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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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501 Ratings
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Ratings: 501
Reviews: 225
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 16
Gots: 21 | 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 kmpitz2


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

This beer pours a nice rubied amber color with a nice coat of head over top. The nose is caramel and slight diacetyl with a spicey hop. Interesting. The flavor is a little better than the nose. The hop is more dominant, with not a very prevalent buttery character. The caramel malt comes in on the end. I like it. The feel is nice and thick, with a moderate carb. I'm impressed with this beer. One of the better Irish beers I've had in a while.

03-01-2005 00:55:49 | More by kmpitz2
Photo of brewQ


3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

This year's model ... a rich red-brown color with a sandy tan head. Leaves light lace as it goes.

The aroma is earthy and sweet but I could not pull up hop smell despite a warm serving temperature. I expected more on that score.

The taste has a certain fullness and balance. Just a hint of tartness at the finish. Certainly drinkable and well above the reds and limp Irish beers I tend to see available. Just not as much of a stand out as the other BLVD beers.

02-22-2005 03:49:22 | More by brewQ
Photo of BeerBob


4.47/5  rDev +22.1%

Boulevard Irish Ale pours a dark copper from a stubby 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to just under two fingers of dense light tan bubbles before disappating down to a nice carpet of frothy foam. Some lace is clinging to the sides of my glass, but not in any great amount.

Nose is a sweet barley malt with layers of floral hops and alcohol, not just any alcohol mind you, but an Irish whisky alcohol nose. Palate is most complex, a yummy barley malt, floral hops with some bittering as well. Figs and a grapefruit citrus note plus a drying espresso coffee finish bring up the rear.

I have never had an Irish Ale with this much complex nature in my entire life!
Bravo Boulevard, Bravo!

02-20-2005 03:02:00 | More by BeerBob
Photo of neonbrown82


4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

As promised, the beer pours a deep ruby red color with a slight tan head. It simply looks delicious, though the head could have been better. The smell was kind of a disappointment, however. I could coax very little aroma from the cup even with vigorous agitation. What aromas did appear were slightly roasted malts, hops, and yeast from bottle conditioning.

The taste was quite redeeming of the smell, though it seems somewhat subdued. Initially the taste is of roasted barley and wheat malts, caramel, and the perfect balance of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Also, this is the first beer I can remember drinking recently with an ABV under 5: thus, I could drink these all night. This beer is an awesome balance between huge taste and low alcohol. I will probably buy more before the seasonal stock runs out.

02-03-2005 03:41:24 | More by neonbrown82
Photo of RushLimbmalt


4.43/5  rDev +21%

Pours a dark mahogany color and had a tan head that did not stick around. It has a very sweet malty aroma and a touch of hops in there too. The flavor is really balanced and refreshing. Quite complex actually, way above my tasting skills. But from a pure enjoyment standpoint, it is just plain good. Worthy of any true beer lover's refrigerator.

01-30-2005 10:17:25 | More by RushLimbmalt
Photo of TastyTaste


4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Pours a dark red hue, wwith a big creamy off-white head. Very beautiful color. Smells of roasted malt, and sweet carmel scents, with some floral hops in the background. Taste is very sweet at first, then tart, then those flavors fade to reveal a roasted malt backbone that really works well with it's final transition, into adequate hops presence. Very good, well rounded, with a flavor that I could sip all night.

01-18-2005 19:02:43 | More by TastyTaste
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

12oz. squat amber bottle.

Deep copper in color, with an off-white head that fluffs itself up and lasts for quite some time. There's even some patchwork quilt lacing on the glass. Impressive. Aromas are toasted grains and dark druit. There's even some spicy character to it. Flavor is balanced. Sweet malty flavors mix nicely with the hops, aided by a dash of doughy yeastiness. Finishes with a caramel-nut aftertaste. Good session beer.

08-01-2004 16:34:12 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of cokes


3.8/5  rDev +3.8%

Clear and gleaming ruby-kissed bronze. The head is beige, well-formed and well-retained.
Nose is hollow and grainy, lightly bready, and generally a weakness.
Taste, however, gathers up the slack. Begins caramel sweet, but begins to dry immediately. Turns into brittle toffee, then into toast. Sweetens again late. Interesting ebb and flow. Hopping is manifest, and actually serves to build on the reclaimed sweetness. Juicy citric hues. Orangey with lime rinds. Dries again at the close. More herbal around the time of the swallow, along with a strange gin-like sensation. Odd especially, because alcohol is a non-factor here.
A super-quaffable, medium-bodied, red ale. And one that has some strong points- primarily its Americana uniqueness.

More kudos to the Huge one.

04-13-2004 05:24:39 | More by cokes
Photo of UnionMade

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

The beer pours an orangey caramel, topped with a thick, evenly bubbled froth. The vanilla colored head settles into a filmy coating, keeping at least a thick collar to the end. Large blobs of lace stick haphazardly to the glass, a solid ring sticking to where the original froth was. A bit of haziness from some stirred up bottle conditioning.
The aroma is immediately fruity. Plenty of flowery pear esters, almost belgian-like with the malt. Pleasant toasty caramel, balanced by mild floral hops. A bit of nuttiness from the yeast pour.
The flavor starts with mild, easy going toasty caramel malt. A bit of bready yeast, which remains throughout the sip. Pear and floral esters are very pronounced, even a touch of bubblegum, adding a soft feel when coupled with the yeast. The finish presents mild, balancing floral/herbal hops (northern brewer?) drying out in the end with some nutty, powdery yeast. A bit of grassy astringency as the beer warms in my hand, adding to the bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly toasty malt, with a touch of that grassy flavor and some nutty yeast. Medium bodied, supported by moderate, full feeling carbonation. I recommend stirring up the bottle conditioning, as the yeast adds a pleasant feel and flavor. I used an 8oz glass that required two pours, and the flavor on the second was more to my liking, with the increased nuttiness.
A very tasty irish red ale, with an intriguing, almost belgian flair. This is my first Boulevard beer, and the folks in Kansas City have a good thing going. Unique and interesting. I could drink these all day.

03-29-2004 09:46:27 | More by UnionMade
Photo of ZAP


3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Session beer all the way...pours a light brown with red highlights...nose is very light...just not much to smell...nice toasty/nutty flavors similar to a nut brown ale....some sweeter caramel like texture...hops are hidden nicely in the background but serve their purpose with a husky/dry finish..

Body is lighter side of medium...this is nothing to jump up and down about but it is a pretty tasty, low ABV, easy drinking , session-style beer....I rate drinkability as a 3.0 because while it IS easy drinking, it's not one I would be dying to drink again....that is what I consider "drinkability"

03-18-2004 06:13:02 | More by ZAP
Photo of jimdkc


3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

Pours medium brown with reddish highlights. Head is light tan and lasts quite a while. Smell is of roasted malt. Taste is malty with some carmel and fruity notes. Enough hops to be noticeable and add a little bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly sour, but not unpleasantly so. Very drinkable.

I took some of this to a family gathering, and even the macro drinkers liked it!

03-15-2004 05:00:07 | More by jimdkc
Photo of PhantomVodoo


4.15/5  rDev +13.4%

Tan head sits atop this amber brew.
Aroma shows rich, slightly roasty caramel malt, hops, and a slight earthiness.

Good semi-sweet, toasty, lightly roasty caramel malt backbone. Solid fruity hop balance. Hoppier than a lot of amber ales. Nice finish.

Very good body and mouthfeel considering the low ABV of this beer.
Very drinkable. Easy-going, but tastey. Coupled with the low ABV makes this session beer material.
Overall, a good, balanced amber ale. Big thanks to bditty187 for this gem!

03-07-2004 15:30:41 | More by PhantomVodoo
Photo of EagleTalon


3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

Pours to a reddish color and permanent head. Aroma is roasty and malty with apple notes. Flavor is malt dominant, earthy and balanced with tangy hops. Finishes malty and warm. This is a very good red ale, so good in fact that, in Oklahoma at least, it is a $1.00 more per sixer!

03-03-2004 02:19:15 | More by EagleTalon
Photo of tavernjef


3.63/5  rDev -0.8%

Scarlet amber in color with a dulled clearness, thin ivory head that fades to leave a bit of a collar, small spots and globs of lace stick. Aroma is toasty and grainy reminscent of Cheerios. Taste is toasted in the front, slightly dry and very mildly hopped in the back. There's a small twinge of bitterness just before the middle and light roasted nuttyness and subdued sweet malts skip in and out. Feel is a close to medium throughout with a nudge in the middle but kinda drops off from there and has a light fuzzy texture.
Kinda boring, but adequate, drinkable, sure, but passable. Give me that Red Rocket by Bear Republic instead, thats my kind of Red!

02-25-2004 02:53:24 | More by tavernjef
Photo of ADR


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Fully dark oxidized copper color, clear. Sugary head of decent staying power. Slightly dripping ring lace. Briefly malty aroma, with a sprightly orange slice candy touch. Nice beginning, braodly sweet with caramel tones, good medium mouthfeel, and a bit of wintergreen. Finishes a bit thinned in impression, with just a bare re-inforcement of minty hoppiness. Slighlty warming in the throat. No real problems with the beer, the mid mouth fall-off is the biggest miss. I'd drink it again.

02-08-2004 18:48:31 | More by ADR
Photo of Bighuge


3.78/5  rDev +3.3%

Clear burgandy/scarlet red appearance. Head is thin and creamy. And retention adequate. Nice toasted tones on the nose as well as some roasted malt and nuttiness. Some slight toasted malt hits the palate first and is followed by a roasted bitterness and dry hop finish. Nuttiness is quite subtle and caramel notes lay in the background. The body is about medium full. A quaffable Irish Ale it is.

02-06-2004 04:40:43 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Tballz420


4.3/5  rDev +17.5%

This brew is a brown color with some red hints, big tan head topping off the brew. Nice smell, some fruits, dominate the nose, with some hops/malt peeking through. The first thing i notice with regards to the taste is how well it is balanced, nice hop bitterness counteracting the malts, some nuts and fruits showing through as well. This beer outperformed my expectations, and is worth try in my book.

02-05-2004 06:56:15 | More by Tballz420
Photo of feloniousmonk


4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

Color: a clear reddish hue, and the head is short, off-white.
Aroma is a surprising delight, rich and ambrosial: caramel, nuts, some dark fruits, cherry, citrus, and an overall roasted feel. Puts me in mind of a barleywine or a winter ale, more than a typical Irish ale.
Tasty, warm texture. Hops are lying low, true to style. Malt is big, but not too much so. Taste is sweet and delicious. I loved this oned all the way down!
One of the better "Irish ales" I've ever encountered. Great thanks to marc77 for sending it!

04-27-2003 20:11:43 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of maxpower


3/5  rDev -18%

Deep clear- amber in color, has a nice white head that doesn't last very long, light malty bready aroma. Sweet caremel malty flavor, mild hop profile it does have a nice clean dry finish, medium body, seems kind of bland, overall not all that bad but average.

04-24-2003 06:54:01 | More by maxpower
Photo of Dogbrick


3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Acquired via trade. Pours a beautiful rich dark amber color with a frothy medium beige head. Aroma is pleasantly toasty and malty. Full sweet malt flavor with a touch of hops and caramel. Finish is sweet and rich. Not bad at all. Boulevard has a pretty respectable line of beers from what I can tell so far.

03-31-2003 08:50:19 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of alittlehazy


4.13/5  rDev +12.8%

This is an all around good beer! Pours dark copper color with an off white head that sticks around for awhile, leaving a lot of lace in the glass. First sip was great, really refreshing. It has a nice malty sweet taste to it with a nice lingering sensation in the mouth. Had it out of a keg, not sure how similar the bottle is, but after drinking this I decided I had to go out and get some more. Great seasonal brew!!

03-28-2003 08:22:15 | More by alittlehazy
Photo of Quaffer


3.98/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: This was a nice, deep brown beer with a lot of red highlights. The light tan head rose up perfectly and settled down dense and rocky. It was nice and sticky, leaving a lot of lace on the glass.

Smell: The aromas were very subtle in this brew. There were some roasted malts and caramel layered over a hint of bitterness. My overall impression was that this beer smelled clean.

Mouthfeel: A little thin and rough for my tastes.

Taste: A malty, barely-sweet flavor was first noticeable which dried out in the middle. The finish was somewhat smokey, almost peat-like.

A very drinkable beer from Boulevard. It is mellow without being bland.

02-22-2003 20:38:40 | More by Quaffer
Photo of TXHops


4/5  rDev +9.3%

-Original Gravity: 1.055
-Final Gravity: 1.014
-ABV: 5.5%
-ABW: 4.26%
-Attenuation: 74.15
-Real Extract: 5.3 P
-Calories: 182/12 oz
-Malts: Pale, Munich, Caramunich, Special B, Chocolate, Malted Winter Wheat
-Hops: Nugget, Magnum and Goldings

Boulevard’s spring seasonal, available Mid-Jan through mid-April. Irish Ale pours a beautiful, deep, burnt orange color with an amazing, nitro-like head of tan, tiny-bubbled foam, creating a sheeting blanket of lace down the sides of the glass. The head lasts forever... The nose is very understated, but a vigorous swirl reveals a slight, roasted malt character. The super-smooth, velvety body feels like nitro, but without the helium aftertaste. The taste is pretty nice—malty, without being roasty or thick, and still quite fresh tasting, like recently cracked malt. With the obligatory, low hopping rate, this beer tends toward a bit of sourness in the finish, but not too much. Also, this beer is sweetish, but not overly so. The hops make a very brief, herbal appearance in the middle of the flavor, and then recede again, forced into their minor role by the complex maltiness. I keep coming back to the smoothness of the body though. It’s really extraordinary…. If this isn’t the perfect macro to micro transition beer, I don’t know what is: sweetish, but not syrupy, barely hoppy, but not at all bitter, and easier and smoother to drink than proper Guinness. I really wish I had more of this stuff…

02-13-2003 18:07:27 | More by TXHops
Photo of bditty187


4/5  rDev +9.3%

Bronze, highlights of orangey-copper, creamy off-white head, dissipated quickly, laced well. Faint nose, gentle nuttiness and mild caramel notes, yeasty (acidic-fruity) at the end. Tasty! Mild caramely-sweet, malty, slightly nutty… the hops are ideal, yeast is noticeable. Balanced, malt leads but the hops cannot be ignored. Finishes slightly acidic, sweetish, candy-like malt… not sticky in the slightest, clean almost. What a smooth quaff. Off the charts on the “ease to drink” scale. Great seasonal beer for all your session drinking needs… I’d recommend it.

01-23-2003 13:27:57 | More by bditty187
Photo of texascarl


4.38/5  rDev +19.7%

Boulevard Irish Ale is a seasonal red Irish Ale, and an old favorite. Available bottled and on tap, it's always a nice reminder that springtime is just around the corner. This beer was recently released, this years batch is as good as ever.

Appearance = dark reddish-copper color. Long lasting light creamy head, nice aroma. Slight haze from bottle conditioning.

Nose = Malt, fruit, some hops

Taste = Lots of Malt in balance with the hops, definite sweet overtones. Medium finish.

A nice red ale. Always have liked the way this beer looks. Try pouring a glass full and hold it up to the light, I really love the color of this beer. After you do this 4 times it gives the world a rosy glow.

01-15-2003 16:06:43 | More by texascarl
Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 501 ratings.