Single-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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Ratings: 1,360 | Reviews: 453 | Display Reviews Only:
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
A: The beer is hazy yellowish amber in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head that took a long time to settle down and left webs of lacing down the sides of the glass
S: There are moderately strong aromas of citrusy and floral hops in the nose. As the beer warms up, hints of pineapple also become evident.
T: The taste is quite citrusy and has flavors of grapefruit and oranges from the hops along with a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Some hints of passionfruit are also noticeable.
M: It feels a bit shy of medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation. The bubbly nature of this beer seems to resemble a hefeweizen.
O: I liked this IPA because it had a nice amount of hop aromas and flavors without being too bitter and isn’t that heavy in body compared to other beers in the style. It is rather sessionable.
09-01-2012 20:09:48 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
Bright tangelo with honey colored trim. Swirling yeast slows to the suspended animation stage within seconds, adding a bit of visual interest. The bone colored cap looks pretty good and is sticky enough to coat the glass with a fair amount of lace. The second and final pour murks things up beautifully.
The aroma is classic for the American IPA style. It's primarily pale malted (caramel malt is barely appreciated, if at all) and delivers a pleasant shot of citrus fruity hops. The lineup includes Magnum, Centennial, Columbus, Summit, Cascade and Pallisade. Those first two are shared with Double-Wide IPA and the rest are unique to this ale.
Single-Wide IPA is similar to its bigger brother in that it's solid without being spectacular. More than a bottle rocket, less than a Roman candle. Although I'm still not 100% sold on the hop bill, it's an improvement over the varieties used in Double-Wide. Cascade may be overused, but I still love what they add to hoppy beer.
As suspected from the color and aroma, pale malt is dominant by far. There's enough of it to provide a pretty decent sugar cookie-like backdrop for the flavor and bitterness of the hops. In addition to white grapefruit and bitter orange, there's some grassiness and an herbal vibe as well. Complex hop flavor is rarely a bad thing.
Even though the ABV is on the low end (which allows Boulevard to distribute this brew to this state, thank goodness), the mouthfeel belongs on a slightly bigger beer. It won't win any awards, but it gets the job done with style.
It looks like I'll be buying more Single-Wide IPA than Double-Wide (D)IPA. This beer has a more delicious hop profile, is more drinkable and is less expensive when volume is taken into consideration. Given the state of craft beer in the state of Iowa, I'm grateful that Boulevard decided to brew a year-round IPA. And a tasty one at that.
04-23-2009 12:57:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.5/5 rDev +20.3%
Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with a small, but sturdy head that leaves an intricate webbed pattern of lacing behind
Smell: Wafts grapefruit
Taste: The pale malt backbone provides a nice background on which the citrus flavors blossom from start to finish; just a tough of floral sweetness though the finish is rather dry
Mouthfeel: Medium body with crisp carbonation
Overall: A top tier IPA that contains all of the elements I seek out in the style
06-30-2011 15:09:01 | More by brentk56
3.95/5 rDev +5.6%
Always looking forward to a good IPA at the end of these hot, humid days.
The beer begins with a froathy pour, somewhere between straw and golden color- obviously lighter than most IPA's. Very good head formation that eventually settles, leaving a lot of lacing behind. A good look.
A bright boldness of grapefruit hops hit the nose and doesn't let go. Only a timid pilsner malt crispness attempts to balance. Subtle in it's fruitiness, only a hint of pineapple and orange zest compliment the grapefruit.
Very crisp maltiness gives the everso slight malt complexion of sweetness and breadiness. This beer is all about the hops. Again, strong grapefruit flavors backed up by orange zest, lemongrass, and fresh cut herbs; giving this beer it's hop dominant flavor.
Those strong hops begin to settle in the mouthfeel, not dominating in bitter fashion as I expected from the aroma and taste. Still not exactly balanced, the maltiness gives a cracker-like or dry bread maltiness to accompany the bold bitterness. Hints of nail polish and bitter alcohols play into the bitey feel. Dry and hoppy bitter going into the finish and a long lingering grapefruit taste.
A very nice beer that might be a little bitey in the end. The 'all about hops' attitude sacrifices complexity for simplicity and boldness. I appreciate that but I wanted something more out of this beer.
Thanks again CosmoHopHead!
06-18-2009 02:30:25 | More by BEERchitect
3.58/5 rDev -4.3%
decent amber color, very clear with alot of carbonation. A smallish wite head formed but qucikly left leaving behind only a slight amount of lace. Nothing really spectacular here. Smell was light, some grapefruit and orange peel tones, a touch of sweetness, but it needed to be stronger to give more of a punch. The taste followed that up almost exactly. It had a smooth crisp, light feel. Good carbonation, not slick or oily and left a decent dry finish, but felt a tad thin to me. The flavors were all right, just nothing that was gonna make you stop and take notice of it.
Overall tis was ok. It just came off as a bit too light for me and thats why it doesnt get a better score. I would put it right above average, only because it is not bad, however needs to be juiced up a bit to have some of those flavors start to come out
08-15-2011 01:26:14 | More by mikesgroove
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Thanks to Jeff for sending this one my way.
A: The pour is a hazed golden-amber color with about a finger of white head.
S: There's a nice tangy citrus note to the nose. Lots of grapefruit with some tangerine and orange zest. The wheat comes through well and there is a pleasant bready character to the aroma. A touch of floral hops and a bit of pine.
T: Starts off with an almost orange-grapefruit juice flavor. Nice fresh citrus and a lot of citrus zest. Some floral and pine notes with a moderate bitterness. A decent sweetness from the wheat and bread flavors.
M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.
O: This was a pretty good IPA. Perhaps not quite to my "West Coast" preference, but still solid.
07-07-2011 06:13:28 | More by womencantsail
3.4/5 rDev -9.1%
Appearance: Pours a hazy, yellow body with a large, expansive, white head.
Smell: Citrus hop scents and a touch of pine ahead of a humble pale malt backing.
Taste: Pale malts with a light sweet and faint taste of caramel. Hop flavors of lemon zest, grapefruit pith, and pine needles. Medium-high hop bitterness that's no doubt accentuated by the endlessly crackling carbonation. Finishes dry, fizzy, and with a light, lingering bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.
Drinkability: Alright already, Boulevard. Think we can ease up on the overly prickly carbonation now? Enough is enough. It's like the beer equivalent of Pop Rocks. Anyways, beyond the bubbles, it's a solid India Pale Ale.
03-25-2009 17:36:01 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
Poured into a nonic a hazy lighter amber shade with a a huge blooming white head that went over the sides even with a softer pour.Juicy grapefruit-like hops over top of some alcohol and biscuit malt,the alcohol was pretty large for a smaller beer.Grapefruit flavors along with fruity/gummy notes,it is a little sweet but the hops really burst out at ya.It's a little watery in the back end but it's a flavor packed ipa,again the alcohol to me seems bigger than what it is.
12-07-2012 22:42:29 | More by oberon
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
Still workin' my way through the Boulevard mixed case. This offering pours a clear brass topped by a finger of staunch cream white foam. Plenty o' floaties hangin' 'round in there... The nose comprises heavy grapefruit zest, pine, lemon rind, and a touch of caramel dwindling in the background. The taste favors the pine and grapefruit peel, with some honeydew and caramel duking it out for third place in the back. As the flavors fade from the tongue, they become pretty bitter and resinous. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a good IPA, but not necessarily one I would seek out all that enthusiastically in the future. I wouldn't turn down a freebie, though...
08-15-2011 05:10:16 | More by TMoney2591
3.73/5 rDev -0.3%
Last bottle from Memorial Day weekend 2009. Poured into a pint with two fingers of sticky, sturdy foam that puffed above the surface. Retention was great, the foam lasted the duration of the glass. Initial aroma was like orange candy, but it quickly mellowed into light pale malt and hop spice notes.
Bitter hop flavor, somewhat leafy with grapefruit pith and cut grass flavors. Slightly astringent, maybe a little aspirin chalkiness. Other than that, it was easy drinking, with a light and quenching feel. A 6-pack disappeared lightning fast over the holiday weekend. Would drink again, it's not a bad bbq beer.
05-26-2009 02:13:00 | More by emerge077
4.31/5 rDev +15.2%
A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange color with hints of gold. It had a a pillowy, foamy, white, three finger head that left sticky patches of intricate lace.
S - It smelled of tons of pine and citrus. It also had a light caramel malt aroma.
T - It started with a very sharp, bitter hop bite. A very piney and grassy hop character. It had a nice roasted malt flavor with a citrus kick.
M - It was sharp and crisp with a dry finish. A medium-bodied IPA.
D - An amazingly drinkable IPA. And at $7.89 a sixer, it'll be on hand quite often in my fridge.
02-26-2009 02:13:39 | More by zeff80
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
12oz bottle, procured in lovely Boise, Idaho. Given that it's International #IPADay (fucking Twitterese...), I think I owe it to myself, and others in the hophead universe to have a least one of these offerings of the (insert preferable prefix) gods...
This beer pours a slightly hazy pale golden hue, with an ever-lovin' truckload of thin, very puffy off-white head, which (eventually) leaves a whole smattering of chunky car-crash lace around the glass. It smells of citrus cream and pine oil, with a mild caramel malt undertone. The taste is bitter pine and subtle citrus hops, a bit of menthol, and neutered bready caramel malt. The carbonation is quite sedate, the body on the light side, smooth enough, and airily creamy. It finishes off-dry, a wee bit clingy, with the hops nosing it out over the increasingly feeble malt.
The extra yeast added en bouteille, surely explains the gusher of a pour. Everything else is just a decently-rendered example of American IPA goodness, if only a bit on the restrained side, perhaps mid-western aesthetics bearing strong.
08-05-2011 03:54:14 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev +4.3%
Acquired via trade from a77cj7, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.
A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.
S: The aroma contains floral hops, fruity citrus and light caramelized malts.
T: The taste starts out with a grassy hops bitterness that isn't over-powering. Then some sweet flavors of citrus and caramel come in along with a hearty but not too heavy malt character creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.
M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it's nothing spectacular but it's a solid IPA worth drinking for a while.
12-02-2010 02:04:00 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.68/5 rDev -1.6%
12oz brown bottle with a freshness date
LOOK: Mildly hazed golden hue, good sudys lacing
SMELL: Piney, catty, tangerine, mango, doughy biscuits, nutty yeast, esters
TASTE: Crisp, wet, moderate body, oily hop, balanced bitterness, orange peel, dried grass, chalky, herbal, leafy, blonde tobacco, black tea, dry finish
Fresh, somewhat aggressive and quite drinkable. Bitterness is pretty high but is does not take over the palate, more than enough to let you know that it is an IPA.
08-03-2012 01:05:33 | More by Jason
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
Pours a semi-hazed apricot with a finger of sand colored head. Good head retention & lacing
S: lots of grassy & lemony hops
T: Grassy, lemony & some grapefruitty hops up front, plus a bit of grapefruit. Grassy & flowery hops are dominant as this warms along with slight breadyness. Finishes crisp with citrus hops & dryness, almost pulled 4.0
MF: Medium bodied with low carbonation, plus nice balance
Drinks really easy, not the most exciting AIPA, but I predict I will be drinking loads of this once Summer hits
03-28-2009 19:15:07 | More by russpowell
Single-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,360 ratings.