Irish Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish AleIrish Ale

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Irish Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-02-2002

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Reviews: 240 | Ratings: 593
Photo of east_tn_gk
4.64/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours well from bottle to pint glass. Head is nice and thick, taking a while to settle. It is not a very sweet Irish Ale, it is a malty ale, with a somewhat bitter finish. This is a full flavoured beer, that is neither overly filling or too complex. This is a great beer from bottle or tap.

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is an excellent take on the Irish red ale and absolutely one of the best I've had, being light and easy to drink yet well-rounded with a little complexity.

Deep copper, it has a very big tan head with a hint of orange, steadily shrinking to a foamy ring and a hint of lace.

Aroma is very nice, caramelised, toasted barley and bread crust - full, bright and clean, with light firm fruitiness, light herbal-woody hop and some winey plum.

Taste is dryish, caramelised barley, some toast, light dryish plum and wine, light tea and woody bitterness balancing the light sweetness.

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Photo of Clockwork420
4.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A friend got me this sixer for a present.
I love to support Semi-Local brewerys so This was a beer I was really excited about.

The pour was amazing. I actually took a pic of it when I poured 2 bottles into a large glass Stein. Beautiful Ruddy brown color. Clear not cloudy, Pretty bubbles.

Smell is sweet, I cant say much more than that. I smelled good though!

Taste. Amazing, finished clean with no odd aftertaste.. in other words no notes of any negativity. All good. Overall a beautiful experience.

Mouthfeel was the same as taste. Darker but not reeeeal heavy. Amazing all the way through.

Drinkability, Put it this way. I wish this was all year round and not limited to a certain time of year.

Damn near perfect review.
I love this one, and its gonna hold a special spot in my heart. Gotta remember when I see this one... (next year most likely) To just cash im my change and get a sixer.

Who cares if you got bills?
Buy this six pack.

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Photo of BeerBob
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Irish Ale pours a dark copper from a stubby 12oz dark brown glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head went to just under two fingers of dense light tan bubbles before disappating down to a nice carpet of frothy foam. Some lace is clinging to the sides of my glass, but not in any great amount.

Nose is a sweet barley malt with layers of floral hops and alcohol, not just any alcohol mind you, but an Irish whisky alcohol nose. Palate is most complex, a yummy barley malt, floral hops with some bittering as well. Figs and a grapefruit citrus note plus a drying espresso coffee finish bring up the rear.

I have never had an Irish Ale with this much complex nature in my entire life!
Bravo Boulevard, Bravo!

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Photo of RushLimbmalt
4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark mahogany color and had a tan head that did not stick around. It has a very sweet malty aroma and a touch of hops in there too. The flavor is really balanced and refreshing. Quite complex actually, way above my tasting skills. But from a pure enjoyment standpoint, it is just plain good. Worthy of any true beer lover's refrigerator.

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Photo of karst
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap (on tour) after two days of beer judging in KC at 26th KC Biermeisters Homebrew Competion.

I would have given this a good shot at B.O.S. even with some outstanding homebrewed beers in competition.

Clarity and Color are ideal (deep reddish copper/garnet tinted) for an Irish Red. Aroma and Flavors are crisp clean and most drinkable. Very clean fermentation character with a finish that dries a bit of residual sweetness (dextrins give a satisfying Mouthfeel ideal to style) from the higher mash temp. Obviously has a complex malt bill. Tour guide Poncho thought possibly 6 malts in grist.

Much better than past bottle version but Boulevard has a new state of the art brew house. It sure pays off on this beer!

On homebrewer on the tour reported have the just released bottled '09 version and found the tapped Red far superior.

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Photo of texascarl
4.36/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Irish Ale is a seasonal red Irish Ale, and an old favorite. Available bottled and on tap, it's always a nice reminder that springtime is just around the corner. This beer was recently released, this years batch is as good as ever.

Appearance = dark reddish-copper color. Long lasting light creamy head, nice aroma. Slight haze from bottle conditioning.

Nose = Malt, fruit, some hops

Taste = Lots of Malt in balance with the hops, definite sweet overtones. Medium finish.

A nice red ale. Always have liked the way this beer looks. Try pouring a glass full and hold it up to the light, I really love the color of this beer. After you do this 4 times it gives the world a rosy glow.

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-red color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white/tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: A big caramelized malty aroma and then a hint of earthy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Like the aroma, there is a huge malty base with hints of caramelized malts, and some nice darker and lighter malts. There is a hint of hops at the end as well.
M: Very nice weight to it, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, wish I had more of this!

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Photo of dreedvol
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Amber to reddish hue. Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Aroma: Nice malt, caramel nose.

Taste: Grainy malt taste with some caramel. Slightly biscuity.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp slightly prickly but very refreshing. No long aftertaste.

All in all a very enjoyable ale. Nice with some corned beef and cabbage.

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Photo of whynot44
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2006 edition:

Medium bodied, dark reddish copper color with a moderate light tan head that retreats to just a light layer of lace almost immediately.

Aroma is sweet roasted malt, caramel, slightly piney.

Taste starts slightly, pleasantly sweet, very mellow roasted malt caramel, toffee and nuts with overtones of apples, drying out slightly toward the finish with a mild spicy citrus/pine note and lingering maltiness.

Very nicely balanced, nothing overdone. Very smooth and extremely easy to drink. One of the best "Irish Ales".

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color: a clear reddish hue, and the head is short, off-white.
Aroma is a surprising delight, rich and ambrosial: caramel, nuts, some dark fruits, cherry, citrus, and an overall roasted feel. Puts me in mind of a barleywine or a winter ale, more than a typical Irish ale.
Tasty, warm texture. Hops are lying low, true to style. Malt is big, but not too much so. Taste is sweet and delicious. I loved this oned all the way down!
One of the better "Irish ales" I've ever encountered. Great thanks to marc77 for sending it!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper

This ours from 12oz bottle(best by May 1 2007) a nice clear amber with a smallish head of foam that shrinks pretty quickly to some spotting near the edge of the glass with some lacing.

The smell has some sweet and roasted malt to it and it's nice.

The taste isn't as sweet as the nose would indicate and that's fine by me. This has a good roastiness to it with some sweet notes and some fruity hop goodness there as well that shows up mostly in the finish. Nice long lasting aftertaste that is very yummy.

A very smooth yet tasty drinker...I've had this many times before and I was surprised to find that I hadn't reviewed it yet. I think this is a top notch example of the style and I *believe*, my favourite to date. Very well done, Boulevard!

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Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is a brown color with some red hints, big tan head topping off the brew. Nice smell, some fruits, dominate the nose, with some hops/malt peeking through. The first thing i notice with regards to the taste is how well it is balanced, nice hop bitterness counteracting the malts, some nuts and fruits showing through as well. This beer outperformed my expectations, and is worth try in my book.

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Photo of jsprain1
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours sort of a copperish orange with a relative thick, fine bubbled head, that lasts well. some lacing.
S- Caramelly malt, some toasted bread aromas. Light hop aroma, seemingly noble varieties coming through.
T- Toasted brown bread is definitely the big flavor, slowly becomes more caramelly, with just a light hop bitterness. Well balanced.
M- body is a bit thin for the style, and carbonation is a little high.
O- I'll be honest, I'm not much on the style. But I tried to grade by style and this is quite a good little beer, both within style and in general.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a dark red hue, wwith a big creamy off-white head. Very beautiful color. Smells of roasted malt, and sweet carmel scents, with some floral hops in the background. Taste is very sweet at first, then tart, then those flavors fade to reveal a roasted malt backbone that really works well with it's final transition, into adequate hops presence. Very good, well rounded, with a flavor that I could sip all night.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +13.2%
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.

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Photo of naterock
4.2/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was pleased to see this on tap last night, I had to have one.
A: Dark reddish-brown color, looked almost like a double-bock.
S: Didn't have a very distinct smell, but caramel was promenant.
T: Wonderfully smooth, hints of caramel and toffee.
M: lightly carbonated for superior drinkability.
D: I had to tell myself to quit.
I look forward to this ale all year long. I have to get my fill because after spring, ZON comes out, and I'm not a fan.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.19/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As promised, the beer pours a deep ruby red color with a slight tan head. It simply looks delicious, though the head could have been better. The smell was kind of a disappointment, however. I could coax very little aroma from the cup even with vigorous agitation. What aromas did appear were slightly roasted malts, hops, and yeast from bottle conditioning.

The taste was quite redeeming of the smell, though it seems somewhat subdued. Initially the taste is of roasted barley and wheat malts, caramel, and the perfect balance of hops on the finish. The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth. Also, this is the first beer I can remember drinking recently with an ABV under 5: thus, I could drink these all night. This beer is an awesome balance between huge taste and low alcohol. I will probably buy more before the seasonal stock runs out.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.18/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

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Photo of bort11
4.17/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Dark clear copper red color. About a finger's width of head that quickly recedes to a filmy lace.
Smell is spicy like cloves, with a strong malt character. Taste is equally spicy with added pepper and oak quality. Mild hops finish.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Balanced carbonation.
This year's batch seems a bit bolder than what I remember of last year's. Good stuff. I know spring is coming soon when these hit the shelves

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pilsener. Rejoice, Boulevard is now stamping bottles with a best by! "Best by 06/01/10" and now all they need to do is switch to crown caps.

A more golden rod than red on the pour, the glassful of beer ends up more amber to light red. Good retention of a half-inch of head that verges on cappuccino color.

An immediately full nose of sweet caramel, malt, barley, and sugar cookies. Faint metallic, penny-like whiffs.

Fortunately not as sweet as the nose suggests. Light caramel influences on solid malt body that's towards bready. Some roast in the back contributes to the light, almost herbal, hop bitterness and drier finish. Along with this, some yeast in the finish as well. Red apples, barley, tea.

The mouthfeel is full and feels nearly creamy. Carbonation excellently balanced.

I was quite curious to see what Boulevard could do with an Irish red ale after drinking their winter seasonal, Nutcracker. I must say I am impressed because, while this is not an explosive beer by any means, it is very full of flavor and to me very pleasing. Sitting down with this would be a pleasure, and this is not a style that piques my interest easily. The affordability is also appreciated. Better than Sam Adams Irish Red for my money.

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tan head sits atop this amber brew.
Aroma shows rich, slightly roasty caramel malt, hops, and a slight earthiness.

Good semi-sweet, toasty, lightly roasty caramel malt backbone. Solid fruity hop balance. Hoppier than a lot of amber ales. Nice finish.

Very good body and mouthfeel considering the low ABV of this beer.
Very drinkable. Easy-going, but tastey. Coupled with the low ABV makes this session beer material.
Overall, a good, balanced amber ale. Big thanks to bditty187 for this gem!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.15/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured into the glass clear medium amber brown with an off-white head that rose and fell slowly and laced the glass.

The aroma was nicely malty with caramel and slight toffee. The aroma was lightly fruity and contained a very slight chocolate aroma.

The flavor was nicely done with some nice malt sweetness and light hop bittering that kept the malt in check. The sweetness contained a smidge of graininess and a nice caramel background with again a hint of chocolate.

The finish was dry with lasting nice bittering impression and caramel. The body was medium and well done, with a very good mouthfeel that was well rounded and very smooth. The label listed wheat as an ingredient and that may be where the mouthfeel comes from.

12 ounce bottle. Best by 05/01/05. Thanks to BIF20 and jimdkc!

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Photo of Vancer
4.13/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

BB 5/1/07. Deep amber pour with a floating ivory head. Good aroma of roasted nuts and vinous hops. Taste was on the thin side, surprised me coming from Boulevard. Still a perfect style brew, tea-ish hop finish, dry and crisp. Solid Irish red wood & vine grass flavor.

Nice little pop of alcohol at 5.3abv%, a smooth drinker that warms the cockles on a snowy Feb. day.

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Photo of MickeyD
4.12/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this from a 12oz bottle into a clean pint glass

Appearance: dark golden brown with a red hue when held to the light. Head was thick but dissipated quickly. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Hops and caramel malt.

Taste: dark roasted barley with nice balance of hops. Moderate carbonation, very smooth.

Mouth feel: hoppy aftertaste but then while breathing though the nose I get the great taste of barley and wheat.

Overall: I think this beer has a good balance of hop and malt flavors. The carbonation brightens it and it has a great reddish/brown color.

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