Amber Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Amber AleAmber Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Boulevard Amber Ale is an exceptionally well-balanced beer, complex yet thirst-quenching. American pale malt provides a firm foundation. English specialty malts impart a nutty sweetness, perfectly complemented by noble German hops. The deep coppery color holds the light, reflecting a ruddy glow, and the finish is clean, round, and delicious.

24 IBU

Added by brownbeer on 05-23-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Smurf2055
2.48/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From the variaty 12 pack, picked up at Chuck’s 85 and poured in to my Duvel Tulip (of all things lol) Ap: Pours with a finger head. Murky amber. Ar: Sweet straw and faint spice. T: Sort of wheat, sweet, straw taste. Some hop presence. P: Smooth but a bit watery. Overall, nothing special, but decent enough. Wouldn’t go looking for it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.58/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Maybe just a little haze to this darker copper, bronze colored brew. Pretty quick head and no residual foam. A couple tiny bubbles rise to the surface.

Light toasted malt aromas. Thats all I can get for the nose. Smells a little bland.

Some biscuit toasted malt flavors. An acidic, slightly lemony finish makes up the hop profile.

This is the only beer from Boulevard I won't buy again.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
2.64/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Two solid fingers of spun sugar head, an amber red complexion in the liquid beneath...

Some caramel and mild hop esters in the nose, very weak nose

Some lemon and barley come to the front at first, a tad acrid in the back

Mouth feel is a tad watery with soda pop carbonation

Overall a very simple boring beer. I wouldn't recommend it

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Photo of Goliath
2.69/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber color with a large two inch light tan head. There is decent head retention and no lacing.

The aroma is basic, boring, weak, and uninspiring at best. There are faint tones of sweet malt giving a bread character. Outside of that I'm not getting much.

The taste is ok. It seems lightly herbal with a tea like quality. There's a touch of sweet malt, but again almost nothing else. A very faint hop bitterness is way off in the distance. This may be the worst offering I have had from Boulevard.

The mouthfeel is thin, watery, and nearly flat. Terrible.

The drinkability is moderate. Sure, it's sessionable. However, I don't know that I would try to session it. Boring, boring, boring. The flavor profile is lacking. As a matter of fact, everything is lacking. It's just not a beer experience. I have had much better ambers.

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Photo of kjyost
2.73/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle purchased at Happy Harry's Grand Forks, North as part of their mixed 12. BB May 11/12. Poured at ~4C into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Copper, clear with a light tan head that is small and drops with little to no lacing.
S: Caramel malts, some earthiness, a hint of butter.
T: Fairly nondescript, with some sweetness and a hint of caramel with a touch of bitterness.
M: A hint of butter, crisp carbonation, lingering sweetness.
O: A nondescript beer. My first real "meh" beer from Boulveard

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Photo of Forb
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle...

Appearance: Pours a deep dark ruby / brown hue with a minor head.

Smell/Taste: Overly malty in both smell and taste with the hops making an attempt buy failing to break through evidently in either of these categories. Roast malt, caramel sweetness, and the most minute of hop elements is most clearly pronounced with the possibility of some darker fruits making way?

Mouthfeel: Medium body with mediocre carbonation.

Overall: I can enjoy a good amber ale but this one just wasn't the best of taste for me.

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Photo of TheCondor
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As I have stated in the past, I am a bit biased towards Boulevard. I really like most of their products, and they are my hometown brewery. That being said, I got the Amber Ale in a sampler, because I find it difficult to pick one particular brew out so I buy the 12 sampler. Poured from a bottle into my National Guard mug.

Appearance – Just like it says, it pours a rich amber color. However, even after an aggressive pour, there is a faint half finger head that quickly dissipates. Don’t even think about lacing, there is none.

Smell – Light malt with a hint of bready biscuit. Not much else, pretty mild aroma. Kinda smells like beers that cost half the price.

Taste – Shockingly underwhelming. A bit of malt, hints of caramel in the middle with a slight pop of hop bitterness at the end. Not much to speak of. Again, I expected much more.

Mouthfeel – Finished fairly smooth, light carbonation that makes it feel watered down. Almost no aftertaste.

Overall – This beer was surprisingly underwhelming. Although I realize I am not a fan of this style to begin with, I have had much more impressive examples of the style for the same money. There just isn’t anything about this brew that would make me want to buy it again. Of course if offered I’d drink it, but I would not pay for this beer again. Sorry Boulevard, I gotta call a spade a spade and not a manual earth restructuring implement.

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Photo of csiewert
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear amber color (go figure) with very little head that leaves no lacing on it's way down. The aroma is nearly non-existent, but if I imagine there is some malt there. The taste starts with a strong caramel malt note and then ends with some bitter alcohol flavors. The mouthfeel is ok... Somewhat overcarbonated. I wouldn't recommend this unless there is a special on.

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Photo of eclaycamp
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 ounce stubby bottle. Pour is, well, amber. Pretty nondescript otherwise. Mild carbonation. Really clear for a bottle conditioned beer. Small dish soap style head. Aroma is nonexistent. Maybe some caramel toffee malt. Maybe. Disappointing nose. Decent mouthfeel, somewhat sweet. Heavy carbonation. Kind of reminds me of soda. Like the aroma, flavor is kind of non descript. There's a lot of things going on with the malt profile. There's caramel, toffee, and roasted notes. The problem is that they're all terribly muted. What you end up with is a full bodied beer lacking that critical component - flavor. Where the beer does shine is in the finish, wich is quite malty and sweet. I can't hate this beer because it's from Boulevard, but this is one of the weaker offerings I've had. Average at best.

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Photo of budgood1
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the 12 ounce stubby bottle a clouded, um, amber clour with a thin bubbly off white head. thin lace. slightly sweet malt aroma...weirdly reminds me of fresh paint, but not in a bad way. taste follows suit...meekly malted...light choco and nougat flavours...a touch of spicy hop and a misplaced boozy note round things out. for a low ABV ale, this one comes with a strange flavour of alcohol that doesn't play well in the overall taste profile. like a green apple jolly rancher. has a nice supple body...medium, but smooth mouthfeel. drinkability is a "meh" at best.

overall...i think the fact that this was purchased on clearance with an expired best by date is a factor in the off flavours i'm experiencing.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.94/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy copper color with a tight finger of head.
Mild malt smell.
Honey, light bitterness... and nothing else.
Light body, crisp and refreshing.
Nothing much going on here. Easy enough to drink and I would choose it over the macros, but not much else going for it.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.95/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 9/17/10

Best by 10/3/10

Rustic in nature, the colors are a blended range of copper, rust, amber & tobacco brown. Some cloudiness. Nearly two fingers of foam rose, the upper portion of which beyond the glass. Retention is minimal though, as a thin layer is left. Essentially no lacing.

There are some decent hoppy notions; mostly floral & earthy with restrained citric flourishes. The malts are bready, bolstered by hints of doughy yeast. Some caramel, too.

After a quick, juicy splash of hops, the flavor dries out with a slow bitterness moving in. The hop profile seems a bit odd in that respect; always a back & forth struggle. Not-exactly-sweet caramel malts beef up the overall flavor, as a touch of toasted bread rounds it out.

I think my gripe with this beer lies with the carbonation, which is too vigorous in my opinion. It overpowers the medium body & flavor profile to the point of distraction. The finish is surprisingly clean, just a few residuals linger.

This doesn't strike me as a bad beer, but the carbonation really kills it for me. Some aggressive swirling reclaimed one finger of foam & seems to have helped reign in the carbonation.

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Photo of bigaltemple
2.99/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Rich amber with orange and yellow highlights. Consistent stream of bubbles supplies an off-white foamy cap that leaves some decent lacing.

S - Get some toasted caramel malt and not much else. Very faint hint of hops if you really dig in.

T/M - Sweet, bready, caramel malts. Does have a slightly bitter finish. Has some really good carbonation, but comes across as very light bodied, almost watery.

O - Very easy to drink, not offensive by any means. Nothing particular standing out that makes me want to come back for more.

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Photo of acelin
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this beer poured from the bottle into a Boulevard Pint glass.

It pours a reddish nutty color, a bit darker than day, Fat Tire. Small head, off white in color.

Doesn't smell like much. Light hop presence, sweet caramel malt. My girlfriend would love this brew.

It tastes much as it smells. I'll try it again soon, I fear this bottle was old and the flavor has suffered. Pretty average honestly for an Amber Ale. Caramel, biscuit, some floral notes, and some peach fruitiness.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Amber Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This beer pours an amber color. It is very clear and produces a white head. Head retention is poor. A common theme amongst Boulevard Beers. There is a decent amount of lacing. The Aroma of the beer is malty, floral and fruity. The Ale is a little on the sweet side and it finishes slightly dry. This is beer is ok- Like most Boulevard Beers that I have had, its very average.


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Photo of Hoser77
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance-pours an amber-orange color. Bright clarity. Effervescent bubbles rise up to support a moderate off-white head that quickly dissipates. Lacing lingers.

Smell-Fruity fermentation esters up front of apple, pear, and peach. Low to moderate spicy and floral hop aroma. Malty, bready sweetness in the background. Lacks that signature citrus hop punch I like in many of the west coast amber ales.

Taste-Follows aroma. Moderately firm hop bitterness up front with spicy hop flavor lingering. Surprising given the aroma. Malty sweet with slight toasty bread crumbs flavor as well. Fruity fermentation characteristics in the middle. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel-A little on the thin side. Moderately high carbonation level. Slight astringency from hops and carbonation. Subtle tartness in the finish.

Overall- A decent example from Boulevard. Not their best beer, I was left wanting more...more hops, more malt, more body. Not a fan of the noble hop selection, I am more of a fan of the west coast ambers with the citrus and pine flavors vs. the spice and floral nature of the noble hops. Needs a more chewy malty backbone as well. A decent session beer, but I probably would choose something else if given the option.

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Photo of colt45n
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

- Crisp amber color with a pretty good sized, fluffy, pillowy, light, white head. Average retention with a thin ring of lace left.

S - Malt heavy. Grainy and caramel aroma are strongest on the nose. A fair amount of toasted bread also on the nose.

T - Like the nose, this is a pretty malty beer. Caramel, grain, and toasted bread all present. Nutty flavors also quite strong with faint fruity flavors (apples and subtle cherry). Some hoppy flavors come out with a grassy, earthy, and spicy hop flavor. This helps balance the malty sweetness.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.
Best by 12/19/11

A - Pours a light amber more cooper and range like color with some slight haze. There is a thin white head that pops up but recedes far too quickly.

S - Light malty notes with some bread and biscuit notes. There is some fresh baked sourdough bread and some slight hopy notes in the aroma with some mild citrus. The aroma is a bit mild but still delicious.

T & M - Starts off with some malty undertones. Some slight caramel notes and some nice bread. Very earthy with a slight bitter finish. The malt profile seems quite simple. Bread notes, earthy grain and some slight sweetness. The slight hop notes help balance this simple and uninspiring beer. Quite crisp and clean with very little after taste that lingers.

O - Overall this beer is underwhelming. It is pretty basic. Still a well crafted beer but quite basic. Even for the style it doesn't really inspire.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Gifted to me by Ryan011235, brought back from his trip to Brewgrass.

A- Cloudy, rusty amber capped off with a nice white pillow. Im not getting any lacing but retention is decent.

S- Weak. Sweet with fruity malts and a little bit of wheaty spice. Orange smelling hops.

T- Grainy with light orange blossom hops. Pretty balanced but it leans towards sweet, fruity malts.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours a clear, deep amber, white head upon pour, minimal retention, no lacing

S: non descript aroma featuring some faint malty notes, toasted bread, mild hop bitterness

T: like the nose, the taste is malt forward with bread and caramel. Malt character is faint, and the hops at the finish are even fainter. Well balanced and easy drinking, a little lacking in the flavor dept.

MF: high carbonation, light body

O: not a bad beer, but nothing exciting (I feel like I'm saying that about all of Boulevard's year rounders). Middle of the pack I'd say.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.06/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle best before augest 11 of this year. i picked this one up as part of the mixed 12 pack. drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a translucent amber colored body with a finger of cream colored head on top. the head lasts for a while and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- my initial whiff brings forth some toasted bread malts and a little bit of toffee. there are some light floral hops at the end. not the most complex beer, but nothing seems off or out of place.

T- the taste starts out with some toasted bread-like malts and a light toffee sweetness. after that it moves onto some more of the floral hops i could smell along with a little bit of earthy hops. once again, its not the most complex or interesting beer. it is what it is.

M- the body is on the upper side of light. the carbonation seems about right.

O- not the most impressive beer ive ever had, but certainly not the worst. this is something that i think the masses (read BMC drinkers) might enjoy. i dont think it was brewed with the beer advocate crowd in mind.

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Photo of delta490
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Poured a deeper, slightly cloudy amber. Poured with about 1 finger of toffee colored head. Short lived and doesn't leave lacing. Aroma is minimal, with just slight notes of biscuit and fruit. Taste is about the same. A little heavy on the carbonation but a nice consistency. Was cellared for about a year but seems to be the same as I remembered. Pretty average.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, goblet, best by 10/3/10.

Certainly is amber and a bit hazy. The head was nearing an inch in a standard off-white but fizzed away quickly.

Fruit aromas of green apple, pear, and maybe white grape. There may be some orange peel and caramel apple. Less than inspiring.

Biscuit malt, and red apple here instead of green. Small bitterness and caramel sweetness balance for one of the least adventurous beers I've had in awhile. That isn't necessarily bad, as I don't find any faults.

Pretty darn neutral in the mouth too.

I could have a few, but I'm not quite sure why.

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Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Pours a light brown with a wimpy off-white head.

S: Smells of toasted bread, slight butter, citrus hops and grainy malts. However, these flavours are all muted and only perceptible with much effort.

T: Taste is a little stronger in the hop department than suggested. The toasted flavours are still there and it ends crisp and refreshing.

D: Easy-drinking unoffensive, but uninspired stuff. I wouldn't turn this down, but wouldn't buy a sixer either.

Overall: I bought the mixed 12-pack of Boulevard's beer and this just adds to the collection of weak, forgettable offerings. Boulevard has to have one of the biggest divides in excellence between their regular lineup and their specialty brews. This stuff is just so far below beers like Tank 7 and Dark Truth.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with no discernible dating that I can see. Poured into a Boulevard Smokestack edition tulip glass.

Appearance - An attractive hue of tawny amber with orangish-red highlights. Head is bone-white and about a half finger thick and leaves moderate lacing that sticks to the side of the glass. Unfortunately, it's all downhill from here.

Smell - Hard to pick up much of anything distinct. Some faint caramel notes, but mostly it's bland. I also pick up some generic slightly toasted grain--like toasted white bread. Not much here, to be honest. I wish there was more aromatic characteristic here.

Taste - Mimics the taste with faint caramel sweetness and toasty bread, but now there is some herbal grassiness that lends a bit of complexity and a faint element element of bitterness to provide balance.

Mouthfeel - Creamy and on the light side of moderate. Medium level of carbonation at least makes this go down easy, even though the taste is nothing to write home about.

Overall, a lackluster beer, even for a style that isn't my favorite. It's rather disappointing to me that Boulevard replaced Lunar Wheat (American take on a dunkelweizen) in their regular lineup with this one, because I won't likely be buying a bottle of this anytime soon, even as a change-up.

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Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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