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

Double-Wide I.P.A.Double-Wide I.P.A.

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very good

2,001 Ratings

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Ratings: 2001
Reviews: 724
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The classic India Pale Ale is a traveler’s beer, aggressively hopped to withstand the long, hot ocean voyage to the British East Indies. Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest. While this modern-day prairie schooner may not resemble a graceful sailing sloop, our liberal hopping regimen does make her virtually “twister-proof,” with toffee and caramel notes balancing out the lingering bitterness. Enjoy this beer fresh to best appreciate the complex blending of hop aromas, ranging from minty to citrusy, with subtle hints of pine.

71 IBU

(Beer added by: SafeAtFirst on 11-17-2007)
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH#: D8078

Pours a beautiful golden brown with amber highlights. Medium pour produces a huge head of fairly dense, light tan foam. Retention is excellent. Lacing is fairly sticky.

Smell is of big floral hops. Hints of pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Definitely some sweet malt presence coming through, as well. Caramely biscuit notes. Tropical notes of pineapple and oranges. A touch of mango.

Big caramel malt base is offset by big hops presence. Nice caramel and brown sugar notes mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of pine.
The bitterness of the hops are fairly subdued, here. They are balanced out by the sweetness of the malt profile. Still a little too upfront for my tastes, but the balance is close.

Mouthfeel is somewhat murky. I associate IPA's with being towards the crisp and clean side, generally. This one starts crisp and by the time you swallow, it has become creamy. Somewhat odd body for a DIPA.

This is an example of a big DIPA that is verging on a nice balance, but remains a tad bit too hop forward for me to enjoy it frequently.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 21:33:26 | More by coldmeat23
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12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a Boulevard tulip glass
Best by 05/22/14

A - It pours a reddish amber color with tiny specks of yeast suspended in it. A normal pour yielded half a glass of tan head that stuck around and to the sides of the glass.

S - It has an orange tea smell.

T - I taste some toasted malt and floral hops. There is no bitterness whatsoever.

M - Medium

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"Hops rip the roof off Double-Wide I.P.A., their aroma redolent of apricot and piney woods. Caramel malts balance a whirlwind of citrusy bitterness, winding down to a long, serene finish." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA, available as a year round release in 12 oz. 4 packs, in 750 ml. bottles and on draft.

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(Appearance) Pours a copper cream head of a frothy foam consistency over a orange amber body with flecked sediment and otherwise high clarity. Retention is very good, lacing is spotty, but medium and fluffy. 4.5

(Smell) Bold grapefruit, apricot and peppery hop notes up front with a solid bitterness over a smooth toasted caramel body. The aroma is clean and well-balanced. Potency is medium-high. 4.25

(Taste) Very hop forward, the hop profile is peppery and abrasively bitter with a lesser tropical fruit and apricot profile than in the aroma, but still moderately present in the flavor. The malt profile is a sweet, thinly syrupy, lightly toasted caramel malt, very clean with minimal graininess or off-character. An enjoyable flavor especially for bitter hop lovers. The hop profile was slightly less well preserved in the flavor than in the aroma. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, thinly syrupy and peppery. Carbonation adds a frothiness and smooth foamy texture to the mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium at strongest, fairly well concealed behind the bitterness of the beer. Balance is decidedly in favor of bitterness over sweetness, with a bolder hop bitterness than flavor. 3.75

(Overall) Consider Double-Wide a Double IPA worth giving a try, especially for those who like a brutally bitter beer. I think that the hop aromas were right on the money but sadly weren't as well presented in the flavor, which was simpler and less enjoyable as a result. Despite these minor quips, Double-Wide is still incredibly enjoyable, especially when enjoyed as fresh as possible. 4

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