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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,279 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,279
Reviews: 749
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 Axic10
4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the BA Secret Santa BIF from brewerburgundy. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 7/8/11.

Appearance: Pours deep reddish amber with an aggressive head of about 3 fingers, but I'm not sure if that was from user error or not. It slowly settles to a half a finger which leads to some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus notes, piney hops, earthy notes and a nice caramel malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste: Sweet (and bitter) grapefruit and apricot, piney hops and a really nice caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated appropriately.

Drinkability: My first ever beer from Boulevard and I am impressed. A decent DIPA that I would drink again.

Axic10, Dec 12, 2010
Photo of route66pubs
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - deep orange with a good, 1/2 finger think white head
S - nice balance but leaving heavily toward piney hop goodness, with a slight acidic undertone
T - good malty sweetness to balance a wonderful feel of piney, foresty hop goodness
M- great crispness, but mostly a great feeling of balance
D - oh my I want more MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!

route66pubs, Dec 11, 2010
Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy amber almost rusty color into my tulip glass with two fingers of off white head, decent retention and some splotchy lacing.

S - Nice balance between the sweet caramel malts and the hop profile here. The citrus is more so apple or pear than grapefruit, along with some pine and grassy notes.

T - Far more sweet caramel malts than hops, a little grainy, creamy, a little citrus and pine hop, but mostly just getting the bitter hop finish on this one.

M - Finally boulevard got the carbonation right with this one, nicely balanced.

D - Very drinkable, nothing incredibly exciting or disappointing with this one.

StoneBrewFanatic, Dec 10, 2010
Photo of zhanson88
3.4/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 05/2010.

Appearance: Deep slightly hazy amber color with about a finger of off-white head. Retention is nice, lacing is pretty abundant and clings nicely.

Smell: Very malty up front, lots of caramel malts. Sticky resinous pine and citrus are present on the back end. Okay, but not great for a DIPA.

Taste: Lots of caramel malts up front. Some citrus in the middle and some piney hop character on the back end. It would be great if they were going for a big red ale or even a decent IPA, but as a DIPA it falls a bit short in my opinion.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Every bit of medium bodied and very smooth drinking, this was the highlight of the beer. Very nice. It is a very drinkable beer, but just not up to the standard of other top quality DIPAs that are out there. Still I'd call it worth a try, but just don't expect a mind blowing beer for the style.

zhanson88, Dec 09, 2010
Photo of bluesovereign
2.5/5  rDev -37%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle at the Bayou in Salt Lake City.

Was a little letdown by this one - my server talked very highly of it, so I splurged the $18 for the 750ml bottle.

Deeper orange color, creamy head and lacing.

Smell was very grapefruit with a touch of floral hoppiness - almost pine, but not quite.

Very sweet on the palate, but not in a heavy, malty way. Light caramel, grapefruit, and almost a Vick's Vapor Rub sensation. Finished with a fairly subdued light and floral hoppiness, bitterness was more inline with a standard IPA.

Was rather thin in the mouth, but the overbearing sweetness and effervescent nature of the brew made it difficult to drink quickly.

In short, I definitely wasn't impressed with the DW. Very very sweet and light for a DIPA, yet still very slow drinking. Not a bad beer, but not one your typical IPA-lover would probably be thrilled with. Gorgeous bottle and art, however - love brewers with the stones to do 750ml corked bottles and rad artwork.

bluesovereign, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz slimline, classy-looking bottle. Great to see the Smokestacks in 12oz four packs now, and especially at this price, it's a steal! Best by 7/8/11.

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark burnt orange/copper hue into my snifter, lots of sediment in suspension, and a big dark ivory cap with really nice retention

Smell: The aromas almost blend DIPA and American Barleywine...there's a ton of hops up front, herbal piney aromas mostly, but with a strong kick of sweet orange liqueur as well. But there's also a decent amount of pale and sticky caramel malt here as well.

Taste: Taste is more firmly in the DIPA category. It's definitely not as full/heavy as a Barleywine, and it's a little leaner as well. Mild malt backbone with lots of piney/herbal hops. Not nearly as much citrus as in the aromas, though there's just a touch at the back. A bit one-dimensional, though that dimension isn't bad. Bitterness is pretty high, and w/the fairly high levels of carbonation this seems just a bit prickly.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high levels of C02

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: This is a pretty tasty beer, but deft. not the top of the Smokestack series which, overall, is awesome.

BedetheVenerable, Nov 27, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this to Thanksgiving. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with a single-finger light tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is fairly tropical with some sweet pineapple notes and a bit of citrus. A bit of sweet malt character.

The flavor is quite enjoyable. It's fairly sweet and fruity, but not cloying and all of this character might not necessarily be from the malt. This is pretty interesting. The feel is slightly bitter with a mildly-dry finish. The feel is a bit creamy with a medium body. Pretty nice and unique; I'm a fan of this brew.

Thorpe429, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled, into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Huge thank you to gwguest for both!!!

Hazy orange/copper, light tan finger and a half of creamy head that laces wonderfully. This is a great looking brew.

The nose has ample notes of citrus, with a little hint of pine shining through, nicely malty, with a slightly sweet caramel aroma at the end.

Taste is good, with an nice initial bitter bite. Pleasant grapefruit follows, along with a nice malt touch. The finish is a bit bitter, will a slight alcohol note.

The feel is the only drawback here. It was rather light in body, and thin feeling. Carbonation was adequate, but it just lacked that "near medium" that I would expect from a DIPA.

Drinkability is overall good.

Despite the feel, this is a very good DIPA.

EgadBananas, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date: 7/8/11. I had an Odell's IPA before this and while this is pleasantly more bitter, it didn't have the same upfront hop character jumping out of the glass. The aroms is a mix of sweet grassy and grapefruit hops with caramel malt. The flavor opens with a clean tangerine with light caramel and then big grapefruit. It finishes with spicy, herbal citrus and a long peppery aftertaste. This is a fine beer, but I'd like more bright, crisp hops.

tempest, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this at a tasting hosted by Dreadnaught33. Thanks!

This DIPA is an orange color and appears slightly hazy. There is a nice layer of white foamy head that generates some decent lacing. The aroma is one of bold hops. The beer tastes decent, but not great. It finishes with a hint of alcohol and hop bitterness that hangs out for a few seconds after each sip. An average example of the style, I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

Huhzubendah, Nov 15, 2010
Photo of happygnome
3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one to celebrate my new job

A: pours a cloudy dark orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears slowly leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass

S: Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness balanced nicely with sweet candy aroma

T: Initially its a sweet candied fruit flavor but quickly the pine and grapefruit hop bitterness take over

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice way to celebrate my new job

happygnome, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of OakedCanuck
3.7/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into MS cervoise

This beer pours a cloudy burnt-orange to rusty color with a big fluffy off-white head. Lacing was good as well as head retention
The smell is a strong caramel, candy sugar and pine. This beer is surprisingly sweet but balanced enough to profile some of the piney hops. Grapefruit and orange were also present. Thick, chewy, kind of syrupy mouthfeel. It was tough to get through a 750 alone and the sweetness hurts this one a bit in the M&D categories. However, it is still a very good tasting brew.

OakedCanuck, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a bright copper color with a full and frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention and some modest lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty bold grapefruit and pine hoppiness to it. It also has a sweet, almost candied fruit like presence to it with a good amount of caramel malt and orange flavors coming through.

The taste is similar to the nose with a candied fruit, orange, caramel malt flavor really coming through. The grapefruit and pine hoppiness also add to the flavors and give it a modest dry bitter finish. It has a lot of sweetness to it overall though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good hoppy and sweet flavors to it. The candied fruit like sweetness was different but pretty good in it. A pretty good beer overall.

billab914, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of Fatehunter
4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Almost clear, rusty color. Half inch of head that stayed on for longer than I thought it would.

S - Amazing. Hops, grapefruit come through big time. This is how an IPA should smell.

T - Bitter, not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Grapefruit Almost a cream taste at the end. However, the bitter hop flavor comes again at the end. Nice finish.

M - Mellow. Not as crisp as other IPAs. Lightly creamy.

D - An IPA you can drink all day long. A tasty IPA but not overpowering HOPS.

Fatehunter, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of TexIndy
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. Bottling code of July 29th bottling date. It was a cloud amber color with lots of carb streams from the etching. It had a very large beige head that slowly settled down to a thin foam cap and thick collar. Really good lacing with fair amount sticking.

The aroma was a good balance between piney, floral hops and the caramel malt. Didn't get as much citric hops as others mentioned. Still good and well balanced. The taste follows the aroma closely. Start offs a touch sweet and then the piney hops jump in with a good dose of bitter with the caramel kicking back in at the end to tame the bitterness down a bit. Good but not overpowering bitterness. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. Overcarbonated though.

Overall, a rather good ADIPA that I can see growing into as I keep leaning towards more and more bitter hops. Another great offering from Boulevard. Highly recommend. Available here in TX. Rotation - I can see this being a player in the bitter rotation especially now that they will have 12oz bottles as well as bombers. [R;Y;BHT]

TexIndy, Oct 14, 2010
Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From tasting notes, 10-8-10. Thanks to chaney for giving this as an extra (Wow!)

A: Darker than your normal DIPA, nice soapy head of about 1/5 inch that stays. Opaque brown/orange color.

S: Raw Hop cloaked in tons of sweet malt. Nice, seems like it'll be pretty malty for a DIPA.

T: Spicey hops mixed with a malt explotion. Balanced nicely with a dry bitter finish. Maybe a little toffee in there too which detracts a little bit for me. Solid.

M: Pretty well carbonated, nice soapy medium beer.

D: Great DIPA. Solid, a little different than a normal one of the style but still very good.

Dreadnaught33, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of vincicle
3.3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer may have been rated lower than usual based on the fact that I've had some really amazing IPAs lately. It was a good beer but the bitterness that is often overpowering in heavy IPAs was prevalent in this beer. It has a nice aroma with hints of spearmint and an almost cotton candy sweetness of the malt. It pours marvelously with a full thick head and a delightful hazy cinnamon color and thick lacing along the glass. The taste was the most disappointing factor for me as the hops tasted forced and not flowing like a really excellent IPA. The alchohol is not expertly hidden but it is still tasty enough to finish the whole bottle with a smile on your face. The 8.5% helps with this. I really didn't taste much of a difference as the beer warmed up yet I would still recommend this beer not be too cold. All said, being a native Coloradan, this is the best thing that has ever come out of Kansas. I'll have to try some more of their specialties.

vincicle, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An APA perhaps pushing the envelope on the Double/Imperial IPA border. Nicely hopped, with a hint of wintergreen in there somewhere. Oily hop notes, going a little fruity toward the end. Alcohol is a little rough around the edges. More of a sipper here.

Brent, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark orange color with a white head. The aroma is a mix of pine and citrus hops with a tad bit of caramel malt. The flavor is more of the same. I get a lot of piney hops, along with some bitter orange notes. All of this is balanced out with some caramel malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice IPA.

Mora2000, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My brother and I split a bomber of this last night. This is from my notes:

A: Pours a VERY dark brown (caramel), peppery, almost angry color with a mean head...maybe too mean even. I poured the first glass a bit too zealously and now the thing is mostly foam. On the second glass, I did it right. beautiful beer!

S: Very "Sweet Tart-ish" type of nose. Sweet, but not too. This is going to be one malty mother!

T: Not too bitter at all, maybe even on the malty side even. Sure the hops and there, but having the tartness poke its way through the malt core is ingenious.

M: Very rich, therefore this one does coat the glass and the mouth, but definitely not with alcohol...with DIPA yumminess. The carbonation is perfect and I wish more beers would go to the cork system vs. the bottle cap one. Corked beer always retain their carbonation better IMO.

D: It's a sipper, that's for sure, but that gives me more time to savor and enjoy this dandy brew!

Chaney, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of codewarrior
4.72/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Cork and caged 750mL Bomber (Batch: D10165) poured into a chalice

From the bottle:

"Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest"

L: Rich, murky and dark, unfiltered and some freely floating yeast (might be my pour, or the newness of the bottle ... poor handling at the beer store, etc).

S: Hoppy. Lighter than 90-minute or Pliny (or most IPAs for that matter), floral overtones.

T: Perfect balance. Perfect. Hops up front, fruit in the back. This is perfection. Not nearly as hoppy as some IPAs, but it doesn't need to be, perfectly identifyable as an IPA, yet completely different in a beautiful way.

F: Moves well in the mouth, different stages at different places of the mouth. Bitterness hits the tip of your tongue, fruits settle at the back of the throat, the feel of these different flavors and acidities, bitternesses ... is amazing.

D: Feels good all the way down. I could sip this all day, or only on special occasions.

codewarrior, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of climax
4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch: 010064
Bottled: 3/11
Sampled: 9/22

Poured into a snifter, the head was massive, covering much more percentage of the glass than beer immediately after the pour. The fluffy mass receded brutally slow leaving curtains of lace. The color was a completely cloudy caramel.

Better balanced than I anticipated, sweet toffee and caramel gave minty and grapefruit hops a noble fight. Alcohol was clearly evident after I got to the remaining 1/4 of the bomber.

There was no shortage of flavor. Sweet and toasty malt once again had very strong presence up front, yet the hoppy army soon rushed in. Juicy sweet grapefruit, sharp floral minty flavor and some lingering cocoa made it very interesting.

The bite of the carbonation was saber sharp throughout, yet tame enough not to notice the somewhat sticky medium body and nice chalky finish.

Lots of flavor in this one, perhaps it would have been even better if I sampled it earlier in it's life. Not overly hoppy, but more spunk than the average IPA, while being very smooth.

Drank with homemade, egg-rolls. Delicious.

climax, Sep 23, 2010
Photo of GilGarp
3.55/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 08303 but I'm not sure how old fresh that is.

750 mL bottle with cork and cage.

Served cold into a pint glass. Double Wide is a darker amber color with perfect clarity and creamy, rocky, sticky head. It settles slowly leaving some sticky lace. Other than the head, the appearance doesn't seem quite right for the style.

Aroma is hoppy but doesn't seem especially fresh. It's more like a barleywine style in that it doesn't have the big citrus and pine.

Flavor is similar in terms of barleywine-esqe flavors. Lots of caramel sweetness, some red apple, big earthy hops, and a good deal of bitterness. That said the balance is pretty solid for the style too. A good malt backbone sees to that.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with lower carbonation.

Overall, a descent beer but not a great double IPA.

GilGarp, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of FreshHawk
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark amber color with a large rocky, foamy, creamy, toasted marshmallow color head. Pretty good retention with a nice foamy layer of lace left.

S - Background of caramel malt with a good amount of spiciness as well. Plenty of grassy and herbal hops with a touch of citrus and pine resin. Really just all sorts of hop aromas mixing with some sweet caramel malt.

T - Just a wide array of hop flavors with herbal and floral hops being strongest. A good amount of pine resin and orange citrus with some earthy spiciness. Good amount of spicy flavor and peppery flavors as well. This mixes nicely with the sweet caramel malt background.

M - Fuller side of medium body with about average carbonation. Pretty smooth and creamy feel with a bit of a drying finish.

D - Easy to drink beer that is very well balanced amongst hops and malt and amongst different hop flavors. Not overly sweet or overly bitter.

Notes: A very nice, balanced and tasty IPA. Not the best IPA, but a good one. I would gladly drink this again, it's just a good, tasty, well balanced IPA. Very refreshing.

FreshHawk, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Daniellobo
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Top notch DIPA, rich and long without losing any subtlety.

Presentation: 750 ml corked and caged brown bottle. Under the Smokestack branding main label retro illustration of a double-wide caravan noting "It's twister proof". Back label provides an overview of the style, main intent, cellaring capacity. Shows batch/best by date (D10064 03/11), and Alc. by Vol. (8.5%) alongside serving and storing recommendations. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Hazy medium to deep amber pour, towering frothy head with great retention, rich surface memory and solid splashes of lacing. Quite the looker.

S - Nice and pleasing DIPA nose. Solid and stimulating hoppy range, very citric and earthy with a touch of caramel in the background.

T - All one expects of a DIPA and more, rich hoppy profile very stimulating, long citrus, touch of resin, dash of pineapple, malty undercurrent with a touch of caramel. It weaves itself back to a flavorful hoppy range that while assertive does not exploit its bitter side instead hinting at spicy touches.

M - Medium-full bodied with medium carbonation, light insinuation of the alcohol albeit well integrated. A nice bite from the hops is there but well balanced with the malt bill reaching a good balance that highlights the range of tastes.

D - Great range and wonderful flow. Deceptively drinkable, quite the pleasing DIPA.

Notes: Big fan of the smokestack series, which judging from those I've tried range from good to truly outstanding. This is in the final group. Really memorable and recommendable DIPA. I feel tempted to complain about the effort it takes to get hold of one of these bottles since they lack distribution around here, but it also gives me something extra to look forward to when thinking of passing through the region.

Daniellobo, Aug 31, 2010
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,279 ratings.