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 HOPPYKC
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Also had this beer on tap at johnnys tavern during the chiefs playoff game. This is a good beer. Nice dark red color almost black when not in the light. The look of this beer is amazing I love a beer with deep color and character. The smell is nice with alot of malt and a little bread. Lots of lacing on the glass. The drinkability of this beer is amazing. A nice Irish ale.

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Photo of wmtxbb
2.3/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Dark red with lacing.

Smell: Tea and cotton candy. Smells a lot like some of the scottish herb ales I've had.

Taste: Way too much alcohol up front, really over powers the other flavors. Not balanced at all. Alcohol followed by malt and ends tart. Horrible mix that ends far too bitter.

Drinkability: One is too much. I've really wanted to like Boulevard's brews, but I haven't been able to find any (thus far) that I like. This Irish ale should be revamped or just retired.

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Photo of Offa
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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 JamesS
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent red-copper color with a bit of nice head and some decent lacing throughout. Odd scent, with slight malt but a distinct alcohol tinge; shouldn't be there at < 6%. Decent taste, some nice malt with that nice tartness that comes with an Irish red, but not as strong as would be liked; very little hop at the end, more of a sudden drop. Goes down fairly smooth, though.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear deep copper, orange and amber highlights. creamy beige head that dissipated on the fast side. a light ring of lace that continues to drip back into the glass.

toasty caramel, bready, touch of soap. mild herbal and lemon hops. fruity apple yeast esters.

Nice rich toasty caramel, nutty, bready, malt with a bit of sweetness. herbal, medicinal, and lemon hop flavors are hanging around. Apple yeast ester, touch of dark fruit. pleasant earthy herbal bitterness.

Smooth, well carbonated, rich, a little dry

Good Drinkability, a decent craft irish-american ale with nice hop bitterness.

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

A: Clear red/amber color. Poured a 2 finger creamy tan head with good retention to a half finger skim. Laced in thick rings.

S: Crystal malt sweetness and wet grain. Grass and earth hops with some spice in the background.

T: Homey bready flavor followed by carmelly sweetness. Balances with peppery bitter hops (with a slight pine character). Some malty sweetness lingers through the bitter.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth and rich with nicely balanced finish that doesn't quite completely mask the malt character.

D: Easily drinkable. Flavorful, balanced and moderate ABV.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a deep clear amber, with 2 solid fingers of off-white foamy head. This retains with a creamy ½ finger that flares up rather robustly into a cascade of thick and heavy lacing. The aroma is toasty and sweet in the nose with caramel and biscuits. There's also a good bit of leafy and citric smelling hops, which help impart a deep green tang in the nose.

The taste has a fairly strong roasted presence going on with it, with more than enough malty sweetness present to help balance things out. Hops offer up some herbal accents and spicy bitterness that adds some punch to the profile, while also letting this finish with lingering notes of earth and dryness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a VERY creamy and softer feel to the carbonation that gives this a super mellow and easy drinking nature. I ripped through this glass, before I scarcely had time to finish reviewing it!

I've got to say that this was definitely one of the better Irish Reds that I've had in a while. Lots of robust malt flavors with just the right amount of earthy hops providing balance. Plus the feel and drinkibility on this were great for nearly 6%. Maybe not entirely true to the sytle with all of the hops involved but I was still impressed by this Boulevard offering.

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Photo of morimech
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with a large off-white head that had good retention. The head settles to a thin cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is different from most Irish Reds. More hoppy than malty. A large dose of citrus and spicy hops before the malt underneath can be detected. The hops also play a large role in the flavor. Almost has a German Pilsener hop charactor. The typical caramel malt flavor comes in after the initial hop flavor. Bittersweet is a perfect discriptor for the taste. The body feels a little light which is not surprising considering the malt profile. Atypical for the style but it might appeal more drinkers because of the hops.

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Photo of Vixie
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a nice red color with a bit of an off white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Quite a bit of roasted malt in the smell. Actually reminds me a bit of the smell of rye bread. Also picking up a bit of sweetness in the smell.

You are first hit with the roasted malt taste, then a bit of sweetness kicks in. Before it can get too sweet, the hops come in and balance it out. Malty sweetness balanced by hops, with a bit of a sweet, almost citrus note tossed in.

High carbonation helps make this beer feel a bit more solid than it mighty otherwise be. Not bad, about what I expect from this style.

Very nice example of the style. Goes down easy and smooth, and there's enough in the taste to make it interesting. Worth checking out, glad I tried it.

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Photo of soju6
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours a nice amber color with a good head. The smell is that of grain with a hint of malt. The taste is crisp with a bit of bitterness. The body is light and smooth with a dry finish with a hint of bitterness. Is an enjoyable beer for kicking back.

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

A: This beer was poured in a straight pour into a stein glass. Had great head and was well sustained throughout the drink, but gave minimal lacing.

S: Smelled of citrus, however it left off the bitter notes of plain old hops.

T: Tasted of sweet plums initially and then finished with a nice citrus end, still wanted more though.

M: Didn't feel too watered down for my mouth, however, the carbonation was perfect.

D: I'd do drink it again no problem.


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Photo of ThaBobfather
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

* Notes from Terre Haute Tasting*

Pours a lightly orange with some reddish hints a bubbly tannish head.
Nose is malty with a lightly sweet grain scent.
Taste is blended well with some light sweetness on the malt with a grainy bitter that is nudged into the flavor.
Finish is dryish with a grassy malt quality to the after-taste.
Drinks well-sessionable especially on this murky spring taste in the MidWest.

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Photo of wmthorne
3.21/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoying this on a sunny 65 degree day in West TN on the patio of my favorite brick oven pizza place.

Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Nice spongy head. Good caramel-red color with lots of bubbles.

Caramel in the nose and a fair amount of carbonation in the first swig. Just a touch of hoppiness to give it a little edge.

The beer laces the glass beautifully.

It is a pretty tasty overall Irish red. I could have several especially at the $2 happy hour draft price.

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Photo of Briken
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Best until 4/12/10 printed on the bottle

Since this ale has a secondary bottle fermentation, the best by date may have an effect on the outcome of its performance. It's appearance is a dark amber color with a slight red glowing from the bottom of the glass. A generous fine head sticks around for quite some time. A pleasant earthy aroma starts things off. There is a pleasant hop bite that comes with an Irish ale and a good caramel malt sweetness to back it up. The mouthfeel on this is just fantastic. The high, fine carbonation gives this a silky feel that makes the overall impression of a very smooth ale. If it had just a little more bite it would be perfect.

This is a very fine example of an Irish ale just perfect for St. Patricks day or really any other day you have corned beef or soda bread. Or pizza for that matter.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's refreshing to have a simple, well-crafted, and (almost) sessionable beer for once. We need more beers that quietly give such pleasure without yelling at me.

Boulevard's Irish Ale begins with a deep ruby color with a stubby foamstance of stark-white foam, very creamy appearance, and very good lacing. Very clear.

Aromas of bready malted barley and estery red apples rise to the forefront of the glass. Subtle hints of bread crusts and toffee give an understated backdrop to the aromas.

Flavors do much the same but the light toast and sweeter, sun-kissed grains take precedence over the toffee sweetness and fruitiness. Still, the malt flavor is the driving force for the beer, allowing a light grainy taste to come into play early and late, somehow avoiding the main body of the beer.

The grain taste lingers into the impressions of body a bit too much and interrupts the handsome malt structure. Hop bitterness is assertive enough to balance the beer and then to also add an English, earthy, minty flavor as well.

This Irish Ale is a very nice beer that shouldn't offend or demand attention. Just an easy drinker and wonderful at that.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a nice red with some orange hints and a very light tan head at about .5 inches with some nice medium sized bubbles.

S - Crisp malt sweetness and grain like qualities are present as well as some nice piney and grassy hop notes on the back end.

T - Delicious fresh baked bread and grain like flavors are felt followed by some nice malt sweetness that is well balanced right away by the nice grassy hops. Some pine character is present as well. There are some hints of spices as well, some pepper amongst others. There is a nice bitter finish to it that accompanies the roasted malt backbone.

M & D - Delicious crisp and refreshing with a nice light to medium body that balances well with the flavors. Very drinkable with a lower ABV. Good stuff from Blvd.

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Photo of robbyc1
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

beautiful creamy head, off light brown, with clear red-orange look, great lace.

biscuit malt nose with some sweetness there, earthy and grassy as well.

Taste is deep malt with bready and biscuit flavors, soft finish, very flavorful, finish is a bit too sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is creamy and soft and full, very well done.

Drinkability would be better if the finish was more balanced, otherwise a good session beer.

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Photo of cameraman
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep amber color is poured with touches of ruby red along the sides of the glass. A quarter inch thick beige to light beige color head forms on top. The head dissolves away quickly leaving some traces of lacing to become thin film on top. The sweetness of malt along with cracked grain, bread, and biscuit are the main fragrances. The malt also dominates the taste as well with a hearty bread flavor with the addition of sweet caramel. A biscuit flavor develops towards the end it finishes with a mild grassy bitterness. A light and watery feel grows to become more medium bodied. Halfway across the palate the foaming sensation of carbonation come out cleanses the back of the palate. This may the closest beer to this style I have had yet. The strong malt scent and flavor is spot on, with the classic color and soft feel, makes me crave some bangers and mash to have this beer.

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Photo of corby112
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle received in a recent trade with thehand. Thanks again man.

Pours a slightly cloudy golden copper/dark ruby red color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring.

Slightly toasty malt aroma with hints of caramel, nut and toffee along with a prominent earthy, piny hop presence. There's also some slight biscuit and citrus fruit character.

Very hop forward for the style and on the lighter end of medium body. Lots of dry earthy bitterness with some dry sticky pine along with some sweet citrus notes. There is a nice slightly toasty caramel malt backbone that provides some balance with hints of toffee, nut and biscuit. Although there is some decent balance this beer is very, very dry and is dominated by the bitter piny hops. Not much like an Irish Ale at all really but is still pretty tasty. Long dry bitter hoppy finish.

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Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had on tap at old chicago in uptown in a pint glass the color was auburn brown with a little head bot with a nice beige ring and lots of sticky lacing..the smell was was caramel .toast, some roasted toffee a little coffee and some earthy peat smells..almost that of a winter warmer..the taste was the same it was a roasted malt and oat taste with some caramel and bitter hops..the moth feel medium with a slightly bitter taste..overall a good drinking beer for late winter early spring..i liked it

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Photo of brewerburgundy
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 bgreg3
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First Boulevard brew for me. Irish Ale lives up to the Irish appearance: Tan foam, dark orange reddish appearance, and good launch pad for air bubbles. This beer smells damn good it has a two row barely smell right off the bat in conjunction with sweet caramel and subtle hops. Packs the flavor! Sweet caramel and many different malts hit the palette first. After a second these flavors subside and come to a yeasty sweet wet finish. Fine Irish Brew.

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Photo of SykDoc
3.91/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a previous trip, just love looking through your stuff and finding beer ratings. Poured from a bottle into a cheap hotel glass. It pours a nice hazy amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head leaving a mild lacing. Mild visible carbonation and no sediment.

The aroma has a vinegar/ester component that seems awkward. Very mild caramel sweetness and minimal hops hiding out.

The taste has a caramel sweetness balanced by a nice piney/hoppy component and a mild bitterness.

This is light/medium bodied and has good carbonation. It leaves a relatively clean finish with a mild dryness.

Overall, this is a decent beer to drink and has a reasonable balance but didn't seem to come through on the whole.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love Boulevard's brews so much. With this beer I come even closer to having every brew they've brewed. I first saw this beer about 2 years ago and regret that I am just now trying it. It's amazing!

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful dark ruby brown with a little burgundy glint.

This beer smells slightly roasted, with beautiful sweet smells of pale malt. Slightly hoppy.

This beer is more malty than anything - not too sweet, for it is well balanced by the sweet malts. Very beautiful taste.

Mouthfeel is good, as is drinkability.

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Photo of meeekyh
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a belled beer glass. This was a gift from my beer guy at Crossroads W&S as he was given an 'extra' sample and knew I would give it a good home. Thank you sir.

The label is kida cool looking, a bit Christmas-like to be honest, and notes the beer is bottle conditioned.

The ale is amber colored and very slightly cloudy. The head is tan and ample and leaves dense lacing.

Malty, beery nose. Not the best descriptor I know, but the smell is not bad nor is it really complex. There are notes of roasted malt.

Taste is roasted, sweet, caramel a bit tangy and generally good.

Medium body and good carbonation with a slightly sweet finish.

Overall this beer is slightly more enjoyable than most ambers, for my tastes, as it is a bit dryer and has less roasted character than many I have had. Quite drinkable to be sure.

Thanks again to Crossroads for the sample. I will buy some of this for consumption at my St. Pat's party this year.

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