Last Splash Wet Hop Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Last Splash Wet Hop Pale AleLast Splash Wet Hop Pale Ale
Last Splash Wet Hop Pale AleLast Splash Wet Hop Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 135
Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.99/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A : Pours a very pretty brownish-orange (ice tea/orange juice) body @ 90 % opacity. The head is a gorgeous IPA fluff @ three fingers and generous lacing in flecks on the sides of the pint glass as it recedes.

S : Pine, resin, oils, with crackery malt behind it. Simple but loud and on par.

T : Despite the piney smell, tropical fruits are abundant here, ending on a loud dry papaya note mixed with herb and day-old biscuit/cracker. There's a high hop oil presence here as well with lots of resin.

F : Substantial, oily, dense, and slightly creamy. Leaves a coating of oil and dry malt on the finish. A pretty balanced and solid feel for an IPA.

O : Not an IPA fan per se, but I do think this is a solid one. It's very balanced with the cracker malts and a high hop presence with a definite wet hop oily feel. I always like to try new beers even if I don't like the style. IPA fans should give this one a whirl.

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Photo of TH28
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Code date 3/15/15. Appearance is hazy golden with a moderate white foam head. Aroma: grassy, resinous hop. Malt character not noticeable. Taste: light malt sweetness with a sharp bitterness and hop flavors of resin, grass, and light citrus. Mouthfeel: Moderate body with a light carbonation Finish: Lingering bitterness and resin on the tongue, very resinous. Overall: This beer isn’t at it’s freshest, with the hop character rather subdued. I’m surprised Boulevard puts a March code date on a wet hop ale, but I knew this wasn’t going to be the freshest version. The raw grassy, resinous hop character is definitely reminiscent of a wet hop ale.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BOTTLE: Brown glass. Branded pry-off pressure cap. 12 fl oz. Best by: 03/19/15.

Acquired: At an Austin, TX bottle shop.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

Vintage: 2015.
ABV: 7.0%.
Style: Wet hopped pale ale (per Boulevard's website).
Serving temp: Cold.
Serving vessel: Pilsner glass.
Expectations: High given the brewery.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: 6 fingers wide. Off-white colour. Frothy and creamy, with a pleasant softness and an even consistency. Good complexion. Fluffy and sticky. Leaves coating lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Retention: ~7-8 minutes. Great.

BODY: Translucent copper with orange and gold hues. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible.

It's a good looking wet hop pale, no doubt. But it's not mind-blowing, unique, or special.

AROMA: Pale malts lend it apt sweetness. Hop character isn't as fresh or expressive as you'd hope in a wet hop pale ale, but it's nicely floral and oily, with faint suggestions of light citrus and grass. The hops seem in balance with the malts.

No yeast character, booze, or off-notes are detectable (to style).

Aromatic intensity: average.

TASTE: A pale malt backbone lends it just enough sweetness to check the hop bitterness without venturing into cloying territory. The absence of sweet caramalt keeps it clean and tame. The hop profile isn't the burstingly fresh evocative dank hop profile you'd expect from a great wet hop ale, but it's got some nice character to it: floral hops, a bit of resin, some nice hop oils, and a kiss of citrus and spice. Hints of grass and herb.

Overall, it's well-balanced. The fundamentals are here, but nothing really stands out. It's got fair complexity and subtlety, but doesn't go to masterful levels. As much as I like it, it's fairly restrained and doesn't commit to its hops enough.

Depth of flavour: Above average.
Flavour duration: Average.
Flavour intensity: Average.
Flavour amplitude: Good.

TEXTURE: Lightly oily. Smooth, wet, refreshing, medium-bodied, and slightly overcarbonated. There's enough thickness and heft here to support the notes in the flavour profile without accentuating them or coaxing out additional nuances.

Not gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

Presence on the palate is pretty good. This mouthfeel complements the taste nicely, but fails to elevate the beer beyond its mere taste. Well-executed, but there's room for improvement. Making it even lighter in body, more oily, and cleaner and crisper would help.

OVERALL: There's no doubt as to its drinkability, and its balance is its key strength. But to stand out as a pale ale (wet hopped or otherwise) you need to really shine, and this sticks to a middle-of-the-road noncommittal hop profile. It's the kind of hop profile breweries like Lagunitas are doing better, and because of that this is a beer I won't see a need to pick up again in spite of its quality. It's pretty good work from Boulevard, but it's not world class and won't dazzle the discerning drinker.

B- (3.33)

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Photo of Beaver13
3.82/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best by 3/19/15. Pours hazy reddish gold with a big fluffy off white head that retains well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is subdued - doughy, bready malts, a little fruit and some green grassy hops.

The flavor is sweet bready malts, tropical fruits with a good hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice fruity hoppy pale.

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Light copper in color, like a new penny. Thousands of large bubbles cling to the side of the glass upon the first pour and then the slowly, one-by-one, detach and dart towards the bottom of a stark white, thin head made up of every sized bubble imaginable in a beer. Huge bubbles amongst tightly packed mounds of tiny bubbles. The lacing

SMELL: Not much going on here; a little piney hop flavor and caramel malt. But the smell is pretty flat otherwise.

TASTE: Such a contrast to the aroma, this is full of flavor. The big caramel malt provides a background to some very nice, piney and citrusy hops. Grapefruit comes through big time for me here while a touch of grass transitions the hop flavor to pine.

MOUTHFEEL: The malt never gets too sweet, the hops never too bitter. So we should probably call this one well-balanced. There is a fair amount of sparkle to Last Splash, helping with a drying, refreshing finish.

OVERALL: This reminds me, in some ways of Modus Hoperandi from Ska, but in a much more refreshing way. For lack of a better term, this is far more “crushable”. I could see this as a year-round offering in the future and I see this as a really great sign of things to come from Boulevard.

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Photo of Karibourgeois
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy caramel copper colored pour with a think off-white one-finger head. Big citrus and tropical fruit aroma. Taste has mildly bitter citrus and floral hops upfront. Medium bodied. Can also taste bready and pale malts. Finishes with a bready malt and floral hops slightly flavor.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper colored with a high amount of haziness. A half inch of beige head rests on top. Brussels lacing. Aroma is of piney hops with a hint of cereal grains. The flavor is nice balance of light cereal grains and a touch of piney hops. The mouth is moderately carbonated and a bit sticky.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

i wanted to love this, wet hopped beer around in january, awesome. only thing is, this beer isnt as dynamic in terms of hops as the ones i am used to in the fall. i love the color though, bright and hazy at the same time, a brilliant pinkish red, pushing ruby, but somehow also light and semi-translucent. head is pure white and lasting, the appearance is really splendid in this one. the aroma unfortunately is not all that interesting, vegetal and bitter more than anything else, with the malt bringing a dried fruit character that sort of fills in for the hops. the flavor is just like the nose, balanced for sure, but in a new way, not malt sweetness and hop bitterness, but something else. its layers, a back and forth, a push and pull, fluid, nice. i wanted more of the fresh hop resins and oily and sticky character, but thats not happening here at all. the hops taste good, bring fine bitterness, and flavor the beer pretty well, but the dont necessarily prove to me that they were wet ones. carbonation and body are nice, its almost refreshing but the alcohol is sturdy on it. a cool beer, maybe freshness tainted it a little for me, but still another quality offering from boulevard.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a medium copper with a creamy-ish white-ish head that barely holds on but still leaves some nice sticky lacing. The aroma is a big hops blast of tropical fruit and just enough caramel malt to hold it up. The taste is also big hops but a little less intriguing than the aroma. The body has a pleasant lightness to it and there is a nice bite from the hops.

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Photo of leantom
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Got this beer very fresh (less than two months old). Here goes:

A: Very disappointing. Pours a murky brown; light is able to get through, however. Good head and lacing, but the beer is just disgustingly murky - looks like an unfiltered brown ale.

S: OK, but very lacking in the hops department. Beer has some citrus and floral hops, but these are almost masked by the malt backbone. Lots of toasted malt, caramel, and cereal grains.

T: Good, but not great. Initial taste of citrus and floral hops, some orange, too, followed by robust caramel and grainy, cereal malts. A little too sweet, IMHO.

F: Good. Well carbonated, amply thick. Glides down the throat rather well.

O: Good beer, but probably will not get it again.

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Photo of BikeChef
3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark, cloudy amber body. Can definitely tell it's a fresh hop beer by the nose, though the hops are somewhat muted. Taste is of mild hops backed by a good amount of malt and a presence of alcohol. I'd almost describe this as an imperial pale ale (double pale ale?), if that makes sense. Altogether, this is a decent fresh hop beer, but perhaps not as hoppy or interesting as you would hope for.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I got this in a sample pack from the store. Not much of a super-hops fan, but this was intriguing and free. So of course I will drink it. Side poured from the bottle into a Sam Adams glass.

Appearance - Pours what appears to be a dark body, but when held up tot he light displays an amazing, deep ruby red color. My favorite part of the whole beer was the presentation. Has a nice two finger head that hangs around for about half the beer, then leaves decent lacing.

Smell - You can certainly detect the presence of hops in this beer, but there is a nice malty backbone to it as well. Breads, hops, a bit of citrus, and sweetness are all factors in the nose. Smells well balanced and a bit surprising.

Taste - Very much like the nose. Very surprised in the balance this beer displays, I figured it would be a hop bomb.

Mouthfeel - Also a good part of the beer. Smooth, easy to drink, well balanced, good levels of carbonation and a solid body.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of this beer. I figured it to be a hop bomb, just a ridiculous assault on my palate. It was not. This is a well balanced, well brewed beer from a great brewery. i would certainly give this a try if you ever get the chance. Condor recommended and approved.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.. Yup why not. Best by March 19th 2015.

A deep and somewhat dark and slightly cloudy orange body, with nice but very thin and clear rising carbonation. Capped with a light tan to yellow fist full head with soapy big bubbled retention. Quite a solid looking brew in the department.

Real nice mellow hop front on the nose. Smells like flowery candy, hints of minty aromas and a bit of mild sensing caramel. Real inviting and pleasing and not overly sweet either.

Palate comes with a bit more expected sweetness, but nicely and lightly like a pale ale style. Moderately juiced up body, but light and almost with a peppermint and honey licking sugars in the mid palate. Finishes clean and menthol candy like from the hinting nose. Small hints of syrup as well. Very lightly carbonated it seems, almost flat but still manages to coat and give off some flavors.

Real interesting pale ale, enjoying it quite a bit.

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Photo of qchic
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

American Pale Ale? Could have fooled me, especially with a hop cone and the words "wet-hopped" prominently featured on the label. Boulevard's website states that the beer is not that bitter at 43 IBUs. Indeed. Leans to the malty side, with pineapple and caramel sweetness bordering on cloying. Bitterness comes in at the end like an afterthought. Not what I was expecting at all, and can't say that I recommend this one.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.73/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I like almost everything Boulevard...that said, I was very disappointed in this offering.

With the word "HOP" in the name of this beer I expected...well...hops . Sadley what hop profile it had was very minimal. I wont go into a long review but rather make it short & sweet...just like this has a rather sweet backbone with little to no hops and bitterness to taste. Honestly if I was doing a blind tasting, would have thought I was drinking a summer lager. The beer isn't bad but not anything I was expecting from the name...basically a sweet, medium bodied summer does hide the 7% abv.

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Photo of jlindros
3.09/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Best by 03/19/15, so still pretty fresh.

Pours a huge fluffy head that forces me to stop pouring early, hits 2+ fingers and fades back slowly leaving nice soapy lacing, but a very hazy sediment laden auburn amber reddish color.

Nose is not as bright as I thought it would be, mostly sweet malts out front, a copper malt with a touch crystal malt, touch candy like, with faint spicy hops, little citrus and orange rind but not a ton, touch fruity, and just a bit earthy.

Taste is more sweet malt out front, a caramel candy flavor, toasty biscuit and toffee like, etc. Hops bring herbal tea, earthy and a little spicy, with touches of zest and spices, and a little tree fruit. Pretty bland, as if this was months past the expiration, not months before it. finish is a little sweet sticky, a hint of booze kicks in, with more herbal tea and fruity hops lingering but no bitterness at all, a touch of esters from the booze, and a little sweet candy malt note.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, touch syrupy.

Overall a huge let down, no wet hop charaters at all, in fact the hops are quite bland, and the malt is quite strong, like a slightly hopped malty amber ale almost borderline brown ale.

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Photo of Taybeh
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a single into a Weyerbacher tulip (best by March 2015, which seems pretty late for a wet hopped brew)

A: caramel-amber with a 2 finger head
S: piney and subdued floral/tea-like hops, caramel maltiness
T & M: follows the nose. Solid layer of malt, then some pine resin and kind of earthy hoppiness; flavors reflecting the wet hops aren't too bright, unsurprisingly, but don't go in the direction of deliciously dank either. Medium to high carbonation for the style. Maybe a little thin.
Overall: Ehhh. This is okay. I had a Summit Harvest Wet Hop last night, that on paper hits a lot of the same notes, but in comparison, that beer was notably better than this one.

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Photo of emerge077
3.18/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a single, a little wary of a wet hop beer this late in the season, though it's dated 3 months out.

Pours a hazy copper orange, with copious foam that billows up and takes awhile to settle. Concentric rings of drippy lace form inside the glass, sparkling like soap bubbles.

Aroma is nondescript, caramel malt sweetness and floral botanicals, nothing unique to write home about.

Fairly bitter for a wet hop pale, the style is typically more subdued in that department, it's resiny with a sharp astringency that thankfully fades quickly. Bready pale malt, pine resin bitterness, earthy spice. Not fruity at all really. Kind of tastes like a SNPA. Overall not something I'd get again unless they used a different hop varietal.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.16/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Pours a fairly cloudy amber orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big two finger off white head which settles into a thin layer. Leaves some good lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with hints of pine, citrus, and caramel malt. Upfront scent of floral and earthy hops with hints of pine resin, grass, and spice. Citrus fruit hints of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, and mango. Sweet pale malt hints of caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a juicy and earthy hop forward taste with notes of citrus, pine, and caramel malt. Earthy and floral hops with upfront notes of grass and spicy pine resin. Citrus hop notes of orange peel, grapefruit, mango, and lemon. Solid backing presence of malt with notes of sweet caramel, grains, cracker, and yeast. A pretty nice taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and fairly smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A pretty good take on an APA. Good juicy and spicy hop tones with a solid malt balance.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a clear honey copper in color with moderate amounts of gentle visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and moderate orange and apricot highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy sudsy beige head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of grassy/herbal, spicy, and floral hops with just a light hint of citrus/grapefruit pith hops as well. Underneath is a light aroma of caramel malts.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy and caramel malts with just a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal/grassy, spicy, and floral hops. Finally, there is a light amount of citrus/grapefruit pith hops in the finish which all wind up giving the beer a light to moderate amount of lingering bitterness.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Overall this is pretty well balanced between the malt sweetness upfront and the hop bitterness in the finish. Easy to drink and enjoyable with well hidden alcohol.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, caramel-copper coloring with a filmy, light, sparse, off-white head and a steady flow of carbonation bubbles throughout the body. Aromas of heavy cedar, pitch, peppery hops, cut grass, floral highlights, subtle tropical fruit sweetness, and a slight roasted caramel backbone. Pretty balanced aromatics. The flavors are tropical fruit forward, with a blast of melon, a citrus tart blend, some pineapple, mango, and apricot, all highlighted by cut grass, cedar pitch, and woody spice. Very herbal and floral overall, on a light, effervesced body. The aftertaste is more of the cedar wood and pitch, with grassy and floral notes lingering well into the finish, with some citrus highlights holding their hands along the way. The finish is slightly bitter and dry, with the carbonation cleaning up the palate at the end in a frothy finale. Decent beer.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

A - Amber slightly hazy body, off-white head leaves moderate lacing.
S - Pine, medicinal, earthy hops. Toffee, caramel malts shine through.
T - Pine resin, caramel sweetness, residual citrus lingers grapefruit, pineapple.
M - medium body, medium, slightly drying.
O - A fine wet hop ale. It is juicy. Certainly worth a try, but not one I'd run out of my way to get again. However, I am happy that the price point is at the right level.

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Photo of Living816
3/5  rDev -19.4%

A fairly middling wet hop ale. Heavy on the sweetness and body. Some odd astringency, with a long and unpleasant bitterness that sticks in your throat. The hop character is hop hum. There's nothing about it that says "Wet Hop!" Except the name. If you called it an IPA / APA nobody would be the wiser.

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Photo of chinchill
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Fresh 12 oz bottle with BB date of 19 March 2015.

Poured with a deep amber body, very good clarity, durable bone-colored head; very good lacing.

Aroma: Lots of hop notes with substantial freshness and fruitiness. Baked bread.

Flavor: a high level of hop flavor with only mild-medium bitterness. Tropical fruits; lime peel; biscuits.

O: a distinct and recommended version of the style.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.93/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Rusted caramel, or light rusted burnt orange. The cream colored head is soap-sudsy thick and leaves nice soapy bands of lacing.

Aroma: Cedar and light caramel sweetness.

Taste: The dry, yet spicy cedar notes hit the taste buds first. Then come the subdued sweet caramel and maybe faint fruit notes. Finishes with more caramel and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Creamy.

Overall: There's a lot of caramel in this, which isn't a bad thing in my opinion. Nicely balanced therefore.

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Last Splash Wet Hop Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 135 ratings