Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by chodinheaven:
4.25/5 rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Hazy amber in hue with lots of fine bubbles streaming to the top. A big two finger frothy cream colored head rests on top after a slow pour, so don't pour heavy or else you'll get a massive head. Very slowly dissapating. Nice grassy, piney hop aroma with a decent little toasty caramel malt backing it. An assertive resiny hops come with the pine. Little bit of grapefruit as well, a bit more citrusy the more I smell it. Even orangey. Pleasant aroma, but not mindblowingly aromatic.
Hits all points on the palate solidly, first meeting the tongue with a caramelly sweetness that moves into toasty just a tad. A bit of biscuit here. Then it moves into a mouth enveloping backing of orangey citrus, never taking the front stage but making for a great backdrop for the resiny hop flavors. This resin isn't overdramatic, but is assertive enough to make up most of the hop character. Included with it is a crisp piney flavor, a slight mintiness and a tad more citrus. All of these are earthy in nature, set in motion by the balanced resiny bitterness, which of course is balanced nicely by the caramel malt and citrusy fruitiness of the hop profile. The alcohol is barely felt, just a touch in the finish and the breath. Well hidden by the bold flavors. The mouthfeel is smoothish, with a bit of prickle from the booze and hoppy tingle. Finishes on a juicy note that dries out at the very last bit of the swallow.
Very balanced attack here, with plenty of malt character to make the hops seem tamer than they actually are. This is a bit of a hop bomb and I'm not complaining because every sip was enjoyable. Now that Boulevard is here in MD, I'll probably be looking into more of their stuff soon.
Serving type: bottle
06-17-2012 04:09:26 | More by chodinheaven
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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 2,183 ratings.