shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a white head. Aroma is malty, caramel, and citrus hops. Flavor is malty, caramel, and a bitter citrus hop finish.
AgentSteve (1614) - SF Bay Area, California, USA - MAR 4, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bonus from mreusch. (thanks Matt!)Pours ruddy opaque copper with a huge head that leaves substantial lacing. Nose is grassy pine and malt. Flavor is similar more malt than the nose, but the hoppy bitterness is still very present. Nice clean finish. Good beer.
blankboy (5745) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (750ml) shared with HogTownHarry, biegaman, rudolf & swoopjones -- courtesy of swoopjones. Pours a cloudy orange-amber with a creamy off-white head. Nice aroma of citrus hops, fruit and some lightly toasted malt. Flavour of pine and citrus hops, fruit and sweet malt -- it’s sweet with a good bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not awesome, a little too sweet for my preference, but it’s a pretty good DIPA.
rudolf (2310) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample from Swoopjones - Thanks! Hazy orange, light tan head. Nose is kinda plasticy astringent hops, lemon, fruit, caramel, alcohol. Flavor is hop juice & caramel. Piney, lots of fruit, tons of sweet malt, alcohol. Bittersweet finish. Straddles an IIPA and a Barleywine.
HogTownHarry (5977) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - FEB 23, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle (750ml corked & caged). Shared with blankboy, biegaman, Rudolf and swoopjones - swoopjones’ bottle. Cloudy amber-orange pour, smalish head - honestly that’s what I want a DIPA to look like. Watchword with this one is "thick" - smells thick, looks thick, goes down thick - big mango/grapefruit malt backbone to this; while there’s plenty of acidic grapefruit, herbal, lemon zest hoppiness, the malt never fades - a long, long finish and I really enjoyed it. Boo-ya!
cb23 (97) - St. louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 22, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a dark amber, with a massive off-white rocky head. Nose of citrus and pine. Palate is dominated by hops. Not very bitter at all. Hops have a unique taste, not very flowery or resin, almost spicy. I have never had Zeus hops before. The mouthfeel is just right, not too heavy or light. Very good IPA, a new favorite. I hope Boulevard keeps this series!
swoopjones (5248) - Buffalo, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via secret santa shared with Rudolf, Hog Town Harry & Blankboy. Pours a orangish copper color. Nice citrus hop aroma. Taste is full of hops along with a nice sugary sweet malt backbone. Would like some more hop bitterness but overall an enjoyable beer
BlackForestCO (975) - Aurora, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 25, 2009 Bottle thanks to mreusch. Poured a clear amber color with a thick off-white head that slowly receded to a thick layer and left some spotty lacing. Aroma of fresh, floral hops with some sweet citrus (orange, tangerine, and some grapefruit) along with some soft hints of pine and a soft caramel sweetness. Semi-sweet caramel malt entry with light undertones of toffee lead into a moderately bitter, resiny hoppiness with some moferate citric fruitiness (orange, apricot, and even dry peach skin) that finishes with some light pine and a lingering hop bitterness and some soft fruit. Drying finish and no detectable alcohol. A little more bitterness would have been nice, but it was still a solid IPA and a beer that I enjoyed. Thank Matt.
topherh (1905) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - FEB 21, 2008
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle pours a coppery orange with a thick off white head. Aroma is dominated by hops. Flavor is again dominated by the hops with some sweet malt there trying to balance things out. I think this is a very good offering from BLVD and hope they make it a regular one.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - FEB 12, 2008
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2-11-08 bottle shared with lb4lb thanks to the great Gregis!!
Appearance is perfect. Completely thick and cloudy ruby amber with a huge thick white head. Smell is sweet but mostly has nice fruity hops in there, however it is a bit subtle for me. Flavor is great - fruity hops throughout! Great palate as well - very drinkable and satisfying. It is smooth and almost creamy - not heavy but not light. Overall, I love this beer. Highly recommended!