Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 76 | 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 TexIndy
4.33/5  rDev +20.3%
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
3.23/5  rDev -10.3%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
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
4.08/5  rDev +13.3%
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
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev -20%
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
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light copper, with a big white head. Smells of citrus hops. Also citrus tasting, with a good malt backbone to match. Bitterness is not very high, but still well rounded. Carbonation levels are good. A very tasty sessionable APA, a balanced beer overall, that's bottle conditioned, which is a plus in my book.

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

A nice golden amber presentation, a bit hazed up and a nice rocky, dense head. Whiffs of pine and sweet malt blend to make the aroma inticing. Strange sense of hickory in this beer. Maybe I'm going crazy.
Good stickiness with head and hops. A slight bite makes it refreshing and crisp. Pine and citrus make their way at the end of the sip.
A solid brew. Good for summer and fall. I don't get this in Colorado, and while I won't trade for it I always look for it when visiting Kansas.

Photo of KI9A
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at a local joint last night. Nice copper body, medium white head, that left pretty quick. Nice lacing. Smell of a hint of hops, and fruit. Taste of citrus, decent hops. Finishes nicely. Very easy to drink, really decent craft beer. I bought one for a frien who isn't a BA at all, and he enjoyed it.

Photo of happygnome
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden color with eigth inh of head that dissapears fast leaving a little lacing
s: yeasty malts and citrusy hops, kind of nice, hops bitterness isnt overwhelming in aroma
t: nice citrusy hops taste kind of a bready/yeasty taste
m: light to medium bodied beer with a little more than average carbonaation

overall, i really enjoyed this beer, it was refreshing with a nice amount of bitterness, very refreshing, complimented bbq very well

Photo of jar2574
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Out of the bottle. Golden orange color. Very little carbonation. Head dissipates very quickly. Nothing special about the appearance.

Typical hoppy IPA smell, but it's not a great IPA. Not terrible, not too sharp, but somehow bitter without purpose or flavor. It has a decent mouthfeel: carbonation, not too watery, decent feel. There is too much acidity in the aftertaste. And since it's not that enjoyable to drink, it's not that drinkable.

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

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a slightly hazy orange-golden color with a thin, bubbly head. The smell is enjoyable, primarily of piney and citrusy hops but there is also a light sweet maltyness about it. Initially on the taste there is a slight maltyness and hint of yeast which is quickly covered by a pretty bitter finish. The mouthfeel is a heavy medium bodied beer with a light amount of carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer and an enjoyable one. At 4.9% this could easily be a sessionable one.

Photo of MrMcGibblets
3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this was the ubiquitous local beer on my recent trip to kc, and it was everywhere i went, which was a good thing as my only other choices would have been macro. had to pretty much drink this all weekend. by the time i got back home i was dying for an alpha king...now there's a fucking pale ale. this is a clear straw in color with a tinge of orange. head was not impressive. very subtle nose, got a bit of biscuity malt. very light sweetness and not much in the way of hop bitterness...at least the balance is on. light, spritzy mouthfeel. a mediocre offering for a craft brewery...the beer scene in this cow town just ain't that great.

Photo of OKCNittany
3.78/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin, almost negligible head. Minimal lacing. Clear, light copper body.

S: Nice, but light aroma. Fruity & floral hops present. I wish it was stronger.

T: Tastes of bread & caramel well balanced by fruity hops. I wish it was stronger.

M: Lively carbonation. Medium body. Smooth (despite the high carbonation) with a clean finish.

D: It disappeared dangerously quickly. If not for the long drive, I'd have put away several more.

Photo of mcallister
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Plain and simple, what an average pale ale looks like. Light clear copper full of medium sized carbonation bubbles. A white head of a half inch is whipy and like a pillow leaving a thin lace behind.

Very good nose. Very piney and resiny hop aromas. Herbal grassy qualities with a sweet caramel breaking through behind the pine. Than hints of floral pastures and some orange and lemon barely make there way into the room.

Very nice light highly carbonated prickly sensation-fied pale ale. Easily drinkable. Not very complex with moderate bitterness on the finish. Again very piney with some light stone fruit flavors and that same caramel with only the lightest amount of RS. Crisp clean and satisfying. Easily drinkable.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass.

A: Pours a nice looking, hazy, golden color. A 1/4 finger head caps a small amount of suspended sediment.

S: Decent aromas of citrus hops and tangy, bready malt.

T: Big bitter citrus hop flavor that's followed closely by notes of toasted bread crust. Tangy and spicy.

M: Spicy and prickly on the tongue. Very dry and bitter.

D: Not the best Pale Ale I've ever had but I found it to be enjoyable.

Photo of rowew
2.68/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, best by date on the neck (this is a little past due, but just purchased this week - damn Wyoming liquor stores).

Appearance: Reddish orange and cloud, average sized head, just a bit off of white.

Smell: A bit of floral hops and some malt smell that reminds me of the twang from extract home brews.

Taste: This one tastes just like it smells.

Overall impression: This one is mediocre at best. From the Boulevard offerings I have tried, I would say stick to the dark beers.

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 917 ratings.