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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 504
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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5/5  rDev +36.6%

11-18-2011 15:26:52 | More by kckclassic
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

03-12-2012 02:57:48 | More by kzov21
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5/5  rDev +36.6%

11-24-2011 21:19:10 | More by lokiikol
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

08-31-2014 05:53:22 | More by Derrill
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New York

4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

02-15-2014 19:41:47 | More by pinkysup
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4.75/5  rDev +29.8%

07-07-2014 22:01:36 | More by megamick
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4.65/5  rDev +27%

Pours well from bottle to pint glass. Head is nice and thick, taking a while to settle. It is not a very sweet Irish Ale, it is a malty ale, with a somewhat bitter finish. This is a full flavoured beer, that is neither overly filling or too complex. This is a great beer from bottle or tap.

05-31-2014 18:48:02 | More by east_tn_gk
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4.58/5  rDev +25.1%

This is an excellent take on the Irish red ale and absolutely one of the best I've had, being light and easy to drink yet well-rounded with a little complexity.

Deep copper, it has a very big tan head with a hint of orange, steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and a hint of lace.

Aroma is very nice, caramelised, toasted barley and bread crust - full, bright and clean, with light firm fruitiness, light herbal-woody hop and some winey plum.

Taste is dryish, caramelised barley, some toast, light dryish plum and wine, light tea and woody bitterness balancing the light sweetness.

09-26-2010 23:38:35 | More by Offa
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-23-2013 15:26:54 | More by WritersBlock
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-03-2013 17:28:31 | More by meigs3
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

03-04-2012 02:42:47 | More by Reed
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

06-03-2014 00:01:09 | More by Midwestbrew18
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

02-28-2012 03:15:37 | More by randall7942001
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-24-2012 05:15:26 | More by substanceD
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4.5/5  rDev +23%

01-10-2012 22:09:39 | More by MarshallMan
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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

Boulevard Irish Ale pours a dark copper from a stubby 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to just under two fingers of dense light tan bubbles before disappating down to a nice carpet of frothy foam. Some lace is clinging to the sides of my glass, but not in any great amount.

Nose is a sweet barley malt with layers of floral hops and alcohol, not just any alcohol mind you, but an Irish whisky alcohol nose. Palate is most complex, a yummy barley malt, floral hops with some bittering as well. Figs and a grapefruit citrus note plus a drying espresso coffee finish bring up the rear.

I have never had an Irish Ale with this much complex nature in my entire life!
Bravo Boulevard, Bravo!

02-20-2005 03:02:00 | More by BeerBob
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4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

A friend got me this sixer for a present.
I love to support Semi-Local brewerys so This was a beer I was really excited about.

The pour was amazing. I actually took a pic of it when I poured 2 bottles into a large glass Stein. Beautiful Ruddy brown color. Clear not cloudy, Pretty bubbles.

Smell is sweet, I cant say much more than that. I smelled good though!

Taste. Amazing, finished clean with no odd aftertaste.. in other words no notes of any negativity. All good. Overall a beautiful experience.

Mouthfeel was the same as taste. Darker but not reeeeal heavy. Amazing all the way through.

Drinkability, Put it this way. I wish this was all year round and not limited to a certain time of year.

Damn near perfect review.
I love this one, and its gonna hold a special spot in my heart. Gotta remember when I see this one... (next year most likely) To just cash im my change and get a sixer.

Who cares if you got bills?
Buy this six pack.

02-09-2008 07:23:43 | More by Clockwork420
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4.43/5  rDev +21%

Pours a dark mahogany color and had a tan head that did not stick around. It has a very sweet malty aroma and a touch of hops in there too. The flavor is really balanced and refreshing. Quite complex actually, way above my tasting skills. But from a pure enjoyment standpoint, it is just plain good. Worthy of any true beer lover's refrigerator.

01-30-2005 10:17:25 | More by RushLimbmalt
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

L: Pours a nice amber-red color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white/tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: A big caramelized malty aroma and then a hint of earthy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Like the aroma, there is a huge malty base with hints of caramelized malts, and some nice darker and lighter malts. There is a hint of hops at the end as well.
M: Very nice weight to it, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, wish I had more of this!

06-20-2009 12:47:02 | More by erosier
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

On tap (on tour) after two days of beer judging in KC at 26th KC Biermeisters Homebrew Competion.

I would have given this a good shot at B.O.S. even with some outstanding homebrewed beers in competition.

Clarity and Color are ideal (deep reddish copper/garnet tinted) for an Irish Red. Aroma and Flavors are crisp clean and most drinkable. Very clean fermentation character with a finish that dries a bit of residual sweetness (dextrins give a satisfying Mouthfeel ideal to style) from the higher mash temp. Obviously has a complex malt bill. Tour guide Poncho thought possibly 6 malts in grist.

Much better than past bottle version but Boulevard has a new state of the art brew house. It sure pays off on this beer!

On homebrewer on the tour reported have the just released bottled '09 version and found the tapped Red far superior.

02-24-2009 03:36:01 | More by karst
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4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

Boulevard Irish Ale is a seasonal red Irish Ale, and an old favorite. Available bottled and on tap, it's always a nice reminder that springtime is just around the corner. This beer was recently released, this years batch is as good as ever.

Appearance = dark reddish-copper color. Long lasting light creamy head, nice aroma. Slight haze from bottle conditioning.

Nose = Malt, fruit, some hops

Taste = Lots of Malt in balance with the hops, definite sweet overtones. Medium finish.

A nice red ale. Always have liked the way this beer looks. Try pouring a glass full and hold it up to the light, I really love the color of this beer. After you do this 4 times it gives the world a rosy glow.

01-15-2003 16:06:43 | More by texascarl
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

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.

03-17-2013 21:49:49 | More by dreedvol
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4.35/5  rDev +18.9%

2006 edition:

Medium bodied, dark reddish copper color with a moderate light tan head that retreats to just a light layer of lace almost immediately.

Aroma is sweet roasted malt, caramel, slightly piney.

Taste starts slightly, pleasantly sweet, very mellow roasted malt caramel, toffee and nuts with overtones of apples, drying out slightly toward the finish with a mild spicy citrus/pine note and lingering maltiness.

Very nicely balanced, nothing overdone. Very smooth and extremely easy to drink. One of the best "Irish Ales".

07-09-2005 03:50:07 | More by whynot44
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper

This ours from 12oz bottle(best by May 1 2007) a nice clear amber with a smallish head of foam that shrinks pretty quickly to some spotting near the edge of the glass with some lacing.

The smell has some sweet and roasted malt to it and it's nice.

The taste isn't as sweet as the nose would indicate and that's fine by me. This has a good roastiness to it with some sweet notes and some fruity hop goodness there as well that shows up mostly in the finish. Nice long lasting aftertaste that is very yummy.

A very smooth yet tasty drinker...I've had this many times before and I was surprised to find that I hadn't reviewed it yet. I think this is a top notch example of the style and I *believe*, my favourite to date. Very well done, Boulevard!

06-01-2007 23:39:28 | More by Bitterbill
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4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Color: a clear reddish hue, and the head is short, off-white.
Aroma is a surprising delight, rich and ambrosial: caramel, nuts, some dark fruits, cherry, citrus, and an overall roasted feel. Puts me in mind of a barleywine or a winter ale, more than a typical Irish ale.
Tasty, warm texture. Hops are lying low, true to style. Malt is big, but not too much so. Taste is sweet and delicious. I loved this oned all the way down!
One of the better "Irish ales" I've ever encountered. Great thanks to marc77 for sending it!

04-27-2003 20:11:43 | More by feloniousmonk
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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 504 ratings.