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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,006
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 11
Gots: 155 | 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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Photo of rtrasr
4.73/5  rDev +31%
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.

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Photo of mikeborglum
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites. Just like their description it is smooth only mildly fruity medium bodied and very drikable all year round.

Poured bottle in pint glass: weak caramel and earthy aroma; hazy amber color; minimal off-white head with some lacing; nice hoppy flavor with medium bitterness and slightly dry abrupt finish, sticky texture with light to medium body, soft carbonation, great drinkability, well balanced, but not very complex if that is what you look for.

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Photo of 7thstreetbrewery
4.65/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great Pale Ale! Perfectly carbonated, pours an orange golden hue clear to a little cloudy depending on how cold you serve it.

Exceptional grapefruit notes, if you like ales brewed with Cascades this is one to try!

The mouth feel is right on and is light enough to enjoy on a hot summers day. Try it with some KC style barbecue, it rocks!

My favorite of the Pale Ales.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic

Pours a medium honey to light amber with a nice thick, foamy head that is quite persistant and laces nicely.

Aroma is of antispetic and phenolic hops. Malt does not show itself on the nose. Hops smell bitter and earthy.

Flavor opens with an iced tea flavor. The hops come out in the middle but are trumped by the malt, which is not bad by any means. The middle is also highly supported by a tannic acid flavor, like an English Pale. The finish is dry and bitter hops. Caramel flavors, which some don't like or support, give the malt profile a weapon to take to the fight.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but crisp, carbonation is adequate and soft edged.

This is a perfect session pale. Seriously don't know of any other pale's with this much flavor, at this low of an ABV.

Low ABV, plenty of flavor, what else could you ask for?

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Photo of Duxx
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours the same color as clover honey with an egg shell white head. The head is minimal only about 1 finger even with a vigorous pour. The head fades leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Strong but not overpowering hop aroma. The aroma is spicy with a hint of citrus.

T: I really like the balance between hops and the caramel malt. The hop bitterness on the back of the palate is really a great finish. There is a unique and kind of white wine note that I think must come from the yeast stain.

M: Good with adequate carbonation.

D: One of my favorite everyday beers. I could always have several of these. Not too sweet, not too bitter. The balance of this beer is "spot on" in my opinion. All around a great pale ale.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation. 12 ounce bottle.

Poured a very light, semi-cloudy orange/yellow with a thin head that withered away quickly. The initial smell is of fruit and sweet malt. The taste is a great balance of fruit/hops/malt. The palate is left rather dry throughout, but a pleasant dryness. The tangy fruit taste stays with throughout, as well. A near-perfect balanced American pale ale.

Tasting notes. A sampling in an 8 pack winter Boulevard sampler, this is a top notch pale ale. Drinkable on any occassion.

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Photo of grs8313
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12oz bottle best by 12/14/08. Pours a slightly hazy yellowish/orange color with 2 fingers of head. The head will recede to a thin white covering after a short while.

Smell: Hops, malt, citrus, dough, and dried fruit. This is a great smelling pale ale.

Taste: Slight hops flavor to start that is then balanced out nicely by the malt, with a citrus flavored finish. The beer leaves the palate very clean, with only a slight hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight creamy feeling due to the bottle conditioning. The beer also feels carbonated on the tongue. The mouth is left very clean.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable. This is a great pale ale, and one of my new favorites. I could drink these all night and never tire of them. This would be a perfect session beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like heaven to the mouth and nose of the hoppy beer lover, this bottle-conditioned golden-amber ale delivers a beautifully floral, grassy and citrusy combination that's just enough to perk up your senses and keep you interested!
The head retention could be a bit better, but the delicately zesty mouthfeel from the very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation makes up for that. In the flavor, a lightly sweet and straightforward maltiness (a touch biscuity and lightly caramelish) is perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness, and woven with bright threads of floral and citrusy hops. It finishes dry and refreshing with its fruity hop flavors fading to more grassy hops that linger. Excellent drinkability!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.47/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light orange color and has a thick white head. It has a typical fruity/malty Pale Ale aroma... nothing special, but very inviting nonetheless. It has a very full body and the hop bite lasts long into the finish... grapefruit and citrus flavors abound. The Pale, Caramunich, and Caravienne malts balance with the superb choice of hops to make this beer something to enjoy. It is definitely going to be one of my favorite pale ales.

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Photo of Eichenlaub
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a Nonic.

A- Very nice copper color with two finger biscuit colored head, which quickly dissipated into a thin rim of lace producing foam. Clear for a bottle conditioned Ale.

S- Clean, Pine scent up front followed with a malty characteristic.

T- Very good for the style, hop bitterness is not overt, just a nice buzz on the back of the tongue.

M- Good amount of carbonation, nice malt character, followed by a suble dryness.

D- A perfect session beer, nothing punching you in the face, just a good beer.

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Photo of texascarl
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Pale Ale is my 'day in day out' fave local microbrew, my 'beer and pizza' beer. It was originally available only on tap, but 10 years later it's now their flagship beer and available year round bottled or on draught. All Boulevard beers are packaged in a sturdy cardboard 6 pack container that covers the bottles completely. I think this reduces 'skunk' and I know I've never had any breakage after all these years.

Clear Amber/bronze/caramel color, very pleasant light yeasty/hops aroma, reminds me of bread dough. Big creamy white head that fades fairly quickly.

Medium to big body, tastes dry/fruity, loaded w/lots of malt and hops. Crisp finish.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite straight up Pale Ale (Alpha King doesn't count, since I consider it more of an IPA). The appearance doesn't stand out from any other APA I've yet tried, but most APA's seem to be pretty similar looking in my experience anyway.

The smell is of fruity hops with a malty backdrop. Absolutely splendid and quite refreshing. The taste really brings the smell to a whole new dimension. I can taste the bottle conditioning yeast slightly, but for once, I actually enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is kind of light, but it is smooth on the palate. With such an excellent taste combined with an ABV under 5%, I could drink this all night, and I certainly have in the past, and will do so again in the future.

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Photo of philipquarles
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12oz bottle, BBD of 10/24/09. Pours clear amber-gold with a nice white head that doesn't die very quickly. Good lacing. Nice aroma of floral, citric hops and malt. Tastes equally pleasant, with nice aromatic hop character, pale (and a hint of caramel) malts. Interesting, slightly bubbelgum-like notes thanks to the yeast. Citric and fruity. Very well-rounded. Light-medium body. A nicely balanced, flavorful pale ale that you could drink all day long.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is moderate to high. The pleasing aroma is of roasted grains. It has a spicy, hoppy flavor, but is even throughout. I detected maybe a hint of orange? Mouth-feel is medium, and the beer finishes satisfying. I can't really think of any negatives with Boulevard Pale Ale. I highly recommend giving this delicious beer a try!


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Photo of Spineypanda
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevards pale is amazing!

Has a golden color, with a head that doesnt last.
Smells great, none of the super sweetness and candy smells that pale ales have been moving towards.
Tastes good! Has a nice old pale ale taste to it that is only bitter enough to make it classify as a pale ale. Not underly bitter though.

I love it!

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Photo of jbull
4.32/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle has yeast added for a "second fermentation" that the brewer calls bottle conditioning. Cloudy amber color with too small head. The head is about 4 cm when poured down the center with large bubbles that quickly disintegrates into just a ring around the glass. The nose is hoppy but somewhat bland hoppy, not as complete or deep as some of my favorites. Very good flavor and mouthfeel which was a surprise compared to how it pours and smells. Mild in both malt and hop but very balanced and drinkable. I don't like an APA that overwhelms you with hop and this one strikes the right balance. I'd say its an above average pale ale with better hop flavor than say Bass and some other more popular ales. only slight lacing follows this beer down the glass. The drink is much much better than appearance. I'm happy I picked this one up.

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Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was a rich gold color. It had a decent off white head that settled into a collar with broken film. Slight carb and slight lacing. The aroma was light hops - floral and citrus blend. After drinking a ton of double IPA's this year, this one pales in comparison for hop aroma but I really liked it. After a bunch of uber hopped beers it was enjoyable to have one that was moderate. The taste matched the aroma. Was nice and solid with a good hop bite that didn't shred your tongue. Most 2IPA's I can only drink one per session since so intense. But this one could be a great session beer. Overall, this is a really good beer. By far the best I've had from Boulevard yet. It won't get the press of the bigger breweries or the 2IPA's but it definitely worth trying. Strong recommendation. (Regular to heavy rotation)

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Photo of shohog
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my 2nd bottle and taste better with each swallow. Poured into a clear pint glass and has a decent 1 finger white head. The color is a copper gold with just the right amount of carbonation for this beer. It has no lacing at all but who cares about that when it taste so damn good! Wow! Very impressed with this one.
It has enough hops to balance the malts. Note a slight lemon orange scent with a trace detected in the taste. I think I prefer this pale over doggie style by flying dog. I am glad this is easy to find here in Tulsa, OK b/c it is a winner all the way. :)
I am looking forward to 4 more to finish off my sixer. Very light and can down these with ease and I find most beers I prefer to be way more filling b/c I like the stouts and porters but enjoy a lighter beer occassionally. This is a beer you will terminate and you will be bock for more!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hazy copper brew throws out a small creamy off-white head that displays some nice retention. Lacing is nice and shows a spiderweb-like quality. The carbonation is evident in the CO2 bubbles surfacing at a nice clip. Nice citrus and floral blend on the nose. A bit of grassiness perceived also. The citrus and pine characteristics stand out to me. Also get some grapefruit rind subtleties. Very nice. However, this is all backed up quite nicely with firm malt backbone. The body is about medium. This is a very drinkable very nice Pale Ale.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%

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.

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Photo of SpecialK088
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours a Pretty neutral copper with a small head and a carbonation level that stays throughout the brew.

Subtle nose but with the sytle in mind very good does not have that in your face scent of an IPA but notes of hops,malt and a certian degree sweetness, the taste is nearly perfect for a session APA the hops alcohol and malt combine to make a very easy to drink crisp beer, light body with an outstanding carbonation level, very drinkable for those long hot summer evenning this is one of my staple and will remain that way awsome brew

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Photo of pschul4
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my tasting partner areich6

A- Pours pretty light but sits in the glass darker than the pour. 1/2" head that falls back to little wisps of white on the top of the brew

S- Candied fruit and some hops, not a lot of aroma here but whats there is good

T- Very tasty, light citrus flavor and the pale malts are perfectly used on this one. Could drink this all day

M- The best kind of light you can imagine. Super drinkable but not wimpy

O- Probably my 3rd favorite APA behind ZD and Dig from NB. Great job Boulevard!

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warning: upon ordering this beer at Outback Steakhouse, request that it be served in a room temperature mug. Save those for the Fosters and Bud customers. I know that is what was wrong with mine. The condensation inside the chilled glass may account for the weak head and unusually sweet flavor I encountered. As the brew warmed in my mouth I could discern the craft-brewed complexity of this very drinkable, tasty ale. The Hop aroma is assertive. The caramel malts add sweetness and balance out the hops. It could have used more bitterness, but I think it was the low temperature of the beer that was masking the bitterness. Better yet ask then to warm up a glass for your beer.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up cloudy gold with a thin white head

S - Great aroma! Malt and hops in balance. Makes me want to drink it.

T - This has a great hop/malt balance. Slight malt sweetness replaced with hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Good mouthfeel, slightly thin

D - Great beer. Not too sweet and not too hoppy. Well balanced.

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Photo of jeff52
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.