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Amber Ale - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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133 Reviews
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Reviews: 133
Hads: 355
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 11.88%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | 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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Reviews: 133 | Hads: 355
Photo of emmasdad
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a Boulevard mixed twelve pack last week at Argonaut. This was one of the included beers. Poured a nice medium amber color, with a solid beige head. Aromas of caramel, light malt and light hops. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of sweet malt, caramel and light hops.

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Photo of K9AleingPiss
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This bottle had expiration date of 12/11,enjoyed while in K.C. MO. Color a nice copper,not much head or lace. The aroma improved as I drank this beer,a good sweet,malt robust yeast smell began to grab hold of me after an initial skunk odor. Fortunately the taste was better than the odor,and it too improved as I continued to finish the glass. No after taste,very smooth,would recommend again. I enjoyed this beer very much. A good blend of alcohol,malt,hops and carbonation! Im looking forward to another kind of Boulevard.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.


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Photo of homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear, deep amber, white head upon pour, minimal retention, no lacing

S: non descript aroma featuring some faint malty notes, toasted bread, mild hop bitterness

T: like the nose, the taste is malt forward with bread and caramel. Malt character is faint, and the hops at the finish are even fainter. Well balanced and easy drinking, a little lacking in the flavor dept.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: not a bad beer, but nothing exciting (I feel like I'm saying that about all of Boulevard's year rounders). Middle of the pack I'd say.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Two solid fingers of spun sugar head, an amber red complexion in the liquid beneath...

Some caramel and mild hop esters in the nose, very weak nose

Some lemon and barley come to the front at first, a tad acrid in the back

Mouth feel is a tad watery with soda pop carbonation

Overall a very simple boring beer. I wouldn't recommend it

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Working my way through the current Boulevard sampler box. This offering pours a clear amber-russet topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, brown sugar-cinnamon, light caramel, and a light twist of lemon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the orange definitely comes through more strongly and brings along a decent amount of rind. A small bit o' balsa finds its way in there as well. In addition, the brown sugar maintains a strong position, giving things a fairly heavy spicy character (for an amber, at least). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nice amber, one that shows that balance can indeed be achieved without going overboard on either side.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger off white head

smell: caramel, toasted malts,

taste: toffee / caramel, malts

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body

overall: rather average amber ale. Nothing seems to stand out in this beer.

the CPJ

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shockingly, amber in color. Head does little damage to the glass and overall the look is pretty insipid, although bring the right color goes a ways. The nose is, again, super clean with only faint notes of German malts and a note of dextrin to make sure you're not about to settle down with a nice cup of water.

Flavor is a little better, though I'm not ready to change scores. Too much pale malt amongst the continental crystal and frankly not enough hops no matter the malted profile. Sharp carbonation up front, finishes with most of the malt taste, leaning toward crystal sweetness, aspirin, and dextrose.

I would imagine that this sells, but I'm a little sad that I subsidized it. It's okay, but nothing interesting, and Boulevard already has some boring beers to bring in the revenues. What is Amber Ale's place?

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jeff for sending me this beer.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a thin off-white head.

S: A pretty bland nose on this beer. A bit of toasted malts and toffee, some bread, too. Minimal hop notes, perhaps some floral and grassy notes, but not really any citrus.

T: The flavor is similarly bland. Some bread and toffee malt giving a bit of sweetness, but there's a strong grassy flavor on the back end. It also tastes of carbonic acid, probably because the beer is overcarbonated.

M: Medium body with a rather heavy level of carbonation.

O: Pretty unremarkable amber ale. Nothing that would bring me back to this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny copper, slightly murky with a saturated jewel-tone coloration. Delicate crown of lace, initially a substantial head of foam rests on the surface. Thin broken skim and ring at the edges after five minutes or so.

Lightly sweet multigrain bread and apple notes from the yeast. Slight maple sweetness,

Bready and malt forward, caramel and specialty malts take centerstage. Sunflower seeds, wheat bread crusts. Light to medium bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Pleasant with no off flavors, simple and sessionable if so inclined. Textbook example of an American Amber Ale.

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Photo of JLeege
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of elgiacomo
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.83/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of colt45n
3/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of mvforegonian
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of afausser
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of logmacschlog15
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
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.


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Photo of Goliath
2.69/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
79 out of 100 based on 133 ratings.