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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 869
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 49 | 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 Erdinger2003
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

Pours a big but not dense head that falls fast leaving behind a small head. Color is gold to brown with tints of red.

Smells like a lager with slight aromatic scents of hops.

Smooth and fairly rich it has a suddle sweet/bitter hops with some orange hints.

Mouthfeel is nice...a little watery, but as it warms it becomes more enjoyable.

Overall I liked this and will be happy to have more as a good summer beer.

Erdinger2003, Jul 30, 2006
Photo of Chaz
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a nice off-white/tan head which recedes after a minute or so, leaving a nice touch of lace around the glass. Nose is sweet and malty, with hops present as notes of juicy grapefruit. Color is light amber and a bit hazy - chill-haze with a touch of yeast? Sweet and tangy from the get go, but with a touch of astringent hop bite and toasted malt aromatics. Hops linger a little bit, but not enough to call this “bitter”. Some minty characteristic to the hop bitterness, which I really enjoy, this is no single-hop showcase, there's a lot of hop character in this. Finish is dry, but there’s a nice biscuity malt characteristic which lingers along with the bitterness. Reminds me a *lot* of the way Summit Extra Pale used to taste back in the late eightees, and there ain’t nothing wrong with that!

Chaz, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of escapements
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%

A=Nice coppery color. Head didn't last very long, but had good lacing.

T=Hoppy, citrus & a little pine maybe? A little light on malty goodness. Very slight bitter & dry aftertaste.

S=Somewhat grassy, citrus, hops and pine...sound familiar?

M=Smooth, a little thin. Plenty of carbination

D=Under 5 alcohol and lightness equals good drinkability

escapements, Jul 26, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber/copper color with a descent size head.

S - It smells of hops (Cascade?) and yeast.

T - It is malty and hoppy. It also has some citrus notes.

M - It is a pretty smooth/soft drinking beer.

D - It is very drinkable. One of my favorite APA's around.

zeff80, Jul 09, 2006
Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Boulevard's Pale Ale is an attractive copper color with a head of average height. Aroma starts mildly sweet, then rolls to citrussy hop smells. Smell is enjoyable, but nothing special. Flavor is nicely balanced. Hop flavor is a combination of piney and citrussy, with more of a rounded flavor as opposed to a bitter sharp taste. A sweet, biscuity malt backs up the hops nicely. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a very solid APA, but nothing to write home about.

Gagnonsux, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of znarf
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

I have tried Boulevard Pale Ale on tap and in the bottle. This is a good summer beer to drink while grilling in your yard. Has a minimal head, little lacing and indistinct aroma. You may notice a citrus finish. Less hop element than I like in a pale-ale. This is a much better beer than the common mass produced brews from industrial producers.

znarf, Jun 23, 2006
Photo of blitz134
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%

From Vancer in 2MBBIF...thanks...

Slightly hazy apricot orange body. Nice white head on the pour. Finished with a solid 1/4" thick cap. Lots of carbonation bubbles rise to the top. Pretty typical.

Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. Straw hop notes come underneath. A touch of caramel sweetness. Clean aroma overall.

Very balanced taste. Solid maltiness with a solid breadiness. Floral hops are really the forefront in this. Some herbalness comes in as well. Mildly bitter finish lingers.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium. Lots of carbonation add an over the top crispness.

Overall easy to put down, just isn't anything ground breaking, good nonetheless. Would make a good session pale.

blitz134, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of bucko
2.2/5  rDev -38.7%

This beer pours a pale golden color with a small, fluffy white head. Almost no lacing. The aroma is nice... citrusy, earthy, slightly sweet and inviting. The flavor is subtle... not so much watered-down, but not terribly pronounced, either. Slight citrus from the hops, a bit of malt and a background that reminds me of clover honey. The mouthfeel is thin and light. Overall, fairly drinkable but not terribly exciting... reminds me more of a cream ale than a pale ale. I want more hops! Free the hops!

bucko, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of jmbranum
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Pours a light amber with a bit of orange, with a medium head that doesn't last long. Hazy in the glass and quite attractive.

Not as hoppy as many APA's but still close enough to be true to style. Nice balance between malt and hops. A little bit on the sweet side with maybe some citric and floral notes.

A pretty decent session beer and one of my favorite of Boulevard's offerings. I like this beer for days when I savor some hops but don't want my taste buds to be blown away by something more assertive like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale.

jmbranum, May 28, 2006
Photo of thaichile
2.63/5  rDev -26.7%

Pours a light, clear amber with a short head. Nose is quite muted, with fruit and hops straining to poke their heads out however unsucessfully. Flavors are light-bodied and thin, might be a session brew as it was not unpleasent, just not robust enough. It makes Pale make total sense. Thanks jhammerly for the bottle.

thaichile, May 20, 2006
Photo of bort11
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%

One of Kansas City's standard beers. You can find this most anywhere in town, which is a good thing.

12 oz bottle, poured into an Imperial Pint glass. Nice golden orange color. Good clarity. Sticky white head, two fingers thick. Receeds to a decent lace. Smell is a bit piney with stiff citrus notes. Strong hop flavor like grapefruit. Very refreshing. Mouthfeel is a bit on the watery side, but not too bad. Not a lot of carbonation on the tongue. This is a great go-to beer for gatherings when you don't want anyone drinking your expensive stuff.

bort11, May 16, 2006
Photo of Bang34
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

This has really been my go-to beer recently since it is usually one of the best offerings in many local bars and convenience stores.

Pours a nice orange amber color with a head that sticks around for a little while and leaves a lace on even plastic cups, which is how many establishments serve it around here, I know I shouldn't take it this way but when the price is lower for a bigger plastic cup, I am not one to complian too much.

At my No. 1 regular place, the bartenders have a glass waiting for me when I sit down and they often give me the employee discount since they say I am there enough, I should work there.

Aroma has a hint of citrus and malt, nothing too extraordinary here, but is very pleasant. Hint of some floral hops, but that is again only faint, though noticable.

Taste is pretty good as most American PA's go. Slight citrus and hoppiness on the finish but the malt is definitely the overiding taste on this one. Hoppiness comes through with a slight bitterness on the aftertaste and the yeast is evident when having it from the bottle.

Overall an above average American Pale and as I said a great fallback when superior brews are not available.

Bang34, Apr 28, 2006
Photo of dfried
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%

I feel like this is a type-cast American PA. It is a good overall beer, but doesn't really do anything to stand out. It has a nice orange/amber appearance with a decent head that leaves a "sip record" on a glass. The smell is quite floral, with a hint of citrus, just like the taste. The after-taste is what I appretiated most though. The malt and hops work together to leave a dry, fruity flavor. The mouthfeel is like any APA, a bit on the carbonated side. All in all a complete beer that I can drink a bunch of when I am not feeling experimental.

dfried, Apr 26, 2006
Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

12 oz. brown bottle with best before date on bottle of 5/22/06.

Clear, rich copper/orange colored liquid topped with a large white head that clings and laces its way down the sides of the glass.

Citrus, herbs, and sweet bready malts in the nose.

Medium-light bodied with a moderate carbonation and a dry finish. Spicy citric and herbal hops pair up with a substantial malt body in a nice balance. Neither aspect seems to dominate, which is both refreshing and super easy drinking.

Drink local.

Shultzerdugen, Apr 20, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a hazy tangerine with a frothy white head. Leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of sweet malts and big citrus hops; almost smells like pineapple juice. This is a delicious, hoppy pale ale. The malt does not speak up that much, as it seems to be more of a vehicle for the hoppy grapefruit, tangerine, and key lime flavors. Wonderfully dry in the finish. Mouthfeel is not too thin and does not allow for a strong carbonation on the tongue, but seems a little sticky. This would make for an excellent sumertime brew on par with the likes of a hefeweizen. I just wish this was distributed to Texas.

Thanks to GreatGallaspy for this bottle.

goochpunch, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%

Beer is a slightly hazed mid-orange. Very generous, sudsy white head is slow to go and leaves thick lacing. Lively carbonation is evident. Smell is faint floral hops.

Taste is plain and simple but quite refreshing. This is crisp, dry, restrained pale ale with moderate bitterness coming from herbal / floral hops. Citrus is there, but barely. This is a great change of pace from so many pales where citrus beats you over the head. I would love to know what kind of hops these are.

Mouthfeel is a tad thin and stingy from the carbonation, but otherwise I would say this is a textbook pale.

JudgeRoughneck, Jan 26, 2006
Photo of LordChesterfield
4.08/5  rDev +13.6%

My first try from Boulevard Brewing and it's definitely a solid beer. It has plenty of head and a deep dark yellow hue. It smells spicy and zesty with an inviting yeast undertone. The taste follows up on that impression to deliver a quite a bit of flavor. Not heavy as schlafly's version and probably a little less true to the style, but still of good balance and complexity just the same. This is a fine beer. As it turns out upon further inspection of the bottle, that it was bottle conditioned and formed its carbonation while in the bottle. It gets extra points for that as it is more authentic and I like to think that it helps the flavor. It probably does.

LordChesterfield, Dec 11, 2005
Photo of JugglerPeter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

This is one of my favorite pale ales. It is very well ballanced between the sweet malts and the bitter hopps. Far too many pale ales are dominated by hopps, and don't have any character too them. Boulevard has hopps and malt. The only complaint I have about this one is that there is a little too much grain taste to the malt for my palate in a pale ale. However, I really like this beer.
It always leaves a great aftersight, nice concentric circles, tastes good, and doesn't overwhelm me with hopps.

JugglerPeter, Nov 16, 2005
Photo of sevineyes
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured from a brown squat bottle with a label featuring the name in a diamond with hops around it.

A: Amber color with a big white head that diminished, but didn't dissappear. Big lacing.

S: When first poured the hops smelled very floral, but as the head settled the smell turned more towards sweet fruit and later still had elements of citrus - lemon and even a more pronounced grapefruit.

T: Definite citrus notes and sweetness. Aftertaste seems a bit odd, but the dominant finish remains citrus-like and ends bitter.

M: Crisp, but thin with a lot of carbonation on the tongue.

D: Nothing wrong with the drinkability of the beer, but nothing really compelling about it.

Overall: I've really got to note that I had this recently on tap and found that presentation much better for the taste and mouthfeel especially. For an APA, certainly worth a try.

sevineyes, Nov 13, 2005
Photo of RedBaron
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%

Brought this K.C. brew back to Chicago, via a trip to Tulsa, OK!
Appearance: Deep golden color; White-ish head dissipated quicker than I'd like (perhaps the glass had soap residue it).
Smell: Fruity, hoppy aroma.
Taste: Voila! A great mixture of several malts, with a bread-y character, and a hop dryness that lingered nicely.
Mouthfeel: Maybe a bit thin, but as this is 'just' a pale ale, I'm not going to be too critical of the weight in the mouth.
Drinkability: High. This is a great example of a midwest pale ale with a wonderful complexity, yet light enough to keep puttin' 'em back. I wish Boulevard beers were available in Chicago, but every time I've tried them on past trips or at beer fests, they have been consistenly good beers and I feel priviledged to sample them every chance I get. Nothing too esoteric, just very well-made beers. The pale ale is certainly a good example of this.

RedBaron, Oct 05, 2005
Photo of KarlHungus
2/5  rDev -44.3%

This brew pours a semi-clear pale orangish-red color with a huge fluffy white head. The aroma is quite faint. After a thorough inspection of the nose, I can detect some malt and citric hop aromas. The taste is as thin as the aroma is faint. Seriously, this beer has almost no flavor. There is a sort of bitter flavor in the aftertaste (if it can be called an aftertaste when their was no taste for it to come after). The mouthfeel is sickly thin and watery. Overall, this is a bad beer. Not bad because its character doesn't agree with me, but because it has no character.

KarlHungus, Sep 20, 2005
Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%

This golden pale ale starts pours with plenty of carbonation and a bright white head. I can't help but noitce the hoppy, floral aroma. This beer has a good malt saltine cracker-like malt flavor, a slight fruitiness (almost like Juicy Fruit gum) with some pleasant tasting hops. The finish is bitter, but not powerfully so, with just enough hops to let you know you're drinking an American Pale Ale. Perhaps a bit thin for the style, which I suppose makes it a good pale ale for summertime quaffing. I used to drink Boulevard beer a lot starting about 12 years ago when I as a college student in Western Illinois. This is a respectable pale ale and I wish the Illinois distribution reached the Chicago area. Although the aroma reminded me a bit of Berghoff Pale Ale (which is brewed in Wisconsin and distributed in the Chicago area), I think Boulevard's pale ale is a bit more refined than the Berghoff and closer in taste and body to SNPA. The packaging is pretty refined; as this six-pack comes boxed with some nice artwork. The beer is described as bottle-conditoned, and I like that, as bottle-conditioned ales tend to have a bit more complexity than highly filtered ones. Thanks go to fellow BA RedBaron for bringing this back from Oklahoma.

marcobrau, Sep 19, 2005
Photo of whynot44
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%

Medium bodied, slightly fruity malt flavor with a slight caramel overtone and a decent citrus hops flavor and bitterness.

Slightly cloudy pale amber with a moderate foamy white head that retains only moderately leaving a trace of lacing.

Not a lot of aroma, but pleasant bready, nicely hoppy with a hint of citrus.

Very drinkable, should work well with most food.

whynot44, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of tjthresh
1.8/5  rDev -49.9%

12 oz bottle. Best Before 10/02/05. Yellow gold with continual CO2 rising woth a off white, longstanding head. Very thinck lacing. Some hazy. Grainy straw and horsey aromas. Very little hops aroma. Maybe some spice. Estery. Estersy come thru in the flavor also. Bready. Mild hop flavor. Med-full bodied and prickly carb. Flavor does not linger. BLVD Pale Ale used to be so much better before they started brewing for dollars.

tjthresh, Aug 31, 2005
Photo of Fugazme
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%

Light copper pour... somewhat hazy.
Thick, foamy white head about 1/4"... stayed decently.

Smell is hoppy, of course... some grapefruit and strawberry. Sweet. Not too flowery.

Taste is not overly hoppy. A touch of cinnamon and mint left on the palate.

A very nice mouthfeel. Kind of oily.

A decent beer. I wouldn't pass it up if offered.

Fugazme, Aug 31, 2005
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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