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:
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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Reviews: 411 | Ratings: 1,051
Photo of dmadsen
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall a good pale. I like the look, good head that sticks to the glass, nice initial flavor. -The smell is fresh, no dominating scents. Well balanced taste. Nice malty character. Some bitterness that stayed on my tongue for a while.

Came in a 12pk sampler. I'd drink it again.

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Photo of Flatlands
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

With all of the beers out there, I had forgot about this old standby. It is a great balanced APA. It's something to think that this was considered a strong beer for it's day 1989 and now, I like it for it's balance. Be sure to revisit your old friends!
A-Nice pale color, head goes down quickly.
S-I used to just down this stuff at the bars, slow down, actually has a nice aroma of fruit and hops. Never really remembered that.
M-Here's the balance, very nice, goes well with the summer BBQ or just sipping outside on the deck.
O-This one started the greatness at Boulevard and it still holds it's own in a crowded APA market.

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Photo of areich6
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying with my good friend pschul4

A: Pours a light amber color with a small amount of lingering, attractive looking head.

S: A slight smell of hop bitterness with an even less intense hint of fruitiness. Maybe apples or pears.

T: A little bit of astringent bitterness that quickly recedes to a corny, grain flavored finish.

M: This is the strongest characteristic of this beer. It is very smooth and easy drinking. This would be an excellent session brew.

O: Not bad, but overall, middle of the pack.

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Photo of pschul4
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Shared with my tasting partner areich6

A- Pours pretty light but sits in the glass darker than the pour. 1/2" head that falls back to little wisps of white on the top of the brew

S- Candied fruit and some hops, not a lot of aroma here but whats there is good

T- Very tasty, light citrus flavor and the pale malts are perfectly used on this one. Could drink this all day

M- The best kind of light you can imagine. Super drinkable but not wimpy

O- Probably my 3rd favorite APA behind ZD and Dig from NB. Great job Boulevard!

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this pale ale in a nonic pint glass.

Appearance- A hard pour yields two-fingers of orange tinged, puffy foam. The cap is craggy and deflates slowly to slightly cover the cap.

The body has the look of a hazy auburn with golden highlights. It is glowing in the glass.

Smell- A little bit of lemon citrus and a sweet, toasty malt mingles with brewing water. It is definitely soft, but if it tastes like this head smells, I think I am going to be just fine.

Taste- The hops are very present throughout the entire drink and really define the palate profile. It gives hints of orange and lemon.

What gives this beer a real boost is the delicate malt backbone that contributes a sweet and toasty profile. It is not unlike vanilla and wheat.

If there is anything wrong with this I suppose it has to be that the beer is so delicate. I prefer a profile that is a little more irreverent, but I cannot help but feel like I am nitpicking.

Mouth feel- Appropriate: this is the word that best describes the feel. This pale has a medium to light feel with decent carbonation.

Basically, it doesn't feel flat, and that is great.

Overall- Yeah, I debated on how much I liked the flavor of this pale. I suppose it doesn't do anything overwhelmingly amazing.

But it gets the fantastic score because of how well it is balanced; how good of a job it does at making me take a second quick drink, to relish the taste some more.

In this case, I can really appreciate how easy of a drink this is, and how great it tastes.

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Photo of billab914
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a darker, amber orange color with a full, frothy head to it.

The aroma has a moderate floral, citrusy hoppiness to it with some notes of orange and lemon coming out. I get some toasted, grainy malts as well as some sweeter, caramel flavors to it as well.

The taste shows a little more of the caramel and toasted malts to it. in the finish I get some of the bitter hoppiness balancing it out and providing some hoppy citrus.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being a little above average. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style, pretty easy drinking and flavorful.

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Photo of kjyost
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle dated BB 6-29-2012
Much better experience than before. Light hop aromas that are fruity, though a touch too faint. A ton of hop flavour packed into a slightly caramel sweet body, especially for the style. Very enjoyable and exceedingly well balanced.

Reviewed 09-21-2010
Bottle dated BB 10/10/10

Pours a clear amber red with light head that barely laces at all... The aroma is next to non-existent, save a bit of a non-descript fruity hop aroma. This does not exactly have me excited... A little bitter on the tongue and finishes with a sweetness that is enjoyable. The body has an enjoyable earthiness to it, although it is thin and a bit watery with low carbonation. The right time, this would be an excellent beer to quaff, just not now...


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

Amber orange color with a decent head. Off-white head and good bubbling from carbonation. Nose is floral and citrus hops. Taste is fruity with more of a hop flavor. It is initially sweet malt with a nice hop bitterness mixed in that fades to a middle of roasted nuts. The finish is long and bitter-sweet with a faint alcohol warmth.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A main staple in my fridge. As Boulevard notes, this is their first beer that they made and marketed. It is a good start for some one looking to get into the craft scene. Pored from a bottle to a pint glass.

A- Color is a deep golden almost amber. Very little head came out of the pour, leaving no lacing.

S- I get a fruity, citrusy, hoppy scent.

T- Malty and hoppy. Both flavors are there. Nicely balanced. A good representation of the style.

M- Medium body, and not overly carbonated.

O- As I said before, this is a staple in my fridge. Easy to get, and decently priced. A nice one to kick back relax and enjoy the game. An easy drinker.

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Photo of TheCondor
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the other half of Boulevard Brewery's main one-two punch. This and Unfiltered Wheat account for the lion's share of Boulevard distribution; many of their other prodcuts are only consumed by beer geeks like me. Pale Ale poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - Pours a nice hazy gold color with a decent head that doesn't stick around for too long. However it does leave nice lacing on the side of the glass.

Smell - Fruits, citrus, you absolutely know you are smelling some kind of pale ale when you whiff this one. No question. The hoppiness is predominant in the nose.

Taste - Well balanced between the malt and hops, doesn't swing too far in either direction. This is just a good representative of the style.

Mouthfeel - Leaves a slight lingering bitterness, finishes nice and smooth with mid ranged carbonation.

Overall - This is a good, solid beer. It won't blow your hair back or call your mom, but there certainly isn't anything wrong with it. Can likely be used as a session beer, and is also a good transition beer for trying to convert people to the craft beer scene, as it isn't too strong in any direction. Just a nicely made pale ale. I'd drink one of these any day.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.46/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A salty, hollow, but not actually bad knock-em-back APA

Drinking this four months before 'best by' date on bottle.

A: Hazy, deep pumpkin orange body with a somewhat persistent one finger yellowed white head.

S: Light sweet and slightly tart fruitiness, floral notes, and a bit of earthy hops. Malt is weaker and on butter and caramel. Really not that odoriferous, but what I can smell is pleasant, save for the tiny hint of adjunct/metal.

T: Zesty, earthy hops take over on palate, but are really not all that strong. Fruit and floral notes drop way back, and there's just enough malt backbone to leave you satisfied in that respect. The beer also has a certain saltiness to it. Quite refreshing and sessionable, but nothing special or complex. A bit hollow really.

M: Finely textured, slightly creamy, and very carbonated.

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Photo of ruckus232
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark yellow almost amber in color with a little bit of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Slight bit of earthy bitterness with a small amount of sweet almost fruity scent.

Taste: There is a slight hoppy bitterness which is complimented nicely by the sweetness that no longer seems fruity. The slight sweetness tones down the aftertaste bitterness.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Rich and frothy, with a pleasing golden amber appearance. Detailed lace. Nice.

Nose is slightly piney, with a little citrus. Subtle.

Flavor is nicely balanced, with hops and malts working in tandem, neither side overpowering the other. This is a smooth-drinking, sessionable pale ale, and one worth repeatedly enjoying.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired from brewerburgundy courtesy of BA Secret Santa 2011, so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light golden brown color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, good amount of hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with a decent burst of earthy hops bitterness followed by some caramel and citrus sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is a solid beer with enough flavor and substance to make it worth pounding down for a long time.

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Photo of Illtryit
3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured my way up to a 3" head that had quite a bit of staying power and left nice lacing .

Hoppy aroma.

Taste is fairly bland. Hops bitter is all there is. No depth.

Mouthfeel is light and crispy. Not much body.

This is just a so so beer in my opinion. Drinkable, but not memorable.

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Photo of lawlerj
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A - pours slightly hazy golden amber with a slightly off white head. Head dissipates relatively quickly, leaving a bit of foam on the top. Leaves a bit of splotchy lacing (not much) and does not appear to be overly carbonated.

S - the malt backbone and floral and citrus hops are nicely balanced on the nose. Some toffee and caramel notes there as well. Nothing too crazy here, just a solid example of the style.

T - a bit of floral and citrus hops up front and then moves back into the caramel and malty backbone of the beer. Very nicely balanced again, as it should be. Not too much in the way of hops, not too much malt. Pretty dang good.

M - medium to light bodied. Moderately carbonated. Finishes smooth.

O - overall, a solid beer. Nothing outstanding, but as I said above, a fairly decent example of the style and sessionable as well. I would definitely pick up a six pack for a barbecue or party.

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Photo of metter98
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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 jkrich
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle: clear, deep golden to amber with a quickly dissipating white-head.
I was quite surprised and pleased by the aroma: very fresh, sweet and fruity - oddly faintly similar to something belgian with a hint of banana.
The refreshing aroma follows through on palate: very flavorful with a fruity, semi-sweet entry, almost a hint of marmalade. There is some faint hop bitters on the back of the tongue, but this is a fairly balanced, malt forward interpretation of an American pale ale.
The mouthfeel is rather slick with a short-lived sweetness on the palate. The carbonation is about average for the style, adding a spritz character to the mouthfeel.
I enjoyed this one, though there was an off-putting banana-like flavor that detracted from the experience. Worth trying but you can easily find better options.

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Photo of iSip
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boulevard Ale: At an airport waiting to depart I opted for the beer lunch. Boulevard was on tap. The body is straw yellow, translucent and very lightly carbonated. The head is pure white, very fine and did not last long. The aroma is subtle, and more fruity than malty. Very smooth drinking, this beer goes down easily. No robust flavor here, just a subtle malt taste and no sense of bitter or hop. I enjoyed this brew, and its easy going nature.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass stein. Light copper color with a tight two fingers of head. Looks really nice.
Honey smelling, slight hop aroma. Really had to search for this too.
A bit of malt, a little more bitter at the end. Just a simple one, two profile.
Light body and light carbonation.
An average beer. Nice and easy to drink, but not interesting or different.

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Photo of FosterJM
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

903rd Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

Best by: 02/16/12
Purchased from: On the Rocks, Lawrence, KS

App- Across the looks of this beer you would imagine this to be a big DIPA, or even a strong IPA. More dark in color with a very dark orange color with a bit of yellow highlights on the bottom. A one finger head with zero lace and cling.

Smell- A good florally malt driven APA and a nice spicy citrus flavor behind it. Wasn't the most hoppy or citrus but was very nice.

Taste- A good bubbly conditioned pale ale. Very close to an IPA for me with a good amount of bitter and a decent of hop notes to it. A touch less hoppier than SNPA but a touch more citrusy with some earthy malts and more bubbly yeast.

Mouth- A medium bodied beer with a medium punch carbonation. A good bit of bubbles from the conditioning and a little deep citrus.

Drink- A good bit of bubbles with a nice malt presence and a nice bit of citrus make this a very tasty and easy to reach for brew.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours light amber with two fingers of white head; looks like an APA should.

S: Light citrus hops are only slight and the malt is more than present...ookayy, maybe the taste is an improvement.

T: Yeah, not so much. It has all the right flavours of a good APA. It has the grapefruit, the slight lemon, the busuity malt, but the hops are just WEAK.

D: Drinkable, sure, but uninteresting and uninspiring.

Overall: Not bad, but not that great. There are just too many good local APAs for me to reach for another of these.

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Photo of afausser
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a deep, burnt amber with very little head, but what's there lasts and forms just the slightest layer across the top of completely uneven bubbles. The beer itself has a lot of depth to it and looks really neat when held up to the light, with fine streams of carbonation dancing to the top of the glass. It looks as if they're coming out of nowhere and making their way playfully to the top of the glass.

Smell: The aroma on this one is great--full bodied, but still manages to be crisp and light. There's a great deal of citrus in the nose--lemons, grapefruits, orange peel--but the malty notes are just enough to counter them and give them depth so they aren't abrasive. Slight caramel and brown sugar, very nice.

Taste: Sadly, not as balanced here as the nose, and almost comes across as an IPA. Not that that's a bad thing, but the nose smelled really great. Predominantly hops and strong lemon notes.

Mouthfeel: Excellently done. Almost too much in the way of carbonation, but it works, and leaves me with little to complain about.

Drinkability: Pretty good. Again, a very solid boulevard brew that I really wish we got out here on the east coast.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours medium amber/copper color with starting foam that settles out. Some lacing. Mild hoppy smell, and malt. Clean malty taste with a backing toffee taste. Very mild hop. The bittering grows over time.

Even balanced pale, less "american" than others, but in a good way. Doesn't hammer you with hops. Good drinker.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a Boulevard mixed twelve pack last week at Argonaut. This was one of the beers included in that box. Poured a nice amber color with a medium beige head. Aromas of grass, floral hops and a light breadiness. On the palate, this one is medium bodied, with flavors of grass, resiny hops and caramel.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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