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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 386
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 10
Gots: 48 | 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 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.

04-28-2006 07:35:24 | More by Bang34
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.

04-26-2006 17:57:21 | More by dfried
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.

04-20-2006 02:02:04 | More by Shultzerdugen
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.

03-20-2006 04:52:41 | More by goochpunch
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.

01-26-2006 08:32:25 | More by JudgeRoughneck
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.

12-11-2005 02:58:34 | More by LordChesterfield
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.

11-16-2005 05:21:06 | More by JugglerPeter
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.

11-13-2005 00:00:23 | More by sevineyes
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.

10-05-2005 01:57:34 | More by RedBaron
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.

09-20-2005 02:00:39 | More by KarlHungus
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.

09-19-2005 01:50:19 | More by marcobrau
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.

09-17-2005 06:25:24 | More by whynot44
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.

08-31-2005 12:36:16 | More by tjthresh
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.

08-31-2005 02:33:33 | More by Fugazme
Photo of beerfan82


3.78/5  rDev +5.3%

Like a traditional pale ale this beer has a strong hoppy character. It's like most pale ales I have consumed. The one thing I noticed when I first took a drink of this beer is the strong crisp taste one can notice when first drink it. There is not much of an aftertaste which is a good thing. Just a good exceptional pale ale.

08-18-2005 03:06:32 | More by beerfan82
Photo of Citadel82

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%

Some friends visiting from KC delivered a few bottles of the local stuff for me to enjoy. Having lived in the area I was familiar with this beer and really enjoyed it as a local tap and staple during the summer barbecue season.

It was not as characterful as I remembered it. Pours a clear deep gold with a decent white head. Taste was fairly mild with some initial biscuit notes followed by a faint foral and citrusy hop finish. A decent beer to have a few of,but there are much better pale ales available in the KC area.

Sometimes memory plays tricks, but I remembered it being a little hoppier than it is now. Oh well.

08-10-2005 11:53:49 | More by Citadel82
Photo of NeroFiddled


4.47/5  rDev +24.5%

Like heaven to the mouth and nose of the hoppy beer lover, this bottle-conditioned golden-amber ale delivers a beautifully floral, grassy and citrusy combination that's just enough to perk up your senses and keep you interested!
The head retention could be a bit better, but the delicately zesty mouthfeel from the very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation makes up for that. In the flavor, a lightly sweet and straightforward maltiness (a touch biscuity and lightly caramelish) is perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness, and woven with bright threads of floral and citrusy hops. It finishes dry and refreshing with its fruity hop flavors fading to more grassy hops that linger. Excellent drinkability!

05-14-2005 15:11:51 | More by NeroFiddled
Photo of scottum


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%

Per BIF16...

Pours a rich amber hue with a full bottle conditioned headskie. Tastes like a pale ale, but not the supergreat apa I was hoping for. Alas. Still, a decent beer worth tasting if the oppertunity presents. Very very smooth and easy to drink.

04-15-2005 03:42:27 | More by scottum
Photo of RBorsato


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%

Tasted On-Tap 04/07/05 at the Overland Park Marriott bar in Overland Park, Kansas.

Standard light golden color with a low wispy white head and low carbonation. Light hoppy (not overpowering) aroma and flavor with good balance. Light bodied and easy drinking but a bit too average with nothing outstanding in memory.

Per BBC website:
Ingredients: Pale, Caramunich, and Caravienne malts.
Magnum, Cascade, Simcoe, and Fuggles hops.
Starting Gravity: 12.2 degrees Plato.
Alcohol Content: 3.9% by weight, 4.9 by volume.
Calories: 145 per 12 ounces.

04-14-2005 16:26:16 | More by RBorsato
Photo of clvand0


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours an amber color with a small head that falls slowly and leaves some lacing on the glass. The aroma has some fruits, but mostly US hops - pine, citrus, etc. The flavor has a caramel/toffee flavor underneath lots of hops of the same character as were in the nose. Pretty good pale ale here. Drinkability is good and the mouthfeel is moderate.

04-04-2005 19:15:10 | More by clvand0
Photo of LuckySevens82


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%

12 oz stubbie bottle.
Pours an orangey copper color with a bone-white head. Retention is okay, as is lacing.
Smell is piney citrus, caramel, and sweet fruits.
Taste is sweet, fruity, toasted malt, and a good hop character.
Carbonation is near perfect and this is just about as quenching as a basic pale ale gets.
A fine example of the style, but nothing to get excited about.

04-01-2005 01:46:19 | More by LuckySevens82
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.93/5  rDev +9.5%

Best by dating found on a 12 ounce bottle. sixer came in a sturdy cardboard box with brew and brewery info, so give 'em some packaging points. Pours light amber, somewhat cloudy. Yeasty, resiny hop nose. Medium malt center, so so hop finish. I would put this in the decent, but Middle of the road P.A. category. Decent balanced sessioner, but nothing overly exciting to my hop monster craving taste buds.

03-15-2005 12:38:39 | More by Billolick
Photo of TastyTaste


2.73/5  rDev -24%

Standard copper color, slightly hazy (it even says unfiltered on the neck label). Head pours out at about 3/4" fades quickly, and leaves some stickiness. Slight hops present in the nose, kind of floral. Taste is underwhelming to say the least. Hops are very muted, with malt actually providing a lot of the sweetness and flavor of this beer. Mouthfeel is quite watery with low carbonation levels. OK drinkability, but there are tons of beter APA's out there. Thanks to babydoc for the sample.

03-02-2005 01:32:01 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of kmpitz2


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%

This beer pours a brilliant golden color with a light coat of head over top of the beer. The nose is filled with a nice spicey and sweet hop with a bit of caramel malt sweetness in the background. The flavor is not bad either. The hop is almost peppery. The sweetness from the malt is a little too light for me. The feel is also a bit thin. Overall, this is an okay beer. I'd like more body, but it works well for a session beer.

02-28-2005 23:05:32 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of Vancer


4/5  rDev +11.4%

Hmmmm, just read the previous review by Karst. I also know the Lake of the Ozarks – I’m envious!! Nothing like a good beer while boating and enjoying life. Looking forward to retirement and living large! That said, my Boulevard Pale Ale’s were for the wife-zilla’s 50th B-day last nite.

The pour showed a great, hazy amber / gold beverage, 1” tan head, tart circus smell and taste – laced the glass the entire way down. Smooth and balanced frosty, a lite hoppy finish. Great beer from KC!

02-18-2005 15:20:45 | More by Vancer
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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