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Mid-Coast IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Mid-Coast IPAMid-Coast IPA

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 342
Avg: 3.92
pDev: 24.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: tito42 on 07-06-2013

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Photo of kojevergas
3.01/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"Best by 03/7/15." 104 IBUs. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with appealing label and branded pry-off pressure cap purchased as part of a variety 12-pack and served cold into a stem-tulip at high altitude in Castle Rock, CO. Reviewed live as an IPA per the label.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 3 fingers wide. White colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Has a full even consistency and a soft complexion. Light lacing sticks to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is good - about 6-7 minutes.

BODY: Clear translucent vibrant copper-orange of above average vibrance. Clean; no yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

Appears well-carbonated. Not unique or special looking, but good for the style.

AROMA: Pale malts. Floral hop notes. Hints of lime. Tangerine. Mango. Bursts of tropical fruit. Fresh citrusy zest. Clean barley.

It's very pleasant and inviting, lacking any hop bite. Aromatic intensity is mild.

This aroma suggests a balanced brew with complementary hops and malts.

No yeast, alcohol, or off-notes are detectable.

TASTE: Citrusy zest. Tropical fruit. Tangerine, mango, clementine, ruby red grapefruit, pale malts, a dash of caramalt, clean barley, and lime. It's well-balanced and the flavour profile is cohesive, but it doesn't quite taste like a gestalt immutable whole. Not the most complex or intricate IPA I've tried, but it's tasty, and has a nice depth of flavour.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Not real subtle; the notes are pretty overt.

TEXTURE: Irritatingly coarse and dry where it should be smooth and wet. Overcarbonated. Rough and dragging on the palate. Unrefreshing. Medium-bodied. Aptly thick.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, or astringent.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable for an IPA, with some nice hop flavours. But the mouthfeel is very problematic. It's what you'd expect from a variety pack beer. I'm glad I tried it once, but I wouldn't go out of my to nab it again. It'll find its fans.

High C

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.39/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

It's been far too long since I've had some Boulevard goodness. This stuff pours a clear brass topped by two fingers of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light pine resin, light grapefruit zest, and an evanescent twinge of lime. Did I mention things were mild,light, et cetera? The taste holds notes of pine needles, grapefruit rind, powerhouse grass, and mild honey. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a generally fluid feel. Overall, a solid IPA, but one that doesn't really impress, either. It's a tasty bit, but nothing I'd likely go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden orange with big yeastie floaters and a big fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is bready malts and some fruit and floral hops.

The flavor is sweet malts with some citrus and a good sized floral, slightly resiny, hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a bit watery.

Overall, a decent bitter IPA.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.46/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw gold in color. Excellent clarity. Inch thick head of foam. Grape fruit like hop aroma is fairly intense. The flavor definitely matches the aroma. Like biting into a grapefruit. Fresh hop flavor and intensely bitter. Mouthfeel is a bit thick and slightly chalky. Nothing amazing.

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Photo of PintOh1759
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

2nd time drinking this beer, once fresh, now I'm having one that I've aged in the fridge for around a year, plan on having the other on new years. good beer, gets a lot less bitter with time but still holds a good flavor even if its been "expired" since April 0f 14.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.54/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from variety pack. Pours hazy goldan with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, raspberries and biscuit malt. Body is light and crisp. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is medium, dry, and grapefruity. I expected much more from this IPA.

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Photo of Tone
3.61/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, golden color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight floral hops, slight pale malt, hint of sugar, Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, slight floral hops, sweet malt, hint of pale malt, and slight sugar. Overall, good appearance, but only decent aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of alk3kenny
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours in a glass with a thin white head, pale color yellow with a hint of orange... Smell is citrus, grapefruit, nice hop aroma. BItterness is there on the tongue some citrus brightness as well... 100 ibu not sure it reaches that level but nice on the bitterness level. Lacks a malt backbone at all so I wouldn't call this balanced but if you're looking for a hoppy brew and enjoy the other beers in the mix pack give it a try.

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Photo of NeedBeerHere
3.64/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out dark yellow in color with a two finger white head with great retention. Definitely some nice lacing. Smell is really tropical with pineapple, orange, and a tiny bit of mango with a slight bit of piny bitterness in the nose. Really a good smelling beer. Taste is more malty than I expected from the nose. Definitely has plenty of malt to balance out the hops. I certainly taste the tropical but it is way more balanced in the nose. To me it tastes like a well balanced APA and not so much an IPA. There definitely is a little bitter aftertaste that stays with you though in the mouth. Mouthfeel is pretty nice for the style with plenty of carbonation to make it a little thicker and more like an IPA. Overall this is a great beer. Tastes more like an APA to me but the other characteristics are right on for an IPA. Great beer overall. I'm just grading the taste a little lower since to me it tastes more like an APA.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.65/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another thanks to my brother and his friend, without whom I would not be enjoying this beer. The bottle says "Best by 4/26/14"

It pours a finger of nearly white head over a straw yellow body. Makes a good attempt at lacing.

Mild citrus and flowers greet the nostrils. A little pine really fleshes it out.

Starts off with a grainy taste that quickly finds pine. The pine keeps going through the end and meets up with grapefruit, orange peel and flowers.

Medium bodied. It leaves quite a bit of residue on the back of the tongue. Dry finish, as is expected.

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Photo of TCMike
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Produced a 3 finger white head. Beer is a hazy honey color.

Aroma is of mostly piney, and slightly citrus hops.

Taste Is similar but with a slight honey sweetness to it, and biscuit taste. Very hop forward, and the bitterness lingers. Medium mouth-feel, and carbonation.

Good beer, but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of jokelahoma
3.68/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours nice bright golden yellow. Head stays around forever and a day.

Nose is full of hop, but not overwhelming. Earthy, but nice.

Mostly hop in flavor. Not tons of malt backbone, but fair. Good, clean. Again , not big, but tasty.

Mouthfeel is light, but perfect for the style.

Overall, good clean, unobtrusive.

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Photo of beergoot
3.71/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by date on bottle looks like 03/03/14...

The body looks bright gold and features a very thick, sticky, rocky, white head. Mild pine tar aroma. Orange and grapefruit flavors; juicy; light biscuit malt; decent hop bitterness brings up the finish. Medium-heavy body; crisp and dry finish.

Assuming this is an old bottle, it may explain the relative lack of hop aroma and underwhelming hop bitterness. At 100 IBUs, one would expect more hop punch. Otherwise, the beer is decent enough for an IPA. The juice-like flavors and lingering hop bitterness does satisfy the taste buds.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.77/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A- Very much like a macro lager, but a tad bit darker. When poured, it had a nice 1 finger head. Head was nice and foamy. Lots of white bubbles. Looked like it was gonna leave good amount of lacing.

S- WOW! This smell is huge here! Big grapefruit type juicy notes, a little pine, and some of that florally east coast style hop there. A tad sweet as well. It's gotta be a hop bomb. Smells awesome!

T- Very grapefruit juice forward, with a florally hop thing going on. It just takes like West Coast meets East coast in IPA type flavors. Sweet. Small amount of malt. This is just an intense hop bomb for sure!

M- Medium. It is crisp, clean, and refreshing. But in saying that, this beer isn't the easiest thing in the world to drink because of how hope forward it is. Finish isn't too long, nor is it short. After the finish, the beer dries out a great deal, but not so much that you get a cottonmouth type feel.

*Overall this beer reminded me of Ballast Point's Sculpin IPA, but even more hop forward. If you really like an intense IPA, or even a West Coast IPA as I do, I'd say give the Boulevard Mid-Coast IPA a try.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pure amber, but not too clear. Has a well-retaining, rocky, foamy, off-white head. Lace and legs galore. Pine, resin, sweet orange on the nose. Bit of malt and caramel as it's sat for a while. A lot of grapefruit or lemon rind in the palate, going well with the tartness. Also piney, vegetal, metallic, with some cracker. A crisp and bitter rindy, almost peppery finish. Relatively clean. Aftertaste is surprisingly mellow, as much warm biscuit as it is bitter. Well-balanced for 104 IBUs. Too well-balanced. Medium-bodied but seems a bit thin in the back. Extremely highly carbonated, prickles and suds.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, best before 04/18/15. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy dark gold color with about an inch white head that stayed around for a long time. There's also a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (grapefruit) and floral hops, bready malt and a bit of peach. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's also some tropical fruit and grassy/pine hops noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. The label says this is 104 IBU's, but it doesn't seem like that to me. I think this is a good but not great IPA. It was nice to try this, but I'm glad I picked this up as a single instead of buying the mixed 12 pack this was in. $1.50 a single bottle.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - hazy golden-tangerine color with a rocky off-white head that holds excellent retention
S - bold piny hops fill the nose with grass, pineapple, biscuity grain
T - wicked bitter but very flavorful with plenty of pine and grassy hops, but at 100ibu there's not much balance. Some biscuity grain comes through, It's a bit fruity also with some pineapple
M - medium body, moderate carbonation
O - good but a bit overkill with the bitterness. It needs more of a malty sweetness to give it more than just a one-note shot of hops. One and done for me.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into SA glass and a boisterous whte head made it somewhat of a challenge to do so. More yellowish in the body and somewhat cloudy. Almost looks more like a wheat beer. Sure doesn't smell or taste like one though. A very smooth drinking IPA, except for the agrressive finish which hits the bitterness quite hard. Doesn't linger as much as would be expected for this, but it is hard nonetheless. Soft and sweet aroma with a nice hop presence. Not too strong, but pleasant nonetheless. There is a nice sweetness in the drink. Seems like a nice blending of malt and hops. Soft feel and smooth yet stingy carbonation. Nice citrus flavors.

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Photo of bmwats
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic.

A: Deep golden hue. Pours a 2 finger, frothy, white head. Pervasive rising effervescence. Craters slowly, and unevenly; but never completely, leaving a thick foam blanket on the surface of the brew. Thick, dry beer ring lacing. Effervescence continues to rise throughout.

S: Pine cones, lemon, and hay.

T: Pine nuts, lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and tonic water.

M: Crisp, hearty, and syrupy. Very bitter, with a dry finish.

D: The character will dictate a sipping experience.

Atmosphere is excellent. Golden with a thick frothy head, continually rising effervescence, and plenty of lacing. Hay, pine, and citrus... and lots of it. Bitter pine, plenty of bitter lemon and grapefruit, and seltzer water kind of feel. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light pale gold with a slight haze. Trace of white foam. Some lacing. Smells lightly resinous a bit of citrus with a decent helping of caramel malt. Taste is citrus, orange and grapefruit rind, lightly pine resin. Nice dose of biscuity malt. Medium bitterness is nice. Medium body is lightly creamy and holds together well. Mild bitterness lingers. Finish is clean. Not the prettiest brew and smells mediocre a but really overall a nice drinkable moderately bitter, crisp beer with a light yet nice hop flavor.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.89/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright orangish yellow with a 2 finger white head. Excellent retention with lots of bubbles and carbination

S - Very heavy on the pine with a solid malty backbone. Shlight citrus aromas as well

T - Again, very heavy on the pine. Seems to have a grassy flavor as well. Undertones of apples. Malts a definately present.

M - Thick and creamy. Not as bitter as one might think at 100 IBU. Nicely balanced with a slight warming effect from the ABV

O - Another great beer from Boulevard. Great flavor. NOT a sessionable beer. Pretty stout

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Photo of NickT2121
3.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Right off the bat I got huge citrus smells ( grapefruit, mango, orange)
and a lot of pine. It's amazing! A lot of hoppyness to it very nice aromas

Getting a lot of citrus flavor especially the grapefruit and a lot of pine a little bitter but the ibu's is 104 I believe so it's not to bad for that

Medium thickness with a dry finish, with good amount of carbonation.

I really enjoyed this beer with its bold flavors, not a session beer as its filling to me


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Photo of minterro
3.93/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got in part of a 12 pack mixer.

A&S: Spider-web lacing, good head retention. Lively, translucent hazy yellow colored beer. Aroma isn't super pungent but consists of primarily lemon citrus with some grapefruit tones.

T&M: hop-heavy but not overwhelming. Mostly citrus hops with a bit of tropical fruit tones. Slight presence malty (almost rye-like) background. Mildly bitter semi-dry finish. Crisp feel, but not shape.

Overall: It was the best of the 12-pack, but nothing mind blowing. Better than I anticipated. Very drinkable.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Smokestack Series tulip glass form a 12oz bottle.
Best By 12/10/2013

Pours a very pale golden color. Pretty translucent and clear. There is a nice half inch head that is nice and white. It is pretty dense and sticky and recedes down to a nice thin film at the top of the brew.

Aroma starts off citrusy as ever! Notes of tangerine and orange. Nice grapefruit rind and notes of citrus bitterness and acidity. There is also some nice grain in the background behind all the intense notes of hops. Grassy and herbal as well.

Flavor starts off intense and citrusy. Big pungent hop notes with some intense bitterness and palette destroying citrus notes. The brew gets more palatable as it warms but its still intense and hoppy. There is also more tropical fruit notes as it warms. SOme slight mango and pineapple. The finish is dry and abrasive. Good hoppy and refreshing IPA with a lighter body.

Pretty good take on the West coast style by the Midwest folk.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.95/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass

A Transparent amber. Thick foam. Good retention.

S Grassy, floral, and hoppy. Sharp peppery aroma. Nice fresh smell.

T Really floral and really hoppy. Greasy and bitter. And bitter. And bitter.

M Light to medium. Foamy and a bit sticky but nothing out of style.

O I really enjoyed this. In your face hops and bitterness. And not just some unbalanced piece of shit. This really tastes good. I didn't think Boulevard had it in them. Souped up! West coast all the way.

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Mid-Coast IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.