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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: 97
Hads: 616
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a session style ipa, this is really good. There is a lot more flavor here than the style usually has, and the flavor that is present is more pleasant than most. There are flavors of grapefruit laced with crisp piney hops. It works well while still remaining extremely drinkable. I would this right beside Easy Jack as my favorite session ipa. (346 characters)

Photo of Tilly
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P: Golden light amber, small head that lingers for a while.
A: citrus, floral, bread, malt with a hint of resin.
T: Grapefruit rind, resin pine, earthy.
M: Clean and crisp. Fair amount of bitterness.
O: Great session ale. Hard to believe it's only 4.3%. (253 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is bread and grains.
The taste has a nice lemon bitterness throughout.
The texture is crisp.
It has great flavor. (172 characters)

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.74/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this last night at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy gold color, no head
Smell- citrus, piney hops
Taste- citrus, piney hops
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I really liked this. Great for a session IPA and great to start off my drinking last night at Pete's. Good session beer (307 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a light bodied, crisp summer beer. The malts taste of hay and straw and there is a grass character to the hops to back those flavors up. Lemon and undefined citrus notes round out this refreshing beer. (209 characters)

Photo of Hyptochrons
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank from harpoon take 5 ipa glass, two finger head leaves lace on the glass, and quickly recedes to a thin layer of foam. Nothing remarkable about this beer except that it's super drinkable and has nice subtle notes of citrus and pine. Given that's it's a session ipa I think it's pretty quality due to the fact that it's so easy to pound. It's perfect in terms of being really light and refreshing but still having an enjoyable fragrance and taste. (451 characters)

Photo of whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
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. (492 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus juice, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus fruit, citrus juice, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap. (617 characters)

Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.55/5  rDev +20.4%
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! (477 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized snow white head.

Smells strongly of citrus and less so of wood.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with a citrus flavor mostly grapefruit. Mild bitterness. Slight taste of pine board.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Overall a tasty light IPA. (296 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2015

12 oz can, tulip

A – Light amber-orange and extremely clear, clean. An inch of off-white head, which dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a thin layer on top with very long retention.

S – A lot of grapefruit, with some grassy aromas and a resiny touch. Light cracker or graham cracker. All of this is fairly moderate, not blasting on the nose.

T – Grassy and grapefruit, both very mild, with a hop bite that ignites in the back of the throat on the swallow and finish. Very light graham cracker, but hops are the show.

M – Moderate high carbonation with a medium body. A very dry beer. Sweetness and bitterness are both moderate-low. Extraordinarily drinkable.

O – Definitely a “session” IPA, what I’d just call a “pale ale.” Hop flavor is very nice and it’s very drinkable. A solid summertime beer. (848 characters)

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (538 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (1,635 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
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. (286 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (758 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (227 characters)

Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.81/5  rDev +27.2%
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. (196 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (231 characters)

Photo of DDiFran
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
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. (178 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dark straw in color. The nose is astringent and off-putting. The body is thin and the flavor profile is pretty bland. It is not even terribly hoppy. (158 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (756 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
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 (503 characters)

Photo of schematix
4.46/5  rDev +18%
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. (636 characters)

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.
Orange zest, grapefruit, hops and wheat grass make this IPA smell very inviting.
Grapefruits and hops are the main flavor, the orange zest takes a back seat and it is bitter and mildly sweet overall.
Light-to-medium bodied.
This is a very good tasting IPA and very smooth. (461 characters)

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Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.