Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Andreji:
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Credit again to aschwab, I'm still drinking the goodies brought over by him on his colombian visit.
And what a beer to come across. Didn't expect much by the looks of it, sort of had it at the back of the crowd. didn't even know the brewery.
But for all the wait, this was a great surprise, form the very pour.
The cartoonish, not-too-sharp label didn't hint much. Once poured, this has been one of the harder ones to document on camera- the hue was hard to conceive since the beer fluctuates a very thick aspect that upon shone light looks dark orange, and without light tends towards dark brown or reddish. Generoush, lasting, thick tan head, tonnes of lacing, all over the place.
Smell was also extremely pleasant. Beyond the usual herbal feel dominating the style given the generous hops, there was a very strong feel of orange or clementine peel. it tended towards a sweetish smell overall, which was a pleasant deviation from the norm for IPAs. No alcohol on the nose -despite a high abv- which i thought was well pulled.
The taste was also back on track as opposed to my most recent tasting. Even though the beer honours its genre thoroughly- hoppy feel from the start- it also generously combines a burnt caramel sensation, a slight zest somewhere there and a non-discrete (but not blunt either) alcohol feel. very well balanced given the hop continuum is nowhere near overwhelming, but definetly dominant. The beer is not only very tasteful, but also has a brilliant body that is thick and half-oily, quite adequate for our current lousy weather.
Overall this beer is fabulous, well balanced and combined bringing forth a group of smells and flavors not necessarily common for the style or the US trends- sort of pushing a seriously pushed envelope- and pulling it off right. hope to land this soon again.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2011 23:42:47 | More by Andreji
More User Reviews:
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Appearance is a hazy orange color with a big two finger head.
Aroma is sweet, bready, caramel covered citrus, really complex nose.
Taste is caramel malt balanced with sweet citrus fruit and herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with perfect carbonation.
Really pleasant lingering bitterness and floral flavors well after each sip.
Also hides the alcohol well.
I don't have a bunch of complaints with this beer.
Serving type: bottle
07-23-2014 19:02:34 | More by zookerman182
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" date of 10/29/14. I think the lead time between bottling and the best by date on this beer is six months, so this bottle seems to be about two and a half months old. Poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.
Appearance - Pours a tawny cinnamon brown-red hue with enough haze to prevent me from seeing through the glass. There is just a slightly lighter orangish bit around the edges where the light passes through at the bottom of the glass. Atop the body sits a creamy three finger head with some larger bubbles that luscious and foamy. Retention is quite good, with the head not really dissipating until I begin drinking it, leaving sticky lace mottled around the sides of the glass.
Smell - Aroma is nice and citrusy, with tropical fruit undertones consisting of orange zest and subtle pineapple are the main players, as well as some notes of pine and herbs. There is also a pretty prevalent foundation of caramel malt providing a bready sweet fragrance. Not quite the pungent hop bomb I personally prefer, but it gives clues that it's going to be well-balanced.
Taste - As suspected, the flavor is neither overrun by juicy fruit or malt, and the pine that was hinted at in the aroma is much more prevalent than it was initially. Nice bready pale malt with just a hint of sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee, but not enough to overpower the presence of grapefruit, citrus zest and pineapple. As with the smell, no one element dominates, and the bitterness is just enough to balance with the sweetness of the malt.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with a somewhat bready feel on the palate and easy-drinking in spite of the higher ABV.
Overall, this is a very well-done IPA that stands out from the rest of the pack in that it isn't boozy or bordering on astringent with it's use of hops like some DIPAs can be. That said, it also lacks some of that pungent juicy hop kick. It's a fine line to walk, and this one does it a bit more conservatively than most. However, that makes for an very drinkable brew that pairs well with a lot of different types of food.
Serving type: bottle
07-16-2014 05:25:59 | More by LambicPentameter
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]
The pour was a murky brownish orange with an average (1-2 finger) light tan frothy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a moderate soapy film with large collar that lasted throughout and had excellent sheets of sticky lacing.
The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, pine hops and a cheesy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and citrus (orange and lemon).
The taste was lightly acidic and very malty with a decent caramel sweetness from the onset, becoming rather hoppy with a good bold piney presence and a bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted for a very long time proceeding the swallow, with a boldly bitter hoppy taste left behind to linger just a tad longer.
Mouthfeel was a bit below medium in body and dry in texture with a strong medium carbonation.
Overall this was a highly impressive tasting IPA. It possessed a mild malty sweetness that blended perfectly with the bitter piney citrus flavor which did a superb job of concealing the somewhat high ABV, except for a light alcohol warming sensation right at the end...
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 18:33:43 | More by KajII
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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