Boulevard Tropical Pale Ale

Posted: December 28, 2016 in American Pale Ale, Boulevard Brewing Company, Reviews

Today’s selection is a beer that brings me back to the summer. Given the weather in December, it’s a welcome change.


ABV: 5.9%

Style: American Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “We’re very excited to announce that a new year-round beer will be joining our lineup this spring! Inspired by our collaboration with Florida’s famed Cigar City Brewing, Tropical Pale Ale marries our love and mastery of balanced pale ales with the bright, refreshing flavors of grapefruit and passion fruit accented by juicy, citrusy hops. Tropical Pale Ale begins with a base of soft pilsner malt layered with Maris Otter, Munich and caramel malts. Huge late hopping with a blend of Mosaic, Citra, Topaz, Calypso and Azacca lends bright flavors of mango, pear, blueberry and citrus to a pale ale featuring slightly toasted biscuit and caramel/toffee notes. Tropical Pale Ale is infused with grapefruit peel, grapefruit juice and passion fruit juice at the conclusion of the boil, resulting in a refreshing acidity and bold tropical fruit flavor and aroma. Currently available on draft with cans scheduled to be released starting in the Greater Kansas City Area on May 10th with other regions soon to follow, Tropical Pale Ale is 5.9 ABV and 45 IBU.”

Random: I never tried the Boulevard/Cigar City collaboration this was based on, although I passed it on shelves a few times.

This beer poured with a one finger, thick, cream-colored head. It was slow to dissipate and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, orange-copper color with a lot of carbonation visible. The nose had a decent amount of brown, toasty malt and then the hops came through with passionfruit and grapefruit. Taste was a lot more tropical than the nose. I got pineapple, mango, grapefruit and passionfruit. Some malt was present, but it manifested more like freshly milled grain. It had a thin body with a lot of carbonation. The finish was quick and fruity with the same light grain. A can of this set me back $1.67 ($.14 per ounce). This beer wasn’t all that complex, but it went down easily and would make a great addition to a cooler in the summer.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0


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