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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 928
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 85 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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
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Photo of PBoegel
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

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!

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)

Photo of zhanson88
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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.

Photo of birchstick
3.74/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of Agold
3.31/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy amber-orange color with a nice foamy head that retains very well. No "5" without lacing on a pale ale.

S- Peach, caramel, and some flowery hops.

T- Fruity like a peach with sweetness from the light caramel malt, bitterness from the flowery hops, and tartness from the yeast

M- Juicy with fizzy bubbles

D- A very "blah" pale ale. Would probably please those with more sensitive palates, like me, who likes to eat plain crackers.

Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, murky yellow with an inch of foamy head, that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very fragrant with a flowering blossom scent, along with a sweetness akin to caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong hops upfront mellows down two levels with the first maintaining the bouquet quality and the last having a slight honey taste. The bitterness of the hops shines through again at the end. Really smooth overall for a pale ale.

Drinkability: I've really been digging on all of Boulevards' beers and this one is no exception. Good style and good company. Another winner.

Photo of Spica66
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber color, cloudy with yeast very present. Decent head formation and no retention.

S: Just the slightest hint of hops on the nose. Pretty bland smell, actually

T: The taste is somewhat mismatched I guess I would say. The hops have an earthy quality and that does not mix very well with the sweet malt backbone. The beer also has a lot of yeast present in it, so that is giving the whole brew a slightly biscuit undertone.

M: Medium body, excellent level of carbonation and clean finish.

D: Although it wouldn't my first choice for an APA, this beer is very drinkable.

Photo of nickoya
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

General Comments: This was a decent, hearty pale ale with a pleasant, fruity taste and finish. The beer was full bodied and carbonated, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Appearance: Amber in color, cloudy in character. Not much of a head.

Smell: Not terribly impressive or strong, but I could detect a mild fruity, or perhaps even citrus flavor.

Taste: Medium in terms of "strength", with a fruity/citrus finish. The beer had a generic hoppy/bitter flavor too, which gave it a nice accent.

Mouthfeel: A little carbonated and heavy, but what should be excepted with a pale ale.

Drinkability: Not bad, but a bit strong and heavy, even by the standards of an ale. I would enjoy this with a sandwich at lunch or a light dinner.

Photo of bnes09
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber and translucent in appearance. Bubbly white head with little retention.

Clean smell without much there but a subtle piney hop.

Moderate hop bitterness hits the tongue with a mildly fruity flavor. Yeasts are alive in the brew as well. Malt is earthy, even a bit dirty and lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium body, good carbonation and dry finish.

An average pale ale. Flavors are not blended perfectly. Nonetheless, still a decent brew and hard to pass up on a summer day.

Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear burnt orange with foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange, grapefruit and spice with some light caramel.

Taste: Light grainy and caramel malts with citrusy and spicy American hops. Mild bitterness on the finish. Typical but light APA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly thin body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkabiility: Easy to drink but it's really just a standard APA and it's too light on flavor and body. I bumped the score up slightly because it is pretty refreshing if drank quickly.

Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler served into a pint glass. They do growler sales at liquor stores here in AL. Crazy!

Pours a lightly hazy light orange color. Sterling white foam makes a two finger head with spindly lacing. Very basic appearance but well done.

This may be a pale ale out of the late 80's but the hop profile, gladly, does not smell outdated or too weak for today's standards. Nice pine, good grapefruit, a spritz of yeastiness, firm malt flavors of bread crust and muffin. Classic stuff. The nose is hop forward and so is the taste. No surprises on the palate. If you like grapefruit and bitterness than you can dig this beer. Balanced, still refined after all these years.

Good feel to this pale ale; lighter than medium-bodied, active carbonation, doesn't get watery at any point. This taste good enough to be an all-day session. Very low ABV% too (4.9%). Great for extended time grilling or barbecuing or watching football.

This is one of America's oldest existing pale ales; it is over twenty years old at this point. Yet, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Boulevard's offering in the style remains as tasty as ever. Sure, it is like an introduction to hops. But I know a good many beer drinkers that were served well by this being their introduction. Myself included. This is the beer that started my love for craft beer. It is still good.

Photo of Baraka
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden with a moderate head that leaves behind a bit of lacing. The nose is carmel and citrusy hops in a fairly balanced ratio. Fairly balanced beer- the hop bitterness is countered by a sweet malty finish.

Not a bad pale by any stretch of the imagination, but it is not one of my favorites, either. Very balanced, which can be good or bad depending on your viewpoint. Readily available in chains that don't have many craft offerings, so I end up having it quite a bit.

Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dull orange in color with a hazy appearance. Pours with a half inch or so of fizzy white head that has little retention. Fades to a patchy surface coating. No lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Yeast. Earthy and grassy hops.

T: A mild beer with the flavors of caramel and toast. There is a mild lingering bitterness and an odd sort of "cooked pine" flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium with an appropriately higher carbonation level. Also a lingering sticky flavor.

D: Decent at best and really just not that exciting. Oddly this one is both malt forward without being overly malty. There is just not that much there and what is there isn't impressive.

Photo of hangh
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rrski198
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 928 ratings.