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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish AleIrish Ale

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of emmasdad
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this one up a while back as part of a mixed six pack. Poured a dark reddish-brown color with a good beige head. Aromas of grassy hops, toasted malts and caramel. On the palate, this one is light to medium bodied with flavors of caramel, grassy hops and toasted malts.

Photo of Pegasus
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, deep reddish amber, with a massive, dense, off-white head, which retains superbly. Scattered, thin lacing adorns the glass walls.

Aroma: Lots of caramel, herbal hops, diacetyl, and a little earth.

Taste: Opens with toasted malt, some earthy hop notes as the taste progresses. Late in the taste, a moderate earthy and herbal bitterness appears, which lingers on past the end of the taste.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and fairly full, with a touch of stinging carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant example, very drinkable.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce short brown glass bottle, served in a Plsener glass.

Photo of KrautAficionado
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours sparkling ruby with an average sized creamy off-white head, mostly lasting, good lacing. Aroma is average malt (cereal, nutty), average hops (flowers, grass), average yeast (sweat) with notes of pear and paper. Light bodied, thin texture, lively carbonation and an astringent finish. Average duration, light sweetness, acidity and bitterness; foamy metal, raw hop and cereal malt flavor.

Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a nice, cherry-wood color with a sort of rosy, 1-finger head with decent retention. Nice and clear, with a slight lacing down the sides of the glass. Not bad looking at all.

S - Very sweet and caramelly. A bit roasted scents along the way, and absolutely no hoppiness whatsoever. Scent is a bit thin, though.

T - A lot like the nose, but much more potent and noticeable, with the caramel taking center-stage. Nice mixture of roasted malt flavors makes for a vaguely coffee-like undertaste. As it warms, this becomes more powerful.

M - A bit lighter-bodied, with sharp carbonation and a surprisingly dry finish. Kind of like a dry, thicker version of soda. Normally it'd turn me off, but I actually think it works with this style.

D - Pretty much the definition of a drinkable brew. It's affordable, easy to drink, doesn't try to do anything new... Very accessible.

Probably one of my top 12oz seasonal offerings from boulevard

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in an American pint glass)
best before 05/01/11 (It was)
A- This beer pours a hazy deep pecan brown body with a big bubbly carbonation that supports a light tan head that last for a good bit.

S- This beer has a soft brown malt aroma with some graham hints that grow as the beer warms.

T- This beer has a dry malt flavor with lightly toasted notes and a green hop bite at the end. As the beer warms there is a biscuit note that comes through the malt.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a tight fizz in the finish that scrubs the palate.

O- The hops are a bit stronger than the malt but both are a bit soft and there is not a lot of depth in the beer but it has some nice flavors and is easy to drink.

Photo of ElCommodoro
3.22/5  rDev -12%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer poured a very dark brown copperish colour, but was still transparent. It had a large foamy light tan head that left the most incredible lacing I've ever seen. It looks incredibly delicious.

It smells a bit metallic and of cheap malts. Surprisingly unremarkable for such an amazing appearance.

The taste is far more astringent than I'd expect from an Irish red. It's a little too obviously hopped. It tastes sweet enough and there are SOME toasty characteristics, but I'm displeased with how much they are masked by the excessive hops. The toasty and sweet malt profile should be allowed to shine. I really think that Sam Adams does a better job of the Irish Red. I'm going to have to say this is average.

Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours sort of a copperish orange with a relative thick, fine bubbled head, that lasts well. some lacing.
S- Caramelly malt, some toasted bread aromas. Light hop aroma, seemingly noble varieties coming through.
T- Toasted brown bread is definitely the big flavor, slowly becomes more caramelly, with just a light hop bitterness. Well balanced.
M- body is a bit thin for the style, and carbonation is a little high.
O- I'll be honest, I'm not much on the style. But I tried to grade by style and this is quite a good little beer, both within style and in general.

Photo of Rayek
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy red tinged copper. A dense cream cap slowly falls to a blanket of foam while leaving behind a fair amount of lace.

Roasted toffee and lemony sum things up. Burnt toast and bittersweet toffee do the work up front. Bitterness is well balanced with a lemon bite that's propped up by a light burnt flavor. The beer gets a bit acidic in the finish. The mouth is dry and slightly chalky.

Overall, this is a nice Irish Red. The acidity in the finish is the only detractor here.

Photo of cocogan
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Visual: Dark brown with cherry amber hues. A creamy white/tan head.

Nose: Caramel, speramint, toast

Taste: Sweet breads and grains, lemon, tangerine, backed with a light hoppy taste and bitterness (cascade hops maybe?)

Mouth: Smooth, leaves a sticky party in yo mouth.

Drunkability: this beer is fairly tasty. If today was St. Pats day I would definitely get drunk off this brew.

Photo of bowz32
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

medium lasting head.
color of red amber good clarity.
smell of lightly roasted malt.
taste very light not much flavor at all.
body had a very average feel with good carbonation.
had a lasting after taste.
I got this beer in a Boulevard Sampler pack and it was the seasonal selection bought in Clinton Ia. Very reasonable priced. a very average beer

Photo of tfarmstrong
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a nice dark brown was hoping for a bit more head and head retention

S - Nice dark malt smell with some coffee and roasted smell

T - A good combo of malt and hops in my mind. Dark roasted malt is not overwhelming and hops are not at the forefront but are there enough to balance.

M - Smooth and rich, was looking for a bit of creaminess but not really there

O - A good beer for dinner with some pot pie or a burger (my choice) I enjoyed it and it disappeared faster than I hoped which means they did something right for sure.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Top of the evening to ya!!! It's St. Pat's and what a perfect reason to taste the wonderful pot of gold known as Boulevard's Irish Ale! Thsi beer is very good....better than Killians. This beer is a nice clear ruby red with thin white head with slight lacing. The taste is agreat balance of malt and a lil something sweet! The mouthfeel is great and I could session this bad boy!

Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.