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

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Double-Wide I.P.A.Double-Wide I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by SafeAtFirst on 11-17-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 792 | Ratings: 2,645
Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery is hammering some dingers. This is a very good (1.5X) IPA. As in a top ten. Creamy with grapefruit. There is more hop taste, balanced terrifically than bitterness. Would have again in a minute.Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook hops, and the taste was not in my face.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: two finger head with decent retention and lacing on a cloudy amber with almost bluish hue.

S: fairly malty with candied orange and grapefruit citrus malt. Some brown sugar and molasses.

T: malt forward IPA with the hops providing apricot and orange citrus with additional floral and very mild pine notes.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: a nice malt forward DIPA with the booze well hidden.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Batch 012160 - 3-2012.

Pours a murky dark orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, citrus zest, and herbal hops. Taste is much the same with a mild amount of herbal hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

one of the best double ipa's ive ever had, no kidding. pours surprisingly dark, caramel in color with a lacey tan head over an inch tall. looks eerily dark ruby red when held to the light. perfectly clear. smells like toasted malt, sweet buttery caramel, and a whole lot of pine resin hops. flavor is incredible, balanced in ways ive never tasted for a beer of this magnitude. while the hop aromas invade the nose, the semi sweet fruity malt palate goes to work on the tongue, stirring up excitement for what is to some. then the hops appear in the taste, big and robust, but not overly assertive in that rude sense. they sort of ease their way in and out, a big presence in the room, but not an obnoxious party guest. they merge perfectly with the complex and seductive sweet malt profile in excellent proportion, and sort of slowly fade off together. the feel is great, fuller bodied and well carbonated. this is a beer that needs more recognition, it is sensational, like all the smokestack series beers have been. wow i cant get enough of this.

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Photo of Knapp85
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking copper color with a big foamy white head on top. The lacing is clumpy and sticks really well, good retention also. The smell of this brew has a good hoppy aroma with a hefty amount of malt too. The taste of the beer gives off a nice malt profile in the beginning, soft and sweet, then unleashes the hops in the finish leaving behind resin like lemon flavors. The mouthfeel is smooth, nicely carbonated and medium bodied. Overall this beer was really quite nice, glad I managed to get a bottle to try.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All of the Smokestacks from Boulevard that I've had so far have been stellar. I expect nothing less here.

The pour brings a deep amber, copper colored concoction along with a billowing head that forms a mousse-like froath on top. The foamstance retains forever and laces supurbly all the while. Mild haze is expected for these dry-hopped beers.

Very citrusy and piney to the nose, but with a heafty maltiness that refuses to let the sharp hops dominate. Light notes of fruits, tobacco, and spice accompany the heavy malts and heavier hops.

Deep hop flavors of pine resins, fresh cut grass, orange zest, grapefruit, and lemon grass again take precidence; but not without a formatable fight from the deep amber malts. The beer retains quite a bit of sweetness and begins to take on the proportions of Imperial IPA's. Spicy alcohols, ginger, cinnamon, and cumin make slight appearances and go well with the herbal hop taste. Esters of apples, pears, cherries, and dates give an even deeper complexity to the taste.

The beer's textures are very rich and malty for an IPA, again harkening to an Double version. The malty, molassas sweetness fades at mid-palate and allow the combination of hops and alcohol to dry the beer out in the finish- allowing for a resiny-hop and fruity finish. The alcohol bite in this one rides just a little high, even above the hop bitterness in the finish.

The beer reminds me of Bear Republic's Hop Rod Rye because of the darker grains, maltier textures, and spicy notes even without the effect of the rye here. The tobacco note is well received but makes the beer seem sweeter and less dry as most IPA's.

Thanks BlueOkie!

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Photo of brentk56
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy amber color with a beige head that is the consistency of beaten eqg whites; shards of lacing stream down the sides of the pint glass

Smell: Rather balanced between the piney hops and the caramel malt backbone

Taste: After a biscuity opening, the piney hops start to kick in by mid-palate, along with a building caramel malt flavor; after the swallow, the hoppy bitterness dominates for a while, but the malt lies in waiting and finishes of the beer with a sweet touch

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and a bit overly carbonated; a bit of warmth in the gullet

Drinkability: Other than the carbonation being way out of line for the style, this is a balanced DIPA that is pretty tasty

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of the ever generous Hogtownharry: Poured a clear copper color ale with a huge foamy head with good retention and good lacing. Aroma consists of dominant citrus and floral hops with a distinctive touch of grapefruit all of which constitute a near perfect aroma. Taste is a mix between some citrus and grapefruit hops with a light floral malt backbone. Bitterness is not a dominant element and I somewhat enjoy the fact that a IIPA can be something else that a bitter bomb. Average body with good carbonation and no discernable alcohol. I really enjoyed the presence of grapefruit notes and the attenuation of the bitterness. This beer really makes me want to further discover the beer form this fine brewery.

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Photo of emerge077
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Doublewide pours an opaque juicy orange, with spotty lace and good head retention.

Light citrusy aromas of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit. Not as pungent as it could be, but still very appealing.

Lots of pale malt balanced by citrus-laden hops. Very light herbal hop taste in the aftertaste. Resiny, but not medicinal, doesn't linger past it's welcome.

Light feeling, juicy and thirst-quenching. Medium-bodied with an ample dose of pale malt. Light bitterness that builds with bigger sips.

It's mild enough to enjoy a bottle to yourself, although this one was shared with friends.

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Photo of zeff80
4.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, orange color with a tan, soapy, bubbly, three-finger head that left small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of hops and malt. There were also citrus and floral notes.

T - It tasted of bitter hoppiness and good roasted malt. It had a biscuity taste, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A medium bodied beer.

D - This is a very nice attempt at an IPA by the folks at Boulevard. And "It's twister proof!"

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Photo of oline73
4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours with almost an inch of fluffy off-white head. A layer of carbonation remains throughout. The beer is a cloudy reddish amber or light mahogany color.

Smell: Mostly herbal hops with some mild citrus notes. In the background, there is some caramel sweetness.

Taste: Herbal hop bitterness dominates throughout. I also notice some fruity notes including citrus and some mild pepper. In the background I'm picking up some caramel or toffee from the malt and a bit of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a carbonation level that is just right. This beer isn't very dry at all.

Drinkability: I enjoy this beer and it is quite drinkable given the ABV. I would give this one another shot.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to my father-in-law for bringing this to Thanksgiving. Served in a Portsmouth tulip.

Pours a hazy copper color with a single-finger light tan head and a pretty good amount of lacing. The nose is fairly tropical with some sweet pineapple notes and a bit of citrus. A bit of sweet malt character.

The flavor is quite enjoyable. It's fairly sweet and fruity, but not cloying and all of this character might not necessarily be from the malt. This is pretty interesting. The feel is slightly bitter with a mildly-dry finish. The feel is a bit creamy with a medium body. Pretty nice and unique; I'm a fan of this brew.

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Photo of mothman
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Why is this labeled as a ipa and not dipa?

Poured into my smokestack chalice. Bottle is 11/11. (also the back of the bottle says this can be cellared? odd).

Pours a fluffy finger of beige head. Color is a dark caramel/copper brown. Sediment in the glass. Very dark for a DIPA.

Aroma: Floral hops up front, but there is a distinguishable crushed black pepper flavor which is odd. The pepper takes a away from the citrus notes.

Taste: Lots of floral hops with a decent bready malt backbone. Again pepper mutes a lot of the citrus flavors. Maybe some caramel malt. Grassy hops. I have a hard time giving this a 4, but it isn't a 3.5.

Mouthfeel: Bitter, but relatively smooth for an IPA. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this IPA was quite odd, from the color to the pepper and the amount of malts used. I probably wouldn't want a full 750 of this. It isn't the most drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.67/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a four pack on Saturday for the big Michigan victory.Poured into a nonic a deeply hazed deep orange infused copper color with a huge blooming head that over filled the glass even with a pretty gentle pour.Aromas were deeply fruity and resiny with sweet alcohol.and caramel looming large as well.I found the flavors to pretty sweet with a lot of suary notes,the hops were there lending tropical fruit and pine resin notes but this is another sweet ladened DIPA.It's not bad and is alot like others of the style but it just gets to sweet and sticky after my opinion.

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into tulip, best by 02/24/2012. Pours hazy and cloudy reddish orange color with a huge 3-4 fingers of dense khaki head with incredible retention that reduces to a lacing cap. Some nice lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of big orange, pine, spiciness, caramel, grapefruit, and some light tropical fruits. Some nice and fairly standard aromas. Taste of big pine, orange, grapefruit, spiciness, bread, and light tropical fruitiness. Nice amount of bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pine resin, citrus, caramel, and spiciness for a good bit. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy mouthfeel that is pretty nice. No alcohol noticed other than a slight warming on the finish. Some nice balance of flavor and bitterness. Overall a very nice and enjoyable DIPA from boulevard.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked and caged bottle into a couple of pint glasses. Thanks to Bobbydigi for the hook up with this in a trade.

This was a bit of a foamer at first but once things settled down, it poured a deep, hazy, burnt orange with several billowy fingers of foamy light tan head. Retains at first into a big dollop, which then spreads out in a thinner creamy layer, that just blankets the sides of the glass with sticky lacing. The aroma is floral and a bit herbal smelling, with a good amount of spice and citrus mixed in as well, and is then followed by some solid backing notes of bread and toffee. I'm also picking up just the faintest whiff of a metallic aroma in this as well, which holds back my aroma rating here a tad. Strange.

The taste starts with a big hop bite up front that then spreads out into a dry and spicy bitterness, along with some sticky resinous character. For the most part, this is well balanced with a sweet malty backbone of toasted caramel malts. Bitterness really lingers with this, laying a steady dry feel on the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a creamy carbonation to it that fights with a more slicker feel underneath. The only alcohol that I'm getting it just some light warmth on the breath as I drink this. Very nicely hidden.

This was a nicely done IPA from Boulevard with with some bold hops flavors and a really good feel and drinkibility to it, despite the higher ABV. This was the first of the Smokestack Series that I've had from them and it was a good start.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.42/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired via trade from grumpy, so a big "Thank You" goes out to him. Poured from a 750ml bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a medium brown color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of floral hops, malty & sweet notes of caramel and citrus.

T: The taste is starts out with sweet flavors of caramel and citrus that are quickly followed by a strong piney hops bitterness. There's a hearty malt character and a mild alcohol sting that creeps in at the end. The after-taste is hoppy and sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, very good representation of style, this is a very good flavorful beer with some strength that is worth drinking for a long time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, copper body with a full, off-white head.

Smell: Aroma of pale malts, earthy hops, and a crate filled with citrus fruits.

Taste: Pale malts with some sugary caramel sweetness. Citrus fruit, maybe a bit of resinous pine. Moderate bitterness and a jarring acidity. Small measure of alcohol coming forward for the bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Can we still be friends if I tell you I thought it was just okay?

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.99/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy orange-ish copper in color with light amounts of fine particles in suspension, light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass, and just a hint of amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that very slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of sweet caramel malts and pine + citrus/grapefruit pith hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of sweet caramel malts with a light amount of biscuit malts. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pine + citrus/grapefruit pith hops which impart a moderate amount of bitterness which lingers.

M: Just shy of full bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness with a light to moderate amount of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Overall, while this beer is sweet upfront and bitter in the finish it is pretty well balanced. This is a big DIPA and definitely more of a sipping beer. Enjoyable but certainly not one of the best that I have had in the style - I favor less piney hops in my IPAs/DIPAs.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glazed apricot with a lovely glow when backlit. The pale orange-ivory crown is more a mass of tightly packed crystalline bubbles than it is foam. When those sticky bubbles break, they leave circles, curlicues and half-moons of lace on the glass.

Boulevard Double-Wide smells like it will be my kind of DIPA. In other words, one that is barely caramel malty and puts its citric hops front and center. The hop bill includes Zeus, Magnum, Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook. What a well-chosen lineup.

I'm amazed at how drinkable this ale is right out of the hopper. Even though it's barely two months of age, the alcohol is well-hidden and the flavors are especially well-integrated. It's also balanced (as long as you're a hophead). My tongue may be feeling it after 750 ml, but it isn't even close to begging for mercy yet.

Pale malt rules the roost... accepting only minimal assistance from caramel malt. The flavor profile would be better if Centennial and Chinook were used for flavor and bittering rather than just dry-hopping. The flavor hops (Zeus and Magnum) are okay, but they aren't high on my list of favorites. This is good beer, but it isn't special.

Specific lupulin flavors include white grapefruit pith, lemon and orange zest and puckery peach. It's probably bordering on nitpicky, but there's a little too much bitterness for the amount of fresh, juicy hop flavor. Again, using the C-hops for flavor would have been a better choice. Actually... I forgot that Zeus and Columbus are one and the same, though there isn't much C-hop flavor for some reason.

Thankfully, this isn't one of those overly sweet, overly sappy DIPAs, but is snappily tart and impressively dry on the back end. I'll be drinking a lot of water later. Given that, it makes sense that the mouthfeel isn't lush and creamy. That's okay because it all fits together as it should.

I'm pleased with Double-Wide India Pale Ale, my first Smokestack Series beer (officially No. 2 in the series). Boulevard has done a good job here and is only a few recipe tweaks away from very good. And at only $6.99 per bottle, it's a steal. And it's 'twister proof'.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.21/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes 1/29/11. Thanks to THECPJ for the share.

A: Pours a hazy orange with a very large 2.5 finger off white head. Extremely long head retention.

S: Slightly floral and a little fruity, I get some apple and maybe a little pear. There is a large malt component, some toasted grains, little bit of caramel.

T: Slightly bitter at first, but then it gets very sweet from the malts. A good bit of caramel malt flavor. Not a lot of citrus or pine as most people have tasted.

M/D: Medium bodied and on the drier side. Overall, a disappointment. Had very high hopes based on reviews and brewery reputation, but this fell a bit flat. Bottling date is unknown and is likely the problem. Should I get a fresh one and the review is different, I will rereview it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

amber and very clean. Some light carbonation could be seen streaming up from the bottom of the glass throughout the session leading to a nice two inch head of white foam that capped it off quite nicely. Faded down and left a nearly bare top but nice lacing on the sides and bottom of the glass. Aroma was pungent. Deep grapefruit hops and a ton of rich citrus notes rip through the air. Very fresh, ripe. Warming brings out some almost pineapple like notes and a nice alcohol warmness. Sharp, biting flavor. Crisp, clean and fresh. Raw hops shred the palate and bring tons of grapefruit and alcohol right up front. Damn this is strong, two pints in and I am feeling it for sure

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Photo of russpowell
4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Split a 750 ml bottle with my buddy Eric, who brought these back from Mizzou

Poured a slightly turbid amber/caramel with 2 fingers of tan colored head. Great lacing & above average head retention

S: Some breadyness & a bit of piney hops

T: Bready with a bit of caramel & piney hops up front. Some citric (lemons & grapefruit) hops as this warms. Finishes with caramel & more resiny/piney hops

MF: Chewy with low carbonation & pretty good balance, hops needed more depth

Drank pretty easy for the abv. A solid, but not too inspired IPA. More brute force than art in IMO, but still tasty

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Photo of Slatetank
3.95/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this from a small bottle -enjoyed from a tulip chilled.

The appearance is light golden apricot with a mix of sunny amber, the cap is small and white and the bead is fine with slight lace collection. The smell is very citrus and apricot with light tropical accents from the fruity yeast. The feel is good with moderate bitterness and mostly dry texture with some astringency and rind-like quality with gentle pepper tinges.

The taste is good with mild grassiness and some almost lemony citrus zing with a light sweet tropical fruit essence in the background, the malt plays a secondary role with some light spice notes from the hops, but they are primarily fruity/citrus tinged. Overall this is a decent double IPA, I didn't notice any alcohol and the emphasis on hop flavor pushes it which is a quality I admire. I think it is pretty astringent which is the only aspect I would knock it for.

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Photo of billab914
3.78/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Freetail pint glass. It poured a bright copper color with a full and frothy off-white head filling the top inch of the glass. Pretty good head retention and some modest lacing on the glass as I drank it.

The aroma has a pretty bold grapefruit and pine hoppiness to it. It also has a sweet, almost candied fruit like presence to it with a good amount of caramel malt and orange flavors coming through.

The taste is similar to the nose with a candied fruit, orange, caramel malt flavor really coming through. The grapefruit and pine hoppiness also add to the flavors and give it a modest dry bitter finish. It has a lot of sweetness to it overall though.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent, it had some good hoppy and sweet flavors to it. The candied fruit like sweetness was different but pretty good in it. A pretty good beer overall.

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