Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by neonbrown82:
4.68/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
This is quite the exceptional beer. Not that I dislike Boulevard at all (in fact, it's largely thanks to them that I started to seek out "better beer" to begin with), but I never would have thought they would be capable of brewing such a flawless beer. Kudos to them! I'm looking forward to trying the rest of the Smokestack Series after having gone through a couple of bottles of this excellent beverage.
The beer pours to a golden amber color with excellent clarity and carbonation. A thick collar of head billows up to a few inches and retains the creamy froth throughout the duration of the drink. Lacing is the only thing I can think of that could stand to be better.
The smell is great. As soon as the cork pops out my nostrils are seduced by a piney, herbal, citrus hops aroma. Excellent selection. The bouquet is backed by a formidable bready malt flavor with some lighter caramel malts as well.
The flavor is very well balanced. The sweet malt profile hits the palate up front followed by a rush of hops bliss. Predominantly piney hops, but there is also some nice grapefruit citric bitterness as well. A hint of lemon zest and bubblegum, even. This is hands down one of my favorite DIPAs in recent memory. It ranks right up there with Ruination, IMO (even sharing a fairly similar flavor profile). The balance is obviously more favorable to the hops than the malts, but for the style it is dead center. Little to no alcohol presence detected, which is quite a feat for 8.5% ABV.
The body is medium with a nice pleasant carbonation. Feels a bit creamy. This beer is very dangerously drinkable. I took down a 750mL in mere minutes the first time I had it, so I promptly returned to the store (the next day, NOT right after I finished the bottle ;-) to buy another, so I could take my time with it and review it. That brings us up to date, and you are currently reading the results... In conclusion: seek this out! There is not a lot of hype surrounding this series, so it could use a little more love. I'll do my part in spreading this around, since it's not widely available outside of KC and now Omaha.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2008 06:27:14 | More by neonbrown82
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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 2,185 ratings.