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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kidmartinek (4999) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Light amber. Smells like apple juice. Small white head. Tastes like sweet sugar candy from the ice cream truck. Tart finish and palate. Strange bite afterwards.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
Corked bottle
Pours a rich, glassy amber with a nose of assertive grapefruit, body funk, and a touch of orange. Super duper head atop the brew. Flavor is a lightly sweetened grapefruit with light notes of cheddar, pepper, and pine. Slick mouthfeel. Another winner from Boulevard.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle from Cavie. Dark orange pour with a healthy white head. Aroma is citrusy, hops, a little bready, and floral. Taste is less on the hops, bread, light nuts, and a little caramel. Alcohol is nicely hidden.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Cavie (4585) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2010
Bottle from Halls. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange color. Foamy off-white head. Aroma is of wet hops, some dusty elements and earth tones. Flavor is wood resin, tree sap, hops and syrup. Bitter finish that dries out but leaves a hoppy touch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Indra (2711) - Suburbia, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2010
750ml bottle. Aroma of fruity, citric, spicy hop and lightly sweet, toasty, honeyish malts, with lighter notes of biscuit, tangerine, pine, dried herbs and faint bubblegum. Cloudy medium copper in color with a substantial, off-white head. Flavor profile is fairly well-balanced throughout, with a fresh, leafy, spicy hop flavor permeating the lightly sweet, bready, toasty malts, and finishing with a cleansing, drying bitterness, lending a nice degree of drinkability. Effervescent, active and lightly oily on the palate with a medium-full body. Sort of a Double Pale Ale, makes for a fitting tribute, ultimately. I would agree with some of the previous statements about not aging this and plan on consuming my remaining bottle soon. Happy 21st to Boulevard!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 23, 2010
750ml bottle, fresh 2010 vintage, Batch "CHEER", best by 06/20 (whatever that means?) Pours a clear, deep, reddish-orange amber color that matches the changing leaves of Fall (that we dont get here in Florida). A moderate, frothy head of beige-khaki foam settles quickly to a thin but lasting film, leaving wet, rounded hooks and flares of lacing on the glass. The nose bridges that of an imperial hoppy red and a more standard midwest IPA, showing base notes of caramel, biscuit, and baking bread dough. Hops are very floral, but also show a good amount of caramelized grilled orange and grapefruit pith. Theres a bit of a metallic tinge, along with a very slight bit of unfortunate plastic. Flavors follow suit, balanced well between the caramelized and bready malts, with some drying yeast and a strong citrus hop contingent. Orange and grapefruit are prominent, but hints of burnt honey keep things on the sweeter side. Medium-plus in body stature, the palate sports below average carbonation and a sugarystructure up front. Drying yeast and a bit of alcoholic astringency finish things out on the opposite end of the spectrum. Overall, Id call this a decent brew. It actually got worse as it warmed, which is a bit unusual, as the chill seemed to keep a bit of the plastic and metallic notes on the nose at bay. Ive not been that impressed with fresh hop beers this season, and this one is no exception.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blutt59 (6558) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, orange golden pour with little foam, aroma and flavors of sweet honey and pineapples, nice finish

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
mbsmith (72) - Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2010
750 from Gomers in Lees Summit. Had a Founders Harvest Ale earlier and worried about how this will compare. I like (ok, love) Boulevard and dont want them to pale in comparison (pun intended.) Aroma is good but nothing out of the ordinary- plenty of hops but the citrus and grapefruit are a bit muted in comparison to other fresh hop ales; also some light spice. The taste, however, is perfect. A variety of hop flavors come through but none strong enough to single it out. There is a wonderful malt balance- not the normal, cloyingly sweet malt balance that is so popular these days but a more nutty malt flavor that complements rather than offsets. This combines with light spice (white pepper?) to produce a pale ale that is unequaled in my memory. The carbonation dances without fizzing, rendering a palate that has both body and a cleansing aspect that leaves you anticipating the next drink. Its not over the top, doesnt have any crazy unique flavors, and wont bowl you over with anything. What Boulevard has done, in my opinion, is create a work of art. Wonderful. 21 years of practice may actually produce perfection... or something really close to it.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
SrSilliGose (3328) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - NOV 19, 2010
A wonderful gift from phaleslu- thanks peter, really appreciate it! biggg head. aroma of resin, pine, doughy bready caramel. dry earthy, bready taste with an herbal, and spruce hop backing. well balanced. a nice, dry, earthy herbal and citrus hop ipa. pretty good, even if a bit doughy.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2010
Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle. The beer pours a orange-yellow-amber color with a white head. The aroma is orange citrus and some bready malt. The flavor is very nice. I get a lot of juicy orange. papaya, grassy hops and some bready malt. The orange citrus notes are front and center and are very enjoyable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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