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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

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Ratings: 905
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 11
Gots: 70 | 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 mikesgroove
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

mikesgroove, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of seeswo
2.45/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

seeswo, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of mooselvlt
4.22/5  rDev +17.2%
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

mooselvlt, Jul 28, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

womencantsail, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of vande
2.83/5  rDev -21.4%
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....

vande, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of Jishguy
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
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.

Jishguy, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of mjgooner13
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

mjgooner13, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
2.98/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

elgiacomo, Jun 24, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

JLeege, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of jamespub
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

jamespub, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

jsprain1, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of kjc51478
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

kjc51478, May 29, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.15/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

jwinship83, May 25, 2011
Photo of 1Adam12
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

1Adam12, May 18, 2011
Photo of david131
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

david131, May 10, 2011
Photo of morehoppps
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

morehoppps, Apr 30, 2011
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
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 905 ratings.