Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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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
Photo of dcscientist
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Amber Ale has been retired, and I guess I get why. As good as Pale Ale is, why bother making something that is kind of similar? I had this in a sampler pack and it was good, but just kind of there. Others in the package were much more interesting, which is probably an opinion that a lot of other people had now that this one's been mothballed. Maybe they'll tweak it and give it another try - I'd be game.

Photo of vcoggins
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light brown hazy pour with a off white head. Taste is mostly malts with slight hop presence in the finish. There is a pleasant caramel or vanilla undertone. Mouth feel is on the lighter side. Overall this is a nice beer if your looking for a good beer for a BBQ.

Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 2" head that lingers around a while before falling to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel and a bit of earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, dark fruit sweetness, some earthiness and nuttiness, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: easy to quaff beer. A bunch of these can be enjoyed in a session.

Photo of PieOhMy
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into stange

A Dark copper. Thin white head. Transparent.

S I liked this. A bready earthiness. Roasted malts. Grainy.

T Malts. Caramel. Toasted wheat and rye. A little hop bite, which was a bit of a surprise. Nice bitter follow through.

M Light. A little chewy.

O Good solid beer. Refreshing on a Summer day, but could play well in Autumn as well. Crisp finish. I like this and will have it again.

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

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating that I can see. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - An attractive hue of tawny amber with orangish-red highlights. Head is bone-white and about a half finger thick and leaves moderate lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from here.

Smell - Hard to pick up much of anything distinct. Some faint caramel notes, but mostly it's bland. I also pick up some generic slightly toasted grain--like toasted white bread. Not much here, to be honest. I wish there was more aromatic characteristic here.

Taste - Mimics the taste with faint caramel sweetness and toasty bread, but now there is some herbal grassiness that lends a bit of complexity and a faint element element of bitterness to provide balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and on the light side of moderate. Medium level of carbonation at least makes this go down easy, even though the taste is nothing to write home about.

Overall, a lackluster beer, even for a style that isn't my favorite. It's rather disappointing to me that Boulevard replaced Lunar Wheat (American take on a dunkelweizen) in their regular lineup with this one, because I won't likely be buying a bottle of this anytime soon, even as a change-up.

Photo of rlee1390
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A-Translucent amber, two finger head, that doesn't last, not much carbonation.

S-Not much there, some malt, tad bit of caramel and grass.

T-Bland as well, slightly off. Rather malty, some caramel and grass. No bitterness.

M-Light, tad watery, not much carbonation either.

O-A bland, boring beer, not worth trying.

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

12 oz. bottle, with best by date reading 05/20/2013, so I'm a couple days late, but that's nothing to cry over. My fifth beer from the Boulevard sampler twelve pack.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of fluffy off-white head on top of a slightly murky orange / chestnut colored body.

S - Can definitely smell the malts as the prominent trait here. Sweet, caramelized, & leafy smelling. Some toasted seed like smell in there. Very light vanilla nutty presence due to the English malt. Perhaps some subdued fruitiness in there also.

T - Taste follows the nose mostly. A malt forward beer with a sweet caramelized taste, but balanced well by a dry bitter hop presence, obviously from the German noble hops, but no where near as hoppy as some red / amber ales tend to be. Bit of fruit presence and some toasty malt backbone.

M - Feel is dry and bitter from the hops, invoking another sip. Mostly a clean, sweet finish though.

Overall, an average beer, and probably the least interesting out of the 6 beers featured in the Boulevard sampler pack. It is by no means a bad beer, just very boring and generic, and more complex examples of this style can be easily found. Definitely drinkable, but it's not a beer I would seek out again.

Boulevard Amber Ale ---3.5/5.

Photo of jimmah120
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of JMad
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a dark copper color with a thin and filmy white head. There isn't much to the aroma, some caramel with bread a very faint earthy hop smell. The smell is slightly metallic with some caramel, bread and a slightly herbal hop aftertaste. Feels like your average beer, light/ medium body with lots of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. This is a mediocre beer in my opinion and I wouldn't buy a whole six pack.

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 delta490
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a deeper, slightly cloudy amber. Poured with about 1 finger of toffee colored head. Short lived and doesn't leave lacing. Aroma is minimal, with just slight notes of biscuit and fruit. Taste is about the same. A little heavy on the carbonation but a nice consistency. Was cellared for about a year but seems to be the same as I remembered. Pretty average.

Photo of MickeyD
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I poured this beer from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint class.

Appearance: Dark golden brown, head was very short however when held up to the light the foam sank and created an appearance of smoke coming from a smoker on a warm summer day.

Smell: smells of hops and malt.

Taste: A great taste of caramel malt and bread. The hops are very subtle to me and it goes down very smooth.

Mouth feel: This beer is so smooth that there are really no lingering flavors. Not bitter at all but a great malt/barley taste.

Overall: I think this is a slightly better than average beer. It is not a very bold but it has a great mild caramel malt taste and looks great in a glass. I think this beer would go great with any smoked meat like brisket or pork ribs with some smoked paprika in the rub. The lack of head really hurts the appearance. I think it would be a good alternitive to all the "white" citrus beers that are around in the summer.

Photo of jmbranum
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.58/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe just a little haze to this darker copper, bronze colored brew. Pretty quick head and no residual foam. A couple tiny bubbles rise to the surface.

Light toasted malt aromas. Thats all I can get for the nose. Smells a little bland.

Some biscuit toasted malt flavors. An acidic, slightly lemony finish makes up the hop profile.

This is the only beer from Boulevard I won't buy again.

Photo of acelin
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer poured from the bottle into a Boulevard Pint glass.

It pours a reddish nutty color, a bit darker than day, Fat Tire. Small head, off white in color.

Doesn't smell like much. Light hop presence, sweet caramel malt. My girlfriend would love this brew.

It tastes much as it smells. I'll try it again soon, I fear this bottle was old and the flavor has suffered. Pretty average honestly for an Amber Ale. Caramel, biscuit, some floral notes, and some peach fruitiness.

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.12/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from 12 pack sampler, poured into pint glass.
A: 1 finger light khaki colored head, medium reddish brown color, bubbles indicate good carbonation
S: caramel, malts, slight apple scent a well
M: medium, carbonation
T: malt, caramel, slightly watery, hops finish up at the end giving a slight bitter finish
O: session beer, good brew

Photo of rfbenavi80
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle kept in fridge. Poured into a Nonic Pint. Best by 10-28-12.

A- Boulevards Amber Ale pours a hazy deep copper color with 3 fingers of yellowish foamy head that recedes at a moderate rate and does not lace on the glass.

S- Grainy and bready with some metallic notes. Not a whole lot going on.

T- Flavors of toasted malts start off then turns to a grainy taste in the middle. Finishes kind of sweet. With notes of caramel and toffee.

M- Comes across as medium bodied, with a decent amount of carbonation.

O- Another easy drinker from Boulevard. This one while not great, is a good year round offering form Boulevard.

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit but never faded away.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast. No hops are noticeable.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel, nutty and toasted malts with some hints of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a malt-forward beer that has a nice balance of different types of malts and has just enough hops to prevent it from being sweet.

Photo of lwillitz
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into small glass mug

A - huge head of khaki foam atop a transparent body of orange amber; lots of small rising bubbles of carbonation

S - malty with unusual metallic notes; not much on the nose

T - sweet and malty up front, floral hops move in for a hint of bitterness, bittersweet finish

M - slick light/medium body, medium/high carbonation

O - Nothing pretentious about this one. Just a simple amber. Worth a try.

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 dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to medium amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very mild in aroma overall, there are some light notes of toasted malts and some even lighter hints of floral hops.

T: This beer has a solid body of toasted malts with some lighter amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. There are light hints of floral hops but very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery but there is a certain prickliness from the carbonation.

O: The beer is pretty well balanced and typifies the American Amber/Red Ale style for me. The beer is easy to drink and could be sessionable. It is enjoyable and one I would have again.

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 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 StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent amber. smells more like their irish red in terms of malt profile, but with a bit more sweetness. flavors of toffee, burnt sugar, and dryer red malts combine in good proportions. i could stand a bit more of a hop backing in this american amber, but it tastes alright as it is. mouthfeel is okay, lots of body and some sweetness in the aftertaste, but not in a gross stickly go brush the teeth kind of way, medium carbonation. overall a drinkable brown ale but a far cry from my favorite boulevard brew.

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.

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