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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Photo of jwilli7122
2.88/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

pours a brownish yellow with a small white head - good retention.
smell - citric hops: sweet and astringent
taste - sharp, short, clean, super citric hop burst that is less bitter and more apple/minty/piney sweet. very puckering. medium/light bodied- very dry. mindless drinking, but too puckering and dry to be enjoyable as a session beer for me.

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

Poured a deep gold/honey color. White head not particularly thick but holds up well and laces to the bottom of the glass.

A tantalizing slightly citric hop aroma that seems to come and go.

I found the hops to body balance to be very refreshing. It works well right before a meal. Definitely some hop character. Feels good hitting the back of the mouth.

I'm glad to have a fresh local brew of this caliber close at hand.
This beer can be enjoyed year round.

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Photo of jonnylieberman
2.47/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured gorgeous out of the bottle. A perfect head and a beautiful orange-copper type color--clear, but not crystal. Very nice to look at.

Um, not too much to smell. There's like a little bit of hop scent, and maybe a third as much malt.

Compared to a brew like Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, this beer wears the dunce cap. Flavors are not forthcoming. They are in there, just buried. Definitely needs some more hops to balance out the malt. Unfortunately, the malt that is there really doesn't taste so great. Not fruity enough at all. This is a very conservative pale ale.

Thick mouthfeel, nearly identical to their dry stout. However, it is almost course, and for an ale much too dry.

You could slug these back without too much trouble, as long as you are thinking about something else.

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

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a thin white lace head. The aroma is decent. It boasts of pale malts and a faint floral hop scent. It seems to come across slightly malty with a bit of carapils malts added for flavor and body. The taste is above average. It is full of pale malt flavor along with some hops as well. It doesn't seem to have good balance. The mouthfeel is fine. This is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an above average pale ale that's all. It's one and done for me.

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

Presentation: Squat 12 ounce bottle with colorful label that has the Breweries Logo with the words Pale Ale above it. No strength indicated, but a Best By date of 04/10/04. Twist cap and a neck label that states that the Pale Ale is bottle conditioned, as well as having some explanatory background to the beer.

Appearance: Copper clad lightly hazed body with some apricot orange flashes when back lit. The head is cream colored, reasonably sized at first, it eventually settles to a thin covering, but not until after it leaves some nice looking lacing. Good conditioning means that the head is replenished with a quick swirl.

Nose: Malts and a biscuit middle with a floral hoppy back end. Classic Pale Ale nose that is not high in strength but very inviting when deeply inhaled.

Taste: Malty beginnings with a light floral feel at first. Biscuit middle, fruity, in an endearing way, with a sharp grapefruit pinch in the finish. Dry ending with a hint of caramel amidst the bitterness at times. Very drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Perfect conditioning lends a real quality feel to the average body. Smooth and fruity flesh wraps perfectly around a solid malt skeleton. Nice.

Drinkability: A very easy going beer that has a solid quaffability factor. This one did last long at all.

Overall: A very tasty Pale Ale from Boulevard. Cheers to the Huge for this one.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber, slight head with no retention.
Smell: Noticed hops, and fruit or floral notes, just could pin it down.
Taste: Noticable hops. Easy finish.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, light bodied, carbonated. Easy to drink.
Drinkability: Good, refreshing beer, comparable to Sierra Nevada.

Final Thoughts: IMO comparable to Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (which is one of my favorites of the style). I usually pick this beer (while maybe not as good) because of the proximity from which it is brewed (in KC) but also because of its low price in this area.

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

Served in a cold pint glass, after letting it sit to warm a bit, pale golden color, small white head that quickly disappears, light bready and grassy aromas, clean balanced malt hop flavor, watery and thin mouthfeel, really light, crisp clean finish, a decent english pale ale.

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Photo of mentor
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Rich orange or amber-red when poured. A head of small white bubbles formed and, as I poured, a pleasant flowery hop flavor rose from the glass. A closer sniff was quite satisfying as some of the malt sweetness blended with the hops. Upon tasting, this medium-bodied beer was bitter, as a Pale should be, with citrus-y aromatic hop flavors (probably Cascades) on top of a gentle (hardly noticable) malt. A hint of honey (is honey an ingredient of this beer?) blended the bitter hop, but I was wanting of more sweet malt to bring a sense of completion. 'Empty' is the best way to describe the experience. The beer suds subsided (rather quickly) to a white ring of foam that clung to the sides of the glass and were eventually left behind at the bottom. The gentle flavors of this beer are easy on the tongue such that it does not demand attention from your taste buds. A great beer for a casual evening.

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

Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a medium off-white head. Thin lacing. Aroma is lightly hopped and a little citrusy. Medium-bodied and crisp with a decent hops flavor through and through. Very little malt but it is there. The finish is crisp and rather hoppy. This beer really does nothing to offend, although it doesn't really take any chances either.

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

Draught: This one pours a somewhat darker golden color. Definitely lighter than expected. There is some white head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is a bit on the lighter side also. Some grapefruit hops to the nose. The taste is some grapefruit hops also. A touch bitter, with a somethat lighter body. A decent pale ale. Like their wheat, a little lighter than your standard Pale Ale.

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

Picked up a sixer while passing-thru Mo. on vacation. The six is sold in a nice sturdy top closing box. The beer poured a nice hazy copper/orange color with a nice, full fluff, vanilla head. Lace was short lived and in spots. The aroma is citrus or grapefruit. The taste and mouthfeel is crisp and clean hop. The hop is most over a well balance of malt, but not a bitter taste. Makes this a very drinkable beer. When im that way again, i'll be sure to pick up more. Meantime I ordered the Pale Ale mustard from thier web-site. Also good and the order was timely.

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Photo of Jarod
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle conditioned, best by: 11/23/03
Supplied by Sean – many thanks.

This beer poured into the glass a yellow/gold color that was crystal clear and well carbonated. It produced a beige/off white colored head that was fairly thick and creamy, lasting somewhat but falling to a ring on the outside edges. No lace was present. The aromas were of sweet malts, pine hops, fruits (citrus lemon, grapefruit), some caramel and a hint of yeasty bread. The flavors were of sweet malts and fruits, citrus (grapefruit bite and lemon), hops, yeast and grains. It left a pine needle hop feel behind, on the tongue. Light bodied. Sweetness of fruits or malt seemed to dominate the pallet. Refreshing decent beer. Would have liked something more from it, seemed to be a little on the weaker side when matched up to others of its style.

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

Nice gold straw color, one finger high of dense, thickly puffed vanilla ice cream colored top. Lace in some tiny spots and strings.
Smell is mildly subdued of lemon and grapefruit with a bit of dryish malts. Taste is a fast start of caramel sweet malts, kinda breadish that turns right into mild fruits of lemon and grapefruit, sort of a dulled juicyness. Quite easy with a smooth carbonation and fruity mild sweetness and a fabulous backing of toasty breadish malts. Medium body feel, a bit thin in places, but would suit for a good session beer as this stuff goes down easily.

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Photo of ADR
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright amber with a fine head of close to 1/2 an inch and its nice and rocky. Like Bully! Porter, great retention. Respectable pale lacing. The smell is malty, emphasizing a fruity quality. Taste follows aroma, fine carbonation merges with pleasant fruit and a very faint cinnamon toast maltiness. Slight Cascade-like finish. Not as interesting as some, the finish is light comparatively. This is a sessioner for me, like Sierra Nevada Pale, its a little dusty and dry and there could be more going on.

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

Diluted orange under a chunky, clunky vanilla topping. Excellently retained.
Muted but sufficent nose of caramelized sugar, dry toast and mild pink grapefruits.
Begins with a jabs of caramelly sweetness which turns quickly to restrained fruitiness. Papaya and pineapple segue directly, and merge seemlessly with the grapefruit peel, Cascade finish. Touches of honey accentuate the sweetness, especially as it warms, as joins an increased bready malt presence.
Medium bodied and vanishes quickly from the glass. Excellent session choice. Given the price, it is even more appealing.

Aggressive this is not. In fact, it is rather forgettable. But for a brief moment in time, this is perfect in its simplicity and easy-going nature.

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Photo of alittlehazy
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is probably one of my favorite session beers. As a local brewery, I'm proud they make a great brew like this. The flagship brew of Boulevard.

The beer is a great example of a pale ale, well balanced with a nice hoppy bite. Malts come once in awhile, but I notice a nice citrusy or even apple taste especially toward the end of the beer.

Always good for a session and reasonably priced (at least in the Lawrence/Kansas City area).

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Photo of Brew34
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid production piece by the KC local brew. Pale Ale is a big time seller for Boulevard and I recommend it for all true beer fans. Firm aftertaste provides big-time drinkability. While I am rating the bottle version, the keg product retains its flavor despite mass consumption. (i.e. Two day long keg party!) Overall, it's an economical micro that will be worth the taste.

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Photo of stegmakk
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden color with white lacing.
Aroma was of floral hops and a touch of citrus
Taste was good. sorta went from slight bitter hop to malt back to a dry hop to my tastebuds...
Mouthfeel was a bit weak...but the drinkability is high...not a favorite but not bad

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

Color approaches peach, with a fine white crown. Aroma is fresh with hops (Cascade?), and bubbling over with fruit: apricot, peach, pineapple, some soft citrus at the back. Very sweet and delicious, this.
Palate is flavorful with welcome hop presence, just enough for flavor, but too prominent. Malt is strong and silent: you can feel it, and taste a touch. Very well-balanced, smooth and tasty, this pale ale reminds me of Sierra Nevada in it's mellow but fruit-forward fashion.
Goes down beautifully, and I'd toss it back with regularity if I could. Sharper aspects of homulus lupus arrive late on the palate, and contribute to some variety in this brew. Finish is short but sweet. Quite enjoyable. Much thanks to bditty and marc for their trades!

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Photo of budgood1
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy copper colour....thin foamy head....rings of lace. yummy grapefruit aromas of hops....nice caramel maltiness too in the nose. solid in it's subtleness....tastes very good....typical caramel malt base....balanced by some grapefruit and bits of piney hoppiness. medium bodied and very drinkable. solid session pale ale. could drink a lot of these. thanks again to my bro for bringing this up from missouri.

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Photo of Morris729
3.83/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a reddish amber color with a foamy white head that sticks all over the glass as it dissipates into a nice amount of lace. Nose is dominated by floral and spicy hops with a bit of citrus. Medium in body and a bit spritzy in texture. Taste is fresh fruit and some sweet caramelized malts at first followed by notes of citrus and grapefruit rind bitterness. A quite enjoyable pale ale. Thanks to bditty187 for the sample!

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

A very typical Pale Ale. Copper/Amber in color. Medium lightly sweet malt body and fairly high in hops. This bottle-conditioned version offers no surprises and nothing exceptional, but it is a very nice, drinkable ale. Pleasant floral and light fruit aroma. Slightly yeasty and some citrus bite. Not much of a head. Mild and tasty!

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Photo of Tballz420
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew is a clear, dark golden color, small white head topping it off. Smell is mainly flowery hop scent, slight grain malt scent as well. The main taste is a combo of both of those, grainy malt up front, with a flowery hop backbone. overall a pretty tasty brew, different than some of the PAs that are around these days.

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Photo of Quaffer
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a hazey amber-golden color and had a sustained bead. The head was white and coarse. It disappeared quickly, leaving a thin layer on top of the beer and a little bit of lace.

Smell: A nice citrus, semi-flowery hops aroma to this beer. A little bit of maltiness was hiding beneath.

Mouthfeel: I'm sorry to say that this brew was a little rough and thin bodied. It could have been "bigger" in my opinion.

Taste: The overriding flavor in the beer was a citrusy, somewhat bitter, hops flavor. Only 'til the finish did a round malt flavor start to come through, but this was eventually taken over by a tart aftertaste. Pretty one-dimensional compared to many other beers of this style.

Well, I must say that I was a bit disappointed with this brew. Mainly because this has been a go-to brew of mine for many years. Hell, this was probably the first Pale I ever had, considering that I started drinking real beer when I lived in KC. But this is the first time that I have really sat down and analyzed the beer. My tastes have probably matured since those times, but I have just kept purchasing it out of habit. And I probably will keep buying it, too. Old habits die hard, you know. I might re-review this one in the future to see what I think then; my taste buds are a little tired tonight since I went to the local brewery for dinner.:-)

Ahh, good memories makes any good brew taste great if you let them.

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Photo of Bruiser81
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured a honey-golden color with a small white head that dissapated quickly, it left little lacing as well. The smell was mostly hops with some citrus. The taste is mostly of hops up front with a sort of flowery taste. There has to be some malts somewhere because the beer is not too bitter, there is a pretty good balance between the two. I feel the taste is a little thin and bland as well.. The little taste that is there is hard to pick out. The amount of carbonation is good however giving this brew a good mouthfeel, and it is easy to drink. Overall I was a little disappointed with this brew. I think I was expecting more because I love their Bully Porter so much.

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Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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