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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.


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (6152) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, husks), moderately hoppy (grapefruit, resin), with a hint of celery. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery/velvety texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic. Surprisingly ordinary, and even a tiny bit crude. Just not much going on, and lacking in nuance or intrigue. A tad vegetal/husky. Pretty disappointing.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
JohnnyJ (4257) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 7, 2010
750 ml bottle purchased in Houston. Hazy golden amber pour, off-white head. Caramel malt, biscuit, hops, lightly floral, and sweetness. Very malty for a fresh hop pale ale. Iím not really feeling this beer too much. The abv is well hidden.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
changeup45 (1715) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle from Secret Santa! Pours a reddish-copper color with a good thick head. A thin film maintains on top. Minimal lacing. Toasted almond, caramel, citrus hops, and grains in the aroma. The flavor follows; not a lot of surprises here. Toasted grains and nuts show with citrus, herbs, floral hops, and some caramel malt. The finish is sweet, like an odd vanilla note. The bitterness is light to moderate, plenty for a Pale Ale, but the sweetness trumps that and this is probably one tick too sweet. Certainly not hard to consume though, it drinks in the 5-6% range rather than the 7.4% listed. Overall this was solid, plenty enjoyable while watching the Pats/Jets game, but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2010
750ml Bottle: Aroma of hops, caramel malt, Smarties candy, slight tropical fruit, and slight orange marmalade. Poured orange in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white/tan head that diminished but lasted throughout. Cloudy. Sparkling to very sparkling. Full of tiny particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is light to medium sweet and not bitter. Tastes of malt, fruit, hops, bubblegum, melon, and sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Average to lively carbonation. Malt, hops, melon, sugar, finish is a tad dry. 7.4%ABV is completely hidden throughout.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9518) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 5, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle poured a hazy orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of biscuit, earthiness, pine, light grapewfruit and light grassiness. Palate was medium bodied and crisp with a smooth dry finish. Flavors of biscuit, earthiness, pine, light grapefruit, light orange and light grassiness with a smooth dry lingering moderatly bitter finish.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2010
Aroma is malts and slight citra hops. Pours amber color with nice foaming head that dissipated slowly. The hops in this are not very bitter. Tastes of citrus, orange peel, and peppercorn. Malty tastes and finishes dry. Alcohol is more noticeable as it warms. A very good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
swanmann (589) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Itís got a wonderful amber-orange color and plenty of fluffy off-white head, pretty well sustained. Nice orange/ citrus rind aroma. Itís pretty freakiní delicious I have to say. Itís well balanced, slightly more bitter than sweet but it finishes clean; medium bodied. Donít miss this limited edition offering. Itís a great all around brew.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2010
750ml bottle from both blutt59 and jtortorice, thanks Bob and Josh! Pours a cloudy, deep orange-copper colored body with a frothy, somewhat creamy, finger-width, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is a complex mix of hops. Sweeter florals, peppery German spice, fresh citrus grass with some orange and pineapple resins, and a bit of a tea. A good amount of caramel with a touch of honey sweetness and a hint of toast. Flavor is really nice. Lots of fresh, resiny citrus oranges and pineapples up front with more of the complex hop mix. Peppery, floral, grassy, and leafy. The caramel provides a very smooth, mild sweetness throughout giving this a very nice balance. Finishes very smooth with a slightly increased malt presence, but a nice hop mix that gives this a slightly resiny, medium-level bitterness that dries, but never feels like it completely dries. A bit wet feeling, which I find quite nice. Lengthy aftertaste with barely a hint of toast creeping its way in. Medium-light, very smooth body with a soft, moderate, somewhat lively carbonation that works well with this. Overall, an extremely well made pale ale. Lots of fresh, complex hops with a very soft, smooth caramel backing. Love the palate on this one. Another solid Smokestack offering from Boulevard. Happy 21st!

4.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
sretep02 (1) - Missouri, USA - DEC 1, 2010 does not count
This is a limited edition but if you can get a bottle try it. The favor is great. Not to dry and not to sweet. Just wonderful.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (3539) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Light amber. Smells like apple juice. Small white head. Tastes like sweet sugar candy from the ice cream truck. Tart finish and palate. Strange bite afterwards.


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