SpringsLicker (3380) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to csbosox for this one!
Large white head over a sparkling clear amber body.
Aroma is balanced between light malt and hops as is the flavor. Slightly malty finish with a light, but not quite watery palate.
BBB63 (6509) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís has been a few years since I had this last, all appears that little as changed, Bottled: Poured a slightly hazed amber hue with small but lasting head and very good lace. The aroma has notes of caramelized malting and biscuit, fruity and aromatic hops, some pine and grapefruit esters, and quite an earthy and yeasty nose. The taste is smooth and balanced with equal parts bitters and sweet malts with a undertone of citric and bready character. The finish is a touch astringent and has soft but lasting bitterness. The feel is overall quite average but goes down easy and quickly. A solid entry into the style, not some hopped up near IPA version, a true APA. Enjoy and thanks Chris for sending me a bottle.
darkstar (69) - Eureka, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Always a bargain at 10 dollars a 12 pack at my local save-a-lot grocery store. Pours into an amber orange color with a decent head. Taste is fruity with more of a hop flavor than other pale ales Iíve drank with the exception of Sierra Nevada. Definetly worth the price for me.
IndianaRed (3482) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a cloudy dark orange amber. Large cramy off-white head and thick sticky lacing. Sweet fruity aroma. Apples, pears, peaches maybe. Not much hops evident here. Flavors are less sweet and more pale malts. Some bitterness with the soft mellow hops. Feel is smooth and rather heavy for the style. Quite soft carbonation. Slightly dry bitter aftertaste.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Just a nice basic Pale Ale. I wouldnít turn it down by any means, but there are other more complex Pale Ales I would rather drink. Caramel flavor apparent. Could use slightly more hop bitterness.
ClarkVV (5214) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 2, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
2004 bottle. Thanks to Chris (csbosox). Pale yellow-copper color with a moderate amount of white head. Aroma of soily, dirty hops, very lightly bitter. Nothing fruity or citric here. Strange, like you can smell the california ale yeast. Flavor starts out nutty and only lightly bitter. Touches of pale malt, no sweetness whatsoever. Itís not bad, and certainly has a good yeast presence. But it never really breaks in to the pale ale style. As much as I donít care for hops, this one dosent even get me interested. No hops really, just a dry nutty, light caramel malt presence. A bit of toasted malt and a clean, dry finish. Strange beer.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mild juicy hops smell, served too cold but pleasantly biting as it warms. Cookie-cutter pale but tasty.
jefcon (1595) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Slightly hazy and golden in the glass, aromas of apricot, yeast, and caramelized sugar. Tasting shows a balanced beer which is full-bodied and somewhat complex. Flavors are yeast, bread, and coriander in addition to the hoppy undertow. A little extra carbonated to supercharge the hop bite without raising the IBUs, but still a drinkable pale ale.
civforprez (229) - Galesburg, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a solid but unimpresive pale ale from Boulevard. Yep, thatís about it.
Frank (3842) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JUN 13, 2011 This is a mild, balanced and drinkable pale ale. It pours a clear orange w/ a foamy white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma and flavor both are a mix of iced-tea like malt-husk character and citric hops. This is a light bodied beer but still somehow a bit creamy on the palate w/ a very slight oiliness and a prickle of fine-bubbled carbonation. My rating for this remains the same w/ some slight adjustments category by category.
Original Rating (3.4, 2004): Thanks to the Heemer77 for this business. This isnít a bad pale ale by a stretch. Itís one of the light, very drinkable kinds of Pale Ale--and thatís not a bad thing; sometimes you donít want to be picking out notes of berry, vanilla, oak and tobacco and just drink some damn beer. This particular version of that style pours a hazy orange with just a few wisps of head. Nose is fresh and citric with an emphasis on lemon. Itís on the lighter end of medium bodied but thick enough to be satisfying. The carbonation is brisk, verging on being overzealous but still within reason. Thereís just a touch of malt--more too compliment the hops than anything but itís only lightly bittered. Thereís something in there that kind of reminds me of how scotch tape smells but somehow still tastes good... I donít know what the hell that could be. This isnít a mind blowing beer and itís not trying to be. Itís a solid ale meant to be drank and not contemplated. And I think Iím going to go ahead and do just that.