Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 958
Reviews: 394
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 12
Gots: 127 | 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: 958 | Reviews: 394
Reviews by znarf:
Photo of znarf
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have tried Boulevard Pale Ale on tap and in the bottle. This is a good summer beer to drink while grilling in your yard. Has a minimal head, little lacing and indistinct aroma. You may notice a citrus finish. Less hop element than I like in a pale-ale. This is a much better beer than the common mass produced brews from industrial producers.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer is a slightly hazed mid-orange. Very generous, sudsy white head is slow to go and leaves thick lacing. Lively carbonation is evident. Smell is faint floral hops.

Taste is plain and simple but quite refreshing. This is crisp, dry, restrained pale ale with moderate bitterness coming from herbal / floral hops. Citrus is there, but barely. This is a great change of pace from so many pales where citrus beats you over the head. I would love to know what kind of hops these are.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin and stingy from the carbonation, but otherwise I would say this is a textbook pale.

Photo of skybluewater
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly murky golden color. Modest amount of lace. Smells yeasty with a bit of lemon. Taste is quite nice, rather citrusy (lemon), leaning towards the hop end of the scale. As such, the mouthfeel's a bit thin.

Very refreshing pale here. Not really what I'm looking for in a session pale, but this one goes down pretty easy (I can imagine it will go down easier during the warmer months).

Photo of blitz134
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From Vancer in 2MBBIF...thanks...

Slightly hazy apricot orange body. Nice white head on the pour. Finished with a solid 1/4" thick cap. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Pretty typical.

Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. Straw hop notes come underneath. A touch of caramel sweetness. Clean aroma overall.

Very balanced taste. Solid maltiness with a solid breadiness. Floral hops are really the forefront in this. Some herbalness comes in as well. Mildly bitter finish lingers.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Lots of carbonation add an over the top crispness.

Overall easy to put down, just isn't anything ground breaking, good nonetheless. Would make a good session pale.

Photo of Beaver13
3.29/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 10/10/09. Pours a hazy golden amber with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity caramel malts with some subdued hops.

The flavor is bready caramel malts, tea, and some fruits with a pretty mild bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale. It's a bit mild in the hops for me.

Photo of tjthresh
1.86/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Best Before 10/02/05. Yellow gold with continual CO2 rising woth a off white, longstanding head. Very thinck lacing. Some hazy. Grainy straw and horsey aromas. Very little hops aroma. Maybe some spice. Estery. Estersy come thru in the flavor also. Bready. Mild hop flavor. Med-full bodied and prickly carb. Flavor does not linger. BLVD Pale Ale used to be so much better before they started brewing for dollars.

Photo of merlin48
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby, 12 oz bottle with an attractive label. Pours a clear, amber gold body with active carbonation displayed by herds of tiny bubbles. Small, offwhite head leaves minimal patch lace.
Aroma jacks this ale up a notch, with grassy, citrus, and pinecone hoppiness and a note of yeast, atop a solid caramel malt spine.
Mouthfeel is just right, with a medium body and even carbonation.
Taste is nice, with delicate hopping yielding a spruce and pink grapefruit profile that blends into the toffee and caramel malts without effort. Fruity Valencia orange notes jump into the finish, producing a soft and pleasing aftertaste that is only mildly bitter.
A very well contructed APA, from Kansas City. I could session a few of these. Many thanks to babydoc for this nice midwest ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best by dating found on a 12 ounce bottle. sixer came in a sturdy cardboard box with brew and brewery info, so give 'em some packaging points. Pours light amber, somewhat cloudy. Yeasty, resiny hop nose. Medium malt center, so so hop finish. I would put this in the decent, but Middle of the road P.A. category. Decent balanced sessioner, but nothing overly exciting to my hop monster craving taste buds.

Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an orange-amber color with a white head. The aroma is somewhat faint, but what I do get is orange hops and biscuit malt. The flavor is more of the same with a lot of biscuit malt as well as some various hop flavor components such as orange, pine and grass. Low bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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

Squat amber bottle. Best before date of 6/14/04. Bottle-conditioned.

Color is dull copper and clear. Tight, off-white head died quickly and left little lacing. Nose is a mixture of citrus/floral, with an undercurrent of malty biscuit. Flavor is tasty, with a well-balanced blend of subtle hops and malt sweetness. Finishes on the dry side, with a distinct note of honey at the very end. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. This one screams session brew. Give me this on a hand pump and I'd be set for the night.

Photo of 1Adam12
2.92/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange with a 2 and a half inch white fluffy head. Not much nose. Maybe alittle grass on the nose, some citrus, but not very strong. Tastes about the same as it smells, very light, not overly hoppy. Everything about this beer is light and mellow, however it works and is very drinkable.

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear burnt orange with foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange, grapefruit and spice with some light caramel.

Taste: Light grainy and caramel malts with citrusy and spicy American hops. Mild bitterness on the finish. Typical but light APA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly thin body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkabiility: Easy to drink but it's really just a standard APA and it's too light on flavor and body. I bumped the score up slightly because it is pretty refreshing if drank quickly.

Photo of Kraken
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/08/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a smallish water glass. Firm pour calls fourth a 1/4 inch of white head. Head falls quickly and leaves a nice lace. Color is a deep caramel.

Nose- Slightly citric lemon and orange zest. Lots of intense caramel notes.

Pallate- Very nice, lots of citric hops, orange, lemon, nice floral notes. Balanced with plenty of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Active dry, maybe a bit thin.

Drinkability- Good.

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 far333
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow to apricot colored with a thick head of dimpled off-white foam. Aroma of biscuity malt, some grainy sweetness, bits of lemon, cinnamon and butter.

Flavor of malty sweetness, not cloying but mainly malt, very subtle hop spiciness pokes through. Some cinnamon and breadiness, followed by some ripe pear and apple.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good session beer, but would like more complexity.

Photo of Dizzy
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber colored with white head. About an inch of head the dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrusy hops. Taste is hoppy with malts balancing it. It is pretty crisp, I don't notice any fruit like flavors. The mouthfeel on this is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. One thing I do like about this one is the lower alcohol content. Many APAs taste great, but they are often too strong. A good beer, I wish it was available in my area.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A somewhat cloudy dark yellow pour with average head and little retention or lace. Aroma, was pretty nonexistant other than some grain feel.

A little bit bitter, not much hop feel to it. Seemed like a real light pale ale, just the slightest bit of caramel. Gritty at times, nothing up or down on this one, very straightforward, no nuances or special or off flavors. Does finish pretty clean. This one can be passed off on entry level beer persons and girlfriends.

Photo of MOShepp
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light amber with medium head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

Smells of dough, lemons and herbs.

Tastes of lemon, bread, pepper and spices, hops at the finish show through.

Easy to drink, not the best APA, but about the best the bar had to offer.

Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a fine head of close to 1/2 an inch and its nice and rocky. Like Bully! Porter, great retention. Respectable pale lacing. The smell is malty, emphasizing a fruity quality. Taste follows aroma, fine carbonation merges with pleasant fruit and a very faint cinnamon toast maltiness. Slight Cascade-like finish. Not as interesting as some, the finish is light comparatively. This is a sessioner for me, like Sierra Nevada Pale, its a little dusty and dry and there could be more going on.

Photo of OStrungT
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a decent lace.

This beer has a mild floral aroma. It smells mildly of citrus. It has a very subtle sweet aroma as well. This beer is very mild, but it smells pretty good.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Very subtle. Sweet malt, and some floral and citrusy hops. Decent, but not overly exciting.

This beer is very thin. It leaves a floral aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and mild in flavor.

Overall: A big thanks go out to Vancer for hooking me up with this beer. It was good. Nothing I would go out of my way to have again, but worth having this time.

Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Quinton's in Columbia, MO.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light citrus hops with a good bit of pale malt aromas in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by light citrus flavors midway through the sip and both flavors carry through to a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing one glass and could have a few of these.

Overall this is nothing to write home about but it remains a solid APA. Worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden light copper body that is clear. There is a super strong carbonation that supports an oatmeal colored creamy head that soon turns rocky.

S- This beer has a soft green hop note but otherwise the smell if very clean.

T- This beer has a dry pale malt flavor with a hint of dry field corn. The finish is a soft green pine and citrus note and a very light bitterness. As the beer warms the hops change into a pineapple weed flavor but still light.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and this is mostly due to the big fizz.

D- This beer doesn't have much freshness to the malt flavors and the hops are very soft. I like pale ales that are more subtle in hop flavors but they have to have good flavors. Instead I found this beer just to bland.

Photo of brewQ
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep gold/honey color. White head not particularly thick but holds up well and laces to the bottom of the glass.

A tantalizing slightly citric hop aroma that seems to come and go.

I found the hops to body balance to be very refreshing. It works well right before a meal. Definitely some hop character. Feels good hitting the back of the mouth.

I'm glad to have a fresh local brew of this caliber close at hand.
This beer can be enjoyed year round.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard- Pale Ale

Thanks to kirkpjr for this.

A-Nice golden orange, slightly hazy with a good frothy head. Moderate ringed lacing.
S- Sweet bready malt with a creamy caramel maltiness and a light citrus hop pinch.
T- Sweet caramel and crusty bread malt. Lightly toasted malt with a light sweet sugary citrus hop presence in the body. Finishes off with a sweet maltiness.
M- Sweet and malty, grainy, light sweet citrus hop.

Overall- Hop presence is a little faint but good juicy malt makes this tasty.

Photo of SMark
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer after the Goose Island 312. Drank this with my Pulled Pork sandwich with Honey BBQ sauce at BW3 in Savoy. The beer was an amber color with a good head and lacing.
The hops were evident from the first smell and continued to dominate in the taste. This gave the brew an enjoyable bitter taste.
Worked well with the sandwich and I would definitely revisit this beer in the future. Too bad this was my second beer and I had to leave.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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