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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 47 | 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 hangh


3.73/5  rDev +3.9%

A clear amber colored beer with a thick 1" head that fades to a fine small layer that lasts for a while. Fruity citrus hops rise pleasantly from the glass. Tastes of a bitter citrus start that ends cleanly with some caramel hops. Great tasting pale ale. Light bodied with a crisp finish. Good carbonation and great drinkability.

07-19-2010 00:45:04 | More by hangh
Photo of rrski198


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Large off white head, pale orange amber color.

S: Great balance. Piney citrus notes, great carmel balance.

T: Again, great balance. The smell carries over to the taste. This is a really nicely balanced beer. I'm getting a little bit of everything here. Citrus fruit, piney hops, malty back bone.

M: Not much to improve upon. Average to high carbonation.

D: This would be a great beer to sit around and put down 5 to 6. The alcohol content isn't off the chart and it is extremely easy to drink.

07-13-2010 01:47:22 | More by rrski198
Photo of AleWatcher


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

bottle says best by 10.31.10

This brew is a copper/amber with orange highlights and a creamy whitish 2 finger head. Respectable lace and retention for the style.
Smells of oranges, toasted bready malts, grapefruit, and a dry earthiness.
Taste follows nose-- a sweet bready malt with a hint of toastiness... Then a dry earthiness leads to the citrusy hops. Finish has a little bitterness that is smooth and pleasant.
Body is medium with decent carbonation and a smooth feel.
Easy to drink pale with a refreshing quality. Not a bad one to try.

07-02-2010 03:27:14 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.35/5  rDev +21.2%

This is a very good beer. It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is moderate to high. The pleasing aroma is of roasted grains. It has a spicy, hoppy flavor, but is even throughout. I detected maybe a hint of orange? Mouth-feel is medium, and the beer finishes satisfying. I can't really think of any negatives with Boulevard Pale Ale. I highly recommend giving this delicious beer a try!


06-29-2010 22:37:10 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of thatguy3579


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Light orange in color. Some clouding. Lively carbonation. Cream colored foam, dissipating to about 1/8 inch and clings readily to glass.

S: Grassy hops with some sweetness

T: Light hoppy start, with some lemon, roasted, and smoky flavors. Finish is mildly tart. Tastes like a milder version of their Single Wide IPA.

M: Thin body, with medium to high carbonation.

D: Decent hops for a pale ale. Flavorful, but not overwhelming. Perfect for when one won't quite do the trick. Will definitely try again.

06-01-2010 21:53:20 | More by thatguy3579
Photo of flagmantho


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy light orange color with a finger of frothy ivory head. Not bad.

Smell: light, slightly grainy/grassy malt aroma with some light citrus and floral hops. Not too bad either, but could be better.

Taste: light, malty flavor; less grainy than the aroma. A touch of biscuit malt here. Hops are mostly citrusy and hang pretty well with the light malt flavor. This is actually not half bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty healthy dose of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but not bad.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. Flavor is nice and overall experience is pretty refreshing. This could make one seriously sessionable beer.

05-22-2010 02:08:27 | More by flagmantho
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Mostly clear amber beer. Light tan head receded quickly to a think layer at first, then gradually went down to virtually nothing.

S-A bright, wasy pine-grapefruit hops flowed out of the bottle as I poured, complimented by some small esters.

T-Toasty, biscuity malts formed a strong base to this beer, upon which stands an herbal-citrusy hop character, playing its part nicely. Hop bitterness is firm, but really lets the malt do its thing. Finishes pretty dry, with a slight residual hop.

M-Moderate high carbonation feels approrpriate for this beer, imparting some refreshing qualities, along with its medium body.

D-Yum. This is a nice beer to enjoy while doing something like cooking. It's able to splash my palate with some fun flavors intermitently, while not being so intense or deep as to require my entire attention. From what I've seen, only available in the Boulevard mixed 12-packs in the Twin Cities area.

05-07-2010 19:37:58 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of TrippnFiasco


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

A: Pours with 1.5-2 finger, off-white head. Head dissipates fairly quickly leaving small rim of foam. Slight lacing. Pours pale amber color, great color for a pale ale.

S: Hoppiness, nothing overpowering but definitely there

T: Initial flavor isn't too strong, lacking a bit for a pale ale. As the carbonation fades, the hops come to the forefront, along with a very mild fruitiness, the two are quite enjoyable. There is a hoppiness that lingers for a while, that slowly tapers off and is balanced by a subtle maltiness.

M: Not too thin, not too thick. A little too carbonated for me, and I feel that the flavor suffers because of this. That being said, it has a great feel to it. Depending on time between drinks, can get fairly dry (which I enjoyed).

D: Very drinkable pale ale. Easily split a six-pack with a friend, or have one to yourself if you feel the urge.

05-02-2010 02:32:58 | More by TrippnFiasco
Photo of soju6


4/5  rDev +11.4%

Beer is a nice amber color with a full head. Aroma is malty with a hint of caramel. The taste is a balance of sweetness and bitterness. It finishes with a nice body which goes down smooth & easy. This is a great beer for relaxing or for some session drinking

04-10-2010 21:52:59 | More by soju6
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

Boulevard- Pale Ale

Thanks to kirkpjr for this.

A-Nice golden orange, slightly hazy with a good frothy head. Moderate ringed lacing.
S- Sweet bready malt with a creamy caramel maltiness and a light citrus hop pinch.
T- Sweet caramel and crusty bread malt. Lightly toasted malt with a light sweet sugary citrus hop presence in the body. Finishes off with a sweet maltiness.
M- Sweet and malty, grainy, light sweet citrus hop.

Overall- Hop presence is a little faint but good juicy malt makes this tasty.

03-20-2010 02:25:33 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of kirkpjr


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper amber color with a full 2 finger head. The head lingers and dissipates with little lace.

S: Nothing overwhelming. Faint floral hops, hints of fruit, and sweet malts round out the smell.

T: Fruits come through. Maybe apple or cantaloupe, with a little pear. Smooth drinking with very little bitterness. Would enjoy more bitter flavors for the initial bite in a pale ale.

M: Moderate carbonation, a little on the thin side. Nothing too great.

D: Smooth and easy drinking pale ale here. Would like a few more hops but could easily drink this one again.

03-08-2010 00:49:36 | More by kirkpjr
Photo of cameraman


2.65/5  rDev -26.2%

A deep amber color is poured into the glass, with a light beige colored head forming on top. The head is about a quarter inch thick that dissolves away gradually. A grassy fragrance hits the nose at first that is followed by light citrus scent. It finishes with bread fragrance and followed by a touch of cracked grain. The taste comes forward with the malt, bringing bread and biscuit flavors that seemingly dominate each taste. The hops do make a feint appearance at the backend, with grass and citrus flavors. The texture starts a bit watery then grows to become more medium bodied. It then starts to fade to as reaches the back of the palate. The growing carbonation crashes on the back of the palate like a wave. This is an easy to drink ale, if I were drinking a mild ale. This says pale ale. Though it has a strong color and look, with a descent aroma, but the taste is lackluster and the feel is below average, makes this beer a little disappointing.

03-03-2010 02:34:30 | More by cameraman
Photo of katan


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a slightly hazy brown to almost dark golden color. Head formation is at 1mm, well retained. A fair amount of bubbling.

S - A light malty note of 2-row, caramel and some pils comes through. A hair of yeasty bread flavors are present in the background.

T - Starts off somewhat light, easy drinking malty flavors with just a hair of caramel. Mid-stream gets some american hops, some bitterness. Pretty balanced beer. FInishes cleanly with a malt note but a very tongue grabbing bitterness on the palette.

M - Moderate body, moderate carbonation. Not overdone or underdone in each category. The bitter leftover film is the harshest attribute.

D - Easy drinking. ABV is very mild. Not filling. Flavors aren't overwhelming. A decent session beer.

02-28-2010 05:00:38 | More by katan
Photo of gatornation


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

pour an apricot color with a good i finger head and good lacing..i smell pine and citrus i smell malts hops a hint of grass and some biscuit smells..the taste is good it is thinner then the smell but has the same qualities mentioned b4,,the mouth feel is light/medium but it is a pale and not an ipa although it looks like one..pretty solid pale ale that easy to drink and < 5% abv..recommended

02-28-2010 00:28:20 | More by gatornation
Photo of corby112


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

02-27-2010 04:01:15 | More by corby112
Photo of vdread


3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

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


3.4/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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


4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

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

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


4.05/5  rDev +12.8%

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.

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


4.6/5  rDev +28.1%

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.

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


3.05/5  rDev -15%

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.

12-30-2009 13:59:10 | More by u2carew
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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