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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,172 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,172
Reviews: 740
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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Beaver13

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, batch 08303. Pours a murky tea color with a monstrous frothy off white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet and sugary fruity citrus and melon hops with a little resin.

The flavor is subdued and a bit watery with some fruity hops and some resiny bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied and watery.

Overall, unbalanced towards the hops and pretty watery washed out mouthfeel, but I like the hop aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 06:44:17 | More by Beaver13
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wheatyweiss

Wisconsin

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

Poured into an imperial pint from a 22oz bomber.

Pours a murky rust color with a decent head that clings and then slowly slides.

Aroma is of citrus hops, biting and fresh, very juicy. Malt is barely there, but good. Malt is crackery and bready.

Flavor is a hop explosion on the front, fruity citrus, fresh and piney, slightly floral with a nice bitterness. Middle is sweet malt, caramel and brown sugar, very well represented for a good balance. Malt is slightly sweet. Finishes dry despite the malt sweetness with a nice stinging bitterness that lends way to a lip smacking astounding call for another quaff. Phenolic alcohol shows on the breath out, but is very well hidden.

Mouthfeel is medium and well carbonated, with a nice soft edge to the bubbles.

Very good, up there with best of them.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 23:45:45 | More by wheatyweiss
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naterock

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a cloudy copperish brown. A moderate head that seems to be sticky.

smell is fruity and figgy hops and an overwhelming estery yeast scent. A great deal of malt which is nice in a DIPA. There is a bit of alcohol sting in the back of the nose and I think I get some belgian funktification.

Wow, I would venture to say this is a belgian IPA. I get a lot of esters and some figgy nuances from the yeast. Not a whole hell of a lot of hops but it really doesn't matter when there is this much flavor. I get some apricot and a little bit of grapefruit and almost a crackery malt that is remeniscent of golden toast with a little bit of butter. REally quite spectacular.

mouth is generously carbonated that is importent for the bittering that is here. Not oily like most DIPAs but kind of viscous and tangy like figs. Drinkability is moderate because I am so excited to drink this whole bottle.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2009 22:00:13 | More by naterock
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Colt4540

Kansas

4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz. Bomber into a pint mug.

A- Pours a cloudy light brown. It has a monster tan head that doesn't want to go away. It leaves nice lacing throughout the entire beer.

S- Smells like hops, but not overwhelming. You can kind of pick up on a slight malty smell. It's blended very nicely.

T- I'm really impressed but kind of surprised in how malty it is. It is nice and bitter, but balanced well with the nice malty taste. The malt is almost stronger then the hops but you can still taste and feel the hop bitterness.

M- Has that crisp hop bite that cleanses the palate and leaves you mouth clean.

D- It's pretty drinkable. Not to filling and not to strong.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2009 02:33:44 | More by Colt4540
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riored4v

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 3/19/09

Poured into a tulip glass, tan 3-4 finger rocky head. Murky, burnt copper colored body.

Smell was mildly sweet, burnt caramel and piney. Slight orange, grapefruit and earthy aromas. Nice balanced smell.

Taste was a bit underwhelming. Burtn caramel, slight nuttiness, toffee, sweet up front with a bitterness in the middle and strong in the finish. Resiny, piney and citric hops. Finishes with a sharp, piney, bitterness.

Mouthfeel was medium body and finishes dry.

Drinkability is fair, but almost to bitter in the finish. No real alcohol present, but no super drinkable.

Good beer, but not as good as I hoped. Aroma was midleading as the aroma was really nice but the finish on the taste wasn't all that great. Needs a bit better balance to, or a little more sweetness in the finish.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 23:57:35 | More by riored4v
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ffejherb

Pennsylvania

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

750ml bottle into half pint. Thanks to Deuane for sharing.

A - Poured a slightly hazy amber/orange body with sparse carbonation and thin off-white head that reduced to a patchy film and yielded sparse lacing.

S - Moderately hoppy nose with floral and perfumy notes paired with plenty of caramel malt sweetness and toffee notes. A citrus and dried fruit character also emerged, which worked nicely with the sweet malts.

T - Flavor is a bit more citrusy than the aroma with lots of grapefruit and also a touch of floral notes. Sweet caramel malt balances the hop bitterness.

M - Medium body with an oily texture and some sticky hop residue. Carbonation is pretty mild. Fair amount of bitterness on the palate.

D - Fine, well-balanced DIPA with lots of flavor and a nice citrusy character.

Brewslut's Quote of the Day:
"I think it smells like the dried pineapple in our trail mix."

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 15:32:13 | More by ffejherb
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sevopie

Colorado

3.18/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a cloudy light brown/amber with a rocky and large tan head.

Smell - Sweet smelling hops dominate the nose, with maybe a slight breadiness showing through.

Taste - Where'd those hops go? I taste a whole lot of malt here, with only some bitter piney hops on the finish. The nose and the flavor don't seem to match up at all.

Mouthfeel - Kind of on the light side, with a healthy dose of carbonation. Doesn't necessarily mix well with the taste, accentuates the wrong parts of the brew.

Drinkability - The lack of cohesion loses this one a point here, but overall its a fairly sippable brew. I just wish the hops and malt found a better medium, it seems a bit underdeveloped.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2009 03:07:57 | More by sevopie
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mcsquint

Missouri

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

Poured from 750ml bottle(batch 08303) into pint glass:
A - Deep golden amber in color. Cloudy with a massive, billowy, off-white head that lasts to the last sip and coats the glass all the way to the bottom.
S - Piney and citrusy, with a bit of gold malt.
T - Somewhat fruity. Notes of orange, grapefruit, lemon followed by a nice golden malt flavor and finishes with a pineycitrus aftertaste.
M - Medium mouthfeel with plenty of natural carbonation.
D - This is my first double IPA. It's similar to a British or East Coast IPA doubled. Very malty, but balanced with plenty of tastefully applied hops. I'm from Kansas City so I have a soft spot for Boulevard Brewery, but I can recommend this to anyone wanting to try a well balanced double IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2009 22:48:49 | More by mcsquint
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jkendrick

Colorado

3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark cloudy amber/orange with a thick off-white head and lots of lace.

S: Orangey citrus aroma, but mild

MF: Medium bodied, but creamy. Nice carbonation

T: Orangey citrus hops predominate. It is funny that this is from the center of the country because it almost draws equally from east coast and west coast IPA. There is a clean, citrusy hops without undue astringency, but the there is a very noticeable malt presence

Overall: It's good but not quite worth it for the bomber. It is clearly a DIPA due to the 8.5% abv, but it seems it can't decide what it REALLY wants to be.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2009 02:06:35 | More by jkendrick
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Oxymoron

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's funny to see a beer released in certain area/state and all the reviews coming pouring in? Speaking of pour, the appearance is a mostly hazy light orange to amber red color with a soft fizzy head. Good retention and moderate lacing through the tasting.

The nose is more along the lines of an East Coast IPA (IMHO). There is a lot of fruity notes both from hops and esters. Some orange and citrus notes. Some rose and tropical fruit notes too. Mango, a bit of pineapple and lemon as well. The malt is noticeable but a bit sweet but blends ok with the fruit/hop notes. Clean yeast beyond the esters with a slight chalky finish.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more with a bigger sweet caramel candy flavor. Almost too sweet to balance out the hops. The hops are noticeable with more of a citrus and orange note. Some minor pine but limited. Not much bitterness, would have liked to see more hop balance. The sweetness either hides or there is no bitterness really to speak of. A bit of a deterrent. The esters are light but still there. Pineapple and rose notes specifically. There is a slight minerally note on the back. Very clean from the yeast.

The body is moderate but the malt leaves a sweetness that hides some of the hop notes. Carbonation is good. Some sticky hop notes, but really looking for more. This is good for an East Coast IPA that is super easy drinking, but the sweetness and lack of bitterness really leaves me wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 17:24:51 | More by Oxymoron
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dancinwillie

Wisconsin

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

Pours a dark bronze, with an impressive meringue head. Red and orange highlights. I seem to gravitate towards the darker IPA's, so this pour makes my mouth water.

Smells like a grapefruit sprinkled with sugar, and maybe some DME. I don't know what that would smell like, but it's the first thing that came into my mind, and it smells good.

Sweet and tangy citrus fruits, orange and lemon, and grapefruit as well. Assertive hop bitterness too, very strong, but not in the imperial range by any means. Pale malts are very much in the picture here as well, balancing nicely. I'm surprised that the alcohol is barely evident, given the ABV. On a side note, the head has remained thick and creamy all the way to the bottom.

Medium bodied, lingering dry finish. Very nice.

Overall this is as good of an IPA as I've had the pleasure of trying. If you like flavor over hype, give this beer a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2009 00:50:36 | More by dancinwillie
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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure why this is listed as an IPA since it is clearly a double but who gives a shit right? nice orange color with a superb head liek whipped cream that just won't die. It smells like spicy hops, cinnamon, weird. The flavor is almost all malt and not bad until a funny plastic flavor shows up that I usually get from Belgians. Is this beer supposed to have brett (God I hope not) because I think that is what I am tasting. This beer was not bad but I would have been better of saving my $8 for a sixer of Odell IPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2009 04:18:34 | More by ArrogantB
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Tone

Missouri

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear amber color. 5/4 inch head of a pale tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops (sweet and floral) and slight sweet malt background. Fits the style of an American IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a high carbonation level. Tastes of sweet hops up front, roasted malt, and then some sweet malt. A strong general bitterness. Overall, a very smooth a great blended beer with low alcohol flavor for 8.5%.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 02:35:39 | More by Tone
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Pagzzz

California

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Smell of fresh citrus hops bursts forth from bottle as the cork is popped. Leaning heavily on the 'C' hops, but a little earthiness is in there. Malt aroma is very caramel, sweet with a little toast thrown in. Very Barleywine-like actually. No diacetyl and medium fruity esters.

Appearance: Must be using a ton of dry hops cause it's cloudy. Amber-copper in color with a medium head that dissapates quickly.

Flavor: firm bitterness, but not over the top. Citrusy, resiny hop flavor brings the hops to the forefront, but is backed by considerable maltiness, a little unusual since I am used to cleaner, drier west coast IPAs. it's a big beer and some residual sweetness suggests attenuation a little less than desireable, but the hops balance it well. sweeter finish, like a barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Very full. Pours with consderable viscosity. Alcohol warms but doesn't seem too harsh.

Overall very complex IPA, if not quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 23:38:12 | More by Pagzzz
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bhalter8

Georgia

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

Thanks to mhewes for providing this one in trade. Pours a deep copper color, with a ton of carbonization providing a huge 3 finger head, and foamy lacing as it slowly recedes. Impressive appearance that falls short in the aroma. I was expecting as strong hops punch, but couldn't find it. It was a very muted scent overall. I am surprised that the taste was this good given the weak smell. The taste is a strong hop bitterness up front followed by a sweet citrus aftertaste. The sweetness overtakes that hop dryness that some DIPAs provide in the aftertaste, which helps balance out the high carbonization that stings a bit in your mouth. In the end, a very tasty DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:03:14 | More by bhalter8
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charlesw

New York

3.45/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

To start off... A great thanks to goatgoat for the opportunity to try this one for free! The karma look good on ya!

Popped the cork... In the general direction of my wife. The kids were somewhat sad that I missed her (shot over there left shoulder). Ah well! Better luck next time! Still, this experience shows a little something about the beer, already. And that would be that it is ridiculously over carbonated. If I read the codes right this was bottled in December of 2008. That means, to me, that these are going to be bottle bombs. Mind you, maybe it was 'good to' and not 'bottled in'. Have to ask the brewery. Either way, this overcarbonation shows in the pour - the most careful and flat pour of only 5 ounces comes up with over 2" of head. Not a good sign! Light caramel in color and I can't quite see through it. Maybe a touch cloudy/murky but not much. Absolutley beautiful covering lace. Wow but wow. Still, dinged for the head that's too lively and gone so quickly.

Smells good and rich of English IPA hops and East Coast style. Kind of malty, earthy, grassy. Tons of aroma (but what do you expect with all of that carbonation? Bursting bublles releasing flavor!).

In the mouth... It's fizzy (sigh), sweet, a touch bitter all around. So, not your dry-as-a-bone IPA, obviously. Much closer to balanced. Only a little sweet (even with the overcarbonation) for that. Whoa. I'm quite sure I would find this cloying if it had the right level of carbonation. Still, as it is, it's pretty close. Need to knock the sweetness down or the bitterness up. Nicely rounded, those attributes aside. Grassy but not overly so. Citrus or pine down the middle of the tongue? But it won't rip your tastebuds off...

Mouth is influenced by the carbonation. And sweetness. As it stands right now, pop it and give it a few hours in the fridge then you'll lose -almost- enough of the carbonation to make it just about right. Still, the balance of sweetness is a touch too sweet.

I look forward to trying future batches. This one is close to being a very good beer - but not quite there.

Edit: the wife loves it!

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 23:46:36 | More by charlesw
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PirateUlf73

Illinois

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

750 ml corked bottle with "Batch Number D8107" stamped on the back. Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Cloudy copper-orange color with a HUGE off-white head. Retained and laced quite nicely. The head almost refused to die!

S: An interesting array of citrus and piney hops, and plenty of them. I can maybe detect some sweet caramel malt coming through, but it's struggling to do so. Hops are powerful but not too sharp on the nose.

T: Hops not quite as strong as the nose might suggest, but still VERY present and definitely running the show. Slightly balanced by a sweet malt backbone.

M: Full-bodied with great carbonation, yet still maintaining a creamy texture. Finishes pretty clean, save a quite bittersweet aftertaste.

D: A sipper to be sure, and a quite rewarding one at that.

An admirable IPA. I have to question the bottling, as I would expect an IPA like this to come in a sixer or the like. I suppose it was because it was Boulevard's first real stab at an IPA, and it was a very good for a first stab. A must-taste for IPA fans especially.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 21:45:29 | More by PirateUlf73
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Cresant

Kentucky

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

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Sierra Nevada Hops glass. Batch D8107. Huge head rose over four fingers, foamy and tan. The body was murky golden/amber/brown. Splotchy clumps of lace remained on the sides of the glass. I really like the artwork on the label/bottle.

Smell was spicy. Peppery. Leafy. Pine sawdust. Bread crust. There is lots going on here. I would say that smell is this beers best asset.

Taste was a nice combination of sweet and oily hops. Sort of a liquid pine cone flavor. There is a good Mid-Western bitterness to this one. Contained and not harsh. I can describe this one by saying it tastes like a pine cone wrapped in a slightly over-baked whole wheat loaf! Alcohol became more evident as it warmed.

Mouthfeel was less carbonated than expected, yet there was more than enough viscosity.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2009 15:48:12 | More by Cresant
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htomsirveaux

Texas

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

750 mL bottle tried 21 Feb 2009. Batch D8137.

Poured in shaker pint glass. Large light brown head. Hazy golden brown color. Aroma is fragrant, floral, resin, and soapy. Starts with a nice balance of caramel malt and resiny hoppiness. Remains caramel sweet throughout while the bitterness becomes more dominant through the middle and finish. As it warms pineapple and tropical fruit come out. Aftertaste is balanced and bittersweet. Body is thick, almost creamy with a sticky mouthfeel. Ethanol is warming.

Good but was hoping for a little more from this.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 20:20:28 | More by htomsirveaux
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Grabbin2nd

California

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

From Notes: 12/8/08

Appearance= Mild pour into New Belgium snifter, yielded a massive tan colored head. Didn't really pour that hard... Cakey head, a lot of lacing. Deep dark beer.

Smell= smells like a Reaper Sleighor DIPA, but fainter.

Taste=Good DIPA, balanced, hoppy, nothing bad about it. Ok fine, not enough hop bite at the back end, yea, I said it.

Mouthfeel= mouthfeel is thicker than my first girlfriend. Don't know if that's good or bad...

Drinkability=good beer, not great. 8.5% makes it an adventure to finish the whole 750.

RJ

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 19:23:06 | More by Grabbin2nd
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burlyb

Minnesota

1.45/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Batch D8240 - not idea what this means with relation to date. Purchased at Surdyks in Minneapolis in early February '09. Cellared until uncorking.

Stale as the day is long. Wet cardboard dominates this one and it's down the drain. Disappointing to say the least. No hop character at all, although the copper color and heavy foam head were promising. Aroma and malt flavor like an old wet towel. Not a slam review, but after a recent dead 6'er of Racer 5 I'm a little intolerant of stale $9 beers.

I'll try again and reprise this if necessary as it seems my experience is an exception. I want to like this brewery, but this was my first Boulevard purchase. The liquor store has an impressive display of Smokestack beers, and I'd expect some turnover so maybe this one got away.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 04:07:14 | More by burlyb
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - deep red, slight haze, giant tan head has to settle down a bit before tasting, leaves lots of sticky gobs hanging from the glass

S - fresh tropical fruits, papaya, mango, pineapple, very "sweet" smelling, as opposed to dank/pine, still quite lush, meshes nicely with the malt sweetness for a very inviting aroma

T - taste is more of that lovely "sweet" hop character, which blends even better with the malt flavour, which now includes some tasty biscuit to round things out. Finish is dry biscuit, and while there is some hop bitterness, it still has that tropical sweetness, alcohol lingers in the background and adds complexity

M - med full body, med carbonation, it's not syrupy, but definitely fuller than the lean west-coast IPAs, very creamy which is actually quite light and airy, some gentle alcohol warmth

D - maybe not a proto-type double IPA, but this is a great beer to drink

Not a lot of bitterness or agressive pine hops, but this is a great example of how variety in beer is a good thing. I brought this beer to a recent tasting, and it was definitely one of the favourites with it's great hop character and tasty malt backbone. There is also a bit of "cool" factor in serving a double IPA from a corked 750ml bottle.

Just checked the website, they refer to the hops as peach, apricot, citrus and lemon, which I'd say are similar to the sweet/tropical notes I sensed. They also list the beer at just 55 IBU, which is wimpy by most double IPA standards, but hey, it works.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 21:50:20 | More by markaberrant
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HappyBivouac

Iowa

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

750ml bottle. no freshness or bottled date, but it says batch number D8144.

a- wonderful 2-finger beige head in the chalice on this dark amber orange IPA. looks very delicious.

s- smell of sweet & tart baked apples, grapefruit, pine, spice, caramel malts. a really fruity overall hop smell that I can really get into. nice!

t- Wow! This is different. A strong IPA (not DIPA) that isn't completely in my face with hops! This really tastes a lot like the smell. It's VERY fruity, more towards tart apples than citrus/grapefuit, but there's a little of everything. Really strong brown sugar & caramel character with a little bit of spice & bread. Malt character almost brings to mind some of the maltier Belgian Dubbels. A minor alcohol burn in the finish with some pine/grapefruit and caramel to linger. Really unique. This may be the sweetest IPA I've ever tasted. A very, very delicious non-hop-bomb. I love it.

m- this sort of drinks like a belgian abbey ale. a nice, hearty body. could use maybe a little more carbonation.

this is a beer that's not gonna blow out your taste buds. It's got a really nice sweetness about it bordering on addictive for me, but that's how I often like it. Just a phenomenal unique take on the style by Boulevard. Worth a try--do not come into it expecting a hop bomb! This is something else entirely.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2009 02:37:17 | More by HappyBivouac
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goatgoat

Arizona

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

750ml, batch D8137.

A nice copper amber pour. Fluffy moderate tan head leaves moderated clinging lace. Aroma is good, pine and citrus with a slight herbal tinge. This is a little less clear in taste, good hops with a moderate to low malt balance. Lingering hop bitterness, but no harshness. Generally medium light mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Honestly, I liked the 2 other Smokestack brews I've had even though they were styles outside my general preferences. Since I actually like IPAs I was expecting to be much more impressed by this brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2009 04:23:49 | More by goatgoat
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

4.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A good, dense forming head billowed up to about 2 1/2 fingers. A medium chunkiness to it, and nice lacing and retention. Topped a amber/brown, semi-cloudy body.
Good hoppy smell; floral, a hint of citrus and touch of almond. At first I thought this was a 2xIPA, but since it's not the aroma matches well with the single IPA.
Nice balance in the taste. Semi sweet after the first initial metallic bite. Nut and dry corn husk come to mind. Hops kick in to provide the floral and zest. It is a modest taste, but delicious.
Drank the big bottle with ease. Opens up a bit as it warms. very nice.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2009 20:35:08 | More by Mebuzzard
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,172 ratings.