Pop-Up Session IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pop-Up Session IPAPop-Up Session IPA

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Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

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.

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Photo of DeFaz
2.21/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I've begun trying as many session IPAs as I can find. Unfortunately, this is a session beer, but does not taste like an IPA at all. It's bland, watery, and worst, almost completely lacking in hop flavor. If they kept the "IPA" out of the title, I probably wouldn't have hated it.

The appearance is nice, with plenty of lacing all around the glass. But the qualities stop there--this is a dry tasting beer with biscuit notes and some vague of bitterness, but no great hop flavors.

I know that session IPAs can be great beers (see Fat Head's Sunshine Daydream). This just isn't good.

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Photo of zapahoppa
2.59/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

On draft in nj. For a session ipa this is weak in flavor, mouthfeel and aroma compared to what other breweries have been able to achieve. More late addition hops needed and less watery backbone. Not a fan.

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Photo of y0tommyb
2.91/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I tried this for the second time and it wasn't nearly as good as I remembered, not much hop flavor and seemingly too much carbonation. Oh well I still enjoy most of the beers I try from Boulevard. Maybe it was a bad batch give it a try you tell me.

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Photo of MNishCT77
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. on tap at Corner Bar in Austin, TX on Sat., 12/27/2014, unknown brewing/packaging dates, poured into a standard pint glass, drank over ~15 minutes while eating some good ol' TX BBQ

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Photo of Zorro
3.04/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chill hazed amber colored ale with a medium sized snow white head.

Smells strongly of citrus and less so of wood.

Starts out mildly sweet and woody with a citrus flavor mostly grapefruit. Mild bitterness. Slight taste of pine board.

Mouthfeel is a little light.

Overall a tasty light IPA.

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Photo of dfillius
3.09/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/11/15, noticed half-way through a best by date of 9/4/15. 12oz. can poured into pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger white creamy head with good retention. Brass-colored clear liquid
S: Surprisingly malty up front, caramel notes as well. - Session English IPA? or maybe the week after the best by date degraded the hops ;-) Good, but not true to style. I might even call it an ESB.
T: Very malty with thin pithy hop. Better hop character with air. Hops are still weak - extract? they exist more in the mouthfeel than the flavor.
M: Fuller than most other session IPAs. Some thin bitterness
O: I would not order another or buy this again. Almost a drain pour. A beauty to look at but all else was disappointing.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle ~ $1.40. Yellow orange with good head and lace but also particulate throughout, not sure if it was chill haze but it was present in every bottle from the sixer. Aroma had a slight hint of fruit but wasn't that hoppy to me. Flavor was a bit grainy and thin. Overall this was super easy to drink but not really worth the time given the lack of flavor and aroma.

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Photo of 57md
3.12/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy dark straw in color. The nose is astringent and off-putting. The body is thin and the flavor profile is pretty bland. It is not even terribly hoppy.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.27/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pale golden color with a slight burnt copper hue. The head is thick and fluffy and there’s plenty of carbonation and a mild ring of lacing.
Orange zest, grapefruit, hops and wheat grass make this IPA smell very inviting.
Grapefruits and hops are the main flavor, the orange zest takes a back seat and it is bitter and mildly sweet overall.
Light-to-medium bodied.
This is a very good tasting IPA and very smooth.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.35/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a Burley Oak snifter (Best by 6/13/14)

A: Slightly hazy straw-colored body with only a collar of a head with some visible effervescence. Swirls to a nice pencil thick head that is quite persistent.

S: Right, now we are back on track with the smells. I got the smells right out of the bottle and on the pour

T: This kind of tastes like flat hops. The hops just don't shine here, they are almost decomposing, it is so earthy. It just seems like a flooded field, everything is so damp. I just get a lot of grass here without any distinctive floral, citrus or even pine notes.

M: Even mouthfeel, with a nice smooth almost foamy feel to it. No prickliness. But it is watery.

O: I got all of these session IPAs and am not sure if it was good to have the Stone first, since it is the best one so far. This is ok, but suffers from the mouthfeel and the fact that it is watery, but this isn't the worse that I've had.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%

12 oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Yellow / straw with 1 finger of white head. Slightest haze with very light sediment floating around. Light carbonation.

Passion fruit, lemon, lime, and caramel. There also seems to be the slightest hint of deli mustard...

Fairly delicate hop presence of tangy lemon and lime along with hints of mango and passion fruit. Firm bready backbone with a hint of toast. Very slight resin on the finish.

Medium-light bodied, crisp, clean, and refreshing.

Whatever happened to calling these Pale Ales? Sessionable but lacking the hop kick I expect from an "IPA," session or otherwise.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
3.42/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yellow clear look with little to no head.

Funky hop notes on the herbal side but doesn't dominate it.

Taste is a little off for a season IPA. Kinda like a old pale ale. Not sure if this is from the actual beer, or if it was improperly stored/served.

Note one I would jump back to

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Photo of Beaver13
3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, best by 3/2/14. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a huge frothy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is some sweet sugary fruit with piney resiny hops.

The flavor is sugary tropical fruit with a medium piney hop finish with decent bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and a little watery.

Overall, a decent session IPA. The flavor is dominated by the sugary tropical fruit rather than the hops. It does have decent bitterness though. Like most session IPAs I've had, it's a little thin and watery. I love the idea of session IPAs, but haven't seen one that really succeeds yet.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A golden straw color and a moderate to light head of foam greet you when you pour Pop Up Session IPA into a glass. The juicy, fruity nose whets the appetite and the foam does leave some lacing as you drink.

Moving to the taste, it is fruity, but not excessively so and not as tropical- fruity as the nose leads you to believe. There are tropical fruit flavors, but they are not over the top in any way. Mixed in with the tropical fruity notes are some citrus, floral notes, and some pale, biscuit- like malts and pine. The beer is balanced without the level of bitterness often associated with an IPA that has such a fragrant nose.

This is a more session- oriented IPA than most others and it makes a good choice when you want to enjoy an IPA, but want something a little lighter, less alcoholic, and more thirst- quenching. This product has all of those qualities and while its lightness could turn some people off, it is a good beer when consumed for its intended purpose.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.49/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am in the process of going through all of the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody when this CAN Popped-Up! Hooray! The CANQuest (tm) CANtinues today as a result!

From the CAN: "Since 1989"; "Presenting a sessionable way to IPA that's built for everyday enjoyment. Pop-Up bursts forth with a big, fruity, citrus hop aroma, backed up by everything you love in a super-drinkable, full-flavored IPA."; "Recycle".

I Crack!ed it open and CANtemplated an inverted Glug, but I went with a gentle one, instead. A swirl raised two fingers of foamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity and of course the Gelt Gang of Mammon, Croesus & Midas showed up for a taste. Nose was an interesting mix of grass, hay, crackers and grapefruit. It was like life on the farm meets a citrus grove! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was a mix of grapefruit, crackers and hay, which was actually much better than a lot of the Session AIPA that I have tasted. It was as though old world Noble hops & new world citrus hops had learned to behave and get along under the watchful eye of the English malts. Finish was dry, slightly bitter, but just not my cuppa tea. I like my AIPAs to have more depth, more Oooomph! This really should be its own separate style, but until then, I remain not a fan.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this out of a bottle up at the Cloverleaf last night for the first time. I understand that Session IPA's are all the rage now but this one wasn't one of the better ones that I've had lately. There was a lot of carbonation here and since the flavors were relatively typical, there wasn't much that stood out about this. Only the yeast in the bottle made this noteworthy and it went down a bit too easily, which was probably the goal of Boulevard when they brewed this.

The pour to this was golden and a bit cloudy once I swirled out the yeast and poured it in at the end. Not much of an aroma to this besides some of the yeast and a faint hint of citrus rind. That was repeated in the taste, along with a earthy hop base that reminded me of a lighter Green Flash or Victory beer. Lots of carbonation scrubbed that away quickly and this was quite dry too, along the lines of champagne. A few rings of lacing were left on the upper half of my glass and I couldn't detect the alcohol in this at any point.

Sure, I could have had another one or two of these while I was out last night but one was sufficient enough. It reminded me of weed a bit but theer wasn't enough of a flavor profile to make me want to have more. If there was such thing as a "Light IPA", this would be it. Come summer, I could see a lot of people reaching for this even though upping the alcohol by a percentage point in what would be consumed would completely change the game. As this is, it's an alternative that is a textbook example of this emerging style.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours relatively clear and golden in color with a slightly off-white, rocky two finger head. Great retention. eventually settling to a fair layer of surface suds.

Smell - Fruity, citrusy, lemon-like hop aroma with grainy malts taking up the backend of the smell.

Taste - Follows the nose. Light, fruity hop that hits mostly on a sweet lemon flavor and a bready, grainy malt character. Aftertaste is a light, lemony essence.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied with light, fluffy carbonation and texture. Drinks smooth.

Overall - Drinks so light, I'd be tempted to call this a hoppy blonde. Certainly not on the level of session IPA's that Founders, Stone and Lagunitas have put out, but it's far from bad. That said, I probably wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of Ben_Swartz
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz poured from a can into a tulip. Best by date: 10/09/15

L: Light and pale honey color. White head, less than a finger, quickly disappears. Lacing is nice.

S: Sweet fruity hops hit the nose first followed by some citrus. A little earthy at the end.

T: Apples and flowers followed by a hint of pineapple. A little malty in the middle. Bitter at the end.

F: Light-medium feel. More carbonated than I was expecting, but that's not a bad thing. It's crisp.

O: A very light Session IPA clocking in at 4.2% ABV. I could knock several of these back on a hot summer day, no problem.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.52/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Chill-hazed gold in color with a moderate head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Pleasant whiff of tropical fruit
Taste-Tropical fruit, citrus hops, citrus-rind finish. Overall, nice flavor in a sessionable 4.3ABV brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of grapefruit, little else. Taste is grapefruit, mild hops, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%

Best by 12/12/14. Consumed 11/03/14 in a spiegelau ipa glass.

(3.55) A: Pale straw pour darkens to a lemon peel in the vessel with a dense, raging display of effervesce. A 2 finger, frumpy cottage cheese textured head is dull white with a lengthy stay and a lasting foam coverage.

(3.45) S: Aroma of fresh wet grapefruit juice, lightly dry pine with a low to moderate sense of awareness. Light, dry whole barley stalks.

(3.60) T: Flavor was citrusy-pine, dry barley stalks, with a bit of dry pine hopping on the finish. Good level of ibu's, especially for an abv% of 4.0 while maintaining a good sense of balance for sessionability purpose. Some light orange-grassiness, dry stone fruit (freezed dried berries) with some lemon peel.

(3.55) M: Strong crisp carbonation makes for a lively mouthful with a nice bite. Light bodied.

(3.55) O: sessionable, crisp bite of carbonation, hoppy with a traditional pale backing makes for easy liking and repeat factor. Easy abv% of 4.0 is good for summer time 6 pack purchase poolside. Good ibu to abv% ratio.

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Photo of portia99
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 5/16/14...just missed it0 poured into a Bruery tulip.

A - An aggressive pour yields a pale straw gold colored beer in the glass, plenty of floating particulates suspended in the glass and a thick 2 fingers of fluffy white head with good staying power and plenty of soapy lacing left on the glass.

S - Sweet maltose base shows first, followed very closely by an orange blossom citrus aroma and a slightly metallic smell. A touch of honey and straight up maltose add to the malt presence. Doesn't smell especially bitter.

T - Grassy and citrusy hop flavor up front, very light and mild hop bitterness. A honey-ish sweetness from the aroma continues into the flavor. Not especially impressive, but good...gives the impression that you could drink this from morning to night - which seems to be the idea with a session IPA.

M - Super smooth and easy drinking...the honey sweetness, grassy hop flavor and low bitterness make this a craft beer version of Bud Light. Lighter body and lowish/medium carbonation continue the quest for smooth rather successfully.

O - Although not exciting, a perfectly drinkable session IPA for the summer months. Not up to the Founders All Day IPA or Lagunitas Day Time IPA in my book, but I wouldn't turn it down...and if I saw this in a cooler of beer at a party alongside the usual suspects, I would certainly grab this first. Functional, drinkable, enjoyable - yes...exciting and worth a special run to the store...maybe not.

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Photo of smcolw
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very large head that recedes in a lumpy fashion. Some chunky spots on the glass. Dark gold color and clear.

Mostly hop smell that is like pine needles and soft spring flowers.

There's a dry berry (raspberry?) flavor. The hop is the story of this beer. The swallow brings out a grapefruit. Light on the body with a raised level of bubbles. Prickly aftertaste with a decent amount of lingering in the throat.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clean amber in my pint glass. Little head or residual carbonation, but no points detracted as this is on tap, after all.

Nose is subtle. A little citrus and fruit. Not bad, but not standout, either.

Taste is pleasant and mild citrus. I get orange and grapefruit touches with a strong malt presence. Not bad but not one I'd return to.

I will, however, pick up a single bottle for comparison's sake.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I may have gotten a pumped up bottle...very foamy on the pour. The beer poured a hazy golden with big white head that is leaving a lace. The scent is fresh hops bordering more floral than pine or citrus. The taste is a good balance beer and very refreshing. The malt doesn't over power the beer allowing it to be slightly bitter with fresh hop zing. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with big carbonation. Overall a good beer...will try it again just to see if the carbonation was a fluke.

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Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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