Tropical Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tropical Pale AleTropical Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 345
Photo of jbehlar
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a can of this while in Little Rock for the beer fest. Finally tried it last night. This is my favorite APA so far. I wish they sold it close to me because I could drink every day!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.39/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Tropical Pale Ale pours a lighter bronze color, with a big, long lasting and lacing head. Earthy aroma, with lots of grapefruit. Flavor is strange, earthy, hop, with lots of grapefruit and then the sweet passion fruit clashing. Good body and feel. Overall, not the worst but the fruits are too strong, and clash.

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Photo of Sigmund
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. deep golden to orange colour, large white head. Moderate citrussy aroma, hints of pine and tropical fruits. Distinctly grapefruity flavour, some fruity acidity, medium dry, bitter finish.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can with a best by date of 8/24/18; into a tumbler.
Appearance- clear, orangish gold, with lots of bubbles; head is a thin white that leaves little lacing.
Smell - more of a citrus nose than tropical.
Taste - a citrus tartness, where I expected more of a tropical profile (can’t imagine why).
Feel - light, a nice carbonated mouthfeel, but an acidic finish that is a bit off putting.
Overall- certainly not terrible, but don’t think I would enjoy more than one of these.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.44/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - Golden with clarity, half a finger of head and some lacing

S - Minor hopping

T - bitter, grapefruit, passionfruit, nothing dominates - all subtle

F - light body and light carbonation

O - an average pale ale.

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Photo of BWED
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into willibecher.

A- Deep gold almost copper, and crystal clear. Head is off-white and rocky. Stays pretty strong through the drink and leaves some good lacing.

S- Big hop foreground. Citrus, passionfruit, and a little mango/pine. Malt toast rounds it out.

T- Bitter citrus, grapefruit, both juice and pith. Passionfruit comes out again.

M- Body is medium. Sweet up front, and mostly throughout, with bitterness trailing, and lingering behind.

O- Solid pale ale with some nice tropical notes.

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Photo of andrewh995
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear deep gold with a small white head. Smells of tropical fruits, hops, and malt. Tastes of slightly bitter hops, passion fruit, grapefruit zest, some maltiness, other tropical fruits, and a little sweetness. Medium in both body and carbonation. Overall a surprisingly delicious pale ale.

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Photo of SaltofOH
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft from a taster glass at WL.

A: bright gold with off-white head and better lacing than others in the flight. Low visible carb.

S: for billing itself as tropical I get very little nose at all. Some generalized hoppiness and more malt balance than the others.

T: citrus and piney/resinous. Pleasant without excessive bitterness or astringency.

M: basically indistinguishable from Hi-5 IPA in texture; lighter mid-weight and pretty clean.

O: ho hum, another excellent IPA (masquerading as a pale).

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Photo of dcscientist
3.94/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is certainly a fruity APA. I got a heavy dose of pineapple and mango here, along some bitter hops to balance it out somewhat. It wasn't sweet, like a juice would be, so the hops did their job. I would have expected a slightly lower ABV here, but even so, you could have a few of these on a warm summer night.

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Photo of chinchill
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can at the 2017 Fall ASMF.
Hazy copper colored body with a weak head that leaves minimal lacing. Coarse carbonation bubbles. Mild fruity aroma with a stronger, danker, fruity flavor. Both grapefruit and passion fruit can be detected.
Medium body.

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Photo of basaywhat
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours a clear gold with a white head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of dank citrus with some tropical fruit. Flavor has bitter citrus with some citrus rind.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a custom shaped grip glass: color is gold, head presents at almost 1.5 inches deep, lowers slowly to a solid 1/2 inch top, some lacing on the glass.

Smell is light malt, then quick grapefruit bitterness and sourness, rind like, enticing.

Taste is equally full of grapefruit qualities: more fruity sourness, then some rind and bitterness; malt is light but present mainly light toast and neutral grain. Grapefruit juice like flavor really starts to take hold as it warms up a bit; others have hinted at other tropical fruit notes which seem to be present but difficult to distinguish.

Mouthfeel is medium, crisp, lingering bite.

Overall a very good fruited pale ale, pronounced grapefruit flavor and subtle malt backbone.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tropical Pale Ale brewed by Boulevard Brewing Co., With an ABV of 5.90% This American Pale Ale pours out a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is some nice spotty lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with sweetness, citrus, and mild hops. You also pick up on some nice gains and malts. So far this is an inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is bold with grapefruit citrus sweetness, and hops. The grapefruit is a nice note to this brew. You also pick up on some nice grains and malts as well. This is a well balanced pale ale. The body of Tropical Pale Ale is a soild medium. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. Tropical Pale Ale would go nice on a hot summer day. For being a grapefruit brew, it is not overpowering, it is there but in a good way. The month feel of Tropical Pale Ale is Clean , Grapefruit, Smooth, and Refreshing. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.25 out of 5. I would look this brew up again givin the chance to. Boulevard Brewing Co. Did a real nice job with this pale ale. If you are looking for something different, look this brew up.

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Photo of JacobusFavier23
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L-Darker than expected. Golden amber/copper look. Streams of bubbles. Slight rim hugging head.
S-Grassy, piney, hoppy. All very subdued, but there. A slightly funky/kushy aroma. Boozeyness follows.
T-Toned down, bitter, tart, grapefruit-y, there's some tropical fruit as well. Lemon? Very good and fresh.
F-Refreshing, light bodied, and slightly dry.
O- It's refreshing, yet kind of heavy for a pale ale. So there's kind of a limbo between where I would want to drink this beer. All together, very good, well crafted pale ale.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a semi-translucent orange-gold with a loose, quarter inch, bright white head. Nose is fairly subdued - earthy notes and a hint of citrus and tropical fruit. Taste follows nose - more tropical fruit comes out but it's quite acidic. Mouthfeel is light in body with an even carbonation and an assertive acidity for the style. Overall, not a bad beer but nothing special.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.46/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tropical Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's head is three fingers thick, with spotted lacing, and a clear mediuum golden body.

I smell the bright, but not cloying, added elements with a hop bill that compliments the fruit wonderfully.

Tastes like slightly sweet, slightly sweet blend of hops and the fruit notes. I'm really digging the all around flavors going on.

Medium-light mouthfeel with mild carbonation.

Overall, I'll rate this at 4.5

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Photo of craigbelly
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I don't get alot of fruit aromas from the nose. The fruit is very subtle here. Grapefruit defiantly adds some acidity and there's a mild sweetness that works well with the hops. Nice carbonation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

nice to see a fruited pale ale that isnt done with blood orange these days! (kidding, but not really). this is a bit different than the collaboration they did awhile back with cigar city, but its in a similar vein. there are bright and fresh grapefruit and passion fruit notes to this, but its not overdone, and for me its still a hoppy beer first, before its a fruity beer. there is a little tang to the passion fruit that i dont think is all the way congruent with the hops though, and thats a distraction from what is quite obviously a delicious new school hop profile, tastes like mosaic leading the charge, but its almost tough to tell where the fruit stops and the hops start, with strong passion fruit, pineapple, mango, white grape, and plum notes to this all over the place. bitterness ramps up as it warms, especially toward the finish, where most of the fruitiness is gone and a more fresh vegetal hop element comes in. its pulpy and feels a little bigger than it need to despite having lively carbonation. its good beer if you get off on this sort of thing, but im not sure how many of these i would want to drink in a sitting. the grapefruit adds an acidity thats just a little too much as well, so its not quite the session beer it probably set out to be, but the flavor profile is interesting and unique, and i enjoyed my can.

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Photo of AlpacaAlpaca
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Not sticky or bitter by IPA or APA standards, but way too sticky and bitter for its product description. You'd expect a lighter, more refreshing beer with a dash of citrus zest that would be perfect for a summer bbq or beach day. This beer is way too heavy for that (but again, it's not heavy, just too heavy for what its supposed to be), and its not good enough to stack up against standard APAs, so this one doesn't really have much use to me

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Photo of Baumer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden orange in color, pretty transparent. nice head that sticks around. Looks appealing, but nothing super different about the appearance. whoa, big citrus smell. not surprising, given the name. grapefruit for sure, other citrus. I get oranges, passionfruit also. definitely grapefruit is dominant on the nose. smells crisp and refreshing. This is very fruity, while remaining firmly a beer. perfect mid-day cooling off beer. man, this is just superb for this style. mmm...tastes like passionfruit, very nicely done. not exactly complex, but damn, this is perfect if you want fruit and beer in the same glass. light bodied, slightly bitter with a very quick finish. this is actually a thirst quencher. nice. this is certainly not the most compelling beer that BOulevard makes, but its not trying to be either. Blcd can do amazing things (see my other reviews), but sometimes you just want a simple beer that is crisp, refreshing and tasty. This hits that perfectly. this would taste perfect in the mid-day sun, extremely cold in a iced mug. Little boozy for mid-day, but that's what i'm feeling.

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Photo of Chaz
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear orange-gold in color, topped with an off-white head.

HUGE, blast of citrus / grapefruit rind and "tropical fruit" on the first whiff of the nose, and you pretty much get the full effect when you "pop" the top of the can. Now, this is a character they are going for and you either go in for this sort of thing, or you don't (count me among the heathen of the latter rank), but this is very good for what it is and it's exactly what they're aiming for.

On the palate it's very lightly sweet and juicy, while lightly tang/sour, crisp and perfectly hopped for the theme. On second thought, I find myself thinking: "Meh, are these the same oniony hops Summit uses in their legendary Sága IPA? It sure seems like it." It's not a hop profile that I particularly care for, but the people that like it simply LOVE it. Here it is used in a strictly complementary nature, as the astringency of the grapefruit (it is either pulp or juice, but has the bitterness of the rind as well) carries into the drink. Likewise, the aromatic aspect (both the nose and the upper palate in the drink) of the hop is strictly complimentary rather than dominant.

The focus here is fruit/juicy, with the (passion fruit juice and grapefruit pulp?) added for exactly that effect.

To this end Boulevard's Tropical Pale Ale is a very good and easily-drinkable (if a bit strong?) pale ale, and the bittering aspect of the hop is nicely augmented by the astringency of the citrus fruit.

The mouthfeel is average to good -- It does strike me as being a bit thin for the style, and likewise impresses me as having more potency that the stated 5.9%. A summer sipper, surely? Yep, and this 16oz can will likely be deadly-drinkable as the rainy middle of May gives way to the moist and warm June and early July of 2017.

While it's a very good beer for what it is, it is absolutely not a style or an execution the likes of which I regularly reach for. Still it's worth a try, and no doubt it will prove popular in this format. : )

Note: Yours truly decanted this one out of one of the new 16oz cans packaged under contract at Summit Brewing. So all y'all can collectors take note! NOTE: Canned 0518. "Membership has its privileges." B-)

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Photo of teromous
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: The body of the beer is a bronze color with great clarity. It has a thick rocky white head. Great head retention and lacing.

Aroma: It has a very nice tangerine aroma with a bit of a spicy rye bread aroma and a slight bit of hay.

Taste: It really does taste like passion fruit which is pretty awesome. There is a nice bit of grain flavor at the end and a touch of a woody cedar-like flavor. There is a lingering pithy bitterness like that of which is left in the mouth after eating an orange.

Mouthfeel: It has a nice dry and slightly bitter body. It is very easy to drink and it is very enjoyable.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It boasts that it is an "ale with grapefruit and passion fruit" and it really comes across with a fruity flavor that isn't overwhelming. The beer just plays well with the fruit. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rather dark amber brown semi hazy with a 1/2 inch of tinted foam.
Smell is a good mix of cirus hops grapefruit juice and some fruit. Somewhat tasty pale ale with simple grapefruit and passion flavors mixed with a smooth pale ale body. Drinkability is OK ever though some sips remind me of seltzer water

Overall a decent pale ale but nothing worth trying again.

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Photo of TrojanRB
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Foamed out of can when I opened, it wasn't shaken up. Darker copper color, thin head by the time it was finally settled down and poured

Big time Tropical nose...smells a bit artificial, or almost like cheap juice. Guava, papaya

The taste is fruity, as you'd expect, but off

Not my thing, at all. I can see this appealing to the crowd graduating from wine coolers, but not much else

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Photo of Try-em-all
4.44/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Has become one of my favorites, amidst several hundred beers I've enjoyed and documented. Darker than typical color for pale ale and I love it. Subtle aroma of grapefruit and passion fruit, light head, abouot three-quarter inch and the taste? Wow, just enugh fruit to remind you of the title and a vision of being beaechside, even if you are in snowcovered land. A good one, love it!

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Tropical Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 345 ratings