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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,498 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,498
Reviews: 769
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 90
Gots: 265 | 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:
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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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to lnashsig! Always excited to try another beer from the Smokestack Series...

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Dogfish Head shaped pint glass. Best before September, 2011.

Gloriously dark, cloudy, burnt orange body with several bands of lighter oranges and reds. A hefty peach/beige froth recedes to a lasting finger of suds. Thick, whipped lacing.

Potently aromatic - orange blossoms, rosewater, caramel, along with an herbal/floral quality. Initially surprised to learn this is full of C-hops, as there is no pine in the nose.

Has an unusual malty complexity along (perhaps from the amber malt?) with faint burnt sugar which opens up the palate to the wave of hop flavors. Cleanly bitter, faintly spicy, herbal, and earthy. The profile reminds me of NW style IPAs, though there is something vaguely "Belgian" about it as well (perhaps the yeast, the adjuncts, the bottle conditioning, all these combined?). Finishes dry and faintly woody/floral complexity.

Medium-bodied, creamy, lightly effervescent, and gently warming. Could be a tiny bit more "crisp" I suppose.

Distinctive take on the style - not quite like any of the many West coast varieties I've tried. Pairs well with spicy food, as the bitterness cuts right through.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-A mildly,hazy body rests beneath 2 fingers of strong,slightly ashy white head that showed moderate retention and left gummy ropes of lacing.

S-The nose consisted of dried apricot and grassy hops upfront with pine resin and baked sugar finishing it out.

T-Sweetened grapefruit,hop and pine oils,strong tea and toffee flavors on the finish.

M-The mouth feel was slick and clean with mild bitternerss and good balance.

D-This is an extremely drinkable DIPA.Maybe a slightly different approach than others but complex and structured with an ABV that is hidden well.

Photo of csiewert
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of foamy tan head that leaves a generous amount of lacing on its way down. The aroma is strong with citrusy and earthy hops. The taste starts with a little malty sweetness and then you get a hint of earthy hop flavor. It ends with strong hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated but this is a fairly decent IPA.

Photo of meatyard
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy, dark amber with a 2-finger off-white head that recedes at a slow pace falling to a cover.

The smell is pine hops followed by some sweet malt.

The taste is pine with a moderate dose of bitterness. The bitterness lingers and then leaves space for malt sweetness to take over.

Mouthfeel is pretty full and syrupy with low carbonation.

Drinkability: This is a well made beer but I find it lacking as a IIPA. The hop profile could be pushed up a bit, especially in the grapefruit/pineapple or some other citrus area. I'm fine with the malt sweetness but for a IIPA the hops should bite deeper.

Photo of theboozecruise
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass... it's a deep orange color, hazy with a large bubbly white head. Great retention and lacing.

It's a fantastic aroma... hoppy and slightly malty, a little on the pine side of things. There's a little caramel in there.

A delicious taste to this beer... hoppy, malty, well balanced... the little malt gives a delicious sweetness before the hops really take hold.

It's got a good mouthfeel too, thick, bubbly, I really like this one.

This is one of the better DIPAs I've had recently... I'm a big fan.

Photo of plfahey
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Amber red with just a touch of haze. Giant beige head with good retention and some nice lacing.

Aroma-Piney, orangey, fresh, grapefruity, and a hint of resin. Some light raisiny caramel malt notes and a bit of toast.

Flavor-Fruity tones up front from orange and grapefruit hops and raisiny crystal malt give way to bready, toasty malt and piney hop flavor. Hop bitterness is moderately high and carries long into the aftertaste, with bitter orange and pine flavors following. Just a slight alcoholic dryness in the finish lets on to the fact that this bad boy's got some punch.

Mouthfeel-Medium full body with prickly, medium high carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Very slight alcohol warmth.

I really like the hop bitterness levels on this one, the flavor has a nice, layered complexity, and the aroma is quite pleasant. On the whole a very enjoyable beer.

Photo of StLThrash
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy, copper coloring. Nice 2-finger creamy head that was mostly white but had some of the copper color to it, reduced to a 1-finger and kept throughout. Some minor-lacing.

S - Nice & fruity (Apricot) on the nose with some pine and citrus.

T - I got more flavor at the beginning of the beer which dissipated as I drank it. Seemed to have more carbonation at the beginning as well.

M - Nice and hoppy with the bitterness on the back of the tongue and throat. A little dry finish / aftertaste.

D - 8% and didn't seem like it was that high. I could definitely drink a few of these.

A worthy effort. I haven't tried the Single Wide IPA from Boulevard but will soon.

Photo of Mecham
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750 bottle poured into a 16oz mug.

Pours a cloudy light auburn color with thick chunky head that hangs around a while before eventually settling in to itself lacing the glass nicely as you sip. A danky citrus smell...this is a hop heads beer. The toasty piney bitter taste hits you upfront and melts into a sweeter grapefruit finish. the mouth feel is big and round with almost a sticky lip smacking finish that is pleasant and has you eager for the next sip. This is a very good beer but not something you could drink in session (unless your a hop head like myself). Enjoy and PROST!!

Photo of abrethanson
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a rich golden amber color into my sexy tulip glass. Even the 2 finger head shares a tinge of the beer's shade. Gives me a warm feeling like the sun is going to burst through my glass.

Smell - not 100% sure as my olfactory is out of whack of sorts. I sense pine and citrus although I am sure there is more to it.

Taste - it tastes just like an IPA should, pine, citrus, with a good balance between sweet and bitter. Its as though the hops and malts are socialists sharing in this affair together. Alcohol was invited but decided to show up fashionably late. The end is a little dry while the hops tend to linger around like a cougar after last call.

Drinkability - I'm not a huge IPA head but this one is smooth and goes down easy. I could put a couple of these back before tapping out on bitter overload. Definitely a good (D)IPA for anyone who digs the mighty bitter (not biter)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.2/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 1/29/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a very large 2.5 finger off white head. Extremely long head retention.

S: Slightly floral and a little fruity, I get some apple and maybe a little pear. There is a large malt component, some toasted grains, little bit of caramel.

T: Slightly bitter at first, but then it gets very sweet from the malts. A good bit of caramel malt flavor. Not a lot of citrus or pine as most people have tasted.

M/D: Medium bodied and on the drier side. Overall, a disappointment. Had very high hopes based on reviews and brewery reputation, but this fell a bit flat. Bottling date is unknown and is likely the problem. Should I get a fresh one and the review is different, I will rereview it.

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

Intro: 12 oz. bottle served in a tulip glass

Appearance: Medium amber color with a slight hazy consistency. Extreme beige colored head that diminishes as the pour proceeds but stays throughout.

Smell: Strong hoppy aroma with hints of pine and citrus. Smells like a good quality classic DIPA.

Taste: Strong bitter hoppy bite. Little else, just straight away hops. Slight boozy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Coats the mouth, dry at the end...nice carbonation

Drink: Very easy to drink and can go down rather quickly if you're not paying attention. An enticing beer that makes you want another one as you finish a pour.

Conclusion: A very respectable offering in the DIPA category. Although not heading the list of my favorite DIPA's, I would put in the upper 20% of the class. I've had this beer a few times and I'm sure it will be a mainstay in my fridge.

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

12oz brown bottle
8.5% abv

Double Wide India Pale Ale was amber in color and lightly hazy. It had a huge beige head with great retention and lacing. The smell was citrus and earthy hops with some sweet malts. The taste was grapefruit and piney hop flavor with some caramel malt and a good dose of bitterness. The finish was long hoppy and bitter. The mouthfeel was good with a medium-full body and medium carbonation. Drinkability was good and the alcohol well hidden. This is a good Double IPA and worth trying out.

Photo of kawilliams81
2.55/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16oz. snifter.

A-Lots of head right away. Cloudy, orange/caramel color.

S-Malty caramel upfront with a hint of pine hops.

T-Very thin! Notice the maltiness right away with the bitter piney hops at the finish. Lacking.

M-Again very thin! For 8.5% should be thicker and a bit chewier.

D-Can drink this all day, if I actually wanted too, because of the thinness.

Very disappointed. Not sure how this is rated A-. Use to DIPA's like Dreadnaught, Double Jack, Hopslam, Maharaja which are all in a different league than this beer.

Photo of evanlarkin
3.05/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance:
Headiness hits me first. I shared this with several people and we couldn't avoid getting a massive head. Mine was smallest at about 3 fingers, and one friend had an inch of beer and the rest of the pint glass full of head. The color is more reminiscent of an amber ale, eventually.

Smell:
Piney! Simcoe I'd imagine? This beer smells like a forest who's ground is littered with caramel malt. A bit boozy, despite being less alcoholic than many DIPAs.

Taste:
Piney and earthy, kind of bitter, kind of caramelly, but not very sweet on the whole. I'm used to a lot of grapefruit (probably Citra) in my DIPAs, so this is different.

Mouthfeel:
Sharp and carbonated, and it sticks to you. Full and sticky. Sticks to your mouth like barbecue to your fingers.

Drinkability:
Okay, but not an all-nighter. If I want something hoppy but not fruity, I'd have one, but I still prefer to share my corked bottles.

Photo of jault52
2.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Very pretty dark amber with nice fluffy head and good lacing. Pretty beer for sure.

Odd, off putting nose. Others have mentioned a solvent smell, and really for me it was overwhelming. I really couldn't get past it.

Same taste as smell. Got some malt at the end, but was mostly solvent and booze. Couldn't find the hops at all.

Was not impressed at all. Very surprised by all the love for this.

Photo of GPHarris
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a - poured a two-fingers thick bubbly tan head into a snifter that left great lacing throughout. the body was a dark and bubbly amber color.
s - sweet fruits and pine.
t - buttery, caramel, sweet fruits, pine with a spicy finish.
m - bubbly and dry.
d - good beer but a bit down the list of DIPAs in my mind.

Photo of yourefragile
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Slender 12 oz capped bottle, poured into a nonic. Best by date of 07/29/2011. Thanks for sending this Doug.

Pours a darker than typical for the style, translucent honey/rust amber. Massive, frothy cream colored head that never fades away and leaves thick clumps and rings of lacing.

Aroma is thick and piney. Pine needles, pine sap, and resin dominate with a light toasted malt background. Very fresh and green, mildly antiseptic and boozy.

Not much sweetness in the flavor either. Strong resiny and bitter hop flavor of pine, leaves, tobacco. Strong caramel malt backbone provides a little balancing sweet, but this is exceptionally bitter and dry.

Mouthfeel is thick bodied and sticky with strong carbonation with a dry, clean finish.

A very big, complicated DIPA with plenty of bitterness if you're in need of a hop fix. There is a mild solvent thing going on throughout the nose and flavor which detracts from the drinkability and in general my outlook on this beer. I really like the look of these new 12 oz bottle though!

Photo of Fenris244
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, light amber color, sticky 2 finger head, good retention. Leaves a think lace.

Lemon peel aroma is really strong, grapefruit and floral aromas are also prominent, the hop aroma is also there but muted

Citrus and hop flavors are very balanced, the hops are much more pronounced here than in the smell. Hop bitterness lingers well into the finish and is balanced nicely by the sweetness at the beginning of each sip.

Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth, light in body and very refreshing to drink

Good well balanced ipa, very drinkable I wish I had more...

Photo of boudreaux
4.65/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured into a regular pint glass. best by date 07/08/2011
I've been on a hop-kick recently, especially IPAs and DIPAs. I read about this one a few nights ago, and stumbled upon a 4-pack at the local grocery store. Seeing it as a sign, I bought it without thinking twice.

A: Pours a reddish-orange-yellow (sunset?) with noticeable amounts of floating yeast sediment; a significant 3 finger head quickly appears, reducing to a solid 2 finger head before settling at about a 1/3 finger head that remains intact throughout the tasting; head is pure white

S: Hello, hops; so clean and fresh that it definitely catches my attention; crisp and clean like a biting winter wind; notes of pine a slight dried-fruit touch are obvious; also, a slight malty undertone provides just enough sweetness to suggest a deep and complex beer worthy of a DIPA with an 8.5% ABV

T: Mimics the smell almost perfectly; the dry bitterness of the hops slams into my tastebuds at first; the pine is now accompanied with some floral notes; the malt flavor is also stronger, showing up with caramel notes; the dried fruit flavor clarifies into an apricot flavor with a touch of crisp citrus; the beer ends with an almost hefeweizen finish, which is no doubt due to the unfiltered yeast I mentioned in the appearance

M: Extremely light and crisp for a DIPA; surprisingly, it stays true to its IPA roots; throughout the complex flavor experience, it never made my mouth feel sticky or coated; carbonation is very present, but in a good way, as it keeps the beer feeling crisp; the bitter, crispness of the beer adds to the light, refreshing finish

D: the high alcohol content is only present because I feel flush after finishing just 1 drink; it's surprisingly easy to down, a definite plus to me

I don't know how Boulevard did it, but they've created a DIPA that takes everything great about an IPA and amplifies it. Most DIPAs I've had feel heavier and creamier due to the increased malt and hop presence and high alcohol. But This one remains crisp, fresh, and light. Thank you, Boulevard.

Photo of HOPPYKC
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. Best by date on the bottle 07/08/11.

A- Pours a deep amber to almost brown color. Shows alot carbonation. Gave about a solid inch of tan head. Opaque to look through.

S- A nice caramel and roasted malt with tons of hops.

T- A nice and thick IPA. Tickles the tongue with carbonation. A get dry hopped ale with tons of bite. Not too much fruit but just enough to balance it out.

M&D- A very drinkable beer. Has a little too much carbonation for me to be drank a whole lot of. Good brew overall.

Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy dark orange with a 3 finger light tan head with good retention and lacing. The aroma has grapefruit, biscuit, and caramel malt.

The taste also has grapefruit, biscuit, and caramel malt. More bitter than sweet, but just enough sweetness to keep the bitterness under control.

Medium to full bodied, well carbonated, finishes dry and bitter. A good DIPA, but not quite as good as the best examples of the style. I would buy this again.

Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours with almost an inch of fluffy off-white head. A layer of carbonation remains throughout. The beer is a cloudy reddish amber or light mahogany color.

Smell: Mostly herbal hops with some mild citrus notes. In the background, there is some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Herbal hop bitterness dominates throughout. I also notice some fruity notes including citrus and some mild pepper. In the background I'm picking up some caramel or toffee from the malt and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation level that is just right. This beer isn't very dry at all.

Drinkability: I enjoy this beer and it is quite drinkable given the ABV. I would give this one another shot.

Photo of southsider
2.65/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance- Orangy brown,very cloudy,with a tan 2-1/2 finger tight head that left little lacing. There is more sediment present than I am used to seeing in this style.

Smell- Fairly strong aroma of fruity,piney hops.

Taste-The beer had a spicy,carbonated,bitter and alcoholic opening that finished chalky and a little solventy. There was a lot of nicotine bitterness in this beer which I do not care for.

Mouthfeel-Moderately full bodied with stinging alcohol.

Drinkability- I was dissappointed in this beer which received generally high marks from BA. I found the excessive level of sediment in the beer unappealing. The "tobacco" component that others consider a plus I see as a minus. I will be more careful in the future to avoid beers that have this flavor in their profile and not to rely on overall scores. Lesson learned.

Photo of lnashsig
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm quickly becoming a fan of Boulevard Brewery- this is a great DIPA, and I'm glad to be able to get it in Houston:

Poured into my dfh snifter- huge fluffy foam that filled to the top of the glass (guessing because of the bottle fermentation?), that lingers around for awhile. On the nose, I got some very pleasant caramel and toffee notes, along with some nice citrus flavors from the hops aromatics. Appearance- completely opaque and dark orange- very interesting and unique. Taste- the caramel notes are first to hit, followed by some nice sticky toffee flavors and then some mellow grapefruit and tropical fruit flavors. Mouthfeel- this one is a bit chewy, and thats my only knock on this beer- there are some solids in it too. Drinkability- incredibly easy, I could immediately open another bottle (and almost did, if I didnt have to go to work the next day!). An incredible DIPA from Boulevard that shows some great creativity and individuality.

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

A: Sediment makes it a clouded dark orange with a hint of red.

S: Grapefruit, hops, pine, caramel.

T: Hops and grapefruit. Caramel malts and pine. Tones of citrus. Perhaps a bit of fruit noticeable as it warms up.

M: A little sticky and tart. Full.

D: It's good, not amazing, but I would recommend trying it.

Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,498 ratings.