Pop-Up Session IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pop-Up Session IPAPop-Up Session IPA

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85
very good

91 Reviews
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Reviews: 91
Hads: 597
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.29%
Wants: 13
Gots: 123 | 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 HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -2.1%
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 +8.2%
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 -1.8%
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 -5%
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 +2.4%
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 -1.8%
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%
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 +1.3%
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 -11.6%
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 +0.3%
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 +6.3%
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 +4.2%
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%
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%
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 +3.4%
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 -0.3%
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%
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 +6.9%
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)

Photo of JeremyAnaya
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great session ale, flavor falls off a little too soon though. Still, another Boulevard great!

A laid back hop aroma, expected a little more punch to the nostrils though

Nice hoppy start, but the flavor falls off too soon. Still delicious, just was expecting a little more of a punch.

Smooth all the way through, great carbonation

Overall, great session ale. Boulevard fails to disappoint. (392 characters)

Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A golden straw color and a moderate to light head of foam greet you when you pour Pop Up Session IPA into a glass. The juicy, fruity nose whets the appetite and the foam does leave some lacing as you drink.

Moving to the taste, it is fruity, but not excessively so and not as tropical- fruity as the nose leads you to believe. There are tropical fruit flavors, but they are not over the top in any way. Mixed in with the tropical fruity notes are some citrus, floral notes, and some pale, biscuit- like malts and pine. The beer is balanced without the level of bitterness often associated with an IPA that has such a fragrant nose.

This is a more session- oriented IPA than most others and it makes a good choice when you want to enjoy an IPA, but want something a little lighter, less alcoholic, and more thirst- quenching. This product has all of those qualities and while its lightness could turn some people off, it is a good beer when consumed for its intended purpose. (976 characters)

Photo of wedge
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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. (656 characters)

Photo of tastybeer
4.01/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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. (578 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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. (657 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
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)

Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 91 ratings.