A couple weeks ago I tasted four beers I got in a sampler pack at our local mega mart (if you follow me on Instagram @chuck006 you know this already). This pack from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City. The four beer are the 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat, Milk Stout, Pale Ale and Rosemary IPA. This package caught my attention because of the variety of the beers in the sampler and the idea of a Rosemary IPA.
Founded in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown to become the largest specialty brewer in the Midwest. They say their mission is to produce fresh, flavorful beers using the finest traditional ingredients and the best of both old and new brewing techniques.
The Rosemary IPA is pretty good. I am not the biggest fan of IPA’s so pretty good is high praise. With an IBU of 59 the hops are really forward. In fact I would have guessed the IBU would have been higher. This is a red amber IPA. It is flavorful and can produce a thick creamy head. The rosemary adds a savory herbal and piney quality. However hints of citrus come through on the tale end.
80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer
The 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is and American Hoppy Wheat Ale. Born with roots in two of today’s most popular brewing styles, 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat Beer is the result of careful cultivation by the brewers and cellarmen at Boulevard. Their efforts to craft a hybrid beer yielded a delightfully distinctive ale with the aroma of an IPA and the refreshing taste of a wheat beer. In this sampler pack this has turned out to be my favorite.
Boulevard Pale Ale is a smooth, fruity, well-balanced beer with year-round appeal. A variety of caramel malts impart a rich flavor and amber color, while liberal use of Cascade hops adds zest and aroma. Pale Ale is the first beer we brewed, and continues to be a perennial favorite. A crisp, amber colored, light- to medium-bodied beer with a mellow caramel malt character and prominent hop flavor and bitterness.
Very rounded and balanced. First one I’m having from the bottle, but this stuff is definitely pint glass worthy – for sure. The chocolate notes really come through. I actually looked this up to see whether or not it really contained milk, because of the name. Was surprised it only contains lactose sugar, not actual milk. Interesting. This is some good stuff indeed!