Single-Wide IPA - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Single-Wide IPASingle-Wide IPA

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BA SCORE
85
very good

497 Reviews
THE BROS
84
good

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Reviews: 497
Hads: 1,752
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 10.55%
Wants: 20
Gots: 234 | FT: 0
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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Reviews: 497 | Hads: 1,752
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A little yellow colored. Meh. Aroma was fractured, small amount of hops and that macro corn aroma, despite knowing with all reasonable certainty that it isn't part of the recipe. Decent enough I guess.

A little bitterness in the taste, all hop boil, no dry hop taste quality. Taste bitter more than a hop quality. Too carbonated. Too much caramel, sweetness, not enough hops. You just taste bitter for the most part on the back 1/2, gets easier to drink, and the price is right, but (483 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle poured into tulip a ways back (from notes)

A hazy orange liquid with plenty of bubbles, two fingers of foam has great retention slowly falling to an pencil top eraser looking island leaving partial rings deep down the glass, looks great

S mild tropical nose with some melon, pineapple, tangerine, and lemon, floral and a little spicy, smells good but could use just a little intensity

T a little pine and grapefruit I didn't really smell, not all the tropical fruit the nose had going for it and a little sweet malt in the background

M lighter side of medium, enough bubbles to give it some life, a little gritty on the palate, some lemon pith lingers

O pretty good IPA and lower ABV so it would work better in the summer heat than many hoppy brews I tend to drink

Its a solid brew but with such a hefty price tag here in Alberta I'm not sure how often I'm going to get to it (900 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks go out to my parents for pickick up a six pack of this beer while they were in Arkansas.

Little bits of suspended sediment hang adrift in the copper and amber haze. The head retains a nice thick film of foam throughout all twelve ounces.

Citrus and exotic flower aromas coming from the hops nicely. The malt and yeast seem to give a caramel bread and some pineapple aromas as well.

The front of the tongue gets some nice toasted malt then the middle gets a bombardment of citrus hops bitterness. The finish has a softer lingering bitterness, but some biscuit malts show up as well for balance.

The mouthfeel is a little sticky and oily, but pretty good overall. Nice IPA Boulevard. (692 characters)

Photo of Haybeerman
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear amber orange color. Poured a 2 finger off-white head that dissipated to a merangue-type dollup. Lace in thick rings. Lightly decanted.

S: Citrus and floral hops up front. Smooth, caramel malt follows. Not terribly intense.

T: Lightly tart orange hops dominate throughout, with some grassy/floral notes as well, and a noticable backbone of smoothly sweet caramel malt. Finishes with more of the citrus hops, leaving a slightly sour bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Resiny on the tongue. Lingering bitter.

D: Flavorful, balanced, and with an ABV that doesn't preclude sessioning, this is definitely a drinkable IPA. (658 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz squat bottle, dated best by 09/04/11. This pours a clear copper color, maybe just a hint of haze, with an enormous rocky foam. It took 3-4 pours to get all the liquid into my glass.

Nice aroma, especially given the 5.7% ABV. More herbal and grassy than citrus, but a little bit of everything seems to be there. Maybe this uses a lot of Saaz, at least that's how it smells to me.

It tastes more citrusy than it smells, with a slightly bitter aftertaste that leaves a feel of children's chewable aspirin, just a little. Some pale malts give a little balance but not much.

Lightly carbonated, easy quaffer. I'll definitely pick it up next time I head west to visit family. (678 characters)

Photo of glid02
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle via trade with GCurlow – thanks!

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a patchy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of grainy pale malts with good amounts of light citrus and earthy hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Moderately dry pale malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by citrus and light herbal hops. Midway through the sip the flavor profile turns bitter with the addition of heavier earthy hops. The hops carry through to a moderately bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It’s got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I didn’t have a problem finishing my glass however I’m not sure about another.

Overall I remember enjoying Double Wide quite a bit and was let down by the smaller version. Not a bad beer but one not worth seeking. (868 characters)

Photo of avalon07
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear texture. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, pine, citrus, and malt.

T: Tasted of hops (a pretty good amount), some bready malt, citrus (particularly orange), and a hint of pine. This is a pretty solid flavor, but doesn't jump out at you. Subtle and generally pretty tasty.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a well done, likeable beer. Won't win points for originality, but is probably a good session beer. (600 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. Poured a hazy pale yellow with a decent off-white head. Aromas were floral hops with orange and grapefruit - pleasant. Tastes were also floral hops, orange, and grapefruit with hints of pineapple - some Belgian notes also? Finishes somewhat bitter, but crisp and balanced. Overall, not a bad IPA, not a great IPA. Pretty good representation of the style - but on the milder side. (385 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a cloudy glowing honey color. Head starts out quite fluffy but it dies down to a concave layer of foam. It does lace heavily. Nice looking brew.

S-Lighter nose of clementine hops, florals and even some stone fruits. Malt is light and bready. Fairly subdued.

T-Flavor is also quite light. Clementine flesh and flower petals. Clean finish of caramel and graham crackers. Grainy. Finishes with light, grassy bitterness. Extremely clean for an IPA.

M-Very light. One of the most sessionable IPAs I remember having. Light, light dryness. Body is very airy and incredibly easy to put back.

O/D-It lacks assertiveness, hop complexity and a strong finish. Yet this beer's pros outweigh its cons. It is a stalwart of sessionability. A true session IPA with more than enough flavor to keep my interest. Well balanced and crisp. I enjoyed it considerably more than their Double Wide IPA. Just a nice beer, at a reasonable price that knows its place in the pecking order and fills its niche. Not a bad buy. (1,006 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of 11/15/09, this is the last of a sixer I bought last October that I am just now getting around to reviewing. Pours a slightly hazy medium gold color with a huge and voluminous white foam that is 3x bigger than the beer, no matter how careful I pour. Foam is very long-lasting and leaves large chunks of lace on the glass.

Nose is tropical, fresh hoppiness with a hefty dose of kiwi, starfruit and grapefruit flesh. I am surprised it smells just as hoppy and fresh as it did a few months ago. Smells like the malt background is very light for the beer.

The taste is quite different than your standard IPA, not sure how to describe it but Single Wide has a tart, bitter hop bite and some sweet fruit flesh. Definitely overcarbonated straight out of the bottle, but that seems to work itself out after pouring with massive foam. The malt backbone is light graininess and slightly honeyed, kind of like a sugar coated sopapilla. I like it when the malts do not get in the way of letting the hops shine and this beer does that well. Hop fans should enjoy this one as a nice change-of-pace IPA that can cure a quick hop craving. (1,160 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.3/5  rDev -12.9%
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. (768 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (692 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A dark yellow-orange brew shines bright and displays complete clarity. The head is just off-white, moderately sized, with good retention and lace stretching out on the glass.
The aroma is lots of grapefruit with some lemon and grapefruit rind. Otherwise, there's a bit of dry malts and some flowery notes.
In the flavor, the hops are big on citrus, downright juicy in the middle, but with a touch of salty rind on the end. Bitterness makes a good show but lots of balance, and zest is this beer's main feature.
The body is medium, and it's got some nice bite. It runs medium dry and doesn't give up clean for smooth. It lingers with a nice bitter dryness. (660 characters)

Photo of drpimento
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great American style IPA! Poured with an off-white head that's big and foamy with a little texture. HUGE fresh hop aroma. Flavor is dominated by the hop qualities. And just enough balanced by the malt to make it a very enjoyable beer. Hops are more on the earthy side without too much, if any, fruitiness. Body is where the malt is present and helps to make the beer quaffable. Decent finish and about a session beer. (417 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle pulled out of a nice sampler pack which cost $14. Clear gold-yellow with a frothy white head. It smells like its bitter and has a distinct lemon-citrus aroma, not bad. More lemon on the taste but to be honest the flavor profile on this makes me think of pale ale much more than an IPA. Mouthfeel is fine and this is quite easy to drink but again only the bitterness makes me think IPA. (397 characters)

Photo of maximum12
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This thing billows madly even on a gentle pour, & I can see the carbonation doing the NASCAR up from the bottom of the glass. Lots of sediment which remains strangely stirred up by the carbonation. Doesn't smell like much, faintly malty & with a whiff of hefe-type grassiness.

Not much in the way of hops in this one, which is the way I like my IPAs. A razor's edge of bitterness, again with the malt & wheaty grass. <shrugs>. The over-carbonation works against it.

Boulevard makes some good shtick, but their IPAs aren't much to sing about. Average all around, extraordinarily ordinary brew. (602 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (856 characters)

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams perfect Pint Glass

Appearance: high carbonation, orange-gold in color, 3/4 inch head, clear

Smell: citrus hops--oranges and lemons

Taste: citrus--tangerine orange, grapefruit with some pine hops and caramel

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, bitter with some sweetness in the middle and a more bitter/dry end--bitter but never mouth puckeringly so

Overall: Bitter and clean. This would be an IPA that I would reach for if I wanted an IPA. A nice sipper. (490 characters)

Photo of mynie
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice pour, hazy orange gold with an amazingly retentive, bright white head.

Smells wonderfully balanced, medium-strength hops with mild nodes of lemon and grapefruit against a lightly sweep malt. Not powerful, but that's okay.

Tastes almost exactly like it smells, nice balance, good hop complexities, but not all that strong.

This here is the poor man's Alpha King, which considering the fact that I'm poor and that they don't sell Alpha King around me it makes it a pretty great beer, in its own way. (506 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pint glass pour with a slightly cloudy golden-orange body. Massive creamy white head forms on the beer and retains like it wants to prevent me from drinking the beer below. Massive cloud on the beer leaves probably the thickest lace I have ever seen. It almost looks like whipped cream going down the glass.

S- Citrus and orange peel lead off the aroma for me. Yeast bread and light caramel malt compliment it nicely for a balanced smell. Hops also lend peach and herbal hints.

T- Hops are the dominant factor here with nice notes of citrus peel, orange, pineapple/tropical fruit, pine and some floral. While the hops are big, it certainly isn't unbalanced. A good base yeast bread, caramel and cereal grain flavor adds a great feel to the nice hop profile.

MF- Creamy light end body that supports the large dose of hops. Bitterness rounds it all out cleanly.

West Coast in the Mid-West? Reminds me of many of the IPAs I had in San Diego (Alpine, Ballast, Stone) but holds it's own. Might have to pick up a six pack of this soon, while it is nice and fresh. (1,064 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Dogfish Spiegelau glass. Bottleneck says Best By 08/07/14

A- Pours a medium amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains well before making its way down to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a thick solid ring behind.

S- Piney, citrusy hop aroma with a bit of cereal grain sweetness and a faint booze fume.

T- Grassy hop character comes in followed by a bitterness that's relatively mild for the style which then gives way to a bready malt finish. The bitterness lingers but not for long as it's gone by the time I take a quick next sip. The malt is there merely to provide balance and does a decent job.

M- Slightly sharp and oily from the hops. Medium carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Enjoyable across the board. Appropriately drinkable while still being plenty flavorful. (895 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.36/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is a nice cloudy golden yellow. The head is a few fingers thick, but quickly fades away.

S: The beer doesnt really offer much. I am getting some hops, some malt and thats really it.

T: I get a decent amount of hops, malt and some lingering weird taste. Its not back, but cant really describe it.

M: The beer is very bubbly and crisp. It isnt horrible, but not as smooth as most IPAs.

O: This beer was a lot beer when I first bought it, but when I buy it again, it just doesnt taste as good. I would say that this is a very solid beer, but not the best. (569 characters)

Photo of woosterbill
4.16/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Cheers! (1,508 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
3.94/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale orange color. The head is an impressive two and a half inches in height, and recedes very slowly into thick, chunky lacing. The aroma is pine resin, grapefruit, and hints of citrus. It is a nice aroma, but it is a little mild for the style. The taste has more citrus, and more grapefruit than the aroma. There is still are large pine notes. It is also a little more pronounced than the aroma. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with nice carbonation, and a smooth texture. Overall, this is a nice beer that I can thoroughly enjoy drink. I can see myself drinking this in the future. (613 characters)

Photo of cokes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single Wide departs the bottle a hazy brass color with a thick ivory head that stains the glass as it slides down.
The nose is a bit of a shape-shifter. It's pine, with needles, and sap, and earthier cones. Then it's a flower garden with roses and lilacs. Then it's a fruit salad, full of honeydew melons, blood oranges, and kiwi. The bready, lighty toasty and more pervasively sweet malt is the single constant. Where's Desmond?
This malt, all bready, floury, with a hint of toast, manifests as the mouth's baseline as well. It immediately sweetens with a candy sugar (rock candy) note, which is a bit odd in an IPA, but not disagreeable. Hops are a complex lot here, if not downright engimatic. Pine sidles in first, with white grapefruit. Fairly standard, so far. The pine turns danker, and brings wet, humid spruce, and cones, and shit that needs to be lit on fire to reproduce. That goes away, then it all flowers, and powerfully so. Waves of lilac and rose petals, and veritable mounds of pollen. Fruit comes late, and overrides all the precedes its. Oranges, pineapples, pears, melons, and peaches. The melon and peach aspects ride long and strong into the finish, mingling with light, lingering floral bitterness, along with a more pronounced talc-like minerality.
It carries a low, lazy carbonation, and a just-short-of-medium body. All in all, the feel is a bit loose, but it's light enough to ensure a measure of quaffability.
This is a varied and complicated bastard, which surprised me a bit. I'd be interested in seeing the hop bill, 'cause there's a lot of depth here. And while that's an asset overall, it also leads to a general sense of unfocus. It's easy to like, but it's a bit harder to love. (1,715 characters)

Single-Wide IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.