The Calling
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,104
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,727
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.8%
Reviews:
280
Ratings:
1,668
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  70
Gots
  615
SCORE
91
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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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DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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milkshakebeersucks from Maryland

4.14/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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CoryNaplesFlorida from Florida

3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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Radome from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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jimmah120 from Minnesota

3.44/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

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
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

"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
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mactrail from Washington

3.48/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Clear golden yellow brew with rings of foam in the Blanche de Chambly goblet. First impression is shockingly sweet with a funky cat pee note. Hot and acidic with a fizzy yet syrupy mouthfeel. The aftertaste is long with hops and quite bitter.

Taste is frozen orange juice concentrate with a splash of papaya nectar. Lots of aromatics, which cover the fruit spectrum. IBUs are rated at 75, which seems likely. Interesting, wacky From the 12 oz bottle in the six pack. "Best by" date is 28 Jul 2019.

Jun 21, 2019
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Beer_Right_Back from Arizona

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Although not great with the cigars we had, this IPA is powerful, has just enough tropical fruit flavor to make it interesting, and is truly refreshing. A standard for all other IPAs.

May 23, 2019
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single-serve into a tulip...

Pours a cloudy, not hazy, gold, with a nice head, but limited lacing. The aromas and flavors hit all the right notes, or "check the boxes" for a DIPA, with plenty of malt-forward tropical fruit well-balanced by some pleasant, old-school floral hop, but there isn't anything "standout" about any of it. Just solid. The mouthfeel is good, with a nice dry finish as a counterpoint to the malty DIPA backbone.

Overall, a solid DIPA that I'll enjoy again.

Jan 06, 2019
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Aglassplease from North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Well I was a bit disappointed with the hop level. For a DIPA I was expecting much more. For me this beer was much more sweet than piney. Too sweet for my taste. Bottle says 75 IBU. I'm sure it is accurate but the sweetness overpowers any hop notes.

Oct 04, 2018
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ZAP from Minnesota

3.91/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-Bright oak/yellow color...whispy white fizzy head..

S-Sweet sugary fruits...tropical notes of pineapple and mango, citrus notes of mandarin oranges....also hitns of sweet peaches as well.

T-Citrus up front on the flavor. Oranges, and some grapefruit...a bit of mango, peaches.....a bit of sharp alcohol on the late finish.

F-Feels like a DIPA with a sticky sweet feel. Finishes drier than the initial flavor would lead you to think.

O-This is an an enjoyable almost old school DIPA.

Sep 07, 2018
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, light pine. Taste is citrus, some alcohol, a bit juicy, a good amount of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

Aug 02, 2018
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mntlover from Tennessee

3.88/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow color with touches of chill haze, a off white thumb sized head that laces well.

Aroma is west coast big citrus fruity notes and pine bitterness riding on a sweet malt base.

Taste is is big on hops fruity citrus , some sweet malts after fruity burst then lingering pine resin bitterness. Overall pretty descent IPA not bad and not mind blowing just a solid good beer.

Mouthfeel is medium with a little peppy kick to bring out the hops. But seems little lighter then the 8.5% listed.

Overall a solid beer big on hops favorable enough not a mind blowing IPA but good and enjoyable.

Jul 30, 2018
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Snift_the_juice from Kansas

3.76/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Once again I'm Snifting the juice on the local big timer and I just have to say.. This one goes down smooth with a light citrus and pine flavor. For an 8.5 this feels like a session. 2 finger head and slightly hazed amber color makes it an easy drink for the percentage. Yet again Boulevard has halted me like traffic on I-35 With another nice beer.

Jun 10, 2018
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captaincoffee from Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Popping the cap on this one, I'm not getting any immediate hops from the bottle. Pouring it out, it is a bit disappointing on aroma for what I was expecting. Some classic citrus and pine, but nothing pops out. Taste is also just okay. Full flavored for sure with an 8.5% abv, but is not that interesting. Some orange with some astringency as well. It isn't refreshing or worth slow contemplation. Sort of an in-between beer that doesn't tick any of my boxes. However, it is still a decent overall beer...just not special.

May 26, 2018
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Brolegario from Nevada

3.97/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy light gold with a thick white head. The aroma give off citrus rind with a hint of pineapple and just a touch of pine. Taste is surprisingly balanced and a welcome contrast to some of the hop forward beers in the category. Dry finish with a lasting but slight bitterness.

May 08, 2018
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

4.17/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter the beer is a hazy gold color. There is a small white head that leaves a good deal of lace.
Aroma of tropical fruit, pine, and a little bit of citrus. Sweet malt background.
Pineapple, a hint of orange, late pine resin. Caramel.
Medium-bodied, a joy to drink.

May 07, 2018
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MemphisSooner from Tennessee

4.04/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Disclaimer: Boulevard holds a sacred spot in my heart. My first craft beer that turned my world upside down was Boulevard Pale Ale back in 2002. Having said that, this IPA is outstanding.
Crystal clear straw color, 2 finger white foamy head.
The nose is a bit faint. A little lemony hop goodness and some banana peel.
Taste: Boom! This packs a hoppy punch. Sweet and herbal hop presence on the front, dry/resinous hop lingering on the back. Not so much tropical as it is piney. Oily mouthfeel lingers.

Apr 06, 2018
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Thankin_Hank from Texas

3.85/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A slightly hazy, orange lemonade color with lots of carbonation. Had a quick dissipating head and no lacing. Has a nice aroma. The taste is somewhat smooth and hoppy, but falls short as a Double IPA. The mouthfeel is smooth and easy drinking. Overall a bit average for a Double but still a quality brew. Revisited. Poured into a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 12 ounce bottle BB 30March2019.

Mar 29, 2018
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Spikester from Oregon

4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with one finger of white head. Modest lacing.
Smell is floral hops with a bit of bread crust malt.
Taste is floral fruity hops some hop oil resins and a good dose of malt support.
Mouthfeel is light medium with good carbonation. The finish is dry and lightly bitter.
Overall a tasty DIPA. Best by 27 April 2018.

Mar 27, 2018
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.07/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a thin white head that leaves good lacing, The aroma is pineapple and grapefruit. The flavor follows the nose and has a nice hop bite in the finish. The feel is smooth and yet well carbonated at the same time. Overall a very pleasant beer.

Mar 24, 2018
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beermejapan from Japan

4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice lighter double IPA. Good balance between hops and malty sweetness (but nowhere near the almost syrupy-ness of lots of DIPAs). Easy to drink and to enjoy.

Mar 24, 2018
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KLHBB from Colorado

3.93/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Found in Mom’s fridge, a gift from my sister. Murky burnished gold, lacing retention; smells of mango, tastes of grapefruit as well. Hop bitterness offset by a slight malt sweetness. Medium carbonation. Quite good.

Mar 10, 2018
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