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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

2,580 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,580
Reviews: 789
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 11.36%
Wants: 102
Gots: 329 | FT: 4
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

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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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.

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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.

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