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

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#4,864
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268
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1,628
pDev:
8.82%
 
 
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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

a tasty glass of ipa, and my issues with it are less about the beer but about the idea of the beer, or whats going on in boulevard land more generally. i head this is replacing double wide, which i think is tragic. its one of the only doubly ipas out there that still tastes unique, like an original beer all of its own, really they are all starting to run together, and its cool that beer still stood all by itself. yeah maybe malty to some, over balanced to others, but we need a break from the west coast style at times, and abandoning this beer to follow the heard is a mistake. mark my words. the other issue, is that this beer gains absolutely nothing by being really strong. it doesnt need the extra grain for a fuller body, or for more balance, it has neither of those features. its there for the single sake of being strong, and although thats as in as the session craze, it hurts more than helps. i want to drink a sixer of ipa, not a four pack, and i dont want to be smashed when im done, i want to have a water and wake up feeling good enough to do it again. this aint the pick for that. its solid beer though, just too samey for me. everything boulevard makes is delicious, and this is no exception, not quite as interestingly hop flavored as i expected, and as their reps told me so triumphantly. its more bitter than anything else, like something stone would do, not boulevard. this is a new direction for them, and although i will almost assuredly enjoy countless golden foamy glasses of this brew over the years, its means a lot less to me than double wide did, and almost bumps the whole operation down a peg. thanks for another beer thats just like all the others. when you have a lab and all the resources of duvel at your disposal, its really not hard making quality beer, its making distinct beer at the same quality that is the mark to strive for, and this one falls well short. sad but true....

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Photo of acurtis
3.69/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kylehay2004
4.19/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 9/6/15.

Pours a murky golden-orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small rings of lace line of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus zest, tropical fruit, and slight onion and garlic aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, pine needle, and slight tropical fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a lot of different hop qualities from fruity to herbal to vegetal.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Texasfan549
4.18/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
4.09/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of spycow
4.1/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of djrn2
3.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of metter98
4.14/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center, a collar around the edge of the glass, and a thin film in between.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrusy and tropical fruit hops are present in the nose.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of oranges, passionfruit, and papayas with notes of pine towards the finish. There is a moderate amount of carbonation.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a "bright" tasting IPA that exhibits nice flavors of tropical fruits, which intensify as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of nmann08
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.93/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 7/16/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, mango, melon, lemon/orange peel, pine, light caramel, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice DIPA style. All around great complexity and balance of bright citrus/tropical hops and light-moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.12/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Truncated initial notes below.

Head fills 80% of the glass. White colour. Frothy, fairly creamy. Nice thickness. Retention is good - about 7 minutes.

Body is a clear yellow-copper of above average vibrance. No yeast or hop sediment is visible.

An appealing IPA overall, but not unique or special per se.

Aroma is surprisingly simple, with sticky lightly resinous hops dominating. All I get aside from that is some pale malt. Oddly light and weak.

Taste is hop-forward but nowhere near as much so as you'd expect in an IPA. Pale malts complement a twangy pine hop profile with subsidiary floral notes and some grassiness. It's not real well balanced, but it's decent.

Texture is typical; smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied.

Drinkable but not up to par with Boulevard's best beers. I'll enjoy finishing this, but my initial impression is that it's merely above average. Hides its ABV decently.

C+

***
04.30.15 second impression:

Not a great or notable brew by any means.

C+

***
03/23/18 impression from a bottle courtesy of Joey, Danny, and Josh. Thanks, lads!

Aroma is floral primarily, though I do get some boozy pineapple and heavy candied sweetness. Seems imbalanced and a bit warm alcohol-wise. Not very promising.

Tastes sweet and juicy, featuring a hop profile I don't much care for riddled with loads of warm pineapple, tropical fruit juice, and still more pineapple. Per their website this is brewed with "A blend of eight varieties, primarily featuring Mosaic, Equinox, Galaxy and Amarillo" ....none of the mentioned hops are showcased well at all, and Mosaic and Amarillo are a couple of my favourite hop varietals.

I love most of Boulevard's work, but the hop profile this features just isn't to my personal taste at all. It does boast a nice soft mouthfeel and I don't dislike it, but in such an oversaturated style it leaves a lot to be desired. It's odd...I don't taste the pine I seemed to have gotten in my reviews from 3ish years ago.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
03/25/18 impression from a bottle:

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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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 emerge077
3.94/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Boone757
4.02/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zeff80
4.35/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a two-finger, off-white head of foam. It smelled of pine, grapefruit, orange peel and toasted malt. Nice sweet tropical fruit flavors with piney bitterness and caramel.

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

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