Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#38,874
Reviews:
419
Ratings:
1,098
pDev:
12.15%
Bros Score:
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Photo of McStagger
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

03SEP2018

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%
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.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

***
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.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.69/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.96/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.39/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Buster
3.04/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Brucebeernut
3.67/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MeLoynes
3.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Meherat
4.09/5  rDev +13%
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 +1.4%
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 gcbenham
2.72/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TylerJ
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Khaack
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.49/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mehh

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Photo of HawkGX
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tjb27
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jkn09
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tone77
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Bryan12345
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of arizcards
3.59/5  rDev -0.8%
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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