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Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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78
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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 12.06%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: brownbeer on 05-23-2010)
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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

Boulevard Amber Ale has a thin, cream-colored head and a hazy amber appearance, with lots of streaming bubbles. The aroma is of roasted malt, clean water, and slight hops. Taste is not unlike Budweiser American Ale, with caramel, lightly-roasted barley malts, sweetness, some fruit (plum?), and a mild hop back-flavor. Mouthfeel is fluffy and slick, and the finish is clean and semi-dry. Overall, this is good. Try it.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Buebie
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

poured semi rigorously producing about an inch of tan head. Settling quickly and leaving a cap of retention and moderate lace webs.
Deep redish amber color, a touch of orange, but mostly a caramel red.
Aroma is malt forward, some mild roasted character, fruity too with vinous likeness.
Mouthfeel is solid, decent carbonation and a touch of slick feel.
Crisp hop flavors upfront with fruit and mild charred caramel. Malt shines midway through as well as some mild figs. Mild hops across the finish, lingering just enough to be detected, but as little as to maybe be missed.

Terrific brew, sessionable and plenty of flavor. I might have to grab a six pack, as this one was purchased as a single.

Buebie, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of FanofHefe
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%

Bottle poured into a tulip; date stamped on the bottle neck says best by 9/30/11, so this one is close, but still fresh according to their date. Pours a slightly hazy light amber in color for the body. Aggressive pour yields a 4-finger light tan head. Good retention, but only a little lacing.

The aroma surprises me with a hint of lightly tart citrus notes up front with caramel malt in the background.

The flavor does tend more toward the sweet, caramel malt as the dominant flavor. But, I still get a good light citrus hop flavor that provides a good balance overall. Not terribly complex but enjoyable.

Medium to light consistency in the mouthfeel. Easy to drink and a nice take on the amber style.

FanofHefe, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of jimmah120
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%

12oz bottle best by 6/23, poured into mug

great golden amber look, small film of head. smell is sweet malted grain, dry herbal hops, some dusty amber 'leaf' scent. taste is grainy with some sweet malt up front, then grain elevator taste complete with metal. finishes with some roasted grain/malt and a touch of dry leaves.

good amber, almost like a low-rent 90 shilling

jimmah120, May 20, 2013
Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

brownbeer, May 23, 2010
Photo of Nesued
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%

Purchased on a road-trip to the mid-west (i.e. Kansas City/St. Louis area). Part of a Boulevard 12-pack variety offering.

Appearance - The color is a light red/amber hue, slighly cloudy with a small head that retains after a lively pour. Some slight lacing exists as the head retracts. Some fine carbonation continues to feed the lasting ring.

Smell - Nice malty aroma. Hints of figs and roasty notes as well. Some toffee rounds out the mose as well.

Taste - Big bready and malty presence from the opening notes to the middle. Lots of sweet malt and roasted tones as well. The finish has a bit of a hop bite to cleans the tongue in preparation for the next sip. Some nice finishing qualities here.

Mouthfeel - light to medium body here. The carbonation is present but the backbone doesn't stand up to a lasting presence. Refreshing, without a heavy feel to weigh you down. Take another sip and let it wander. Note how

Drinkability - Hard category to be in. When you are compared to Nugget Nectar and Big Hoppy Monster, how to you judge? Well, I judge by malt character with the mild hop presence as being to my liking. A nice easy-drinking beer. I've had far worse.

Nesued, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

tempest, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of jmbranum
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Most of the time I wind up being disappointed by "amber ales." They tend to be so middle-of-the-road that they are boring. Despite this reputation, I took a chance on this beer and I'm glad I did.

Nice, slightly fruity malt aroma.

Pours a clear amber liquid with only a slight haze. Nice head but disappears quickly.

Flavor is of good wheat bread. A nice balance of hops. A tiny bit of caramel. A little bit of spices.

Too much carbonation. Medium mouthfeel.

Overall, a slightly better than average amber.

jmbranum, Jan 18, 2013
Photo of Tone
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%

Pours a slightly hazy, copper/brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, hint of wheat, hint of earthy malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, a very refreshing and easy to drink beer. This might just become one of my go-to beers for recreational drinking.

Tone, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of secondtooth
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.

secondtooth, Jan 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

TheMrFarnham, Jul 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Jeffy5050, Jun 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

claycomb97, Jan 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

alalvarez75, Feb 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

seth72104, Nov 14, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

kclonin, Apr 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

gdhawley, Nov 16, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

rtrasr, Sep 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Nikolai, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

kckclassic, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Calculat0r
4/5  rDev +17.6%

Calculat0r, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of zeff80
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.

zeff80, Aug 24, 2010
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

M_Burkey, Aug 11, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

Winston_Smith, Nov 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

JEdmund, Nov 18, 2011
Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.