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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Ratings: 606 |  Reviews: 246
Photo of Herky21
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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

This had just been tapped at the Flying Saucer in Little Rock. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is garnet with just a wisp of a beige head.

It has a nose of grains and some dough.

The beer beer’s taste tracks the smell. It is grainy & doughy with a touch of floral hops at the back end.

Mouth has decent heft. There is nothing bad here, but nothing that exciting either.

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of phishsihq
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Boulevard Irish Red pours a light shade of mahogany, with a half-inch of off white head that provides spotty, yet sticky lace. Sweet malt, caramel, and some herbal hops are noticeable in the nose, with the slightest hints of roasted malt discernible as well. The flavors of this brew closely follow the nose, with the sweet malt dominating the pallet out front, hints of caramel and toffee poking through, and a long, sustained finish with a touch of floral hop flavor and bitterness in the end. A medium level of carbonation is met with a medium-high body. Another wonderful example of the "Irish Red Ale" category.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Treebs
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at Wild Monk, a new gastro pub in downtown Lagrange. Served in a Two Brothers pint glass.

A: Pours a dark mahogany with a thin white head forming on the pour. A thin white film is left on the top of the brew and it leaves some sticky sheets of lace.

S: Very malt forward nose. Sweet and pale malts with some raw bread dough and some caramel. Slight earthy pine in the background.

T: Caramel and pale malts up front with some doughy bread, a touch of peat and some some bitter hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation. Nice sweet maltiness is left on the palate.

O: A solid Irish red. Nice malty flavors with a subtle hop finish. Not overly complex, but easily drinkable.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of kjyost
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle purchased as part of a mixed 12 pack at Happy Harry's, Grand Forks, North. Bottle BB June, 2012. Poured ~4C into a Duvel snifter.

A: Clear ruby red body with a nice tabs head that lasts the whole pour and laces lightly.
S: Sweet malts, hints of butter, light earth hop. Grew on me as time passed.
T: A bit better here with a body that is sweet and full of caramel. Seemed watery to start but it built to a thick body with at times a dank earthy, but more often a spicy hop finish.
M: As above. Watery when cold. Thick when warmed.
O: I initially has this beer pegged around a 3, but it built on me. This is not my favorite style, nor a beer I would regularly reach for, but was enjoyable enough for what it was.

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Photo of beagle75
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A: Clear, dark amber color with two fingers of cinnamon-tinted foam head. Heavy lacing remains on the glass.

S: Rustic grain and spicy herbaceous hops seem somewhat scattered due to persistent carbon dioxide.

T: Begins dry, with crisp mid-range malt that is suggestive of rye, and mild citric acidity. A whiff of green herbaceousness becomes married to the citric acid in the middle, offering dark citrus effect alongside slightly astringent earthy hop flavors. Slight sweetness develops temporarily before the soft bready finish features more earth and limited bitterness.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, balanced if a little acidic on the palate, with low carbonation.

D/O: This balanced ale is safe but respectable, able to cultivate mid-range flavor qualities that seem to find some new territory between that of the amber and brown ales. While the smell is representative of the flavor, it seems like a less interesting version of what greets the palate. It should pair well with most savory foods.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Best by 5/01/12
Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a deep reddish amber, with lots of thick foamy tan colored head on top. Leaving some mild lacing.

Aroma is full of malts. Caramel. Some mild hops are in the back ground. Smells kind of sweet.

Tastes of sweet malts. Follows the scent profile well. Some very mild bitterness at the end. Mildly dry finish.

Mouthfeel is medium body, with out a lot of carbonation.

Overall this is an easy drinker. Nice to have on hand to compliment any kind St. Patricks Day celebration. Another well balanced beer from Boulevard.

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5/5  rDev +36.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a huge irish red fan, but this one is really nice, and a bit different from the conventional. pours a nice ruby hue with a massive fluffy tan head. smell is red malts and dried fruit, maybe cherries or plums or something, just barely some residual sugar. taste too has some fruit in it, even more than the nose. mostly featuring the malt here, but some sappy hops come in near the middle. nice malty finish and a decent mouthfeel. leaves a bit of a yeasty/tart aftertaste, maybe from the bottle conditioning that i think isnt perfectly congruent with the rest of the beer, but a very drinkable red ale, with just enough abv for the spring days that still have some chill in the air. another worthy boulevard brew

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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1/5  rDev -72.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of harrymel
2.33/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best by 01MAY12

pours a rusty brown with a quilt of light latte foam and excellent clarity. Spotty lace. Nose is of floral malts and a little bit of caramel. Some tea like, earthy hops. Metallic flavor over a decent amount of sweet malts. There is a certain dry, tart character I'm not really digging. Medium bodied with moderately hi carb and a good dry finish. This is okay, nothing more.

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of samie85
3.56/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, deep red color with two fingers of white head.

Smells of deep, estery fruit notes with some caramel malt.

Starts out with a crisp bitterness and a rich malt quality.

Light side of medium bodied with light carbonation and a slick feel.

I appreciate the balance struck on this beer; it's rich and malty yet has a nice bitterness that cuts through the malt to keep it from being cloying.

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 606 ratings
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