Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.83/5 rDev +42.1%
This is a new offering from Boulevard. Available only in my area in the Boulevard variety 12 pack (allegedly available as a 6 pack in Nebraska...yet I live in Boulevard's home town - shame on you Boulevard for letting us locals down).
Beer pours a nice copper color. Minimal head, not overly carbonated. Minimal lacing.
Slightly malty aroma, balanced by the wheat malt and hops (not too hoppy). Definitely agree with the the slight hint of almond noted by the first reviewer.
Very smooth - good session beer.
I'm not a big fan of amber ales, but I really like this one...maybe because it seems a bit more like a brown ale than an amber ale (despite the coloration). I'm not sure if this is the wheat malt or the nice balance of malt and hops or simply the lack of the grassy taste many amber ales (can you say Fat Tire?) you find in America today.
07-17-2010 04:14:57 | More by Jayhawk
4.2/5 rDev +23.5%
A: Pours a lighter amber color with some orange highlights. A nice, 1 inch white head sits on top at first. This dies down to a very small head (~1/8 inch), but lasts for the whole beer. Not much lace evident.
S: Beautiful malty aromas with a strong munich malt aroma at first. This is followed up by some nice dark fruit aromas with plum and red grape there at first. It is followed up by a slight dark cherry aroma and even a hint of tartness. The hops provide some floral aromas and some touches of lemon peel. Definitely a more malt forward amber ale.
T: The malts come out even stronger in the flavor. The munich malts provide ample maltiness in the background. Definitely not as caramel forward as some amber ales, which is refreshing. The malt flavors are highlighted by the dark fruits that were previously mentioned in the aroma review. I still get a slight dark cherry note and a faint bit of tart bitterness. This seems to add from the beer rather than overpower it. The hops are bitter enough to balance out all the sweet malts. The flavoring hops provide some hints of lemon grass. The yeast seems to add some English character with some fruitiness and even some earthiness. Very malt forward with some interesting yeast flavors. A little more hop flavor might not hurt though.
M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp on the tongue and finishes reasonably dry for the style.
D: Overall, this is a really solid American Amber. It brings some British character to the table in the yeast flavors and some of the crystal malts. Not as caramel heavy as some ambers which is refreshing. Very easy to drink which makes this a beer you must by in larger quantities. If there were any improvements to add, it may be just a touch more flavoring/aroma hops, but not too much. This is definitely a more interesting American Amber than most. Great job Boulevard.
11-26-2010 19:31:45 | More by brewdoc75
4.18/5 rDev +22.9%
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.
01-01-2011 03:53:57 | More by wmtxbb
4.15/5 rDev +22.1%
Part of a mixed 12 pack. Best by Oct 3, 2010.
A slightly hazy brownish red colour with a good 1 finger head of foam and good sticky lacing.
The smell is nice and malty with some notable sweet notes and light bread. I couldn't pick out any bitterness at all and, for the style, that works for me.
The taste is as good as the smell. Not as sweet as in the smell but it's still plenty malty with lightly done notes of bread and a light, balancing, taste of some citrus. I see as the beer warms up, the malty sweetness comes through more and I'm digging it. This is an excellent tasting malty Amber Ale.
The mouthfeel doesn't hurt the beer as it's very smooth and drinkabilty, me thinks, is also excellent.
Man, Boulevard, I guess, just started this puppy up recently and my hat's off to them for this most excellent example of the style. Grab yourself a 12 packer if you see some...
07-24-2010 20:13:27 | More by Bitterbill
4.1/5 rDev +20.6%
Boulevard Brewing Co. has done it again! As a KU alumni I think I'm a little biased about boulevard but this is my favorite amber.
A: A little thin on color. Light amber. Nearly no head or lacing.
S: Caramel and malts
T: Very drinkable! Caramel and sweetness all the way through. Maybe a little more hops would have been nice but super easy to drink lots of this beer.
M: Good mouthfeel! Smooth and carbonation was low.
06-09-2011 20:22:20 | More by mvforegonian
4.05/5 rDev +19.1%
A: Pours a completely clear amber color with golden highlights at the edges when held to light. A medium off-white head forms atop the liquid body that lingers forever as a half-finger foam. Moderate lacing and legs on the edge of the glass.
S: Malty sweetness right up front with a good amount of honey. Subtle pear and apple emerge from time to time in the background, accompanied by an even subtler hops and earthiness. Although typical for the style, slightly sweeter than expected.
T: Starts out sweet with the maltiness coming to the fore. A touch of caramel, apple, pear, and honey mingle around one another to give it a somewhat complex character. Transitions to a finish that is very slightly hoppy and earthy with just a bit of bitterness linger well after each sip.
M: Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation that creates a nice creaminess on the palate. I think the mouthfeel is really pretty spot on. Starts out sweet and transitions to a minimally bitter/drying finish.
D: Not at all among my favorite amber ales, but it's tasty for what it is. Nice balance between maltiness and hoppiness, sweet and bitter. Not overly complex, but just enough there to keep you interested. Another tasty brew from Boulevard.
10-26-2011 06:01:32 | More by Mississipping
4.03/5 rDev +18.5%
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.
10-02-2011 21:58:36 | More by KTCamm
4/5 rDev +17.6%
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.
01-20-2012 05:12:39 | More by secondtooth
4/5 rDev +17.6%
A - Poured out a slightly hazy, amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, off white head that was long lasting and left behind a little lace.
S - It smelled very malty with a roasty presence. There was a mild floral aroma, too.
T - A malty amber ale with hints of chocolate flavor. I also tasted a grassy hop bite that added balance.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.
D - This is a really nice amber ale. It was nice to see Boulevard go back to a sessionable style and do it really well.
08-24-2010 03:11:38 | More by zeff80
Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 345 ratings.