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: 609 |  Reviews: 247
Photo of SykDoc
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +9.8%
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 +7.6%
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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Photo of nickd717
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to stephens101.

Excellent appearance, deep red with a larger off-white head. Great retention and lacing.

Aroma is bready and earthy, with mild roasted notes.

Pleasant flavor dominated by malts - bread and caramel. Also lots of dirty earth, which is not a bad thing. I mean, if you don't like earth, buddy, then get the hell off it and go live on f-ing Uranus or something. I hear it's nice this time of year. Bitter hop finish.

Medium-bodied, fairly dry with just a hint of sweetness in the middle.

Very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good example of a style that isn't one of my favorites. And to those who accuse me of not reviewing to style, ha!

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Photo of Duxx
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonick pint glass.

A: Pours a bright and clear ruddy red with a 1+ finger pale brown head. This left good lacing on the side of my glass.

S: Very malty with minimal hop aroma.

T: Quite a punch of hop bite immediately and a little more in the back of my throat. There is also a goodly amount of sweet malt that comes through as carmel and toffee.

M: Very creamy and adequately carbonated.

D: Goes down smoothly but (and I can't believe I am about to say this) maybe a little bit over the top on bittering hops. I would also like a little more on the aroma hops.

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Photo of dbossman
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Slightly cloudy; redish/brown fast forming head with a slow dissipation and okay lacing

S: A slight, sweet maltiness but honestly there isn't a lot going on-not off puting but not enhancing the beer either

T: A little sweet and bready; grainy, roasted maltiness comes out in aftertaste--as does a nutty quality that is pleasant; unfortnuately it just isn't all that much and a touch bland

F: Decent mouth feel; a tad watery and carbonation doesn't seem quite right

D: Pretty good representation of the style but not great; definately a good spring sessionable beer

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Photo of froghop
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours a cloudy copper with a large tan head, and some lacing.

smell is of sour malt, earth, some caramel, and a touch of cedar.

taste is tart, sour malt, caramel, spice, dirt, a hint salmon berry, and grain, ends a little dry, tart, and bitter.

an average irish ale.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to stephens101 for this brew.

Pours a very nice slight hazey golden amber color, nice carbonation, very nice one-finger plus creamy light tan head, with some very nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with lots of caramel. The taste is malty, nice sweet note, with some caramel. Medium body, with a dry/bitter finish. Drinkable, this is one fine brew, thanks Lane.

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Photo of erosier
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice amber-red color with a medium sized and medium bodied off white/tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: A big caramelized malty aroma and then a hint of earthy hops at the end of the nose.
T: Like the aroma, there is a huge malty base with hints of caramelized malts, and some nice darker and lighter malts. There is a hint of hops at the end as well.
M: Very nice weight to it, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable, wish I had more of this!

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Photo of kindestcut
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The Irish red style in the US has been corrupted for many by the existence of Killian's Irish Red, which is merely an ordinary lager in Irish ale's clothing. A true Irish red ale is a delight and the Boulevard version is everything I like in this style.

It pours a dark amber. Hold the beer to the light and you see the red through the haze. The head is not very pronounced but the carbonation is quite lively.

The aroma is nice with a sweet maltiness dominating.

The taste is very nice with a strong malty sweetness up front with swiftly gives way to a hoppy finish. This is not a complex beer, however the style is very straightforward and even.

The carbonation combines well with the flavor making this a wonderful session beer. For me, this is fast becoming my beer of choice when I'm looking for something tasty and refreshing.

This is neither the best beer in the world nor one of the most complex. It's probably not a beer people are going to be clamoring for throughout the country. However, I think it is very solid in aroma, taste and drinkability.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall I liked this beer. It has a sweet malty aroma there is not much for hops. It has a dark amber body with a little bit of a red hue. The head was very impressive. It had a tan head that was very bubbly as well as the lace. It has a malty and fruity flavor with some hop bitterness in the after taste. The body was just right for the style.

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Photo of gpogo
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Deep reddish copper, very clear. Moderately sized tan head. Head dissipates to a foamy covering with little to no lace.

A- Caramel malty aroma with a slight toastiness.

T- Toasted malt flavors come through right at the beginning. Caramel malt flavor. Finishes with a barley cereal mouth aftertaste, is this breakfast? Finishes with a very light roasty taste and semi-dry.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very smooth drinking beer.

D- This is one of the better brews from Boulevard. I could drink quite a few of these.

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Photo of ETM
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It is sweet, but its is a round sweetness that makes this really smooth. The aroma did not stand out to me in any way. The flavor is not complicated; it is just enough to make it quite enjoyable. I think it would be good with crackers, salty cheese and nuts. The color in this beer is nice, a deep amber, with enough red that it could advertise it. Hop flavor is in proportion for the style. Good one Boulevard!

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Photo of seanbhudson
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean dark amber with reddish highlights with a large tan head that has an average retention. Moderate lacing.
Light caramel and toasted malt
Similar to aroma. Caramel and alt light toast. A of earthy hint hops.
Light to medium body. Light fizzy carbonation.
An easy drinking smooth beer. I think that I am getting so used to the strong ales that this just seems a bit simple.
NOTES: BBCSD-0904-Geoff

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: thick foamy head slowly settles to a nice half-finger layer, ruby red color, no activity in the middle, nice lacing
s: toasted malts, light biscuit aroma
t: malty biscuit, mild sweetness against a backdrop of tart flavor and slightly bitter finish; nice mix
m: medium body with nice carbonation, good balance
d: pretty smooth beer with good balance and decent flavor

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Photo of toolbrew
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by date 5/30/09. Pours a clear mahogany color with a thin head. Great head retention and lacing down the glass.

Malty smell - some earthy tones and sweeter malt scents.

Malty taste up front with a noticeable hop finish. Hop taste lingers somewhat.

Goes down smoothly and gives good sensation on the back of the tongue.

A very drinkable session beer. Wish I could regularly get Boulevard here in Michigan.

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Photo of beeragent
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - The beer pours a deep copper, forming a 1 inch off-white head that quickly fades. Very little lacing is present.

S - Strong malt presence in the aroma. Nothing else is really detectible.

T - Again the malts dominate the taste, coating the palate with a strong sweet malt flavor. Not very complex, just simple.

M - Medium bodied, but feels very thin in the finish. Not alot of carbonation. Clean finish.

D - Not being a big fan of Irish reds, this has a decent taste. Nothing complex, just a straightforward ale. Not bad, but still not something I would want to drink several of in one night.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of monsterfat in a recent trade.

Pours a ruby red with a good-sized two-finger white head on it. Retention is strong, but the lacing is weak. Some sticky globs, but not much. Smells of bananas, apples, sugar cane, and bread.

Mouthfeel is crisp due to a medium/high amount of carbonation. Flavor is pretty muted and tame. A very malty brew. Definite caramel malty goodness. Bitterness is really low. This is a very drinkable beer. Low ABV + mild sweetness = high drinkability. Recommend.

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Photo of macktbone
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Courtesy of a trade deal with thirdLap...

Dark alomost non see-through amber color. No head, little visible carbonation due to dark color.

Smells like a winter seasonal. Lots of dark fruits and spice and a little mint.

Clearly a good example of the Irish style. Clean and crisp with a great draught flavor.

Nice full feel. Suprisingly thick for the style.

My first Boulevard and although thie Iris ale is not my choice in sytle...I'm impressed with BLVD.

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Photo of dakid618
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass. Pours a deep reddish-brown with light tan foamy head that crowns just over the top of the glass. As soon as it starts pouring you get a strong smell of malts. Upon further smelling I get mostly roasted malt with a scent lingering on the end that reminds me of a wheat beer. Taste is malt malt malt. Definitely a malt bomb, but a good one. Biscuity malt flavor coats every inch of the tongue with this beer. Medium bodied mouthfeel with a very dry finish. This is an easy beer to session and I do so every year when it comes out. Another beer that shows Boulevard is one of the most consistent, solid brewerys around.

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Photo of SpecialK088
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Cloudy amber/redish almost a cider like appearance. Light head just more of just a film over the top of the beer that stays there the entire time.

S-wheat/Grain with some biscut flavors. Some sweetness from the malt almost a figgyness

M-Medium body pretty smooth and complex for a red.

D-Easy to drink not sure its somethin I would pick up alot but once a year or so or if there was somewhere i could grab it on tap its very solid

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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yummy, this was a good free-be from my brother.

The color borders on dark amber/light red and had 1/2 finger of head. It has a nice malty flavor with very slight twang that makes it a bit interesting. Goes down good and the flavor lingers just long enough to be enjoyed. I LIKE IT !

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Photo of katan
3.24/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Certainly is red - very clear. Runs against the grain of their bottle conditioning. Head formation is darker in color, probably a symptom of the density of the beer. Leaves behind only a light film.

S - A roasted sweet malt dominates. A small amount of yeast in the backdrop.

T - Starts off with lots of those specialized malts. Bitterness only barely rears its head. No hop finish anywhere in this beer. Finishes with a sweet roasted malt flavor. After taste has some of the cloying sweetness.

M - Moderate to light body. Carbonation does balance that out a little, adding some bite. Only thing on the aftertaste is the cloying sweetness.

D - Very drinkable beer - abv is in line with easily imbibed macros. Flavors are muted - no challenge there. Lastly, the beer is not at all filling.

This beer is okay - it just seems to get an "eh" overall.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Right after the Boulevard Stout, this Irish red...

Ommegang anniversary glass this time. A blank space on the shoulder of the glass where the BB date usually is.

Two inches of yellowed & dense milkshake head. Slow to settle. Heavy activity inside its tawny amber body.

Smell is a little soapy(I only rinsed), faintly grainy, & again metallic.

First off, I notice the feel is quite frothy & creamy. A sure amount of caramel upfront, plus a good wad of dough. Flavors of ginger &/or bubble gum are noticeable. Breakfast cereal-like grain sweetness. Barky, chewing on a toothpick-like bitterness & feel on the finish.

Body is a little heavier then I was expecting. Carbonation is low.

It needed a little more bite, but otherwise decently inconspicuous for the style. Goes well with grey meat & olive-colored drapes. :P

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Photo of champ103
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a dark amber red color. A large beige head of over two fingers forms. An impressive spiderweb looking lace sticks all the way down my pint glass.
S: At first a sweet brown sugar aroma. After the beer warms up a bit, some toasted caramel malt develops. Along with a very light musky metallic aroma.
T: Sweet and sugary malt. A nice toasted and caramel flavor.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Though a bit thin and watery. Very easy to drink. A great session beer.

I really like this. A good flavor and an easy beer to quaff. Something I would recommend and purchase again.

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Irish Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 609 ratings