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

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21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale
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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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Ratings: 113 |  Reviews: 71
Reviews by eclaycamp:
Photo of eclaycamp
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an orange amber with a nice fizzy head. Aroma is very much hop forward, with notes of grapefruit, grass, and some pine in the background. Taste is very much crisp and clean, with a pleasant lingering bitterness. The caramel and biscuity malt profile keep you coming back for more. My first thoughts when tasting the beer is that it's fresh - maybe that's the marketing speak in the back of my head talking. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a nice carbonation level that keeps things from being watery. This beer is very full flavored, it's like a souped-up version of Boulevard's normal Pale Ale. As a fan of that beer I find this one quite tasty.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.01/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml bottle, best by 06/2011. Pours a hazy tea amber with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is bready caramel and crystal malts with some grassy fruity hops.

The flavor is some grassy hops and a little melon and resin with light to medium bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed. The flavors were kind of bland and I didn't care for them.

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml brown magnum with a vintage date on the label.

Tiny bubbled egg shell color head leaves a think curtain of lace on the glass. Maroon-ish amber color with only a sight haze from the hops. Minty, peppery, leafy and citric peel freshness in the nose from the hops. Smooth and creamy lush malty body. The hop bitterness stay pretty mellow, just a low level of prickliness. The flavor however is layered on thick with orange peel, blond tobacco, and peppercorn. Alcohol jumps in with a splash of apple and pear fruitiness. Oh yeah, there is malt year ... a great base of it with a hint of caramel and biscuit. Leafy dryness in the end.

I really do love these fresh hop ales, BLVD does a great job here and I certainly received my hop fix here.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bu11zeye 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 valkyre65
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of FernMaster
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to make this a short review, I'm already getting odd looks from my family and friends for pulling out my mac to write about beer.

Poured from the bottle into a tulip, my pints were taken.

I'm very much a fan of this style and this is maybe one of the better examples I've had of it. I need to find more and, um, drink it, I doubt you could sit on these for long. The pour is a generous 3 fingers worth of head. There's some lacing, on the glass, maybe my fault, but it doesn't seem to form much around the top of the rim. The nose is wonderful, faint but very nice floral, citrus notes. The taste is a well balance of the spice and hops, some citrus grapefruit taste but not overwhelming. There's a slight sour finish to it, that's a nice bite at the end. It's very easily drinkable, something I can sit and sip on for a long while.

If you can find a bottle still, do yourself a favor and buy it. Now I'm going to go back to cringing at my dad and his friend drink bourbon and coke out of my pint glasses. I hate the holidays.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.18/5  rDev -21.5%
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 Fatehunter
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured into a pint glass. Golden amber. A perfect inch of white head that holds on.

S - Honeysuckle and a lighter citrus.

T - Light taste compared other fresh hop ales I've had. Still good. Malt and hops are balanced well with the malt sweetness coming through just a little more than the bitter of the hops.

M - Moderate body, a good amount of bubbles on the tongue, but it does not come off as too carbonated.

D - Despite my preconceived idea that a fresh hop ale should be "hoppy" apparently Boulevard was after a more malty pale ale. In that respect they succeeded. It drinks great; easy to drink but complex enough to enjoy slowly.

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Photo of russpowell
3.72/5  rDev -8.1%
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 sorvats
3/5  rDev -25.9%

Photo of jmueller216
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of sammo
3.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of akorsak
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to hwwty4 for this 750 mL corked and caged bottle. A little late for a harvest ale, so it was opened immediately.

A: The ale has a harvesty auburn look, dark ferrous hues that leave the ale generally opaque. A sizeable head, over a finger, accompanied the first pour and laced as it receded.

S: The nose has a strong caramel presence, making up for the degraded hops. The hops that remain have lost the harvest edge but retain a citrusy taste.

T: Caramel malts, bready with an English toffee vibe, start things off right. The chewiness makes up for the reduced hop presence. Those hops, citrusy, still have a strong rind and grapefruit taste. In hindsight, I'm pleased with how the ale has held up.

M: The mouthfeel is malty, a bready meal in a bottle. The hops remain vibrant enough to feel like a harvest ale.

D: A split the bottle with a friend, a better way to make my way through it. A decent harvest ale that has aged out well.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of theminutemen
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%

Photo of jsh420
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

best by 06/2011

pours a beautiful hazy copper orange with 1+ finger head that had decent retention

smells is a little faint but you get the tease of fresh juicy citrus hops with some floral and spicy notes

taste - yeah thats the stuff - along the same lines as the single wide but with more malt and juicy citrus hops - orange a litte grapefruit and pine

mouthfeel is good - medium/heavy body with ok carbonation very smooth and creamy

drinkability takes a huge hit because i love the flavor but charging $13 for a 750ml for an APA is just wrong - who do they think they are Sierra Nevada

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Photo of TexIndy
4.7/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. I thought I was never going to get that cork out. Had an issue with the last several Boulevards and corks. Getting to be a bit annoying. Best by date on 6/11 on back label. This was just released and store got it a week ago so it's fresh. Oh yeah! It was a very hazy amber color with good carb from the etching. It had a massive 2+ finger foamy head that very slowly settled into a good collar and foam cap. Good lacing with a little sticking.

The aroma was excellent with pine and citric hops blending with the English malt. Caramel. Excellent for an APA and worth lots of sniffs throughout. The taste was also excellent. Starts out with a solid caramel malt base. In the middle, the spicy hops kick in for a great flavor burst. Towards the end, the bitter pine hops start to ramp up for a good mild bitter finish that doesn't linger too long. Really liked this one especially the middle. Mouthfeel was nice and chewy with good carb levels and great aftertaste.

Overall, this was a great beer. I've been more IPA or DIPA but this one really grabbed my attention. Great balance of the sweet malt with some spicy and bitter hops. Highly recommend especially if you can get fresh. Avail here in TX. Rotation - one time anniversary release and best fresh so I'll probably grab a couple more. If regular and in 12oz bottles, this would make the rotation. [R;Y]

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Photo of BeanBone
4.2/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A thoroughly hazy orange-amber bodied capped by more than two fingers of bubbly, off-white head that fade slowly and leave patchy lacing.

Aroma: Lots of bright, citrusy, and juicy hops over a sweet caramel malt body. I love fresh hops!

Flavor: Up front, the hops are citrusy, bright, and lightly piney with moderate bitterness. Underneath, the toasty caramel malt backbone balances everything out perfectly. It's deceptively simple at first, but as the glass empties, you begin to appreciate it more and more. Leafy hops and toasty malt in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and a little creamy with medium-high carbonation and drying finish.

Drinkability: This drinks like any other Pale Ale, so keep the moderately high alcohol content in mind.

Verdict: This is another of those great Pale Ales that feature lots of deep and enjoyable hop character without bashing you over the head like a IPA or DIPA. Pity this isn't a regular brew, as it's one of the best American Pales I've tried. A fitting tribute to 21 years of Boulevard.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
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 jaydoc
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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 saheider
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mosrite
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another nice surprise to see on tap at the local watering hole.

a - nice caramel orange hue. Inviting.

s - smells good & different than the many other fresh hop types I've tried recently.

t - this is really fresh & tasty.

m - great mouthfeel - there is still some in my mouth for safe keeping.

d - excellent taste, smoothness - I could drink a few of these.

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