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Pop-Up Session IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pop-Up Session IPAPop-Up Session IPA

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Reviews: 101
Hads: 633
Avg: 3.76
pDev: 27.93%
Wants: 12
Gots: 145 | 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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Reviews: 101 | Hads: 633
Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.81/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.55/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There has been quite debate lately that these "session IPAs" should have their own category and this is one prime example of why they should.

Great IPA smell, just enough bite to let you know this is a seriously hopped IPA, yet with a thin, thirst-quenching feel that leaves you wanting to pound them all day long. If this isn't the very definition of a session IPA I have no idea what is.

BONUS: can be used like a gateway drug to craft beers for your unenlightened friends!

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Photo of jmbranum
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AR: 4.5 AP: 4.75 F: 4.5 MF: 4 OA: 4.5

I have long thought that the world of 3-point beers (those beers sold in grocery and convenience stores in certain states including Oklahoma and Colorado) could be improved greatly. Generally the offerings are a smattering of macro breweries with a few 3 point versions of betters beers thrown in for those folks who want a little flavor with their beer – normally Shiner Bock, Boulevard Wheat, Shock Top and occasionally Guinness Stout.

I understand the 3.2% ABW rule is hard to work with (which actually comes out to 4.0% Alcohol by volume, the way alcohol is most commonly measured), but it is not impossible. There is no reason why 3 point beers can’t embrace large amounts of hops or nice amounts of toasted malt (neither of which should raise the alcohol). Yet for the most part, if you want to buy beer to take home on Sunday in Oklahoma, you are stuck with crappy beer.

Boulevard thankfully has accepted the challenge – to brew a truly great 3-point beer. I recently bought a sixer of Pop-Up IPA and it is good. Damn good.
Nice hop-laden aroma. It pours a hazy gold liquid with a giant white fluffy head. Flavor is nicely hop-forward without getting into monstrous territory. Some sprucy notes. A little bit of faint citrus. Fairly dry but a lingering sweetness.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Quite possibly the best 3-point beer I’ve ever had. Definitely a good session beer but also just a good beer period. It is not the best IPA (not by a long shot), in fact I would probably put this in American Pale Ale territory than in IPA territory, but it is still very, very good. I like it!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

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Photo of schematix
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.36/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of pls2087
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of JG-90
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pop-Up Session IPA has a hazy golden body with hints of orange and pours a towering, foamy white head that has great retention and leaves heavy lacing. Smells of yeasty bread, orange, lemon, and pineapple.

Taste starts with grapefruit, sour orange, and lemon rind, moving to tropical hops with pineapple and mango in the middle, finish has some yeasty bread accompanied by more citrusy hops. Body is light with high carbonation, expected from a session IPA, with a slightly creamy and slightly yeasty feel.

Wow! I was really impressed by this beer, pretty much right on what I want from a session IPA, light and crisp with a ton of hop flavor. I'm very surprised this is rated so low, as I think a lot of other people look for the same characteristics that I do in a session ipa.

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Photo of DDiFran
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I thought the floral and tropical hop flavors melded well with a subtle malt caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate. This lingering soft, bready caramel malt anticipates the marzen beer that I will be enjoying on a crisp Autumn day soon. One might compare it to a Boston Lager, but this beer has some bright citrus aromatics and flavor.

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Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of Irasema
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I remember the first time I tried it and didn't like it. I did not have the pallet for hoppy beers at all. Now when I want a good overall IPA i go for pop up session. It reminds me of summer and all that goes with it. Boulevard overall make great beer.

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Photo of whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy apricot colored brew with a decent foamy white head that persists and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine with a mild grainy malt background.

The taste is grapefruit, orange zest, mild pine resin and hints of grass with a crackery base, all fairly mild and very well balanced with a nice hops bite and dryness at the end.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall, this would make a great hot weather cooler that you could enjoy all day long.

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Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Best By: 08/27/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus foamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a very nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, one of the best Session IPAs I've had to date I believe. Good Job Boulevard!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9%
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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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can (nice) best before dating of 7-18-15 printed on the bottom of the can

Pours cloudy lighter amber, nice looking froth, high sheeting and a blotchy 1/4 inch head.

Fresh smelling with pungent spicy hops and grapefruit.

Pleasing and snappy session IPA (is every brewery in the nation brewing this style currently) Well hopped and very pleasing stuff. Grapefruit, mango, and limes always are a winning combo of flavors.

My favorite offering of this style in this spring of "Session Ipas" Well worth enjoying a few of these.

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Photo of kevanb
4.06/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
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

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Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of Thads324
4.01/5  rDev +6.6%
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...

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Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.