DarkElf (3050) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 16, 2005
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with robanion, thanks Ray!) Woops, this beer is smelling a bit infected. The funky, somewhat sour nose might be okay for a saison, but not for an American pale ale. Canít really detect any malts or hops in the aroma, just the funk. The flavor is much more acceptable, but there is still a moderately strong element of citrusy sourness present here as well, and it seems to be the dominant force in the flavor. Note, however, that the flavor doesnít taste infected at all if I hold my nose well into the finish, so itís just the funky odor thatís causing all the problems. Behind the citrus, there isnít too much going on, a moderately bitter hoppiness, and then a gentle pale maltiness behind that, and overall, it tastes minimally sweet. The body seems a bit thin to me, so letís call this light-to-medium, with citrusy sour/bitter mouthfeel. Bright amber in color, with a slight haze to the appearance. The off-white head rises to a standard half-inch in height, but I poured the last half of the bottle rather vigorously when I saw that the head was going to be stubborn to develop. Lacing is minimal, with just a single strand of lace hanging vertically on the glass. Even if the nose wasnít so sour and funky, which of course impacts the flavor, I still donít think Iíd like this beer much. Not enough malt in the mix for me, and the citrusy hops isnít pleasant enough to compensate for that.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUL 13, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this on tap. Thin head that dissipates quickly. Light copper color. Nice flowery, hoppy aroma and flavor with moderate hop bitterness. Moderate carbonation. Solid brew.
omhper (22905) - TyresŲ, SWEDEN - JUL 5, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, thanks beerhandy! Clear amber, average head. aroma of toffee with restrained hoppiness. Dryish and light bodied with rounded mouthfeel. Medium bitterness. Another Boulevard beer that aims for balance, and succeeds.
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JUL 1, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale orange pour with a cap of ivory head. Pleasant citrus rind hop aroma. Brisk hop bitterness with a nice warm malt backbone. Pleasantly mouthfilling without being heavy. This is a solid APA. Basic, but well crafted and balanced. Lots of breweries seem to do an APA as a toss-off beer, but this isnít one of those.
pwayne66 (1) - USA - JUN 10, 2005 does not count
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Golden color with a little hazing, medium white head that lasts. Sweet aroma and kind of bitter sweet citrus flavor. Not my favorite Boulevard product but certainly not a bad beer. Very drinkable but not something that I would go out of my way to drink.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JUN 3, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with a nice white head. Flavor is a little sweet malt, with citrus and grassy notes. Somewhat bready. Hops are mild. Not great, but not awful. Hows that for a wishy washy rating?
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - MAY 23, 2005
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle. Best Before 10/02/05. Yellow gold with continual CO2 rising woth a off white, longstanding head. Very thinck lacing. Some hazy. Grainy straw and horsey aromas. Very little hops aroma. Maybe some spice. Estery. Estersy come thru in the flavor also. Bready. Mild hop flavor. Med-full bodied and prickly carb. Flavor does not linger. BLVD Pale Ale used to be so much better before they started brewing for dollars.
Jonathan3584 (323) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sent by a friend in Kansas. Itís an interesting pale ale, but the hops are a bit mild for my taste, but give it a nice grassiness. Not as rich a beer as Iíd hoped for, but very drinkable.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours to a rich yellow golden body with a thick creamy frothy off-white head. Retains excellent lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel malts, citrusy. Strong, but not complex. The flavor is citrusy (lemon, lime, orange) with an off grainyness to it. I canít put my finger on what the odd flavor is vinegar + grass hops? Palate is light to medium with a watery body and a light bitter finish. Thereís a slight chalkiness to it. Overall, not bad, just not what Iíd want to drink everyday.
KUEric (930) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAY 7, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 22, 2005 Suprisingly sweet beer for an ale, although had a sourness to its finish. I thought that it may have been a little bit too sweet even, but I am new to good beers and so still am accustomed to macros. Thought the head lasted a while although it was very thin. A nice amber/copper color.