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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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83
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514 Ratings
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Ratings: 514
Reviews: 83
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 83 | 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: 514 | Reviews: 83
Reviews by LambicPentameter:
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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at Genessee Royal Bistro in Kansas City. This hit taps in the city just recently, and comes out in bottles in early August.

Appearance - Brassy amber body with an orangish twinge that is mostly clear, just a touch of light haze. Head is sudsy bright white, about a finger and a half deep. Retention is good and it leaves a light sticky lacing around the sides of the glass.

Smell - Very aromatic, with bright citrus juiciness and floral overtones to add depth. Some of the grain pokes through as well, but the tone is overall fresh and enticing.

Taste - The aroma suggested a hop wallop, but the taste is much more balanced, with a malt element that takes the lead from a more subdued citrus and floral element. The grain is also much more aggressive on the taste than on the smell, with a rustic undercurrent of barley.

Mouthfeel - Light-bodied and moderate carbonation. Clean finish that lends to easy drinking. However, mouthfeel is a constant gripe with me on these "session IPAs". I must say, of those I've had, this one is a little better on body than some others, but still is lacking.

Overall, one of the better "session" IPAs I've had so far. The nose is especially delicious, and the taste is sufficiently meaty to live up to the IPA label. Also, at 4.2 abv, it's truly a beer you can have a few without getting lit. I have a feeling I'll be drinking this a lot around Kansas City as it becomes more widespread.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 3/2/14. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some sweet sugary fruit with piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sugary tropical fruit with a medium piney hop finish with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a decent session IPA. The flavor is dominated by the sugary tropical fruit rather than the hops. It does have decent bitterness though. Like most session IPAs I've had, it's a little thin and watery. I love the idea of session IPAs, but haven't seen one that really succeeds yet.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, yellow in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pine, pineapple, and citrus fruits

Taste: pine, pineapple, and citrus fruits--like the smell but with some earthiness

Mouthfeel:sweetish start slightly bitter middle and and more bitter finish, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice, sessionable pineaple and pine forward IPA. I have had better beers from Boulevard, but this is certainly one I would revisit.

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden in color with great clarity. Easily an inch of tightly knit eggshell white head. Brussels lacing. Just a hint of citrus hops is all I get in the aroma. The flavor is a gentle but sharp dose of citrus hops. The mouth is fairly carbonated making it a bit less sessionable. There's a crisp dryness that makes it refreshing.

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3/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and grass. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, yeast, straw, and biscuit. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an juicy and earthy hop forward taste with nice notes of grass and citrus fruit. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of grass and some slight pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Soft bready pale malt backing presence with notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, cracker, and straw. A pretty nice juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and slightly oily. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a session IPA. Solid hop flavors with a nice light body.

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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev +9%

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2.25/5  rDev -38.7%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light gold beer, very clear, and medium sized quickly fading, sticky white head. Aroma is bright miscellaneous fruits, floral, and citrus. Quite pleasant, easy going, and fresh. Taste is extra clean and seemingly simple. Flavors are lemon, orange, lightly herby, flowery, evenly fruity, and faintly tea-like over a soft light sugar cookie (w/out the sugar) malt base. Simple, delicate arrangement of happy things with light bitterness. Mouthfeel is slick and smooth with light body. Very sessionable/extremely drinkable. Mission accomplished here. A very friendly amicable beer.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 514 ratings.