1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Pop-Up Session I.P.A.Pop-Up Session I.P.A.

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
83
good

323 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 323
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | 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:
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 323 | Reviews: 50 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of wedge
wedge

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

01-22-2014 03:14:25 | More by wedge
Photo of tastybeer
tastybeer

North Carolina

4.01/5  rDev +9%

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.

01-22-2014 03:08:25 | More by tastybeer
Photo of JratBones
JratBones

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-21-2014 17:41:15 | More by JratBones
Photo of comradekyle
comradekyle

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-20-2014 13:30:09 | More by comradekyle
Photo of Flounder57
Flounder57

Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev +3.5%

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.

01-18-2014 04:42:58 | More by Flounder57
Photo of comrade_tony
comrade_tony

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-18-2014 00:03:48 | More by comrade_tony
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-17-2014 21:24:34 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of bismarksays
bismarksays

Iowa

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-17-2014 16:08:53 | More by bismarksays
Photo of jaydoc
jaydoc

Kansas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-17-2014 03:12:08 | More by jaydoc
Photo of cbutova
cbutova

Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

01-14-2014 03:53:51 | More by cbutova
Photo of surfrogue1
surfrogue1

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-14-2014 02:09:37 | More by surfrogue1
Photo of Vlaminck
Vlaminck

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-12-2014 20:31:44 | More by Vlaminck
Photo of jngrizzaffi
jngrizzaffi

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

01-12-2014 18:58:09 | More by jngrizzaffi
Photo of Monstro
Monstro

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-12-2014 06:31:44 | More by Monstro
Photo of Dools9
Dools9

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-11-2014 21:28:26 | More by Dools9
Photo of LightnerLiquorKS
LightnerLiquorKS

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-11-2014 01:03:23 | More by LightnerLiquorKS
Photo of vermilcj
vermilcj

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

01-09-2014 15:00:20 | More by vermilcj
Photo of barnzy78
barnzy78

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

01-06-2014 01:58:47 | More by barnzy78
Photo of PEIhop
PEIhop

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-06-2014 01:50:17 | More by PEIhop
Photo of Dizzy242
Dizzy242

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-06-2014 01:14:36 | More by Dizzy242
Photo of kevanb
kevanb

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.

01-05-2014 21:47:00 | More by kevanb
Photo of GMB
GMB

Japan

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-05-2014 14:35:17 | More by GMB
Photo of aasher
aasher

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-01-2014 19:08:16 | More by aasher
Photo of infuturity83
infuturity83

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

01-01-2014 17:53:51 | More by infuturity83
Photo of Le_HopHead
Le_HopHead

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

01-01-2014 06:00:12 | More by Le_HopHead
Pop-Up Session I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.