Boulevard 21st Anniversary Fresh Hop Pale Ale

RATINGS: 106   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 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Fatehunter (2615) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass. Golden amber. A perfect inch of white head that holds on. Smells like honeysuckle and a lighter citrus. Light taste compared other fresh hop ales I’ve had. Still good. Malt and hops are balanced well with the malt sweetness coming through just a little more than the bitter of the hops. Moderate body, a good amount of bubbles on the tongue, but it does not come off as too carbonated. Despite my preconceived idea that a fresh hop ale should be "hoppy" apparently Boulevard was after a more malty pale ale. In that respect they succeeded. It drinks great; easy to drink but complex enough to enjoy slowly.

j12601 (13099) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2015
Bottle at Blipp’s going away tasting. Pours a hazed amber with a thin white head. Floral with old malt on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet malt, old and oxidized, plum and prunes, sweet cherry. Old. Just old.

ads135 (5031) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
If only the regular line of boulevard pale was as good as this. Great aroma, good orange appearance, medium bodied and delicious.

Malaclemys (464) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - AUG 17, 2013
Bottle. Aroma of citrus and malt not too hoppy. Mild hop flavor. Mostly citrus well balanced bitterness. Nice one

M82 (469) - Kansas, USA - MAR 25, 2013
Consumed week of release in KC from cork and cage, balanced restrained American pale ale complexities, one that grows on you with every sip, really nice

Cuff_Links (40) - - DEC 31, 2012
Poured a hazy orange with small off-white, tan (kinda) head. Smelled hoppy (surprisingly so), with a touch of flowers and pine (citrus? maybe). Taste is floral with some bitterness and also citrus with some bitterness. A medium-body with mild carbonation,finishes with orange. Would drink again, but it is an Anniversary Beer.

kevinator (2718) - The Colony, Texas, USA - AUG 25, 2012
This was good but probably getting at the end of its shelf life. The aroma was a cereal malt with some floral. Nice palate with a full feel that has subdued over time. It had a nice pumpkin color with a solid head from a hard pour. Sweet alcohol and bread taste with an evenly matched hop bitterness, but not so much that I felt I was drinking an IPA. I wish they still made this.

travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2012
Tap at Gingerman. The look is cloudy, dark orange in color, with an off white head. The smell is hops, fruits, citrus, some pine. The taste is taste if good fresh hops, citrus, fruits, and pine.

RobertDale (6851) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2012
750 ml. bottle. Just found this in my cellar. Pours dark orange with a nice biege head. Aroma of piney hops, citrus, and florals. Taste is pine, oranges, caramel, and florals. Considering everything a very nice beer.

drpimento (3759) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
Not a bad brew. Served at a good temperature with a nice sized, cream colored head that lasted a while and lots of lace. Color is slightly hazy honey amber. Aroma is hop, caramel, wet grain, solvent. Flavor is exactly the same: alll a that plus carbonic tang yet the solvens play a big role. Body n carbonation are good. Finish is like flavor and balanced. good beer.

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