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Pop-Up Session IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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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
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
674
Avg:
3.76
pDev:
28.46%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
183
For Trade:
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 674
Photo of jmd1978
3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy Amber color with inch of white head. Nose of grapefruit with hoppy floral notes. Taste very citrusy with notes of pine and yeast. Clean finish that lingers just a bit. Not a hoppy punch as with most IPAs but very drinkable.

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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 DukeofAle
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a very nice session IPA. Presents as a straw-yellow ale with plenty of hop aroma and bitterness. The head is more than sufficient and lasts until the brew is fully consumed, leaving a thick residual of lace all the way down the glass. All the hop character I crave in an IPA with a lighter body and mild alcohol content. The definition of a session IPA.

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Photo of barczar
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is moderately resiny, piney, and very floral, with a touch of caramel malt sweetness.

Flavor reveals underlying grapefruit pith, with a lightly bitter finish.

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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 Wasatch
4.12/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. Bottle
Best By: 08/27/15

Pours a very nice slightly cloudy dark yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a very nice one-finger plus foamy white head, which leaves some very nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is hoppy, with a very nice citrus note. The taste is hoppy, citrusy. Medium body. Overall, one of the best Session IPAs I've had to date I believe. Good Job Boulevard!

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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 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 JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For a session style ipa, this is really good. There is a lot more flavor here than the style usually has, and the flavor that is present is more pleasant than most. There are flavors of grapefruit laced with crisp piney hops. It works well while still remaining extremely drinkable. I would put this right beside Easy Jack as my favorite session ipa.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of Tilly
3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

P: Golden light amber, small head that lingers for a while.
A: citrus, floral, bread, malt with a hint of resin.
T: Grapefruit rind, resin pine, earthy.
M: Clean and crisp. Fair amount of bitterness.
O: Great session ale. Hard to believe it's only 4.3%.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours two fingers of head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is bread and grains.
The taste has a nice lemon bitterness throughout.
The texture is crisp.
It has great flavor.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I had this last night at Pete's Brass Rail and Car Wash.

Appearance- cloudy gold color, no head
Smell- citrus, piney hops
Taste- citrus, piney hops
Mouthfeel- medium bodied
Drinkability- I really liked this. Great for a session IPA and great to start off my drinking last night at Pete's. Good session beer

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I thought the floral and tropical hop flavors melded well with a subtle malt caramel sweetness that lingers on the palate. This lingering soft, bready caramel malt anticipates the marzen beer that I will be enjoying on a crisp Autumn day soon. One might compare it to a Boston Lager, but this beer has some bright citrus aromatics and flavor.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a light bodied, crisp summer beer. The malts taste of hay and straw and there is a grass character to the hops to back those flavors up. Lemon and undefined citrus notes round out this refreshing beer.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from harpoon take 5 ipa glass, two finger head leaves lace on the glass, and quickly recedes to a thin layer of foam. Nothing remarkable about this beer except that it's super drinkable and has nice subtle notes of citrus and pine. Given that's it's a session ipa I think it's pretty quality due to the fact that it's so easy to pound. It's perfect in terms of being really light and refreshing but still having an enjoyable fragrance and taste.

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Photo of whynot44
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy apricot colored brew with a decent foamy white head that persists and leaves some nice lacing.

The aroma is citrus and pine with a mild grainy malt background.

The taste is grapefruit, orange zest, mild pine resin and hints of grass with a crackery base, all fairly mild and very well balanced with a nice hops bite and dryness at the end.

Light/medium bodied, smooth and very drinkable.

Overall, this would make a great hot weather cooler that you could enjoy all day long.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Verdugo Bar in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a hazy golden-yellow with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus fruit, citrus juice, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, citrus fruit, citrus juice, and grass flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is tasty, light, and easy to drink.

Serving type: on tap.

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Photo of PhillyFoodie
4.55/5  rDev +21%
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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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 infinitebruner
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

May 22, 2015

12 oz can, tulip

A – Light amber-orange and extremely clear, clean. An inch of off-white head, which dissipates somewhat quickly, leaving a thin layer on top with very long retention.

S – A lot of grapefruit, with some grassy aromas and a resiny touch. Light cracker or graham cracker. All of this is fairly moderate, not blasting on the nose.

T – Grassy and grapefruit, both very mild, with a hop bite that ignites in the back of the throat on the swallow and finish. Very light graham cracker, but hops are the show.

M – Moderate high carbonation with a medium body. A very dry beer. Sweetness and bitterness are both moderate-low. Extraordinarily drinkable.

O – Definitely a “session” IPA, what I’d just call a “pale ale.” Hop flavor is very nice and it’s very drinkable. A solid summertime beer.

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Photo of Billolick
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can (nice) best before dating of 7-18-15 printed on the bottom of the can

Pours cloudy lighter amber, nice looking froth, high sheeting and a blotchy 1/4 inch head.

Fresh smelling with pungent spicy hops and grapefruit.

Pleasing and snappy session IPA (is every brewery in the nation brewing this style currently) Well hopped and very pleasing stuff. Grapefruit, mango, and limes always are a winning combo of flavors.

My favorite offering of this style in this spring of "Session Ipas" Well worth enjoying a few of these.

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Photo of superspak
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/7/2015. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy bright golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of bright citrus/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange zest, pine, cracker, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Not too dry on the finish either, with some lingering hop flavors. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a very nice session IPA. All around good complexity, robustness, and balance of bright citrus/piney hops and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of babaracas
3.62/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy light amber with soapy white head, spray of lace halfway down the glass. Smell: grassy, weedy, strawberry-ish note, lightly sweet grapey back. Taste: light grapefruit and orange component, cracker backing; mineral, pils, and grape notes. Light bodied. Best by 7/4.

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

Pours a golden straw color with a wispy white head that left some spotty lacing on the glass. A shade darker than most sessions IPA.

The aroma is of a light pine and grapefruit hop. Perhaps a touch soapy. Light malt presence.

The taste is a mixture of light pine, onion, grapefruit rind and orange. Pretty wide hop flavor spectrum. The malt tastes beefier than most session IPAs; has a bready flavor.

Moderate body with weakish carbonation. Bitter on the palate but not overly so though the hop profile seems to sit heavily. A bit chalky in the finish. The style needs more of a prickly carbonation to increase the drinkability.

Not my favorite session IPA. The hops are too savory and dank for a session. I prefer more floral and citrus notes.

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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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Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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