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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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533 Ratings
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 232
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | 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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Photo of Boto
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of boblog
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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!

Photo of TexIndy
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +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.

Photo of mynie
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of BretSikkink
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of bort11
4.17/5  rDev +13.9%
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

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Photo of xymyl
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

Photo of KarlHungus
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew pours a clear blood red color. The head is huge, fluffy, reddish off white in color, and recedes slowly into nice lacing. The aroma is very faint, but some fruity sweetness and caramel can be detected with a lot of work. The taste is sweet with enough fruity esters to add some complexity. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation. Overall, this is a pretty good Irish red ale that I can see myself buying again.

Photo of Bang34
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this Ale when a Friend of mine who is a local bartender set a glass in front of me and said, "Hey, we just got this on tap and I want you to try it." So I did.

Pours a nioce redish color with a cream colored head that sticks around for a while as most beers this style shoud.

Aroma was pretty malty, sweet, maybe a hint of caramel. I am just now starting to be able to tell different malt varieties and the Crystal malts seem ot come through in this one.

Taste is pretty malty and sweet with a slight hop aftertaste. Smooth carbonation and surprisingly light mouthfeel. I think this would make a great session beer.

Better than Killian's but there are much better brews out there. Of course I have to say I like over hopped beers so one whould take that into account when reading this review.

Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's a bit sweet with a dry, bitter hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, roasted flavor that boasts of crystal malts and roasted barley. It has a mild hop bitterness and a dry finish. The yeast seems to give it an overly dry flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent brew. I think I may have aquired an older bottle, hence the overly dry and carbonated feel.

Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours out a reddish, copper color. Maybe a two finger head. It leaves some lace as you drink it. The beer is very typical of an Irish Ale, hoppy and slightly bitter. It goes down very smooth. Goes great on St. Patrick's day, if you don't have any Guinness or Harp on hand.

Photo of hanco005
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boston’s pizza

A—clear copper/red with virtually no head at all, laces in spots as I drink it down

S—sweet, caramel and butter are strong, not really much else

T—caramel, slight roasted coffee, buttery, sweet, but not overpowering, very flavorful

M—meduim bodied, good carbonation, very smooth

D—very drinkable, I wish I had discovered this a long time ago, a very solid red ale that could be a nice session brew

Photo of budgood1
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a less than clear dark auburn colour, with an off white frothy head. sticky lace makes it a looker. citric aroma, some subdued fruity maltiness, too. toasty maltiness backed by a touch of fruit and floral hoppiness. makes for an easy drinking session ale. body is quite light and refreshing; the mouthfeel is slightly prickly but otherwise soft and smooth. this is a nice, unoffending red ale. refreshing, tasty and just perfect for spending st. patricks day at home.

Photo of BigRedN
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ The Watering Hole - $2 a pint, an absolute steal.

Appearance: Came poured by the bartender, a dark amber in color. Off white heads of varying thickness (1/4 to 1/2 inch). Head dissapated after a few minutes to a small cloud and ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: The beers I had were served NOT ice cold, which definitely was a plus. Definite maltiness to this, a touch roasted. Also a little floral and piney hops.

Taste: This is a very nice Irish Red Ale, not that Killian's stuff. A solid malt backing, touch of roasted grains, followed by a nice hop bitterness. A very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to pack these away. Low alcohol content makes this an excellent sessioner, on that I am likely to have again on St. Patty's day.

Photo of hero27
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Peppers in Cedar Falls, Iowa..

Gotta say, this is one brew that wasn't as good on-tap for me. Seemed a bit too thin and lacked the complexity of flavor that the bottled version had. Still a pretty good seasonal from Boulevard that's worth trying.

Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.