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Pale Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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397 Reviews
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Reviews: 397
Hads: 1,001
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 19.67%
Wants: 12
Gots: 154 | 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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Reviews: 397 | Hads: 1,001
Photo of alittlehazy
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of my favorite session beers. As a local brewery, I'm proud they make a great brew like this. The flagship brew of Boulevard.

The beer is a great example of a pale ale, well balanced with a nice hoppy bite. Malts come once in awhile, but I notice a nice citrusy or even apple taste especially toward the end of the beer.

Always good for a session and reasonably priced (at least in the Lawrence/Kansas City area).

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Photo of Brew34
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid production piece by the KC local brew. Pale Ale is a big time seller for Boulevard and I recommend it for all true beer fans. Firm aftertaste provides big-time drinkability. While I am rating the bottle version, the keg product retains its flavor despite mass consumption. (i.e. Two day long keg party!) Overall, it's an economical micro that will be worth the taste.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with white lacing.
Aroma was of floral hops and a touch of citrus
Taste was good. sorta went from slight bitter hop to malt back to a dry hop to my tastebuds...
Mouthfeel was a bit weak...but the drinkability is high...not a favorite but not bad

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color approaches peach, with a fine white crown. Aroma is fresh with hops (Cascade?), and bubbling over with fruit: apricot, peach, pineapple, some soft citrus at the back. Very sweet and delicious, this.
Palate is flavorful with welcome hop presence, just enough for flavor, but too prominent. Malt is strong and silent: you can feel it, and taste a touch. Very well-balanced, smooth and tasty, this pale ale reminds me of Sierra Nevada in it's mellow but fruit-forward fashion.
Goes down beautifully, and I'd toss it back with regularity if I could. Sharper aspects of homulus lupus arrive late on the palate, and contribute to some variety in this brew. Finish is short but sweet. Quite enjoyable. Much thanks to bditty and marc for their trades!

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy copper colour....thin foamy head....rings of lace. yummy grapefruit aromas of hops....nice caramel maltiness too in the nose. solid in it's subtleness....tastes very good....typical caramel malt base....balanced by some grapefruit and bits of piney hoppiness. medium bodied and very drinkable. solid session pale ale. could drink a lot of these. thanks again to my bro for bringing this up from missouri.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a foamy white head that sticks all over the glass as it dissipates into a nice amount of lace. Nose is dominated by floral and spicy hops with a bit of citrus. Medium in body and a bit spritzy in texture. Taste is fresh fruit and some sweet caramelized malts at first followed by notes of citrus and grapefruit rind bitterness. A quite enjoyable pale ale. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very typical Pale Ale. Copper/Amber in color. Medium lightly sweet malt body and fairly high in hops. This bottle-conditioned version offers no surprises and nothing exceptional, but it is a very nice, drinkable ale. Pleasant floral and light fruit aroma. Slightly yeasty and some citrus bite. Not much of a head. Mild and tasty!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear, dark golden color, small white head topping it off. Smell is mainly flowery hop scent, slight grain malt scent as well. The main taste is a combo of both of those, grainy malt up front, with a flowery hop backbone. overall a pretty tasty brew, different than some of the PAs that are around these days.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey amber-golden color and had a sustained bead. The head was white and coarse. It disappeared quickly, leaving a thin layer on top of the beer and a little bit of lace.

Smell: A nice citrus, semi-flowery hops aroma to this beer. A little bit of maltiness was hiding beneath.

Mouthfeel: I'm sorry to say that this brew was a little rough and thin bodied. It could have been "bigger" in my opinion.

Taste: The overriding flavor in the beer was a citrusy, somewhat bitter, hops flavor. Only 'til the finish did a round malt flavor start to come through, but this was eventually taken over by a tart aftertaste. Pretty one-dimensional compared to many other beers of this style.

Well, I must say that I was a bit disappointed with this brew. Mainly because this has been a go-to brew of mine for many years. Hell, this was probably the first Pale I ever had, considering that I started drinking real beer when I lived in KC. But this is the first time that I have really sat down and analyzed the beer. My tastes have probably matured since those times, but I have just kept purchasing it out of habit. And I probably will keep buying it, too. Old habits die hard, you know. I might re-review this one in the future to see what I think then; my taste buds are a little tired tonight since I went to the local brewery for dinner.:-)

Ahh, good memories makes any good brew taste great if you let them.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a honey-golden color with a small white head that dissapated quickly, it left little lacing as well. The smell was mostly hops with some citrus. The taste is mostly of hops up front with a sort of flowery taste. There has to be some malts somewhere because the beer is not too bitter, there is a pretty good balance between the two. I feel the taste is a little thin and bland as well.. The little taste that is there is hard to pick out. The amount of carbonation is good however giving this brew a good mouthfeel, and it is easy to drink. Overall I was a little disappointed with this brew. I think I was expecting more because I love their Bully Porter so much.

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Photo of Redrover
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've just returned from a trip to Kansas City and was able to extensively sample this beer. It is good!

The color is a nice copper, not a ton of head, but you get some good lacing. The smell of fresh hops dominate. Notes of bread in there too.

Great hop tastes with a nice malt balance. The beer has a nice mouth feel and good drinkability. This fine ale goes great with some of that wonderful KC beef.

I think this would be a wonderful everyday beer!

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.57/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation. 12 ounce bottle.

Poured a very light, semi-cloudy orange/yellow with a thin head that withered away quickly. The initial smell is of fruit and sweet malt. The taste is a great balance of fruit/hops/malt. The palate is left rather dry throughout, but a pleasant dryness. The tangy fruit taste stays with throughout, as well. A near-perfect balanced American pale ale.

Tasting notes. A sampling in an 8 pack winter Boulevard sampler, this is a top notch pale ale. Drinkable on any occassion.

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Photo of texascarl
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Pale Ale is my 'day in day out' fave local microbrew, my 'beer and pizza' beer. It was originally available only on tap, but 10 years later it's now their flagship beer and available year round bottled or on draught. All Boulevard beers are packaged in a sturdy cardboard 6 pack container that covers the bottles completely. I think this reduces 'skunk' and I know I've never had any breakage after all these years.

Clear Amber/bronze/caramel color, very pleasant light yeasty/hops aroma, reminds me of bread dough. Big creamy white head that fades fairly quickly.

Medium to big body, tastes dry/fruity, loaded w/lots of malt and hops. Crisp finish.

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Photo of bditty187
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden in hue with hints of bronze, slightly cloudy from the yeast I agitated and released into my glass. The head is eggshell white, it reached two fingers on a harder than typical pour. Very good retention and it laced rather well. The nose has good potency, mild citrus notes upfront with kisses of pine in the middle; the malt is noticeable at the back. The bouquet is not complex but it does speak its mind, “you’re invited, take a sip.” So I do. The palate, for a Pale Ale, is on the simple side. However I find it very tasty. The citrusy-hops bitterness is found upfront with clean, ordinary maltiness in the middle; at the finish a hint of pine is detectable with a smidge of grapefruit. The malt is more prevalent than your typical APA yet Boulevard’s rendition is not English in nature. It is just a smaller than normal APA. It is what it is. This beer does suit me great; it is cheap, drinkable as hell, and easy to find. The body is medium; while it is not thin it does lack some pizzazz. The carbonation is modest, low, and natural. Which seems very appropriate for this beer’s flavor construction. Session beer material. It’s not worth seeking out but don’t avoid it either.

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Photo of yemenmocha
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is an ideal representation of what an easy drinking pale ale should be. Nose is very citrusy with a hint of estery notes that you'll find in a weiss bier. Palate is a refreshing balance of hops & malt that rides well on a medium to light body, ending in a medium length finish of dry hop character.

Great with savory foods or by itself as an appetizer for other beers.

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Photo of beernut7
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew comes up with a golden reddish light color with good foamy retentive head exuding a biting spicy hop aroma. The well-balanced flavor presents a bold spicy hop profile with a light malt balance and a clean finish. Pretty good.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Without question the best of the four beers I've tried from this brewery...The others were average...this is downright good....deep gold in color...cloudy....nice white lace.. very tantalizing hop aroma of grapefruit along with some floral tones...medium bodied...well balanced...Iwas surprised with the sweetness and maltiness that comes along with a pretty decent hop flavor..caramel base with a sweet grapefruit finish (like when you pour sugar on your grapefruit)..very drinkable...very solid...

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Photo of Bighuge
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This hazy copper brew throws out a small creamy off-white head that displays some nice retention. Lacing is nice and shows a spiderweb-like quality. The carbonation is evident in the CO2 bubbles surfacing at a nice clip. Nice citrus and floral blend on the nose. A bit of grassiness perceived also. The citrus and pine characteristics stand out to me. Also get some grapefruit rind subtleties. Very nice. However, this is all backed up quite nicely with firm malt backbone. The body is about medium. This is a very drinkable very nice Pale Ale.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden hewed amber from a 12oz brown bottle. The head left in just a short time, leaving just the faintest of a wispy ring around the glass. With floral hops in the forefront of the nose and the pallet that went slightly acidic at the end.

This is a bottle conditioned ale, and I did pour some of the yeast in to my glass unintendedly that would account for the acidic finish.

“Alcohol Content: 4.06% by weight”

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Photo of EagleTalon
4.24/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Warning: upon ordering this beer at Outback Steakhouse, request that it be served in a room temperature mug. Save those for the Fosters and Bud customers. I know that is what was wrong with mine. The condensation inside the chilled glass may account for the weak head and unusually sweet flavor I encountered. As the brew warmed in my mouth I could discern the craft-brewed complexity of this very drinkable, tasty ale. The Hop aroma is assertive. The caramel malts add sweetness and balance out the hops. It could have used more bitterness, but I think it was the low temperature of the beer that was masking the bitterness. Better yet ask then to warm up a glass for your beer.

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Photo of mophie
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was a nice treat in the hotel bar on a recent visit to Missouri, especially given the rather large A-B presence there! Golden copper color with a slight, white head. Floral hop aromas, with just a hint of grapefruit, balanced with a slight malty sweetness. Taste is dominated by floral hops, with a bit of citruis and malty sweetness. Medium carbonation level creates a smooth mouthfeel. Nice, dry, refreshing finish adds to its drinkibility.

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Photo of marc77
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light copper hue w/ good clarity. The head falls fairly quickly, leaving a rim around the glass. The crisp, floral and slightly citrusy hop nose seems to a Goldings / Cascade mix. Just a slight hint of biscuit malt, but not much else there. The fairly high carbonation results in a somewhat prickly mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is mild, clean and crisp and sufficiently balances the generic caramel malt sweetness. Mildly floral hop flavor. Malt characters are minimal. Finishes quite dry and refreshing. An okay pale ale, but the overall cleanliness and above average hop profile makes this an excellent session brew. It's much better on tap.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.