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

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

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BA SCORE
89
very good

2,008 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 2008
Reviews: 725
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.11%


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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Knuckles_Nuclear

Missouri

3.89/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a nonic. Beautiful clear amber-brown color with particles spread throughout. The head started off as a solid inch, then settled into a firm quarter-inch cap. A bit of lacing clung to the side my glass. The carbonation wasn't lively, but adequate.The nose was faint but I caught notes of malt and grain, with a hoppy backend.

I'm not normally a fan of this style, but I bought a 4-pack for my wife and tried one. I was very pleasantly surprised. I was expecting an onslaught of piney hops, but instead I got a complex balance of malty goodness, grain, and hops, with a smooth drinkability that belied the 8.5% ABV. The booziness was well-masked, with no bite in the finish whatsoever. A very solid offering from Boulevard, one of which I'll certainly try again.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 00:35:12 | More by Knuckles_Nuclear
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andyfrancis

California

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

Cloudy, deep copper coloring with a foamy beige head. Clumping up nicely into tasty globs. No visible carbonation.

Pine needles and grapefruit on the nose. Not overbearing though. Smells like it won't be that heavy.

Interesting, need another sip. Not typical. Very subtle at first, then starts to sizzle on the tip of your tongue. Tart hoppy finish that sticks around on your breath.

Watery up front. Slight boozy burn on the finish. Some lingering waxy feeling.

Good, high abv IPA. You do notice the alcohol though and it might keep me from ordering more than one at a bar.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2013 02:45:02 | More by andyfrancis
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5thOhio

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep brownish-orange amber with a nice ivory head that slowly dissipated to a clotted skim of foam. Good lacing at the beginning, not so much as the level went down.

Aroma was very citrusy, good whiff of oranges. Mouthfeel is tending toward thick with good prickly carbonation.

Taste hits the mark for a DIPA. Strong hop notes of overripe oranges and other citrus jump out first with a smoky malt base underneath to even things out. Slight whiff of alcohol at the tail end, as might be expected.

Fine DIPA. Wish I had more than one bottle out of a gift 4-pack. Hope to find this on tap someday.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2013 22:23:57 | More by 5thOhio
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear amber orange, two finger head, leaves some lacing.

S-Malt, caramel, some dirt and grass, not as much hops as I was expecting.

T-Starts malty with caramel, then dirt and grassy hops. Milt citrus hops and mild bitterness.

M-Medium bodied, nicely carbonated and some hop resins.

O-Not as aggressive for a DIPA as I'd like, the bottle was fresh, but it needed some more hops.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 00:41:06 | More by rlee1390
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weonfire

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Amber, 2 fingers of creamy- cream colored head, sticky lacing up to top of glass, semi translucent

S - Carmel, light citrus- grape fruit and lemon, apricot, carmel, hops

T - Carmel, pine, lemon, citrus, bit of rye. finish is hoppy (6/10) bitterness & boozy

M - Creamy, frothy, fully body, very nicely carbonated.

O - taste is just missing that popping citrus. mouth is excellent. boozy on finish- real boozy. but if boulevard balances out the booze with more citrus - may have an excellent DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 02:50:05 | More by weonfire
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humulus

Sweden

4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: cloudy deep amber with yeast particels. Foam is two fingers high, warm white and leaves plenty of lacings.

S: pine, citrus, you know, usual ipa stuff. Then comes apricots, flowers, bit of malty sweetness.

T: wow. It's like a fist fight between bitterness and citrusy, malty, fruity, caramel flavors. Really intense and satisfying.

M: The bitterness is enough to leave your mouth dry. Full-bodied beer.

O: this was a great, great beer. Tons of flavor, great bitterness, great mouthfeel. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 20:26:09 | More by humulus
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BeerlyLegal

California

3.33/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I really love Boulevard Brewing Co. but this one I just don't get. I thought I may have had a bad batch but from reading other reviews I reaffirmed what I was tasting.

From the outside looking in it shines the way a DIPA should - dark creamy orange with a nice head. Smell of sweet hickory BBQ along with pines and spices.

However this brew is just bitter. Not a lot of depth here. Straight alcohol and a slow sipper for sure.

I'm going to stick with the Sixth Glass, Tank 7 Farmhouse and Long Strange Tripel

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2013 01:10:43 | More by BeerlyLegal
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Goosehunter75

Missouri

4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a reddish amber thar is very hazy with an tannish 3 to 4 finger head with great retention. Don't plan on drinking this beer for several minutes! Great lacing as well

S - Orange and lemon aromas right off the bat. There is some pine mixed in and there are scents of the caramel malts and well as a roasted aroma.

T - First thing I noticd as the great balance of hops bitterness versus the sweetness of the malts. It was more pine tasting upfront than citrus which surprised me and it was followed by a very nice roasted flavor. Great tasing beer.

M - Mouthfeel is very heavy. This is definately a sipper! Leaves the mouth feeling somewhat dry as well

O - This is a wonderful BIG beer from Boulevard. Lots of flavor that is done correctly. Great use of hops and malts. Good carbonation. Will be keeping this one around!

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 15:46:45 | More by Goosehunter75
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CobyMangum

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Great example of bitterness matched with creamy mouthfeel and a dipa with truly multi-dimensional flavor (i.e. not just citrus, tropical fruit, pine). The hops are toned down by many levels of sweetness -- graham cracker, apricot, caramel. The resiny flavor hangs around to keep you wanting more, but every sip is rewarded with several other flavors. A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 03:47:42 | More by CobyMangum
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a reddish coppery amber with a massive one third glass head that dissipates slowly, leaving massive lacing. Aroma of pine and citrus hops, light stone fruit and an unusual apricot fruit leather component that is intriguing. Flavor is dominated by sweet malt with citrus, somewhat dissipated herbal hops, hints of stone fruit. Finishes with a pleasant complex hop bitterness. Medium bodied. The hops are not as intensely forward as I hoped, but the hop flavor is relatively complex and interesting. A bit mellow for those spoiled by west coast hop bombs, but the malt / hop balance is nice and the flavors are complex enough to make a pleasant DIPA experience. Wish that dried apricot flavor was as dominant in the flavor as aroma, it is unusual and pleasant. I will return to this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:57:29 | More by LiquidAmber
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Thads324

Connecticut

3.61/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

best by 08/09/13

pours a lovely deep copper that is vibrant and appealing. lots of bubbles shooting upwards into a quarter pint of big pillowy, off white head. fanastic lacing

smell is of mild dank grass, mild undertones of citrus and a hint of coriander. a bit of husky grains and some rubbing alcohol towards the end. very light aroma.

taste starts quickly with a sweet honey white bread flavor mixed with a juicy and citrus like sweet hop flavor. the hop flavor continues with mild muddled mint, green tea leaves that haven't been brewed yet and some earthy twig like bites. medium bitterness in the middle. the malt is sweet, and simply carries the hop along until an end of tart yeast esters.

mouthfeel is pleasant, medium bodied with a high drinkability. booze is hidden well in the flavor.

overall a pretty good beer. not the most bitter guy i've ever tried but is a solid option and a good example of flavorful hops. for those looking to learn how to taste hops, i would lean them towards this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 02:12:28 | More by Thads324
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M_C_Hampton

Georgia

3.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle (BBD 8/9/13) into a pint glass, orange amber colored with a huge yellow white head that lingers leaving good lacing, cloudy

S: earthy hops, floral, citrus, grapefruit, caramel malt

T: intense bitter flavor coupled with a slight bubblegum fruit taste, grapefruit peel, sweetens slightly as the malt flavor appears, finish is dry and pine resin

M: medium body with high carbonation, sticky

O: decent DIPA, flavor is a bit one dimensional

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 19:36:25 | More by M_C_Hampton
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mschind

California

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

12 oz bottle with a best by date of 5-14.

A- Murky dark amber, darker than most DIPA's. Fair head retention with good lacing.

S- Hops dominate, more pine than citrus with some bready sweetness.

T- Bitter at the start with some maltiness in the finish to balance things out. Hops flavor ranges from pine to grass.

M- More highly carbed than I was expecting but still reasonably smooth.

O- A well made IPA but lacking the richness and depth I like in a DIPA.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 20:07:03 | More by mschind
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mdcrouser

Missouri

4.46/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Though I had this when it originally came out, I haven't since - one of the original Smokestacks. Poured from one of the four-pack small bottles into a Smoketack tulip, the head booms for a full two inches, forcing you to stop pouring earlier than you'd assume, avoiding an overflow. The orange-gold glow from the beer beneath is wonderous - really a sight.

Hoppy of fresh citrus, a bit of strap leather.

Juicy to begin with lots of grapefruit, but then quickly drying, followed by lemon and a bit of vegetation.

Faint but sharp carbonation fades from the beginning to leave behind a long-standing bitterness, aromatic in the mouth.

This beer is sustaining like a stout would be - consuming, enveloping, really enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 03:08:57 | More by mdcrouser
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bondjedi

Washington

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

On tap, poured from a pitcher at the WA hangout for KC ex-pats, Stan's BBQ in Issaquah. Beautiful mahogany hue, loamy head that dissipates into a melancholy lace. That's how life is - the fullness of our dreams disappear with age and reality, but there's always a trace of those dreams to at least remind you of your youth.

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2013 16:32:44 | More by bondjedi
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frankiepop

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good Sticky Head. Reddish rust in color. Clean grassy scents with hop aromas bursting off the surfaces.. Hearty medium body with a smooth carbonation that flows very well.

Bittery beer. Not being a hop IPA guy, here i sit with another IPA beer that just bores me. The finish is semi-dry. Thirst quenching. I mean for an IPA it's pretty competitive.

Too carbonated for me. However, I let it set awhile and it kept getting better to me. If you enjoy this type of beer complement it with sonic sounds of guitarist T. Akiyama on his Relator cd.

Serving type: on-tap

03-30-2013 04:58:16 | More by frankiepop
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RJLarse

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I bought a double-wide (27.5 oz) bottle of Double-wide Imperial IPA in a bottle shop. Poured into a Saxo Tulip.

Pours an orange copper color, hazy, with a stiff and resilient foamy eggshell white head.

Smell is a pungent pine and citrus aroma

Taste is a sweet citrus, pink grapefruit favor u front, with a biter lemon and pine flavor on the finish. very little malt presence, and not a lot of alcohol taste or heat.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, smooth and not particularly chewy or cloying.

Overall a very drinkable, if not sessionable, brew especially for the style. Smooth and not overpowering in any sense.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 23:20:06 | More by RJLarse
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

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

12oz bottle poured into my Alchemist pint glass.

A- Hazy burnished orange color, dark and unfiltered looking; yet there is some abundant carbonation visible with a close look. The tan colored head is huge, lasting and leaves lots of lacing.

S-Lots of citrus hops, earthiness from pine and wood, some alcohol. The label cites apricot, I'll give it that.

T-The hops lead the parade, citrus frutiness barely yields to some caramel maltiness. And there's no doubt about the 8.5% abv, it's a bit boozy.

M-Lots of oily, resinous body and hop zing, long dry finish. Notes of alcohol.

O- Sometimes the abv gets in the way of flavors, clearly the case here, for me anyway.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 18:29:32 | More by NiceTaps
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a balloon glass.

Look: Dark orangeish cinnamon. Off white head that settles to a film. Pretty good soapy lacing.

Aroma: Sweet caramel coats over a nice pine body. Some fruit notions in the end.

Taste: Some caramel sweetness up front before a solid piney, spruced up body. Faint spiciness and even some smokiness near the finish.

Mouthfeel: Dry and medium in weight.

Overall: Not a ton of complexity but everything that it does have is solid. The 8.5% ABV is pretty smooth.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 01:18:08 | More by JuicesFlowing
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pschul4

Illinois

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

12oz bottle poured into fantome snifter

A- Pours darker than I expected. Big head that leaves tons lacing

S- Floral hops with a bit of pine in the background

T- More of the same floral notes, touch of pine to balance. Taste is surprisingly soft for the 8.8% ABV

M- Not much carbonation despite big head

O- Decent IIPA. Nothing killer though

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2013 01:55:05 | More by pschul4
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lonewolfcry

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle, best by 8-9-13, poured into a half pint glass.

A~ Pours a light burnt orange, with a slight haze to it.
Love the full 2-3 inches of chunky head that's hanging around leaving a nice lace.
S~ Sweet piny hops, citrus and malt.
T~ Real nice balance of resiny-pine & sweet yeasty malt - it works very well for me with a moderate taste of booze.
B~ Nice medium creamy body with a nice bitter finish .
O~ Just got the sampler single, but now I'm wishing I had another.
This is, by far, my favorite of their Smokehouse series that I've tried so far.
I'm glad I took the clerk's suggestion and would buy it again (4 pk next time).

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2013 02:36:37 | More by lonewolfcry
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beergoot

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear, copper-colored body crowned with a thick, chunky, light tan head. Moderate and appealing pine and citrus hop aroma mixed with light caramel malt note in the background. Deep malt flavors infused with a sharp and crisp hop bitterness. Medium bodied, semi-dry, crisp and clean finish.

A very nicely done DIPA that puts the emphasis on malts and hops while greatly taming the high ABV. The hop bitterness is especially well-done. A must-try beer for hop-heads...

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 21:54:08 | More by beergoot
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estlinska

Arkansas

3.43/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Best before date 8/2013 (don't remember the day). Poured an orangish-red, the color for the flesh of a ripe plum and filled with yeast sediment. The head was a sandy white, the color of an east-coast beach in the spring and fair to moderate lacing. The smell was fairly sweet like a peach or lavendar with good grassy hops. The taste was a little overly sweet, like sucrose. It was like fruit that was a little north of ripe. The hops had strong bittering, but much more low key for a DIIPA. Very full mouthfeel and fair carbonation. Not my favorite of the Smokestack Series which are usually very strong offerings. Definitely not a bad beer, but not the best of the DIIPAs that I love.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 16:09:59 | More by estlinska
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seand

California

4.11/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a fairly dark reddish amber, with quite a bit of off-white head. This dissipates fairly quickly but does leave a solid blanket, enough to leave thick streaks of lacing.

S: Citrusy hops over a thick grainy malt background. It's surprisingly balanced.

T: Nice malt sweetness throughout, with grassy bitter hops coming through towards the finish and taking over in the aftertaste.

M: Medium to full body, medium carbonation.

Overall, a solid and vary drinkable double IPA. I think this could probably be paired really nicely with the right food.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 02:13:31 | More by seand
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DoubleJ

California

3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Super Bock earlier wasn't super, so here's hoping Boulevard can make up for lost oomph. A Double DIPA is often a safe choice. Best by 5/14/13 per bottle neck, and coming from a 12 ounce bottle, on to the beer:

Toasted orange on the verge of becoming crimson. A head forms an inch thick on top and continues to sit pretty even minutes after the pour. The aroma tells you that hops were once here. There's still an adequate hop nose, mostly in the form of resin, just not the super fresh one I've been spoiled from California brewers. Still, it is a pleasant aroma, and the smell of maple hits you.

Lots of malt and lots of hops make the character of the taste. It's resiny, earthy, citrusy, toffee-y....enough with the theme, it has some toffee notes too. Woody as well. And bitter. The alcohol is hidden well, and it's full bodied and slightly chewy.

Quite good as it stands; nothing to be ashamed of.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2013 06:25:33 | More by DoubleJ
Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 2,008 ratings.