The Calling | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,639
Reviews:
268
Ratings:
1,624
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Photo of Runnercyclist
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best ever

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Photo of 08Deltadawn8
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pairs very well with a nice robusto cigar. Very fruity IPA. Very nice mouth feel. I had this beer out of a brand new growler. Perfect IPA for hot summer days

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

This beer pours an orange cream color.for a double it has very little bitterness to it which makes this double taste like an IPA. Its extremely smooth with a plethora of tropical flavors. I suck at writing what I taste but goddamn this beer is alongside pliney as a double. Not over powering and just bursting with juiciness , yum , who knew, good job KC

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

Monolithically, diametrically deliciousness! Like a spring kaleidoscope in Candy Rock, with God's blessing to ravenously enjoy a She Devil!

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

Awesome beer, these guys were not kidding around anymore with their IPA's on this one. Highly aromatic, dry finish, rather a strong alcohol feel and taste that shows itself. Highly recommend, wonderful from the bottle like I had, but looking for draft asap.

Their website says, "a blend of Simcoe, Bravo, Topaz, Cascade, Mosaic, Equinox, Galaxy, and Amarillo hops. ", and this tornado of green stuff shows in the flavor. Pick whatever you like about any variety of hops and this beer has some of it.

"The Calling also receives an addition of lemon peel during the last five minutes of the boil to add an extra citrusy punch."

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Photo of Ellis1701
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of Jstorey7
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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 aklude
5/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

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

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

Omg nose of tropical fruit &pineapple
Taste of pine cone and ripe pineapple & crushed lilac

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

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

Photo of mess43
4.99/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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4.96/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of sabotage628
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of StoneTSR
4.92/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

APPEARANCE: Bright and light orange in color, very transparent. The beer is exceptionally lively with thousands of bubbles darting from the center and edges of the glass towards the ceiling of stark, white head on top. That head, by the way, is a good three fingers thick (after the whole bottle was somewhat aggressively poured into a tall, skinny, tulip glass) and stark white. The bubbles are very large around the edges while the center is a more tightly packed group of tiny bubbles. This leads to the edges falling first, leaving an unstable mountain of head, ready to fall over, in the center of the glass. Despite the edges dropping first, head retention is still very impressive. Seven minutes after the initial pour there is still at least one finger of head all the way around and probably 1.5 in the middle. The lacing is thick and full with wide layers that have small gaps in between. Wow. That’s a lot of words for the appearance.

SMELL: Pine, resin, grapefruit, lemon, orange and just a touch of fresh cut grass. Some tropical fruit flavors, like mango and maybe a little passion fruit linger just beneath the surface. Also, it just smells juicy…and very appetizing. The only thing that prevents this from being a perfect 5 on smell is that it could be just a touch more intense.

TASTE: Bright, sweet and delectably juicy. The thing that stands out to me most on the palate is citrus, but even though I didn’t get any in the nose, orange is what stands out the most. There is a little hint of grapefruit and some candied lemon, but nothing is harsh at all. A piney resin is most certainly present as well while tropical fruit rounds it all out with pinch of mint…like one mint leaf was just delicately dropped into each bottle. Almost all of the tastes seem to be coming from the hops. There is obviously enough malt to balance, but it is clear that the this beer was brewed to show off some amazing hops.

MOUTHFEEL: Without thinking about it, it would be easy to say that this is a very sweet IPA; the fruit flavors, the candied citrus, the malt. But when you actually focus on it, it really isn’t that sweet. It has a consistent, slightly sweet flavor throughout. In no way would I say this is dry, but if beer was steak with super-sweet being well done, this would be ordered medium, but leaning towards medium-well (by the way, I would typically prefer medium rare in both steak and beer, but if the chef suggested medium I wouldn’t argue). The carbonation is a soft sparkle which suits the slightly sweet feel perfectly and there is absolutely no hint, whatsoever, of heat from the 8.5%.

OVERALL: It’s probably pretty clear, based on my review that I love this beer. But I completely freaked out the first time I had this beer not too long ago. This is the IPA I have been looking for and it quickly became my go-to when it came out. It has a malt backbone, but one that is not distracting in any way, from a gorgeous bouquet of delicious, aromatic and mildly bitter hops. This beer did the same thing that Pliny the Elder did for me the first time I had it four years ago.

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4.91/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.9/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.89/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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The Calling from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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