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

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2,287 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,287
Reviews: 751
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 afinepilsner
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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.

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.

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

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%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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

Poured into a pint glass. Best by date on the bottle 07/08/11.

A- Pours a deep amber to almost brown color. Shows alot carbonation. Gave about a solid inch of tan head. Opaque to look through.

S- A nice caramel and roasted malt with tons of hops.

T- A nice and thick IPA. Tickles the tongue with carbonation. A get dry hopped ale with tons of bite. Not too much fruit but just enough to balance it out.

M&D- A very drinkable beer. Has a little too much carbonation for me to be drank a whole lot of. Good brew overall.

HOPPYKC, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark orange with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, biscuit, and caramel malt.

The taste also has grapefruit, biscuit, and caramel malt. More bitter than sweet, but just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness under control.

Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and bitter. A good DIPA, but not quite as good as the best examples of the style. I would buy this again.

hardy008, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours with almost an inch of fluffy off-white head. A layer of carbonation remains throughout. The beer is a cloudy reddish amber or light mahogany color.

Smell: Mostly herbal hops with some mild citrus notes. In the background, there is some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Herbal hop bitterness dominates throughout. I also notice some fruity notes including citrus and some mild pepper. In the background I'm picking up some caramel or toffee from the malt and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation level that is just right. This beer isn't very dry at all.

Drinkability: I enjoy this beer and it is quite drinkable given the ABV. I would give this one another shot.

oline73, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of southsider
2.65/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance- Orangy brown,very cloudy,with a tan 2-1/2 finger tight head that left little lacing. There is more sediment present than I am used to seeing in this style.

Smell- Fairly strong aroma of fruity,piney hops.

Taste-The beer had a spicy,carbonated,bitter and alcoholic opening that finished chalky and a little solventy. There was a lot of nicotine bitterness in this beer which I do not care for.

Mouthfeel-Moderately full bodied with stinging alcohol.

Drinkability- I was dissappointed in this beer which received generally high marks from BA. I found the excessive level of sediment in the beer unappealing. The "tobacco" component that others consider a plus I see as a minus. I will be more careful in the future to avoid beers that have this flavor in their profile and not to rely on overall scores. Lesson learned.

southsider, Jan 21, 2011
Photo of lnashsig
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quickly becoming a fan of Boulevard Brewery- this is a great DIPA, and I'm glad to be able to get it in Houston:

Poured into my dfh snifter- huge fluffy foam that filled to the top of the glass (guessing because of the bottle fermentation?), that lingers around for awhile. On the nose, I got some very pleasant caramel and toffee notes, along with some nice citrus flavors from the hops aromatics. Appearance- completely opaque and dark orange- very interesting and unique. Taste- the caramel notes are first to hit, followed by some nice sticky toffee flavors and then some mellow grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Mouthfeel- this one is a bit chewy, and thats my only knock on this beer- there are some solids in it too. Drinkability- incredibly easy, I could immediately open another bottle (and almost did, if I didnt have to go to work the next day!). An incredible DIPA from Boulevard that shows some great creativity and individuality.

lnashsig, Jan 20, 2011
Photo of Meerkey
3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Sediment makes it a clouded dark orange with a hint of red.

S: Grapefruit, hops, pine, caramel.

T: Hops and grapefruit. Caramel malts and pine. Tones of citrus. Perhaps a bit of fruit noticeable as it warms up.

M: A little sticky and tart. Full.

D: It's good, not amazing, but I would recommend trying it.

Meerkey, Jan 18, 2011
Photo of titosupertramp
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Murky copper with about a finger of off-white head that recedes slowly. Good lacing.

S: Not very strong, but very enjoybable. Caramel malts, citrus hops sweet, piney.

T: Stays true to the nose. Starts sweet, finishes bitter. Grapefruit, for me, is the most pronounced flavor, but doesn't dominate by any means. Good balance.

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

D: Alcohol is hardly noticable on this one. Seems like I could drink a few of these.

Another excellent beer in the Smokestack Series. Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for including this in our recent trade.

titosupertramp, Jan 17, 2011
Photo of Zundo
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A somewhat hazy, full copper..touch of amber body. A big two-finger tan head that recedes slowly and laces well.

Smell: The smell is pretty faint for something double-wide. Regardless there are caramel malts present with a piney, floral hop profile. Citrus is super faint. Pretty grainy.

Taste: Pine comes through strong with floral following behind. Citrus is left on the palate at the finish. The caramel malt lingers as a pleasant aftertaste. This beer does have some bite to it. Kind of grainy too.

Feel: A nice medium-heavy body, but the carbonation seems a bit heavy. Gotta say this beer does better after decanting.

Drink: This beer has a pretty decent bite to it, which taxes the palate a bit. Definitely more of a sipper.

Zundo, Jan 16, 2011
Photo of Treeboxer
4.45/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I typically am not a huge IPA fan, but this beer really hits the spot. I have had it two times now, both out of bottles(pints), poured into tulip glass. I also don't typically enjoy the offerings out of Boulevard Brewery, but this is just a good beer. I could drink this beer all night, unfortunately after about two I'm out on the floor like a rug. Yummy.

Treeboxer, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of BDJake
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours darker than most double IPA's, a copper-brown with a finger and a half of eggshell head that left sticky lacing. Pine, orange rind, and earthy hop aromas come together in one of the best smelling beers I've seen in a long time. Resinous hops bring a mixture of citrus peel, grapefruit, evergreen, and herbal notes, with a decent malt sweetness to balance it. Full body that leaves a sticky, increasingly bitter aftertaste. Too big and bold to be more than a sipper, but a single bottle is enough for me to enjoy- check it out if you can find it!

BDJake, Jan 13, 2011
Photo of glid02
4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Pours a slightly hazy deep copper color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of smooth caramel malts with good amounts of pine and slightly herbal hops. As it warms the malt aromas intensify and turn sweeter.

Tastes very similar to how it smells. Mildly grainy caramel malt flavors with lighter pale malt flavors in the background kick things off. Joining in shortly thereafter are solid amounts of pine and sticky citrus hops. Midway through the sip the citrus hops fade and the flavor profile turns bitter with the addition of earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is very good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I finished my glass without a problem and could have another.

Overall I was a fan of this beer but it didn't do anything to really set itself apart from the pack. Still, it's worth a shot if you see it around.

glid02, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip. I've never had an IPA overflow this glass but this one did. Huge head, four fingers, with a light tan head. The body is dark amber with tons of lacing on the glass.

Aroma is a little hop forward; citrus, floral, with a bit of sweet malt following. Very pleasant blend of aromas.

Good blend of flavors that combines a bitter hop grapefruit taste with sweeter citrus and malt notes.

Solid DIPA.

FanofHefe, Jan 09, 2011
Photo of rrski198
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, amber colored brew with a ton of bubbles. Beige colored small head. Little lacing.

S: Big time floral/piney hops.

T: A highly balanced beer right off the bat. The sweetness is actually up front with the hopy bitterness on the back. Minor spicy alcohol on the tongue. The hops and alcohol do create a spicyness, however, the balance of the malt is profoundly perfect. This is not a "hop bomb," the hops actually complement the malt as well as any other IPA i've had.

M: Big carbonation in the mouth and the bubbles tingle all the way down. hHe high carbonation allows the hops to continue to burst with flavor allthe way down.

D: I am impressed. This is a solid brew with outstanding balance. I have had numerous beers that are more hops than malt, and I do enjoy that, however, the balance in this beer really seperates it from an average Double IPA

rrski198, Jan 06, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Huge bready head. Amazing and distinct lacing. Beautiful reddish amber color. A joy to look at.

S: Grapefruit and a huge floral hop. Grassy.

T: Grapefruit and floral hops continue from the smell. Fruit, like banana, pears, and orange juicce concentrate.

M: Carbonation is playful and enjoyable. Hops encompass entirety of palate, chheks, tongue, and throat.

D: A little too powerfull to have more that a couple, but really delicious.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jan 04, 2011
Photo of jdense
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle gifted by better half's brother, consumed with neighborhood brew crew, 12.29.10, poured into matching Chimay chalices.

One finger off white head, medium-slow dissipation with minimal lacing. Brownish amber body a bit cloudy, maybe my fault re bottle conditioned yeasties, some visible rising carbonation. Big hop hit in the nose, floral balanced with some grapefruit notes, caramel malts with some burnt brown sugar. Taste mirrors nose, very hoppy though good toffee notes, beer got more bitter on back end as it warmed, a big burly flavorful DIPA. Fairly full mouthfeel, average effervescence, a bit sticky. More of a simmer than a session beer. This was a very flavorful DIPA, but not sure I could do a whole bomber by myself, a bit on the boozy side.

jdense, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of gwguest. Thanks! Best by 7/8/11 printed on the side. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark rusty copper with a thick 3-finger off-white head on top. Retains well enough and leaves with it lots of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is slightly spicy, with notes of toffee, fresh orange, and a little syrup-like quality.

Good full hefty body, with enough carbonation to keep it lively. The first bottle I had of this was more on the peppery side with a good spice kick. Citrus flavors were absent, and the bitterness was tiring. This bottle still retains some of the peppery spiciness, but more citrus comes out. Bitterness is moderately full. Semi-sweet toffee-like flavors on the back end. This isn't my favorite DIPA for sure, but it was decent. I thought the Single Wide was average, and this is too. I'd have it again, but wouldn't go far out of my way to snag it.

Onenote81, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Nice, bubbly tracing on top. Orangey-honey colour. Bubbles rising from the bottom. Noticeable sediment. Gentle lacing.

S: It smells like an IPA...hops, some citrus. Subdued.

T: Robust, but unsustained. Grapefruit hops last throughout. A bit carbonated with round maltiness in the middle. It ends bitter (bit not dry) with some pineyness. Fruity at times.

M: No complaints...Full, mildly bready, pine oil.

D: Not the best Double IPA, but suitable. Not worth $4, but good drinking. IF you like the style, pick one up; if not, grab something else.

AgentMunky, Dec 29, 2010
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,287 ratings.