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Irish Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Photo of sjdevel
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured only with a 1-finger head from a 12-ounce bottle. Not very fizzy at all. Head receded quickly and left with only a thin foam ring within a few minutes. The color is a nice copper color with a slight reddish hue and quite clear.

Sweet caramel and a slight fruit smell. Possibly some hops mixed in there. Not very aromatic at all.

Very low bitterness, and it quickly goes into sweet caramel. Close to a brown, but with that slight Irish yeast funky tang that you would expect in a Red. Seems a bit watered down in terms of flavor. It is on track to having the right flavors for an Irish Red, but it just seems like the Water/Grain ratio could have used a bit less water. The sweetness dries out and you are left with some malt and bread notes.

Feels quite thin and flat. Light feeling and should be medium / approaching full.

Decent, but not quite there. Just too watery for the style, or maybe just for me.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ruby maroon, with a foamy, thick khaki head. Lacing is plentiful. Notes of malts, and yeast in the aroma. Taste is a sweet, malty flavor. Mouth feel is good. Easy to drink. Feels bold and robust. Overall, this is alright. This is usually one of my favorite beers, but it seems to be lacking something this year (now that I'm finally reviewing it).

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of MartyMaltose
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best stabs at a style that always sounds like it holds promise but often disappoints. This one has stronger malt flavor than some of the drier ones, and seems to be a product of a brewery that has great control over its elements. Maybe a bit sour/wheaty for me, but when in the mood for such a thing, I'd buy again. Looks great, by the way. If you want your party or your restaurant to LOOK like you're all enjoying robust yet accessible beer, I recommend it.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.67/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice Irish ale pours a beautiful mahogany red with a sizable white head that dissipates to a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of toasted caramel malts and light flowery hops. Flavors follow the nose with a nice toasted malt flavor, followed by medium floral hops and a touch of citrus. A nice session ale that finishes lightly dry with great carbonation making for a lively mouth feel. An excellent brew indeed!


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Photo of priwen
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a hint of orange. Frothy, tan head that is slow to dissipate. Slightly hazy. Rich malt aroma with some citrus hops in the background. Flavor of sweet malt and caramel. The hops add some citrus to the flavor that helps to keep it from being boring, and also prevents it from being cloying. Balance is good. Creamy mouthfeel with a semi-sweet finish. Overall, this is a really nice beer. Nothing extraordinary, but one that is enjoyable and very pleasing.

12 oz bottle
Best by: 05/03/15
Served in a Mug

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Photo of supervike
3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the color and the foam this beer provides. It's a rich coppery color with a tan head. The smell isn't much of anything, just a slight malt. The taste is a good mix of malt and roasted grains. Smooth with some depth of flavor. A nice mouthfeel and only a slight bitter hop finish. This is a very good ale.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great take on the traditional Irish ales. I'm really glad I went for this instead of one of the mass-market ones (Smithwick's is probably the best of the lot, but not as good as this) at this time of year. Nice color, lots of lacing, big head, just a really nice looking beer that tastes great. One of Boulevard's better beers for sure.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

March 1, 2015

Draft, pint glass

A – Medium to deep amber with a small but long-lasting off-white head.

S – Biscuit, caramel, some light hop bitterness on the nose. A bit of floral or herbal hop aroma. Very clean.

T – Golden biscuit, very light toffee or caramel. A mild hop bite and some floral hop flavor.

M – Very smooth, medium in body and medium low carbonation. Little residual sweetness, enough hop bitterness to support the malt.

O – A very well-made version of Irish Red, just not a lot of character, throughout. But the cleanness of the aroma and flavor profiles are impressive.

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Photo of CIBoy10
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a reddish copper brown, nice fluffy off-white head that hangs around well.
Smell - Yeast, heavy malt
Taste - lots of roasted malt (almost like a porter kick) with a twinge of bread on the end. very light hoppiness. I really enjoyed the flavor, not what I was expecting and a tad unique.
Feel - high quality, smooth but crisp finish.
Overall - this beer surprised me. I liked it a lot and would gladly buy more.

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Photo of pat61
4.05/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of bennettwj
3/5  rDev -19.4%

This is the one beer from Boulevard that I won't buy. If you hand me one I will drink it though. I am at odds with many of my friends who love this beer though.....guys who wish they could get it year round. The yeast aroma is too strong. I'm not sure why it is more pronounced in this beer when compared to other Irish style red ales though. Overall not bad, but not the best showing from Boulevard.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.43/5  rDev -7.8%

$1.23 single.

Appearance (4) : pours a huge yellow four fingered head that diminishes slowly and holds retention well. Ginger orange colored body with 80% opacity.

Smell (3.5) : spice, toasted grain, citrus hop bitterness. Yeast and bread dough out of the bottle.

Taste (3.5) : Overall taste is hoppy and bready. It begins with a smooth bite and a body of yeast and malt, with light hop. The end accentuates and compounds the hop profile in a lemon peel finish. It ends slightly like a pale ale. It's not exactly my type of amber but it has a lot going for it.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Creamy, lightly carbonated, medium bodied, ends sticky.

Overall (3.43) : may not pick this one up again but it is a respectable amber. Glad I got to try it at a cheap price!

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Photo of east_tn_gk
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Foyle
2.92/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: a thick fluffy off white head recedes at a glacial pace with some fine lacing. Color is a somewhat cloudy reddish amber with plenty of yeast in suspension. Very little streaming carbonation.
Aroma: bready malts dominate the aroma, with some caramel sweetness, a bit of fruit, and some pungent hops.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied, fluffy, and sticky with a somewhat wet finish.
Flavor: toasted bread crust, raisins, caramel, a bit of grassiness, and a strong, lingering hop bitterness in the middle and finish.
Overall: this is an above average, but not outstanding, offering.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of BeerWizard
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of jprock01
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.32/5  rDev -10.8%
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.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.57/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of beergoot
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of oberon
3.72/5  rDev 0%
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.

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