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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 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2011
Bottle. Musky peach aroma with biscuit notes. Cloudy red with a light head. Good bitter/sweet balance, mellow with light tropical fruit notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 18, 2011
The pour is a hazy, rusty, honey color with a full, off-white, light and fluffy head which is somewhat lasting and leaves minimal, soapy lace. The nose is a bit weak and English-like... Notes include light biscuits, nutty undertones, light white pepper, dirty floral, and some blood oranges. The flavor is similar with more citrus notes of the blood oranges and papaya, some white pepper, nutty and biscuity, and the same floral notes which take away from the otherwise nice notes. The palate is nice with a medium to full body, lively carbonation, and a round, velvety feel. The finish is English with the dirty floral, some white pepper, and the papaya note lingering. Not one of my favorite fresh hopped beers, the English hops seemed to have more presence than the American counterparts. The rest of the beer was fairly well put together but something just kept it from being good. A bit of a disappointment from a brewery in which I usually dig their small batch beers. And to call this an anniversary beer...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2011
20110116 750ml bottle thanks to phaleslu. Medium amber with huge, lasting, creamy beige froth. Aroma is fruity and sweet with some light orange along side grassiness and hints of vinyl. Big malts, quite sweet overall, somewhat astringent mid to late on the palate, but a solid punch of C-hops late to bring it back together. Lots of peppery spice that lingers. This beer would do well aged on cedar for a bit, and I only say that because it reminds me slightly of some Hitachino stuff that has had that treatment, but as it is itís a bit brash and there isnít much connection between the parts. Itís just missing...something.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (10883) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2011
Brownish amber color. Toasted malt, nuts and hop aroma. Flavor has a good hop note with caramel, nuts, and wheat bread.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
smith4498 (3557) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Bottle from a trade with drfabulous. Pours hazy orangish color with off white head. Aroma of floral, grassy hops and bready malts. Slightly sweet caramel and biscuit flavor with some grassy hops. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Jeff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Orange-brown, beige foam. Aroma is fruity, perfumey, caramel. Taste is fruit, lots of orange, caramel, perfumey, sweet with an herbal bitter finish. If this were in six packs for 8 bucks I might drink a lot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Suttree (6099) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 10, 2011
Bottle share at the Knoxville Smokestack tasting (also from my Secret Santa, so now I have a bottle all to myself!)Clear orange, big loose beige head. Nice floral hop aroma, nice floral hop flavor. Pretty simple, but very tasty. I think this is kind of an odd choice for an anniversary brew, but I endorse it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (10213) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle shared by Drew, thanks! Poured a hazy amber orange with a white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma had a light citrus note with some grass. Those notes were joined a semi sweet grain backing. Flavor had a slight citrus note with light fruit and a slight sweet grain note.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
djd07 (10500) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Bottle as shown. Pours a cloudy orange with a large frothy white head that lasts awhile leaving spotty lacing. The aroma is a sweet fruit and floral hop. Thin mouthfeel and a hoppy bite upfront with citrus and caramel and nice lingering bitter finish. Hides the alcohol well making it very easy to drink, a very good American pale ale from Boulevard.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2011
Pours a rusty burnt orange color with a good sized, fluffy, off-white head. Aroma of pine, earth, pepper, biscuits, cooked artichokes, and other inviting "plant store" aromas which seem typical of most fresh hop beers. Hints of caramel come through as well. Flavor of caramel, biscuits, pepper, pine, herbs, and a certain "buttered" quality that seems to be coming from the hops. This continues into the finish, which isnít too bitter, and mixes pine, wood and earth, with artichokes dipped in melted butter, and other weird stuff I canít explain. Hmm, maybe like buttered toast and snapdragons, with a hint of basil? Anyway, itís medium-heavy bodied with a fluffy texture on the palate and a moderate heat presence. Iím enjoying this a lot because of the hop flavor, but I can understand how the hops overall might be a bit subtle for some.

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