Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pale AlePale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-19-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.87/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle brought to Cole's by the brewery, on their way to Cooperstown. Cascade and Simcoe, very good bitterness. Yellow with a bit of white head.High carbonation. Still, quite drinkable. Solid, though not the pale I would seek out again. Warmup for the extreme series.

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3.4/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is what an American pale ale should taste like to me. its light, crisp, hoppy, drinkable, and wonderful when ice cold. the nose is well hoppy, bitter and bitey, with a lighter malt profile and a floral and piney hop character. the crispness of this is what impresses me most. its packed with flavor, but its snappy in the finish, ultimately refreshing. sweeter grains up front with a glorious bright hop flavor that seems unfamiliar to me, not sure what varieties are used here, but it works. theres a juicy fruity vibe that is new to me here. the feel is the best, perfectly carbonated with the cleanest fastest finish I can remember in this style. whatever yeast is used here I would like to clone for my own brewing, it really makes the feel of this pale ale pop off. overall the best of boulevards standard releases. cool that they've found a way to make the most commonplace style of beer as interesting as this, its sessionable and a lot of fun.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color. It poured with a finger high off white head that never completely faded away.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of pale malts in the nose along with some hints of citrusy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of bready and caramel malts with hints of citrus. There is a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is quite easy to drink and can be considered sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a bright spot to find this beer in a grocery store in rural East Tennessee. Although I gladly threw down a few pints of these, doesn't mean that I'm going to replace Sierra Nevada's pale ale on top of that pedistal. The beer begins promising enough- a medium copper hue with golden highlights, lively carbonation, well-headed with good retention. A mild haze persists, I'm thinking from a dry-hop character. Aromas of citrus, pine, lemon grass, and fruity esters dominate the glass while giving mild maltiness to the nose. Flavors of hops shift the balance away from the yeast, fruit, and malt character and into the oranges, grapefruit, pine, and grassy notes. Malts are well-attenuated, perhaps to grainy, cracker-like levels. Moderate fruity esters give a light hint of prunes, appricots, apples, and pears. The well-attenuated character gives the beer a crisp, sharp, dry texture- combined with a grassy, dry, sharp, bite from the hops give the beer a lot of crispness and refreshment, even if a bit harsh on the hop front. A beer certainly worth trying.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -13%
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 emerge077
3.45/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at the Brewhaus, Springfield IL.

Hazy orange, accented by a halo of webby lacing. Mild cereal grain and citrus in the nose. Mild hops detected in the flavor, very light pale malt and citrus in the middle. A thin mouthfeel, good enough to session, but ultimately, not possessing any distinguishing characteristics. Wish I had a handful of Amarillo to dump in the glass.

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Photo of zeff80
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - 12 oz bottle poured out an amber/copper color with a descent size head.

S - It smells of hops (Cascade?) and yeast.

T - It is malty and hoppy. It also has some citrus notes.

M - It is a pretty smooth/soft drinking beer.

D - It is very drinkable. One of my favorite APA's around.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 7/5/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy right orange color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and moderate malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, apple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, apricot, apple, lemon/orange zest, light pine, caramel, toasted bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and moderate malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.4%. Overall this is a very good English pale ale style. All around good robustness and balance of citrus hops, fruity yeast, and moderate malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a fluffy head that retains well and leaves some shards of lacing around the pint glass

Smell: Fruity hop forward aroma with an underpinning of caramel

Taste: Starts out with a fruity caramel combination that gets hoppier by mid-palate; after the swallow, bitter flavors burst all over the mouth and linger well although the finish is a touch grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Flavorful APA but I am just not wild about the grain bill - just a matter of taste, I guess

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours a white head with some retention. Head leaves some minor lacing. Color is a golden orange, very clear.

Smell is a floral aroma. I couldn't get too much from the smell. Taste has some strong citrus notes. I picked out some orange and maybe a hint of lemon. The floral taste is solid. Very strong, but not enough to be an ipa.

Mouthfeel is not to bitter, but more smooth with a slight dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a very easy to drink beer. It is a staple from Boulevard and could easily be a session beer. I will be drinking more of this.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation at the surface. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted pale malts with some light fruits and hints of citrus hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is mild with very good balance - not too sweet and not too bitter. There is a toasted malt body with some light hints of caramel. There are also some light citrus (orange/lemon) hops which impart a delicate bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little more delicate in flavor then I expected but this is a very enjoyable beer. The beer is quite easy to drink and could be sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Like heaven to the mouth and nose of the hoppy beer lover, this bottle-conditioned golden-amber ale delivers a beautifully floral, grassy and citrusy combination that's just enough to perk up your senses and keep you interested!
The head retention could be a bit better, but the delicately zesty mouthfeel from the very-fine-bubbled natural carbonation makes up for that. In the flavor, a lightly sweet and straightforward maltiness (a touch biscuity and lightly caramelish) is perfectly balanced by a firm bitterness, and woven with bright threads of floral and citrusy hops. It finishes dry and refreshing with its fruity hop flavors fading to more grassy hops that linger. Excellent drinkability!

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Boulevard's Pale Ale is an attractive copper color with a head of average height. Aroma starts mildly sweet, then rolls to citrussy hop smells. Smell is enjoyable, but nothing special. Flavor is nicely balanced. Hop flavor is a combination of piney and citrussy, with more of a rounded flavor as opposed to a bitter sharp taste. A sweet, biscuity malt backs up the hops nicely. Drinkability is very good. Overall, a very solid APA, but nothing to write home about.

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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