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

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2,183 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,183
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 87
Gots: 177 | 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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4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/14/09

Batch #09163

Thanks to Freethyhops

A - Stunning & dense brownish copper. Poured two fingers of billowing foam that holds up nicely at the start. Good retention, though it thins out some. Impressive amount of lacing. Second pour offers murky brown highlights.

S - Potent floral & citrus hops; orange, tangerine & some grapefruit. Faint lemon. Dry, biscuity malt.

T - Awash in hoppy bitterness! Sharp hits of pine. Juicy citrus: orange, grapefruit & a spot of lemon. Some alcohol heat on the finish - rather warming, but not cloying. Malt seems minimal with just some toasted bread interspersed throughout. A spiciness is ever-present. Righteous.

M - Resinous, chewy & rather full in body with plenty of carbonation to facilitate the bitterness & spice. Sticky bitterness lingers well after the finish.

D - Makes full use of the 8.5% abv & is dangerously drinkable. Packs a lot of flavor & punch. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 03:59:10 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of joepais


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Greg for sending this one along.

Bottle spit three ways among friends in tulip glasses. It produce a large white head that laced out just perfect .the body was this wonderful dark amber in color. The aroma was very hop forward. Nice and earthy pine and a great floral presence. The flavor was slightly oxidized but still had good malt sweetness followed by a drying hop bitter. A solid medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation

I will say we finished these glasses rather quickly It was easy to drink and quite good for an IPA

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2009 15:07:03 | More by joepais
Photo of bonk0076


4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber mahogany color with a yellow head so thick you could plant a flag in it, and after it slowyly disappears, it leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma features a distinctive pine aroma, with very subtle caramel and molasses notes beneath it. Taste is very subdued as a whole, with hop bitterness being the most prominent to begin, but balanced with a very sweet and short caramel finish. Makes it a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2009 04:00:18 | More by bonk0076
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4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy amber color,great foamy head that slowly breaks down to beautiful lacy head
S-First apple come to mind then a mild citrus aroma, then very faint vegetative odor nothing bad but very different
T-This where this beer really shines. The pine,citrus and sweetness hides the abv the back half is that good old bitterness. But that vegetative smell is incorporated in the taste hence why I don't give this a 5.
M-Nice carbonation fine bubbles very enjoyable
D-Even with the 8.5abv this beer is very easy to drink, one must keep track.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 22:11:08 | More by brewmyster
Photo of spointon


4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a nice orange/amber color with a big white foamy 2" head. The head showed good retention as it slowly sank to a thin skim. Lots of sticky foam and lace decorated my glass.

S= I noted some sweet and caramelly malt struggling under the weight of huge fruity and citrusy hops. Hint of pine but mostly fruity hops. Some alcohol in there too, but nothing drastic.

T= Like the nose indicated, there was some malty sweetness with decent caramel notes, but these were minor compared to the fruity complexity of the hop profile. Lots of citrus (orange, lemon, mango, grapefruit) and a hint of bitter pine. Not much yeast presence. Finished moderately bitter with traces of the fruit and some alcohol in the aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

D= Looked and smelled better than it tasted, but that's not to say it tasted bad or anything. A solid DIPA that I would gladly drink again.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2009 06:09:32 | More by spointon
Photo of david131


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very hazy orange/ brown liquid with a massive light brown head that has astounding retention. As good as it gets for the style. Amazing.

S- Caramel, orange rind, pine, swiss cheese, and grass. Surprisingly subtle for the ABV and appearance.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma, just very subtle. Kind of strange.

M- Very smooth and creamy with a sticky sweet finish.

D- The alcohol is hidden amazingly well and this is a smooth enjoyable IPA, just doesn't really have much oomph to it.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2009 06:06:47 | More by david131
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-23-09
Batch 09191

Pours a nice amber color with an extreme amount of foam that would overflow the edges of the glass, had I not caught it in time. The foam leaves behind huge, chunky lacing that totally redeems the appearance.

Smell is huge fruity hops, very sweet, with a great boozy edge. Just a little sweat sock if you look for it, and right up there with the best I've had.

Taste is just as the smell would indicate, huge bitterness followed by a big boozy kick. Not particularly complex, and no real malt character either. Still very tasty, though.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is very good, if you're in the mood for big bitterness and spicy alcohol.

Overall, my first sample from this brewery, and I'm impressed. Looking forward to the other two I have in the cellar.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2009 00:29:43 | More by BMoney575


4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi hazed amber with reddish highlights. Big smooth fluffy bone white head. Some sticky patches of lace.

Robust floral, pine, and grapefruit hops. a sweet caramel background.

Nice hoppiness up front, floral citrus with a bite. Followed by a semi-sweet toasty caramel. Finishes out with a sharp citrus bitterness that leaves a piney grapefruit splash on the tongue with a hint of booze.

Big and sticky, chewy smooth full body

Great balanced hoppy, complex flavorful DIPA

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2009 23:09:46 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this stuff is good. Overall, I would say it's a better version of Ruination. Pours a hazy mahogany color with dense off-white head and good lacing/retention. Smell isn't too strong, but I do get a fair amount of caramel and sweet malty backbone. A bit of citrus hops come in too. Taste is overpoweringly hoppy--big resinous, bitter, leafy hops give way to a nice display of some citrus hops... as it warms it's followed by a substantial malt backbone with some alcohol. Nice balance with the sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, somewhat creamy, although I was looking for a bit more smoothness... good stuff here for sure. The Smokestack Series is the real deal, IMO. Big ABV and hop character make this one a sipper, though a great beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2009 04:51:52 | More by LordAdmNelson
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler after a five minute struggle with the cork (Why do they =ever= use corks?) it forms an impressive 2 inch tannish head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is a somewhat light amber and cloudy. The aroma is strongly of citrus hops. The taste is mainly the hops with moderate bitterness and nice malty sweetness. The feel is good and medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation and a clean finish. It's quite enjoyable but a little strong to drink all evening.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 22:16:35 | More by rfabian
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Corked and caged champagne bottle, poured into a pint

A deep amber/copper body with a huge billowy head that forms some huge chunks of froth as it recedes. Great retention and significant lacing. There is a mild haze preventing this from being perfectly clear.

Loads of grapefruit and pine resin with some heavy handed caramel malt. The malt really holds the hops back a bit. Some spicy tobacco and tropical fruit round out the aroma.

A huge, sticky, bitter dipa. Chewy pine resin, tangerines, ruby red grapefruit do battle with some pretty heavy malting, but win out in the end. Spicy tobacco leaves, fruity esters, and a slight grassy/minty hop flavor in the finish. Overall this is a pretty complex and balanced IPA with a residual sweetness.

A thick and chewy body with a resiny character and a moderately bitter, fruity, and dry finish. The alcohol is tuned up and it brings a little heat. Fairly drinkable, if not a little too sweet.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 16:02:07 | More by ColForbinBC
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange, with a fluffy head, perhaps the darkest and cloudiest IPA I've ever had.

Smells fresh - a big whiff of grapefruit, pine, and flowers.

Taste is hoppy yet well balanced. Nice bite of grapefruit on top of caramel malt, apricot, fresh bread, wood, and a slight spice and alcohol note.

Medium carbonation, resinous mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. To me, Boulevard's beers seem to be well crafted but not extreme. Even their smokestack series apparently strives to be balanced, and I found this quite enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2009 01:49:59 | More by Strix
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3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: pours from the 750 with a strong, light head with good retention and plenty of lacing. noticeably darker amber than a lot of DIPAs.

S: Most DIPAs I've had attack my nose. This one has the thick piney scent I've come to expect, but I had to strain a bit to really grasp it with my nose. Kind of underwhelming.

T: Ahhh. That's more like it. this is what i signed up for. fantastic hop notes, but balanced with a nice semi-sweet malt flavor. strangely like a barleywine, but it works.

M: Very full. One can taste every bit of the pine flavor, particularly as the beer begins to warm. speaking of warm, this brew is starting to warm me up a bit.

D: Outstandingly drinkable for its style, although at 8.5%, a 750 should be plenty.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 02:50:27 | More by flacks360
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a cloudy rust orange color, with a light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer smells piney. It has a very sweet malty aroma as well. Maybe just a little too sweet. I can detect the alcohol in the aroma. It smells slightly spicy. this beer smells almost like a barley wine.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Very sweet with some piney hop aroma. Slightly spicy, with the alcohol not well hidden.

This beer warms the throat on the way down. It leaves a piney weet aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, anf the aggressive flavor would become cloying after a while.

Overall: Decent beer, but nothing that I desire to have again.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 18:34:17 | More by OStrungT
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4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

half a 750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a very dark amber, almost barleywine colored. produces a near 3 finger head. tons of lacing all the way down the glass. great potential here

S- not extremely pungent here. has a nice resinous hoppy smell. very piney, earthy feel. could be better

T- not a whole lot of citrus in the taste. a bunch of bitterness up front, that balances well with the bready malt profile. again not much else besides hoppy bitterness, malts, and some piney tastes. it's all nice but nothing to stand out in the modern day battle that takes place in the DIPA category nowadays.

M- a good brewery rarely misses in this category. this beer provides some good vicosity mixed with a great level of carbonation. these qualities makes this beer drink very nicely.

D- a very smooth DIPA. only clocking in at 8.5% this one goes down very easily. 12oz is no problem. as long as I'm not driving, I'd take the whole 750 in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 02:55:54 | More by Freethyhops
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1st entry lost in the Great Crash of '09. Re-entered from brief notes.

A: Nice murky brown amber with a thick white head. Excellent retention.
S: Huge pine and yeast - smells more like a pint at the brewery than one from the bottle.
T: Heavy roasted caramel and pine flavors. Sharp but pleasant bitterness. Not much in the way of sweet or fruit flavors.
M: Fairly well carbonated, yet smooth and thick for the style.

This beer was much better than anticipated, however I was expecting an IPA and this is really more of a DIPA (as if the name doesn't suggest it). Great beer either way.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:11:37 | More by GeezLynn
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3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A decent little head, nothing to get worked up about, but nice. Sort of off white. A ahzy orange, pretty dark. No active carbonation.

S: Strong, mostly citrusy but also herbal hops that fade into a mild sweetness. A nice hop profile, but sort of blunt, not much depth at all.

T: Again, hoppy, mostly citrus and floral/herbal. Really slanted to the hoppy side, though there is some malty base in there, mostly a sweet pale taste. The lingering though is a hoppy bitterness.

M: Biting, but full.

D: If you like hops, it's pretty drinkable, but nothing great.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 23:23:23 | More by mdwalsh
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Dark ruby, grapefruit/orange color, depending on the light. Pretty thick lacing. Good head retention.

S. Big smell of piney, citrusy hops. Very floral and bitter. I can smell very little malt.

T. Taste is definitely more balanced than the nose. More citrusy hops balanced with sweet malt.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Just a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

D. A good DIPA. Not over the top. Would like a little bit more of a hop taste, which could have been affected by the age of the bottle. Another winner for the Smokestack Series.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 15:20:20 | More by siradmiralnelson
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug.

A - Pours a nice dark amber with great red hues. A very chunky off-white head is present. The retention is great. Nice haze.

S - Piney hops are present as well as some grapefruit hints. Sweet hints are present from the malt. Also some notes of alcohol. The sweet grapefruit hints gets more noticeable as it warms.

T - Smooth and piney! Very attractive the grapefruit overwhelms the tongue in a pleasant warming way. Refreshing yet wholesome. Nice dryness form the hops at the end. Not my favorite IPA but definitely good.

M - oily well balanced, medium bodied.

D - Medium

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 00:43:36 | More by JoEBoBpr
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2.85/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dark amber color, hazy and cloudy. Big foamy heady, nice lacing.

S - Lots of sweet ripe grapefruit. Touches of resin and floral hop notes. Not overly strong.

T - Extremely malty and sweet. The hops are there for bittering, not add nothing to the initial flavor. The aftertaste is bitter hops, but faint.

M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied. This amount of carbonation would better with a thicker beer. Finishes dry and crisp.

D - No thanks. It was worth trying, but there are much better IPAs out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 05:24:33 | More by Genghis22
Photo of Kraken


3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/09/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a water glass. Light pour evokes a four finger head of off white head that shows great retention and plenty of lace. Color is a cloudy copper orange.

Nose- Orange and tangerine, some floral notes. A bit of caramel. Some metallic notes.

Pallate- Huge amounts of a caramel and biscuit. Some overripe orange, lemon rind. Pleasant lasting bitterness. Long dry finish. Very balanced for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel- Thick, and Dry.

Drinkability- A bit strong and heavy, personally I enjoyed the single wide more.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 02:13:30 | More by Kraken
Photo of Florida9


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Corked and caged. Pours with an absolutely huge, lightly caramel colored, rocky, foamy, almost pouring over the side of the glass, head. Head was so voluminous, I had to stop pouring at half glass.

S: Pine, citrus, wood and malt. Maybe some oak or even a touch of vanilla. Quite intriguing.

T: Heavy dose of caramel malts with a resiny bitterness. Lightly sweet. More of that wood flavor, a rough wood at that, not as refined as oak. Flavor drops off quickly on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly astringent and dry on the tongue. Too damn foamy.

D: A nice, almost balanced IPA, but this one was kind of rough around the edges. The woody flavor is a bit odd as well. Between the heft of the malts and the over extracted tannic bitterness, drinkability suffered. Not sure this one is worth the expense.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 02:32:26 | More by Florida9
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4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark amber in color. There's a very nice two inches of head on the pour. Looks very good in the glass.
Smell is spot on as well. Nice herbal hops. Piney and citrus floral notes in the nose. Very inviting and solid.
Taste is in one word solid. Nice play between hops and malt. Nice bitterness from the hops to keep it lively and thoroughly enjoyful.
On the high side of medium in the mouthfeel. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Way too drinkable. This is disappearing fast. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2009 22:45:34 | More by FtownThrowDown
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4.53/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark amber color with a decent amount of haze. The head is very big, off-white, and leaves some splotches of lacing.

S- Raw, citrus hop cones and a load of tropical fruit on top of a sticky, gooey, caramel malt saturated sweetness.

T- Taste is amazing. Hops become transcendent, possessing the characteristics of many different strains. Mostly citrus and pine as in most IPA's

M- Moderate body with an excellent, silky carbonation

D- Another killer from Boulevard that really delivers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 03:52:59 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a couple bottles of this for a trade, and figured since I hadn't reviewed it I should pick up another bottle and give that one a shot.

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into my pint glass. Pours a clean copper amber color. About a 2 finger light tan head is produced and slowly shrinks to a small pillow. Shows some nice lacing.

The nose is pretty much on par for a DIPA. A nice earthy and piney hop bitterness combats a sweet malt backbone. Great balance.

Taste is what you would expect. Strong up front are the piney and resiny hops, while the sweet malt backbone does it's best to balance it out. Alcohol is out in full force, which isn't a good thing considering the ABV level.

Mouthfeel is medium with an appropriate carbonation. No huge carbonation or hop bite, or bitter aftertaste. As it warms, it gets slightly smoother. Drinkability is pretty good.

Overall, a solid but not spectacular DIPA. I would definitely get this if there was lesser choices, but the problem is there are so many IPA's out there, and a lot of them are better than this one. Still, a solid beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2009 22:43:42 | More by Mistofminn
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,183 ratings.