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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 916
Reviews: 389
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 75 | 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 scottum
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
2.73/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.48/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Vancer
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of karst
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Your retired and now fish and drink beer for a living its 70°F in mid Feb. your buddy wants you to help him put his 30' high performance cigarette boat on the lake. Your the only boat on the water you run 30 miles towards the dam and you stop by your fav. Lake of the Ozarks summer spot at mile marker 7. Order the Blackened Grouper Filet and look over and find two great microbeers from Boulevard. Carpe diem, quam minimum credula postero.

Nice full pint glass of chilled clear copper brew with creamy off-white head that is easily restored. Head has nice retention and lacing is excellent and shows each ring level after head falls in addition to its dense spiderweb of lace. You don't expect a better appearing beer than this.

Good beading and CO2 level. Wonderful citrus and floral and maybe some grapefruit hop aromas balance with its firm malt body and nice mouth feel. very drinkable Pale Ale. Gives a wave goodby with tart grapefruit bitterness in the dry finish that softens with caramel.

Maybe it was the day, the water, does drinking a beer get any better that this?

Photo of neonbrown82
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite straight up Pale Ale (Alpha King doesn't count, since I consider it more of an IPA). The appearance doesn't stand out from any other APA I've yet tried, but most APA's seem to be pretty similar looking in my experience anyway.

The smell is of fruity hops with a malty backdrop. Absolutely splendid and quite refreshing. The taste really brings the smell to a whole new dimension. I can taste the bottle conditioning yeast slightly, but for once, I actually enjoy the taste.

The mouthfeel is kind of light, but it is smooth on the palate. With such an excellent taste combined with an ABV under 5%, I could drink this all night, and I certainly have in the past, and will do so again in the future.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.47/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice light orange color and has a thick white head. It has a typical fruity/malty Pale Ale aroma... nothing special, but very inviting nonetheless. It has a very full body and the hop bite lasts long into the finish... grapefruit and citrus flavors abound. The Pale, Caramunich, and Caravienne malts balance with the superb choice of hops to make this beer something to enjoy. It is definitely going to be one of my favorite pale ales.

Photo of swamiswamu
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Where's the hops? Maybe I'm missing something but this seems to have a weirdly cloying sweet taste with not a lot to back it. It looks fine, decent head and lacing and clear orangish-golden color, it isn't worth your time. Nearly as ubiqious as the wheat, but not as good. Not worth your time.

Photo of merlin48
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stubby, 12 oz bottle with an attractive label. Pours a clear, amber gold body with active carbonation displayed by herds of tiny bubbles. Small, offwhite head leaves minimal patch lace.
Aroma jacks this ale up a notch, with grassy, citrus, and pinecone hoppiness and a note of yeast, atop a solid caramel malt spine.
Mouthfeel is just right, with a medium body and even carbonation.
Taste is nice, with delicate hopping yielding a spruce and pink grapefruit profile that blends into the toffee and caramel malts without effort. Fruity Valencia orange notes jump into the finish, producing a soft and pleasing aftertaste that is only mildly bitter.
A very well contructed APA, from Kansas City. I could session a few of these. Many thanks to babydoc for this nice midwest ale.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew came from bditty187 I believe several months ago. I am sampling a chilled beer in a pint glass. The beer pours a bright gold and amber color with a soft creamy eggshell white head of about 1 cm. Aroma is present immediately with pine and sour grapefruity hops present. I also get faint whiffs of toffee. The body is a little thinner than I would like and carbonation is mild. The flavor allows light toffee and a sort of bready flavor to start off and recedes to citrusy hops and pine needles as well. The finish is slightly bitter and refreshing. Some orange flavors appear on the finish as well. A very easy to drink beer that I could drink several of in a sitting. Not sure if it would be my choice though. A decent enough beer just not outstanding.

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

Pours a slightly murky golden color. Modest amount of lace. Smells yeasty with a bit of lemon. Taste is quite nice, rather citrusy (lemon), leaning towards the hop end of the scale. As such, the mouthfeel's a bit thin.

Very refreshing pale here. Not really what I'm looking for in a session pale, but this one goes down pretty easy (I can imagine it will go down easier during the warmer months).

Photo of Bierguy5
3.03/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap. Pours a clear, dark golden/amber color. Thin white foamy head. Very little head retention. Some good patches of lace on the glass. Slight grainy smell with a small amount of citrus, grapefruit. Light flavor from the malt, citrusy hops. Some bitterness, but still maybe not enough. Balanced, but could use more of each end, malt and hops. Light body, too much carbonation. I will say that this grew on me a little more as I drank it. Seemed to be an average pale.

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

Hazy orange-copper body with a small, eggshell-white head.
Subtle malt backbone with big, juicy, citrus hops and a touch of pine forest make up the nose.
Starts out with light malt flavors. Faintly sweet biscuit with hints of fruit. Big, tart, citric, acidic hops pick up the back end and carry into the appetizing finish. Medium bodied, good carbonation. Refreshing, dry, not bad. A very hoppy pale ale, or maybe just malt-deficient. Could use a little more malt.

Photo of beerceller99
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw colored liquid with a thin head which quickly fades to a sheen. Mild smell of sweet cream and caramel. Nice medium body. The taste is a mild sweet caramel flavor . Not a strong hop presence here. Definately an "east coast" pale ale. The barley dominates this brew. Pretty good.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Pale Ale is dark golden in color with a thick head that does not last. The aroma was light with citrus hops and some malt. The taste was citrus hops with a malt background and dry finish. The body is medium-light with plenty of carbonation. I my opinion this would make a good session beer.

Photo of mynie
3.2/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very golden, like Roger Daltry's hair. Forgive me, sometimes I just can't stop thinking about those curly locks of his, glistening in the sunlight...

Come to think of it, this beer is a helluva lot like ol' Roger. It smells like grain and sweat, as I imagine he would. It's corny, too, not in a bad way per say, but sometimes that corn can stick out against the more serious, bold, and talented elements surrounding it (Entwistle), and it sometimes comes off a little clownish against the hoppy bitterness that it lives with (Townsend). Also, it's got a thin but satisfying body and it's pretty smooth, just like Roger.

Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first Missouri beer - and having just moved here, I was excited to try some of the local libations.

The pale ale pours a nice light golden color. Smell is mildly hoppy with some sweetness like a wheat beer.

I'm a little medium on the taste. It is sort of "run of the mill." It is by no means offensive, but it is only slightly hoppy and there isn't much else in the flavor to help out. The body is descent, however, and doesn't require too much of the pallette.

This is a good session beer, however, as the flavor and body lend themselves to mass drinking.

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

Id forgotten how much I like this beer. Being in Kansas City, I tend to take Boulevard for granted. It was nice to "come home" to this beer.

Poured well, with a generous head that stayed with my mug all the way down. The coppery orange color is just dark enough to let you know you're not getting a "yellowbeer".

The smell is quite balanced for an American pale. Yes, you smell hops, but you can also detect the malt in there. Too many craft brewers seem to use their pales as some sort of Cascades test lab. Nice to see the Boulevard uses something other than the standard "Three C's", and uses them with a touch of restraint. You still know by the smell that you're drinking a pale ale, that's for certain, but you'll also know it's more than just a pint o' hop juice.

The restraint in the hops shows through in the flavor area as well. Again, you can taste them. They aren't hidden. But... what's this? Malt flavors? In a pale ale? What a concept! Very good balance. The esters from the yeast are quite fruity for an American pale, and remind me of English bitters. Not bad, really, and blends quite well with the citrus character of the hops they use, as well as the Fuggle (?) in the finish. Maybe this one isn't fully American after all... can we start a new category for "Tory Ales"?

The mouthfeel is medium light to medium. Again, just about what one would expect from a pale. Not too thin, yet you're not going to need a spoon either. The carbonation is perhaps a bit higher than one might wish for, but it works well.

I find this one to be a very good session beer. I am kind of ashamed that I ignored it for so long as I tried other brews. This has reestablished itself in my list of "return to" beers, that I come back to time and time again. Definitely worth a try!

Photo of UnionMade
4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer initially pours a brilliant, clear copper, the yeast in the bottom contributing a mild haze. A finger's worth of ivory head crowns the brew, settling slowly into a thick coating.
The aroma is generously, although judiciously hopped. Toasty malt carries a bit of caramel sweetness, with a soft hint of apple, peach and floral fruitiness. Nicely hopped, with a soft citrus and pine snap, an underlying herbal texture integrating the scent. Just a hint of hazelnut shell and wood, probably from the yeast.
The flavor starts with a pleasantly sweet malt, reminiscent of wheat toast. A bit of caramel for good measure, with a mild graininess throughout. Assertive esters come through in the middle, with plenty of appley goodness, as well as a more reserved peach tone. The hops come in strong and early, adding a citric bite to the middle, a bitter pine flavor introducing itself in the finish. Very nicely hopped, with a fresh, delicious quality. The balance is well proportioned, with the malt still present in the finish. Softening, nutty yeast finishes out the sip, taming the grainy feel in the aftertaste. A bit of biscuity malt, with a lingering piney/floral hoppiness. Rather smooth and easy drinking, despite the initial graininess, with a snappy, lively feel. Medium bodied, with fine, unassuming carbonation.
A really nice brew, probably one of the better pale ales I've had in a while. The balance is great, the malt and hops working well with each other. I'll definitely take another bottle of this if it comes my way. Better still, a draught pint or two.
Thanks to BDitty for the bottle!

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The 'best by' date is 6/13/04. Since today is 6/13/04 I guess I rescued the beer in the nick of time. Orange-influenced amber with a haze generated by a copious quantity of fine yeast. The off-white cap is small, remains slightly humped in the center as it deflates and leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace.

The nose is too weak by half. It's dominated--although I hesitate to use that word--by hops, but needs to be more aromatic to even begin to impress me. This is a pretty mundane APA on the palate. The flavor, like the nose, needs to be much more aggressive. I know that it isn't an IPA, but there are thousands of APAs with more guts than this. On the off chance that it's simply old, I'll look for a fresher sample to review.

I have very little quarrel with what flavor I can appreciate. Untoasted malty, mildly hoppy, no major missteps there. On the positive side of the ledger, it is an easy drinker due to the lack of flavor, the light-medium body and the slightly too generous amount of carbonation.

Since I drink primarily for flavor, I doubt that I'll be buying any more Boulevard Pale Ale. Too bad the brewers couldn't have added a little of the magic that they put into each bottle of Bully! Porter.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Squat amber bottle. Best before date of 6/14/04. Bottle-conditioned.

Color is dull copper and clear. Tight, off-white head died quickly and left little lacing. Nose is a mixture of citrus/floral, with an undercurrent of malty biscuit. Flavor is tasty, with a well-balanced blend of subtle hops and malt sweetness. Finishes on the dry side, with a distinct note of honey at the very end. Surprisingly smooth on the palate. This one screams session brew. Give me this on a hand pump and I'd be set for the night.

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 916 ratings.