Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | 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 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
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
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
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%
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
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
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
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of MUSHROOMCLOUD
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden pale ale with a slight haze...maybe from temperature. 1" off-white head falls to 1/4" and retains there for a while. Good lace. Sugary caramel aroma with subtle floral hops mixed in. Taste follws closely along with the aroma -- caramel, toffee malt and a floral, herbal bitterness. Light bodied, medium carbonation with a somewhat thin mouthfeel. Very mild but drinkable and enjoyable.

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

Pours a clear amber color with a thin slightly yellowed head. Decent retention and some spots of "lace".

The aroma is nice. A good citrus hop and pale malt make up the nose.

The taste is good as well. Nice citrus hop profile, with a tiny bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet with some bready malt.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and moderately carbonated.

Drinkability is fairly high. Nice flavors and low alcohol make for good sessioning.

Photo of schanker21
2.4/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Amber color with a very small white head that lasts and leaves good lacing.

S- Hops and bread

T/M- Almost nothing. Very, very subdued cascade (I think) hops and little malty presence at all. No carbonation whatsoever. Like drinking a can of pop that was opened and left in the fridge for a month. I'm guessing that this was a very, very old keg because it just did not seem fresh. I will have to try it again sometime in a bottle that I'm sure is fresh.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A twist-capped 12 oz. bottle from a partial mixed case, served to my 'Abita Beer' pint glass. Laser printed "BEST BY 02/21/09" on the neck. Thanks to Nick (mnwags) for sharing.

A: Glowing light copper color, barely hazy despite the 'Bottle Conditioned' note atop the label (I expected deeper color and less clarity). A fizzy and slightly rocky off-white head builds to about 2-fingers, but fades quickly. Below average amount of carbonation here and there - generally weak in color and turbidity.

S: Pleasant lemon drop/lemongrass aroma with a little sugary toffee. Yeast roll with a hint of spice.

T: Sweet caramel and lightly toasted grain meet a squeeze of lemon citrus. A subtle grass, a faint floral honey and a note of leafy mint are in there, too. It's all kinda subtle and takes some mulling over to find these flavors. A rather tame APA, but not a bad tasting one.

M: Underwhelming mouthfeel...thin/watery. After an initial bite, carbonation disappears; the result is an apparent 'flatness' that is unfortunate, as this bottle is perfectly fresh. Light body, lasting minty/sweet malt that sticks a little on the lips and tip of the tongue.

D: My first review of a Boulevard brew. Seems like a decent APA in flavor and aroma, but nothing memorable or exciting here. I may be spoiled by big, bold examples of the style - ones this doesn't compare favorably to. Session-ably light but disappointing in its simplicity. Good to try, but a beer I'd pass on for many others of the style.

Photo of grs8313
4.53/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: 12oz bottle best by 12/14/08. Pours a slightly hazy yellowish/orange color with 2 fingers of head. The head will recede to a thin white covering after a short while.

Smell: Hops, malt, citrus, dough, and dried fruit. This is a great smelling pale ale.

Taste: Slight hops flavor to start that is then balanced out nicely by the malt, with a citrus flavored finish. The beer leaves the palate very clean, with only a slight hop aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Slight creamy feeling due to the bottle conditioning. The beer also feels carbonated on the tongue. The mouth is left very clean.

Drinkability: Endlessly drinkable. This is a great pale ale, and one of my new favorites. I could drink these all night and never tire of them. This would be a perfect session beer.

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

Poured into a tumbler glass form a 12 oz. bottle dated "best by 10/25/08".

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a thin head that fades to a faint ring fairly quickly. Spotty lacing.

S: More malt on the nose than I expected from a pale ale. Grainy, sweet are the dominant aromas. Hops are minimized to the background.

T: Sweet malty grains on the front, with a spicy hop bitter finish.

M: Very light and crisp. Good carbonation.

D: A decent session beer. Not the best pale ale, due to the minimal hop character.

Photo of beersheppard
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: gold in color, slightly cloudy, decently carbonated with a fleeting white head and decent lacing.

Smell: pine/floral hops.

Taste: sweet light malts give way to a very subtle but noticeable pine floral and citrusy hop flavor.

Mouthfeel: light, but with good carbonation.

Drinkability: very light tasting ale, refreshing, not a bad beer, not a great beer, I enjoyed it. A nice summer beer.

Photo of ectomorph
2.85/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another one to review from the sampler...

A - Clear amber in color with a light off white head that leave moderate lace on the pint glass.

S - Mild citrus hoppy smell, nothing overpowering.

T - More malty than the smell lets on with a light hop kick on the end.

M - Nice carbonation and balance, easy on the palate.

D - Nice session brew and so far the best of the sampler pack.

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought to Cole's by the brewery, on their way to Cooperstown. Cascade and Simcoe, very good bitterness. Yellow with a bit of white head.High carbonation. Still, quite drinkable. Solid, though not the pale I would seek out again. Warmup for the extreme series.

Photo of Onslow
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours a gold bar lying in the egypt sand golden colour .... has a muted honey and slight hop aroma ... a decent brew, very people friendly ... abit thin but generally refreshing ... this beer needs more (hops mostly) to be called a good beer , it just seems to fade in the end..

Photo of Tilley4
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought the Boulevard 12 pack sampler and this was included.

Pours a murky golden color with a small head...

Aroma is much like many other pale ales... Spicy hops with a good malty base...

This is a good summer beer here... Not too heavy and tastes good...very sessionable... The hops are present but not overpowering and its balanced really well..

A solid offering from Boulevard...

Photo of jbull
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The bottle has yeast added for a "second fermentation" that the brewer calls bottle conditioning. Cloudy amber color with too small head. The head is about 4 cm when poured down the center with large bubbles that quickly disintegrates into just a ring around the glass. The nose is hoppy but somewhat bland hoppy, not as complete or deep as some of my favorites. Very good flavor and mouthfeel which was a surprise compared to how it pours and smells. Mild in both malt and hop but very balanced and drinkable. I don't like an APA that overwhelms you with hop and this one strikes the right balance. I'd say its an above average pale ale with better hop flavor than say Bass and some other more popular ales. only slight lacing follows this beer down the glass. The drink is much much better than appearance. I'm happy I picked this one up.

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.