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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 25 | 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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Photo of chevyboy1983
1/5  rDev -72.7%

chevyboy1983, Mar 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Joshsays, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of dav
2/5  rDev -45.4%

dav, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of wmtxbb
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%
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.

wmtxbb, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Basoos1
2.28/5  rDev -37.7%

Basoos1, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of harrymel
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 01MAY12

pours a rusty brown with a quilt of light latte foam and excellent clarity. Spotty lace. Nose is of floral malts and a little bit of caramel. Some tea like, earthy hops. Metallic flavor over a decent amount of sweet malts. There is a certain dry, tart character I'm not really digging. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a good dry finish. This is okay, nothing more.

harrymel, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of Wiscodrinker
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Wiscodrinker, Mar 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

josephwa, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of travy82
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

travy82, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of Miami66
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Miami66, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Beerlover, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Beestin
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Beestin, Apr 14, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Pjev11, Nov 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Herky21, Mar 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Twpsyn, May 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

DexterP236, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of MNBeer1017
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

MNBeer1017, Mar 30, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Iowacraft, Apr 20, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

JasonZeh, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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!

Sammy, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of Foyle
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

Foyle, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of kojevergas
2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.


kojevergas, May 31, 2012
Photo of bennettwj
3/5  rDev -18%

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.

bennettwj, Sep 27, 2014
Photo of caustin90
3/5  rDev -18%

caustin90, May 06, 2014
Photo of jwmarcum
3/5  rDev -18%

jwmarcum, Feb 15, 2012
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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.