achieves what it sets out to do, and there is definitely something charismatic about these beers.. A highly enjoyable and drinkable pale ale, one I'd be happy to revisit.

Boulevard Pale Ale ---4/5.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy copper color with a slowly receding light cream colored head. Light lines of lacing mark the glass.

The aroma is well balanced with sweet caramel malt first, and floral hops after.

Taste is faintly sweet then a tangy, citrusy blast of hops and citrus rind comes through. Some piny wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale. Good balance and flavor.

Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.81/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours cloudy orange with a medium tall off-white very compact head. Rich lacings.

S: Malt, semi-sweet and nettles. Bitter hops and very faint floral. Kind of rye-bready. The American (hops) are no where to be found in the smell.

T: Rye bready semi-sweet caramell malt together with some bitter hops is what this beer is (almost) all about. Some raspberries in the back.

M: Long bitter aftertaste, medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Well, I expect way more pine and tropical fruit in an APA than this beer's got.

Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Reddish amber in color, with a modest, persistent white head, and a touch of haze. The lacing is excellent, both thick and glass-coating.

Aroma:Very prominent hop aroma against a backdrop of caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: A moderately sweet caramel malt presence and bread yeast flavors opens the taste, and is soon followed by a substantial, but not heavy-handed hop presence. The malt and hops carry throughout the taste, with the malt always secondary to the hops, but not overwhelmed. Finishes with a mild, lingering hop presence, and a slightly sweet caramel note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable, a decent and drinkable example. While it is not outstanding, its a good "middle of the road" beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is what an American pale ale should taste like to me. its light, crisp, hoppy, drinkable, and wonderful when ice cold. the nose is well hoppy, bitter and bitey, with a lighter malt profile and a floral and piney hop character. the crispness of this is what impresses me most. its packed with flavor, but its snappy in the finish, ultimately refreshing. sweeter grains up front with a glorious bright hop flavor that seems unfamiliar to me, not sure what varieties are used here, but it works. theres a juicy fruity vibe that is new to me here. the feel is the best, perfectly carbonated with the cleanest fastest finish I can remember in this style. whatever yeast is used here I would like to clone for my own brewing, it really makes the feel of this pale ale pop off. overall the best of boulevards standard releases. cool that they've found a way to make the most commonplace style of beer as interesting as this, its sessionable and a lot of fun.

Photo of XxNitExX
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours a copper orange that is cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Small white head that has decent retention but not great.

S- Mostly malts in the nose with slight hop aroma. Also has a pleasant yeast aroma. Not like most APA's these days.

T- This is where people will argue over this beer. This is not a strongly hoped APA, almost more of an English Pale. Mostly malts, some caramel with floral hops at the finish. Also get the yeast taste due to the bottling. I happen to love this as an easy drinker as it will not take down your tastebuds with hops.

M- Pretty much just average. Nothing really to say, feels like beer in your mouth, not too watery or to thick.

Overall I really enjoy this beer. It is easy to find at places where you wont find many of your favorites.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale ale pours a hazy golden color with very little head. There is a slightly hoppy aroma. The taste has some floral notes, and a grainy yeasty taste. A bit lighter of a taste, and not very bitter or dry. Overall this is a unquie pale ale, the yeasty flavors add a twist to this beer.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard is 23 years old today! 23 years to the day since they rolled out their first (for sale) keg of Pale Ale. Figured I ought to review one as a toast.

Presentation: 12oz brown stubby pop top with nice (if simple) label; best-by date of 3/29/13 clearly stamped. Bottle-conditioned. Into Pumking globe.

Appearance: This pours a sliiiightly hazy (from bottle conditioning) copper/orange brew with a nice cream-colored cap which shows decent retention.

Smell: This is very much about the hops; this brew uses Cascade, Magnum, Palisade, Simcoe, and Styrian Goldings, so perhaps it's not surprising that no one hop characteristic is jumping out at me. The overall character is fruity, slightly earthy, and perhaps with the slightest hint of citrus. Very slight toasty malt aroma. Still the hops are soft, not at all sharp or brash. Pleasant, if nothing stand-outish.

Taste: Firm, bracing bitterness (30 IBUs) almost balanced by Pale, Munich, and two types of crystal malts. Not quite as citrusy/peachy/fruity as the last time I had it on tap, the hops here are lightly herbal, earthy, but still a bit of that peachy stone-fruit character that I really like. Just a hint of candied lemon as it warms. Also, not quite as much (toasty) malt as I remember it having on tap. Regardless, this is still a nice quaff.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium

Overall: A bit more than the sum of its parts. It's not a beer to think about or a draught that causes one to wax poetic, but it's a dead-solid American Pale, and I find it quite drinkable, even though I'm much more of an English Pale Ale guy. Especially on sale at $6.99, you'd be hard pressed around here to find a better stand-by, 'fridge' beer. If you're looking for something in that style, I actually prefer it over SNPA.

86--B

Photo of rarbring
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A dark amber brew, little lacing but good curtains.

A fruity smell, passion, hay, lemon detergents.

Sweet bread, fruit marmalade, lemon peel.

Medium carbonation, soft with a medium body and a light dryness.

A no nonsense pale, a bit perfumic smell.

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