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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,184 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,184
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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Mistofminn

Minnesota

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
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Corked & caged bomber picked up from Friar Tucks in Peoria 2 weeks ago. This was way darker than expected, the beer pours murky, dark copper, with tons of tan foam on top. The smell is likewise ominous, a strong malt presence not only balances the hops but threatens to take over. This smells sweet and barley-winish, I want more hops. The taste is more malty than I'd prefer or expect, just as the aroma promised. The hops are west coast citrus style but are just totally dominated by the malt sweetness. The body is thick which fits the rich flavors, but it doesn't suit me and it certainly hurts the drinkability. This is among the worst IPA's I've tried, too strong and too much malt.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2009 00:19:05 | More by TurdFurgison
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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Double-Wide pours a reddish orange color that really has some great hints of bright red in it. Very nice looking color with a big, thick, sticky, fluffy white head that clings all over the inside of the glass.

Aromas are grassy, some fresh citrusy hops, powdered sugar and some more earthy hops. I can only imagine how potent this must have smelled immediately after being bottled.

One big sip and a lot of the citrus hop flavor comes out followed by some caramel and that taste of powdered sugar that seems to come with some bigger IPAs due to the malt content. Since this beer can be aged, its bottle conditioned, has a high ABV and is corked, and this bottle may in fact be a number of months old, the hop profile has started to fade and a lot more sweetness is becoming apparent. This beer has unmistakable flavor of hoppy lemon iced tea. Very strange but oh so good.

I found this to a be a very solid stronger IPA. The hoppiness is very well balanced and despite the freshness of the hops starting to fade it is still very, very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2009 23:59:40 | More by indiapaleale
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champ103

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark reddish/brown color. At first a large off-white head forms and rises to over two fingers. The head has really good retention, and lots of spiderweb looking lace.
S: Hops up front that are floral and grassy. Kind of sour and tart fruits. Lots of caramel malt for the style. Really good IMO.
T: Floral and grassy hops. Light citrus, pine, and grapefruit. A very light bitterness. A huge malt flavor for the style.
M/D: A medium body, but to much carbonation. The alcohol shows, but it is still a good beer to sip on.

Boulevard continues to make great beers for the Smokestack series. This is very balanced and flavorful. I highly recommend this.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2009 23:50:24 | More by champ103
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SykDoc

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a cheap hotel glass, as celebration for completing an examination. It pours a very nice copper, deep amber color. A 1 inch light tan head forms and slowly reduces to a healthy lacing. No sediment and carbonation visible.

The aroma was a bit unique. It has an astringent component. This is combined with a hoppy pine with a sweet malty background.

The taste is as expected with a hefty dose of hops and some malty sweetness lurking in the background. Plenty of alcohol is present.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. A dry feel is left over after a clean start to the beverage. There is also a creamy component initially, which I attribute to carbonation, which is foamy.

Overall, this is a good beer. I can see things that could definetly be improved but it has the hop character with a bit too much EtOH and a mouthfeel that will make your mouth almost water from the dryness. I am glad that I got to have this while in K.C.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2009 23:02:59 | More by SykDoc
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klewis

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy, dark orangey-brown with a big, thick head. Lots of sustain and lacing.

S: A light smell with citrus and a hing of bubblegum.

T: A caramel malt backbone with moderate bitterness. Earthy, vegetal hops and a moderate amount of heat.

M: Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation.

D: Enjoyable but unimpressive.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2009 21:56:04 | More by klewis
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mikey711

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in a trade with Buckeyenation! Thanks Brad

A: murky and copper with a big billowing head and good lacing.

S: very floral and lemony.

T: the floralness and lemon come through nicely in this very solid unfiltered ipa.

M: slightly acidic with a lingering pine note.

D: glad I split the bottle

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 23:32:48 | More by mikey711
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scooter231

New York

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Wow. This is a gorgeous brew. Thick and hazy, can't see through it at all. Lots of poofy tannish head, that sticks around forever. The lacing is sudsy and lovely- a really beautiful beer.

Nose is grassy and waaaay hoppy. Lemony and did I mention hoppy? It's hoppy.

Taste- um. Oh my. Whoa. Hops followed by alcohol followed by coffee followed by hops followed by coffee again ending with alcohol. The alcohol is a weee bit too strong and overpowering.

Mouthfeel is okay. Drinkable? Ummmm. Nose is great, but the alcohol is just too strong. Needs to be sneakier. Just needs a bit mellowing it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2009 03:44:36 | More by scooter231
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BDLbrewster

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dookie-water brown with some amber hues. Two finger off white frothy head that dissipates leaving a solid coating of lacing.

Smells of rich caramel and candied apricots right away. The hops aren't quite as fragrant as I would expect, but yield subtle notes of pine, orange and straw. It smells like this one is going to be very, very balanced.

The flavor is very good, toasty caramel sweetness on the front. This is all complimented by the push of orange and pine filled hops that make themselves known, but do not overstay their welcome. The finish is nice and even, a happy medium of lingering bitterness and a sort of molasses flavor in the aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is on the rich side for an IPA, somewhat thick while not feeling syrupy. Perfectly moderate on carbonation and barely any warmth for the 8.5%.

This is a brew that I would love to have on tap. Balanced for such a big IPA, everything works together well. I would love to try this one on tap.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2009 23:11:23 | More by BDLbrewster
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Amber color and quite cloudy; it has an okay head with average lacing

S: A bit alcoholy for my taste; the citrus and grapefruit qualities are there; also a subtle woody scent

T: Very pleasant taste; a little bit woody but mostly citrus and a nice malt balance

F: Carbonation is a bit much; some creaminess balances it out though

D: You can't drink this all night of course, but it is a pretty nice example of the style...not the best but a good beer nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2009 00:46:25 | More by dbossman
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omnigrits

Texas

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

Nice presentation - large corked and caged bottle.

Comes out a cloudy copper-coloured brew with a decent head which dissipates a bit too quickly and isn't leaving any lace. A powerful citrusy, grassy aroma with more than hint of that smell you get when the rain hits dry earth - petrichore I believe it's called. Big citrusy hoppy flavour, good malt balance, and some hints of raisin, especially in the rather bitter finish. It has a good solid body to it. A very nice beer, although not for every day. This is a brew to be enjoyed once in a while with some looking-forward-to.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 00:03:00 | More by omnigrits
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jasonjlewis

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge 2 1/2 finger head with a great retention and a very cloudy orange color.

Aroma is primarily citrusy with some hint of lemon, pine, and a little bit of an earthy aroma. A bit of fusel alcohol comes through as well, but it is not overpowering.

Taste is very hoppy and gets a little bit abrasive. The hops have a very piney and somewhat citrusy taste with this slight woodiness to add to the complexity. However, the fusel alcohols overpower this beer a little bit and I want a little bit different hops in the mix to give a more spicy and citrusy profile, this profile is a little bit of a miss IMO. Very good though. I do grade harder nowadays, so this is not to say that this is not a good IPA.

There is a decent amount of residual sweetness in here although the crystal malt sweetness isn't overpowering, although it is a bit higher than I would like for my personal tastes.

Down the fusel alcohols in this one and it's a little bit more drinkable. Minor tweaks are needed with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 20:39:21 | More by jasonjlewis
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ryrust5301

Louisiana

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This isn't really an IPA, it's definitely a DIPA. Very dark caramel color with an off white head. Smell is very sweet and candied with a heavy smattering of malt. Taste follows suit, very thick sweet caramel malt smothers the bitter hops. Mouthfeel is a little on the thick creamy side for a DIPA. This beer was so close to a DIPA that I have no idea why they just don't label it as such. Even if it were it's just a solid to average one.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:57:27 | More by ryrust5301
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ShrLSU

Louisiana

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep murky copper color with a bubbly off white head. The lacing sticks heavily to the edges. The nose is citrus and sweet malt. The taste is very solid citrus hops with some sweet caramel malt as the big taste in the back. Mouthfeel is medium and a little slick. Overall a pretty solid brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2009 01:55:30 | More by ShrLSU
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Billolick

New York

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer name/Brewer: Boulevard Double wide

Serving info: Large Bottle caged and corked. No freshness/vintage dating that I could find.

Pours: Quite cloudy, medium almond amber, under a LONG lasting khaki head. Great head! Slow to turn to a super thick collar and leaves gobs of thick strands of lace.

Nose: Minty pine nose, underplayed with dark toast vapors

Flavor notes: Tasty hopped up ale, with notes of more mint, leafy, herbal hops and malty underpinnings.. Heady brew @ 8.5 %, but to my taste buds the alcohol is nowhere in the flavor profile. Quality stuff, I enjoyed every sip!

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 12:45:41 | More by Billolick
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Vonerichs

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Body is caramel colored and has a huge head even without an aggressive poor. Great sticky lacing from top to bottom. This is a really good looking IPA.

Hops are the first smells, naturally, and are pine, earthy, and citrus on a smaller scale. The scent that caught me the most though was the caramel sweetness of malt. I was expecting this to be much more on the hoppy side when in fact it's more of a balance.

The gigantic malt presence cuts back the hop flavor, making this a very balanced IPA. The Hops are pine and earthy. There's also dates mingling in there.

Mouthfeel is creamy and chewey with moderate carbonation. It has a light medicinal touch to it that shows up in the finish, which is a little dry.

This is s good tasting, well balanced beer, but it's boozy for being 8.5% abv. The alcohol tastes more like it's up in the 10% area. This plus the sweetness makes it hard to consume more than a 750ml bottle in a sitting. Overall, a good take on a balanced IPA, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2009 11:53:47 | More by Vonerichs
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prototypic

Ohio

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Many thanks to BuckeyeNation for this one. Always happy to see a Smokestack release. Thanks, Brad.

Double Wide pours a caramel brown color with a slight orange tint. It's moderately hazy, but plenty of light cuts through. An off-white, slightly tan head tops it off and stands a couple of fingers tall. It receded slowly and left a nice, sticky lacing on the glass.

The nose is above average, but isn't among the elite of the style. It kicks off with some sweet, citric notes that are attributable to some citric variety of hops. It's grapefruit and pineapple mostly. Smells like there's a wealth of malt here. Caramel and pale malts are noted, and they smell equally strong. I suspect they're negating quite a bit of the hop aroma. It's a pretty good smelling beer. It is worth noting that no alcohol's coming through. I'd prefer a stronger hop preference, but it's not bad.

The flavor profile is a little better. It is sweet, citric, and hoppy up front. The usual grapefruit, pineapple, and orange flavors are present. There's some bitterness, but it's far from a palate destroyer. Frankly, this is a well-balanced DIPA that doesn't lean too far in either direction. Pale and caramel malts are noted and obviously have an impact on the hop flavor. It isn't completely diminished, but I suspect the malts have taken quite a bit of their edge off. Alcohol is not at all noticeable. Very impressive for an 8.5% beer. All in all, it's good. Again, I'd prefer a stronger lean in the hop direction, but that's just my preference.

Double Wide has a light-medium body that's relatively smooth. Given the malt presence here, that's not much of a surprise. Carbonation is mid-range and doesn't hinder the feel at all. It's not the smoothest DIPA on the market, but it's nice. Drinkability is good. It has a nice, well-balanced flavor that probably won't offend any crowd. At 8.5%, it's not too strong, but a 750 is manageable in a sitting.

A quick word on style here. I'm a little confused by the standard IPA classification on the site. In some respects, it is reminiscent of an American IPA. But its abv is certainly more in line with a DIPA, which is why I've referred to it as such. I digress. Carrying on....

This is my third Boulevard beer and I'm pretty impressed with their stuff. As far as the Smokestack series goes, this one lags behind the Sixth glass, but it is more than a solid beer. I'd like a little less balance and more hop flavor. That's just my preference for DIPAs. But, if you're into balance, this one delivers. It's definitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2009 03:48:05 | More by prototypic
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BeanBone

Texas

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: A rich, hazy reddish-orange body capped by a massive portion of off-white, frothy head. The head endures well and leaves great lacing.

Aroma: A nice blast of citrusy and piney hops on top of a solid caramel base.

Taste: Grapefruity and properly bitter hops up front; I'd have pegged this above the advertised 55 IBUs. Underneath, a toasty caramel malt backbone keeps everything balanced. As for the alcohol, it's hidden rather well, making only the briefest of appearances. The aftertaste is nicely bitter and biscuity. This beer punches above it's weight, and I tend to agree with those that describe this as being somewhere between a standard and double IPA.

Mouthfeel: A creamy, medium body with smooth carbonation and a dry finish. Hints of alcohol burn, but nothing substantial.

Drinkability: For the American IPA style, this is certainly on the slow side. However, the big 750ml bottle still goes back in good time.

Verdict: Double Wide IPA is certainly a substantial and enjoyable IPA, though it just doesn't seem worth the nine bucks that I paid for the 750ml bottle. Well worth a try, but I'd feel a lot better about it if it I'd gotten a six-pack, or even a four-pack for the price of admission.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2009 00:46:51 | More by BeanBone
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

All of the Smokestacks from Boulevard that I've had so far have been stellar. I expect nothing less here.

The pour brings a deep amber, copper colored concoction along with a billowing head that forms a mousse-like froath on top. The foamstance retains forever and laces supurbly all the while. Mild haze is expected for these dry-hopped beers.

Very citrusy and piney to the nose, but with a heafty maltiness that refuses to let the sharp hops dominate. Light notes of fruits, tobacco, and spice accompany the heavy malts and heavier hops.

Deep hop flavors of pine resins, fresh cut grass, orange zest, grapefruit, and lemon grass again take precidence; but not without a formatable fight from the deep amber malts. The beer retains quite a bit of sweetness and begins to take on the proportions of Imperial IPA's. Spicy alcohols, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin make slight appearances and go well with the herbal hop taste. Esters of apples, pears, cherries, and dates give an even deeper complexity to the taste.

The beer's textures are very rich and malty for an IPA, again harkening to an Double version. The malty, molassas sweetness fades at mid-palate and allow the combination of hops and alcohol to dry the beer out in the finish- allowing for a resiny-hop and fruity finish. The alcohol bite in this one rides just a little high, even above the hop bitterness in the finish.

The beer reminds me of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye because of the darker grains, maltier textures, and spicy notes even without the effect of the rye here. The tobacco note is well received but makes the beer seem sweeter and less dry as most IPA's.

Thanks BlueOkie!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 03:58:04 | More by BEERchitect
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Docer

Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mugglesandhops for the nice trade... now for the goods! Batch 08305 I believe...

- Quite a dark cloudy caramel appearance... thick fingers of head.. down to a creamy off white layer of lacing pudding..

- Very candy-sweet floral malt and hop notes... bit of spice, ester... caramel malt...

- Rich caramel, smooth... not too alcy.. bit warm in the gut... smooth caramel malt, some fig, spicy hop notes... quite a bitter after-punch...

- Chewy, dry... and chewy!

- Overall not too bad! Very unique! Age? Probably not... but would be interesting... overall a nice English style dark IPA!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 00:41:08 | More by Docer
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mtstatebeer

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 08305. Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a fluffy light brown head, decent lacing. Aroma is a touch of caramel and biscuit malts with a good amount of citrus, mainly grapefruit hops. Flavor is mainly citrus hops, orange and grapefruit and also a touch of earthy hops when warm, backed by some sweet malts. Mouthfeel is medium, lively with a good amount of bitterness at the finish that sticks around for a while. Pretty good beer, best I've had from them so far.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 03:40:24 | More by mtstatebeer
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jjayjaye

New York

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy deep orange amber color with a HUGE stiff light orange tinted collar that fades slowly decomposing like an ice cream float with tons of Belgian lacing left behind to be enjoyed. The smell, while not over powering, is refreshing, grassy, pineapple and citrus hops with a balanced sweet malty character. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Full flavored, the fruity citrus taste is balanced well with substantial sweetness. So tell me, is this a Double? Yeah, maybe. The sweetness and hop resin characteristics linger nicely on the palate. The 8.5% ABV is well integrated. Gordo...team Boulevard ROCKS!! Had a blast considering this one thanks to koopa!!! All is well and good in the Mid West. Highly Recommended. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 22:28:25 | More by jjayjaye
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Chelsea1905

Washington

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

The colour of this is very dark amber for an IPA, slightly hazy, which clears up a little if you let it sit.
The only trouble with letting it sit is you lose pretty much all the head that was present after the pour.

Smell, during the pour is nice and hoppy, but when it's in the glass the first thing you smell is alcohol. There is some nice light grassy hops, and a little malty backbone. Not really much citrus or floral that i'd expect from a DIPA.

Taste is pretty strong in the alcohol department, and there is some citrusy flavours in there. Slight maltyness too.

Mouthfeel is very bubbly, almost like a belgian and not really what I'd want in a IIPA, I prefer them a little more smooth.

Drinks fine for a IIPA.

Overall, for the price, roughly $9 and for the size of the bottle it's a good offering. But it's not the best i've had

Scott

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2009 04:20:09 | More by Chelsea1905
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taylorhamrick

South Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy amber color. It clears a bit if you let it sit for a while, but the haze never really disappears. The head that forms is huge - really huge. But it's very loose, the bubbles start popping, then it looks a bit like miniature swiss cheese, then it starts to collapse, leaving only tiny bits of lacing down the glass. I really enjoy looking at this one, but the color is just a bit too dark for my tastes. When the head is still at its peak, there's a moderate note of tropical fruits, backed up with a nice floral smell - a bit of pollen and some resins, and as the head falls back, you get a nice malt presence - slightly toasty, a bit sweet, caramelly, a tiny bit crackery, but still nice and dry as far as I can tell. The hops come off a bit more pungent, slight overtones of barleywine, kind of toeing the line between IPA and Barleywine in the smell. The taste starts out with a very nice battle between the hop bitterness and some malty sweetness. The hops seem to win at first, coming off a bit fruity, almost peachy, as the malt and alcohol begin to win, slightly bready, but not too sweet, with a nice toasty almost crusty flavor, with a light alcohol burn. Then the hop profile opens up again, with plenty of floral notes, this may be one of the most floral beers I've ever had, really delectable I think - leafy, slightly herbal, it's as if the springtime was realized as a taste in your mouth, that's about as accurate as I can describe it. And it turns out much drier than it appears to be, but there's still a very nice malt complexity to the whole thing. Much less citrus than you expect, but I think it still comes across quite nicely. I really like the mouthfeel, quite a bit less full and chewy than I expected it to be, which is very nice in this case. Good carbonation, a slight tickle, not too powerful. The body is actually about medium, and it's enhanced nicely by hop resins. Overall, I found this to be quite enjoyable. It's quite a bit different, and you've got a bit to get over in terms of the difference between this and the average american type IPA. I'd go for it if I could have it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 02:40:42 | More by taylorhamrick
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

So this particular IPA is built not really to withstand long trans-oceanic journeys, but for weathering the tornadoes that ravage the midwest each year, eh? I can dig it, having spent 25 years of my life in Iowa. Onward!

Really gorgeous beer, cloudy and rust-colored with a gigantic head whose thickness stays put, looking like styrofoam and leaving gobs of lace as it very slowly settles.

Seems this beer is as aggressively malted as it is hopped, if judged by the aroma. Tons of butterscotch and toffee along with a fruity hop tickle.

Flavor brings the citrus on full force. But then...burnt and brown sugar. And the malt backup is there in the form of a toffee/caramel foundation--candy-like and oh so rich--but it's the rind-like hops that dominate at first. Then the sweet, more candy-like elements arrive, especially with warming. Alcohol lightly flares up and underscores the flavors, but it stays in control and in the background. Everything's very well-balanced, and though it's not subtle, it's probably not supposed to be.

Chewy and round in the mouth, slick and not overly thick. Just right for what's happening elsewhere.

This is clearly a double IPA. Right now it's listed on this site as an American IPA. I don't know what the brewer considers this, but I'm guessing they consider it a double IPA as well. Look at the ABV, and look at the name, and then consider that they've got another beer called Single Wide. Do the simple math, and most importantly, just taste this thing. It's a wonderful, tantalizing, sweet, bitter, rind-y, resiny double IPA, ain't it? Who cares what you call it...it's just fantastic.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:34:11 | More by Metalmonk
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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