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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:
#36,540
Reviews:
415
Ratings:
1,084
pDev:
12.15%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
218
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Ratings: 1,084 |  Reviews: 415
Photo of tr4nc3d
2.96/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into my pint glass from a 12fl oz bottle

Pours a medium copper color with a two and a half inch white head. Good head retention with small amounts of soapy lacing left sticking to the sides of my glass.

Smell is of grass and pine like hops. Dried fruit like pears come to mind.

Taste is mainly considered of sweet malts and the hops have faded quite a bit. Slight grass and floral type hops are noticeable but not by much.

Mouthfeel is thin and low to medium carbonation.

Overall pretty disappointed with this beer.

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Photo of portia99
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Summer tumbler.

A - Pours a bright orangey copper color with a small white head that fades quickly but leaves some nice lacing behind. Quite a bit of sediment floating in the glass - didn't pour with great care, but certainly wasn't a vigorous pour.

S - Right out of the bottle this smells strongly of citrusy hops, mainly fresh, sweet oranges - blends with the malt to give an overall orange blossom honey effect. This smells amazing - most distinct orangey smell I've gotten from any beer...can't wait to taste this one.

T - Orangey flavors come through with a touch of sweetness and a good crisp bitterness. Very clean taste. Doesn't quite live up to the aroma, but still very good.

M - Lots of carbonation, fills the mouth with prickly bubbles. Medium body.

D - Good medium bodied beer and lower in alcohol content. Feels a little on the heavy side for a pale ale, which limits drinkability, but not much. I could see myself having a few of these in a session and being quite happy.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

poured from bottle into Yazoo pint glass

A- Nice dark orange color which is somewhat cloudy and a small white head that went away quickly

S- Sweet malts and a hint of citrus.

T- Much like the nose, initially sweet malt followed by some citrus bitterness.

M- Fairly light with only moderate carbonation

D- An easy drinking Pale Ale, not as much bite as most I drink but good. Nothing to complain about with it.

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

Pours a clear, pale copper color with a 1 inch, white, bubbly head that recedes to a dense, creamy layer.

Hops are the dominate aroma that I pick up initially, citrus and fruit with some sweetness intermingled a little bit of tartness too. Clean and fresh.

The flavor also consists primarily of hop freshness, maybe a bit more on the piney side. A crisp flavor throughout, with just enough bitterness at the end to help balance the pale malts.

A fairly light beer, maybe more medium bodied. Low ABV and lots of flavor. All in all a pretty decent representation of the style, crisp and refreshing, well balanced.

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Photo of glid02
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Quinton's in Columbia, MO.

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of light citrus hops with a good bit of pale malt aromas in the background.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pale malt flavors up front are joined by light citrus flavors midway through the sip and both flavors carry through to a light bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing one glass and could have a few of these.

Overall this is nothing to write home about but it remains a solid APA. Worth a shot.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
4.6/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle into a nonic

Pours a medium honey to light amber with a nice thick, foamy head that is quite persistant and laces nicely.

Aroma is of antispetic and phenolic hops. Malt does not show itself on the nose. Hops smell bitter and earthy.

Flavor opens with an iced tea flavor. The hops come out in the middle but are trumped by the malt, which is not bad by any means. The middle is also highly supported by a tannic acid flavor, like an English Pale. The finish is dry and bitter hops. Caramel flavors, which some don't like or support, give the malt profile a weapon to take to the fight.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but crisp, carbonation is adequate and soft edged.

This is a perfect session pale. Seriously don't know of any other pale's with this much flavor, at this low of an ABV.

Low ABV, plenty of flavor, what else could you ask for?

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Photo of gunnerman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -0.6%
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%
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 -37.6%
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 +1.1%
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 -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 -0.6%
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 +1.7%
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 +10.5%
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 -18.8%
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 -13.8%
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 +0.3%
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 +3.9%
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 +1.7%
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 +5.8%
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 -14.9%
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 -5.8%
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 +9.9%
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%
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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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 1,084 ratings
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