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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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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 91
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 12
Gots: 97 | 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: 539 | Reviews: 91
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber in my pint glass. Little head or residual carbonation, but no points detracted as this is on tap, after all.

Nose is subtle. A little citrus and fruit. Not bad, but not standout, either.

Taste is pleasant and mild citrus. I get orange and grapefruit touches with a strong malt presence. Not bad but not one I'd return to.

I will, however, pick up a single bottle for comparison's sake.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten a pumped up bottle...very foamy on the pour. The beer poured a hazy golden with big white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is fresh hops bordering more floral than pine or citrus. The taste is a good balance beer and very refreshing. The malt doesn't over power the beer allowing it to be slightly bitter with fresh hop zing. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with big carbonation. Overall a good beer...will try it again just to see if the carbonation was a fluke.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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 russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

BBD of 01/02/14

Pours an effervescent honey color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Good head retention & average lacing

S: Lemons, breadyness, grassiness & lime, all fade a bit

T: Limes, grapefruit & biscuitty maltup front. Grassyness & hay, a bit of pineapple, lemon & pink grapefruit, & dryness as this warms. Finishes with grapefruit, slight breadyness, dryness & lemongrass notes

T: Lime, grassiness, lemons, slight biscuitty malt

MF: Medium bodied, lively carbonation, fantastic balance

Drinks so easy, I do believe I could pound this on a regular basis, especially if this fresh. I think actually prefer this to Founder's All Day IPA, but only by a little. Well done Boulevard, easily your best IPA/hoppy beer to date (Runner Up Tank 7, but there's so much else going on there it's an apple to oranges comparison to be sure). Would love to see this on sale by the case at my local walmart, some how I can't see this happening

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a massive head that was slow to settle to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is all citrus and grapefruit.

Comes off as being more bitter than other "session" IPAs. A lot of grapefruit flavor with some orange and lemon notes. A little bit of toasted malt in the finish but this is hop dominate ale.

Light body and oddly does not seem to be very heavily carbonated. Must of lost most of its life in the pour.

Tastes a little like a baby Two Hearted.

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

This is the 3.1% ABW (just under 4% abv) version sold in Oklahoma. Pours to a rocky white head that lasts and laces. Aroma is citrus grapefruit and pineapple, due mainly to the hops. Taste is more of the same with emphasis on hop flavor because the base malts are very weak. Mouthfeel is surprisingly thick for this gravity. No big disappointments given the limitations. No technical flaws or off flavors. The hops are damn near perfect. Low malt content was balanced properly with hop bitterness. Leaves a good deal of pleasant hoppiness on the tongue that lasts. Overall a good rendition of a "low point" IPA.

Photo of gillagorilla
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Best by 6/13/14)

A: Slightly hazy straw-colored body with only a collar of a head with some visible effervescence. Swirls to a nice pencil thick head that is quite persistent.

S: Right, now we are back on track with the smells. I got the smells right out of the bottle and on the pour

T: This kind of tastes like flat hops. The hops just don't shine here, they are almost decomposing, it is so earthy. It just seems like a flooded field, everything is so damp. I just get a lot of grass here without any distinctive floral, citrus or even pine notes.

M: Even mouthfeel, with a nice smooth almost foamy feel to it. No prickliness. But it is watery.

O: I got all of these session IPAs and am not sure if it was good to have the Stone first, since it is the best one so far. This is ok, but suffers from the mouthfeel and the fact that it is watery, but this isn't the worse that I've had.

Photo of Samp01
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a medium lasting white head, some light lacing. Sweet pine citrus notes on the aroma, fruity. Taste same as aroma with some grapefruit tangy flavor, biscuit malt and light yeast, mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, mild carbonation. Finish is sweet pine citrus with some grapefruit notes, slight tangy and mild hops bitterness. Overall goes down easy and good drinking, nice session IPA.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%

Best by 12/12/14. Consumed 11/03/14 in a spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.55) A: Pale straw pour darkens to a lemon peel in the vessel with a dense, raging display of effervesce. A 2 finger, frumpy cottage cheese textured head is dull white with a lengthy stay and a lasting foam coverage.

(3.45) S: Aroma of fresh wet grapefruit juice, lightly dry pine with a low to moderate sense of awareness. Light, dry whole barley stalks.

(3.60) T: Flavor was citrusy-pine, dry barley stalks, with a bit of dry pine hopping on the finish. Good level of ibu's, especially for an abv% of 4.0 while maintaining a good sense of balance for sessionability purpose. Some light orange-grassiness, dry stone fruit (freezed dried berries) with some lemon peel.

(3.55) M: Strong crisp carbonation makes for a lively mouthful with a nice bite. Light bodied.

(3.55) O: sessionable, crisp bite of carbonation, hoppy with a traditional pale backing makes for easy liking and repeat factor. Easy abv% of 4.0 is good for summer time 6 pack purchase poolside. Good ibu to abv% ratio.

Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great session ale, flavor falls off a little too soon though. Still, another Boulevard great!

A laid back hop aroma, expected a little more punch to the nostrils though

Nice hoppy start, but the flavor falls off too soon. Still delicious, just was expecting a little more of a punch.

Smooth all the way through, great carbonation

Overall, great session ale. Boulevard fails to disappoint.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
4.3% ABV, Best By 07/24/14

A - Heavy sheets of white lace cake the glass as the dollop of frothy whipped foam slowly plateaus to a lumpy pile above the hazed goldenrod beer.

S - A gentle breeze kicks up mowed grass notes into the predominantly citrusy aroma; sweet orange peel and lemon zest envelop biscuity pale malt and honey graham cracker on the back side.

T - Bright citrus dances on the tongue while lingering grassy notes move through the underlying grainy pale malt and honey-suggesting graham cracker base for an even-keeled brew.

M - Effervescent carbonation scrubs the tongue as this bright and light bodied beer washes down smoothly, finishing with a kiss of bitterness that lingers wonderfully on the tongue.

O - Boulevard's Pop-Up session IPA takes bright and citrusy hops with just a hint of earthiness and overlaps the smooth biscuity, graham cracker-like malt base with just enough balance to keep this an easy drinking, pretty refreshing IPA that's incredibly satisfying.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Spiegelau glass.

A very pale amber, deep yellow and slightly hazy to match. Head is big bleach white bright with a giant fist of bubbles and super soapy retention. Clump chunks and rings of lace are all over this big settling four finger tall head. A very impressive beer if a tad cloudy.

A nice mellow juicy orange and lemon citrus quality. Light grains, and some nice mix of lemon drop candy sweetness. This is really growing on me the more I explore it.

Pretty solid flavor wise on the palate. A quenching sense of lemon and fruit candy. Mellow hop bitterness with a bit of zest. Bright. As expected a bit of a light body palate feel for such a low abv, which comes off a little chalky actually. Some sensing faint crisp carbonation which is playful, but quickly disappears on sips.

Overall though it's fine for what it is, may not be what I gravitate for a style but it's enjoyable to have these from time to time. This is a nice session IPA.

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours gold with a little haziness and covered with a nice, thick, fluffy head. A lumpy, soapy cap lasts for the duration and leaves behind chunky clusters of lacing. Fresh, bright, green hops in the nose meet a light sugar cookie maltiness. Grassy, zesty, oily, and citrusy with notes of pine and lime. The flavor has a more subdued hop presence while upping the cereal malts for some balance. Lemon, grapefruit, hay, and tea mingle with dry crackers. Very crisp, light, and poundable. Not as hoppy as DayTime, which seems to be my go-to "session IPA" as of late, but a very pleasant, well-made easy drinker that I could definitely see myself buying again.

Photo of Brewndruid
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

This is definitely a… Will buy again!… Very please with this beer, excellent session a bowl IPAA. Anyone who sings IPAs have to be weak and tasteless needs to try this beer. Well done

Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange but there are also subtle hints of biscuit malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice if you like citrusy flavors of hops but don't want much in the way of bitterness. I would consider this sessionable but without much in the way of bitterness it seems more like an APA compared to an IPA.

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date 03/13/2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Boulevard Brewing Co. Expectations are moderately high, since I enjoyed the hell out of a lot of their regular line-up this summer.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a murky pale lemon-orange colored body with about a finger of soft white foam for a head. A little bit of lacing, but none sticks.

S - Smell is light and subdued much more so than a lot of bolder IPA's, but still fresh smelling. Light grapefruit, pine, lime zest, some fresh cut wood, some sawdust, and earthiness. Smells a bit thin and oily.

T - Taste is nice enough: herbal and grassy, lemon zest, grapefruit, some fresh wheat. While not necessarily big on flavor, it certainly is clean and refreshing.

M - Feel is crisp, smooth, and clean. Minimal hop oils clinging to the palate, with some earthy, mineral, and vegetal qualities lingering around also. A fitting end.

Overall, not my favorite outing from Boulevard, but certainly refreshing and "sessionable". I might enjoy this better than Founders All Day IPA, but it's hard to say for now. Certainly a worthy addition to the ever-growing family of session IPA's.

Boulevard Pop-Up Session I.P.A. ---3.5/5

Photo of rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Cloudy yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head that tries to leave some lacing.

S-Hops, right in between mild and what you'd expect from a normal IPA. Mainly lemon with some grassy notes as well.

T-Starts with a slightly artificial lemon. Some grass and malt to round it with slight bitterness. But the lemon flavor throws it off. Other citrus flavors are there as well.

M-Lighter to medium in body, slight carbonation and slight hop bite.

O-As it warmed it definitely improved. A decent session IPA but with Founders All-Day out there not much reason to drink this.

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Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 539 ratings.