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

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2,496 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,496
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 90
Gots: 262 | FT: 4
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 merlin48
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of SkipWeathers
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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

Double Wide opens with a lovely hop aroma, full of lemon, pink grapefruit, pine resin, and light touches of eucalyptus. These hop aromas are nicely balanced by a large and sugary malt base, which brings enough brown sugar that the bottle's mouth is sticky, as well as toast crust and excellent hints of fruits, including black cherry, fig, apricot, and orange. Subtle vanillas linger in the background, as well as a touch of bubble gum and cola. As a whole, the nose is very enticing, and the large malt base is an instant indicator that equal attention in this IPA has been paid to all ingredients, rather than just to the hops.

On the tongue, the beer opens with a sugar and hop combo, the former bringing brown sugars and touches of molasses and vanilla, and the latter--which comes to dominate the mouthful--adding pine, grapefruit rind, and dandelion stem. The beer is decently bitter at 71 IBUs, but the bitterness is a nice complement to the hop flavors, and does not overwhelm the taste. A slight alcoholic whang does permeate the mouthful. The aftertaste is strong on grain flavors such as toast and wheat bread, as well as a continuation of the grapefruit rind and light plant stem flavors, and lingers for a good while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is an excellent IPA, being not only nicely crafted at the hop level, but at the malt level. The beer is not without slight imperfections, as the plant stem flavors and slight alcoholic kick do gently mar the flavor profile, but as a whole this is great fare, and worth trying.

Photo of sidetracked
3.23/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, orange-red with lots of dense cream-colored head that lingers.

Aroma is sweet caramel, bitter citrus, and piney hops.

Upfront taste is bitter grapefruit, citrus, sweet caramel malt. Hoppiness cuts out in the middle. Bready malts present. Some bitter grapefruit comes back at the finish, mixing with the bready malts. Lingering bitterness of grapefruit peel.

Medium body, medium carbonation, slightly syrupy.

Kind of your typical malt-heavy double IPA. Boring. Wouldn't bother purchasing again.


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4/5  rDev +1%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Corked & caged 750ml dated before date? Poured into my Samuel Smiths pub nonic.

A: Most definitely bottle-conditioned. Pours a hazy as hell dark coppery gold with a thick milkshake-like off-white head...awesome lace.

S: Dankness and resinous pine, over-ripened pineapple, spices and earthiness. A touch of the malt as well.

T: Taste is moderately bitter upfront...the hops are definitive pine, resin, bitter & spicy orange, dank earthiness, citrus rind, and an herbal character. Unfolds with some light toasted grains and sweeter toffee...maybe even some wood-like notes.

MF: Relatively dry...malt bill & bottle conditioning give this beer a fluffy medium body.

O: A solid offering, nothing spectacular but quite quaffable...notes of East and West coast hops.

Photo of brystmar
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden pour with tons of thick, white head. Sticky lace and active carbonation. Sweet caramel malts mingle amongst the hops in the nose.

Taste shows excellent balance between malts & hops. Strong malt backbone here, citrus hops mix nicely with the caramel malts.

Huge, creamy body! Wow, this does wonders for the beer. I really enjoyed this one.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of scarfield
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -24.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of peoplewithhands
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into tulip glass

Appearance: Ruby red body, cloudy with lasting head that laces nicely long after pour.

Smell: Citrus and hops

Taste: Sweet and spicy start with the bitterness of orange and lemon zest hitting the back of my throat after swallowing. Not as bitter to me as most IPA's which to some might be a negative, but to me is a positive.

Mouthfeel: moderate body, smooth. The carbonation works well with the bitterness at the back of my throat to give me a pleasant tingling sensation as I drink it.

Overall: IPA's so far have not been my favorite genre of beer, but I am beginning to acquire the taste a litte more. I expect an IPA to have some bitterness or it wouldn't be an IPA, but I thoroughly enjoy how the bitterness works in this one. This is the third beer in this special 4 pack that came with the tulip glass and I have liked all of them so far. Good going Boulevard.

Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,496 ratings.