Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.88/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-01-2008 21:30:42 | More by Sammy
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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.
11-26-2011 18:37:13 | More by metter98
3.4/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
06-13-2004 23:32:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.68/5 rDev +2.5%
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
05-26-2007 22:47:56 | More by brentk56
3.55/5 rDev -1.1%
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.
09-27-2008 01:44:11 | More by BEERchitect
3.98/5 rDev +10.9%
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.
08-07-2011 05:00:49 | More by mikesgroove
3.3/5 rDev -8.1%
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.
07-20-2011 03:03:21 | More by womencantsail
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
06-13-2007 19:46:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.08/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
08-16-2011 19:54:13 | More by TMoney2591
3.45/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
12-31-2007 04:25:51 | More by emerge077
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
07-09-2006 19:31:33 | More by zeff80
4.47/5 rDev +24.5%
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!
05-14-2005 15:11:51 | More by NeroFiddled
3.9/5 rDev +8.6%
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.
11-21-2008 16:12:06 | More by RblWthACoz
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
12-24-2011 01:45:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.6/5 rDev +0.3%
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
12-28-2007 02:39:52 | More by russpowell
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
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!
04-27-2003 19:16:18 | More by feloniousmonk
3.94/5 rDev +9.7%
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.
02-23-2013 18:34:20 | More by StonedTrippin
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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