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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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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,010 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2010
Reviews: 725
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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bryanbullock

District of Columbia

3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pours a caramel, honey color with 3 finger carbonation. Foam fades slowly but does not keep residual carbonation at the same level through the drink. Malt on the nose with very lite hoppy-ness, does not have the floral hoppy aroma that you would want or expect with an Imperial IPA. I have had the single wide and honestly prefer that to the double wide. Mouthfeel was flat and the finish leaves you with a poor aftertaste. Taste makes the aroma, with more malt than hops.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 01:37:08 | More by bryanbullock
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

O - It tastes like an old IPA, but the best by date is a month and a half out. Unless that date is six months from bottling it should be good. I am not impressed with this offering. It tastes more like a red ale.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 23:23:10 | More by buschbeer
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"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.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(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

Boulevard Brewing Company's
Double-Wide India Pale Ale
3.94/5.00

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:11:38 | More by Jadjunk
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cyclonece09

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours red amber with white head. Smells of citrus hops nice welcome. Tastes of citrus with very nice sweet malt, but still enough hop bite that it dominates. Beer is medium bodied slightly heavily carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 00:28:37 | More by cyclonece09
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Vixie

Illinois

3.36/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice red/orange color with a large tan head. One of the nicest looking beers of this style I have seen.

Smell starts out with fruit, the pine and floral smells follow.

Fruit up front, kind of an apricot flavor. Then the hops kick in, giving it a pine and citrus backing. Leaves a bit of lingering bitterness and pepper notes at the finish.

Seemed a bit watery to me, I expected it to be a bit more solid.

I have to say up front that I am not an IPA fan, only reason I tried this one is because it was part of a set that included the Smokestack Series glass. That being said, this is one of the better examples of the style I have tried. It has a lot of hops, but not to the point of killing off the other flavors. I found it to be fairly balanced, and a decent blend of the sweetness with the bitterness. Better than anticipated, but still not enough to make me a fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2014 03:14:14 | More by Vixie
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked, purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep orange hue, with flashes of red to it, brilliantly clear and bright. Head is excellent, a big, solid foamy crest that keeps solid to the bottom. Lacing is superb, leaving intricate, solid patterns on the glass. Decent weight to the body, while maintaining fluidity. It's a great-looking beer.

Nose is solid, but with a biting herbal quality to the hops that gives rosemary and a suggestion of eucalyptus. Citrus and fruit is certainly not on the agenda here—perhaps just a faint peely grapefruit quality that suggests bitterness more than anything. Malt is firm, but fairly neutral: there's not much to it.

Taste is also along similar lines. Pronounced bitterness towards the middle and back, with an entry that is ostensibly malty, but without much richness or complexity to the malt flavours. Lingering herbal notes towards the back give more of that rosemary note. Feel is smooth and light, with a kick and a bite from the bitterness on the back.

Overall, I'm a little bit disappointed, although it's still a solid brew. Boulevard have done some genuinely good beers, and I was expecting good things from this DIPA. But it's a little like a baseline: yeah, it's a Double IPA. But it's nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 04:14:36 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Golfer3Aces

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L. Love the look of this beer. Orange/brown with light tan head.

S. Lots of apricot in the nose. Maybe a hint of caramel.

T. A little different taste than I was expecting. Got some fruity flavors in there. Some pine. Lots of hops. Almost a resin type of flavor.

M. Feels like it will stick to your ribs at the start but finishes fairly light. After taste lingers for a while.

O. Maybe not a beer I would drink all the time, but this is a solid Double IPA. I would recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 21:55:23 | More by Golfer3Aces
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, nice 2/4 inch thick, foamy head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Really upfront piney, grapefruit hop kick. Lemon, orange, pineapple, mango mixed with some yeasty sugars and a minor caramel malt backbone. Smells smooth, yet with a hop kick.

Taste - Really smooth, clean and earthy kick of piney hops at first sip. A nice balance of hops, sugars and caramel malts. Bitterness comes in near the finish to mellow out the sugars and malts. Has a earthy, herbal flavor throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue at first, then malts and sugars come in. Palate gets a lot of malts, and a at the finish some hop bitterness. Aftertaste is smooth, a little bitter and malty.

Overall - A nice balanced, and smooth easy drinker. Nothing is over the top, has a little bit of everything with a hop kick. Its a bit weak for a dipa though. This is a fine ipa but its certainly not a hop monster. Nice beer, glad I got to try it.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 19:23:43 | More by wvsabbath
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

4.49/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this stuff, for a long time. Pours a deep clouded rusty amber hue with a billowing cloudy pillow of foam, rises well above the rims of the glass. Aroma I could sit and smell this beer all day, super citrus, apricots, spicy Belgian yeast has those Belgian Pale Ale notes a bit of funk tartness that works well with the hop additions. Pine takes a back seat to the more acidic citric notes, muted with Belgian yeast strains in the most beautiful way. A hint of band aid or medicinal quality is quickly brushed under the rug by tart apples, citric notes, and an explicit earthy quality that some call horse blanket or simply "funk" with an edge of apricot pit ground up on the palate. Citric notes, horse blanket earthy qualities again on the palate, bitter funky yeast notes in a nice double IPA. I'm happy overall, the carbonation and mouthfeel take this beer to another level with the Belgian inspiration the beer has, much with the rest of the Smokestack Series I have sampled thus far. This beer would pair great with a nice meal, pretty much anything I would go with braised pork ribs, or some ribeye with this beer in particular it's a beer that touches on the umami sensors on the palate already so any meats/cheeses would work well here.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 22:02:05 | More by WVbeergeek
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Badger6

Virginia

4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle lured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Deep bronze colored body with a huge slightly off-white foamy head. Builds up to a nice rocky appearance, then rapidly diminishes, 3-4 minutes.

S: Smells like every quality IPA. Distinct citrus and pine up front, with a nicely balanced earthy maltiness in the scent. Very clean.

T: Unlike any other IPA, with a clear sweetness, with a nicely rounded bitterness to keep the sugars in check. Citrus and pine are easily detected. Aftertaste is citrusy, with a nice earthy malt taste. Everything is in balance, and very enjoyable. Tastes clean.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated- typical amount for a Double IPA. Feels soft in the mouth, really balances out the carbonation, and lets all of the flavors be fully experienced.

O: Like all of the other Boulevard Smokestacks, this is a keeper. For a Double IPA, this is probably the smoothest of a tough style. You could serve this to a new craft beer drinker, and not shock them...but be careful, they might take another one from your stash!

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2014 03:46:37 | More by Badger6
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"Best by 05/22/14" stamped on the side of the bottle

Into a tulip:

A: super golden amber/slightly bronze looking colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that rises to a sort of rocky looking lumpiness that wants to overflow but nicely maintains a classic awesome sustained head that just hovers over top of the glass (wow, what a nice show)

S: initial smell (actually smokey, but quickly goes away, unsure where that came from and unaware if that was intentional), anyways, it leads into a the "typical" DIPA smells of citrus and pine coming through in a nice sweet sort of way followed by a slight bitterness

T: I have to say mainly sweet (there's an element that wants to be slightly bitter, but it really comes across mainly sweet through the citrus/pine aspects). A very citrus-like aftertaste, dry malty finish and comes across pretty combined - I like it

M: she sits about a medium on the body with a semi-sessionable aspect to it (as far as any DIPA really can be), carbonation comes across like a good DIPA (there's the harsh bittering pounding on the mouth and tongue but still not overdoing it just to let the malty aspects show their face)

O: I say this is a good DIPA that I would have again, good job Boulevard, I'm certainly glad to have finally tried this and would certainly be glad to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 07:08:56 | More by BeerKangaroo
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MartzMimic

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a hazy amber with a big foamy head. Medium lacing. Piney hops and citrus predominate the smell. Those follow through to taste with lingering bitterness. Very floral. Medium mouth with a fair bit of oil. This is a very nice DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 01:55:29 | More by MartzMimic
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obywan59

Virginia

4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a smoky brownish amber. Translucent with a 3 finger chunky, light tan head. Plenty of thick clingy lacing as the head recedes.

The aroma EXPLODES out of the bottle. Minty. Redolent of sweet citrus and spicy pine. Fresh and zesty. Just a hint of sweet malt.

Moderately sweet/tart on the tongue, but the sweet malts assert themselves on the swallow. The tart citric/piney/minty hops immediately launch a counterattack, and soon regain their domination. A moderate hoppy bitterness rises in the end.

Medium thick in body. Mostly smooth, just a bit of prickle from the carbonation. Slick with hop oil and a bit syrupy at the same time. Oily burn in the throat.

A fantastic beer! It's been awhile since II've had an IPA let alone an imperial, but this just tasted great, smelled great, and felt great! Maybe I was suffering from withdrawal. :)
If so, this was a great fix!

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 03:04:32 | More by obywan59
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Powderhornphil

Minnesota

3.56/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep hazy orange. Really have to have a restrainted pour to avoid four fingers of head.

Aroma is grapefruity. Maybe some malt sweetness.

Taste is grapefruit, hop bitterness, malt sweetness. Could have a dryer finish.

Full mouthfeel but a little too much malt for my tastes.

Not a bad beer but not terribly refined either. Too much syrupy malt and hops are not quite dynamic enough.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2014 01:59:48 | More by Powderhornphil
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pkalix

California

4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color, creamy head on top, lots of soapy lace down the sides as it drains. smells very sweet and pleasing, tastes very sweet and caramel-y, and quite malt-y also. minor hop bitterness, almost bordering on a rendition of a pale ale rather than an IPA. easy to drink but i must add that this also, like the Tank 7 yesterday purchased at ALBERTSON's in Westminster, has a BEST BY date of october. so perhaps there may be a little oxidation, but it doesnt taste that way. very nice brew...
side note: ALWAYS check your dates at Albertson's... they dont care about their stuff.... multiple examples of expired food there, MANY times actually.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 20:20:39 | More by pkalix
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matjack85

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this as a Christmas gift from my sister. It came in a 4-pack with 3 other beers from Boulevard as part of their "smokestack series". There is a best before date of 5/22/14 clearly stamped on the bottle, and as this is only December of '13, this is a pretty fresh bottle. A Boulevard glass came with the gift set, so that is what I used to serve it in.

Be careful with the pour. Even with a slow tilted pour, a 3-finger creamy pale yellow head rose quickly to the top. I could only pour in half the bottle at a time. Head retention was insanely long, and it left lots of sticky lacing behind. When the head finally settled down, I could see the glass fill with a dark amber/brown liquid - much darker than most IPA's I have tried.

The beer had a heavy mint smell to it, along with some grapefruit and piny hops.

This is a well hopped but nicely balanced beer (71 IBUs). Citrus, pine, and minty hops are balanced with lots of caramel, brown sugar, and toffee sweetness. It's sweet to the point where it's almost not an IPA, but delicious nonetheless.

Creamy, smooth, and medium to full bodied mouthfeel with low to moderate carbonation.

Delicious, well balanced, and with the alcohol well hidden, but not really a hophead's IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2013 08:12:18 | More by matjack85
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

4.24/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I shared this one with my bro. Was a gift to him from an out of state friend. Notes taken 12-23-13

Body was caramel colored, with a decent amount of sediment noticed. I got a finger of creamy yellow head. This beer had insane head retention.

I smelled mandarin oranges, sweetgrass, grapefruit, bread and caramel.

The start was caramel and bread with apricot all over this. Then a juicy citrus punch came through with lemon peel, sweet grass, mandarin orange, grapefruit and a pine finish.

This beer was medium bodied but seemed to go down too quickly. Finished dry.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 23:31:10 | More by CFHMagnet
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dexterk1

Illinois

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into snifter. Poured with a large head that had some staying power. Color was amber.
Odor is of malt at first, then some floral and pine as well.
Taste starts off a little sweet with malt and maybe some toffee like notes. Continues with hop bitterness and some pine. Mostly floral middle to end with a nice finish.
Mouth feel is good. A little full.
Overall a very good Imperial IPA. A surprising start and a nice finish. Not as hoppy as some imperial IPAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 20:45:38 | More by dexterk1
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KYGunner

Kentucky

3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The color is a bit cloudy but nicely radiant in deep amber hues. The head was fizzy and bright white but fluttered away too quickly.

The aromas are more malty but I get a good whiff of citrus, maybe a grapefruit acidity and a touch of tangerines. The malt holds a stiff barley scent that holds a strong backbone.

The hop character may have dissipated a bit in this bottle as the malt is so very prominent. A get molasses, grains, tea leaf and barley malts but the finish holds a more piney hop flavor.

The feel is a bit metallic, slightly astringent but the crispness of this IPA is alive. The easy drinking is still full but light on the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2013 03:22:20 | More by KYGunner
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a hazy orange amber color with a 1" head that slowly falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: caramel, citrus, and some earthiness comes through to the nose.

Taste: carmel, grapefruit, light orange, some soft pine resin, and a moderate earthy bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp from start to finish with a bit of dryness arriving very late.

Overall: an easy to drink DIPA that had a nice flavor profile and was nicely refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 01:46:04 | More by Gavage
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > 12oz Schlitz glass

A - Orange in color two fingers of a tan head, medium lacing.
S - Really sweet smelling malt, some grapefruit, but those smells arent very powerful.
T - Caramel malts are big here, then you get some really ripe juicy tropical flavors, followed by a dry floral hop bitterness.
M - Pretty balanced still a tad chewy.
O - Decent double IPA, glad I got to try it, its on part with most others in its realm.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 04:31:18 | More by Omnium
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Silverpath6

Texas

4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good IIPA - in my opinion. I sort of surprised me, as it had a "honey-like" undertone as it warmed, but the hops were still prevalent and well balanced.

I would recommend that anyone that enjoys this style of beer tries this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2013 17:20:03 | More by Silverpath6
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serotoninronin

Georgia

4.43/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a regular ole pint glass.

A: This is my kind of color for a DIPA, or even a regular IPA for that matter. A bit cloudy. Dark, dark gold, bordering on rust. The head is a force to be reckoned with. Massive and lingers for the duration of the glass. The kind of head that would make you wait an hour before drinking on a mis-pour. Gorgeous, complex lacing.

S: Quite a bit going on. We usually say citrusy for IPAs, but that would be disingenuous here, as this is all lemon. Lots of heady floral tones; lavender, wisteria, and the like. Walking through a southern garden, dirt mingled in.

T: The citrus is up front but fades almost immediately once the smell is out of your nose. Leaves behind some spicy residue in the middle, like a sweet pepper. Peppadews, maybe. That sweetness entices out the malt, which has been hanging out in the background but not really able to assert itself against the hops, and it brings in some extra sweet caramel for reinforcements. The hops take over once again on the finish, leading to dry, bitter landing. Almost no alcohol whatsoever.

M: Really nice. This is one of the creamier DIPAs I've ever had. You'd think you were drinking an imperial red or something along those lines. The carbonation is super fine. Like shot silk or nacre velvet. Almost feels like it's out of a cask or a nitro tap.

O: A personal favorite. I'd put this up against almost any other DIPA out there (that I've had). Very unique in a lot of ways. Eschews the hop nukes and grapefruit slaps so common in recent efforts at the style. Do give it a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2013 21:00:18 | More by serotoninronin
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Mojo

Alabama

4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> Highlands Brewing snifter

A - cloudy gold pour with a one and a half foamy head the color of eggshell. Retention is good and lacing is good.

S - very floral nose with hints of pine, and bread

T - fairly complex but balanced. Caramel tasting malts greet the palate at first sip. The hops are spicy with pine and citrus flavors and finish very clean. For an imperial IPA, the booze is well hidden.

M - full and satisfying

O - an impressive offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 03:19:14 | More by Mojo
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stella77artois

New York

3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz bottle poured into SA perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a maroon/amber with a lot of haze. Very large head formed, even after a cautious pour. Head was over 3 fingers thick and was a very light tan in color. Head dissipated rather quickly, but half of the glass held the head, about 1/2 finger thick. Was interesting to see. Nice looking beer.

S - Interesting. Up front, lot's of malt sweetness and spice. Spice reminds me of chili powder, maybe even habanero. Very interesting. The sweet malt is there in a big way. An earthy and bitter hop smell, a little dirt to it. Kind of a weird, but not bad, combonation.

T - Very, very interesting IPA. Mildly sweet malts, and lot's of spicy hops. I can really notice the chili powder type taste. I don't get the heat on the tongue, but the taste is almost exactly like chili powder/habanero to my palate. Didn't notice even the slightest bit of fruit, which I like in my IPA's. Finally noticed the hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. As the aroma, a very earthy bitterness, posibly Chinook? Not really my style of IPA, but tastes quite good, nonetheless.

F - Slightly dry, slightly thick, like most DIPA. Still very drinkable. I was drinking this while watching a hockey game, and it went down very easily. Wouldn't drink a ton of it as it's slightly thick.

O - A very unique IPA. Nice to see, as I feel the market is so over satuated with IPA's that are too similar. A very spicy IPA, with sweetness up front and bitterness in the back, it accomplishes it's goals. I'm more of a fruity IPA guy, but this beer is a good one, and I applaud Bouvelard for brewing a very unique DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 00:35:09 | More by stella77artois
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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,010 ratings.