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Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale



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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
In November of 1989, John McDonald loaded his pickup and drove three blocks down the street to deliver the very first keg of Boulevard beer. Though significantly more assertive, Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale is brewed in loving tribute to that original Pale Ale. English pale malt gives the beer a rich, nutty malt flavor. Munich and Caramel malts add color and body, while a blend of Cascade, Hallertau, Magnum, Styrian Golding, and Centennial hops contribute scintillating citrus aromas and complex, peppery notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2010
750 ml bottle. Pours a deep amber with nice head. Aroma of earthy hop and malty grain. Flavor is very much the same and very balanced with a nice mild bitter in the finish. Mouth feel is medium body with high carbonation. Overall, not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AmEricanbrew (6727) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 6, 2010
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5248) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2010
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (6574) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - OCT 27, 2010
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5294) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2010
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.

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