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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 840
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 43 | 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:
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 vdread


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

Boulevard Pale Ale pours a petty dark orange color with ample head on it. it leaves only a few spots of lace on the glass.

nose isn't very strong, but what is present is of faint hops, apples, some very slight pale malt.

light on flavor, the pale malt is forward, but not overly so, and the hops, which lean towards citrus and grassy, make a good balance. juicy apples, apricots, pears also make an appearance. mildly bitter, somewhat sweet even. nothing really 'steals the show'

ends with a crisp, dry mouthfeel with abnormally high carbonation that made me not want to finish it.

- somewhat of a disappointment, considering how great the Bullyl! Porter and Brett are. i see why i've only found this sold in the sampler packs. it's really kind of boring. i found myself sipping my friend's Unfiltered Wheat more than sipping on my own beer.

+ it's still an easy drinking pale ale. something that doesn't wear on the palate and has a decent flavor. i would probably drink again, if offered, though i would double check for a Bully! or a Lunar Ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 15:33:33 | More by vdread
Photo of FreshHawk


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy orange and copper. White to off-white head, pretty large and fluffy, but not great retention.

S - Grassy and citrus hop scent. Light caramel malt and honey underneath those hop scents.

T - Light and pale malt base that holds up well with the grassy, citrus and floral hop flavors that are upfront. Unfortunately it is a little light and the flavors don't last long on the tongue.

M - Fairly light bodied (may lean toward medium bodied though) with a healthy amount of carbonation.

D - Really easy to drink as while the hops are present, they aren't overpowering. The flavor isn't overpowering so this might be one served better by drinking a couple to let the flavor build.

Notes: I liked this beer, but the flavors are a little light and don't stick around long enough. That said, the flavors are good and tasty, I just want a little more.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 12:09:44 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of mwa423


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Down in Tennessee for a weekend, gotta find some new beer. Found this at a gas station/cigar shop's mix-a-six. Go figure.

A - Poured a clear golden color, there was almost no head and what was there quickly died.

S - Hints of malt, but a slightly sour smell that is a bit of a turn off. Not much hop aroma to speak of.

T - Well balanced flavor, strong malty backbone that gets chased down the throat by a pine-like hop bite.

M/D - Mouthfeel is solid, but nothing to write home about. The hop bite is a perfect little slap on the tongue. There is something in the aroma that lowers the drinkability below your average pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2010 20:36:26 | More by mwa423
Photo of acelin


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Golden copper appearance with a small barely existing head.

Smelled of cascade and simcoe hops and pale malt.

Tasted much the same, comprised mostly of the pale malt which has a sweet bready taste that is quite smooth.

Mouthfeel is good.

Drinkability is very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 17:24:24 | More by acelin
Photo of Eichenlaub


4.47/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle served in a Nonic.

A- Very nice copper color with two finger biscuit colored head, which quickly dissipated into a thin rim of lace producing foam. Clear for a bottle conditioned Ale.

S- Clean, Pine scent up front followed with a malty characteristic.

T- Very good for the style, hop bitterness is not overt, just a nice buzz on the back of the tongue.

M- Good amount of carbonation, nice malt character, followed by a suble dryness.

D- A perfect session beer, nothing punching you in the face, just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 01:27:28 | More by Eichenlaub
Photo of meeekyh


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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a belled beer glass. Best by 06/07/10

Light amber color, clear in spite of the bottle conditioning. Off white head (tan with an orange hue), healthy size and billowy, leaving thick lacing.

Grain, malt, citrus and pine make up the nose.

More grain in the flavor along with the promised hops. Not overly bitter, and well balanced.

Medium body, ample carbonation and a slightly dry finish.

Quite drinkable, as it should be. I like this beer though it is nothing special. The style leans toward the slightly boring but very drinkable. This one has good balance and enough clean hop flavor to be enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 05:55:04 | More by meeekyh
Photo of dbossman


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly hazy amber; nice head with good retention after an initial quick dissipation; okay lacing

S: Some hop presence-citrus and pine with a touch of grapefruit; slightly grainy-but honestly there isn't a whole lot going on

T: Mild bitterness up front; subtl hoppiness stays on the back of the tongue wich is pleasant; this beer does not offend but does nothing to excite either

F: A touch over carbonated; mouth coat is decent

D: THis is the definition of a session beer-nothing to offend or excite; an easy drinking beer for most ocassions; not the best representation of the style but not the worst

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 22:43:59 | More by dbossman
Photo of cagocubs


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber with a 1 finger white head. Head dissipates and splotches with a thin cap. Retains and laces from there on out. Yeast used for second fermentation remained on bottom of bottle and not in beer.

S: Some sweetness upfront. Perhaps caramel malt, citrus hints, and of course hops.

T: Some citrus and spice right off the bat. Followed by sweet caramel malt. Finishes with a semi-bitter hop bite. Good balance of flavors.

M: light bodied, crisp, good mouth coating and flow. Good feel.

D: A real solid beer for a few seasons. Easy to drink and has a nice balanced taste that stays interesting.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2010 21:46:40 | More by cagocubs
Photo of Duxx


4.6/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A: Pours the same color as clover honey with an egg shell white head. The head is minimal only about 1 finger even with a vigorous pour. The head fades leaving some lacing on the glass.

S: Strong but not overpowering hop aroma. The aroma is spicy with a hint of citrus.

T: I really like the balance between hops and the caramel malt. The hop bitterness on the back of the palate is really a great finish. There is a unique and kind of white wine note that I think must come from the yeast stain.

M: Good with adequate carbonation.

D: One of my favorite everyday beers. I could always have several of these. Not too sweet, not too bitter. The balance of this beer is "spot on" in my opinion. All around a great pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2010 00:32:15 | More by Duxx
Photo of u2carew


3.05/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz stubby. Brought back by a buddy on a trip to Nebraska. Consumed 12/18/09.

A) Pours with a two finger head then settles quickly. The lacing is fairly sticky and thin. Clear body. Visible upward carbonation. Copper in color.
S) Clean, crisp aroma - light caramel malts. Notes of hops - mellow citrus tones.
T) Light malt sweetness. Nutty. Subtle brown sugar. Ends with caramel and a light hop bite.
M) Crisp. Fizzy. Between light and medium body. Light tannin feel.
D) An alright PA. Average but not a standout.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 13:59:10 | More by u2carew
Photo of bump8628


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz twist-off bottle with a best before of 1/30/2010.

Hazy orange with an inch of unyielding white head.

Aroma has faint notes of citric and woody hops backed by a light grainy toastiness.

Taste is balanced almost evenly between a warm and toasty malt character and the woody, citric, and herbal hops. A light caramel note is also present. A relatively high level of carbonation scrubs the tongue clean before any of the flavors have too long to linger.

Really a decent pale ale, but the hops just don't pop enough for my tastes, which I'm sure was the intention since this beer was the first one ever released by Boulevard. I can definitely appreciate it for the fact that it helped kick off a brewery that has really thrived and is now churning out the wonderful Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2009 19:12:41 | More by bump8628
Photo of kindestcut

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The Boulevard Pale Ale pours a bright golden amber with an extremely foamy white head that lingers well beyond the pour. The carbonation is visibly vibrant.

The aroma is a whirlwind of citrus and floral hops with a malty undercurrent. The taste is well balanced. This isn't a hopmonster but I'm sure it was never meant to be. The hoppiness is pleasant but could probably come to the front a bit. The sweetness of the malt plays well against a slightly bitter finish.

The mouthfeel is a bit light. I would prefer a little more body. This may not be the tastiest pale ale but it is a good one.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2009 02:17:44 | More by kindestcut
Photo of mikeborglum


4.72/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is one of my favorites. Just like their description it is smooth only mildly fruity medium bodied and very drikable all year round.

Poured bottle in pint glass: weak caramel and earthy aroma; hazy amber color; minimal off-white head with some lacing; nice hoppy flavor with medium bitterness and slightly dry abrupt finish, sticky texture with light to medium body, soft carbonation, great drinkability, well balanced, but not very complex if that is what you look for.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 16:17:05 | More by mikeborglum
Photo of mmva321


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

Served in a pint glass.

A: Nice finger width foamy and bubbly head. Leaves a nice pale amber color. A little lacing that falls down the glass pretty quickly.

S: A little faint, but the hops and citrus auromas are there in a nice balance. I sense a little banana too.

T: Anytime I try to single out the citrus flavors, I still run into the overwhelmingly dominant hops. However, this isn't an offensivly bitter beer though it is definitly bitter. A fine taste, but I wish the other flavors that I'm sure are there would be able to come through.

M: A little watery and bubbly. A little thin for my taste, but perhaps appropriate for the style, since it really makes the beer pop in my mouth.

D: An above average pale ale. It's about what I expected from Boulevard, whose main beers I wish had a little more refinement and a little more balance.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 05:52:09 | More by mmva321
Photo of deereless


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A finger width thickness of creamy head, the color is a medium and slightly hazy gold, touches of spotty lacing along the edge of the glass - 4.25, S: The nose packs a solid punch of grain, a bit doughy and with some mild sweetness that reminds me of banana and citrus - 3.50, T: Quite dry and with a medium hop bite, some biscuit flavors along with a hint of caramel, a pretty average APA - 3.00, M: 3.00, D: Very drinkable beer, not much in terms of gusto or anything that makes this stand out from the masses but I still enjoyed it - 3.50

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2009 01:03:44 | More by deereless
Photo of bheilman


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An extremely light colored beer. Decent head, decent taste. The smell is very light but a nice fresh hop scent. Very mellow. The taste is unusually smooth and overall very good. Nothing amazing here, but definitely makes me want to try more from this brewery. It's just a great smooth fresh flavor and fairly drinkable. I could imagine diving into a lot of these on a warm summer day. Aftertaste is somewhat non-existent but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 00:41:42 | More by bheilman
Photo of Brandt


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

this one poured a copper yellow color with a frothy white head

the smell is more malty than expected for a pale but the background is littered with a nice but subtle citrusy hop

the taste is very malty and a bit yeasty from the bottle conditioning (and me getting it in the glass) with a moderate bitterness but a bit too sweet for what i think of as a plae ale

the finish is that of a good balanced beer but a bit on the sweet side for my liking with this style, a trusty old friend but nothing for a special occasion.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2009 22:49:48 | More by Brandt
Photo of Spineypanda


4.33/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevards pale is amazing!

Has a golden color, with a head that doesnt last.
Smells great, none of the super sweetness and candy smells that pale ales have been moving towards.
Tastes good! Has a nice old pale ale taste to it that is only bitter enough to make it classify as a pale ale. Not underly bitter though.

I love it!

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:42:58 | More by Spineypanda
Photo of climax


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a murky bright amber color, nice vibrant orange to the light. Head was decent and faded slowly and evenly.

The smell was very nice and well balanced. The hop profile was very smooth and citrusy. As the beer sat the malt began to balance warm and toasty from the pale malt.

Taste was very good as well. Good hit of hops at the beginning, more than I was expecting after the smell. Still more citrus than anything, the malt came in to balance without stealing the show at the end.

Good body to the beer, nice bite with a slick oily feel. Aftertaste lingered for a good amount of time. Low ABV make it sessionable and good flavor make this a good solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2009 21:19:34 | More by climax
Photo of HeroJH


3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice example of a standard american pale ale. Good variety pack to share with friends new to beer to show them standards of each style.

A - hazy gold, big white foamy head
S - light malt, bitter hop
T - crisp clean and quenching
M - quenching, dry finish
D - good, could have a couple.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 00:31:40 | More by HeroJH
Photo of Kraken


3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/08/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a smallish water glass. Firm pour calls fourth a 1/4 inch of white head. Head falls quickly and leaves a nice lace. Color is a deep caramel.

Nose- Slightly citric lemon and orange zest. Lots of intense caramel notes.

Pallate- Very nice, lots of citric hops, orange, lemon, nice floral notes. Balanced with plenty of caramel.

Mouthfeel- Active dry, maybe a bit thin.

Drinkability- Good.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:25:25 | More by Kraken
Photo of Beaver13


3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 10/10/09. Pours a hazy golden amber with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet fruity caramel malts with some subdued hops.

The flavor is bready caramel malts, tea, and some fruits with a pretty mild bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full with creamy carbonation.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale. It's a bit mild in the hops for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2009 04:44:44 | More by Beaver13
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint glass.

A - Nice Strong copper color with some orange hues. ! finger head that goes by quickly.

S - Faint malt sweetness followed by some hop piney but everything is very faint.

T - Nice maltiness up front with bread and nut notes. Hops are subdued but add a final hop bitterness and dryness at the end. The taste and nose both leave a little to be desired.

M - Low CO2 crispness, medium-low body.

D - Refreshing but not that flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 23:41:41 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of srandycarter


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Clear orange with off white head. Leaves fast to ring. Some cling lace.

S - Not much. Malt, a little funk.

T - Nice benign malt presence. Bittering is subtle. Small amount of lingering sugar at finish.

M - Creamy, good carb, well balance, a little watery.

D - Oh, considering the ABV and the over easy drinking, heck ya.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 05:30:59 | More by srandycarter
Photo of Ottertude


4.08/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew poured into my pint glass a slightly hazy amber color. There was about an inch of off-white foam that left lots of nice lacing on my glass. There was not a lot of smell, maybe a hint of citrus.

I did like the taste. Some biscuity malt along with hops that were citrus like. Overall a good balance between malt and hop flavors with none really dominating.

It had a nice creamy mouthfeel and was really easy to drink. I could have several of these. I could see this as a go-to ale if I lived in KC.

If you like your pale ales to be loaded with hops, you might take a pass on this ale. If you enjoy well balanced ales that are not too complex, this one is well worth a try. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2009 21:21:29 | More by Ottertude
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 840 ratings.