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Single-Wide I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Single-Wide I.P.A.Single-Wide I.P.A.

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1,606 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,606
Reviews: 477
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 11.5%
Wants: 22
Gots: 160 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kcillini77 on 12-15-2008

Boulevard Single-Wide I.P.A. is our take on a style that originated in 18th century Great Britain. This American version—inspired by our Smokestack Series Double-Wide I.P.A.—boasts a heady combination of six varieties of hops, some of which were employed for dry-hopping.

57 IBU
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Photo of TheOtherMike
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow! What a surprise. I was on vacation in the Black Hills / Rushmore area and dined a few nights in a small town restaurant. I tried several offerings that were new to me. This wasn't one of them, but the locals directed me to a local grocery store that carried a decent selection. As I prefer IPAs, I grabbed a six of this and struck gold. I saved one for the holidays and now I am out. Time for a road trip!

Photo of SickGnar
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden coppery that tends to amber when viewed darkly through the thick of the glass. Slightly hazy with a huge off-white head, but minimal lacing.

S: West coast hops - more citrus and resin/pine. Sweet grainy malts with light caramel notes. Pretty good, but none too strong - especially when compared to palate.

T: Reasonably firm and nicely complex hops. First, is a big grapefruit/citrus start that is very fruity (as opposed to rind). Second, is a pretty good dose of resin & pine. There is also some grassy/herbal character floating around in there. And even some peppery & spicey hints. Malts are softly sweet and vaguely grainy with faint, light caramel notes. Some fruity esters are present, but pretty minimal. Not a hop bomb, but hops are the focus. Everything else is just along for the ride.

M: Medium body with carbonation on the firm side. Crisp with a slightly drying finish.

D: Complex if unfocused hop profile on a malt base that supports and yet stays out of the hops way. A quite nicely balanced IPA and very drinkable. Very solid, but not remarkable. Not over the top either, and with its reasonable abv it is sort of a session IPA. It could maybe use a touch more body to chew on while contemplating the hop schedule.

(from notes - tasted April 2010)

Photo of PBoegel
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sierra Tulip Pint. Bottle dates best before 5/2011.

Really nice golden body with fluffy white head and lots of sparkling lacing down the sides as it drinks. A little hazy, but a bit of an aggressive lazy pour on my part for a bottle conditioned beer.

Very nice citrus pink grapefruit and balsam fir with some touch blue spruce. A good touch of malt and some pineapple as well, very clean, american yeast character. Pleasant and refreshing aromatics, not a wow sensation but extremely well crafted and balanced.

Fruity taste upfront, very pineapple, some citrus and pine character, a bit chalky if not astringent, some grassiness. Finish is pronounced grapefruit and citrus zest. Malt is bready, a bit doughy and slightly sweet.

No sign of alcohol on the tongue which I appreciate to be well masked in most styles especially an IPA, a bit too dry and slightly astringent, minus the really pronounced bitterness I like to feel across the tongue.

Certainly an approachable and drinkable IPA that I would not turn down, but it could be a little more cut for my particular expectations of the style.

Photo of scubasteve04
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer, and it essentially local to me.

A: One of my favorite things about this beer is the impressive, creamy, durable head I am rewarded with after a good pour into a tall footed glass. In my experience, it really looks like whipped cream. Awesome. Below is a transparent amber liquid with some lively bubbling. Looks like it want to be drunk.

S: Super crisp, citrusy, and slightly floral. Pretty strong even through a heavy 2 inch head.

T: Tastes a lot like it smells. Has a very nice bitter bite, but the acidity and flavor of citrus balances it well so its isn't too bitter. Not enough malt to really notice it, but the same could be said for salt in a chocolate chip cookie, so I think thats a good thing for an American IPA.

M: Great for the intention of the beer. Crisp and light, but not watery.

D: The question is not COULD I drink a six pack in an hour, but SHOULD I? I really could. Its tasty.

One final word. Single wide is a very well executed and very refreshing American IPA from the Boulevard Brewery. It isn't overly complex, its just quality. Its not a Ferrari, its a 1990 BMW M3. Try it.

Photo of StlHopHead77
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a really attractive hazed-out,bright orange
with a firm and lasting two inch,bone white head that brought about nice sticky ribbons of lace.

S-Dull grapefruit,dry pine and wet grass.Kind of a lackluster nose on this one.

T-More dry pine,bitter citrus(underripe grapefruit,Hen House oj),very faint cracker-like malt.This beer really lacked supporting malt sweetness.Severely unbalanced.

M-Medium bodied with appropriate carbonation and a dry finish.

D-Not a real exciting IPA but drinkable enough.

Photo of TheSarge
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Produces three fingers of rocky off-white head with outstanding retention. The body is mildly hazy, with a golden and slight copper color.

The aroma is floral with citrusy notes... Grapefruit, lemon, and metallic.

In the taste, there are toffee characteristics, along with the nice hoppy kicks of lemon rind and grapefruit.

This brew has a really oily hops presence, along with mild carbonation. Not too bad and is one of the best IPAs I've had in a while... Really fresh!

Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

best by 03/13/11

with an aggressive pour - cloudy golden orange with a huge 3 finger off white head that had great retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell - wow - now i have had this beer before but i dont remember it being this good - is this the citra hops that has me smiling from ear to ear - fruity apricot peach pine citrus - while not over powering strong(only 5.7%) this beer blew me away

taste just like the nose - delicious fresh peach apricot next to semi sweet bready malt - this beer is not the overpowering bitter that makes you pucker up - just an amazing fruity hop ipa

mouthfeel is great - hell when a beer tastes this good all you need is the mouthfeel to be wet - light/medium with a great balance with crisp and creamy

drinkability - i didnt want to review the first beer of this six pack beacause it blew me away - this is the last in the 6er and it still blows me away

Photo of BeerLover99
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: orangish/yellow, 1 inch head that disappears within one sip, fine lacing appears with each sip.

S: lemon grass, pine, hint of citrus.

T: Very bubbling, leaves an odd aftertaste, one of the oddest IPAs I have tasted. Lots of bitterness in the back of the palate.

M: Light end of medium body, seems to be a little too much carbonation to make up for flavor.

D: I have had more better American IPAs. This is solid, nothing to get excited over.


Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark yellow color with a white head. The aroma is orange and pine hops. The flavor is orange and lemon hops as well as some bready and caramel malt. There is a nice grassy character to the flavor as well. Low to medium bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, easy drinking IPA.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ChrisQ
2.91/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I think this is a pretty beer to look at. Beautiful amber color with enough opacity to make it mysterious. The lights of the room seem to glow inside my glass like a peach crystal ball. A good pour will produce a head worthy of a beer commercial.
The heavy pine and light citrus smell are inviting, the pine letting me know that there will be a tangy prick to the taste. First taste was full of alcohol, so much so that I had to look up the ABV percentages. The ethanol flavor dispersed and I was able to delve deeper. Unfortunately, the tangy prick I was expecting is a metallic or coppery aftertaste. The feel is watery and makes for easy swallowing but only part of my tongue seems to be able to taste this brew: the back bitterness sensors.

Not sure I'll get this again as it does not fit my palate.

Photo of rrski198
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy yellow/browish colored ale. Nice white head. Little lacing.

S: Nice fresh hops smell, however, something unpleasent is there as well. Old sponge smell?

T: Good standard IPA. Nothing flashy or overwhleming. Nice piney citrusy hops, solid malt backbone.

M: This is a light bodied beer. Very clean, not oily or thick. The hops stick around (thank god). Average to high carbonation.

D: I could put down quite a few of these in one sitting. Solid effort, however, there are so many quality, regular, IPAs out there with a little something extra.

Photo of HURTemHIZZY
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid ipa. Pours a bit lighter than I would like with a clear yellowy gold. Has a one and a half finger white head that takes a minute or so to dissipate and leaves slight lacing behind. Smell is big on citrus. Lemon mostly, with a bit of orange and a bit of tropicals. Tiny bit of pine, but the citrus is the star.

Taste is also big time citrus, but i wish there were a bit more pine here. Tropicals present again, and lemon is huge again. also get a bit of orange. No pine is noticeable. Nice crisp mouthfeel, light to medium bodied. Overall this is on the lighter side for an ipa, but it is certainly tasty.

Photo of pilotgod
2.29/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Amber Yellow with a slight cloudy aspect from the yeast and carbonation. Presents well as an IPA. Laces well with an ok head about a finger thick, but that quickly goes away to just a very light head.

Smell: Not what I've come to expect from an IPA, almost no hops are apparent. I wasn't able to detect anything other than a slight wheat aroma. Not a bad smell, but not what I've come to expect from IPA's.

Taste: Just like the smell, the hops are barely distinguishable. This comes across a very weak IPA, not the strong hop presence typical of the type.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth with good carbonation. Average for a lighter IPA, nothing spectacular, but not bad either.

Drinkability: I can't say it's bad, just very underwhelming. This feels like it could've been a good IPA, but was toned down to appeal to people not accustomed to IPA's. Like an entry level example of IPA's.

Photo of salvo
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Murky golden with floating particles of yeast. Head is a quarter inch of foam, etching the glass as is dissipates. Smell is sweet biscuit malt with some medicinal hops. There's a lingering chemistry-lab smell I cannot quite place.

The taste starts tart and ends bitter, with no very strong or dominant flavor. Rather flat, really, with some drying astringency at the end. Mild citrus peel at the end asserting itself over drying tea bitterness.

The mouthfeel is bigger than the flavor-- perhaps its strongest point. It's drinkable, but I'm rather indifferent to it really. Inoffensive, but not interesting.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
2.75/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Amber color, sudsy finger of head that retains nicely. nice suds of lace to boot. Nice look.

S: Strange for an IPA...Where are the hops? I am pretty sure this isn't old according to the label (Best by Feb 13). Smells of a weizen with yeast smell, almost like a lager instead of an ale. Wierd. Also, it's very faint. I'm not impressed at all.

T: Only some bittering hops come through as any kind of indication that this is an IPA. Tastes very dead. Only wheaty malt, pils or lager like clear flavors come through. Lemony zest. I'm confused on this one.

M: Nice and creamy, nice carbonation.

D: Easy to drink quick, but not a good beer in my opinion.

Photo of allengarvin
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has a hazy peach color with an initially thick but quickly dissipating head. Citrus hoppiness dominates the nose, with a light sweetness to the aroma. Initial sweetness gives way rapidly to quite a bit of bitterness, very grassy and citrus in flavor. Malt is there if you look for it, but takes a back seat to hops, appropriately. Yeast character provides a pleasant fruitiness at the dry finish. Nice body, light but well-carbonated and filling.

Good beer, as a little brother to the excellent Double Wide.

Photo of alli4051
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a stubby brown bottle into a standard pint.

Pours a bright, cloudy orange with a white head. Head is foamy and hangs around for a bit, leaving some chunky lacing. Nose is some faint floral hops and faint pale malt, pretty subtle. Taste is odd, not bad, but kind of odd in my opinion. Some subtle lemon and grass hops up front with a definite hop bitterness, not the hop profile I was expecting. You can definitely taste the pale malt in the finish. Moutfeel is medium bodied and a bit sticky. Not my ideal IPA but one could definitely do worse. I would drink it again; however, wouldn't really go seek it out.

Photo of StoneBrewFanatic
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light gold in color with a big fluffy head. Moderate retention and sticky lacing.

S - Barley and wheat malt are at the forefront of this brew. Hop aroma is extremely mild for an IPA. Slight citrus notes that are more lemon/lime than grapefruit.

T - As with the aroma I feel that this IPA is a little bit of a miss. Hops are there, but they are weak and overshadowed my the malts. On the back end there are some grapefruit notes that transform to bitterness rather quickly.

M - Medium in body and overall very well rounded. Smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

D - After being thoroughly impressed with the smokestack series I was really expecting this IPA to be great. It is good, but is missing some of the qualities I look for in a high end IPA.

Photo of jacobseyb
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a yellowish cloudy color with a white head that dissipated quickly and head some larger size bubbles. Smell was primarily piney hops with a citrus backbone. Taste had some grainyness and the piney bitterness was present. Feel was lighter and crisp with a hint of oiliness from the hops. Overall a good drinkable India pale ale.

Photo of MbpBugeye
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Big, rocky white head. Tons of lacing. Semi hazy orange with rustic, amber shadows.

S- Mostly pine and lighter malts. Not as hoppy as I would have liked. Lots of grassiness.

T- slightly bitter pine balanced by sweet pale malts. A flash of orange comes before its all over.

Photo of Bfarr
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Light, slightly hazy orange amber with off-white foamy/fluffy head with good retention and lacing.
Floral and English hop aroma with a splash of citrus. A concoction of a floral and citrus hops with a peppery and English IPA taste thrown in. A creamy yet sharp feel with a good lingering bitter bite.

This is a fantastic, distinctive IPA. Not your normal overhopped variety, a nice combination of hops leads to a complex and very drinkable IPA.

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.89/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle, pilsener glass, best by 1/29/11.

Seemingly light for an IPA, in fact a deep rich gold that does not reach orange. The head is magnificent towering affair that seems thin but sticky. Many dollops of foam remain sticking to the glass.

Lemon, lime, and orange zest with husky grain and a tinge of alcohol.

Sharp lime and lemon peel flavors and bitterness greet the taste buds. The flavor profile is well put together, from that citrus front to a sweet-neutral husky, biscuit body and dry, lightly alcoholic finish. As a subtle interpretation of what we know as the American IPA, this is a well executed beer.

Hop oils are apparent and it is terry cloth dry.

While I prefer grapefruit and pine focused IPAs most of the time; this is just such a well put together brew that doesn't try to outrun itself that I will drink this more often.

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy orange color. A one finger head forms, and recedes to leave some light lace behind.
S: A citrus and grapefruit bitterness up front. Some sweetness comes out as this warms to balance it out a bit.
S: Big citrus and grapefruit bitterness up front that overpowers most everything else. A syrupy piny flavor as well. A very light sweetness tries to balance everything out.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. I nice hoppy dryness, but just to much of a syrupy consistency for me. The bitterness takes over to much for me. A nice one time pint every once in a while, but not something I am coming back to again and again.

An average IPA overall. A lot of fruity bitterness and not much else. Hop heads enjoy, people looking for more balance should move on.

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to tr4nc3d for this extra in a recent trade. Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a hazy yellow orange with a one finger off-white head. Maintained excellent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of malt and a massive note of sweet hops. The flavor was of malt and a nice sweet hop that wasn't overpowering as you would think from the aroma. It had a medium feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an excellent IPA. All of the flavor was of this one were nicely balanced with a very nice aroma as well. This one is a definite must try for any IPA fan. Definitely made me anxious to try my bottle of Double-Wide I have sitting around.

Single-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,606 ratings.