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

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Double-Wide I.P.A.Double-Wide I.P.A.

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2,370 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,370
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 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.


THECPJ, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of richkrull
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy dark copper color with tons of beige head on it. Lacing is pretty good as well.

Smell is incredible. Great hop aroma. Some nice citrus and pine notes too.

Taste is more balanced than I anticipated. Maybe it had been on the shelf a little while though. Very good bitter hop flavor. In the body and finish hough. Some spice finish as well.

Mouthfeel is light-medium. Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall I really enjoyed this beer. I'd love to drink it again. Unfortunately its no longer distributed here but I'd love to trade for it.

richkrull, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of TheSarge
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a cognac sniffer, and produces three fingers of thick tan head, and has a hazy copper colored body.

The aroma is floral and piny, but has a good strong sweet toffee malt backbone.

Hops rule the taste Very piny and lemony. There is a hint of caramel hops.

Chewy, syrupy, warming to the palate sum up the feel of this brew.

Overall a great brew. A little warming, which would make this more enjoyable in the winter.

TheSarge, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of bsp77
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Rich, fairly dark amber with loads of suspended yeast. Huge, frothy, cream colored head, which looks like it belongs on a root beer float. Head mostly dies down after a couple minutes. Doesn't really look like a DIPA, but a very nice appearance nonetheless.

Smell: Caramel, citrus and toasted bread - not as much going on as I had hoped.

Taste: Huge amount of citrus and apricot upfront over a nice layer of caramel malts. Quite bitter finish, with lots of pine and spiciness.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium to full body, quite creamy and extremely dry.

Overall: Delicious and wonderful. The aroma is weak, but the taste and the mouthfeel more than overcome it.

bsp77, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of thagr81us
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to Jerriko for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Bottled 03/11, Batch D10064. Served from bottle into a Green Man snifter. Poured a deep red-orange with a three finger cream colored head that subsided to one and a half finger slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, sweet alcohol, and citrus hop. The flavor was of sweet malt, citrus, caramel, citrus hop, earth, and bitter hop. It had a medium feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a decent brew. The hops on mine were a little muted, but it was a little old by IPA standards when I got around to drinking it though. Still good though to be fair. I would love to try a fresher one as the malt by itself was a little abrasive and really needed some bitterness to help balance it out. Still worth trying if you get the opportunity to do so.

thagr81us, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of colt45n
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with a nice, full 1 inch solid white head.

S - I'm not getting much of the normal citrus notes that are usually present in a DIPA. Not much overall in the aroma.

T - Not as hoppy as most DIPAs but standard citrus notes are present with a lot of sweetness.

M - Very good carbonation.

Overall a good offering but not the best dipa ive had, ill need to come back to this one.

colt45n, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap. Served in a tulip glass.

A- Hazy orange with a fluffy two finger head. Leaves small amounts decent amount of lacing

S- Citrus hops with some sweet caramel and bready malt, pine and floral notes.

T- Grapefruit, mandarine and lemon zest upfront, followed by some pine, pineapple, pepper and a fairly large amount of bready malt.

M- Medium carbonation and body with a crisp mouthfeel. The 8.5% is hidden well.

O- While it was a decent DIPA, it was a little too sweet for me. The bready malts took charge over the citrus and floral notes. Worth a try, but I'm a bigger fan of their other offerings such as the Sixth Glass.

iadler, Jul 05, 2011
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3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 ounce bottle at Whole Foods , Austin.

Appearance is a hazy amber tone with a good sized head. Smell has citrus hops, malts, lemon. DW tastes of caramel, hops, black pepper. The hops are not overboard, especially for a DIPA. MF is medium with decent carbonation. If you come across this, it is worth trying, but I did not find it to be exceptional.

mltobin, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of davey101
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a Palm tulip. Best by date of 10/18/11. Love the label/bottle.

A - Deep red/amber in color. Massive dirty seafoam head

S - Tropical fruits, piney hops, sweet malt, and some light herbs/spices. Nice balance.

T - Citrus and papaya, some bready maltness, some mint and spices. The finish is fairly bitter but not over the top. Pretty tasty.

O - Like other reviews have said, this is not a hop bomb which the style tends to levitate towards. Still a really solid beer and worth a try. Glad I have 3 more to enjoy.

davey101, Jun 29, 2011
Photo of dcloeren
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very hazy burnt orange with 2.5 fingers of khaki colored soapy/cloud like head that EXPLODED to the top of this beer when I poured it.

The smell was a little week for me considering the style, but what I did smell I liked. Very tropical citrus forward with some pine in the background with an very subtle caramel malt background. I feel like I am getting some mint and tobacco notes as well....

The taste follows the nose quite nicely. This isn't quite the hop bomb that I was wanting to get from a Double Wide IPA but it is a tasty brew. Nice tropical notes and a more prevalent caramel malt background.

Medium bodied with ample amounts of carbonation. Leaves a very dry hop aftertaste. I find it very strange how this beer is producing such strong hop dragon breath....

Overall, I thought that this was a tasty brew. Considering that I find this to be one of the most competitive styles I am grading it very stingily. I would definitely drink this beer again and its worth a try for sure but there are better DIPA's that are easier to attain than this one.

dcloeren, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of chilly460
3.28/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Medium amber color with some haze. Tan head dissipates to a single layer cap, minimal lacing.

S: Got a lot of dank earthiness, some pine.

T: Earthy, metallic type hops were immediate. Finishes with more pepper, and a clean malt profile.

M: Solid medium body, good carbonation.

O: Solid brew, but doesn't do much to stand out in this category.

chilly460, Jun 27, 2011
Photo of StoneTSR
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Deep copper with a hint of red. This is a very hazy beer with a thin, off-white head resting on top which had pretty decent retention and excellent lacing.

SMELL: A mildly floral aroma with hints of spice. Not an overwhelming aroma, but not bad.

TASTE: This is certainly a different DIPA than most. The floral flavors from the nose only linger in the background while a strong spicy and hoppy flavor dominates. The tail end of each sip also smacks you with a dose of bitter before washing away. Interesting and a nice change of pace for a DIPA, almost seems like more of an imperial red.

MOUTHFEEL: Strongly carbonated and very sparkly. The bubbles in this beer cleanse the palate after each sip. It is also surprisingly light for such a high octane beer.

OVERALL: This is a very easy drinker for 8.5%. If I didn't know any better I would guess it was more like 6.5%. This is a solid beer.

StoneTSR, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of Gump
4.85/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Smokestack Series.

Well carbonated, evident from the crack of the cap.
Smells terrific, even before the pour.
Pours amber color with dense head.
Orange, citrus nose. Tangy taste. Lingering dry hop aftertaste.
Perfectly balanced, easily drinkable.
This is the best Boulevard beer I've ever had.

Gump, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of NWer
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured aggressively into my nonic. Bad mistake. Generous head quickly overpowers the pint glass and I have to wait to finish the pour.
Dark brown/red cloudy appearance. Nice bronzy head retention. Smells nicely tart.
Taste, pine and citrus. Nothing overpowering but somewhat lacking in malt balance also.
Overall though, a good beer. I enjoyed it a lot and will definitely have another.

NWer, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of OttoBomb
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz (355m l) bottle into a Dogfish Head signature glass (June 18, 2010). "BEST BY 10/18/2011" is stamped on the glass neck.

Eyes: Pours a very hazy burnt orange color. Head is abundant, as is retention and lacing. A beautiful looking beer.

Nose: A nice strong citrus profile, less malty/caramel than the darkish, hazy appearance would suggest.

Tongue: It follows the nose in terms of the strong citrus hops, orange, lemon, grapefruit, even some peach in there. Despite the good start, this is just too bitter. Don't get me wrong, I'm a hop head who is well accustomed to bitterness, but this is unsupported bitterness. A bit short in this balance aspect, but still a good beer.

Mouth: Nice and smooth, carbonation is perfect, and it isn't very thick, but I think a bit more of that sweetness might have helped.

Libation: All in all a good DIPA for the price, though if I'm looking for a rock solid DIPA that will quench my hop tooth, this isn't the one I'll immediately turn to.

OttoBomb, Jun 20, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
2/5  rDev -49.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

With one of the classiest names in the biz, it's no doubt that this is sure to entertain and delight with unequivocal ecstasy. It's been awhile since I spent good hard earned money on one of these corked and caged joints and been a bit disappointed. But those days were West Coast days. Now I'm here, a bottle as an extra from my man Peesie. 12oz proprietary (unnecessary) bottle. First time in this format.
Dark orange with an overly ample plumage. A bit troublesome with the consistency of the pour.
Wonderful metallic and cardboard flavors emanating from the depths of the glass. A little bit of vague hop flavor. Kind've awful to put to my nose. Regardless, and heedlessly, perhaps headlessly, I purse the glass between my lips to achieve the taste. The oxidation of what may be a perfectly fine beverage was exquisite. If that's what they were going for, they did it well. I assume not, and I was unable to have much more than a few ounces. Fortunately, my dear lady, who usually is well-equipped with her tasting acumen, chose to focus on the strong bitterness and the not-overly-sweet nature of the beverage. Pity her soul.

dragonWhale, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of mgbickel
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, best by 07/30/11

Poured into a Piraat tulip. A massive head formed, causing me to delay pouring the rest of the 12oz. until some of the bubbles settled. This took a long time...the foam has some lasting power. The body is deep orange with ruby lowlights and lemon highlights.

The nose is not the hop bomb I was expecting, but still hop forward. More citrus than piney...lots of fresh fruits with some malty characters in the background.

The taste is even more balanced than the nose suggests. The first flavor is sweet and bready...the sweetness fades but the malty bread hangs around until it is buried by the bitter hop finish.

Medium bodied, very highly carbonated with a super dry finish.

All in all this is a solid offering...easy to drink and refreshing without overpowering your palate.

mgbickel, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of BeerLover99
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: deep orange/cloudy clay, 2 finger tan head, wonderful lacing!

S: pine, mint, lemon grass, orange rind

T: lemon/orange rind, mint, maybe tobacco part of the earthy pine malt, long bitter STICKY finish, hint of booze

M: med, slight tongue prickbig slick/oily mouth

O: Well done, my 2nd Smokestack beer and very
impressed. The flavor is big, complex and bold.
Many Double IPAs/Imperial IPAs are big citrus or
big pine/bitter. This is actually neither, both citrus
and pine play a role; the minty tobacco is unique.
I wanna gulp it down, but the hint of booziness
keeps my palate in check. I will get this again.


BeerLover99, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Preismj
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: burnt amber with some haze to it. nice foamy head that tapers as you drink, though it stick around til the end. Good lacing.

s: nice mellow fruit notes. A touch of apricot and some dark fruit as well. nutty sweetness with a hint of grass and grain.

t: bitterness up front but nothing like a normal DIPA in terms of hoppiness. Excluding the bitter, this is malt forward. Sweet but the sweetness doesn't have a strong specific flavor...it is just a sweetness. There is a touch of fruit on the finish which is a nice touch and brings it back together. Good, but not really what i expected given the style.

m: huge carbonation on the initial sip. Tapers off into a nice smooth drink with medium body, though little coating. leaves the mouth dry.

o: not a bad beer, but not what i expected. I could have more of these in a row than most other DIPA's...though it would sneak up on me fast...that is for sure. Drinks well for the abv...wish there was more pop in the flavors though.

Preismj, Jun 11, 2011
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3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle that was a souvenir from volunteering at ACBF. The "best by" date has been faded away, but I feel safe in assuming that Boulevard would send some reasonably fresh beer to a festival. This one was poured into my Bruery tulip.

Double Wide pours a burnt orange, lightening at the edges when backlit. The bone colored head is absolutely massive, 4 fingers of foam that comes as close to spilling over the top of the glass without actually doing so as possible. The head retention is decent, and leaves tightly grouped rings of lacing plastered to the inside of the glass. The nose is a little bit dull, which is a disappointment, but has a balance between caramel malty sweetness and citrus and slightly piney hoppiness that's right in my wheelhouse. It's not as absolutely bone dry as some other IPAs, but hops are definitely more in charge than in some more balanced, east coast versions of the style. The flavor follows suit, with a pronounced yet smooth bit of bitterness providing an intermission between malty and hoppy flavors. I was not surprised to find Centennial in the list of hops Boulevard used, as that distinct bitter grapefruit flavor I get (and am not crazy about) shines through. The body is pretty good, fairly middling and it lines up with the slight malt presence of the beer. The carbonation is surprisingly disappointing, given the voluminous head upon being poured. It falls a bit flat by mid sip and really doesn't help the hops truly shine. Boulevard's crafted a very good/enjoyable double IPA, but one that, to me, doesn't quite measure up to the best of the style.

axeman9182, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of sgoro
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glassware - Tulip
Best by 10/11

A - Pours a hazy dark amber color with a nice, full 1 inch solid white head.

S - I'm not getting much of the normal citrus notes that are usually present in a DIPA. Not much overall in the aroma.

T - Not as hoppy as most DIPAs but standard citrus notes are present with a nice malt backbone.

M - Very good carbonation.

O - A very drinkable DIPA. Be careful because it would be pretty easy to take down the entire 4 pack!

sgoro, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from their cork capped bomber.

A - Light amber, huge tawny head, good lacing.

S - Is amazing lots of stuff going on here,I feel like I'm out in the garden, pine, evergreen and citrus with some malt scents coming through.

T - Is much more sweeter than I expected, all the flavors from the sniff come through in the taste, definitely get the evergreen coming through along with citrus, nice balance of hops and malt.

M - Oily, medium bodied.

D - This was not what I was expecting, very nice, very original.

stercomm, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of WankelEngine
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a beautiful moderately hazy amber color. There is a foamy head of 2 fingers with amazing retention. On the side of the glass in the head, I can see a lot of small bubbles stacked on top of each other like jelly beans in a jar. As the head fades, it looks even creamier and small pockets reminiscent of the lunar surface appear on top of the still thick head.

S: The smell is fruity and incredibly sweet. There are aromas of tropical fruits and citrus.

T: Many of the fruit flavors from the smell are present and simultaneously more subdued yet more intricate. I can taste clearly mango, oranges and apples. This beer is indeed very sweet, though hops provide a bitter counterpoint of grass cuttings and pine. The aftertaste is short and only slightly bitterer than the body of the beer.

M: Medium bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. I can feel the alcohol as I swallow.

O: A very good looking beer. Sweeter than I care for.

WankelEngine, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of Hamsteroceros
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Another DIPA into the DFH tulip...

A- Head exploded upon contact with the bottom of the glass, almost like spray insulation, despite a somewhat gentle pour. Very fluffy with tremendous retention. Beautiful ruby in color with a noticeable haze.

S- Sweet malt, rock- or cotton candy. Fresh pine and maybe apricot or peach. Reminiscent of an orange liqueur, maybe.

T- Definitely not a hop bomb. Clean and sweet up front with a gentle piney finish. Faint raisin bread element to it.

M- Silky, full, and rich- which is weird, considering that for that first fleeting moment of each sip, there is a fresh, crisp thing going on that makes you think it might come off dry. Then a velvety richness soaked in fruity juiciness sort of spreads all over your mouth.

O- Very good beer overall. In spite of a weak nose, this beer just keeps getting better the more it warms. You'd never guess the ABV if you didn't know it. I'm pumped that Boulevard finally made their stuff easily available to me.

Hamsteroceros, Jun 02, 2011
Photo of CMB2012
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, best before 10/18/11, been in the fridge for two weeks. Served in 6oz tasting snifter.

A- Red-orange copper hue. A bit hazy, with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. The rather large tan head rises without falling for some time. It settles with patience and leaves a nice coating of thin foam all around the glass.

S- A burst of tropical and citrus fruits off the bat. Some grassy and piney hops are noticeable, but the aroma on this is very balanced. Some sweet malt to round things out, bubble gum nuances, and the slightest detection of alcohol.

T- Starts rather malty with sweet caramel and toffee notes, until the carbonation kicks in, after which the tingling sensation on your tongue leads to a crisp citrus melange of lemon and orange. This fades into some grass and pine, finishing out with biscuit and toffee malt characters, maybe some chocolate hidden in there too. Really not too much alcohol to discern here, a slight burn after a few sips is really all I notice.

M- The carbonation on this is much more powerful then I expect from a DIPA. The beer is dry, sticky, and crisp, which is typical, but there is something about the high amount of carbonation that has this beer finishing almost like a champagne... weird.

O- I like it. As balanced as the aroma is, the taste draws from a whole other direction. It's a hop blast for sure, and pretty tasty at that. If you can get it I say it's definitely worth the try. I can see myself going back for more which I can do now that Boulevard is available in Chicago. Cheers!

CMB2012, May 23, 2011
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,370 ratings.