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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,222 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,222
Reviews: 745
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 183 | 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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Strix

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%

Cloudy orange, with a fluffy head, perhaps the darkest and cloudiest IPA I've ever had.

Smells fresh - a big whiff of grapefruit, pine, and flowers.

Taste is hoppy yet well balanced. Nice bite of grapefruit on top of caramel malt, apricot, fresh bread, wood, and a slight spice and alcohol note.

Medium carbonation, resinous mouthfeel.

I enjoyed this. To me, Boulevard's beers seem to be well crafted but not extreme. Even their smokestack series apparently strives to be balanced, and I found this quite enjoyable.

11-09-2009 01:49:59 | More by Strix
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flacks360

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev -3%

A: pours from the 750 with a strong, light head with good retention and plenty of lacing. noticeably darker amber than a lot of DIPAs.

S: Most DIPAs I've had attack my nose. This one has the thick piney scent I've come to expect, but I had to strain a bit to really grasp it with my nose. Kind of underwhelming.

T: Ahhh. That's more like it. this is what i signed up for. fantastic hop notes, but balanced with a nice semi-sweet malt flavor. strangely like a barleywine, but it works.

M: Very full. One can taste every bit of the pine flavor, particularly as the beer begins to warm. speaking of warm, this brew is starting to warm me up a bit.

D: Outstandingly drinkable for its style, although at 8.5%, a 750 should be plenty.

11-01-2009 02:50:27 | More by flacks360
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OStrungT

California

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

This beer pours a cloudy rust orange color, with a light tan head. The head fades slowly, leaving a good amount of lace.

This beer smells piney. It has a very sweet malty aroma as well. Maybe just a little too sweet. I can detect the alcohol in the aroma. It smells slightly spicy. this beer smells almost like a barley wine.

This beer pretty much tastes like it smells. Very sweet with some piney hop aroma. Slightly spicy, with the alcohol not well hidden.

This beer warms the throat on the way down. It leaves a piney weet aftertaste. Carbonation is good.

This beer would not be the best session beer. It is high in alcohol, anf the aggressive flavor would become cloying after a while.

Overall: Decent beer, but nothing that I desire to have again.

10-19-2009 18:34:17 | More by OStrungT
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Freethyhops

Alabama

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

half a 750ml bottle poured into a tulip

A- pours a very dark amber, almost barleywine colored. produces a near 3 finger head. tons of lacing all the way down the glass. great potential here

S- not extremely pungent here. has a nice resinous hoppy smell. very piney, earthy feel. could be better

T- not a whole lot of citrus in the taste. a bunch of bitterness up front, that balances well with the bready malt profile. again not much else besides hoppy bitterness, malts, and some piney tastes. it's all nice but nothing to stand out in the modern day battle that takes place in the DIPA category nowadays.

M- a good brewery rarely misses in this category. this beer provides some good vicosity mixed with a great level of carbonation. these qualities makes this beer drink very nicely.

D- a very smooth DIPA. only clocking in at 8.5% this one goes down very easily. 12oz is no problem. as long as I'm not driving, I'd take the whole 750 in a sitting.

10-16-2009 02:55:54 | More by Freethyhops
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GeezLynn

Minnesota

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

1st entry lost in the Great Crash of '09. Re-entered from brief notes.

A: Nice murky brown amber with a thick white head. Excellent retention.
S: Huge pine and yeast - smells more like a pint at the brewery than one from the bottle.
T: Heavy roasted caramel and pine flavors. Sharp but pleasant bitterness. Not much in the way of sweet or fruit flavors.
M: Fairly well carbonated, yet smooth and thick for the style.

This beer was much better than anticipated, however I was expecting an IPA and this is really more of a DIPA (as if the name doesn't suggest it). Great beer either way.

10-16-2009 01:11:37 | More by GeezLynn
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mdwalsh

Iowa

3.55/5  rDev -10.6%

A: A decent little head, nothing to get worked up about, but nice. Sort of off white. A ahzy orange, pretty dark. No active carbonation.

S: Strong, mostly citrusy but also herbal hops that fade into a mild sweetness. A nice hop profile, but sort of blunt, not much depth at all.

T: Again, hoppy, mostly citrus and floral/herbal. Really slanted to the hoppy side, though there is some malty base in there, mostly a sweet pale taste. The lingering though is a hoppy bitterness.

M: Biting, but full.

D: If you like hops, it's pretty drinkable, but nothing great.

10-15-2009 23:23:23 | More by mdwalsh
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siradmiralnelson

Iowa

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from 750ml caged and corked bottle into Tulip.

A. 3 finger head. Dark ruby, grapefruit/orange color, depending on the light. Pretty thick lacing. Good head retention.

S. Big smell of piney, citrusy hops. Very floral and bitter. I can smell very little malt.

T. Taste is definitely more balanced than the nose. More citrusy hops balanced with sweet malt.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Dry finish. Just a touch of lingering hop bitterness.

D. A good DIPA. Not over the top. Would like a little bit more of a hop taste, which could have been affected by the age of the bottle. Another winner for the Smokestack Series.

10-13-2009 15:20:20 | More by siradmiralnelson
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JoEBoBpr

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Poured into a mug.

A - Pours a nice dark amber with great red hues. A very chunky off-white head is present. The retention is great. Nice haze.

S - Piney hops are present as well as some grapefruit hints. Sweet hints are present from the malt. Also some notes of alcohol. The sweet grapefruit hints gets more noticeable as it warms.

T - Smooth and piney! Very attractive the grapefruit overwhelms the tongue in a pleasant warming way. Refreshing yet wholesome. Nice dryness form the hops at the end. Not my favorite IPA but definitely good.

M - oily well balanced, medium bodied.

D - Medium

10-13-2009 00:43:36 | More by JoEBoBpr
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Genghis22

California

2.85/5  rDev -28.2%

A - Pours a dark amber color, hazy and cloudy. Big foamy heady, nice lacing.

S - Lots of sweet ripe grapefruit. Touches of resin and floral hop notes. Not overly strong.

T - Extremely malty and sweet. The hops are there for bittering, not add nothing to the initial flavor. The aftertaste is bitter hops, but faint.

M - Highly carbonated, medium bodied. This amount of carbonation would better with a thicker beer. Finishes dry and crisp.

D - No thanks. It was worth trying, but there are much better IPAs out there.

10-09-2009 05:24:33 | More by Genghis22
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Kraken

Maryland

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 08/09/09

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into a water glass. Light pour evokes a four finger head of off white head that shows great retention and plenty of lace. Color is a cloudy copper orange.

Nose- Orange and tangerine, some floral notes. A bit of caramel. Some metallic notes.

Pallate- Huge amounts of a caramel and biscuit. Some overripe orange, lemon rind. Pleasant lasting bitterness. Long dry finish. Very balanced for a double IPA.

Mouthfeel- Thick, and Dry.

Drinkability- A bit strong and heavy, personally I enjoyed the single wide more.

10-09-2009 02:13:30 | More by Kraken
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Florida9

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A: Corked and caged. Pours with an absolutely huge, lightly caramel colored, rocky, foamy, almost pouring over the side of the glass, head. Head was so voluminous, I had to stop pouring at half glass.

S: Pine, citrus, wood and malt. Maybe some oak or even a touch of vanilla. Quite intriguing.

T: Heavy dose of caramel malts with a resiny bitterness. Lightly sweet. More of that wood flavor, a rough wood at that, not as refined as oak. Flavor drops off quickly on the finish.

M: Medium in body with appropriate carbonation. Slightly astringent and dry on the tongue. Too damn foamy.

D: A nice, almost balanced IPA, but this one was kind of rough around the edges. The woody flavor is a bit odd as well. Between the heft of the malts and the over extracted tannic bitterness, drinkability suffered. Not sure this one is worth the expense.

10-08-2009 02:32:26 | More by Florida9
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FtownThrowDown

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

Pours a nice dark amber in color. There's a very nice two inches of head on the pour. Looks very good in the glass.
Smell is spot on as well. Nice herbal hops. Piney and citrus floral notes in the nose. Very inviting and solid.
Taste is in one word solid. Nice play between hops and malt. Nice bitterness from the hops to keep it lively and thoroughly enjoyful.
On the high side of medium in the mouthfeel. This beer is incredibly smooth and easy drinking. Way too drinkable. This is disappearing fast. Very good beer.

10-07-2009 22:45:34 | More by FtownThrowDown
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EnojysAnyBeer

Colorado

4.53/5  rDev +14.1%

A- Dark amber color with a decent amount of haze. The head is very big, off-white, and leaves some splotches of lacing.

S- Raw, citrus hop cones and a load of tropical fruit on top of a sticky, gooey, caramel malt saturated sweetness.

T- Taste is amazing. Hops become transcendent, possessing the characteristics of many different strains. Mostly citrus and pine as in most IPA's

M- Moderate body with an excellent, silky carbonation

D- Another killer from Boulevard that really delivers.

09-26-2009 03:52:59 | More by EnojysAnyBeer
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

09-22-2009 22:43:42 | More by Mistofminn
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -32.5%

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.

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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.

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

Texas

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev -1%

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.

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

Ohio

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -6.8%

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

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

New York

3.6/5  rDev -9.3%

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.

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

Minnesota

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

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

Nebraska

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

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.

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

Texas

4.05/5  rDev +2%

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.

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

Texas

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%

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.

08-22-2009 20:39:21 | More by jasonjlewis
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,222 ratings.