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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
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a medium white head. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, florals, orange marmalade, and caramel. Flavor of juicy orange, grapefruit, herbs, grass, florals, and caramel malt.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11060) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10660) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Ratman197 (9800) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9685) - Hanover, Maryland, 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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
daknole (9101) - 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.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adnielsen (9077) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 16, 2011
UPDATED: FEB 29, 2012 Bottle @ home. Ruby red appearance with a creamy 1.5 finger white head. Fairly strong, fresh, semi-floral hoppy aroma that’s quite appetizing. Sweet pale malty flavor with a floral hoppy taste. The hop flavor is done very well and it is accurate that the hop flavor is fresh, full, and tasty. What a great beer!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7858) - Los Angeles, California, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Bottle thanks to Tran at Perry’s (in Dallas, TX). Bottle had a best before of June, 2011. Pours with a hazed copper body and a foamy off-white head. Aromas of pine, alcohol, grapefruit rind/zest, eucalyptus, esters, mealy grain and metal. Flavors are bready, malty, brown sugar in the finish. Dead/faded hops and some tea flavors. Okay, but it has already faded (as far as I can tell). Lively bubbles with a dry finish. Still pretty tasty.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
deyholla (6633) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6502) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place, shared by Matt at the Tuesday night Royale beer showcase. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of earthy hops, tea, toast, caramel malts, toffee; I thought the aroma was a little too muted, but the notes are nice. Flavor of leafy hops, tea, caramel and sweet malts, pine resin, and toast. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a leafy, malty mouthfeel. Pretty smooth. Nice, but not that exciting for one of the more expensive Boulevard beers.


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