Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
Pours a slightly hazy amber/orange with 2 fingers of off white head. The smell is very aromatic, though not quite as hoppy as I have come to expect from DIPA's. Lots of caramel malt notes with some mid range fruits behind it. I keep getting an apricot flavor with some citrus and pine hop notes behind it. The taste is more of the same. The bitterness is not harsh but has a nice soft roundness which comes off as tea like. Mouthfeel is good, easy drinking. Overall this was not a super dry pine hop bomb of a DIPA. Instead it was balanced, had some unique fruit hop flavors and the tea bitterness really rounded and integrated the beer for me. I will definitely pick this up again.
03-01-2012 16:14:39 | More by quirkzoo
3.85/5 rDev -3%
12oz bottle poured into a Boulevard chalice.
A: Clear orange with a reddish hue. Thick white head does not budge an inch. Thick globs of lacing cling everywhere.
S: Apricot, mango puree, lemon drop candy, pine needles. Caramel malt base is more than just a platform for the hops.
T: Lemony candy-like taste opens, along with some fresh mint. Sweet caramel malt tastes come to the forefront for a bit. Tastes of mango, apricot, and other tropical fruits are perceptible within that sweet malt base. A wave of resiny pine bitterness comes mid-palate. Pine needles. Hops stray a little and go plant-like and oily for just an instant. Bitterness is moderate. Dries just a bit toward the finish and leaves tastes of caramel, fading tropical hop flavors, and an even bitterness.
M: Medium bodied. Somewhat creamy. Moderate carbonation has a bit of a scrubbing effect.
O: This one seems more in the vein of an East-coast style DIPA. It is well balanced and a little more restrained in bitterness than other examples of the style. It's a pretty solid beer if you like that sort of thing, but serious hop-heads will probably just gloss over it.
Notes: I enjoyed this beer, but in this day and age with the hop-bomb IPA/DIPA pissing contest still rampant among brewers I feel like it will get lost in the shuffle.
02-27-2012 01:18:03 | More by ryan1788a5
3.2/5 rDev -19.4%
Acquired via online
A dark, clear auburn with a huge, persistent, very light khaki colored head that sticks around for minutes. When it eventually subsides, it leaves messy lacing down the glass.
This aroma has some citrus hop presence, but it's relatively malt-forward, with caramel malt, pale malt, and freshly baked bread providing most of the aroma.
The flavor follows similarly, with sweet toffee, bread, and caramel dominating the flavor, along with a bit of citrus and pine, and a touch of alcohol heat. Average.
Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation.
An average, drinkable DIPA. Nothing more, nothing less.
02-22-2012 05:36:17 | More by ehammond1
4.03/5 rDev +1.5%
A- Hazy golden brown with a huge 4 finger head. Cloudy red-orange when held up to the lifht with floaties everywhere. The ample head looks like cinnamon dusted frostingand finally recedes into a soft blanket, leaving a fantastic amount of lacing.
S- Huge citrusy,piney nose is overrun with a fruit juiciness - touches of pineapple and apricot with cinnamon dusted pears. Even a little wood and smoke and a bit of mint leaf. Pine is the overriding winner.
T/M- Juicy grapefruit belies a good toasty sweet cracker base with a touch of caramel. Big hit of pine and grass rides throughout. Tart red grapefruit. The smooth, prickly body has a tingly bitterness. On the full side of medium and approaching creamy. Orange zest get thrown in the mix.
O- Really nice, I'd prefer I wider hop profile to balance out the thwack of grapefruit.
02-21-2012 13:29:34 | More by sentomaster
4/5 rDev +0.8%
I have not been a big fan of double IPAs as a matter of preference. But the other three offerings in the "smokestack series" four-pack from Boulevard Brewing have been pretty good, so let's give this a whirl.
Apearance: Cloudy orange-amber, almost apricot, with fluffy cream-colored head. Inviting.
Aroma: Hops, hops and more hops, as you'd expect from a DIPA. Also along for the ride: Herbal aromas ... rosemary and perhaps thyme.
Taste: The profile seems to vary from sip to sip. Sip one: Way hoppy and astringent at the back end, almost like pepper or ginger. Sip two: Lots of malt flavor -- caramel, almost. Doesn't take over but mellows the hops somewhat.
Mouthfeel: Creamy, with high carbonation at the back. Nice.
Overall: yum. A nice effort at balance in a double IPA -- the hops are there, to be sure, but it's not a total "how bitter can we make it" hop bomb. Would drink again if I could find it. At 8.5 ABV, it means business.
02-20-2012 22:38:50 | More by SeussMD
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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