80 Acre Hoppy Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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227 Reviews
80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
With roots in two of today's most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by our brewers and cellarmen. Their efforts to craft a hybrid yielded a bumper crop of flavor; a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer.

21 IBU

Added by Reaper16 on 01-07-2011

BEER STATS
Reviews:
227
Ratings:
1,649
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
29.01%
 
 
Wants:
91
Gots:
425
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 227 | Ratings: 1,649
Photo of FernMaster
4.37/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on tap at the Boulevard Brewery.

I don't really know what the point to reviewing this is yet. You can't get this beer. You should want this beer. I tasted it and I want this beer again. I would buy this beer. How many of us love Wheat beers? They're the perfect session beer. How many of us love hops? They add complexity, flavor and so much more. Dry-hop Boulevards highest selling beer, a beer I very much respect for being the bridge that got me into the realm of beer drinking and what do you get? You get a lemony hoppy nose that's just a pure joy to drink. This beer is like the Boulevard Wheat's bigger brother that comes to the rescue whenever someone picks on it at school. It's bigger and better and everything the little brother wants to be. As it pushes the teasers face into the ground you can sit and appreciate it's flavor of attack. The same lemony wheat flavor is there that's in the wheat, but there's this hoppy grapefruit quality that comes through and creates a unique, intriguing highly profitable if sold flavor.

I started getting strange with my analogy, let's just state this the way it is: Boulevard's Dry-Hop Unfiltered Wheat is an awesome drink that should be bottled and sold. Do it Boulevard. For realsies.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.56/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

served on-tap @ Boulevard Brewing Co.

This is a new test beer. I do not know if there are any plans to bottle this in the future. I don't know if this version of Unfiltered Wheat Beer is any different than the original apart from the dry-hopping. All I know is that if you find yourself at Boulevard soon then you MUST try this.

Pours a supremely hazy, cloudy straw yellow color. It nearly looks like young, unfermented beer; it has that sort of quality to it (all you homebrewers will know what I'm talking about). Not much head off of this one, though the lacing is adequate.

BOOM. Tons of hops sing soprano out of the glass. Whereas the OG Unfiltered Wheat Beer is crisp and zingy with some lemon, this dry-hopped version showcases an abundance of more tropical fruit. Lush stonefruit, waves of mango and little punctuation marks of guava make for the brightest hop character I've ever smelled in a pale wheat ale. The wheat is still there, and in many ways this is still the same old Unfiltered Wheat Beer that accounts for roughly 70% of Boulevard's sales. The creamy, zingy wheat is still there. It's just full of these lush, soft, bright hop aromas.

The taste follows the nose. You get the stonefruit and some of the mango, but the hop flavors are soft. This is not a bitter, abrasive take on the style. The finish, somehow, is all wheat bread and a bit of lemon. It tastes remarkably like Unfiltered Wheat Beer, but the tropical fruit hop flavors are a major improvement. The compel further sipping, making this a very drinkable beer. This beer transitions beautifully from the hoppy fruit juice flavors up front to the almost entirely malt & wheat dominated finish. It occurs to me just now that this tastes like Harvest Dance Wheatwine as a tiny little baby. Awesome stuff.

The mouthfeel could use some tweaking. The level of carbonation that so characterizes the OG Unfiltered Wheat Beer is not the same here. I could use a bit more bubbles to liven up all aspects of the taste. This beer might be "too soft" in ways. Still, this is nothing short of solid; I'm now just picking nits.

I really hope that this... whatever it is (test batch, brewers' experiment, whatever) becomes an actual product in the future. This is every bit the peer of Lagunitas' Little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale or Three Floyds' Gumbalhead in the category of hopped-up American Pale Wheat Ale. Super delicious and super drinkable. This deserves a wide release in bottles.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
88 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.
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