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Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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Ratings: 351
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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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.


Photo of falloutsnow
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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.

Photo of stephens101
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ruby red with that signature Boulevard blast of froth that runs over if you aren't careful. Tan head has good staying power. Caramel and herbal hops are already floating in space. A closer take reveals some light fruits and toasted grain. Tastes of sweet malts and spice with a toasty ending. A nice hop presence is noticed. Light to medium mouth-feel, albeit a little thin. Nothing earth shattering here. Just a good easy drinking beer.

Photo of biggred1
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with a film of nougat colored foam that leaves fine lace on the glass. Sweet smelling toosie roll malt with a whiff of Noble hops. Caramel malt flavor with a dry yeastiness and low level hop bittering. Light bodied with prickly carbonation. A quality beer but nothing out of the ordinary here.

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a dark amber, almost red color. It started with a nice full and frothy head to it, which settled down shortly after the pour.

The aroma has a good amount of bready, sweeter malts to it. A bit of a caramel flavor comes through to add to the sweetness. Some crisp and tart fruity flavors are there as well, with some notes of apple and pear.

The taste shows more of the sweet malty flavors, with some caramel sweetness noticeable too. It also has kind of a crisp, fruity, citrusy flavor that comes into play towards the finish. It gives it more of a tart, fruity, apple like quality.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability was average, it was relatively light and went down easy but I just didn't find the flavors that great overall. Not a bad beer, but not an outstanding one for the style either.

Photo of BigRedN
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a slightly hazy amber. The beer is clearer (more clear?) than I was expecting for a bottle conditioned ale (yeast left in the bottle at the time of bottling). Light, off-white head, about 1/2 inch in height forms which quickly fades to a partial cover on the beer.

Smell: Subdued aromas, slightly sweet caramel malt with a little grainy, yeasty scent.

Taste: In line with the scent. A little slightly sweet malt with a slightly bitter finish. A good beer but nothing too spectacular.

Mouthfeel: Lighter in body, good carbonation keeps this light and lively. Prickly on the tongue and throat going down with a crisp clean finish.

Drinkability: An easy drinking amber ale. An ok sessioner, although I have had better amber ales. It's an ok beer, nothing special, one of the more mediocre offerings I have had from Boulevard.

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

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.

Photo of csiewert
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color (go figure) with very little head that leaves no lacing on it's way down. The aroma is nearly non-existent, but if I imagine there is some malt there. The taste starts with a strong caramel malt note and then ends with some bitter alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel is ok... Somewhat overcarbonated. I wouldn't recommend this unless there is a special on.

Photo of cthompson8788
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good beer. Something that you can bring to a party or social event that offers more flavor but that everyone can enjoy. Actually had none beer drinkers say it was good and could drink more than one. I am not a beer snob and won't rate that way. I think beer drinking should be social event so I will rate in a good way if more than just myself am enjoying it.

Photo of tito42
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into an imperial pint glass. Best by 04/28/2011 stamped on bottle.

Appearance: Hazy amber with a copper-toned head that dissapates fairly quickly but leaves decent lacing. Light carbonation.

Smell: Very bready with a faint hint of spice. Malty, yeasty aroma.

Taste: Extremely malty with a slight wheat flavor. Not much for hops, but they are there on the back end. Balanced but basic. A bit of a bready aftertaste after a while.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with a nice creaminess. Pleasing.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, smooth, and the sort of basic, all-around ale that is true to this catch-all category. I believe this is Boulevard's newest year-round offering, and it has developed a bit of a following locally.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle

Boulevard Amber Ale was amber in color and a touch hazy. It had a beige head with decent retention. The smell was toasted crystal malt. The taste was lightly toasted malt with some hop flavor in the background and a dry finish. The mouthfeel was good with a medium body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was also good. This is a nice easy drinking Amber Ale and worth trying out.

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 twiggamortis420
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazy copper color with a large and creamy off-white head. Retention is nice, as is the lacing.

Nose is pretty standard Amber Ale fare: toffee, caramel and toast with a little hint of fruitiness.

Tastes pretty good. Sweet, caramely toast with definitively low hopping. Mouthfeel is pretty nice as well, creamy and fairly full. It makes for a pretty easy drinker, but there is really nothing about it that stands out in an already saturated 'Amber Ale' category.

Photo of FreshHawk
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 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.

M - Lighter body with average carbonation. Crisp and cleansing feel.

D - Easy to drink beer that has a decent balance in flavors (although malt definitely wins out). Refreshing beer, nothing too complex but some nice subtle flavors.

Notes: Not a bad beer, and one that is easy to drink and most people will be able to enjoy. Won't blow you away, but one that I wouldn't mind drinking a few of with some friends. Definitely malty, but has a decent hop presence.

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 daledeee
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another example of the sampler pack.

Pours a cloudy orange brown with a nice head and some lacing.

Nose is not remarkable.

Taste is mild as well. I give this one credit because it is not astringent as some of this style is. There is a hint of hops and a moderate amount of hops with some sweetness.Pretty drinkable, better than average for this style.

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 tronester
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orangish brown with a thin, creamy tan head. Nose is rather subdued, a bit of tea leaves here and there. Taste is sweet caramel up front, followed by a biscuity middle, and a herbal, earthy finish. Low bitterness. Mouthfeel is slightly watery, nice low carbonation though. Very good drinkability though. A simple craft beer that i would get again.

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

Poured a clear medium amber with a good two finger head and pretty good lacing, some rising bubbles.

Smelled of caramel malts, bread, grains, nuts, and just a touch of hops.

Tasted pretty nice, although understated. Malts and nuts dominate the flavor, with toffee and fruit flavors accentuating. Very typical of an amber. Lightly sweet.

Felt pretty good in the mouth, smooth and rich with a nice aftertaste of slight sweetness and nutty malts.

It's very pleasant to drink. A good after work beer.

Photo of Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a fairly opaque tawny brown. A fulvous brown, really. Buttermilk foam rises up to about one finger in size. Iffy lacing (though the head retention is affected somewhat by the temperature of the pint glass that the restaurant gave me). Seems pretty textbook for the style.

Malt forward aroma, as expected. Some aromas of baking bread, of cereal grains, of Cheerios. The hops aren't assertive, but they do lend a likable grassy sort of balance. There is a buttery/nutty sweet scent that peeks through as the beer warms.

This tastes damn good, as far as Amber Ales go. The dry Cheerios cereal flavor hits right up front, but is quickly followed by some honest to goodness pear. The pear is lovely, but let this beer warm up too much and it becomes more of a too-sugary chewing gum (think: Juicy Fruit) fruit taste. Some hop astringency keeps the sugars in check on the finish, but there isn't a lot of hop flavor that figures in on what this beer wants to do.

I couldn't bring myself to think about the mouthfeel much, which is almost always a sign to me that it is doing its job. It achieves an almost neutral weight in the mouth; it doesn't distract but it also doesn't accentuate. Drinkabilty is darn good for the style, if only because of how well it tastes.

I straight-up dislike the Amber Ale style. I never buy it. I hate most Ambers that I tastes. Frankly, I only ordered this because 1.) Boulevard is one of my top 5 favorite breweries, and 2.) Boulevard is the local brewery (I'm home in KC right now), so the beer is fresh. I was surprised, you could say, by the quality of this beer. I enjoyed drinking it, mostly for the pear flavors. Will I buy this again? Nope. Should you buy it if you like Amber Ales? Yup.

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 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 brewdoc75
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color topped by a rocky head that leaves a shard or two of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, grain and a hint of Juicy Fruit gum

Taste: Bready, up front, with caramel and Juicy Fruit elements rounding out the malt profile; by mid-palate, the grainy aspect becomes more defined and, after the swallow, recedes to the background, letting the malts, once again, take precedence; although this beer is malt forward, the hops do contribute nicely to the overall impact

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, but I rather enjoyed this beer; flavorful and well-balanced

Thanks, welosiped, for the opportunity

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Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.