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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,367 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,367
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 94
Gots: 216 | FT: 6
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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Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is hammering some dingers. This is a very good (1.5X) IPA. As in a top ten. Creamy with grapefruit. There is more hop taste, balanced terrifically than bitterness. Would have again in a minute.Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook hops, and the taste was not in my face.

Sammy, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

t0rin0, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 012160 - 3-2012.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

djrn2, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

zestar, Nov 02, 2013
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1%

spycow, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this to Thanksgiving. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with a single-finger light tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is fairly tropical with some sweet pineapple notes and a bit of citrus. A bit of sweet malt character.

The flavor is quite enjoyable. It's fairly sweet and fruity, but not cloying and all of this character might not necessarily be from the malt. This is pretty interesting. The feel is slightly bitter with a mildly-dry finish. The feel is a bit creamy with a medium body. Pretty nice and unique; I'm a fan of this brew.

Thorpe429, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

nmann08, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Texasfan549, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a beige head that is the consistency of beaten eqg whites; shards of lacing stream down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Rather balanced between the piney hops and the caramel malt backbone

Taste: After a biscuity opening, the piney hops start to kick in by mid-palate, along with a building caramel malt flavor; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness dominates for a while, but the malt lies in waiting and finishes of the beer with a sweet touch

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a bit overly carbonated; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Other than the carbonation being way out of line for the style, this is a balanced DIPA that is pretty tasty

brentk56, Apr 07, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glazed apricot with a lovely glow when backlit. The pale orange-ivory crown is more a mass of tightly packed crystalline bubbles than it is foam. When those sticky bubbles break, they leave circles, curlicues and half-moons of lace on the glass.

Boulevard Double-Wide smells like it will be my kind of DIPA. In other words, one that is barely caramel malty and puts its citric hops front and center. The hop bill includes Zeus, Magnum, Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook. What a well-chosen lineup.

I'm amazed at how drinkable this ale is right out of the hopper. Even though it's barely two months of age, the alcohol is well-hidden and the flavors are especially well-integrated. It's also balanced (as long as you're a hophead). My tongue may be feeling it after 750 ml, but it isn't even close to begging for mercy yet.

Pale malt rules the roost... accepting only minimal assistance from caramel malt. The flavor profile would be better if Centennial and Chinook were used for flavor and bittering rather than just dry-hopping. The flavor hops (Zeus and Magnum) are okay, but they aren't high on my list of favorites. This is good beer, but it isn't special.

Specific lupulin flavors include white grapefruit pith, lemon and orange zest and puckery peach. It's probably bordering on nitpicky, but there's a little too much bitterness for the amount of fresh, juicy hop flavor. Again, using the C-hops for flavor would have been a better choice. Actually... I forgot that Zeus and Columbus are one and the same, though there isn't much C-hop flavor for some reason.

Thankfully, this isn't one of those overly sweet, overly sappy DIPAs, but is snappily tart and impressively dry on the back end. I'll be drinking a lot of water later. Given that, it makes sense that the mouthfeel isn't lush and creamy. That's okay because it all fits together as it should.

I'm pleased with Double-Wide India Pale Ale, my first Smokestack Series beer (officially No. 2 in the series). Boulevard has done a good job here and is only a few recipe tweaks away from very good. And at only $6.99 per bottle, it's a steal. And it's 'twister proof'.

BuckeyeNation, Feb 01, 2008
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the Smokestacks from Boulevard that I've had so far have been stellar. I expect nothing less here.

The pour brings a deep amber, copper colored concoction along with a billowing head that forms a mousse-like froath on top. The foamstance retains forever and laces supurbly all the while. Mild haze is expected for these dry-hopped beers.

Very citrusy and piney to the nose, but with a heafty maltiness that refuses to let the sharp hops dominate. Light notes of fruits, tobacco, and spice accompany the heavy malts and heavier hops.

Deep hop flavors of pine resins, fresh cut grass, orange zest, grapefruit, and lemon grass again take precidence; but not without a formatable fight from the deep amber malts. The beer retains quite a bit of sweetness and begins to take on the proportions of Imperial IPA's. Spicy alcohols, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin make slight appearances and go well with the herbal hop taste. Esters of apples, pears, cherries, and dates give an even deeper complexity to the taste.

The beer's textures are very rich and malty for an IPA, again harkening to an Double version. The malty, molassas sweetness fades at mid-palate and allow the combination of hops and alcohol to dry the beer out in the finish- allowing for a resiny-hop and fruity finish. The alcohol bite in this one rides just a little high, even above the hop bitterness in the finish.

The beer reminds me of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye because of the darker grains, maltier textures, and spicy notes even without the effect of the rye here. The tobacco note is well received but makes the beer seem sweeter and less dry as most IPA's.

Thanks BlueOkie!

BEERchitect, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the ever generous Hogtownharry: Poured a clear copper color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of dominant citrus and floral hops with a distinctive touch of grapefruit all of which constitute a near perfect aroma. Taste is a mix between some citrus and grapefruit hops with a light floral malt backbone. Bitterness is not a dominant element and I somewhat enjoy the fact that a IIPA can be something else that a bitter bomb. Average body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I really enjoyed the presence of grapefruit notes and the attenuation of the bitterness. This beer really makes me want to further discover the beer form this fine brewery.

Phyl21ca, Jun 24, 2008
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +1%

kjkinsey, Dec 02, 2011
Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

GRG1313, Oct 03, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber and very clean. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session leading to a nice two inch head of white foam that capped it off quite nicely. Faded down and left a nearly bare top but nice lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Aroma was pungent. Deep grapefruit hops and a ton of rich citrus notes rip through the air. Very fresh, ripe. Warming brings out some almost pineapple like notes and a nice alcohol warmness. Sharp, biting flavor. Crisp, clean and fresh. Raw hops shred the palate and bring tons of grapefruit and alcohol right up front. Damn this is strong, two pints in and I am feeling it for sure

mikesgroove, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

jaydoc, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you BucketHolder for sending this beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with tons of foam (a good 2-3 fingers worth) that sticks around for awhile and leaves great lacing.

S: The nose is surprisingly bready with a nice fruity hop aroma. Excellent notes of grapefruit and pineapple lend the scent a definite sweetness.

T: The beer is, thankfully, not as sweet as I had anticipated. A nice amount of grapefruit and pine balance out the bready malt quite well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: My first beer from Boulevard (whom I've heard great things about), and I'm happy to say I was impressed.

womencantsail, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of kylehay2004
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with decent retention and lacing on a cloudy amber with almost bluish hue.

S: fairly malty with candied orange and grapefruit citrus malt. Some brown sugar and molasses.

T: malt forward IPA with the hops providing apricot and orange citrus with additional floral and very mild pine notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a nice malt forward DIPA with the booze well hidden.

kylehay2004, May 18, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking copper color with a big foamy white head on top. The lacing is clumpy and sticks really well, good retention also. The smell of this brew has a good hoppy aroma with a hefty amount of malt too. The taste of the beer gives off a nice malt profile in the beginning, soft and sweet, then unleashes the hops in the finish leaving behind resin like lemon flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer was really quite nice, glad I managed to get a bottle to try.

Knapp85, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, copper body with a full, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, earthy hops, and a crate filled with citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale malts with some sugary caramel sweetness. Citrus fruit, maybe a bit of resinous pine. Moderate bitterness and a jarring acidity. Small measure of alcohol coming forward for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Can we still be friends if I tell you I thought it was just okay?

ChainGangGuy, Mar 14, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

oberon, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Almost through the local collection of Boulevard goodness. This bit pours a mostly clear copper-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. Like other Boulevards, this one's got floaties, but not too many. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light pine, light mint, light leek, and buttery caramel in the background. The taste is more malt-centric, with plenty of caramel coating the tongue throughout. The hops aren't gone, though, as grapefruit peel, orange rind, pine, very light leek, and light balsa weave their respective ways through the caramel cytoplasm (wow, some high school biology just found its way in there, eh?). The balance is great, actually. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice DIPA, well-balanced and tasty.

TMoney2591, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doublewide pours an opaque juicy orange, with spotty lace and good head retention.

Light citrusy aromas of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Not as pungent as it could be, but still very appealing.

Lots of pale malt balanced by citrus-laden hops. Very light herbal hop taste in the aftertaste. Resiny, but not medicinal, doesn't linger past it's welcome.

Light feeling, juicy and thirst-quenching. Medium-bodied with an ample dose of pale malt. Light bitterness that builds with bigger sips.

It's mild enough to enjoy a bottle to yourself, although this one was shared with friends.

emerge077, Feb 23, 2008
Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a tan, soapy, bubbly, three-finger head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of hops and malt. There were also citrus and floral notes.

T - It tasted of bitter hoppiness and good roasted malt. It had a biscuity taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice attempt at an IPA by the folks at Boulevard. And "It's twister proof!"

zeff80, Feb 20, 2008
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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,367 ratings.