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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 baseballrock
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance is copper and it has a fairly white head. smell is citrus and very hoppy. taste is very hoppy with some notes of grapefruit. mouthfeel is good and it is a nice drinkable beer. very good pale ale. they are also selling alot more beer down here in texas, so it is always available.

Photo of DukeofAle
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good, solid representative APA, better than many, but not truly exceptional. Develops a moderately thick head that subsides quickly but does not fade completely. Definately a hoppy note to both the taste and the scent. Citrus, yes, but not as pronounced as some. Mouthfeel and taste are what you would expect from an APA, no surprises. Still, a very good ale. I'd rate it a bit behind Sierra Nevada, Red Seal, Hazed & Infused and some others.

Photo of 7thstreetbrewery
4.65/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great Pale Ale! Perfectly carbonated, pours an orange golden hue clear to a little cloudy depending on how cold you serve it.

Exceptional grapefruit notes, if you like ales brewed with Cascades this is one to try!

The mouth feel is right on and is light enough to enjoy on a hot summers day. Try it with some KC style barbecue, it rocks!

My favorite of the Pale Ales.

Photo of JDV
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Orange, gold pour with short lived head. Smell at first was pretty nice, and hoppy, but after a minute it turned to a very astringent smelling hops and honey like malt. Very carbonated, I thought, and hops are quite present all throughout the tasting of it. Finishes with a touch of sweetness, but the alcohol like chemical presence is a little offputing and keep this from being an above average pale in my opinion.

Photo of morimech
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a great looking pale ale. A vibrant golden color with a large white head that has wonderful retention. A thick cap remains for as long as there is fluid in the glass. Of course a lot of lacing is left behind. All beers should look this good.

The aroma is a mixture of grassy hops with a bit of the yeast coming through. I am not a huge fan of the yeast smell so I dinged the score.

It has a sweet malt taste with a nice hop taste in the finish. A near perfect taste for an APA. It is light bodied with good carbonation. Leaves a bit of a cloying feeling in the mouth though or else mouthfeel and drinkability would be perfect.

Photo of NatetheGreat
4.01/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has become one of my favorite, go-to pale ales since I moved to the midwest.

A: cloudy burnt orange, glowing color. nice bubbly head. Really appealing appearance.

S: not so much here, or else my nose was stuffed or something. Faint whifs of citrus and pine. Refreshing scent, not very strong.

T: starts with soft, sweet malt then quickly moves to citrus, piney hoppiness noted in the aroma, especially grapefruit notes. Dry, dry finish. pretty well balanced, but more hoppy, dry.

M: good mouthfeel, but a bit thin. steady carbonation. this beer is lively, highly refreshing.

D: easy drinking, could take down a few of these. also good with spicy cuisine.

Not an extreme beer, but terrific when you just want a good beer, full bodied and flavorful, just not kick you in the ass strong.

Photo of PaleAlien2
4.17/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been drinking Sierra Nevada Pale Ale for a while and always thought it was among the best America Pales. This one is better, I think.
Orange, amber in color with white head. Smell is lush,surpisingly malty with orange accents. It's also quite full-bodied, with more malt than the Sierra Nevada and a nice hop balance. Finish is very dry, making the beer utterly drinkable. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. I think it is now my go-to Pale Ale.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into clear pint glass

A: Orange-copper color with frothy off-white head and typical lace

S: Grassy hops and caramel malts are the dominant aromas

T: Clean grassy hops presence which is pleasant and balanced with light malt contribution

M: Crisp and pretty dry with pleasant piney aftertaste. Even carbonation for an APA style.

D: A great session APA as everything is even and inobtrusive, but I wish there was a little more distinctiveness.

Photo of KodyBrannon
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this beer into a pint glass. It poured a hazy orangeish color. The smell is hoppy with some citrus scents. The overall taste was similar with a citrus aftertaste. Not an overal distinguishing beer, it is still good enough to keep a few around for a pinch.

Photo of emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Brewhaus, Springfield IL.

Hazy orange, accented by a halo of webby lacing. Mild cereal grain and citrus in the nose. Mild hops detected in the flavor, very light pale malt and citrus in the middle. A thin mouthfeel, good enough to session, but ultimately, not possessing any distinguishing characteristics. Wish I had a handful of Amarillo to dump in the glass.

Photo of russpowell
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best by 05/18/08.

Pours an effervescent amber with a pinky of off-white lacing. Minimal lacing & zero head retention

S: Breadyness, a whiff of honey & not much else

T: Breadyness with grapefruit & lemony hops up front. Slight fruittyness as this warms along with a kiss of lemon & orange hops. Finishes with a bit of lemony hops, a bit of graininess & not much else. Taste-wise this makes me think English pale ale, not APA

MF: Medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation, plus pretty good balance

Drinks easy, but not very interesting as APAs or even EPAs go, just a little more hops might've held my interest enough to session on. Run of the mill

Photo of TexIndy
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date into a pint glass. It was a rich gold color. It had a decent off white head that settled into a collar with broken film. Slight carb and slight lacing. The aroma was light hops - floral and citrus blend. After drinking a ton of double IPA's this year, this one pales in comparison for hop aroma but I really liked it. After a bunch of uber hopped beers it was enjoyable to have one that was moderate. The taste matched the aroma. Was nice and solid with a good hop bite that didn't shred your tongue. Most 2IPA's I can only drink one per session since so intense. But this one could be a great session beer. Overall, this is a really good beer. By far the best I've had from Boulevard yet. It won't get the press of the bigger breweries or the 2IPA's but it definitely worth trying. Strong recommendation. (Regular to heavy rotation)

Photo of ttu94
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very average beer in my opinion. Looks ok, cloudy copper color with a nice head and average lacing. Slight malt aroma and a good hop smell meet the nose. Taste is thin. I think it is too light flavored for my taste. The hops save it though make it worth another try. Maybe it is my afinity for AIPA's but I find this offering to be a little weak. I'll have to try Boulevards IPA.

Photo of Gehrig
3.71/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap as I downed a dozen hot wings, and it was a nice accompaniment. It's a good-looking beer, a nice light orange body with a finger of white froth. Not much to the smell though, other than hops and the faint whiff of citrus. The taste is better than the nose, full of hops, some orange and perhaps grapefruit. This offset the spiciness of the wings nicely.

Not the best pale ale I've had, but not bad, either. Worth a shot.

Photo of AMo
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Pale Ale pours almost a perfect even, orange/yellow. It has a rather pleasantly mixed smell of yeast and hops. These come together real nice to make for a mild tasting, well balanced, smooth brew. If your looking for a good ale, this drinks mighty fine.

Photo of allengarvin
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brand new in Dallas area. This beer is pale gold, very clear, with a small but creamy head on top. Nose consists of a lot of very citrusy, perfumy hops. There's a touch of sweet malt scent underneath as well. On first taste the malt is a little toasty, and a bit grainy. Bitterness is lower than expected from the nose, but there's a pleasant hop-citrus flavor. Lightly fruity as well.

A good session beer. Not too complex, but tasty.

Photo of SMark
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer after the Goose Island 312. Drank this with my Pulled Pork sandwich with Honey BBQ sauce at BW3 in Savoy. The beer was an amber color with a good head and lacing.
The hops were evident from the first smell and continued to dominate in the taste. This gave the brew an enjoyable bitter taste.
Worked well with the sandwich and I would definitely revisit this beer in the future. Too bad this was my second beer and I had to leave.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Best by 10/07/07"

Found this in the back of the in-laws' fridge, a bit past its prime, but whatchya gunna do?

a: A slightly murky yellowish amber with frothy white head with good retention and some big patches of lacing.

s: The smell is citrus hops and little else. Grapefruit notes mostly.

t: Though the bitterness is moderate, the flavor of this beer is strongly of hops. The hops are citrusy with some spice, the malt is just enough to provide balance, very little sweetness.

m: A smooth apa with a medium body.

d: Disclaimer: this was my first apa when I started getting into beer and its made by Boulevard, my hometown brewery, so I suppose I probably have some bias. That being said, the drinkabilty is good, this beer does a great job of showcasing its hops yet not overwelming the drinker with bitterness. The stangth of this beer is its balance, nothing really stands out, its just a well rounded, easy drinking pale ale.

Photo of kguyty
3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A pretty good beer from my hometown brewery. Unfortunately, it is not the best Pale Ale I have had.

A nice head pours and decent lacing is left throughout the glass. This beer is a very dark golden/orange color when poured.

The smell is decent, smells of hops and yeast (bread).

The taste is fairly strong during the first sip (nice and hoppy) but stays consitent throughout, and is not overpowering.

The mouthfeel is a little thin, but not too watery.

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer at a reasonable price.

Photo of Strix
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Smells of grapefruit and hops. Orange and grapefruit come through in the taste, which gradually fades to a hop bitterness with hints of bread. Bitterness is not as pronounced as in some APAs, but balances well. Perhaps lacking a bit of complexity, but very well balanced and drinkable. I've yet to try anything bad from Boulevard.

Photo of uwmgdman
2.86/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer is a slightly hazy, golden color with orange hues and a thin white head. The aroma has faint spicy, citrus character, moderate sweetness, and low maltiness. The flavor is moderately sweet, slightly oxidized, giving a slight sherry-like flavor. The hop bitterness is moderate. The carbonation is medium-high, body thin, and not the smoothest swallow. Overall I think freshness doomed this sample (best buy date 3/19/2007, which I didn’t see when buying out of town) from being very good. I would try it again if it was fresh and update this review.

Photo of crazybrody06
3.76/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass forming an off white 1 finger head that stayed for a while, hazy light amber color. The smell is kind of sweet citrus, metallic, piney. The taste is smooth with lots of carbonation not very hoppy at all. Medium mouthfeel with decent drinkability.

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

12oz bottle from 12pk sampler

Bright orange-gold, pretty clear with a nice light creamy head that laces well.

Sweet grainy malt, some fruity esthers and hop (Cascade) aroma, slight sour/stale smell.

Pale malt, fruitiness and kind of a weird bitter/sour hoppiness. Flavors more reminiscent of a Brit pale, but hoppier for sure. Sweet up front but lingering dry bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is okay, medium feel.

Not a bad pale ale, pretty well balanced, just not too memorable for me.

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

On tap, Boulevard's pale ale pours a clear golden amber. Head retains better than the bottle, kept a nice white cap throughout. Nice cascading lace.

The aroma is mostly clean, a little pepper overtone to floral, pungent-enough hopping.

Pale malt, slightly sweet but no tannins. Good balance, nice hopping that's not too aggressive but still offers good depth of flavor. Enjoyable if somewhat ersatz APA.

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

Pours a large head that minimizes quickly but stays at about half and inch for most of the session. Cap is stiff and wavy, a little like meringue. Cool lace patterns string themselves along the sides of the glass. A slight chill haze inside a copper color.

Smell: various fruits come to mind, and once the heads settles some maltiness comes through, but it's mostly about the fruity nose on this one. A little one-dimensional, but nice enough.

Toasted grains dominate the flavor, which is unexpected considering the strong fruits in the aroma. Caramel and fresh bread. It's quite grainy and even a little coarse...not enough balancing sweetness, and a little too burnt in the finish. Highly carbonated with a moderate body.

Decent but ultimately standard-issue stuff. There are a million out there like this, and a million more which are better.

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