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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 941
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 107 | 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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Ratings: 941 | Reviews: 391
Photo of Haybeerman
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear copper color. Poured a 2 finger coarse whie head with good retention. Sticky broken lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Flavoring hops and light sweet malt. Subtle citrus bite. Not real prominent.

T: Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit. Light resiny hops follow. Mild bitter to finish. Very nicely balanced and not overly prominent in any area.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Very nicely balanced. Clean and easy to drink.

D: Very nice session APA; mild and balanced.

Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops up front with a slight secondary sweet malt aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, slight earth malt, slight fruit (lemon), and overall a little watery overall.

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

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a decent lace.

This beer has a mild floral aroma. It smells mildly of citrus. It has a very subtle sweet aroma as well. This beer is very mild, but it smells pretty good.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Very subtle. Sweet malt, and some floral and citrusy hops. Decent, but not overly exciting.

This beer is very thin. It leaves a floral aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and mild in flavor.

Overall: A big thanks go out to Vancer for hooking me up with this beer. It was good. Nothing I would go out of my way to have again, but worth having this time.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(bottle BB 2/21/09):

Pours a very clear, very light amber colired body, with a huge cremy white head, lastingish. Nutty malty aroma, wheaty/grainy smell. Dry aroma, weakish. Dry malty nutty taste. Grainy dry taste. Carbonated. Somewhat tasty session-like.

Photo of hoplover82
3.41/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear rusty golden color with a thick creamy to bubbly white head that stays pretty good and leaves good lacing in it's trails.

The aroma is lots of pale malts, not any hops detected. Very simple, in this case a bad thing. Not much to the aroma.

The flavor is the same, very pale and bland. A little hop flavor in there, very little. Slight amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little dry in the end, which in this case is a bad thing. I'm glad I didn't have to buy a sixer.

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Second of two pale ales in a 12-bottle sampler pack.

Pours a clear copper color with a smallish fizzy white head that didn't stay around long. Very lively, with lots of small bubbles rising from all around the glass.

Nose is clean, with a moderate dose of piney hops taking center stage. Flavors of earthy, piney hops, with some sweet malt coming through in the aftertaste. The hops are certainly the centerpiece, but this is pretty well balanced. Light-to-medium bodied, leaning toward light. A good amount of tongue-scrubbing carbonation. Clean and easy to drink.

Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with no foam except a few bubbles on the surface

S - not a whole lot of aroma, just a bit of orange and grapefruit

T - light sweet malt and some orange and lemon citrus with a slight peppery finish

M/D - Nice carbonation and very enjoyable. This is one I could enjoy day after day

Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazey straw amber color from the bottle into a tall glass. The head was a modest bit of white with similar lacing. The aroma was very subtle, wheat and a little hint of citrus hops. Very well carbonated but generally a very "green", acidic flavor and thin bodied. Although there is a sense of bitterness, it doesn't taste like hops and just doesn't get 'er done for me. It's drinkable to a degree but I don't think the palate would ever be thrilled enough for much of a session. Not particularly tastey or impressive. It was refreshing though!

Photo of hwwty4
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking over the beers from Boulevard and was shocked to see that I had not reviewed this one yet.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my new and improved Boulevard Smokestack chalice (really the thing reminds me of a sacramental chalice, but I digress). The beer pours the color of peach jolly ranchers with a mediocre, off white head that recedes it to a flat film in the center of the glass. The aroma is pretty hoppy for a major brand, craft APA. There is definitely a good amount of citrus going on. There is also a good amount of malty sweetness lingering in the background of the aroma. The flavor follows suit with the hops really showcasing the flavor. Mostly orange with just a bit of lemon and a good malt kick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of soft carbonation. This is definitely one of my go to beers while I'm out on the town in KC. Almost every bar has it on tap, which makes it a God sent when at a BMC joint.

Photo of dakid618
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Gobs of retention stick to the side of the glass. Very piney smell. Taste is very smooth and balanced. The biscuitlike malts shine through first but give way to pine and light citrus hops. Medium bodied mouthfeel that lightly coats the tongue. Drinkability is very high as it's ABV is low and it's not super filling.

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a white head with some retention. Head leaves some minor lacing. Color is a golden orange, very clear.

Smell is a floral aroma. I couldn't get too much from the smell. Taste has some strong citrus notes. I picked out some orange and maybe a hint of lemon. The floral taste is solid. Very strong, but not enough to be an ipa.

Mouthfeel is not to bitter, but more smooth with a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. It is a staple from Boulevard and could easily be a session beer. I will be drinking more of this.

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

*Non-transparent light Golden/Orange color not much of a head, little lace as well.

*Very Nice citrus - musty melon scent and hops with a tinge apple cider? & flora aroma?

*Taste, quite nice, nice light malt, combines well with sugar level and a bit of tangerine. Not overly bitter which was a nice surprise but a nice dry sweet tart after taste makes me drink more and makes it unique!

*Texture, not as watery as I expected and carbonation level is quite nice and not overpowering for its style. A nice smoothness to this one.

*Overall: Would make a nice session beer with its smoothness and balance a bit unique.

> Can't wait to try this one when summer comes back around.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a light golden-orange with thin off white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves okay lacing. Nose is mild and of apples and citrus fruit, with a fairly bland mouthfeel. Taste is more of the hoppy fruit, with just a slight hint of skunk. Finish is short-lived, but pleasant. Not a bad beer.

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.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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