Silver by Boulevard & Odell

Silver A 25th anniversary collaboration beer by Odell Brewing and Boulevard Brewing

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Tasting: March 10, 2015
Style: Ale
Beer #: 712
ABV: 7.3%

Silver by Boulevard & Odell

I admit that I get sucked in by a fancy label every now and again. For the most part, labels convey certain snippets of information to me – like if the ABV is high, I might expect some viscosity and some booziness. IBU would tell me a beer’s bitterness and things like barrel-aged or dry-hopped are tell me about some potentially added complexity.

In the case of Silver by Boulevard & Odell, the label and cork and cage presentation certainly did catch my attention. The label design features what appears to be two separate labels seamed vertically down the middle. It led me to wonder why two notable brewers would release an anniversary collaboration beer. Did one help the other? Well, the reverse of the label shares a wonderful explanation and with full credit to the brewers I’ll relay it:


On November 17th, 1989, John McDonald loaded a keg of Boulevard Pale Ale into the back of his pickup and drove to a restaurant a few blocks down the street. Scarcely twenty-four hours later and six-hundred fifty miles away, Doug Odell loaded a keg of Odell Golden Ale into the back of his pick up truck and…you get the idea. They were the first kegs of beer either of them ever sold, but they wouldn’t be the last. This golden copper ale celebrates twenty-five years of brewing with an ample body of caramel-toffee malt balanced with piney hop notes.

I get the caramel-toffee notes but I have to say I get none of the piney hops. In fairness, this bottle of Silver by Boulevard & Odell has a bottling date of July of 2015. Has an odd yeasty flavor. a bit medicinal. Terrific brewers, just not a fan of Silver by Odell & Boulevard – 78 points.

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