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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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Ratings: 356 |  Reviews: 133
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent amber. smells more like their irish red in terms of malt profile, but with a bit more sweetness. flavors of toffee, burnt sugar, and dryer red malts combine in good proportions. i could stand a bit more of a hop backing in this american amber, but it tastes alright as it is. mouthfeel is okay, lots of body and some sweetness in the aftertaste, but not in a gross stickly go brush the teeth kind of way, medium carbonation. overall a drinkable brown ale but a far cry from my favorite boulevard brew.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is relatively clear copper in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high beige head that died down a bit but never faded away.
S: There are aromas of caramel malts in the nose along with some hints of fruity yeast. No hops are noticeable.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of caramel, nutty and toasted malts with some hints of malty sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a malt-forward beer that has a nice balance of different types of malts and has just enough hops to prevent it from being sweet.

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Photo of emerge077
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tawny copper, slightly murky with a saturated jewel-tone coloration. Delicate crown of lace, initially a substantial head of foam rests on the surface. Thin broken skim and ring at the edges after five minutes or so.

Lightly sweet multigrain bread and apple notes from the yeast. Slight maple sweetness,

Bready and malt forward, caramel and specialty malts take centerstage. Sunflower seeds, wheat bread crusts. Light to medium bodied, smooth with light carbonation. Pleasant with no off flavors, simple and sessionable if so inclined. Textbook example of an American Amber Ale.

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Photo of brentk56
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color topped by a rocky head that leaves a shard or two of lace behind

Smell: Caramel, grain and a hint of Juicy Fruit gum

Taste: Bready, up front, with caramel and Juicy Fruit elements rounding out the malt profile; by mid-palate, the grainy aspect becomes more defined and, after the swallow, recedes to the background, letting the malts, once again, take precedence; although this beer is malt forward, the hops do contribute nicely to the overall impact

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, but I rather enjoyed this beer; flavorful and well-balanced

Thanks, welosiped, for the opportunity

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Photo of zeff80
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, amber color with a good deal of carbonation. It had a two-finger, off white head that was long lasting and left behind a little lace.

S - It smelled very malty with a roasty presence. There was a mild floral aroma, too.

T - A malty amber ale with hints of chocolate flavor. I also tasted a grassy hop bite that added balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied beer with a dry finish.

D - This is a really nice amber ale. It was nice to see Boulevard go back to a sessionable style and do it really well.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear dark copper to medium amber in color with some very light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall creamy beige head that reduces to a medium sized patch of thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Very mild in aroma overall, there are some light notes of toasted malts and some even lighter hints of floral hops.

T: This beer has a solid body of toasted malts with some lighter amounts of caramel and toffee sweetness. There are light hints of floral hops but very little bitterness.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin/watery but there is a certain prickliness from the carbonation.

O: The beer is pretty well balanced and typifies the American Amber/Red Ale style for me. The beer is easy to drink and could be sessionable. It is enjoyable and one I would have again.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of billab914
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Terrapin glass. It poured a dark amber, almost red color. It started with a nice full and frothy head to it, which settled down shortly after the pour.

The aroma has a good amount of bready, sweeter malts to it. A bit of a caramel flavor comes through to add to the sweetness. Some crisp and tart fruity flavors are there as well, with some notes of apple and pear.

The taste shows more of the sweet malty flavors, with some caramel sweetness noticeable too. It also has kind of a crisp, fruity, citrusy flavor that comes into play towards the finish. It gives it more of a tart, fruity, apple like quality.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability was average, it was relatively light and went down easy but I just didn't find the flavors that great overall. Not a bad beer, but not an outstanding one for the style either.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More apricot orange than honeycomb amber, with an acceptable looking lid of buttered wheat toast colored foam. The head doesn't have a huge amount of visual personality, nor does it lay down much lace.

Amber ales often struggle to impress on the sniff test. This offering is exhibit 'A'. Or is that 'AA'?. It's slightly caramel malty, slightly toasted-earthy, and veeerrry slightly German hoppy (Hallertau, Perle and Saphir).

Things are a little better on taste bud submersion, but we aren't talking memorable beer here. The big question is why it took me so long to figure out that I hadn't yet reviewed an ale that has probably been right under my nose for many, many years.

Boulevard Amber Ale is as basic as basic gets. The flavors from a malt standpoint taste like 33% pale, 33% caramel-crystal and 33% toasted-earthy (Munich). Guess we'll just leave that other 1% hanging. Hop flavor is modest and does a capable enough job bringing things into sweet-bitter balance.

Mouthfeel is consistent with all the rest in terms of quality. It's (just) big enough and the slightly too buzzy bubbles out of the gate settle down some by the backstretch of the bottle. Nothing to get too excited about.

Boulevard needs to brew some basic styles in order to keep paying the bills. That said, it's hard to imagine that anyone who is familiar with what else these guys release would buy Amber Ale on a regular basis.

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3/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.66/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aaaahhh! A nice session amber ale....Love it! Straight forward no Bull Sh&t! Cloudy amber color...little light on the head, but a very nice simple Amber!!! No after taste baby!!! Boulevard once again does not dissappoint, this beer falls in line with all their other remarkable beers!

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jeff for sending me this beer.

A: The beer pours amber in color with a thin off-white head.

S: A pretty bland nose on this beer. A bit of toasted malts and toffee, some bread, too. Minimal hop notes, perhaps some floral and grassy notes, but not really any citrus.

T: The flavor is similarly bland. Some bread and toffee malt giving a bit of sweetness, but there's a strong grassy flavor on the back end. It also tastes of carbonic acid, probably because the beer is overcarbonated.

M: Medium body with a rather heavy level of carbonation.

O: Pretty unremarkable amber ale. Nothing that would bring me back to this one.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.67/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Working my way through the current Boulevard sampler box. This offering pours a clear amber-russet topped by a half-finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises orange zest, brown sugar-cinnamon, light caramel, and a light twist of lemon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the orange definitely comes through more strongly and brings along a decent amount of rind. A small bit o' balsa finds its way in there as well. In addition, the brown sugar maintains a strong position, giving things a fairly heavy spicy character (for an amber, at least). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a pretty smooth feel. Overall, a nice amber, one that shows that balance can indeed be achieved without going overboard on either side.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Photo of Tone
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, copper/brown color. 1/3 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of hops, sweet malt, hint of wheat, hint of earthy malt, and slight citrus. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, hops, slight citrus, slight yeast, hint of wheat, and a hint of pale malt. Overall, a very refreshing and easy to drink beer. This might just become one of my go-to beers for recreational drinking.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.34/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. Pours a clear red-orange amber. Thin white head and no lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt. Taste is subdued malt, grassy hops with a dry finish. Thin bodied. Nothing remarkable, but a mild, pleasant tasting amber.

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Photo of Gavage
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: pours a copper color with a 2" head that lingers around a while before falling to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel and a bit of earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: caramel, dark fruit sweetness, some earthiness and nuttiness, and a mild bitterness create a well balanced amber ale.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, smoother towards the finish. Aftertaste is short lived.

Overall: easy to quaff beer. A bunch of these can be enjoyed in a session.

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Photo of tempest
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a sixer on special for $6 at Princeton's Liquors. The bottle says best by January 2011. Overall, I thought this was a nice malty session beer that reminded me of a Vienna lager. The description mentions noble hops, but I don't get must more than a hint of peppery spice in the finish mixing with the caramel malts. The beer opens with a toffee and bread mixture and is followed by cherry and strawberry juice (not to sweet), and then that mild herbal bitterness. The aroma is a bit simpler with more of the bready malts coming forward. All in all, a good session beer for folks that can appreciate malt without a lot of hops.

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Photo of bigred89
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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