Pale Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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American Pale Ale (APA)
Ranked #2,414
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3.63 | pDev: 12.12%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Pale AlePale Ale
Notes: Our Original Beer 1st Keg - Nov. 17, 1989

Boulevard Pale Ale is a smooth, fruity, well-balanced beer with year-round appeal. A variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while liberal use of whole hops adds zest and aroma. Pale Ale is the first beer we brewed, and continues to be a perennial favorite.

30 IBU
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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.'

Pours hazy and light amber, with a nice pillowy white head, fine retention and good lacing.

Pale malts and grains dominate the nose, with fruity wheat and pure grainy goodness.

The brew hits the tip of the tongue with lemon and fruity/grainy wheatberry. In midstream, clean grain and bready/crackery notes arrive, with a tart grassy finish.' More tart than bitter, this delivers solid APA flavor.

The brew features classic Boulevard feel--well carbonated, crisp, and drying at the finish.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent burnt-orange with a finger of white foam. Head retention is good. Aroma is lightly biting hops with herbal, floral and citrus cooking through. Malts are biscuity. Flavor profile is herbal, floral, citrus and lightly sticky resin hops. Hops fade away and reveal biscuity, nutty, bready malts. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a prickly effervescence. It's lightly crisp, like tempura fried instead of Popeyes chicken fried. Overall, simplistic and refined. It stands the test of time as a quality pale ale, with a bit more back-end hop bite than Sierra Nevada's.

Draft. Reviewed at Boulevard.

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Photo of wmscottsimpsonjr
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber. Toasty malt with caramel, some yeast, hint of citrus. The taste follows, with some light fruit esters. A little sweet. Medium bodied. Nice and drinkable.

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Photo of beergoot
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Experienced on tap from Maggie's Bar & Grill in Boonville, MO.

Pretty decent looks; amber body with a fair, frothy head. A slightly odd smell; can't put my finger on it, not bad, just different. Good toasted malt flavor with a fine complementary hop bitterness; a bit grassy. Medium body; a bit coarse and a little dry although a rough sweetness is also present.

A solid beer.

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Photo of McStagger
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5


A: Amber color with quite a lively carbonation. Two fingers slight off brown head. Dissipation is rapid with nice lacing.

S: Malt forward in the nose. Caramel, slightly earthy/musty notes. Ale esters and some hop zing underneath it all.

T: Toasted malts up front with a distinct spicy hop pop in the mid palate. Round, fruity esters and with a decent zing of bitterness on the back end.

M: Carbonation is ample on the tongue. Fairly crisp on the back end with a bit of snap for an ale. Dry finish.

O: Not bad at all. Can tell it comes from the same era as Sierra Nevada's Pale Ale, albiet this one is a fair bit drier and slightly less hop forward.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from a Boulevard variety box/12 pack...cost was $14.47 plus tax for the box.


05/05/18 2nd impression from another bottle:

5.4% ABV. 30 IBUs. 23 EBC.

"Boulevard Pale Ale is a smooth, fruity, well-balanced beer with year-round appeal. A variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while liberal use of Cascade hops adds zest and aroma. Pale Ale is the first beer we brewed, and continues to be a perennial favorite."

APPEARANCE: Clear copper body. Off-white frothy head ~7cm in height. ~6 minute head retention.

AROMA: Herbal hops. English ale yeast and concomitant biscuity notes. Marmalade. Vague fruit. Floral notes.

Suggests an English pale ale with a warm fruity flavour profile. Not juicy, citrusy, piney, resinous, or grapefruity.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Matches the aroma. Warm fruit and marmalade lend this English pale ale its mild hop profile, and biscuity English ale yeast brings moderate attenuation to the pale malt and Munich malt backbone.

Hop profile isn't great. It's balanced but understated. Depth of flavour could be improved. Simplistic. Hop pungency is quite limited.

TEXTURE: Medium-bodied, well-carbonated, somewhat refreshing, smooth, coating, wet.

OVERALL: An English pale ale with more of a bittering hop flavour profile than would be ideal; I'd like to see the Cascade showcased more instead of the bravo and magnum. I dig many of Boulevard's beers, but this is a bit lackluster in comparison to their other offerings. Certainly drinkable, though, and I'll enjoy the last bottle I nabbed as part of a variety 12-pack.


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Photo of Meherat
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours Copper in Color with a good sized head. The aroma is sweet,malty, citrusy hops. Tastes just like it smells and leaves a very nice aftertaste. Not as hoppy as many other pale ales, but overall a very easy drinker and a good beer. Cheers.

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Photo of omahawk
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was one of my “gateway” beers years ago when I discovered craft beer. It holds a special place in my heart, but is an admittedly an old fashioned American Pale Ale. It pours an orange copper with a nice white head. Hints of classic C hop citrus and malt on the nose. Taste is malt-hop balanced with caramel-leaning malt and a little nice citrus & grassy hop flavor.

This is a solid drinking beer. However, it will remind you how far hoppy American pale ales have evolved over the last 15+ years. Cheers to a classic!

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Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a burnt orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, malts. Taste is the same. Well balanced hops and malts, citrus, light caramel, hints of pine. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is highly refreshing and a quality beer.

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Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Happy Valley BevMo 3-18-17 for $2.49. Best by 05APR2017 but stored in the beer fridge since purchase.

Beer poured honey orange with a georgous white head that has some great hang time.

Nose has hints of citrus.

Taste is mild citrus over a pale and caramel malt body.

Feel is medium bodied and fairly smooth and refreshing.

Overall my palate in 1989 would have loved this brew as i am sure it was quite good but as beers and palates evolve it now is a pleasant well done classic APA brew that is not very exciting. Glad i tried it though!

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Photo of patre_tim
3.14/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Copper and hazy with no carbonation, topped with 5 fingers of fluffy, yellowish head.

Smells of vitamin c and children's aspirin, burnt caramel and hints of evergreen forest.

Tastes of caramel and creme brulee, hints of battery acid and an afterthought of grapefruit pith.

Medium body, little carbonation.

Got in Kunming, China and I'm drinking it in Chiang Mai, Thailand, May 1st 2017. Tastes like its been on the shelf too long, but was so stoked to find this one in Asia after having tried their brews all over the USA, including Kansas City.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Good looking pale with nice foam and and easy going smell and taste which to me is all I ask for. Slightly sweet and more hoppy than expected but I guess thats the trend these days. Overall nothing to faun over but still a rather tasty pale ale.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.57/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer :

Into a glass, the beer looks toasted orange, topped with a somewhat creamy head above. I smell a burst of vague citrus and a note of diacetyl, smelling like an old school pale ale. Not the cleanest pale ale around; there's a note of diacetyl with an herbal character with drops of citrus and honey. It all swims in a light body that's easy drinking. This was alright, though I'm more partial to the Tropical Pale Ale.

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Photo of Suds
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer is a lightly hazy copper color...the head is soapy, brilliantly white, and leaves a wonderful lace. The aroma has a little fruit, some earthy hops, and a little light malt. Full in flavor, well balanced, and drinkable. Medium in body. Nice hop and malt mix in the mid-taste. I enjoyed this one.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy yellow out the bottle, 1/2" white head. Grainy aroma, a little bit of lemon, grapefruit, very minimal.

Taste had some bitterness, recipe back before anything this far into the Midwest really had a hop character going for it. They strive for balance, it relatively achieves it for style.

No off flavors. Its like a pale ale for someone who doesn't want their pale ale british'd, but also doesn't like hops to be too big time.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Honey colored, slightly hazy, 40% opacity. Head is butter colored, 4 fingers, and recedes slowly.

Aromas of slight pine to start, white bread crusts, fresh oranges, and biscuit/cracker. Slight herbal on the back.

A bit of stale pine with mangoes, followed by nice cracker malts and a yeasty, bready finish.

Feel is on key with slight graininess, pastiness, and slight dryness on the back end.

Overall Boulevard Pale Ale is more in line with a Pale Wheat, which isn't a bad thing. I don't think I'd mind picking up a variety pack now. Incredibly mild and enjoyable!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper colored and fairly hazy in complexion. There's a half inch tightly knit tan head resting on top. Aroma is of sourdough bread. The taste is very close in line with the aroma. I swear I'm drinking a liquid rendition of a soft pretzel sans salt. There's a gentle pine hop presence and a gentle lemon note at the back of the palate, but the malt is the story here. The mouth is fairly smooth and quaffable.

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Photo of FantasticOKC
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a nice hazy orange color and medium carbonation. Nice thick head, foamy on the top with oversized lower bubbles near the base. Very nice look.

Smell - Nothing special here. Smells like a Pale Ale (IMAGINE THAT!) Good hoppy, floral, citrus mix.

Taste - Standard Pale Ale. Hoppy and bitter, but not overpowering. Very well balanced and pleasant. Mildly dry on the finish.

Feel - Medium weight/body. Well balanced carbonation (not too much, not too little). Crisp and clean.

Overall - This is a good beer for just about any occasion. Want to enjoy something refreshing after mowing the lawn or on a warm spring evening? Try this one. Want to have something nice at dinner? Try this one. Need something good for a party? Try this one.

Extra Notes - Like much (but not all) of Boulevard's brews, this one is the standard for it's type. And when I say "standard," I do not mean "Gold Standard," just standard. What that means is, you will find nothing particularly special about it, but for it's type (in this case an American Pale Ale) it's the standard. Not "average," as "average" carries with it negative connotations. But when you think of an APA, this is the standard that you imagine. It's not going to blow your mind, but it's not going to let you down either.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

For the most part this is a simply constructed Pale Ale with a tea leaf malt and piney hop character. Light hints of floral hops, caramel malt and grassiness. Very light in flavor and feel.

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Photo of jmd1978
3.32/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice orange hazey color. Very mild nose but pick up bready malts. Taste is a bit of bread, caramel, and grassy with a hint of lemon and hops. Clean finish. A good transition beer to get off the macros. Subtle flavors make it easy drinking for all beer fans.

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Photo of ordybill
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a slightly murky orange color with a large white head. The aroma is mild with some hops and citrus. The taste is a mild flavored pale ale with a slight floral hops flavor.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Burnt orange color with no carbonation and a hazy body topped off with a white, thick head surrounded by a thick lacing around the glass.

Smell: Malty with light hops and mild floral undertones. some bready aromas mixed in with lemon come through after a bit.

Taste: Musky malts at first and quickly followed by grassy flavors, citrus zest and some mild spices with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Feel: Smooth with a light body pretty balanced.

Overall, this is a good beer to drink very smooth and refreshing and relaxing.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "best by" date 3-23-16.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, amber color with one-finger white head, excellent retention, significant lacing, a complete head persisted throughout, medium carbonation.

SMELL: bread, mild flowers and citrus, the nose is subtle.

TASTE: initially sweet caramel then mild citrus and pine notes.

PALATE: medium body and carbonation.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer, it's a more balanced pale ale that would go well with almost any kind of food, this is one of the gateway beers that got me started with craft beer and I still enjoy it to this day, there will always be a place in my fridge for Boulevard Pale Ale, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys beer.

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Photo of leadpaint76
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured 2 fingers of creamy white head. Aroma is lacking on this one, not bad just not much there. Flavor is a good average Pale Ale. This would be a nice beer to take to a cook-out and have a burger with. Also a good beer to get people in this style from BMC ( Bud, Miller, Coors) beers. Take care and have a great day my friends.

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Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fruity, citrusy, floral hops, mild crisp bitter finish. Slight caramel malt profile to support it all and a hint of pine to offset the fruity sweetness.

Would drink again: Yes
Would purchase again: Yes

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