Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Bfarr:
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
A dark brown with a huge frothy tan head. Nice pine hop aroma with a mix of sweet malt. Taste is spicy hops upfront with a strong pine and a little citrus that gives way to a very pleasant caramel and almost chocolate malt sweetness to balance things out. Great hop finish leaving a bit of pine on the palatte. Mouthfeel is a fantastic creamy yet foamy consistency.
I'm not so sure, but this should probably be listed as a DIPA. It's very big to be a normal IPA. Double wide has a fantastic blend of flavors in the malts and hops. I particularly enjoyed the spice mixed with the chocolate and caramel. This beer is very dark for an IPA and has a head that was too large otherwise the appearance score would have been higher. I'm a big fan of bottle conditioning when done right and boulevard seems to do it right consistently, although this one did overrun a bit when opened. It still had an amazing consistentcy I have never encountered in an IPA. Overall, a unique and fantastic beer.
Serving type: bottle
06-14-2010 18:18:39 | More by Bfarr
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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.
89 out of 100 based on 2,169 ratings.