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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish AleIrish Ale

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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 27 | 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 Bfarr
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best until 4/12/10 printed on the bottle

Since this ale has a secondary bottle fermentation, the best by date may have an effect on the outcome of its performance. It's appearance is a dark amber color with a slight red glowing from the bottom of the glass. A generous fine head sticks around for quite some time. A pleasant earthy aroma starts things off. There is a pleasant hop bite that comes with an Irish ale and a good caramel malt sweetness to back it up. The mouthfeel on this is just fantastic. The high, fine carbonation gives this a silky feel that makes the overall impression of a very smooth ale. If it had just a little more bite it would be perfect.

This is a very fine example of an Irish ale just perfect for St. Patricks day or really any other day you have corned beef or soda bread. Or pizza for that matter.

Bfarr, Mar 21, 2010
Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's refreshing to have a simple, well-crafted, and (almost) sessionable beer for once. We need more beers that quietly give such pleasure without yelling at me.

Boulevard's Irish Ale begins with a deep ruby color with a stubby foamstance of stark-white foam, very creamy appearance, and very good lacing. Very clear.

Aromas of bready malted barley and estery red apples rise to the forefront of the glass. Subtle hints of bread crusts and toffee give an understated backdrop to the aromas.

Flavors do much the same but the light toast and sweeter, sun-kissed grains take precedence over the toffee sweetness and fruitiness. Still, the malt flavor is the driving force for the beer, allowing a light grainy taste to come into play early and late, somehow avoiding the main body of the beer.

The grain taste lingers into the impressions of body a bit too much and interrupts the handsome malt structure. Hop bitterness is assertive enough to balance the beer and then to also add an English, earthy, minty flavor as well.

This Irish Ale is a very nice beer that shouldn't offend or demand attention. Just an easy drinker and wonderful at that.

BEERchitect, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice red with some orange hints and a very light tan head at about .5 inches with some nice medium sized bubbles.

S - Crisp malt sweetness and grain like qualities are present as well as some nice piney and grassy hop notes on the back end.

T - Delicious fresh baked bread and grain like flavors are felt followed by some nice malt sweetness that is well balanced right away by the nice grassy hops. Some pine character is present as well. There are some hints of spices as well, some pepper amongst others. There is a nice bitter finish to it that accompanies the roasted malt backbone.

M & D - Delicious crisp and refreshing with a nice light to medium body that balances well with the flavors. Very drinkable with a lower ABV. Good stuff from Blvd.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of robbyc1
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful creamy head, off light brown, with clear red-orange look, great lace.

biscuit malt nose with some sweetness there, earthy and grassy as well.

Taste is deep malt with bready and biscuit flavors, soft finish, very flavorful, finish is a bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is creamy and soft and full, very well done.

Drinkability would be better if the finish was more balanced, otherwise a good session beer.

robbyc1, Mar 07, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color is poured with touches of ruby red along the sides of the glass. A quarter inch thick beige to light beige color head forms on top. The head dissolves away quickly leaving some traces of lacing to become thin film on top. The sweetness of malt along with cracked grain, bread, and biscuit are the main fragrances. The malt also dominates the taste as well with a hearty bread flavor with the addition of sweet caramel. A biscuit flavor develops towards the end it finishes with a mild grassy bitterness. A light and watery feel grows to become more medium bodied. Halfway across the palate the foaming sensation of carbonation come out cleanses the back of the palate. This may the closest beer to this style I have had yet. The strong malt scent and flavor is spot on, with the classic color and soft feel, makes me crave some bangers and mash to have this beer.

cameraman, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with thehand. Thanks again man.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden copper/dark ruby red color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, nut and toffee along with a prominent earthy, piny hop presence. There's also some slight biscuit and citrus fruit character.

Very hop forward for the style and on the lighter end of medium body. Lots of dry earthy bitterness with some dry sticky pine along with some sweet citrus notes. There is a nice slightly toasty caramel malt backbone that provides some balance with hints of toffee, nut and biscuit. Although there is some decent balance this beer is very, very dry and is dominated by the bitter piny hops. Not much like an Irish Ale at all really but is still pretty tasty. Long dry bitter hoppy finish.

corby112, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at old chicago in uptown in a pint glass the color was auburn brown with a little head bot with a nice beige ring and lots of sticky lacing..the smell was was caramel .toast, some roasted toffee a little coffee and some earthy peat smells..almost that of a winter warmer..the taste was the same it was a roasted malt and oat taste with some caramel and bitter hops..the moth feel medium with a slightly bitter taste..overall a good drinking beer for late winter early spring..i liked it

gatornation, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pilsener. Rejoice, Boulevard is now stamping bottles with a best by! "Best by 06/01/10" and now all they need to do is switch to crown caps.

A more golden rod than red on the pour, the glassful of beer ends up more amber to light red. Good retention of a half-inch of head that verges on cappuccino color.

An immediately full nose of sweet caramel, malt, barley, and sugar cookies. Faint metallic, penny-like whiffs.

Fortunately not as sweet as the nose suggests. Light caramel influences on solid malt body that's towards bready. Some roast in the back contributes to the light, almost herbal, hop bitterness and drier finish. Along with this, some yeast in the finish as well. Red apples, barley, tea.

The mouthfeel is full and feels nearly creamy. Carbonation excellently balanced.

I was quite curious to see what Boulevard could do with an Irish red ale after drinking their winter seasonal, Nutcracker. I must say I am impressed because, while this is not an explosive beer by any means, it is very full of flavor and to me very pleasing. Sitting down with this would be a pleasure, and this is not a style that piques my interest easily. The affordability is also appreciated. Better than Sam Adams Irish Red for my money.

brewerburgundy, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of bgreg3
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Boulevard brew for me. Irish Ale lives up to the Irish appearance: Tan foam, dark orange reddish appearance, and good launch pad for air bubbles. This beer smells damn good it has a two row barely smell right off the bat in conjunction with sweet caramel and subtle hops. Packs the flavor! Sweet caramel and many different malts hit the palette first. After a second these flavors subside and come to a yeasty sweet wet finish. Fine Irish Brew.

bgreg3, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of SykDoc
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a previous trip, just love looking through your stuff and finding beer ratings. Poured from a bottle into a cheap hotel glass. It pours a nice hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head leaving a mild lacing. Mild visible carbonation and no sediment.

The aroma has a vinegar/ester component that seems awkward. Very mild caramel sweetness and minimal hops hiding out.

The taste has a caramel sweetness balanced by a nice piney/hoppy component and a mild bitterness.

This is light/medium bodied and has good carbonation. It leaves a relatively clean finish with a mild dryness.

Overall, this is a decent beer to drink and has a reasonable balance but didn't seem to come through on the whole.

SykDoc, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of acelin
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Boulevard's brews so much. With this beer I come even closer to having every brew they've brewed. I first saw this beer about 2 years ago and regret that I am just now trying it. It's amazing!

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark ruby brown with a little burgundy glint.

This beer smells slightly roasted, with beautiful sweet smells of pale malt. Slightly hoppy.

This beer is more malty than anything - not too sweet, for it is well balanced by the sweet malts. Very beautiful taste.

Mouthfeel is good, as is drinkability.

acelin, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a belled beer glass. This was a gift from my beer guy at Crossroads W&S as he was given an 'extra' sample and knew I would give it a good home. Thank you sir.

The label is kida cool looking, a bit Christmas-like to be honest, and notes the beer is bottle conditioned.

The ale is amber colored and very slightly cloudy. The head is tan and ample and leaves dense lacing.

Malty, beery nose. Not the best descriptor I know, but the smell is not bad nor is it really complex. There are notes of roasted malt.

Taste is roasted, sweet, caramel a bit tangy and generally good.

Medium body and good carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.

Overall this beer is slightly more enjoyable than most ambers, for my tastes, as it is a bit dryer and has less roasted character than many I have had. Quite drinkable to be sure.

Thanks again to Crossroads for the sample. I will buy some of this for consumption at my St. Pat's party this year.

meeekyh, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to stephens101.

Excellent appearance, deep red with a larger off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma is bready and earthy, with mild roasted notes.

Pleasant flavor dominated by malts - bread and caramel. Also lots of dirty earth, which is not a bad thing. I mean, if you don't like earth, buddy, then get the hell off it and go live on f-ing Uranus or something. I hear it's nice this time of year. Bitter hop finish.

Medium-bodied, fairly dry with just a hint of sweetness in the middle.

Very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good example of a style that isn't one of my favorites. And to those who accuse me of not reviewing to style, ha!

nickd717, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of Duxx
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonick pint glass.

A: Pours a bright and clear ruddy red with a 1+ finger pale brown head. This left good lacing on the side of my glass.

S: Very malty with minimal hop aroma.

T: Quite a punch of hop bite immediately and a little more in the back of my throat. There is also a goodly amount of sweet malt that comes through as carmel and toffee.

M: Very creamy and adequately carbonated.

D: Goes down smoothly but (and I can't believe I am about to say this) maybe a little bit over the top on bittering hops. I would also like a little more on the aroma hops.

Duxx, Jan 28, 2010
Photo of dbossman
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy; redish/brown fast forming head with a slow dissipation and okay lacing

S: A slight, sweet maltiness but honestly there isn't a lot going on-not off puting but not enhancing the beer either

T: A little sweet and bready; grainy, roasted maltiness comes out in aftertaste--as does a nutty quality that is pleasant; unfortnuately it just isn't all that much and a touch bland

F: Decent mouth feel; a tad watery and carbonation doesn't seem quite right

D: Pretty good representation of the style but not great; definately a good spring sessionable beer

dbossman, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy copper with a large tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of sour malt, earth, some caramel, and a touch of cedar.

taste is tart, sour malt, caramel, spice, dirt, a hint salmon berry, and grain, ends a little dry, tart, and bitter.

an average irish ale.

froghop, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slight hazey golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy light tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, nice sweet note, with some caramel. Medium body, with a dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, this is one fine brew, thanks Lane.

Wasatch, Jul 24, 2009
Photo of erosier
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-red color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white/tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: A big caramelized malty aroma and then a hint of earthy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Like the aroma, there is a huge malty base with hints of caramelized malts, and some nice darker and lighter malts. There is a hint of hops at the end as well.
M: Very nice weight to it, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, wish I had more of this!

erosier, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of kindestcut
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Irish red style in the US has been corrupted for many by the existence of Killian's Irish Red, which is merely an ordinary lager in Irish ale's clothing. A true Irish red ale is a delight and the Boulevard version is everything I like in this style.

It pours a dark amber. Hold the beer to the light and you see the red through the haze. The head is not very pronounced but the carbonation is quite lively.

The aroma is nice with a sweet maltiness dominating.

The taste is very nice with a strong malty sweetness up front with swiftly gives way to a hoppy finish. This is not a complex beer, however the style is very straightforward and even.

The carbonation combines well with the flavor making this a wonderful session beer. For me, this is fast becoming my beer of choice when I'm looking for something tasty and refreshing.

This is neither the best beer in the world nor one of the most complex. It's probably not a beer people are going to be clamoring for throughout the country. However, I think it is very solid in aroma, taste and drinkability.

kindestcut, Jun 14, 2009
Photo of MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall I liked this beer. It has a sweet malty aroma there is not much for hops. It has a dark amber body with a little bit of a red hue. The head was very impressive. It had a tan head that was very bubbly as well as the lace. It has a malty and fruity flavor with some hop bitterness in the after taste. The body was just right for the style.

MTNboy, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of gpogo
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep reddish copper, very clear. Moderately sized tan head. Head dissipates to a foamy covering with little to no lace.

A- Caramel malty aroma with a slight toastiness.

T- Toasted malt flavors come through right at the beginning. Caramel malt flavor. Finishes with a barley cereal mouth aftertaste, is this breakfast? Finishes with a very light roasty taste and semi-dry.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth drinking beer.

D- This is one of the better brews from Boulevard. I could drink quite a few of these.

gpogo, May 07, 2009
Photo of ETM
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is sweet, but its is a round sweetness that makes this really smooth. The aroma did not stand out to me in any way. The flavor is not complicated; it is just enough to make it quite enjoyable. I think it would be good with crackers, salty cheese and nuts. The color in this beer is nice, a deep amber, with enough red that it could advertise it. Hop flavor is in proportion for the style. Good one Boulevard!

ETM, May 06, 2009
Photo of seanbhudson
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean dark amber with reddish highlights with a large tan head that has an average retention. Moderate lacing.
Light caramel and toasted malt
Similar to aroma. Caramel and alt light toast. A of earthy hint hops.
Light to medium body. Light fizzy carbonation.
An easy drinking smooth beer. I think that I am getting so used to the strong ales that this just seems a bit simple.
NOTES: BBCSD-0904-Geoff

seanbhudson, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: thick foamy head slowly settles to a nice half-finger layer, ruby red color, no activity in the middle, nice lacing
s: toasted malts, light biscuit aroma
t: malty biscuit, mild sweetness against a backdrop of tart flavor and slightly bitter finish; nice mix
m: medium body with nice carbonation, good balance
d: pretty smooth beer with good balance and decent flavor

belgbeerdrinker, Apr 27, 2009
Photo of toolbrew
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date 5/30/09. Pours a clear mahogany color with a thin head. Great head retention and lacing down the glass.

Malty smell - some earthy tones and sweeter malt scents.

Malty taste up front with a noticeable hop finish. Hop taste lingers somewhat.

Goes down smoothly and gives good sensation on the back of the tongue.

A very drinkable session beer. Wish I could regularly get Boulevard here in Michigan.

toolbrew, Apr 22, 2009
Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 518 ratings.