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

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American Imperial IPA
3.98 | pDev: 11.31%
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: The classic India Pale Ale is a traveler’s beer, aggressively hopped to withstand the long, hot ocean voyage to the British East Indies. Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest. While this modern-day prairie schooner may not resemble a graceful sailing sloop, our liberal hopping regimen does make her virtually “twister-proof,” with toffee and caramel notes balancing out the lingering bitterness. Enjoy this beer fresh to best appreciate the complex blending of hop aromas, ranging from minty to citrusy, with subtle hints of pine.

71 IBU
Reviews: 795 | Ratings: 2,652 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of GuyFawkes
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Gorgeous murky orange.

Frothy white head; insane lacing.

Delicious rich mango jam nose. Before my first sip, I'm very excited.

Medium mouthfeel, leaning towards heavy.

The mango jam flavor is balanced with substantial but not overbearing malts; a truly unique and delicious DIPA. I look forward to having many more.

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Photo of iguanodon
3.16/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Original rating 2012-09-02] Pours cloudy copper with a thick off white head that lasts. Aroma is...faint. I’m not smelling much at all. A little spent malt, not much hops aroma. Maybe a little fruit and straw if I use my imagination. Taste is well balanced, lots of malt, kind of sweet at first with a bitter finish. Alcohol is well hidden but it warms on the way down so you know it’s there. A solid DIPA but not the one I’d reach for if I had my pick, which I don’t because I live in Utah now.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a super golden amber and leaves more of a slightly bronze looking colored body with a one and a half finger white foamy head that rises to a sort of rocky looking lumpiness that wants to overflow but nicely maintains a classic awesome sustained head that just hovers over top of the glass (wow, what a nice show); the aroma has an initial smell (actually smokey, but quickly goes away, unsure where that came from and unaware if that was intentional), anyways, it leads into a the "typical" DIPA smells of citrus and pine coming through in a nice sweet sort of way followed by a slight bitterness; the taste is mainly sweet (there’s an element that wants to be slightly bitter, but it really comes across mainly sweet through the citrus/pine aspects). A very citrus-like aftertaste, dry malty finish and comes across pretty combined - I like it; on the palate this one sits about a medium on the body with a semi-sessionable aspect to it (as far as any DIPA really can be), carbonation comes across like a good DIPA (there’s the harsh bittering pounding on the mouth and tongue but still not overdoing it just to let the malty aspects show their face); overall - I say this is a good DIPA that I would have again, good job Boulevard.

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Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Retired! (Chuckles) Oh, boy. Yeah. I know this one is retired and the one I found is definitely out of date. I can just make out the expiration date on the bottle and it appears to have "expired" sometime in June of 2013. So, this little fella is a little over the three year mark too far. I vaguely remember this beer fresh, I had one maybe a year before they pulled it. I remember thinking it was pretty good, I wasn't necessarily blown away but it was a memorable beer. A bit malty, a bit spicy, nicely bitter. But not in your face.

When I found this on a local grocers shelve, shuffled to the back, curiosity got the best of me. The Double-Wide, in a squeaky, pathetic voice was weeping, "Save me! Save me!"… And I was all like, "Alright." (shrugs)

So, without further adieu.

Look: Has a nice, deep amber, orange sort of color. A good frothy, deep cream color head to it that slowly dissipates and clings nicely to the glass walls. My only complaint is pretty mild. It has a lot of "stuff" just, hanging, fully suspended and motionless when left alone, floating in the beer. It is kind of strange. Though, slightly impressive because it is perfectly still… just hanging there, like a lava lamp suspended in motion. I'm beginning to trip out, man.

Smell: Wow. I am actually really surprised by this. For how old and out of date this little fella is, I get a hint of oxidation, a bit of smoke, and a bit of soapy hops. It has a dried orange peel sort of sent to it with an herbal pine that is most obvious. Do I sense, barleywine?

Taste: Yeah, that last comment sums it up. Barleywine. This double IPA has changed it's spots in my opinion. The hops are dead. There is a faint bitterness right at the back end but it is minimal. There is a fruity tea tone to it, I do get a bit of dried apricot, maybe a bit of dried apple as well. I also get a pine resin touch right after the initial fruitiness. The malt is well blended among the tea/fruit thing and bears a bit of oxidation with the light earthy, caramel taste. I've had barley wines that taste almost identical to this in so many ways. One that comes to mind is Old Foghorn Barleywine.

Feel: The feel is a perfect medium body. The carbonation is still good and helps crisp it up whereas without it I could see this becoming a very sticky and cloying mess. Very smooth at this point, a pinch oily.

Overall: Needless to say, I may be going back to this grocer to see if I can track down one last bottle that may have been shoved to the back. This is actually really good and probably more memorable than it was fresh. Irony of ironies. Of course, as I frequently mentioned, this beer seems to no longer have many notes of a double IPA. It has transformed into a barleywine. I like barleywines better. That is just my opinion. I'd say, if you see it, try it. Be amazed. Though I have my doubts that it will be easy anymore to find this on a shelf like I did. This beer has been retired for some time now. A few years at least at this point.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.46/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Exploding orange out the bottle, looks good except for the substantial amount of haze for style, had the dry hopping made up for it, all would be forgiven, but it wasn't. it was mostly bittering hops when you pulled and pulled at the nose.

Pine and grapefruit, its a big bitter dipa the likes of which we've seen over and over. Lemon, grapefruit, caramel unsweetened. Format is a little suspect, don't know why we need 750s of dipas. I mean, its good, not great.

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Photo of PorterLambic
4.22/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours from a now capped, not corked, bottle. Additionally, this bottle was purchased in 11/2014 and drunk in 3/2016. Best by date is 12/2014.

Pours a beautiful orange honey color topped with a big tan head. Retention is as solid as the very thick film looks. Goodly amounts of lacing remain. Cloudy because I like the yeast (my 2nd favorite life form) in my brew.
Smell is easily picked up from 2 feet away, sweet, herbal & grassy hop notes, malt, bread, pepper all playing equally strong. Great balance!
Taste is exactly what the nose promises, a well-blended mix of herbal/grass, pepper, malt, bread and a gin-like alcohol note (I like gin) all trying to get your attention. Nicely done.
Just a tic over medium-bodied with a restrained effervescence. Warming after the swallow. Quite smooth for an IPA, even a DIPA. I like it and would gladly buy it again, were it still in production. And considering how well it stood up to life in my closet, the "best by" date is very conservative.

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Photo of DavidS333
5/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Double Wide IPA is a unique sort of Double/Imperial beer/ale, whose taste really sort of sets it apart from the Double/Imperial crowd in general.

The body of the beer is somewhat thick, not thick, not medium thick necessarily but about 3/4 of the way between light and medium thick one might suggest. The taste is sweet, but underlies a sort of hoppiness if one will.

The froth or carbonation of this beer, is sort of normal to somewhat more than normal in regards to Double/Imperial beers in general I would say. The ~squash colored froth bubbles out of the bottle upon opening it, and upon tasting it/smelling it, one senses a sort of pleasant sweetness that one does not normally get on first impression from a Double/Imperial style of beer/ale.

Overall the taste, is perhaps somewhat reminiscent of a blanket of semi-sweetness covering a bundle of hoppiness. For, the sweet, pleasant flavor/aroma of this beer covers a sort of hoppy richness that is subtle, and not as demanding of one's attention as are some Double/Imperial style beers/ales.

I would say overall that this is a very drinkable and pleasant beer. It might even be a good beer to have before casual athletic events like golf etc. for its sweet refreshing nature accompanied by it somewhat hoppy semi-thickness make it a very drinkable and refreshing beer.

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Photo of khmel
4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer with retention that stays forever! The nose is rather malty for a DIPA, and the taste is overall not as hoppy as many. Nevertheless, the hops are certainly present and more pine than citrus or floral. The mouthfeel is smooth with great body. A very enjoyable beer!

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Photo of amorpork
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really enjoying this one. Does it come in less than 750ml? My wife tasted it and gave the rest to me. Holy snikeys, I'm in for it. Again, smaller sizes would make it more likely to buy again. Anyway... coppery with nice head and lacing. Citrusy nose, complex hop signature and earthy finish that remind me of some oak aged ales. Will check in later...

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Photo of NinjaJesus
3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I miss this beer. I hope that Boulevard brings it back some day. Delicious malt structure balanced out with some serious hops. I was not usually a malty IPA fan but this was one of the turning points for that. The Calling is pretty amazing though. Cheers

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Photo of spacecake9
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dark honey color with a smaller head than expected.
S - Piney and subtle citrus.
T - Some caramel and apricot flavor in there.
M - Medium body and carbonation.
O - Boulevard continues to be a winner for me, I've liked everything I've tasted from them. I'll have another of these real soon.

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Photo of baconfromwalmart
3.24/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy brown, much darker than I expected. Thick, light brown head with staying power.
S: Fruit, pine, toffee
T&F: Dark roasted malt, a bit of alcohol heat. Bitterness is not really sharp but lingers at the back of the throat.
O: Tamer than I expected for an IPA.

Edit: Saw the "best by" date of 1/2015 after I finished the bottle, this deserves another try.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.66/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber in color with a murky appearance. There's a good inch of densely packed beige head resting on top. Heavy lacing is on my glass. Aroma of citrus hops and cereal grains is prominent. The flavor is a deep citrus burn comparable to an orange that is held in check by some light cereal grains. On the fade you get a nice citrus hop burn. The mouth is fairly thick,creamy, and a bit chalky.

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Photo of Apellonious
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle from 4 pack, best by 7/25/15, poured into a tulip glass

A - A murky amber orange with some sediment, huge carbo release, 3 finger fluffy white head.

S - Huge waft of ctirus when opening the bottle, slightly more muted in the glass due to the head. Some caramel malt notes as well.

T- Interesting mix. Follows the nose, the pine appears, and there is some mint like qualities. Malt takes over as it warms. Almost begins to taste English IPA like.

M - Carbonation medium to below medium as it warms, gets a touch sticky later.

O - A tasty DIPA. I imagine this will dissapoint some of hop heads due to lack of hop-ness in the taste, but I would recommend it.

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Photo of crob3888
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a hazy deep orange-brown hue, with a ton of sticky lacing on the glass. One of the best lacings I've seen on a beer.

Smell: The hops are upfront on the nose, giving off pine, resin, and woody scents. There's also some hints of floral hops but it's mostly pine and resin. Hint of toffee on the nose.

Taste: This is where things get interesting with this beer. It's got a huge caramel backbone, almost toffee-like. The hops aren't in-your-face bitter; they impart flavors of pine and resin and that woodsy, earthy flavor. As the beer warms, I was getting flavors of orange too - but it almost tastes like orange that was cooked on the barbecue and allowed to caramelize. The balance here between sweet caramel and toffee-like malts and the hops is impressive. It's such a malty DIPA that I understand why this community hasn't rated this one super high.

Feel: More than medium bodied, but less than full. Sticky, oily mouthfeel. Some carbonation. Long finish.

Overall: A balanced DIPA with a huge malt backbone. If you want a DIPA with more balance than in-your-face hoppiness, this sipper is for you.

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Photo of dan3099
4.75/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

looks great, nice amber color. good couple inches of head, good lacing. not a strong smell, sweet citrusy aroma. tastes the way it smells, very pleasant. feels good, very good after taste. makes you want to drink more. very good!

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Photo of livelyterry
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love this beer. Poured into tulip glass. 2 finger head with nice lacing.

Cloudy dark amber color. Hoppy yumminess. Hints of citrus including grapefruit but not overwhelming.

I seem to love Boulevard beers, and this was no exception.

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Photo of RyanK252
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a Boulevard Brewing tulip

A: Pours hazy deep reddish orange amber with a frothy light tan head that hangs around and laces well.

S: Sweet caramel malt, a little dankness, some fruitiness, and citrus and pine hops.

T: Big hop hit up front, citrus, grapefruit, tangerine, some fruitiness, maybe even a bit tropical, apricot, pineapple, light mango, a little pine, backed with big caramel toffee malt sweetness.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation, very smooth.

O: Not a super fresh bottle but well with in it's best by date, and I gotta say, it's aged quite well. I've had it before where it starts with a big grapefruit punch in the face, but the time seems to have mellowed it quite nicely making the other flavors come out. Love this one!

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Webby egg-tan stiff head over cherry amber body. 4
Children’s Bayer nose with grass, resin, and maraschino. 4
Yellow Danish with stone fruit filling then orange rind and a twinkle of citrus juice. 3.75
Pine sap finish and powdery bitter linger.
Medium, creamy, slight cling. 4

-- Firm hoppiness with flashes of brightness, but I wonder if it’s lost a step: how quickly do Missouri IPAs move off the shelf of a Paramus wine shop? Smooth and balanced overall, but by reputation I was hoping for more from this one. 4

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Photo of schematix
2.92/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I love the smack-you-in-the-tongue bitterness typical in an IPA.

A: Amber, bottle conditioned chunky. I prefer my commercial beers filtered, or the sediment to pack tightly.

S: I am excited. This has outstanding aroma. Big citrus aroma. Can't wait to dive in.

T: I'm waiting for it.... still waiting. It's underwhelming. My tongue isn't turning over. Mild flavor. Crap.

M: Carbonation is excellent. Head keeps buildling as it sits. Wanting that lingering bitterness though.

O: Just wasted $10 on a 4 pack. Wouldn't recommend unless you like your IPAs bite-less.

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Photo of MDHopster
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

cloudy orang with off quickly disspating white head, leaves moderate lacing on glass. Smell of pine and nutty malt. Tastes nutty with pine and slight citrus, well balanced with excellent bitters but pronounce malt. Good carbonation and IPA nip.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a single of this in Totowa last week, having never had this before. I loved the other beers in Boulevard's Smokestack series and this picked up right where those left off, in terms of the depth and quality of the line. Even though IPA's are a dime a dozen these days, this one wasn't like anything that I've had as the hops were recessed enough to let the other flavors, alcohol, and texture of this shine through. It almost handled like a Belgian IPA, down to the cloudiness of the hue and how long it took for me to get through this!

Loved the pour to this, as the apricot hue had a nice shine to it when held up to the light, to go with the appeal of the opaqueness and fluffy head. Lots of orange and resin in the nose to go with the mint and pine in the taste with a slick mouthfeel, a good amount of booze, and only the hint of hops in the back that slowly came on after everything else settled in. Quite strong, the booze was present and enhanced the flavor profile of this while adding a nice warming effect. Not any stickiness to this in the aftertaste but the caramel could be detected once this went down and added some more depth to this, on top of the crystalline sugar-like sweetness that was underneath everything else.

Sure, this was strong but being that this was a beer to savor, that wasn't a deterrent at all. IPA's like this enhance the style overall since they show that they don't all have to be hop-bombs that burn the taste buds from the get-go. This was fabulous stuff that warmed me up nicely on a cold winter's night and next time I head to the store, I'm getting a full four-pack of this. Great stuff that deserves a higher rating on here!

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Photo of wasso67
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Lovely cloudy light amber. Nice creamy head. Smells earthy, damp and musky. Nice bitterness up front. Good malt flavor, slightly sweet, finishes with a lovely hop bouquet more floral and less piney than most. An excellent IPA. Right up there with Enjoy by and Pliny in my estimation.

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Photo of beerbully
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into DFH IPA glass
Best by date 3/2015

L-This is one of the darker IPAs........Huge off white head with never ending retention. Lots of nucleation going on as well.......

S-Piney, grapefruit hops..............some caramel, toffee malts

T-Piney, grassy, earthy, herbal hops, ........not much citrus. at first, but more grapefruit appears as it warms...........caramel, toffee, bready malts........

F-Medium bodied, mild carbonation, some sweetness, some mild bitterness in the finish......something lacking throughout the experience

O-Just not my style of IPA, heavy on the caramel / toffee malts, hops are more piney and herbal vs. tropical.
Alcohol doesn't have a strong presence which is fine
Improves as it warms........not one I would revisit

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Photo of jooler
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really malty initial taste, kind of like the beer camp ipa from Sierra Nevada but this dipa does go down smooth. I like the amount of carbonation. But still not worth it

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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 2652 ratings