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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 391
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.5%
Wants: 11
Gots: 100 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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
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Photo of bucko
2.24/5  rDev -37.8%
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!

Photo of jmbranum
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Photo of thaichile
2.63/5  rDev -26.9%
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.

Photo of bort11
3.96/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of Bang34
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of dfried
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Shultzerdugen
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of goochpunch
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.52/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of LordChesterfield
4.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of sevineyes
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of RedBaron
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of KarlHungus
2.02/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of marcobrau
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tjthresh
1.86/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of Fugazme
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of beerfan82
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Citadel82
3.35/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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!

Photo of scottum
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.