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

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2,184 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,184
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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Ontario (Canada)

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

Thanks to grub for sharing this bottle on a recent brewday.

Pours a cloudy light brown/orange, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring and layer, leaves behind a metric ass ton of lace, looks good. Smell is caramel and honey, some grapefruit, oranges, lemons, tart pineapple, real neat. Taste is good as well, sherry alcohol hit, caramel, grapefruit, pineapple, light pine, strawberries, sugary with a spicy bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, smooth and balanced. Thanks Russ!

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 17:40:56 | More by Viggo
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange/brown with a MASSIVE light tan head. The carbonation levels must have been super high from the bottle conditioning, as my glass was mostly foam. Smell is very earthy, chalky, and slightly metallic. Taste is very mild for an IPA, toasted malt, a biscuity flavor, with a light piney hop flavor. There is a hint of grapefruit as well. Mouthfeel is very smooth, carbonation levels are low. Quite smooth and drinkable, I could drink the entire 750ml easily. It doesnt quite taste as bitter as most IPA's, but it is quite flavorful and an excellent beer to have.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 01:33:00 | More by tronester
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3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright yet hazy amber hue with a huge head. The retention is great almost too good. You have to wait quite sometime for the head to die down. Some spotty lace was noted.

S: Sweet malt with just a touch of sweet sappy pine. A bit of grass lingers as well.

T: Sweet malt right up front. The hops appear in the center. The hops are mostly citrus, but a bitter earty grassiness really comes thru in the finish.

M: Medium in body nicely carbonated.

D: Fairly good, and rather drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 12:13:20 | More by tpd975
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Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one from bort11 as part of Brews N Tunes 3. thanks tim!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. sampled july 1/08.

pours hazy dark orange with a small dense cream coloured head. the head drops fairly fast but leaves lots of lace behind.

aroma is great. bit of alcohol. big bready malt. bit of cracker. grapefruit. orange zest. bit of pine. hops are a touch powdery, but not too much. caramel. bit of toffee.

taste is good. just over medium bitterness level. alcohol. grapefruit. bit of pine. great big malty base. white bread and crackers. bit of biscuit. light caramel and toffee sweetness. bit earthy.

mouthfeel is good. medium carbonation level, well integrated and smooth. medium body, with the hops lending a fairly dry finish.

drinkability is good. the alcohol is a touch high, but mostly held in check by the hops and solid malt base. i think this one could sneak up with you and do some damage if you weren't paying attention. good stuff

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 16:53:43 | More by grub
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4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to mhewes for the oppurtunity to try this brew.

750ml corked & caged into a snifter & shared with my wife over a BBQ pork loin dinner.

Pours a murky dark peach color with bubbly soapy 1 finger head.

Smells big. Big citrus hops overload. Caramel malt sweetness balances things out. Nops are the king and ruler of this liquid kingdom though.

Nicely balanced between the citrus hop flavors & sweet malt backbone. This tastes great. More balanced than the the typical IIPA.

Smooth & creamy. Perfectly carbonated IMO. Has a chewiness to it as well. Just to let you know it's big.

This was a pleasure to drink.

Delicious. Someone send me more ASAP. This is the first Boulevard beer I've ever had. Can't wait to try to more from the Smokestack series.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2008 21:03:46 | More by bbothen
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Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the ever generous Hogtownharry: Poured a clear copper color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of dominant citrus and floral hops with a distinctive touch of grapefruit all of which constitute a near perfect aroma. Taste is a mix between some citrus and grapefruit hops with a light floral malt backbone. Bitterness is not a dominant element and I somewhat enjoy the fact that a IIPA can be something else that a bitter bomb. Average body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I really enjoyed the presence of grapefruit notes and the attenuation of the bitterness. This beer really makes me want to further discover the beer form this fine brewery.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2008 17:40:45 | More by Phyl21ca
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3.53/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to raverjames for this one!

Pours a dark copper color, with an incredibly dense, foamy tan head, really good lacing on the glass. Smell is raw, piney hops. A ton of pine aroma in the nose, almost completely dominates the smell. Taste delivers on the pine, with a decent amount of sweet/caramel malt taste to equal things out, a touch of grapefruit bitterness in there, too. There's a bit of a raggedness to the edges of this beer, kind of rough on the palate...some nice spiciness on the tongue, though. Really glad for the opportunity to try this one...all the hopheads should definitely check it out.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2008 00:58:42 | More by corey0212
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New Hampshire

3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

another in the smokestack series for me! Thanks to raverjames for the opportunity to try this brew.

A - nice slightly hazy copper color, huge billowy white head.
S - Light citric notes buoyed by sweet malts.
T - bitter hops hit first, citric hops round out the body theres a balance and a modest level for the hop rate compared to many an american IPA I've had. Nice caramel and biscuit malts round this one out.
M - medium bodied, highly carbonated, at touch rough at the edges and hides the abv incredibly well.
D - Stands up as a easy to drink IPA. A nice dry hop would really make this one stand tall. Other than that nit pick, it's worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2008 17:27:31 | More by barleywinebrewer
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4.15/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4


Batch D8095

Received in a recent trade with turbine2475, thanks again Jeremiah! Double-Wide IPA pours darker then expected and appears more garnet then amber. A hazy body barely lets me see the logo on my glass through the beer. A standard pour produces a creamy dense three finger head that eventually falls to a thick cap with a mountain in the middle and a thicker ring around the glass. Leaves chunky lacing after each drink.

As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by a strong hop presence, which I always enjoy. Resinous hoppiness hits first but is quickly joined and overtaken by an apricot and grapefruit fruitiness. There's even a splash here and there of the aspirin like bitterness I've really come to enjoy in my IPAs. As this opens up more I seem to pull out blonde tobacco over the top of the caramel maltiness and mild alcohol. Gives the idea this will be a bit of a tongue ripper.

The resinous hop presence isn't quite as prominent as the nose suggested but does take center stage. A quick flash of the apricot comes through mid palate but the grapefruit isn't around on the tongue. While the resinous hops lead throughout they're met by the tobacco on the swallow. All of this hop complexity is layered over the top of a caramel foundation that stands out more on the swallow. A hint of clean alcohol here and there adds to the flavor rather then detracts.

The mouthfeel on this beer is near perfect. The body is on the heavier side of medium but there's ample carbonation to keep things moving along before things get at all sticky. Each swallow leaves a coating of bitterness that eventually is becomes the tongue ripper I was expecting. The drying finish only adds to the bitterness.

There is huge flavor in this beer but it stays easy drinking throughout. The dryness and bitterness keeps me going back faster then I should which could get dangerous with an 8.5%abv.

This is an excellent IPA that will definitely give your tongue a beating which just happens to be a quality I love in my IPAs. My first of the Smokestack Series and if the others live up to Double Wide I'm certainly in for a treat. Thanks again Jeremiah!

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 23:59:23 | More by joe1510
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4.22/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very hazy bordering on murky coppery cherry-tinted rust color with a powerful capping of yellowed foam thats semi crunchy and billowing. Lots of lacing cakes itself in huge sheets and globs.

Aroma hits with lots of gritty pith tones of orange and grapefruit and twisted within is a whole bunch of pine. Reeks of hops that are very citrusy at first and toned in peels and pith, then it slips into a more lower toned maltier take as it warms as it becomes more like orange marmalade and toasty caramel rolls.

Taste is pretty good with a smoothness of hop tone in citrus and pine thats semi sharp at first with a well-rounded toasted edge. Floral grasses add some depth in character as does a decent malty girth. The character of this changed throughout the session as it warmed as the sharpness in carbonation and hops really took a back seat and let the malts and citrusy flavors meld together into a pretty damn yummy delight of hoppy citrus juices, pine, toasted breads, slender finishing oils and featherings of grassy floral textures as it leads off the backside for a lasting effect of flavors.

Body is medium with a boldish tone and texture that suits its flavor well. Mellows out as it sits and becomes a bit more manageable from that point as at first its a bit overwhelming. The alcohol is hidden well compared to other Dbl IPA's and helps it out a bit as for its drinkability. Which is good. I liked it overall especially as it changed its character once it warmed. The flavors were very well put together and made for a lasting impression on the palate.
Boulevard did well enough with this one I think.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 14:47:23 | More by tavernjef
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2.73/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Murky looking copper-orange. Thick and fluffy white head. Lace is quite full. The aroma leans way too heavy on the citrus and pine traits. Not that those are necessarily bad, but this is more like smelling pine-sol. Some grassy notes as well on the nose. The flavor doesn't pick up the slack for the nose. Very average as well. Too grassy. Too piney. And a little too harsh for my liking. There's a lingering harshness that is not like your typical lingering bitterness in well crafted DIPA. This is more astringent than bitter. More solvent like than resiny or pungent. I've had lots better. This is merely average.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2008 03:30:21 | More by Bighuge
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3.43/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper with a large, foamy white head that hung around forever. Large amounts of thick lacing left on the glass surface. Small bubbles continuously cascade up the glass. This is one beautiful beer.

Double-Wide has a understated pine and citrus hop aroma. Very faint and underwhelming malt aroma.

You would never know it by smelling this beer that it has a solid malt backbone, but it does. It nicely balances out the pine and citrus hop flavor. Unfortunately it also has a hot alcohol taste that lingers and kills the wonderful flavors that are present.

Medium body and surprisingly mild carbonation. I expected it to be harsh.

This beer is just too much alcohol heat for me to enjoy. Drop the ABV a couple of percentage points and it would be one of the more nicely balanced American IPAs. I wish I had someone to split this bottle with because one glass is enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2008 22:36:14 | More by morimech
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to review this as a barleywine because that's what it seemed like to me...

Murky brown pour that is typical of a barleywine... Loads of carbonation in this thing... It just kept foaming up..

Sweet, sweet, lovely malts balanced nicely with a citrusy hoppiness..

This is an excellent tasting brew....as a barleywine. As an IPA, it falls short. It just isn't hoppy enough. As a barleywine, however, it excels.. It is hoppy but in an aged barleywine sort of way.. The sweet smooth malts rule this one and its delicious..

I would definitely buy this one again.. Its delicious..

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2008 00:07:36 | More by Tilley4
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3.23/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The first time I had this beer I used a snifter, this time I used an imperial pint glass. It pours with a thick head with moderate retention that leaves some lacing. It is almost the color of tea. It doesn't have a strong nose, but what is present has hints of citrus and grain. For as thick as the head is, there isn't much carbonation on the tongue. There is lots of hop bitterness that stays in the mouth well after a taking a drink. It has just a hint of sweetness at the finish. This is a very drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 15:00:46 | More by phergy
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've been slowly finding my inner hophead over the past year, and now it's coming out full on with a vengence. A seriously anticipated brew from some regional favorites that should give me my fix. Pours a flat copper with a ton of fluffy, rolling tan head off a very light pour. The head recedes at a snails pace and leaves a chunky lacing here and there. Smells of sweet citruses and sugary grapefruit with a fruity sourness as an afterthough and a striking hoppiness enveloping it all very nicely. Taste is uniquely thick and sweet up front with the bitterness and citrusy goodness following things up quickly, making for a different, yet very substantial and palate pleasing experience. Some chalkiness lingers around afterwards. This brew is big on the carbonation, has a medium mouth presence, and goes down fairly smooth. A bit weighty for my tastes, but I really can't complain beyond that.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 21:36:27 | More by stephens101
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3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet from a bomber. This beer is a dark copper color with plenty of thick off-white head. Very nice beer to look at.

S: More floral/pine hop flavor to the smell with a tinge of citrus. Feels like a very subtle hop smell and not overpowering.

T: The smell helps dictate the taste. Piney hops rush to the front with the citrus making its way for a short time thereafter. A little subtle bitterness lingers in the mouth, but not as strong or soothing like in a Furious for example.

F: Medium body with a little bit of carbonation

D: A drinkable American IPA, it just didn't have the delightfully bitter aftertaste that I want from a good American IPA. But overall, it did a good job of giving the soothing yet explosive taste I expect out of this style.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 03:20:23 | More by Scrumtralecent
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3.98/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a snifter/wide-tulip glass.

A - light amber color - slight haze - nice 'ice cream' head with great retention, nice lacing

S - strongly hoppy, resin/citrus aromas; some malt noticed

T - strong hop flavor profile, as with aroma, has a good malt backbone to it as well; finishes dry and hoppy; some yeast fruitiness also noticed

M - medium body with moderate carbonation

D - This is a nice example of an imperial (double) IPA. We picked this up on a trip to KC and it's kind of a bummer I didn't pick up a few more. Boulevard does a decent job for a regional brewery and this 'special' edition is very well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2008 01:32:42 | More by scoobybrew
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours copper in color, red hues and gets lighter the more you drink...how surprising. A massive off-white head, tight bubbles of carbonation and superb staying power. Spots of lacing down the glass. Smell is pretty good. Some pine and grapefruit with a spicy presence. Flowers, fresh grass, pretty earthy. Light sweetness. Taste is spicy up front. Pine and grapefruit rind to follow. Quite the earthy taste. The pine is almost like pine needles straight from a tree. A hint of caramel sweetness but a bitter, drying finish with some biscuity, breadiness to it. Mouthfeel has a good bitterness level. It isn't thick at all and very effortless and smooth. Great persistent carbonation and tingle with dryness on the tongue. Lots of assertive bitterness and very unique flavors. Almost too easy going down. A big old 750ml bottles of this seems just about right but if offered another glass, I might succomb to the pressure.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2008 21:21:47 | More by ncvbc
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Boulevard Smokestack Series Chalice (a very nice glass by the way) a reddish amber color. Two fingers of creamy, off-white colored head with great retention and leaves a bit of lace. Aroma is piney, citrusy, and has a touch of caramel.

Taste features a nice toasted malt and a nice citrusy hop presence. There is a bit of spiciness in there also. Alcohol is definitely noticeable though it isnt over powering. Mouthfeel is medium, smooth and creamy. Pretty easy to drink despite the high ABV. Pretty good IPA that hinges on the double side of the ipa spectrum. I've had beers claiming to be doubles or imperials that were less.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 03:25:49 | More by hckyfn9999
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3.58/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle a clear amber orange with a thick and creamy beige head.

Aroma of citrusy hops, light malts, and a touch of musty earthiness.

Hoppy, bitterness upfront followed by a nice malty balance. The bitterness hangs around to the next sip. The alcohol stays fairly well hidden.

Medium mouthfeel, dry, and moderately carbonated.

To me, the bitterness is a bit of a distraction and covers some of the other notes. Worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 18:36:33 | More by Monkeyknife
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Jhawkinmo for the chance to try this fine brew.

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Pint glass.

Apperance- Poured an Orangeish amber color with a good head and retention

Smell- Floral hops and some fruity tones throughout.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Awesome hops flavor in the front, not overwhelming, sweet malt and slight fruity touch in the middle with clean finish. Very tasty. Medium body and carb.

Drinkablity- I cant wait to get my hands on this beer again, it seemed like it went by way too quick...Highly recommended!!

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 14:27:50 | More by johnnyirishman
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3.9/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in a trade from Springdogg. Bomber bottle poured into my european pint glass.

A: A nice light orange amber color with a thick two finger off white head. Head lingers on seemingly forever.

S: Some citrus and pine hops but not overwheming. Mixed in is sweet fruit and bready malt. Lots of smells are mixing together on this one.

T: Hops bitterness up front with citrus and piney characters. Mixed underneath and what comes through on the middle is a sweetness of fruit with malty caramel goodness. Finish is all bitterness hops that lingers. Very nicely balance, more towards the sweetness than the hops until the finish.

M: Medium mouthfeel with surprisingly not a lot of alcohol or oily feel. Nice coating in the mouth that leaves a lingering bitterness that seems to last forever. Alcohol creeps in on the end a little bit too.

D: Medium. After one of these the bitterness really punishes the mouth. When tasting this beer, you really get the malt forwardness of it.

Overall a very good double but falls a notch below the leaders in the doulbe catagor. Still overall a very solid beer. Oh by the way, I love the corked and caged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 00:18:10 | More by Kadonny
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4.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a great caramel color with a hint of orange in light. Big 3 finger head stayed at 3cm. Good carbonation. Nose was lacking in the hops,overall light nose, a small amount of spices and fruits gave trhough. Big honey flavor, could have been better balanced with some bitterness. Overall very drinkable and not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2008 17:25:11 | More by Graham21
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4.33/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard Brewing Smokestack Series Double-Wide IPA Enjoyed out of my Delirium Tulip with my bro..

Appearance: Initial two finger head.. fades slowly. Amber orange color with a significant hop haze. Just a very pretty color on this one.

aroma: A very nice citrus and floral hops. Big grapefruit.

Flavor: Very tasty!! Nicely balanced malts with a significant citrus hops overtones. This is one very good IPA. The finish just stays their. It's what I imagine chewing on a dandelion would be like. A very good dandelion.

Mouth Feel: Hides it's alcohol content well. Coats your mouth with a bouquet of flowers... Just a little on the watery side, but still great.

Drink ability: All day any day.. (or at least until 8.5% percent catches up with me!)

In all this is a fantastic beer. For me IPA's are a summer time beer... For those that know Boise it gets HOT! Here. This is a beer I would love to cool off with.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2008 20:20:59 | More by SAS
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4.08/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The second of the Smokestack series I have tried, Double Wide is really a DIPA. Its hopped-up heft and mouthfeel are bigger than IPA for sure, and it's the second straight Smokestack I've enjoyed. Boulevard has hit them off very well.

The 25.4 oz bomber begins with a bang, pitching a brown body with dark orange highlights topped by three float fingers of off-white froth; excellent. Floral hops with fruit carry the nose, giving consumers a good snoot-full of hops right out of the bottle. Pleasant flavors, but they should be bolder. Some apple, peach and berry saunter forward, but it's the hopped texture that is most memorable for me and what makes this a DIPA. Bold and somewhat gritty, Double Wide is aptly named and executed. What it lacks in complex flavor, it atones for in hops and mouthfeel.

The alcohol catches the consumer in the end. Yet this is really good, a de facto DIPA well worth acquiring and enjoying. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2008 06:24:55 | More by Gehrig
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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