Pop-Up Session I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pop-Up Session I.P.A.Pop-Up Session I.P.A.

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555 Ratings
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Ratings: 555
Reviews: 97
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.87%
Wants: 13
Gots: 105 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: LambicPentameter on 07-28-2013

As a brewing team, we sought to make an India Pale Ale that showcased assertive hop flavor and aroma while maintaining a thirst-quenching drinkability by balancing the bitterness with a slight caramel malt character. A blend of our base pale, Marris Otter, and amber malts creates a simple, yet adequate malt backbone that allows Mosaic, Cascade, Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops to shine with bright, fruity, citrus notes. At 4.2% ABV and 41 IBUs, Pop-Up I.P.A. is a full flavored beer that’s suitable for all-day drinking.
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Ratings: 555 | Reviews: 97
Photo of Norvelljeff
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer for hanging out and not wanting to get hammered drunk after 2.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/7/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Not too dry on the finish either, with some lingering hop flavors. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with soapy white head, spray of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: grassy, weedy, strawberry-ish note, lightly sweet grapey back. Taste: light grapefruit and orange component, cracker backing; mineral, pils, and grape notes. Light bodied. Best by 7/4.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden straw color with a wispy white head that left some spotty lacing on the glass. A shade darker than most sessions IPA.

The aroma is of a light pine and grapefruit hop. Perhaps a touch soapy. Light malt presence.

The taste is a mixture of light pine, onion, grapefruit rind and orange. Pretty wide hop flavor spectrum. The malt tastes beefier than most session IPAs; has a bready flavor.

Moderate body with weakish carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not overly so though the hop profile seems to sit heavily. A bit chalky in the finish. The style needs more of a prickly carbonation to increase the drinkability.

Not my favorite session IPA. The hops are too savory and dank for a session. I prefer more floral and citrus notes.

Photo of 2Xmd
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can. Best session IPA I've had so far. Does not taste like a watered down IPA. Nice mouthfeel.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, little else. Taste is grapefruit, mild hops, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.81/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A lighter color than I expected. Good hop nose and a extremely good hop flavor form the beginning of the tongue until the end. Not a long linger but I did not expect one. WOuld gladly drink again.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

IPA? It's a nice pale ale. Clean floral, pine, and grapefruit aroma that slides into the flavor with a touch of toasty malt. There's a mild bitterness (for an IPA) and overall it's a really pleasant beer to drink. I'd get a 6-pack.

Photo of bigDaddySid
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good with bbq in kc

Photo of DDiFran
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Boulevard achieved what they set out to do: make a session able IPA that still tastes like a good quality IPA. Kudos! IM enjoying the first and looking forward to 2 or 3 more.

Photo of Urk1127
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Average IPA to me. nothing special. Not a bad beer. Enjoyable.

Photo of Beerma
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good light beer! Smooth tasty!

Photo of beerfinder
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was an ok sessian beer not real hoppy. I have had other Boulevard brews which I enjoyed but this is not one of them.

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little cloudy. Does not taste like 41 IBUs.

Nice all-around session beer.

Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dark straw in color. Astringent nose. The flavor profile is pretty bland and it is not even terribly hoppy.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden in color with a slightly off-white, rocky two finger head. Great retention. eventually settling to a fair layer of surface suds.

Smell - Fruity, citrusy, lemon-like hop aroma with grainy malts taking up the backend of the smell.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light, fruity hop that hits mostly on a sweet lemon flavor and a bready, grainy malt character. Aftertaste is a light, lemony essence.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with light, fluffy carbonation and texture. Drinks smooth.

Overall - Drinks so light, I'd be tempted to call this a hoppy blonde. Certainly not on the level of session IPA's that Founders, Stone and Lagunitas have put out, but it's far from bad. That said, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy honey color with a head that equals the liquid in volume before starting its descent; good stickage and lacing action

Smell: Bready, with lemon, mango and pineapple

Taste: The citrus, pineapple and mango start the flavor parade with the bready tones hanging around underneath; not much flavor development from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: A very juicy and bright session IPA; not surprised given the brewery

Photo of schematix
4.46/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because it was only of the few options in the display case I hadn't consumed before. When I got it home I was disappointed to find it is a mere 4.3% ABV. Almost the same as a light lager.

To my great surprise this is an excellent beer. It has an almost zen like balance of hops and malt. There is ample hop aroma and flavor, but the bitterness is well controlled. The finish is satisfying while still being easy drinkable.

My only knock on this beer is that it's bottle conditioned. I don't like getting chunks of yeast every once in a while. I like my commercial beer crystal clear. Personally preference though.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pale golden color with a slight burnt copper hue. The head is thick and fluffy and there’s plenty of carbonation and a mild ring of lacing.
Smell:
Orange zest, grapefruit, hops and wheat grass make this IPA smell very inviting.
Taste:
Grapefruits and hops are the main flavor, the orange zest takes a back seat and it is bitter and mildly sweet overall.
Mouthfeel:
Light-to-medium bodied.
Overall:
This is a very good tasting IPA and very smooth.

Photo of tharper178
4.66/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When fresh, it's hard to believe this isn't rated higher. Super drinkable, sessionable and grapefruity smells and tastes. A delicious beer!

Photo of njtmayhem
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a terrible session. Not my "go-to" which is my go to but solid enough

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A smallish off-white head caps a bright medium-dark yellow gold beer. There's a touch of haze to the body, though there's a flare of lighter gold as well. The head drops to a light island and some edging, leaving a strong ring and heavy spotting.
The nose makes a pretty impressive showing, putting out lots of bright citrus and zest. It balances sweeter and bitter notes well, letting the hops take charge. The flavor shows a bit of fussiness and a light must as well, finishing with both bright orange and bread crust.
The body is on the lighter side, just verging into medium. It's crisp but goes into the middle and finishes with a less refined bite.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle up at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. I understand that Session IPA's are all the rage now but this one wasn't one of the better ones that I've had lately. There was a lot of carbonation here and since the flavors were relatively typical, there wasn't much that stood out about this. Only the yeast in the bottle made this noteworthy and it went down a bit too easily, which was probably the goal of Boulevard when they brewed this.

The pour to this was golden and a bit cloudy once I swirled out the yeast and poured it in at the end. Not much of an aroma to this besides some of the yeast and a faint hint of citrus rind. That was repeated in the taste, along with a earthy hop base that reminded me of a lighter Green Flash or Victory beer. Lots of carbonation scrubbed that away quickly and this was quite dry too, along the lines of champagne. A few rings of lacing were left on the upper half of my glass and I couldn't detect the alcohol in this at any point.

Sure, I could have had another one or two of these while I was out last night but one was sufficient enough. It reminded me of weed a bit but theer wasn't enough of a flavor profile to make me want to have more. If there was such thing as a "Light IPA", this would be it. Come summer, I could see a lot of people reaching for this even though upping the alcohol by a percentage point in what would be consumed would completely change the game. As this is, it's an alternative that is a textbook example of this emerging style.

Photo of smith_s4765
2.7/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Way too carbonated for me.

Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chill-hazed gold in color with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant whiff of tropical fruit
Taste-Tropical fruit, citrus hops, citrus-rind finish. Overall, nice flavor in a sessionable 4.3ABV brew.

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Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 555 ratings.