AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
And while we’re still on the subject of expensive bottles, how ’bout a fourteen dollar fresh hop pale ale? Clear amber color/ off white head. Nice caramel, biscuit malt aromas with spicy hoppage. medium bodied. Decent floral, spicy hop flower flavors with sweet caramel, mild plastic infection, and bready yeast. Whatever happened to 12oz bottles, and $6.99 a sixer price point ? Oh yeah i almost forgot it’s an anniversary beer...
hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nothing I will ever have an unquenchable thirst for. Would not hunt this beer down. That said, it was one of the better offerings this brewery has put out. Not a typical "fresh-hop" taste, and will probably change with time (although, that does kind of defeat the main purpose of fresh hops). Golden Amber. Decent nose. Good body. Spicy hop flavor. Not as citrusy as I normally would enjoy. Solid effort, and continues the movement towards better beers from what I’ve always considered a one- notch-above-par brewery.
mar (4468) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber with a thick cream head. huge bright citrus notes, followed by light fruit notes, and pine. very easy on the palate, smooth malts upfront, although fresh hops dominate this beer, tagged with a fruit finish.
dyetube (1146) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer pours a lousy amber w8th a medium tan head. The aromas are citrus, pine and bread dough. The mouthfeel is stick and bitter with a good sharpness to it. This is one of boulevards better offerings. I really liked this one (but then again I am a hophead!) Cheers!
drfabulous (3387) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 from HyVee on Broadway. Pliers to get the cork out - like most Smokestacks. Nice carbonation. Taste is a bit of fruit, but a nice mellow caramel as well. Slightly woody. Slightly nutty. This is Pale Ale taken up a big notch. Very well done.
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a 750ml bottle purchased at a Hy Vee in Des Moines. This poured a slightly hazy deep copper color with a light yellowing paper colored head that clings a little to the glass. The nose is sweaty and earthy with lots of grapefruit and musk. There is also some sweet caramel and malt. As the brewery says, it smells like an amped up version of the their pale ale. The taste is surprisingly smooth and restrained compared to what I was expecting. It has the expected grapefruit and a little hint of woody pine up front. Then it mellows a little with notes of black tea and tobacco. There is also a nice spicy note of black pepper in the end. Overall, the mouthfeel is very soft, but it is not under carbonated, it is almost like a cask in good condition. This is very well done and a pleasant surprise. Congratulations to Boulevard on this one! I just hope people drink this one fresh as it is intended, it is no hop bomb and will just get smoother with age. I really like this one and wouldn’t mind seeing it being made a more regular release, with a lower price tag of course.