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

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

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787 Reviews

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Reviews: 787
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 105
Gots: 369 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: SafeAtFirst on 11-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Photo of BeerCheese
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice big tan head, very nice rust/amber color like a strong iced tea, with the usual unfiltered cloudiness. Smell was perfect - hoppy and bright. Just made me want to dive in and take a drink. Taste was excellent. Nice hoppy IPA with very noticeable alcohol burning after swallowing. Medium/light carbonation was just right for the taste. With all those hops, it didn't need much fizz. VERY drinkable beer. I'm SO happy it came in a 750 ml bottle!

I have to give this one a perfect 5. My first ever. I just can't find any flaws with this beer.

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Photo of box299
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer! I usually only see bombers of this beet but on a recent trip to St Louis I picked up a 4 pack. Perfect beer after a day at the office. Smooth drinking with just the right amount of bitterness. I now need to find a way to pack a bunch of this in my luggage.

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Photo of pops28078
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle best if used by 3/20/2013

Pours semi-hazy orange/amber/copper with a large four finger light beige head that leaves rings of lacing and holds the cap. Lots of carbonation bubbles are present.

Aroma of hops, citrus, apricot, pine, biscuit and caramel. Very good strength.

Taste is smooth caramel malt with a good rush of hops. Very balanced and enjoyable.

Mouthful is medium body with good carbonation. It is creamy and leaves a nice oily feeling from the hops.

Overall this is a great double IPA. IMHO this one ranks right up there with Pliny the Elder.
A fantastic experience every time I have one. Kudos to Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Wide IPA is a unique sort of Double/Imperial beer/ale, whose taste really sort of sets it apart from the Double/Imperial crowd in general.

The body of the beer is somewhat thick, not thick, not medium thick necessarily but about 3/4 of the way between light and medium thick one might suggest. The taste is sweet, but underlies a sort of hoppiness if one will.

The froth or carbonation of this beer, is sort of normal to somewhat more than normal in regards to Double/Imperial beers in general I would say. The ~squash colored froth bubbles out of the bottle upon opening it, and upon tasting it/smelling it, one senses a sort of pleasant sweetness that one does not normally get on first impression from a Double/Imperial style of beer/ale.

Overall the taste, is perhaps somewhat reminiscent of a blanket of semi-sweetness covering a bundle of hoppiness. For, the sweet, pleasant flavor/aroma of this beer covers a sort of hoppy richness that is subtle, and not as demanding of one's attention as are some Double/Imperial style beers/ales.

I would say overall that this is a very drinkable and pleasant beer. It might even be a good beer to have before casual athletic events like golf etc. for its sweet refreshing nature accompanied by it somewhat hoppy semi-thickness make it a very drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of Brainybrain
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer surprises the nw ipa drinker with a big bold ipa flavor without the strict bitter. The cork in the bottle should tell the story. This brewer cares when and how you enjoy it. Enjoy it often, enjoy it now. Don't take my word for it, try for yourself.

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Photo of acsprouse
4.89/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: pours a copper/orange color, its cloudy. Produces a big white head that fades quickly.

S - smells of citrus, grapefruit, american hops, pine, some sweet smelling makts in there giving it a balanced nose.

T - hop bitterness. The taste follows the nose greatly! Grapefruit, pine, hops, citrus. The discreet malts shine through ever so slightly.

M - Medium bodied beer with medium carbonation. Its smooth and drinkable

O: great ipa. Everything i look for in a ipa. Try this one! Cheers!

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Photo of drgonzo3705
4.87/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a golden brown copper color with a big fluffy off white head with big sticky lacing left at the top as you work your way down the glass.

S: I really love the smell of this beer. It has a nice big hoppy nose with a solid caramel malt backbone. You get good hop flavors too. Its a nice micture of floral, pine, earthy, and slightly citrusy all meld together beautifully to delive a great boquet to your nose.

T: A very nice smooth caramel malt with a big rush of hops on top. Each hop flavor isn't as distinctive as it is in the nose but its still a beautiful concotion of hops.

M: Medium body with ample carbonation. Leave that nice oily feeling from the hops. Its also pretty creamy.

D: if the ABV was a little lower I could definitely drink 2 of these 750 mLs on a good night, but could easily get down one.

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Photo of Gump
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smokestack Series.

Well carbonated, evident from the crack of the cap.
Smells terrific, even before the pour.
Pours amber color with dense head.
Orange, citrus nose. Tangy taste. Lingering dry hop aftertaste.
Perfectly balanced, easily drinkable.
This is the best Boulevard beer I've ever had.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
4.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

"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."

I had a 22 oz caged and corked bottle of this about 4 or 5 years ago and really liked it. I saw a little 12 oz bottle while on Thanksgiving vacation in Indiana and bought a couple; one for me and one for my dad. Best before date of 2.24.12 although I was hoping to enjoy this one sooner.

Out of the bottle and into a New Belgium globe, this one looked stunning. Almost a ruby red in color with a huge, billowing and foamy egg-shell colored head. The lacing is spectacular and the retention is about the best one can expect: the one finger sized head lasts for the entire consumption.

As the label predicts, apricots and pine in the nose, although the pine seems the more dominant and noticeable and the duo. Slightly sweet form the malts with light tropical fruits.

The first time I had this, I didnt think the bitterness was high enough. Either my buds have changed or they have upped their game because this one is bitter and very well balanced. The apricot/peach hops are in perfect unison with the slightly sweet and cracker like malts. Medium to full bodied, perfectly balanced. Alcohol is very well hidden.

I have been on a West Coast IPA kick, but if all East Coast IPA's were like this, I would be hard pressed to make a firm decision. This is perhaps the best I have ever had of the East Coast class (yes, including HopSlam).

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Photo of derekmorris7
4.82/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing beer ..great floral and fruit aromas. Very nice red is caramel color. Head is carbonated bubbles and an off white finger and a half full of aroma. Taste is full of fruit and juicy flavor finishes clean and tinge of alcohol. Great beer. 9.5 out of 10 only because the rochefortes and st. Bernardus abt get my 10's

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Photo of beerbrains
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just finished this bottle and....Wow!

It pours the color of luminescent apricots, topped off with a frothy head that leaves an everlasting sticky lace. The nose, spicy-citrus hops with a subtle underlying sweetness gives clues to what is to come. A great explosive hops experience followed by a malty sweetness on the tongue.

Perfectly balanced....this has to be the flavor profile that drove IPA's popularity in Imperical Britain. I would say this is the best in the Smokestack series.

I paired this with a mushroom and homemade Italian sausage pizza on a focaccia bread crust. It was perfect, the bitter hops cut through the fats of the sausage and cheese while the malt enhanced the bready crust

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Photo of acousticplanet
4.78/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an exceptionally crafted IPA.

Appearance: Thick cream head, amber tone
Smell: Grapefruit, spices
Taste: Simply fantastic! Hoppy, bitter, flavorful, great aftertaste. This is what an IPA should taste like. First taste piqued my interest. It grows on you quickly. Highly recommend.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bought in a 4-pack sampler that included a Boulevard chalice.

Poured from 12 oz bottle into said chalice.

Delightful and intoxicating hop aroma with some green herb and spices and maybe a hint of honey. And a little fresh cut grass.

Pours a wonderful orange-amber with a giant fluffy head.

Flavor is a complex mouthful. Lots of hops but not overly biter. A little it of pine, a little bit of peaches and maybe apricots, a little bit of pineapple, a little bit of sweet malt (maybe with some honey mixed in). Dry infinitely lingering finish. Also maybe picking up some tinges of mint and some copperyness.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect. Smooth yet with substance.

IPA's are normally not my favorite beers (many are one dimensional with just too much bitter hops and not enough aromatics) but this one is something else. Just the right amount and kind of hops.

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Photo of bort11
4.77/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml bottle, batch number 07270. Poured into a Duvel tulip. Solid two finger width tan head that recedes to a tight ring. Not a lot lacing, but it reactivates nicely with a quick swirl. Color is reddish orange, slightly hazy.

Smell has a great grapefruit citrus quality melding with a solid malt backbone. Slightly sweet, very mellow and relaxed. Taste is equally mellow and balanced. Sweet citrus flavor, slightly salty. A bit of grassy. Mouthfeel is very smooth, slightly oily. Nice medium body.

there has been some discussion on the board as to which style this falls under. It kind of sits on the fence between an American IPA and a DIPA. Either way, this is delicious.

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Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

This beer is the only thing I miss about living in Missouri. If you like IPAs you will like this one. Lots of hops, but not to the point of being overly bitter. Great drinkability with a wonderful aroma

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Photo of dan3099
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

looks great, nice amber color. good couple inches of head, good lacing. not a strong smell, sweet citrusy aroma. tastes the way it smells, very pleasant. feels good, very good after taste. makes you want to drink more. very good!

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Photo of Labeorphile
4.73/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle into a tulip glass. Beautiful hazy copper color with a 2 finger magnificent heady. Very sticky and leaves lacing all the way down.

Great choppy aroma with citrus and pine but a good balance and not too much overpowering pine. Hints of malt as well.

Taste matches the nose, with the malt leading and the bitter hop finish lingering pleasantly on the palate without the undesirable aftertaste of a lot of hoppy beers.

Carbonation is not overly fizzy and makes this beer very drink able.

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Photo of Throwingtyrant
4.71/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Quite a delicious beer, never had an IPA with a nose like a dry hopped brew come across so mellow and clean on the tongue! Very good amber malt to pair the hops as they develop-must like the PNW beers but with better consideration on the hops-just enough. Had a friend who doesn't like IPAs make it top three all time for him:)

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Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%

Prying off the cap releases a floral nose with a little grass over light fruit and a hint of grain. Pours hazy gold with a 2” finely bubbled off-white foam cap. An exceptionally creamy palate with big citrus, traces of melon or perhaps guava, very light caramel and light grain notes finishes with a citrusy hop accent that segues into a quinine type bitter over lingering citrus flavors. A very creamy medium body with fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of tvazteca
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't tell if I am too excited by this beer or not. I'm sitting and watching my GF playing Katamari Damacy and relaxing for the first time in 6 days.
Anyways, it poured so nice and smooth with a lovely head. After a few sips you can see the delicious sticky hops coating the budweiser glass I poured it into. You think Bud ever assumed I'd be drinking such wonderful beer outta the glass? I doubt it, but I can say a drop of bud never touched this glass.
Anyways, the smell is strong of hops and citrus. And the taste is a perfect double IPA to me. It's super hoppy but not hop syrup. It's smooth to drink while leaving the best flavor of all the beer lingering after it's gone.

It's a seriously delicious Double IPA.

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Photo of codewarrior
4.69/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and caged 750mL Bomber (Batch: D10165) poured into a chalice

From the bottle:

"Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest"

L: Rich, murky and dark, unfiltered and some freely floating yeast (might be my pour, or the newness of the bottle ... poor handling at the beer store, etc).

S: Hoppy. Lighter than 90-minute or Pliny (or most IPAs for that matter), floral overtones.

T: Perfect balance. Perfect. Hops up front, fruit in the back. This is perfection. Not nearly as hoppy as some IPAs, but it doesn't need to be, perfectly identifyable as an IPA, yet completely different in a beautiful way.

F: Moves well in the mouth, different stages at different places of the mouth. Bitterness hits the tip of your tongue, fruits settle at the back of the throat, the feel of these different flavors and acidities, bitternesses ... is amazing.

D: Feels good all the way down. I could sip this all day, or only on special occasions.

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
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.


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Photo of boudreaux
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a regular pint glass. best by date 07/08/2011
I've been on a hop-kick recently, especially IPAs and DIPAs. I read about this one a few nights ago, and stumbled upon a 4-pack at the local grocery store. Seeing it as a sign, I bought it without thinking twice.

A: Pours a reddish-orange-yellow (sunset?) with noticeable amounts of floating yeast sediment; a significant 3 finger head quickly appears, reducing to a solid 2 finger head before settling at about a 1/3 finger head that remains intact throughout the tasting; head is pure white

S: Hello, hops; so clean and fresh that it definitely catches my attention; crisp and clean like a biting winter wind; notes of pine a slight dried-fruit touch are obvious; also, a slight malty undertone provides just enough sweetness to suggest a deep and complex beer worthy of a DIPA with an 8.5% ABV

T: Mimics the smell almost perfectly; the dry bitterness of the hops slams into my tastebuds at first; the pine is now accompanied with some floral notes; the malt flavor is also stronger, showing up with caramel notes; the dried fruit flavor clarifies into an apricot flavor with a touch of crisp citrus; the beer ends with an almost hefeweizen finish, which is no doubt due to the unfiltered yeast I mentioned in the appearance

M: Extremely light and crisp for a DIPA; surprisingly, it stays true to its IPA roots; throughout the complex flavor experience, it never made my mouth feel sticky or coated; carbonation is very present, but in a good way, as it keeps the beer feeling crisp; the bitter, crispness of the beer adds to the light, refreshing finish

D: the high alcohol content is only present because I feel flush after finishing just 1 drink; it's surprisingly easy to down, a definite plus to me

I don't know how Boulevard did it, but they've created a DIPA that takes everything great about an IPA and amplifies it. Most DIPAs I've had feel heavier and creamier due to the increased malt and hop presence and high alcohol. But This one remains crisp, fresh, and light. Thank you, Boulevard.

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Photo of ckollias
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a Belgian tulip glass.

A: Pours an orangish-amber cloudy hue with a 3-finger, white head, that slowly dissolves down the side of the glass leaving a great trail, and ending in a solid head that never dissipates.

S: Strong hoppy aroma with a decent malt background followed by some citrus and pine notes.

T: Sharp bitter hop flavor followed by some complex earthy malts, citrus, and pine.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Absolutely awesome double IPA. One of the best imperial IPA’s I’ve ever had. Very impressive.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.63/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass... it's a deep orange color, hazy with a large bubbly white head. Great retention and lacing.

It's a fantastic aroma... hoppy and slightly malty, a little on the pine side of things. There's a little caramel in there.

A delicious taste to this beer... hoppy, malty, well balanced... the little malt gives a delicious sweetness before the hops really take hold.

It's got a good mouthfeel too, thick, bubbly, I really like this one.

This is one of the better DIPAs I've had recently... I'm a big fan.

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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.