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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,188 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,188
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 87
Gots: 178 | 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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jjayjaye

New York

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

Washington

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

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

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

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

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

Drinks fine for a IIPA.

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

Scott

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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

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

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2009 23:34:11 | More by Metalmonk
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womencantsail

California

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

Thank you BucketHolder for sending this beer.

A: The pour is a dark amber color with tons of foam (a good 2-3 fingers worth) that sticks around for awhile and leaves great lacing.

S: The nose is surprisingly bready with a nice fruity hop aroma. Excellent notes of grapefruit and pineapple lend the scent a definite sweetness.

T: The beer is, thankfully, not as sweet as I had anticipated. A nice amount of grapefruit and pine balance out the bready malt quite well.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation and a crisp, refreshing finish.

D: My first beer from Boulevard (whom I've heard great things about), and I'm happy to say I was impressed.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 23:05:40 | More by womencantsail
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snaotheus

Washington

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

750ml corked bottle poured into a big snifter.

Pours a medium-dark amber with a big fluffy head and terrific lacing. Slightly cloudy. Strong piney smell.

Taste is surprisingly mild, not overpowering at all (maybe it's too cold). Strong bitter aftertaste. Hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel is good, light and slightly gritty. Very drinkable because of the lightness of flavor (without being boring).

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2009 00:32:19 | More by snaotheus
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Durge

Connecticut

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

This pours a very cloudy dark amber with a big light oatmeal colored head and solid lacing. The aroma is a strong maple malt and butterscotch with pleasant piny hop, very nice. The flavor brings more alcohol over a malty pine hop. This has a fairly full feel and is very lively in carbonation. It has a hint of bitter chocolate and vague sherry at the back end. This is some high quality stuff.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2009 00:02:43 | More by Durge
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portia99

Massachusetts

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

Poured from a 750ml bottle (batch 8303), after a lengthy battle to remove the cork, into a Portsmouth goblet. Received in trade from hwwty4. Thank you very much!

A - Poured a dark amber color with a huge cream colored head about 3 fingers high. Head has great staying power, and finally give up leaving thick, sticky lacing all down the sides of the glass.

S - Huge, citrusy hop aroma - lemon and oranges mainly - mixes with piney aromas as well. Small amount of caramel malt comes through adding some sweetness to the aromas.

T - Hops are prominant here. Big hit of hop bitterness anchors the flavor profile. Piney hop flavor is right up front with a touch of spiciness too. Contrary to the aroma - not much citrusy flavor appears. Dark, slightly burnt caramel maltiness comes thru as well and is topped off with mild yeastiness and some alcohol flavor too.

M - Mouthfeel is full - thick and chewy. Carbonation level is high - fills the mouth with a slightly creamy yet prickly feeling.

D - A very nice IPA - a little on the heavy side to be as drinkable as some of the best out there. Drinks more like a Double IPA. Goes down smoothly, but the heaviness keeps it from being a multiple bottle beer. One 750ml makes for a very good night tho on its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 00:45:07 | More by portia99
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erosier

Connecticut

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

L: Pours a nice coppery orange color with a medium sized and thick tan colored head that laces the glass nicely on the way down.
S: The smell is of sweet malts, some citrusy, piney, and floral hop aromas. This one smells a lot sweeter than I was expecting for an IPA with 8.5% abv.
T: The taste is right on. The piney, floral, and citrusy hops really blend well not only with each other but with the sweet malt presence as well.
M: Very crisp yet smooth and warming with the perfect amount of carbonation.
D: This one was a joy to drink. Loved how the hops didn't overpower the underlying base of the beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 20:03:04 | More by erosier
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RedChrome

Connecticut

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

Body has a reddish hue to the copper color. Inch high thick white head sat on top a few minutes. Moderate large carbonation bubbles. Thick lace rings.

Hops aromas abound and leap out of the glass. Gritty resin and earthy malt background to the very nice bitter pine scents. Citrus is a bit elusive but pleases at end of a nose full.

A strong burst of hops resin on the tip of the tongue. Citrus is strong then in the nose, and the pine fades a bit. Malt is a nice background of bread crust. Super balance.

Average viscosity on the mouth surfaces. Carbonation is a bit active. Flavors cling nicely on the tongue.

A great brew. Works well when paired with a nice aged cheddar. Well worth the effort of getting this from Boulevard. Everyone should try this one.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 02:14:52 | More by RedChrome
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 750ml corked bottle shared with brothercannon and poured into a pair of nonic pint glasses. The ale appears a hazed crimson amber color with about an inch of fluffy off white foam. The head leaves behind a minimal lace on my glass. Nose and flavor are of resinous pine, white grapefruit juice and peel, nicely toasted bready grains, sweet caramelized malt, floral mint, more malt. Pleasantly bitter, yet sweet as well, nice balance of flavors. Alcohol is barely noticeable, and the ale has a medium body with adequate carbonation. We were craving another bottle when this one was gone. Tasty stuff.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 03:47:15 | More by ClockworkOrange
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nsmartell

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. Poured from the 750ml corked bottle into my Grimbergen goblet glass.

Appearance: Pours a dark, really hazy orange that doesn't let much light in. Off-white head is ridiculously thick at first, but calms down and stays for a while.

Smell: Floral hops and bread malt. Excellent balance for a DIPA.

Taste: Nice and hoppy up front but, again, excellent balance with the bready malts and some alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Sticky, dry and nicely carbonated. Excellent!

Drinkability: The best DIPA I have tried in recent memory. Would definitely recommend and hope to stumble across more in the future.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 01:01:02 | More by nsmartell
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CrellMoset

Virginia

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

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks!! Split and poured into a cervoise.

Appearance: Pours a hazy ruby copper red, largely but not completely opaque, and filled with very-fine, semi-quick carbonation. The head is nearly white (though slightly tan-ish), and has fairly decent retention, leaving sticky sheet-esque formations riding up the sides of the glass from the persistent surface dusting for quite some time. Good stickage.

Aroma: This one's a little old, so it's admittedly very barleywine-esque in the nose. Raisins, caramel, toffee, candied-citrus (faded), pine, and a faint, chemically-alcoholish note that brings it down ever so slightly.

Taste: Similar to the nose - really similar, in fact. Raisins and dates, faint cherries, caramel and toffee roasty malt notes, bitterness that melds with a slight alcoholish over/undertone, pine, faint citrus and pineapple. Well, well-aged unfortunately.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, subtle, not too thick, but with a little bit of a funky mouth note left by the chemically presence. The carbonation is fine and the thickness are fine, but, still.

Drinkability: Way too well-aged, giving it lots of barleywine-esque overtones. The alcohol isn't too high, but it's a little noticeable here. I'm giving this one a little bit of the benefit of the doubt, but that's alright - I can detect a solid, tasty underlying beer here. This just isn't the best side of it, heh.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:51:36 | More by CrellMoset
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ccrida

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Batch # 08305. Muddy brownish copper with a big, large bubbled sand colored head that leaves lots of foamy lace. I don't like dark colored DIPAs.

Smell is minty herbal hops, EKG and fuggles like, malty as well boozy. The hops aren't that strong and lost in the spice.

Taste is rather malty, with more West coast style hops then I got on the nose, citrus and resin. Big bite from the specialty malts, loads of caramel and iced tea, which is definitely not my taste in DIPAs. These are new to the state (WA), and I got it from a cooler at a big beer store (QFC University), so I doubt it's that old, unless it was redistributed from another state. Overall, the spiciness of the hops and alcohol is to much, in-spite of the huge malty backbone. More American strong ale, I'm sure stone lovers will dig this.

Mouthfeel is thick, prickly and dry.

Drinkability is isn't to high. There's a strong bite to this that reminds me of a fusel laden extract strong ale. Seems stronger then 8.5%. At least it was under $10 in spite of the cool label and corked & caged champagne bottle, as well as hyped up new arrival brewery. Still, will not be buying another.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2009 23:38:03 | More by ccrida
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Ek0nomik

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured In: Tulip Glass
Purchased From: Steve's Liquor (Madison, WI)

Appearance: Pours a very cloudy copper orange. Two fingers of khaki colored head at the top. It doesn't look like there will be any lacing on my tulip glass with this one. The head retention is quite good.

Smell: A very nice hop aroma presents itself. It's like I just cut open a grapefruit while laying face down in a forest. A very nice citrus and earthy mixture.

Taste: The initial flavor that comes out is a darker caramel malt. This beer isn't unbalanced by any means like the Hopsickle I had last night. This is a well put together beer, with the bitterness, malt, and hop levels playing well together. After the malt flavor comes a very pleasant hop flavor. The hop oils are coating my teeth and gums. The earthy and citrus hop flavors reside in my mouth after each sip, making me want another.

Mouthfeel: This Double Wide IPA started out a little strong in the carbonation, but as it warmed up it was much easier to drink. A medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: The alcohol is noticeable while sipping on this beer, but it's not out of line for the style. With the volume coming in at 750mL and the alcohol sitting at roughly 9%, I don't think I'd want another beer after this. This is a well put together beer though, and one I'd love to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 01:29:09 | More by Ek0nomik
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skrib09

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

burnt, dark orange in color, and hazy clarity poured this one. plenty of carbonation led to a creamy light tan head.

smells hopped and imperial. doughy from the malt and piney up front.

taste is very balanced of pine from the hops and the carbohydrate taste from the malt. not as aggresively hopped as is advertised but this bottle is probably old.

mouthfeel is heavy and astringent in places. not a "drinking" beer but a nice treat.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 04:48:31 | More by skrib09
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jgap

California

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

Pours a deep orange with a big frothy head. Smell is sticky pine, sweet citrus fruits, and a hint of alcohol. Taste is crisp toffee malts followed by the piney hoppiness of (I think) chinooks and either cascades or centenials. The large malt base gives a barleywine feel to the beer. The hop bitterness fades to a sweet malt aftertaste accented by a slight pepper. A very good dipa, lots of character. The bottle says it can be aged but I'm not sure it would improve. Maybe the barleywine character would come out even more

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 20:40:26 | More by jgap
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LittleDon

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured with a substantial wheat colored head that eventually subsided into plentiful lace. It was red in color, very hazy, with no visible carbonation. The aroma was somewhat subdued, definite hop notes, with some sweetness. Big hop punch with the first sip. The alcohol is noticeable, even with the substantial amount of hopping. The low carbonation is appreciated as it doesn't interfere with the interplay between the hops, fruity esters, and alcohol. Medium bodied, it finishes much more subdued than how it starts.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 21:29:23 | More by LittleDon
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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass. Batch 08121 printed on bottle.
A: Pours a dark blood orange with very high carbonation producing a ridiculously thick 4+ thick white head. A little much.
S: Strong pine and hops, background citrus notes.
T: Nice sharp citrus-pine hops. Better balance here than in the aroma. Some caramel hops in the background provide decent balance. After a bit I pick up a honey note too.
M: Sharp bite from the hops; light body and fair amount of effervescence from the carbonation.
D: The strong hops and the ABV hold this back a bit. Still a good beer and definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2009 04:37:00 | More by mwilbur
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aerozeppl

New York

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

750 caged and corked.

A: Super dark amber color with minimal white head.

S: Big malt nose. Some hops but the malt is a little bit more forward than most DIPAs. The hops are more bittering than anything else.

T: A really nice malt flavor. This is the second maltiest DIPA that I have ever had. A touch of fruit in the back along with a touch of booze.

M: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

D: A good DIPA. It really reminded me of the Grand Teton Sweetgrass 20th anniversary. Both are the only time I though I should have cellared a DIPA. The grand teton I did for 3 months and I think this could have used a touch of time.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 19:13:16 | More by aerozeppl
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birchstick

Colorado

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

A - pours copper with a nice looking head
S - bitter hops and some malts
T - hops, hops, and hops. Bready malts help balance out the bitterness; there is also a bit of a metallic taste to it that is slightly noticeable.
M - very full and smooth, goes down too easily. Plus, I was seriously surprised when I stood up and felt a little woozy - the abv is well hidden.
D - This was a pretty good IPA, probably the best IPA I have tried that was made in Missouri. Will definitely buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 05:08:21 | More by birchstick
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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Thanks to Bobbydigi for the hook up with this in a trade.

This was a bit of a foamer at first but once things settled down, it poured a deep, hazy, burnt orange with several billowy fingers of foamy light tan head. Retains at first into a big dollop, which then spreads out in a thinner creamy layer, that just blankets the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral and a bit herbal smelling, with a good amount of spice and citrus mixed in as well, and is then followed by some solid backing notes of bread and toffee. I'm also picking up just the faintest whiff of a metallic aroma in this as well, which holds back my aroma rating here a tad. Strange.

The taste starts with a big hop bite up front that then spreads out into a dry and spicy bitterness, along with some sticky resinous character. For the most part, this is well balanced with a sweet malty backbone of toasted caramel malts. Bitterness really lingers with this, laying a steady dry feel on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation to it that fights with a more slicker feel underneath. The only alcohol that I'm getting it just some light warmth on the breath as I drink this. Very nicely hidden.

This was a nicely done IPA from Boulevard with with some bold hops flavors and a really good feel and drinkibility to it, despite the higher ABV. This was the first of the Smokestack Series that I've had from them and it was a good start.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2009 16:51:05 | More by Kegatron
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Served in chimay goblet

A: a murky reddish orange brew when held to the light. nice khaki colored head is billowy and stands 1 1/2 fingers.

S: Strong hop aroma without being overwhelming its balanced with a smell of malts that is also strong. mostly a buttery caramel smell. i love an IPA that isn't entirely hoppalicious

T: a good bitterness with a buttery caramel malty taste to compliment the smell. its really hop but at the same time very sweet. it makes you believe there is more to an ipa than adding 10x hops.

M: Velvety smooth entry for a medium full body beer. turns a little oil then comes the hoppy resin aftertaste makeing you wish you had one more sip

Overall, this beer reminds me of buying a cd. sometimes you have to listen to a song a few times to start really enjoying it. I've had this beer probably 4 times and just decided to review it tonight. Good beer by Boulevard

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2009 03:34:23 | More by OlRasputin989
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alcstradamus

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep murky brown with a fluffy 3 finger head in my pilsner glass (all I had available to use). Spotty lacing. Smell was caramel malts and a lemon peel-like hoppiness, maybe some pepper also. Taste was spices, and a huge caramel malt profile to balance out the hops. Not much bitterness. Medium bodied with only the slightest carbonation sting. Very drinkable, tasty, balanced IPA

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2009 01:47:00 | More by alcstradamus
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GbVDave

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750ml bottle into two imperial pints. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist. Extra special thanks to the unknown trader I acquired this from at DLD '09. Thanks dude!

Batch Number: D8032

A: Pours a perfectly unfiltered honey-brown color with a massive and rocky, light-orange, four-finger, scoop of foam on top. The head slowly recedes to a thick and unbreakable ring that leaves a beautiful mess of lace in the glass. Occasionally, we were able to spy some suspended chunks of sediment in the glass.

S: Incredible syrup-y sweet aromas of pineapple, fresh-cut pine, and orange all drenched in brown sugar, caramel, honey, and maple syrup.

T: More, juicy-sweet tropical fruit flavors mixed with brown sugar, pine juice, sticky-sweet caramel, white pepper, and citrus. Less caramel than in the nose, but still there.

M: Thick, sweet, and sticky. Nicely spicy and bitter tang from the hops keep things very interesting. Textbook example of chewy!

D: We were so impressed with this. Our previous experience with Boulevard was with their Pale Ale and Porter. Very nice, but nothing like this. Awesome!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 20:32:04 | More by GbVDave
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,188 ratings.