Heavy Lifting India Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Heavy Lifting India Pale AleHeavy Lifting India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 95 | Ratings: 532
Photo of beersampler6
4.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nicely-done, refreshing IPA. Dark golden color with some head and a little spotty lingering lacing. Smells nice, mainly citrus and pine hops. Tastes of nice tropical citrus zest, pine hops, malt and a little vanilla and caramel. Smooth mild mouthfeel and nice carbonation. Very sessionable and flavorful.

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Photo of classixIII
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear deeper gold. Decent foamy head that slowly decreased by half than eventually into a just a trace.
Aroma is a nice floral hoppyness, with some pine and a little citrus.
Taste follows smell, lots of hops.
Nice carbonation, fresh.
Another IPA I can drink more than one of!

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Photo of VoodooBear
3.22/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz. can served in a Samuel Adams pint glass.

Appearance: White, one finger head that dissolves into a thin foam layer and stays until the end. Clear gold color with average lacing in small spots that don't stick.

Smell: It's not strong but the distinct pine resin hop aroma is pleasant enough. Nothing else comes through.

Taste: Big hop flavor with faint malt undertones and not much else.

Mouthfeel: It's smooth and medium bodied with high carbonation.

Overall: Good enough to stand out in the sea of west coast style IPAs; but not good enough to pick over some of the great beers that are readily available and are a better example of said style.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear orange gol with a 2 finger white head. Smells of grapefruit, malt, and mild hops. Tastes of grapefruit zest, citrus, hops, sweet malt, and some pine. Medium in body and carbonation. Overall a pretty good IPA.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a small chalice: color is straw gold, fairly clear, head is off white with fine to small bubbles and presentation of about 1/2 inch thick.

Smell is blend of malt and hops, nothing standing out but still good aroma with light toast malt and hops that are grassy.

Taste is similar with blend of malt and hops: hops are fairly grassy and floral, malt is neutral and maybe some light toast.

Mouthfeel is good, pleasant, moderate carbonation, good fullness and lingering bitterness and light sweetness.

Overall a good, solid easily drinkable IPA.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.41/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz. can served in a can glass. Pours a dull, translucent orange with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that slowly disperses towards the edges leaving a soapy swirl in the center. Nose expresses dull candied citrus and earthy notes. Taste consistent with nose; however, earthy hops dominate the flavor profile and citrus character is more of an afterthought. Also backbone is fairly malty given the current state of IPAs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with an assertive carbonation and an even acidity. Overall, decent but hard to compete with all amazing IPAs being produced right now.

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Photo of D1noB
2.87/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Grains in the front, pines, citrus and flowery in the middle that carries through to the end and lingers.

Taste Rating in Words: It's the guy at the party you wish would leave, he's drank a little to much and won't stop hugging people.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.18/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours golden in color with 2" foam that fades faster than MC Hammers career. Sticky lacing remaining on sides till end. Smells very nice, hoppy, soap, floral, some honey, and citrus. The taste is pretty darn good, very smooth hops with a great burst of light citrus and floral, getting some sweetness in there almost like very light honey. This is a light to medium IPA that is very refreshing, very pleased.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear golden color with white head. Aroma has some slightly dank hops, a bit of orange and a hint of dusty grains. Taste is slightly sweet at first, continues with some orange and resiny hops, grapefruit bitterness on the finish. Light to medium body, soft carbonation. Although my can was quite old, it's still drinking decent.

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Photo of EMV
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass

L: Pours a medium golden/copper color. 2 fingers of head fall quickly. Great sticky lacing.

S: Pine and citrus... resinous and biscuity.

T/F: Nice malty start with a sharp hop profile. Evergreen and citrus... juicy. Peppercorn and thyme... nicely complimenting the grains, and with enough body to be satisfying. Good carbonation. Resinous and a little sticky on the tongue. Finish is dry.

O: Very nice IPA from Boulevard. I think I prefer their 'Calling' DIPA but this is a very solid beer and more of an everyday drinker. Good stuff.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.93/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can with a best by date of 10-14-16 a slightly cloudy light orange with a 1" thick white head which fades to the rim and leaves clumpy lace. Aroma of citrus and floral hops. Flavors of citrus, pine, resiny. Medium body and bitter finish.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I CAN't believe just how quickly & fervently brewers have embraced CANs! The CANQuest (tm), in its inCANcy, was simply a response to whale/wale/walez hunting, but now, there is no keeping up. As far as Heavy Lifting is CANcerned, my best friend & I did it as Pittsburgh sports fans in LanCANster, PA during the 1970s when Philly sports were king. Now, if someone identifies as a Stillers fan & no other Pittsburgh team, I yawn & shine them on. Heavy Lifting, indeed!

From the CAN: "Big - Bold - Hops".

I used the elephant's tusk to assist me in Crack!ing open the CAN. He seemed happy to help after his balloon ride! The best part is, he works for peanuts and when he is finished, he simply packs his trunk & moves on. I CANsidered CANducting an inverted Glug, but given some previous reviewers' comments regarding haziness, I decided to challenge myself. Granted, it took an in-glass swirl to raise just over a finger of tawny foam that quickly fell, leaving sticky lacing behind. The payoff, however, was a glassful of the most gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) liquid with NE-plus quality clarity as I have seen in quite some time! Naturally, this garnered the attention of The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus and rather than the usual squabbling, they were engaged in hand-to-hand CANbat for a taste! The nose smelled like someone had filled my glass with pine tar & I CAN only hope that the taste measures up. Lots of tight CO2 bubbles in evidence, also, like a poor man's lava lamp. Mouthfeel was medium, albeit very carbonated, making for a scrubbing action on my tongue. The better to taste you with, my dear! All I could taste was pine resin, probably Chinook hops, but that was fine by me. I noticed that some have dunned it for being unbalanced, but the CAN that I have identifies it as "West Coast Style" and I take that to mean hop-driven/forward, so it was no surprise. You might think that for all of its intensity that it would be a palate wrecker and a show-stopper, but it was actually quite mellow. It was like drinking hop tea, which I have done on several occasions. Very mellow. Finish was dry and bitter, but also very cool, like inhaling after a Wint-O-Green Life Saver. Phew! I CAN drink this all day as long as I have some water in the cooler as a chaser in between CANs. As a self-described, self-avowed hophead, I highly recommend this beer in CAN format!

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz can. Date stamp L05/12/16 10:26 2. Best by 09/Sep/16. Served in a stemmed Libby globe glass.

Appearance: Mostly clear with a slight amount of haze. Gold with a hint of amber. Initial thick white foam died back and left a persistent thin foam across the top and big thick strands of white lacing all over the glass.

Smell: Pine, lemon citrus, grapefruit citrus. Nothing but hops.

Taste: Hoppy - lots of citrus with a cracker-like malt under it all, but the malt sweetness is more of an accent. The finish lingers a bit , mostly pine. The citrus is a bit blended together. Nothing really stands out in the hop flavors - blended lemon, grapefruit, orange citrus peel/hop bitterness. This isn't a bad thing mind you - but if you're trying to pick out individual hop flavors I don't think you'll be able to. I could be wrong though.

Mouthfeel: Nice thickness, lots of hop oils sticking to the teeth, but a bit fizzy which is a turn-off. Maybe the point was to scrub off all the hop oils which this does, but I'm not digging the fizziness.

Overall / Drinkability: I think I prefer my AIPAs with a bit more malt and sweetness. Good looking AIPA - not a cloudy mess, and great lacing as well. Nice aroma as well, but then it doesn't quite work after that. At least not for me anyway. Needs a bit more malt, but it does have a good hop flavor. Nicely drinkable, but I don't want another one. The fizziness doesn't work with this beer, or to my palate anyway this beer comes across as overcarbonated even though the can didn't make a huge hiss when I opened it. Could be the CO2 is well solubilized in this beer and it only erupts on the palate when I drink it. A solid AIPA, which could be a great AIPA with a bit more malt and less carbonation.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.57/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow-golden body with plenty of sediment. Filter your beer! Can't stand this lazy, off-putting, unaesthetic bullshit. Is this a homebrew or a well-established nationwide brewery? Moving on... oh, it also has a very nice fluffy white head that leaves plenty of sticky, caking lace. Nose has a fair amount of lemon and bread, nice and citrusy, if unoriginal. Flavor also offers some citrus, mostly orange juice with some lemon and some milder fruits, faint pine, alongside biscuit and moderate bitterness. Medium weight, nearly a warm/rounded mouthfeel with restrained, fine carbonation.
This would be another middling IPA, save for the standout feature of.... turbidity. In the land of amazing beers that we currently live in, being middle of the pack still means you have an appreciable, tasty brew; you're just far away from laurels. Add a flaw (and pet peeve of mine) like sediment and you lose a lot of ground. Also, having the name "Heavy Lifting" I would expect much bigger flavors/ABV.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.86/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Boulevard Brewing Co. "Heavy Lifting West Coast Style India Pale Ale"
12 fl. oz. can, "BEST BY 19 AUG 2016" and sampled on 07 AUG 2016
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes: Contract brewed at Firestone Walker in Paso Robles, CA. Clear deep golden body beneath an average sized head of white froth. The head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma: citrusy/tropical and perhaps piney hops over a sweetish, grainy malt base - fairly bright but certainly not bold. The flavor follows suit and it's got a rock solid bitterness to it. Fuller hop flavors, but not much wider, remaining "citrusy" and mildly tropical with a piney edge. Floral, herbal and slightly spicy in the finish - not sure if that's alcohol showing or not. Decidedly medium in body with a standard carbonation level. Impression: blocky.

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Photo of rudzud
3.08/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received as an extra in a trade. Poured into my Duvel tulip. Best by Aug 28 on the can.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear dark golden hue with a good two finger white head that faded slowly to leave nice sticky lacing and a creamy thick blanket.

S - Aromas of strong malts, caramel, cardboard, herbal tea.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Very malt heavy, light cardboard, Light herbal tea notes, decent bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall, this was a bit of a bummer. I'm assuming this was on the old side. Not that hoppy at all.

Serving Type: Can

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Photo of BruceHartford3
4.83/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazingly clear. Light. Golden.
Is that Columbus? My favorite dry hopped smell. Already delicious. Tart. Harsh bitter.
Bites just right. Fumes of hops lingers on the tongue. This does all the things it's suppose to do. This guys is all hops. Very little else.
Peppery bubbles. Alive. Big carbonation.
Damn, damn, damn good. Nice go to.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To be fair, the best by date is Feb 2016 on the can. Pours a hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Has a very piney resin aroma, mild lemon. Taste is definitely off. You can tell the hops are getting old. Slight lemony citrus. Strong piney resinous hops. Medium bodied. Moderate carbonation.

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Photo of ordybill
4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a fairly clear golden amber with a large white head. The aroma is an amazing blend of pine, hops and citrus. The taste is a near perfect match of the aroma. An outstanding beer.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 7/15/2016. Pours fairly crystal clear golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, light honey, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, pine, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and zero astringent hops flavors after the finish. Moderate dryness from bitterness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, moderately sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/tropical/pine hops and moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of schematix
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Specimen for analysis is a standard 12-oz can with a best by date about 10 weeks from now.

A: Crystal clear solid yellow to light gold. It's pretty. Head died quickly. Little bit of lacing.

S: Dominated by citrus. Not overwhelming. Maybe a hint of sweet grain aroma in the background.

T: Immediate citrus and pine flavor with a firm bitterness. Bitterness fades quickly.

M: Slightly under carbonated. Finishes thin.

O: It's a solid beer all around. However, it is exceedingly generic in the world of IPAs.

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Photo of kalosjakar
3.71/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, golden (a bit orange) in color. Frothy head.

Aroma: Mostly malt forward for an IPA. Citrus and Piney notes in the back.

Mild bitterness up front which quickly gives way to sweet malty flavor. Citrus notes. Fairly thick mouthfeel for a 6% IPA.

A let down when compared to their "The Calling" DIPA.

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Photo of arizcards
3.97/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a single from TW Arrowhead in mid-January for $1.99. Received at TW on 1-12-16 and best by 2-19-16 - doh - well it has been refrigerated since the purchased plus it is canned so fingers are crossed that the hops have retained well.

Beer poured golden with a beautiful white head that has some great hang time.

Nose is not as potent as hoped. Hints of citrus but no wow factor...not good.

Taste is lemony and fresh with a nice piney finish without the slick some brews have.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth but refreshing.

Overall this is a nice IPA. It was picked up shortly after the Boulevard Arizona rollout - great to have them here!

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Photo of stevoj
3.59/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Six pack (cans) from Winco. Pours out a hazy orange golden, with frothy head. Head subsides to leave substantial clumpy lacing. Citrusy aroma, dry, mildly tart grapefruit hoppiness for flavor. Dry finish as well. Not as heavy as you would guess by the name.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.64/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

-Spiegelau ipa glass. Best by 02.19.16. Consumed 03.19.16.

A: Hazy, washed out orange coloring is light and dull, with a good show of moderately paced effervesce. A foamy, sea-shell white head is 1.5 inches with a decent stance with about half coverage rate of lacing.

S: Fresh wet scent of lemony-tropical hops, dried grains and lemon bread with a small touch of sour lemony orange funk. Good awareness, decent longtivity.

T: Tart lemony hops, tart citrus, funky dry flowers and lemony hop finish. The bitterness intensifies, dry orange peel, grapefruit skin, is rather potent, a good sign that despite past its BB date, it still maintains a good kick of hops still left in hit. Nice sour citrus, dried stone fruit kick that is sharp and bitter, puckering to a sense, with a lingering flowery bite and dry bready grain base rounding things out.

M: Light mouthful, smooth texture, light carbonation.

O: While the hop kick was certainly there, not sure how the flavor component would of been if fresher. A bit tart, sour, funky citrus, with a dry floral bite with a good mid B range offering.

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Heavy Lifting India Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.89 out of 5 with 532 ratings