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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: 3.97%
Wants: 12
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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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 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 metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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. (832 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (876 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 TMoney2591
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (667 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.78/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,338 characters)

Photo of mactrail
4.12/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (695 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 (942 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (408 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 dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (1,220 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 smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (994 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 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 WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (488 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%

Best by 12/12/14. Consumed 11/03/14 in a spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.55) A: Pale straw pour darkens to a lemon peel in the vessel with a dense, raging display of effervesce. A 2 finger, frumpy cottage cheese textured head is dull white with a lengthy stay and a lasting foam coverage.

(3.45) S: Aroma of fresh wet grapefruit juice, lightly dry pine with a low to moderate sense of awareness. Light, dry whole barley stalks.

(3.60) T: Flavor was citrusy-pine, dry barley stalks, with a bit of dry pine hopping on the finish. Good level of ibu's, especially for an abv% of 4.0 while maintaining a good sense of balance for sessionability purpose. Some light orange-grassiness, dry stone fruit (freezed dried berries) with some lemon peel.

(3.55) M: Strong crisp carbonation makes for a lively mouthful with a nice bite. Light bodied.

(3.55) O: sessionable, crisp bite of carbonation, hoppy with a traditional pale backing makes for easy liking and repeat factor. Easy abv% of 4.0 is good for summer time 6 pack purchase poolside. Good ibu to abv% ratio. (1,058 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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
4.3% ABV, Best By 07/24/14

A - Heavy sheets of white lace cake the glass as the dollop of frothy whipped foam slowly plateaus to a lumpy pile above the hazed goldenrod beer.

S - A gentle breeze kicks up mowed grass notes into the predominantly citrusy aroma; sweet orange peel and lemon zest envelop biscuity pale malt and honey graham cracker on the back side.

T - Bright citrus dances on the tongue while lingering grassy notes move through the underlying grainy pale malt and honey-suggesting graham cracker base for an even-keeled brew.

M - Effervescent carbonation scrubs the tongue as this bright and light bodied beer washes down smoothly, finishing with a kiss of bitterness that lingers wonderfully on the tongue.

O - Boulevard's Pop-Up session IPA takes bright and citrusy hops with just a hint of earthiness and overlaps the smooth biscuity, graham cracker-like malt base with just enough balance to keep this an easy drinking, pretty refreshing IPA that's incredibly satisfying. (1,038 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.89/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (436 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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. (659 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle ~ $1.40. Yellow orange with good head and lace but also particulate throughout, not sure if it was chill haze but it was present in every bottle from the sixer. Aroma had a slight hint of fruit but wasn't that hoppy to me. Flavor was a bit grainy and thin. Overall this was super easy to drink but not really worth the time given the lack of flavor and aroma. (371 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, yellow in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pine, pineapple, and citrus fruits

Taste: pine, pineapple, and citrus fruits--like the smell but with some earthiness

Mouthfeel:sweetish start slightly bitter middle and and more bitter finish, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice, sessionable pineaple and pine forward IPA. I have had better beers from Boulevard, but this is certainly one I would revisit. (448 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,402 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)

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