Pop-Up Session IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Pop-Up Session IPAPop-Up Session IPA

Brewed by:
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 JRed
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Bright golden body with a hefty white head that sticks around. Sweet aroma of lemon juice, pine, mint, and citrus. Tastes of citrus, lemon cookie, pine, mint, some rind, bitterness. Light in body with light carbonation. Really good aromas here and the flavor profile is refreshing but the beer lacks body. It could use some malt backbone.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rich golden in color with great clarity. Easily an inch of tightly knit eggshell white head. Brussels lacing. Just a hint of citrus hops is all I get in the aroma. The flavor is a gentle but sharp dose of citrus hops. The mouth is fairly carbonated making it a bit less sessionable. There's a crisp dryness that makes it refreshing.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

A very hoppy and aromatic ale. i wonder if it's dry hopped.
The beer pours with a light golden color and with a super tall head.
The head is white and fizzy and leaves some lacing about.
The taste is prototypical of your better made sessions.
A big bold hop presence which has a nice bitterness. Malts have a slight bready taste. Finishes dry and bitter.
A top 5 session for me.

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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 dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very lightly hazy medium yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amounts of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a medium side finger thick cap surrounded by a medium to large patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit hops with lighter aromas of biscuit malts and just a hint of floral hops.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of biscuit malts with a light amount of slightly sweet grainy malts and honey. That is followed by moderate flavors of citrus/orange and citrus/grapefruit hops with a very light amount of floral hops. Light amounts of bitterness in the finish which fades pretty quickly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: A very easy to drink and enjoyable session IPA with a strong amount of citrus hops and not much associated bitterness. Very refreshing and a good summer beer. This beer would be very easy to have a few of during a single session.

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Photo of Mdog
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Gold-yellow, particles, gigantic Belgian-like head.

Smell: Citrusy, dry rind.

Taste: Citrus tang goes to a lemony taste. Somewhat muted sweetness, little bit of breadiness.

Overall: Another session IPA, Boulevard's version does seem to have a little better malt base in it and a little more body than others I've tried. Not quite as hoppy either.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a deep straw color with lots ad lots of carb. Bubbles rolling up from everywhere. It has a 1 finger quick to form fluffy white head with excellent head retention and very nice looking lacing

S - Lots of lemon and other citrus. I really like the ruby red grapefruit aromas. The aroma is all citrus style west coast hops!

T - Very similar to the smell. Lots of lemon and grapefruit, with other milder citrus aroma hidden and more subtle. It even has a slight pine finish

M - Very smooth and slick. Easy drinking with no burn

O - Good sessionable IPA. Nothing over the top but very drinkable with a pleasant flavor. Low bitterness but lots of citrus. Would be a good beer to drink by the pool or floating down the river!

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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 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 BeerFMAndy
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, yellow in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: pine, pineapple, and citrus fruits

Taste: pine, pineapple, and citrus fruits--like the smell but with some earthiness

Mouthfeel:sweetish start slightly bitter middle and and more bitter finish, light bodied with high carbonation

Overall: A nice, sessionable pineaple and pine forward IPA. I have had better beers from Boulevard, but this is certainly one I would revisit.

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Photo of Irasema
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I remember the first time I tried it and didn't like it. I did not have the pallet for hoppy beers at all. Now when I want a good overall IPA i go for pop up session. It reminds me of summer and all that goes with it. Boulevard overall make great beer.

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

Slightly hazy golden color with a massive head that was slow to settle to a thick cap. A lot of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is all citrus and grapefruit.

Comes off as being more bitter than other "session" IPAs. A lot of grapefruit flavor with some orange and lemon notes. A little bit of toasted malt in the finish but this is hop dominate ale.

Light body and oddly does not seem to be very heavily carbonated. Must of lost most of its life in the pour.

Tastes a little like a baby Two Hearted.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: pours golden and hazy with a 2 finger white head that dissipated slowly leaving a thin layer of bubbles that lasted throughout, lower than average carbonation with a fair amount of lacing on the glass.

SMELL: very subtle, flowery malt and not much else.

TASTE: lemon/citrus, mild pine, bread.

PALATE: lighter carbonation, medium body.

OVERALL: this is a very drinkable beer because it's a more balanced IPA and the 4.3% ABV means you can enjoy more than one at a sitting. Great beer for fishing or celebrating Fourth of July. Boulevard is an excellent brewer. I would say this beer is comparable to Founders All Day IPA.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at RFD, Washington, DC

A: The beer is clear amber yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that died down and left some lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges and grapefruit seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of orange but there are also subtle hints of biscuit malts and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is nice if you like citrusy flavors of hops but don't want much in the way of bitterness. I would consider this sessionable but without much in the way of bitterness it seems more like an APA compared to an IPA.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tall pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Big three finger white head which slowly fades into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a lot of lacing.

Smell: An earthy and juicy hop forward aroma with good hints of citrus and grass. Earthy and floral hops with hints of grass. Citrus hop hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Soft pale malt background with hints of grains, cracker, yeast, straw, and biscuit. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, an juicy and earthy hop forward taste with nice notes of grass and citrus fruit. Earthy and floral hop presence with notes of grass and some slight pine. Citrus hop notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon, mango, and pineapple. Soft bready pale malt backing presence with notes of grains, biscuit, yeast, cracker, and straw. A pretty nice juicy taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Juicy, crisp, and slightly oily. Pretty smooth.

Overall: A pretty solid take on a session IPA. Solid hop flavors with a nice light body.

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Photo of gatornation
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a slight hazes yellow color with a fluffy white head and some nice lacing
S-citrus hops floral hops and cracker bread meal
T- citrus hops notes of tangerine lemon grass tastes a nice baked bread malt finish
M-crisp with slight citrus hops
O-another good session brew if you like this style than this one will please very drinkable

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

Bottled in December 2013, best by 05/16/14 (a month after the date of this tasting).

A: Mildly hazy gold with a fizzy head of pure white. Soft, pillowy retention stays for the duration, as does a strand or two of lace.

S: A nose imbued with the flowery aromas of Noble-esque hops: lemon, fresh-cut grass, dandelion, and a touch of pine. Smells like refreshment on a hot day.

T&M: Crisp and drinkable, the palate leads with a rush of fizzy carbonation and a citrusy hop character. Mandarin orange, white peach, and lemongrass stand out above all else, though a wildflower flavor is buried not far beneath. The body has little weight, as well, making it that much more refreshing. Finishes with a subtle hint of bready pilsner malt (the only really saving this from being nothing more than a summery blend of hop oils and water) and the momentary snap of dry citrus rind.

O: Looks like session IPAs are a new trend in the world of American craft beer – and I couldn’t be happier. This one in particular is lawnmower beer at its finest. I’ll definitely be seeking it out by the six-pack when the weather (finally) gets a little warmer. Cheers.

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Photo of nickapalooza86
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours a hazy lemony straw color, finger of white head, leaving light lacing

Smell is very floral and citrusy, clementine, orange, honey like sweetness, some pine, fresh cut flowers

Taste is heavy bitter up front, sweet honey, some citrus, mandarin orange, piney bitterness

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, drying

smells better then it tastes, with that said it is still decent... After having a few I think I am just not a session IPA guy...

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

A - Crisp golden color with a light haze, nice two finger white foamy head that dissolves quickly. After a sip it has light lacing on about a third of the glass that quickly fades into the glass

S- Has a nice earthy smell that is followed by a mellow hint of pineapple

T - A light crisp taste that is well balanced between sweet and bitter. Has a light wheat and honey flavor with little to no fruit taste.

M - Quick light carbonation on the tongue that removes all flavors of the beer shortly after

O - Very drinkable beer overall, if I was looking for a good light beer to enjoy more than one of I would get this again. I would not get this beer if I was looking for big flavors and a wow factor.

12oz bottle best by 4-24-14


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Kind of reminds me of their hoppy wheat, but I like this one better.

Tan and mostly clear with a pretty good head and lace.

Hoppy on both aroma and taste, with a well-balancing maltiness that provides a tasty treat. Hops are earthy, fruity.

Body is pretty light and definitely easy to drink. A nice IPA for when you've got more on the agenda than just drinking beer, but you're still thirsty some suds.

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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 MrBoz21
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured golden yellow with slight haze. Sparkly carbonation. Thin white foam cap - soapy.

Aroma: citrus, floral and hints of pine. Very light malt and trace spice.

Taste: crisp and dry, grapefruit and smooth grassy bitter backbone.

Mouth: thin and bubbly

Overall: tasty, but comes across more as a hoppy kolsch - could use more body.

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Pop-Up Session IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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