May 14, 2012
This is a tasty mo’fo’.
The Boulevard Rye on Rye is part of Boulevard’s Smokestack Series. The ale is brewed with rye, and then partially aged in rye whiskey barrels, giving rise to the name, but I bet you all figured that out already. This poured a beautiful ruby color with amber highlights with a nice tannish head. The aroma was lovely, with spiciness from the rye offset by the vanilla from the barrel aging. Those aromas carried over to the flavor, along with some dark dried fruit notes, oak, dark malts and a nice boozy quality that to me tasted more like bourbon than rye whiskey. The Rye on Rye is a whopping 11% ABV, so this is a sipping beer, and a fine one at that, 8.5/10.
November 22, 2011
Collaborations between brewers are a hot trend in the craft beer world. The idea is that two or more brewers get together and whip up a (usually limited edition) brew, with each brewer bringing their unique talents to the mix, and beer dorks across the world start the rare beer scramble, trying to get a bottle or two by purchase, trade, or piracy. I have had some wonderful beer collaborations, although the majority, while usually quite good, tend to be somewhat disappointing. I just expect fireworks when great brewers get together, but I guess not all collaborations can be as super-fantastically awesome as this collaboration:
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March 10, 2010
Having already reviewed Boulevard’s Long Strange Tripel, let me review the other Boulevard Brewing beers that I have tried.
Sorry about the lousy photo
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.
March 7, 2010
Kansas City’s Boulevard Brewing Company’ beers usually get great reviews, and they are not widely available in the Northeast, so when I saw some of their beers when I was visiting my sister and her family in Texas, I jumped on the opportunity to try as many as I could. The Long Strange Tripel is part of their SmokeHouse Series of limited edition beers. It is a dead certainty that one of the brewers is a Deadhead, and as you have probably guessed, this beer is a Belgian Tripel. Not being well versed in Belgian beers, I do not know if it is a faithful representation of the style. I do know that it was pale gold and cloudy, with a gorgeous foamy head that lasted to the bottom of the glass. The beer had a sweet and fruity aroma, mostly banana and apple. It had a pleasant malt and yeast flavor, with almost no hops bitterness. I generally like my beers hoppy, but this was an exception to that rule. The Long Strange Tripel grades out at a 7/10, and I have some other Boulevard beers coming up to be graded.