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Irish Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 31 | 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 neonbrown82
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TastyTaste
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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"

Photo of jimdkc
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

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

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!

Photo of tavernjef
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of ADR
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of alittlehazy
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!!

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

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.

Photo of TXHops
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

-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…

Photo of bditty187
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of marc77
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark bronze / red hue. Clear w/ a dense head that leaves an intricate lace. Light, nutty caramel notes in aroma, followed by a subtle yeast fruitiness. Slightly sweet, toffee & biscuit malt notes in malt flavor. The well calculated hop bitterness provides sufficient balance for the malt sweetness, but lets overall malt flavors to dominate. There's a slight hint of Kent Goldings hop flavor, but that can be overlooked. Well balanced flavor profile all around. Medium bodied, w/ a very smooth and agreeable mouthfeel. Finishes w/ a touch of fading, clean dark caramel malt with hints of roasted grain. The overall balance of flavor & high drinkability make Boulevard's Irish Ale an excellent session beer.

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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.