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

786 Reviews
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Reviews: 786
Hads: 2,619
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.38%
Wants: 104
Gots: 354 | 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 Immortale25
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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. (866 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.46/5  rDev -12.4%
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) (600 characters)

Photo of HuskyHawk
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of TheSSG
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (1,385 characters)

Photo of Nachos57
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (309 characters)

Photo of delta490
3.99/5  rDev +1%
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. (600 characters)

Photo of jellikit
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (2,333 characters)

Photo of bryanbullock
3.35/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (476 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
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. (592 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of cyclonece09
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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. (277 characters)

Photo of Vixie
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice red/orange color with a large tan head. One of the nicest looking beers of this style I have seen.

Smell starts out with fruit, the pine and floral smells follow.

Fruit up front, kind of an apricot flavor. Then the hops kick in, giving it a pine and citrus backing. Leaves a bit of lingering bitterness and pepper notes at the finish.

Seemed a bit watery to me, I expected it to be a bit more solid.

I have to say up front that I am not an IPA fan, only reason I tried this one is because it was part of a set that included the Smokestack Series glass. That being said, this is one of the better examples of the style I have tried. It has a lot of hops, but not to the point of killing off the other flavors. I found it to be fairly balanced, and a decent blend of the sweetness with the bitterness. Better than anticipated, but still not enough to make me a fan of the style. (898 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle, caged and corked, purchased from BevMo in Sunnyvale, CA.

Pours a deep orange hue, with flashes of red to it, brilliantly clear and bright. Head is excellent, a big, solid foamy crest that keeps solid to the bottom. Lacing is superb, leaving intricate, solid patterns on the glass. Decent weight to the body, while maintaining fluidity. It's a great-looking beer.

Nose is solid, but with a biting herbal quality to the hops that gives rosemary and a suggestion of eucalyptus. Citrus and fruit is certainly not on the agenda here—perhaps just a faint peely grapefruit quality that suggests bitterness more than anything. Malt is firm, but fairly neutral: there's not much to it.

Taste is also along similar lines. Pronounced bitterness towards the middle and back, with an entry that is ostensibly malty, but without much richness or complexity to the malt flavours. Lingering herbal notes towards the back give more of that rosemary note. Feel is smooth and light, with a kick and a bite from the bitterness on the back.

Overall, I'm a little bit disappointed, although it's still a solid brew. Boulevard have done some genuinely good beers, and I was expecting good things from this DIPA. But it's a little like a baseline: yeah, it's a Double IPA. But it's nothing more. (1,291 characters)

Photo of Golfer3Aces
4.34/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

L. Love the look of this beer. Orange/brown with light tan head.

S. Lots of apricot in the nose. Maybe a hint of caramel.

T. A little different taste than I was expecting. Got some fruity flavors in there. Some pine. Lots of hops. Almost a resin type of flavor.

M. Feels like it will stick to your ribs at the start but finishes fairly light. After taste lingers for a while.

O. Maybe not a beer I would drink all the time, but this is a solid Double IPA. I would recommend it. (485 characters)

Photo of wvsabbath
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan/brown, nice 2/4 inch thick, foamy head with lots of sticky lacing.

Smell - Really upfront piney, grapefruit hop kick. Lemon, orange, pineapple, mango mixed with some yeasty sugars and a minor caramel malt backbone. Smells smooth, yet with a hop kick.

Taste - Really smooth, clean and earthy kick of piney hops at first sip. A nice balance of hops, sugars and caramel malts. Bitterness comes in near the finish to mellow out the sugars and malts. Has a earthy, herbal flavor throughout the drink.

Mouthfeel - Hops coat the tongue at first, then malts and sugars come in. Palate gets a lot of malts, and a at the finish some hop bitterness. Aftertaste is smooth, a little bitter and malty.

Overall - A nice balanced, and smooth easy drinker. Nothing is over the top, has a little bit of everything with a hop kick. Its a bit weak for a dipa though. This is a fine ipa but its certainly not a hop monster. Nice beer, glad I got to try it. (986 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been wanting to try this stuff, for a long time. Pours a deep clouded rusty amber hue with a billowing cloudy pillow of foam, rises well above the rims of the glass. Aroma I could sit and smell this beer all day, super citrus, apricots, spicy Belgian yeast has those Belgian Pale Ale notes a bit of funk tartness that works well with the hop additions. Pine takes a back seat to the more acidic citric notes, muted with Belgian yeast strains in the most beautiful way. A hint of band aid or medicinal quality is quickly brushed under the rug by tart apples, citric notes, and an explicit earthy quality that some call horse blanket or simply "funk" with an edge of apricot pit ground up on the palate. Citric notes, horse blanket earthy qualities again on the palate, bitter funky yeast notes in a nice double IPA. I'm happy overall, the carbonation and mouthfeel take this beer to another level with the Belgian inspiration the beer has, much with the rest of the Smokestack Series I have sampled thus far. This beer would pair great with a nice meal, pretty much anything I would go with braised pork ribs, or some ribeye with this beer in particular it's a beer that touches on the umami sensors on the palate already so any meats/cheeses would work well here. (1,268 characters)

Photo of Badger6
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle lured into a Boulevard tulip.

A: Deep bronze colored body with a huge slightly off-white foamy head. Builds up to a nice rocky appearance, then rapidly diminishes, 3-4 minutes.

S: Smells like every quality IPA. Distinct citrus and pine up front, with a nicely balanced earthy maltiness in the scent. Very clean.

T: Unlike any other IPA, with a clear sweetness, with a nicely rounded bitterness to keep the sugars in check. Citrus and pine are easily detected. Aftertaste is citrusy, with a nice earthy malt taste. Everything is in balance, and very enjoyable. Tastes clean.

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated- typical amount for a Double IPA. Feels soft in the mouth, really balances out the carbonation, and lets all of the flavors be fully experienced.

O: Like all of the other Boulevard Smokestacks, this is a keeper. For a Double IPA, this is probably the smoothest of a tough style. You could serve this to a new craft beer drinker, and not shock them...but be careful, they might take another one from your stash! (1,035 characters)

Photo of MartzMimic
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle a hazy amber with a big foamy head. Medium lacing. Piney hops and citrus predominate the smell. Those follow through to taste with lingering bitterness. Very floral. Medium mouth with a fair bit of oil. This is a very nice DIPA. (250 characters)

Photo of obywan59
4.37/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a smoky brownish amber. Translucent with a 3 finger chunky, light tan head. Plenty of thick clingy lacing as the head recedes.

The aroma EXPLODES out of the bottle. Minty. Redolent of sweet citrus and spicy pine. Fresh and zesty. Just a hint of sweet malt.

Moderately sweet/tart on the tongue, but the sweet malts assert themselves on the swallow. The tart citric/piney/minty hops immediately launch a counterattack, and soon regain their domination. A moderate hoppy bitterness rises in the end.

Medium thick in body. Mostly smooth, just a bit of prickle from the carbonation. Slick with hop oil and a bit syrupy at the same time. Oily burn in the throat.

A fantastic beer! It's been awhile since II've had an IPA let alone an imperial, but this just tasted great, smelled great, and felt great! Maybe I was suffering from withdrawal. :)
If so, this was a great fix! (878 characters)

Photo of Powderhornphil
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours deep hazy orange. Really have to have a restrainted pour to avoid four fingers of head.

Aroma is grapefruity. Maybe some malt sweetness.

Taste is grapefruit, hop bitterness, malt sweetness. Could have a dryer finish.

Full mouthfeel but a little too much malt for my tastes.

Not a bad beer but not terribly refined either. Too much syrupy malt and hops are not quite dynamic enough. (391 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dark amber color, creamy head on top, lots of soapy lace down the sides as it drains. smells very sweet and pleasing, tastes very sweet and caramel-y, and quite malt-y also. minor hop bitterness, almost bordering on a rendition of a pale ale rather than an IPA. easy to drink but i must add that this also, like the Tank 7 yesterday purchased at ALBERTSON's in Westminster, has a BEST BY date of october. so perhaps there may be a little oxidation, but it doesnt taste that way. very nice brew...
side note: ALWAYS check your dates at Albertson's... they dont care about their stuff.... multiple examples of expired food there, MANY times actually. (648 characters)

Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 786 ratings.