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

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Double-Wide I.P.A.Double-Wide I.P.A.

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,615 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2,615
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 104
Gots: 352 | FT: 3
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:
Beer added by: SafeAtFirst on 11-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 ExaltedNecrosis
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%

12 oz bottle poured into tulip glass.

A - Hazy amber with 2-3 fingers of off white head.

S - Piney hops with a sweet malt backbone.

T - I get a lot of pine, along with some herbal and grassy hops. This is supplemented by a sweet caramel malt. Moderate bitterness.

M - Moderate body with moderate carbonation. There is a resinous mouthfeel.

O - Not your run of the mill IPA. A good change of pace.

Photo of gonzo000
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

a - Looks great in the glass. Three finger head that lasts throughout the beer. Beer is a cloudy golden orange color that had some sediment on the pour.

s. Pine with malt overtones.

t. I get the malt more than I would have expected. Alcohol is present, more than I would have expected on an 8.5. Has lots of imperial qualities. Pine is present, some citrus.

m. A bit dry for my taste, but still well above average.

O. A hair shy of outstanding - would welcome another anytime.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Double Wide pours a bronze color with a big, huge, fluffy lacing head. Nice big floral aroma, with warm hints of alcohol. The taste is more balanced, but strong, strong malt backbone, with a nice noticeable floral flavor, nice hints of alcohol. Good body and good feel. Overall its a good beer, very balanced yet strong.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Paper hotel cup
From: Total Wine in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $2.99
Purchased: July 30, 2014
Consumed: Aug. 1, 2014
Misc.: N/A

Poured a caramel, amber color with 3-to-4 fingers of khaki white head. Good foamy lacing on the sides of the cup. Good retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled caramel malts, soapy pine, peach, dried apricot, citrus hops and floral hops.

Tasted similar to the nose. Got caramel malts, wet Cascade hops, peach, apricot, soapy pine and floral hops.

Light-to-medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long finish.

A pretty good double IPA. I’d have it again for sure.

Photo of 1bigsarge37
4.54/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not an expert, but it's the best IPA I've had yet.
It has a nice amber appearance, but it does have a lot of sediments. Maintains a very good head on it, so it continues to look very good.

The smell is amazing. Very floral, fruity, and bright. Just smelling it really heightened my level of excitement, and enhanced the overall experience.

Taste is smooth, and caramel at first sip. Then the floral and fruity notes take over. The finish is smooth and the caramel notes balance out the bitterness really well. The beer leaves a great taste in your mouth. My wife and I even complimented on the great taste of out burps. It may be inappropriate for a review, but this beer is just as good coming out, as it is going in.

The Mouth feel is smooth, rich, but clean. Not too Gassy. Just perfect for my taste.

Overall, I love this beer. This is one I can drink over and over again. I'm new to tasting and reviewing craft beers, but I'm not new to drinking them. So Far, this is my favorite IPA.

Photo of rawfish
3.27/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark, caramel coloration follows an explosion of foam head that just fills the glass on a careful pour. Annoyingly high retention, takes nearly 10 minutes for the foam to turn into something drinkable. Fluffy head texture and messy lacing on the glass.

Big malt backing, syrup and caramel malt upfront with red fruity esters. A pithy citrus and pine hop backing. Some herbal and perfume-like rosemary and mint. Breathy alcohol comes out near the end.

As the nose goes so does this beer, thick and full caramel malt with enough vinous and red fruit esters lurking in there to make me shudder a bit. Hops are lacking or faded, I can't tell which since there is still a dark tangerine and piney flavor to this with a slight herbal backing, no tea or oxidated flavors here just very mild. Medium bitterness but lacks enough push to contain the malt.

That huge carbonation from the head does nothing for the mouthfeel and this thing is quite flat over the palate. Sluggish body as well. Medium bitterness and drying and the alcohol doesn't come out as much as in the nose. More hops would've fixed this.

Just not feeling this one, I've had syrupy and big DIPAs before (Chillwave, Hopslam, Hi-Res, etc.) but this one is just lacking in balance on multiple fronts. Also way too much vinous fruit and berry esters which I loathe except in Belgians.

Photo of zookerman182
4.14/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance is a hazy orange color with a big two finger head.
Aroma is sweet, bready, caramel covered citrus, really complex nose.
Taste is caramel malt balanced with sweet citrus fruit and herbs.
Mouthfeel is medium to full with perfect carbonation.
Really pleasant lingering bitterness and floral flavors well after each sip.
Also hides the alcohol well.
I don't have a bunch of complaints with this beer.
Well done.

Photo of LambicPentameter
4.19/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a "best by" date of 10/29/14. I think the lead time between bottling and the best by date on this beer is six months, so this bottle seems to be about two and a half months old. Poured into a Speigelau IPA glass.

Appearance - Pours a tawny cinnamon brown-red hue with enough haze to prevent me from seeing through the glass. There is just a slightly lighter orangish bit around the edges where the light passes through at the bottom of the glass. Atop the body sits a creamy three finger head with some larger bubbles that luscious and foamy. Retention is quite good, with the head not really dissipating until I begin drinking it, leaving sticky lace mottled around the sides of the glass.

Smell - Aroma is nice and citrusy, with tropical fruit undertones consisting of orange zest and subtle pineapple are the main players, as well as some notes of pine and herbs. There is also a pretty prevalent foundation of caramel malt providing a bready sweet fragrance. Not quite the pungent hop bomb I personally prefer, but it gives clues that it's going to be well-balanced.

Taste - As suspected, the flavor is neither overrun by juicy fruit or malt, and the pine that was hinted at in the aroma is much more prevalent than it was initially. Nice bready pale malt with just a hint of sweetness in the form of caramel and toffee, but not enough to overpower the presence of grapefruit, citrus zest and pineapple. As with the smell, no one element dominates, and the bitterness is just enough to balance with the sweetness of the malt.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation with a somewhat bready feel on the palate and easy-drinking in spite of the higher ABV.

Overall, this is a very well-done IPA that stands out from the rest of the pack in that it isn't boozy or bordering on astringent with it's use of hops like some DIPAs can be. That said, it also lacks some of that pungent juicy hop kick. It's a fine line to walk, and this one does it a bit more conservatively than most. However, that makes for an very drinkable brew that pairs well with a lot of different types of food.

Photo of KajII
3.9/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

[Suggested Glassware: Tulip Glass]

The pour was a murky brownish orange with an average (1-2 finger) light tan frothy head that was mostly lasting, reducing to a moderate soapy film with large collar that lasted throughout and had excellent sheets of sticky lacing.

The aroma was of a light biscuit malt, pine hops and a cheesy yeast with notes of caramel, toffee and citrus (orange and lemon).

The taste was lightly acidic and very malty with a decent caramel sweetness from the onset, becoming rather hoppy with a good bold piney presence and a bitter citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted for a very long time proceeding the swallow, with a boldly bitter hoppy taste left behind to linger just a tad longer.

Mouthfeel was a bit below medium in body and dry in texture with a strong medium carbonation.

Overall this was a highly impressive tasting IPA. It possessed a mild malty sweetness that blended perfectly with the bitter piney citrus flavor which did a superb job of concealing the somewhat high ABV, except for a light alcohol warming sensation right at the end...

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Photo of hophugger
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great head tht slowly dissapates. Nice malty flavor with a great amount of hop bitterness. Aslight citrusy-piney aftertaste which just adds to the great taste of this beer. You can get a bit of alcohol taste but not enough to ruin the flavor. This hopped up beer is surprisingly balanced and the malt, hop and citrus flavors balance perfectly. Got get yourself one !!

Photo of Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 11/28/14.

A- Pours a dark amber color with a full inch of tan head that retains very well before eventually dropping to a billowy 1/8 inch head. Sudsy, semi-resilient lacing.

S- Sweet malt aroma accompanied by some moderately citrusy hops. Notes of caramel, brown sugar and pineapple.

T- Neat balance between malt sweetness and hop bitterness plus some noticeable alcohol flavor. Bitterness lingers just long enough and the candyish sweetness rounds things out nicely without being overbearing. Notes of orange, more pineapple and grapefruit. Good hop burps.

M- Slightly sharp from both the hops and booze. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the fuller side.

O- This is still a bit hot so I'm gonna let it sit for a few weeks to see if the alcohol tones down any. Otherwise, pretty good.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle brought back from Maryland by my girlfriend. Thanks Jola!

Pours a murky, hazy, almost opaque copper orange, with a 2 inch head, and tons of lacing.

Smells like hop resin, pine resin, grass, and earth, with some toasted bread and non-sweet malts.

The taste is the same. One of the more balanced Double IPAs I've had. It's best by 9/20/14. Puzzling out the Julian date I find that unfortunately, this one was bottled 12/20/13. How does Boulevard allow a 9 month period for their hoppy beers? Nonetheless, this one still tastes pretty alright. Fairly oily, with some slight booze showing, but barely any. A good amount of pine resin, some earthy grass flavors, almost tastes more like an English IPA to me. I just wish there was a bit more of a hop blast, but I can't really expect that at this age.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean, smooth mouthfeel. Thank god this didn't become sticky and boozy. Medium carbonation.

It's good to know that Double Wide holds up fairly well, even if somewhat old. I want to try a fresher version, though.

Photo of CTbrew32
3.46/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- amber, dark orange, hazy, noticeable sediment, and a thin vanilla head.

Aroma- Very minty, some citrus and malt sweetness.

Taste-Once again the mint is very present here and Im not a fan of it personally. Besides the mint there is peach and citrus flavors along with a solid caramel backing.

Feel- Nice balance between the malt and hops that makes for a very drinkable double ipa. Medium amount of carbonation.

Overall- This one just doesn't do it for me in large part due to the minty flavors. Some other solid flavors redeem this beer, but its not something I'd repurchase. (75/100)

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Hazy dark straw color, very frothy head. Smell is extremely floral, with some lemongrass and grapefruit coming through. But there is a bready maltiness that goes beyond most IPAs.

Taste is really unique, plenty of hop flavors and bitterness, but a maltiness I would never expect in an IPA. I get a really strong toffee or caramel flavor from this and it's unique and delicious.

Overall this is superb, but not ordinary. It's really not like most DIPAs.

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

Pours a huge, dense, off-white head that has great persistence. Nice, citrus aroma at first, develops a subtle, candied sugar sweetness as the head recedes. Hazy, straw-sienna color. Starts with a sweet malt/citrus hop combination that is effervescent and smooth in the mouth. Moves into a medium citrus rind bitterness. The finish is lingering citrus rind with sweet malt poking through.

Overall, I like this one. I really enjoy a citric hop character, and this one really nails that without being unpleasantly bitter.

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a handsome orange copper or brick orange color. Fat creamy head of khaki foam sits on top and last and lasts. Leaves a thick ring, a film on top and spots and sheet of lace to slide down the glass as it drinks. The nose is bright with citrus and deep with malt. I noticed lemon and lime at first. There is brown sugar and caramel , the icy sweetness of the lemon peel and a bit of cool mint in the back ground. A floral pervades and lightens the nose. A touch of grapefruit and some earth and pine.

Taste is sweet with some rich caramel and a bit of brown sugar. The citrus is struggling a bit to meet the hefty malt flavor but it does. And it's juicy. A bit of tangerine develops as it warms. There is a distinct herbal character in this one that makes it terribly pleasant. It's a bit of mint some sweet grass and a faint spice that's hard to describe. it has a leafy sweetness. The mouthfeel is medium but almost full and when you realize the strength of the malt presence you then are happy at the ease of the mouthfeel. This beer keeps a delicate balance and does it rather well. The pungent herbal and the fruits all come together as the beer warms to finally outpace the steady caramel. The bitterness on this one seems tame but increases a touch as it drinks to a more prominent stature. Finishes almost dry but with a touch of sweetness and residual sugar.

Very good.

Photo of Nachos57
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a lame beer, not sure how this ended up as a double IPA,
It hardly comes across as hoppy at all. An ale for sure but not a DIPA.
Dark brown appearance and neutral smell, not telling me much about it. Good head that laces and lasts well. Tastes malty and very much Belgium style with a little bit of yeast at the beginning. Much prefer the other boulevard beers.

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty deep bronze color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of hops, pine, a touch of citrus. Taste is bold, bitter up front. Hops, pine, a bit of citrus, caramel malts coming through at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid and enjoyable beer.

Photo of delta490
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a deep cloudy amber with an orange tint. Very active and creates a huge creamy white head when poured. The aroma is incredible, with definite citrus notes and some slight fruity/floral notes. The taste, thought, while not awful, doesn't live up to the aroma. There's not nearly as much hops in the taste as in the nose. It's just a little nondescript hops and mostly caramel malt. Not sure how that happened. The mouthfeel is silky with a nice bitter bite on the finish. This should be a great IPA but with the flavor so "meh" when compared to all its other components, it just falls short.

Photo of jellikit
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep orange, almost Amber. Slightly hazy. Thick, rocky head. Persistent lacing.
S: Mango.
T: Hoppy, malty goodness. Grassy, mango, slightly sweet. Alcohol masked by hops and malts.
M: Medium carbonation. Medium-heavy body.
O: tasty as hell. Great IPA.

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a snifter

Appearance – The beer pours a beautiful hazed orange-amber color with an almost ruby tint and with a massive head of an off white color. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of hoppy aromas with a pine and grapefruit hop smell being the strongest. Tons of tropical fruit smells are there as well with a tangerine and mango base but with other fruit smells of melon, pineapple and a bit of berry in there as well. Along with these are some malty aromas of a slightly bready and doughy nature, mixing with the hop and sweet to produce quite a tasty smelling brew.

Taste – The taste begins with a more doughy flavor with a sweetness being mainly of a caramel nature there too. A moderately strong hop presence is there at the start as well, with it consisting mainly of a grapefruit flavor, but having some hints of pine mixed within. As the flavor advances the caramel sweetness begins to fade, but the brew actually gets a bit sweeter in nature due to, as the nose would of predicted, a tropical fruit flavor of tangerine, mango and papaya coming to the tongue. Along with the change of the sweet flavors of the brew, more hop flavors also come to the tongue. The grapefruit that was present upfront remains at the same strength, but the pine hop gains intensity and is furthermore joined by some grassy hop flavors. With the new fruit and hop flavors that come to the tongue and a little bit of an alcohol taste that comes at the very end of the taste, one is left with a rather pleasant and slightly warming fruity and well balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average to lower side. The slightly lower carbonation works quite well for coupling the sweeter fruit flavors to the blend of hops and doughy flavor with the medium body thickness playing a nice middle ground between the sweet and hop flavors of the brew.

Overall – This was a very enjoyable double IPA I must say. It had a nice balance between sweet fruitiness, hop, and breadiness/doughiness all while maintaining a rather smooth easy drinking style. Quite delicious.

Photo of bryanbullock
3.35/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The pours a caramel, honey color with 3 finger carbonation. Foam fades slowly but does not keep residual carbonation at the same level through the drink. Malt on the nose with very lite hoppy-ness, does not have the floral hoppy aroma that you would want or expect with an Imperial IPA. I have had the single wide and honestly prefer that to the double wide. Mouthfeel was flat and the finish leaves you with a poor aftertaste. Taste makes the aroma, with more malt than hops.

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 FLUID OUNCE bottle
Served in a Boulevard tulip glass
Best by 05/22/14

A - It pours a reddish amber color with tiny specks of yeast suspended in it. A normal pour yielded half a glass of tan head that stuck around and to the sides of the glass.

S - It has an orange tea smell.

T - I taste some toasted malt and floral hops. There is no bitterness whatsoever.

M - Medium

O - It tastes like an old IPA, but the best by date is a month and a half out. Unless that date is six months from bottling it should be good. I am not impressed with this offering. It tastes more like a red ale.

Photo of Jadjunk
3.97/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Hops rip the roof off Double-Wide I.P.A., their aroma redolent of apricot and piney woods. Caramel malts balance a whirlwind of citrusy bitterness, winding down to a long, serene finish." Brewed in the style of an American Double IPA, available as a year round release in 12 oz. 4 packs, in 750 ml. bottles and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Boulevard tulip. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a copper cream head of a frothy foam consistency over a orange amber body with flecked sediment and otherwise high clarity. Retention is very good, lacing is spotty, but medium and fluffy. 4.5

(Smell) Bold grapefruit, apricot and peppery hop notes up front with a solid bitterness over a smooth toasted caramel body. The aroma is clean and well-balanced. Potency is medium-high. 4.25

(Taste) Very hop forward, the hop profile is peppery and abrasively bitter with a lesser tropical fruit and apricot profile than in the aroma, but still moderately present in the flavor. The malt profile is a sweet, thinly syrupy, lightly toasted caramel malt, very clean with minimal graininess or off-character. An enjoyable flavor especially for bitter hop lovers. The hop profile was slightly less well preserved in the flavor than in the aroma. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is smooth, thinly syrupy and peppery. Carbonation adds a frothiness and smooth foamy texture to the mouthfeel. Body is medium+ for the style, medium/heavy overall. Alcohol presence is medium at strongest, fairly well concealed behind the bitterness of the beer. Balance is decidedly in favor of bitterness over sweetness, with a bolder hop bitterness than flavor. 3.75

(Overall) Consider Double-Wide a Double IPA worth giving a try, especially for those who like a brutally bitter beer. I think that the hop aromas were right on the money but sadly weren't as well presented in the flavor, which was simpler and less enjoyable as a result. Despite these minor quips, Double-Wide is still incredibly enjoyable, especially when enjoyed as fresh as possible. 4

Boulevard Brewing Company's
Double-Wide India Pale Ale
3.94/5.00

Photo of cyclonece09
4.06/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours red amber with white head. Smells of citrus hops nice welcome. Tastes of citrus with very nice sweet malt, but still enough hop bite that it dominates. Beer is medium bodied slightly heavily carbonated. Overall a very good beer.

Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,615 ratings.