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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4.41/5 rDev +17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Pours a nice orange copper color, Clear although bottle conditioned, but very fresh less then 3 weeks out the brewery, nice lacing, 2 fingers white head
Smell is a ton of orange, mango, tangerine... nice floral notes, pine, biscuit, almost a orange jelly aroma on toast, lemon, grapefruit, bread, caramel
Taste is well very impressive for the ABV... Orange on bread is the first thing that comes to mind. Pineapple, biscuit, toffee, mango, bread, tangerine, pine needle and a hint of grapefruit bitterness
Mouthfeel is medium light, high carbonation, dry finish, lingering bitterness
I LOVE this beer, low ABV sessionable and flavorable.... I do not understand the need for a session IPA when beers like this are around at 5.7 and this kind of flavor... At 10.99 a 12 pack I do not know why I do not grab this more.... if I find it this fresh I will that is for sure!
Serving type: bottle
03-27-2014 03:21:33 | More by nickapalooza86
4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
This brew was poured from the bottle into our Hop City pint glasses. It shows a farmy goldenrod coloring, sporting a two and a half finger tall head of foamy, soapy bubbles, showing nice retention into spotted, honeycomb lacing. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears in discrete streams of bubbles throughout the liquid. The aroma is fresh, with notes of aloe vera, raw honey grit, hops of herbal, grapefruity, and grassy varietals, white sugar, agave cloy, bitter lemon rind, vanilla and almond extracts, plastic phenols, pale toasty malts, nutmeg, and ground garlic powder spice. With warmth comes a deeper, dirtier earthen hop, bubblegum esters, light adjuncty white flour graininess, and lemon house cleaner. Our first impression is that this is a clean and easy drinking brew, with bright-enough hoppy freshness to keep us interested throughout. The taste begins with lemon, grapefruit, and orange rind and juiciness, herbal freshness of fern stalk and leaf, coppery metallics, phenolic plastics, wet cheesecloth, and pale toasty grain. The middle hits with maple and white sugars, citric and grassy hop bite, light essence of cinnamon and black breakfast tea tannins, watered vanilla sweetness, and powdery strawberry wafers. The end comes washing through with mineral water, resiny hop oils of grapefruit and herb, torched caramel and pale malts, vegetal zucchini and herbal fresh leafiness, and a crumbling waxy dryness. The aftertaste breathes of caramel, pale, and raw barley maltiness, board chalk, granite and slate, cheddar cheese musk, dust, strawberry and light plum fruitiness, perfumed phenols, and clean grassy hops. The body is lightly medium, and the carbonation is medium. Cream and froth are okay, while slurp, smack, and pop are much more decent. The mouth is left wet and satiated, with a tight astringent pucker. The abv is appropriate, and the beer drinks back rather quickly.
Overall, the best thing about this brew is its taste. For a “single” beer this guy sure packs the flavoring into every corner of the sip. In this sense it keeps up with many of its competitors, as your standard IPA, these days, is as big and bold as ever, hiding nothing in the way of oily, hoppy bitterness. This really helps to hold the rest of the fabric of the beer together, keeping the aroma in check, and actively justifying a lighter mouthfeel. If we had the time and the fortitude we could sip back on these all day, and will certainly be wishing Boulevard fell within our home state’s distribution net come the spring and summer months.
Serving type: bottle
03-26-2014 21:19:26 | More by TheBrewo
Single-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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