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Sunday, June 3, 2012

Pale Ale (Boulevard)

I couldn't have a Beer 101 class without throwing in a Boulevard as a standard comparison. While their wheat is a top seller, I had two good ones in my line up. The pale was their next in line. Boulevard is a micro/craft brew operation that makes some likable standards. They've branched out with their Smokestack Series, but the standards are more consistent.

General Thoughts
Look and Smell: This caramel-colored brew had frothy off-white. It smelled musky and citrusy.

Taste: The caramel malts came through with a very light citrus (juice not pith). It's an earthy taste.

The flavors of this and the Doggie Style were probably the most similar in all of the pairs. There are still some noted differences in hops flavors. This one also had a little more complexity in malt (caramel and grainy).

From the Boulevard site:
A crisp, amber colored, light- to medium-bodied beer with a mellow caramel malt character and prominent hop flavor and bitterness.

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