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Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

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

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with a dense eggshell cap. The cap slowly falls to a pillow of foam. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Mostly malty, with caramel, toffee and a touch of lemongrass.

T: Not very exciting, but good. A very balanced beer with a toasted maltiness up front and mild lemon and pepper bitterness in back. Gets a touch metallic in the finish.

M: Medium-light body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This is an assuming amber that's light enough to session. However, nothing about it stands out from the other members of this style.

Rayek, Nov 04, 2010
Photo of birchstick
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a lighter copper / golden brown with a very nice head

S - some cereal malt is balanced by a touch of citrus hop. Not too much going on in this department

T - a nice caramel and cereal malt is the base of this beer, which is balanced by a light citrus spicy and citrus hop presence. Pretty nice flavor profile, albeit it isn't uber complicated (not that I was expecting it to be).

M - pretty full and smooth...very nice

D - I was surprised by this one. Based on the nose I was expecting a dud, but this turned out to be a really nice Amber Ale. I won't necessarily go out of my way to buy this, but it might be a good beer to convert BMC drinkers.

birchstick, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of cpolking
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown-amber-touch-of-ruby color with an aroma amazingly like fruit punch. The flavor is relatively light, fruity and with a hint of yeast. Reminds me of some of the fruitier English ales. I would have expected something more directly malty but this is interesting.

cpolking, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of morimech
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this beer in this market before. Part of a mix 12-pack from Boulevard. Best by 01/28/11.

Dark amber color with a large off-white head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left at the top of the glass and thins out as the beer is consumed. Plenty of C-hops in the aroma. Notes of citrus and grass. Some caramel malt as well. The flavor is not as impressive as the aroma however. The hops have been subdued and the malt does not really add anything except some caramel notes. Has a touch of an artificial flavor that many amber and pale ales suffer from. Not a bad tasting beer by any stretch but could use more punch from the hops and a little more interesting malt bill. Feels a little thin but is nicely carbonated from the bottle conditioning. Nice that Boulevard labeled the bottle as bottle conditioned. An easy drinking ale but nothing besides the appearance really sets this apart from so many others in an already saturated style.

morimech, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of climax
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried most of the regular Boulevard series, but this one I had never seen before, strange being the amber. It starts off well, pouring a cloudy amber, brilliant red to the light. The head is a slow sneaky riser, finally stopped before eclipsing the glass. Lace notches and retention are excellent.

The nose is balanced, clean, but none too strong. Mainly grain flavor comes from the pale malt and a dash of citrus and earth tone on the other end. It's simple, and unfortunately this beer's weakest attribute.

Hints of tart flavor, grassy hops, and roasted coffee sneak in to accompany the dominant caramel and nut character. The flavor is definitely on the sweet side, but not cloying. Nice wheat finish.

The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is a bit chalky and has a nice dryness that further cushions fantastic drinkability. Nice no thrills but no BS amber.

climax, Oct 27, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber to copper in color, pours with a little over a finger of head that is light beige, moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Very sweet caramel malt, light citrus hops, and biscuit notes.

T - Follows the nose quite well, mostly caramel malts, some biscuit tones, with a little bitterness on the back end. Somewhat bland to be honest.

M - Pretty light, but very crisp and refreshing, very nice on the palate.

D - Easy to drink, kind of mild all around, but crisp and refreshing, a good session beer perhaps.

StoneBrewFanatic, Oct 19, 2010
Photo of jacobseyb
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a nice ruby red with a tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smell is faint, but primarily caramel malts. Taste is good, with caramel malts much more prominent than in the smell. Good feel with above average carbonation and crisp feel. Overall a very drinkable amber ale.

jacobseyb, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a rusty amber color. Two finger off white light beige colored head that shows medium retention. Some light streaky lacing that falls back into the glass.

S- Light buttery aroma through the nose. Biscuity toasted malts in there with caramel malts being the dominate malt. Nothing over the top but sweet smelling overall.

T- Caramel malts once again dominate the beer. Some light buttery notes here and there. Biscuity toasted malts toward the middle to ending with a last dose of sweet malts. Alcohol on the tailend is light.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts kill the palate and goes way into the aftertaste. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Sweet malt forward dominates the beer and throws to a over malt presence I think. Clean flavors with just a light buttery off flavor that seems to die down by the middle of the beer.

D- This beer is very drinkable and to be honest a sixer of this would not be a hard thing to drink. I'm not a big amber fan but this one really took me by surprise. A nice easy drinking lower ABV beer.

alleykatking, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had a best by date of 2/10/11 lasered on the neck. Was a slightly hazy amber color with good carb streams. Had an average sized head that settled into nothing which was odd since good carb streams A couple stray bubbles when drinking but no lacing Very odd.

Aroma was caramel malt with a bit of vinous fruits. Good but too subtle. The taste was again caramel malt but more of the fruit sweetness comes thru. Good tasting but not enough to stand out in a crowded malt field. Mouthfeel was medium with crisp carbonation.

Overall, an average to good beer that while not bad just didn't stand out for me. If I'm going for a Boulevard, they have much better ones out there so I'd go for those. Mild recommend if you can easily get. I got mine in a 12pk sampler which was ideal as I got to re-try several that I hadn't had in awhile. [N;O]

TexIndy, Oct 11, 2010
Photo of eclaycamp
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby bottle. Pour is, well, amber. Pretty nondescript otherwise. Mild carbonation. Really clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Small dish soap style head. Aroma is nonexistent. Maybe some caramel toffee malt. Maybe. Disappointing nose. Decent mouthfeel, somewhat sweet. Heavy carbonation. Kind of reminds me of soda. Like the aroma, flavor is kind of non descript. There's a lot of things going on with the malt profile. There's caramel, toffee, and roasted notes. The problem is that they're all terribly muted. What you end up with is a full bodied beer lacking that critical component - flavor. Where the beer does shine is in the finish, wich is quite malty and sweet. I can't hate this beer because it's from Boulevard, but this is one of the weaker offerings I've had. Average at best.

eclaycamp, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of MbpBugeye
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gifted to me by Ryan011235, brought back from his trip to Brewgrass.

A- Cloudy, rusty amber capped off with a nice white pillow. Im not getting any lacing but retention is decent.

S- Weak. Sweet with fruity malts and a little bit of wheaty spice. Orange smelling hops.

T- Grainy with light orange blossom hops. Pretty balanced but it leans towards sweet, fruity malts.

MbpBugeye, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, goblet, best by 10/3/10.

Certainly is amber and a bit hazy. The head was nearing an inch in a standard off-white but fizzed away quickly.

Fruit aromas of green apple, pear, and maybe white grape. There may be some orange peel and caramel apple. Less than inspiring.

Biscuit malt, and red apple here instead of green. Small bitterness and caramel sweetness balance for one of the least adventurous beers I've had in awhile. That isn't necessarily bad, as I don't find any faults.

Pretty darn neutral in the mouth too.

I could have a few, but I'm not quite sure why.

brewerburgundy, Oct 02, 2010
Photo of Ryan011235
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 9/17/10

Best by 10/3/10

Rustic in nature, the colors are a blended range of copper, rust, amber & tobacco brown. Some cloudiness. Nearly two fingers of foam rose, the upper portion of which beyond the glass. Retention is minimal though, as a thin layer is left. Essentially no lacing.

There are some decent hoppy notions; mostly floral & earthy with restrained citric flourishes. The malts are bready, bolstered by hints of doughy yeast. Some caramel, too.

After a quick, juicy splash of hops, the flavor dries out with a slow bitterness moving in. The hop profile seems a bit odd in that respect; always a back & forth struggle. Not-exactly-sweet caramel malts beef up the overall flavor, as a touch of toasted bread rounds it out.

I think my gripe with this beer lies with the carbonation, which is too vigorous in my opinion. It overpowers the medium body & flavor profile to the point of distraction. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a few residuals linger.

This doesn't strike me as a bad beer, but the carbonation really kills it for me. Some aggressive swirling reclaimed one finger of foam & seems to have helped reign in the carbonation.

Ryan011235, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Buebie
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-copper amber with a thin lace of a head.

Smell: Buttery malts...smells very sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit mouth-opening upfront. Smooths down a tad then leaves a carbonation tingle at the end. Taste a bit like salted popcorn with a chewy buttery biscuit flavor.

Drinkability: A good amber, nothing spectacular but it does it's job and does it well.

July2Nov, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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
Photo of bnes09
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber in color, a bit hazy with a creamy white head. Nice piney hop aroma with some bready malt. Thick malt flavor with a caramel-like sweetness. Solid hop character that provides a mild bitterness to contrast the malty sweetness. Also, just a faint touch of creamy yeast flavor. Medium-bodied and well carbonated. Creamy texture throughout the drink with a crisp finish from the hops. Flavors are well balanced. Very refresing and quite drinkable!

bnes09, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of bsp77
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very cloudy amber-orange with thin tan head that mostly dissipates.

Smell: Mostly caramel, with some cherry and floral hops.

Taste: Semi-sweet caramel, dark fruit and cherry malt backbone. Seems to be a tiny bit of nuttiness (like a Brown Ale), and a very light floral, spicy hop finish.

Feel: Moderately low carbonation, medium body but quite smooth, semi-dry finish.

Drinkability: Slightly different take on an Amber Ale with some English Brown Ale and English Bitter characteristics. Well made and tasty, if a little unexciting.

bsp77, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of nicdub
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy rust like color. With a one thumb head that retains only for a few minutes.

S - The smell is very nice, not faint, yet not too robust. A nice balance of malt, biscuit, yeast and some maple or syrupy scents.

T - The taste is similar to the smell. mellow at the start then finishing with a dry crispness and a bittersweet aftertaste.

M - Nice mouthfeel, but could retain the carbonation a little better.

D - I could definantly drink this for a short session, and I think it would go great with and typical midwestern dinner.

I think this is a welcome addition to the BLVD family. If they can find a way to kick up the carbonation it would put it over the top. Still one of BLVDs better efforts.

nicdub, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of Bitterbill
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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...

Bitterbill, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of Jayhawk
4.83/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Jayhawk, Jul 17, 2010
Photo of bort11
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint. Half inch of cream colored head that has great retention. A solid creamy cap covers the surface for the entire duration. Color is a dark amber, light comes through but you cannot see through the body clearly.

Smell is a very mild caramel malt. It is subtle here. The taste, however, comes in with a bold malty presence. Mild mineral like hops finish to cleanse the palate from the sweetness.

The mouthfeel has a solid medium body, but the hops come through to clean things up. There is still a stickiness that is left on the lips. Solid craft beer making here.

bort11, May 29, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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
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Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
78 out of 100 based on 348 ratings.