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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by Bfarr:
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3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Best until 4/12/10 printed on the bottle

Since this ale has a secondary bottle fermentation, the best by date may have an effect on the outcome of its performance. It's appearance is a dark amber color with a slight red glowing from the bottom of the glass. A generous fine head sticks around for quite some time. A pleasant earthy aroma starts things off. There is a pleasant hop bite that comes with an Irish ale and a good caramel malt sweetness to back it up. The mouthfeel on this is just fantastic. The high, fine carbonation gives this a silky feel that makes the overall impression of a very smooth ale. If it had just a little more bite it would be perfect.

This is a very fine example of an Irish ale just perfect for St. Patricks day or really any other day you have corned beef or soda bread. Or pizza for that matter.

03-21-2010 02:53:37 | More by Bfarr
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

03-17-2013 22:53:43 | More by oberon
Photo of mojohawk21


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-12-2013 01:31:51 | More by mojohawk21
Photo of tohe9384

4/5  rDev +9.3%

09-12-2012 01:17:41 | More by tohe9384
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

07-10-2014 18:54:46 | More by joemetric
Photo of JasonA


3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Received this in a trade as an extra. Bottle says best buy 05/01/09. Very nice semi-transparent carmel. Macro looking carbonation with little to no lacing, not in a bad way to the style.

Malt and iced tea. Some metal alcohol feeling.

Right as I read the label "produce a secondary fermentation in the bottle" I taste a hint of unfiltered hefe. Just a tad yeasty, nice. Litle tea, light malt. Clean and fresh. No hops to speak of.

Some ABV, nice pub beer.

Not one I would look after, might try on tap local. I could put down a pitcher of this and not be sad.

08-10-2008 01:36:01 | More by JasonA
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South Dakota

4/5  rDev +9.3%

01-22-2014 00:27:21 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

05-17-2013 01:33:47 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of Mora2000


3.88/5  rDev +6%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I had to work late on St. Patrick's Day, so I had two of these when I got home from work. Poured a copper/red color. There wasn't much of a smell, but what smell there was came across as malty. The taste was malty with only a slight amount of hops. I haven't had a ton of Irish Red Ales, but this one tasted good to me. I would definitely try it again.

03-25-2008 02:35:13 | More by Mora2000
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3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz. squat amber bottle.

Deep copper in color, with an off-white head that fluffs itself up and lasts for quite some time. There's even some patchwork quilt lacing on the glass. Impressive. Aromas are toasted grains and dark druit. There's even some spicy character to it. Flavor is balanced. Sweet malty flavors mix nicely with the hops, aided by a dash of doughy yeastiness. Finishes with a caramel-nut aftertaste. Good session beer.

08-01-2004 16:34:12 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

A: This beer was poured in a straight pour into a stein glass. Had great head and was well sustained throughout the drink, but gave minimal lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, however it left off the bitter notes of plain old hops.

T: Tasted of sweet plums initially and then finished with a nice citrus end, still wanted more though.

M: Didn't feel too watered down for my mouth, however, the carbonation was perfect.

D: I'd do drink it again no problem.


03-29-2010 21:50:57 | More by NicholasCasber
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Posted on my blog in March, copied & pasted in October, as wait for spring again.

I am drinking an Irish Ale right now. It is an irish red brewed by my friendly neighborhood brewer, Boulevard. I love the Irish Ale. I even love the Celtic-ish label. It pours a deep reddish/caramel color with a decent foamy head that settles into lacing for the entire beer. It smells like sweet caramel, a little bready and malty, and a bit fruity. The taste is also caramel malts and sweet, but has some nuttiness, and a tiny hint of hops. The body is fairly light, and sparsely carbonated, and basically I love this beer.

10-05-2008 02:56:45 | More by smc143
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3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

Poured into tumbler. Dark amber with a 1" head that quickly breaks into a thin layer leaving some lacing. Smells of toffee and maybe candy corn. Not a lot of hops, malty and smooth all the way through, caramel, wood, sweet with very slight bitterness at the finish. Not the best red ale I've had, but pretty good.

02-18-2008 23:53:28 | More by MOShepp
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Fully dark oxidized copper color, clear. Sugary head of decent staying power. Slightly dripping ring lace. Briefly malty aroma, with a sprightly orange slice candy touch. Nice beginning, braodly sweet with caramel tones, good medium mouthfeel, and a bit of wintergreen. Finishes a bit thinned in impression, with just a bare re-inforcement of minty hoppiness. Slighlty warming in the throat. No real problems with the beer, the mid mouth fall-off is the biggest miss. I'd drink it again.

02-08-2004 18:48:31 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance has a smooth creamy tan caramel tan head body is amber red leaves even thick chunks of lacing. Aroma contains caramel malt sweetness with pine cone scented hops definitely hoppier than the average Irish Red, which is a plus in my book. Taste has upfront malted wheaties sweetness touch of caramel creamy tone altogether with a mild bitterness but complex piney hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mildly carbonated very smooth with each sip. Drinkability is very nice all around definitely better than many other beers of this style, go Irish this March with Boulevard's take on the style.

02-08-2006 22:06:16 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

12-12-2012 01:04:24 | More by schoon
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance: Has a reddish-amber clear colored body. Poured a fluffy off white head. Looks pretty nice. Some lacing.

Nose: Not a lot here (that I can pick up anyways). Some hops in the nose, which makes up most of the aroma. Some caramel? Maybe some other sweets, fruitiness maybe.

Taste: Sort of reminds me of Fat Tire. There is some bready, yeasty flavors. Kind of like gooey biscuits. Some brighter notes are noticeable. Hints of fruits, and some hops. This is pretty balanced and rounded.

Mouth: Nice carbonation. Pretty light feeling. Leaves the mouth nice and light.

Drink: Pretty drinkable. Not bad, nothing exceptional.

Notes: This really reminds me of Fat Tire.

01-17-2009 06:15:30 | More by turamarth
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

01-14-2013 14:39:40 | More by sgttibbs
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

(Served in an American pint glass)
best before 05/01/11 (It was)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep pecan brown body with a big bubbly carbonation that supports a light tan head that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a soft brown malt aroma with some graham hints that grow as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a dry malt flavor with lightly toasted notes and a green hop bite at the end. As the beer warms there is a biscuit note that comes through the malt.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish that scrubs the palate.

O- The hops are a bit stronger than the malt but both are a bit soft and there is not a lot of depth in the beer but it has some nice flavors and is easy to drink.

06-21-2011 21:52:31 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

03-08-2012 01:07:14 | More by Arherring
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

This year's model ... a rich red-brown color with a sandy tan head. Leaves light lace as it goes.

The aroma is earthy and sweet but I could not pull up hop smell despite a warm serving temperature. I expected more on that score.

The taste has a certain fullness and balance. Just a hint of tartness at the finish. Certainly drinkable and well above the reds and limp Irish beers I tend to see available. Just not as much of a stand out as the other BLVD beers.

02-22-2005 03:49:22 | More by brewQ
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

06-20-2014 22:46:55 | More by Jach
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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

10-24-2013 02:38:02 | More by bpascale
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2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark red with lacing.

Smell: Tea and cotton candy. Smells a lot like some of the scottish herb ales I've had.

Taste: Way too much alcohol up front, really over powers the other flavors. Not balanced at all. Alcohol followed by malt and ends tart. Horrible mix that ends far too bitter.

Drinkability: One is too much. I've really wanted to like Boulevard's brews, but I haven't been able to find any (thus far) that I like. This Irish ale should be revamped or just retired.

12-30-2010 01:22:54 | More by wmtxbb
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

03-24-2014 03:40:26 | More by javlin624
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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.