Single-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.
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4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
12 oz bottle, best by 10/16/09 (a couple months ago, yes, but this is my third from a sixer, so I know it's drinking just fine) into a Duvel tulip.
A: Simply perfect. Slightly hazy, radiant orange body has a steady stream of bubbles rising form the tulip's nucleation site to reinforce the tan, fine, 1.5" head. The head recedes slowly and from the sides, leaving a chunky mound of foam in the middle and multiple rings of lace on the sides. This just might be the best-looking IPA I've ever seen. Amazing.
S: Citrus and floral hops come through right away, followed by some smooth, caramel malt. Balanced and inviting, if not terribly intense.
T: Lightly tart orange hops dominate throughout, with some grassy/floral notes as well, and a noticable (but not at all overbearing) backbone of smoothly sweet caramel malt. Finishes with more of the citrus hops, leaving a slightly sour bitterness in the aftertaste. Excellent all around. 4.5
M: A little on the thin side, and with less-noticeable carbonation than the initial pour promised. Not bad at all, though.
D: Flavorful, balanced, and with an ABV that doesn't preclude sessioning, this is definitely a drinkable IPA.
Notes: Considering that this was over two months past its best-by date, I can only imagine what a fresh one could be like. The hops, while hardly overpowering, were in firm control of smell and taste alike, and deliciously so. I just wish I could get this all the time, since it's up there among my favorite balanced IPAs.
01-06-2010 03:12:03 | More by woosterbill
3.85/5 rDev +2.9%
Copper with orange highlights. Big frothy chunky offwhite head. Nice foamy "clouds" of lace.
Citrus oranges and lemon zest. Small caramelly biscuit backing. Aroma, esp hops, is mild and faint.
Zesty citrus, sharp fruity yeast esters. Slightly sour. Biscuit and caramel tastes from the malts. Bitter spicy herbal and piney aftertaste.
med body, above average carbonation, smooth and slightly astringent.
Good drinkable balanced IPA. Not one that I will seek out often, but better than many alternatives.
01-03-2010 04:28:44 | More by CHILLINDYLAN
3.75/5 rDev +0.3%
12 oz bottle picked up at Brewforia for $1.39... poured into my Delirium goblet.
1" head... nice cap and lace... careless pour made for a cloudy golden brew.
Nose shows a bunch of fruity hoppiness... citrus.. tropical fruits... etc... pleasant..
Flavor again has some nice fruity hops dominated by citrus... but I get a bit of pineapple too... lite pale malts help push the hops forward... good bitterness... finish is fairly dry and has a mineral element.
Body is on the light side for the style... and the carbonation may be a tad high.
01-03-2010 02:53:28 | More by JohnGalt1
4.85/5 rDev +29.7%
My "go to" ale for several months now. Brought home in 12 oz bottles in the iconic Boulevard beer box! BLVD is our "hometown" brewery and are always coming out with new exciting ales and now even a lager.
It pours a light amber color somewhat cloudy, and if you use a Frosty Freezer mug like I always do, you'll get a massive foamy head on this stuff! YUM! Lots of citrus, nice bitter aftertaste lingers so the finish is not quite as "snappy" as I like even though the carbonation is relatively high. Also there is not as much hoppy aroma as other IPAs I've had. All that being said though this is one drinkable ale and when overwhelmed with all the choices our local store has, I'll usually pick up the Single Wide!
01-01-2010 18:46:15 | More by 7thstreetbrewery
4.05/5 rDev +8.3%
Thanks to hwwty4 for this!
Best by 12/27/09 - had the following day (sorry)(Reviewed from notes, as usual)...
Pours slightly hazed golden amber with a thick, rich foamy head that descends, leaving some thin patchy lacing.
The smell is of grapefruit/pine, grassy herbal notes. Very nice hop aromatics (esp. considering bordering past freshness date). Robust - classic American IPA nose...
The taste is herbal, grapefruity a bit piney with just enough malt to keep the hops together and to keep from being overly puckering. It has a dry, somewhat asprin-ish finish.
A bit fizzier than expected, with a light-to-medium body. Hoppy aftertaste lingers.
Carbonation could be a bit lighter, but otherwise this is a very enjoyable, hoppy delight! An IPA that I would certainly get again if it were available in this area!
12-30-2009 15:04:51 | More by jwc215
3.8/5 rDev +1.6%
Appearance - pours a sunny golden color into a Christian Moerlein tall pils glass. A little too active (my fault), the head pushes up and over, requiring a quick mouthful of foam to prevent a mess. Light sediment on the bottom pour makes for a smooth cloudiness. Large bubbled lace as the head falls back, a solid cake maintaining in the center.
Aroma - good citrus and grapefruit aroma.
Taste - brief but good caramel malt beginning. Quick hoppy coverage, piny, grapefruit rind, a touch or tart/lemon. Very zesty flavor, helps to keep the bitterness from picking up too much of a medicinal edge. Nice balance, the finish is still fruity, spicy, and tasty, though a touch medicinal at length.
Mouthfeel - smooth and crisp, right on target.
Drinkability - intense for an IPA but quite tasty. Thanks to BGThang for sending this one along. Good stuff!
12-30-2009 05:55:31 | More by brewdlyhooked13
United Kingdom (England)
2.93/5 rDev -21.7%
Appearance: Hazy golden colored. Slight head. Very carbinated
Smell: Nothing. Nothing at all. Not impressed
Taste: Hop forward. Slightly harsh bittering hops. To style but not the best example I've had.
Mouthfeel: Tingly. Best part of this beer. Medium light bodied
Drinkability: Pretty nice.
12-21-2009 23:07:24 | More by Squelch
3.83/5 rDev +2.4%
It was a little bit milder than I had thought it would be. It wasn't over hoped. It was just right. I can't wait to try the Double Wide. It has a dark brass body with an orange hue. It has a wonderful fruity aroma. The taste is well hopped and not over boiled like some other IPA's. It has mild bitter taste that has great citrus, floral flavor and it has a little bite but it is not bad at all. There is a medium mouthfeel with just the right carbonation.
12-21-2009 11:33:04 | More by MTNboy
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
12 oz bottle, abv not listed on the bottle. Pours a cloudy gold color with maybe a slight orange hue. Great looking rocky, white head. Excellent retention and lace.
A nice citrusy, and slightly floal hop aroma. Some caramel malt as well. Pretty simple, but inviting nose.
Some cracker like malt, with a bit of caramel. Juicy citrusy hops jump out with ample bitterness.
Medium body. Carbonation seems a bit high. Good amount of bitterness without being overwhelming. Pretty nice beer here.
12-20-2009 22:21:18 | More by Bierguy5
4.22/5 rDev +12.8%
Brewed by Boulevard Brewing Company out of Kansas City, Missouri the Single Wide IPA is brewed in the traditional American IPA style and is a real winner of an IPA. As any good IPA should be able to boast, the Single Wide has a great hop complexity to it complete with Magnum, Columbus, Summit, Cascade, Centennial and Palisade hops just begging to be enjoyed in this offering. With a very smooth and even 5.7% ABV this IPA would make a brilliant session beer or could be enjoyed with just an individual dinner. Make sure you match it to something with a lot of spice and/or heat in order to allow the hops to really shine.
When poured, this IPA gives off a nice goldenrod color with some orange accents noticed when held to light. There is a nice pure white head to this offering that leaves about a one finger width of head at the top of the glass. The head gives way to a decent amount of lacing along the glass during the drinking of the Single Wide IPA.
The hops present in this IPA come through nicely in the smell of this beer as there is a rush of pine and citrus at work in the nose. You can tell through smelling the Single Wide IPA that you are destined to be confronted with a lot of hop character in the taste. Grapefruit and lemon is noted in the nose for the citrus portion of the smell.
There is a pleasant mouthfeel to this IPA that serves the offering well. There is a moderate amount of carbonation that allows the beer to be worked across the palate nicely. The hoppy nature of the Single Wide IPA gives the mouthfeel a bit of a bitter nature but certainly is not in a negative kind of way. Rather, it is a credit to the way that this offering is crafted that the mouthfeel comes across this way.
As can be expected based upon what has previously been written herein, the taste of this IPA is brilliantly focused on making sure the hops within the beer pack the most balanced punch possible. The hops really are noted in this IPA and the taste at times almost seems as though it might be more in line with some double IPAs but rest assured the folks at Boulevard have simply made just a dynamite IPA in the Single Wide. The taste is crisp and there is certainly a certain pine nature to the taste yet the citrus noted in the nose matches the pine nicely and provides a well rounded finished taste. The bitterness of the hops is worked into the taste in an ideal fashion but the bitterness is not too invasive so as to not enjoy the offering fully.
The Single Wide IPA has a good drinkability to it as the flavor is so well rounded with enough complexity to set it apart from other IPAs that might be available. The Single Wide IPA is one of those offerings that if it is available you should rush to enjoy it because it truly is a nice IPA to treat yourself to whenever possible.
12-20-2009 17:20:09 | More by Bounty628
4/5 rDev +7%
Ugly, ugly label. Lots of piney, resiny hop notes in the nose with pineapple syrup and orange peel. The taste combines herbal and floral notes to the citrus creating a war on the palate for supremacy. Honey coated lemon wedges, freshly cut wild grass, orange and lemon peel and mild grapefruit flavors. Mouthfeel is somewhat oily while maintaing crispness and rolls over the tongue nicely, classic IPA feel.
12-17-2009 03:10:47 | More by natelocc787
3.5/5 rDev -6.4%
A: Tons of meringue-like head, billowy and cottony and with some serious staying power, sunset gold, crystal clear - 4.50, S: Earthy and citrusy, somewhat meek on the nose, I can smell the grains - a little toasty - 3.00, T: A medium bite on the palate, not just wood but flavors that remind me of bark - lots of pale malt, also signs of grass - 3.50, M: Medium to light bodied - 3.75, D: A very drinkable beer, pretty average IPA in my opinion - 3.50
11-24-2009 02:08:24 | More by deereless
2.75/5 rDev -26.5%
Served in a pint glass.
Two things that I've been somewhat ambivalent to in the past (Boulevard and the I.P.A.) converge. Here's hoping...
A: This is one of the better looking IPAs I've seen. Some frothy head and delicate lacing are nice, but I really like the orange tint to the beer. It makes the beer look more appealing and unique to IPAs, which I usually associate with a simple murky yellow color.
S: Hopsy, with some citurs and pine. About the standard for an IPA, though I found that pine scent to be a nice addition. However, it's a little too subdued and faint.
Hmmm... a swirl and another smell later and I'm really getting the auroma. +.5
T: Way too hopsy! I was all set to love this, but I get very little of the citrus from the scent and really none of the pine, which I was really looking forward to; unless you count the fact that this drink may be like jamming pine needles in your mouth. It also leaves a very bitter aftertaste.
M: I really have to try hard to base this simply on the feel. A nice consistency; not as thin as I feared it could be but not too thick. It's a good robustness for the beer.
D: Well, the taste ruins this. What I'm left with after the drink this is a bitter taste on my tounge and a harsh dryness in my throat that's causing me to gag as I write this.
11-20-2009 04:14:26 | More by mmva321
4.35/5 rDev +16.3%
12oz brown glass twist-top squatty bottle. Neck stamped BB 01-14-10.
Beautiful golden amber and hazy. Thin sticky bone-white head. Nose is full of mixed sour citrus and some sticky pine resin. Palate has a strong bitterness but that doesn't close out all of the flavors. Light malt presence and accentuated with tons of orange and lime flavor plus bitter pine nettles.
Notes: A seriously tasty single IPA. Highly recommend.
11-13-2009 21:40:24 | More by SFLpunk
3.78/5 rDev +1.1%
a well hopped and brighter american ipa. yellow gold in color. nice head with a lot of lace. nose of citrus and grass. clean and not heavy in body. crisp simple but not something i would test the longevity of. there was a character of a consistent ipa but the hop malt quality in its freshest was pretty simple. good but simple.
11-10-2009 10:11:59 | More by rtepiak
3.6/5 rDev -3.7%
12oz bottle served in astandard pint glass.
Cloudy yellow/orange color with a fluffy white head that wouldn't quit, nice chunks of lacing.
Piney and earthy aroma.
Taste is floral/pine hop juices balanced out with malty sweetness before finishing a little bitter and dry.
Medium bodied, smooth and creamy feel.
It's drinkable but it wouldn't be my 1st choice for the style.
11-04-2009 01:24:30 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
3.48/5 rDev -7%
Boulevard Single-Wide IPA
bottle to glass
orange with peach edges and a medium sized, foamy, off white head. smell of cascade hops is strong. taste is mostly of the grapefruity hops on a solid bready, caramel malt background. mildly bitter.
flat, but for the most part, enjoyable. not every beer has to be three dimensional. not much to say, except: grapefruit!
mouthfeel is carbonated and smooth. easily
+ good, hoppy, bitter, grapefruity beer.
= not much besides that.
11-02-2009 00:05:02 | More by vdread
4/5 rDev +7%
one off twelve ounce bottle pours cloudy yellow with a one finger white head. nice lacing. looks like it has some flavor.
smells like citrus hops. no off odors. smells good.
good bitter hop taste. good sweetness also. balanced for style.
mid body beer. good carbonation. good beer. hard to disappoint me with an ipa. i will try this again.
10-31-2009 01:59:32 | More by ajmoody76
3/5 rDev -19.8%
12oz bottle received as an extra in a trade from a nice BA thanks!
Appearance: Very attractive honey orange slightly hazy body with a sexy 3 finger off white crown composed of densely packed small carbonation bubbles that show loads of retention and lace!
Smell: Really nice herbal / grassy hop profile over a toffee malt foundation.
Taste: Wow what a let down.... First off its too sweet and second off it has this bad citric (lemon like chemical sour finish)
Mouthfeel: a touch thin
Drinkability: its just too awkward tasting to be drinkable
10-28-2009 23:09:34 | More by koopa
3.25/5 rDev -13.1%
A- Golden copper color with particles floating around and large fluffy beige head. Very sticky lacy head.
A- Orange citrusy hops.
T- Initially very bitter. Not too much of a malt profile, this leads it to taste sort of watery. Very light amount of sweetness.
M- Medium body with moderate-high carbonation.
D- Not my favorite IPA as I'm fond of a bit more malt backing. It is nice to get some IPA from the midwest though.
10-27-2009 01:20:07 | More by gpogo
4.15/5 rDev +11%
This one poured a beauty, a wall of orange that I could barely see light through. The head was massive and left that sticky IPA lace on the slow recession.
Nose had heavy orange and citrus flavors, a bit grassy and floral. The malt was quite subtle, especially when the beer was still cold.
Upon entry, the hops blasted in like they should have; still very citrus and a bit soapier than the nose with a dash of sweetness.
Feel was good and sharp. Carbonation was spot on and the bitterness pinched the cheeks. It finished nice and dry leaving the mouth awaiting another sip.
I was pleased and quite impressed with this one. It had enough oomph to make it a real IPA. The ABV is relatively tame so you could enjoy several, and the hops hit nicely without ripping your tongue outta your throat.
10-26-2009 22:04:02 | More by climax
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
Pours hazy golden-amber with a thick creamy head that provides sheets of lacing.
Aroma is citrus hop, and a mildly musty pale and caramel malt.
Taste is very similar to the nose. Citrus hop up front, brings grapefruit bitterness. Malt has more of a pale aspect than caramel. Finish is crisp and clean, but maintains the musty notes from the nose.
Mouthfeel initially holds some diacetyl butteryness, but then turns dry and powdery.
An average APA.
10-19-2009 23:16:09 | More by Blakaeris
2.23/5 rDev -40.4%
Poured a cloudy amber with a big sticky off white head, good lacing.
The smell is very light for an IPA with just a hint of lemony hops.
The flavor has a very light bit of bready malts with a strong minty hop flavor with a touch of pine and grass. Slightly sweet initially with a strong bitterness quickly taking over and dominating the flavor.
The mouthfeel is light and a bit slick.
A very substandard IPA with a one dimensional harsh hop flavor, to many better versions out there to enjoy for me to ever add this to my fridge.
10-19-2009 23:10:40 | More by bashiba
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
I am now well into my Boulevard sampler 12 pack and enjoying it. Especially as compared to other samplers, this isn't bad. There was a pale ale that had very little character, but this IPA is interesting and unique.
The live yeast in the bottle give this a killer head. It bubbles all the way down. The brew is almost yellow like their wheat. It's bitter like the style should be.
It is missing the home run pop, but that keeps it from being offensive. Another good one.
10-17-2009 17:50:11 | More by schoolboy
3.15/5 rDev -15.8%
12 ounce bottle w/a a best buy freshness date of "10/16/09."
A: Amber yellow body, with a pretty good amount of head and little lacing. About what would be expected for a good IPA.
S: Berries and grapefruit along with a hint of alcohol and sweetness hit the nose.
T&M: Starts off with slight sweetness from the malt, followed by lemon, grapefruit, and an underlying berry flavor that is a bit astringent. Oddly enough, the berry flavors first seem to accompany the bitterness, but then become somewhat cloying sweet, especially as this brew warms a bit. Hint of alcohol along with some citrus esters, finishes a bit dry with some lingering bitterness that seems a bit brash. Mouthfeel is good, but for an IPA, I personally prefer more body.
D&Notes: This brew has actually gotten better as it has it has aged a bit. This an interesting effort, but to me, it's an average "IPA" at best, and at only 5.7% ABV, it really is just more of a pale ale with a lot of different hops. Not a bad beer, but some weird flavors seem to get in the way, and with so many IPAs in the craft beer universe, I think I'll pass on this one.
10-14-2009 00:57:36 | More by AustinBeerLvr
Single-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,358 ratings.