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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 882
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 52 | 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 pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Orangish and not as hazy as the bottled version. Thin cap of a head that doesn't last very long. Tons of ring-like lace on the glass.

S - Citrus and floral hops. Nice sweet and acidic nose.

T - Biscuity malts support mandarin orange hop flavors. NOt outstanding, but a really nice average but hoppy pale ale.

M - Medium bodied, very thirst quenching, acidic, solid malts.

D - Excellent. Very quaffable. I like it better in the bottle however.

pmcadamis, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of sauron681
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a 6 pack of this while I was in Junction City, Kansas.

It pours a light/med copper color. Has good head that leaves quickly, and slight lacing. Has a light vinegar/citrus aroma that follows up with a strong hoppy bite, and finishes off a little on the dry side. Maintains good carbonation throughout.

Very consistent with the Pale Ale style. Unfortuantely, I wont be able to purchase it again for a while.

sauron681, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of mjc410
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker at the Boulevard Brewpub - KC Airport. The beer had a light tawny body, with a thin but persistent glass ring, but unfortunately had weak lacing. The nose was filled with nice earthy, citric, and pine hp notes, which, along with the sweetness, helped the beer to smell English. The taste was very malty, with the same hop profile as the nose. Simply had great balance and flavor. The mouth was thin, but appreciated, with light and smooth carbonation. An excellent pale ale.

mjc410, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of AustinBeerLvr
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A very nice light amber color. Only dissapointing thing was the beer did not have much head upone the pour.

S: Very citrusy up front with some fruity scents in the background.

T: Very similar to the smell. The fruit flavors make themselves more pronounced at the end of the sip.

M: Nearly perfect for a pale ale. Plenty of body, but not overdone. This really adds to the beer's drinkability.

D: This is a very sessionable pale ale and I only wish I bought a sixer of these before leaving Missouri and coming back down to Texas. That said, I am glad I have Boulevard's other beers to sample in their gift pack, as this is a damn good brewery.

AustinBeerLvr, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of Rumblebelly
3.28/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A simple Pale Ale that I bought while in Nebraska for Thanksgiving. Nothing really jumped out of me though. Faint lemony flavors, some malt, strong hops. Very crisp and might be good on a hot day or with a big meal. Just not an interesting brew at all.

Rumblebelly, Dec 01, 2006
Photo of SuperSpy
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the second bottle Boulevard Pale Ale that I picked up in Wichita, KS, and consequently, my second review.

A - Very clear with a pale straw color. A very nice 1.5 inch head that slowly died down to about 1/4 inch and left plenty of foam along the sides of the glass.

S - Sweet malt and some floral and earthy hops

T - Some great floral hops on top of a sweet but subtle maltiness. The hops stick around all the way through and into the aftertaste. All very simple, but very enjoyable.

M - A nice medium body but not as carbonated as I recall the last bottle.

D - All in all this is a simple, uncomplicated, but altogether refreshing beer.

SuperSpy, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.15/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale copper with a huge frothy and persistent, very lacy ivory head. Smells of citrusy and herbal hops with some light underpinnings of fruity pale malt.

Lots of herbal hops in the first mouthful, nice bite, Then the hops dominate all the way to the finish. I'm not sure if the hops are so strong or the malt profile is that thin. Some fruity malt profile detectable but way back there. Hops linger in the aftertaste. All things considered, nice stuff. An uncomplicated but tasty pale ale.

ViveLaChouffe, Oct 21, 2006
Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was served with a light, off-white head that quickly dissipated, disappointingly. There was intense clarity and brightness in this deep gold colored beer. The nose had a light hoppiness with a pleasant, underlying sweetness. There was a good mix of hops and malt in the mouth with a refreshing, dry finish.

woodychandler, Oct 15, 2006
Photo of hckyfn9999
4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful orangish amber color with a foamy white color head that lasts for a while and leaves a nice layer of lacing around the glass.

Smell is of floral and citrus hops and a faint smell of sweet malt.

Taste is a slight sweetness initially then fades quickly to citrus hops. Very refreshing on this warm day after a hard days work.

Mouthfeel is very clean and refreshing.

Great brew that I can and do drink often. I feel this beer is very underated.

hckyfn9999, Sep 08, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours some redhead tones with some more bubbling than expected in the background and great lacing going up and down the glass. Penty of biscuits and resin flowers in the nose. A very distinct Polish rye bread malt with some more citrus zest mixed into the crust. Well matched hops and malt in the palate.

scruffwhor, Sep 06, 2006
Photo of hanco005
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 11/10/06, poured into a pint glass

A—cloudy burnt orange amber with a 1 ¼ inch fluffy bright white head, slowly collapses into an island of foam, lacing looks like sea foam. A beautiful beer.

S—citrus, floral and a little perfume like, just a touch of pine and some mild candy sweetness

T—citrus is there, but the floral and perfume notes have disappeared, some stick candy flavor, finishes on the dry side

M—a bit dry, medium/light bodied, good carbonation

D—a good pale ale and easily a session choice (which is what I did). I didn’t care for the perfume fragrance, but the taste is good

hanco005, Sep 05, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured into an 8 oz glass, unfortunately all that was available at the establishment (not exactly a 'beer' bar - just a local marina tavern). It has a golden, very light amber color with a nice head and good retention. It leaves a modest lace on the glass as I drink it. It has a nice hop aroma with a trace of malt in the scent. The taste is dominantly hoppy, but not overly so with malt in the background but definitely present. It has a medium-light body with moderately high carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent example of the style. I think this is a really good session beer, especially for something found occasionally in establishments that don't stock hardly any craft beer. I would encourage the proprietors to continue to stock it for beer geeks like me while the other customers through down their American Light Lagers.

scoobybrew, Sep 01, 2006
Photo of Dizzy
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber colored with white head. About an inch of head the dissipates quickly. Aroma is citrusy hops. Taste is hoppy with malts balancing it. It is pretty crisp, I don't notice any fruit like flavors. The mouthfeel on this is medium, with a good amount of carbonation. One thing I do like about this one is the lower alcohol content. Many APAs taste great, but they are often too strong. A good beer, I wish it was available in my area.

Dizzy, Aug 04, 2006
Photo of Erdinger2003
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 882 ratings.