Thanks to my brother Luke for saving this beer for me to try while we were out in Iowa City for the tapping of Hopapotamus at Old Capitol Brew Works.Tasted following a Tuesday 10 miler and 7 x200 repeats while waiting to head over to some friends for more beer tasting and homemade pizza. I haven't tried any Boulevard beers in over a year, so it will be interesting to see how they compare to my hard copy journal..
Appearance: Orange amber with a relatively glowing transparency and highly populated carbonation. An amazingly soft, frothy, well sustained white head that hardly dissipates over a 5 minute period. This is one of the greatest heads I've found in a beer. Dry foam lacing follows.
Aroma: Very floral and reminiscent of grapefruit and spice. Fruit and pine follow over a caramel malt foundation. Some citrus and lemon zest undertones are also incorporated.
Taste: Brief but very present caramel malt foretaste along with some bready notes as well that are not at all a central feature of the beer. Much revolves around the sharp alpha acid citrus fruit and lemon zest character of the bitterness on throughout the flavor. Somewhat of a grassiness along with the outer rind of under ripe grapefruits. Aftertaste is lemony in the back of the throat.
Mouthfeel: High carbonation to the tongue that leaves a spike of fizz followed by a dry texture. Medium body and clean refreshing texture.
Overall Impression: The beer boasts a big hop punch mostly right from the beginning and then fades, and it is more characterized by citrus and zest than anything else.