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

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2,234 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,234
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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Photo of Bierguy5


3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

750 ml bottle, 8.5% ABV. Part of the Smokestack Series. Batch D8078. Pours a hazy copper color, with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention. large patches of sticky lace.

Lots of grapefruit in the aroma. Some tangerine as well. Big caramel malt notes as well.

Big caramel malt up front. A good deal of sweetness, but the hops seem to counteract well. Some citrusy bitterness, but not as juicy as I would have thought. Turns out to be well balanced.

Medium body, with a higher amount of carbonation. Bottle conditioned. Overall, pretty tasty. Alcohol is well hidden.

11-28-2008 21:09:11 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev -1%

Thanks to ballewblake for the opportunity to try this. 750 ml bottle served in my SA Sensory pint. Poured a translucent amber with a four inch frothy, off-white head that crackled and popped as it slowly diminished; some sticky strands of lacing present during the tasting. Nose was piney hops with a hint of sweetness towards the back. More piney hops in the mouth, as well as sweet malt and some alcohol. Mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a consistent carbonation tingle across the tongue, followed by some hops bitterness at the finish. All and all, a well-balanced DIPA, however; my preference leans more towards the sweet side of the style.

11-24-2008 03:00:58 | More by Jwale73
Photo of tmoneyba


3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

Bottle shared by alexsdad06.

Poured hazy golden color with a huge frothy off-white head that lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy sour citrus hoppy and light malt aroma. Medium to full body with a slick texture. Moderate to heavy bittersweet flavor with a moderate to heavy bitter finish of medium duration.

Very good balanced brew.

11-19-2008 15:49:45 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of cokes


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Batch D8144.

Pours to a muddy caramel-bronze with a huge ecru foam rising and lingering on top.
The nose brings brown sugar, browned pears, iron, pine, grapefruit, and dough, caramel, and vanilla. Alcohol is shut out, which is impressive. So is the balance...while tilted overwhelmingly toward hops, it also showcases some delicious and varied malt traits.
The mouth find a sweetened breadiness. Doughy, wet, and sugared, with a peppery yeastiness. And this pretty much stays static. Any sort of fruitiness is developed through hopping, as apricot, grapefruit, and peach come in turns. Pine sap and rusted metal come out later, with just nods to gin-like alcoholicness...the strength is never truly tasted. The finish is all cinnamon and cedar and pine smoke.
The body is medium-full with a woolen feel and minor, fluffy carbonation. It thins a bit through the sip. That's the only realistic (if minor) knock I have here.
Perhaps this is too even-tempered, but from my perspective, this should gain the notoriety reserved for the best in it's class.

11-18-2008 10:44:04 | More by cokes
Photo of seedsofchaos


4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

The second beer I've had from Boulevard and the first of the Smokestack series. I'll definitely be trying the others after this sampling.

A: An enticing looking IPA. Deep amber, reddish coloration with a decent tan head. Good lacing. Decent retention.

S: Citrusy hops and earthy malts. Nice and balanced tipping, just a little, on the sweet end.

T: Delicious! You can really taste what you smell here. Those citrus hops really pop in your mouth. Goes down smooth and sweet.

M: Above average. Good carbonation. Medium to medium-light mouthfeel.

D: I'm loving this brew. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good IPA. I'll be keeping a couple of bottles around as soon as I get back up to the liquor store.

11-17-2008 12:51:01 | More by seedsofchaos
Photo of mugglesandhops


3.3/5  rDev -16.9%

Got this 750ml bottle (batch D8107) from mphopkins99
in trade poured pint glass

Appearance - Very cloudy redish amber color with a big bubbly 2 1/2 finger off white head not too much tacing

Smell- the first thing I pulled out was some pear and some grapefruit and even some apricot

Taste- Big taste...it might sound crazy but it reminds me of the DFH 120, I can taste the alchohol but not nearly as much as the 120. Taste sweet, oranges, grapefruit. Very bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Is okay...not too thick not too thin

Drinkability - This is deff. not a session drink. But I'm glad I got 2 bottles.

11-17-2008 00:47:50 | More by mugglesandhops
Photo of Monkeypaws


4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

Got the nice corked bottle, batch D8121. It pours an old penny copper with a creamy head with lots of relief. It leaves a chunky lace down the side of the glass ... very funky/cool looking. The smell is all hops; you can tell this IPA means business. The flavor isn't as explosive as the bouquet would suggest, but it is very tasty hops, with a fine malt backbone to balance it out. It is rich in the mouth, but a tad astringent. At 8.5%, it is officially a sipper for me, but what a treat. Double IPAs don't make their way to my town too often, and for a hophead this one is very much appreciated.

I've long enjoyed Boulevard products, but this is my first from the Smokestack series. Very nice.

11-13-2008 23:49:50 | More by Monkeypaws
Photo of paulthebeerguru


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Batch D8078

A: snifter. nice reddish/tawny blended color. light khaki/orange head. huge retention rate and great lacing.

S: nice citrus hop aroma. good caramel malts some earthy tones, oranges.

T: great DIPA flavor..caramel malt backbone, with a huge hop flavor. mostly citrus hops, oranges and tangerines. some earty tones.

M: full bodied, with a big carbonation level. solid palate very balanced.

D: very nice DIPA, very well balanced. highly recommended and will drink again.

11-08-2008 19:22:24 | More by paulthebeerguru
Photo of mbrasi


4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

Thanks to pepsican for the bottle. Pours a deep amber/brown color with a large head. Aroma is fruit, pine, styrofoam with an overall sweetness. Flavor is good with a slight bitter finish but not overdone. Has hints of pine with a refreshing flavor that has a definite citrus undertone.

11-03-2008 04:44:17 | More by mbrasi
Photo of peabody


3.53/5  rDev -11.1%

Pours out a cloudy dark tea color with three fingers of tan suds. Lacing occurs here on this tulip glass. Really a lot of foamy small bubbles that stick around for quite a while.
Smell is malty and yeasty with just a tad of grapefruit and pine. Kind of a watery mess of aromas here. Not strong at all but it is cold.
Taste is bitter with a caramel aftertaste immediatly followed by a slight alcohol feel. This taste is a little bland but it isn't bad, although I like more malt and piney hops in the mix.
Mouthfeel is clean enough with the bitter aftertaste but no citrus or pine to set this one apart from lots of other IPA's.
Drinkability is low here but given the right circumstances I could probably sip a few from a keg if I didn't have to drive anywhere.

10-29-2008 02:38:25 | More by peabody
Photo of oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -15.6%

Bottle shared via piscator. Pours a murky tangerine with huge head, three four fingers easy. Nose- very rich smelling, caramel just a little hop citrus. Taste- thick and chewy, big caramel sweetness. Hops are muted by the malt, not much of a piney or citrus feel to it. More spicy than bitter really. Low to medium carbonation and heavy bodied.

10-26-2008 18:24:23 | More by oakbluff
Photo of deepsouth


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

this beer pours a beautiful golden amber. very clear. two and a half fingers of dense straw colored head seems to be sticking around, perhaps at the expense of the aroma.

this beer smells like citrus fruits, mostly grapefruit. i can detect alcohol in the nose. i wish i could pick up more...

the taste is very bold. citrusy hops explode in your mouth and finish with a toffee sweetness. begs to be drank.

wow. medium mouthfeel with a good bit of oily slickness. fantastic.

this is a great dipa that i would drink on the regular if i could get it.

10-19-2008 00:27:24 | More by deepsouth
Photo of DefenCorps


3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

25.4oz bottle received from hwwty4 in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly BIF. Thanks Bill! Into my Duvel tulip

A: Hazy crimson pour with a massive tan head with plenty of tiny bubbles and a surface that pretty cratered. Head slowly recedes, leaving pretty lacework

S: Plenty of piney, resiny hops with a very sharp orange zest character present. This is on the sweeter side of DIPAs, though, with a roasted caramel aroma with some fruit-like sweetness on top of the pineapple notes from the hops. Solid stuff - while I prefer the Pliny school of DIPAs, this is great stuff in it's own right

T: Aggressive piney hops up front with an equally strong sweet malt character. Hop character is very piney with some orange and citrus flavors. Malt comes in with a lot of darkened caramel and a plum like sweetness. There's some alcohol thrown in for good measure, too, leading to a bitter-sweet finish with that hint of alcohol

M: Fuller in body than I like, the one problem i have with this beer is how it foams up in my mouth - definitely overcarbonated. The finish is solid though, a little sweet but with a nice pine hop bite and a hint of alcohol, all that work well on this 60 degree MD night

D: This is a bit of a sipping brew, more because of its body than its ABV.

Notes: Bill, thanks for sending me this. I'll keep my eyes peeled for more beers from this series!

10-14-2008 01:46:09 | More by DefenCorps
Photo of BretSikkink


4.2/5  rDev +5.8%

Dark orange color, hints of brown, with a nice tan head. Great, sticky foam with wonderful retention and sticky, coating lacing.

Strong aromas of citric hops, with a phenolic twist - almost Belgianesque in its earthiness. Oily and strong.

Smooth and creamy, although well carbonated. The drinkability of this strong IPA is amazing; the flavor is prominent but not bitter, the finish is long but not overly resinous. The pale malt stays out of the way. Well-balanced in terms of offering a smooth vehicle for delivering hops.

Almost tart, definitely dry in the finish, this is a unique American DIPA that incorporates elements of the Belgian twist on the IPA style - it reminds me of a good Belgian IPA, hopped up on another huge dosage of Humulus Lupulus.

10-11-2008 15:26:45 | More by BretSikkink
Photo of alumley


3.8/5  rDev -4.3%

The bottle was corked and caged with the liquid poured into my best Schlitz glass. The color was a nice dark almost caramel color. Smell is good for an IPA, nice and hoppy. Taste is good but might be a little strong in alcohol in the end. Overall good, I live in Iowa and glad to change it up when I can.

10-05-2008 00:02:54 | More by alumley
Photo of 1fastz28


4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

Another one of the smokestack series from boulevard, i've been awfully impressed with the other ones i've tried, figured this would be no different. it looks nice, has a nice reddish brown color to it with a nice head, which laces quite well. smell is awesome, has a great hop aroma, very piney overall. taste is really good, not as powerful as some of the more mainstream ipas, maharaja, lagunitas, DFH etc, but still has a great flavor to it. boulevard should be very proud of these beers.

10-01-2008 01:21:43 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of scottoale


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

750ml. cage/cork brown bottle. Batch No.:08121

Pours a darkish amber-orange with a thick three-finger light beige head. Nice retention and some nice sticky lace clings like glue.

Nice malty aroma with sweet fruit, followed by citrusy and somewhat piney hop goodness. Sweet fruity intro, nice caramel malt profile that swings to grapefruit nectar and orange rind. Nicely balanced with a good clean finish. Smooth yet crisp ending to the mouthfeel. Medium plus body that is really easy to drink for an 8.5% ABV as the alcohol is very well masked.

Another top brew from their Smokestack Series, a pleasure to consume.

09-28-2008 22:48:49 | More by scottoale
Photo of Kempleton


4/5  rDev +0.8%

Poured from 750ml corked and caged bottle into a standard pint glass.
Huge head atop a cloudy golden colored brew.
Smells very hoppy, piney and grassy. Clean and good.
Taste is huge malt backed up properly by some piney resinous hops.
Smoth mouthfeel with a bit of oily resin from the hops.
This one is an easy drinker. Fantastic beer. Wish I could get more of this.

09-28-2008 19:43:59 | More by Kempleton
Photo of elniko


4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured from 750 bottle into pint glass.

A: Nearly glowing amber with huge pillowy head. Heavy lacing sticking to glass. Really nice looking brew.

S: Nice citrus notes coming from nose, quite strong. Very nice.

T & M: I really enjoyed this beer. I haven't had many Boulevards but this one impressed. To start with mouthfeel, full and the finish leaves the tongue tingling which I love with an IPA. Taste is what I like in an IPA, it is a hop bomb but not overly done. Citrus and and grapefruit tones apparent in the taste with just a touch of sweetness as well. Nicely done and well balanced.

D: Very drinkable even with high ABV. This has moved towards to the top of my list for favorite IPAs.

09-28-2008 18:48:41 | More by elniko
Photo of daledeee


4.05/5  rDev +2%

A 750ml bottle.

Poured this into a glass similar to the one on the bottle. I drank this rather "cool" not cold.

This beer poured a dark coppery orange. The head is beautiful and does not go away. Lacing sticks to the glass as well. A rare achievement in appearance for a beer.

Nose is rather subtle considering the taste of the beer. Hop and some grains in the nose along with some citrus oil.

Taste is grapefruit all over with hops and some malt undertones. This beer is a little sweet. Mouthfeel is very bubbly and alcohol is well hidden. This beer is quite balanced. Not as over the top as some other IPA's I have had.

09-27-2008 21:57:05 | More by daledeee
Photo of orcasteve

North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +11.6%

thanks to Packforever1976 for sending me this on a BIF, poured into my 2006 duvel goblet

pours a nice cloudy amber color with plenty of off yellow head that slowley disapates to a thin layer of foam all acrosed the top

this is as big as an ipa can get, this has a nuty flavor and some biscuts and a tuch of sweet carmal, then the hops take over, thay are dry and of the floral taste that mixes in with strong notes of alcohal blending togethre nicley

this is a beer that i have been lucky to get my hands on and a beer that i will be in surch of in the neer future, get one if you can

09-25-2008 13:16:47 | More by orcasteve
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

I got this brew in a trade with brewCzar, Thanks Bryan!

750ml corked/caged bottle served in a goblet.

L - slightly cloudy, copper color with a huge, light beige head of foam that left tons of lacing.

S - alcohol and citrus hop aroma.

T - very good balance of bitter hops and sweet malts. a hint of an alcohol taste as it warms.

F - medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.

D - a good tasting sipper.

09-21-2008 22:13:02 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Wasatch


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.


Pours a cloudy dark orange color, very nice carbonation, awesome two-finger plus creamy/foamy off-white head, lots and lots of nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, hoppy, nice touch of citrus and pines. The taste is malty, hoppy, bitter, nice notes of citrus and some pine. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty/nice IPA, thanks Tim and James.

09-21-2008 18:15:01 | More by Wasatch
Photo of swizzlenuts


4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

A: Huge head, reddish copper colour. Great retention and lacing. Head stayed the whole beer

S: Citrusy and slightly piny. Caramel back bone and malts.

T: Big hop character initially with a decent malt. Alcohol is present with a smooth bitterness. Caramel malts are nice and sweet. Tasty just needs more flavouring hops.

M: Creamy and slightly carbonated

D: As expected, solid.

09-15-2008 19:12:12 | More by swizzlenuts
Photo of BeenJammin


4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

A - Huge foamy head that is beige in color. The beer has a deep amber hue. Great head retention and very good lacing.

S - Bursting with citrus hops.

T - Good piney and citrus hop flavor that is not too overpowering. There are some really nice caramel flavors in there that couple well with the hop taste. I was left with a grapefruit taste in my mouth for long after I had finished this beer.

M - Low in carbonation but it has a good medium body to it.

D - I could drink this a lot. The hops don't seem to overpower you and it has great balance.

09-15-2008 03:58:10 | More by BeenJammin
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,234 ratings.