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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Pale AlePale Ale

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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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Photo of TheGordianKnot


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Extra from mizzouguy! Poured into nonic pint...

A- Dull orange with a two finger head. Lacing and stability are decent.

S- Very light aroma. Some grass and not ripe enough fruit. Sweetness in the background.

T/M- Though it's only a pale ale, the hops still don't deliver a whole lot of bitterness or flavor. I could see this being an even better segway craft than SNPA for a lot of people. Very low amount of DMS at the very end. Light, crisp, refreshing body and feel- would be great on a hot day.

O- Middle of the road pale ale. Not bad by any stretch, but lacks any substantial factor to make me want more or keep this beer in my scope of pale ales. I would buy this for the right occasion if I had it in my market, but it's not something I'm sad to not have in market...

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2011 02:57:19 | More by TheGordianKnot
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of Mississipping


2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Pours a pretty clear copper color with a small khaki-colored head that dissipates very quickly to leave behind a few very thin patches and a thin of tight bubbles.  Moderate lacing is left behind on the edges of the glass. 

S: It's tough to pick a lot out of this one.  Slightly bready, earthy hops, and maybe just a touch of orange.  Pretty muted.

T: Follows the aroma pretty well.  Slightly bready up front (almost like a triscuit, though).  Mild, earthy hops, and a drop of orange, just to say it's there.  A bit of a spiciness at the finish, but it's pretty darn subtle.  Also a slightly odd soapy taste lingers in the background.  Really not a whole lot going on here.  

M: Medium-bodied with a good amount of carbonation.  For such a watered-down flavor, the body was a little surprising.  It's definitely the best part of this beer, although I'd rather the positive characteristics be elsewhere.  Finish is just a tad drying, but barely.  

D: Really not very enjoyable.  I'm not one for pale ales to begin with, but this one seems a bit off and watered down.  Everything is muted, and there is an odd after-flavor that doesn't sit well with me.  Mouthfeel is pretty good, and it goes down easy enough, but it's not especially enjoyable.  This, to me, is the black sheep among the heard of great beers that Boulevard makes.  I know it's the flagship beer, but I think it might be time to tweak the recipe (... this coming from someone who doesn't homebrew at all :)

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2011 22:26:39 | More by Mississipping
Photo of jcartamdg


2.8/5  rDev -22%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2011 23:35:44 | More by jcartamdg
Photo of HaysAmerica


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz. bottle into a snifter w/ a nice off white head an color is of rusty brass. Kinda hard to describe. The nose is as you would expect. Mostly some nice citrus hops in the forefront. Nothing too exciting or out of the ordinary on a pale ale. Has some damn good lacing. Taste is bitter, citrus hops dominating, not much of a malt presence to it. Leans on the hop side of the balance in a good manner. Dry finish after scrubbing the palate. There's a little bit of a grapefruit component to the taste of this but not a lot. Mostly getting the hops. I've had this several times over & for some reason something seems a little off on this one. Can't quite put my finger on it. Mouthfeel is light. Overall, a very drinkable beer. Great on the hot summer days. A decent one to have in the regular rotation. Prosit!

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 21:01:21 | More by HaysAmerica
Photo of 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
Photo of seeswo


2.45/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 14:50:05 | More by seeswo
Photo of mooselvlt


4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A - Nice clear golden color with a perfect 2 finger off white foam. Dissipates into a ring around the rim with a very thin foam later scattered in between. Not a lot of lacing

S - Nice malts, some citrus hops, biscuits, caramel. Good nose that isn't overpowering but its there

T - Delicious. Follows the nose. Malts up front then finishes with a nice citrus hop flavor. Not in your face, but darn near perfect for the style.

M - Very clean, smooth. Strong carbonation produces a crisp finish on it. No aftertaste. Just leaves a tinge of the hops on the back of the tongue. Pleasant!

O - Not sure why this one gets low marks. I guess because its not a hop bomb. Or maybe I'm sentimental. This is one of the very 1st crafts I drank. You know what, its still a darn good beer if you ask me. Really miss not being able to get Boulevard regularly

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2011 05:58:18 | More by mooselvlt
Photo of womencantsail


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
Photo of vande


2.83/5  rDev -21.2%
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....

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 15:37:01 | More by vande
Photo of Jishguy


2.4/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 18:16:45 | More by Jishguy
Photo of mjgooner13

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy copper color looks like your typical pale...foamy white head with a mixture of big and small bubbles

S- pine spice and hints of lemon come through in the nose.

T- Hop bitterness starts things off followed by grapefruit and orange citrus flavors..

M- Carbonation fades but starts nice...its an easy drinking beer

O- I really enjoyed the citrus flavors in this pale and coupled with the easy drinking could make this solid summer beer, there are others I would reach for first, but this is a beer I will def have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 14:23:18 | More by mjgooner13
Photo of elgiacomo


2.98/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours lightly hazy amber with a two finger off white head that leaves a bit of lacing and holds a small cap.

Aroma is a bit of grassy, herbal and citrus hops along with some bready malt. There are some off-putting vegetal and metallic notes. Moderate to good strength.

Flavor is some lemon and citrus hops, grassy and herbal with some bready cracker malt. Off notes of vegetables found in the flavor as well. Moderate sweetness, good bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light/medium bodied, good carbonation.

Mediocre Pale Ale. Not my favorite of the Boulevard variety pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2011 01:53:11 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of JLeege


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/31/11

Appearance- Pours a light copper color with an eggshell white head. Pretty good retention some lacing left behind.

Smell- A nice blend of hops on the nose, though nothing particular is really coming to mind. Some noticeable pale malts, a bit cracker-y.

Taste- Wow, pretty complex hop bill we got here, though its not to bitter. A bit citric at the start, some soft lemon, turning more and more grassy and a somewhat dank earthiness. Has a cracker like dryness towards the finish mixed with some pale malt sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation. Smooth.

Overall- A solid pale. Nothing makes this stand out from the pack, but there is certainly nothing wrong with it. A nice enjoyable thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2011 05:35:25 | More by JLeege
Photo of jamespub


3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 pack to drink after helping a friend move. I drank 4 before lunch came around. This was a great beer for the occasion, but was nothing fantastic. The color was nice, nothing fancy. The smell was mildly citric. The taste was balanced, mildly malty, slightly hopped to balance it out. Not really a lot of flavor from the hops, but the grape fruit was noticeable on occasion. The beer went down smooth and was very easy to drink and enjoyable.

This was not the best PA I've had, and most definitely wasn't the worst. It was average, easy drinking, and great for refreshing me after moving a fridge. In St. Louis this is a tap or bottle option at a lot of places, which would be a welcome choice over any BMC product. However, you can spend a little more and get something that is slightly better.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 04:51:09 | More by jamespub
Photo of jsprain1


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Orangish amber, with a small one finger head that retains decently, with almost no lacing.
S- Smell leans hoppy, with some lemon and slight pine notes. A bit of pale malt type aroma in there. Crackery I guess.
T- Pale malt base, with some cracker and bready notes, with light fruity notes, mostly lemon, but I'm also getting just a bit of pineapple out of it too.
M- Initially crisp on the tongue, it mellows it. Medium body for style.
O- A decent, but hardly spectacular pale. Easily drinkable, but nothing all that memorable.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2011 06:43:31 | More by jsprain1
Photo of kjc51478


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

A: Appearance is orange color with medium, off-white head.

S: Aroma is slight citrus, piney hops, and bread malts.

T: Taste is citrusy with bready malt sweetness and a solid, but nor overwhelming hop bitterness.

M: Palate is medium-bodied, somewhat slick or oily, average carbonation, with a piney, slightly bitter finish.

O: This is a decent pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 03:10:51 | More by kjc51478
Photo of jwinship83


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle picked up in the mixed 12 pack. best by halloween of this year. drank from my sierra nevada hop tulip glass.

A- the pour yields a light copper colored body with a finger of bright white head on top. the head has moderate retention and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pull out of the nose are floral and light citrus hops. after that i get some bready notes and some sweet caramel hops.

T- the taste starts out with some faint toasted bread malts and some caramel malt which adds a sweet backbone. after that it moves onto some hops. they come across as mostly floral and herbal with a little bit of citrusy grapefruit as well.

M- the body is on the lighter side, even for a pale ale. the carbonation seems a touch high.

O- not as bitter and hoppy as i would like. it might be nice for a change of pace once in a while, but i think that sierra nevada pale will still be my go to for the style.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 03:57:01 | More by jwinship83
Photo of 1Adam12


2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnt orange with a 2 and a half inch white fluffy head. Not much nose. Maybe alittle grass on the nose, some citrus, but not very strong. Tastes about the same as it smells, very light, not overly hoppy. Everything about this beer is light and mellow, however it works and is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:20:06 | More by 1Adam12
Photo of david131


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy burnt orange liquid with many streams of rising carbonation. The bone white head is creamy and has excellent retention- leaving some nice lacing as it works its way down the glass.

S- Orange rind, caramel, grass, and a touch of pine. A bit simple, but it is effective.

T- Some citrus, grass, and caramel. Not nearly as astringent I had anticipated from the smell.

M- The abundant carbonation presence works well with the creamy body of the liquid.

O- Overall, this is a very solid pale ale... comes close to giving Sierra Nevada a run for its money.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 03:08:39 | More by david131
Photo of morehoppps


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

On Tap, Served in Pint Glass.

A: Caramel Amber color. Nice fluffy, one finger head, with a pretty good amount of carbonation. Could have had more, but nonetheless, ample carb for a medium bodied ale.

S: Malt more than anything, with an earthy slight hop aroma, but more malt than anything.

T: Caramel Malt, with a light hoppy finish. Could definitely use more hops. Off-balanced in my opinion.

M: Borderline sticky, medium-bodied. Would be better with more carbonation, but with how thick it is, I guess it fits the style.

O: I like what Boulevard brings to the table, but I'm not overly impressed with their Pale Ale. The hop/malt balance could use some adjusting, but overall a pretty good beer. Drinkable none-the-less.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2011 14:03:09 | More by morehoppps
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou


3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Deep amber orange. 1 finger bready head.

S: Light aromatic hops over medium body malts.

T: Really malty, almost has a wheaty tinge to it. While not offensive, there isn't much to comment on. A little grape, soft pretzel, and raisin. Okay.

M: A little dry, otherwise unremarkable.

D: Very drinkable, not special.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 02:12:10 | More by ForWhatAlesYou
Photo of jsh420


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

best by 09/11/11

pours hazy amber copper orange with a 1+ finger head that left some spotted lacing

smell is not that strong - faint hints of hops and malt

taste is much better - juicy fruity hops and sweet caramel malt

mouthfeel - medium/heavy body - yep the beer is very heavy for the style decent carbonation very smooth and creamy

overall - solid flavors and great price low abv all on the plus side but the heavy body gets a whole pt deduction

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2011 06:13:41 | More by jsh420
Photo of TheSarge


3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stopped into a gas station next to my hotel in Springfield, Mo. And figured this'd due.

Makes a good amount of light tan head, and has a copper colored body that is well filtered.

Aroma is toffee with a hint of floral notes.

Taste is a biton the bisciuty side, along with a hint of lemony hops.

Feel is mellow smooth with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2011 23:08:27 | More by TheSarge
Photo of flyingspatula


2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2011 00:35:51 | More by flyingspatula
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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