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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Ratings: 1,073 |  Reviews: 413
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Somehow this beer has escaped me until now. Right off the bat I can see that I've been missing out.

Nice coppery color, slightly cloudy, two finger head that dissipates into a film with a nice ring of lacing around the glass.

Citrusey hops and piney malts leave for a very nice smelling beer.

Very nice hoppy, piney flavors dominate. A good malt backbone with some oranges and grapefruit flavors accent. Just a little sweet.

Mediium bodied and tangy from the carbonation. Mildly bittersweet hop aftertaste that lingers. Somewhat dry.

Very highly drinkable. Easy to down and tasty from beginning to end.

A great value at 7.50 a sixer, available all the time.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2010-05-25 in Liberty, MO (from tasting notes)

A - Clear copper with a short head that fades quickly.

S - Caramel and some pine.

T - Toasted malt with a hint of chocolate. There's a decent amount of bitterness. I'll guess ~50 IBUs. The floral hops from the smell aren't as evident in the taste. Some sourness creeps in at the end.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation give this a creamy feel.

D - Pretty good. Interesting enough to have another but wouldn't seek it out.

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

A - Very light copper in color, minimal head that dissipates quickly and virtually no lacing.

S - Mild aroma of caramel malts and pine hops.

T - Caramel malts, mild hops, biscuit, mild peach and honey notes. Pretty average pale ale in my opinion.

M - Medium to light in body, nicely balanced carbonation.

D - Nothing wrong with this one, just not all that exciting, but it is a delicious pale ale.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another one of the gifts from Ryan011235.

A- Nice sticky head that coats the whole glass in lacing. At least until it dies down to below a half finger high. The beer is a deep, hazy, rusty orange with lots of lively effervescence.

S- Pale malts rule while citrusy hops question their authority. Lemon-lime and orange give it a lively aroma.

T- A nicely balanced, yet ultimately hop forward pale. Starts biscuity, but only briefly. Pine and orange rind come and try to steal the show. The finish has a slightly odd astringent flavor to it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A somewhat cloudy dark yellow pour with average head and little retention or lace. Aroma, was pretty nonexistant other than some grain feel.

A little bit bitter, not much hop feel to it. Seemed like a real light pale ale, just the slightest bit of caramel. Gritty at times, nothing up or down on this one, very straightforward, no nuances or special or off flavors. Does finish pretty clean. This one can be passed off on entry level beer persons and girlfriends.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass on 10/3/10

Best by 12/19/10

Burnt amber/tobacco brown in color. It takes but a few moments for the head to drop from just shy of a finger to a uneven skim. Lace starts to stick halfway down the glass.

Balanced nose of caramel & pale malt, earthy hops & some intermittent, muddled citrus (orange peel). There is a doughy aroma, too.

The flavor opens with a reasonable amount of bitterness; dry & pointed. It's actually very dry throughout. Quick hits of vague, nondescript citrus. Notions of toasted malts creep in around the midway point but aren't as appreciable as the hops (not that I'm complaining).

Medium body with fairly high carbonation (which it would seem is the norm for Boulevard). Actually, I don't mind the higher carbonation in this instance; the prickliness is part & parcel with the bitterness & dryness. Brief finish.

I'm pretty impressed with Boulevard Pale Ale. Though nothing remarkable, it's a solid, hop-forward APA that tastes good & is enjoyable despite the carbonation.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, goblet, best by 1/21/11.

A very classic looking APA; yellow to copper with a small but sticky white head.

This is one of the Boulevard offerings I've consumed multiple times, and I remember the nose as solidly hoppy. Today the aromas are faint, juicy floral and citric hops and American pale malt.

Earthy, citric, and floral hops don't cover up a grainy malt body that isn't sweet but is drying.

Mouthfeel is nailed here. I still find mouthfeel the hardest category to put into words, but I know what I like for most styles. This has what I like for American Pale Ales; moderate prickling bubbles to transfer the hops with a moderate, dry body.

Such a good mouthfeel coupled with a subtle but hoppy flavor make this the second of two Missouri brewed APAs that I really dig.

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Photo of birchstick
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a copper color with a 1/2 finger head that was gone very quickly

S - smells of strongly of piney hops with caramel malts

T - the taste is the reverse of the nose in terms of what is dominant. Loads of caramel malts are balanced by some fainter piney hops. Pretty good pale ale.

M - medium body with a ton of carbonation.

D - this pale ale surprised me. The malts shined and the hops were very noticeable. Very solid beer. Too bad I have passed up on this so many times before. Better than average pale ale.

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Photo of Agold
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is a hazy amber orange color. There is about 1/2 inch of head which recedes to a thin film; little to no lacing. There is little in the nose, although I do smell a bit of floral hoppiness. Pretty unremarkable. The taste is a bit better than the nose, but really only average. Not a ton of hop bite, but there is some fruity and floral tastes which are nice. I'm really enjoying the mouthfeel of this one. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

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Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy amber-orange color with a nice foamy head that retains very well. No "5" without lacing on a pale ale.

S- Peach, caramel, and some flowery hops.

T- Fruity like a peach with sweetness from the light caramel malt, bitterness from the flowery hops, and tartness from the yeast

M- Juicy with fizzy bubbles

D- A very "blah" pale ale. Would probably please those with more sensitive palates, like me, who likes to eat plain crackers.

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Photo of July2Nov
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a cloudy, murky yellow with an inch of foamy head, that dissipated very quickly.

Smell: Very fragrant with a flowering blossom scent, along with a sweetness akin to caramel.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Strong hops upfront mellows down two levels with the first maintaining the bouquet quality and the last having a slight honey taste. The bitterness of the hops shines through again at the end. Really smooth overall for a pale ale.

Drinkability: I've really been digging on all of Boulevards' beers and this one is no exception. Good style and good company. Another winner.

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Photo of Spica66
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Orange-amber color, cloudy with yeast very present. Decent head formation and no retention.

S: Just the slightest hint of hops on the nose. Pretty bland smell, actually

T: The taste is somewhat mismatched I guess I would say. The hops have an earthy quality and that does not mix very well with the sweet malt backbone. The beer also has a lot of yeast present in it, so that is giving the whole brew a slightly biscuit undertone.

M: Medium body, excellent level of carbonation and clean finish.

D: Although it wouldn't my first choice for an APA, this beer is very drinkable.

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Photo of nickoya
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

General Comments: This was a decent, hearty pale ale with a pleasant, fruity taste and finish. The beer was full bodied and carbonated, with a mildly bitter aftertaste.

Appearance: Amber in color, cloudy in character. Not much of a head.

Smell: Not terribly impressive or strong, but I could detect a mild fruity, or perhaps even citrus flavor.

Taste: Medium in terms of "strength", with a fruity/citrus finish. The beer had a generic hoppy/bitter flavor too, which gave it a nice accent.

Mouthfeel: A little carbonated and heavy, but what should be excepted with a pale ale.

Drinkability: Not bad, but a bit strong and heavy, even by the standards of an ale. I would enjoy this with a sandwich at lunch or a light dinner.

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Photo of bnes09
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange-amber and translucent in appearance. Bubbly white head with little retention.

Clean smell without much there but a subtle piney hop.

Moderate hop bitterness hits the tongue with a mildly fruity flavor. Yeasts are alive in the brew as well. Malt is earthy, even a bit dirty and lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium body, good carbonation and dry finish.

An average pale ale. Flavors are not blended perfectly. Nonetheless, still a decent brew and hard to pass up on a summer day.

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Photo of bsp77
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint glass.

Appearance: Clear burnt orange with foamy off-white head and some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet orange, grapefruit and spice with some light caramel.

Taste: Light grainy and caramel malts with citrusy and spicy American hops. Mild bitterness on the finish. Typical but light APA.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, fairly thin body, semi-dry finish.

Drinkabiility: Easy to drink but it's really just a standard APA and it's too light on flavor and body. I bumped the score up slightly because it is pretty refreshing if drank quickly.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler served into a pint glass. They do growler sales at liquor stores here in AL. Crazy!

Pours a lightly hazy light orange color. Sterling white foam makes a two finger head with spindly lacing. Very basic appearance but well done.

This may be a pale ale out of the late 80's but the hop profile, gladly, does not smell outdated or too weak for today's standards. Nice pine, good grapefruit, a spritz of yeastiness, firm malt flavors of bread crust and muffin. Classic stuff. The nose is hop forward and so is the taste. No surprises on the palate. If you like grapefruit and bitterness than you can dig this beer. Balanced, still refined after all these years.

Good feel to this pale ale; lighter than medium-bodied, active carbonation, doesn't get watery at any point. This taste good enough to be an all-day session. Very low ABV% too (4.9%). Great for extended time grilling or barbecuing or watching football.

This is one of America's oldest existing pale ales; it is over twenty years old at this point. Yet, like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Boulevard's offering in the style remains as tasty as ever. Sure, it is like an introduction to hops. But I know a good many beer drinkers that were served well by this being their introduction. Myself included. This is the beer that started my love for craft beer. It is still good.

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Photo of Baraka
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale golden with a moderate head that leaves behind a bit of lacing. The nose is carmel and citrusy hops in a fairly balanced ratio. Fairly balanced beer- the hop bitterness is countered by a sweet malty finish.

Not a bad pale by any stretch of the imagination, but it is not one of my favorites, either. Very balanced, which can be good or bad depending on your viewpoint. Readily available in chains that don't have many craft offerings, so I end up having it quite a bit.

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Photo of Florida9
3.2/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Dull orange in color with a hazy appearance. Pours with a half inch or so of fizzy white head that has little retention. Fades to a patchy surface coating. No lacing.

S: Caramel malt. Yeast. Earthy and grassy hops.

T: A mild beer with the flavors of caramel and toast. There is a mild lingering bitterness and an odd sort of "cooked pine" flavor.

M: On the lighter side of medium with an appropriately higher carbonation level. Also a lingering sticky flavor.

D: Decent at best and really just not that exciting. Oddly this one is both malt forward without being overly malty. There is just not that much there and what is there isn't impressive.

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

A clear amber colored beer with a thick 1" head that fades to a fine small layer that lasts for a while. Fruity citrus hops rise pleasantly from the glass. Tastes of a bitter citrus start that ends cleanly with some caramel hops. Great tasting pale ale. Light bodied with a crisp finish. Good carbonation and great drinkability.

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Photo of rrski198
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Large off white head, pale orange amber color.

S: Great balance. Piney citrus notes, great carmel balance.

T: Again, great balance. The smell carries over to the taste. This is a really nicely balanced beer. I'm getting a little bit of everything here. Citrus fruit, piney hops, malty back bone.

M: Not much to improve upon. Average to high carbonation.

D: This would be a great beer to sit around and put down 5 to 6. The alcohol content isn't off the chart and it is extremely easy to drink.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottle says best by 10.31.10

This brew is a copper/amber with orange highlights and a creamy whitish 2 finger head. Respectable lace and retention for the style.
Smells of oranges, toasted bready malts, grapefruit, and a dry earthiness.
Taste follows nose-- a sweet bready malt with a hint of toastiness... Then a dry earthiness leads to the citrusy hops. Finish has a little bitterness that is smooth and pleasant.
Body is medium with decent carbonation and a smooth feel.
Easy to drink pale with a refreshing quality. Not a bad one to try.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very good beer. It has a thick, off-white head and a clear, amber color. Carbonation is moderate to high. The pleasing aroma is of roasted grains. It has a spicy, hoppy flavor, but is even throughout. I detected maybe a hint of orange? Mouth-feel is medium, and the beer finishes satisfying. I can't really think of any negatives with Boulevard Pale Ale. I highly recommend giving this delicious beer a try!


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Photo of thatguy3579
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light orange in color. Some clouding. Lively carbonation. Cream colored foam, dissipating to about 1/8 inch and clings readily to glass.

S: Grassy hops with some sweetness

T: Light hoppy start, with some lemon, roasted, and smoky flavors. Finish is mildly tart. Tastes like a milder version of their Single Wide IPA.

M: Thin body, with medium to high carbonation.

D: Decent hops for a pale ale. Flavorful, but not overwhelming. Perfect for when one won't quite do the trick. Will definitely try again.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: hazy light orange color with a finger of frothy ivory head. Not bad.

Smell: light, slightly grainy/grassy malt aroma with some light citrus and floral hops. Not too bad either, but could be better.

Taste: light, malty flavor; less grainy than the aroma. A touch of biscuit malt here. Hops are mostly citrusy and hang pretty well with the light malt flavor. This is actually not half bad.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a pretty healthy dose of carbonation. More fizzy than creamy, but not bad.

Drinkability: quite drinkable. Flavor is nice and overall experience is pretty refreshing. This could make one seriously sessionable beer.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
4.01/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Mostly clear amber beer. Light tan head receded quickly to a think layer at first, then gradually went down to virtually nothing.

S-A bright, wasy pine-grapefruit hops flowed out of the bottle as I poured, complimented by some small esters.

T-Toasty, biscuity malts formed a strong base to this beer, upon which stands an herbal-citrusy hop character, playing its part nicely. Hop bitterness is firm, but really lets the malt do its thing. Finishes pretty dry, with a slight residual hop.

M-Moderate high carbonation feels approrpriate for this beer, imparting some refreshing qualities, along with its medium body.

D-Yum. This is a nice beer to enjoy while doing something like cooking. It's able to splash my palate with some fun flavors intermitently, while not being so intense or deep as to require my entire attention. From what I've seen, only available in the Boulevard mixed 12-packs in the Twin Cities area.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,073 ratings.
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