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
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4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Photo of sweemzander
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle poured into an imperial pint. Best by 05/01/12.

(A)- Pours a reddish amber hue. Produced a good cap of tan froth; plenty of lacing.

(S)- A nicely rich malty profile: caramel, toffee, and a mildly spicy cinnamon and vanilla.

(T)- Similar to the smell. A wide range of malty goodness: caramel and toffee-like spice. Finishes with some grainy bits.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Overall, just an array of malty-rich flavors.

(D)- A nice little beer with a wealth of malty flavors. A bit too malty for my tastes with really no other noticeable flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

Photo of KJay1408
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A very nice dark redish brown with a nice dense rocky, foamy head on top. It looks awesome.

S: Very malty with some awesome herbal/hop aromas

T: Nice and malty sweet up front, with some toffee, notes and a good bit of grapefruity hop flavor on the back side. Very easy drinking beer. I should note that it does have that "dry" flavor beers like Smithwicks have at the end. However it is much more subtle in this brew making it more of an accent than a punch you in the face flavor.

M: Heavy/Medium I'm having trouble defining it precisely but you can definitely tell it's no pilsner or Mega Brewery Bullcrap.

O: Pretty darn good as far as i'm concerned. I wouldn't drink this year round but for St. Patty's day I'll be knocking back a few every year.

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

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2/5  rDev -45.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a bottle.

The name describes the color, which is a crimson tinged deep orange under an excellent soft three fingers of clingy foam that never falls all the way to the surface.

The aroma is mild and pleasing with primary notes of light fruit and a touch of black tea. The hops come through in a light fruity way and this doesn't smell bitter.

There is less overall flavor than I expected, with muted grains and a little toast paired with some hop bitterness and a tiny bit of their leafy flavor. There is a little alcohol and a little wet grain in the aftertaste. As it warms, a little nicer touch of toasty grain and some caramel come forward.

The mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with full but not prickly carbonation and compact bubbles.

Conclusion: Looks good, smells good, feels good, but this bottle falls a little short in the taste department. I imagine this is a hard style to get just right because it includes subtlety, but this is a good beer all the same, it just doesn't shine out as world class.

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3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I bought this brew the day it hit the shelves, but just now got off my arse to review the thing....

Appearance - Poured from a bottle into a mug. Poured a nice deep amber color with a creamy, imposing three finger head. Good head retention, moderate signs of lacing.

Smell - Nice and sweet, you can certainly smell the malty character coming through in the smell. A good roasted malt smell.

Taste - Follows the nose for the most part. Caramel undertones, with a strong roasted malt flavor. Right on the nose for the style

Mouthfeel - A dry finish, nice. Good carbonation and body.

Overall - This brew will get away from you quick. I started the night with one, and have had a whole bunch since then. It is easy to drink several of these bad boys and not really pay it much mind. An excellent brew, I really liked it. Recommended, especially for the spring/St. Patricks Day/March timeframe. Enjoy!

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Irish pint glass.

The beer is a semi-clear cinnamon or shiny rust (Crayola can thank me later) color with a cream colored head that recedes very slowly. Lacing is random bands and dots of foam. The aroma is very toasty and sweet. Spiciness from the hops seems to play a big part as well. Toasted bread, faint toffee, and spiced tea leaves are what I'm thinking of. The beer tastes of toasted bread, sweet caramel malts, with a subtle cinnamon spice finish, and a noted amount of tea tanginess. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, and a little on the harsh side.

Overall, I think the hops have a profound part in what I taste and smell from this beer. This is no malty caramel bomb. There's a lot of cinnamon and spice in this. Not as smooth as other Irish Reds I've had.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: There is a cloudy dark copper red with a very thin white head. The head quickly fades to almost nothing and leaves a lot of lace on the glass.

S: I really do not get much smell from this beer at all. I get a little bit of malt, but that's really it.

T: The taste has a nice amount of malt and caramel. The taste is nothing special.

M: Now sadly, this is the best part of the beer to me. It has a nice foamy feeling in my mouth and a nice amount of crispness on the back of the throat and tongue. It also leaves a little bit of a dry feeling in my mouth.

O: This just isn't as good as I was hoping. Irish Red Ale's are really hard to perfect and this one has a lot of flaws that need to be worked out.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3/5  rDev -18%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 52.5% out of 100 with 606 ratings
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