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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,579 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,579
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 102
Gots: 326 | 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:
Beer added by: SafeAtFirst on 11-17-2007

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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Ratings: 2,579 | Reviews: 789
Photo of kingcrowing
3.01/5  rDev -24%
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
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
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
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
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
4.21/5  rDev +6.3%
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
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of Lillie1128
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a really awesome honey orange with a VERY impressive head

S - sweet and hoppy

T - Starts off a little bit sweet. Nice hop profile. Simple and well balanced.

M - a little thin, lightly carbonated

I really like this. It's very solid and easy to enjoy.

Photo of jmerloni
2.84/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark amber coloration, wildly frothy big cream colored head, lacing and retention that is top-class. Impressive looking beer.

S - Very mild but refreshing aroma of apricot, peach, citrus, and some hops. Not much maltiness coming through here.

T - Very beery tasting. Not a whole lot of flavor, pretty dry tasting. Dried fruits, moderate hop profile, and almost no malt backbone to speak of to bind to those flavors, accentuate them, and make them come together as one thing. Pretty disparate.

M - Dry, carbonated a bit mich, medium bodied. Aftertaste is of club soda, though.

D - Not a great beer. This brewery could really beef up this beer with adding a bit of malt (and i stress - just a bit - because you never wanna overdo it with malt in a beer like this). Not bad, but not great. Don't see myself getting it again. However, I do love what I've tried from the brewery as a whole.

Photo of gratefuld
3.79/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice dark amber color with a think head.

S: Not a real pungent smell....a little dank. Not bad but nothing special.

T: Nice well balanced hop beer. I like this beer. It's a good taste...not too strong, but you can tell you're drinking an IIPA.

M: Good mouthfeel. Nice and crisp on the tongue.

O: I like this beer. It's definitely my style of IIPA.

Photo of silentjay
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a bright amber with a huge almost white head that sticks around for a while and laces very, very, very well.

lots of caramel sweet aromas and some tropical fruit hops, citrus, and some pine.

herbal hops come out of nowhere, followed up by the tropical fruits and citrus. plenty of caramel sweetness throughout, but not a lot of grainy malts, which I like.

medium bodied with an oily feel and ample, yet fluffy carbonation.

not my favorite DIPA, but decent. I wouldn't turn one of these down. sweeter take on the style than most, but it works pretty well.

Photo of SDDanC
2.75/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

man. this thing is boozy. poured pretty flat, very murky dark molasses. no head. the nose surprisingly reminds me a lot of DFH 120 Min. Very malty, boozy, and sweet. Not much hop presence at all. The taste is quite the same, malty without a hop back, molasses in the aftertaste, slightly chemical (again, nail polish). The alcohol really comes out at only 9%. Flat. Overall, I probably won't buy it again unless its fresh (which i doubt out here).

Photo of thomasrayw
3.29/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy golden brown with a finger head. Has a very malty taste, which reminds me more of a scotch ale than an IPA. That maltiness tends to overwhelm the hops, leaving this a far less enjoyable beer than Boulevard's Single IPA, which I rate very highly. I won't quickly return to another bottle.

Photo of cbutova
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

New to MA.

A- Hazy golden orange with a one finger white head. Retention is decent. Small ring and spotty lace.

S- Hops and more malty than most Double IPAs. Tropical fruit, pine and caramel.

T- Starts out with tropical fruit hops and malt, some yeast bread as well. Finishes really dry with intense grassy pine and zest.

MF- Very foamy almost to a chsampagne level. Dry and bitter finish.

Just doesnt do it for me, the pine and grass leaves me with a subpar impression, not smooth.

Photo of syrupjoe
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Pours a slightly reddish maple syrup color with a nice fat 2+ finger caramel mocha head. Tons of particulates.

Nose has notes of tropical fruit, pine resin, and a bit of red berry.

Roasty almost burnt caramel taste with grassy pine resin flavor.

Somewhat juicy, slick mouthfeel with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall a solid beer, probably something I should've drank right when I got it. The hop aroma was more subdued than I expected. Would be very curious to try a fresher version.

Photo of box299
5/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Love this beer! I usually only see bombers of this beet but on a recent trip to St Louis I picked up a 4 pack. Perfect beer after a day at the office. Smooth drinking with just the right amount of bitterness. I now need to find a way to pack a bunch of this in my luggage.

Photo of perrymarcus
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a snifter.
best best before stamp 2/24/12, so this guy should be plenty fresh. kudos to boulevard for not only dating but using clearly legible white lettering.

pours a dull coppery orange tone while yielding a beauty of a head - beige, creamy finger and half - nice retention with decent lacing.

nose is nice. doesn't quite pack that aromatic explosion that i love in my favorite DIPAs, but it holds its own. citric and floral hops with the suggestion of a sweet malty backbone.

taste is a little drier than i was expecting. citric and florally with a bit of pine combine with some caramel maltiness. strong bitter overtones in the finish. medium bodied in the mouth with average carbonation.

overall it's a flavorful, above-averge DIPA but certainly not a show-stopper.

Photo of Sensaray
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark caramel body with a nice off white head.

Nice bit of grapefruit citrus with caramel malt.

Nice mix of citrus pine hops andf a caramel malts. Nice bitterness

Good medium light body nice hop spice throughout.

Overall pretty good dipa. Something I may get again.

Photo of CuttDeez
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a snifter.

A - A hazy copper amber red body with a slightly off white finger head. Strong lace and sticky head.

S - The fruit notes are both tropic and citrus but they are not overwhelming. There is a strong pine presense on the back end and the malt is noticable throughout.

T & M & D - The taste is incredibly piney and earthen in hops. So much biscutty muscky flavor in th front. There is some good bitterness levels on the back end as well and a good clean finish. The beer is medium to thick in body and texture but not overwhelming on the palate. Very smooth finish.

O - A solid IPA and the first beer I have had from the brewery. Not a ton of fruit in this one so if that is your style of IPA get one.

-Cheers

Photo of warnerry
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by 10/18/11; poured into a snifter

A - First off, I love the design of the labels and bottles of the Smokestack Series. Pours a slightly hazy deep copper with at least three fingers of dense tan head. Head has great retention and leaves a lot of lacing.

S - Quite floral, with a nice amount of citrus and noticeable caramel malt. Also a very faint bubblegum aroma.

T - Taste is also has a floral presence, but also an assertive bitterness and pungency of hops up front, mainly grapefruit zest and some citrus pulp, with a small grass presence as well. There is a decent amount of malt as well, but it is rather hidden behind the bitterness.

M - Medium, resinous mouthfeel with long lasting bitterness.

O - This is a solid, if not spectacular, DIPA. I would definitely have it again, but wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Pours a nice crystal clear copper with a creamy two finger head that just didnt want to go away. Quite nice.

S - A bit too malty for me. Rich carmel malts, and a light citrus hop on the end.

T - Sweet and malty, not too huge on the hops unfortunately.

M - Smooth, silky. Not a bad DIPA. Expecting it to be a bit heavier.

O - Overall this wasnt a bad DIPA, however, it isnt something I would actively seek out.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber, slightly chilled, in ale glass

A: little carbonation; great frothy head; dark caramel copper color; good lacing
S: very nice; lively floral, hopped aroma
T: very robust IPA flavor; tinge of sassafras; intense, robust hoppiness; bottle conditioning comes through, but not so much to make one think they're making it a Belgian too

Outstanding DIPA. Cheers!

Photo of karengarys
4.48/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't plan on reviewing this... ...but...

After I poured it, I watched the concoction churning in the glass going crazy, and decided I just had to.... ...or maybe a youtube video was in order, but I'll do my best in words...

So, I poured this stuff, and it was filling the glass... Got to the bottom of the bottle where that murky stuff glops into the glass... cool... and I watched...

This poured very cloudy, leaving a beautiful soft light caramel colored head... But look at the fireworks in the glass! It was churning like crazy, bubbles were going up to the top of the liquidey part under the foam - it looked like it was boiling! This went on, but it didn't over-excite and get all over! The head just stood there, and all the commotion happened underneath! I just sat there and watched it for a while!

Better news, it smells good. Nice clean floral hops - I don't know what to label it, but it is the stuff you want to smell in an IPA. Citrus, sweet, clan.

And even better, it tastes good. Pine bite, nice bitter, with an edgy finish that works... No alcohol flavor appearance at all.

Mouthfeel cold is nice and prickley, as it warms it flattens out a bit.

Nice body to this. Kinda like a chewin' beer!

Overall, I'd recommend this. It stands out as an above average IPA. It is not watery at all. The tastes are huge and good. Smells good. Fun to watch in the glass as it settles down. Yep, if you see this, try it.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Loud pop from the caged cork. Dark ruby/amber hue. Exceptionally dark. Large frothy head. Leaves a lot of speckles of lacing.

S-I would lump this DIPA as a 'candied orange' hop aroma. Like an orange gummy treat. A bunch of caramel, and a pretty hefty dose of alcohol. I prefer a different hop profile in my IPA/DIPA but I'm still decently excited to try this.

T-Like the nose but with a huge helping of floral and grassy hops. Sharp cutting alcohol too. The floral, pine, grass makes this a more complex hop showcase. Malt is robust as well. Pretty bitter. Not bad but the hops are not my favorite here, and it is a bit harsh. An entire 750 ml might be a bit of work.

M-Medium to heavy body. Lots of carbonation. Not as resinous as I would have liked. Malt leaves a lasting sugary stickiness. Alcohol dries the palate, and bitterness lasts.

O/D-Pretty good. Not more and no less. Would not spend $8.59 on a bottle of this again. Worth a try but I sort of wish I had my ten bucks back.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Almost through the local collection of Boulevard goodness. This bit pours a mostly clear copper-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. Like other Boulevards, this one's got floaties, but not too many. The nose comprises grapefruit zest, light pine, light mint, light leek, and buttery caramel in the background. The taste is more malt-centric, with plenty of caramel coating the tongue throughout. The hops aren't gone, though, as grapefruit peel, orange rind, pine, very light leek, and light balsa weave their respective ways through the caramel cytoplasm (wow, some high school biology just found its way in there, eh?). The balance is great, actually. The body is a straight medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a lightly syrupy feel. Overall, a nice DIPA, well-balanced and tasty.

Photo of Beerenauslese
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Body is a transparent, chill-hazed amber. Poured into a pint glass, produced a foamy head that lasts awhile, leaving lots of sticky lacing on the glass. Second pour from the 750 ml bottle is considerably hazier.

Smells of hay, caramel malts, earthy and citrus hops, a little brown sugar.

Taste follows the nose, with strong caramel malt and toffee flavor coming through at first, followed by a strong bitterness and tangerine/grapefruit rind, a hint of mint, and earthy and piney hops. There is even a note of cocoa/milk chocolate in this after swallowing. Bitterness is pretty high and lasts throughout the long finish.

Body is medium, and carbonation is sufficient to give this a creamy mouthfeel.

A pretty malty and bitter DIPA, although with some interesting hop flavor, it is not for the faint of heart. Alcohol level is not very noticeable.

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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,579 ratings.