Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
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
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
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Batch D10134, best by 05/2011. Really? An ImpIPA with a best by a year out? Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a dark amber color with an inch of tall, rocky, foamy, off-white head that had very good retention and lacing.
The aroma was very malt forward, not what I expect from the style, and had a nice variety of hop scents at the back. Pine and citrus notes were most prominent, with some floral scents hiding in the malt. On the tongue, a bit of hops upfront, malt sweetness in the middle and a tangy citrus finish is what I got.
The body was decent, just a bit thinner than I would've hoped for. Drinkability was very good for a style that I rarely have multiples of. Overall, a pretty good beer, worth trying.
07-12-2010 23:09:05 | More by beertunes
3.4/5 rDev -14.4%
750ml corked and caged brown bottle. Batch 09305.
It pours a darker color than most IPA's. It is a distinct burnt reddish/caramel color with a huge off-white head.
The smell is pure malt almost. It is very sugary and rich the hops are herbal and citrusy. I could have an older bottle, so the hops may have faded.
The flavor is rich and carmally, very east coast leaning, not alot of bitter hop bite. IT really just tastes like a caramel ale with a hint of pine. Something like the bastard child of a DIPA and Barleywine like Brewdog Hardcore IPA. It has a similar un-hidden alcoholic burn.
It is a skip, for the price it isn't worth it.
07-12-2010 04:04:32 | More by crossovert
3.98/5 rDev +0.3%
No 2 in series
Best by 01/11
A - Hazy copper with a big tan head.
S - Citrus, floral and grapefruit hops with some sweet caramel mixed in the background.
M - Medium body with a lot of carbonation but that seems to settle quickly and not really affect mouthfeel. Lingering dry hoppiness.
D - Tasty IPA. I am not extremely familiar with Boulders releases and think this would be better in a 6 pack and not a special release 750.
07-08-2010 02:34:49 | More by brewcrew76
4/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle that had been in the "cellar" for 1.25 years into an imperial pint
A: Turbid dark copper, with 1.5 inch light beige head that retained well with fairly aggressive carbonation
S: grapefruit rind citrus, a bit of honey, bitter pine aroma, and brown sugar
T: Orange blossom, honey, mint and burnt caramel for a last bite of sweet bitterness
M: Smooth but well balanced with the carbonation well positioned
D: for this much flavor and a reasonable ABV, I think this is a winner of a DIPA.
07-07-2010 01:34:25 | More by waldoiverson
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Drunk 6/26/2009 with friends, finally got around to entering this bad boy. From notes:
A. Beautiful ruby-orange color. Belgian looking head, fat and pretty, distinctive and not very IPA like. Bottle conditioning at work here? Probably.
S. Spicy orange marmalade and sappy sugary pine mingle with good US hop bitterness -- but this is a rich and sweet smelling DIPA.
T. Slightly pine-sappy, lots of orange and big sugary notes, still remains harmonious despite the high (for style) maltiness. Could be this is old, but it aged wonderfully, if so. A little rough around the edges still from the pine-hops, and the malts remind one of English brews... interesting and so very not West Coast.
M / D. Superb. Bottle conditioning wins the day here. Full and fizzy, soft, memorable, lush. Finish is stellar, a hoppy-sweet blast that fades out while holding hands. You want to drink more. You really do.
Double Wide is a fine, fluffy and sweet DIPA that is interesting and absolutely worth your time - especially if you've been burnt out by the teeth-whitening bitterness of American Double IPAs lately. Very much recommended!
07-04-2010 21:12:27 | More by kkipple
4.13/5 rDev +4%
pours a cloudy amber in color and has a head that recedes to be an island in the center of the glass. Nice lacing.
Smells piney as hell, with a lot of citrus. Sort of feels like being in the forest... and an orchard... hmmm.
Thick chewy mouthfeel, with lots of jammy feelings in the gums.
Tastes bearable though, surprisingly not oversweet, although it is quite present. Nice citrus and bitterness, which actually comes through.
Glad this beer is not overly sweet, and the bitterness is noticeable. Thanks Boulevard!
06-25-2010 02:07:01 | More by Spineypanda
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Beer poured from a bottle into a plastic hotel cup at a Comfort Inn near the Minneapolis airport. Beer is dark amber and slightly haze. Forms a big creamy head of tiny bubbles that completely coats the glass with lacing. Looks good.
Aroma is strongly hoppy with a malt backbone to it. Very piny, very sweet. Pretty good.
Beer leads off with a chewy medium body feel to it. Strong hop flavor and building bitterness. Very strong pine. Pretty sweet up front from both the alcohol, which I can taste, and some malt syrup. Bitterness grows and grows. I had to drink this beer by myself and it shut me down for the night. Still a pretty good beer though.
06-23-2010 20:07:23 | More by drabmuh
3.93/5 rDev -1%
n8dietz is da man... man.
Pours a dark tea amber and ruby color with a darkish tan head. The head starts at a voluminous three fingers and recedes to a tough film.
The aroma is bitter blood orange peel with a little pine tar. Softened a little by the caramel and biscuit malt aromas. But also heated by the spicey kick of the high alcohol content.
Tis beers palate is warm and syrupy upfront. The bitter orange peel and pine sap hops almost dominate the flavor profile. The mlats do make a stand of caramel, biscuit, and marmalade flavors to quell some of the hops potency. The palate takes on a more oily quality at the finish with the abv. revamping some bitterness into the flavor profile.
This is a bitter sipper, full of flavor.
06-23-2010 03:50:59 | More by scruffwhor
4.2/5 rDev +5.8%
750ml caged and corked bottle, $11.99 locally, best by 3/2011.
A very stubborn cork, I had to wedge it out with my BA bottle cap and...bam! The cork flew and some of the beer started gushing out. I guess I'm serving it at too warm a temp or the bottle hadn't had time to settle down as they were just delivered today to my favourite local retailer.
A big 3 finger head of foam, it has a hazy amber gold colour. It looks to have some good lacing.
It has a very nice aroma of floral and piney hops, lightly spicy, and a hint of some malt presence. There could be a tropical fruitiness here as well but I'm not too sure.
The taste is nicely bitter with pine, light tropical fruit, and an aspirin like bitterness that plays a limited role. It has a good malt backbone; I wouldn't say the sweetness from the malt actually balances things out but it adds a cool taste to the brew. Some alcohol in the taste too. Not much but enough for me to mention it.
Good smooth mouthfeel thanks to the medium body and carbonation. Head retention is marvelous.
Drinkability? For an American IPA, I'd say it is excellent. Lots of flavour with minimal alcohol intrusion. I see on the label that this bottled conditioned beer can be cellared. I think I'll give that a go and see what happens.
06-18-2010 21:30:59 | More by Bitterbill
4.4/5 rDev +10.8%
A dark brown with a huge frothy tan head. Nice pine hop aroma with a mix of sweet malt. Taste is spicy hops upfront with a strong pine and a little citrus that gives way to a very pleasant caramel and almost chocolate malt sweetness to balance things out. Great hop finish leaving a bit of pine on the palatte. Mouthfeel is a fantastic creamy yet foamy consistency.
I'm not so sure, but this should probably be listed as a DIPA. It's very big to be a normal IPA. Double wide has a fantastic blend of flavors in the malts and hops. I particularly enjoyed the spice mixed with the chocolate and caramel. This beer is very dark for an IPA and has a head that was too large otherwise the appearance score would have been higher. I'm a big fan of bottle conditioning when done right and boulevard seems to do it right consistently, although this one did overrun a bit when opened. It still had an amazing consistentcy I have never encountered in an IPA. Overall, a unique and fantastic beer.
06-14-2010 18:18:39 | More by Bfarr
4.22/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours murky, dark copper with a one inch head of biege. Plenty of lacing and a solid skim coat on the surface for the duration of the brew.
Aromatics lead off with pungent pine, grapefruit, and plump malt. Hints of toffee, caramel, tangerine and spruce bark follow through. Fairly dank and resinous.
Medium bodied with a tacky, chewy, gummy mouthfeel with a crisp edge.
Pithy grapefruit and tangerine start the palate with a blast of pine resin quickly following. Ripe malt, toffee, and boozy alcohol add a nice counterpoint. Bitterness is abundant but not coarse.
Finishes with lingering pine-smashed grapefruit, a gripping bitterness, sweet malt, and warming alcohol.
Big beer...And I like it.
06-10-2010 23:15:21 | More by brewandbbq
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
a consistent beer from a consistent brewery. a tad on the lighter side in density in comparison to most. color is an orange... mild murk and a nice head that isn't particularly lacy. nose of grapefruit and orange... palate of a little pepper and mango. a little bit of booze came forth. definitely cenntenial hopped. good beer. losses some appeal with the traces of alcohol.
06-10-2010 06:40:14 | More by rtepiak
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, a sweet maltiness and piney hops. In the taste, piney hops and big maltiness in the end. A bitter and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry piney hop aftertaste. Good balance with the big hops.
06-08-2010 14:02:04 | More by OWSLEY069
3.55/5 rDev -10.6%
A - Poured a nice amberish color with a thick bright white head with lots of carbonation
T: Plenty of hops, sordove chewy and balanced. Tasted sordove like an ENlgish IPA in a way
M: Sweet, bit of booze, bready mouthfeel, well carbonated
D: Good IPA but wont drink it again.
06-06-2010 13:47:30 | More by barleywinefiend
3.93/5 rDev -1%
Appears almost Belgianesque with its haze and lacing. But still has the vibrant orange of an American high hopped ipa. Good aroma, astringent hops.
All kinds of hop flavor, very bitter, pine and citrus both in big existence. Lemon exists downward more than expected. What was pine, evolved to tangerine then to lemon.
Great price. Cool bottle.
05-19-2010 22:22:09 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.45/5 rDev -13.1%
Poured from a big corked and caged bottle into my Duvel Tulip. I managed to convince my family to grab this one for me the last time they went to Tennessee. This thing was tough to open.
A - Brown-orange with a big off white head.
S - Yummy citrus, grapefruit hoppy aromas. The delicious juicy aroma is definitely a positive.
T - Way more balanced than what I was expecting. Piney hop flavor seems to dominate at first followed then by a malty sweetness that takes over. A bit of a brown sugar sweetness reside's in there somewhere. While this beer is balanced it doesn't blend the greatest.
M - Medium body with a good deal of carbonation. Probably a little more carbonated than it needs to be.
D - Not tough to drink but not all that pleasant either. I'm glad I tried this one and would drink it again but I won't seek this one out.
05-19-2010 21:39:04 | More by jpmclaug
4.43/5 rDev +11.6%
Whatever you do, the beer wants to foam. The slowest, most careful pour still yields three plus fingers of eggshell white microfoam, could not have a more frenzied, whipped up froth if it tried, curiously it slides effortlessly down the glass sides with minimal lacing. Cloudy copperish red-orange, you can just see through it, your fingers are shadow puppets on the other side of the glass, lightens around the rims. The nose can jab you but isn't out to score points, the first sign that this is a beer content to just be an "American IPA" and not a wannabe DIPA. Scents of tangerine, lime, pink grapefruit mesh with pineapple, papaya, peach, apricot fruit, more floral than piney but in any case appears fresh and ruddy cheeked the first concern, vague dusting of cocoa powder, just hits you with the categorical basics with dignity and reserve. Medium-bodied, same demeanor as in the nose, maybe the carbonation adds a little too much fluff. Otherwise, very balanced with an emphasis on that tangelo, pink grapefruit citrus as well as pine and then caramel, butterscotch and honey. Never too sweet, just lively, there's a pleasing herbaceous nip to it. Calms down as it gets near the finish line with elevating carob, chocolate notes. Manages both a clean and lingering finish. Drank the 750ml is about 20 minutes.
05-14-2010 03:53:05 | More by farrago
3.05/5 rDev -23.2%
750ml. corked and caged.
pours out a cloudy and murky bronze tinted amber colour with a humongous meringue like head that is sturdy and staying, eventually leaving thick rings of lace. citric and solvent in the nose with pine sol like nuances. quite aromatic as one can smell it from aways a way. it also has herbal and hay like attitude to it...it really covers all the bases aroma wise. malty base in the taste department; not really overly sweet but lays down a foundation upon which the hopping can build on. and as for those hop notes...they aren't as flavourful as blisteringly bitter. this is a real tongue destroyer with the mish mash of citric, herbal and resiny hops fighting for domination. along with a bit of a boozy burning sensation...double wide leaves a trail of destruction in it's wake, which isn't necessarily a good thing. full bodied with a somewhat pucker inducing, chalky, rough and tumble mouthfeel. as for drinkability...i'd say it's an ok sipper, but the last sip does not really get me excited to take another. i can usually gulp down these bombers with no problem no matter the relative bombastic ABV and high IBU's but i sort of wish i had someone to share this with. oh well i'll suck it down like a champ.
i don't know if i'm tiring of these amped up/doubled up IPA's, or i just don't care for this particular concoction, but i just don't find this that enjoyable.
twister proof but blister inducing on the tongue as well as the brain.
05-01-2010 20:43:53 | More by budgood1
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
Poured into my Samuel Smith Tulip pint glass after allowing to warm up from fridge a bit.
A: Dark amber with fluffy white head. Nice lacing shows up as beer sits and hangs around for quite a long time.
N: Herbal and tropical fruit notes on the nose. Nice grassiness too from the hops. Rounded out nicely with hints of light malty sweetness.
T: Dry hoppiness on the front palate that segues into a slightly malty middle. There is a hint of chalkiness that I believe is from the hops, however it isn't very pleasant. Finish is dry and herbally, a bit underwhelming too for a DIPA.
M: Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.
D: Not bad at 8.5%. However the chalkiness and overly herbally hop finish is a bit off putting to me to continue drinking.
Overall I think something went wrong with my bottle. I had this beer earlier in the year and it was amazing, but something just seems much different on the second go around. I'll have to revisit this next time it is released and see if I can get a fresher bottle.
04-16-2010 00:35:34 | More by lordkman
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
750 corked bomber
A hazy orange pour
big off white beige head
-aroma and taste of citrus,grapefruit,lemon
-medium creamy mouthfeel
-long sweet bitter finish.
-nice head that follows the beer down the glass with laceings up and down the glass
-over all a good IPA
04-11-2010 15:04:34 | More by Dipakid
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
Shared by capra12 at a recent tasting. Poured from a 750ml. corked and caged wine bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
A: Standard pour yields a huge, 3.5 finger frothy, creamsicle colored head with good retention. Beer is semi-cloudy orange. Lacing is spotty at best and lacking compared to the massive head.
S: Pineapple, citrus, pine cones, strong, aggressive booziness, subtle hops, ethanol, and rubber. One of the more unique noses from an IPA.
T: Pine, citrus, subtle hop character in the background. Creamy cane sugar comes in towards the middle and almost completely drowns out the hops. Finishes with a big, brown sugar kick and then a lingering hop presence.
M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, but feels flat as a pancake... Smooth and more watery than I'd like going down. Finish is messy and all over the place with a ton of big flavors coming and going.
D: This beer seeks balance but in an unfortunate way. There's no equality between the hop and malt profiles. Instead, its just one... and then the other, with no compromise between the two flavors. Not one of my favorites and with so many solid IPA's out there, I'll skip this one next time.
04-10-2010 12:43:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Thank you JJFoodie!!!
C&C'ed 750 poured into Chimay chalice
A: Deep amber with some cranberry highlights. Fluffy eggshell head clings to the glass. Head retention is solid. Attractive. Sticky lacing.
S: Pine city. Piney goodness hides all but a hint of sweet malty carmel. Vague scotch-like aroma present after the beer warms a bit.
T: Piney with just a hint of mild citrus. Multiple waves of hoppiness come with each sip. Just enough malt to keep everything grounded. Clean, dry hop finish.
M: Prickly carbonation leaves the tip of my tongue tingling. Palate drys up nicely after each sip...not much in the way of aftertaste.
D: Halfway through my tongue is actually suffering a bit. I've got a little bit of numbness in the tip of my tongue. This is a deceptive beer. It doesn't feel like a palate bruiser but the further I go with this beer the more I notice the effects. This doesn't hinder my enjoyment of the beer as a whole, but it is a negative in terms of drinkability.
Very nice beer overall. Very happy I got to try it. Looking forward to working on the assortment of Blvd Smokestack beers that I've acquired over the past month. My only real complaint is that the cork was tremendously difficult to remove.
04-03-2010 03:47:24 | More by AdamGarcia
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A-Deep, dark copper with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.
S-Sweet caramel malt up front with a nice backing of spicy/citrus hops.
T-A lot of malt up front, which is not my preference. This is backed up nicely by strong dose of bitter orange rind and citrus flavours or orange, tangerine and grapefruit.
M-Medium body, crisp and biting with some lingering bitterness that builds with warming.
D-A fresher bottle than I had the last time. This one comes together nicely with an easy drinking combination of caramel malt and citrus zing!
03-31-2010 11:59:20 | More by Deuane
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,225 ratings.