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

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2,276 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,276
Reviews: 748
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 11.34%
Wants: 91
Gots: 197 | 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 dbONE
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

Got this from the bottle shop next to Port Brewing in Carlsbad.
Poured into a stemless wine glass with nice clingy lacing that layered the top of the cloudy deep caramel body.
The hops are there but do not over power the malty backbone. Caramel and candy appear first with a pleasant hop flavor that turns into a slight resigny hitch.
The heat from the alcohol is mild and hidden well in the hoppy floral complexity. Malty sweetness blend nicly with the hops into a wonderfully drinkable beer.
I should have got 2!

dbONE, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of KarlHungus
4.15/5  rDev +4.5%

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a massive frothy white color. Lacing sticks around until the beer is gone leaving thick chunky lacing all over the glass. The aroma is mix of grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. It is quite bold. The taste leans more toward the grapefruit and citrus with only hints of the floral notes that were present in the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA. I like how there is enough malt to keep it moderately balance, but not so much that it verges into barelywine territory. I would happily drink this again.

KarlHungus, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of briman
3.83/5  rDev -3.5%

Pours a hazy dull copper color. Excessive thick foam head dominates the pour (75% of the glass).

Aroma displays both an obvious citrus essense as well as a secondary note that seems more perfumy than floral. Light toasted malt note in the background.

Flavor has citrus, with some toasted and caramel malt leading into a moderate grapefruity bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation. Body is a little fuller than expected for the style.

Overall very good as far as flavor and aroma are concerned, but it's certainly a negative when you have to use a spoon to ladel out the foam just so you can drink it. Also seems a bit heavy for the style.

briman, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of coldmeat23
3.98/5  rDev +0.3%

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH#: D8078

Pours a beautiful golden brown with amber highlights. Medium pour produces a huge head of fairly dense, light tan foam. Retention is excellent. Lacing is fairly sticky.

Smell is of big floral hops. Hints of pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Definitely some sweet malt presence coming through, as well. Caramely biscuit notes. Tropical notes of pineapple and oranges. A touch of mango.

Big caramel malt base is offset by big hops presence. Nice caramel and brown sugar notes mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of pine.
The bitterness of the hops are fairly subdued, here. They are balanced out by the sweetness of the malt profile. Still a little too upfront for my tastes, but the balance is close.

Mouthfeel is somewhat murky. I associate IPA's with being towards the crisp and clean side, generally. This one starts crisp and by the time you swallow, it has become creamy. Somewhat odd body for a DIPA.

This is an example of a big DIPA that is verging on a nice balance, but remains a tad bit too hop forward for me to enjoy it frequently.

coldmeat23, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of hopdog
4.03/5  rDev +1.5%

750ml bottle acquired trades with theisti & mreusch (thanks!).

Poured a medium to deeper and cloudy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of grass, hay, light caramel, and a trace of citrus. Tastes of caramel, citrus, grassiness, and earthy.

Notes from 5/2/08

hopdog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of srandycarter
3.93/5  rDev -1%

A - Thick sticky clumpy head, dark pekoe tea body.

S - Malty, a bit metallic, some bitter finish in the nose.

T - Nice medium volume sweet center, balanced out with bittering hops.

M - Creamy, would have liiked a little more carb. Nicely coating.

D - A fine beer, just not real complex.

srandycarter, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of Reaper16
4.35/5  rDev +9.6%

served on-tap at Boulevard Brewery

Poured a brown/orange, perhaps copper, color. Abundant beige head that didn't really go away. Darker than expected, but sort of captivatingly so; really pretty beer.

Big-time hop aroma. Smells like a DIPA, honestly. Boat-loads of citrus, especially grapefruit. Pine notes. Put a big grin on my face. The malts are there, but are definitely overshadowed by the significant hop smells.

Taste departs from the aroma in that the malt presence is tasted much more significantly than it is smelled. Nice caramely malt flavor, a little bready. The hops here are more pronounced on-tap than in the normal bottled version of Double Wide. A deliciously puckering amount of grapefruit flavor greets the tongue. Plenty of pine resin and even orange peel, too. The hops work very nicely on tap. Make no mistake, Double Wide is the definition of balanced. Just less-so on-tap. This is a treat.

The alcohol content is noticeable after awhile. Because you really can't get this on-tap many places, though, there isn't the expectation to try and session this or anything. As is, it is both drying and refreshing. A dangerous combo, sure, but an agreeable one.

Basically, this is very, very good. Double Wide exists in the wonderful little borderland between IPA and DIPA. It is perhaps balanced to a fault, especially if one expects a full-on DIPA. Whatever it is, it is a splendid offering from Boulevard. I really hope to have this on-tap again sometime.

Reaper16, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.88/5  rDev -27.5%

Reviewed 12/14/2008 (bottle batch#D8240):

Pours a reddish brown color body..Big creamy head, lasting, okay lacing. Piney, hoppy aroma. Bitter pungent nose with some sickly sweetness. Balanced taste, some grapefruity taste. Watery body, some carbonation. Not a strong flavor. More aroma than taste.

jujubeast6000, Dec 15, 2008
Photo of blackie
4.18/5  rDev +5.3%

a: a deep amber beer fills my Piraat snifter, giving a thick khaki head and moderate lacing after a molasses-slow recession

s: lush tropical hop aroma with sweet citrus, pineapple, and passionfruit most notable, nice balance with an aromatic and darkly fruity caramel malt base, rich grain without being overly sweet

m: soft but medium-full carbonation accompanies a smooth body on the heavier side of medium, a nice combination of delicacy and liveliness

t: rich grainy caramels, hop-burp inducing full tropical fruit flavors, moderate-high bitterness in keeping with the balance found throughout

d: a nice one to take your time with, highly enjoyable

from mhewes in the Pre-Season Football BiF...enjoyed with some buffalo yam curry

blackie, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -24.4%

Thanks to turbine2475 who sent me this brew as an extra in a trade.

Been on an IPA kick lately, I should write a song about that. This beer would not make it into verse, although the excellent bottle might.

There are two kinds of IPA for me: the clean, citrusy, hoppy assault on all your senses. And then there are those that, for whatever reason, taste of earth, Wiccans, & the unclean.

This falls into the latter category. Right away I notice there's no bright, clean IPAness around the look of this, it's murky as twilight in Mordor. And the taste...IPA that's been lurking under a musty pile of last winter's leaves. The hoppiness is as fleeting as spring love, & if you're making an IPA, why would you do that? Not terribly drinkable either. Splitting the bomber with the wife, who seems to enjoy it more than I have.

This is strictly OK. Too bad. After trying the Smokestack Quad, which was fantastic, I had high hopes for this brew. Oh well. Plenty of great IPAs out there.

maximum12, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of Tolann
4.4/5  rDev +10.8%

A - Kind of dark brown for an IPA. Reddish brown in color. Poured a nice head and still was kinda chunky clinging to the glass and lump as it settled. there's a little bit of sediment, but not too dirty looking.

S - Really great nose that grabs you. Sweet and citrus hops. Light and zesty fruits; grapefruit, lemon, orange. Maybe something minty

T - Not overly bitter, but big on hops. Yummy and citrus. Really fresh tasting. Nicely balanced with just a little sweet.

M - real good carbonation. light to medium mouth feel. No dry mouth or alcohol burn. Really nice. Slightly slick, oily feel.

D - I had forgotten how much I enjoy IPAs. This would be even better on tap. I so very much having my beer locked behind a cork. Still really great.

Tolann, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Wetpaperbag
4.08/5  rDev +2.8%

A- This is a darker IPA, its almost a dark dark amber, or even a red tone. The head was very active, and left huge chunks of foam still in the glass, and lacing on the sides. As for an IPA I'm enjoying this darker color.

S- Sweet sweet grapefruity hops. I'm getting a slight honey smell as well. This isn't a complex smell, but it is a tasty one at that.

T- The hop taste isn't overwhelming, but it is there in its hoppy goodness. I feel as though its more lemon/lime taste with some very sweet grapefruity tones. The sweetness carries throughout the taste, and it is very delicious at that. Very well done.

M- The carbination in this beer is very effervescent and bodes well for the hop taste with the beer. The right amount for this beer and helps keep your palate alive.

D- Very drinkable, and very tasty.

Wetpaperbag, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of gpogo
3.95/5  rDev -0.5%

A- Hazey mahogany brown with reddish tint. Large off-white head that dissipates to a foamy top. Leaves a nice full lacing.

A- Very Malty with a respectable hoppy aroma. Notes of grapefruit citrus comes through to me.

T- Nice balance between the maltiness and the hop flavor and bitterness. This seems to be a bit light on the hoppiness to be a DIPA, but quite in line for an IPA. Leaves a nice hoppy bitter aftertaste.

M- Medium body with moderate carbonation. Slight alcohol warmth.

D- At 8.5% you can't exactly have a few of these, however it is a very drinkable IPA. Very balanced with the malts and hops.

gpogo, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.13/5  rDev +4%

"Twister Proof", eh?

A 750 ml cork-in-cage Champagne-style bottle opens with a hearty pop! and a rush of lemony-citrus scented perfume. Poured into my DFH shaped pint glass, the vessel yields a hazy copper-orange body capped with an enormous 4-finger plus stained-ivory head that breaches the rim of the glass, resulting in minor spillage saved by a few quick sips. No harm, no foul. The huge tower of foam recedes in ragged, rocky fashion, depositing fluffy blobs of lacing that hang all over the glass. The cap rests at a free-floating lump atop the liquid throughout the encounter.

The smell, as mentioned, is quite lemony and otherwise fruity with a nice toasted malt character. A note of pine and freshly-trimmed evergreen boxwood bushes, combined with yeasty raw bread dough languishes underneath the zingy citrus tang.

The taste is malt-forward and toasty with an earthy hop bitterness that quickly becomes pervasive in intensity. The sensation lingers deep into the aftertaste and brings a bit of astringent dryness and pucker factor to the inside of the cheeks. Mild, lightly toasted malts give way to a splash of juicy sweetness that presents itself as fruity hop flavor, but more toasted malts quickly arrive to reinforce the solid malty backbone, reclaiming the meager turf lost to the Hop forces, leaving bitterness their only functional avenue for self-expression. Perhaps some serious counseling or a touch of psychotherapy would help channel all that aggression into... uh, no, wait... nevermind.

The net finish is pretty crisp and mostly dry, and very, very palatable. As the drink approaches room temperature (it's only 58 in here... BRR), oily notes of grapefruit rind and navel orange skin take up positions in the fruity-hoppy bitterness element, fighting hard to reassert the hoppiness of the brew, heroically succeeding in winning back ground.

The drink is medium-bodied and crisp with impressive carbonation and superb drinkability. Many thanks to Dr. Brad for the bottle (This one tried in vain to escape the trade package, punching through the styro, but not quite making it through the cardboard... A worthy adversary who went down fighting. RIP.)!

cvstrickland, Dec 06, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +9.1%

As IPA's go, one of the best. Pours hazy orange-copper with a thick, frothy off-white head. Sweet, fruity aroma with grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and pine. Taste is as big as an Imperial without the heavy mouthfeel. Lots of citrus-with-caramel flavors. The apricot and blood orange do show through as advertised. Melon and spice do come out as the beer warms. Big hop flavor without being a hop bomb. Loved it.

magictrokini, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.2/5  rDev -19.4%

Bottle courtesy of mreusch. Pours a murky brown with a huge thick light tan head. Aroma of floral and citrusy hops with caramel malt. Flavor of lemon, iced tea, alcohol. Meh, the iced tea is too overpowering in this beer. Not impressed by this one. Too sweet!
Aroma: 7/10
Appearance: 4/5
Flavor: 6/10
Palate: 3/5
Overall: 14/20

LilBeerDoctor, Dec 01, 2008
Photo of tadowdaddy
3.65/5  rDev -8.1%

A- Very murky dark red color with a beige head. Head retention was good and lacing was spotty.

S- Very much a two dimentional smell. Smells of earthy hops and a huge caramel background.

T- Is almost too balanced. The hops do not stick out as I'd prefer. Almost tastes too malty. I prefer tasting hops with a malt background. Also a kind of smoky taste when swallowed.

M- Not too thick, not too light. Leaves little aftertaste.

D- Easily drinkable even with the 8.5% abv.

Not my favorite IPA, but would drink it again.

tadowdaddy, Nov 28, 2008
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.

Bierguy5, Nov 28, 2008
Photo of Jwale73
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.

Jwale73, Nov 24, 2008
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.

tmoneyba, Nov 19, 2008
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.

cokes, Nov 18, 2008
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.

seedsofchaos, Nov 17, 2008
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.

mugglesandhops, Nov 17, 2008
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.

Monkeypaws, Nov 13, 2008
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.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 08, 2008
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,276 ratings.