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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 18
Gots: 24 | 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 MOShepp
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into tumbler. Dark amber with a 1" head that quickly breaks into a thin layer leaving some lacing. Smells of toffee and maybe candy corn. Not a lot of hops, malty and smooth all the way through, caramel, wood, sweet with very slight bitterness at the finish. Not the best red ale I've had, but pretty good.

MOShepp, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of hwwty4
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap in a Boulevard Pint Glass. Pours a dark coppery orange with a slight tan head that dissipates into a thin layer that leaves just a bit of lacing on the glass. Aroma isn't out of this world. Pretty basic with a big caramel sweetness finishing with citrus hops that gives it the sensation of smelling orange rinds. Taste is much the same with a malty presence the melds into the hops. It's not as sweet as the nose would have you believe. My biggest problem is that there is a slight metallic taste to it. Mouthfeel is a bit thin I think. I think that they could have done a bit more with the beer.

hwwty4, Feb 18, 2008
Photo of PaleAlien2
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper in color, good clarity, with a dense, tan head that never really dissipates.

S: Aroma has a rich hop character with a bit of a citrus and spices.

T: Hops dominate the flavor, leaving a lingering bitterness long after the swallow. Not sure if there's enough malt to keep it in balance. Hint of spices in the flavor as well.

M: Way too thin. Finishes dry.

D: This beer is good, but flawed. Good for someone who likes dry, hoppy ales--as I do--but lack of malt body and watery palate preclude greatness. Great session beer though.

PaleAlien2, Feb 16, 2008
Photo of joe1510
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Stubby

Best by 5/1/08

I got this bottle as an extra in a recent trade with Vancer, thanks again Vance! Boulevard's Irish Ale pours fairly clear amber but upon closer inspection there's some tiny floating sediment that takes away a bit of the clarity. A one finger white head appeared on the pour that fell to a thin cap and left spotty lacing on its way down.

A bit of caramel and toasty malts greet the nose upfront. There's a noticeable earthy spicy hoppiness throughout. Maybe my mind's plying tricks on me but every now and then I pick up a whiff of pineapple.

While not an exciting ale this is a good one. Irish reds seem to be a tough style to really make stand out and Boulevards version is no different but it is enjoyable. A solid helping of caramel maltiness is accompanied by a touch of toasted graininess. The hopping creates a nice balance and rings in earthy and spicy just like the aroma suggested. Boulevard's Irish Ale finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness.

This beer sports a medium body with a smooth velvetiness. The mouthfeel fits the style really well and keeps it an enjoyable drinker.

Drinkability is good. The balanced flavor, mouthfeel, and low abv all make for a truly quaffable Irish red.

This is a good example of the style from Boulevard. Irish Reds are a style I can't really get to excited about but this would be a good beer to drink if you were sitting down for a game or in a more social situation where more than a few would be consumed in a night. Thanks Vance!

joe1510, Feb 10, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"Best by 05/01/08"

a: Dark amber/copper body, thin white head with some lace.

s: Caramel with some fruit notes, maybe citrus.

t: Caramel malt upfront with some notes of cherry? Not sure, but there is definitely some fruit in there. Some nuttiness, light hops and a dry finish.

m: Medium to light body, appropriate carbonation.

d: A good brew from Boulevard, not one of their best, but its pretty good. Irish ale is an above average, though not spectacular, irish red.

BradLikesBrew, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of Clockwork420
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend got me this sixer for a present.
I love to support Semi-Local brewerys so This was a beer I was really excited about.

The pour was amazing. I actually took a pic of it when I poured 2 bottles into a large glass Stein. Beautiful Ruddy brown color. Clear not cloudy, Pretty bubbles.

Smell is sweet, I cant say much more than that. I smelled good though!

Taste. Amazing, finished clean with no odd aftertaste.. in other words no notes of any negativity. All good. Overall a beautiful experience.

Mouthfeel was the same as taste. Darker but not reeeeal heavy. Amazing all the way through.

Drinkability, Put it this way. I wish this was all year round and not limited to a certain time of year.

Damn near perfect review.
I love this one, and its gonna hold a special spot in my heart. Gotta remember when I see this one... (next year most likely) To just cash im my change and get a sixer.

Who cares if you got bills?
Buy this six pack.

Clockwork420, Feb 09, 2008
Photo of tronester
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark reddish brown color. The head is medium sized and fades away pretty quickly. Smells bready and yeasty. Taste is malty, buttery, and slightly toasty. There is also a nice earthy taste from the hops. The bitterness levels are nice as well. Mouthfeel is good, with smooth carbonation. Very drinkable, it would be easy to drink several of these.

tronester, Feb 08, 2008
Photo of cookin420
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to bort11 for the bonus bottle.

Bottle poured into a pubglass.

A beautiful red beer, deep reds and orange colors remind me of hot coals. Impressive head leaves a stiff, thick lace.

Smell is mostly hops with a faint caramel malt aroma.

Well hopped for an Irish red but no complaints here as it's balenced nicely with malt. The malt plays second fiddle to the bittering and flavor hop additions.

A descent body to this beer, heavily carbonated at first but it simmers down right quick.

Very drinkable I think. I could see this being a session choice with some frequency if it were sold here.

cookin420, Feb 07, 2008
Photo of Boto
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Draught: This one pours a fairly clear, amber color. there was a bit of a head on it, and it left some lacing down the glass. The aroma was a bit light. What was there was pleasant, with notes of roast and a bit of caramel. It does taste pretty good. Taste is slightly caramel malt sweet, with a hint of roastiness. Hint of hops providing a nice balance.

Boto, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of boblog
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Dark brown color, small head which leaves a good amount of lacing.
Smell: A bit of roasted malt, and not much else.
Taste: Acidic hop taste is strong initially,followed by a roasted malt flavor.
Mouthfeel: Pretty light bodied beer.
Drinkability: Fairly drinkable, its a simple beer, not huge on flavor, and light on alcohol.
Overall: Not my favorite beer nor my favorite Boulevard brew, still this is a decent beer from a brewery which makes several good brews.

boblog, Jun 19, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a caramel/amber with a creamy head that's big and retains well. Thick sticky foam clings to the glass.

Aroma is caramel, something sweet like candy sugar, and a lager-y lightness in the background.

Nuttiness and caramel prevail in the flavor. Mineral in the finish, which is also bitter and gives off a light hint of roasted malt.

Mouthfeel is too fizzy; less aggressiveness would help this beer out.

An easy drinker, but it's pretty average stuff, close in vibe to your everyday average brown or amber ale.

Metalmonk, Jun 05, 2007
Photo of Bitterbill
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper

This ours from 12oz bottle(best by May 1 2007) a nice clear amber with a smallish head of foam that shrinks pretty quickly to some spotting near the edge of the glass with some lacing.

The smell has some sweet and roasted malt to it and it's nice.

The taste isn't as sweet as the nose would indicate and that's fine by me. This has a good roastiness to it with some sweet notes and some fruity hop goodness there as well that shows up mostly in the finish. Nice long lasting aftertaste that is very yummy.

A very smooth yet tasty drinker...I've had this many times before and I was surprised to find that I hadn't reviewed it yet. I think this is a top notch example of the style and I *believe*, my favourite to date. Very well done, Boulevard!

Bitterbill, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of TexIndy
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Bort11 for the trade. Poured from a 12oz bottle with a best by date of 5/1/07 lasered on the neck into a pint glass. It was a clear reddish color. It had a couple finger head that settled into a thin film during the session. Good carb. The aroma was a little muted but had good malt backbone and slight toasted smell. The taste was good, not spectacular but nice easy drinking kinda beer. Mouthfeel was good. Overall, it's a good session type beer that quenches the thrist with above average taste. Recommend if you can easily get. (3.5, RB, T, O)

TexIndy, May 06, 2007
Photo of pmcadamis
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy russet colored brew with reddish highlights, and a nice thick tan head that sticks around for a long time. Some nice creamy lace is left on the glass. All in all, this is a really good lookin' brew.

S - Nice mildly floral hop aroma backed up by some sugary and syrupy smelling malt. Not a whole lot going on here.

T - Nice smooth and mild but hop-forward taste. Some lightly sweet malt notes remind me of carrot cake and spiced coffee cakes. It's gentle and easy going; quite likable really.

M - Moderately-carbonated and medium in body. Creamy and lush with a neutral but very slightly hoppy finish.

D - Good stuff. Nothing memorable or outstanding, but it's a fine lower-abv session beer. A good session choice for St. Patty's day if you are bored with Guinness, Killians, and Bud Light in green aluminum bottles.

pmcadamis, May 02, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, clear, reddish brown color with a small, quickly disappearing white head, and small amounts of lacing on the glass. Aroma is of sweet malt, and a bit of fruit. Taste has a nice sweetness, and a bit of roasted malt. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and this is an easy drinker. Nothing too spectacular, just a solid red.

hckyfn9999, Apr 26, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings, slow to make enemies and quick to make friends. And may you know nothing but happiness from this day forward."

--an Irish wedding toast

Dark coppery orange with bright Sunkist peel edges. I don't mind the lack of any real redness since the color is so fetching. Most brown ales aren't brown, after all. The pale caramel cap is large after a vigorous pour, looks like whipped mousse and leaves several sudsy streamers of lace.

The nose is pretty good for an Irish red, even if it doesn't wow me. It's primarily caramel malty with a modest fruitiness and a noticeable hoppiness. Magnum and Saaz comprise the hop bill, if such a thing matters in a beer of this style.

Irish Ale is a solid version. Unfortunately, like the nose, it doesn't grab me by the taste buds and convince me of its brilliance. This is one of those styles that needs to do something extra to stand out. In looking back, I've only had three Irish reds that were worthy of real, honest to goodness praise. Boulevard's take on the style doesn't quite join that select group.

I'm pleased at the sweet-bitter balance since I have it in my head that Irish reds are typically more sweet than bitter. The flavor profile follows the nose in that caramel-coated citrus fruit is the star of the show. There's also a sweet black tea character that adds an extra measure of flavor interest. At an ABV of 5.3%, this would make a good St. Patty's day session beer.

The mouthfeel is light-medium in a general sense and is entirely appropriate for the style as I understand it. It holds together nicely throughout each mouthful and finishes on an acceptably smooth, perfectly carbonated note.

I'm much more impressed with the final few ounces than I was with the first few. Whether the improvement was due to warming or to the goodies at the bottom of the bottle, I couldn't say. Boulevard Irish Ale still can't touch Great Lakes Conway's Irish or Three Floyds Brian Boru, but it's damn good beer all the same. I'll be sure to look for it again next March.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 04, 2007
Photo of mynie
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep, dark red with almost no head.

Smells like sharp, tart Irish red grains, but there's no kick of hop. A good American Irish red's supposed to have some dry or flowery west coast hops to balance out the tart bread and butter grain, right?

Well, not really, and that's shown in the taste. The grain is nice and sharp, but it's also a little roasted and it does a good job of balancing itself out. There's still some light citrus hops in there, solidly backing everything up, but they don't need to be super strong.

A fine brew. If there's one thing Boulevard's good at, it's making palatable beers that even newbies can enjoy, and this is a perfect example. A great session beer and a great crossover beer.

mynie, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of BretSikkink
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tenuous two inch head mushrooms in a heavy-ish way around the rim of the glass. Beautiful dark red brown color topped by wispy lace that springs up a quarter inch after a sip. Toffee and/or caramel maltiness, and bread in the aroma.

The flavor is sweet malts, a nice complex blend. Just a little tiny bit of nuttiness. Distinctive yeast layered over twangy hops creates a relatively complex brew for the Irish red style. (addenda): The yeast produces an estery apple flavor which I love, it emerges close to chilly room temp.

Far from an overmalted watery brew it's a malt-driven but balanced brew, easy sipping for a German (Mai)Bock fan or any other malt-mouth, the funky apple yeast flavor that emerges will please Belgian fiends, and lovers of local/craft beer will appreciate the midwest TLC applied to this classic style. Cheers, KC, best beer brewed.

BretSikkink, Mar 20, 2007
Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass at around 40 degrees.

A - Pours a clear apple juice color with some amber highlights towards the top. Little head with medium carbonation.

S - Apples atop bready malt.

T - Dry malt with caramel notes and a splash of bitterness in the finish. Pretty straightforward flavors.

M - A little thin with a crisp finish.

D - Very drinkable session beer. I actually enjoyed it more at a colder temperature...as it warmed, the body seemed to thin out, but still a great Irish Red.

JohnnyM2002, Mar 18, 2007
Photo of afinepilsner
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Boulevard Irish Ale was a clear red-brown color with good clarity and a light tan head. The head was a good inch thick and had good retention and lacing. The aroma was sweet caramel malt. The taste was malty upfront with some nice hop flavor towards the dry finish. It was medium-light in body with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. This is a nice session beer that I look forward to in the spring.

afinepilsner, Mar 01, 2007
Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 5/1/07. Deep amber pour with a floating ivory head. Good aroma of roasted nuts and vinous hops. Taste was on the thin side, surprised me coming from Boulevard. Still a perfect style brew, tea-ish hop finish, dry and crisp. Solid Irish red wood & vine grass flavor.

Nice little pop of alcohol at 5.3abv%, a smooth drinker that warms the cockles on a snowy Feb. day.

Vancer, Feb 17, 2007
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Best by 5/1/07. Bottle conditioned.
Poured amber/gold. Thick, big bubbled head.
Crisp hop aroma, a little yeasty. Caramel, malt sweetness upfront.
Nice fresh hop flavor in the middle with a dry malt finish. Very easy drinking beer.
Nothing spectacular, just good, fresh local beer.

homebrewhawk, Feb 14, 2007
Photo of bort11
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Dark clear copper red color. About a finger's width of head that quickly recedes to a filmy lace.
Smell is spicy like cloves, with a strong malt character. Taste is equally spicy with added pepper and oak quality. Mild hops finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Balanced carbonation.
This year's batch seems a bit bolder than what I remember of last year's. Good stuff. I know spring is coming soon when these hit the shelves

bort11, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger light tan head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Slight malty nose. Starts almost sweet maybe caramel, clean finish. Hints of hops in aftertaste. Best by May 1, 2006. $1.49 for a 12oz bottle from John's Grocery Iowa City, IA.

jdhilt, Jan 16, 2007
Photo of xymyl
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Dark amber / copper appearance with small bubbles and off white / cream colored head, good carbonation.

Aroma: Hops up front and malty sweetness below with a bit of carmel.

Flavor: Resins mixed with caramel along with a faint burnt chocolate, coffeeish note. The whole thing has some bitterness to it, but it dries out more at the end. Taste hits a slightly shallow note towards the end of the middle, then it picks up again and quickly dries out.

Body: Light to medium light.

Drinkability: Good enough, but I don't think I'd drink more than one. Not really my kind of thing.

xymyl, Aug 16, 2006
Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.