Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev +1.7%
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.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2012 02:59:59 | More by BedetheVenerable
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