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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat80 Acre Hoppy Wheat

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass., "best by" date 3-9-15.

APPEARANCE: pours a hazy light golden color with 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly leaving a ring of small bubbles around the glass, there was some lacing present, medium carbonation.

SMELL: the nose is subtle, lemon, bread, flowers.

TASTE: initially very sweet then citrus and bread with a mild and pleasant hop profile that you would not normally get from a wheat beer but it's definitely not going to be mistaken for an IPA.

PALATE: medium carbonation and body.

OVERALL: this beer combines everything I like about wheat beer and gave it a better hop profile, but not too overpowering. Another terrific beer from Boulevard. I will definitely buy this again.

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Photo of mfavoino
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a 12 oz bottle to try from Gravity Beer Market in Olympia, WA on 26 Jan 13. Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy straw/gold color with a finger and a half of head that retains very well.

S: Citrus hop aromas, distinctly wheat, grainy, and bready malts.

T: Some citrus hop flavors, lemon zest, and wheat. Floral and earthy notes very much present as well. Finishes smooth.

M: Crisp and refreshing. Lighter body and medium-high carbonation.

O: Well-done execute of part citrusy APA and a straight wheat beer. I'm sure this would be a great lawnmower beer.

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Photo of WunderLlama
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a pilsener glass

Poured a nice 4 finger white foam head which settled into a delightful white foam cap with healthy lacings on the side of the glass

Fresh clean aroma of hops, citrusy lemon and orang rind. Hazy golden yellow. Opaque with the faintest of carbonation.

Wheat with hops , lemony , clean fresh and nice after taste. Light mouthfeel.

This would be a great beer on a hot summer day. Clean and delicious even in the winter! Really nice beer that I will definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of McAfee85
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy with minimal lacing. White foam with yellow color. Fruity, hoppy aroma with the same taste. Crisp and refreshing with a very slight bitterness. Overall I was pleasantly surprised, this is definelty a go to beer.

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Photo of secondtooth
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw golden in appearance, with a rich, frothy head of white suds. Lovely lace, too.

Aroma is pleasantly citrus-hoppy.

Taste is smooth, again with citrus hops dominating, but not in an overpowering way. 80-Acre displays a superb amount of balance between the hops and wheat-grain sharpness.

A delightful, easy-drinking session ale that is my new "go-to" Boulevard beer. Bravo, as this is one I'll gladly return to!

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a New Belgium tulip at Red's during the New Belgium tap takeover yesterday. Reviewed from notes. Menu listed ABV as 5.0%

A: Pours a cloudy, pale orange color with one finger of nearly white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Nice, light citrus aromas.

T: Tasty combination of citrus, apricot and peach. Not too bitter. Really nice flavor.

M: Light and smooth, with good carbonation.

O: This is a tasty beer, reminiscent of Gumballhead and Little Sumpin Sumpin. Word is that this will appear in bottles sometime next year, and I know I'll be looking for it.

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Photo of trxxpaxxs
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to FTowne for this bottle...

A: Pours a great cloudy light orange with one full finger of puffy white head. The foam settles slowly, leaving a nice rocky layer of foam on top of the beer.

S: The nose is lemony hops, with a touch of lime, light malt, pine. It's really hoppy for a wheat beer. I'm looking forward to tasting this. Smells great.

T: It starts off with a mix of pine, clove, banana, and coriander. In the middle it gets a bit more astringent, to the point where it finishes with lime citrus notes. I even get a bit of pineapple juice in here. This beer is interesting, and damn tasty.

M: Light bodied beer. It's crisp and biting to start, but smooths out in the middle. The hops come on strong after than linger on the palate. It's sticky, but refreshing.

O: Overall, I really like this beer. It's a weird mix of a wheat beer and an ipa but it works. It's really enjoyable. I'd drink this beer again, no question about it.

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Photo of Sweasty
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard offers the weary summer beer drinker something else to beat the oppressive heat with. 80 Acres pours cloudy gold. Things are topped off by a couple of fingers worth of white head. Head eventually settles to a ring. Plenty of lace is left in its wake.

The aroma offers up plenty of hoppy goodness. Citrusy hops shine. Juicy grapefruit and orange notes shine. A bit of lemon there as well. Some vague tropical notes hit beneath the the citrus. Some light wheat malt notes try to break through the hops.

The taste is no less hoppy. Citrus notes are much stronger on the palate. Juicy bitter grapefruit hits first. Blending with the grapefruit is plenty of juicy orange notes. Some light lemon and vague tropical notes round out the hops. The wheat takes on a stronger role on the palate. Tart wheat notes flow beneath the hops. The finish is bitter with lingering citrus hop notes.

80 acres is light bodied and effervescent.

Another outstanding beer from the folks at Boulevard. A nice hoppy and refreshing brew. Summer just got a little more bearable.

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Photo of StaveHooks
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass.

A - Pours a hazy golden straw with a frothy white head that doesn't stick around too long.

S - Lemon, pine, candied, orange, wheat malt, sourdough yeast.

T - Sweet lemon tart flavor with pine underneath. The lemon and pine really bounce off each other throughout the drink. A mild peppery edge as it warms up. Grassy hops and watermelon rind come out as well. Finishes crisp and dry.

M - Moderate carbonation, smooth feel, light but firm.

The focus is on the hops. This is what I'd want to drink during a run. It's fresh and clean but still has the wheat body to give it some substance. I'd take this over the regular Pale Wheat Ale any day.

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Photo of AmishLightning
4.16/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Typical hazy looks are present in this beer. There is no lacing left on the glass when you drink it, and there is a quarter finger of head which had excellent retention. The color did look a little bit pissy, but that may have just been poor lighting.

Smell: Overwhelmingly citrus almost to a point of too much (but not too much). I pick up lots of orange peel and mango. A little bitter hop smell is there, but not the dominant smell for sure. The smells seem to be just the citrus which disappoints me because I was looking for more scents to be happening.

Taste: This brew is super sweet and tasty. I did not get the awful metallic flavors that usually come along with wheat ales and I did not get the rough bitterness that comes along with hoppy beers. This thing was in a category all by itself. There was even a bit of a sour finish which totally got me psyched. The taste was balanced, strong, and had enough going on to keep me interested throughout the entire glass.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean due to the light body and moderate carbonation. Great for the beer that was given.

OverallL A fantastic beer that really caught me by surprise. I am definitely going to recommend to others who can;t seem to find a hoppy beer that they like.

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Photo of zeff80
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Tap at the brewery. Although they call it Hoppy Wheat.

A - Poured out an insanely cloudy, golden amber color with a small, soapy, white head of foam. Minimal trails of suds left on the glass.

S - It smelled of tons of citrus and fresh dry hops. Very little wheat aromas underneath it all.

T - First sip almost tasted like a fresh hop cone. Then is mellows to a citrusy bite with some cracked wheat and sweetness.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A little soft and creamy with a dry finish.

O - This is a very good wheat ale. I can't wait til it is released to the general public.

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Photo of garymuchow
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting it a little late in the season - actually didn't see it around much until lately. Am missing the best by date by about 10 days.
Poured into Boulevard tulip, of course.
Both attractive and fragrant. Cloudy pale straw and big full white head. Especially with a little warm on the liquid a sweet and light fruity hop aroma.
Even a little fruit in the taste. Tangy and tingly mouthfeel and fully carbonated. Soft wheat flavors. Noticeable drying on the finish and soft bitterness laying on the tongue. Flavors fade out quickly.
Nice beer and certainly an enjoyable summer addition.

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Photo of Whiskey_Weasel
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 12/17/2015

A: Cloudy golden yellow color with a clean, fluffy, white head.
S: Wheat and citrus aromas, especially a lemon scent.
T: Strong wheat/citrus flavor with a hint orange. Not much of any bitterness except for a slight lingering aftertaste.
M: Light and fairly carbonated
O: I tend to lean towards wheat beers, and this beer is very refreshing and has a good sense of balance between the wheat and citrus flavors. The beer is not bitter at all, considering it is called "hoppy." The only bitterness I noticed was the lingering after taste, and I would describe that as fairly pleasant. I bought a bottle to try it out, and I have to say I would definitely pick up six pack in the future.

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Photo of Chirpie
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm under the impression that this one had been sitting in the brewery under a name of test hoppy for a little while.

I picked up a 6 pack upon it's first day of release in our area and have now had 3 of these.

Pouring it out, it builds a fast 2 to 3 finger head in my tulip glass. Really cloudy beer, it's a nice pale yellow appearance.

My absolute favorite point of this beer is the smell. Pure lemongrass and a twist of bitter citrus. I almost hate drinking it, as it's just a joy to sniff on the nose for a while.

The taste, for the most part follows the nose. About the only real knock I have against it is the hoppy flavor isn't very pronounced. Even though it's in the name, it's not in your face at all. While I would describe the mouthfeel as medium to thin, it doesn't hurt this beer at all. In fact, it makes it that much more of a sessionable beer.

Be ready for a flavor that's a bit light, but in spite of that, this may be my new goto lawnmower beer for the summer months sub-planting the Bridgeport IPA's I've been keeping around. It's just a pleasure to gulp down even as you take in the aroma. A definite step up from Boulevard's mainstream beer Unfiltered Wheat.

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Photo of Fatehunter
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finger of head. Cloudy, pale straw color.
Smells like spruce and citrus. Like a Christmas tree with lemons on it.
Interesting taste. I like it. Lots of citrus bitterness with an underlying soft wheat flavor.
Low carbonation, medium and crisp body.
The taste is pretty amazing.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A new year round beer from Boulevard, 80 Acre just hit the shelves here in KC. Had to pick up a sixer.
Best by 10-16-12. Poured into a Nonic Pint.

A- Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with 3 fingers of pillowy white head that has some staying power and looks like it will lace well.

S- Super dose of hops on the nose. Lots of pungent pine and grapefruit and other citrus fruits. Slightly floral. Smells like a true hop bomb.

T- Hmmm. The hop bomb on the nose is not really there in the taste. It is hoppy don't get me wrong, but the hops are not near as front and center as the nose suggests. Nice smooth easy drinkablity form the base wheat beer. Interesting and refreshing.

M- Crisp on the palate. The carbonation is spot on and add another refreshing layer to this beer. If feels pretty light in body. This could easily be sessionable.

O- I am pleased. Boulevard calls this "a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of and IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer." I think they got it right. This is an easy drinker that will make a great offering to an already solid line up.

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Photo of chuckpalka
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

In a glass from a bottle pours very pale yellow and cloudy with a nice two finger foam head. A faint piney hop smell and a little more prominent in taste. Called a Hoppy Wheat. Hops are certainly present but not overboard which I was expecting. And that's not a bad thing. Loses some head but never completely. A little lace. Goes down nice with no bite or lingering aftertaste. Very good and at 5.50% Very Drinkable Bartender.....I'll have one more.

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Photo of Beric
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%

Serving: Bottle into pint
Served: 20 August 2014

Appearance: Pours a hazy light yellow color with lively carbonation and a one and a half finger head that dissipates to a half finger. Leaves great lacing. Looks like a pale wheat beer. 4/5

Smell: This is where the beer begins to stand out- the nose has some of the sweet balancing effects of the wheat- some notes of banana softness- but is also overlaid with a nice clean and lively citrus hoppiness. 4/5

Taste: This is where the beer stands out above the rest. The beer is magnificently balanced in almost all regards- you drink this and you can tell it's a wheat beer from the soft sweetness and slight white-wine and banana notes from the interplay with the wheat and the yeast. At the same time, a refreshing citrus hop bite is there, but in the perfect proportion- it doesn't overpower the beer and it doesn't give it a harsh edge like many other hoppy pale wheats. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and good body. 4/5.

Overall: An incredible pale wheat beer, and importantly, one that isn't trying to be something it's not. While Oberon is and remains the standard for traditional pale wheat ales, this in my book is a marvelous middle ground between Oberon and A Little Sumpin' Sumpin' which is a wheat ale that drinks like an IPA. This is definitely a wheat beer, but has just enough additional hops to really stand out without blurring the style line too much. Very impressed.

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Photo of BeerLover99
4.11/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: cloudy straw yellow, trace white head,
fair lacing

S: lemon grass/peel, fresh wheat, yeast

T: lemon peel, wheat, yeast, spicy finish

M: med body, mild bubbly/oily combination

O: Fine session beer. Feels like good
blend of hefeweizen and pale ale.
Great intro beer for newbies.


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Photo of Drew03cmc
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As I am not a big fan of really hoppy beers, I was unsure of what to expect. The balance is superb and the feel and taste of this beer is far above my expectations.

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Photo of cmq103
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Citrus hops with a mixture of orange and tangerine aroma. Cloudy unfiltered wheat appearance. Mildly sweet citrus hops followed by an all wheat beer finish. Very impressed how they were able to match the two styles and make an extremely easy to drink beer. I can see myself having a few of these sitting by the pool on a hot summer day.

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Photo of ABabbidge
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: Hazy yellow color, can barely see through it. Developed an almost 1 inch foamy head with good retention down to the last drop.

S: Very hoppy and floral smell. Good for some but I'm not a fan of very hoppy beers.

T: Great taste. A little bit of citrus and a little bit of hoppy/floral flavor but without the bitter "I just drank a flower" aftertaste that I hate about many pale ales. Maybe the wheat mellows out that taste, but whatever it is, it works very well.

F: Very refreshing, especially on a hot day.

O: Very good go-to beer for the summer time. It seems to have everything I like about pale ales and none of the downfalls that most pale ales have for me.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a very nice slightly hazy wheaty straw yellow. There is a nice 0.5 inch head that is white and soappy but alos dense.

Aroma of citrusy hops notes. Lemony and some tangerines in the nose with some grassy hop character that is enticing yet mild. Nice earthy and grainy wheat notes with some good bready sweetness as well. Very appealing nose.

Flavors starts out with some fruit sweetness and a nice grassy herbal hop note that once again is there but is mild and refreshing. There is some nice wheat sweetness and grain notes with nice bread and earthy notes as well. Very delicious true wheat ale that has a hoppy background but non of the overwhelming hop resins and bitterness that other hoppy wheat ales have. The finish is refreshing and crisp with nice wheat flavors and some slight bitterness. Incredible beer. This is up there with the best. Mouthfeel is light and crisp but incredibly flavorful.

This brew is great. True to the wheat ale style but with a nice refreshing hop kick that is lemony and citrusy without being a hop bomb. Nice earthy and grainy wheat notes with some nice herbal hop notes to back it up. My favorite of Blvds regular line up.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6er of these at my local Whole Foods.

A: Poured out a saturatedly murky yellow color with a slight white head. Looks tasty.

S: Hoppy is right. Sure, I got a good amount of wheat in there, but also a good bit of orange and more than a hint of lemon.

T: Very refreshing, almost thirst quenching even. This is not a hop bomb beyond any stretch of the imagination.

M: Crisp on the end and not bitter... it contains almost the sillouette of a bitter beer if that makes any sense. Mild splotchy lacing.

O: Infinitely drinkable and just downright fantastic.

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Photo of hardy008
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy straw yellow color with a 3 finger foamy white head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has lemons, wheat, and bread malt.

The taste is slightly sweet, with a decent amount of bitterness for balance, and has lemons, wheat, light spice, and bread malt.

Light bodied, average carbonation, and a light lemon aftertaste. Crisp, easy to drink, and a nice beer to have on a warm autumn afternoon. Worth having again for sure.

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80 Acre Hoppy Wheat from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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