Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale

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.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (7193) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2010
On tap at Bigelos at the Boulevard 21st anniversary party. Had 3 glasses after one of their Nutcrackers. This is a very nice beer. It pours a golden with some orange. A small off white head was mostly blotchy but left some nice lacing. The draft version had some amazingly fresh Cascade hops. That made a big impact on the flavor and was all positive. I didnt really note caramel but rather found tangerine to be the sweet side of this beer. Those hops were pine, floral, a bit resiny, and interesting. The finish was just a bit bitter. It was great to drink this with the Boulevard sales crew and the beer stood up just fine.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (9925) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2010
750 ml bottle from Wine and Cheese Place, shared by Matt at the Tuesday night Royale beer showcase. Pours a cloudy amber-gold color with a small eggshell white head. Aroma of earthy hops, tea, toast, caramel malts, toffee; I thought the aroma was a little too muted, but the notes are nice. Flavor of leafy hops, tea, caramel and sweet malts, pine resin, and toast. Medium-bodied, with mild carbonation and a leafy, malty mouthfeel. Pretty smooth. Nice, but not that exciting for one of the more expensive Boulevard beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3834) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2010
750mL cork and wire, out of the fridge at Royal Liquors. Poured into a tall stemmed tulip glass from Marin Brewing. Has a thick beautiful head and dark amber colored body. Had this right after the Double Wide out of the 12oz bottle and they were indeed very similar. Too much caramel sweetness (not strong, just too much for my tastes in IPAs). The fresh hops were not centric enough in conjunction with the malt presence (as I would like it to be). It was a nice mix of slightly sweet malt backbone, spicy and sweet hops, and a thicker mouthfeel. I just prefer a cleaner, thinner malt profile with a more hop-centric aspect for this type of beer. Price point is high for this beer, especially since it needs to be consumed ASAP. Good brew, a little off for my preference, and too pricey.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (13020) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
(750ml bottle) Pours a lightly hazy amber body with a medium white head. Aroma of orange, grapefruit, florals, orange marmalade, and caramel. Flavor of juicy orange, grapefruit, herbs, grass, florals, and caramel malt.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
topherh (1927) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2010
Pours a murky amber with a thick of white head. Aroma is lots of hoppy notes earthy, floral and citrus along with a good dose of malt. Flavor is definitely hop forward. Lots of piney resin, citrus, and spice. A good bit of malt and caramel is there to help keep it all in check. Bitter dry finish. Either I got lucky or some retailers are really jacking the price up as I bought three bottles @ 6.99ea

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 14, 2010
750mL bottle from Bubbles in KC Northland. Pours a deep copper color with a moderate eggshell white head. Aroma smacks of the multitudes of hop varieties contained within, with depth of hops ranging from flowery sweet to German spicy. Flavor surprises by being nicely balanced, with strong malt at the finish and laced throughout the hop party. Semi-dry finish, a well-made beer thats clearly superior to the run of the mill Bully Pale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
vyvvy (6318) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Pours amber / copper with a dense tight beige head. The aroma has toasty dry caramel malt, spicy / piny hops, dry breadiness and mild creaminess - very clean and fresh aroma. Medium body that starts smooth and finishes off crisp with semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor begins with a hoppiness that is spicy, piny and resiny along with caramel malt for balance that has the just right toasted amount. The finish is resiny with evergreen and spice & is quite mouth coating. This is a great beer, but the price will keep me from buying as much as Id like. Still trying to figure out why this one is in the higher priced tier of 750s from Boulevard.

   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MOboy (504) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2010
The aroma is full of ripe fruit, spice,flowers and a touch of yeast. The color is that of their Pale Ale with a moderate foam. Excellent mouthfeel with just the right amount of carbonation. Hop spice, muted oranges and Munich malt make up the flavor. Very good beer that unfortunately will only go down hill with aging.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
theisti (4071) - Kansas, USA - NOV 11, 2010
750 ml corked and caged bottle purchased at Lukas in Overland Park, Kansas. Pour is a hazed orange amber with a big 4 inch off white head that falls with craters along with nice thick lacing. Aroma is fresh grassy resin hops, along with a bit of lemon citrus. There is a nice soft mildly caramel sweet and toast malt behind that. Balanced towards the hops for certain, though the malt aroma is evident. Taste is the fresh resin hops right off, big, leafy and grassy. The malt is present, and smooths out the hops nicely. There is some interesting black pepper in the finish. Palate is medium to thin, nice fine active carbonation and a pleasantly dry finish. Nice beer, happy 21st to my friends at Boulevard.

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