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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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

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5/5  rDev +23.5%

Photo of Jake1605
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured into a 12 oz. snifter that was rinsed before pouring.

Appearance: Hazy orange. Although it doesn't look very carbonated, it is & it steadily holds a thick 1 1/2 finger head longer than most beers of the same style I have tried.

Smell: Very sharp, fresh, citrusy smell. I also smell piney hops, possibly some caramel.

Taste: This is an amazing rendition of the style, it has everything I expect & want from a wet hop pale ale and then some. The hints of apples give this beer an apple cider like feel but not too sour, it's very subtle as this is a very complex brew. This beer was built very well--I wish I knew exactly what I am tasting. I hope they start brewing a fresh hop pale ale every fall, and can only imagine how much better this was when it was fresher.

Mouthfeel: Very full bodied, it feels higher carbonated but I don't see it. The beer is very hard to see through so maybe that's why--All I know is that there is a party going on right now on my palate!

Drinkability: Insanely drinkable for a 7.4% ABV beer. If this was available year around (in a perfect world), this would be one of my go to APA's.

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Photo of Samalamahamdam
4.92/5  rDev +21.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

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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4.52/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Clear, effervescent reddish amber with a large off-white head.

Smell - Pine, alcohol, citrus, maple, flowers, and caramel. Smells tasty.

Taste - Well balanced between malts, hops, and alcohol. Starts out slightly sweet and nutty, with a nice crisp, hoppy finish. From the nose I was expecting it to be more bitter, but it turns out to be not all that bitter for an APA.

Mouthfeel - Medium body and high carbonation.

Notes - This is the kind of APA I like. It's balanced and complex, yet immensely drinkable. I'd better be careful; it may even be a bit too drinkable, given its 7.4% ABV. But if "dangerously drinkable" is the worst thing I can say about a beer, it's a damn good beer. I'd recommend this to anyone.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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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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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4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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4.47/5  rDev +10.4%
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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4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml caged and corked.

Orange and hazy, great long lasting head and nice lacing. Good looking beer.

Smells lovely. Hoppy for sure, no disappointment on the name. Spices, citrus, and a bit of fruit accent the malty aromas that balance out to what's a great smelling brew. Almost smells like a fresh mountain stream in the Rockies, reminiscent of fishin' in Colorado in the summertime.

Tastes out of this world good. Wonderfully balanced between the malts and hops, citrus and sweet light fruits, and ample spices.

I don't want this bottle to end. What a great flavor, body and overall beer experience this provides. An excellent 21st anniversary brew~!! Can't wait for the 22nd!

Feels great! Smooth and medium to rich bodied, zero taste or feel of alcohol, this baby has the perfect mix of ingredients to leave a wonderful aftertaste that lingers perfectly.

Much like their regular pale ale, but advanced in character, flavor and smell. Since I'm a big fan of their standard pale ale, I really liked this one a lot. Highly recommended, I'm going to try and find more of it soon.

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4.42/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle poured into a pint glass.

A blast of hoppy goodness hit my nose upon popping the cork, surely a sign of good things to come. Pours a slightly turbid, dense bronze-orange capped by a large and lasting foamy, creamy white head.

Nose is packed with fresh green leafy hops, underneath which are sweet orange peel, earthy malt, and a sort of lemon-peppery yeasty twang.

Unique on the palate, though I can't put my finger on exactly why. Rich and earthy malt and bright but slightly bitter citrus. Dry-ish, hoppy bitter finish with a bit of a lingering German bock malty note. Nice underlying nuttiness. Runs the gamut, bright and sweet and rich and nutty and earthy and bitter.

I wondered why Boulevard didn't put out a 20th Anniversary celebratory beer last year, and now I know. Happy 21st, Boulevard.

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4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky ruby red with a creamy off white/tan head. The amount of red is a nice surprise. The head is sticky and leaves a nice lacing.

The aroma is mostly citrusy hops. Sweet and floral. Toasty sweet bread as well. Some earthy/spiciness as well. Nice.

The hop flavor is quite excellent. Low bitterness but amazing citrus and pine flavors. Finishes slightly earthy and with a slightly more pronounced bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, and pine fill the mouth pretty thoroughly. Caramel and toast in the background, but it's mostly about the hops.

The mouthfeel is nice and creamy with medium-high carbonation that enhances the hop flavor even more. Finishes nice and dry with some sticky hop resin lingering.

Drinkability is good. A very nice take on an APA. Maybe not bitter enough to an IPA, but the amount of flavor is quite excellent. It really has the flavor of some of the more extreme IPAs but without the bitterness. It's quite smooth.

Another winner from Boulevard. If I remember correctly I find this much more enjoyable than their the double and single wides. It's been a while though. Sad to say they're probably not going to be brewing this one again.

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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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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4.32/5  rDev +6.7%
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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21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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