Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by scarfield:
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
App- Pours a copper color into the Boulevard Smokestack glass with a thick rocky head almost an inch thick. The head subsides to a bubbly film. Lacing is plentiful throughout the glass.
Smell- Floral hops with some fruit also in there, citrus especially. Very appealing aromatically.
Taste- Not the bitter hop assault that I expected, but there is a defined flavor of hops. Fruity, perhaps peaches in there, and on the aftertaste there is some citrus bitterness. Surprisingly sweet, without being overly malty or syrupy.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability- at 8.5% the beer packs a punch, but between the sweetness and the hoppiness there are only fleeting moments where the alcohol becomes assertive. Very well balanced.
12-21-2011 02:33:51 | More by scarfield
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3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
Picked up a four pack on Saturday for the big Michigan victory.Poured into a nonic a deeply hazed deep orange infused copper color with a huge blooming head that over filled the glass even with a pretty gentle pour.Aromas were deeply fruity and resiny with sweet alcohol.and caramel looming large as well.I found the flavors to pretty sweet with a lot of suary notes,the hops were there lending tropical fruit and pine resin notes but this is another sweet ladened DIPA.It's not bad and is alot like others of the style but it just gets to sweet and sticky after awhile....in my opinion.
10-22-2012 11:47:48 | More by oberon
3.93/5 rDev -1%
I picked this up on a trip to St. Louis a few weeks ago and it's the first Boulevard offering that I've tried. 750 ml bottle with a Batch number of 0-9310 and a freshness(?) date of 11/10.
A: Went with a medium-hard pour into an oversize wine glass on this one, which I immediately found out was a mistake. It had a massive, 5 or 6 finger head that retreated slowly and left clumpy, big bubbles of froth behind on the glass. The color is a copper-amber, which is not really what I was expecting from this IPA. It actually looks a little more like a quad than an IPA.
S: When first I popped the cork, the aroma was a pretty intense citrus-hop profile, but that faded quickly and left behind more of a grassy and floral hop smell. The strength of the aroma also faded considerably as the beer warmed a bit. It was quite large at first whiff. There are some good orange and grapefruit characteristics hiding behind the grassy notes. It is a pleasant smell.
T: The taste essentially represents the smell, but is not as big as the aroma suggests it might be. It lacks a quality that I really look for in an IPA, which is that lingering grapefruit-ty bitterness that really jumps on the back of the palate. However, it does have a pleasant, bittersweet hop/malt combination that makes it a good sipper.
M: Perhaps a little thin for an IPA with this high of an a.b.v. I would expect a little more malt balance to give it a heftier mouthfeel, but it isn't there. I'd say it's a little above average
D: This is pleasant to drink. I split the big bottle with my girlfriend and didn't find it at all hard to rip through. I found this to be a good, enjoyable IPA, but not an elite one.
03-08-2010 02:17:25 | More by TCHopCraver
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
75cL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch number 09135
Poured a hazy darker orange bordering on ruby. A 2 finger bone head recedes to a small layer of tiny bubbles on the surface. It is much more ruby than other IPA's and I think its looks great in the glass
It smells of a non discriminant hop. To me it is neither floral or grassy or citrusy. It isn't really punch you in the face as I expected but I suspect this bottle has some age.
The taste has this ridiculously smooth bitterness with an accompanying malt sweetness. It ends with just a small taste of citrus hops on the back. Enjoyable and really balanced for the gravity but it shows the age.
It is very smooth for an IPA in the mouthfeel and drinks quickly as it is so balanced.
I truly believe this bottle is past its prime. I acquired two bottles in September and drank one then and forgot about this one until now. I recall it being way more hoppy in the nose and not it is rather nondescript. I actually enjoyed this beer very much because it is so balanced and smooth but I can tell it is not what it should have been. I reviewed to style and while my personal feeling of this beer is higher than the ratings I want to give an honest to style rating. If I am interpreting the date code right this was brewed in mid-May. so it is 7.5 months old. My bottle that was 4 months old I recall being much better. I want to review this beer with a fresh bottle.
01-03-2010 21:40:25 | More by weatherdog
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
This one was donated to the cause by my good friend bjones10. Thanks Brian. There's a lot of hop action in this. Brewer says that they use Zeus & Magnum for bittering and aroma. Ahtanum for aroma and Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook for dry hopping. That's a lot of hops for a 750ml bottle! I pulled the cork out with my teeth - made me feel like a man. This is batch D8144 - here goes...
A: Man, it's a handsome bottle. Champaign style cork and bottle shape. Vintage poster looking label. Nice frothy yellowy white 2 finger head that dissipated to a nice thin head. Lacing is frothy. Color is really interesting. Hazy as you would expect but a mysterious dark reddish brown. Head comes back with subsequent pours.
S: Fresh grass, slight grapefruit but there is definitely a sweeter apricot type smell there too. Very bold but the sweetness rounds off the overt sharpness you can sometimes get from big hops.
T: Wow. I didn't expect this to be balanced (as much as an IPA can be balanced). The caramel malt is an exceptionally strong back bone and the bold hops sit right on top of it. No real conflicts, it works pretty well. The overall taste is a nice bready maltiness with citrus. The hop aggressiveness is there on the palette throughout and gives a nice crisp finish. Plenty going on in this brew.
M: It is crisp and light but the malty roundness of the taste makes it feel more medium bodied. Medium carbonation that is soft on the tongue but gives it plenty of life - just right.
D: This is a great beer. Pretty strong IPA. I drank the first pint
quickly but then I slowed down. I think the strong citrus and sweet malt was a bit much after a while. Having said that, I would be happy to have this beer often if I could get my hands on it. Makes me want to try more Boulevard.
01-11-2009 04:50:52 | More by sgoodship
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:
Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The head retention is nothing less than what we expected from this style, lots of sticky action on the glass. Mild, chill haze and tawny in color. Clean pungent oily hop aroma of mint, citrus and evergreen. Sure, there is a splash of malt in the nose, but the hops dominate. Hearty medium body with a smooth carbonation that flows very well. Bitterness is there but nothing drastically sharp, seems the focus is more on flavor. Oily and a little pungent, the hops bring forth layers of complex flavors; earth, herbal, mint, citrus, pine and tobacco. Alcohol warms the mouth a bit with tones of ripe pear, plum and a very faint white pepper backing. Almost forgot the malt because the hops are so flavorful--bready with a biscuity tone seem to be the base. The finish is semi-dry.
Very drinkable, but you'll still want to sip this one. We really love and appreciate the angle of more flavors versus trying to kill the palate with raw bitterness. Delicious.
08-01-2010 14:35:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured aggressively into my nonic. Bad mistake. Generous head quickly overpowers the pint glass and I have to wait to finish the pour.
Dark brown/red cloudy appearance. Nice bronzy head retention. Smells nicely tart.
Taste, pine and citrus. Nothing overpowering but somewhat lacking in malt balance also.
Overall though, a good beer. I enjoyed it a lot and will definitely have another.
06-21-2011 03:08:11 | More by NWer
3.81/5 rDev -4%
Cloudy, deep copper coloring with a foamy beige head. Clumping up nicely into tasty globs. No visible carbonation.
Pine needles and grapefruit on the nose. Not overbearing though. Smells like it won't be that heavy.
Interesting, need another sip. Not typical. Very subtle at first, then starts to sizzle on the tip of your tongue. Tart hoppy finish that sticks around on your breath.
Watery up front. Slight boozy burn on the finish. Some lingering waxy feeling.
Good, high abv IPA. You do notice the alcohol though and it might keep me from ordering more than one at a bar.
06-24-2013 02:45:02 | More by andyfrancis
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
Best by 10/18/11; poured into a snifter
A - First off, I love the design of the labels and bottles of the Smokestack Series. Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with at least three fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.
S - Quite floral, with a nice amount of citrus and noticeable caramel malt. Also a very faint bubblegum aroma.
T - Taste is also has a floral presence, but also an assertive bitterness and pungency of hops up front, mainly grapefruit zest and some citrus pulp, with a small grass presence as well. There is a decent amount of malt as well, but it is rather hidden behind the bitterness.
M - Medium, resinous mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness.
O - This is a solid, if not spectacular, DIPA. I would definitely have it again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.
09-07-2011 23:04:38 | More by warnerry
3.78/5 rDev -4.8%
750 ml bottle, batch 08303. Pours a murky tea color with a monstrous frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.
The aroma is sweet and sugary fruity citrus and melon hops with a little resin.
The flavor is subdued and a bit watery with some fruity hops and some resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.
Overall, unbalanced towards the hops and pretty watery washed out mouthfeel, but I like the hop aromas and flavors.
04-05-2009 06:44:17 | More by Beaver13
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle thanks to Fugazme. Pours a clear copper amber body with a large offwhite head. Lots of clumpy and patchy lacing.
Aroma features orange and pink grapefruity hops, edged by a touch of pine. Solid caramel malt aromas suggest a good balance to follow.
Mouthfeel is creamy, with a medium carbonation and body. No hint of alcohol.
Taste is pleasantly balanced. Citrusy orange and pink grapefruit notes are enhanced by a touch of kiwi, and balanced by a subdued, but sturdy enough, bready caramel malt profile. Finishes clean and even with no significant aftertaste.
Nothing spectacular here but a very solid and enjoyable example of the style. I wish I had another.
12-31-2011 20:09:42 | More by merlin48
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Beer name/Brewer: Boulevard Double wide
Serving info: Large Bottle caged and corked. No freshness/vintage dating that I could find.
Pours: Quite cloudy, medium almond amber, under a LONG lasting khaki head. Great head! Slow to turn to a super thick collar and leaves gobs of thick strands of lace.
Nose: Minty pine nose, underplayed with dark toast vapors
Flavor notes: Tasty hopped up ale, with notes of more mint, leafy, herbal hops and malty underpinnings.. Heady brew @ 8.5 %, but to my taste buds the alcohol is nowhere in the flavor profile. Quality stuff, I enjoyed every sip!
08-17-2009 12:45:41 | More by Billolick
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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