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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,373 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,373
Reviews: 757
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 94
Gots: 218 | 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 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
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark copper color with huge off white head. My pour may have been a bit "ambitious" and it overflowed the glass. Still looked nice though.

S - Starting to notice a trend with these American Double IPAs. A nice amount of malt, citrus and Pine. Always grass, nothing too distinguishing from the rest. This bottle was about 3 months old, and had been kept in the fridge the whole time, so I can't see anything "fading" in that amount of time. It's starting to get hard to distinguish one IPA from another.

T - And there is the difference. Big sweetness up front, then bread. Lots of bread. Most have a malty characteristic, but this one is like rye bread. Nice bitter finish.

M - Just OK here. Lots of carb, medium bodied. Alcohol is not present, but maybe that's just me.

O - Decent double. Harder to find, and good presentation in a C&C 750. Had this one a few years back and it blew me away. Now, it falls in line as just a decent DIPA.

BeerThursdays, May 15, 2011
Photo of slentz
3.63/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to JeepCop for this bottle in our recent trade.

Best by 7/29/11 Poured at 40 degrees F into my great divide tulip.

Pop the cap very nice carbonation!

A: Easy pour down the center of the glass yields a two finger off white head. Nice small bubbles with good legs leaving a nice ring of lacing This one is pretty dark and hazy for a double IPA. Some light coming through but not much, lots of carbonation. After a few minutes a nice ring is still left in the glass.

S: Orangy, lemony, citrus notes on the nose with slight grapefruit. Definitely lots of hops. Also smell some caramel malt.

T: Taste is very good. Not too sweet like some double IPA's with just about the right amount of bitterness. Taste is also of citrus fruits with a lot of lemon coming through. Definitely enjoying this one.

M: Mouthfeel is good. Lots of carbonation very prickly on the tongue. Slightly oily on the lips and teeth. Interesting mouthfeel leaves me wanting more after each sip.

O: Overall this is a very nice double IPA. Not as strong as some of the others out there make this very enjoyable. Could use a little more bitterness however I think this one is very balanced, not too sweet and not too bitter. Doesn't stand up to some of the best double IPA's but definitely a very nice respectable offering from Boulevard.

slentz, May 15, 2011
Photo of chocosushi
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle ---> Hennepin Goblet

A ~ Poured ever so carefully, yielding a puffy-huge off-white head.
Dark amber.

S ~ Hawaiian fruits, fresh cut grass, Wet Hops (favorite part of brew)

T ~ Aroma Hops right up front, Ripe mango, Tart plums, cantaloupe (new for me) -> lemon, pine, bittering hops -->
Hop oils and booze. Strong finish after warming.

M ~ Similar to a BIPA

D ~ Pretty good. A little off.

chocosushi, May 12, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally picked up a 4 pack of this beer yesterday, craving a good, strong IPA/IIPA. Wish I woiuld have grabbed the hop rod or green flash instead. Poured a medium amber color with a big white head (very carbonated; kinda like the single wide). Aromas of apricots, faded hops and caramel. Medium bodied, with flavors of apricots, hops and malt.

emmasdad, May 11, 2011
Photo of Neffbeer
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to ILikeBrew for this extra.
12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

A: It pours a deep amber color, cloudy with a bunch of yeast and hop sediment. The head is quite substantial with a two finger white foam mushrooming out of the top of the glass. It settles into a foamy pillow on top of the beer leaving behind some spotty lacing.

S: The nose is full of resinous hops; pine cones, grapefruit, and some herbal grassiness. Even with the obvious heavy handed hops the malt shows up well. Elements of biscuits, toffee, and caramel.

T: The hops take hold of the palate with a bitter wave of pine and grapefruit. The malt flavors stand firm with a clear display of caramel malt and toasted bread. It finishes dry and bitter, right on par.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation. The hop oils are so thick it gives the illusion of a much heavier beer.

O: I found this to be an good example of a balanced DIPA. The malt held up well to the hops. I wish in the end it were a bit more unbalanced though!

Neffbeer, May 10, 2011
Photo of argock
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear 10oz wine goblet. Best by 10/18/11 on side of bottle. Purchased as a 4-pack at Binny's (Chicago, IL) for $10.99.

A: Murky amber with a lot of suspended yeast. Soft 1/2-finger of off-white head that settles to a cap with a ring of intricate lace around the top of the glass.

S: Aroma is strong with resiny pine sap, grapefruit citrus, lemongrass, and some tropical fruit as well. Maltiness is nothing to blow off with solid biscuit and toffee presence.

T: More bitter in flavor than the nose suggests, but very good all the same. The bitterness recedes some as the maltiness tries to catch up. Hops still dominate with grapefruit, pine, floral, and grassy components. The bitterness is still a tongue smacker. Malts are crackery and biscuit with some token caramels thrown in.

M: Nicely coating, paramount for this style to be drinkable, and with low-medium carbonation.

O: A very nice DIPA that just misses the tier of the real top performers in the balanced DIPA group (GD Hercules, ST Unearthly). Still, I am glad I got the chance to try for sure.

argock, May 08, 2011
Photo of homebrew311
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see Boulevard's products now available in the Chicago area!

A: very active on the pour with 3 fingers of tan head, deep red appearance, good clarity

S: nose features piney hops with some faint notes of citrus in the background, a rich caramel malt profile, some notes of honey and hints of oaky character.

T: the flavor is bursting with piney bitterness up front which takes bitter notes through the middle. The finish shows off the malt profile with sweet notes of caramel and honey and a delicate touch of toast on the finish. This is extremely flavorful, albeit a little on the bitter side.

MF: big body, almost sticky, medium carbonation

O: This is a great DIPA. After having so many west coast style IPAs lately, its nice to switch things up with a piney bitter and malty IPA. Definitely worth a try.

homebrew311, May 06, 2011
Photo of Ecrassipes
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best buy date of 7-30-11. Poured into Duvel tulip glass. First attempt at a review.

A: Pours nicely with an amber color and a foamy head the quickly faded.

S: Hoppy, with an almost metallic like smell, I generally like my dipas to have a strong floral or citrus like smell.

T: First thing I taste is malts, not really what I want from a dipa, but I know some people like that. The finish does have a piny hop taste to it though.

M: Carbonation was just right, not over or under carbonated. I still taste sweet malts anytime I put my nose in the duvel tulip to take a sip. For 8.5% the alcohol is well hidden, again I think the sweet malts are responsible for this.

O: Not something I would buy again but that is just my preference, I know plenty of people who enjoy this side of the spectrum of dipas.

Ecrassipes, May 05, 2011
Photo of jwinship83
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle picked up as soon as it hit the shelves in chicago. always nice to add another brewery with a line as extensive as boulevards. Drank from my samuel adams perfect pint glass.

A- this one pours out a light copper colored body with a large off white colored head on top. the head lasts for a very long time and leaves behind large globs of lacing.

S- the first thing that greets my nose after the initial whiff are hops. lots of piny notes and a lesser amount of grapefruit. i also pick up on some even lighter floral and earthy notes. sweet caramel malt shows up at the end and tries to add some balance to this one.

T- the taste starts out with the sweet caramel malts i could smell which provides a sweet backbone. after that its all about the hops. very heavy on the piny hops, with some grapefruit as well. earthy and floral notes sneak through faintly at the end.

M- the body is a solid medium. the carbonation is sufficient, maybe even a little on the high side. the alcohol is well hidden.

O- welcome to chicago, boulevard. a solid DIPA that has competitively priced four packs. very nice. ill try to work this into the regular rotation from now on.

jwinship83, May 02, 2011
Photo of whoneeds8
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with best buy date of 07/29/11. Poured into a New Belgium globe cloudy orange with a off white head (slight green hugh to the head, maybe the lighting?) There's some hop notes in the nose but not much of anything else. As far as the taste . . . I don't really have the built up palette to know the difference between differen hops. That being said, I don't like the hops used in this. There's a sour flavor mixed in which I'm not sure if that's from the hops or yeast, but it's unpleasant for the style. And speaking of the Style, this is no IIPA. Which in Boulevard's defense they never actually say it is an IIPA.

whoneeds8, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of PDXHops
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Catching up on some long misplaced review notes. Unfortunately didn't write down the batch #. 750 ml bottle poured into an oversized snifter. Dark and hazy amber topped with a fat cap of foam that sticks around nicely and leaves a fair amount of lace.

Smells almost barleywinish. Yes, there’s hops, but also a load of caramel and toffee. Fruity elements include raisins along with citrus. Boozy, too. Hmm. Flavor is similarly style-challenged; it’s certainly a tasty beverage, but more along the lines of a barleywine. A sharp cedarish bitterness is swallowed up in a wave of sweet malt and tangy fruits. A hint of something medicinal. The thickish, fluffy feel also seems out of place. It’s possible the best approach with this beer is to enjoy the “DIPA” designation and throw a couple in the cellar like you would any other barleywine.

PDXHops, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of DearthVader
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle all thanks to kansascitytrader. Thank you Kyle!

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

Pours a rusted orange that has a tremendous glow to it. Topped by a massive 4 finger white head that is incredibly tight. Beautiful looking beer!!

Smell of citrus, slight malt, and a ton of hops.

Extremely aggressive hop taste. When you get past the hop explosion you get pine, lemon, apricot, and sour orange flavors.

Good mouthfeel with a medium body and well balanced carbonation. Finishes very dry and that dryness lingers for quite a while.

Overall really enjoyed it. It could stand up to bat with many West Coast IIPA's. Very glad I got to give this one a shot.

DearthVader, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of Andreji
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Credit again to aschwab, I'm still drinking the goodies brought over by him on his colombian visit.

And what a beer to come across. Didn't expect much by the looks of it, sort of had it at the back of the crowd. didn't even know the brewery.

But for all the wait, this was a great surprise, form the very pour.

The cartoonish, not-too-sharp label didn't hint much. Once poured, this has been one of the harder ones to document on camera- the hue was hard to conceive since the beer fluctuates a very thick aspect that upon shone light looks dark orange, and without light tends towards dark brown or reddish. Generoush, lasting, thick tan head, tonnes of lacing, all over the place.

Smell was also extremely pleasant. Beyond the usual herbal feel dominating the style given the generous hops, there was a very strong feel of orange or clementine peel. it tended towards a sweetish smell overall, which was a pleasant deviation from the norm for IPAs. No alcohol on the nose -despite a high abv- which i thought was well pulled.

The taste was also back on track as opposed to my most recent tasting. Even though the beer honours its genre thoroughly- hoppy feel from the start- it also generously combines a burnt caramel sensation, a slight zest somewhere there and a non-discrete (but not blunt either) alcohol feel. very well balanced given the hop continuum is nowhere near overwhelming, but definetly dominant. The beer is not only very tasteful, but also has a brilliant body that is thick and half-oily, quite adequate for our current lousy weather.

Overall this beer is fabulous, well balanced and combined bringing forth a group of smells and flavors not necessarily common for the style or the US trends- sort of pushing a seriously pushed envelope- and pulling it off right. hope to land this soon again.

Andreji, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of HaysAmerica
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a 750ml bottle into a snifter glass. Batch number: 010211; 05/2011. Let me start off by saying I'm not a big IPA guy & rarely have one. Pours w/ 3 fingers white head w/ great lacing. Looks of a tea color in my glass. Nice deep orange to the color. Actually, was very dark orange in the glass. Quite carbonated.

The nose is of aggressive citrus-pine. Actually, pine needles come to mind & I can't get them out of my head. Just smelling this beer makes me think this will be a very bitter beer.

The first taste of this & man this is aggressively hopped!! Tastes like a Christmas tree it has that level of pine needle taste. Quite citrus throughout the drink & has a very long dry finish. I do pick up on the apricot notes that were mentioned on the label, after this has warmed up a bit.

It seems to be a medium bodied beer & is ok for me. Like I said, I'm not really an IPA guy but I wanted to give it a go to in an effort to expand my horizons. I'd have this one once in a while. Food would be a great pairing w/ this type of beer. In the end, as always, prosit!!

HaysAmerica, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of claspada
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is quite gorgeous with a perfect amber hue. Thick white creamy sticky head. As you consume the lacing is quite stellar as well.
The aroma is initially quite muted slight resiny hops and caramel malts. As it warms I am actually detecting some distinctive yeast aromas (German with some clove). I could be imagining this but I asked my friend sitting next to me and he smelled it to. The hops become more apparent as it warms. Heavy pine and citrus make up the hop smells.
The taste begins with an adequate caramel maltiness which I enjoy in my DIPAs. The malts are soon pushed to the side by resiny pine and orange citrus hops. The high hop bill makes this finish quite sticky and resiny but the bitterness does not linger which I also enjoy.
Mouthfeel is quite full and pleasurable perfectly carbonated. Really really full mouthfeel with a nice dry and palate drying stickiness. Overall this is a very good DIPA, not my favorite by any means but still great. My first of many to come from Boulevard.

claspada, Apr 14, 2011
Photo of Rutager
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Hazy deep amber-red with a massive, sticky, yellow, pillowy, 4 finger head.

Smell. Herby, grassy hops, peaches and plums and a little sweet toffee.

Taste. Caramel and grassy hops, some apricot and yellow grapefruit. Slight sweetness. Nice bitter herby-citrus finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooty, medium carbonation.

Overall. A good DIPA. Love the label and corked bottle. Champange for the trailer-park!

Rutager, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of obrike
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a 4 pack at Specs in north Austin.

Holy moly...what a pour...beautiful dark copper, huge fluffy head...tons of sticky lace...looks incredible.

Nice crisp piny hop aroma, a bit of lemon...some orange, a bit subdued...but good. A lot going on in here, the sweet malt does not overpower the hops...just a nice, clean, dry, hop-forward dipa. Not a hop bomb...but hopheads will still enjoy.

Smooth as hell...quite drinkable. Can taste more flavors as it warms. Nice. Dry, a bit bitter finish, but makes you want to take another sip.

Very good brew...a bit pricey, but well worth the cost.

obrike, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden copper color, opaque and cloudy. Large three finger frothy head of yellow. Pillows at the top and retention hangs around and enjoys this spring day for quite a while.

Stone fruit aromas dominate, with citrus and tropical notes underneath. Peach and nectarine with hints of orange, mango, and pineapple. A layer of caramel and bready malts come through to wane the hops somewhat at the end.

Nicely balanced, full assertive carbonation, and quite bitter on the finish after the initial malt burst. Some acidic qualities throughout. Peachy flavors. Grapefruit, guava, herbal, balanced by the same caramel and bready malts the nose suggests, but as mentioned is washed away on the bitter rind finish.

mcallister, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Cloudy amber color, billowy two-finger head with great retention and excellent lace.

S: Floral hops with some peach fruit and sweet malts underneath. Also some fruity esters.

T: Mellow orange/citrus hops yield gently to kiwi and sweet malts, then transforming to a bit of pine bitterness in the finish. Very nice.

M: Medium body, nice creaminess, no oil. Carbonation is spot on-- feels as light in the mouth as the head in the glass.

O: Wow. I haven't had this in a while, and it's quite a bit better than I remember. This will be one for those long months when Hopslam isn't available. For my tastebuds, a real winner.

AmericanGothic, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/25/11 notes. Thanks to nmann08 for sharing this one.

a - Pours a murky orange color with two fingers of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of fruity malts, caramel malts, citrus hops, and floral hops.

t - Tastes of caramel malts, fruity malts, light bitter citrus hops, and a little sweet.

m - Medium body and low carbonation.

o - A nice DIPA. definitely not a hop bomb and the caramel and fruity malts come out a lot in the smell and taste. Smooth and easy to drink, would have again.

mdfb79, Mar 31, 2011
Photo of SkeeterHawk
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is about the only beer from the Smokestack series that I haven't tried. I am not a hop-head, but I just tried the Divine Reserve #11 from St. Arnold, so I figured that this would be a good beer to "wash it down". Let's give it a go:

Appearance: Pours a pretty hazy burnt orange color with a huge 2" head of tan bubbles after a pretty reserved pour. There are tons of bubbles rising to maintain the head. There is some thick foam left as you are swirling and drinking the beer, but it doesn't really stick for some reason. Overall, this is pretty nice.

Aroma: My first impression was that this beer had a bit of oxidation, but that wasn't there when I went back to the beer. There is plenty of citrusy American hops in here as there should be. There is also some evident sweet caramel notes giving a mile Toffee impression to the beer.

Taste: The flavor is showing the oxidation as well, but it is really mild. The initial part of the flavor is dominated by the hops, giving you plenty of citrus and a tad of spice. It doesn't take long for you to pick up the caramel in the flavor and there is a medley of these two flavors that takes you into the finish, which is only slightly dominated by the hops. The body is medium and is appropriately attenuated with plenty of carbonation, so this lightens it up on your palate for the ride down. As the beer warms, there is a honey-like flavor that is becoming a much bigger player in the flavor and finish so much that it is starting to taste like orange blossom honey, which is quite nice.

Opinion: This is a pretty good DIPA overall. There is a date on the bottle saying 09/2011, so I guess this is the "best by" date, so this may explain the oxidative flavors and aromas. I can appreciate a brewer that can take this style and make a drinkable beer out of it. So many in this category are just "hop monsters" with no real regard for drinkability...they just want to have 10,000 IBU's printed on the bottle or some such. This beer is drinkable the whole time and is definitely getting better as it warms up some. I would drink this beer again, and if you are a hop-head, I would absolutely give this beer a shot.

SkeeterHawk, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Boto
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle: This one pours a slightly hazy, darker orangish color. There was quite a good sized ecru head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. Good nose. Citrus, pine and apricot are the main aromas. Not overly bitter. Well balanced with a hint of underlying sweetness. Grapefruit notes in the taste, good fairly full malt body backing this one up. Nice

Boto, Mar 26, 2011
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,373 ratings.