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

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

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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 10.51%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Had this on numerous occassions from the bottle and tap, but this is the first chance I've had to sit down and review it. Love the entire line - Double-Wide, Single-Wide and this one.

Icy white head ringing the edge, with large pocks of bubbles clinging together. The beer glows a sunny golden, with only hints of orange when the light hits it.

Mango, passionfruit, pineapple on the nose - that's a big bowl of tropicals. An awesome first whiff.

Similar to the tongue, with those tropicals and a muted breadiness holding it all together.

Carbonated and sparkling to the tongue - completely enjoyable and highly sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 20:43:44 | More by mdcrouser
Photo of pls2087


4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured smooth, with a white half finger head. Nice golden clear color.

S: Nice hoppy bouquet and citrus like aroma with hints of hops and grains.

T: Great mixture of sweetness and bitterness. Hints of floral and grain.

M: Clean, crisp, good carbonation.

O: Surprising combination of sweetness and bitterness makes it a winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:22:35 | More by pls2087
Photo of mactrail


4.14/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Meridian Pint in Washington, DC, where it was called "Test Session IPA." Another showcase for Mosaic hops in the boil, which seem to impart a lot of flavor without excessive bitterness.

This is no beauty queen, with a slightly hazy medium amber color and not much head in the pint nonic. Surprisingly malty with a richer body than seems possible with the lower alcohol. A big mouthful of spicy hops, but the bitterness just melts into the malt flavors, leaving a highly aromatic aftertaste. A little lemony.

I can't think of an IPA I've enjoyed more this year, though a couple of others I like are the "session" variety. With a little better carbonation this would be a total winner.

Serving type: on-tap

08-24-2013 22:20:33 | More by mactrail
Photo of JeremyAnaya


4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 02:34:55 | More by JeremyAnaya
Photo of russpowell


4.06/5  rDev +9.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2013 04:21:18 | More by russpowell
Photo of kevanb


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 3/31/14, poured into a Boulevard Smokestack Tulip.

The beer pours a lightly hazy golden honey color, hues of light orange and copper. A few bubbles stick to the side of my glass, freshly rinsed and many bubbles are seen rising to the top of the glass. Atop the beer rests a large, thick, frothy white head, almost 3 fingers high that has nice retention and leaves a great amount of thick, soapy lace behind. The aroma is soft and gentle, lightly floral hops blend well with citrus and earthy hop spice with just a touch of soft cereal malt. The flavors are right in line, crisp hoppy flavors, citrus, wildflower and some earthy hop resin, with just a hint of pale malt, a bit musky, but helps balance the beer a bit. The body is gentle, nice carbonation that carries the flavors well. It coats the mouth well and finishes with a creamy touch.

Verdict: A really enjoyable session IPA from Boulevard and probably my favorite hoppy beer they make. Everything works very nicely here, refined hop flavors but no bitterness or astringency. This beer really is the definition of crushable, kudos to Boulevard for this. I will gladly be purchasing 6 packs of this when its fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2014 21:47:00 | More by kevanb
Photo of JuicesFlowing


4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Boulevard tulip glass.

Look: Slightly hazy golden orange color. A white head recedes to a light wisp with world map lacing on the glass.

Aroma: Pine, citrus, and faint fruity sweetness.

Taste: A beautiful blend of piny hops, citrus rind bitterness, and some muted apricot-peach sweetness from malts.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light in weight.

Overall: Delicious, great balance and flavor for only 4.2% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:23:31 | More by JuicesFlowing
Photo of TMoney2591


4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Even though I'm not fully in the light about it, at least Boulevard has been consistent with it's IPA line's imagery. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, melon rind, pine resin, mild caramel, and a kiss of dank greens for good measure. Yup, it's an IPA, all right. The taste brings in more of the same, plenty of hop power packed in there without things going overboard. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a damn solid IPA, one I could easily see going through a sixer of without hesitation.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2013 06:49:54 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Thads324


4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy but bright yellow. Pillowy head dissipates quickly with heavy lacing.
Light pine and lemon zest. Definitely hints of various unnameable citrus fruits.
Taste is of bread and honey initially. Tangy citrus hops with freshly cut grass and piney notes as well. Good grapefruit and lime flavor. Lower bitterness. Some basic yeasty flavors reside as it warms

Light in body, minimal lingering flavors or bitterness.

Winner winner pop up for dinner...

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 23:44:21 | More by Thads324
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:08:25 | More by tastybeer
Photo of smakawhat


4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 23:47:48 | More by smakawhat
Photo of 3sheets2wind


3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Session IPA that tastes like an IPA. There is a juiciness to the beer. The hops are lively and the mouthfeel is extraordinary. Not overly bitter or malty, but very nice all the same. Plus you can drink a ton of these and not pass out. Love that 4% ABV. Good job Blvd.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2014 05:59:30 | More by 3sheets2wind
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 03:14:25 | More by wedge
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3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2014 23:20:18 | More by rlee1390
Photo of StaveHooks


3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle to DFH IPA glass.

A - Pours a golden straw color, slightly hazy, a tall cream colored head takes it's time. Good lacing.

S - Spicy, dry hay, white pepper, zesty citrus, yeasty.

T - Grainy pale malts, dried corn, mineral water, grassy/piney bitterness, zesty citrus and star fruit. Finishes with dry and crisp with a nice grassy/peppery bite.

M - Aggressive spritzy carbonation, light body, dry finish.

A thirst quenching IPA that you could drink all day long.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 01:51:10 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of LambicPentameter


3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2013 05:23:39 | More by LambicPentameter
Photo of MickeyD


3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

poured into a clean pint glass

A: two finger width head very airy and dissipated quickly, light golden yellow with good carbonation.

S: Strong pine and floral

T: definite IPA hops/pine but not overly bitter, very smooth.

M: somewhat thin light body and refreshing.

O: The session side of this brew I think tends to soften the bitterness of the hops and makes it more floral and sweet. Interesting beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 00:43:37 | More by MickeyD
Photo of BeerLover99


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: shiny straw/golden body, trace white head,
very little lacing

S: grapefruit, fresh pine, light grain malt

T: same as nose, refreshing bitter finish

M: med/light body, firm oily mouth

O: Outstanding session IPA! Boulevard
offers a mighty nice variety of beers.
Thrilled to see another flavorful session/"light"
beer offering. Bring it next party of open-minded


Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 18:27:27 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of barnzy78


3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, Best by 03/13/14
A - hazy orange-yellow with a huge off-white head that holds great retention
S - tropical and citric nose with mango and mandarin, faint grapefruit and pine
T - fruity, citric mandarin, grapefruit, mango, pine, some biscuity grain and caramel
M - thinner body, hoppy bitterness controls palate, dry finish
O - good flavors here with a nice aroma, but I'd like a fuller body and some more of a malt profile.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 01:58:47 | More by barnzy78
Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled in December 2013, best by 05/16/14 (a month after the date of this tasting).

A: Mildly hazy gold with a fizzy head of pure white. Soft, pillowy retention stays for the duration, as does a strand or two of lace.

S: A nose imbued with the flowery aromas of Noble-esque hops: lemon, fresh-cut grass, dandelion, and a touch of pine. Smells like refreshment on a hot day.

T&M: Crisp and drinkable, the palate leads with a rush of fizzy carbonation and a citrusy hop character. Mandarin orange, white peach, and lemongrass stand out above all else, though a wildflower flavor is buried not far beneath. The body has little weight, as well, making it that much more refreshing. Finishes with a subtle hint of bready pilsner malt (the only really saving this from being nothing more than a summery blend of hop oils and water) and the momentary snap of dry citrus rind.

O: Looks like session IPAs are a new trend in the world of American craft beer – and I couldn’t be happier. This one in particular is lawnmower beer at its finest. I’ll definitely be seeking it out by the six-pack when the weather (finally) gets a little warmer. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:13:36 | More by BarryMFBurton
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3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

everyone is trying to jump on the all day ipa bandwagon, and this one is a pretty good attempt at imitating that game changer from founders. its got a really juicy hop profile and a super light body that makes it truly an ideal session beer. clear and pale in color, almost yellow really, ultra light, and with a minimal head but pretty good lacing. aromatics of tropical fruit dominate, pineapple, passion fruit, even mango. its definitely oil heavy, which is fabulous in such a light beer. grain contributes very little to the nose or the taste of this beer, its all about those juicy fresh hops. touch of sweetness as it finishes, its not as distinct and refreshing as founders all day, but its a nice substitute if you cant get the genuine article. usually I don't like copycat stuff, but I welcome more session india pale ales to the scene, and this is a pretty good one.

Serving type: on-tap

10-20-2013 16:08:41 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of reminds me of their hoppy wheat, but I like this one better.

Tan and mostly clear with a pretty good head and lace.

Hoppy on both aroma and taste, with a well-balancing maltiness that provides a tasty treat. Hops are earthy, fruity.

Body is pretty light and definitely easy to drink. A nice IPA for when you've got more on the agenda than just drinking beer, but you're still thirsty some suds.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 21:51:57 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Flounder57


3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pale yellow with some haziness and good vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: A nice floral bouquet of tangerine, tropical, and grapefruit hops followed by pale and pilsner malts.

Taste: Citrus and tropical with the pale and bready malts. Nice mild tingly bitterness in the rear.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, low to medium carbonation, a little chewy, smooth, and a little mild bitterness

Overall: This beer is on the same lines as Founders All Day IPA. I will be enjoying more of this and the other more often.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 04:42:58 | More by Flounder57
Photo of IPA1978


3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Golden with orange hue, clear, decent head that retains and laces well for the low abv.

S- Nice aromatic hops, citrus fruit and rinds, slight pine, earthy must.

T- Crisp citrus hops, light malt flavor, followed by slight pine and earthy/soapy hops that linger.

M- Light to medium body, Crisp and fairly dry.

O-Crisp and refreshing with plenty of hop aroma and flavor to appease hop heads. I can see this beer being my go to lake beer (this beer needs to be canned). My only problem with these session IPA's is that they cost the same as regular IPA's!

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 01:33:29 | More by IPA1978
Photo of MrBoz21


3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden yellow with slight haze. Sparkly carbonation. Thin white foam cap - soapy.

Aroma: citrus, floral and hints of pine. Very light malt and trace spice.

Taste: crisp and dry, grapefruit and smooth grassy bitter backbone.

Mouth: thin and bubbly

Overall: tasty, but comes across more as a hoppy kolsch - could use more body.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 04:18:38 | More by MrBoz21
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Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.