Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 21
Gots: 50 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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
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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  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.

Photo of JasonA
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of NicholasCasber
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.


Photo of pat61
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours slightly hazy light brown tinted amber under a 2” off-white persistent foam cap. Has a clean malt driven aroma with caramel and bread crust. A light caramel sweetness on the introduction dries out with a light roast and grainy finish. Medium body and moderate to moderately high carbonation, which seems a little high and washes out some of the malt flavors.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, toast, caramel, yeast, and slight roast. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops. Slight hints of brown sugar. A pretty solid bready aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and sweet malt forward taste with good notes of biscuit and caramel. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toast, grains, yeast, and some subtle chocolate roast. Earthy and floral hops with some grass. Light notes of brown sugar. A pretty nice red taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on an Irish Red. Has the toasty caramel malt presence you expect with a wee bit of roast.

Photo of smc143
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of MOShepp
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of turamarth
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(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.

Photo of brewQ
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wmtxbb
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel/amber with a creamy head that's big and retains well. Thick sticky foam clings to the glass.

Aroma is caramel, something sweet like candy sugar, and a lager-y lightness in the background.

Nuttiness and caramel prevail in the flavor. Mineral in the finish, which is also bitter and gives off a light hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is too fizzy; less aggressiveness would help this beer out.

An easy drinker, but it's pretty average stuff, close in vibe to your everyday average brown or amber ale.

Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and gleaming ruby-kissed bronze. The head is beige, well-formed and well-retained.
Nose is hollow and grainy, lightly bready, and generally a weakness.
Taste, however, gathers up the slack. Begins caramel sweet, but begins to dry immediately. Turns into brittle toffee, then into toast. Sweetens again late. Interesting ebb and flow. Hopping is manifest, and actually serves to build on the reclaimed sweetness. Juicy citric hues. Orangey with lime rinds. Dries again at the close. More herbal around the time of the swallow, along with a strange gin-like sensation. Odd especially, because alcohol is a non-factor here.
A super-quaffable, medium-bodied, red ale. And one that has some strong points- primarily its Americana uniqueness.

More kudos to the Huge one.

Photo of Sammy
2.84/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks bort11 for your generousity. Pours a tan yellow with a foaming white head. Beery cheese aroma. Toast in there and on bitter side, not getting too much malt and no hint of recognition of a 5-malt complexity, metal in the finish. Aggressive carbonation,not bad but oh so dry Irish.Thanks again Tim!

Photo of pmcadamis
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy russet colored brew with reddish highlights, and a nice thick tan head that sticks around for a long time. Some nice creamy lace is left on the glass. All in all, this is a really good lookin' brew.

S - Nice mildly floral hop aroma backed up by some sugary and syrupy smelling malt. Not a whole lot going on here.

T - Nice smooth and mild but hop-forward taste. Some lightly sweet malt notes remind me of carrot cake and spiced coffee cakes. It's gentle and easy going; quite likable really.

M - Moderately-carbonated and medium in body. Creamy and lush with a neutral but very slightly hoppy finish.

D - Good stuff. Nothing memorable or outstanding, but it's a fine lower-abv session beer. A good session choice for St. Patty's day if you are bored with Guinness, Killians, and Bud Light in green aluminum bottles.

Photo of hopman333
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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<<<

Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pilsener. Rejoice, Boulevard is now stamping bottles with a best by! "Best by 06/01/10" and now all they need to do is switch to crown caps.

A more golden rod than red on the pour, the glassful of beer ends up more amber to light red. Good retention of a half-inch of head that verges on cappuccino color.

An immediately full nose of sweet caramel, malt, barley, and sugar cookies. Faint metallic, penny-like whiffs.

Fortunately not as sweet as the nose suggests. Light caramel influences on solid malt body that's towards bready. Some roast in the back contributes to the light, almost herbal, hop bitterness and drier finish. Along with this, some yeast in the finish as well. Red apples, barley, tea.

The mouthfeel is full and feels nearly creamy. Carbonation excellently balanced.

I was quite curious to see what Boulevard could do with an Irish red ale after drinking their winter seasonal, Nutcracker. I must say I am impressed because, while this is not an explosive beer by any means, it is very full of flavor and to me very pleasing. Sitting down with this would be a pleasure, and this is not a style that piques my interest easily. The affordability is also appreciated. Better than Sam Adams Irish Red for my money.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a root beer lollipop brown with two fingers of slowly dissipating tan head. Smells of molasses and malts. Tastes of a dry roasted malts and, some cherry and walnut hints, a slight after taste of semi bitter hops. Medium thick mouthfeel, a little light on the carbonation. I'd recommend a pint to a friend its quite drinkable.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top of the evening to ya!!! It's St. Pat's and what a perfect reason to taste the wonderful pot of gold known as Boulevard's Irish Ale! Thsi beer is very good....better than Killians. This beer is a nice clear ruby red with thin white head with slight lacing. The taste is agreat balance of malt and a lil something sweet! The mouthfeel is great and I could session this bad boy!

Photo of dbossman
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy; redish/brown fast forming head with a slow dissipation and okay lacing

S: A slight, sweet maltiness but honestly there isn't a lot going on-not off puting but not enhancing the beer either

T: A little sweet and bready; grainy, roasted maltiness comes out in aftertaste--as does a nutty quality that is pleasant; unfortnuately it just isn't all that much and a touch bland

F: Decent mouth feel; a tad watery and carbonation doesn't seem quite right

D: Pretty good representation of the style but not great; definately a good spring sessionable beer

Photo of nickd717
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to stephens101.

Excellent appearance, deep red with a larger off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma is bready and earthy, with mild roasted notes.

Pleasant flavor dominated by malts - bread and caramel. Also lots of dirty earth, which is not a bad thing. I mean, if you don't like earth, buddy, then get the hell off it and go live on f-ing Uranus or something. I hear it's nice this time of year. Bitter hop finish.

Medium-bodied, fairly dry with just a hint of sweetness in the middle.

Very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good example of a style that isn't one of my favorites. And to those who accuse me of not reviewing to style, ha!

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