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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish AleIrish Ale

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Ratings: 548
Reviews: 237
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 20
Gots: 45 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a bottle.

The name describes the color, which is a crimson tinged deep orange under an excellent soft three fingers of clingy foam that never falls all the way to the surface.

The aroma is mild and pleasing with primary notes of light fruit and a touch of black tea. The hops come through in a light fruity way and this doesn't smell bitter.

There is less overall flavor than I expected, with muted grains and a little toast paired with some hop bitterness and a tiny bit of their leafy flavor. There is a little alcohol and a little wet grain in the aftertaste. As it warms, a little nicer touch of toasty grain and some caramel come forward.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with full but not prickly carbonation and compact bubbles.

Conclusion: Looks good, smells good, feels good, but this bottle falls a little short in the taste department. I imagine this is a hard style to get just right because it includes subtlety, but this is a good beer all the same, it just doesn't shine out as world class.

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

I bought this brew the day it hit the shelves, but just now got off my arse to review the thing....

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a mug. Poured a nice deep amber color with a creamy, imposing three finger head. Good head retention, moderate signs of lacing.

Smell - Nice and sweet, you can certainly smell the malty character coming through in the smell. A good roasted malt smell.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Caramel undertones, with a strong roasted malt flavor. Right on the nose for the style

Mouthfeel - A dry finish, nice. Good carbonation and body.

Overall - This brew will get away from you quick. I started the night with one, and have had a whole bunch since then. It is easy to drink several of these bad boys and not really pay it much mind. An excellent brew, I really liked it. Recommended, especially for the spring/St. Patricks Day/March timeframe. Enjoy!

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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a deep oak/mahogany color, with just a hint of haze. An off-white colored head, rather frothy dissipates to a thin film. Sticky lacing persists. For the first time, I can smell both malts AND hops in a beer, this one. The beer tastes Of slightly sweet chocolate/caramel malts with a dry hop finish. The mouthfeel is carbonated, and that's reflected in the pour, sometimes you need to pour slowly or the head with get away from you. Medium bodied.

Overall, this is a decent Irish Red, but again, with all of Boulevard's beers, there's just too much carbonation I think. When you pour the beer, the head blossoms as if you're pouring it into a chilled mug -- not good. But it's well balanced with malts and hops, and I do like this beer, but it's not perfect.

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A: There is a cloudy dark copper red with a very thin white head. The head quickly fades to almost nothing and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: I really do not get much smell from this beer at all. I get a little bit of malt, but that's really it.

T: The taste has a nice amount of malt and caramel. The taste is nothing special.

M: Now sadly, this is the best part of the beer to me. It has a nice foamy feeling in my mouth and a nice amount of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue. It also leaves a little bit of a dry feeling in my mouth.

O: This just isn't as good as I was hoping. Irish Red Ale's are really hard to perfect and this one has a lot of flaws that need to be worked out.

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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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