Single-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by shakeheap:
3/5 rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
What follows is a review not easily written. I don't want to slag what is really a pretty decent ale... but I'm so disappointed.
So I'll explain that first. I went into the Single Wide having had the Double Wide on at least 3 occasions and not even knowing there WAS a Single Wide IPA. I think the Double Wide is a masterpiece. The Single Wide is just a bit better than average for an IPA (which is way better than average for beer in general) and I expected a lot. I realize that issue is with me and not the beer. I don't blame the beer or the good folks at Boulevard who do a GREAT job.
My first bit of apprehension came with the pour. Much lighter in color than the typical IPA. In fact if someone told me this was a Boulevard and didn't specify which I'd guess Boulevard Wheat right off the bat. There are flavor resemblances too.
Nose is bready... conspicouous absence of typical hop aroma I'm used to in a solid IPA.
It is IPAish but something is missing... can't place what. This is not to say this beer doesn't have the hoppy notes expected in an IPA... but it's more of a straight bitterness than a balanced hoppy, grassy, citrusy flavor. It's just kind of there and not very complex.
It's a good brew... not a great brew and that's what I was hoping for. I'd take it over many other beers but for IPA's put it in the 40th to 50th percentile. Just keep in mind that as far as I'm concerned anything above the 25th in IPA's is still going to be a drinkable ale.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2009 00:31:27 | More by shakeheap
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4.06/5 rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass.
APPEARANCE: pours hazy, yellow/amber, two finger head with good retention that eventually dissipated to a thin unbroken layer of small off-white bubbles that remained throughout, lighter carbonation but appropriate for the style, significant lacing.
SMELL: piney resin, citrus, flowers, biscuit.
TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet, biscuits and then a piney hop blast that lingers nicely, not too overpowering but pleasantly hoppy.
PALATE: lighter carbonation, creamy and chewy, medium body.
OVERALL: I have not had a beer yet from this brewer that I did not enjoy, this is a very good IPA that is a little different than most because it is bottle conditioned and I think that adds to the taste, I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys the IPA style.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 05:21:48 | More by HoppyBastard
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Bottle brought back from Maryland by my girlfriend.
Pours a bright but rusty looking orange, opaque near the top of glass, but very clear and much lighter orange near the bottom. A one inch head forms, and descends quickly to an oily film, leaving a little bit of lacing.
Smells fairly bitter and dank, a little bit of citrus and a lot of pine.
The taste is similar. This is best by 8/20/13, but I'm fairly certain Boulevard dates their IPAs at a 9 month lifespan, so this is old. It's kept hop flavor fairly well, but it seems to have devolved into a non-complex bitterfest. Lots of pine, and grapefruit rind, with apparent juicy fruit flavor sort of faded away.
Medium bodied, a bit thicker than I'd expect from a single IPA. Very bitter, but still quite drinkable, with a medium amount of carbonation.
Not bad, but would like to try this one fresh.
Serving type: bottle
07-18-2014 03:49:28 | More by GreesyFizeek
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Enjoyed on tap at Red Lyon in Lawrence, KS. Served in a standard 16 oz tumbler glass.
Appearance - Pours a brassy orange-brown hued body with just a touch of haziness, but is mostly translucent, allowing me to see through the glass to the other side. Atop the body sits a one finger head with a slightly tan shade to it. Retention is moderate, with the foam sticking around for a minute or two before dissipating to show an alternating mix of film and clusters of thicker suds along the surface of the liquid. Lacing is visible and sticky on the sides of the glass as I drink it down.
Smell - A nice blend of hops provide for notes of citrus fruit and some tropical notes, as well as a more gentle floral component to the overall aroma. Beneath the mix of pineapple, orange zest and flowers is a healthy base from the malt, imparting a nice rustic biscuity profile to the aroma. The smells blend well together, giving an undeniable impression of balance.
Taste - Picks up right where the nose left off, with nice characteristics of orange and citrus zest, with just a hint of the more pungent grapefruit pith giving a pleasant bit of bitterness. There is still a nectar-like floral component here, but it is far in the background, giving way to the fruit, and now, the crackery pale malts that give this beer a nice backbone for the hops. In a day and age when IPAs are climbing over one another in a rush to make the fruitiest, juiciest IPA, this one provides a level of balance that is refreshing.
Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied and moderate carbonation, with a slightly chewy feel on the tongue.
Overall, an IPA that is just solid. I can find nothing about which to complain, but it's also not the type of IPA that screams to be purchased every time you see it on a shelf. Part of that is due to it's availability, but part of it is also due to it being just a good brew. That said, it likely exceeds the options on most non-craft bar/bottle shop tap lists, so I actually drink it a fair amount.
Serving type: on-tap
07-15-2014 15:48:25 | More by LambicPentameter
Single-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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