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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,498 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 90
Gots: 263 | FT: 4
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 mikennat
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of Travisnin
4/5  rDev +1%

Photo of abp02
5/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of scratch69
3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance- Poured a orange-amber color with a thick head that lingered until the last swallow. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Strong piney hop aroma.

Taste- Hops and citrus with a touch of malt. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and heavily carbonated. Very crisp and dry.

Overall- If you like beer with a lot of hops then you will like this. A pretty good brew even though it is just a tad bitter for my tastes.

Photo of ms11781
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 05/02/2012. 12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a massive head. 12oz of beer filled what is most likely a 20oz tulip and the rest was foam, right to the top. It took a bit to settle in and left excellent, sticky, soap-like foam lacing on the glass.

Nice piny hop aromas come across first in the nose. There are citrusy, mainly grapefruit, hops as well. At second glance the smell is extremely balanced with a nice sweet, caramel-like malt presence.

The taste follows with the nose. Huge hop flavors are balanced extremely well with big malt characteristics. Earthy, piny and citrusy hops hit first and are met in equal part with a strong, yet somehow subtle malt sweetness. There is a pleasant bitterness at the finish.

Medium body with medium carbonation. Mouthfeel never gets too slick or oily despite the hop presence. Doesn't feel fuller due to the bigger malt presence either. Dries a touch at the finish but not a ton.

Overall, an excellent balance DIPA. I'm not sure I've had a DIPA that has been this balanced. I've had better, hoppier DIPAs and worse maltier IPAs but this one strikes an excellent balance.

Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large, domed head which leaves plentiful ring lace after each sip. Orange-dark amber color with a definitive cloudiness.

Grapefruit-ish hop nose. Relatively mild compared to other DIPA's.

Good malt start to the beer. As I hold the liquid in my mouth, the bittering hop takes over culminating in the post-swallow aftertaste that lasts a long time. Slightly below average in body with a neutral carbonation. Classic Imperial IPA flavors.

Photo of codsmith
3.3/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark orange and very cloudy with a lot of hop particulates. Poured with a huge creamy off white head that eventually dies down to a finger tall head. The head laces the glass nicely

S: A fruity & bitter hop aroma and slight caramel malt body that mixes well. Not overly sweet or bitter aroma.

T: The initial malt character is fairly good for the first second, but then it hits you with an overabundance of pine bitterness that really ruins the palate

M: Fairly medium-to-heavy mouthfeel, it seems to be over carbonated.

O: If you are into a huge amount of piney hop flavor and don't want a lot of malt body flavor, this is the beer for you. It is pretty far off of the style brewing standards, the hop cloudiness, and the over carbonation are all negatives. I wish the taste lived up the the aroma.

Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Marked best by 3/12/12

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, high carbonation, brownish orange in color, cloudy

Smell: big piney hops, some citrus hops and a touch of pale malt and caramel

Taste: the start is slight caramel with piney and citrus hops. The citrus hops keep on getting stronger and they eventually mix with a touch of sugar at the end.

Mouthfeel: sweetish start with a bitter middle and a sweetish end, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Refreshing beyond belief. One of the best ipas I have had in a while. I love how the citrus just jumps but this never gets to be too bitter. A great beer.

Photo of mobius387
3.73/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 750ml corked bottle into my CBS snifter, batch D-9310 with a date of 11/10

appearance: a brownish-apple red color, pours with a thick foamy cream colored head

aroma: pines hit the nose heaviest, i get some malty tones as well, also can smell a little of the booziness. i think i may also pick up some caramel

palate: mid bodied, sits a little carbonated in the mouth, the strong hops sting the mouth, finishes with strong alcohol feeling

taste: fairly hoppy, with pine dominating and some citrusy hints. unfortunately, most of the flavor is over powered with the bitterness and the booze

overall: wish i could have tasted this fresh instead of almost a year old. the lady in the store i bought it from said it has a shelf life of 13 months, but could have been just saying that to get me to buy it. if the age has taken a lot of the flavor away, then this potentially could be a great beer fresh. right now its just another good DIPA, but I've had plenty that were better

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

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a 3rd rev Smokestack Series tulip glass.  

A: Pours a slightly hazy amber-colored head with a medium, off-white head, that rises and falls rather quickly leaving behind moderate lacing. 

S: The smell is a little more subdued that I was anticipating, but there are still some nice, yet subtle, IPA qualities if left to warm a bit.  Citrusy and piney up front with a frail malty backbone to provide some support.  Booze is pretty apparent as well, but it isn't off-putting.  

T: The taste is a little more strong and apparent than the aroma, possibly because I let it warm before delving in.  Pine and citrus hoppiness up front with a nice malty sweetness of caramel and some bread to back it up and balance it out.  

M: Medium-bodied with an ample amount of carbonation that provides a smoothness that is really nice for this beer.  It starts out hoppy and citrusy, fades to malty and sweet, and then finishes hoppy and bitter, with a good drying effect.  Really nice transition throughout each sip. 

D: Overall, this isn't one of my favorite DIPAs, however, it is still pretty tasty.  A little subdued in the aroma; however, the taste is a little more complex.  Again, nice transitions, with a nice bitter finish.  Not one of my favorite Boulevard beers, but it's worth trying.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle received from cbeer88 in the Canada/US BIF. Thanks!

Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium to dark amber colour with an orange glow around the edges; completely opaque. One finger of thick, foamy khaki coloured head.

S - Very unique hop aroma up front. Lots of tropical fruit - mango, peach, papaya, pineapple. The bitterness is evident but not as much as many DIPAs. The malt backbone adds a touch of sweetness. An excellent nose!

T - Citrus and tropical fruit up front but not with the complexity of the nose. Still, great flavours of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. A good bitterness but not puckering as the malt backbone is also evident and adds a nice touch of sweetness.

M - Medium body and some good hop oils. Light carbonation.

O - An excellent beer!

Photo of BigCheese
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

4 pack, drink by 3/21/11 so this beer is pretty fresh.

A: Pours a copper amber, HUGE head on pour (2.5 inches)thats slightly off white, so-cal white person tanned color. Literally the best lacing and head retention i've seen from any IPA or IIPA, not sure if it was my pour but I am thoroughly impressed. Head lasted until last sip.

S: Definitely some citrusy hops but some caramel in there too. Maybe bread.

T: Lemon tart pastry up front, white grape juice/wine, hint of toffee/bready malts (non toasted, no chocolate/coffee), followed by a dry pine-y hop bitterness. As I lick my lips on finish I taste powdered sugar. Hop profile is a sugary/tartness not juicy sour grapefruit.

M: Extremely carbonated, not overly oily or thick, with dry finish and great flavor this brew just begs me to take another sip, I had to restrain myself from crushing it. A bomber would probably be enough for the fix though.

O: Really Impressed/suprised by this, This is either a hop heads beer, or a beer drinkers hop fix. Great flavor balance, complex, a really well crafted brew, I will have to try and find more boulevard beers around MA. A must try.

Photo of ColdPoncho
2.83/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks Chuck for sending this
Best by 2-24-12

A - clouded ruby/amber body with much taupe head. A good look, not quite what I expect for the style.

S - Sweet fruits (cherries primarily), earthy hops...not much else

T - toffee malts, kind of a graham cracker taste. What the hell is this? A barleywine? This is not very hoppy...somewhat bitter, but there is very little about this to indicate IPA....

M - big, smoothish, somewhat dry. Pretty good for style.

O - must be an issue in transit. This can't be right.

Photo of setexascustoms
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle, corked and caged.

A: Copper in color and quited hazy. Two fingers of rocky off white head with fair retention that left big globs of lacing down the glass.

S: Citric hops with some pine, backed by caramel malt notes.

T: Resinous, citric, oily hops. Again, backed by sweet caramel malts. Well balanced and complex, albeit on the sweet side when compared with other double IPAs.

M: Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation.

O: A welcomed departure from your more typical double IPA. Sweeter with more of a malty balance. I would certainly buy this again, and would recommend it to anyone growing complacent with their typical selection of West coast double IPAs.

Photo of bramsdell
4.47/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into an Imp pint glass glass.

A: A golden/ruby color, a little hazy even. The head is absolutely enormous. Actually, I had to stop pouring before the end of the bottle because the head was so large. It's white and fluffy, looks like a cloud I would love to sleep on.

S: Mmm, very well balanced. There's a lot of balance between the pine and citrus smell. A bit of a sharp bitterness in these two aromas, but only at first. There is a fuller, richer maltiness behind it. Not sweet or sugary, but certainly present.

T: Very much like the aroma. The hops provide a lot of piney flavor. This is not a bitter beer, but it is hoppy. There is some citrus behind the pine, but not a specific fruit. For a double IPA, this is a malty beer. There is plenty of sweetness to balance the hops. It's still hop-heavy for sure, but there is a richer sweetness that actually enhances the hop flavor. The residual flavor is a pleasant - not overpowering - hop bitterness.

M: Much fuller than expected. With a head a huge as this beer poured, I expected a very bubbly drink. Instead, this is a thick, rich IPA. Lots of flavor and lots of feel. Really leaves a beautiful flavor and feeling on the tongue.

O: A truly great beer. Hoppy then sweet then bitter at the end. It is not superlative, but one of the most solid and least agressive IIPAs I've had.

Photo of jsprain1
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy orange-copper. Giant offwhite head lasts a long time and leaves lots of lacing.
S- The smell is not as intense as a IIPA should be in my book, but what is there is good. At first it's a pine aroma but not quite like most pine hops. More like a pine wood sawdust aroma. Caramel malts hold there own.
T- The hops develop a bit more here, but only slightly. Still piney but there is a bit of citrus there as well.
M- Medium bodied, maybe a bit lighter than most IIPa's. Dry finish, slight warming alcohol.
O- It's not a bad IIPA, but there are enough I like more that I probably wouldn't revisit this one.

Photo of Chico1985
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Continuing with the exploration of Boulevard. 12oz to snifter, best by of 3/31/12.

Pours dark orange, nearly amber. Good amount of haze and carbonation bubbles. Off-white head stays huge for a while and retains perfectly at 1 finger, leaves good lace. Pretty great appearance.

Mostly getting malts from the scent, sweet caramel and toffee with hints of herbal, hop oils. Faint overall, doesn't really deliver.

Taste begins with a big bitterness blast but with not too much hop flavor to go along with it. There is some light notes of herbal, grapefruit and grassy hops but malts seem to take the lead, big caramel and toffee with some toasty bread in the finish.

Big creamy mouthfeel, lots of foamy carbonation, a little booze maybe but not really noticeable.

Eh, not bad, malts aren't overly sweet but are big, bitterness is huge with really no beneficial hop flavors to match.

Photo of jman892
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured aggressively into a pint glass, leads to a foamy long lasting off white head. Nice layers of lacing remain. It is a nice looking dark amber color

S - Very nice aroma, all citrus hops in the nose. Very inviting

T - Bitter hop blast right up front. Pine and citrus hops are followed by a bit of malty sweetness, bringing it all together really well

M - Medium body, good carbonation, a little bit of creaminess in the mouthfeel

O - My first ever Boulevard brew, cant wait to try a few more. Very impressive.

Photo of evanackerman
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Color is a rich copper with lots of cloudiness, plenty of large yeast floaties, more sediment than the typical IPA.

Aroma is dominated by citrus hops, also a nice bready malt component, a very appealing smell.

Taste bitter citrus and pine hops, not enough malt backing for my liking.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin but pretty average for the style.

Overall, a very tasty beer but the lack of malt balance keeps this one out of the very top tier IPAs, however, that doesn't keep the beer from being very enjoyable and worth trying.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.03/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip.

Pours a hazy rown color with a creamy yellow head and some thin creamy lacing. Nose is a bit disappointing, it's malty and earthy, light citrus in the background but it's subtle.

Taste is quite bitter, a bit sweet and sharp with a lot of earthy mellow flavors. I think the this ipa would actually benefit from some age.

Photo of NCSUdo
4.1/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle

A: Copper body under a good sized, puffy white head. Excellent retention.

S: Nice grapefruit hops, bit of pine in the background as well as a slight hint of cola. Very fresh smelling.

T: More of a pine hop in the taste, some malt sweetness in there as well. Bitter finish is not over powering. No sign of the 8.5%. Well balanced.

M/D: Medium bodied, carbonation is a bit stinging. Drinkability is good, very well balanced beer.

Photo of uustal
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a ruby darkfruit color with a large off-white head. Nice lacing. Wonderful fruity aroma. Good hit of peach, orange and lemon zest. Also a hint of evergreen. Flavor isn't quite up to par with the nose. Nice blend of hops. Really subtle citrus notes to start. Great bittering evergreen notes, slight dried fruit and caramel malt before a dry and bitter finish.

Photo of nrobaws
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Daaark for a IIPA, but very intriguing. Unfiltered as hell. Creamy, thick head that remained for the entire drink, and left very nice lacing.

S - Smells of Hops, earthiness, a bit of citrus.

T - Hops. Very bitter on the front end and easing up towards the rear. Slightly boozey, but very enjoyable. I get almost no citrus-y taste, mostly just straight hops. Don't get me wrong, I love bitter-ass hops and this has a very nice taste. Sliiight maltiness towards the back end.

M - Inbetween thin and medium, if that makes sense. Nicely carbonated, and has a slight creaminess that adds to the experience.

O - A surprisingly delicious IIPA. Very satisfied with the $10.49/ 4 pack price. Would definitely drink again, but not something that I would search for.

Photo of tvazteca
4.72/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't tell if I am too excited by this beer or not. I'm sitting and watching my GF playing Katamari Damacy and relaxing for the first time in 6 days.
Anyways, it poured so nice and smooth with a lovely head. After a few sips you can see the delicious sticky hops coating the budweiser glass I poured it into. You think Bud ever assumed I'd be drinking such wonderful beer outta the glass? I doubt it, but I can say a drop of bud never touched this glass.
Anyways, the smell is strong of hops and citrus. And the taste is a perfect double IPA to me. It's super hoppy but not hop syrup. It's smooth to drink while leaving the best flavor of all the beer lingering after it's gone.

It's a seriously delicious Double IPA.

Photo of beagle75
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, dark amber color with over two fingers of persistent cinnamon-tinted foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Pineapple dominates, smelling fresh and succulent. Dankness lies more deep, understated compared to the fruit, but still there. Understated caramel is also present, suggesting added sweetness. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with bright mixed citrus and herbaceous hop aromatics. Acidity is dynamic, especially at the back of the palate, enhancing early citric qualities. Flavors stay fruity in the slightly spirituous middle, showing more esters that hop influences, though not really achieving the distinct tropical fruit qualities from the smell. Bitterness is quick to develop before the finish, but carries through to the end at a moderate intensity. The profile here shows minor caramel malt that lends a husky quality, and honeydew melon appears late.

M: Thin to medium viscosity on the palate, wet on the palate initially then turning sticky, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: While the sensory profile is a bit simplistic, focused on hop qualities that are distinctly of the Centennial cultivar, the complete DIPA package is noteworthy for the style. The pour produces a voluminous head, but the impressive display is constrained by the dark translucence of the appearance. This beer is not a risk-taker--which pays off, since it has been able to achieve legendary status among the mid-continent contributions to the style.

Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.