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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 496
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 15
Gots: 17 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

06-05-2012 14:35:13 | More by WhiskeeTango
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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.


Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 22:37:33 | More by kojevergas
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3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- enticing two finger off-white head that leaves a nice lacing that lasts

S- a little bit of grassiness and some toasted grain in the nose. barely any kind of noticeable traits

T- nice sweetness from the malt up front. soon followed by a decent amount of hops, for the style, and a touch of salt that adds a bit to the bitterness. pretty dry in the finish with lingering toasted grains

O- a splendid offering from boulevard. one of the better and more balanced red ales i've tried

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 16:23:55 | More by sethcroisant

3/5  rDev -18%

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3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is #4 on the "Top Beers - Irish Red Ale" list on beeradvocate.com. Beer served in a Boulevard Brewing Company Irish Red Ale shaker pint. This is how the fictional God intended. A top 5 beer in a real style is always an exciting find.

Beer is dark red / ruby and clear with a nice one finger off white head of small bubbles. Some lacing, decent retention, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is plain and sweet.

Beer is a little apple-like in the mouth, a mild roast on the end, very subtle. A mild bitterness, a nice medium bodied. The finish is nice as well. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2012 19:07:17 | More by drabmuh
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3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this single 12oz squatty brown bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99. No freshness date, bur Boulevard only makes these from Jan. to March and this is only May, so I assume it's pretty fresh.

The beer poured a murky color similar to an old copper penny, and produced a fast receding single finger of bubbly white head. Thin rings of lace slid down the glass with each sip.

Toasted malt and flowery hop aroma.

Malty without being sweet. Six different roasted and toasted malts are supposed to make up the backbone of the flavor here according to the website, but it didn't seem all that roasty or toasty to me. If anything, it's biscuity and dry with a mild herbal bitterness for balance.

Creamy smooth mouthfeel, medium bodied, and moderate carbonation.

It's very drinkable with no alcoholic taste, but it's nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2012 07:34:23 | More by matjack85
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

P: Full finger of tan frothy head on a body of dark brown copper amber highlighted ale. Cloudy with a layer of foam that resides on top.

S: Sweet malts, spices, earthy,, bisquity, hints of banana, esters, timid toasted grains that warm the nose.

T/M: Big carbonation level that delivers a combination of floral and woody hops. Medium body that is on the sticky side. Toasted grains, semi-sweet malts with a peppery bite. A small warming sensation that responds to the dry finish of toasted sesame seeds.

O: Goid tasting beer that is well balanced. A great St. Patty's Day beverage. Not my most favorite Irish red but a solid one.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 01:32:05 | More by Hopswagger
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3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass. Best by 5/01/12 in white on bottle neck. Received from my parents with love (I'm sure).

A: Burnished reddish-amber with 1-2 finger of off-white head with decent retention and a nice stripe of craggy lace.

S: A light caramel grainy malt sweetness with tea-like hopping. It's pretty light all around but is a bit bigger with warming.

T: The grainy sweetness is pretty similar to the nose, maybe even a little sweeter. The hops are very light with just some herbal character lingering. I'm missing the toasted malt character I like in this style.

M: The feel is pretty dry with light-medium body.

O: This is a decent beer at best but not one of Boulevard's best.

Serving type: bottle

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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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