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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 91
Gots: 196 | FT: 5
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 obrike
4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Bought a 4 pack at Specs in north Austin.

Holy moly...what a pour...beautiful dark copper, huge fluffy head...tons of sticky lace...looks incredible.

Nice crisp piny hop aroma, a bit of lemon...some orange, a bit subdued...but good. A lot going on in here, the sweet malt does not overpower the hops...just a nice, clean, dry, hop-forward dipa. Not a hop bomb...but hopheads will still enjoy.

Smooth as hell...quite drinkable. Can taste more flavors as it warms. Nice. Dry, a bit bitter finish, but makes you want to take another sip.

Very good brew...a bit pricey, but well worth the cost.

obrike, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Deep golden copper color, opaque and cloudy. Large three finger frothy head of yellow. Pillows at the top and retention hangs around and enjoys this spring day for quite a while.

Stone fruit aromas dominate, with citrus and tropical notes underneath. Peach and nectarine with hints of orange, mango, and pineapple. A layer of caramel and bready malts come through to wane the hops somewhat at the end.

Nicely balanced, full assertive carbonation, and quite bitter on the finish after the initial malt burst. Some acidic qualities throughout. Peachy flavors. Grapefruit, guava, herbal, balanced by the same caramel and bready malts the nose suggests, but as mentioned is washed away on the bitter rind finish.

mcallister, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color, billowy two-finger head with great retention and excellent lace.

S: Floral hops with some peach fruit and sweet malts underneath. Also some fruity esters.

T: Mellow orange/citrus hops yield gently to kiwi and sweet malts, then transforming to a bit of pine bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

M: Medium body, nice creaminess, no oil. Carbonation is spot on-- feels as light in the mouth as the head in the glass.

O: Wow. I haven't had this in a while, and it's quite a bit better than I remember. This will be one for those long months when Hopslam isn't available. For my tastebuds, a real winner.

AmericanGothic, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%

From 03/25/11 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, citrus hops, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, light bitter citrus hops, and a little sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - A nice DIPA. definitely not a hop bomb and the caramel and fruity malts come out a lot in the smell and taste. Smooth and easy to drink, would have again.

mdfb79, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.05/5  rDev +2%

This is about the only beer from the Smokestack series that I haven't tried. I am not a hop-head, but I just tried the Divine Reserve #11 from St. Arnold, so I figured that this would be a good beer to "wash it down". Let's give it a go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with a huge 2" head of tan bubbles after a pretty reserved pour. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is some thick foam left as you are swirling and drinking the beer, but it doesn't really stick for some reason. Overall, this is pretty nice.

Aroma: My first impression was that this beer had a bit of oxidation, but that wasn't there when I went back to the beer. There is plenty of citrusy American hops in here as there should be. There is also some evident sweet caramel notes giving a mile Toffee impression to the beer.

Taste: The flavor is showing the oxidation as well, but it is really mild. The initial part of the flavor is dominated by the hops, giving you plenty of citrus and a tad of spice. It doesn't take long for you to pick up the caramel in the flavor and there is a medley of these two flavors that takes you into the finish, which is only slightly dominated by the hops. The body is medium and is appropriately attenuated with plenty of carbonation, so this lightens it up on your palate for the ride down. As the beer warms, there is a honey-like flavor that is becoming a much bigger player in the flavor and finish so much that it is starting to taste like orange blossom honey, which is quite nice.

Opinion: This is a pretty good DIPA overall. There is a date on the bottle saying 09/2011, so I guess this is the "best by" date, so this may explain the oxidative flavors and aromas. I can appreciate a brewer that can take this style and make a drinkable beer out of it. So many in this category are just "hop monsters" with no real regard for drinkability...they just want to have 10,000 IBU's printed on the bottle or some such. This beer is drinkable the whole time and is definitely getting better as it warms up some. I would drink this beer again, and if you are a hop-head, I would absolutely give this beer a shot.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

12oz bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, darker orangish color. There was quite a good sized ecru head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. Good nose. Citrus, pine and apricot are the main aromas. Not overly bitter. Well balanced with a hint of underlying sweetness. Grapefruit notes in the taste, good fairly full malt body backing this one up. Nice

Boto, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +0.8%

Thanks to lnashsig! Always excited to try another beer from the Smokestack Series...

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before September, 2011.

Gloriously dark, cloudy, burnt orange body with several bands of lighter oranges and reds. A hefty peach/beige froth recedes to a lasting finger of suds. Thick, whipped lacing.

Potently aromatic - orange blossoms, rosewater, caramel, along with an herbal/floral quality. Initially surprised to learn this is full of C-hops, as there is no pine in the nose.

Has an unusual malty complexity along (perhaps from the amber malt?) with faint burnt sugar which opens up the palate to the wave of hop flavors. Cleanly bitter, faintly spicy, herbal, and earthy. The profile reminds me of NW style IPAs, though there is something vaguely "Belgian" about it as well (perhaps the yeast, the adjuncts, the bottle conditioning, all these combined?). Finishes dry and faintly woody/floral complexity.

Medium-bodied, creamy, lightly effervescent, and gently warming. Could be a tiny bit more "crisp" I suppose.

Distinctive take on the style - not quite like any of the many West coast varieties I've tried. Pairs well with spicy food, as the bitterness cuts right through.

augustgarage, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of StlHopHead77
3.85/5  rDev -3%

A-A mildly,hazy body rests beneath 2 fingers of strong,slightly ashy white head that showed moderate retention and left gummy ropes of lacing.

S-The nose consisted of dried apricot and grassy hops upfront with pine resin and baked sugar finishing it out.

T-Sweetened grapefruit,hop and pine oils,strong tea and toffee flavors on the finish.

M-The mouth feel was slick and clean with mild bitternerss and good balance.

D-This is an extremely drinkable DIPA.Maybe a slightly different approach than others but complex and structured with an ABV that is hidden well.

StlHopHead77, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of csiewert
3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

This beer pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of foamy tan head that leaves a generous amount of lacing on its way down. The aroma is strong with citrusy and earthy hops. The taste starts with a little malty sweetness and then you get a hint of earthy hop flavor. It ends with strong hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated but this is a fairly decent IPA.

csiewert, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

750ml poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, dark amber with a 2-finger off-white head that recedes at a slow pace falling to a cover.

The smell is pine hops followed by some sweet malt.

The taste is pine with a moderate dose of bitterness. The bitterness lingers and then leaves space for malt sweetness to take over.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a well made beer but I find it lacking as a IIPA. The hop profile could be pushed up a bit, especially in the grapefruit/pineapple or some other citrus area. I'm fine with the malt sweetness but for a IIPA the hops should bite deeper.

meatyard, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of theboozecruise
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

theboozecruise, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of plfahey
4.38/5  rDev +10.3%

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber red with just a touch of haze. Giant beige head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Piney, orangey, fresh, grapefruity, and a hint of resin. Some light raisiny caramel malt notes and a bit of toast.

Flavor-Fruity tones up front from orange and grapefruit hops and raisiny crystal malt give way to bready, toasty malt and piney hop flavor. Hop bitterness is moderately high and carries long into the aftertaste, with bitter orange and pine flavors following. Just a slight alcoholic dryness in the finish lets on to the fact that this bad boy's got some punch.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with prickly, medium high carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Very slight alcohol warmth.

I really like the hop bitterness levels on this one, the flavor has a nice, layered complexity, and the aroma is quite pleasant. On the whole a very enjoyable beer.

plfahey, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of StLThrash
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, copper coloring. Nice 2-finger creamy head that was mostly white but had some of the copper color to it, reduced to a 1-finger and kept throughout. Some minor-lacing.

S - Nice & fruity (Apricot) on the nose with some pine and citrus.

T - I got more flavor at the beginning of the beer which dissipated as I drank it. Seemed to have more carbonation at the beginning as well.

M - Nice and hoppy with the bitterness on the back of the tongue and throat. A little dry finish / aftertaste.

D - 8% and didn't seem like it was that high. I could definitely drink a few of these.

A worthy effort. I haven't tried the Single Wide IPA from Boulevard but will soon.

StLThrash, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Mecham
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

750 bottle poured into a 16oz mug.

Pours a cloudy light auburn color with thick chunky head that hangs around a while before eventually settling in to itself lacing the glass nicely as you sip. A danky citrus smell...this is a hop heads beer. The toasty piney bitter taste hits you upfront and melts into a sweeter grapefruit finish. the mouth feel is big and round with almost a sticky lip smacking finish that is pleasant and has you eager for the next sip. This is a very good beer but not something you could drink in session (unless your a hop head like myself). Enjoy and PROST!!

Mecham, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of abrethanson
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Appearance - pours a rich golden amber color into my sexy tulip glass. Even the 2 finger head shares a tinge of the beer's shade. Gives me a warm feeling like the sun is going to burst through my glass.

Smell - not 100% sure as my olfactory is out of whack of sorts. I sense pine and citrus although I am sure there is more to it.

Taste - it tastes just like an IPA should, pine, citrus, with a good balance between sweet and bitter. Its as though the hops and malts are socialists sharing in this affair together. Alcohol was invited but decided to show up fashionably late. The end is a little dry while the hops tend to linger around like a cougar after last call.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge IPA head but this one is smooth and goes down easy. I could put a couple of these back before tapping out on bitter overload. Definitely a good (D)IPA for anyone who digs the mighty bitter (not biter)

abrethanson, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

Review from notes 1/29/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a very large 2.5 finger off white head. Extremely long head retention.

S: Slightly floral and a little fruity, I get some apple and maybe a little pear. There is a large malt component, some toasted grains, little bit of caramel.

T: Slightly bitter at first, but then it gets very sweet from the malts. A good bit of caramel malt flavor. Not a lot of citrus or pine as most people have tasted.

M/D: Medium bodied and on the drier side. Overall, a disappointment. Had very high hopes based on reviews and brewery reputation, but this fell a bit flat. Bottling date is unknown and is likely the problem. Should I get a fresh one and the review is different, I will rereview it.

mdaschaf, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of heysuz
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Intro: 12 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Medium amber color with a slight hazy consistency. Extreme beige colored head that diminishes as the pour proceeds but stays throughout.

Smell: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus. Smells like a good quality classic DIPA.

Taste: Strong bitter hoppy bite. Little else, just straight away hops. Slight boozy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth, dry at the end...nice carbonation

Drink: Very easy to drink and can go down rather quickly if you're not paying attention. An enticing beer that makes you want another one as you finish a pour.

Conclusion: A very respectable offering in the DIPA category. Although not heading the list of my favorite DIPA's, I would put in the upper 20% of the class. I've had this beer a few times and I'm sure it will be a mainstay in my fridge.

heysuz, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of afinepilsner
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

12oz brown bottle
8.5% abv

Double Wide India Pale Ale was amber in color and lightly hazy. It had a huge beige head with great retention and lacing. The smell was citrus and earthy hops with some sweet malts. The taste was grapefruit and piney hop flavor with some caramel malt and a good dose of bitterness. The finish was long hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was good and the alcohol well hidden. This is a good Double IPA and worth trying out.

afinepilsner, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of kawilliams81
2.55/5  rDev -35.8%

Poured into a 16oz. snifter.

A-Lots of head right away. Cloudy, orange/caramel color.

S-Malty caramel upfront with a hint of pine hops.

T-Very thin! Notice the maltiness right away with the bitter piney hops at the finish. Lacking.

M-Again very thin! For 8.5% should be thicker and a bit chewier.

D-Can drink this all day, if I actually wanted too, because of the thinness.

Very disappointed. Not sure how this is rated A-. Use to DIPA's like Dreadnaught, Double Jack, Hopslam, Maharaja which are all in a different league than this beer.

kawilliams81, Feb 15, 2011
Photo of evanlarkin
3.05/5  rDev -23.2%

Appearance:
Headiness hits me first. I shared this with several people and we couldn't avoid getting a massive head. Mine was smallest at about 3 fingers, and one friend had an inch of beer and the rest of the pint glass full of head. The color is more reminiscent of an amber ale, eventually.

Smell:
Piney! Simcoe I'd imagine? This beer smells like a forest who's ground is littered with caramel malt. A bit boozy, despite being less alcoholic than many DIPAs.

Taste:
Piney and earthy, kind of bitter, kind of caramelly, but not very sweet on the whole. I'm used to a lot of grapefruit (probably Citra) in my DIPAs, so this is different.

Mouthfeel:
Sharp and carbonated, and it sticks to you. Full and sticky. Sticks to your mouth like barbecue to your fingers.

Drinkability:
Okay, but not an all-nighter. If I want something hoppy but not fruity, I'd have one, but I still prefer to share my corked bottles.

evanlarkin, Feb 13, 2011
Photo of jault52
2.73/5  rDev -31.2%

Poured into a snifter. Very pretty dark amber with nice fluffy head and good lacing. Pretty beer for sure.

Odd, off putting nose. Others have mentioned a solvent smell, and really for me it was overwhelming. I really couldn't get past it.

Same taste as smell. Got some malt at the end, but was mostly solvent and booze. Couldn't find the hops at all.

Was not impressed at all. Very surprised by all the love for this.

jault52, Feb 11, 2011
Photo of GPHarris
3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly tan head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a dark and bubbly amber color.
s - sweet fruits and pine.
t - buttery, caramel, sweet fruits, pine with a spicy finish.
m - bubbly and dry.
d - good beer but a bit down the list of DIPAs in my mind.

GPHarris, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -1%

Slender 12 oz capped bottle, poured into a nonic. Best by date of 07/29/2011. Thanks for sending this Doug.

Pours a darker than typical for the style, translucent honey/rust amber. Massive, frothy cream colored head that never fades away and leaves thick clumps and rings of lacing.

Aroma is thick and piney. Pine needles, pine sap, and resin dominate with a light toasted malt background. Very fresh and green, mildly antiseptic and boozy.

Not much sweetness in the flavor either. Strong resiny and bitter hop flavor of pine, leaves, tobacco. Strong caramel malt backbone provides a little balancing sweet, but this is exceptionally bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied and sticky with strong carbonation with a dry, clean finish.

A very big, complicated DIPA with plenty of bitterness if you're in need of a hop fix. There is a mild solvent thing going on throughout the nose and flavor which detracts from the drinkability and in general my outlook on this beer. I really like the look of these new 12 oz bottle though!

yourefragile, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of Fenris244
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Hazy, light amber color, sticky 2 finger head, good retention. Leaves a think lace.

Lemon peel aroma is really strong, grapefruit and floral aromas are also prominent, the hop aroma is also there but muted

Citrus and hop flavors are very balanced, the hops are much more pronounced here than in the smell. Hop bitterness lingers well into the finish and is balanced nicely by the sweetness at the beginning of each sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, light in body and very refreshing to drink

Good well balanced ipa, very drinkable I wish I had more...

Fenris244, Feb 05, 2011
Photo of boudreaux
4.65/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

boudreaux, Jan 27, 2011
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.