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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,183 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,183
Reviews: 741
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 87
Gots: 177 | 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

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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
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PeprSprYoFace

California

4.55/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got a bottle of this from an employee of Boulevard in a BIF.

Pours a beautiful amber color. Very nice head and lacing. Looks awesome.

Smells awsome. Great hop aroma with a little maltiness. The hops smell amazing. Very floral.

Taste is wonderful. Great hop and malt balance. Nice and hoppy for the style but not a complete hop bomb. Nice citrus hop taste I like it.

Mouthfeel is a nice carbonation but not too much. It doesn't need it because of the wonderful hop flavours going on. Wish it was a little more viscous but it is still good.

Would have this many times. It must be awesome on a fresh tap. Can't wait to crack another of these open again.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2009 06:38:09 | More by PeprSprYoFace
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BeerCheese

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Nice big tan head, very nice rust/amber color like a strong iced tea, with the usual unfiltered cloudiness. Smell was perfect - hoppy and bright. Just made me want to dive in and take a drink. Taste was excellent. Nice hoppy IPA with very noticeable alcohol burning after swallowing. Medium/light carbonation was just right for the taste. With all those hops, it didn't need much fizz. VERY drinkable beer. I'm SO happy it came in a 750 ml bottle!

I have to give this one a perfect 5. My first ever. I just can't find any flaws with this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 05:57:46 | More by BeerCheese
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BrewerB

Florida

4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch D8107, bottle courtesy of Wasatch. Thanks for the trade on this one!

A - Poured into my New Belgium globe/snifter. A hazy burnt orange. Formed a dense off-white head that is retaining itself well. Lacing left behind.

S - Wonderful tropical fruity/hop aroma. I'm picking up pineapple with a touch of mango. Hops are somewhat assertive and in-line with an American IPA. Alcohol is noticeable but not harsh.

T - Hops are front and center on this beer. More of that mango-like character coming through. Mild spice. Bitterness is moderate to moderate high. The finish is dry and leaves a lingering hint of hops. Malt specific flavors aren't making much of a presence but lend to a balanced impression.

M - Medium bodied, moderate level of carbonation. Smooth.

D - Finishing crisp and with a great tropical hop bouquet, this is a fine IPA. A bit big on alcohol for a single IPA, the beer is still balanced and quite drinkable. I'm going to savor this for a while.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2009 01:27:34 | More by BrewerB
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PittBeerGirl

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to monkeyknife for the opportunity to try this beer! My first from this brewing company.

A- This is one beautiful beer. Body is a very cloudy dark amber hue. Pours with a 2-3 finger head that slowly fades to one finger and has perfect retention from there. Loads of lacing left all the way down the glass.

S- The nose is somewhat subtle and highlights earthy and grassy hop tones. A big malt background can also be detected.

T- The taste is much like the smell only its not subtle. The initial flavor is all earthy and grassy hops upfront with a nice substantial pale malt backbone. These flavors increase for the finish which has a very low bitterness. Earthy and grassy flavors linger.

M- Very well done. Medium carbonation and smooth, excessively wonderfully oily body.

D- This is a type of IPA that I don't come across to often and wouldn't mind seeing more of. The only similar example of the style that I can think of that I have had is Southern Tier's Unearthly. Can't wait to try more from this brewing company!

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 01:06:15 | More by PittBeerGirl
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jjanega08

Minnesota

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

A= Wow this beast has a huge head that just keeps growing! pours a hazy delicious brown color. Great lacing on the glass
S= Earthy hops with some pine hops. There's also some great fruity smell going on here.
T= More muted hops that I expected. Good bittering hops and floral taste but it's not as strong as I expected it to be. Very drinkable because of this though.
M= Nice. Crisp and Refreshing.
D= High! like i mentioned earlier the hops are somewhat subdued in the taste so it's easier to drink more. Pretty decent beer. Nothing excitingly special but pretty darn good.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2009 23:53:09 | More by jjanega08
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CMW

Missouri

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

A - Dark amber with fluffy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Floral hops are the most present with some fruity notes peppered in. There is also a could kick of malt.

T - Hops are predominate with sweet fruits and maltiness in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter.

M - Medium-body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - At 8.5% I should probably ony have one but could definately drink more.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2009 01:26:57 | More by CMW
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blackjack000

Kansas

4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: A hazy, impenetrable apricot. The appearance is so foggy it almost looks slushy. Pretty. A good dollop of creamy and frothy head sits on top.

Smell: A swath of citrus and pine, with brown sugar in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy grapefruit, with the same sort of aftertaste as when you bite into a grapefruit seed. Punishing hops, with enough chewy maltiness on the backside to not let the flavor ring hollow.

This is a really good IPA. "Full flavored" comes to mind.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2009 01:21:22 | More by blackjack000
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midaszero

Washington

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light red amber body with tons of white head that leave excellent lacing

S - lots of floral hops with some dried fruit

T - Floral and fruit hops with dried candied fruit. There is some bitter aftertaste with a little metallic note

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Good and enjoyable

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2009 22:12:34 | More by midaszero
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WickedSluggy

Texas

4.3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Met a rep from the KC brewery down here at a big beer store in Plano Texas - forgot his name, but nice guy. We talked about boiling hops, and words like "lupulin" were used with aplomb. He told be about there hop bitterness (alpha acid) extraction methods using long boils with brown sugar. He gave me a Boulevard glass and a couple samples - a quad and this IPA. I liked both, but I bought only bough the IPA. because I was on a mission to buy some Avery barlywines (Hog Heaven) and none of these beers are cheap

A - Amber brown, orange when you look to the light. Chill haze? No just cloudy. Nice creamy head that dissipates mostly.

S - Interesting hoppy spicy bouquet. Plenty of malt aroma too. This one puts out some stuff for the nostrils.

T - Big hop flavors with no shortage of malty sweetness. I would classify this as a DIPA, by the way. Very flavorful - no flaws.

D - A well-put-together DIPA. Different from some of my usuals, at least that is my perception right now. I'd love to keep a couple of these at proper temperatures.

Champaign bottle 750ml

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 01:38:46 | More by WickedSluggy
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RodBurg

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color and forms a huge head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of piney hops with notes of grapefruit and tropical flowers.

The piney hops are a little weak in the flavor. Lots of sweet caramel malt with a light bitter finish. Medium body.

Not bad, but weak on the hops to be called a double IPA. I'd imagine that its much better fresh.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2009 00:45:27 | More by RodBurg
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wagenvolks

Texas

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

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a Carolina IIPA pint glass.

Pours an attractively hazy, burnt orange hue with mahogany tint at the edges. A massive, 2" of creamy tan head builds and slowly recedes to a thin cap of finely sorted foam. Beautifully thick lacing coats the inside of the glass. The aroma is close to what I look for in a IPA: an abundance of floral, grapefruit hops balanced perfectly with caramel and toffee hops.

Beautiful balance of resinous, piney hops with lots of caramel malts. Much closer to the category of Double IPA's in terms of complexity, as the booziness chimes in to add a rich sweetness to the finish that ultimately ends with pine and toffee notes. Mouthfeel is juicily thick and viscous, but not so thick that the palate tires of the experience; perfect carbonation level, too. Overall, an amazing introduction to the Smokestack Series. Aside their Bully! Porter, Boulevard hasn't really impressed me that much. That all changed with this beer, and now I eagerly await the other three SSS brews in my collection.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2009 01:23:07 | More by wagenvolks
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sgoodship

Illinois

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

This one was donated to the cause by my good friend bjones10. Thanks Brian. There's a lot of hop action in this. Brewer says that they use Zeus & Magnum for bittering and aroma. Ahtanum for aroma and Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook for dry hopping. That's a lot of hops for a 750ml bottle! I pulled the cork out with my teeth - made me feel like a man. This is batch D8144 - here goes...

A: Man, it's a handsome bottle. Champaign style cork and bottle shape. Vintage poster looking label. Nice frothy yellowy white 2 finger head that dissipated to a nice thin head. Lacing is frothy. Color is really interesting. Hazy as you would expect but a mysterious dark reddish brown. Head comes back with subsequent pours.

S: Fresh grass, slight grapefruit but there is definitely a sweeter apricot type smell there too. Very bold but the sweetness rounds off the overt sharpness you can sometimes get from big hops.

T: Wow. I didn't expect this to be balanced (as much as an IPA can be balanced). The caramel malt is an exceptionally strong back bone and the bold hops sit right on top of it. No real conflicts, it works pretty well. The overall taste is a nice bready maltiness with citrus. The hop aggressiveness is there on the palette throughout and gives a nice crisp finish. Plenty going on in this brew.

M: It is crisp and light but the malty roundness of the taste makes it feel more medium bodied. Medium carbonation that is soft on the tongue but gives it plenty of life - just right.

D: This is a great beer. Pretty strong IPA. I drank the first pint
quickly but then I slowed down. I think the strong citrus and sweet malt was a bit much after a while. Having said that, I would be happy to have this beer often if I could get my hands on it. Makes me want to try more Boulevard.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2009 04:50:52 | More by sgoodship
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TheMistler

District of Columbia

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

Ooh, fancy. Champagne corked 750ml bottle (batch D8137). It might be even more satisfying popping this type of bottle when there is beer inside as opposed to bubbly. Even holding the bottle a foot or two away from me, hops hit my nose the second the cork came out.

Poured with... wowza, an absolute boatload of head. Slightly off-white and big bubbled, with a top o' the clouds appearance on top. The body is very cloudy, to the point of being opaque. Orange. Very good retention, nice lacing.

A pretty hoppy nose, of course, but not the overwhelming bevy I was expecting. Lemon zest and other citrus, sharp pine. The some yeast adds dough notes to biscuit malt.

The taste is sweet - with hints of maple - initially BUT for a mere split second, with a very sharp and crisp grassy hop taste entering. Grapefruit as well, and zest. Biscuit malts followed by a caramelly sweetness come in after, offering an oh-so-brief respite before it settles into the piney aftertaste.

Medium body, crisply carbonated. Lots of hops, and the beer is indeed very sharp, but they don't smack you in the head. Well balanced. I'm glad that my travels provided me with a chance to get a bottle, seeing as how it isn't distributed in my area.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 21:01:15 | More by TheMistler
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Mdog

Minnesota

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gigantic amounts of foam like a Belgian sit upon a hazy dark orange liquid.

Smell: Citrus hops, yeasty.

Taste: Very balanced. Citrus sweetness balanced with a breadiness and some caramel. Initially had a very dry pithy finish but went away after a few drinks.

Drinkability: A 750mL is enough for a nice session, a little expensive to have regularly.

A balanced IPA that had the biggest non-Belgian head I've ever had. Sure, I like them a little more bitter than this, but still a nice beer to try. I'm glad Boulevard is expanding their horizons, they're a nice regional brewery.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 20:41:44 | More by Mdog
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,183 ratings.