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 Reaper16
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass

Pours a fairly opaque tawny brown. A fulvous brown, really. Buttermilk foam rises up to about one finger in size. Iffy lacing (though the head retention is affected somewhat by the temperature of the pint glass that the restaurant gave me). Seems pretty textbook for the style.

Malt forward aroma, as expected. Some aromas of baking bread, of cereal grains, of Cheerios. The hops aren't assertive, but they do lend a likable grassy sort of balance. There is a buttery/nutty sweet scent that peeks through as the beer warms.

This tastes damn good, as far as Amber Ales go. The dry Cheerios cereal flavor hits right up front, but is quickly followed by some honest to goodness pear. The pear is lovely, but let this beer warm up too much and it becomes more of a too-sugary chewing gum (think: Juicy Fruit) fruit taste. Some hop astringency keeps the sugars in check on the finish, but there isn't a lot of hop flavor that figures in on what this beer wants to do.

I couldn't bring myself to think about the mouthfeel much, which is almost always a sign to me that it is doing its job. It achieves an almost neutral weight in the mouth; it doesn't distract but it also doesn't accentuate. Drinkabilty is darn good for the style, if only because of how well it tastes.

I straight-up dislike the Amber Ale style. I never buy it. I hate most Ambers that I tastes. Frankly, I only ordered this because 1.) Boulevard is one of my top 5 favorite breweries, and 2.) Boulevard is the local brewery (I'm home in KC right now), so the beer is fresh. I was surprised, you could say, by the quality of this beer. I enjoyed drinking it, mostly for the pear flavors. Will I buy this again? Nope. Should you buy it if you like Amber Ales? Yup.

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Photo of midwestbrewers
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had bottle with best by 2/14/11.

A: Beautiful cloudy, copper color with a head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing.

S: The smell is definitely malty with a strong nutty background. Seems to be relatively balanced.

T: Very nutty, malty flavor. Not very bitter at all. Smooth finish and very good mouth feel.

Overall this beer is decent. To me it's not an of-the-chart beer but it definitely has some strong flavors. A great beer to enjoy in the fall after a long day hunting. It has some body to match colder weather, but is still refreshing to the palate. Last thought is that this beer is super SMOOTH! Several of these would go down very easy. Great beer Boulevard Brewing Co.!

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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 brewdoc75
4.22/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a lighter amber color with some orange highlights. A nice, 1 inch white head sits on top at first. This dies down to a very small head (~1/8 inch), but lasts for the whole beer. Not much lace evident.

S: Beautiful malty aromas with a strong munich malt aroma at first. This is followed up by some nice dark fruit aromas with plum and red grape there at first. It is followed up by a slight dark cherry aroma and even a hint of tartness. The hops provide some floral aromas and some touches of lemon peel. Definitely a more malt forward amber ale.

T: The malts come out even stronger in the flavor. The munich malts provide ample maltiness in the background. Definitely not as caramel forward as some amber ales, which is refreshing. The malt flavors are highlighted by the dark fruits that were previously mentioned in the aroma review. I still get a slight dark cherry note and a faint bit of tart bitterness. This seems to add from the beer rather than overpower it. The hops are bitter enough to balance out all the sweet malts. The flavoring hops provide some hints of lemon grass. The yeast seems to add some English character with some fruitiness and even some earthiness. Very malt forward with some interesting yeast flavors. A little more hop flavor might not hurt though.

M: Light-medium bodied. Crisp on the tongue and finishes reasonably dry for the style.

D: Overall, this is a really solid American Amber. It brings some British character to the table in the yeast flavors and some of the crystal malts. Not as caramel heavy as some ambers which is refreshing. Very easy to drink which makes this a beer you must by in larger quantities. If there were any improvements to add, it may be just a touch more flavoring/aroma hops, but not too much. This is definitely a more interesting American Amber than most. Great job Boulevard.

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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 jar2574
3.52/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours caramel color with moderate head and decent head retention. Smells sweet, a little honey. Goes down quite easily. Reminds me a lot of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. More malty than hoppy. Sweet without being syrupy. Maybe a little too much residue on the tongue and touch too much sweetness to have many, but a very nice compliment to dinner.

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Photo of katan
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a deep amber to brown color. Appears clear, somewhat filtered. Off-white/eggshell head formation, breaks down to a 1mm film. Doesn't appear overly carbonated.

S - Light amounts of crystal and caramel malts - slightly nutty, grainy. No hops or strong yeasts detected.

T - Starts off with a light 2 row sweetness, some caramel and nutty flavors. Mid-stream gets a little more bitter, with a stronger yeasty note coming through. FInishes cleanly malty, nutty, with light amounts of retained sweetness.

M - Light beer body, moderate carbonation. A bit stinging to the palette.

D - Very drinkable beer. Carbonation does get to be a bit bothersome after a while, making it more filling. ABV is right in line for sessioning. Flavors are balanced, nice to the palette.

A solid beer from BLVD

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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 Rayek
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Perfect Pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with a dense eggshell cap. The cap slowly falls to a pillow of foam. Leaves a fair amount of lace.

S: Mostly malty, with caramel, toffee and a touch of lemongrass.

T: Not very exciting, but good. A very balanced beer with a toasted maltiness up front and mild lemon and pepper bitterness in back. Gets a touch metallic in the finish.

M: Medium-light body is slightly dry and has the right amount of fizz.

D: This is an assuming amber that's light enough to session. However, nothing about it stands out from the other members of this style.

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Photo of birchstick
3.56/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a lighter copper / golden brown with a very nice head

S - some cereal malt is balanced by a touch of citrus hop. Not too much going on in this department

T - a nice caramel and cereal malt is the base of this beer, which is balanced by a light citrus spicy and citrus hop presence. Pretty nice flavor profile, albeit it isn't uber complicated (not that I was expecting it to be).

M - pretty full and smooth...very nice

D - I was surprised by this one. Based on the nose I was expecting a dud, but this turned out to be a really nice Amber Ale. I won't necessarily go out of my way to buy this, but it might be a good beer to convert BMC drinkers.

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Photo of cpolking
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light brown-amber-touch-of-ruby color with an aroma amazingly like fruit punch. The flavor is relatively light, fruity and with a hint of yeast. Reminds me of some of the fruitier English ales. I would have expected something more directly malty but this is interesting.

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Photo of morimech
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Never seen this beer in this market before. Part of a mix 12-pack from Boulevard. Best by 01/28/11.

Dark amber color with a large off-white head that had very good retention before settling to a thick cap. Heavy lacing is left at the top of the glass and thins out as the beer is consumed. Plenty of C-hops in the aroma. Notes of citrus and grass. Some caramel malt as well. The flavor is not as impressive as the aroma however. The hops have been subdued and the malt does not really add anything except some caramel notes. Has a touch of an artificial flavor that many amber and pale ales suffer from. Not a bad tasting beer by any stretch but could use more punch from the hops and a little more interesting malt bill. Feels a little thin but is nicely carbonated from the bottle conditioning. Nice that Boulevard labeled the bottle as bottle conditioned. An easy drinking ale but nothing besides the appearance really sets this apart from so many others in an already saturated style.

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Photo of climax
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've tried most of the regular Boulevard series, but this one I had never seen before, strange being the amber. It starts off well, pouring a cloudy amber, brilliant red to the light. The head is a slow sneaky riser, finally stopped before eclipsing the glass. Lace notches and retention are excellent.

The nose is balanced, clean, but none too strong. Mainly grain flavor comes from the pale malt and a dash of citrus and earth tone on the other end. It's simple, and unfortunately this beer's weakest attribute.

Hints of tart flavor, grassy hops, and roasted coffee sneak in to accompany the dominant caramel and nut character. The flavor is definitely on the sweet side, but not cloying. Nice wheat finish.

The body is light to medium with abundant carbonation. The finish is a bit chalky and has a nice dryness that further cushions fantastic drinkability. Nice no thrills but no BS amber.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Rich amber to copper in color, pours with a little over a finger of head that is light beige, moderate retention and minimal lacing.

S - Very sweet caramel malt, light citrus hops, and biscuit notes.

T - Follows the nose quite well, mostly caramel malts, some biscuit tones, with a little bitterness on the back end. Somewhat bland to be honest.

M - Pretty light, but very crisp and refreshing, very nice on the palate.

D - Easy to drink, kind of mild all around, but crisp and refreshing, a good session beer perhaps.

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Photo of jacobseyb
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a snifter a nice ruby red with a tan head that dissipated quickly and left little lacing. Smell is faint, but primarily caramel malts. Taste is good, with caramel malts much more prominent than in the smell. Good feel with above average carbonation and crisp feel. Overall a very drinkable amber ale.

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Photo of alleykatking
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a rusty amber color. Two finger off white light beige colored head that shows medium retention. Some light streaky lacing that falls back into the glass.

S- Light buttery aroma through the nose. Biscuity toasted malts in there with caramel malts being the dominate malt. Nothing over the top but sweet smelling overall.

T- Caramel malts once again dominate the beer. Some light buttery notes here and there. Biscuity toasted malts toward the middle to ending with a last dose of sweet malts. Alcohol on the tailend is light.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Caramel malts kill the palate and goes way into the aftertaste. Light alcohol drying on the palate. Sweet malt forward dominates the beer and throws to a over malt presence I think. Clean flavors with just a light buttery off flavor that seems to die down by the middle of the beer.

D- This beer is very drinkable and to be honest a sixer of this would not be a hard thing to drink. I'm not a big amber fan but this one really took me by surprise. A nice easy drinking lower ABV beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Had a best by date of 2/10/11 lasered on the neck. Was a slightly hazy amber color with good carb streams. Had an average sized head that settled into nothing which was odd since good carb streams A couple stray bubbles when drinking but no lacing Very odd.

Aroma was caramel malt with a bit of vinous fruits. Good but too subtle. The taste was again caramel malt but more of the fruit sweetness comes thru. Good tasting but not enough to stand out in a crowded malt field. Mouthfeel was medium with crisp carbonation.

Overall, an average to good beer that while not bad just didn't stand out for me. If I'm going for a Boulevard, they have much better ones out there so I'd go for those. Mild recommend if you can easily get. I got mine in a 12pk sampler which was ideal as I got to re-try several that I hadn't had in awhile. [N;O]

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Photo of eclaycamp
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
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 MbpBugeye
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
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 brewerburgundy
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
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 Ryan011235
2.95/5  rDev -13.2%
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 Buebie
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

poured semi rigorously producing about an inch of tan head. Settling quickly and leaving a cap of retention and moderate lace webs.
Deep redish amber color, a touch of orange, but mostly a caramel red.
Aroma is malt forward, some mild roasted character, fruity too with vinous likeness.
Mouthfeel is solid, decent carbonation and a touch of slick feel.
Crisp hop flavors upfront with fruit and mild charred caramel. Malt shines midway through as well as some mild figs. Mild hops across the finish, lingering just enough to be detected, but as little as to maybe be missed.

Terrific brew, sessionable and plenty of flavor. I might have to grab a six pack, as this one was purchased as a single.

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Photo of July2Nov
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy reddish-copper amber with a thin lace of a head.

Smell: Buttery malts...smells very sweet.

Taste & Mouthfeel: A bit mouth-opening upfront. Smooths down a tad then leaves a carbonation tingle at the end. Taste a bit like salted popcorn with a chewy buttery biscuit flavor.

Drinkability: A good amber, nothing spectacular but it does it's job and does it well.

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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 bnes09
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep amber in color, a bit hazy with a creamy white head. Nice piney hop aroma with some bready malt. Thick malt flavor with a caramel-like sweetness. Solid hop character that provides a mild bitterness to contrast the malty sweetness. Also, just a faint touch of creamy yeast flavor. Medium-bodied and well carbonated. Creamy texture throughout the drink with a crisp finish from the hops. Flavors are well balanced. Very refresing and quite drinkable!

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Amber Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.4 out of 5 with 356 ratings