Irish Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Irish AleIrish Ale

Brewed by:
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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Photo of BEER88
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Dum3z
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MizzouBrew
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BB1313
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of dcotom
4.19/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of odannyob
3.99/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Suds
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TRIKLZ
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I agree with most of the reviews except I would place the sweetness as honey not caramel...

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GlendonTT
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rowsdower
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of travelguy
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of FBarber
3.24/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Lukass
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brandonvlansdown
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Libeertarian
3.77/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of tfsimpkins
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of barracudajenkins
3.81/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of sjdevel
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of FleetwoodMatt
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mwckiltedsavage
2.92/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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