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

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Double-Wide I.P.A.Double-Wide I.P.A.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,298 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,298
Reviews: 751
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 92
Gots: 199 | 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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Photo of projectflam86
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a deep crimson color with a rocky foam head that leaves great lacing.

S- Dank hops and some floral aromas with a fair amount of caramel malt.

T- Muted earthy hop flavor with some hints of citrus and pine. Old bottle? The bitterness is there but the depth of hop flavor isn't. Some toffee and caramel malt round out the finish with a decent helping of alcohol.

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation.

D- Overall I was disappointed with the hop presence. Very one dimensional.

projectflam86, Mar 20, 2010
Photo of trbergman
3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a deep ruby with one inch of pillowy tan head.

S - Caramel, toffee, grass, pine, and orange zest.

T - A clear example of the East Coast substyle, Double-Wide features plenty of malt in addition to its aggressive hop bite. Chewy and dense, with caramel, toffee, and some dried fruit esters. Resinous, piney-grassy hop flavor with plenty of bitterness. Long, bitter finish, with alcohol and malty sweetness becoming more apparent as the beer warms.

M - Bottle conditioning adds a nice touch, but the body is a little too heavy for my liking.

D - A little too malt-driven for my taste, though it's a decent beer. If it were easily available, I could see myself drinking one from time to time, but I don't feel it's worth going out of my way to get.

trbergman, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of TCHopCraver
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up on a trip to St. Louis a few weeks ago and it's the first Boulevard offering that I've tried. 750 ml bottle with a Batch number of 0-9310 and a freshness(?) date of 11/10.

A: Went with a medium-hard pour into an oversize wine glass on this one, which I immediately found out was a mistake. It had a massive, 5 or 6 finger head that retreated slowly and left clumpy, big bubbles of froth behind on the glass. The color is a copper-amber, which is not really what I was expecting from this IPA. It actually looks a little more like a quad than an IPA.

S: When first I popped the cork, the aroma was a pretty intense citrus-hop profile, but that faded quickly and left behind more of a grassy and floral hop smell. The strength of the aroma also faded considerably as the beer warmed a bit. It was quite large at first whiff. There are some good orange and grapefruit characteristics hiding behind the grassy notes. It is a pleasant smell.

T: The taste essentially represents the smell, but is not as big as the aroma suggests it might be. It lacks a quality that I really look for in an IPA, which is that lingering grapefruit-ty bitterness that really jumps on the back of the palate. However, it does have a pleasant, bittersweet hop/malt combination that makes it a good sipper.

M: Perhaps a little thin for an IPA with this high of an a.b.v. I would expect a little more malt balance to give it a heftier mouthfeel, but it isn't there. I'd say it's a little above average

D: This is pleasant to drink. I split the big bottle with my girlfriend and didn't find it at all hard to rip through. I found this to be a good, enjoyable IPA, but not an elite one.

TCHopCraver, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Mora2000!

750 ml cage-corked (and black-taped) bottle, poured into glassware suggested on the label:

Pours caramel-amber with a thick tan head that settles to a thin cover and stays. Foamy spotted lacing sticks.

The smell is citric - lemon/lime and with some pine. Tangy and spicy, with dried tobacco leaf, floral and herbal notes. It has a caramel backing.

The taste is is citric, somewhat piney/woody and some tobacco leaf. It is peppery. Black pepper grows as it progresses. Tart and spicy, it does have a caramel and pale malt sweetness in the back. Hop tastes go in different directions, but blend well. Tart and bitter citric notes, with some pine, fade as it progresses, and the black pepper spiciness becomes more dominating.
Alcohol is reasonably well-covered.

It is medium-to-full-bodied with medium carbonation.

Alcohol is reasonably well-covered, as mentioned above, though does grow more as it progresses. Black pepper also grows, again - as mentioned above. It is a big brew, with an interesting complex hoppiness. An enjoyable hoppy sipper!

jwc215, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of cameraman
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium to dark color is poured in the glass with touches of garnet appears at the top of the glass. A thick two inch head, beige in color, that laces slowly and clinging to the sides of the glass. A juicy citrus aroma comes right out, very dominant, the aroma is strong and can smelled from across the room. That is soon followed by a grass and pine fragrance, then ending with a hearty malty and bread scent. The malt is hearty on the palate, but it does not last very long. A hop onslaught occurs, bringing intense citric flavors of grapefruit, pineapple, and lemon. Other flavors like grass and earth show up, but they cannot overtake the citric flavors. A medium to slightly heavy body that stays consistent all the way through. The back of the palate is left with a medium dryness. A very strong offering to sip on, with the dark and enticing color, along with the intoxicating aroma, intense flavor and finishing with a pleasing feel, puts this beer in the hopheads delight category.

cameraman, Mar 03, 2010
Photo of jera1350
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a Duvel Tulip a deep coppery brown color with massive head of fluffy light tan foam on top. Leaves lots of lacing. Awesome head retention.

Lots of sweet bready malt with an equal amount of sweet citrus. Brown sugar and pineapple also in abundance.

Decent amount of complexity for a DIPA. Lots of big bready malt with a light citrus and bitter hop profile. Oddly, this is very peppery and has quite a bit of spice that I'm not digging for the style. Quite bitter in the finish.

Has some prickly carbonation and a body that is a bit more than medium. Finishes semi-dry.

Unique take on a DIPA, but the pepper brings the drinkability down. Nice to try, but I wouldn't reach for this one again.

jera1350, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of mothman
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why is this labeled as a ipa and not dipa?

Poured into my smokestack chalice. Bottle is 11/11. (also the back of the bottle says this can be cellared? odd).

Pours a fluffy finger of beige head. Color is a dark caramel/copper brown. Sediment in the glass. Very dark for a DIPA.

Aroma: Floral hops up front, but there is a distinguishable crushed black pepper flavor which is odd. The pepper takes a away from the citrus notes.

Taste: Lots of floral hops with a decent bready malt backbone. Again pepper mutes a lot of the citrus flavors. Maybe some caramel malt. Grassy hops. I have a hard time giving this a 4, but it isn't a 3.5.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but relatively smooth for an IPA. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this IPA was quite odd, from the color to the pepper and the amount of malts used. I probably wouldn't want a full 750 of this. It isn't the most drinkable.

mothman, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of Jayli
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 mL acquired from Beerbeagle courtesy of Nobody Wants to see a Beer Geek Naked 2 BIF so a big THANK YOU goes out to him.

A: Dear lord, I really had to work to get to this beer. This was the most difficult corked beer I've come across to date. Once I finally got this one open, it poured a rich murky deep rust color with a ridiculous fours finger of offwhite rocky yet foamy head. Amazing head retention and sticky sheets of lacing are left behind.

S: Nose of a thick floral hops, slight soapiness and caramel malts.

T: Taste starts with a burst of piney and grassy hop. There is a rich caramel malt flavoring the moves through the middle of this beer with hints of grassy notes mixed with the malt. Finish is rich on malt as well, but blended nicely with a hop bite to it. Neither flavor really sticks or dominates.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation with a rather oily feel.

D: This isn't your typical hop bomb. That being said, it is nicely blended, and a good take on the style. Goes down easily and somewhat filling. I'd definitely have this one again.

Jayli, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of baggio
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle@Huge tastingsession.

A: Dark amber/orangeish with a average head. Some lacing.

S: Caramel, Pine, Grass, Hops.

T: Caramel (lots), Citric notes, Pine, Grass hint of metallic bitterness.

M: Very smooth and lots of carbonation. Ends very bitter.

A very drinkable ipa but a bit too much caramel for my liking.

baggio, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of Kaiser81
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given to me as an extra from Mora2000. Thanks!

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a pint glass...correction, after reading the label on the back, I poured into my Delirium tremens snifter glass. Label also says it's from Batch 0-9310 with an 11/11 date.

A - Mushroom cork with a cage top. That is seriously the toughest cork I've ever had to open. My thumbs hurt now. This better be a damn good beer.
Poured a little vigorously. Hazy and dark amber color with ruby highlights and 2 fingers width of creamy colored head. A nice ring of head remains on the beer after the head dies down, and there is decent lacing on the glass.

S - Fruits! Tough to place them. Maybe pears, or apples...or even dried cherries? Definitely on the sweeter side...maybe that's some caramel from the malts. Some citrus comes through as the beer opens up. And then more alcohol comes through on a 2nd pour.

T - I'm not getting a whole lot of bold and distinct flavors from this. Some citrusy notes (grapefruit probably comes through the most) followed by some malts. I guess caramel can be used to describe it, but it's not much.
Definite a bit of a boozy aftertaste, which isn't bad. It lets you know the alcohol is there.

M - Medium and creamy body with a good amount of carbonation. Not bad, just bigger than most IPAs of had.

D - I could drink this, yeah. Would it be my first choice for an IPA in San Diego, nah. But it's not bad. There's just a lot better available to me. Glad I got to try it though.

A lot of IPAs don't come in 750 mL, so that's kind of cool. It's a different take on the style, but it lacks the boldness in both hoppiness and malt balance that I'm used to from IPAs. By no means a bad beer, just not upper tier.

Kaiser81, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of kylejohnson03
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle, from batch #08303, poured into a Tulip.

Pours a cloudy amber color, with hints of orange. Two fingers of tan head, with good lacing on the side of the glass. Retention is good, with a thin layer still sitting atop my glass minutes after pouring.

Citrusy hop smell, with some floral aromas. First taste replicates what I got on the nose, a little bit of grapefruit twang and some caramel malty-ness thrown in. Good amount of alcohol comes thru in the middle, good bitterness in the finish. Medium body gives a creamy texture while drinking. Moderate amount of carbonation.

Considering the ABV, this is an incredibly drinkable beer. Plenty of flavor, great texture, and just a touch of alcohol without being overpowering. I feel like I could drink a few of these, and that would be dangerous at 8.5 abv. A great DIPA and one I will be happy to visit again!

kylejohnson03, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of Dave412
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. Poured a huge head with red, amber, dark color. Somewhat cloudy.
S. Hops, caramel, alcohol, some pine, some sweetness, other typical IPA smells on the nose.
T. Extreme biting bitterness. I've always love beers on the bitter side, but this was extreme. Finish lingers in back. Powerful bitter finish. I will say that the sweetness came through more as I drank it and it warmed some. The bitter finish remained.
D. Strong, full bodied beer but was easy to drink. I enjoyed and looked forward to every sip.

Dave412, Jan 22, 2010
Photo of kirok1999
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to aljordan for sharing this brew.
Pours a dark copper with a nice thin head. Strangely there is not a lot of lacing...
This is a very malt balanced IPA. Lots of sweet caramel in the nose. Some citrus and piney hops.
Taste is dark and sweet. Some nice orange comes through, fresh mown hay, some fresh grass and pine. There is a dark, rich aftertaste that lingers for a long time.
Tightly carbonated and slightly fizzy.
A very nice beer with some strong cheese.

kirok1999, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of weatherdog
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

75cL bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass. Batch number 09135

Poured a hazy darker orange bordering on ruby. A 2 finger bone head recedes to a small layer of tiny bubbles on the surface. It is much more ruby than other IPA's and I think its looks great in the glass

It smells of a non discriminant hop. To me it is neither floral or grassy or citrusy. It isn't really punch you in the face as I expected but I suspect this bottle has some age.

The taste has this ridiculously smooth bitterness with an accompanying malt sweetness. It ends with just a small taste of citrus hops on the back. Enjoyable and really balanced for the gravity but it shows the age.

It is very smooth for an IPA in the mouthfeel and drinks quickly as it is so balanced.

I truly believe this bottle is past its prime. I acquired two bottles in September and drank one then and forgot about this one until now. I recall it being way more hoppy in the nose and not it is rather nondescript. I actually enjoyed this beer very much because it is so balanced and smooth but I can tell it is not what it should have been. I reviewed to style and while my personal feeling of this beer is higher than the ratings I want to give an honest to style rating. If I am interpreting the date code right this was brewed in mid-May. so it is 7.5 months old. My bottle that was 4 months old I recall being much better. I want to review this beer with a fresh bottle.

weatherdog, Jan 03, 2010
Photo of far333
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazed and murky with an orangey honey color and yeasty particulate matter, with a low off-white head that disappears quickly.

Low aroma of orange rind and baby aspirin.

Flavor of juicy hops upfront, full and fresh, a mix of citrus and floral, hints of grapefruit and mint and orange rind, morphing to a piney finish. Some honey malt rides beneath, but remains understated. Notes of bread and yeastiness puctuate the profile.

Full mouthfeel, moderate carbonation. Tasty beer, thanks to BuckeyeNation for sending this one along.

far333, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter on 11/14/09

Batch #09163

Thanks to Freethyhops

A - Stunning & dense brownish copper. Poured two fingers of billowing foam that holds up nicely at the start. Good retention, though it thins out some. Impressive amount of lacing. Second pour offers murky brown highlights.

S - Potent floral & citrus hops; orange, tangerine & some grapefruit. Faint lemon. Dry, biscuity malt.

T - Awash in hoppy bitterness! Sharp hits of pine. Juicy citrus: orange, grapefruit & a spot of lemon. Some alcohol heat on the finish - rather warming, but not cloying. Malt seems minimal with just some toasted bread interspersed throughout. A spiciness is ever-present. Righteous.

M - Resinous, chewy & rather full in body with plenty of carbonation to facilitate the bitterness & spice. Sticky bitterness lingers well after the finish.

D - Makes full use of the 8.5% abv & is dangerously drinkable. Packs a lot of flavor & punch. Recommended.

Ryan011235, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of joepais
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks Greg for sending this one along.

Bottle spit three ways among friends in tulip glasses. It produce a large white head that laced out just perfect .the body was this wonderful dark amber in color. The aroma was very hop forward. Nice and earthy pine and a great floral presence. The flavor was slightly oxidized but still had good malt sweetness followed by a drying hop bitter. A solid medium feel in my mouth with ample carbonation

I will say we finished these glasses rather quickly It was easy to drink and quite good for an IPA

joepais, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of bonk0076
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an amber mahogany color with a yellow head so thick you could plant a flag in it, and after it slowyly disappears, it leaves a nice sticky lacing. Aroma features a distinctive pine aroma, with very subtle caramel and molasses notes beneath it. Taste is very subdued as a whole, with hop bitterness being the most prominent to begin, but balanced with a very sweet and short caramel finish. Makes it a very drinkable beer.

bonk0076, Dec 14, 2009
Photo of brewmyster
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy amber color,great foamy head that slowly breaks down to beautiful lacy head
S-First apple come to mind then a mild citrus aroma, then very faint vegetative odor nothing bad but very different
T-This where this beer really shines. The pine,citrus and sweetness hides the abv the back half is that good old bitterness. But that vegetative smell is incorporated in the taste hence why I don't give this a 5.
M-Nice carbonation fine bubbles very enjoyable
D-Even with the 8.5abv this beer is very easy to drink, one must keep track.

brewmyster, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of spointon
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this one from a 750ml brown bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A= This ale poured a nice orange/amber color with a big white foamy 2" head. The head showed good retention as it slowly sank to a thin skim. Lots of sticky foam and lace decorated my glass.

S= I noted some sweet and caramelly malt struggling under the weight of huge fruity and citrusy hops. Hint of pine but mostly fruity hops. Some alcohol in there too, but nothing drastic.

T= Like the nose indicated, there was some malty sweetness with decent caramel notes, but these were minor compared to the fruity complexity of the hop profile. Lots of citrus (orange, lemon, mango, grapefruit) and a hint of bitter pine. Not much yeast presence. Finished moderately bitter with traces of the fruit and some alcohol in the aftertaste.

MF= Medium bodied with a modest carbonation and creamy mouthfeel.

D= Looked and smelled better than it tasted, but that's not to say it tasted bad or anything. A solid DIPA that I would gladly drink again.

spointon, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of david131
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- A very hazy orange/ brown liquid with a massive light brown head that has astounding retention. As good as it gets for the style. Amazing.

S- Caramel, orange rind, pine, swiss cheese, and grass. Surprisingly subtle for the ABV and appearance.

T- Exactly the same as the aroma, just very subtle. Kind of strange.

M- Very smooth and creamy with a sticky sweet finish.

D- The alcohol is hidden amazingly well and this is a smooth enjoyable IPA, just doesn't really have much oomph to it.

david131, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of BMoney575
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on 11-23-09
Batch 09191

Pours a nice amber color with an extreme amount of foam that would overflow the edges of the glass, had I not caught it in time. The foam leaves behind huge, chunky lacing that totally redeems the appearance.

Smell is huge fruity hops, very sweet, with a great boozy edge. Just a little sweat sock if you look for it, and right up there with the best I've had.

Taste is just as the smell would indicate, huge bitterness followed by a big boozy kick. Not particularly complex, and no real malt character either. Still very tasty, though.

Mouthfeel is right on for the style, smooth and creamy.

Drinkability is very good, if you're in the mood for big bitterness and spicy alcohol.

Overall, my first sample from this brewery, and I'm impressed. Looking forward to the other two I have in the cellar.

BMoney575, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of CHILLINDYLAN
4.28/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Semi hazed amber with reddish highlights. Big smooth fluffy bone white head. Some sticky patches of lace.

Robust floral, pine, and grapefruit hops. a sweet caramel background.

Nice hoppiness up front, floral citrus with a bite. Followed by a semi-sweet toasty caramel. Finishes out with a sharp citrus bitterness that leaves a piney grapefruit splash on the tongue with a hint of booze.

Big and sticky, chewy smooth full body

Great balanced hoppy, complex flavorful DIPA

CHILLINDYLAN, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of LordAdmNelson
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, this stuff is good. Overall, I would say it's a better version of Ruination. Pours a hazy mahogany color with dense off-white head and good lacing/retention. Smell isn't too strong, but I do get a fair amount of caramel and sweet malty backbone. A bit of citrus hops come in too. Taste is overpoweringly hoppy--big resinous, bitter, leafy hops give way to a nice display of some citrus hops... as it warms it's followed by a substantial malt backbone with some alcohol. Nice balance with the sweetness. Mouthfeel is a bit prickly, somewhat creamy, although I was looking for a bit more smoothness... good stuff here for sure. The Smokestack Series is the real deal, IMO. Big ABV and hop character make this one a sipper, though a great beer.

LordAdmNelson, Nov 18, 2009
Photo of rfabian
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tumbler after a five minute struggle with the cork (Why do they =ever= use corks?) it forms an impressive 2 inch tannish head that leaves lots of lacing. The appearance is a somewhat light amber and cloudy. The aroma is strongly of citrus hops. The taste is mainly the hops with moderate bitterness and nice malty sweetness. The feel is good and medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation and a clean finish. It's quite enjoyable but a little strong to drink all evening.

rfabian, Nov 14, 2009
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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