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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Pale AlePale Ale

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789 Ratings
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Ratings: 789
Reviews: 385
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%


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:
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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 21:30:42 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2004 23:32:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2011 05:00:49 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:03:21 | More by womencantsail
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.68/5  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

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 22:47:56 | More by brentk56
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.55/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2008 01:44:11 | More by BEERchitect
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metter98

New York

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 18:37:13 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2007 19:46:10 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2011 19:54:13 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2005 15:11:51 | More by NeroFiddled
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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!

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2003 19:16:18 | More by feloniousmonk
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2011 01:45:22 | More by TheManiacalOne
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emerge077

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2007 04:25:51 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 02:39:52 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2004 00:34:57 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2010 00:06:28 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 19:31:33 | More by zeff80
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2008 16:12:06 | More by RblWthACoz
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 02:12:19 | More by Gavage
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.94/5  rDev +9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 18:34:20 | More by StonedTrippin
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of their variety pack. Poured a clear orange with a thick head and lacing. The aroma and flavor pale compared to modern pale ale standards. This is more on par with a slightly stronger English pale ale, for the more subtle hops and malt balance. There's some pleasant citrus grapefruit in the aftertaste, but nothing big and sharp, just a dull, somewhat spicy bitterness. A decent session beer and starter pale ale I suppose. Certainly not bad.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2008 22:18:15 | More by tempest
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Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2005 12:38:39 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.1/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2007 18:52:29 | More by rhoadsrage
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Wasatch

Utah

3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to Bitterbill

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, not much lacing at all. The nose is mostly malty with some hops and caramel. The taste is also mostly malty with some hops and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I thought for sure this would be a better brew, but I was mistaken.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 01:41:31 | More by Wasatch
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corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with thehand. Thanks again man.

Pours a dark golden orange/apricot color and is pretty much opaque with golden orange hues when held to a light source. Two finger frothy, soapy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading to a lasting cap that leaves small chunks of soapy lacing in it's wake.

Slightly earthy aroma with subtle citrus and pine hop notes. There's also a bit of crisp light fruit in the nose along with a sligt creamy presence and malt backbone. Subtle hints of grass and straw.

Fuller bodied than expected with a crisp and dry earthy hop presence up front that lingers throughout into a sweet dry finish. Very hop forward for a pale ale with a nice malt bcbone providing some nice balance. Hints of light golden fruit, mostly apple, as well as some biscuit, grass and straw. Pretty complex and very quaffable. I would love to drink more of this in the warmer months. Another solid offering from a very underrated brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 04:01:15 | More by corby112
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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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