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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

97 Reviews
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Reviews: 97
Hads: 616
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 10.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 133 | 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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Reviews: 97 | Hads: 616
Photo of y0tommyb
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I tried this for the second time and it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered, not much hop flavor and seemingly too much carbonation. Oh well I still enjoy most of the beers I try from Boulevard. Maybe it was a bad batch give it a try you tell me. (250 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 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 Irasema
4.16/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I remember the first time I tried it and didn't like it. I did not have the pallet for hoppy beers at all. Now when I want a good overall IPA i go for pop up session. It reminds me of summer and all that goes with it. Boulevard overall make great beer. (252 characters)

Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 5/16/14...just missed it0 poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - An aggressive pour yields a pale straw gold colored beer in the glass, plenty of floating particulates suspended in the glass and a thick 2 fingers of fluffy white head with good staying power and plenty of soapy lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet maltose base shows first, followed very closely by an orange blossom citrus aroma and a slightly metallic smell. A touch of honey and straight up maltose add to the malt presence. Doesn't smell especially bitter.

T - Grassy and citrusy hop flavor up front, very light and mild hop bitterness. A honey-ish sweetness from the aroma continues into the flavor. Not especially impressive, but good...gives the impression that you could drink this from morning to night - which seems to be the idea with a session IPA.

M - Super smooth and easy drinking...the honey sweetness, grassy hop flavor and low bitterness make this a craft beer version of Bud Light. Lighter body and lowish/medium carbonation continue the quest for smooth rather successfully.

O - Although not exciting, a perfectly drinkable session IPA for the summer months. Not up to the Founders All Day IPA or Lagunitas Day Time IPA in my book, but I wouldn't turn it down...and if I saw this in a cooler of beer at a party alongside the usual suspects, I would certainly grab this first. Functional, drinkable, enjoyable - yes...exciting and worth a special run to the store...maybe not. (1,480 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy golden color with a massive head that was slow to settle to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is all citrus and grapefruit.

Comes off as being more bitter than other "session" IPAs. A lot of grapefruit flavor with some orange and lemon notes. A little bit of toasted malt in the finish but this is hop dominate ale.

Light body and oddly does not seem to be very heavily carbonated. Must of lost most of its life in the pour.

Tastes a little like a baby Two Hearted. (508 characters)

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: pours golden and hazy with a 2 finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, lower than average carbonation with a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: very subtle, flowery malt and not much else.

TASTE: lemon/citrus, mild pine, bread.

PALATE: lighter carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer because it's a more balanced IPA and the 4.3% ABV means you can enjoy more than one at a sitting. Great beer for fishing or celebrating Fourth of July. Boulevard is an excellent brewer. I would say this beer is comparable to Founders All Day IPA. (636 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 MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and grass. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, yeast, straw, and biscuit. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an juicy and earthy hop forward taste with nice notes of grass and citrus fruit. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of grass and some slight pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Soft bready pale malt backing presence with notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, cracker, and straw. A pretty nice juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and slightly oily. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a session IPA. Solid hop flavors with a nice light body. (1,120 characters)

Photo of gatornation
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slight hazes yellow color with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing
S-citrus hops floral hops and cracker bread meal
T- citrus hops notes of tangerine lemon grass tastes a nice baked bread malt finish
M-crisp with slight citrus hops
O-another good session brew if you like this style than this one will please very drinkable (339 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber in my pint glass. Little head or residual carbonation, but no points detracted as this is on tap, after all.

Nose is subtle. A little citrus and fruit. Not bad, but not standout, either.

Taste is pleasant and mild citrus. I get orange and grapefruit touches with a strong malt presence. Not bad but not one I'd return to.

I will, however, pick up a single bottle for comparison's sake. (400 characters)

Photo of BarryMFBurton
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (1,150 characters)

Photo of nickapalooza86
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
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... (442 characters)

Photo of Mo_fro
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%
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

-Enjoy (741 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of gillagorilla
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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. (940 characters)

Photo of MrBoz21
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (336 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 rlee1390
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
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. (578 characters)

Photo of pls2087
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
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. (334 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
4.36/5  rDev +15.3%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of StaveHooks
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (476 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 3sheets2wind
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (421 characters)

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