Pop-Up Session I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.71/5 rDev +0.8%
On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC
A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange but there are also subtle hints of biscuit malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice if you like citrusy flavors of hops but don't want much in the way of bitterness. I would consider this sessionable but without much in the way of bitterness it seems more like an APA compared to an IPA.
05-11-2014 16:12:17 | More by metter98
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
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.
10-06-2013 06:49:54 | More by TMoney2591
4.06/5 rDev +10.3%
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
09-19-2013 04:21:18 | More by russpowell
3.76/5 rDev +2.2%
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.
01-29-2014 02:43:07 | More by jlindros
3.85/5 rDev +4.6%
everyone is trying to jump on the all day ipa bandwagon, and this one is a pretty good attempt at imitating that game changer from founders. its got a really juicy hop profile and a super light body that makes it truly an ideal session beer. clear and pale in color, almost yellow really, ultra light, and with a minimal head but pretty good lacing. aromatics of tropical fruit dominate, pineapple, passion fruit, even mango. its definitely oil heavy, which is fabulous in such a light beer. grain contributes very little to the nose or the taste of this beer, its all about those juicy fresh hops. touch of sweetness as it finishes, its not as distinct and refreshing as founders all day, but its a nice substitute if you cant get the genuine article. usually I don't like copycat stuff, but I welcome more session india pale ales to the scene, and this is a pretty good one.
10-20-2013 16:08:41 | More by StonedTrippin
4.14/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
08-24-2013 22:20:33 | More by mactrail
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
Very large head that recedes in a lumpy fashion. Some chunky spots on the glass. Dark gold color and clear.
Mostly hop smell that is like pine needles and soft spring flowers.
There's a dry berry (raspberry?) flavor. The hop is the story of this beer. The swallow brings out a grapefruit. Light on the body with a raised level of bubbles. Prickly aftertaste with a decent amount of lingering in the throat.
07-06-2014 22:34:43 | More by smcolw
3.75/5 rDev +1.9%
A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amounts of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium side finger thick cap surrounded by a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit hops with lighter aromas of biscuit malts and just a hint of floral hops.
T: Upfront there is a light flavor of biscuit malts with a light amount of slightly sweet grainy malts and honey. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit hops with a very light amount of floral hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.
M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.
O: A very easy to drink and enjoyable session IPA with a strong amount of citrus hops and not much associated bitterness. Very refreshing and a good summer beer. This beer would be very easy to have a few of during a single session.
07-23-2014 01:05:29 | More by dbrauneis
4.01/5 rDev +9%
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.
02-25-2014 23:47:48 | More by smakawhat
Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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