KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich, glassy amber with a nose of assertive grapefruit, body funk, and a touch of orange. Super duper head atop the brew. Flavor is a lightly sweetened grapefruit with light notes of cheddar, pepper, and pine. Slick mouthfeel. Another winner from Boulevard.
Fratto (2510) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark orange pour with a healthy white head. Aroma is citrusy, hops, a little bready, and floral. Taste is less on the hops, bread, light nuts, and a little caramel. Alcohol is nicely hidden.
Cavie (3634) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Hall’s. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Foamy off-white head. Aroma is of wet hops, some dusty elements and earth tones. Flavor is wood resin, tree sap, hops and syrup. Bitter finish that dries out but leaves a hoppy touch.
Indra (2560) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle. Aroma of fruity, citric, spicy hop and lightly sweet, toasty, honeyish malts, with lighter notes of biscuit, tangerine, pine, dried herbs and faint bubblegum. Cloudy medium copper in color with a substantial, off-white head. Flavor profile is fairly well-balanced throughout, with a fresh, leafy, spicy hop flavor permeating the lightly sweet, bready, toasty malts, and finishing with a cleansing, drying bitterness, lending a nice degree of drinkability. Effervescent, active and lightly oily on the palate with a medium-full body. Sort of a Double Pale Ale, makes for a fitting tribute, ultimately. I would agree with some of the previous statements about not aging this and plan on consuming my remaining bottle soon. Happy 21st to Boulevard!
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle, fresh 2010 vintage, Batch "CHEER", best by 06/20 (whatever that means?) Pours a clear, deep, reddish-orange amber color that matches the changing leaves of Fall (that we don’t get here in Florida). A moderate, frothy head of beige-khaki foam settles quickly to a thin but lasting film, leaving wet, rounded hooks and flares of lacing on the glass. The nose bridges that of an imperial hoppy red and a more standard midwest IPA, showing base notes of caramel, biscuit, and baking bread dough. Hops are very floral, but also show a good amount of caramelized grilled orange and grapefruit pith. There’s a bit of a metallic tinge, along with a very slight bit of unfortunate plastic. Flavors follow suit, balanced well between the caramelized and bready malts, with some drying yeast and a strong citrus hop contingent. Orange and grapefruit are prominent, but hints of burnt honey keep things on the sweeter side. Medium-plus in body stature, the palate sports below average carbonation and a sugarystructure up front. Drying yeast and a bit of alcoholic astringency finish things out on the opposite end of the spectrum. Overall, I’d call this a decent brew. It actually got worse as it warmed, which is a bit unusual, as the chill seemed to keep a bit of the plastic and metallic notes on the nose at bay. I’ve not been that impressed with fresh hop beers this season, and this one is no exception.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, orange golden pour with little foam, aroma and flavors of sweet honey and pineapples, nice finish
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2010
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
750 from Gomer’s in Lee’s Summit. Had a Founder’s Harvest Ale earlier and worried about how this will compare. I like (ok, love) Boulevard and don’t want them to pale in comparison (pun intended.) Aroma is good but nothing out of the ordinary- plenty of hops but the citrus and grapefruit are a bit muted in comparison to other fresh hop ales; also some light spice. The taste, however, is perfect. A variety of hop flavors come through but none strong enough to single it out. There is a wonderful malt balance- not the normal, cloyingly sweet malt balance that is so popular these days but a more nutty malt flavor that complements rather than offsets. This combines with light spice (white pepper?) to produce a pale ale that is unequaled in my memory. The carbonation dances without fizzing, rendering a palate that has both body and a cleansing aspect that leaves you anticipating the next drink. It’s not over the top, doesn’t have any crazy unique flavors, and won’t bowl you over with anything. What Boulevard has done, in my opinion, is create a work of art. Wonderful. 21 years of practice may actually produce perfection... or something really close to it.
SrSilligoose (3091) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A wonderful gift from phaleslu- thanks peter, really appreciate it! biggg head. aroma of resin, pine, doughy bready caramel. dry earthy, bready taste with an herbal, and spruce hop backing. well balanced. a nice, dry, earthy herbal and citrus hop ipa. pretty good, even if a bit doughy.
Mora2000 (5310) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a orange-yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus and some bready malt.
The flavor is very nice. I get a lot of juicy orange. papaya, grassy hops and some bready malt. The orange citrus notes are front and center and are very enjoyable.
Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
Strykzone (4403) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Bigelo’s at the Boulevard 21st anniversary party. Had 3 glasses after one of their Nutcrackers. This is a very nice beer. It pours a golden with some orange. A small off white head was mostly blotchy but left some nice lacing. The draft version had some amazingly fresh Cascade hops. That made a big impact on the flavor and was all positive. I didn’t really note caramel but rather found tangerine to be the sweet side of this beer. Those hops were pine, floral, a bit resiny, and interesting. The finish was just a bit bitter. It was great to drink this with the Boulevard sales crew and the beer stood up just fine.