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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: 191
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 10.54%

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.

(Beer added by: LambicPentameter on 07-28-2013)
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Photo of BarryMFBurton


3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
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
Photo of nickapalooza86


3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy lemony straw color, finger of white head, leaving light lacing

Smell is very floral and citrusy, clementine, orange, honey like sweetness, some pine, fresh cut flowers

Taste is heavy bitter up front, sweet honey, some citrus, mandarin orange, piney bitterness

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, drying

smells better then it tastes, with that said it is still decent... After having a few I think I am just not a session IPA guy...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 02:11:07 | More by nickapalooza86
Photo of Mo_fro


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Crisp golden color with a light haze, nice two finger white foamy head that dissolves quickly. After a sip it has light lacing on about a third of the glass that quickly fades into the glass

S- Has a nice earthy smell that is followed by a mellow hint of pineapple

T - A light crisp taste that is well balanced between sweet and bitter. Has a light wheat and honey flavor with little to no fruit taste.

M - Quick light carbonation on the tongue that removes all flavors of the beer shortly after

O - Very drinkable beer overall, if I was looking for a good light beer to enjoy more than one of I would get this again. I would not get this beer if I was looking for big flavors and a wow factor.

12oz bottle best by 4-24-14


Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 22:33:11 | More by Mo_fro
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 gillagorilla


3.3/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2014 20:25:30 | More by gillagorilla
Photo of MrBoz21


3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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
Photo of smakawhat


4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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 rlee1390


3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
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 pls2087


4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
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 mdcrouser


4.34/5  rDev +17.3%
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 StaveHooks


3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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 jlindros


3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Nice fresh session IPA, even dated... best by 4/26/14, gotta love that.

Pours a quickly rising 2 finger fizzy fluffy soapy looking head that starts to fade pretty quickly though, mild spotty lacing, semi hazy golden straw color.

Nose lots of fresh citrus, big juicy clementine and tangerine, also peach and aprocit, very juicy fruity hops, with a hint of resin and mustiness, it even has a hint of a mango papaya note. Under that is a light sweet malty base.

Taste starts with a malty outlook this time, a mild crackery blond like malt with a little sweet malt taste, but at the same time it's watery and too light for it's own good. Then hte hops kick in, a nice fair bitterness with nice blend of hops, juicy fruit again with mild citrus, more apricot like this time, with some clementine and light tangerine, na mild tropical fruit like mango papaya again and hint of bubblegum. A hint of a resin comes through towards the finish, and it dries quite a bit, gets a decent bitter kick as well with mild fruity hop flavor but a bit grassy this time too.

Mouth is lighter bod, little watery feeling, lighter but decent carb.

Overall not bad, nice hop character, great aroma, but just really light on the base beer, watery feeling, really lacking the big base to prop the hops up more than they are, otherwise it would be a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 02:43:07 | More by jlindros
Photo of 3sheets2wind


3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
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 JuicesFlowing


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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 JeremyAnaya


4.11/5  rDev +11.1%
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 BryanCarey


3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A golden straw color and a moderate to light head of foam greet you when you pour Pop Up Session IPA into a glass. The juicy, fruity nose whets the appetite and the foam does leave some lacing as you drink.

Moving to the taste, it is fruity, but not excessively so and not as tropical- fruity as the nose leads you to believe. There are tropical fruit flavors, but they are not over the top in any way. Mixed in with the tropical fruity notes are some citrus, floral notes, and some pale, biscuit- like malts and pine. The beer is balanced without the level of bitterness often associated with an IPA that has such a fragrant nose.

This is a more session- oriented IPA than most others and it makes a good choice when you want to enjoy an IPA, but want something a little lighter, less alcoholic, and more thirst- quenching. This product has all of those qualities and while its lightness could turn some people off, it is a good beer when consumed for its intended purpose.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 04:59:12 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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
Photo of tastybeer

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Flounder57


3.81/5  rDev +3%
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 cbutova


3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Best buy 04/24/2014.

A- Poured a hazy light golden yellow from a 12oz short bottle to a snifter. Fills up the top of the snifter with a creamy, thick white head to just over two fingers. Head retention is pretty nice and it eventually falls to a ring and thick pillow in the center. Thick lace clouds at the top with nice spots following down the glass.

S- Mostly hops in an aroma not quite like stronger IPAs but still quite a bit of citrus, tropical fruits and some floral hints. Slight balance of yeast bread and light malts. Fades a bit with time.

T- Seems to lost a bit of the hop pungency from the aroma but hops are still in the forefront. Hops bring floral notes, tropical fruit like mango, a good deal of lemony citrus rind and just a bit of pine. Lightest bit of yeast and cracked grain influences are just enough to balance and clean overall.

MF- Fairly fizzy higher end carbonation level in a light overall body. Texture is just a tiny bit on the silky side with a light bitterness in the finish. Could use a bit more creaminess, feels slightly too fizzy eventually.

Seems like a good start and is actually nice for a large scale session IPA. There are brews from smaller producers that pack much more of a hop punch than this and are spectacular examples of a "session IPA." Hop flavors are nice and there is nothing wrong but it just lacks the edge that could make it more than good.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:53:51 | More by cbutova
Photo of barnzy78


3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 kevanb


4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
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 Beaver13


3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 03:05:47 | More by Beaver13
Photo of WoodBrew


3.61/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2013 02:36:26 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of mfnmbvp


3.73/5  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

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 23:23:09 | More by mfnmbvp
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Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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