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Pop-Up Session IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pop-Up Session IPAPop-Up Session IPA
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3.67/5
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678 Ratings
Pop-Up Session IPAPop-Up Session IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
As a brewing team, we sought to make an India Pale Ale that showcased assertive hop flavor and aroma while maintaining a thirst-quenching drinkability by balancing the bitterness with a slight caramel malt character. A blend of our base pale, Marris Otter, and amber malts creates a simple, yet adequate malt backbone that allows Mosaic, Cascade, Amarillo, Citra, and Centennial hops to shine with bright, fruity, citrus notes. At 4.2% ABV and 41 IBUs, Pop-Up I.P.A. is a full flavored beer that’s suitable for all-day drinking.

Added by LambicPentameter on 07-28-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#32,549
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
678
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
186
Trade:
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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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5/5  rDev +36.2%

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4.88/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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4.81/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A lighter color than I expected. Good hop nose and a extremely good hop flavor form the beginning of the tongue until the end. Not a long linger but I did not expect one. WOuld gladly drink again.

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4.79/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Awesome beer for hanging out and not wanting to get hammered drunk after 2.

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

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4.68/5  rDev +27.5%

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4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When fresh, it's hard to believe this isn't rated higher. Super drinkable, sessionable and grapefruity smells and tastes. A delicious beer!

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4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Good with bbq in kc

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4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

There has been quite debate lately that these "session IPAs" should have their own category and this is one prime example of why they should.

Great IPA smell, just enough bite to let you know this is a seriously hopped IPA, yet with a thin, thirst-quenching feel that leaves you wanting to pound them all day long. If this isn't the very definition of a session IPA I have no idea what is.

BONUS: can be used like a gateway drug to craft beers for your unenlightened friends!

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4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

AR: 4.5 AP: 4.75 F: 4.5 MF: 4 OA: 4.5

I have long thought that the world of 3-point beers (those beers sold in grocery and convenience stores in certain states including Oklahoma and Colorado) could be improved greatly. Generally the offerings are a smattering of macro breweries with a few 3 point versions of betters beers thrown in for those folks who want a little flavor with their beer – normally Shiner Bock, Boulevard Wheat, Shock Top and occasionally Guinness Stout.

I understand the 3.2% ABW rule is hard to work with (which actually comes out to 4.0% Alcohol by volume, the way alcohol is most commonly measured), but it is not impossible. There is no reason why 3 point beers can’t embrace large amounts of hops or nice amounts of toasted malt (neither of which should raise the alcohol). Yet for the most part, if you want to buy beer to take home on Sunday in Oklahoma, you are stuck with crappy beer.

Boulevard thankfully has accepted the challenge – to brew a truly great 3-point beer. I recently bought a sixer of Pop-Up IPA and it is good. Damn good.
Nice hop-laden aroma. It pours a hazy gold liquid with a giant white fluffy head. Flavor is nicely hop-forward without getting into monstrous territory. Some sprucy notes. A little bit of faint citrus. Fairly dry but a lingering sweetness.

Medium to full mouthfeel.

Quite possibly the best 3-point beer I’ve ever had. Definitely a good session beer but also just a good beer period. It is not the best IPA (not by a long shot), in fact I would probably put this in American Pale Ale territory than in IPA territory, but it is still very, very good. I like it!

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4.51/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From the can. Best session IPA I've had so far. Does not taste like a watered down IPA. Nice mouthfeel.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint.
4.3% ABV, Best By 07/24/14

A - Heavy sheets of white lace cake the glass as the dollop of frothy whipped foam slowly plateaus to a lumpy pile above the hazed goldenrod beer.

S - A gentle breeze kicks up mowed grass notes into the predominantly citrusy aroma; sweet orange peel and lemon zest envelop biscuity pale malt and honey graham cracker on the back side.

T - Bright citrus dances on the tongue while lingering grassy notes move through the underlying grainy pale malt and honey-suggesting graham cracker base for an even-keeled brew.

M - Effervescent carbonation scrubs the tongue as this bright and light bodied beer washes down smoothly, finishing with a kiss of bitterness that lingers wonderfully on the tongue.

O - Boulevard's Pop-Up session IPA takes bright and citrusy hops with just a hint of earthiness and overlaps the smooth biscuity, graham cracker-like malt base with just enough balance to keep this an easy drinking, pretty refreshing IPA that's incredibly satisfying.

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice malt backbone supports the hops and avoids the "hollowness" that often plagues the "session IPA" style.

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4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I bought this beer because it was only of the few options in the display case I hadn't consumed before. When I got it home I was disappointed to find it is a mere 4.3% ABV. Almost the same as a light lager.

To my great surprise this is an excellent beer. It has an almost zen like balance of hops and malt. There is ample hop aroma and flavor, but the bitterness is well controlled. The finish is satisfying while still being easy drinkable.

My only knock on this beer is that it's bottle conditioned. I don't like getting chunks of yeast every once in a while. I like my commercial beer crystal clear. Personally preference though.

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Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 678 ratings
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