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The Sixth Glass | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Sixth GlassThe Sixth Glass
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Quadrupel (Quad)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
”Do you know what dwells in a glass?” asks Ole, in Hans Christian Andersen's The Watchman of the Tower. Better known for stories such as The Little Mermaid, Andersen wrote this short, cautionary tale for a somewhat older audience. Our quadrupel ale, also meant for the mature connoisseur, is a deep and mysterious libation, dark auburn and full-bodied, its sweetness deceptive. As Ole describes the glasses in turn, their contents become more ominous until, in the sixth glass...

22 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 11-15-2007

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Reviews: 782 | Ratings: 2,735
Photo of dasenebler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz. best before 4/27/13. Brewed in April 2010 (?)

Pours a hazy, tawny red with a nice one-finger head. Retention and lacing are good.

Yeasty and sweetly fruity on the nose. Lots of candied fruit and Belgian phenols. Some notes of oxidation, touch of acetic.

Flavor is very fruity and sweet, with a drying, alcoholic character on the finish. Malt is there, with lots of dark fruit decadence. However, this beer lacks the bready, caramel maltiness of a St. Bernardus or Westvleteren. Mouthfeel is excellent. Slick, with effervescent carbonation.

This is one of the best "American" Quads I've had.

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Photo of Patrickbrusil
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle out of the newly available 4 packs in MA.

The appearance is light in my eyes. Copper auburn brown is how I'd describe it. I guess i think of quads as generally being darker than this. Nice lacing.

Smell is dead on with dark candied stone fruits, malt, and caramel. Heavenly.

The taste is solid although not as world class as I think some give it credit for. Maleness hits you right away with a somewhat chewy bread pudding note that follows and finally a rush of carbonation finishes you off. Not bad.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Leffe goblet. The pour is a dark murky reddish-brown, yet it's quite light for the style (almost like iced tea). It does have a nice level of carbonation and produces a really nice 2 fingers of creamy white head that quickly dies down to a thin lace. On the nose I'm getting some malt and peppery spice notes and a little bit of alcohol.

The beer has a full body. Lots of sweet, bready, malty goodness up front and a fair amount of spice. Sharp flavors of ginger, pepper, allspice, and cardamom are accentuated by the carbonation. They interplay with the malt and grow sharper as the beer moves over the palate and picks up heat from the alcohol. The finish is medium-dry and warming, with lingering spiciness. The feel is sharp from the carbonation, but it is not overdone. Very smooth and drinkable. Not much change in the flavor as the beer de-gasses.

Overall a very satisfying Quad. I generally like my Quads as I like my women: sweet and rich. I like the malt to be front and center and just enough spice to add complexity. Still, this is a nice departure from my usual ventures in this style. Definitely a distinct offering in a field populated by several world classics that are among the greatest of all beers. I've had a few quads and this one stands out as one of the spiciest ones. I probably wouldn't buy it again for just that reason, but those who enjoy this style and don't have a sweet-tooth like mine will probably love this. It's a terrific beer, just not quite what I look for in a Quad.

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Photo of bheilman
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice bottle presentation and cool labeling. I'm a little biased about this brewery because I bought a sampler a couple weeks back that was full of tasty beers. The smell is nice. Almost licorice, but definitely an overwhelming sweetness. As I poured the beer I got a great waft of scent. Tasty, tasty tasty! Rich chocolate, caramel, toasted almond flavor. Does have a fairly present alcohol flavor, but the acidity does not overwhelm the sweetness. The aftertaste does continue the sweetness but has a bit of a bitter alcohol feel too. No quadrupel is considered very drinkable to me. I can drink a bomber and that's about it. I could drink more, but I wouldn't enjoy it as I did the first bottle. So with that said, this was fairly drinkable for a quad. It didn't leave an overwhelming aftertaste.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to ILikeBrew for this bottle. Thanks, pal!

Appearance -- pours a hazy ruby hue with a voluminous butterscotch head. Lacing abounds.

Smell -- Quite yeasty: earthy yeast, clove oil, and banana peel are quite prominent. Brandy-soaked prunes, black cherry, and burnt sugar round out the classic Quad aromas. Slightly acidic, which is weird. What is lacking is spice.

Taste -- Bright malty sweetness up front with cherry danish, brandy-soaked prunes, earthy yeast, bananas and bubblegum. Not as nuanced as the aroma let on. Alcohol is a bit intense, but well within bounds for the style. Lingering flavors of yeast and pitted fruits in light syrup.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-bodied with abundant bubbly carbonation. A bit on the thin side, but it feels great on the tongue.

Drinkability -- Quite good. Pretty easy-drinking for a Quad, and great aroma, which made the taste a bit of a letdown. Clearly an Americanized Quadrupel, but still really tasty. Absolutely trying at least once, plus the price is right.

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Photo of bnes09
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep auburn colored ale. Thin head with weak retention and no lacing. Can't be too hard on the beer for this though due to the high alcohol.

Dark fruit aromas. Yeasty. Mild alcohol. Caramel sweetness.

Malt is sweet overall with flavors reminiscent of dates and caramel. Tastes slightly spiced, cinammon and nutmeg, a little like apple cider. Not too much in the hops department.

Medium to full bodied, slightly syrupy yet smooth. Feels a little over-carbonated.

Pretty solid stuff. Lots of complexity.

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Photo of outdoor7or24
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz shared with with SingingTheNews, brought back from recent trip to AR.

A: Dirty copper, amber orange, that has a haze to it, nice creamy head that thins out moderately, Bubbles show high carbonation

S: Malt, bubble gum, hint of fig, prune, raisin, and slight wisps of vanilla, and also slight hop aroma

M: High carbonation, medium body, coats the tongue

T: Carbonation, some banana, dark fruits - prune, fig, raisin; vanilla, oak, pepper, slightly boozy

O: while this is a good quad, I feel the balance is a little off and the carbonation hits to hard at the front of the taste. However, will drink again and recommend to try.

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Photo of Extrajoker00
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Reviewed: 3/7/15

The Sixth Glass by Boulevard
poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Chalice

P- great looking label featuring the devil from the fable (4.25)

A- full pillowy head of orangish tan and full lacing and retention over a lush dark copper ale (4.0)

S- Belgian yeast beet sugar and faint alcohol (3.75)

T- alcohol up front, complex malty yeasty Belgian lingers as it fades (4.0)

M- very full bodied strong and great (3.75)

D- very strong more of a nite cap or special occasion (3.5)

O- quads are somewhat new to me but this is a good effort (4.0)

log anticipated, no let down, a great beer
---- J

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark red and orange with a strong 1/4 inch head. Average lacing. Nicely carbonated with a super sweet Belgium hoppy flowery citrus smell. The light hops balance well with the malts and Belgium yeast. It finishes with a lovely sweetness with just a hint bitterness. This is not a disappointment. Recommended!

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Photo of Mississipping
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 2nd rev Smokestack Series goblet:

A: Pours a light, clear mahogany color with a large off-white head that recedes rather quickly.  Moderate lacing left behind on the edges of the glasss. 

S: Dark fruits (mainly plum and fig) are up front along with a slightly bready yeastiness, brown sugar, and some earthiness.  Really a nice, fairly complex smelling beer.  Sweet for the most part, but hints of spiciness.

T: The dark fruit dominate the taste in the form of prunes, fig, and cherry.  Almost equally present are bready yeast, brown sugar, and caramel.  Deliciously and complex sweetness upfront that isn't at all overpowering.  The sweetness continues with the malt profile through the finish, but is accompanied by an earthiness, slight spiciness, and a good amount of booze that creates a large warming effect.  I wish there was a little less heat on the back-end of this, but it's not completely unpleasant.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.  Smooth, slightly creamy, and coating on the palate.  A good bit of heat at the finish, but that's really my only complaint with the mouthfeel.

D: Really a nice quad that is very flavorful and has a nice complexity.  My only gripe is the alcohol heat.  A bit off-putting and it makes it much less enjoyable and easy to drink.  It's not hot enough to not enjoy, but it's a bit too powerful for my taste.  Other than that, this is a really good quad.  This will probably be better with some age, so I'm going to revisit it in a year or so.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter...

A: pours dark cherry wood with a big almond color head of mousse. has really good head retention

S: smells of dark fruits, baked cinnamon apples, nutmeg, breakfast pastries, and leather

T: begans with a tart and spicy fruitiness, then flavors of earth, clove, and leather, raisin nut bread toast, with a fruity, spicy, bitter, and boozy finish. almost too complex to list all that is going on.

M: medium mounthfeel with alot of carbonation, very dry and warm finish.

Overall, a very powerful drink full of sinful deliciousness. Be careful or this one could damn you.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle tried 8 Mar 2009. Batch 68100.

Poured in a 0.4 L Steiner Pils snifter. Huge orange swiss cheese looking head. Medium carbonation. Clear mahogany color. Aroma is sweet and tart, brown sugar, ethanol, raisins, dried cherries. Initial taste of tart cherries, then lots of caramel malt, raisins, ethanol. Lots of rum and dried fruit. Finish is tart with strong ethanol burn in the aftertaste. 4

Would probably improve with some age. Would have probably had a higher score if had not been preceded by the Westy 12...

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Photo of nickhiller
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: incredibly thick and creamy Belgian style head, clear amber colored, little lacing.

S: the familiar sour-sweet minerally flavor of a Belgian triple or quad, sharp alcohol esters, brown sugar, a little banana.

T: lots of banana now, dried cherries, Sherry, candy sugar, sickly sweet biscuity malt is in sharp contrast to the strong (strong) alcohol and bitter hop finish.

M: medium to heavy body, strong warming alcohol, the ABV of which does not go unnoticed.

D: started out strong but ended short of perfection. As a whole it was a little out of balance; I found the alcohol too strong and not well integrated. Fairly drinkable but not something I'll be returning to.

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Photo of Windexman
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first official review!

Appearance- Started pouring this into a glass and instantly loved the caramel hue to this dark amber. Gave a great thick head, but it dissipated pretty rapidly; however, it left pretty lasting lines on the side of the glass. I saw small amounts of sediment towards the end of the glass, but that doesn't bother me.

Smell- You can definitely smell the spice aromas in this beer. They reminded me of a Fat Tire, but on steroids.

Taste- I liked the strong flavor of this beer. It was well balanced. It had sweet notes, followed by slightly bitter, with a spicy overlay. I wanted to open the second one before I finished the first.

Mouthfeel- I thought the carbonation fit well with the beer. It was just bubbly enough to awaken my taste buds. I felt like it left my mouth a little filmy afterwards. I didn't enjoy that very much.

Overall- I really enjoyed this beer. I would definitely recommend Sixth Glass to a friend. For a 10% beer you can taste it, but it didn't overwhelm me. Strong bold flavor, but smooth all the way through.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured a glowing deep orange color with good carbonation leaving a nice whate cap with loads of bubbles

S: Grains, hints of booze, dark fruits with some candy sweetness

T: Very warm from the booze, dark fruits but not as much as I expected, sweet, slightly sticky, candy, caramel

M: Sweet, boozy, big body

O: Pretty good, no St Bernardus but tasty nonetheless

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Photo of aobrehm
3.91/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz glass into chalice.

L- Huge, thick moussy off white head that is very well-retained. Rich amber color with some haze and sediment.

S- Aroma is mostly yeast with big Belgian esters (slightly bubblegummy). Some dried fruit notes from malt and minimal hop presence.

T- Complex flavor profile that focuses on yeast character (clove, bubblegum) with raisin-like malty undertones. Slightly phenolic.

F- Substantial body with some residual sweetness. Highly carbonated.

O- A very good beer that is slightly missing the mark on being a classic example of Belgian Dark Strong/Quad due to yeast character & phenolics dominating malt complexity and too much residual sweetness. This beer would probably be better with a few more months of aging.

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Photo of tzieser
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz capped bottle poured into a Delirium tulip. best by 4/27/13.

a: pours a mostly clear ruby color with a thick off-white head that settles into a modest lacing.

s: notes of dark fruits, candi sugar, belgian yeast and a very subtle alcohol note. i can tell this is shaping up to be a solid quad.

t: sweet malty flavor. aforementioned dark fruits (prunes, raisins), candi sugar and belgian yeast are prominent flavors here. not too sweet and nicely balanced. alcohol is well hidden, but warms the stomach nicely.

m: smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

good job by Boulevard Brewing. fantastic quadruple. i think this could use a bit more age on it, as the flavors were still a tad on the raw side, but still...well done!

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Photo of climax
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into my snifter I pour a 12 oz, figured if I like it I'll dive in and pay the premium for a bomber. It pours a bright reddish brown hue with vibrant ruby highlights. The head is impressive, as is the retention.

I get a lot of wood tones initially in the aroma. Leafy hop aromas balance out modest caramel, clove, plum, brown sugar, and alcohol.

All the flavors within the taste are perfectly proportioned and balanced, but I just don't get a very complex blend. The aftertaste is mighty clean with a dash of plum and floral remnants.

The carbonation is a punch to the temple, initially fizzy and begins to take a more cottony feel as the sip progresses. The underlying body is smooth, but paired with that carbonation it's like sacrificing ride comfort by putting 24" rims on your Buick. The finish is slightly dry with some alcoholic warmth, but it's cleaner than your grandma's kitchen, good marks for that.

I'll stick the the original kings of quads here, the Belgians make a better quad. This is, however, a very clean and easy to drink cheaper alternative.

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Photo of Kempleton
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from 750ml corked and caged into a Silly Scotch tulip.
Cloudy brown russet color, topped by a great pillowy head that doesn't quite last as long as the beer.
Smells great withh dark fruits taking center stage. I pick up some raisins and plum aromas.
Taste is more of the same, dark fruits. along with the fruits there is a definit presence of alcohol in the taste.
Thick and effervescent mouthfeel. This one could defintly benifit from a litte swirling.
the drinkability is low only due to the high ABV and pronounced boozieness of this beer.
I would love to get my hands on a few of these to cellar. This seems like one that will be absolutly great with a bit of age on it.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very fruity ale aroma. I get cherries and raisins and peaches. Malt aroma is pretty restrained but some dark caramel is there. First few sniffs there was some fuesal alchol but that dissipated pretty quickly.

Copper colored with a thick tan head that lasts and is fed by lots or rising columns of bubbles. Not much lacing. It's there but it drops back into the main head pretty quickly.

Nice malty flavor right off. Lots of deep crystal-type, maybe some munich flavor. Hop bitterness is pretty high so the beer is significantly drier than most Quads. There's a bread like flavor that I'm not sure if it's the yeast or maybe some biscuit malt. There's lots more fruit flavor too and the same types as the aroma. But again, there's a distracting level of alcohol flavor, not over-strong but you can definitely taste it.

Very highly carbonated, maybe even a little rough. Full bodied and very warming in the mouth and stomach from the alcohol.

Drinkability is within the style, but that's challenging. It's a big beer that wears it's strength in obvious ways. But it's a pretty good sipper.

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Photo of goatgoat
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 68100.

Pours a hazy deep amber. A thick frothy tan head gently falls to a thin cap. Plentiful carbonation is apparent in loads of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. No lace.
Aroma is moderate to heavy. Sweet, dark. Lightly floral, banana, spicy and slightly alcoholic.
Taste is sweet with prominent alcohol. Lots of spice, light bread note. A light bitterness comes through to be overpowered by spice and slightly sticky malt in the finish.
Fairly light body and dry, with alcoholic astringency and warmth.

The alcohol is overwhelming while cool, but even when it warms I wish the alcohol was a bit less forward. More retention on the head would help but overall, nicely complex and enjoyable, a very nice sipping beer.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a ruby red brown with one finger head that died quick. Has a slightly boozy aroma, dark fruits and figs (maybe raisins) are a tad noticeable and there are some sweet malts. Beer is medium bodied, smooth, real sweet for some reason, good amount of caramel, candi sugar and a touch of fruit sweetness. Good balance as I get some dark fruits as well and there is a hearty, heavy finish. Not a bad American quad at all and well worth the low pricepoint; not the tastiest or most complex quad but it got the job done.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle $7.98. Nice red-brown, not quite transparent or opaque. The head died a swift death so there is not much to comment on there. The aroma was like a fresh cut apple, cinnamon, and pepper, nice. The flavor was a little hot with more cinnamon, alcohol and fruity flavors. This was incredibly easy to drink despite the high ABV and it was quite an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.9/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into two giant snifters

Pours a deep cloudy brown, with visible sediment floating. Huge head and persistent carbonation, a little lacing. Smells musty and belgian, raisins and wetness.

Taste is fairly sweet, fruit and raisins, slight molasses, a little clove, sour finish. A little bit of coffee bitterness.

Mouthfeel is gritty and fizzy. Noticeably strong.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz bottle with an enjoy by date of 12/30/15. There is also a Julian code to indicate the bottling date that is a little smeared, but seems to indicate a bottling date of 12/30/13. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Series chalice.

Appearance - A gentle pour, so as not to fill my beer with the sediment on the bottom of the bottle, yields a one and a half finger head of tan with just the slightest caramel-hued twinge to it. The bubbles are fine and lucious and they retain for several minutes before receding to a film with pockets of thicker foam intermittently dispersed on the surface of the liquid. Beneath the film likes a dark burnt umber body with shades of burgundy and auburn depending on how the light hits the glass. Lacing is mostly nonexistent save for a few idle spots here and there.

Smell - The aroma is a sweet blend of light molasses and brown sugar, with some fainter notes of fig and dried fruit alongside some baking spice, reminiscent of clove and some faint hints of banana-like esters that really add more depth to the beer than they do overpower the other flavor profiles.

Taste - Fruity esters are again present here, but less on the banana side of things and more in the range of figs and dates and perhaps some red plum as well? The spiciness from the yeast is also present, imparting notes of clove and brown sugar, with some caramel sweetness. As it finishes, there is just a hint of some bitterness and almost a metallic taste. Oddly, I got sort of a metal taste after the first drink, but didn't really notice again through the rest of the glass. There is also a faint burn of the high alcohol, but it's amazingly well hidden.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, with just enough fizz to avoid feeling flat.

Overall, yet another traditional Belgian style that Boulevard does well. It's a little lighter than many beers in the quad/BSDA category, but that's no problem by my view. The only thing I will say is that I wish there were a little more depth of flavor to this one. One of the things I like about the style is that it continues to evolve and develop throughout the enjoyment of the glass. This one was pretty similar from start to finish. As such, I feel the need to dock the overall score, because the sum of it's parts were just not quite as good as the individual components.

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The Sixth Glass from Boulevard Brewing Co.
91 out of 100 based on 782 ratings.