The Calling | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American 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

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Ratings: 1,628 |  Reviews: 268
Reviews by captaincoffee:
Photo of captaincoffee
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
4.57/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow, this is the truth.

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Photo of gonzo000
4.16/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent beer from BLVD. Citrus hoppy goodness. 8.5 abv is hidden well. Nice sunrise yellow-orange color with good carbonation. Nice head. Nice favor. Nicely done.

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Photo of DabblinWiscCraft
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up as part of a build-your-own-sixer at Four Firkins in Minneapolis. I'd tried a few of Boulevard's brews while on vacation in Kansas City a few years back, so I was pleased to find this. Bottled on date says its good for another two months. Poured right from the fridge into my tulip glass.

L: Pours a nice warm amber with about a half-inch of head that falls fairly quickly but sticks around on the surface and leaves good cling. Hazy, with a good deal of visible carbonation.

S: Big apricot bouquet on this one. There's also some peach and tangerine in the mix, along with a bit of caramel malt. One of the nicer fruity aromas I've encountered in an IPA.

T: Lots of sweetness up front--despite the nose, most of this sweetness seems to come from the caramel malts. There's still a lot of sweet that seems to come through in the form of fruit, though, with apricot and tangerine notes clearly coming through at the front. It's just a little bit tart in the front and into the middle, where there's more citrus rind hop notes coming through, along with some clear alcohol that actually helps to keep some of that sweetness in check. The back end has some more caramel and bready malts, but it's very much dominated by a citrus rind hop bitterness.

F: Medium-bodied. Effervescent at the front--more bubbly than creamy. The middle is bright from the hops, and this continues with a bitter close. Quite drinkable.

O: I really enjoy this DIPA. It has a ton more fruit presence than most doubles I've had, and I really enjoy that. The clear alcohol is masked well, mostly due to the sweetness of the malts and the fruit profile. I would definitely recommend giving this one a try, especially if you like those apricot notes in your IPA.

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Photo of bakkerman1
4.74/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bang Bang Bang go Get You One!

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Photo of MattyG85
4.52/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two finger white head with decent retention.

Smell: A very juicy and piney hop forward aroma with big hints of citrus fruit. Upfront scent of citrus hops with hints of grapefruit, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, apricot, pineapple, and passion fruit. Also some grassy and piney hop hints. Soft pale malt hints of biscuit, cracker, and yeast. A very good juicy and ripe aroma.

Taste: As juicy and dank as it smells, a big ripe taste of citrus fruit and pine. Upfront citrus hop notes of grapefruit, mango, lemon, orange, pineapple, apricot, and passion fruit. Earthy hop notes of pine resin and grass. Backing pale malt presence with soft notes of biscuit, grains, cracker, and yeast. A really good juicy hop driven taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Ripe, juicy, and oily with a drying finish. Alcohol heat is hidden well by the hops.

Overall: A pretty great take on an Imperial West Coast Style IPA. Really nice juicy citrus hop flavors. This is up there with the big Cali IPA’s.

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Photo of RBassSFHOPit2ME
4.22/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Every beer Boulevard does is FANTASTIC..... minus their IPAs. Until now.

Hop forward. Clean and crisp. Drinks like 6.5 - 7% ABV. Not 8.5%.Well done. Refreshing is an understatement. Lemon, Mango citrus. Dry and crisp. Sessionable mouthfeel for the ABV. Yeah, again. Sessionable...

Only flaw is a mild buttery smell & taste that accompanies everything else. Really have to look for it, but it's there. Whatever. Regardless, I'd buy this agian.

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

BBD 07/15/15

Pours an effervescent gold with 3 fingers of rocky pearl colored head. Very nice head retention & lacing

S: Some tropical & breadyness

T: Follows the nose, plus pineapple & mango up front. Bready sweetness, pineapple & mango continue this as this warms, plus pineyness. Finishes with a flourish of tropical flavor, a little grapefruit rind & grassyness

MF: Medium bodied, moderate carbonation & pretty nice balance

Drinks easy for the ABV, like this better than Double-wide, still not a style these guys have owned yet IMHO

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Spiegelau IPA glass.

Deep bronze to amber orange body color, bit of a glow, bit opaque slightly but not hazy. Nice contrast for the carbonation to rise slowly as it does up real nicely against a very good colored backdrop. Head is quite soapy but manages a good hearty three fingers and bone white color, with shampoo retention and clumpy lacing. Island creamy puck as it settles in the centre. Very nice appearance.

Nice hop aroma, some sensing floral and earth notes, and an intersting pickling spice like aroma. Mild sensing light malt sweetness, but hop dominant and forward. Very solid and nice, if a bit unique and slightly odd.

Palate comes with a good hop angle that just hits the right notes. Goes to much more tropical and pineapple flavors with a tolerable sweetness. Very aromatic finish almost herbal tea mixing in with soft tannic qualities. Chewy and leafy body, but light and at least not watery on the mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Hints slightly towards a juicy body but not quite.

Overall a very nice light take on a double IPA, very satisfying.

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Photo of NinjaJesus
4.21/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Much more in line with todays AIPAs. This beer is low on malt and heavy on the hops. More of a stone fruit hop profile than your usual IPA. I love it! I will definitely be enjoying this one again.

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Photo of jmd1978
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light orange color with little head. Nose very tropical with grapefruit and a little piney notes. Taste of citrus, orange, grapefruit, mango with hints of pine and resin. Lingering finish. Very good IPA from boulevard. Smokestack series beers way better than their regular lineup. Very drinkable and enjoyable.

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Photo of scott04sas
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first review of a beer.. I went looking at my local shop for an IPA to have with a cigar. I chose a strong, straight ligero cigar and I feel that this matched well. No overpowering aftertaste or bitterness. Fairly smooth, actually very smooth and full of medium body flavor. Great pairing with my smoke.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

For those who have fallen under the lupulin spell, seduced by the lovely perfume of hops and hopelessly following that aromatic, flavor and bitter trail through the crowded craft beer market, Boulevard's imperial IPA comes calling.

The Calling casts a faintly hazy translucence upon shades of gold and straw. Its steadfast white cap begins to shed its radiant fragrance onto the nose. Red grapefruit and blood orange precede a plethora of tropical scents that waft over the senses and prove irresistible of that first sip. Candied malts lay a soft pillow of honey, caramel and simple syrups to prepare the tastebuds for the onslaught of hops to come.

As the malty sweetness slowly retreats, its those tropical hops that take command of the session, delivering wave after wave of pineapple, peach, passionfruit, mango, apricot and kiwi before trailing with a smooth bitterness of citrus peel and sweet, freshly whittled pine. A spicy finish pulls from the bitterness and warms the palate with its light and peppery solvents.

Medium-light in body, any semblance of balance falls directly on the hops as the malt continues to dry and the flavors crispen. A refreshing finish ensues and brings a deeply bitter aftertaste with tethers of fruit sweetness teasing the retro-olfactory senses.

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Photo of JooJooEyeballs
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My #1 ... easy to drink with no after taste ... but all of the flavor

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Photo of JNPIII127
4.85/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

the beer poured a hazy golden brown with a one finger head that leaves little to no lacing in the class. got this beer in a craft beer variety pack that proved to be the best of the beers in the box. the taste is hoppy but not overly bitter. the aroma is very citrusy and pleasant. i only wished that there were more than two in the box.

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Photo of oberon
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours into a standard pint a clear light to medium golden with a half finger bone white head atop.Tropical fruits,grass, and sugary sweetness in the nose.Quite sweet on the palate,alot of sugary sweetness,a big shot of citric hops in the finish but my first impression is that's too sweet to be top notch for me.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.59/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marklaker
4.06/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of npala86
4.56/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Brent_B
4/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TimBeaulieu
4.12/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SanFranJake
3.89/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of joemetric
4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Slycy690
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HopticalDeployment
3.71/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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The Calling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 1,628 ratings