Having already reviewed Boulevard’s Long Strange Tripel, let me review the other Boulevard Brewing beers that I have tried.
First up is the Boulevard Pale Ale. This beer was pale copper in color with a nice thick head. Not very aromatic, but it had a decent hops bitterness with some fruity sweetness added to the taste. It was medium bodied and smooth. All in all, a decent pale ale. If it was available around these parts, it would occasionally crack the starting lineup, though it will never replace the great Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I give it a 6/10.
The Nutcracker Ale is Boulevard’s Christmas Beer. This poured a deep mahogany brown and had the aroma of blackstrap molasses. It was a slightly hoppier than most Christmas beers, and had a mild Star of Anise aftertaste. This is a full bodied beer to be sipped and savored. It was a good but not great Christmas beer, as the flavors did not really meld together, another 6/10.
The Single Wide IPA is my favorite of the group. It poured a pale amber, and had a fruity and flowery aroma. The beer had a mild hops bitterness, was crisp and dry on the palate and did not have any oak flavor that I could detect. I would probably call this a pale ale in a blind taste test, but Boulevard says it is an IPA, and I am not going to argue with them. As an IPA, it falls short of the mark, but as a pale ale, it is a winner, 7.5/10.