Double-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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3.05/5 rDev -23.2%
750ml. corked and caged.
pours out a cloudy and murky bronze tinted amber colour with a humongous meringue like head that is sturdy and staying, eventually leaving thick rings of lace. citric and solvent in the nose with pine sol like nuances. quite aromatic as one can smell it from aways a way. it also has herbal and hay like attitude to it...it really covers all the bases aroma wise. malty base in the taste department; not really overly sweet but lays down a foundation upon which the hopping can build on. and as for those hop notes...they aren't as flavourful as blisteringly bitter. this is a real tongue destroyer with the mish mash of citric, herbal and resiny hops fighting for domination. along with a bit of a boozy burning sensation...double wide leaves a trail of destruction in it's wake, which isn't necessarily a good thing. full bodied with a somewhat pucker inducing, chalky, rough and tumble mouthfeel. as for drinkability...i'd say it's an ok sipper, but the last sip does not really get me excited to take another. i can usually gulp down these bombers with no problem no matter the relative bombastic ABV and high IBU's but i sort of wish i had someone to share this with. oh well i'll suck it down like a champ.
i don't know if i'm tiring of these amped up/doubled up IPA's, or i just don't care for this particular concoction, but i just don't find this that enjoyable.
twister proof but blister inducing on the tongue as well as the brain.
05-01-2010 20:43:53 | More by budgood1
3.35/5 rDev -15.6%
Poured into my Samuel Smith Tulip pint glass after allowing to warm up from fridge a bit.
A: Dark amber with fluffy white head. Nice lacing shows up as beer sits and hangs around for quite a long time.
N: Herbal and tropical fruit notes on the nose. Nice grassiness too from the hops. Rounded out nicely with hints of light malty sweetness.
T: Dry hoppiness on the front palate that segues into a slightly malty middle. There is a hint of chalkiness that I believe is from the hops, however it isn't very pleasant. Finish is dry and herbally, a bit underwhelming too for a DIPA.
M: Nice carbonation and mouthfeel.
D: Not bad at 8.5%. However the chalkiness and overly herbally hop finish is a bit off putting to me to continue drinking.
Overall I think something went wrong with my bottle. I had this beer earlier in the year and it was amazing, but something just seems much different on the second go around. I'll have to revisit this next time it is released and see if I can get a fresher bottle.
04-16-2010 00:35:34 | More by lordkman
4.35/5 rDev +9.6%
750 corked bomber
A hazy orange pour
big off white beige head
-aroma and taste of citrus,grapefruit,lemon
-medium creamy mouthfeel
-long sweet bitter finish.
-nice head that follows the beer down the glass with laceings up and down the glass
-over all a good IPA
04-11-2010 15:04:34 | More by Dipakid
3.15/5 rDev -20.7%
Shared by capra12 at a recent tasting. Poured from a 750ml. corked and caged wine bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.
A: Standard pour yields a huge, 3.5 finger frothy, creamsicle colored head with good retention. Beer is semi-cloudy orange. Lacing is spotty at best and lacking compared to the massive head.
S: Pineapple, citrus, pine cones, strong, aggressive booziness, subtle hops, ethanol, and rubber. One of the more unique noses from an IPA.
T: Pine, citrus, subtle hop character in the background. Creamy cane sugar comes in towards the middle and almost completely drowns out the hops. Finishes with a big, brown sugar kick and then a lingering hop presence.
M: Medium bodied, slightly carbonated, but feels flat as a pancake... Smooth and more watery than I'd like going down. Finish is messy and all over the place with a ton of big flavors coming and going.
D: This beer seeks balance but in an unfortunate way. There's no equality between the hop and malt profiles. Instead, its just one... and then the other, with no compromise between the two flavors. Not one of my favorites and with so many solid IPA's out there, I'll skip this one next time.
04-10-2010 12:43:30 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Thank you JJFoodie!!!
C&C'ed 750 poured into Chimay chalice
A: Deep amber with some cranberry highlights. Fluffy eggshell head clings to the glass. Head retention is solid. Attractive. Sticky lacing.
S: Pine city. Piney goodness hides all but a hint of sweet malty carmel. Vague scotch-like aroma present after the beer warms a bit.
T: Piney with just a hint of mild citrus. Multiple waves of hoppiness come with each sip. Just enough malt to keep everything grounded. Clean, dry hop finish.
M: Prickly carbonation leaves the tip of my tongue tingling. Palate drys up nicely after each sip...not much in the way of aftertaste.
D: Halfway through my tongue is actually suffering a bit. I've got a little bit of numbness in the tip of my tongue. This is a deceptive beer. It doesn't feel like a palate bruiser but the further I go with this beer the more I notice the effects. This doesn't hinder my enjoyment of the beer as a whole, but it is a negative in terms of drinkability.
Very nice beer overall. Very happy I got to try it. Looking forward to working on the assortment of Blvd Smokestack beers that I've acquired over the past month. My only real complaint is that the cork was tremendously difficult to remove.
04-03-2010 03:47:24 | More by AdamGarcia
4.1/5 rDev +3.3%
A-Deep, dark copper with a thick, creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thin cap and leaves nice lace.
S-Sweet caramel malt up front with a nice backing of spicy/citrus hops.
T-A lot of malt up front, which is not my preference. This is backed up nicely by strong dose of bitter orange rind and citrus flavours or orange, tangerine and grapefruit.
M-Medium body, crisp and biting with some lingering bitterness that builds with warming.
D-A fresher bottle than I had the last time. This one comes together nicely with an easy drinking combination of caramel malt and citrus zing!
03-31-2010 11:59:20 | More by Deuane
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Best by date(I'm guessing) - 01/2011.
A-Pours a deep reddish amber with a thick, tan, 3-finger head into my tulip glass. The head on this is superb, it has amazing staying power.
S-Juicy pine and grapefruit notes with some orange notes. Caramel is also identifiable.
T-Bitter pine, grapefruit, and orange upfront with a smooth caramel malt middle and a slightly dry bitter finish. A lingering piny citrus flavor lingers in the throat.
M-Slick feeling and on the thinner side of medium bodied with almost too much carbonation. If they dialed the carb. down a little this would be damn near perfect.
D-I'm kind of having a hard time taking my time with this one. I just want to keep drinking it. Is it the best DIPA I've had? No. Is it insanely drinkable? Yes, it most certainly is.
03-26-2010 23:05:59 | More by samie85
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
Corked and caged bottle with what I assume is a best by date of 11/11. I'd rather have a bottled on date with a Double IPA, but I'll trust the brewer's judgement.
Pours like a Belgian with an orange-amber hue and four fingers of nearly-white head.
Aroma has a definite pine character along with musky earthiness and strokes of citrus.
Hops are notched up a bit in the taste, but unfortunately so is the malt, which lends a ton of toastiness and some caramel and toffee. Hops are citric, piney, and herbaceous. Dank is a good descriptor of the hop profile. Notes of peach can also be found. Bitterness lingers a tad at the end of a lightly sweet finish.
A different breed of Double IPA. I really like the hop profile as it strays just a bit from what's typical in this style. That said, the malt gets in the way a bit too much. This is one style where I don't necessarily care for "balance," and this beer could be described as a more balanced Double IPA. This is one of the few, maybe the only, Smokestack beers that needs a bit of revising in my opinion. Certainly not a bad beer, I just think the wonderful brewers at Boulevard could do much better.
P.S. Whoever is setting the best before dates must have a much different approach to Double IPAs than I. I can't imagine this would be nearly as hoppy a year and a half from now. All the more reason this one deserves a bottled on date instead.
03-26-2010 02:16:14 | More by bump8628
3.6/5 rDev -9.3%
A- Pours a deep crimson color with a rocky foam head that leaves great lacing.
S- Dank hops and some floral aromas with a fair amount of caramel malt.
T- Muted earthy hop flavor with some hints of citrus and pine. Old bottle? The bitterness is there but the depth of hop flavor isn't. Some toffee and caramel malt round out the finish with a decent helping of alcohol.
M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.
D- Overall I was disappointed with the hop presence. Very one dimensional.
03-20-2010 05:26:41 | More by projectflam86
3.65/5 rDev -8.1%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.
A - Pours a deep ruby with one inch of pillowy tan head.
S - Caramel, toffee, grass, pine, and orange zest.
T - A clear example of the East Coast substyle, Double-Wide features plenty of malt in addition to its aggressive hop bite. Chewy and dense, with caramel, toffee, and some dried fruit esters. Resinous, piney-grassy hop flavor with plenty of bitterness. Long, bitter finish, with alcohol and malty sweetness becoming more apparent as the beer warms.
M - Bottle conditioning adds a nice touch, but the body is a little too heavy for my liking.
D - A little too malt-driven for my taste, though it's a decent beer. If it were easily available, I could see myself drinking one from time to time, but I don't feel it's worth going out of my way to get.
03-16-2010 03:32:13 | More by trbergman
3.93/5 rDev -1%
I picked this up on a trip to St. Louis a few weeks ago and it's the first Boulevard offering that I've tried. 750 ml bottle with a Batch number of 0-9310 and a freshness(?) date of 11/10.
A: Went with a medium-hard pour into an oversize wine glass on this one, which I immediately found out was a mistake. It had a massive, 5 or 6 finger head that retreated slowly and left clumpy, big bubbles of froth behind on the glass. The color is a copper-amber, which is not really what I was expecting from this IPA. It actually looks a little more like a quad than an IPA.
S: When first I popped the cork, the aroma was a pretty intense citrus-hop profile, but that faded quickly and left behind more of a grassy and floral hop smell. The strength of the aroma also faded considerably as the beer warmed a bit. It was quite large at first whiff. There are some good orange and grapefruit characteristics hiding behind the grassy notes. It is a pleasant smell.
T: The taste essentially represents the smell, but is not as big as the aroma suggests it might be. It lacks a quality that I really look for in an IPA, which is that lingering grapefruit-ty bitterness that really jumps on the back of the palate. However, it does have a pleasant, bittersweet hop/malt combination that makes it a good sipper.
M: Perhaps a little thin for an IPA with this high of an a.b.v. I would expect a little more malt balance to give it a heftier mouthfeel, but it isn't there. I'd say it's a little above average
D: This is pleasant to drink. I split the big bottle with my girlfriend and didn't find it at all hard to rip through. I found this to be a good, enjoyable IPA, but not an elite one.
03-08-2010 02:17:25 | More by TCHopCraver
3.9/5 rDev -1.8%
Thanks to Mora2000!
750 ml cage-corked (and black-taped) bottle, poured into glassware suggested on the label:
Pours caramel-amber with a thick tan head that settles to a thin cover and stays. Foamy spotted lacing sticks.
The smell is citric - lemon/lime and with some pine. Tangy and spicy, with dried tobacco leaf, floral and herbal notes. It has a caramel backing.
The taste is is citric, somewhat piney/woody and some tobacco leaf. It is peppery. Black pepper grows as it progresses. Tart and spicy, it does have a caramel and pale malt sweetness in the back. Hop tastes go in different directions, but blend well. Tart and bitter citric notes, with some pine, fade as it progresses, and the black pepper spiciness becomes more dominating.
Alcohol is reasonably well-covered.
It is medium-to-full-bodied with medium carbonation.
Alcohol is reasonably well-covered, as mentioned above, though does grow more as it progresses. Black pepper also grows, again - as mentioned above. It is a big brew, with an interesting complex hoppiness. An enjoyable hoppy sipper!
03-06-2010 14:06:40 | More by jwc215
4.33/5 rDev +9.1%
A medium to dark color is poured in the glass with touches of garnet appears at the top of the glass. A thick two inch head, beige in color, that laces slowly and clinging to the sides of the glass. A juicy citrus aroma comes right out, very dominant, the aroma is strong and can smelled from across the room. That is soon followed by a grass and pine fragrance, then ending with a hearty malty and bread scent. The malt is hearty on the palate, but it does not last very long. A hop onslaught occurs, bringing intense citric flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Other flavors like grass and earth show up, but they cannot overtake the citric flavors. A medium to slightly heavy body that stays consistent all the way through. The back of the palate is left with a medium dryness. A very strong offering to sip on, with the dark and enticing color, along with the intoxicating aroma, intense flavor and finishing with a pleasing feel, puts this beer in the hopheads delight category.
03-03-2010 04:43:57 | More by cameraman
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Pours into a Duvel Tulip a deep coppery brown color with massive head of fluffy light tan foam on top. Leaves lots of lacing. Awesome head retention.
Lots of sweet bready malt with an equal amount of sweet citrus. Brown sugar and pineapple also in abundance.
Decent amount of complexity for a DIPA. Lots of big bready malt with a light citrus and bitter hop profile. Oddly, this is very peppery and has quite a bit of spice that I'm not digging for the style. Quite bitter in the finish.
Has some prickly carbonation and a body that is a bit more than medium. Finishes semi-dry.
Unique take on a DIPA, but the pepper brings the drinkability down. Nice to try, but I wouldn't reach for this one again.
02-07-2010 01:34:55 | More by jera1350
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.88/5 rDev -2.3%
Why is this labeled as a ipa and not dipa?
Poured into my smokestack chalice. Bottle is 11/11. (also the back of the bottle says this can be cellared? odd).
Pours a fluffy finger of beige head. Color is a dark caramel/copper brown. Sediment in the glass. Very dark for a DIPA.
Aroma: Floral hops up front, but there is a distinguishable crushed black pepper flavor which is odd. The pepper takes a away from the citrus notes.
Taste: Lots of floral hops with a decent bready malt backbone. Again pepper mutes a lot of the citrus flavors. Maybe some caramel malt. Grassy hops. I have a hard time giving this a 4, but it isn't a 3.5.
Mouthfeel: Bitter, but relatively smooth for an IPA. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.
Overall, this IPA was quite odd, from the color to the pepper and the amount of malts used. I probably wouldn't want a full 750 of this. It isn't the most drinkable.
02-04-2010 04:19:44 | More by mothman
4.15/5 rDev +4.5%
750 mL acquired from Beerbeagle courtesy of Nobody Wants to see a Beer Geek Naked 2 BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.
A: Dear lord, I really had to work to get to this beer. This was the most difficult corked beer I've come across to date. Once I finally got this one open, it poured a rich murky deep rust color with a ridiculous fours finger of offwhite rocky yet foamy head. Amazing head retention and sticky sheets of lacing are left behind.
S: Nose of a thick floral hops, slight soapiness and caramel malts.
T: Taste starts with a burst of piney and grassy hop. There is a rich caramel malt flavoring the moves through the middle of this beer with hints of grassy notes mixed with the malt. Finish is rich on malt as well, but blended nicely with a hop bite to it. Neither flavor really sticks or dominates.
M: Medium body, medium carbonation with a rather oily feel.
D: This isn't your typical hop bomb. That being said, it is nicely blended, and a good take on the style. Goes down easily and somewhat filling. I'd definitely have this one again.
02-01-2010 17:58:56 | More by Jayli
3.85/5 rDev -3%
A: Dark amber/orangeish with a average head. Some lacing.
S: Caramel, Pine, Grass, Hops.
T: Caramel (lots), Citric notes, Pine, Grass hint of metallic bitterness.
M: Very smooth and lots of carbonation. Ends very bitter.
A very drinkable ipa but a bit too much caramel for my liking.
01-29-2010 19:21:45 | More by baggio
3.7/5 rDev -6.8%
Given to me as an extra from Mora2000. Thanks!
Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass...correction, after reading the label on the back, I poured into my Delirium tremens snifter glass. Label also says it's from Batch 0-9310 with an 11/11 date.
A - Mushroom cork with a cage top. That is seriously the toughest cork I've ever had to open. My thumbs hurt now. This better be a damn good beer.
Poured a little vigorously. Hazy and dark amber color with ruby highlights and 2 fingers width of creamy colored head. A nice ring of head remains on the beer after the head dies down, and there is decent lacing on the glass.
S - Fruits! Tough to place them. Maybe pears, or apples...or even dried cherries? Definitely on the sweeter side...maybe that's some caramel from the malts. Some citrus comes through as the beer opens up. And then more alcohol comes through on a 2nd pour.
T - I'm not getting a whole lot of bold and distinct flavors from this. Some citrusy notes (grapefruit probably comes through the most) followed by some malts. I guess caramel can be used to describe it, but it's not much.
Definite a bit of a boozy aftertaste, which isn't bad. It lets you know the alcohol is there.
M - Medium and creamy body with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad, just bigger than most IPAs of had.
D - I could drink this, yeah. Would it be my first choice for an IPA in San Diego, nah. But it's not bad. There's just a lot better available to me. Glad I got to try it though.
A lot of IPAs don't come in 750 mL, so that's kind of cool. It's a different take on the style, but it lacks the boldness in both hoppiness and malt balance that I'm used to from IPAs. By no means a bad beer, just not upper tier.
01-27-2010 05:04:03 | More by Kaiser81
4.13/5 rDev +4%
Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, from batch #08303, poured into a Tulip.
Pours a cloudy amber color, with hints of orange. Two fingers of tan head, with good lacing on the side of the glass. Retention is good, with a thin layer still sitting atop my glass minutes after pouring.
Citrusy hop smell, with some floral aromas. First taste replicates what I got on the nose, a little bit of grapefruit twang and some caramel malty-ness thrown in. Good amount of alcohol comes thru in the middle, good bitterness in the finish. Medium body gives a creamy texture while drinking. Moderate amount of carbonation.
Considering the ABV, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Plenty of flavor, great texture, and just a touch of alcohol without being overpowering. I feel like I could drink a few of these, and that would be dangerous at 8.5 abv. A great DIPA and one I will be happy to visit again!
01-24-2010 05:04:19 | More by kylejohnson03
3.75/5 rDev -5.5%
A. Poured a huge head with red, amber, dark color. Somewhat cloudy.
S. Hops, caramel, alcohol, some pine, some sweetness, other typical IPA smells on the nose.
T. Extreme biting bitterness. I've always love beers on the bitter side, but this was extreme. Finish lingers in back. Powerful bitter finish. I will say that the sweetness came through more as I drank it and it warmed some. The bitter finish remained.
D. Strong, full bodied beer but was easy to drink. I enjoyed and looked forward to every sip.
01-22-2010 22:27:35 | More by Dave412
3.85/5 rDev -3%
Thanks to aljordan for sharing this brew.
Pours a dark copper with a nice thin head. Strangely there is not a lot of lacing...
This is a very malt balanced IPA. Lots of sweet caramel in the nose. Some citrus and piney hops.
Taste is dark and sweet. Some nice orange comes through, fresh mown hay, some fresh grass and pine. There is a dark, rich aftertaste that lingers for a long time.
Tightly carbonated and slightly fizzy.
A very nice beer with some strong cheese.
01-20-2010 01:45:30 | More by kirok1999
3.38/5 rDev -14.9%
75cL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch number 09135
Poured a hazy darker orange bordering on ruby. A 2 finger bone head recedes to a small layer of tiny bubbles on the surface. It is much more ruby than other IPA's and I think its looks great in the glass
It smells of a non discriminant hop. To me it is neither floral or grassy or citrusy. It isn't really punch you in the face as I expected but I suspect this bottle has some age.
The taste has this ridiculously smooth bitterness with an accompanying malt sweetness. It ends with just a small taste of citrus hops on the back. Enjoyable and really balanced for the gravity but it shows the age.
It is very smooth for an IPA in the mouthfeel and drinks quickly as it is so balanced.
I truly believe this bottle is past its prime. I acquired two bottles in September and drank one then and forgot about this one until now. I recall it being way more hoppy in the nose and not it is rather nondescript. I actually enjoyed this beer very much because it is so balanced and smooth but I can tell it is not what it should have been. I reviewed to style and while my personal feeling of this beer is higher than the ratings I want to give an honest to style rating. If I am interpreting the date code right this was brewed in mid-May. so it is 7.5 months old. My bottle that was 4 months old I recall being much better. I want to review this beer with a fresh bottle.
01-03-2010 21:40:25 | More by weatherdog
3.83/5 rDev -3.5%
Hazed and murky with an orangey honey color and yeasty particulate matter, with a low off-white head that disappears quickly.
Low aroma of orange rind and baby aspirin.
Flavor of juicy hops upfront, full and fresh, a mix of citrus and floral, hints of grapefruit and mint and orange rind, morphing to a piney finish. Some honey malt rides beneath, but remains understated. Notes of bread and yeastiness puctuate the profile.
Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty beer, thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending this one along.
12-27-2009 17:24:52 | More by far333
4.28/5 rDev +7.8%
Poured into a snifter on 11/14/09
Thanks to Freethyhops
A - Stunning & dense brownish copper. Poured two fingers of billowing foam that holds up nicely at the start. Good retention, though it thins out some. Impressive amount of lacing. Second pour offers murky brown highlights.
S - Potent floral & citrus hops; orange, tangerine & some grapefruit. Faint lemon. Dry, biscuity malt.
T - Awash in hoppy bitterness! Sharp hits of pine. Juicy citrus: orange, grapefruit & a spot of lemon. Some alcohol heat on the finish - rather warming, but not cloying. Malt seems minimal with just some toasted bread interspersed throughout. A spiciness is ever-present. Righteous.
M - Resinous, chewy & rather full in body with plenty of carbonation to facilitate the bitterness & spice. Sticky bitterness lingers well after the finish.
D - Makes full use of the 8.5% abv & is dangerously drinkable. Packs a lot of flavor & punch. Recommended.
12-25-2009 03:59:10 | More by Ryan011235
3.8/5 rDev -4.3%
Thanks Greg for sending this one along.
Bottle spit three ways among friends in tulip glasses. It produce a large white head that laced out just perfect .the body was this wonderful dark amber in color. The aroma was very hop forward. Nice and earthy pine and a great floral presence. The flavor was slightly oxidized but still had good malt sweetness followed by a drying hop bitter. A solid medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation
I will say we finished these glasses rather quickly It was easy to drink and quite good for an IPA
12-18-2009 15:07:03 | More by joepais
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,231 ratings.