I am still happy to see Kansas City’s megagiant brewer Boulevard Brewing here in Florida.
I was also pretty happy to see them collaborating with one of Florida’s megagiants, Cigar City.
Actually, I was a little surprised. I didn’t really expect to see Boulevard collaborating with anyone, much less to the degree that they have. And while they have collaborated before, the current release of Collaboration No. 5 Tropical Pale Ale (Pale Ale, 7.2% ABV, 55 IBU) is the first one that got a statewide release.
Statewide, as in my local grocery store has 4-packs of the beer so I had no real reason to run around trying to get some like I did.
First of all, this was clearly brewed in Kansas City. This isn’t a detraction, just a simple observation. 4-Packs are sold as bottles, and the weird slender bottles Boulevard sometimes uses. Plus there are the Smokestack series bottle caps.
The beer itself is really, really tropical. I would actually really like to try this as a hefeweizen, really. The Florida influence is really strong with fragrant, sweet additions of passionfruit and grapefruit.
But this is a pale ale (I would say this is more listed as a straight IPA, but that’s just me). Citra, Mosaic, Azacca, and Lemondrop hops round out quite a varied and colorful hop bill. As you can imagine with additions like Citra and Lemondrop, the hops are clean, bright, and very citric in the flavors and aromas they bring to the beer.
I know the beer was brewed in Missouri, but it is thoroughly, unmistakeably Florida. It’s a shame it won’t stick around forever. Maybe our friends in Kansas City can send some more down?
And while they’re at it, can the Royals give some of their World Series-winning juju to the Lightning? That would be good, too.
Drink Florida Craft,