21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

very good
113 Ratings
21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
In November of 1989, John McDonald loaded his pickup and drove three blocks down the street to deliver the very first keg of Boulevard beer. Though significantly more assertive, Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed in loving tribute to that original Pale Ale. English pale malt gives the brew a rich, nutty malt flavor. Munich and Caramel malts add color and body, while a blend of Cascade, Hallertau, Magnum, Styrian Golding, and Centennial hops contribute scintillating citrus aromas and complex, peppery notes.

40 IBU

Added by BedetheVenerable on 10-29-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Boulevard Pint glass.

Pours a light orange hue, crystal clear, yet dark in the middle. Very beautiful. Nice medium sized head that leaves light lacing down the sides.

The smell is out of this world. Fresh hops, when moderately used, are a delight. Delicious floral smells, accompanied by light apple and pear traces. beautiful crystal malt, with it's wonderful biscuit smell isn't hiding either.

This might be the perfect American beer. It's not super bitter like an IPA, however, it does have great hop taste. It's not unpleasant, and is truly fruity. The pale malt is perfectly balanced and really lets the hop flavor shine through and just... resonate with so many tones on your tongue.

I Boulevard comes out with fresh hop ales more frequently.

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Photo of bmwats
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a footed glass.

A: Cloudy, dark golden hue. Pours about a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles fairly slowly, but leaves plenty of foam on the surface, and a substantial beer ring. Some nice beer ring lacing.

S: Butterscotch, and buttery malt with a little basil.

T: Flavor is of full flavored and hearty, but subtle malt tones with a dull biting hop.

M: Full body and heavy for the style. A lightly indistinct sweetness in the front finishes with a sharp bite that lingers on the palette throughout.

D: The sharpness dictates a slow and savory experience.

Atmosphere is good. Nice hue with a sizable head and some nice lacing. Nose is buttery and malty with a bit of Mediterranean spice. Flavor is hearty and very hoppy. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Massive thanks to SliverX for sharing this bottle with me. It completes my Boulevard Smokestack series reviews (for the time being)...

A: Pours a nice translucent amber with about 2 full fingers of light beige head that takes forever to settle. There is some lacing as it drinks.

S: The nose is packed full of citrus, grapes, and light malt. There is also a good amount of yeasty goodness.

T: The taster pretty much follows the nose. It starts out sweet with grapes and citrus. The bitter show up as it moves to the finish. There is a bit of herbal tea and grapefruit in the back end.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's sweet, followed by bitters, and nothing really lingers. It's nice.

O: This is a solid beer, even for it's age. It's a bit old (2 years) bit it is still really drinkable. I don't think the grape notes were intended when it was fresh, but it's actually pretty pleasant at this point in it's life. I'm glad to have tried it.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Ice T for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a orange-yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus and some bready malt.

The flavor is very nice. I get a lot of juicy orange. papaya, grassy hops and some bready malt. The orange citrus notes are front and center and are very enjoyable.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of drpimento
3.5/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad brew. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized, cream colored head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is slightly hazy honey amber. Aroma is hop, caramel, wet grain, solvent. Flavor is exactly the same: alll a that plus carbonic tang yet the solvens play a big role. Body n carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and balanced. good beer.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured at cellar temp in tall beer glass

A: copper color, cloudy; thin head but buoyant carbonation; decent lacing
S: amazing hop profile; persistent, pleasant aroma
T: very dry flavor, very hoppy and bitter; the wet hops are a pronounced part of this experience

This beer is fantastic; if you're a hops lover, this one's for you.

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Photo of colt45n
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Starts with a nice finger thick head that leaves behind nice webs of lacing. Beer is a cloudy amber color with mild activity

S- Nice citrus hop aroma with a hint of sweetness from the malt

T- Not outrageously hoppy but more so than a typical pale. Not much of the sweetness comes through in the taste, mostly citrusy bitter hops.

Overall a great offering from boulevard, I am not a big pale fan but this one is great

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Photo of chilly460
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured hazy orange with gold highlighting the color, great retention on the tightly bubbled head and nice lacing.

S - Plenty of citrus hops and clean biscuit is the theme here. Some general spice in there, sweet fruit as well. Smells like "spring".

T - Wow, it's been awhile since a pale ale made this much of an impression. Much the same as the nose, I get nice clean tasting citrus and biscuit malts all the way through. Refreshing. Kind of odd, but almost get a minty "clean" taste in there as well. Just wanted to keep drinking this one. Well hopped, but is not overly done where it slips into an "IPA-light" as some other pale ales tend to do.

M - Wow, nice medium to fool, silky smooth and a bit chewy but not too heavy. They nailed it.

O - My new favorite Pale Ale, a great clean tasting beer with all around excellent character. Wish I could get it locally, it would definitely be a "go to" beer for me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Spring is here when an evening of yard work results in a pour of a beer that showcases best the light bready malts and sharp, crisp hops that resemble fresh cut grasses and herbs, mild grapefruit, orange zest and pine resin. Aaah, summer is close!

The pour of Boulevard's 21st Anniversary Fresh hop Ale brings a medium amber, deep copper color with a standard dry-hopped haze. The head proves froathy, dense, and to form a creme that sheets the surface as the lace begins to fall mid way through the session. Perhaps hinting toward a heavier version of the style...., perhaps not?

Aromas of mild grapefruit hops start to suggest American roots, but then the earthy hops of grassy, leafy, earthy-spice say equal in the vein of English varieties. When expecting crisp and clean malt caramel notes (sure they're there) but an added bready, biscuity note also resides. The beer seems to borrow what's best about English and American IPA's but with the freshly picked hop aroma at the forefront.

Medium, medium, and more medium seems to the motive of operation for taste, the balance starts with a bready/biscuity caramel taste that's a brilliat couterpart to the grassy, citrusy, piney hop flavor. As a huge attribute, the beer's maltiness and fresh hop character holds onto it's structure until very late in taste where the malt dies off and the spicy hop bitterness of English hops develops into a drying and earthy finish. Brilliant yet complexly earthy all at once. It'll be interesting to see how well this beer is recieved.

Medium creminess early is a direct result of dense English/American malts and medium creaminess. As the initial carbonation subsides, the weight of malt moves in... but so do the hops that have just developed from citrusy flavors to sharp bitterness, and into fleeting dryness. Combined with alcohol, the beer finishes decidedly dry, minty-fresh finish, but not without a simple linger of malt richness that defiantly hangs in.

This is a very enjoyable beer that has an Engish attitued throughout, but also employs a bit of grapefruity hops to bring out a citrusy fruitiess that brightens the beer, along with a crisper body that English beers don't achieve. Still a touch of leafy character gives as much of a fresh element as it does vegital.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another one that i was absolutely thrilled to be able to get ahold of. served cold and poured into a pint glass.

Pours a nice copper tone, with a good sized head that has some nice clumping and staying power as well as some decent lacing throughout. Smell is wonderfully hopped, like a pine cone dipped in orange juice! Fantastic full hoppy smell. Taste is right up with the smell. Full on hops from the gate. Piney, very grassy and citus, AWESOME. Very smooth with a nice dry aftertaste that begs you to come back for more.

overall really great and nicely done for the style. does not make itself come off too heavy which is a welcome relief.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

379th review on BA
bottle to pint
750 ML C/C Enjoy by 6/11

App- Nice dark orange with a HUGE two finger head as is the case with all of the smokestack beers I have had. Khaki head and very nice lacing at the top of the glass.

Smell- Spicy citrus notes with a little back end sweet malt. A touch of a hop kick as well.

Taste- Slightly hoppy and a touch acidic. Bigger orange flavors with meaty malts behind it.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbed. Left a mix of malt/orange on the end.

Drink- I love me some Blvd. Glad I grabbed a bottle while in NE. I would have this more if I could.

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Photo of BieresDesMoines
3.92/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep orange with a big semi loose head and some lace. The aroma is floral and piney with a light toffee character, pungent and straightforward. The flavor is very very fruity right up front which gives way to a very spicy hop character which really takes over the whole flavor of the beer. Up front the beer seems a bit malty sweet which works with the fruitiness, but it finishes very bitter and dry giving a really pleasant palate all around. This probably conquers the feat of presenting both noble and pacific northwest hops in the same beer better than anything I could imagine, just a truly unique pale ale.... I'd be thrilled if they rebranded it for further sale later.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a Boulevard tulip. Special thanks to mikennat for this from our recent trade!

Batch Number/Best By Date: CHEERS 06/2011

A: Pours a clear tarnished copper color. Two fingers of off white cream on top that immediately evaporated to nothing. No skim, collar, or lace. Really kind of ugly. The second pour brought what I was looking for. Same color, but nice and hazy. One more finger of foam, with staying power, and sticky lace. Carbonation was on the lower side of medium.

S: Not what I expected, right off the bat. Really quite earthy/yeasty with some grassy/herbal hops. Not punch you in the face hoppy, way more subtle. The second pour brought more of a hop presence as well as it's mildly toasty/caramel-y malt backbone.

T: The taste didn't take as long to impress me but I did notice that its' true identity came about the warmer it got. This is a fresh hop beer where hop subtlety and malty complexity are the keys.

M: Really pretty smooth and clean with a hint of hoppy spice. Finishes on the dry & herbal side of things with a hint of malt sweetness that lingers for a good while through the finish.

D: This might've scored .5 higher in the drinkability if they'd knocked the abv down to somewhere between 5.5-6.5%. I realize that it's a special Smokestack Series beer and they're not really run-of-the-mill-just-in-a-bigger-bottle type beers, but the drinkability actually wore on me by the end of the bottle. Would love to try this brewery fresh on draft to compare!

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Photo of bump8628
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as explosively juicy as I like my wet-hopped beers but the great complexity and depth of hop character earns it points. Plenty of fruit, earth, and flowers can be found. The big-bubbled layer of foam and light copper body pleased the eyes. It doesn't quite live up to my expectations, but then again they were pretty lofty.

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Photo of DelMontiac
4.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750ml bottle into a New Belgium globe. Best by date: 06/2011.

I was surprised at the beautiful clear bright orange/copper color as this is dubbed an American Pale Ale. I expected something more...um...pale. Head is 3 fingers worth of off-white froth with simmers down to 1/8" as it rests for a few minutes. Lacing is minimal, not sticking to the glass like I thought it would.

Good aromas here: citrus grapefuit hops, some grassy/floral hops, apple, banana, sweet malty breadiness, and...some bubble gum. I like.

Really enjoy the flavors too: citrus and grassy hops, but not overbearing. A nice fresh off-the-vine hoppiness. Wasn't expecting so much sweet maltiness and nuttiness, so that was a nice surprise. The apple, banana, and bubble gum are not as pronounced as they were in the aroma. And...a faint sweet green tea leaf and peppery aftertase, probably just the way the flavors combine on the back of the tongue. As the beer warms up, a fairly mild bitterness and some warming alcohol strikes on the finish. All in all, pretty damn complex for an APA. I like.

21st has a good feel - not overly carbonated, fairly dry, and an enjoyable smoothness. That's a like.

Even though I have not finished the bottle yet, I feel like I could drink several glasses. Half way into my second glass I'm thinking this is an easy drinker. GETCHA SOME!

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged poured a couple times into a Bass pub glass.

Nice deep amber color, with a fluffy, bubbly, generous 3 finger head with good retention but not a whole lot of lace.

Took a whiff of the cork after it popped and wow there was some permeated fresh hop aromas in it! Aroma was very woodsy, piny, floral, grassy and definitely of fresh hops/bitterness. There's some predominant malt backbones in there, mostly of the sweetish caramel persuasion.

Good bit of floral hops in the taste, with some good bits of citrus as well. Malts were a bit more underlying than in the aroma, but there and provide good balance. Pleasant bitter finish.

The feel is light, slightly creamy textured, a bit of a carbonation bite, though the carbonation is overall adequate.

I won't have any trouble putting the 25.4oz's away, so, drinkability is solid.

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Photo of kraken6100
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

21st ann

A: Beautiful translucence, an orange/amber to a light golden on the outside, poured into a tulip, with 1 to 1.5 finger white head.

S: strong citrus, but feels like there is grapefruit and something else as well, not exclusively any one particular, I want to pick out orange/clementine, but I feel like there is apple as well. I don't pick up the breadiness that others have alluded to.

T: A restrained bitterness, but a wonderful hop and malt balance, very, very drinkable, see below.

M: Medium carbonation, but really scintillates, and brings out a lot of the hop tastes, again, extremely balanced between the sweet malt and the hops.

D: Exceptionally drinkable, enough carbonation to stimulate through to the end, robust and holds up to the cold, but citrusy and light enough to be enjoyable into the spring. they could do no wrong releasing something like this at anytime.

Accompanies milder cheddars very well, not as much with a more bitter parmigiano. Wonderful release.

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Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy light amber to orange in color into my tulip glass with almost two finger of off white head that has moderate retention and pretty nice lacing.

S - Mostly bright citrus hops, some grassy and minty notes in there as well as a bit of caramel sweetness. Not quite the aroma I was hoping for.

T - Fresh hops are not as full flavored and present as I anticipated. However what I am getting is delicious, citrus, floral, and a bit of pine, followed by a nice caramel malt backbone.

M - Very well balanced, medium body and very creamy.

D - Excellent pale ale, just looking for that big bang from the fresh hops and didn't quite get it.

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Photo of csiewert
4.07/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear golden amber color with a couple fingers of foamy tan head that leaves a slight bit of lacing on the way down. The aroma is very grassy and floral, with a bit of malty sweetness as it warms up. The taste is not as nearly hoppy as the aroma would lead you to believe. It starts with fruity hops and then becomes very malty sweet. The mouthfeel is anlittle overcarbonated, but not terrible. Overall a unique APA.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed about 2 months ago, this is from notes...

Pours an effervescent caramel with 1+ finger of cream colored head. Some lacing & head retention

S: Grassy hops & breadyness

T: Citrussy hops, grassyness, slight dryness up front. Some biscuitty malt, grapefruitty & woody hops as this warms, plus pears & apples. Finishes dry with woody hops & a touch of boozeyness

Light bodied, light carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but does not pull together well at all. Not a great one from these guys IMO

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Photo of Samalamahamdam
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a great beer with a wide range of hop flavors. Subtle grapefruit, bitter hop, big floral aroma. They all blend together in a harmonized balance of hoppiness. Works well to represent a great fresh hop ale.this would make a good annual presentation.

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Photo of riored4v
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1/23/11

Poured in to a tulip. Slightly hazy with a burnt copper color. Rocky, off-white head.

Smell was citrus, grapefruit and lightly floral. Nice light maltiness.

Taste had a mild, malty sweetness with an underlying nuttiness. Fruity and floral hops. Slightly grassy flavor. Notes of pepper. Light bitterness in the finish with some mild fresh-hop flavor.

Mouthfeel had a medium body with medium carbonation. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkability was good. Good blend of flavors with a light bitterness..

Overally a pretty good fresh hop pale ale. Not a real "in your face" example of the fresh hop style though.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 01/21/11 notes. Brought to a small tasting by nmann08; thanks Nate.

a - Pours an amber color with two inches of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, citrus hops, and pine hops

t - Tastes of pale malts, fruity malts, citrus hops, pine, and earthy notes.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

d - A decent APA. Glad to try, would give another shot.

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Photo of Tone
4.22/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, amber color. 5/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, citrus hops, hint of earthy malt, slight nut, slight floral hops, and a hint of pine. Fits the style of an American Pale Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus hops, sweet malt, hint of floral hops, hint of pine, and a hint of spice. Overall, a good appearance, aroma, feel, body, and blend.

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Photo of BMoney575
3.53/5  rDev -12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 1-22-11
Best before 06/201

Pours a cloudy red/orange color, with a craggy off white head that lasts forever and leaves great lacing.

Smell is all thick, resiny hops. The malt is way in the back, adding an earthiness to accent the big, bitter character.

Taste is much less bitter than I was expecting, with lots of hop sweetness. The bitterness comes in later, giving way to an earthy finish. A weirdness at the end indicates a slightly infected bottle.

Mouthfeel is very carbonated, enhancing the bitterness and off flavors.

Drinkability is decent, but I can't get over the strange finish.

Overall, worth a try.

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21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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