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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Headbanger (3873) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2010
750ml bottle 12/25/10 (Whole Foods-Austin)-52° in Shaker-Pours a very active orangish amber with a small tight off white head. Aroma of citrus, hops, and malt. Taste of the same with a bit more hops and some bitterness on the back end. This medium bodied brew is a very good APA and is easy to drink. Nice brew.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
RSRIZZO (1958) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Corked and caged 750 ml. bottle poured into a Shaker at 42°. Color is a hazy orange gold with mellow carbonation and a small tight of white head. Aroma of malt, caramel and orange zest. It has a medium body with a crisp mouth feel that turns smooth with a fizzy feel. Flavor comes in cirrus with the orange that showed in the aroma then the malt with some toffee and ends with a mild bitterness. In the after a floral hop taste comes out of the bitterness. Overall its a very well done Pale Ale, easy drinking and well balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (12189) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear copper with a large, frothy beige head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is average malt (straw, bread, toasted), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with tropical fruit notes. Flavor is average malt (straw, bread, toasted, caramel), heavy hops (floral, pine, citrus), and average esters (apple/pear) with notes of peach and tropical fruits. Medium-full body, medium warmth and carbonation, light creaminess with a dry finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14162) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 20, 2010
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Pours amber/copper with a foamy 4 finger off-white head. Hop aroma is complex - I think there’s at least citrus, floral and grass. Med body. Flavor is sweetish caramel immediately submerged in a wave of hop. Mild hop burn in the mouth. I think the main flavors are floral and grass. Just so much going on it is hard to tell. Truly great ale. Once again Boulevard is at the top of the game.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WesKBob (563) - Bethany, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Pours a hazy amber-orange color. Moderate white head with great retention and lacing. Light aroma of citrus and grassy hops. Flavor is lots of bittering hops that grab you up front. Slowly mellows to a little citrus and pine in the aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel and clean finish. A nice beer, but not something great. Would have really benefitted from some late hop additions for some more hop flavor and aroma to balance out the bitterness. A nice beer to be sure, but not spectacular.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcr (2576) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - DEC 13, 2010
750 ml. Hazy, amber body. Frothy, off-white head, mostly diminishing. The aroma is more hoppy than malty with notes of grapefruit, resin, citrus, toasted grain, caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, velvety texture and lively carbonation. The flavor is more malt-forward than expected, a bit husky and grainy resulting in a thicker mouthfeel. The hops are more subtle in the flavor than in the aroma, but there are tastes of orange, sweet grapefruit and flowers. This is a quiet APA and while unremarkable and a bit unrefined, it is easy drinking.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (3434) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 12, 2010
750 ml. bottle. Pours a medium off white head which gradually collapses, with some lacing, over a hazy amber (SRM 10) body.....nose is light citrus, pine, herbs, with toffee/caramel....taste is toffee/caramel, citrus, pine, pineapple, a tad of pepper, bit of licorice, finishing with a pleasant medium bitterness.....mouth feel is medium, carbonation the same. This is a complex, well done APA. The ABV is a little high, but it is hop forward with layers of aroma and flavor, and the malts being appropriately represented. It is too big to be a session beer, but is quite delicious. Serve it at cellar temperature to fully appreciate its subtleties. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BlackForestCO (978) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear, orange-copper color with an inch thick, bubbly off-white head that faded to a thin, bubbly layer and left a few spots of lacing. Aroma of ripe citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, tangerine), some leafy, resinous hops, light pine, and a soft malty sweetness including some caramel. Smooth, moderately sweet entry with some citrus fruit (tart grapefruit, sweet tangerine) that leads into a moderately bitter, fresh, leafy hoppiness with hints of resin and earthy pine that coincides with a fleshy orange fruitiness with undertones of a light malty sweetness that lingers into a lightly bitter finish where it is paired with a peppery spiciness. Moderate carbonation and average mouth feel. Overall, it’s an easy drinking, fresh beer that seemed rather one dimensional until it began to warm up and more subtleties came out. If they could tone down the ABV it would be an awesome six pack beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (13590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a hazy copper color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus & earthy hops and malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy bitter flavor with a medium to heavy bitter finish of moderate to long duration. I would recommend this to a freind.

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