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Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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BA SCORE
78
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348 Ratings
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Ratings: 348
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:
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 JLeege
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 8/14/11

Appearance- Poured into a pint, copper / orange color with 2 fingers off of white head. Decent retention, a little lace.

Smell- Caramel malt and light honey. Somewhat grainy. Slightly nutty.

Taste- Meh, unimpressive on the first few sips. Quite grainy on the outset, a la adjunct lager. Some caramel, jumbled dark fruits, slightly bready and a bit nutty like flavors then develop; but it is very mild throughout. Has a sweet malty, yet plain linger.

Mouthfeel- Medium body and carbonation, actually quite smooth.

Overall- A good intro beer into the craft world, but there is not much going on. 3 years ago I would have loved this, but now it is very plain, and simply drinkable. I won’t be having it again, but would recommend to a newer “good” beer drinker. I suppose it is good for what it aims to be.

JLeege, Jul 14, 2011
Photo of mdcrouser
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks oddly flat and even boring because any head that exists at the pour is gone within a few minutes. Leaves behind a pretty red/amber ale though, glowing from top to bottom.

Nice caramel, nuttiness and faint grassy hops combine to make the nose pretty alluring, especially for a red, which from my experience can easily fall flat.

Pleasant malts shine through, bringing out a nutty, bready, mildly roasted character - just a bit of grassiness helps round it out.

Crisp on the tongue, but with little else going on. It just seems pretty basic.

To me, that's a pretty good amber - much more and better flavor than others I've have. Even so, it's still an amber. To me, that will always qualify as a beer that doesn't quite know what it wants to be.

Great though when you want something more substantial than a pilsner, but not so flavorful as an IPA.

mdcrouser, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best by August 15, 2011. Served at around 45F.

Pours lightly hazy amber with a two finger light beige head that leaves a few clumps of lacing and holds a good cap.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, nuts, bread, toast, and some fruit. Faint grassy hops as well. Good strength.

Flavor is caramel, toffee, nuts, bread, toast and some fruit, faint grassy hops...in other words pretty much the same as the aroma. This is a pretty sweet brew with minimal alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation.

Good Amber Ale but not quite as robust as others in the style. Very drinkable and refreshing.

elgiacomo, Jun 26, 2011
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.

rhoadsrage, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely with an abundant amount of light tan head, and has an amber colored body that has a slight haze to it.

The aroma is caramel, some herbal notes, and toasted white bread.

In the aroma the caramel is there, along with a slight cola trait. Metallic and herbal hops flavors are evident here too.

Wetting to the palate, perhaps medium in body. Overall a well rounded American Amber Ale.

TheSarge, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Crisp amber color with a pretty good sized, fluffy, pillowy, light, white head. Average retention with a thin ring of lace left.

S - Malt heavy. Grainy and caramel aroma are strongest on the nose. A fair amount of toasted bread also on the nose.

T - Like the nose, this is a pretty malty beer. Caramel, grain, and toasted bread all present. Nutty flavors also quite strong with faint fruity flavors (apples and subtle cherry). Some hoppy flavors come out with a grassy, earthy, and spicy hop flavor. This helps balance the malty sweetness.

colt45n, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of mvforegonian
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mvforegonian, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of afausser
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up in Kansas City when on our whirlwind tour of the US a month ago.

Pours a pretty , slightly hazy, orangey brown. Not quite what I'd call amber in color, and not really glowing. Not much head on this one, either--by the time I got to this point typing, it's just a very faint ring around the edge of the glass, with a pretty pattern of foam floating, suspended on the top of the brew. Doesn't look bad, but nothing special.

Smells like--well, at first almost what a typical on-the-porch beer would sound like, though a little better--there are some nice floral hop notes, as well as a very nice bready malty sweetness underneath all of that. Improves much on the second smell as all the flavors become much more apparent. When agitated, even some juicy orange and a bit of lemon rind, along with some light clove spice.

The taste, is, at first, much like the smell in that it tastes a lot like a cheap beer to me. Tastes a lot like bud light. But I don't want to knock this--there's some deeper flavor there, particularly some nice malt notes. Hops are low in this one, with just a slight aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is decent as well, though not what I'd call perfect. Tons of fine carbonation and not too foamy, but it's just not hitting the right balance somehow for me. Despite the numerous fine carbonation bubbles that are done quite nicely, it's actually even a little bit flat.

Drinkability is good, though this one's nothing exceptional, and is on the low end of Boulevard's brews, in my opinion. That said, would probably go over great in a lot of settings.

afausser, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear amberish-orange, with a decent off white head on it. A couple webs of lacing.
S- Leans much more malt, than hops. Definitely getting the Munich malts in there. Pretty basic, but not offputting.
T- Initially malty, with slightly earthy and nutty notes coming through, as well as some bread crust like characteristics.
M- Needs a bit more body behind it. Carbonation is initially very sharp, but settles down in the back of the mouth.
O- There's not much to distinguish this from some of the other ambers out there. Was a bit of a letdown from a brewery that has so far done well for me.

jsprain1, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of logmacschlog15
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle to pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice looking creamy off white head that slowly dissapates leaving behind a small amount of lacing. A truly amber colored beer with lots of tiny streams of lively carbonation. Tints of light red as well.

Smell: Lots of caramel, dark fruit, and fresh baked breads on the nose. A very, very, slight hint of booze.

Taste: Again, a lot of deep caramel notes followed by breadier flavors and just a little bit of nuttiness. There is also a very sweet lingering caramel aftertaste with just enough hop bitterness to balance the beer.

Mouthfeel: This is a bit on the thin side of things, but isn't such a bad thing as the lighter mouthfeel makes this quite a refreshing drink. The carbonation is lively, yet allows for a smooth finish.

Overall: This is a very straight forward and simple amber ale that manages to offer a good amount of flavor. A great dinner beer. I will definitely be having another.

logmacschlog15, May 31, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: clear amber body, finger head, solid lacing

S : light toasted malt, hint of piney citrus

T: light sweet bread, malt, hint of bitter in the finish

M: med body, solid carbonation, semi-dry

O: Standard American amber, more on the bitter than
roasted, sweet malt side. Fair session brew, might
be interesting suggestion for a Fat Tire lover.

SOLID, NOT A MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, May 30, 2011
Photo of Goliath
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is basic, boring, weak, and uninspiring at best. There are faint tones of sweet malt giving a bread character. Outside of that I'm not getting much.

The taste is ok. It seems lightly herbal with a tea like quality. There's a touch of sweet malt, but again almost nothing else. A very faint hop bitterness is way off in the distance. This may be the worst offering I have had from Boulevard.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and nearly flat. Terrible.

The drinkability is moderate. Sure, it's sessionable. However, I don't know that I would try to session it. Boring, boring, boring. The flavor profile is lacking. As a matter of fact, everything is lacking. It's just not a beer experience. I have had much better ambers.

Goliath, May 30, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best before augest 11 of this year. i picked this one up as part of the mixed 12 pack. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent amber colored body with a finger of cream colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- my initial whiff brings forth some toasted bread malts and a little bit of toffee. there are some light floral hops at the end. not the most complex beer, but nothing seems off or out of place.

T- the taste starts out with some toasted bread-like malts and a light toffee sweetness. after that it moves onto some more of the floral hops i could smell along with a little bit of earthy hops. once again, its not the most complex or interesting beer. it is what it is.

M- the body is on the upper side of light. the carbonation seems about right.

O- not the most impressive beer ive ever had, but certainly not the worst. this is something that i think the masses (read BMC drinkers) might enjoy. i dont think it was brewed with the beer advocate crowd in mind.

jwinship83, May 27, 2011
Photo of scoobybrew
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - fairly clear amber color with decent head with equally decent retention

S - lightly toasted sweet malt, no hops detected, mild fruity esters

T - smooth rich sweet malt flavor with a toasted component; firm hop bitterness on finish, but hops are otherwise absent

M - medium body with high carbonation

O - This is a decent American Amber. There's nothing that really stands out about it, but that is sometimes par for the course with this style. The beer is well done though.

scoobybrew, May 17, 2011
Photo of marcobrau
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

marcobrau, May 11, 2011
Photo of Spica66
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this with gwuilliums after building a ramp for Prince.

A: Amber colored pour. Slightly hazy. Decent head formation, retention.

S: Decent caramel and hoppy nose.

T: Citrusy hops and caramel malts.

M: Medium body. Excellent carbonation.

O: I am glad that we got this with a mixed 6-pack. It is not bad, just nothing to write home about.

Spica66, May 10, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

best by 07/03/11

pours cloudy amber orange with a 1 finger head that left some spotted lacing

smells is faint but i pick up fruity caramel malts

taste is just like the nose but a little stronger - sweet fruity hops next to sweet caramel lightly toasted malts

mouthfeel light medium body with high carbonation that gives this a crisp bite

overall this is a decent brew - i picked this up in a mix 12 which is the only way i would ever get this

jsh420, May 08, 2011
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More apricot orange than honeycomb amber, with an acceptable looking lid of buttered wheat toast colored foam. The head doesn't have a huge amount of visual personality, nor does it lay down much lace.

Amber ales often struggle to impress on the sniff test. This offering is exhibit 'A'. Or is that 'AA'?. It's slightly caramel malty, slightly toasted-earthy, and veeerrry slightly German hoppy (Hallertau, Perle and Saphir).

Things are a little better on taste bud submersion, but we aren't talking memorable beer here. The big question is why it took me so long to figure out that I hadn't yet reviewed an ale that has probably been right under my nose for many, many years.

Boulevard Amber Ale is as basic as basic gets. The flavors from a malt standpoint taste like 33% pale, 33% caramel-crystal and 33% toasted-earthy (Munich). Guess we'll just leave that other 1% hanging. Hop flavor is modest and does a capable enough job bringing things into sweet-bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is consistent with all the rest in terms of quality. It's (just) big enough and the slightly too buzzy bubbles out of the gate settle down some by the backstretch of the bottle. Nothing to get too excited about.

Boulevard needs to brew some basic styles in order to keep paying the bills. That said, it's hard to imagine that anyone who is familiar with what else these guys release would buy Amber Ale on a regular basis.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle w/ a best by date of 4/30/11 into a Samuel Adams signature glass. Pours a nice light amber-brown, who knew!? Has a nice off white head w/ minimal stickage down the glass. As the beer warms up to proper temperature, a nutty malt comes through the nose w/ a well balanced hop presence. Crystal malt, not much of a yeast character in my taste. A nicely balanced floral hop presence that has a quick finish. A little dry for me but overall okay. Pretty well carbonated & the body is light to approaching medium. Drinkability on this one actually makes me think of a session beer. Goes down very easily. With only 5% ABV, this one won't bowl ya over. An easy go to beer. Prosit!!

HaysAmerica, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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App- Poured a typical amber color. Was a bit clearer than I thought it would be. A few bubbles produce a nice one finger head. A few whisps of lace.

Smell- Had a lot of Malty, bready sweetness to it but lacks a dominant balanced flavor to mesh with.

Taste- Malty sweet with slight bread flavor. I dont know if it was tounge fatigue but it felt a bit flat to me.

Mouth- A little on the thin side. Still a decent medium body with a medium carb level.

Overall- It was okay. I like Blvds bigger beers. I think the normal run of beers could use a touch more to them. This was okay but I think would have been better alone not as a 4th beer of the night.

FosterJM, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of bump8628
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Simple amber ale, mild grain and biscuit with an easy going caramel note and spicy hoppiness that doesn't quite balance. Clean finish, fairly dry. Glowing copper in appearance with an average head of foam. One of the least impressive beers from Blvd. Certainly not bad, just an example that falls on the light end of the style.

bump8628, Apr 04, 2011
Photo of Snow81
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Snow81, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Amber Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours an amber color. It is very clear and produces a white head. Head retention is poor. A common theme amongst Boulevard Beers. There is a decent amount of lacing. The Aroma of the beer is malty, floral and fruity. The Ale is a little on the sweet side and it finishes slightly dry. This is beer is ok- Like most Boulevard Beers that I have had, its very average.

T

GossageBrewery, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of falloutsnow
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt orange color with a thick head of large bubbles. This foam collapses relatively quickly into the beer, leaving no lacing or remnants on the beer's top. Transparent, unless you pour in the yeast as well.

Scent is rather flat, mostly I pick up two dimensions of herbal/spicy hop and mild sugary malt sweetness. Not much else appearing for me.

Taste is largely of malt sweetness with herbal, semi-floral hop qualities. Mellow, no citrus or pine astringency. Aftertaste of sugared, sour/tart apples, faintly like tart apple candies.

The beer is medium-light in body, with a carbonation factor that is too aggressive, borderline harsh, for my palate. Finish is dry.

Nothing offensive, save the overaggressive carbonation, but nothing particularly special, either. Very drinkable, but not a sixer that I'd actively seek out very often.

falloutsnow, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Hoser77
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-pours an amber-orange color. Bright clarity. Effervescent bubbles rise up to support a moderate off-white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing lingers.

Smell-Fruity fermentation esters up front of apple, pear, and peach. Low to moderate spicy and floral hop aroma. Malty, bready sweetness in the background. Lacks that signature citrus hop punch I like in many of the west coast amber ales.

Taste-Follows aroma. Moderately firm hop bitterness up front with spicy hop flavor lingering. Surprising given the aroma. Malty sweet with slight toasty bread crumbs flavor as well. Fruity fermentation characteristics in the middle. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel-A little on the thin side. Moderately high carbonation level. Slight astringency from hops and carbonation. Subtle tartness in the finish.

Overall- A decent example from Boulevard. Not their best beer, I was left wanting more...more hops, more malt, more body. Not a fan of the noble hop selection, I am more of a fan of the west coast ambers with the citrus and pine flavors vs. the spice and floral nature of the noble hops. Needs a more chewy malty backbone as well. A decent session beer, but I probably would choose something else if given the option.

Hoser77, Mar 28, 2011
Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.