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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: 412 | Ratings: 1,069
Photo of dcscientist
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Now this is what an APA should be. Perfectly balanced, not too hoppy but a ton of flavor. This beer needs to be your designated BBQ beer, just as you would expect from a brewery in Kansas City. You can enjoy this one year-round, and I do. It's Boulevard's first-ever beer and still the best. I'm a Colorado beer guy mostly but this one finds its way into my fridge fairly often.

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

Served on tap into a mug.

A- Poured an orange color with white soapy head that left chunky lace.

S- Basically no aroma, a hint of light crackery notes.

T- Nice citrus and grassy hop character with a nice malt backbone with notes of cracker, lemon, and bready notes.

M- Refreshing, prickly carbonation, medium body, and dry.

O- A very well-balanced and flavorful pale ale. This is really a great text-box example of the style.

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Photo of Edward-Nipplebrew
2.79/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Boulevard Pale Ale has an extremely high carbonation factor for a pale ale. It is not a good mouthfeel but tastes overall okay. The carbonation is almost too much. This beer albeit different is perfectly predictable.Good but not great just what you expect from the "Show Me State."

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Photo of Warmonster
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I have drank literally hundreds of these beers.. So I figured I should review it.. Boulevard is a GREAT brewery with some of the best tasting beers probably in the World. That being said I have tried many many different brews of theirs and this is one of the best. It use to be less consistent with taste but I actually called them about it months ago and it seems to be fixed... I even broke a case on accident once because of their weak cardboardish packing. I told them about it and they changed the packaging and sent me money for another 12 pack!... I love this company and this beer and will be a customer of theirs till the day I die. One thing about this beer I have found with NO other beer EVER.. I find if I fall asleep and a beer has been opened.. I can wake up and even after being open all night. I can take a drink and it still tastes like a fresh beer and even has carbonation!!! That blew me away, most beer is crap after being left open.. This is one of the greatest brewed beers in the World IMO.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 ounce glass into a BrewDog cervoise glass.

A: Honey-colored and hazy. Not translucent. Not much head, but heavy lacing.

S: Typical pale ale, but pleasant. Fresh hops. Pine. Citrus.

T: This is a darn tasty pale ale. Surprising sweetness really complements the citric acidity. Pleasant and herbal lingering finish. This is a damn fine pale ale. Quintessential, even. Highly recommended.

M: Malt base is substantial and beer is crispy and refreshing.

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Photo of Gavage
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear orange color with a 2" head that lingers around a while. Mild lace paints the glass.

Smell: very soft aroma as only a bit of caramel and some orange citrus comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, orange, sweet pear, and a floral hop bitterness are the main flavors here.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, less crisp and a hint of dryness arrives at the finish. Short lasting aftertaste.

Overall: a serious sessionable pale ale that leans towards west coast style. Worthy of a try.

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Photo of jeff52
4.21/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard gets it right for a pale ale. Citrus fruity hops with a slightly bitter finish which perfectly balances the sweetness of the caramel malt finish. Better and even more complex as it warms up.

A refreshing, tasty and well-balanced brew. One of my favorite go-to beers.

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Photo of PieOhMy
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter

A Dark amber, no transparency. Half inch white head remains. Thick lacing.

S Hops. Wet grass. Some rye and wheat are there for sure. Malty. Very refreshing.

T Earthy and grainy upfront. The rye and wheat really come through. Bitter hoppiness follows.

M Its thin, but so are most pales. Bitter follow-through.

O Good APA. Nothing special. But that's kinda how the style is. Either it's great and people are bitching that it should be classified "IPA" or its a bland run-o-the mill ale. This sits somewhere in between. Try it. You won't hate it.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ambery copper color with a thin finger of off-white foam.

Toasted and caramel malts with a slight earthy/herbal hop aroma.

Toast, biscuits, caramel, and earthy hop bitterness.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, leans sweet.

Overall, a rather forgettable beer.

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Photo of rtrasr
4.73/5  rDev +31%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Rich toasty malt balanced by a hop bite with taste of citrus. A real beer, I rate a brewery by how well they do the pale ale, a pilsner, a wheat. They have to get those right. The Double Imperial IPA is gravy after that. . Boulevard got this right. Boulevard was the first micro besides Sam Adams available in my area. They always have a soft spot in my heart.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of 06/21/2013. Acquired as part of the Boulevard twelve pack sampler. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours one finger of fluffy white froth for a head on top of a nice bright beautiful orange colored body with lots of sediment twirling around the glass, not unlike the Boulevard Single-Wide I.P.A. Head dies out quickly.

S - Earthy, pine resin hops, lemongrass, wheat and caramelized malts.

T - Taste is crisp, medium bodied, with tart citric lemon qualities. Decently hopped up for a being a pale ale. Sweet tangy hops are complemented well with the malts.

M - Crisp, refreshing, light to medium body, with a nice tart lemon hop bite. Slight bitterness in the aftertaste with some dryness.

Overall, another decent year-round beer from Boulevard. Simple, fairly average, and doesn't stray too far from the rest of the pack, but this is a pale ale that definitely achieves what it sets out to do, and there is definitely something charismatic about these beers.. A highly enjoyable and drinkable pale ale, one I'd be happy to revisit.

Boulevard Pale Ale ---4/5.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy copper color with a slowly receding light cream colored head. Light lines of lacing mark the glass.

The aroma is well balanced with sweet caramel malt first, and floral hops after.

Taste is faintly sweet then a tangy, citrusy blast of hops and citrus rind comes through. Some piny wood on the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, a pretty good pale ale. Good balance and flavor.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.81/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours cloudy orange with a medium tall off-white very compact head. Rich lacings.

S: Malt, semi-sweet and nettles. Bitter hops and very faint floral. Kind of rye-bready. The American (hops) are no where to be found in the smell.

T: Rye bready semi-sweet caramell malt together with some bitter hops is what this beer is (almost) all about. Some raspberries in the back.

M: Long bitter aftertaste, medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Well, I expect way more pine and tropical fruit in an APA than this beer's got.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Reddish amber in color, with a modest, persistent white head, and a touch of haze. The lacing is excellent, both thick and glass-coating.

Aroma:Very prominent hop aroma against a backdrop of caramel and toasted malt.

Taste: A moderately sweet caramel malt presence and bread yeast flavors opens the taste, and is soon followed by a substantial, but not heavy-handed hop presence. The malt and hops carry throughout the taste, with the malt always secondary to the hops, but not overwhelmed. Finishes with a mild, lingering hop presence, and a slightly sweet caramel note.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very drinkable, a decent and drinkable example. While it is not outstanding, its a good "middle of the road" beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is what an American pale ale should taste like to me. its light, crisp, hoppy, drinkable, and wonderful when ice cold. the nose is well hoppy, bitter and bitey, with a lighter malt profile and a floral and piney hop character. the crispness of this is what impresses me most. its packed with flavor, but its snappy in the finish, ultimately refreshing. sweeter grains up front with a glorious bright hop flavor that seems unfamiliar to me, not sure what varieties are used here, but it works. theres a juicy fruity vibe that is new to me here. the feel is the best, perfectly carbonated with the cleanest fastest finish I can remember in this style. whatever yeast is used here I would like to clone for my own brewing, it really makes the feel of this pale ale pop off. overall the best of boulevards standard releases. cool that they've found a way to make the most commonplace style of beer as interesting as this, its sessionable and a lot of fun.

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Photo of XxNitExX
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass

A- Pours a copper orange that is cloudy due to the bottle conditioning. Small white head that has decent retention but not great.

S- Mostly malts in the nose with slight hop aroma. Also has a pleasant yeast aroma. Not like most APA's these days.

T- This is where people will argue over this beer. This is not a strongly hoped APA, almost more of an English Pale. Mostly malts, some caramel with floral hops at the finish. Also get the yeast taste due to the bottling. I happen to love this as an easy drinker as it will not take down your tastebuds with hops.

M- Pretty much just average. Nothing really to say, feels like beer in your mouth, not too watery or to thick.

Overall I really enjoy this beer. It is easy to find at places where you wont find many of your favorites.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.31/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale ale pours a hazy golden color with very little head. There is a slightly hoppy aroma. The taste has some floral notes, and a grainy yeasty taste. A bit lighter of a taste, and not very bitter or dry. Overall this is a unquie pale ale, the yeasty flavors add a twist to this beer.

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

Boulevard is 23 years old today! 23 years to the day since they rolled out their first (for sale) keg of Pale Ale. Figured I ought to review one as a toast.

Presentation: 12oz brown stubby pop top with nice (if simple) label; best-by date of 3/29/13 clearly stamped. Bottle-conditioned. Into Pumking globe.

Appearance: This pours a sliiiightly hazy (from bottle conditioning) copper/orange brew with a nice cream-colored cap which shows decent retention.

Smell: This is very much about the hops; this brew uses Cascade, Magnum, Palisade, Simcoe, and Styrian Goldings, so perhaps it's not surprising that no one hop characteristic is jumping out at me. The overall character is fruity, slightly earthy, and perhaps with the slightest hint of citrus. Very slight toasty malt aroma. Still the hops are soft, not at all sharp or brash. Pleasant, if nothing stand-outish.

Taste: Firm, bracing bitterness (30 IBUs) almost balanced by Pale, Munich, and two types of crystal malts. Not quite as citrusy/peachy/fruity as the last time I had it on tap, the hops here are lightly herbal, earthy, but still a bit of that peachy stone-fruit character that I really like. Just a hint of candied lemon as it warms. Also, not quite as much (toasty) malt as I remember it having on tap. Regardless, this is still a nice quaff.

Mouthfeel: On the light side of medium

Overall: A bit more than the sum of its parts. It's not a beer to think about or a draught that causes one to wax poetic, but it's a dead-solid American Pale, and I find it quite drinkable, even though I'm much more of an English Pale Ale guy. Especially on sale at $6.99, you'd be hard pressed around here to find a better stand-by, 'fridge' beer. If you're looking for something in that style, I actually prefer it over SNPA.


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

A dark amber brew, little lacing but good curtains.

A fruity smell, passion, hay, lemon detergents.

Sweet bread, fruit marmalade, lemon peel.

Medium carbonation, soft with a medium body and a light dryness.

A no nonsense pale, a bit perfumic smell.

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

Pours a burnt orange color with a thin, rocky looking head that left lots of lacing. The aroma has a caramel base with nice hoppy tangerine and lemon flavors. It tastes of bitter lemon with biscuits, the most noticeable flavor is bell pepper. This beer is light with sharp carbonation and a slightly dry finish. I thought this was a good pale ale, and it was my first boulevard I ever had many years ago when I visited Keokuk, Iowa.

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

Big thanks to FTowne for this one...

A: Pours a great cloudy orange/amber with a finger and a half of pure white head. The foam takes quite awhile to settles. There is very little lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is big malt, mild citrus, and mainly wet bread. I'm actually a bit surprised at how bready this pale ale smells. It even smells a bit like an adjunct lager.

T: This beer starts out with a quick burst of sweet malt, but the hops come on right after. I get bread, citrus, roses, and mild yeast in the middle. The finish is floral, oranges and more malt.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet and wet to start, lingers on the palate in the middle, and finishes semi-dry.

O: It's a good pale ale, but nothing amazing. I'm happy to have tried this beer, but I don't think I'd seek it out again. However, if I was at a dive bar and this was one of the few beers on tap, I'd order it all day long.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy orange, carbonation, two finger head that lingers.

S-Moderate hops, citrus and floral, even some clove? Rounded out with slight grass.

T-Nice light citrus/floral notes. Mild and balanced. The slight bitterness you'd expect from an APA (could use some more IMO). As it warms the malt seems to take over though with some caramel flavors and the hops take a back seat.

M-Light to medium bodied, some carbonation as well.

O-An OK APA but as it warms it takes a turn for the worse with the malt dominating. (Bottle was 2 months away from best by date)

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

12-oz bottle into small glass mug

A - mostly-transparent amber body under a large head of khaki foam; lots of small carbonation bubbles rising

S - caramel-sweet malt, citrus, touch of spice (coriander?)

T - malty with a hint of caramel sweetness, fresh bread, sweet fruit notes, bitter citrus, pine; citrus and spice for a bone dry finish; nice balance

M - chewy medium body, average/high carbonation, smooth

O - The hops on the label are no joke--smells and tastes pretty hoppy.

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

A: Pours a clear copper to amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation at the surface. The beer has a finger tall dense light beige head that reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of toasted pale malts with some light fruits and hints of citrus hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is mild with very good balance - not too sweet and not too bitter. There is a toasted malt body with some light hints of caramel. There are also some light citrus (orange/lemon) hops which impart a delicate bitterness which does not linger.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Smooth.

O: A little more delicate in flavor then I expected but this is a very enjoyable beer. The beer is quite easy to drink and could be sessionable.

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

Pours a muddy orange amber with a slight head and light lacing. Orange light malt with light citrus. Finishes with a light malty, spicy flavor. Nice for a low ABV ale. Darker and more flavorful than I'd expect from a pale ale. Boulevard does a good job on these beers

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