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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 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2010
750 from Gomerís in Leeís Summit. Had a Founderís Harvest Ale earlier and worried about how this will compare. I like (ok, love) Boulevard and donít 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. Itís not over the top, doesnít have any crazy unique flavors, and wonít 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.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - JUN 13, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2011 -- note, 13 month taste, much the same but more malty, the hops still cover so much ground it is ridiculous. I donít know how much longer it will stand age but it is the best pale ale Iíve ever had. -- original rate- Really enjoyed this one. Savored out of a 750 ml in a goblet. Pours a caramel like orangish hue with a couple fingers of off white head. It does taste a little like their pale ale but really big. There is a big malt body, i can taste barley but the hops are all over the place quickly covering it. It is like you get the best of every kind of hop quality, a little oily, bitter, slightly floral but more grassy, lemony citrus, its all here. Floral green grass dry finish, this is the best hop driven beer from Boulevard. I wish i could buy this in a 6 pack year round. Instead i won?t see it again.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hopphead88 (33) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Pours a beautiful hazed, copper orange with a thin, off white head. Aromas of fresh cut grass, citrus, pine, spice and toffee. Flavors start with big citrusy notes as well as grass, toffee, toast and caramel. Finishes with pine, a bit of vanilla and peppery spice. Med-full body with moderate carbonation. Excellent, an ale worthy of their 21st birthday!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
SPDickerman (1192) - Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2011
Pours hazy orange with a small off-white, tannish head. Smells surprisingly hoppy, touches of citrus and pine and flowers. Taste is citrus and floral with some bitterness. Medium-bodied with a faintly dry texture and mild mouth-carbonation, Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale finishes with orange or sweet clementine citrus notes.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Cuff_Links (40) - - DEC 31, 2012
Poured a hazy orange with small off-white, tan (kinda) head. Smelled hoppy (surprisingly so), with a touch of flowers and pine (citrus? maybe). Taste is floral with some bitterness and also citrus with some bitterness. A medium-body with mild carbonation,finishes with orange. Would drink again, but it is an Anniversary Beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ads135 (4254) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
If only the regular line of boulevard pale was as good as this. Great aroma, good orange appearance, medium bodied and delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
heemer77 (5297) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 23, 2010
From a 750ml bottle purchased at a Hy Vee in Des Moines. This poured a slightly hazy deep copper color with a light yellowing paper colored head that clings a little to the glass. The nose is sweaty and earthy with lots of grapefruit and musk. There is also some sweet caramel and malt. As the brewery says, it smells like an amped up version of the their pale ale. The taste is surprisingly smooth and restrained compared to what I was expecting. It has the expected grapefruit and a little hint of woody pine up front. Then it mellows a little with notes of black tea and tobacco. There is also a nice spicy note of black pepper in the end. Overall, the mouthfeel is very soft, but it is not under carbonated, it is almost like a cask in good condition. This is very well done and a pleasant surprise. Congratulations to Boulevard on this one! I just hope people drink this one fresh as it is intended, it is no hop bomb and will just get smoother with age. I really like this one and wouldnít mind seeing it being made a more regular release, with a lower price tag of course.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dyetube (1374) - Hurst, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2010
This beer pours a lousy amber w8th a medium tan head. The aromas are citrus, pine and bread dough. The mouthfeel is stick and bitter with a good sharpness to it. This is one of boulevards better offerings. I really liked this one (but then again I am a hophead!) Cheers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (14167) - 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 thereís 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.

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