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: 1,078 |  Reviews: 415
Photo of gunnerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a pint glass pours a nice copper color with foamy head that leaves a bit of lace. Smell is of slight citrus with more of a wheat type of smell. Taste is heavy carbonation with a faint hop bitterness, citrus, bubblegum, orange peel. Overall this is a nice session beer and goes down smooth.

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Photo of Rayek
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Orange tinged amber with nice clarity for a bottle conditioned beer. The orange tinged cap starts out strong with a pronounced soapiness. Head retention is average, and bits of lace are left behind.

S: Subdued, but pleasant describes the nose. It's mostly a mix of lemony hops and toasted grains. Maybe a hint of butterscotch.

T: Nice, but nondescript. Starts out with a caramel infused toast flavor. Hops come on with a lemony bitterness that's just high enough to balance the malty sweetness. Finishes with lingering lemon and bread flavors.

M: Medium light body is slightly slick and has about the right amount of carbonation.

D: This beer is pretty drinkable thanks to the low ABV. For me; however, the flavor could use more depth and complexity. As it stands, this is a nice session brew for times when the beer isn't the center of activity.

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Photo of thirdeye11
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a great 2 finger head, color is appropriate for the style, lacing is nice. Couldn't be improved much, maybe make it slightly more orange.

S: Not a lot of special things going on here. Some fresh fruity hops in the nose, nice and clean. Aroma is about the same whether cold or warmer. Nice for the style.

T: Taste could use more hops even for a pale ale, but I thought it was quite solid overall. Not a lot of bitter aftertaste here, very smooth and drinkable.

M: I think SNPA is the standard by which all others should be judged, and this one comes very close. The weight, carbonation are just right. The oiliness in SNPA is missing here, and could use a bit more creaminess but really VERY solid. I was impressed.

D: I could drink them all night and never be upset about it. I had 3 in a short period of time and it was great all the way through. One of the most drinkable beers I've had in a while.

Nice start for anyone trying to get into hops. It's not overpowering in any way, and quite well done. A little mild for the style maybe, but extremely approachable.

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Photo of drpimento
2.26/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured with an off-white head and almost no lace. Looks and tastes force carbonated. I'm prejudiced against the beer as the hops give the beer a grapefruit character that I don't like. Do pick up some malt in there and that helps. Proly not bad if you like the grapefruit thing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, I think I paid $8 for the sixer. Interesting that this is bottle conditioned as well as made with whole hop cones juts like another certain pale ale. Color was golden, clear, good head. The smell was well, nondescript to say the least. The taste was very balanced between malts and hops and not what I would call hoppy at all. It was however amazingly easy to drink. I could see myself purchasing this with some regularity if only it were cheaper than SNPA.

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Photo of mizzourah
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden orange with a one-finger off white head.

S- It's fairly mellow. Some sweet, bread smells mixed with faint hops.

T- It's a pretty mellow tasting beer. Like the smell, the malts are sweet and somewhat bread-like. The hops come in at the end but are pretty weak. It has a slight bitterness, but I expected a bit more from a Pale Ale.

M- It's light with a good amount of carbonation, which I feel is pretty typical of Boulevard's beers.

D- It's an easy beer to throw down with its mellowness. Since the hops are fairly weak, it doesn't mess with the palate. This is a reliable, sessionable brew that is widely available in Missouri.

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Photo of jdense
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap while visiting in KC, when in Rome....

Pours clear orange body with one finger white head, lingering lacing. Faint hops and biscuity malt in the nose, and a pretty nondescript balanced taste, with no assertive hop or malt presence. Fairly drinkable, this may prove to be a good session beer, though lacking in overall taste memorability. Pretty unremarkable, was expecting more.

EDIT- I may have caught a bad or old keg. On tap at Boulevard outpost at KC airport, the taste is quite a bit brighter, with far more noticeable malty sweetness, and a bit more hop presence. Review reflects the latter, and better, experience.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle received from monsterfat in a recent trade. Thanks much!

Pours a cloudy (yeast?) deep orange with a popping white head as a capper. This fizzes down quickly, but leaves enough of a sheet to leave some pretty sticky lacing all along the glass. Smells a tad like vegetables, finishing slightly sweet like sugar cookies.

Mouthfeel is firm. Easily drinkable. Flavor profile is a tad sour and yeasty at the onset, but gives way to a mellow sweetness that I really like. Nice malt presence sneaks in, with just a hint of hoppy bitterness. Well done. Recommend.

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

This pours a clear medium gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam.

The smell is of citrus hops with an equal amount of caramel malt sweetness and some fruity tones. Slight notes of bread.

The taste is a good balance of malt with some sweet flavours, some bread, and lightly bitter taste of citrus hops with a bit of grass. Nice flavours here for a sessionable APA, me thinks.

Fairly light bodied with brisk carbonation, it finishes with a nice mix of grassy bitterness and a last tad of malt. I find this a nicely balanced example of the style.

Drinkability? Very good. It's easy drinking and tasty.

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Photo of jasonjlewis
2.94/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice two finger head with a dcent amber aroma that is slightly cloudy from bottle conditioning. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell is of faint hops. It's not very noticeable at all. Not good if I hardly smell anything at all.

Taste is of pale malt with a touch of crystal malt sweetness (not really though). Mild earthy/citrusy hop flavors. Bitterness is clean. There isn't much character at all in this beer. If you want to be this boring with the recipe, use a more interesting yeast strain at least.

There is a bit of slick diacetyl on the pallet. Not appealing for the style. Still there is adequate carbonation.

Eh, this beer is average. I'm glad I only bought one.

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Photo of slater1313
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- About a 1/2 inch head that dissipated fairly quickly. A golden-amber hue. I like the way this beer looks.

S- Not much going on in the smell. Somewhat grainy-wheaty smell. I couldn't detect any hops. Disappointing.

T- Pretty much the same as the smell. There is some bitterness, but overall very mild.

M- Medium to light body. Nice carbonation. Lots of little bubbles on the tongue.

D- This would be a nice session beer.

Overall I really wasn't too impressed with this beer. I'm sure that I'm spoiled with easy access to Alpha King and Founders Harvest Ale, but if this is what the other APAs taste like I will gladly stick by those.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/18/09.

Pours into a pint glass with hazy yellow-orange color and thin white head. The head leaves in a hurry with no lacing behind.

Aroma doesn't have much to it. Maybe my nosehairs have been over hopped lately but this smells more like a brown ale to me. More malts than hops and pretty subtle all around.

Flavor is more like an English pale ale to me. Nicely bittered but with a more earthy subdued hop than typically used in the U.S. Well balanced and a nice dose of roasty malts.

Mouthfeel is fine for the style. It has medium body and the carbonation is reasonable. Drinkability is good but I wouldn't want to drink more than a couple. It just doesn't have enough character or complexity to keep me interested.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Clear copper color. Poured a 2 finger coarse whie head with good retention. Sticky broken lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Flavoring hops and light sweet malt. Subtle citrus bite. Not real prominent.

T: Sweet caramel malt, grapefruit. Light resiny hops follow. Mild bitter to finish. Very nicely balanced and not overly prominent in any area.

M: Medium bodied. Ample carbonation. Very nicely balanced. Clean and easy to drink.

D: Very nice session APA; mild and balanced.

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Photo of Tone
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. One inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops up front with a slight secondary sweet malt aroma. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of hops up front, slight earth malt, slight fruit (lemon), and overall a little watery overall.

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

This beer pours a golden yellow color, with a thin white head. The head fades quickly, leaving a decent lace.

This beer has a mild floral aroma. It smells mildly of citrus. It has a very subtle sweet aroma as well. This beer is very mild, but it smells pretty good.

This beer tastes just like it smells. Very subtle. Sweet malt, and some floral and citrusy hops. Decent, but not overly exciting.

This beer is very thin. It leaves a floral aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would probably make a good session beer. It is low in alcohol, and mild in flavor.

Overall: A big thanks go out to Vancer for hooking me up with this beer. It was good. Nothing I would go out of my way to have again, but worth having this time.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(bottle BB 2/21/09):

Pours a very clear, very light amber colired body, with a huge cremy white head, lastingish. Nutty malty aroma, wheaty/grainy smell. Dry aroma, weakish. Dry malty nutty taste. Grainy dry taste. Carbonated. Somewhat tasty session-like.

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Photo of hoplover82
3.41/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear rusty golden color with a thick creamy to bubbly white head that stays pretty good and leaves good lacing in it's trails.

The aroma is lots of pale malts, not any hops detected. Very simple, in this case a bad thing. Not much to the aroma.

The flavor is the same, very pale and bland. A little hop flavor in there, very little. Slight amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little dry in the end, which in this case is a bad thing. I'm glad I didn't have to buy a sixer.

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Photo of wnh
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Second of two pale ales in a 12-bottle sampler pack.

Pours a clear copper color with a smallish fizzy white head that didn't stay around long. Very lively, with lots of small bubbles rising from all around the glass.

Nose is clean, with a moderate dose of piney hops taking center stage. Flavors of earthy, piney hops, with some sweet malt coming through in the aftertaste. The hops are certainly the centerpiece, but this is pretty well balanced. Light-to-medium bodied, leaning toward light. A good amount of tongue-scrubbing carbonation. Clean and easy to drink.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with no foam except a few bubbles on the surface

S - not a whole lot of aroma, just a bit of orange and grapefruit

T - light sweet malt and some orange and lemon citrus with a slight peppery finish

M/D - Nice carbonation and very enjoyable. This is one I could enjoy day after day

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Photo of Durge
3.13/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured a hazey straw amber color from the bottle into a tall glass. The head was a modest bit of white with similar lacing. The aroma was very subtle, wheat and a little hint of citrus hops. Very well carbonated but generally a very "green", acidic flavor and thin bodied. Although there is a sense of bitterness, it doesn't taste like hops and just doesn't get 'er done for me. It's drinkable to a degree but I don't think the palate would ever be thrilled enough for much of a session. Not particularly tastey or impressive. It was refreshing though!

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Photo of hwwty4
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking over the beers from Boulevard and was shocked to see that I had not reviewed this one yet.

Poured a 12oz bottle into my new and improved Boulevard Smokestack chalice (really the thing reminds me of a sacramental chalice, but I digress). The beer pours the color of peach jolly ranchers with a mediocre, off white head that recedes it to a flat film in the center of the glass. The aroma is pretty hoppy for a major brand, craft APA. There is definitely a good amount of citrus going on. There is also a good amount of malty sweetness lingering in the background of the aroma. The flavor follows suit with the hops really showcasing the flavor. Mostly orange with just a bit of lemon and a good malt kick to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good bit of soft carbonation. This is definitely one of my go to beers while I'm out on the town in KC. Almost every bar has it on tap, which makes it a God sent when at a BMC joint.

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Photo of dakid618
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz into pint glass. Pours a hazy golden color with two fingers of fluffy white head. Gobs of retention stick to the side of the glass. Very piney smell. Taste is very smooth and balanced. The biscuitlike malts shine through first but give way to pine and light citrus hops. Medium bodied mouthfeel that lightly coats the tongue. Drinkability is very high as it's ABV is low and it's not super filling.

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Photo of mothman
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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 DocTheDJ
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

*Non-transparent light Golden/Orange color not much of a head, little lace as well.

*Very Nice citrus - musty melon scent and hops with a tinge apple cider? & flora aroma?

*Taste, quite nice, nice light malt, combines well with sugar level and a bit of tangerine. Not overly bitter which was a nice surprise but a nice dry sweet tart after taste makes me drink more and makes it unique!

*Texture, not as watery as I expected and carbonation level is quite nice and not overpowering for its style. A nice smoothness to this one.

*Overall: Would make a nice session beer with its smoothness and balance a bit unique.

> Can't wait to try this one when summer comes back around.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a light golden-orange with thin off white head that dissipates fairly quickly and leaves okay lacing. Nose is mild and of apples and citrus fruit, with a fairly bland mouthfeel. Taste is more of the hoppy fruit, with just a slight hint of skunk. Finish is short-lived, but pleasant. Not a bad beer.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.61 out of 5 based on 1,078 ratings.
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