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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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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Ratings: 548 | Reviews: 237
Photo of gpogo
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of ETM
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
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!

Photo of seanbhudson
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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.

Photo of beeragent
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep copper, forming a 1 inch off-white head that quickly fades. Very little lacing is present.

S - Strong malt presence in the aroma. Nothing else is really detectible.

T - Again the malts dominate the taste, coating the palate with a strong sweet malt flavor. Not very complex, just simple.

M - Medium bodied, but feels very thin in the finish. Not alot of carbonation. Clean finish.

D - Not being a big fan of Irish reds, this has a decent taste. Nothing complex, just a straightforward ale. Not bad, but still not something I would want to drink several of in one night.

Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of monsterfat in a recent trade.

Pours a ruby red with a good-sized two-finger white head on it. Retention is strong, but the lacing is weak. Some sticky globs, but not much. Smells of bananas, apples, sugar cane, and bread.

Mouthfeel is crisp due to a medium/high amount of carbonation. Flavor is pretty muted and tame. A very malty brew. Definite caramel malty goodness. Bitterness is really low. This is a very drinkable beer. Low ABV + mild sweetness = high drinkability. Recommend.

Photo of macktbone
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of a trade deal with thirdLap...

Dark alomost non see-through amber color. No head, little visible carbonation due to dark color.

Smells like a winter seasonal. Lots of dark fruits and spice and a little mint.

Clearly a good example of the Irish style. Clean and crisp with a great draught flavor.

Nice full feel. Suprisingly thick for the style.

My first Boulevard and although thie Iris ale is not my choice in sytle...I'm impressed with BLVD.

Photo of dakid618
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep reddish-brown with light tan foamy head that crowns just over the top of the glass. As soon as it starts pouring you get a strong smell of malts. Upon further smelling I get mostly roasted malt with a scent lingering on the end that reminds me of a wheat beer. Taste is malt malt malt. Definitely a malt bomb, but a good one. Biscuity malt flavor coats every inch of the tongue with this beer. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a very dry finish. This is an easy beer to session and I do so every year when it comes out. Another beer that shows Boulevard is one of the most consistent, solid brewerys around.

Photo of SpecialK088
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Cloudy amber/redish almost a cider like appearance. Light head just more of just a film over the top of the beer that stays there the entire time.

S-wheat/Grain with some biscut flavors. Some sweetness from the malt almost a figgyness

M-Medium body pretty smooth and complex for a red.

D-Easy to drink not sure its somethin I would pick up alot but once a year or so or if there was somewhere i could grab it on tap its very solid

Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy, this was a good free-be from my brother.

The color borders on dark amber/light red and had 1/2 finger of head. It has a nice malty flavor with very slight twang that makes it a bit interesting. Goes down good and the flavor lingers just long enough to be enjoyed. I LIKE IT !

Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Certainly is red - very clear. Runs against the grain of their bottle conditioning. Head formation is darker in color, probably a symptom of the density of the beer. Leaves behind only a light film.

S - A roasted sweet malt dominates. A small amount of yeast in the backdrop.

T - Starts off with lots of those specialized malts. Bitterness only barely rears its head. No hop finish anywhere in this beer. Finishes with a sweet roasted malt flavor. After taste has some of the cloying sweetness.

M - Moderate to light body. Carbonation does balance that out a little, adding some bite. Only thing on the aftertaste is the cloying sweetness.

D - Very drinkable beer - abv is in line with easily imbibed macros. Flavors are muted - no challenge there. Lastly, the beer is not at all filling.

This beer is okay - it just seems to get an "eh" overall.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Right after the Boulevard Stout, this Irish red...

Ommegang anniversary glass this time. A blank space on the shoulder of the glass where the BB date usually is.

Two inches of yellowed & dense milkshake head. Slow to settle. Heavy activity inside its tawny amber body.

Smell is a little soapy(I only rinsed), faintly grainy, & again metallic.

First off, I notice the feel is quite frothy & creamy. A sure amount of caramel upfront, plus a good wad of dough. Flavors of ginger &/or bubble gum are noticeable. Breakfast cereal-like grain sweetness. Barky, chewing on a toothpick-like bitterness & feel on the finish.

Body is a little heavier then I was expecting. Carbonation is low.

It needed a little more bite, but otherwise decently inconspicuous for the style. Goes well with grey meat & olive-colored drapes. :P

Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber red color. A large beige head of over two fingers forms. An impressive spiderweb looking lace sticks all the way down my pint glass.
S: At first a sweet brown sugar aroma. After the beer warms up a bit, some toasted caramel malt develops. Along with a very light musky metallic aroma.
T: Sweet and sugary malt. A nice toasted and caramel flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though a bit thin and watery. Very easy to drink. A great session beer.

I really like this. A good flavor and an easy beer to quaff. Something I would recommend and purchase again.

Photo of Strand
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard Irish Ale is an Irish red ale brewed by Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City.

Irish Ale has a lovely red hue, typical of the style. It pours with a nice head, and has a taste that will keep you coming back for more. Boulevard's spring seasonal, Irish Ale is available from January through March.

In my opinion, Irish Ale is the best of Boulevard's seasonal beers.

Photo of thirdeye11
4.04/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured on draft last night at The Libertine into a pint glass.

A: This beer pours a very dark red color with little to no head, and minimal lacing that doesn't coat the glass except on sides where I haven't drank from.

S: The smell was actually pretty awesome. A light roastiness to the smell and smells like a typical red ale without any skunkiness whatsoever. Sweet malts are present as well.

T: Taste is maybe the best red ale I've ever had. I have not explored deep into this style (I've maybe drank a 12-15 red ales) but I do not like extreme bitterness in the finish, and this beer has almost none. It is done so well I'm not even sure how they did it. This won't please those of you who like for example a Red Rocket Ale as it is not in the same vein, but for me this was absolutely perfect.

M: A little bit undercarbonated which goes along well with this style, but I would have preferred more anyway. It's also a little bit thin.

D: Extremely high. The low carbonation, alcohol content, and smoothness make this beer very easy to drink. I had 2 last night in probably 30 mins and I was not straining to drink them that fast, it just felt right.

Overall I think this beer was brought in for the upcoming St. Patrick's day festivities, as the bar I had it at is right in the heart of the Dallas Parade route. The beer is very drinkable, and for me that makes it good. Smooth, sweet, with a great finish/aftertaste, and no bitterness make this one of my favorite red ales!!

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

Pours a dark amber with average size, creamy off-white head. Aroma of toasted malt, slight caramel, toffee and smoke flavors. Slightly earthy, yeasty, but the hops are blended and not in forefront of this ale. Bottle conditioned. Lacing mostly diminishes. Taste is lightly sweet with a slight bitter finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation and light alcohol presence. Pretty good for its class. Also, the bottles I purchased were all at 5.8% ABV. Not sure where you are getting the 4.26%. Even another site has ABV for this beer at 5.3% Please look into this - Cheers!

Photo of rowew
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz short bottle, comes in a fully enclosed six pack. First Boulevard beer I've seen on the shelves in Colorado. Best by date printed on the neck, ABV listed along with ingredients.

Appearance: Hazy red, thin head with a bit of lacing.

Smell: Not great - a bit metallic and some cooked vegetable, reminds me of extract home brew.

Taste: Tastes better than it smells - a solid malty body with just a bit of hops in there to balance it.

Overall impression: I hate to say it, but this one is better enjoyed straight from the bottle - it makes a decent session beer. When it opens up, the aroma is less than pleasant.

Photo of goatgoat
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear brass and copper. 3 finger light tan head, very billowy, falls slowly. A few sheets of lace.
Aroma is sweet malt, honey, slightly floral.
Taste is pretty robust for the light aroma with more bitterness than the nose suggests. I expect more sweetness to start. Decent balance tends toward a drying bitterness in the finish.
Medium light body with moderate carbonation.

A nice session brew that can complement a wide variety of foods. Bitterness is on the high side for an Irish red.

Photo of CHSLBrew
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint mug.

A-Pristinely clear red-copper brew, topped with a light and frothy tan head, which retained nicely.

S-Toasty malts, slightly spicy.

T-slightly fruity flavors alongside spicy hops. Toasty, busscuity malts mix with a bit of caramel. Hop bitterness is aggressive and sustains through the flavor into the finish, which is clean and bitter.

M-Medium carbonation, medium-light body, crisp.

D-A very sessionable brew. I drank a few of these last weekend and was quite pleased. Again tonight, pleased with this brew.

Photo of Colt4540
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A medium colored clear amber with a light tan head. Leaves pretty good lacing from the light film that stays at the top of the beer.

S- Very light biscuit smell. That's all that I'm really picking.

T- Sweet, malty biscuit taste that blends well with the slight bitterness that comes at the end. Really blended well.

M- Really smooth, the carbination and slight bitterness gives it a good crispness that cleanses the palate and finishes clean.

D- It's not really filling and has a smooth enough taste that makes is really easy to drink and the fairly low ABV makes it possible to drink alot of these.

Photo of Yetiman420
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An Irish Ale. Just what a freakin beer snob wants as an extra in a trade.

Not so fast. This one has compelled me to rethink my attitude about this style that is guilty by association from commercial exploitation.

Attractive ruby red into a standard pint glass. Enticing sweet aroma. Can this one deliver with flavor?

Yes. Fruity and malty with a crisp dry finish. Very refreshing and drinkable.

Certainly would be nice if one could enter an *Irish* pub and enjoy one or two of these.

Photo of karst
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap (on tour) after two days of beer judging in KC at 26th KC Biermeisters Homebrew Competion.

I would have given this a good shot at B.O.S. even with some outstanding homebrewed beers in competition.

Clarity and Color are ideal (deep reddish copper/garnet tinted) for an Irish Red. Aroma and Flavors are crisp clean and most drinkable. Very clean fermentation character with a finish that dries a bit of residual sweetness (dextrins give a satisfying Mouthfeel ideal to style) from the higher mash temp. Obviously has a complex malt bill. Tour guide Poncho thought possibly 6 malts in grist.

Much better than past bottle version but Boulevard has a new state of the art brew house. It sure pays off on this beer!

On homebrewer on the tour reported have the just released bottled '09 version and found the tapped Red far superior.

Photo of Tone
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, amber color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, and slight spice (coriander/ginger). Fits the style of an Irish Red Ale. Mouth feel is mooth and crisp with average carbonation. Tastes of roasted malt up front, sweet malt, and then some hops. The roasted malt dominates the finish which is also slightly dry. Overall, not a bad beer, but nothing out of the norm.

Photo of dismal
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass it poured kind of a dark red and brown color. It had about a one finger head that disappeared rather fast leaving very little lacing down the glass. The aroma is very sweet, caramel smelling. The taste of this beer is very sweet, and has a a kind of tea taste to it. Not bad at all and fairly drinkable especially with a fairly low ABV. It's not a style I drink a lot but I definitely could drink this pretty easily.

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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 548 ratings.