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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 BCK
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours almost like a golden orange color, with a nice frothy head.

Really nice subtle aroma of Citrus and hops.

Very mellow APA, you can taste the malt and the citrus and the hops, but nothing is overwhelming.

A bit of carbonation in the mouth, really nice balanced beer.

As far as drinkability goes, this is a top notch introductory Pale Ale, IMO, nothing to brash or to off-puttish about it, it's just a solid beer that you can drink quite a bit of and not feel like you have been overwhelmed.

Photo of Mistofminn
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a Boulevard 12-Pack Sampler. The 6th and final unique beer in the package. I'm excited, once I finish this I can go back for seconds on the others!

Pours a clear light red-brown color, almost orange with a thick head and decent lacing. Very active carbonation.

Not my favorite tasting pale ale, but definitely not a drain pour. The hop profile is very subtle and malts show through more than I would expect them too. Never the matter, it still has good balance and great taste. Also has a fruity or floral tartness that comes in at the end. Medium body, no strong overpowering tastes or smells. This is pretty easy drinking. Not my favorite pale ale, but certainly not my least favorite.

Since I've tried all 6 in succession now, I would strongly encourage people who haven't tried any of Boulevard's offerings to get the Sampler Pack. It certainly doesn't disappoint and gives you 6 very different but very good beers. At a decent price, I consider this a steal.

Photo of Blakaeris
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours burnished amber with a modest head that dissipates quickly to a sticky ring and a slight soapy sheen.

Aroma is fruity, grassy, with a definite light citrus presence.

Taste is initially grainy sweet malt, but it is quickly overcome with floral hops that offer fruit flavors of orange, tangerine, lemon and grapefruit. Crisp finish is dry and grassy.

Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied.

Overall a drinkable, but uninspiring APA. A little to thin and light for my taste. However, this could be a decent session brew as the mild profile makes it very easy drink.

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

poured into a willi. medium golden color with a small head and vey sparse lacing.

smells of piney hops and a bit of malt. nothing too spectacular.

taste is fairly bland for a pale ale. Great malt quality but a underuse of hops. definitely has a weak hop charachter but still fairly well balanced.

mouth is crisp and clean, highly carbonated and drinks easy esspecially on a very hot day. I could session the hell out of this beer. Overall, just middle of the road, a very "safe" representation.

Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of their variety pack. Poured a clear orange with a thick head and lacing. The aroma and flavor pale compared to modern pale ale standards. This is more on par with a slightly stronger English pale ale, for the more subtle hops and malt balance. There's some pleasant citrus grapefruit in the aftertaste, but nothing big and sharp, just a dull, somewhat spicy bitterness. A decent session beer and starter pale ale I suppose. Certainly not bad.

Photo of Bobo77
3.92/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at Applebees last week.

Pours a rich brown color with a frothy head.

Smells of caramel malt and a surprisingly substantial amount of hops.

Taste is more satisfying to the hophead in me than would usually be expected in an American Pale Ale from a local brewery. Of course it isn't very complex but hey, its just a pale ale. I am starting to really like Boulevard as far as local stuff goes. I would choose this if I couldn't get a Sierra Nevada.

Photo of armock
3.11/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy copper color with a big white head that leaves lacing

S - Is mostly of grassy hops

T - The grassy earthy hops really stand out to me

M - This beer has a medium body with high carbonation to it

D - This really isn't a bad beer its just that the hop profile in it just doesn't do it for me

Photo of champ103
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color. A large white head forms and some sticky lace is left behind.
S: Some husky and doughy biscuit malt up front. Citrus hops comes next.
T: Some biscuit and sweet caramel malt. Citrus hops and a good bitterness that balances out the malt.
M/D: A medium body that is slick and oily. A little watery for my tastes. An easy choice for a session beer. I can drink this all day.

Another good beer by Boulevard. Kind of standard for the style, though if this was all that was around I would be very happy.

Photo of Jayli
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a light golden hue. Head was a bit thin, wispy and disappears VERY quickly. Wispy lacing was left on the side of the glass. This beer has a strong hoppy character both in the scent and the taste with slight malt background. The one thing I noticed when I first took a drink of this beer is the strong crisp taste one can notice when first drink it. There is not much of an aftertaste at ALL. It's lighter body, but strong presence. This is an outstanding pale ale, and great for a session.

Photo of Squelch
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Crystal clear straw colored with a slightly off white heade. Little lacing

Smell: Grassy hop aromas dominate. Very nice

Taste: Balanced hop and malt flavor but both are a bit lacking. No malt complexity. Decent

Mouthfeel: A bit heavier than I expected. Still not too bad.

Drinkability: A nice beer without complexity. Needs a bit more hop and malt flavors to make it more interesting

Photo of rgrholmes168
2.47/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by 3/29/09.

I poured a pretty decent one a half finger head. I was a little bit disappointed by how quickly is disappated and there was not lace left. The color is a farily murky orange and the color gets lighter as you get closer to the bottom of the glass.

I got absolutely nothing from smelling this beer. I did not get any hops breaking through the beer and I was a little bit disappointed. I was not very impressed by the smell.

The taste of the beer was not much better than a Bud. It seemed fairly watered down and a little bit thick on the tongue. I got a slight banana taste from the beer which is unexpected and it almost seemed a little bit skunky.

I did not like this beer at all. The best aspect was the appearance and the beer did not live up to this at all.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a foggy muted orange. Creme head. Bland nose. Flavor is a real nice smooth mix of citrus, floral hops, and minor but smooth bitter. I like it. Almost seems like there is a nutri thing on the very underside. Feel is smooth on liquid with a noticed carbonation. This is a smooth pale ale. I think it's an excellent beer to try a cask version of.

Thanks to mugglesandhops on this one.

Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another offering from the 12 pack sampler I purchased.
Poured a murky dark gold in color. Plenty of spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass.
Smell is mostly balanced with the hops and malts working together. There is a bit of spice coming from the hops. Taste is refreshing, carbonated and smooth.
Very easy drinking pale, but not interesting enough to warrant trying again.

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

thanks to hwwt4 for this brew from the powerball drawing.

pours golden. a small amount of head disappears quickly.

smells of hops and a touch of malts. pretty basic for a pale ale.

taste is good. not great. run of the mill pale ale. good but nothing to write home about.

mouth is thin. carbonation is very present.

goes down easy. a decent beer. im glad to have tried it but i dont think i will be visiting this one again any time soon.

Photo of mugglesandhops
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

poured 12 oz. bottle into pint glass

orange golden color 1 finger head faded very fast, no lacing. smells floral some citrus but not much, taste of citrus, mouthfeel is thin from start to finish. very easy to drink I will drink this again. Not a very powerful pale ale though

Photo of johnnnniee
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received this in trade from TexIndy, thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a mostly clear golden color with a thin off white head that sticks around a little bit. Smells of crisp citrus hops and some caramel malt. Tastes like it smells, hops up front malt in the middle, and a lingering caramel in the finish. Medium body, crisp carbonation. Great little session brew, wish I could get this locally.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.24/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours up cloudy gold with a thin white head

S - Great aroma! Malt and hops in balance. Makes me want to drink it.

T - This has a great hop/malt balance. Slight malt sweetness replaced with hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Good mouthfeel, slightly thin

D - Great beer. Not too sweet and not too hoppy. Well balanced.

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

A- Slightly hazy dark golden with off-white head. Head dissipates to a nice foam cap that leaves a decent amount of white lace in the glass.

A- Perfume like flowery hop aroma. Citrus hops, slightly caramel smelling malts.

T- Definite hoppy bitterness, slight citrusy flavor. Caramel notes stick around in the aftertaste.

M- Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. A very nice crisp feeling.

D- Cheap, sessionable, not super hoppy nor to malty. All of these make this quite a drinkable beer.

Photo of MarzenMan
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This APA definitely lives up to the style. I've seen reviews here running the gamut from proclaiming it mostly hoppy to mostly malty.

I think this beer has a pretty good balance but definitely was more hoppy than I remembered. I would describe it as pretty hoppy with a just a little maltiness poking through. I like the hoppiness but the beer is a little plain. Still its a good everyday type beer.

Photo of maximum12
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I've been digging a few really good Pales lately (Town Hall Brewery, Alpha King) & had a fantastic glass of The Sixth Glass (Boulevard) a couple days back, so it seemed a logical next step to review this beer, received as an extra from the kind-hearted & generous turbine2475.

Perhaps it suffered by comparison, but this isn't in the league with the two Pales noted above. Decent nose but weak, taste has a fair bite, but is simultaneously a touch harsh with a bit of watery feeling in the mouth.

Not bad in the least, but a true lawnmower beer.

Photo of mntlover
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy copper color with an almond 2 fingered head that falls quickly to a cap then slowly to a ring not too much lace left behind.

Aroma is sweet malts with citrus fruitiness mingled in a nice mellow aroma. Aroma is not too intense but whtas there is good.

Taste is better decent malt base caring fruity hops to tingle the taste buds also some herbals noted. Nice clean tasting pale ale, about a perfect balance of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel is good light side of medium with a decent amount of carbonation.

Drinkability is good and enjoyable Pale Ale nice on a hot day goes down easy, tastes good.

Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow to apricot colored with a thick head of dimpled off-white foam. Aroma of biscuity malt, some grainy sweetness, bits of lemon, cinnamon and butter.

Flavor of malty sweetness, not cloying but mainly malt, very subtle hop spiciness pokes through. Some cinnamon and breadiness, followed by some ripe pear and apple.

Even mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Good session beer, but would like more complexity.

Photo of midaszero
2.95/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Hazy golden color with slight red hue and 1 finger of white head

S - Pretty malty a little citrus and a little sweetness

T - More hops then the nose would suggest also citrus from the nose which seem to drown out the malt with a slightly off after taste.

M - Medium body with light carbonation

D - Better than some but not really excited to try it again.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Pale Ale is an agreeable, tasty pale ale with a light gold/orange color and a nose that combines citrus with toasted malt. Foam is average, and while it doesn't hold up for long, it at least leaves a thin coating on the top of your glass as you drink.

Plenty of great tastes exist in Boulevard Pale Ale. It combines flavors of caramel malt, pale malt, bread, citrus hops, and a dash of mint and spice. There is a sweet beginning to this ale, but it quickly switches to the taste of citrus and spicy hops in the finish.

Boulevard Pale Ale is an American Pale Ale and it ranks as a very good example of its style. It isn't overly assertive and makes for a good session beer, as well as a good beer option for those who like hops, but only in moderation. It offers qualities that make it a good choice for seasoned veterans of this style as well as newbies who do not appreciate the big hop flavor of many of the more assertive pale ales on the market

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a bright spot to find this beer in a grocery store in rural East Tennessee. Although I gladly threw down a few pints of these, doesn't mean that I'm going to replace Sierra Nevada's pale ale on top of that pedistal. The beer begins promising enough- a medium copper hue with golden highlights, lively carbonation, well-headed with good retention. A mild haze persists, I'm thinking from a dry-hop character. Aromas of citrus, pine, lemon grass, and fruity esters dominate the glass while giving mild maltiness to the nose. Flavors of hops shift the balance away from the yeast, fruit, and malt character and into the oranges, grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes. Malts are well-attenuated, perhaps to grainy, cracker-like levels. Moderate fruity esters give a light hint of prunes, appricots, apples, and pears. The well-attenuated character gives the beer a crisp, sharp, dry texture- combined with a grassy, dry, sharp, bite from the hops give the beer a lot of crispness and refreshment, even if a bit harsh on the hop front. A beer certainly worth trying.

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