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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,369 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,369
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 94
Gots: 216 | FT: 6
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 SDDanC
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

man. this thing is boozy. poured pretty flat, very murky dark molasses. no head. the nose surprisingly reminds me a lot of DFH 120 Min. Very malty, boozy, and sweet. Not much hop presence at all. The taste is quite the same, malty without a hop back, molasses in the aftertaste, slightly chemical (again, nail polish). The alcohol really comes out at only 9%. Flat. Overall, I probably won't buy it again unless its fresh (which i doubt out here).

SDDanC, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of thomasrayw
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden brown with a finger head. Has a very malty taste, which reminds me more of a scotch ale than an IPA. That maltiness tends to overwhelm the hops, leaving this a far less enjoyable beer than Boulevard's Single IPA, which I rate very highly. I won't quickly return to another bottle.

thomasrayw, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of cbutova
3.18/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New to MA.

A- Hazy golden orange with a one finger white head. Retention is decent. Small ring and spotty lace.

S- Hops and more malty than most Double IPAs. Tropical fruit, pine and caramel.

T- Starts out with tropical fruit hops and malt, some yeast bread as well. Finishes really dry with intense grassy pine and zest.

MF- Very foamy almost to a chsampagne level. Dry and bitter finish.

Just doesnt do it for me, the pine and grass leaves me with a subpar impression, not smooth.

cbutova, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of syrupjoe
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a slightly reddish maple syrup color with a nice fat 2+ finger caramel mocha head. Tons of particulates.

Nose has notes of tropical fruit, pine resin, and a bit of red berry.

Roasty almost burnt caramel taste with grassy pine resin flavor.

Somewhat juicy, slick mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a solid beer, probably something I should've drank right when I got it. The hop aroma was more subdued than I expected. Would be very curious to try a fresher version.

syrupjoe, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of box299
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer! I usually only see bombers of this beet but on a recent trip to St Louis I picked up a 4 pack. Perfect beer after a day at the office. Smooth drinking with just the right amount of bitterness. I now need to find a way to pack a bunch of this in my luggage.

box299, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
best best before stamp 2/24/12, so this guy should be plenty fresh. kudos to boulevard for not only dating but using clearly legible white lettering.

pours a dull coppery orange tone while yielding a beauty of a head - beige, creamy finger and half - nice retention with decent lacing.

nose is nice. doesn't quite pack that aromatic explosion that i love in my favorite DIPAs, but it holds its own. citric and floral hops with the suggestion of a sweet malty backbone.

taste is a little drier than i was expecting. citric and florally with a bit of pine combine with some caramel maltiness. strong bitter overtones in the finish. medium bodied in the mouth with average carbonation.

overall it's a flavorful, above-averge DIPA but certainly not a show-stopper.

perrymarcus, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of Sensaray
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel body with a nice off white head.

Nice bit of grapefruit citrus with caramel malt.

Nice mix of citrus pine hops andf a caramel malts. Nice bitterness

Good medium light body nice hop spice throughout.

Overall pretty good dipa. Something I may get again.

Sensaray, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of CuttDeez
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - A hazy copper amber red body with a slightly off white finger head. Strong lace and sticky head.

S - The fruit notes are both tropic and citrus but they are not overwhelming. There is a strong pine presense on the back end and the malt is noticable throughout.

T & M & D - The taste is incredibly piney and earthen in hops. So much biscutty muscky flavor in th front. There is some good bitterness levels on the back end as well and a good clean finish. The beer is medium to thick in body and texture but not overwhelming on the palate. Very smooth finish.

O - A solid IPA and the first beer I have had from the brewery. Not a ton of fruit in this one so if that is your style of IPA get one.

-Cheers

CuttDeez, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/18/11; poured into a snifter

A - First off, I love the design of the labels and bottles of the Smokestack Series. Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with at least three fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Quite floral, with a nice amount of citrus and noticeable caramel malt. Also a very faint bubblegum aroma.

T - Taste is also has a floral presence, but also an assertive bitterness and pungency of hops up front, mainly grapefruit zest and some citrus pulp, with a small grass presence as well. There is a decent amount of malt as well, but it is rather hidden behind the bitterness.

M - Medium, resinous mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness.

O - This is a solid, if not spectacular, DIPA. I would definitely have it again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

warnerry, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of rudzud
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper with a creamy two finger head that just didnt want to go away. Quite nice.

S - A bit too malty for me. Rich carmel malts, and a light citrus hop on the end.

T - Sweet and malty, not too huge on the hops unfortunately.

M - Smooth, silky. Not a bad DIPA. Expecting it to be a bit heavier.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad DIPA, however, it isnt something I would actively seek out.

rudzud, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Arithmeticus
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, slightly chilled, in ale glass

A: little carbonation; great frothy head; dark caramel copper color; good lacing
S: very nice; lively floral, hopped aroma
T: very robust IPA flavor; tinge of sassafras; intense, robust hoppiness; bottle conditioning comes through, but not so much to make one think they're making it a Belgian too

Outstanding DIPA. Cheers!

Arithmeticus, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of karengarys
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't plan on reviewing this... ...but...

After I poured it, I watched the concoction churning in the glass going crazy, and decided I just had to.... ...or maybe a youtube video was in order, but I'll do my best in words...

So, I poured this stuff, and it was filling the glass... Got to the bottom of the bottle where that murky stuff glops into the glass... cool... and I watched...

This poured very cloudy, leaving a beautiful soft light caramel colored head... But look at the fireworks in the glass! It was churning like crazy, bubbles were going up to the top of the liquidey part under the foam - it looked like it was boiling! This went on, but it didn't over-excite and get all over! The head just stood there, and all the commotion happened underneath! I just sat there and watched it for a while!

Better news, it smells good. Nice clean floral hops - I don't know what to label it, but it is the stuff you want to smell in an IPA. Citrus, sweet, clan.

And even better, it tastes good. Pine bite, nice bitter, with an edgy finish that works... No alcohol flavor appearance at all.

Mouthfeel cold is nice and prickley, as it warms it flattens out a bit.

Nice body to this. Kinda like a chewin' beer!

Overall, I'd recommend this. It stands out as an above average IPA. It is not watery at all. The tastes are huge and good. Smells good. Fun to watch in the glass as it settles down. Yep, if you see this, try it.

karengarys, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Loud pop from the caged cork. Dark ruby/amber hue. Exceptionally dark. Large frothy head. Leaves a lot of speckles of lacing.

S-I would lump this DIPA as a 'candied orange' hop aroma. Like an orange gummy treat. A bunch of caramel, and a pretty hefty dose of alcohol. I prefer a different hop profile in my IPA/DIPA but I'm still decently excited to try this.

T-Like the nose but with a huge helping of floral and grassy hops. Sharp cutting alcohol too. The floral, pine, grass makes this a more complex hop showcase. Malt is robust as well. Pretty bitter. Not bad but the hops are not my favorite here, and it is a bit harsh. An entire 750 ml might be a bit of work.

M-Medium to heavy body. Lots of carbonation. Not as resinous as I would have liked. Malt leaves a lasting sugary stickiness. Alcohol dries the palate, and bitterness lasts.

O/D-Pretty good. Not more and no less. Would not spend $8.59 on a bottle of this again. Worth a try but I sort of wish I had my ten bucks back.

VelvetExtract, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Almost through the local collection of Boulevard goodness. This bit pours a mostly clear copper-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. Like other Boulevards, this one's got floaties, but not too many. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light pine, light mint, light leek, and buttery caramel in the background. The taste is more malt-centric, with plenty of caramel coating the tongue throughout. The hops aren't gone, though, as grapefruit peel, orange rind, pine, very light leek, and light balsa weave their respective ways through the caramel cytoplasm (wow, some high school biology just found its way in there, eh?). The balance is great, actually. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice DIPA, well-balanced and tasty.

TMoney2591, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a transparent, chill-hazed amber. Poured into a pint glass, produced a foamy head that lasts awhile, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Second pour from the 750 ml bottle is considerably hazier.

Smells of hay, caramel malts, earthy and citrus hops, a little brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose, with strong caramel malt and toffee flavor coming through at first, followed by a strong bitterness and tangerine/grapefruit rind, a hint of mint, and earthy and piney hops. There is even a note of cocoa/milk chocolate in this after swallowing. Bitterness is pretty high and lasts throughout the long finish.

Body is medium, and carbonation is sufficient to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty malty and bitter DIPA, although with some interesting hop flavor, it is not for the faint of heart. Alcohol level is not very noticeable.

Beerenauslese, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of flagmantho
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Best by 2/24/12.

Appearance: rich amber-copper hue with lots of apparent effervescence and a fair bit of haze. Head is a thick finger of frothy light-tan foam. Nice.

Smell: strong-ale type aroma of hops, big, sweet malt, and alcohol. Hops are piney, resiny, vegetal and a little bit citrusy. It's not bad.

Taste: strong flavor -- plenty of caramel malt and a notable alcohol taste. There's a big strong bitterness here too, but I feel like the hops lose a little bit of their character -- it's altogether too messy. I like it well enough, but it just doesn't tickle me like a beer of this size should.

Mouthfeel: big body and good carbonation yield a highly creamy and delicious mouthfeel -- especially for a strong IPA like this. Absolutely wonderful.

Overall: this beer is hit and miss for me. It's not bad, by any means, but I feel like its flavor really gets muddled and it loses cohesion.

flagmantho, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of wnh
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Best by 07.08.2011. Consumed 12.08.2010.

Pours a dark and murky ruby-amber with a thick and long-lasting foamy-creamy light tan head. Nice lacing all around.

Piney hops and stone fruits dominate the nose, bright and clean and mouthwatering. Toasty caramel malty base holds up the hops well. Fresh lemon zest tops it all off.

Big and rich on the palate; fleshy fruit, piney hops, chewy caramel, toasted bread. Rich malt and sweet fruit up front, fading into a bitter, biting hoppiness. A bit of cocoa on the back end adds a nice balancing earthy touch, alongside a hint of citrus peel.

Full bodied and firm--there's a lot of malt packed in here. Thick and rich and chewy. Plenty hoppy, but a bit malty version of the style.

wnh, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of ChugginOil
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orangish-rust color with a ton of fluffy off-white head. Wide spread lacing. The nose is pretty aromatic with malt sweetness, citrus, and pine. The taste has a nice spike of bitterness involved that is wrapped in some fruiter esters and pine. Pretty damn bitter. Likin' it. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and has ample carbonation that makes the DIPA worthwhile to try. overall, pretty decent brew that owns up to its style with good qualities.

ChugginOil, Aug 21, 2011
Photo of JLeege
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes. Poured into a tulip.

Appearance- Pours an amber/orange with 2 fingers of creamy off white head. Great retention with tons of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell- Citrus, particularly grapefruit. Pink cotton candy, and a nice malt sweetness at the end.

Taste- Citrus, lemongrass, some pine, with a saltwater taffy flavor as well. Caramel malt towards the finish, with lingering caramel and pine on the palate. Smells much better than it tastes.

Mouthfeel- Medium body, with great carbonation, slight alcohol on the finish.

Overall- It was pretty decent, mouthfeel was great, but it had sort of some strange things going on. The cotton candy and taffy, was well, unexpected.

JLeege, Aug 17, 2011
Photo of Cyberkedi
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is fairly strong, hoppy and woody. It pours a clear coppery brown with a very thick and fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, off-white head. Flavor is hoppy with woody and resin hints and just a whisper of caramel. Bitterness is minimal and not unpleasant. Lively texture is quite fizzy, like just-poured soda, leaving behind a bubbly tingle. Not outstanding, but worthy of a try.

Cyberkedi, Aug 15, 2011
Photo of Pintofbrown
3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: The head builds with that beautiful storm of foam under the cap, some nice C02 action. The white cap starts at about three fingers, and after a minute has only dropped a finger or so. There is a sticky, bubbly lace on the side of the pint glass. It’s a beautiful copper and tangerine color, little rays of sunshine on a really cloudy day, gratuitous streams of bubbles rising to the foam.

Smell: Even as a double wide, the hops are bursting out all over the place. There is the usual citrus smell there, tangerines and oranges. Maybe a hint of the pine that Boulevard said is in there, but I didn’t get much of that on the nose. It’s a very refreshing scent.

If anything, it fails to go the distance because it’s not very bold. You really have to stick your nose in it to smell the intricacies lingering around. It would be nice if it had a little something more to offer, like the pine for instance.

Taste: Not quite a “Wow!” experience, but then again this is my first double IPA, and I mean, the hops are packed in there! The pine flavor is on the tongue as much as it wasn’t in the nose. It mingles well with the citrus feel, although it isn’t really pronounced.

I’m surprised I do not taste alcohol at all in this 8.7% offering. I haven’t decided if this is a good or bad thing yet. Good, because it takes nothing away from the flavor, bad because I am going to be inclined to drink more than one.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is borderline medium / light. The thing that dominates the mouth feel experience, however, is the bitterness. Hop heads will rejoice at the Kapow! factor of this beer on the chops. Again, this is my first double, so my excitement may be getting away from me.

If I have any gripes, it’s that the bitter after taste dances with an almost wheat, cereal like finish. I would have preferred to get more of that citrus and pine punch in there. It’s a regular gripe of mine, but get some of that nose into the actual flavor profile. Don’t just give me hop bitterness, give me everything else!

Overall: Even though I am a complete novice with the style, as I am with beers in general yet, I thought this beer delivered what it promised. An IPA stuffed to the max with hops. If this is a problem though, it’s that the hops aren’t really given any company in this double wide.

Yes there is citrus, yes they threw in some pine notes to try to keep it interesting, but it doesn’t quite work. Surely a beer that is so liberal with its hops could find that X-factor to really make it great? Let a twister rip this double wide up, maybe what is found in the aftermath will produce something better than what was there before.

Pintofbrown, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of jcartamdg
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a unfiltered amber color into my ccb pint glass. Great 1 finger head retention and beautiful lacing. Aroma of citric and piney hops with some malt to try to balance this dipa. Taste follows the nose, more complex than the average ipa. Bitter but keeps me coming back for more. This is a exceptional ipa. I'm beginning to believe the when it comes to boulevard, the smokestack beers are where its at!

jcartamdg, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml caged/corked bottle poured into DFH Signature glass. From notes 7/16/11. Special thanks to eclipse54 for this one.

A: This one pours a deep amber color. Tons of carbonation with the bottle conditioning. I got a solid 3 finger head, unreal! Thick huge big bubbles in the frothy head. With big bubbles come some sticky lacing.

S: I get some piney hops from the nose with some big malt base. I might have let this one go a little too long prior to drinking. Maybe a little bit of booze? The nose is a little muddled.

T: I get a lot of bready maltiness on the first sip. Their is some hop character, obviously, but sweetness overwhelms. I don't know if it's the bottle or the fact that I'd destroyed my palate during the day with tons of WC IPAs.

M: Medium to full bodied DIPA.

O: I think this brew would have been better as a stand alone DIPA tasting. I think either I killed it with my tasting or the age might have killed it. I'd love to try it again, and possibly a little fresher. Appearance doesn't match the taste and overall.

inlimbo77, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a small bottle -enjoyed from a tulip chilled.

The appearance is light golden apricot with a mix of sunny amber, the cap is small and white and the bead is fine with slight lace collection. The smell is very citrus and apricot with light tropical accents from the fruity yeast. The feel is good with moderate bitterness and mostly dry texture with some astringency and rind-like quality with gentle pepper tinges.

The taste is good with mild grassiness and some almost lemony citrus zing with a light sweet tropical fruit essence in the background, the malt plays a secondary role with some light spice notes from the hops, but they are primarily fruity/citrus tinged. Overall this is a decent double IPA, I didn't notice any alcohol and the emphasis on hop flavor pushes it which is a quality I admire. I think it is pretty astringent which is the only aspect I would knock it for.

Slatetank, Aug 06, 2011
Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: copper orange with a 1 finger white head

smell: caramel, malts, hops,

taste: caramel, malts, some hop profile

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: not the best balanced DIPA I've had but glad I got to try it anyways.

Cheers,
The CPJ

THECPJ, Jul 25, 2011
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,369 ratings.