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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 395
Hads: 989
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 13
Gots: 149 | 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: 395 | Hads: 989
Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought to Cole's by the brewery, on their way to Cooperstown. Cascade and Simcoe, very good bitterness. Yellow with a bit of white head.High carbonation. Still, quite drinkable. Solid, though not the pale I would seek out again. Warmup for the extreme series.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and caramel malts with hints of citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy head that retains well and leaves some shards of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Fruity hop forward aroma with an underpinning of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a fruity caramel combination that gets hoppier by mid-palate; after the swallow, bitter flavors burst all over the mouth and linger well although the finish is a touch grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Flavorful APA but I am just not wild about the grain bill - just a matter of taste, I guess

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a bright spot to find this beer in a grocery store in rural East Tennessee. Although I gladly threw down a few pints of these, doesn't mean that I'm going to replace Sierra Nevada's pale ale on top of that pedistal. The beer begins promising enough- a medium copper hue with golden highlights, lively carbonation, well-headed with good retention. A mild haze persists, I'm thinking from a dry-hop character. Aromas of citrus, pine, lemon grass, and fruity esters dominate the glass while giving mild maltiness to the nose. Flavors of hops shift the balance away from the yeast, fruit, and malt character and into the oranges, grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes. Malts are well-attenuated, perhaps to grainy, cracker-like levels. Moderate fruity esters give a light hint of prunes, appricots, apples, and pears. The well-attenuated character gives the beer a crisp, sharp, dry texture- combined with a grassy, dry, sharp, bite from the hops give the beer a lot of crispness and refreshment, even if a bit harsh on the hop front. A beer certainly worth trying.

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Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Brewhaus, Springfield IL.

Hazy orange, accented by a halo of webby lacing. Mild cereal grain and citrus in the nose. Mild hops detected in the flavor, very light pale malt and citrus in the middle. A thin mouthfeel, good enough to session, but ultimately, not possessing any distinguishing characteristics. Wish I had a handful of Amarillo to dump in the glass.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 'best by' date is 6/13/04. Since today is 6/13/04 I guess I rescued the beer in the nick of time. Orange-influenced amber with a haze generated by a copious quantity of fine yeast. The off-white cap is small, remains slightly humped in the center as it deflates and leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace.

The nose is too weak by half. It's dominated--although I hesitate to use that word--by hops, but needs to be more aromatic to even begin to impress me. This is a pretty mundane APA on the palate. The flavor, like the nose, needs to be much more aggressive. I know that it isn't an IPA, but there are thousands of APAs with more guts than this. On the off chance that it's simply old, I'll look for a fresher sample to review.

I have very little quarrel with what flavor I can appreciate. Untoasted malty, mildly hoppy, no major missteps there. On the positive side of the ledger, it is an easy drinker due to the lack of flavor, the light-medium body and the slightly too generous amount of carbonation.

Since I drink primarily for flavor, I doubt that I'll be buying any more Boulevard Pale Ale. Too bad the brewers couldn't have added a little of the magic that they put into each bottle of Bully! Porter.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber/copper color with a descent size head.

S - It smells of hops (Cascade?) and yeast.

T - It is malty and hoppy. It also has some citrus notes.

M - It is a pretty smooth/soft drinking beer.

D - It is very drinkable. One of my favorite APA's around.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden yellow pour with a huge amount of carbonation that was streaming up from the bottom of the glass and reached the top to form a huge head of white that towered over the rest of the glass.

aroma is light herbal hops, lots of wheat and grain, hints of grassy notes and herbals that blend with a light spiced rye note and a really well done light floral finish. perfectly drinkable this was simply an amazing pale to drink on the first 85 degree day. long finish of light hops and grains that rolls through slightly dry but clean and crisp.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sending me this one, Jeff.

A: The pour is amber in color with a finger of fizzy off-white head that leaves a bit of lacing.

S: A very floral and perfumey nose to this. A bit too much grass for my liking in there with some bready malts and a touch of herbal hops. A little bit of citrus peel.

T: Strong citrus flavor, but it's almost acidic. Plenty of floral and herbal hop notes with a light breadiness. The flavor seems a bit watery to me. Not a really strong flavor, even for a pale ale.

M: Light in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: Sort of a disappointing beer for what is usually a pretty easy style to brew.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.47/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a medium copper body with a small, thin off-white head.

Smell: Gentle aroma of toasted malts, honeysuckle blossoms, and a bit of citrus.

Taste: Very light, sweet toasted malt flavor with hints of honey and a spicy hop flourish on the quick, semi-dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, with a soft carbonation and smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Its exceedingly drinkable, I will say that about it, but that's about all there is to say about it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finally done with this variety pack. What a ride... This stuff pours a mostly clear copper-amber topped by a dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises light toffee mixed with mild orange peel. Such is all, and it's all pretty weak. The taste doesn't really change too much up, though now the citrus is ascendant. A slight hint of rubber permeates the background. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Overall, a kinda sad pale ale, frankly, and definitely a disappointing way to finish the pack.

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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 TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, good amount of hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of earthy hops bitterness followed by some caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy muted orange. Creme head. Bland nose. Flavor is a real nice smooth mix of citrus, floral hops, and minor but smooth bitter. I like it. Almost seems like there is a nutri thing on the very underside. Feel is smooth on liquid with a noticed carbonation. This is a smooth pale ale. I think it's an excellent beer to try a cask version of.

Thanks to mugglesandhops on this one.

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Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 05/18/08.

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of off-white lacing. Minimal lacing & zero head retention

S: Breadyness, a whiff of honey & not much else

T: Breadyness with grapefruit & lemony hops up front. Slight fruittyness as this warms along with a kiss of lemon & orange hops. Finishes with a bit of lemony hops, a bit of graininess & not much else. Taste-wise this makes me think English pale ale, not APA

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation, plus pretty good balance

Drinks easy, but not very interesting as APAs or even EPAs go, just a little more hops might've held my interest enough to session on. Run of the mill

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color approaches peach, with a fine white crown. Aroma is fresh with hops (Cascade?), and bubbling over with fruit: apricot, peach, pineapple, some soft citrus at the back. Very sweet and delicious, this.
Palate is flavorful with welcome hop presence, just enough for flavor, but too prominent. Malt is strong and silent: you can feel it, and taste a touch. Very well-balanced, smooth and tasty, this pale ale reminds me of Sierra Nevada in it's mellow but fruit-forward fashion.
Goes down beautifully, and I'd toss it back with regularity if I could. Sharper aspects of homulus lupus arrive late on the palate, and contribute to some variety in this brew. Finish is short but sweet. Quite enjoyable. Much thanks to bditty and marc for their trades!

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation at the surface. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted pale malts with some light fruits and hints of citrus hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is mild with very good balance - not too sweet and not too bitter. There is a toasted malt body with some light hints of caramel. There are also some light citrus (orange/lemon) hops which impart a delicate bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little more delicate in flavor then I expected but this is a very enjoyable beer. The beer is quite easy to drink and could be sessionable.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a white head with some retention. Head leaves some minor lacing. Color is a golden orange, very clear.

Smell is a floral aroma. I couldn't get too much from the smell. Taste has some strong citrus notes. I picked out some orange and maybe a hint of lemon. The floral taste is solid. Very strong, but not enough to be an ipa.

Mouthfeel is not to bitter, but more smooth with a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. It is a staple from Boulevard and could easily be a session beer. I will be drinking more of this.

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Photo of WesWes
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of pale malts and a faint floral hop scent. It seems to come across slightly malty with a bit of carapils malts added for flavor and body. The taste is above average. It is full of pale malt flavor along with some hops as well. It doesn't seem to have good balance. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average pale ale that's all. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served with a light, off-white head that quickly dissipated, disappointingly. There was intense clarity and brightness in this deep gold colored beer. The nose had a light hoppiness with a pleasant, underlying sweetness. There was a good mix of hops and malt in the mouth with a refreshing, dry finish.

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a darker, amber orange color with a full, frothy head to it.

The aroma has a moderate floral, citrusy hoppiness to it with some notes of orange and lemon coming out. I get some toasted, grainy malts as well as some sweeter, caramel flavors to it as well.

The taste shows a little more of the caramel and toasted malts to it. in the finish I get some of the bitter hoppiness balancing it out and providing some hoppy citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style, pretty easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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