Irish Ale
Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish Red Ale
Ranked #64
Ranked #38,847
3.68 | pDev: 11.96%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Irish AleIrish Ale
Notes: Irish Ale, Boulevard’s early spring seasonal beer, is our Midwestern tribute to the legendary red ales of old Ireland. Our recipe combines six kinds of pale and roasted barley malts to provide a rich, toasty flavor and tawny reddish hue.

30 IBU
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy reddish copper with a two finger creamy tan head that dissipated quickly to a thin film. Light lacing was present. The nose, which is barely present, is toasted bread, caramel, and a bit musty. Tastes of roasted malt and caramel with a slight hop bitterness on the finish. Easy drinking medium light body and carbonation.

Feb 08, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draught:

Pours a deep reddish brown with a decently thick murky white head. Head fades mostly. Some lacing left on the glass.

Aroma is toasty with a bit of caramel. Not super strong or complex.

Taste follows the smell. Toasty, roasted malts, a bit of hops, caramel, and a touch of dark fruitiness.

Feel: crisp carbonation, light to medium bodied. Smooth and easy to drink.

Overall, a respectable beer.

Feb 08, 2020
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Kenny_Gage2 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Boulevard Irish Ale pours a nice redish-brown/dark amber color with a thin light brown head and slight lacing. Notes of caramel, roasted malts, barley, yeast and a light taste of hops make for a crsip dry refreshing finish. Overall a smooth and tasty beer.

Feb 02, 2020
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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single serve can into a tulip.

Pours a nice copper/amber with a mottled tan fluffy head. Good toasted biscuit and caramel aromas, although they are fairly muted. The flavors follow the nose with a good toasted presence and a hint of dark fruitiness. The mouthfeel is a little thin and a little watery but solid overall.

A better Irish Red than many.

May 04, 2019
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Crimson-RV from Tennessee

3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

starts out with an average head smelling of caramel tea and light hops, taste is caramel with a nice cry finish. moderate carbination with some dark fruits medium thickness on aftertaste, good strong flavor.

Apr 04, 2019
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dd53grif from Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a dark reddish-brown color with a minimal tan head that lasts quite a while. Sweet aroma of roasted malt. Tastes of malt and a hint of hops. Not too sweet. Good mouth feel.

Mar 18, 2018
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jkblr from Indiana

4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle bb July 16, 2018 poured into a tulip pint glass at fridge temp 5.8% ABV 30 IBU. The beer pours bright red, brown amber with nice light brown head. The head settles to a film and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with toasted malt and a touch of chocolate. The taste is more toasted malt, a touch of burnt sugar caramel and a nice, clean bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium to thin bodied, adequately carbonated and dry in the finish. Overall, very good. This is my first Irish red ale on BA, but I've had several and this tastes the best to me.

Mar 17, 2018
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Czequershuus from Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a bright red with an average head. The aroma features candied malts, butterscotch, toffee, cinnamon, nutmeg, and green apple. The flavor is light and rich, with notes of toffee, red malt, clay, butterscotch, raw grains, and lipstick. The mouthfeel is medium full with bubbling, foamy carbonation. Overall this is a very tasty and restrained brew, with gorgeous traditional flavors.

Feb 17, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, the appearance was a ruddy semi-dark burnt red color. Quickly dissipating finger’s worth of white foamy head. Mild stringy lacing. The aroma centers around some sweet nuts, caramel tones, light tofffee, some toast. The flavor wraps all of those previously mentioned aromas together. Smooth dry malty sweet aftertaste leading into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fair sessionability about it. Medium carbonation. Malts create a nice smoothness on my tongue. Overall, decent Irish red ale that I could have again.

Jun 29, 2017
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can't say I had too many of the style best example I can think of is Great Lakes Conway's

Looks good very dark red brown color clear with a 1/2 inch of tinted froth. Smells of caramel, biscuit malts, dry hops and some tea leaves. Taste is clean with some bitterness, toasted malts, caramel malts and some tea leaves. Body is light to medium and crisp easy to put down.

Overall it's good but I like American red ales a bit more.

Mar 29, 2017
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best by 5/5/17. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip. Pours auburn with a glowing haze; huge creamy light khaki head that slowly falls leaving great thick retention and sticky lacing. Looks great. The aromas are malt forward. Hints of caramel and biscuits. Some toffee and vanilla in the mix. The flavors are crisp. This one has a solid bitterness to it. Some tobacco in the mix. Hints of apple. Malts do their thing. Finishes dry for the most part. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Mouthfeel is great. It's light with very active carbonation. It's sharp and fluffy. Very smooth and easy drinking.

This is a very nice Irish red ale. The craftsmanship is impressive. Well done. Enjoyable stuff.

Mar 18, 2017
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odannyob from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a chilled 12 oz. brown bottle into a freshly cleansed pint glass. Aroma: slight barley roastiness. Look: dark, dark red with brown and tan clouds of thick, creamy head. Taste: Goodness in a pint full of it. Palate: Dryish. Overall: A very enjoyable, very drinkable, hoist a toast up @ ya red irish ale.

Mar 16, 2017
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Suds from Missouri

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a deep reddish-brown color with a light haze and a tall, rocky, cream-colored head. The aroma has caramel and hint of roasted and toasted grains. The taste is slightly sweet, with lots of biscuit, cracker, bread-crust, and grain. Medium body. Light bitterness. The finish has a bit of tartness, and the overall flavor is very rewarding.

Mar 12, 2017
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chrishiker1409 from New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a tinted reddish copper with a finger and half tan head. It dissipates slowly leaving plenty of lacing.

S: Slight bit of caramel. Not much aroma here.

T: Nutty, toasted caramel. Very nice.

F: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: I haven't had too many of the style, but I really enjoyed this one.

Mar 10, 2017
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FBarber from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear reddish mahogany color. One finger tan head dissipates steadily leaving a thin spotty foam on top of the beer with little to no lacing.

Smell is very mild with some caramel malty notes. Not much else going on in the nose.

Taste has some malt notes, touch of roast, bit of bread. Touch of caramel, toffee, and some yeast notes. Flavor is a bit watery. Some mild bitterness from buttering hops on the back end linger on the tongue.

Feel is very light, pretty smooth, dry finish. Medium carbonation. Its doesn't feel watery as much as it tastes a bit watery.

Overall its an ok red ale. the lack of any aroma and watery flavor is too much to overlook.

Jan 17, 2017
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 11/21/16:

Semi-clear, dull copper. Especially cloudy just under the head, slowly swirling downward. Creamy-foamy tan head of superb retention with nice net-like lacing. Aromas of caramel, toast, spiced rum, dark fruit. Quite enticing. Dark fruit and caramelized-peach forward palate. Apart from this caramel is hidden in balance. Plenty of roast in finish. Somewhat boozy but not as overt or spicy as in smell. Pepper and leaf matter in retro-olfaction. Medium-bodied, nearly effervescent carbonation but not enough to distract from subtler qualities of the mouthfeel such as mild astringency and acidity. Not-quite syrupy, not quite watery. All in all, reminded me somewhat of a Braggot, just fruit and caramel instead of honey, and spices extremely downplayed if there at all. I aged this one longer than I would have otherwise, given bottle-conditioning. If other Irish Reds are any indication, I think I was wise to do so. On the other hand, I don’t doubt that Boulevard made a quality brew here, fresh or not.

Dec 02, 2016
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sjdevel from Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured only with a 1-finger head from a 12-ounce bottle. Not very fizzy at all. Head receded quickly and left with only a thin foam ring within a few minutes. The color is a nice copper color with a slight reddish hue and quite clear.

Sweet caramel and a slight fruit smell. Possibly some hops mixed in there. Not very aromatic at all.

Very low bitterness, and it quickly goes into sweet caramel. Close to a brown, but with that slight Irish yeast funky tang that you would expect in a Red. Seems a bit watered down in terms of flavor. It is on track to having the right flavors for an Irish Red, but it just seems like the Water/Grain ratio could have used a bit less water. The sweetness dries out and you are left with some malt and bread notes.

Feels quite thin and flat. Light feeling and should be medium / approaching full.

Decent, but not quite there. Just too watery for the style, or maybe just for me.

Apr 14, 2016
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark, ruby maroon, with a foamy, thick khaki head. Lacing is plentiful. Notes of malts, and yeast in the aroma. Taste is a sweet, malty flavor. Mouth feel is good. Easy to drink. Feels bold and robust. Overall, this is alright. This is usually one of my favorite beers, but it seems to be lacking something this year (now that I'm finally reviewing it).

Served in a 12oz snifter.

Jan 27, 2016
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MartyMaltose from Washington

3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the best stabs at a style that always sounds like it holds promise but often disappoints. This one has stronger malt flavor than some of the drier ones, and seems to be a product of a brewery that has great control over its elements. Maybe a bit sour/wheaty for me, but when in the mood for such a thing, I'd buy again. Looks great, by the way. If you want your party or your restaurant to LOOK like you're all enjoying robust yet accessible beer, I recommend it.

Aug 02, 2015
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Brutaltruth from Ohio

3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. This nice Irish ale pours a beautiful mahogany red with a sizable white head that dissipates to a thick ring and light lacing. Nose of toasted caramel malts and light flowery hops. Flavors follow the nose with a nice toasted malt flavor, followed by medium floral hops and a touch of citrus. A nice session ale that finishes lightly dry with great carbonation making for a lively mouth feel. An excellent brew indeed!


Jun 16, 2015
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priwen from Arkansas

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with a hint of orange. Frothy, tan head that is slow to dissipate. Slightly hazy. Rich malt aroma with some citrus hops in the background. Flavor of sweet malt and caramel. The hops add some citrus to the flavor that helps to keep it from being boring, and also prevents it from being cloying. Balance is good. Creamy mouthfeel with a semi-sweet finish. Overall, this is a really nice beer. Nothing extraordinary, but one that is enjoyable and very pleasing.

12 oz bottle
Best by: 05/03/15
Served in a Mug

Apr 03, 2015
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supervike from Iowa

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I love the color and the foam this beer provides. It's a rich coppery color with a tan head. The smell isn't much of anything, just a slight malt. The taste is a good mix of malt and roasted grains. Smooth with some depth of flavor. A nice mouthfeel and only a slight bitter hop finish. This is a very good ale.

Mar 25, 2015
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dcscientist from Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This is a great take on the traditional Irish ales. I'm really glad I went for this instead of one of the mass-market ones (Smithwick's is probably the best of the lot, but not as good as this) at this time of year. Nice color, lots of lacing, big head, just a really nice looking beer that tastes great. One of Boulevard's better beers for sure.

Mar 23, 2015
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MattyG85 from Minnesota

4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice.

Appearance: Pours a deep amber color with a lot of rising bubbles. Huge gushing three finger off white head with decent retention. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: A toasty and sweet malt forward aroma with hints of caramel and biscuit. Toasted barley malt with hints of biscuit, grains, toast, caramel, yeast, and slight roast. Subtle hints of earthy and grassy hops. Slight hints of brown sugar. A pretty solid bready aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a nicely toasty and sweet malt forward taste with good notes of biscuit and caramel. Toasted barley malt with notes of biscuit, caramel, toast, grains, yeast, and some subtle chocolate roast. Earthy and floral hops with some grass. Light notes of brown sugar. A pretty nice red taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a fairly high amount of carbonation. Creamy, crisp, and very smooth with a drying finish.

Overall: A very solid take on an Irish Red. Has the toasty caramel malt presence you expect with a wee bit of roast.

Mar 18, 2015
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infinitebruner from Arkansas

3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

March 1, 2015

Draft, pint glass

A – Medium to deep amber with a small but long-lasting off-white head.

S – Biscuit, caramel, some light hop bitterness on the nose. A bit of floral or herbal hop aroma. Very clean.

T – Golden biscuit, very light toffee or caramel. A mild hop bite and some floral hop flavor.

M – Very smooth, medium in body and medium low carbonation. Little residual sweetness, enough hop bitterness to support the malt.

O – A very well-made version of Irish Red, just not a lot of character, throughout. But the cleanness of the aroma and flavor profiles are impressive.

Mar 02, 2015
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