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

Not Rated.
Double-Wide I.P.A.Double-Wide I.P.A.

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very good

787 Reviews

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Reviews: 787
Hads: 2,631
Avg: 3.96
pDev: 20.71%
Wants: 105
Gots: 369 | FT: 2
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 beerthulhu
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%

- Best by 4/17/14. Consumed 11/12/14 in a spiegelau ipa glass. Third in series.

(4.10) A: Dirty, turbid orange with a explosive, dense shower of effervesce that is glass consuming. A generous capping of 3+ fingers, grows from the heavy handed carbonation to the point of breaching the rim several minutes later, in a sturdy mushroom like structure. Faint tan head is lengthy in stay providing a nice visual leaving a heavy coat of lace.

(3.55) S: The hops were noticeable upon uncapping, unfortunately it was hard to get a good wiff beneath the monstrous head that seemingly never went away. Upon uncapping some fresh wet pine was noticeable. In the vessel a touch of herbal scent of rosemary.

(4.00) T: The flavor was heavy toasted speciality grains, sweet dark crystal malts with a hint of raisiny sweetness of very generous proportions. Sweet caramel toast-grapefruit with some herbal, cedary, and stalky notes.

(4.00) M: Mouthful was active with a lively tingle from the overactive carbonation, malty and lush, full with a spicy, citric toast warmth and glow.

(3.95) O: Overall the malting here is special and deep, very complimentary to the equally impressive hop levels. Previous had their pop-up (session), and single-wide (ipa), each getting more aggressively hopped. This certainly doesn't disappoint, 6 pack worthy and the 8.5% abv is spot on perfect, not intrusive, while still being highly drinkable. The only knock is that it could be considered a bit sweet at times. Very good.

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Photo of pat61
4.7/5  rDev +18.7%

Prying off the cap releases a floral nose with a little grass over light fruit and a hint of grain. Pours hazy gold with a 2” finely bubbled off-white foam cap. An exceptionally creamy palate with big citrus, traces of melon or perhaps guava, very light caramel and light grain notes finishes with a citrusy hop accent that segues into a quinine type bitter over lingering citrus flavors. A very creamy medium body with fine soft carbonation.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange body, glowing at the bottom, topped by three creamy fingers of off- white foam.

Big inviting citrus aroma, heavy on apricot.

Smooth, sweet foundation. Orchard of fruit. Quick, firm bitter bite. Fruity finish with a sweet undercurrent to tie it all together.

Big, thick smooth mouthfeel.

Well done IIPA, seek out if available.

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Photo of mikeg67
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber with creamy, off-white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of citrusy hops, orange marmalade, caramel and ripe fruit. Body is full, creamy and tangy. Caramel malt, citrusy hops, ripe fruit nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and bitter. Excellent brew.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- clear light orange hue with thick head that lumps as it recedes. Has some lacing.
Smell- not overwhelming like I would like. Some hop smell.
Taste- definitely mix of hops. A minty hop mellows it out. Citrus included.
Feel- some hoppy bitterness but note nought to put in elite category.
.Overall- ok. Smooth for a pn IPA is best attribute.

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Photo of cratez
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Boulevard Double Wide IPA - 8.5% ABV DIPA - BB March 11/2015 - Consumed October 23/2014.

A: Deep orange hue with four fingers of rocky, eggshell white froth and lively carbonation in the body. Relatively clear for the style. Sheets of lacing line the IPA glass and the head retains well. A stellar looking beer.

S: Huge citrusy, piney, and minty hop aromas assault the senses upfront, resin, passion fruit, guava, and peach follow, apricot, crab apple, toffee, and biscuit notes with some alcohol as well. A truly outstanding nose.

T: Juicy, citric, resinous, and piney hop flavours, big caramel sweetness, peach, biscuit and apricot mid-palate, navel orange and honey, punchy, citric and resinous hop bitterness precedes an off-dry finish with a little heat in the throat (not harsh). A delicious and well-balanced DIPA, very drinkable for the weight.

M: Full side of medium-bodied, juicy-oily middle, massively citric and resinous hop bitterness transitions to a semi-dry finish with some warmth going down. A superbly balanced and enjoyable palate. Awesome.

O: Just a gem of a DIPA, tasty, unique and bursting with bold, hoppy goodness.

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Photo of dredmahawkus
3.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

fairly decent....earthy hoppy....has some toffee notes like a red ale......a bit of grapefruit. .....I am not too keen on the toffee red ale note and after having more of this the flavors clash a little. its still pretty good but my least fav from BVD!!!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

Found a bottle (12oz) for 5 bucks. Figured it was worth the money since most Boulevard beers are 6+ dollars here. Into a pint glass

A - A very deep shade of brown amber almost old ale looking with a hazy body. Carbonation is decent giving me a 1/4 inch of opaque head that sticks around for a while.
S - No ethanol smell its actually very nice but faded so I think the bottles old. Good juicy citrus and pine hops mixed in with a gramn cracker like malt sweetness.
T - Very bitter and abrasive but equally as malty with a sweet edge that takes the edge off. No lingering bitterness or alcohol taste. Quite good.
M - Thicker than most DIPA's it coats the mouth the ABV is noted but it doesn't taste heavy.

Overall its a good DIPA very well crafted with no harsh bitter taste and a very good body. I would get this again if it was more affordable.

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Photo of Samp01
3.94/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle.A hazy medium orange amber with an offwhite lasting head,light lacing on the pour. Aroma is sweet caramel malt, mild plum notes,yeast with some citrus floral hops. Taste same as aroma, a sweet mild alcohol flavor with God bitterness. Palate is a full bodied smooth mouthfeel, goes down easy and good carbonation. Finish is sweet caramel malt, yeast and fruity with a good citrus floral hops bitterness for balance. Overall a very good full flavored and nicely balanced brew.

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Photo of beerdedking
4.26/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cold outta the fridge Double Wide started sweet with little hop presence. Ruby red grapefruit in color,
it maintained a frothy head with a mild nose of orange and earth. Taste followed with orange and tangerine
up front with a light bitter finish. As it warmed the hop depth came to light with more Florida citrus accompanying
some pine and earthiness. Drinkability is high as sips lead to gulps. I'd definitely drink again, especially if offered
in 12oz format...

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Photo of bennettwj
4.75/5  rDev +19.9%

This beer is the only thing I miss about living in Missouri. If you like IPAs you will like this one. Lots of hops, but not to the point of being overly bitter. Great drinkability with a wonderful aroma

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

Hoppy smelling dankness with a muddled aroma.
The taste is malty and bitter with not alot of hops.
It feels thick and oily and resiny on the palate.

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Photo of justintcoons
3.4/5  rDev -14.1%

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter.

Cloudy reddish amber with 2 fingers of creamy, off-white head. Great retention.

Peach, passion fruit, candied orange, tangerine, and caramel.

Peach, passion fruit, and grapefruit pith. Big caramel maltiness with additions of toasted bread. Finishes with earthy, dirty hop notes and hints of onion. Some peppery alcohol is noticeable.

Medium bodied, slick, oily, and semi-dry with a medium-light bitterness.

The hops are blended into the background and not shining through all that much. The fairly dirty finish also disagrees with me. After having a Tank 7 this was a bit of a let down.

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Photo of SFNC
4.34/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A very good DIPA from Boulevard, it reminds me in it's great balance of DFH 90 Minute IPA, which is one of my all-time favorites. A strong malt backbone meets a solid herbal pine hops presence, with light citrus lingering in the backgrounds. Very drinkable even with the higher ABV.

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Photo of coobstar
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

these guys just came to the tri-state, and boy am I happy about it.

first thing that strikes me is, what a design feel - it looks and feels like what i daydream anchor beers could look like when i don't have them in my hand - oh so classic, entertaining, and informative.

this truly is the double wide. the caramel malt doesn't balance, it positively glides across the ballroom floor, hand in hand, bodies intermingling as the brilliant hop hues spin into view one moment, the velvety tuxedoed debonair of malt the next. this is cocktails at the met. this is a date at birdland, 1950. this is a hike up mount rainier.

The presentation is just phenomenal - the dusky amber haze of the body with a head sporting the most subtle creamish tinge - this is a beer that makes you wish you could take a bite out of it.

if you enjoy the clouds that form in the remnants of the head after you've forgotten about your beer for a time because you were jamming, you'll enjoy this beer.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.98/5  rDev +0.5%

A - Pours a deep amber with a two-finger tan foamy head. Lots of sticky lacing.

S - Aromas of piney hops and sweet malts.

T - Taste follows the nose. Lots of sweet malts upfront followed by a decent amount of floral piney hops. The finish has a nice lingering bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky with a dry finish.

O - A nice DIPA. Would definetly drink again.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.