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Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale

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RATINGS: 106   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 40   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
750 ml shared with my brother. Pours a golden brown with a big frothy off white head. Aroma is nicely piney hops with a bit of citric fruit notes and a strong bready toasty malt character. Flavor is a bit more on the piney side with a subtle fruity note. The sweet biscuity malts remain throughout and keep a nice backbone with the lightly bitter piney finish. Medium body and a softer carbonation. Not a bad pale ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Beaver (1283) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
750ml bottle, best by 06/2011. Pours a hazy tea amber with a medium creamy off white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is bready caramel and crystal malts with some grassy fruity hops.

The flavor is some grassy hops and a little melon and resin with light to medium bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with slightly sharp carbonation.

Overall, I was a bit disappointed. The flavors were kind of bland and I didnít care for them.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
bottle. pours hazed orange with white head. nose has floral grassy orange hop notes.flavors of orange citrus, melon, earth, nice dry citrusy finish. Really good stuff.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ajd413 (17) - Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
I guess I expected a lot more from this one for the price and the packaging..itís a fine pale ale with a nice story, but nothing special for flavor.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
chicagodri (1683) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours hazy amber with an offwhite head. Aroma of caramel, grapefruit, lemon. Light body with grass, lemon, and malt in the flavor. Decent brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5993) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2011
12/31/10. 750mL thanks to Tim and Rachel! Big biscuity aroma with lots of caramel and aromas of honey and citrus. Sweet malty flavor with black tea, honey, and a hint of citrus. Not bad.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (5687) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
750 ml bottle shared by drewbeerme. Pours a well hazed darker amber hue, some fiery orange, a small frothy offwhite head dies to a tiny ring, laces small. Aromas are caramel, toffee, biscuits pairing into grapefruit, lemon, florals, and a touch of grass. A touch of lemon cookie, toffee, more grass. Fairly fresh, perhaps oxidizing a bit. Initial is clean, lighter bodied with fresh florals and grass, touches of citrusy lemon, bready malts and crackers, touch of biscuits. Simple, decent hopping, tasty and refreshing with lingering lemon

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
LtDan (1784) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Appearance: Pours a vibrant cloudy orange with a creamy film of white atop. No lacing to speak of.

Aroma: Deep resinous pine, cologne,freshly sliced grapefruit.

Taste: Earthy malt, big pungent piney hops,biscuit, finishes with a funky little twang. I get a big earthy rye malt aftertaste that lingers, with the citrus notes sticking to the sides of my cheeks.

Mouthfeel: Lively creamy carbonation.

Overall: One of the hoppiest beers Iíve had in a while. This beer was so fresh,hoppy and lively, Iím very impressed.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
thirdeye11 (5537) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2010
(750ml bottle best by 6/2011 thanks to bu11zeye) clear rich orange with sparse tan bubbles. Nose of caramel, sweet citrus, juicy orange and fresh wet hops. Taste of orange juice, sweet and fresh citrus, nice balance with the bitterness. Earthy finish with rye present and soft carbonation.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1514) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Out of the corked and caged 750mL bottle the fresh hops make themselves known with a big aroma featuring every hop aroma note I can think of. Malty, slightly resinous mouth feel, with some orange and grapefruits. Nice ale.


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