thefederalist (298) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a light copper, minimal head. Aroma of American hops and alcohol. Flavor is nice and crisp, tart and bitter. There is a bit more alcohol in the aftertaste, but it’s not a huge flaw. Nice thick body. Good effort.
Brigadier (3245) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
A run of the mill IPA this was a bonus in a recent trade. Boulevard makes decent beers but I have yet to run across one that is so memorable it has made a name for them. On the other hand this could have been far worse. As a daily drinker it would not be a bad investment to keep around for friends and those times when you just want something simple.
Aroma / Appearance - The bronze carbonated body shined through the light of the setting sun. A thick white head trapped the hoppiness for around ten minutes. When it did a pleasing texture of grapefruit and melon was the result. Tinged with a sugary icing it was a bit different than I thought going in. The overall impression was a bit like a store bought gingersnap cookie.
Flavor / Palate - Honey drizzed over a plain pretzel confused the senses for a while until I figured out what was going on. Unlike many IPAs, which have a hoppy bite from the start, this one takes time to set in. It may be the bottle was not fresh enough but even so I would have expected more hoppiness and less doughiness in the finish. All told it is a so-so IPA which hints at the potential to be better.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Pours golden with minimal off white head. Smells of citrus and floral hops.Flavors similar, finishes with lots of hops--almost dry with nothing but hops on the palate. Overall, a decent beer.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted at Beer Dabbler event in St. Paul. Serious hop and floral flavor but with little behind it. Quite a bit of malt and fizz. Not quite sure why I enjoyed it as much as I did but probably something to do with the variety of citrus flavors.
deyholla (8115) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a golden orange with a medium white head. Aroma was beautiful with a nice mix of citrus, floral and pine hops. Flavor begins with pine hops and ends with a bit of citrus, but mainly pine throughout.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Warren Theater and Grille, Wichita, KS, during "The Blind Side".
Pours a lively light orange with a nice white head and a nose of subtle grapefruit, rose, and a touch of malt. Flavor is crisp, lingering sour grapefruit with a subtle infusion of pine-soaked orange. Tingly and coating on the tongue. Another great Boulevard beer.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. Bottle. Hard to Find and not Fresh.
Foamy lacy dense rocky white head.Clear bright gold color.BC sediment dusting hazes orange.Herbal floral citrus hop front.Zesty crisp fizzy CO2 pale caramel fruit ester citrus hop body.Tangy citrus hop spice mild bitter dry sweet end.Thin citrus IPA.
cmonster (998) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2010 Bottle served in a tulip. Clear dark honey color with a terrific pillowy white froth that fills half the glass. Good head retention, but minimal lacing. Complex aroma of grassy hops, wet hay mustiness, spritzy spice, and sweet malt. Mildly sweet flavor. Medium-light body, good carbonation, and a fizzy bitter metallic palate that lingers into an astringent finish. There’s a quality that is tough to put a finger on possibly due to the bottle conditioning. Decent, but I prefer the west-coast style.
hombrepalo (1936) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours amber with lots of white head, a bit too carbonated. Aroma of citrus hops and fruity ale esters. Lighter side of medium bodied but with a fizzy carbonation, slightly thin. Flavor of caramel and biscuit, countered by a spicy hoppiness. Finishes with notes of tea, grapefruit rind. Not bad for the price, but a little too fizzy and heavy with the biscuit like malt.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Golden amber with a thin quickly dissipating head. Pine/grapefruit hops, subtle malt, nice hops finish.