Some More Boulevard Brewing Beers

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.


Boulevard Brewing Long Strange Tripel

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.


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