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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 519
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 wnh
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Pours a slightly cloudy mahogany with copper highlights around the edges. Smallish light tan head that dissipates, with some nice lacing.

Nose of toasted bread, with some hoppy earthiness in the background. Flavors of toasted bread and caramel, with some moderate hop bitterness coming in toward the end. Well balanced. Medium bodied, with a sort of sharp carbonation. Not overly bubbly, just kind of sharp. Finishes dry.

wnh, Feb 04, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into New Belgium Globe glass.

Color is a dark mahogany. Pours a tan head that leaves some decent lacing.

Aroma is mainly malts. A lot of carmel and nut smell is present. There are some slight hops present.

Taste is very malty. There is definately a bread taste and some earthy hops. The carmel comes back as well.

Mouthfeel is very bitter. Leaves a sticky aftertaste.

Overall, at 4.26% abv this is a very sessionable beer. It is a really great irish red and something I could easily buy again.

mothman, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of mntlover
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color sparse bubbles rising to a big fluffy off white head that falls slow and laces well.

Aroma is nice caramel malts with a dose of herbal hops and touches of nuts, toffee or toast perhaps.

Taste is like the aroma nice caramel malts with good herbal hop notes thru out. Toffee is noted in taste lightly toasted grains. Nice red ale with decent hop bite. Plain simple tasty red.

Mouthfeel is light medium maybe feels touch lighter due to carbonation that adds some pep but not too much.

Drinkability is good an enjoyable red ale very tasty easy drinking, could see buying this again for a session brew wouldn't replace my favorite red but is a nice change.

mntlover, Jan 30, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle with attractive Celtic-themed label and clearly marked "best by" date of May, 2009

Appearance: Ever so slightly hazed dark burnt orange beer capped with a dark ivory cap with medium retention.

Smell: Notes of toffee and biscuit, a mild sharp roastiness, and herbal hops.

Taste: Very light roasted flavors, with a somewhat dry breadiness, a touch of caramel, and earthy, herbal hops. Ends dry with a medium tea-like bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, a bit prickly in the carbonation though.

Drinkability: Session. Red. Ale.

Conclusion: Samuel Adams' Irish Red may claim to be a bit hoppier that typical for the style; Boulevard's is even more so. It's got a decent kick of bitterness on the finish, along with nice, herbal hop flavors and a touch of roastiness that makes this quite tasty.

BedetheVenerable, Jan 29, 2009
Photo of omnigrits
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received as a sample from a friendly beer distributor rep.

Pours a deep reddish-amber colour with a foamy off-white head that dissipates quickly to leave a few small bubbles. I probably shouldn't be reviewing any beers during the height of cedar pollen season, but even though I'm pretty bunged up today I'm still getting a good nose off this beer. Plenty of hops, a bit of spice and some yeasty breadiness. Once in the mouth there's a nice balance of maltiness but the hops are still to the fore. Full bodied but a little over-carbonated I feel. Even so, I'd go back to the bar for another one of these.

omnigrits, Jan 20, 2009
Photo of Reaper16
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served from a 12oz. bottle into a New Belgium globe glass

Pours a nice, iced tea color with great clarity. The average sized off-white head is full of the typical Boulevard small bubbles, and leaves some spidery lacing.

Malts and hops hit the nose. A touch of caramel, too, and maybe some nutty qualities. Toffee on the back end.

What a balanced taste! The malt profile is a great mix of grainy and sweet. Some of the sweetness is of a vanilla persuasion. The kiss of hops on the finish really add positives to this beer; the drying finish they create is appreciated.

It is medium-bodied, which works well. The carbonation makes this a tad prickly on the tongue. As far as drinkability goes, this is a great session candidate. There is just enough going on to keep it interesting all night long.

What can I say? Another good seasonal brew from Boulevard.

Reaper16, Jan 19, 2009
Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A huge but slowly growing tan head tops off right above the rim of the pint glass where it stays for an extended period of time. When it finally recedes some big chunks of lace are left behind. Aromatically there's some sweet malts, bubblegum, green apples and hops. Tastes sweet and a bit spicy, with a good hop bite on the way down. This is a light to medium bodied, quite tasty, almost perfectly balanced ale that can run with any of the big dogs.

2010 outing:

Dark reddish-brown in color with a slightly less than one-finger tan head that really never fades completely, only shrinking a bit, and leaving a thin lace behind. Smells malty and slightly spicy with a hint of wet grass in the background. Tastes big on the caramel malts with an undercurrent of bubblegum and a slight hint of hops in the very back. Goes down on the dry side and is fairly carbonated with a pure medium mouth-feel. Tasty brew here of a style that can end up a little weak sometimes. Liking this one.

stephens101, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of turamarth
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Boulevard pint glass.

Appearance: Has a reddish-amber clear colored body. Poured a fluffy off white head. Looks pretty nice. Some lacing.

Nose: Not a lot here (that I can pick up anyways). Some hops in the nose, which makes up most of the aroma. Some caramel? Maybe some other sweets, fruitiness maybe.

Taste: Sort of reminds me of Fat Tire. There is some bready, yeasty flavors. Kind of like gooey biscuits. Some brighter notes are noticeable. Hints of fruits, and some hops. This is pretty balanced and rounded.

Mouth: Nice carbonation. Pretty light feeling. Leaves the mouth nice and light.

Drink: Pretty drinkable. Not bad, nothing exceptional.

Notes: This really reminds me of Fat Tire.

turamarth, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of colts9016
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A deep mahogany color with a thin white head.
Smell: Roasted malt, yeast, caramel and hints of citrus.
Taste is toasted malt hints of molasses, and a hint of citrus. Overall: This is a good Irish style beer by boulevard. There is a slight bitterness with a clean crisp finish. The body is medium to light.

colts9016, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of smc143
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Posted on my blog in March, copied & pasted in October, as wait for spring again.

I am drinking an Irish Ale right now. It is an irish red brewed by my friendly neighborhood brewer, Boulevard. I love the Irish Ale. I even love the Celtic-ish label. It pours a deep reddish/caramel color with a decent foamy head that settles into lacing for the entire beer. It smells like sweet caramel, a little bready and malty, and a bit fruity. The taste is also caramel malts and sweet, but has some nuttiness, and a tiny hint of hops. The body is fairly light, and sparsely carbonated, and basically I love this beer.

smc143, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of JasonA
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received this in a trade as an extra. Bottle says best buy 05/01/09. Very nice semi-transparent carmel. Macro looking carbonation with little to no lacing, not in a bad way to the style.

Malt and iced tea. Some metal alcohol feeling.

Right as I read the label "produce a secondary fermentation in the bottle" I taste a hint of unfiltered hefe. Just a tad yeasty, nice. Litle tea, light malt. Clean and fresh. No hops to speak of.

Some ABV, nice pub beer.

Not one I would look after, might try on tap local. I could put down a pitcher of this and not be sad.

JasonA, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of tedpeer
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce pour into a pint glass.

A - 2 inch off white head that quickly subsided into a 1/4 inch. Red/brown color.

S - Fruity.

T - Sweet. Malty taste with hop finish. Slightly bitter

M - Thin. Lightly carbonated.

D - Session beer. Think this is above average Irish red.

tedpeer, May 28, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up at the class 6 store at Vance AFB, OK, review based on notes, beer was 2 weeks past it's sell by date (bottle conditioned)

Poured a caramel orange with 2 fingers of sand colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Breadyness & cereal notes, some leafy hops, plus some caramel as this warmed

T: Caramel, grainyness & leafy hops up front. More of the same plus dryness & biscutty malt as this warmed, Finished dry with more leafy hops

MF: Medium bodied with high carbonation & pretty good balance

Drank pretty good, the dryness would get to me after a while. A passable Irish Red, bottle conditioned, so may be better a bit fresher 2 months post Saint Patricks

russpowell, May 26, 2008
Photo of tmitch75
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Deep reddish brown color with ample cream-colored head. Smell is of toasty caramel and brown sugar with a nice floral hoppy aroma.

Sweet nutty biscuit flavor with floral and lightly fruity hops. Very well-balanced. Medium body with good carbonation.

Very tasty example of the style, I really like this one. I could drink it year-round.

Sampled on 4/8/08.

tmitch75, May 12, 2008
Photo of BigJTrucker
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Received this brew in a recent trade with "Turbine2475"

Pours a slighty muddied mahogany color, white head with some nice lacing that settles fairly quickly. Smells very sweet, maybe pears, faint hints of vanilla. Taste is an ever so faint hop note, with a peaty feel to it. Mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated. Very low abv makes it easy to drink a few of these. I've had other Irish ales that i like better, but it's a solid brew.

BigJTrucker, May 07, 2008
Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks bort11 for your generousity. Pours a tan yellow with a foaming white head. Beery cheese aroma. Toast in there and on bitter side, not getting too much malt and no hint of recognition of a 5-malt complexity, metal in the finish. Aggressive carbonation,not bad but oh so dry Irish.Thanks again Tim!

Sammy, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of naterock
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see this on tap last night, I had to have one.
A: Dark reddish-brown color, looked almost like a double-bock.
S: Didn't have a very distinct smell, but caramel was promenant.
T: Wonderfully smooth, hints of caramel and toffee.
M: lightly carbonated for superior drinkability.
D: I had to tell myself to quit.
I look forward to this ale all year long. I have to get my fill because after spring, ZON comes out, and I'm not a fan.

naterock, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by 5-1-08. I will say I don't know a ton about the Irish red ale style but apparenlty this version is brewed with wheat as well. Interesting twist.

A - nice rich amber color with an off-white head
S - Nice caramel malts with a hint of hops.
T - nice balance of caramel malts, toffee and hops.
M - medium bodied, nicely carbonated, smooth clean finish.
D - drinks nice and tasty yet light. A session beer anyone?

barleywinebrewer, Mar 28, 2008
Photo of Mora2000
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

I had to work late on St. Patrick's Day, so I had two of these when I got home from work. Poured a copper/red color. There wasn't much of a smell, but what smell there was came across as malty. The taste was malty with only a slight amount of hops. I haven't had a ton of Irish Red Ales, but this one tasted good to me. I would definitely try it again.

Mora2000, Mar 25, 2008
Photo of WaveRebel51
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My only real complaint was that I got a skunked bottle in my six pack.

Nice deep red color with decent foam. Smell was a little funky -- toasty malts, but also picked up a mossy, overly earthy smell too. Sweet, bready taste, but what really does it for me is the hint of citrus and bitterness from the hops to go along with the malt flavors. Nice job.

WaveRebel51, Mar 19, 2008
Photo of jhammerly
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice pour from the bottle produced a frothy, cream-colored head settled on a dark amber body. Not much aroma from this, just some malt. Taste is of semi-sweet malt with some light hoppiness in the finish and a bit of a toasted flavor. A medium-bodied beer that is simple in style and very drinkable.

jhammerly, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of kcillini77
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Coach's Kansas City during Illinois' loss to Wisconsin in the finals of the Big Ten Tournament.

Smells nice - a little fruity and hoppy.

Good taste, but nothing exceptional. More sweet than hoppy, but has decent complexity - some tart fruit notes balanced by floral hops.

A nice beer - definitely a good St. Patrick's Day choice far exceeding the traditional brews served up, but nothing to go out of the way for.

kcillini77, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this from the sterling Sun Singer. A nice copper brown pitched from the bottle, with two fingers of white froth capping it. Modest whiffs of caramel malt exude from Irish Red, followed by hints of berry. The taste is smooth but lacks boldness and complexity. Texture carries the day for Irish Red, making it a nice, drinkable offering.

Yet this isn't the equal of Three Floyd's brilliant Brian Boru, not close. Nor is it close to Boulevard's Bully! Porter. A good, steady beer, certainly, and not one to turn down. Just not in the upper strata.

Gehrig, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark reddish color with a big opaque head. smell isn't very strong, some malty characters and some biscuit aromas. taste is pretty good though, has a lot of interesting malt flavors, one of the better irish ales, most of them seem kinda bland, but this one is pretty good, and only a few days till st.pattys day!

1fastz28, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of JEdmund
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good inch head sitting on a raspberry iced tea color body. Nice show of carbonation. Love the label! Head settles slowly, leaving very little lacing.

Delicious sweet, tart fruit bread; almost like apricot bread; very inviting. I smell cranberries or maybe just berry in general. It's got a hint of hops, but more fruity malt (though no banana).

Taste & Mouthfeel
Zing of hops at first; the carbonation gives it a nice bite in my mouth, and the tangy fruit and sweet malts finish it off. I'm not picking up on a big "toasty" flavor like Boulevard suggests I will.

I'm really enjoying this style. It's like a sweeter pale ale and much more smooth with the malt presence. I easily enjoyed a couple of these one evening. I could also easily persuade myself to buy another six-pack. I keep coming back for a whiff; it's really pleasing.

JEdmund, Mar 11, 2008
Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 519 ratings.