Coffee Ale | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Coffee AleCoffee Ale

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Strong Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Neighbors for nearly twenty years, Boulevard Brewing Company and The Roasterie share a passion for making extraordinary beverages. In Coffee Ale, our two celebrated brewing traditions come together in a long-awaited collaboration. Ethiopian Sidamo from Africa’s Great Rift Valley has been carefully blended with rye, oats, and malted barley, and spiced with Perle and Styrian Golding hops. The delightfully fragrant beer presents a glowing, tawny-amber hue. The clean, crisp acidity of the air-roasted coffee mingles with malt on the palate, lingering faintly in a subtly sweet finish.

26 IBU

Added by SavvyStudent on 03-21-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 102
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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.02/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

Pours a gorgeous dark golden brown. There is a nice huge light cream colored head that is about 2 inches tall. Head retention is ridiculous. This 2 inch dense pillowy head stays up for a while.

Aroma starts off with some nice freshly brewed coffee notes. Some mild espresso roast is present. There is then a nice slightly sweet and nutty grain note. The aroma is similar to a Brow Ale. Nutty notes and slight cocoa notes mingle pretty well together.

The flavor starts off with nice roasted coffee. Slight espresso notes. Flavorful but no too intense or overpowering. There is some nice coffee acidity to the brew as well. The malt backbone of the brew adds nice nutty notes such as some almonds and hazelnuts mixed in with slight cocoa notes and some mild caramel. The back end and middle of the brew has some nice coffee spice and acidity and there is some nice hop spice and bitterness that can be perceived as well. As the brew warms, the flavors really pop and work together well. Mouthfeel is nice and medium with smooth body and a nice carbonation that gives a crispy finish and compliments the grassy hop and bitter finish.

Pretty interesting brew. Definitely well crafted. I personally enjoy a bit more sweetness with coffee flavored brews but this is a great brew for what it is; a Coffee Ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle to an Boulevard tulip. Batch 2013-1.

A: Deep mahogany with ruby hues, thick foamy copper head with great retention, lots of particulate and lively carbonation.

S: Dark roasted coffee, oats, malt, rye, earthy hops.

T: Strong malt presence, The Roasterie's Ethiopian Sidamo coffee, rye, earthy hops, and sugary finish.

M: Full-bodied, a bit chunky, with a sickly sweet finish. Not as sickly as the Chocolate Ale, but still a tad on the sweet side for my tastes. Minimal hops bitterness. The 9.3% ABV is masked well.

O: Nicely done. Everyone and their brother has done a coffee stout, so I like Boulevard's tack in collaborating with a local roasterie on an ale. This is my second bottle, I had my first immediately after the release, and I think the flavors profile has evened out the beer is a bit better overall after a couple months on the shelf.

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3.47/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Cottonwood in Houston

A: Pours a slightly hazed light brown/hazelnut color. A two finger white head forms that sticks around for a minute and eventually recedes. Not much lace is left behind.
S: Coffee grounds right up front and center. Coffee creamer, and lightly sweet in the nose. That is about it.
T: Again, big on the coffee and creamer. Maybe some toasted and sweet malt, though hard to tell. Pretty much everything is covered up by coffee grounds.
M/D: A medium body and a bit light on the carbonation. Silky smooth, but also a bit on the thin side for me. The alcohol is not very apparent, but with the huge coffee grounds character, this is more of a one and done for me.

Like everything from the Smokestack series, this is worth a try. Though not nearly as good as some of the other beers in series. More of a novelty, and something to try once for me.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.5%

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2.83/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

A bombastic hazelnutty foamy head on top of a folgers colored brew, nice clarity. Where's the lacing, Mr. Coffee?

EEkk. Tons of hazelnut, not my favorite. Caramel, toffee, milky, peppery,.

Light, airy, no bite, heavy carbonation with lots of milky hazelnut. Slight sweet funkyness goes unappreciated by me. Spicy, peppery, chocolate, toffee, messy. A miss.

This beer is a mess and is only considered a "coffee" brew due to it's over indulgence of hazelnut... After a slew of bad brews from Boulevard recently, they need to pull it together. Rye on rye is the only reason I bought this brew. Can't recommend.

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3.75/5  rDev -6%

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4/5  rDev +0.3%

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4.21/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

head starts small so I increased the pour then suddenly huge head that takes up 3/4 of the glass, foamy fluffy head, light lacing, hazy sediment laden cranberry red color.

Nose big amber reddish malts, sweet little syrupy, toasty, brown sugar and toffee, coffee grinds mild coffee lighter roast, waft of booze, light alcohol esters and fruity, caramel coffee, quite syrupy like aroma.

Taste starts with a cold extracted coffee, mild roast with a light earthy nutty coffee flavor, light coffee syrup, toasted grinds but without any acrid burnt flavors or tannins, very smooth. Light caramel and toffee, amber malts, little toasty, brown sugar, etc, and a nutty Jamaican like coffee flavor. Faint booze warmth and taste, mild sweetness, chewy, rich. Some bitterness from light grassy earthy hops, little floral too. Finish is semi sweet and sticky, light booze, more smooth coffee, syrupy brown sugar toffee, and light earthy hop bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, very smooth coffee without tannins or bitter acrid flavors so must be cold extraction, nice flavors, sweets, and nice light hop infusion. Pretty tasty and surprisingly smooth and easy to drink.

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Coffee Ale from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.99 out of 5 based on 516 ratings.
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