Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Reaper16:
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
served on-tap at Boulevard Brewery
Poured a brown/orange, perhaps copper, color. Abundant beige head that didn't really go away. Darker than expected, but sort of captivatingly so; really pretty beer.
Big-time hop aroma. Smells like a DIPA, honestly. Boat-loads of citrus, especially grapefruit. Pine notes. Put a big grin on my face. The malts are there, but are definitely overshadowed by the significant hop smells.
Taste departs from the aroma in that the malt presence is tasted much more significantly than it is smelled. Nice caramely malt flavor, a little bready. The hops here are more pronounced on-tap than in the normal bottled version of Double Wide. A deliciously puckering amount of grapefruit flavor greets the tongue. Plenty of pine resin and even orange peel, too. The hops work very nicely on tap. Make no mistake, Double Wide is the definition of balanced. Just less-so on-tap. This is a treat.
The alcohol content is noticeable after awhile. Because you really can't get this on-tap many places, though, there isn't the expectation to try and session this or anything. As is, it is both drying and refreshing. A dangerous combo, sure, but an agreeable one.
Basically, this is very, very good. Double Wide exists in the wonderful little borderland between IPA and DIPA. It is perhaps balanced to a fault, especially if one expects a full-on DIPA. Whatever it is, it is a splendid offering from Boulevard. I really hope to have this on-tap again sometime.
Serving type: on-tap
12-15-2008 06:23:40 | More by Reaper16
More User Reviews:
3.26/5 rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Dark, caramel coloration follows an explosion of foam head that just fills the glass on a careful pour. Annoyingly high retention, takes nearly 10 minutes for the foam to turn into something drinkable. Fluffy head texture and messy lacing on the glass.
Big malt backing, syrup and caramel malt upfront with red fruity esters. A pithy citrus and pine hop backing. Some herbal and perfume-like rosemary and mint. Breathy alcohol comes out near the end.
As the nose goes so does this beer, thick and full caramel malt with enough vinous and red fruit esters lurking in there to make me shudder a bit. Hops are lacking or faded, I can't tell which since there is still a dark tangerine and piney flavor to this with a slight herbal backing, no tea or oxidated flavors here just very mild. Medium bitterness but lacks enough push to contain the malt.
That huge carbonation from the head does nothing for the mouthfeel and this thing is quite flat over the palate. Sluggish body as well. Medium bitterness and drying and the alcohol doesn't come out as much as in the nose. More hops would've fixed this.
Just not feeling this one, I've had syrupy and big DIPAs before (Chillwave, Hopslam, Hi-Res, etc.) but this one is just lacking in balance on multiple fronts. Also way too much vinous fruit and berry esters which I loathe except in Belgians.
Serving type: bottle
07-27-2014 05:51:33 | More by rawfish
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
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,185 ratings.