The Calling IPA India Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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The Calling IPA India Pale AleThe Calling IPA India Pale Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by JLaw55 on 12-23-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,537
Reviews:
242
Avg:
4.07
pDev:
8.85%
 
 
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65
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For Trade:
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Photo of HawkGX
4.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

One of the first IPAs that I tried after I started drinking beer about a year ago. Can't really explain why, but it's still one of my favorite IPA's so far.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.11/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yuno
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Mark-Leggett
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BergBeer
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of therealJAYZ
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rfgetz
3.74/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dekkar
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Isoruku
2.84/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

There are so many great IPA's out there but alas, The Calling is not one of them. The dominant impression left by this beer is "boring." It's pleasantly golden, and not overly hoppy or overly bitter or overly anything. It just doesn't have much going for it. It's not a bad beer, but I can't imagine going out of my way to purchase it again. Think of Fat Tire, but with a heavier taste experience.

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Photo of hman43
3.77/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours golden and clear. It has a white head that has moderate head retention.

Smell: It has tropical fruit aromas with some grainy sweetness in the background. There are some background notes of citrus, mango, and pineapple.

Taste: The tropical notes dominate the taste. There is a pleasant blend of mango and pineapple. There are some supporting flavors that are grainy sweet with citrus as well.

Feel: It has a moderate feel that is moderately bitter as well. It is slightly slick on the palate.

Overall, this beer is driven by the tropical notes with an all around pleasantness to it.

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Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MDDMD
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JonSchwartz
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken on 7/13 on S.M. Pier during Twilight Concert. Poured on tap a dark orangish under a one-inch thick white head with good retention yielding spotty lace. Aroma is floral, herbal, citrusy and pine. Taste is pine sap and orange citrus notes along with a strong malt balance. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dry and bitter.

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Photo of steevo24
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nucleosynthesis
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BamfBacon
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jroof1
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
3.82/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of YvesB
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danmullens1
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gajo74
4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have thus far been impressed by the small sampling of Boulevard beers I've tried. I looked forward to their take on the IPA/IIPA style.
From the bottle it pours a hazy straw with a pronounced sunset orange hue. Even after a vigorous pour, the head, although moderate, disapated rather soon. However, it does leave a frothy thin film and traces of lacing.
Despite the less than stellar head, the aroma was nevertheless quite fragrant. It managed to hit the nose with the sweetness of tropical fruit; pineapple, mango and passion fruit. There was lots of citrus too, mainly grapefruit pulp. Infused into this fruity bouquet was a gradual yet understated crescendo of herbal, dank and piny hops character.
The first sip was a juicy pleasure. The tropical fruit flavors, evident in the aroma, hit the mouth with a plump, supple yet crisp sweetness. A solid caramel and honey malt backbone adds another layer of sweetness. The body is on the full side of medium and even chewy. Mirroring the development of the aroma, the citrusy grapefruit flavor is what comes next. Sure enough, the pine resin hops flavoring soon makes its grand entrance. Not as massive as other hops bombs out there, yet assertive, bold and moderately bitter. It lingers in the finish with its earthy, herbal and dry bitterness.
True to form, Boulevard continues to impress me. This was a juicy IIPA that struck a nice balance between malt and hops.
P.S. For 8.5% ABV, the alcohol was undetectable, making it dangerously drinkable.

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Photo of evanwoertz
4.74/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of red_5_sooner
4.68/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sportprosecutor
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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The Calling IPA India Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.07 out of 5 based on 1,537 ratings.
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