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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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512 Ratings
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Ratings: 512
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: 512 | Reviews: 83
Photo of j0hnc2468
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dlug84
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of devin305
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smithj4
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dark straw in color. Astringent nose. The flavor profile is pretty bland and it is not even terribly hoppy.

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 Kark
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
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

Photo of schematix
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Photo of Hop_God
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 tharper178
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When fresh, it's hard to believe this isn't rated higher. Super drinkable, sessionable and grapefruity smells and tastes. A delicious beer!

Photo of Phigg1102
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of njtmayhem
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Not a terrible session. Not my "go-to" which is my go to but solid enough

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 JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle up at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. I understand that Session IPA's are all the rage now but this one wasn't one of the better ones that I've had lately. There was a lot of carbonation here and since the flavors were relatively typical, there wasn't much that stood out about this. Only the yeast in the bottle made this noteworthy and it went down a bit too easily, which was probably the goal of Boulevard when they brewed this.

The pour to this was golden and a bit cloudy once I swirled out the yeast and poured it in at the end. Not much of an aroma to this besides some of the yeast and a faint hint of citrus rind. That was repeated in the taste, along with a earthy hop base that reminded me of a lighter Green Flash or Victory beer. Lots of carbonation scrubbed that away quickly and this was quite dry too, along the lines of champagne. A few rings of lacing were left on the upper half of my glass and I couldn't detect the alcohol in this at any point.

Sure, I could have had another one or two of these while I was out last night but one was sufficient enough. It reminded me of weed a bit but theer wasn't enough of a flavor profile to make me want to have more. If there was such thing as a "Light IPA", this would be it. Come summer, I could see a lot of people reaching for this even though upping the alcohol by a percentage point in what would be consumed would completely change the game. As this is, it's an alternative that is a textbook example of this emerging style.

Photo of captndalton
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Photo of smith_s4765
2.7/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Way too carbonated for me.

Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chill-hazed gold in color with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant whiff of tropical fruit
Taste-Tropical fruit, citrus hops, citrus-rind finish. Overall, nice flavor in a sessionable 4.3ABV brew.

Photo of Flooz
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DudMan
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of instinct2
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BuddyZ
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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