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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:
#32,502
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
678
pDev:
11.17%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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14
Gots:
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3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours golden yellow with a medium lasting white head, some light lacing. Sweet pine citrus notes on the aroma, fruity. Taste same as aroma with some grapefruit tangy flavor, biscuit malt and light yeast, mild hops bitterness. Palate is a medium body, mild carbonation. Finish is sweet pine citrus with some grapefruit notes, slight tangy and mild hops bitterness. Overall goes down easy and good drinking, nice session IPA.

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.28/5  rDev +16.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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The body appears golden yellow and slightly hazy with a thick, foamy, white head. Decent citrus aroma; lemon and orange. Fruity, bready flavor with a mild hop bitterness. Medium body, dry and slightly coarse on the tongue.

A respectable, nicely balanced IPA. The malt backbone and citrus-like hop aroma and flavor mix well together. Perhaps there would have been more of a 'wow' factor if my sample bottle was not past its best-buy date, yet it still tastes damn fine.

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3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.92/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.93/5  rDev +7.1%

Excellent taste with limited bitter bang. Had a nice lip smacking maltiness that I enjoyed very much. This is a great hot day beer but not one I would reach for in general.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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