Beer Review #72: Boulevard Pale Ale

Boulevard Brewing is the reason that I got into drinking craft beer and the reason why I can be kind of a prick or beer snob when it comes to talking or drinking beer. I’ve reviewed many of their beers in the past and after enjoying my time at Reds Alehouse with Boulevard’s tap takeover I thought it would be a good idea to review their flagship beer which is their pale ale.
A few years ago I would have considered this to be right up there with some of my favorite pales, but after drinking tons of pales, IPAs, and double IPAs, this beer just doesn’t stick out to me like it used to. Don’t get me wrong, it is still a pretty decent brew, just doesn’t have the flare that many in this category do, and maybe that’s ok. Boulevards’ heavy produced beers like their wheat, porter, and pale it seem are being overshadowed by their Smokestack Series.

The commercial description of Fresh Hop from Great Divide is:
“Boulevard Pale Ale is a smooth, fruity, well-balanced beer with year-round appeal. A variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while liberal use of whole Cascade hops adds zest and aroma. Pale Ale is the first beer we brewed, and continues to be a perennial favorite.”

Style: American Pale Ale

ABV: 5.1%

Purchased at: Gary’s Grocery in Mount Vernon, IA

Pour: Cloudy orange, pour with nice white head.
Aroma: Citrus hops and sweetness from the malt.
Taste: Light on the hops that follows with the sweetness of the malt.
Overall: C

Recommendation: Still a solid beer that is very drinkable for just about any occasion. Boulevard is a brewery worth supporting, maybe not the flashiest beers, but they don’t have to be.

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