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

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2,490 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,490
Reviews: 767
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.62%
Wants: 92
Gots: 255 | 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 jdense
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml. bottle gifted by better half's brother, consumed with neighborhood brew crew, 12.29.10, poured into matching Chimay chalices.

One finger off white head, medium-slow dissipation with minimal lacing. Brownish amber body a bit cloudy, maybe my fault re bottle conditioned yeasties, some visible rising carbonation. Big hop hit in the nose, floral balanced with some grapefruit notes, caramel malts with some burnt brown sugar. Taste mirrors nose, very hoppy though good toffee notes, beer got more bitter on back end as it warmed, a big burly flavorful DIPA. Fairly full mouthfeel, average effervescence, a bit sticky. More of a simmer than a session beer. This was a very flavorful DIPA, but not sure I could do a whole bomber by myself, a bit on the boozy side.

Photo of Onenote81
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle courtesy of gwguest. Thanks! Best by 7/8/11 printed on the side. Poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a dark rusty copper with a thick 3-finger off-white head on top. Retains well enough and leaves with it lots of sticky lace on the glass. The nose is slightly spicy, with notes of toffee, fresh orange, and a little syrup-like quality.

Good full hefty body, with enough carbonation to keep it lively. The first bottle I had of this was more on the peppery side with a good spice kick. Citrus flavors were absent, and the bitterness was tiring. This bottle still retains some of the peppery spiciness, but more citrus comes out. Bitterness is moderately full. Semi-sweet toffee-like flavors on the back end. This isn't my favorite DIPA for sure, but it was decent. I thought the Single Wide was average, and this is too. I'd have it again, but wouldn't go far out of my way to snag it.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus glass.

A: Nice, bubbly tracing on top. Orangey-honey colour. Bubbles rising from the bottom. Noticeable sediment. Gentle lacing.

S: It smells like an IPA...hops, some citrus. Subdued.

T: Robust, but unsustained. Grapefruit hops last throughout. A bit carbonated with round maltiness in the middle. It ends bitter (bit not dry) with some pineyness. Fruity at times.

M: No complaints...Full, mildly bready, pine oil.

D: Not the best Double IPA, but suitable. Not worth $4, but good drinking. IF you like the style, pick one up; if not, grab something else.

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

A -- A copper brown brew that pours producing a three finger head that calms very slowly and leaves chunky foam lacing.

S -- Citrus and grass, pine sap, detecting an amount of astringent bitterness in the nose, caramel malts and sweetness.

T -- Big caramel sweetness in the front, grassy and piney/citric/herbal hop in the middle, finishing a little on the bitter end but not overboard. Well balanced for a DIPA.

M -- Big and full bodied for sure, a little resinous and sticky.

D -- A very approachable DIPA that won't disappoint lovers of the style but still wouldn't kill the uninitiated.

Photo of CharlatanSin
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the caged and corked bottle into my new Captain Lawrence tulip.

A: Gorgeous. Orange/red body that shines. Slightly hazy. Big, billowing cream-colored head that sticks around forever and laces.

S: Fruity, but not the kind that you usually smell in an IPA. Apples or pears. There's some typical hoppiness too, and also a big malt component. Smells nicely balanced.

T/M: Maybe the sweetest DIPA I've had. It's a combination of fruity and malty sweetness. There's a good deal of citrus hops, too, but they don't seem to add that much bitterness. I'd say the balance swings a little too far on the sweet side, but there's no denying it's delicious. It's a bit thick for the style, with medium carbonation.

D: An odd little DIPA, and I'm not going to seek it frantically since I can't get it in NY, but I'm happy to have tried it and will gladly do so again given the chance.

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

A: Nice hue, excellent head, solid head retention...

S: Median hop presence for a DIPA, nice piney smell.

T: First note is mildly sweet, then a dry hop finish.

M: Fairly thin mouthfeel, but the carbonation holds up, hard to explain.

D: Solid DIPA, especially for the price. Wife likes it, and she is picky! The best from this brewery I have tried yet.

Photo of steve8robin
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in the 2010 Secret Santa BIF. Love the Boulevard brews I've tried. Best by 05/2011...

A: A deep copper with a ruby red hue mixed in. A tall 1 inch tan head with a slight pinkish tint to it that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Some nice malty citrus blended with a nice grapefruit hop bite. Some hints of bready rye in the middle with a tinge of honey and lemon on the backend. Good.

T: An interesting brew. An earthy citrus mild hop blended with a hint of metallic taste. A boozy bite hidden in the middle with some watery breadiness on the backend. Decent.

M: Full bodied with a heavy carbonation feel here. A thick clean finish. Good.

D: This has a good drinkability once you get past the heavy carbonation. Good.

All in all, this is a solid beer. Not amazing, but good. Great to try if you have access and only hunt if you really enjoy the style, but don't trade anything crazy for this one.

Photo of FosterJM
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

114th review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

App- It poured a dark orange with amber highlights. A bit hazy in the glass as well. Poured with a nice two finger head but lacked some decent lacing.

Smell- Hops with a rich citrus smell, Doesn't smell overtly spicy either. Missing that bite to the nose in my opinion.

Taste- More of a malty drink, Has an earthy grainy taste to it for a DIPA. Although, it was very refreshing.

Mouth- A bit of a low/med body with a medium carbonation level. In drinking it, it was a weird mix of being smooth with a subtle mix of being a bit thick at points on that medium body scale.

Drink- I only had the 12 oz bottle. I wonder if a 750 ML would help clear the air. A pretty good DIPA if you can get one.

Photo of ebrauser
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from the 750 ml corker to a pint glass

Appearance: Reddish gold with sticky, lively foam. Tons of residual lace left over.

Aroma: Sweet and floral hops and nectar with a little biscuit and toast.

Flavor: Hop complexity is apparent. It's not an 'in-your-face' IPA, but more subtle and subversive. Bitterness ad malt mingle, with tones of honey and light fruits. The hops are resinous and linger after the drink, while the malt provides an overarching sweetness.

Mouthfeel: A little hot with medium body. Nice carbonation and a touch of stickiness to get you to the next drink.

Photo of nickhiller
3.45/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: amber colored with a big bubbly two inch head that slowly fades leaving behind heavy lacing. There appears to be a considerable amount of very fine sediment floating around in there, not sure what that's all about.

S: apples and cider, grass, some acid, grapefruit with a sweet caramel-y citrus-y backbone.

T: the most immediate impression is b-i-t-t-e-r-n-e-s-s. It's hard to get much else at the start. Then it gets sweet, real sweet, sickly sweet in fact. I get the interesting and familiar taste of Fruity Pebbles (no joke). The finish is bitter and spicy, hot spice, almost like tabasco. Like I said before, it's hard to pick out specific flavors. All of the familiar beer flavor profiles (bitter, sweet, hoppy) are taken to the extreme and I am only able to paint broad strokes of the whole, my tastebuds overwhelmed as they are.

M: It feels like it's somewhere the realm of 11% ABV, something of a drawback given its considerably lower rating. Also somewhat weak carbonation.

D: it's neither offensive nor enthralling. It honestly tastes more like a homebrew than a beer with this kind of distribution. I like the spiciness though.

Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz - best by 07/29/11

pours hazy ruby copper orange with a big 2+ finger head that had good retention and left spotted lacing

smells of citrus/pine hops and sweet caramel malts

taste - big oragne grapefruit bitter hops hit you in the face first then on the back end is that smooth sweet caramel malt

mouthfeel was just to heavy for me - even the high carbonation didnt help enough

drinkability - i wanted to rate this beer higher but the mouthfeel killed for me - the flavors are big maybe too big - i am happy to see them package this beer in a 12oz four packs

Photo of Axic10
4.22/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in the BA Secret Santa BIF from brewerburgundy. Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Best by 7/8/11.

Appearance: Pours deep reddish amber with an aggressive head of about 3 fingers, but I'm not sure if that was from user error or not. It slowly settles to a half a finger which leads to some nice lacing.

Smell: Sweet citrus notes, piney hops, earthy notes and a nice caramel malt sweetness on the nose.

Taste: Sweet (and bitter) grapefruit and apricot, piney hops and a really nice caramel malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and carbonated appropriately.

Drinkability: My first ever beer from Boulevard and I am impressed. A decent DIPA that I would drink again.

Photo of route66pubs
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - deep orange with a good, 1/2 finger think white head
S - nice balance but leaving heavily toward piney hop goodness, with a slight acidic undertone
T - good malty sweetness to balance a wonderful feel of piney, foresty hop goodness
M- great crispness, but mostly a great feeling of balance
D - oh my I want more MORE MORE MORE MORE!!!

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

A - Pours a cloudy amber almost rusty color into my tulip glass with two fingers of off white head, decent retention and some splotchy lacing.

S - Nice balance between the sweet caramel malts and the hop profile here. The citrus is more so apple or pear than grapefruit, along with some pine and grassy notes.

T - Far more sweet caramel malts than hops, a little grainy, creamy, a little citrus and pine hop, but mostly just getting the bitter hop finish on this one.

M - Finally boulevard got the carbonation right with this one, nicely balanced.

D - Very drinkable, nothing incredibly exciting or disappointing with this one.

Photo of zhanson88
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on date of 05/2010.

Appearance: Deep slightly hazy amber color with about a finger of off-white head. Retention is nice, lacing is pretty abundant and clings nicely.

Smell: Very malty up front, lots of caramel malts. Sticky resinous pine and citrus are present on the back end. Okay, but not great for a DIPA.

Taste: Lots of caramel malts up front. Some citrus in the middle and some piney hop character on the back end. It would be great if they were going for a big red ale or even a decent IPA, but as a DIPA it falls a bit short in my opinion.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Every bit of medium bodied and very smooth drinking, this was the highlight of the beer. Very nice. It is a very drinkable beer, but just not up to the standard of other top quality DIPAs that are out there. Still I'd call it worth a try, but just don't expect a mind blowing beer for the style.

Photo of bluesovereign
2.5/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle at the Bayou in Salt Lake City.

Was a little letdown by this one - my server talked very highly of it, so I splurged the $18 for the 750ml bottle.

Deeper orange color, creamy head and lacing.

Smell was very grapefruit with a touch of floral hoppiness - almost pine, but not quite.

Very sweet on the palate, but not in a heavy, malty way. Light caramel, grapefruit, and almost a Vick's Vapor Rub sensation. Finished with a fairly subdued light and floral hoppiness, bitterness was more inline with a standard IPA.

Was rather thin in the mouth, but the overbearing sweetness and effervescent nature of the brew made it difficult to drink quickly.

In short, I definitely wasn't impressed with the DW. Very very sweet and light for a DIPA, yet still very slow drinking. Not a bad beer, but not one your typical IPA-lover would probably be thrilled with. Gorgeous bottle and art, however - love brewers with the stones to do 750ml corked bottles and rad artwork.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz slimline, classy-looking bottle. Great to see the Smokestacks in 12oz four packs now, and especially at this price, it's a steal! Best by 7/8/11.

Appearance: Pours an attractive dark burnt orange/copper hue into my snifter, lots of sediment in suspension, and a big dark ivory cap with really nice retention

Smell: The aromas almost blend DIPA and American Barleywine...there's a ton of hops up front, herbal piney aromas mostly, but with a strong kick of sweet orange liqueur as well. But there's also a decent amount of pale and sticky caramel malt here as well.

Taste: Taste is more firmly in the DIPA category. It's definitely not as full/heavy as a Barleywine, and it's a little leaner as well. Mild malt backbone with lots of piney/herbal hops. Not nearly as much citrus as in the aromas, though there's just a touch at the back. A bit one-dimensional, though that dimension isn't bad. Bitterness is pretty high, and w/the fairly high levels of carbonation this seems just a bit prickly.

Mouthfeel: Fairly high levels of C02

Drinkability: Medium-high

Conclusion: This is a pretty tasty beer, but deft. not the top of the Smokestack series which, overall, is awesome.

Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this to Thanksgiving. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with a single-finger light tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is fairly tropical with some sweet pineapple notes and a bit of citrus. A bit of sweet malt character.

The flavor is quite enjoyable. It's fairly sweet and fruity, but not cloying and all of this character might not necessarily be from the malt. This is pretty interesting. The feel is slightly bitter with a mildly-dry finish. The feel is a bit creamy with a medium body. Pretty nice and unique; I'm a fan of this brew.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Chilled, into a Boulevard Smokestack chalice. Huge thank you to gwguest for both!!!

Hazy orange/copper, light tan finger and a half of creamy head that laces wonderfully. This is a great looking brew.

The nose has ample notes of citrus, with a little hint of pine shining through, nicely malty, with a slightly sweet caramel aroma at the end.

Taste is good, with an nice initial bitter bite. Pleasant grapefruit follows, along with a nice malt touch. The finish is a bit bitter, will a slight alcohol note.

The feel is the only drawback here. It was rather light in body, and thin feeling. Carbonation was adequate, but it just lacked that "near medium" that I would expect from a DIPA.

Drinkability is overall good.

Despite the feel, this is a very good DIPA.

Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by date: 7/8/11. I had an Odell's IPA before this and while this is pleasantly more bitter, it didn't have the same upfront hop character jumping out of the glass. The aroms is a mix of sweet grassy and grapefruit hops with caramel malt. The flavor opens with a clean tangerine with light caramel and then big grapefruit. It finishes with spicy, herbal citrus and a long peppery aftertaste. This is a fine beer, but I'd like more bright, crisp hops.

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

Had this at a tasting hosted by Dreadnaught33. Thanks!

This DIPA is an orange color and appears slightly hazy. There is a nice layer of white foamy head that generates some decent lacing. The aroma is one of bold hops. The beer tastes decent, but not great. It finishes with a hint of alcohol and hop bitterness that hangs out for a few seconds after each sip. An average example of the style, I'd drink it again, but wouldn't seek it out.

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

Got this one to celebrate my new job

A: pours a cloudy dark orange color with about a half inch of head that disappears slowly leaving a ring of lace around the edge of the glass

S: Pine and grapefruit hop bitterness balanced nicely with sweet candy aroma

T: Initially its a sweet candied fruit flavor but quickly the pine and grapefruit hop bitterness take over

M: medium bodied beer with good carbonation

overall, this was a very nice way to celebrate my new job

Photo of OakedCanuck
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750ml poured into MS cervoise

This beer pours a cloudy burnt-orange to rusty color with a big fluffy off-white head. Lacing was good as well as head retention
The smell is a strong caramel, candy sugar and pine. This beer is surprisingly sweet but balanced enough to profile some of the piney hops. Grapefruit and orange were also present. Thick, chewy, kind of syrupy mouthfeel. It was tough to get through a 750 alone and the sweetness hurts this one a bit in the M&D categories. However, it is still a very good tasting brew.

Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a bright copper color with a full and frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention and some modest lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty bold grapefruit and pine hoppiness to it. It also has a sweet, almost candied fruit like presence to it with a good amount of caramel malt and orange flavors coming through.

The taste is similar to the nose with a candied fruit, orange, caramel malt flavor really coming through. The grapefruit and pine hoppiness also add to the flavors and give it a modest dry bitter finish. It has a lot of sweetness to it overall though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good hoppy and sweet flavors to it. The candied fruit like sweetness was different but pretty good in it. A pretty good beer overall.

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

A - Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Almost clear, rusty color. Half inch of head that stayed on for longer than I thought it would.

S - Amazing. Hops, grapefruit come through big time. This is how an IPA should smell.

T - Bitter, not as hoppy as I thought it would be. Grapefruit Almost a cream taste at the end. However, the bitter hop flavor comes again at the end. Nice finish.

M - Mellow. Not as crisp as other IPAs. Lightly creamy.

D - An IPA you can drink all day long. A tasty IPA but not overpowering HOPS.

Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,490 ratings.