Amber Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

133 Reviews
no score
Send samples
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.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 356
Photo of argock
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Duvel tulip. Best by 05/11/12 in white on bottle neck.
Received from my parents out of the goodness of their hearts.

A: Red-amber with 1-2 fingers of off-white/light beige head with decent retention and several trails of lacing.

S: Nicely integrated aroma of cereal grain and light sweet toffee and caramel. The hops are slightly floral and citrus but not overbearing.

T: I thought the flavor was a great example of the style with a good solid maltiness of grain with light toasted character and toffee. The hops provide counterpunch of floral, orange citrus.

M: The mouthfeel needs a lot of work, but I think dialing down the carbonation by about 1/3 would do most of the trick. The carbonation is beyond prickly to fizzy and it detracts from both the flavor, body, and the drinkability.

O: I liked this beer but a simple reduction in carbonation would provide a much nicer drinking experience, allowing the spot-on maltiness and light citrus hopping to maintain the attention and give the beer the coating, creamier feel it should have.

 1,082 characters

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a copper/amber color. A foamy off-white head dissipates to a thin film, light sticky lacing is on the glass. The beer smells of slightly sweet malts and caramel. The taste is well balanced with slightly sweet roasted malts, caramel, and maybe toffee. A faint tea/hop profile hits in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied.

Overall, just a solid, decent amber. Not as carbonated like their other mainline beers. Good session beer here.

 495 characters

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.34/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

 256 characters

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

 504 characters

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.

 1,414 characters

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.

 339 characters

Photo of Merkur
3.21/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at the KC Airport at the Boulevard taproom.

Beer pours a nice hazy amber color that looks very clear.

A bit of a toasted smell in the nose, but frankly not much is there to speak of.

The beer tastes a bit sweet initially, before being very bready on the finish. Nothing too spectacular.

Mouthfeel was very light with little carbonation.

 344 characters

Photo of secondtooth
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Attractive and clear amber as promised, with substantial foam and fine lacing.

Nose is biscuity and grainy. Well-done representation of the style.

Taste is tangy and breadlike. A smooth and highly enjoyable example of an amber ale, this is an easy-drinking session ale with class.

 282 characters

Photo of arc3636
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - reddish orange with average head and good lacing.

S - smells sweet with a bit of spice

T- has just a bit of a bite, but very well balanced. No strong favors jump out.

M - heavier mouthfeel

O - nice flavor sticks in your mouth, overall a solid beer. Doesn't stand out from the pack, but is an enjoyable mild beer.

 320 characters

Photo of dav
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a slight hazy brown-reddish with a quickly diminishing off white head. A bit foggy due to a fairly vigorous pour.

Not much going on in the faint nose. Predominant sweet caramel with a hint of apricot.

The first sip follows the nose exactly. A decent dose of malt provides the main caramel characteristic followed by the faint apricot in the finish.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with rough carbonation that smooths as the beer goes down. Very clean.

Overall, this is "a beer". Nothing complex and quite bland. However, I found this quite enjoyable in light of all the big christmas beers that are taking up real estate in my fridge. This is a great beer to reset the palate but other than that, I don't see myself falling back on this again.

 755 characters

Photo of ruckus232
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a mug

Appearance: Slightly hazy light brown/amber color with a finger of off white head

Smell: Not a very powerful smell but there are toasted and slight fruity scents

Taste: Also not extremely powerful but the taste it has it pretty good. It has kind of a dry taste without really being too bitter. There is not a lot of complexity but it is good.

 385 characters

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.

 929 characters

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.

 289 characters

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.

 734 characters

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.

 530 characters

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.

 813 characters

Photo of Mississipping
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a completely clear amber color with golden highlights at the edges when held to light.  A medium off-white head forms atop the liquid body that lingers forever as a half-finger foam.  Moderate lacing and legs on the edge of the glass.

S: Malty sweetness right up front with a good amount of honey.  Subtle pear and apple emerge from time to time in the background, accompanied by an even subtler hops and earthiness.  Although typical for the style, slightly sweeter than expected.

T: Starts out sweet with the maltiness coming to the fore.  A touch of caramel, apple, pear, and honey mingle around one another to give it a somewhat complex character.  Transitions to a finish that is very slightly hoppy and earthy with just a bit of bitterness linger well after each sip.  

M: Medium bodied with a lower level of carbonation that creates a nice creaminess on the palate.  I think the mouthfeel is really pretty spot on.  Starts out sweet and transitions to a minimally bitter/drying finish.  

D: Not at all among my favorite amber ales, but it's tasty for what it is.  Nice balance between maltiness and hoppiness, sweet and bitter.  Not overly complex, but just enough there to keep you interested.  Another tasty brew from Boulevard. 

 1,265 characters

Photo of UnionMade
3.32/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy reddish amber, with a wispy coating of head. Smells toasty and malty, with a delicate apple fruitiness. Light on the hops, but smells easy going and inviting. The taste opens with caramel malt sweetness, pretty simplistic, with a pleasing apple undertone and a biscuit flavor. Balanced towards the malt, not a lot happening in terms of hop flavor or bitterness. Floral, mostly, with a touch of lemony citrus. The carbonation is a touch strong for my taste, a little too fizzy. Full flavored and hearty feeling, this is obviously not made in million barrel batches. Pretty middle of the road, as far as craft beer goes, but it's well made for what it is.

 658 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up in the 12 mixer. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a reddish brown amber. Heavy white foam that settles out with foam sticking around the sides. Clean smell with no distinct notes. Sharp caramel/toffee taste. Carbonation pop that balances into a sweet malty finish. Sweet aftertaste. Very drinkable. Solid.

 331 characters

Photo of scratch69
3.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Clear amber color with about a fingers worth of head
Small amount of lacing.

Smell- Weak malty aroma.

Taste- Sweet malt with a hint of hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.
Smooth with a slightly dry finish.

Overall- A enjoyable beer. I'm not a big fan of amber ales but this one wasn't bad.

 397 characters

Photo of FanofHefe
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a tulip; date stamped on the bottle neck says best by 9/30/11, so this one is close, but still fresh according to their date. Pours a slightly hazy light amber in color for the body. Aggressive pour yields a 4-finger light tan head. Good retention, but only a little lacing.

The aroma surprises me with a hint of lightly tart citrus notes up front with caramel malt in the background.

The flavor does tend more toward the sweet, caramel malt as the dominant flavor. But, I still get a good light citrus hop flavor that provides a good balance overall. Not terribly complex but enjoyable.

Medium to light consistency in the mouthfeel. Easy to drink and a nice take on the amber style.

 705 characters

Photo of jkrich
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with freshness date: poured a slightly hazy, amber with orange highlights. There is a persistent, creamy off-white.
The aroma is solidly malty and slightly syrupy with little hop presence.
Given the aroma, I assumed the ale would naturally be malt dominant in flavor. While it is the key flavor, there is a surprising and refreshing hop bit. The overall simple flavor profile is short-lived with very little lingering aftertaste.
The carbonation is slightly too sharp and the body could use more body. The mouthfeel is clean and vaguely sweet.
This is a decent, drinkable ale that would be good to offer to crowd with varying tastes. The ale is refreshing but the flavor is rather dull.

 702 characters

Photo of DCon
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a Boulevard 12- Mix Pack w/ GeoffTheAleMan @ Dierbergs in Creve Couer, MO for $15.49. Poured from the boring bottle with AMBER labeled in yellow into a 16oz Pint Glass and has BEST BY 12/04/11 on front.

Aroma- Has the normal amber aroma. Bit of citrus hop, good maltiness, and well-balanced maltiness. Possibly even a bit of caramel character but only a hint if any.

Appearance- Pours a 1.5 finger head with terrible retention (looks almost flat, but after the taste isn't). Has a crystal clear, amber body and leaves a bit of sudsy lacing.

Flavor- Very clean taste from the start. Has the usual amber malt tastes, very medium and sweet. Has a light-medium hop bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel- Light-medium Bodied, Light- Medium Carbonation,Smooth, but then almost leaves nothing on the palate.

Overall Impression- Good sweet, malty amber ale, but needs more body! Everything was above average and enjoyed greatly but could very easily pound one of these! I have never been able to get my hands on one of these but then when seeing it in a mix-12-pack from Boulevard, was very excited! A good session-able beer but this is all.

 1,147 characters

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.

 538 characters

Photo of mmva321
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

If Boulevard's Smockstack series is the holy grail of American micros, then the regular rotation of Boulevard is a souped-up pint glass. Solid and sometimes tasty but rarely interesting and never revolutionary, Boulevard has found a nice little place in being that beer you like to run into at bars, but that can't save it from the mediocrity it will be called out on when meticulously tasting it at home to write pointless reviews on blog sites.

So we have Amber Ale: one of the better examples of Boulevard's regular rotation (and a great value) but nothing to really write home about (or anywhere asides from sites like this). It has a cloudy amber-tinted body with very little off-white head and no retention. It has a faint aroma with malt being the main characteristic though hints of hops and lemon punch things up a bit. The taste follows suit, though it doesn't have a thin taste to it thanks to a surprisingly full-bodied mouthfeel that is rich and creamy and even well carbonated.

One of the best value beers I can think of, Amber Ale should have a huge market for the somewhat-more discerning beer drinker looking for a cheap night. It doesn't wow me in any way, but it holds it's own, has a great feel, and is therefore one of the best of Boulevard's regulars.

 1,303 characters

Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.45 out of 5 based on 356 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    No fake news here. Get real beer content delivered to your doorstep every month.