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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 100 | 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 shohog
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On my 2nd bottle and taste better with each swallow. Poured into a clear pint glass and has a decent 1 finger white head. The color is a copper gold with just the right amount of carbonation for this beer. It has no lacing at all but who cares about that when it taste so damn good! Wow! Very impressed with this one.
It has enough hops to balance the malts. Note a slight lemon orange scent with a trace detected in the taste. I think I prefer this pale over doggie style by flying dog. I am glad this is easy to find here in Tulsa, OK b/c it is a winner all the way. :)
I am looking forward to 4 more to finish off my sixer. Very light and can down these with ease and I find most beers I prefer to be way more filling b/c I like the stouts and porters but enjoy a lighter beer occassionally. This is a beer you will terminate and you will be bock for more!

Photo of SpecialK088
4.27/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Pours a Pretty neutral copper with a small head and a carbonation level that stays throughout the brew.

Subtle nose but with the sytle in mind very good does not have that in your face scent of an IPA but notes of hops,malt and a certian degree sweetness, the taste is nearly perfect for a session APA the hops alcohol and malt combine to make a very easy to drink crisp beer, light body with an outstanding carbonation level, very drinkable for those long hot summer evenning this is one of my staple and will remain that way awsome brew

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass. The beer poured a medium gold, forming a 1 inch off-white head, with light lacing. The aroma consisted of equal amounts of malt and hops. A very balanced aroma, with neither dominating but still very pronounced. The taste again is a very balanced combination of the malt and hops. Good hop flavor, but with enough malts to smooth out any harsh finish. Medium body and mouthfeel. Very smooth finish. Overall, I really enjoyed this pale ale. Full flavor and great balance along with a low enough alcohol level to make this an excellent session ale. Recommended!!

Photo of PirateUlf73
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A nice red-copper color. Bright white head with decent retention.

S: Nice balance between citrus hops and just enough malt. Reminiscent of orange peel and lemon.

T: Great character. Great citrus notes with a light malt coming in at the end, leaving me ready for that next sip.

M: Light to medium, lingering just long enough, but always leaving you ready for more. Finishes nice and clean.

Overall, a solid offering from Boulevard. I'm glad that I was able to get it on tap here in central IL. Should be a staple in bars. Not the best Pale Ale I've had, but a solid offering and definitely worth trying if you can get it.

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

Light amber with medium head that quickly dissipates. Very little lacing.

Smells of dough, lemons and herbs.

Tastes of lemon, bread, pepper and spices, hops at the finish show through.

Easy to drink, not the best APA, but about the best the bar had to offer.

Photo of bearcamp
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been my mainstay for a while. It was the first beer that got me into trying more than your buds, coors, and Millers. Now I can't even drink the mega brewed beer. At first I didn't like this beer but it has grown on me. It is a great beer. Wish it had a bit more of a hoppy flavor but it is very good. The beer has a bit of bite but turns into a very smooth gulp.

Photo of tmitch75
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark yellow color, not quite orange, with decent head that falls to a thin white layer.

Doughy smell with the slightest spicy hop aroma.

Malty flavor with a solid citrus and spicy hop flavor.

Medium body with good carbonation level.

Solid APA, I could go for a few of these.

Tasted on 4/4/08 as part of a sampler pack.

Photo of Rzzzzz
3.18/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a thin but creamy head which quickly dissipates. Light aroma of malt and hops with a hint of cardboard (oxidation alert). Tastes fairly generic to me--caramel malt with a light hops finish. Decent balance but not particularly complex, and somewhat thin bodied for the style. Not a bad brew, but nothing to write home about.

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Boulevard pint glass.

Pours an orangeish-red with almost no head. Smells is mostly orange peel. Taste is relatively hoppy with some fruit. A decent taste but nothing special. The beer is very drinkable though since it's relatively low in alcohol. Overall, it's not a bad beer, but I don't know if I would pick this up on a regular basis.

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.

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.