Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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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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