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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,233 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,233
Reviews: 747
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.08%
Wants: 88
Gots: 185 | 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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snaotheus

Washington

4.13/5  rDev +4%

750ml corked bottle poured into a big snifter.

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

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

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

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

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +4%

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

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

Massachusetts

3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

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

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

Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%

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

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

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virginia

4/5  rDev +0.8%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Oregon

3.03/5  rDev -23.7%

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

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

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

Mouthfeel is thick, prickly and dry.

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

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

Wisconsin

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

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

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

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

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

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

California

4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

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

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

Texas

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

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

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

Minnesota

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

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

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

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

750 caged and corked.

A: Super dark amber color with minimal white head.

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

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

M: Nice medium bodied mouthfeel. Well carbonated.

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

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

Colorado

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

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

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

Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

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

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

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

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

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

Arkansas

4.58/5  rDev +15.4%

Served in chimay goblet

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

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

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

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

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

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

Washington

4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

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

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

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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

Batch Number: D8032

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

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

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

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

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

05-10-2009 20:32:04 | More by GbVDave
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HopDerek

Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Thanks to Kegatron for sharing this bottle.

Pours a hazy burnt sienna amber color with LOTS of thick frothy beige head into a nonic tumbler. Great retention leaves lots of nice lacing blotches and clumps. Smells of pine resin, grapefruit, pineapple, spicy and peppery hops, caramel, and biscuit, very aromatic. Tastes of pineapple, apricot, and grapefruit up front followed by some sweet bread, caramel, toasted bread, and a bit of nuttiness. Finishes with some spicy hops and pine resin bitterness. Medium in body with moderate carbonation. Sweet and sticky, nice balance with a firm bitterness. This is one great tasting IPA, not too high in alcohol but packing in excellent flavor. Easy to drink and delicious!

05-10-2009 19:34:09 | More by HopDerek
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froghop

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

pours a cloudy dark amber with a very large foamy head, and great lacing.

smell is of light hops, earth, a touch of citrus, caramel, and a few nuts.

taste is of hops, caramel, pine in the back, and roasted nuts, ends nicely bitter.

a very good IPA.

05-10-2009 17:47:35 | More by froghop
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czechsaaz

Washington

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

Saw this in a normal grocery store. I've enjoyed Boulevard in K.C. on a business trip and a visit to Kauffman Stadium (A's won on a 3-run HR by George Williams after a long rain delay and a power outage.) Pretty surprised to see it here. Picked up this and the quad, so here goes.

Got a nice hop hit just after the cork "pffft"ed. Really getting my nose in there I get a nice floral hop aroma and caramel malt underneath. I get some ale yeast effect and a little oxidation kind of like port.

Copper colored and poured with a very thick head that settles into a rocky layer that leaves clumps of foam on the walls of my glass. Kind of cloudy and I did let it sit for 24 hours after purchase.

Flavor on the first sip seemed a little sour but actually it's not, it just packs a ton of bittering hops with lots of citrus variety. That high level of bitterness doesn't really let any malt through. There's a hint of base malt sweetness. In fact, the only real malt I get is some caramel in the aftertaste. As a result, kind of one dimensional to me. As compared to my favorite examples of the style, there's no multi-hop effect (piney, flowery, woody, citrus) nor malt complexity.

Big bodied with a nice creamy carbonation level.

I like it and I enjoyed it but it won't leapfrog any of my favorite examples of the style in my purchasing decisions.

05-06-2009 06:15:29 | More by czechsaaz
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bluemoonswoon

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

750mL bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A: Foggy honey brown with a thick half inch of golden yellow head that is incredibly lasting and leaves a good deal of lacing.

S: Smells heavier than the ABV would indicate, sweet like Maharaja but not nearly as fruitier, more earthy, slightly nutty, a little freshly turned soil with honey, caramel and blackberry. Smells a bit like a mead but much maltier

T/MF: Boozy, earthy, nutty syrupy honey sweetness, ripe blackberry stewed in rum and sugar. Pretty much on point there I'd say. Mouthfeel is slick and grasps the tongue like a good DIPA should.

D: A rich and sweet DIPA of the highest order that appears less bitter than it's single wide little brother. Very good, and would probably morph into a pretty decent American Barleywine given some time.

05-05-2009 03:47:58 | More by bluemoonswoon
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jacobseyb

Alabama

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%

Found this beer to be extremely enjoyable, I was trying several different IPA this night and it fit right in with some of my favorites

A=Lots of head, three to four fingers, settled quickly to a 1/8" cap on an amber hazy color

S=Good hoppy citrusy aroma, thought I noticed some smokiness but very faint

T=Nice citrusy flavors, some dryness

M=good feel and carbonation in line with the style.

D=very drinkable, alcohol not extremely noticable,

05-04-2009 01:19:13 | More by jacobseyb
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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