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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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465 Ratings
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Ratings: 465
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.72%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Irish Red Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Irish Ale, Boulevard’s early spring seasonal beer, is our Midwestern tribute to the legendary red ales of old Ireland. Our recipe combines six kinds of pale and roasted barley malts to provide a rich, toasty flavor and tawny reddish hue.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002)
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Photo of LiquidAmber


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark brownish red amber with a two finger light khaki head that seemed fizzy during the pour, but had good retention and lots of lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, dark stone fruit and a hint of grassy hops. Flavor is biscuit malt with a light toastiness, earthy; finishes with a mildly astringent dry grassy hop bitterness with dry biscuit malt. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A nice domestic take on an Irish red ale, covers all the bases for the red profile, with a nice lightly toasty maltiness and a dry almost tannic finishing bitterness. Pleasant mouth feel.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2014 04:16:47 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Treyliff

West Virginia

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a clear bronze color with a two-finger off-white creamy and frothy head that retains well after the pour, eventually creating a nice mouthfeel

S- sweet and malty with some toasted bread notes and a hint of caramel

T- nice and malty with some toasted notes, sweet caramel, just a touch of bitterness on the finish with some musty notes

M- Medium body and carbonation leads to a frothy mouthfeel that transitions into a smooth and creamy finish, I think that the yeast addition enhances the mouthfeel

O- I think that bottle conditioning adds a bit of complexity to this one, very drinkable and a great example of the style

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 04:09:15 | More by Treyliff
Photo of BeerWizard


3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The packaging design totally sold me on this one. I even BA'd it on my phone at the liquor store and saw it rated an 85, and 5.8 abv is a little light for me. No matter, the Kelly Green box and Celtic-design lettering wins.

Pours a cloudy, ruby color with a khaki head that I must say has some real staying power. I've been staring at it for five minutes and it seems to be going nowhere. I like the look of it. Aroma smells like beer. More specifically, smells malt heavy, light pine and lemony hops. Flavor is a lot more than I expected. It' sweet and a little tart, malt-heavy and lightly hopped for a bitter finish. What does the bottle say? Not much about the flavor, but does note it undergoes a secondary fermentation in the bottle. Huh. Well, whatever that added, it's good.

I like where they were going with this, I just wish they would've taken it ever so slightly farther. Flavor just lacks a little punch and the mouthfeel is a bit fluffy. However, you could probably pound these on St. Patrick's Day and not turn into a complete mess before noon if you were so inclined. Overall though, I like this. Better than a lot of your more mainstream Irish ales. Seasonal, so get it while it's out.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2014 03:21:55 | More by BeerWizard
Photo of jprock01


3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If it had more alcohol and hops, I would rate it higher, but it is priced right for its value. I had six pints yesterday, and did not become overly attracted to ugly women. My head felt ok this morning, and I made it through the day without being too irritable.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 21:11:04 | More by jprock01
Photo of BeerLover99


3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: chestnut/ruby body, khaki finger head,
nice legs.

S: biscuit, nutty, mild grassy/lemon peel nose

T: lemon, biscuit malt, nutty dry, light chalky finish

M: med/light body, semi-dry/smooth mouth

O: Perfect session brew for St. Patrick's Day
gatherings and pushes boundaries for newbies
to craft world, but some may be bored.
I enjoy Boulevard and this beer.


Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 20:04:06 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of TMoney2591


3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

And me (purposefully) without some corned beef... Anyway, this stuff pours a sunset amber-ruby topped by a finger of cream foam. The nose comprises rich caramel, a hint of roast, and a healthy smattering of earthy, almost mossy greens. The taste brings in more of the same, with a hearty balance maintained for most of the proceedings. Things topple a bit in the end, though, as the greens puncture through with a mild wave of soil-laden grassy bitterness. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a nice little red lass, nothing to write home about, but yet another solid offering from Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 05:40:26 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with bottle reading best by 05/01/2013, so I'm a little bit late on this one, but that worries me not. Acquired as part of the Boulevard twelve pack sampler for $9.99 at the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Semi-aggressive pour yields one finger of slightly tan off-white head that dies out quickly. Body is an orange / ruby / copper hybrid like color with some very fine sediment floating around, probably from the yeast. Looks pretty nice.

S - Sweet caramelized malt smell, dark candied fruit akin to raisin and fig / dates & some licorice. Sweet tea leaf like hop presence is in there somewhere as well, almost an African red tea type smell going on, & some dark spicy earthiness.

T - Taste is bitter with hops, sweet and well-balanced with the malted barley and wheat presence, crisp medium body with nice carbonation.

M - Feel is crisp & medium bodied, with some nice lingering hop bitterness & malt sweetness.

Overall, a nicely balanced beer, one of the better offerings out of the Boulevard sampler twelve pack. I wasn't very familiar with some of the more generic offerings from Boulevard, but the Boulevard Irish Ale is definitely one that stands above some of the others. A beer I would happily try again.

Boulevard Irish Ale ---4/5.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 00:20:24 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of rlee1390


3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Translucent ruby amber, two finger off white head with some carbonation.

S-Lots of caramel, molasses, earthy notes, grass and dirt.

T-Rather malty, lots of malt actually. Caramel, dirt and other earthy notes. Some roasted malt burnt notes.

M-Lighter, carbonated, smooth but a tad too lite.

O-A decent Irish Red. Usually not a fan of the style but this one was decent.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:26:14 | More by rlee1390
Photo of beergoot


3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Reddish-copper body with a thick, persistently sticky head; plenty of lacing rings clinging to the glass. Sweet, almost spicy, malt aromas greet the nose. Rich malt flavors, a bit biscuit-like; somewhat cola-like, combine with a slight astringency and soothing hop bitterness. Effervescent, medium-light body; clean and dry finish.

A very good and interestingly flavored brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 23:19:42 | More by beergoot
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an impy nonic a deep amber shade with a large blooming light tan colored head atop.Aromas are lighter with deep caramel and dark fruit notes.This is a real deeply fruit Irish red here,dark fruit and caramel over lightly roasted malt notes,a bit of drying earthiness in the finish.Alot of frutiness to this ale wich might not be true to style but it's pretty damn good.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 22:53:43 | More by oberon
Photo of dreedvol

North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber to reddish hue. Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Aroma: Nice malt, caramel nose.

Taste: Grainy malt taste with some caramel. Slightly biscuity.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp slightly prickly but very refreshing. No long aftertaste.

All in all a very enjoyable ale. Nice with some corned beef and cabbage.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 21:49:49 | More by dreedvol
Photo of MickeyD


4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass

Appearance: dark golden brown with a red hue when held to the light. Head was thick but dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Hops and caramel malt.

Taste: dark roasted barley with nice balance of hops. Moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Mouth feel: hoppy aftertaste but then while breathing though the nose I get the great taste of barley and wheat.

Overall: I think this beer has a good balance of hop and malt flavors. The carbonation brightens it and it has a great reddish/brown color.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 21:49:28 | More by MickeyD
Photo of hopman333


4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Just picked up a sixer at Walmart for $6.29, and since I'm in Mo now,,,, ( God I miss Chicago ) it just hit the shelves today and I'm a sucker for fresh beer. And just for the record I like Boulevard brews in General.

I really don't like to spend alo't of time commenting on the looks of a brew although I will say it has a nice tawny reddish brown appearance and a nice frothy head on it as well.

Smells of Rich Pale malts ( which I love ) and a nice Floral Hop aroma going on as well,,,, Very nice.

The taste is much better then last year's , in my opinion anyway's. It starts out Hoppy and Floral and quickly turn's into a VERY nice Caramel / Pale / Chocolate Malty palette that then carries out a nice 30 IBU Bitterness that does leave the mouth moist with with the juicy pale and assorted malts... Very Well Balanced.... This is about a well balanced as a brew can be.... I love the floral Hop and malt combo going on here....

Not sure why other's have rated this so low... It's not my favorite style by any mean's. Although I love Brian Boru ( AKA ) Three Floyd's and of course Conway's Irish Ale from Great Lakes. I think this is a fine representation of the style, especially at the price point I'm buying it at. All of the Boulevard 6 packs can be had for $6.29 here in Springfield which is a STEAL in my opinion. Hell sometimes their on sale for $5.99,,, NO BRAINER TO PICK THIS UP...

All in all a beautifully balanced brew that is 6 pack worthy for sure.... Do you ever just crave a nice hop and malt balance where one does not over power the other... If so, then this is your ticket. VERY NICE BREW<<<

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 22:59:02 | More by hopman333
Photo of kojevergas


2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2011 1107 E. Best by: 05/15/2012. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an Odell Easy Street Wheat pilsner glass in me gaff in high altitude Castle Rock, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are average given the brewery.

Served straight from the refrigerator and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a three finger head of nice cream, pretty good thickness, and good retention for the somewhat above average retention. Colour is semitransparent vibrant copper-amber. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Toasted malt, some cream, amber hops, other clean vibrant malts, and a hint of biscuity yeast. A mild strength aroma.

T: Toasted malts form the backbone accompanied by cream, amber hops, and clean malts with hints of biscuity yeast. In other words, it tastes much like it smells. Nicely layered and enjoyable, if somewhat simple. Not particularly subtle or complex, and a bit overdone in terms of the hops and toasted malts, but it's pleasant to drink.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with some pleasant crispness. A touch too thick. Too smooth and wet; needs coarseness and dryness to really bring the flavours out. Adequately carbonated. Suits the flavours decently, but is far from ideal.

Dr: Drinkable and pleasant, but far from impressive. I might get this again on-draught, but for the style it's rather mediocre. Nothing new is offered here. Fans of the style should try it, but don't expect anything amazing.


Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:37:33 | More by kojevergas
Photo of sethcroisant


3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- enticing two finger off-white head that leaves a nice lacing that lasts

S- a little bit of grassiness and some toasted grain in the nose. barely any kind of noticeable traits

T- nice sweetness from the malt up front. soon followed by a decent amount of hops, for the style, and a touch of salt that adds a bit to the bitterness. pretty dry in the finish with lingering toasted grains

O- a splendid offering from boulevard. one of the better and more balanced red ales i've tried

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 16:23:55 | More by sethcroisant
Photo of drabmuh


3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #4 on the "Top Beers - Irish Red Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Beer served in a Boulevard Brewing Company Irish Red Ale shaker pint. This is how the fictional God intended. A top 5 beer in a real style is always an exciting find.

Beer is dark red / ruby and clear with a nice one finger off white head of small bubbles. Some lacing, decent retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is plain and sweet.

Beer is a little apple-like in the mouth, a mild roast on the end, very subtle. A mild bitterness, a nice medium bodied. The finish is nice as well. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 19:07:17 | More by drabmuh
Photo of matjack85


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this single 12oz squatty brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date, bur Boulevard only makes these from Jan. to March and this is only May, so I assume it's pretty fresh.

The beer poured a murky color similar to an old copper penny, and produced a fast receding single finger of bubbly white head. Thin rings of lace slid down the glass with each sip.

Toasted malt and flowery hop aroma.

Malty without being sweet. Six different roasted and toasted malts are supposed to make up the backbone of the flavor here according to the website, but it didn't seem all that roasty or toasty to me. If anything, it's biscuity and dry with a mild herbal bitterness for balance.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, and moderate carbonation.

It's very drinkable with no alcoholic taste, but it's nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 07:34:23 | More by matjack85
Photo of Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Full finger of tan frothy head on a body of dark brown copper amber highlighted ale. Cloudy with a layer of foam that resides on top.

S: Sweet malts, spices, earthy,, bisquity, hints of banana, esters, timid toasted grains that warm the nose.

T/M: Big carbonation level that delivers a combination of floral and woody hops. Medium body that is on the sticky side. Toasted grains, semi-sweet malts with a peppery bite. A small warming sensation that responds to the dry finish of toasted sesame seeds.

O: Goid tasting beer that is well balanced. A great St. Patty's Day beverage. Not my most favorite Irish red but a solid one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:32:05 | More by Hopswagger
Photo of argock


3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 5/01/12 in white on bottle neck. Received from my parents with love (I'm sure).

A: Burnished reddish-amber with 1-2 finger of off-white head with decent retention and a nice stripe of craggy lace.

S: A light caramel grainy malt sweetness with tea-like hopping. It's pretty light all around but is a bit bigger with warming.

T: The grainy sweetness is pretty similar to the nose, maybe even a little sweeter. The hops are very light with just some herbal character lingering. I'm missing the toasted malt character I like in this style.

M: The feel is pretty dry with light-medium body.

O: This is a decent beer at best but not one of Boulevard's best.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 03:21:07 | More by argock
Photo of NuclearDolphin


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Pint Glass

Appearance - Dark Brown with an absolutely look to it. Head pours around 1 finger in width; Decent retention in terms of lacing.

Smell - Yeasts, caramel, cocoa, barley and malts. It smells like freshly baked bread with some mild sweet notes!

Taste - Sweet yeasts, malts and barley. This is a pretty simple tasting beer when compared to the smell. Luckily, the flavors are all pretty good. Aftertaste is a bitter barley taste.

Mouthfeel - It's on the heavier side in terms of body and thickness but not in a molasses sort of way. Carbonation is pretty light so it's pretty easy to drink

Overall - It's simple yet inoffensive in taste, and it's easy to drink. This is a beer that plays it safe, doesn't take any chances and succeeds in doing just that.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 03:53:49 | More by NuclearDolphin
Photo of KDawg


3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into a pint glass. Pours a dark amber color with a nice head

Well balanced with very good aromas of toffee, caramel, grains, a touch of hops and bits of citrus.

Nice medium body with a good feel. Nice flavors of toffee, caramel and some citrus but lacking a bit on the mid

A very drinkable irish ale. Yet another beer from boulevard that I've enjoyed and want again

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 06:02:14 | More by KDawg
Photo of imasloth


3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served into a pint glass. Outrs a nice red to amber color, with two-finger cream head. Highly carbonated to the extent that bubbles line the sides of the glass. Sparse but persistent lacing.

S- The smell really excites me. It's a nice mix of sweet malt/grain, with playful floral hop aromas.

T- Interestingly, the hops hit first. Good bitterness, with dry malt flavor to follow. Very tasty. Aftertaste brings back out the floral.

M- Smooth, medium body. Carbonation evident.

O- After the last few Boulevards I had in the twelve pack sampler I was having some doubts. This Irish Ale though is quite good. Would buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 23:03:44 | More by imasloth
Photo of dmfrench


3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tart apple spice but too thin to be nice

Spring Seasonal

A: Finely hazy deep blood red body with a fairly persistent, sudsy, three finger light khaki head. Simply beautiful.

S: Light dusty and slightly spiced hops with sweet caramel green apple. Simple but fragrant.

T: A bit of a let down after the look and the nose, but still flavorful... tart yet candied green apple dominates throughout with spiced hops making themselves known on top. Oddly, I'd swear I can taste alcohol. There's also just a bit of metal on the palate, and somehow the flavor lacks foundation. really not bad at all, just not a slam dunk.

M: A bit on the thin side for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 18:46:25 | More by dmfrench
Photo of Redrover


3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This had just been tapped at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is garnet with just a wisp of a beige head.

It has a nose of grains and some dough.

The beer beer’s taste tracks the smell. It is grainy & doughy with a touch of floral hops at the back end.

Mouth has decent heft. There is nothing bad here, but nothing that exciting either.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2012 17:55:11 | More by Redrover
Photo of phishsihq


3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Irish Red pours a light shade of mahogany, with a half-inch of off white head that provides spotty, yet sticky lace. Sweet malt, caramel, and some herbal hops are noticeable in the nose, with the slightest hints of roasted malt discernible as well. The flavors of this brew closely follow the nose, with the sweet malt dominating the pallet out front, hints of caramel and toffee poking through, and a long, sustained finish with a touch of floral hop flavor and bitterness in the end. A medium level of carbonation is met with a medium-high body. Another wonderful example of the "Irish Red Ale" category.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:57:31 | More by phishsihq
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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.