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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Ratings: 579
Reviews: 105
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 115 | 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 whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of JamesMC70
1.06/5  rDev -71.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Has to be one of the worst beers I've ever tasted.

Photo of pathman
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice malt backbone supports the hops and avoids the "hollowness" that often plagues the "session IPA" style.

Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.55/5  rDev +23.6%
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!

Photo of Zorro
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Photo of Norvelljeff
4.79/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer for hanging out and not wanting to get hammered drunk after 2.

Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of 2Xmd
4.51/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can. Best session IPA I've had so far. Does not taste like a watered down IPA. Nice mouthfeel.

Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Photo of Ed_Johnson
4.81/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Photo of bigDaddySid
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good with bbq in kc

Photo of DDiFran
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of Urk1127
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Average IPA to me. nothing special. Not a bad beer. Enjoyable.

Photo of Beerma
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Good light beer! Smooth tasty!

Photo of beerfinder
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This was an ok sessian beer not real hoppy. I have had other Boulevard brews which I enjoyed but this is not one of them.

Photo of Chsyhkr
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little cloudy. Does not taste like 41 IBUs.

Nice all-around session beer.

Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -15.2%
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 -4.3%
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 brentk56
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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