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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,001
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 12
Gots: 153 | 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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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 1,001
Photo of tjthresh
1.86/5  rDev -48.5%
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.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.02/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This brew pours a semi-clear pale orangish-red color with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma is quite faint. After a thorough inspection of the nose, I can detect some malt and citric hop aromas. The taste is as thin as the aroma is faint. Seriously, this beer has almost no flavor. There is a sort of bitter flavor in the aftertaste (if it can be called an aftertaste when their was no taste for it to come after). The mouthfeel is sickly thin and watery. Overall, this is a bad beer. Not bad because its character doesn't agree with me, but because it has no character.

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Photo of bucko
2.24/5  rDev -38%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer pours a pale golden color with a small, fluffy white head. Almost no lacing. The aroma is nice... citrusy, earthy, slightly sweet and inviting. The flavor is subtle... not so much watered-down, but not terribly pronounced, either. Slight citrus from the hops, a bit of malt and a background that reminds me of clover honey. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall, fairly drinkable but not terribly exciting... reminds me more of a cream ale than a pale ale. I want more hops! Free the hops!

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Photo of drpimento
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured with an off-white head and almost no lace. Looks and tastes force carbonated. I'm prejudiced against the beer as the hops give the beer a grapefruit character that I don't like. Do pick up some malt in there and that helps. Proly not bad if you like the grapefruit thing.

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Photo of Jishguy
2.38/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured a slightly hazy amber color. Head diminishes very quickly, and leaves almost no lacing on the glass.

S- Relatively bland. Bread-like malt aroma with a slightly earthy, piney hop background.

T- Similar to aroma. Not much going on here. Bread or cracker-like malts, a hint of caramel, and a tiny hint of earthy hop flavors. A biscuit-like flavor dominates the aftertaste. Not very bitter.

M- Carbonation is a bit high. Fells very thin, and slightly watery.

D- Due to the light body of this beer, I could drink a lot.

Overall, this isn't a terrible beer. It's just under flavored and bland.

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Photo of swamiswamu
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Where's the hops? Maybe I'm missing something but this seems to have a weirdly cloying sweet taste with not a lot to back it. It looks fine, decent head and lacing and clear orangish-golden color, it isn't worth your time. Nearly as ubiqious as the wheat, but not as good. Not worth your time.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.47/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured gorgeous out of the bottle. A perfect head and a beautiful orange-copper type color--clear, but not crystal. Very nice to look at.

Um, not too much to smell. There's like a little bit of hop scent, and maybe a third as much malt.

Compared to a brew like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, this beer wears the dunce cap. Flavors are not forthcoming. They are in there, just buried. Definitely needs some more hops to balance out the malt. Unfortunately, the malt that is there really doesn't taste so great. Not fruity enough at all. This is a very conservative pale ale.

Thick mouthfeel, nearly identical to their dry stout. However, it is almost course, and for an ale much too dry.

You could slug these back without too much trouble, as long as you are thinking about something else.

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Photo of rgrholmes168
2.47/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by 3/29/09.

I poured a pretty decent one a half finger head. I was a little bit disappointed by how quickly is disappated and there was not lace left. The color is a farily murky orange and the color gets lighter as you get closer to the bottom of the glass.

I got absolutely nothing from smelling this beer. I did not get any hops breaking through the beer and I was a little bit disappointed. I was not very impressed by the smell.

The taste of the beer was not much better than a Bud. It seemed fairly watered down and a little bit thick on the tongue. I got a slight banana taste from the beer which is unexpected and it almost seemed a little bit skunky.

I did not like this beer at all. The best aspect was the appearance and the beer did not live up to this at all.

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Photo of seeswo
2.49/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into Bruery snifter into the sink. Pour is copper with some off-white head. The nose is bready malt/yeast with big perfume and grassy hops. Does not smell very good, actually. The taste is...not good. Again, perfumy, acidic, grassy, herbal, flowery, bready and all coming together in a poor way. The hoppiness is harsh, but not in a good way. There is an off-flavor that I am not ciceroney enough to identify (vegetal?). Mouthfeel is mostly fine. Carbonation is good, body is ok. Not an easy drinker for a pale ale, which is all wrong. Overall, had maybe 1/3 of a bottle then moved on.

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Photo of schanker21
2.5/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber color with a very small white head that lasts and leaves good lacing.

S- Hops and bread

T/M- Almost nothing. Very, very subdued cascade (I think) hops and little malty presence at all. No carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking a can of pop that was opened and left in the fridge for a month. I'm guessing that this was a very, very old keg because it just did not seem fresh. I will have to try it again sometime in a bottle that I'm sure is fresh.

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Photo of rlshep
2.51/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by 3/5/11

Aroma: Slight sourness. Some apricot fruit. Sweet resinous smell. A fair amount of esters.

Appearance: Pours thick 3 finger off chunky off-white head. Slow to dissipate. Heavy lacing. Orangish amber color. Very clear.

Flavor: Astringent, soapy flavor. Light caramel. A lot of earthy/minerally flavors. High bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. High carbonation, but overall thin mouthfeel. Alcohol present.

Overall: Something is suspect with this beer. I can't get over the soapiness of it to give a better review (Yes it was a clean glass). I've had this beer last year and it tasted a lot better, well balanced with a lot of malt character. However, this beer is a drain pour. I would try again with caution.

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Photo of thaichile
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light, clear amber with a short head. Nose is quite muted, with fruit and hops straining to poke their heads out however unsucessfully. Flavors are light-bodied and thin, might be a session brew as it was not unpleasent, just not robust enough. It makes Pale make total sense. Thanks jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of cameraman
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A deep amber color is poured into the glass, with a light beige colored head forming on top. The head is about a quarter inch thick that dissolves away gradually. A grassy fragrance hits the nose at first that is followed by light citrus scent. It finishes with bread fragrance and followed by a touch of cracked grain. The taste comes forward with the malt, bringing bread and biscuit flavors that seemingly dominate each taste. The hops do make a feint appearance at the backend, with grass and citrus flavors. The texture starts a bit watery then grows to become more medium bodied. It then starts to fade to as reaches the back of the palate. The growing carbonation crashes on the back of the palate like a wave. This is an easy to drink ale, if I were drinking a mild ale. This says pale ale. Though it has a strong color and look, with a descent aroma, but the taste is lackluster and the feel is below average, makes this beer a little disappointing.

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Photo of jar2574
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Out of the bottle. Golden orange color. Very little carbonation. Head dissipates very quickly. Nothing special about the appearance.

Typical hoppy IPA smell, but it's not a great IPA. Not terrible, not too sharp, but somehow bitter without purpose or flavor. It has a decent mouthfeel: carbonation, not too watery, decent feel. There is too much acidity in the aftertaste. And since it's not that enjoyable to drink, it's not that drinkable.

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Photo of rowew
2.68/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, best by date on the neck (this is a little past due, but just purchased this week - damn Wyoming liquor stores).

Appearance: Reddish orange and cloud, average sized head, just a bit off of white.

Smell: A bit of floral hops and some malt smell that reminds me of the twang from extract home brews.

Taste: This one tastes just like it smells.

Overall impression: This one is mediocre at best. From the Boulevard offerings I have tried, I would say stick to the dark beers.

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Photo of Cresant
2.71/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown botle intoa a DFH shaped pint glass. Dated best by: 7/24/07. The body was a hazy honey color with an off-white head that stayed around for a while.

Smell was a bit buttery. Soap (?). Slight floral aroma as it warmed further.

Taste was grassy, citric bitterness. Light sweetness. Rather muted.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body with prickly carbonation. Underwhelming overall.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.73/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Standard copper color, slightly hazy (it even says unfiltered on the neck label). Head pours out at about 3/4" fades quickly, and leaves some stickiness. Slight hops present in the nose, kind of floral. Taste is underwhelming to say the least. Hops are very muted, with malt actually providing a lot of the sweetness and flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite watery with low carbonation levels. OK drinkability, but there are tons of beter APA's out there. Thanks to babydoc for the sample.

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Photo of jcartamdg
2.76/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my ccb pint glass. Golden brown in color with decent carbonation but only a papertgin head to show for it Aroma is very light, hard to detect much in the nose but I do smell bready yeast and feint citric from the hops. Taste follows the nose, good balance between malt and hops. Just an average beer, nothing special here.

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Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
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."

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
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.

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Photo of ectomorph
2.83/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another one to review from the sampler...

A - Clear amber in color with a light off white head that leave moderate lace on the pint glass.

S - Mild citrus hoppy smell, nothing overpowering.

T - More malty than the smell lets on with a light hop kick on the end.

M - Nice carbonation and balance, easy on the palate.

D - Nice session brew and so far the best of the sampler pack.

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Photo of flyingspatula
2.85/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazy with a brownish copper color. One finger head that dissipated quickly with some latticing. Not much aroma at all. Tastes metallic, with hints of caramel. Maybe even a biscuit type taste. Definitely not flat, lots of carbonation. Not great, not terrible. I've had much better pale ales though, so I probably wouldn't get a six pack of this.

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Photo of uwmgdman
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a slightly hazy, golden color with orange hues and a thin white head. The aroma has faint spicy, citrus character, moderate sweetness, and low maltiness. The flavor is moderately sweet, slightly oxidized, giving a slight sherry-like flavor. The hop bitterness is moderate. The carbonation is medium-high, body thin, and not the smoothest swallow. Overall I think freshness doomed this sample (best buy date 3/19/2007, which I didn’t see when buying out of town) from being very good. I would try it again if it was fresh and update this review.

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Photo of vande
2.86/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: I felt the best attribute of this beer. A nice bright, golden color with a decent froth to it. Bit of haziness.

S: Light. A little cracker/bread hints, bit of hops, but nothing that stands out and grabs the nostrils...

T: Get a sense of some lemon grass, a dose of light hops and an odd after taste of vegetable -- maybe bell pepper... not sure... but the lingering affect, I didn't find to appealing.

M: Pretty standard.

O: Not one I'll go out and buy myself with the number of beers that are out there, this one did not leave a lasting affect....

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly cloudy auburn color, small off-white head
S - Touch of hops and biscuit in the aroma
T - light grainy biscuit with a hint of hops / astringent flavor.
M - light bodied
D - supportive of the spicy dinner I ate with this brew. As a stand alone a bit underwhelming.

Quoting a colleague in KC, I order this as my backup when I'm out for dinner in the area and I don't like the rest of the beer menu.

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