The Calling
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,547
Ranked #6,896
4.08 | pDev: 8.82%
Mar 13, 2022
Dec 23, 2014
The CallingThe Calling
Notes: The Calling is an undeniable IPA we were driven to make. It's our tribute to like-minded dreamers, adventurous spirits, and glass half-full optimists. It's also our most heavily hopped beer ever, bursting forth with unmistakable tropical fruit and pine hop aromas and flavor supported with a slightly sweet malt character, tapering to a crisp, dry finish. Heed your call and enjoy.
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3/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by TheRougeBastard from North Carolina

Hard to call...The Calling is a true to style, solid west-coast D IPA...hoppy-dank-resinesqe...finish is kinda blah. Canned 29 Jul 21, enjoyed 07 Nov 21, maybe it's past its prime? Not bad by any stretch, but just...okay.

Mar 13, 2022
4.18 by joran from Kansas on Feb 18, 2022
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4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by NiceTaps from New Jersey

On tap in a Pilsner glass, 12 ounce serving.

Slightly hazed pale gold color with a 1f white cap. Lots of soapy lacing.

Tropical fruits, light citrus, pine and dank. Earthy aromatics.

Flavors of pine resin, fruit punch, and Caramelized malt.

Near full bodied with noticeable sweet alcohol that cleanses with hop bitterness.

Nice drinking DIPA that packs a punch.

Jan 15, 2022
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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by NickSMpls from Washington

Purchased at Costco in Tumwater, WA of all places. BB date is Feb 10th.

Slighly hazy pour, a finger of foam. Nose is a bit floral with malty notes. Early bitterness but not harsh. The long hop bill means no distinguishing hop flavor comes to the fore, but what you get is a depth of taste. Malt is very much in a background supporting role. A very nice DIPA.

Dec 02, 2021
5 by BoodahMoogle from Arkansas on Nov 20, 2021
4 by Birdlegs from Washington on Nov 06, 2021
4.36 by golf4collet from West Virginia on Oct 04, 2021
4.02 by LunchMoney from Minnesota on Oct 02, 2021
3.8 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Aug 16, 2021
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4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Beaver13 from Colorado

16 oz can. Pours dark golden yellow with a medium creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lots of resiny piney hops and some booze and sweet caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet bready caramel malt with some fruit and big resiny piney hop bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a nice DIPA.

Jul 06, 2021
4.3 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on May 23, 2021
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4.58/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

The pint can is calling, calling to be emptied into a clear glass liter mug for scrutiny. Oh boy! This looks like a Double IPA should. No starchy foam for a head and although not entirely translucent, it's not close to being cloudy. The color is a beautiful rich amber with an appropriately sized white head. A good sharp hoppy aroma for the nose, good glass lacing and things are going in the right direction. The taste is pleasantly well-hopped without trending to overly bitter. The malt body is perfectly suited to the less than biting hops. It's not sweet at all and somehow compliments the hops, rather than providing a contrast. This goes down so easily for its ABV of 8.5%. This is a great one, with just enough hop character and plenty of alcohol, without being bitter or sweet. This has a perfect balance and should have high ratings.

May 13, 2021
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Sigmund from Norway

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. Golden colour, white head. Aroma of fruity hops, hints of oak, vinous notes. Flavour of oak, fruity and spicy hops, vinous notes, good bitterness.

Apr 04, 2021
4.22 by jacobk1997 from Georgia on Mar 19, 2021
4.08 by HighwayChile from Kansas on Feb 28, 2021
3.75 by Chipwells from Georgia on Feb 01, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75
by robwired from Kansas

I don't know why I haven't reviewed this before. It is a year-round go-to DIPA that I buy a six-pack of.
It poured a white foam head about 1/4 of an inch that took its time disspating. Decent lacing. One of the pleasures is its orange scent. Mildly piney flavor with citrus overtones. Finished crisp and dry.
It's a year-round, yes, but it's best enjoyed before the drink-by date.

Jan 24, 2021
3.46 by patre_tim from Thailand on Nov 28, 2020
4.21 by Luckydog91 from Texas on Sep 19, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Deep golden, slightly hazy pour with a thick white foamy head. First taste builds to a piney bitter midtaste--not a bad thing!--and malt sweetness creeps in before a dry finish. Good quality DIPA.

Aug 17, 2020
4.24 by Insomniac from Canada (ON) on Aug 11, 2020
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4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

12oz bottle. Label has best by date of '20JUN2020'.
Slightly cloudy, pale gold colored body. Two fingers of white head that settles back to a thick cap, leaving a good amount of lacing around the glass.
Aroma of tropical fruit, with lesser smells of pine and citrus. Sweet malt in the background.
Taste is led by pineapple fruit and slightly bitter pine. Based with sweet malt backbone.
Medium thick mouth feel, and quite dry.
This beer has not changed much since I bought a six pack a couple of months ago. Still has a hop bite and has not become too malty. Good for mouth swirls, with a bite in the aftertaste.

Aug 04, 2020
5 by Euphoria69 from Missouri on Jul 14, 2020
3.99 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jul 06, 2020
4 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 30, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

Cloudy, amber/gold appearance with a small white head and good lacing. Citrus focused aroma with shades of pineapple. Assertive hop flavors of tropical fruit and pine eclipse the modest sweetness. Resin and light spice rise up in the aftertaste.

Jun 09, 2020
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3.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by CoryNaplesFlorida from Florida

A very nice IPA although not Hoppy enough for me. I'm a Hop Freak.
Poured from 12oz bottle into Icy Sam Adams Glass.
Looks Good. Nice head. Kind of a yellowish straw color. Good carbonation.
Smells like an ipa.. piney citrus with a hint of dried apricot and lemon zest.
Tastes good..not great. I'd like more upfront in my face sweet hops. Sour finish on the rear roof of my mouth but not bad.
Overall.. I liked it but prolly won't buy it again.

Apr 22, 2020
2.5 by 1971bernat from Virginia on Apr 22, 2020
4 by ajdemma from New York on Apr 09, 2020
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5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Iaurdol from Kansas

This stuff is amazing.

Mar 27, 2020
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3.82/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by lastmango from Pennsylvania

Poured a hazy pale yellow with a white one finger fizzy head. Light lacing. Very light malt and pineapple nose. Balanced malt, pineapple, grapefruit rind flavor with a pronounced piney hop finish. Medium body and carbonation.

Jan 28, 2020
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3.92/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Radome from Florida

Tasted from a 12 oz bottle bought in Las Vegas, NV.

L - Light straw color with a greenish tinge; tiny amount of haze. Pure white head is made of fine bubbles. It does not pile high, but the small amount from the pour persists without fading.

S - Sweet, bready malt and honey-like aromas. Tropical fruit hops aromas. Very clean and inviting.

T - Equal parts sharp citrus/tropical fruit hops, along with slightly sweet, bready malt.

F - Thick, viscous body with low, creamy carbonation. Huge punch of hops bitterness. Strong alcohol burn.

O - This is a nice DIPA that reflects a pretty good balance between hops and malt. It's alcohol level feels higher than the 8.5% listed, verging on boozy. That is really the only negative characteristic I can point to.

Jan 17, 2020
4.63 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Dec 25, 2019
3.69 by wescamp29 from Georgia on Nov 24, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz bottle with a date

Here we go, another big IPA down the American gullet. Hop juice armpit above average IPA smell. The taste is a very bitter and swampy IPA: vegetal funky hops and medicinal bitterness mixing with very prominent booze taste to make a passable hobo swill.

Drinkable, but needs to tone down the booze and bitter...

Oct 31, 2019
3.82 by OCnogimmicks from Tennessee on Oct 28, 2019
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3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by GuyFawkes from Illinois

"Best by 7/16/15"; drank 4/30/15 @ the Yarchives.

Hazy orange/yellow appearance.

White head; a curtain of tree-rung lace.

Pineapple & mild honey notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Mild pineapple flavor up front; grapefruit bite on the finish. As this warmed, some honey & mango notes emerged.

A nice nose, but too bitter for me. Just OK.

Oct 23, 2019
3.43 by Stevotex from Texas on Oct 01, 2019
4.21 by MykeJ from Minnesota on Sep 13, 2019
4.5 by Dave1999 from North Carolina on Aug 07, 2019
The Calling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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