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Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brownbeer on 05-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Boulevard Amber Ale is an exceptionally well-balanced beer, complex yet thirst-quenching. American pale malt provides a firm foundation. English specialty malts impart a nutty sweetness, perfectly complemented by noble German hops. The deep coppery color holds the light, reflecting a ruddy glow, and the finish is clean, round, and delicious.

24 IBU
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Ratings: 352 | Reviews: 133
Reviews by jacobseyb:
Photo of jacobseyb
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a nice ruby red with a tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smell is faint, but primarily caramel malts. Taste is good, with caramel malts much more prominent than in the smell. Good feel with above average carbonation and crisp feel. Overall a very drinkable amber ale.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.93/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Brought down to Springfield by the generous folks at Boulevard for a beer dinner. Pours a chestnut-amber with a frothy head on top. The beer is somewhat nondescript aroma and taste-wise. Faint notes of almond and grapfruit come to mind. Malt-forward with a delicate touch of hops late. The medium body is velvety smooth. A super session beer, or probably a great transition beer for people looking to move away from our pale, watery friends next door.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Always glad to try a new beer from Boulevard.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is toffee and grass. Not very complex, but not bad.

The flavor is grassy hops, along with toffee and biscuit malt. The beer is well balanced, but leans slightly to the maltier side of the spectrum.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber-orange with thin tan head that mostly dissipates.

Smell: Mostly caramel, with some cherry and floral hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel, dark fruit and cherry malt backbone. Seems to be a tiny bit of nuttiness (like a Brown Ale), and a very light floral, spicy hop finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body but quite smooth, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Slightly different take on an Amber Ale with some English Brown Ale and English Bitter characteristics. Well made and tasty, if a little unexciting.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a dimple mug)
best by 4/28/11 (it was)
A- This beer has a slightly hazy brown body with an orange hue to it and strong carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface. There is a bubbly creamy head that last a good while.

S- The soft aroma of brown malt finish with a soft fruity yeast notes.

T- The toasted brown malt fades to a soft green note and a slightly dry finish.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel and a tight fizz in the finish.

O- The smooth amber ale is nice but it is pretty light and not much character to make it worth another glass.

Photo of wmtxbb
4.13/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Layer of lacing atop a cloudy amber haze.

Scent: Fruit esters; Very light scent.

Taste: Amber malts with a mixture of: burnt, crisp and bitter flavors. Nice grainy texture that complements the other flavors.

Drinkability: The first couple of beers that I had from boulevard were not 'up to par', but this brew definitely surpasses others of the same style.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy amber brew with a small gray-white head. Good lacing.

S - Toasty with a good deal of caramel. Slightly hoppy with dried autumn leaf notes.

T - Malty. Toasted grains, caramel, toffee, and a hint of pumpkin pie. Some nice hops come into play towards the off-dry finish.

M - Medium bodied, chewy.

A great session brew. This is well balanced (but leaning more towards malty as befits the style). I'd buy this again for sure. I'm a big Boulevard fan and this is a great offering from a great brewery.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, goblet, best by 10/3/10.

Certainly is amber and a bit hazy. The head was nearing an inch in a standard off-white but fizzed away quickly.

Fruit aromas of green apple, pear, and maybe white grape. There may be some orange peel and caramel apple. Less than inspiring.

Biscuit malt, and red apple here instead of green. Small bitterness and caramel sweetness balance for one of the least adventurous beers I've had in awhile. That isn't necessarily bad, as I don't find any faults.

Pretty darn neutral in the mouth too.

I could have a few, but I'm not quite sure why.

Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive and clear amber as promised, with substantial foam and fine lacing.

Nose is biscuity and grainy. Well-done representation of the style.

Taste is tangy and breadlike. A smooth and highly enjoyable example of an amber ale, this is an easy-drinking session ale with class.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.64/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Two solid fingers of spun sugar head, an amber red complexion in the liquid beneath...

Some caramel and mild hop esters in the nose, very weak nose

Some lemon and barley come to the front at first, a tad acrid in the back

Mouth feel is a tad watery with soda pop carbonation

Overall a very simple boring beer. I wouldn't recommend it

Photo of Snow81
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a orange / amber

Head: Light tan head

Smell: caramel malts with a nice little hop in the background

Taste: Caramel with a little nuttiness and a light heavy grain

Weight: Medium to light body with a medium to low carbonation

Finish: Grassy with a little caramel on the back

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aaaahhh! A nice session amber ale....Love it! Straight forward no Bull Sh&t! Cloudy amber color...little light on the head, but a very nice simple Amber!!! No after taste baby!!! Boulevard once again does not dissappoint, this beer falls in line with all their other remarkable beers!

Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on special for $6 at Princeton's Liquors. The bottle says best by January 2011. Overall, I thought this was a nice malty session beer that reminded me of a Vienna lager. The description mentions noble hops, but I don't get must more than a hint of peppery spice in the finish mixing with the caramel malts. The beer opens with a toffee and bread mixture and is followed by cherry and strawberry juice (not to sweet), and then that mild herbal bitterness. The aroma is a bit simpler with more of the bready malts coming forward. All in all, a good session beer for folks that can appreciate malt without a lot of hops.

Photo of dbossman
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark amber, hazy with a two-inch head and okay lacing

S: Sweet and grainy but something metallic is there too; some bready biscuity malts but really not a ton going on here

T: Much more going on in the taste thankfully; bready malts with subtle toffee and caramel; slightly sweet but enough subtle hopping in the finish to balance things out

F: Decent mouth feel; perhaps a touch thin

O: This beer gets better after a few drinks and thankfully tastes better than it smells; this is a sessionable, tasty brew

Photo of Fatehunter
2.94/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color with a tight finger of head.
Mild malt smell.
Honey, light bitterness... and nothing else.
Light body, crisp and refreshing.
Nothing much going on here. Easy enough to drink and I would choose it over the macros, but not much else going for it.

Photo of midwestbrewers
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had bottle with best by 2/14/11.

A: Beautiful cloudy, copper color with a head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S: The smell is definitely malty with a strong nutty background. Seems to be relatively balanced.

T: Very nutty, malty flavor. Not very bitter at all. Smooth finish and very good mouth feel.

Overall this beer is decent. To me it's not an of-the-chart beer but it definitely has some strong flavors. A great beer to enjoy in the fall after a long day hunting. It has some body to match colder weather, but is still refreshing to the palate. Last thought is that this beer is super SMOOTH! Several of these would go down very easy. Great beer Boulevard Brewing Co.!

Photo of MatthewBuchholz
3.77/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of my go to session beers. As far as looks go its hazy due to the bottle conditioning with a nice amber orange hue. The aroma has a nice sweetness to it with a malty backbone. The taste is very malty with the sweetness from the yeast used in it I believe. Overall its extremely drinkable and very refreshing.

Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this beer in this market before. Part of a mix 12-pack from Boulevard. Best by 01/28/11.

Dark amber color with a large off-white head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left at the top of the glass and thins out as the beer is consumed. Plenty of C-hops in the aroma. Notes of citrus and grass. Some caramel malt as well. The flavor is not as impressive as the aroma however. The hops have been subdued and the malt does not really add anything except some caramel notes. Has a touch of an artificial flavor that many amber and pale ales suffer from. Not a bad tasting beer by any stretch but could use more punch from the hops and a little more interesting malt bill. Feels a little thin but is nicely carbonated from the bottle conditioning. Nice that Boulevard labeled the bottle as bottle conditioned. An easy drinking ale but nothing besides the appearance really sets this apart from so many others in an already saturated style.

Photo of marcobrau
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with plenty of carbonation, almost too much, as four fingers of foam rise up quickly in my stemmed tulip glass. The head of this truly amber (not red) ale settles fairly quickly to a thin collar of foam, leaving just a few specks of lace on the sides of the glass. Smells of fresh malt, a touch wort-like even, but there's also a sweet caramel -- almost Cracker Jack -- aroma. Tastes a touch sweet, with a touch of hop bitterness towards the finish and a lingering caramel corn sweetness. Not my favorite Boulevard beer, but not awful either. I could see fans of Fat Tire liking this beer.

Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in the 12 mixer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown amber. Heavy white foam that settles out with foam sticking around the sides. Clean smell with no distinct notes. Sharp caramel/toffee taste. Carbonation pop that balances into a sweet malty finish. Sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable. Solid.

Photo of imasloth
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured into pint glass, nice amber color- a bit towards orange. Small off-white head, no lacing, good carbonation.

S- Sweet and a bit fruity (honeydew melon?)- perhaps lightly floral.

T- Sweet and malty. Floral and fruit really comes out. Light bitterness.

M- Medium to heavy-bodied, very little 'feel', leaves mouth coated with sweetness.

O- Meh ... Fine amber but I was actually wanting something with more malt flavor at the time. In no hurry to try this again.

Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a rusty amber color. Two finger off white light beige colored head that shows medium retention. Some light streaky lacing that falls back into the glass.

S- Light buttery aroma through the nose. Biscuity toasted malts in there with caramel malts being the dominate malt. Nothing over the top but sweet smelling overall.

T- Caramel malts once again dominate the beer. Some light buttery notes here and there. Biscuity toasted malts toward the middle to ending with a last dose of sweet malts. Alcohol on the tailend is light.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts kill the palate and goes way into the aftertaste. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Sweet malt forward dominates the beer and throws to a over malt presence I think. Clean flavors with just a light buttery off flavor that seems to die down by the middle of the beer.

D- This beer is very drinkable and to be honest a sixer of this would not be a hard thing to drink. I'm not a big amber fan but this one really took me by surprise. A nice easy drinking lower ABV beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours to thin buff head and (you guessed it) amber color. Hazy. Aroma is caramel, fruity candy, and pale malt. Flavor presents with various malt and yeast esters. Bready and slightly toasty. Hops are secondary, muted, earthy and offset the sweetness of the malt sugars. Mouthfeel is light medium. Overall a decent beer that hits the subtle side of the style.

Photo of Forb
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Pours a deep dark ruby / brown hue with a minor head.

Smell/Taste: Overly malty in both smell and taste with the hops making an attempt buy failing to break through evidently in either of these categories. Roast malt, caramel sweetness, and the most minute of hop elements is most clearly pronounced with the possibility of some darker fruits making way?

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mediocre carbonation.

Overall: I can enjoy a good amber ale but this one just wasn't the best of taste for me.

Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny copper, slightly murky with a saturated jewel-tone coloration. Delicate crown of lace, initially a substantial head of foam rests on the surface. Thin broken skim and ring at the edges after five minutes or so.

Lightly sweet multigrain bread and apple notes from the yeast. Slight maple sweetness,

Bready and malt forward, caramel and specialty malts take centerstage. Sunflower seeds, wheat bread crusts. Light to medium bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Pleasant with no off flavors, simple and sessionable if so inclined. Textbook example of an American Amber Ale.

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Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.