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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,223 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,223
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 184 | 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

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Thorpe429

Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

11-25-2010 18:11:32 | More by Thorpe429
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Chilled, into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Huge thank you to gwguest for both!!!

Hazy orange/copper, light tan finger and a half of creamy head that laces wonderfully. This is a great looking brew.

The nose has ample notes of citrus, with a little hint of pine shining through, nicely malty, with a slightly sweet caramel aroma at the end.

Taste is good, with an nice initial bitter bite. Pleasant grapefruit follows, along with a nice malt touch. The finish is a bit bitter, will a slight alcohol note.

The feel is the only drawback here. It was rather light in body, and thin feeling. Carbonation was adequate, but it just lacked that "near medium" that I would expect from a DIPA.

Drinkability is overall good.

Despite the feel, this is a very good DIPA.

11-25-2010 00:54:32 | More by EgadBananas
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%

Best by date: 7/8/11. I had an Odell's IPA before this and while this is pleasantly more bitter, it didn't have the same upfront hop character jumping out of the glass. The aroms is a mix of sweet grassy and grapefruit hops with caramel malt. The flavor opens with a clean tangerine with light caramel and then big grapefruit. It finishes with spicy, herbal citrus and a long peppery aftertaste. This is a fine beer, but I'd like more bright, crisp hops.

11-19-2010 04:11:14 | More by tempest
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

Had this at a tasting hosted by Dreadnaught33. Thanks!

This DIPA is an orange color and appears slightly hazy. There is a nice layer of white foamy head that generates some decent lacing. The aroma is one of bold hops. The beer tastes decent, but not great. It finishes with a hint of alcohol and hop bitterness that hangs out for a few seconds after each sip. An average example of the style, I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

11-15-2010 01:24:22 | More by Huhzubendah
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happygnome

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -1%

Got this one to celebrate my new job

A: pours a cloudy dark orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears slowly leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass

S: Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness balanced nicely with sweet candy aroma

T: Initially its a sweet candied fruit flavor but quickly the pine and grapefruit hop bitterness take over

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice way to celebrate my new job

11-05-2010 21:55:29 | More by happygnome
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OakedCanuck

Washington

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

750ml poured into MS cervoise

This beer pours a cloudy burnt-orange to rusty color with a big fluffy off-white head. Lacing was good as well as head retention
The smell is a strong caramel, candy sugar and pine. This beer is surprisingly sweet but balanced enough to profile some of the piney hops. Grapefruit and orange were also present. Thick, chewy, kind of syrupy mouthfeel. It was tough to get through a 750 alone and the sweetness hurts this one a bit in the M&D categories. However, it is still a very good tasting brew.

11-02-2010 20:52:53 | More by OakedCanuck
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billab914

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a bright copper color with a full and frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention and some modest lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty bold grapefruit and pine hoppiness to it. It also has a sweet, almost candied fruit like presence to it with a good amount of caramel malt and orange flavors coming through.

The taste is similar to the nose with a candied fruit, orange, caramel malt flavor really coming through. The grapefruit and pine hoppiness also add to the flavors and give it a modest dry bitter finish. It has a lot of sweetness to it overall though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good hoppy and sweet flavors to it. The candied fruit like sweetness was different but pretty good in it. A pretty good beer overall.

10-24-2010 19:01:03 | More by billab914
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Fatehunter

Oregon

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Almost clear, rusty color. Half inch of head that stayed on for longer than I thought it would.

S - Amazing. Hops, grapefruit come through big time. This is how an IPA should smell.

T - Bitter, not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Grapefruit Almost a cream taste at the end. However, the bitter hop flavor comes again at the end. Nice finish.

M - Mellow. Not as crisp as other IPAs. Lightly creamy.

D - An IPA you can drink all day long. A tasty IPA but not overpowering HOPS.

10-17-2010 04:00:23 | More by Fatehunter
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TexIndy

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling code of July 29th bottling date. It was a cloud amber color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a very large beige head that slowly settled down to a thin foam cap and thick collar. Really good lacing with fair amount sticking.

The aroma was a good balance between piney, floral hops and the caramel malt. Didn't get as much citric hops as others mentioned. Still good and well balanced. The taste follows the aroma closely. Start offs a touch sweet and then the piney hops jump in with a good dose of bitter with the caramel kicking back in at the end to tame the bitterness down a bit. Good but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Overcarbonated though.

Overall, a rather good ADIPA that I can see growing into as I keep leaning towards more and more bitter hops. Another great offering from Boulevard. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - I can see this being a player in the bitter rotation especially now that they will have 12oz bottles as well as bombers. [R;Y;BHT]

10-14-2010 01:41:11 | More by TexIndy
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Dreadnaught33

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

From tasting notes, 10-8-10. Thanks to chaney for giving this as an extra (Wow!)

A: Darker than your normal DIPA, nice soapy head of about 1/5 inch that stays. Opaque brown/orange color.

S: Raw Hop cloaked in tons of sweet malt. Nice, seems like it'll be pretty malty for a DIPA.

T: Spicey hops mixed with a malt explotion. Balanced nicely with a dry bitter finish. Maybe a little toffee in there too which detracts a little bit for me. Solid.

M: Pretty well carbonated, nice soapy medium beer.

D: Great DIPA. Solid, a little different than a normal one of the style but still very good.

10-12-2010 15:56:27 | More by Dreadnaught33
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vincicle

Colorado

3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

This beer may have been rated lower than usual based on the fact that I've had some really amazing IPAs lately. It was a good beer but the bitterness that is often overpowering in heavy IPAs was prevalent in this beer. It has a nice aroma with hints of spearmint and an almost cotton candy sweetness of the malt. It pours marvelously with a full thick head and a delightful hazy cinnamon color and thick lacing along the glass. The taste was the most disappointing factor for me as the hops tasted forced and not flowing like a really excellent IPA. The alchohol is not expertly hidden but it is still tasty enough to finish the whole bottle with a smile on your face. The 8.5% helps with this. I really didn't taste much of a difference as the beer warmed up yet I would still recommend this beer not be too cold. All said, being a native Coloradan, this is the best thing that has ever come out of Kansas. I'll have to try some more of their specialties.

10-09-2010 19:05:54 | More by vincicle
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Brent

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +0.8%

An APA perhaps pushing the envelope on the Double/Imperial IPA border. Nicely hopped, with a hint of wintergreen in there somewhere. Oily hop notes, going a little fruity toward the end. Alcohol is a little rough around the edges. More of a sipper here.

10-01-2010 18:35:41 | More by Brent
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +0.8%

The beer pours a dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus hops with a tad bit of caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of piney hops, along with some bitter orange notes. All of this is balanced out with some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

09-29-2010 01:03:35 | More by Mora2000
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Chaney

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

My brother and I split a bomber of this last night. This is from my notes:

A: Pours a VERY dark brown (caramel), peppery, almost angry color with a mean head...maybe too mean even. I poured the first glass a bit too zealously and now the thing is mostly foam. On the second glass, I did it right. beautiful beer!

S: Very "Sweet Tart-ish" type of nose. Sweet, but not too. This is going to be one malty mother!

T: Not too bitter at all, maybe even on the malty side even. Sure the hops and there, but having the tartness poke its way through the malt core is ingenious.

M: Very rich, therefore this one does coat the glass and the mouth, but definitely not with alcohol...with DIPA yumminess. The carbonation is perfect and I wish more beers would go to the cork system vs. the bottle cap one. Corked beer always retain their carbonation better IMO.

D: It's a sipper, that's for sure, but that gives me more time to savor and enjoy this dandy brew!

09-28-2010 13:00:29 | More by Chaney
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codewarrior

New York

4.72/5  rDev +18.9%

Cork and caged 750mL Bomber (Batch: D10165) poured into a chalice

From the bottle:

"Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest"

L: Rich, murky and dark, unfiltered and some freely floating yeast (might be my pour, or the newness of the bottle ... poor handling at the beer store, etc).

S: Hoppy. Lighter than 90-minute or Pliny (or most IPAs for that matter), floral overtones.

T: Perfect balance. Perfect. Hops up front, fruit in the back. This is perfection. Not nearly as hoppy as some IPAs, but it doesn't need to be, perfectly identifyable as an IPA, yet completely different in a beautiful way.

F: Moves well in the mouth, different stages at different places of the mouth. Bitterness hits the tip of your tongue, fruits settle at the back of the throat, the feel of these different flavors and acidities, bitternesses ... is amazing.

D: Feels good all the way down. I could sip this all day, or only on special occasions.

09-25-2010 02:08:00 | More by codewarrior
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climax

Missouri

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%

Batch: 010064
Bottled: 3/11
Sampled: 9/22

Poured into a snifter, the head was massive, covering much more percentage of the glass than beer immediately after the pour. The fluffy mass receded brutally slow leaving curtains of lace. The color was a completely cloudy caramel.

Better balanced than I anticipated, sweet toffee and caramel gave minty and grapefruit hops a noble fight. Alcohol was clearly evident after I got to the remaining 1/4 of the bomber.

There was no shortage of flavor. Sweet and toasty malt once again had very strong presence up front, yet the hoppy army soon rushed in. Juicy sweet grapefruit, sharp floral minty flavor and some lingering cocoa made it very interesting.

The bite of the carbonation was saber sharp throughout, yet tame enough not to notice the somewhat sticky medium body and nice chalky finish.

Lots of flavor in this one, perhaps it would have been even better if I sampled it earlier in it's life. Not overly hoppy, but more spunk than the average IPA, while being very smooth.

Drank with homemade, egg-rolls. Delicious.

09-23-2010 01:27:15 | More by climax
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

Batch 08303 but I'm not sure how old fresh that is.

750 mL bottle with cork and cage.

Served cold into a pint glass. Double Wide is a darker amber color with perfect clarity and creamy, rocky, sticky head. It settles slowly leaving some sticky lace. Other than the head, the appearance doesn't seem quite right for the style.

Aroma is hoppy but doesn't seem especially fresh. It's more like a barleywine style in that it doesn't have the big citrus and pine.

Flavor is similar in terms of barleywine-esqe flavors. Lots of caramel sweetness, some red apple, big earthy hops, and a good deal of bitterness. That said the balance is pretty solid for the style too. A good malt backbone sees to that.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with lower carbonation.

Overall, a descent beer but not a great double IPA.

09-18-2010 03:49:33 | More by GilGarp
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FreshHawk

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

A - Dark amber color with a large rocky, foamy, creamy, toasted marshmallow color head. Pretty good retention with a nice foamy layer of lace left.

S - Background of caramel malt with a good amount of spiciness as well. Plenty of grassy and herbal hops with a touch of citrus and pine resin. Really just all sorts of hop aromas mixing with some sweet caramel malt.

T - Just a wide array of hop flavors with herbal and floral hops being strongest. A good amount of pine resin and orange citrus with some earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy flavor and peppery flavors as well. This mixes nicely with the sweet caramel malt background.

M - Fuller side of medium body with about average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel with a bit of a drying finish.

D - Easy to drink beer that is very well balanced amongst hops and malt and amongst different hop flavors. Not overly sweet or overly bitter.

Notes: A very nice, balanced and tasty IPA. Not the best IPA, but a good one. I would gladly drink this again, it's just a good, tasty, well balanced IPA. Very refreshing.

09-06-2010 03:12:55 | More by FreshHawk
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

Top notch DIPA, rich and long without losing any subtlety.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Under the Smokestack branding main label retro illustration of a double-wide caravan noting "It's twister proof". Back label provides an overview of the style, main intent, cellaring capacity. Shows batch/best by date (D10064 03/11), and Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) alongside serving and storing recommendations. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour, towering frothy head with great retention, rich surface memory and solid splashes of lacing. Quite the looker.

S - Nice and pleasing DIPA nose. Solid and stimulating hoppy range, very citric and earthy with a touch of caramel in the background.

T - All one expects of a DIPA and more, rich hoppy profile very stimulating, long citrus, touch of resin, dash of pineapple, malty undercurrent with a touch of caramel. It weaves itself back to a flavorful hoppy range that while assertive does not exploit its bitter side instead hinting at spicy touches.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation, light insinuation of the alcohol albeit well integrated. A nice bite from the hops is there but well balanced with the malt bill reaching a good balance that highlights the range of tastes.

D - Great range and wonderful flow. Deceptively drinkable, quite the pleasing DIPA.

Notes: Big fan of the smokestack series, which judging from those I've tried range from good to truly outstanding. This is in the final group. Really memorable and recommendable DIPA. I feel tempted to complain about the effort it takes to get hold of one of these bottles since they lack distribution around here, but it also gives me something extra to look forward to when thinking of passing through the region.

08-31-2010 00:44:32 | More by Daniellobo
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beer2day

North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Deep copper red with lofty unforced 2+ finger head. Great retention and very nice veil of lace all around the glass.

Floral and pine hop mix well in the nose. Faint caramel malt backs that up.

Caramel malt with a floral, bready twist open things up. Very smooth for a big abv IPA. Floral hops in the finish are much more subtle than anticipated. Lots of malt body. Smooth and sweet.

Feel is very creamy and smooth with just a faint fizz. Good mix.

Does not hide the alcohol, so you know what you are getting. Very easy sipper.

08-17-2010 02:37:37 | More by beer2day
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue IV:

Part of Boulevard Brewing Co.'s Smokestack Series. The head retention is nothing less than what we expected from this style, lots of sticky action on the glass. Mild, chill haze and tawny in color. Clean pungent oily hop aroma of mint, citrus and evergreen. Sure, there is a splash of malt in the nose, but the hops dominate. Hearty medium body with a smooth carbonation that flows very well. Bitterness is there but nothing drastically sharp, seems the focus is more on flavor. Oily and a little pungent, the hops bring forth layers of complex flavors; earth, herbal, mint, citrus, pine and tobacco. Alcohol warms the mouth a bit with tones of ripe pear, plum and a very faint white pepper backing. Almost forgot the malt because the hops are so flavorful--bready with a biscuity tone seem to be the base. The finish is semi-dry.

Very drinkable, but you'll still want to sip this one. We really love and appreciate the angle of more flavors versus trying to kill the palate with raw bitterness. Delicious.

08-01-2010 14:35:23 | More by BeerAdvocate
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mikeborglum

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

I'm not to experienced making this descriptive reviews but this is very good and this is one of Boulevard's best Smokestack brews. I think MbpBugeye's review was a perfect description:

"The beer has a massive head. Its hard to tame, you have to take your time pouring. It sticks around for a long time leaving thick chucks stuck to the glass. This beer is pretty dark for an IPA. Its a deep burnt orange. Its very hazy. Everything just looks "retro" like its in a sepia tone or something.

S- As soon as the beer left the bottle I was hit with waves of hops. The aromas that take flight across the room are very sweet and citrusy. It really beckoned me to get a closer sniff. Trying to get a whiff through this dense head is a bit tough but Im still picking up lots of pine cones and toasty malts. There must be lots of Summit here. Its giving off lots of that oniony, garlicy smell.

T- Really nice. Starts off loaded with pine resin then, as the beer moves through the mouth, lots of grapefruit pith comes out just before substantial toasted malts take up the rear. The finish is bitter, loaded with spicy hops and a touch of alcohol.

M- Super dry, pretty highly carbonated and medium bodied. It finishes pretty clean."

07-30-2010 23:08:34 | More by mikeborglum
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MbpBugeye

Ohio

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

One of 6 awesome Smokestack beers sent to me by Onion. Awesome box!, thanks again!

Batch Number: D10169 05/2011
A- First off I have to comment on the packaging of these Smokestack beers. They all look awesome. This one is going for a retro look with a 50s style double wide mobile home. Very nice looking.

The beer has a massive head. Its hard to tame, you have to take your time pouring. It sticks around for a long time leaving thick chucks stuck to the glass. This beer is pretty dark for an IPA. Its a deep burnt orange. Its very hazy. Everything just looks "retro" like its in a sepia tone or something.

S- As soon as the beer left the bottle I was hit with waves of hops. The aromas that take flight across the room are very sweet and citrusy. It really beckoned me to get a closer sniff. Trying to get a whiff through this dense head is a bit tough but Im still picking up lots of pine cones and toasty malts. There must be lots of Summit here. Its giving off lots of that oniony, garlicy smell.

T- Really nice. Starts off loaded with pine resin then, as the beer moves through the mouth, lots of grapefruit pith comes out just before substantial toasted malts take up the rear. The finish is bitter, loaded with spicy hops and a touch of alcohol.

M- Super dry, pretty highly carbonated and medium bodied. It finishes pretty clean.

D- I really like this beer. A really nice surprise. Im really excited for the rest of these beers Onion sent me.

07-23-2010 03:01:35 | More by MbpBugeye
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Batch D9135

Review edited 27sep10, 17Jul2011

Editing review after this, my fifth bottle of this particular beer.

I opened the bottle and poured forth a coppery amber color, cloudy with a nice two finger head and lots of lacing. It looked pretty well carbonated and overall not bad to look at.

It definitely had a piney aspect to the aroma. Sweetness and citrus were also present. An interesting spicy, tangy hops profile complemented an understated but noticeable malt. The high ABV really wasn't noticeable in either the smell or the taste, which is a good thing.

Taste... I have to admit, this stuff is damn good. Piney citrus and grapefruit flavors dominate, as does the hops, but spicy sweet malts are not far behind. Excellent balance, as the bitterness is present but not the primary thing you notice when you drink it. Again, I do not taste the alcohol at all, very well done. Very much what I want in an IPA.

in the mouth it feels sharp, crisp, thick and rich. You really notice the high carbonation, but the high ABV doesn't overpower your throat or stomach as it goes down, it's just nicely warming but not burningly obvious that this is a strong beer. A very high rating here too, unchanging after multiple sessions of this brew.

Drinkability... Well, for the style, I'd rate it quite high, and for any style, still quite high. It leaves me definitely wanting to finish the bottle, but it's a one bottle session beer, two would be overdoing it. Sharing is perfect for one of these 750's. it's pretty thick stuff and I think my gullet needs a break after this one. Drinks very good.

Honestly, Boulevard has really outdone themselves with the smokestack series. Every one has been at least a B+, but for a series I'd have to rate Smokestacks a clear A overall.

And for the final report... This rating is going to remain very high. This was a fine beer in any capacity, IPA or otherwise.

07-21-2010 22:30:45 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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kcjester

Kansas

3.85/5  rDev -3%

Poured into glass and had a very large head. Almost to the point of overcarbonation but once the head fell, carbonation contributed to good mouthfeel. Copper to almost red in color. Smell was great, I love the smell of hops. I couldn't pick out a specfic smell other than "hoppy" but was very inviting. Tasted beer and all I can say is GRAPEFRUIT! Not completely overpowering but the primary flavor is definately grapefruit. Hunting a little further and you can taste the sweetness of the malt before turning to grapefruit. Very drinkable and overall a very good beer. A good double IPA which is not just bitter like a lot of other imperial/double IPA's. Has good balance and is easy to drink the whole bottle in one sitting. Good beer, cheers!

07-13-2010 00:06:56 | More by kcjester
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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