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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | 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 ForWhatAlesYou
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

ForWhatAlesYou, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
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

jsh420, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

TheSarge, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of flyingspatula
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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.

flyingspatula, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy amber color and produced a white head. A absolutely no lacing. Poor head retention. Aroma was malty. Malty backbone and a mild amount of hop smell. Malty and mineral taste. Earthy hop overtones. Slightly dry finish. Medium body. Below average pale ale. Just not much to talk about.

GossageBrewery, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of rlshep
2.42/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Best by 3/5/11

Aroma: Slight sourness. Some apricot fruit. Sweet resinous smell. A fair amount of esters.

Appearance: Pours thick 3 finger off chunky off-white head. Slow to dissipate. Heavy lacing. Orangish amber color. Very clear.

Flavor: Astringent, soapy flavor. Light caramel. A lot of earthy/minerally flavors. High bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very dry. High carbonation, but overall thin mouthfeel. Alcohol present.

Overall: Something is suspect with this beer. I can't get over the soapiness of it to give a better review (Yes it was a clean glass). I've had this beer last year and it tasted a lot better, well balanced with a lot of malt character. However, this beer is a drain pour. I would try again with caution.

rlshep, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of EgadBananas
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice lightly hazy pale amber in color. Off white head of a couple of fingers leaving splotchy lacing.

Bit of grassy hops, and some malt sweetness/caramel.

Very lite hops, mostly some nutty maltiness, with a crisp bitter end.

Crisp, good carbonation, slick, clean and light in body.

Drinkability is solid and it's a solid pal for sure!

EgadBananas, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of beagle75
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a small mug.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with less than one finger of diminishing white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild toast and herbaceous spice are interrupted by watery, metallic minerals.

T: Begins dry, with husky pale malt and moderate acidity. Hops, while present, remain passive and seem to be the source of some unappealing medicinal qualities. Malt flavors become more bready in the middle, with other flavors becoming less pronounced. The finish is brief and mild, with only slight bitterness present.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, wet on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D: Unexpectedly this beer is somewhat of a let-down. It seems to hedge its bets in approach to style, ultimately lacking in any really distinct character. Of even greater concern are the unappealing metallic and medicinal qualities. While neither is overpowering, they are two of the most memorable features about this beer.

beagle75, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of midwestbrewers
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours cloudy orange with a nice head. Minimal lacing but some.

S: Nice hop smell in the back with breads and malts in the forefront. Very appetizing.

T: A nice mix of malts and hops. Smooth bready taste with a nice bite in the middle to finish.

A very good pale. Nice flavor and smell. Very balanced and smooth. I do think there are many better pale ales out there, but for a BBQ or similar spring/summer gathering, Boulevard can't be beat. It's not as expensive as some other brands, but still holds up to a high standard of flavor and quality. Great Beer Boulevard Brewing!

midwestbrewers, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of tito42
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Best by 08/06/2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Decent white head with decent retention and lacing. Golden color with orange hues. Very lively carbonation with large bubbles.

Smell: Bready, and a little hoppy. Not very strong.

Taste: Pleasant malt on the front with a yeasty middle and a slight citrus finish. Clean, but not especially hoppy for the style.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and slightly watery.

Drinkability: A drinkable summer brew, but there are better APAs out there. A great choice at Kaufmann Stadium if you are in KC for a Royals game, however.

tito42, Feb 01, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a coppery orange color. One finger light off white head shows poor retention. No real lacing on the sides of the glass as it falls back into the beer.

S- Lots of caramel malts in the one. Smells a little bready. Piney hops are the dominate hop profile in this aroma with hints of citrus hops coming out here and there.

T- Caramel biscuity malts in the front end of the beer. There is some orange peel in the ending front that helps change this beer up from being super malty. Middle of the beer has the same caramel malt with some light piney hints. The ending of the beer is more pine forward than anything else. Light alcohol notes in the final seconds of each sip.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts with some light hops left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly light alcohol, piney hops, and caramel malts. Flavors were well blended with the style. No real off flavors were present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

D- This beer has a lower ABV which helps to the drinkability. Flavors were well balanced but the malts were a little too high for my liking overall. I would drink this one all the time if I was looking for a malt forward pale ale.

alleykatking, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of PBoegel
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a Hales Pub Pint Glass. Dated best by 5/2011.

Pours bright golden with a slightly yellow tinged to egg shell white head. Foam stand is fluffy but with bigger wider beads than I would anticipate from a bottle conditioned beer. Shows some decent lacing as it drinks.

Aromas are lemon and orange zest, fresh bread and graham crackers.

Taste is nicely balanced between a bright but mellow citrus and touches of honey, fresh pie crust and cracked wheat bread. Clean and devoid of fruity esters.

Light bodied and fairly dry. Bitterness was actually more perceptible in the Pale Ale than Single Wide, it was a refreshing palate cleanse. Definitely a good burger or pizza beer.

PBoegel, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of bogeypro64
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pint glass.

Two finger head rose quickly and dissipated leaving a small lingering head with slight cling. Mildly murky with nice pumpkin gold color.

Initial scent is of malt sweetness with underlying hop aroma

Tastes very similar to its nose with early maltiness followed by refreshing piney hops that cuts the malt without overpowering it. The finish is almost all hops with a dryness that encourages the next sip. Mouthfeel is light and fizzy, as the beer warms, the fizziness is accentuated.

Overall this is very drinkable beer- hoppy enough to be refreshing and make you take note but not enough to slow you down, with enough caramely malt character to keep it from being one dimensioned. I would certainly have another!

bogeypro64, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly orangey/coppery amber with a just off-white had that falls fast. It keeps a ring, but only leaves minimal lacing. Faintly hazy.

S: Pretty mild nose with more hops than malts. Mostly citrus character hops. Malts are vague light crystal and pale base.

T: Quite fruity! All sorts of esters - just start naming fruits and its in the mix. Juicy sweetness backed by faint light caramel notes on a pretty neutral pale malt base. Hops overpower malts and add to the juicy, fruity impression. Mostly citrus with some grassy notes in the background. Hops linger nicely.

M: Just over medium body with average to high CO2 and a semi-sweet finish. Decent, but sort of run of the mill.

D: Not as hoppy as some (many) APAs. And that is OK. This one goes in a different direction. It is one of the fruitier & juicier Pales I have had the pleasure to try. I would keep a few of these in the fridge for the lady friends, but I would just drink them all myself.

(from notes - tasted April 2010)

SickGnar, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Boulevard Pale Ale pours a light copper color with about a finger and a half of eggshell white head. Lacing and retention are fairly good. Pretty standard pale ale look.

Smell: Biscuity malts, citrus, and some piney hops. Once again, pretty standard for the style but still pleasant.

Taste: Biscuity malts, citrus and a bit of smooth caramel up front followed by some piney and floral hops on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer goes down very easily and is definitely sessionable. A flavorful beer that isn't heavy or too much for the taste buds.

zhanson88, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Mora2000, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow this beer has escaped me until now. Right off the bat I can see that I've been missing out.

Nice coppery color, slightly cloudy, two finger head that dissipates into a film with a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Citrusey hops and piney malts leave for a very nice smelling beer.

Very nice hoppy, piney flavors dominate. A good malt backbone with some oranges and grapefruit flavors accent. Just a little sweet.

Mediium bodied and tangy from the carbonation. Mildly bittersweet hop aftertaste that lingers. Somewhat dry.

Very highly drinkable. Easy to down and tasty from beginning to end.

A great value at 7.50 a sixer, available all the time.

AlCaponeJunior, Nov 30, 2010
Photo of Tucquan
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-05-25 in Liberty, MO (from tasting notes)

A - Clear copper with a short head that fades quickly.

S - Caramel and some pine.

T - Toasted malt with a hint of chocolate. There's a decent amount of bitterness. I'll guess ~50 IBUs. The floral hops from the smell aren't as evident in the taste. Some sourness creeps in at the end.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation give this a creamy feel.

D - Pretty good. Interesting enough to have another but wouldn't seek it out.

Tucquan, Nov 22, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very light copper in color, minimal head that dissipates quickly and virtually no lacing.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malts and pine hops.

T - Caramel malts, mild hops, biscuit, mild peach and honey notes. Pretty average pale ale in my opinion.

M - Medium to light in body, nicely balanced carbonation.

D - Nothing wrong with this one, just not all that exciting, but it is a delicious pale ale.

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the gifts from Ryan011235.

A- Nice sticky head that coats the whole glass in lacing. At least until it dies down to below a half finger high. The beer is a deep, hazy, rusty orange with lots of lively effervescence.

S- Pale malts rule while citrusy hops question their authority. Lemon-lime and orange give it a lively aroma.

T- A nicely balanced, yet ultimately hop forward pale. Starts biscuity, but only briefly. Pine and orange rind come and try to steal the show. The finish has a slightly odd astringent flavor to it.

MbpBugeye, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.19/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A somewhat cloudy dark yellow pour with average head and little retention or lace. Aroma, was pretty nonexistant other than some grain feel.

A little bit bitter, not much hop feel to it. Seemed like a real light pale ale, just the slightest bit of caramel. Gritty at times, nothing up or down on this one, very straightforward, no nuances or special or off flavors. Does finish pretty clean. This one can be passed off on entry level beer persons and girlfriends.

Beerandraiderfan, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 10/3/10

Best by 12/19/10

Burnt amber/tobacco brown in color. It takes but a few moments for the head to drop from just shy of a finger to a uneven skim. Lace starts to stick halfway down the glass.

Balanced nose of caramel & pale malt, earthy hops & some intermittent, muddled citrus (orange peel). There is a doughy aroma, too.

The flavor opens with a reasonable amount of bitterness; dry & pointed. It's actually very dry throughout. Quick hits of vague, nondescript citrus. Notions of toasted malts creep in around the midway point but aren't as appreciable as the hops (not that I'm complaining).

Medium body with fairly high carbonation (which it would seem is the norm for Boulevard). Actually, I don't mind the higher carbonation in this instance; the prickliness is part & parcel with the bitterness & dryness. Brief finish.

I'm pretty impressed with Boulevard Pale Ale. Though nothing remarkable, it's a solid, hop-forward APA that tastes good & is enjoyable despite the carbonation.

Ryan011235, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, best by 1/21/11.

A very classic looking APA; yellow to copper with a small but sticky white head.

This is one of the Boulevard offerings I've consumed multiple times, and I remember the nose as solidly hoppy. Today the aromas are faint, juicy floral and citric hops and American pale malt.

Earthy, citric, and floral hops don't cover up a grainy malt body that isn't sweet but is drying.

Mouthfeel is nailed here. I still find mouthfeel the hardest category to put into words, but I know what I like for most styles. This has what I like for American Pale Ales; moderate prickling bubbles to transfer the hops with a moderate, dry body.

Such a good mouthfeel coupled with a subtle but hoppy flavor make this the second of two Missouri brewed APAs that I really dig.

brewerburgundy, Oct 03, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a copper color with a 1/2 finger head that was gone very quickly

S - smells of strongly of piney hops with caramel malts

T - the taste is the reverse of the nose in terms of what is dominant. Loads of caramel malts are balanced by some fainter piney hops. Pretty good pale ale.

M - medium body with a ton of carbonation.

D - this pale ale surprised me. The malts shined and the hops were very noticeable. Very solid beer. Too bad I have passed up on this so many times before. Better than average pale ale.

birchstick, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of Agold
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a hazy amber orange color. There is about 1/2 inch of head which recedes to a thin film; little to no lacing. There is little in the nose, although I do smell a bit of floral hoppiness. Pretty unremarkable. The taste is a bit better than the nose, but really only average. Not a ton of hop bite, but there is some fruity and floral tastes which are nice. I'm really enjoying the mouthfeel of this one. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

Agold, Sep 21, 2010
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.