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 Bang34
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this Ale when a Friend of mine who is a local bartender set a glass in front of me and said, "Hey, we just got this on tap and I want you to try it." So I did.

Pours a nioce redish color with a cream colored head that sticks around for a while as most beers this style shoud.

Aroma was pretty malty, sweet, maybe a hint of caramel. I am just now starting to be able to tell different malt varieties and the Crystal malts seem ot come through in this one.

Taste is pretty malty and sweet with a slight hop aftertaste. Smooth carbonation and surprisingly light mouthfeel. I think this would make a great session beer.

Better than Killian's but there are much better brews out there. Of course I have to say I like over hopped beers so one whould take that into account when reading this review.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a ruby red color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice malty scent that boasts of pale, crystal, and roasted malts. It's a bit sweet with a dry, bitter hop aroma. The taste is decent. It has a dry, roasted flavor that boasts of crystal malts and roasted barley. It has a mild hop bitterness and a dry finish. The yeast seems to give it an overly dry flavor. The mouthfeel is decent also. It is a medium/full bodied beer with a little too much carbonation. This is a decent brew. I think I may have aquired an older bottle, hence the overly dry and carbonated feel.

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle

Pours out a reddish, copper color. Maybe a two finger head. It leaves some lace as you drink it. The beer is very typical of an Irish Ale, hoppy and slightly bitter. It goes down very smooth. Goes great on St. Patrick's day, if you don't have any Guinness or Harp on hand.

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Photo of hanco005
3.97/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Boston’s pizza

A—clear copper/red with virtually no head at all, laces in spots as I drink it down

S—sweet, caramel and butter are strong, not really much else

T—caramel, slight roasted coffee, buttery, sweet, but not overpowering, very flavorful

M—meduim bodied, good carbonation, very smooth

D—very drinkable, I wish I had discovered this a long time ago, a very solid red ale that could be a nice session brew

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Photo of budgood1
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a less than clear dark auburn colour, with an off white frothy head. sticky lace makes it a looker. citric aroma, some subdued fruity maltiness, too. toasty maltiness backed by a touch of fruit and floral hoppiness. makes for an easy drinking session ale. body is quite light and refreshing; the mouthfeel is slightly prickly but otherwise soft and smooth. this is a nice, unoffending red ale. refreshing, tasty and just perfect for spending st. patricks day at home.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ The Watering Hole - $2 a pint, an absolute steal.

Appearance: Came poured by the bartender, a dark amber in color. Off white heads of varying thickness (1/4 to 1/2 inch). Head dissapated after a few minutes to a small cloud and ring around the glass. Some spotty lacing as the beer is consumed.

Smell: The beers I had were served NOT ice cold, which definitely was a plus. Definite maltiness to this, a touch roasted. Also a little floral and piney hops.

Taste: This is a very nice Irish Red Ale, not that Killian's stuff. A solid malt backing, touch of roasted grains, followed by a nice hop bitterness. A very well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: A little light in body, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Very easy to pack these away. Low alcohol content makes this an excellent sessioner, on that I am likely to have again on St. Patty's day.

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Photo of hero27
3.72/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap @ Peppers in Cedar Falls, Iowa..

Gotta say, this is one brew that wasn't as good on-tap for me. Seemed a bit too thin and lacked the complexity of flavor that the bottled version had. Still a pretty good seasonal from Boulevard that's worth trying.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance has a smooth creamy tan caramel tan head body is amber red leaves even thick chunks of lacing. Aroma contains caramel malt sweetness with pine cone scented hops definitely hoppier than the average Irish Red, which is a plus in my book. Taste has upfront malted wheaties sweetness touch of caramel creamy tone altogether with a mild bitterness but complex piney hop flavor. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied mildly carbonated very smooth with each sip. Drinkability is very nice all around definitely better than many other beers of this style, go Irish this March with Boulevard's take on the style.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma shows a nice semi-sweet, almost toffee, malt presence. Rather simple and not particularly complex.
Dark reddish amber and clear. Tan head that's a little small and quick.
Fairly evenly balanced presentation of malt and bitterness. Rather dry and it increased as warmed and was also reflected in the bitterness.
Carbonation seems excessive and makes it too filling. Seems a little thin, esp. as it warms.
I'd hoped for better. Too strong a hop presence for my liking in this style.

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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 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 scottum
4.06/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

per BIF 16

Pours a sexy brown amber with a tan headskie. Something striking about this brew... Mouthfeel is almost perfect. Wow, what drinkability, but I havn't even gotten to the flavor yet. Tastes good. Haha, yeah, that's the simple truth. Nice full flavor is simple yet subtile and it works! A nice ale.

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Photo of clvand0
3.68/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours an amber color with a medium head that has nice retention and leaves a little lacing on the glass. The aroma is slightly sweet and has a buttery thing going on. The flavor has a strong caramel backbone with a much stronger hop presence than the aroma would tell. Fairly large in body and easy to drink. Nothing wonderful, but a very nice offering for the style.

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Photo of mentor
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from John's Grocery in Feb 2005 and consumed that same evening. Reviewed from notes. Pours a 1/2 finger tan head over a red brown liquid. Smells chocoaltey sweet and lightly of coffee. Tastes lihglty chocolate with some coffee, too. Flavors are quite mild and some stornger malt sweet would have added a playful dimension. Medium mouthfeel, which is a surprise, as I've found Boulevard products to usually lack in this characteristic. A bit overcarbonated but all in all an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice rubied amber color with a nice coat of head over top. The nose is caramel and slight diacetyl with a spicey hop. Interesting. The flavor is a little better than the nose. The hop is more dominant, with not a very prevalent buttery character. The caramel malt comes in on the end. I like it. The feel is nice and thick, with a moderate carb. I'm impressed with this beer. One of the better Irish beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of brewQ
3.83/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This year's model ... a rich red-brown color with a sandy tan head. Leaves light lace as it goes.

The aroma is earthy and sweet but I could not pull up hop smell despite a warm serving temperature. I expected more on that score.

The taste has a certain fullness and balance. Just a hint of tartness at the finish. Certainly drinkable and well above the reds and limp Irish beers I tend to see available. Just not as much of a stand out as the other BLVD beers.

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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 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 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 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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. squat amber bottle.

Deep copper in color, with an off-white head that fluffs itself up and lasts for quite some time. There's even some patchwork quilt lacing on the glass. Impressive. Aromas are toasted grains and dark druit. There's even some spicy character to it. Flavor is balanced. Sweet malty flavors mix nicely with the hops, aided by a dash of doughy yeastiness. Finishes with a caramel-nut aftertaste. Good session beer.

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Photo of cokes
3.76/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and gleaming ruby-kissed bronze. The head is beige, well-formed and well-retained.
Nose is hollow and grainy, lightly bready, and generally a weakness.
Taste, however, gathers up the slack. Begins caramel sweet, but begins to dry immediately. Turns into brittle toffee, then into toast. Sweetens again late. Interesting ebb and flow. Hopping is manifest, and actually serves to build on the reclaimed sweetness. Juicy citric hues. Orangey with lime rinds. Dries again at the close. More herbal around the time of the swallow, along with a strange gin-like sensation. Odd especially, because alcohol is a non-factor here.
A super-quaffable, medium-bodied, red ale. And one that has some strong points- primarily its Americana uniqueness.

More kudos to the Huge one.

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

The beer pours an orangey caramel, topped with a thick, evenly bubbled froth. The vanilla colored head settles into a filmy coating, keeping at least a thick collar to the end. Large blobs of lace stick haphazardly to the glass, a solid ring sticking to where the original froth was. A bit of haziness from some stirred up bottle conditioning.
The aroma is immediately fruity. Plenty of flowery pear esters, almost belgian-like with the malt. Pleasant toasty caramel, balanced by mild floral hops. A bit of nuttiness from the yeast pour.
The flavor starts with mild, easy going toasty caramel malt. A bit of bready yeast, which remains throughout the sip. Pear and floral esters are very pronounced, even a touch of bubblegum, adding a soft feel when coupled with the yeast. The finish presents mild, balancing floral/herbal hops (northern brewer?) drying out in the end with some nutty, powdery yeast. A bit of grassy astringency as the beer warms in my hand, adding to the bitterness. The aftertaste is mainly toasty malt, with a touch of that grassy flavor and some nutty yeast. Medium bodied, supported by moderate, full feeling carbonation. I recommend stirring up the bottle conditioning, as the yeast adds a pleasant feel and flavor. I used an 8oz glass that required two pours, and the flavor on the second was more to my liking, with the increased nuttiness.
A very tasty irish red ale, with an intriguing, almost belgian flair. This is my first Boulevard beer, and the folks in Kansas City have a good thing going. Unique and interesting. I could drink these all day.

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Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Session beer all the way...pours a light brown with red highlights...nose is very light...just not much to smell...nice toasty/nutty flavors similar to a nut brown ale....some sweeter caramel like texture...hops are hidden nicely in the background but serve their purpose with a husky/dry finish..

Body is lighter side of medium...this is nothing to jump up and down about but it is a pretty tasty, low ABV, easy drinking , session-style beer....I rate drinkability as a 3.0 because while it IS easy drinking, it's not one I would be dying to drink again....that is what I consider "drinkability"

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Photo of jimdkc
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours medium brown with reddish highlights. Head is light tan and lasts quite a while. Smell is of roasted malt. Taste is malty with some carmel and fruity notes. Enough hops to be noticeable and add a little bitterness. Aftertaste is slightly sour, but not unpleasantly so. Very drinkable.

I took some of this to a family gathering, and even the macro drinkers liked it!

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