Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by kflorence:
4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
A: Pours a deep amber brown with hints of copper and cherry. A thick, creamy off-white foam forms on the pour. Oily hop residue and foam coat the edges of the glass as you drink, slowly sliding back down to the now dissipated film of bubbles that sits atop. This one is a beauty which promises some depth and complexity.
S: The aroma is surprisingly malt-forward with notes of caramel, licorice and tobacco. The hops are not to be upstaged, however, as they come through with a strong spicy, floral bouquet mixed with fruit (apple, apricot) and cheese (Havarti and cheddar?).
T: The taste follows the nose quite well. Tangy and spicy up front with a powerful citrusy grapefruit, apricot, coriander and piney hops followed by biscuity, caramel malts. An earthy, grassy tea flavor prevails throughout the sip with a bit of cheese, relenting to a bitter grapefruit rind and lemon aftertaste with a bit of biscuity malt mixed in there. It's almost like eating crackers with grapefruit rinds and pepper, a slice of apple and a bit of cheese. By the way, as it warms, the alcohol definitely creeps in there a bit, especially towards the end of the swallow, but it is actually masked quite well all things considered.
M: Medium bodied and creamy with a fair amount of chewiness and a mild but lively carbonation that seems to dance on the tongue like pop rocks. Finishes a bit dry and chalky but quite drinkable for a double I.P.A.
O: This is a wonderfully complex brew that somehow manages to remain quite drinkable at a higher A.B.V. Definitely a less aggressive double I.P.A that most on the market (read: not as hop-forward or boozy), but quite fresh and balanced. I wouldn't hesitate to grab another.
Serving type: bottle
09-02-2013 04:24:14 | More by kflorence
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.
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