1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Pale AlePale Ale

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

889 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 889
Reviews: 388
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 60 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 889 | Reviews: 388 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - slightly cloudy auburn color, small off-white head
S - Touch of hops and biscuit in the aroma
T - light grainy biscuit with a hint of hops / astringent flavor.
M - light bodied
D - supportive of the spicy dinner I ate with this brew. As a stand alone a bit underwhelming.

Quoting a colleague in KC, I order this as my backup when I'm out for dinner in the area and I don't like the rest of the beer menu.

barleywinebrewer, May 14, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.7/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown botle intoa a DFH shaped pint glass. Dated best by: 7/24/07. The body was a hazy honey color with an off-white head that stayed around for a while.

Smell was a bit buttery. Soap (?). Slight floral aroma as it warmed further.

Taste was grassy, citric bitterness. Light sweetness. Rather muted.

Mouthfeel was medium to light in body with prickly carbonation. Underwhelming overall.

Cresant, Apr 29, 2007
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer has a golden light copper body that is clear. There is a super strong carbonation that supports an oatmeal colored creamy head that soon turns rocky.

S- This beer has a soft green hop note but otherwise the smell if very clean.

T- This beer has a dry pale malt flavor with a hint of dry field corn. The finish is a soft green pine and citrus note and a very light bitterness. As the beer warms the hops change into a pineapple weed flavor but still light.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel and this is mostly due to the big fizz.

D- This beer doesn't have much freshness to the malt flavors and the hops are very soft. I like pale ales that are more subtle in hop flavors but they have to have good flavors. Instead I found this beer just to bland.

rhoadsrage, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of Wasatch
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks goes to Bitterbill

Pours a slightly cloudy dark golden color, nice carbonation, nice little fizzy white head, not much lacing at all. The nose is mostly malty with some hops and caramel. The taste is also mostly malty with some hops and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, I thought for sure this would be a better brew, but I was mistaken.

Wasatch, Apr 20, 2007
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow orange color with a short-lived head of small white bubbles. The head was only noticeable for about 20 seconds, and then faded to leave an almost completely still looking beer.

Aroma: There is a mellow toasty malt presence here as well as a mild floral and citrus bite. There is a metallic aroma here that I am thinking is just from the minerals in the water. There is a very subtle vinegar-like aroma that I am getting as the beer warms, but this may be something like Cluster hops or something that I am misinterpreting.

Taste: The flavor also walks the line between the malt and hops, but the late additions of the hops take control of the balance late in the finish. There are some toasty notes that remind me of British style malts as well as some of what I would think is Vienna malt. I don't really even get the vinegar in the flavor that I got in the aroma. There is no alcohol apparent in this beer at all, and the finish has some hop bitterness supported by a mild toasty malt flavor.

Opinion: This is an OK beer. There isn't a huge margin to set this beer apart from many others like it. It is rather mild flavored with a subtle balance, so it would be good for someone that doesn't really care for Pale Ales or for flavorful beers for that matter. I am not too fond of the hop schedule on this beer, but that is not a manufacturing flaw. I have drank this beer quite a bit, but this is because it is a little easier to find than many others when you get to the Missouri/Arkansas area. I am sure that I will be drinking this beer again, but if I had my choice of an APA, I would choose something else.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 29, 2007
Photo of CU570M
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

1) Beer poured a copper color, with nice head, but didn't last long enough. A crisp smelling beer, nice and fresh. Taste was a sharp kind of defined taste. Mouthfeel had a decent amount of carbonation. Drinkability on this was just a little over average.

2) Nice great flowery hopppy taste. Head was amazing the second time. Also really great taste. I can't believe the difference the second beer was.

3) Had on tap at Red Robin and was pretty good, but i kept on thinking man this would be better if it were a Sam Adams Boston Lager.

Overall not a bad beer slight better than average, but not by much.

CU570M, Feb 24, 2007
Photo of terrabyte
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange-copper color with a large white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma seemed muted to me. Some wheat showed up with some citrus hops, but not much.

Flavor was also quite muted. It has a wheat biscuit base, light malts, very little citrust hops, ends somewhat dry.

Mouthfeel was very nice. Smooth, well-carbonated and somewhat crisp.

Drinkability was decent. Without much flavor, it goes down easy. The lack of flavor was disappointing, although it had a nice base.

terrabyte, Feb 19, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%
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 -11.7%
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 +17.2%
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 +11.9%
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 -8.9%
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 -3.3%
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 +15.3%
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 +2.8%
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 +14.7%
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 +9.2%
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 +7.8%
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 +9.7%
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 +5.6%
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 -3.3%
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 +6.9%
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 -19.4%
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 +9.2%
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 +0.8%
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
Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.