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Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey colored, slightly hazy, 40% opacity. Head is butter colored, 4 fingers, and recedes slowly.

Aromas of slight pine to start, white bread crusts, fresh oranges, and biscuit/cracker. Slight herbal on the back.

A bit of stale pine with mangoes, followed by nice cracker malts and a yeasty, bready finish.

Feel is on key with slight graininess, pastiness, and slight dryness on the back end.

Overall Boulevard Pale Ale is more in line with a Pale Wheat, which isn't a bad thing. I don't think I'd mind picking up a variety pack now. Incredibly mild and enjoyable!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored and fairly hazy in complexion. There's a half inch tightly knit tan head resting on top. Aroma is of sourdough bread. The taste is very close in line with the aroma. I swear I'm drinking a liquid rendition of a soft pretzel sans salt. There's a gentle pine hop presence and a gentle lemon note at the back of the palate, but the malt is the story here. The mouth is fairly smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of FantasticOKC
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a nice hazy orange color and medium carbonation. Nice thick head, foamy on the top with oversized lower bubbles near the base. Very nice look.

Smell - Nothing special here. Smells like a Pale Ale (IMAGINE THAT!) Good hoppy, floral, citrus mix.

Taste - Standard Pale Ale. Hoppy and bitter, but not overpowering. Very well balanced and pleasant. Mildly dry on the finish.

Feel - Medium weight/body. Well balanced carbonation (not too much, not too little). Crisp and clean.

Overall - This is a good beer for just about any occasion. Want to enjoy something refreshing after mowing the lawn or on a warm spring evening? Try this one. Want to have something nice at dinner? Try this one. Need something good for a party? Try this one.

Extra Notes - Like much (but not all) of Boulevard's brews, this one is the standard for it's type. And when I say "standard," I do not mean "Gold Standard," just standard. What that means is, you will find nothing particularly special about it, but for it's type (in this case an American Pale Ale) it's the standard. Not "average," as "average" carries with it negative connotations. But when you think of an APA, this is the standard that you imagine. It's not going to blow your mind, but it's not going to let you down either.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.52/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the most part this is a simply constructed Pale Ale with a tea leaf malt and piney hop character. Light hints of floral hops, caramel malt and grassiness. Very light in flavor and feel.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.32/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange hazey color. Very mild nose but pick up bready malts. Taste is a bit of bread, caramel, and grassy with a hint of lemon and hops. Clean finish. A good transition beer to get off the macros. Subtle flavors make it easy drinking for all beer fans.

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Photo of ordybill
4.08/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky orange color with a large white head. The aroma is mild with some hops and citrus. The taste is a mild flavored pale ale with a slight floral hops flavor.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Burnt orange color with no carbonation and a hazy body topped off with a white, thick head surrounded by a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Malty with light hops and mild floral undertones. some bready aromas mixed in with lemon come through after a bit.

Taste: Musky malts at first and quickly followed by grassy flavors, citrus zest and some mild spices with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Smooth with a light body pretty balanced.

Overall, this is a good beer to drink very smooth and refreshing and relaxing.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.81/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 3-23-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, amber color with one-finger white head, excellent retention, significant lacing, a complete head persisted throughout, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, mild flowers and citrus, the nose is subtle.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then mild citrus and pine notes.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer, it's a more balanced pale ale that would go well with almost any kind of food, this is one of the gateway beers that got me started with craft beer and I still enjoy it to this day, there will always be a place in my fridge for Boulevard Pale Ale, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer.

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 2 fingers of creamy white head. Aroma is lacking on this one, not bad just not much there. Flavor is a good average Pale Ale. This would be a nice beer to take to a cook-out and have a burger with. Also a good beer to get people in this style from BMC ( Bud, Miller, Coors) beers. Take care and have a great day my friends.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, citrusy, floral hops, mild crisp bitter finish. Slight caramel malt profile to support it all and a hint of pine to offset the fruity sweetness.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is floral and fairly resiny, with light toasted malt and a hint of citrus pith.

Flavor reveals a bit more citrus emerging mid palate, and a dry, herbal, lightly bitter finish. The toasted malt lingers throughout. Very approachable.

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Photo of dcall384
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I really enjoyed this beer. Had a nice citrus smell to it. When I took a sip I was not prepared for how juicy this beer was going to be. Very good pale ale.

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Photo of DanielBrewsall
3.44/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

How Boulevard plucked the last drops of color from a Fall Missouri sunset to make the warm amber of their Pale Ale, I will never know. My nose pushes through a short note of citrus, through a sea of caramel, and finally landing on an island of tender pine. Caramel and a distant forest dance around my tongue before leaving a bittersweet kiss, daring me to follow.

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Photo of govlady
3.41/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Living in KC, these PA's are everywhere, so it's a beer you are frequently drinking at parties, BBQ's, etc.

pours a light amber into the glass
smell just isnt really there. can sense some citrus, pine, but not too much
taste - citrus, pine, maybe some lemon back there
feel - medium carb, medium body, very smooth and drinkable beer
overall - it's an average pale ale. something you can definitely drink with some KC BBQ, with dinner, or all afternoon. nothing is overpowering.

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Photo of Getalegup
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Arthur Bryant's Barbecue. What better place to drink a Boulevard besides the brewery?!
Cuts the sweet and spice of the sauce and dry rub very well. Refreshing.

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Photo of BayernMunchen3113
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is a good pale ale. If you've had Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, this one is not as flavorful or complex as that one. However, if you're not much of a pale ale drinker but want to give something else a try, I would definitely recommend Boulevard's pale ale. Just a solid, American brewed pale ale! Good job Boulevard Brewing Company!

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Photo of infinitebruner
4.01/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

April 17, 2015

12 oz bottle, tulip

A – Light to medium amber, fairly clear. I poured a bit of the sediment so slightly hazy from that. Has an inkling of a pinkish, peachy glow. A couple inches of slightly off-white foam, thick, long-lasting.

S – Golden biscuits and a touch of sweet caramel. Earthy, herbal hops, with a light amount of fruity hops. Some pear notes and light grapefruit.

T – Biscuits and bread crust, some grainy sweetness, a bit of sweet caramel. Earthy and herbal hops with some citrus fruit, lemon, and grapefruit low in the background. Hop bitterness is moderate.

M – Sweet up front with moderate bitterness following. Starts off fairly juicy, but there is dryness on the finish. Medium carbonation, medium body.

O – Very much an American interpretation of a traditional British pale ale. A nice blend of hops and a well-built malt profile. Keeps you interested, very drinkable.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
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 bwood06
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Hazy copper-orange in color with a very tall frothy (and somewhat creamy) khaki head that takes forever to dissipate. Beer is obviously bottle conditioned. Moderate carbonation visible. 3.75/5

S - Pine resin and an orange citrus (peel and fruit) are the first two notes that hit me. Biscuity, caramel malt as well as a bit of a floral note. Biscuit transforms into more of a buttered white bread aroma as the beer warms. Hoppy. 3.75/5

T - Slight caramel and white readiness to the malt. Not getting as much citrus here as I expected. The main bit of citrus that I do get is more of an orange rind. Some tartness from the citrus note. This beer tends to favor the pine and white bread notes. Pine lingers very long on the finish. Bitterness is not overstate. Bitterness is present, chiefly on the finish, but it is not overwhelming. 3.5/5

M - Finds a nice balance between heavy and light. Drying astringency on the back end that parches the tongue. Not overly carbonated, just enough to bring out the flavors. 3.5/5

O - Overall a decent Pale Ale. Not the best I've ever had but not anywhere close to the worst either. I could easily down 1 or 2 of these with dinner. 3.75/5

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Photo of pat61
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I am drinking this 3 months before its best by date. The nose begins with s slight tartness that quickly dissipates bringing forward caramel, light biscuit and hop notes. It pours amber with a slight haze under a white, a” fluffy, persistent cap that produces good lace. Malt and light fruits roll over the tongue to finish with a moderately bitter hop accent. It has a smooth, creamy texture, medium body, and moderate carbonation. Well balanced and easy to drink.

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Photo of JRed
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Cloudy deep orange in body with white head that never leaves. Aroma of citrus, honey, light fruit, sweetened cereal. Tastes of citrus but no rind, light fruity notes, mild mint, honey sweetness, and toned down bitterness. Light bodied with light carbonation. Lacking some body but nice and sessionable. I could tank these all day.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%

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 Hoptometrist
3.76/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a mug.

A- Poured an orange color with white soapy head that left chunky lace.

S- Basically no aroma, a hint of light crackery notes.

T- Nice citrus and grassy hop character with a nice malt backbone with notes of cracker, lemon, and bready notes.

M- Refreshing, prickly carbonation, medium body, and dry.

O- A very well-balanced and flavorful pale ale. This is really a great text-box example of the style.

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Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
2.79/5  rDev -22.9%
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 Warmonster
4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have drank literally hundreds of these beers.. So I figured I should review it.. Boulevard is a GREAT brewery with some of the best tasting beers probably in the World. That being said I have tried many many different brews of theirs and this is one of the best. It use to be less consistent with taste but I actually called them about it months ago and it seems to be fixed... I even broke a case on accident once because of their weak cardboardish packing. I told them about it and they changed the packaging and sent me money for another 12 pack!... I love this company and this beer and will be a customer of theirs till the day I die. One thing about this beer I have found with NO other beer EVER.. I find if I fall asleep and a beer has been opened.. I can wake up and even after being open all night. I can take a drink and it still tastes like a fresh beer and even has carbonation!!! That blew me away, most beer is crap after being left open.. This is one of the greatest brewed beers in the World IMO.

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