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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 926
Reviews: 390
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 12.78%
Wants: 9
Gots: 84 | 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 sevineyes
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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
2/5  rDev -44.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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
1.8/5  rDev -50%
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
3.43/5  rDev -4.7%
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
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
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
3.63/5  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).

Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 926 ratings.