The Calling
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #880
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
91
Ranked #3,363
Avg:
4.09 | pDev: 8.8%
Reviews:
272
Ratings:
1,649
From:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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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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Reviews: 272 | Ratings: 1,649
Photo of mactrail
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.

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Photo of Beer_Right_Back
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.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
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.

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Photo of Aglassplease
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.

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Photo of ZAP
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.

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Photo of tone77
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.

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Photo of mntlover
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.

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Photo of Snift_the_juice
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.

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Photo of captaincoffee
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.

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Photo of Brolegario
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
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.

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Photo of MemphisSooner
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.

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Photo of Thankin_Hank
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.

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Photo of Spikester
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.

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Photo of AdmiralOzone
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.

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Photo of beermejapan
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.

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Photo of KLHBB
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.

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Photo of Paradox1000
3.84/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As an avid DIPA drinker, my personal preference is more bitter. I am looking for the hops flavor. It doesn't have the malt body that some DIPAs have, which is nice. The leaning is more IPA than DIPA, in my opinion..

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

L:
-pours a slightly hazy golden with a small to medium,foamy, white head
-medium carbonation visible
S:
-pineapple,grapefruit,spicy,lemon,coriander,sugar,doughy,peach
T:
-grapefruit,spicy,coriander,lemon,grassy,sweet
-high,lingering bitterniss for the style
F:
-medium to high carbonation
-light to medium body
-no alcohol noticeable
O:
Not a huge fan of Belgian IPAs, but this is good.

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Photo of absolutbc2001
4.69/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing ipa with a touch of sweetness. I would say this is one of the best beers i have had. Similar to a 90 minute but Better. I highly reccomend this.

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Photo of UtahBeerPleb
4.48/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This looks incredible - a nice light orange color with a bit of haziness and plenty of carbonation. The only thing I would prefer on the look would be a little bit more of a head. Get that down and it's a perfect 5 on look. The smell is awesome, very tropical. Grapefruit, mango, peach and pineapple are prominent. On the taste it's much of the same, but it mellows out with a moderately bitter pine and a nice, smooth finish with a perfect balance of light, rich maltiness to round it out. The body is perfect for an IPA, nice and full but not heavy. The alcohol is not noticeable on the taste at all, but it does leave a bit of a warming feeling. It's hard to think of much negative to say about this beer, it delivers on every front. It's packed full of tasty tropical hops, it's full-bodied and malty, and it finishes very smooth without sacrificing the bitterness.

I think this might be the best IPA I've ever had, though my experience is admittedly still limited so I may be overrating it a bit for now. I'll adjust in the future if I need to. But I don't see much reason to think that this isn't one of the best beers I've ever had - I've had 3 bottles now just to be sure, and it's held up every time. I would absolutely love to try this on tap!

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Photo of Vetbidder
4.29/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Just slightly hazy and light golden in color with a thick white head. Smells of pineapple immediately then sweet citrus, wow tropical...love it. Taste translation with just enough sweetness to counter the slight bitter finish. Tropical flavors through the middle of this beer. Pretty creamy with just the right amount of carbonation, I'd call it medium. Overall, pretty darn solid !

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Photo of rarigney
4.12/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden amber, medium white head, good retention, excellent lacing. Aroma is pine and citrus. Taste is initially sweet malt and fruity hops. Mildly bitter finish. Medium body, nicely carbonated.

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

Pours a pretty light golden color; head production and retention are fine.

On the nose, citrus, pine, and tropical fruit present a somewhat floral bouquet, but nothing really grabs my attention completely.

The palate carries grainy pale malts and a nice blend of hops similar to the nose, with the accent more on juicy notes than on resin or pine.

This is a DIPA that drinks closer to a single, owing at least partially to the 8.5% ABV. There isn't as much malt presence as in many DIPAs, but on the other hand, it isn't a complete hop bomb either. It occupies a somewhat awkward middle ground, but it's a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of Shanex
4.3/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle stamped "Best by 12 Jan 2017" poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy golden yellow with a one finger white head. Good head retention.

Smell: Piney hops up front, citrus in the middle, and finishing with more pine. 

Taste: Solid malt base, bright pine notes, and a sharp hop bitterness on the swallow. Slightly unbalanced ratio of hop bitterness to flavor.

Feel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation and dry.

Overall: A pretty decent beer. Would have liked to have had some more hop flavor to round out the bitterness.

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The Calling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 1649 ratings