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

A - Dark amber with fluffy off-white head. Good retention and lacing.

S - Floral hops are the most present with some fruity notes peppered in. There is also a could kick of malt.

T - Hops are predominate with sweet fruits and maltiness in the middle. Finishes slightly bitter.

M - Medium-body with just the right amount of carbonation.

D - At 8.5% I should probably ony have one but could definately drink more.

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Photo of blackjack000
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle poured into goblet.

Appearance: A hazy, impenetrable apricot. The appearance is so foggy it almost looks slushy. Pretty. A good dollop of creamy and frothy head sits on top.

Smell: A swath of citrus and pine, with brown sugar in the back.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Thick and chewy grapefruit, with the same sort of aftertaste as when you bite into a grapefruit seed. Punishing hops, with enough chewy maltiness on the backside to not let the flavor ring hollow.

This is a really good IPA. "Full flavored" comes to mind.

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Photo of midaszero
3.68/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light red amber body with tons of white head that leave excellent lacing

S - lots of floral hops with some dried fruit

T - Floral and fruit hops with dried candied fruit. There is some bitter aftertaste with a little metallic note

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Good and enjoyable

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Photo of WickedSluggy
4.29/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Met a rep from the KC brewery down here at a big beer store in Plano Texas - forgot his name, but nice guy. We talked about boiling hops, and words like "lupulin" were used with aplomb. He told be about there hop bitterness (alpha acid) extraction methods using long boils with brown sugar. He gave me a Boulevard glass and a couple samples - a quad and this IPA. I liked both, but I bought only bough the IPA. because I was on a mission to buy some Avery barlywines (Hog Heaven) and none of these beers are cheap

A - Amber brown, orange when you look to the light. Chill haze? No just cloudy. Nice creamy head that dissipates mostly.

S - Interesting hoppy spicy bouquet. Plenty of malt aroma too. This one puts out some stuff for the nostrils.

T - Big hop flavors with no shortage of malty sweetness. I would classify this as a DIPA, by the way. Very flavorful - no flaws.

D - A well-put-together DIPA. Different from some of my usuals, at least that is my perception right now. I'd love to keep a couple of these at proper temperatures.

Champaign bottle 750ml

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Photo of RodBurg
3.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this bottle. Pours a cloudy copper color and forms a huge head with excellent retention and lacing.

Smells of piney hops with notes of grapefruit and tropical flowers.

The piney hops are a little weak in the flavor. Lots of sweet caramel malt with a light bitter finish. Medium body.

Not bad, but weak on the hops to be called a double IPA. I'd imagine that its much better fresh.

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Photo of wagenvolks
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked & caged bottle into a Carolina IIPA pint glass.

Pours an attractively hazy, burnt orange hue with mahogany tint at the edges. A massive, 2" of creamy tan head builds and slowly recedes to a thin cap of finely sorted foam. Beautifully thick lacing coats the inside of the glass. The aroma is close to what I look for in a IPA: an abundance of floral, grapefruit hops balanced perfectly with caramel and toffee hops.

Beautiful balance of resinous, piney hops with lots of caramel malts. Much closer to the category of Double IPA's in terms of complexity, as the booziness chimes in to add a rich sweetness to the finish that ultimately ends with pine and toffee notes. Mouthfeel is juicily thick and viscous, but not so thick that the palate tires of the experience; perfect carbonation level, too. Overall, an amazing introduction to the Smokestack Series. Aside their Bully! Porter, Boulevard hasn't really impressed me that much. That all changed with this beer, and now I eagerly await the other three SSS brews in my collection.

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Photo of sgoodship
4.17/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This one was donated to the cause by my good friend bjones10. Thanks Brian. There's a lot of hop action in this. Brewer says that they use Zeus & Magnum for bittering and aroma. Ahtanum for aroma and Ahtanum, Centennial and Chinook for dry hopping. That's a lot of hops for a 750ml bottle! I pulled the cork out with my teeth - made me feel like a man. This is batch D8144 - here goes...

A: Man, it's a handsome bottle. Champaign style cork and bottle shape. Vintage poster looking label. Nice frothy yellowy white 2 finger head that dissipated to a nice thin head. Lacing is frothy. Color is really interesting. Hazy as you would expect but a mysterious dark reddish brown. Head comes back with subsequent pours.

S: Fresh grass, slight grapefruit but there is definitely a sweeter apricot type smell there too. Very bold but the sweetness rounds off the overt sharpness you can sometimes get from big hops.

T: Wow. I didn't expect this to be balanced (as much as an IPA can be balanced). The caramel malt is an exceptionally strong back bone and the bold hops sit right on top of it. No real conflicts, it works pretty well. The overall taste is a nice bready maltiness with citrus. The hop aggressiveness is there on the palette throughout and gives a nice crisp finish. Plenty going on in this brew.

M: It is crisp and light but the malty roundness of the taste makes it feel more medium bodied. Medium carbonation that is soft on the tongue but gives it plenty of life - just right.

D: This is a great beer. Pretty strong IPA. I drank the first pint
quickly but then I slowed down. I think the strong citrus and sweet malt was a bit much after a while. Having said that, I would be happy to have this beer often if I could get my hands on it. Makes me want to try more Boulevard.

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

Ooh, fancy. Champagne corked 750ml bottle (batch D8137). It might be even more satisfying popping this type of bottle when there is beer inside as opposed to bubbly. Even holding the bottle a foot or two away from me, hops hit my nose the second the cork came out.

Poured with... wowza, an absolute boatload of head. Slightly off-white and big bubbled, with a top o' the clouds appearance on top. The body is very cloudy, to the point of being opaque. Orange. Very good retention, nice lacing.

A pretty hoppy nose, of course, but not the overwhelming bevy I was expecting. Lemon zest and other citrus, sharp pine. The some yeast adds dough notes to biscuit malt.

The taste is sweet - with hints of maple - initially BUT for a mere split second, with a very sharp and crisp grassy hop taste entering. Grapefruit as well, and zest. Biscuit malts followed by a caramelly sweetness come in after, offering an oh-so-brief respite before it settles into the piney aftertaste.

Medium body, crisply carbonated. Lots of hops, and the beer is indeed very sharp, but they don't smack you in the head. Well balanced. I'm glad that my travels provided me with a chance to get a bottle, seeing as how it isn't distributed in my area.

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Photo of Mdog
3.93/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Gigantic amounts of foam like a Belgian sit upon a hazy dark orange liquid.

Smell: Citrus hops, yeasty.

Taste: Very balanced. Citrus sweetness balanced with a breadiness and some caramel. Initially had a very dry pithy finish but went away after a few drinks.

Drinkability: A 750mL is enough for a nice session, a little expensive to have regularly.

A balanced IPA that had the biggest non-Belgian head I've ever had. Sure, I like them a little more bitter than this, but still a nice beer to try. I'm glad Boulevard is expanding their horizons, they're a nice regional brewery.

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Photo of illidurit
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour: 750 mL champagne style bottle to pint glass. Absurdly dark color for an IPA; it's a ruddy murky muddy brown shade with a large fluffy head of a white peach flesh hue. Excellent retention and thick lacing.

Nose: Very very sweet aroma. Sappy caramel and real maple syrup, with candy apple, grapefruit rind, and pineapple.

Mouth: Sticky caramel is the first thing to hit the tongue, along with a candied pineapple hoppiness. Midpalate is muddled with bready and hoppy notes that struggle to shine but neither succeed. Finish evolves slowly, at first buttered toast (?!) and finally a decent lingering bitterness without much astringency. I can feel the 8.5 but I can't taste it. Mouthfeel is very very effervescent, in fact overly so. It's hard to drink without immediately burping, but after some rigorous glass-swirling and a bit of patience, it becomes more tolerable.

Verdict: I like my IPAs and DIPAs (this beer seems to be somewhere between IPA and an Imperial Red) to be 1) dry, 2) hop-centric, and 3) bitter. This beer is sticky, malty, and only a little bitter. It's a tolerable beer and it doesn't taste bad by any means, but it's a departure from my stylistic ideal.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.38/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received in trade from TexIndy, Thanks for the opportunity.

Pours a crystal clear red-orange color with a big fluffy slightly off white head that sticks around all night. Aromas of cascade hops came pouring out of the bottle just after popping the cork on this one. Lost of spicy pine, resin, and grapefruit with some caramel malt in the background. Taste is not nearly as hoppy as I would have thought from the smell. Defiantly the usual suspects in there but lots of caramel, some astringency. Definitely sweet, but not overly so. Finishes dry with a caramel hop aftertaste. Full bodied, creamy, resiny mouthfeel, loads of carbonation. Great IPA, wish I could get this locally.

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Photo of katan
4.02/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mil bottle, batch D8121

A - Brownish in color with a hair of red hue. Lots of head formation, pearly white in color. Builds up to a 1/2" in size. Dissipation is very slow.

S - A hop aroma dominates - very sweet, floral. It is pungent and assertive. A hair of grapefruit hangs behind it. Almost has a scent associated with cask aging.

T - Starts off with an "in-your-face" bitterness - well combined with the flavor of some noble hops. Must be aggressively dry-hopped. Finishes with a more balanced malt flavor. A nice sweet finish.

M - Thick and creamy. Higher than average carbonation present - detectable on the mouth. Some hop oil residue is present in the aftertaste.

D - A not overly aggressive IPA - for the style I find this beer to be very drinkable. The only knock I would have is the carbonation creates a "filling" feeling. ABV is strong but manageable.

Both the single wide and double wide impress me with the ability to give an excellent hop character similar to casking without having to do it. A beer worth trying, no doubt.

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Photo of HoustonTX
4.45/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Double Wide IPA pours aggressively with a hazy light brown body. Good sized off white head, sits nicely atop.

Wonderful aroma, large amount of sweet caramel malt along with a fantastic backing of succulent floral notes. The fragrance smells exactly like a fresh caramel apple coming out of the oven.

The flavor on this one shows a lot of balance, and still a plentiful amount of hops. Full-bodied, with an assertive slightly drying earthy mouthfeel. Upfront has a lot of raw and resinous hop oil and rinds, with bushings of pine needles. Wild herbaceous hop leafs and dank sticky nugs. Fresh off the bush hoppiness. Accentuated by a plentiful amount of light citrus (lemon and grapefruit), along with a solid base of caramel malt. Finishes clean and well balanced, and with the assertive bitterness lingering for quite some time.

An excellent IPA, wonderful balance, and some incredible hopping, what else could you ask for. This is a must try.

Well done Boulevard.

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Photo of Mauerhan
4.6/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

New years eve. time to crack some bottles that ive been saving to enjoy with some people that i enjoy. First review back in a while.

Pours a nice rich opaque amber with a nice amount of thick foamy white head. Retention is sexy. big thick lacing lines the sides of my glass.

smell is rich and full. Citrusy tones, pine, fresh grass, with a hint of caramel at the end. smell is great.

taste is smooth and full. nice oily hop presence that lingers through the mouth. nice and bitter, sweet.

this is a very easy beer to drink and I am glad that i've waited to try this. this will go right onto my wants list.

smell is rich

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Photo of GClarkage
4.32/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12/22/08- Purchased at Hi-Times in Costa Mesa, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Batch number on the back of the bottle. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Clouded amber-carmel like color. Ultra fine yeast particles. Head is about 3 fingers, large bubbled and semi-creamy. Leaves some sticky lace patches and some light streaks.

Smell- Very fruity! Lots of orange, lemon, grapefruit and tangerine in the nose. Toasty malt backs it up. Very pungent and quite nice.

Taste- Basing the rating on the taste as it was fairly cold and not at room temp. Not as outgoing as in the nose, but still a nice light toasted caramel malt base and a good dose of grapefruit and lemony hop goodness. As it gets to room temp, the caramel flavors really come out and even improve the flavor more. Almost like a low abv Bigfoot.

Mouthfeel- Incredibly creamy. Never had an IPA that was as smooth as this one that wasn't cask. Lower carbonation level, but sharp and prickly at the same time. Lightly chewy and about the mouthfeel you would expect for an abv of 8.5%.

Drinkability- Ultra drinkable, very flavorful and a pleasure to drink. I just wish the flavors came out a bit earlier as I don't think you should have to wait for an IPA to get to room temp to enjoy it as much. Still, a wonderful beer that is worth seeking out.

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Photo of deereless
4.53/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Loads of dense, thick foam with a spider web of lacing along the side of the glass, the color of a murky iced tea, miniscule sediment is noticeable in the glass, interpret it as you want - but this beer looks like what I want an IPA to look like - 5.00., S: A wallop of citrusy hops, sharp crisp aromas, some nice malt sweetness is also evident - 4.50, T: A hefty dose of malt is present but the hops are what really define this beer, quite piney - 4.50, M: Thick and creamy - 4.50, D: A very enjoyable beers, one of the better IPAs that I've had, quite intense but not one that demands your constant attention - 4.50

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

Got this from the bottle shop next to Port Brewing in Carlsbad.
Poured into a stemless wine glass with nice clingy lacing that layered the top of the cloudy deep caramel body.
The hops are there but do not over power the malty backbone. Caramel and candy appear first with a pleasant hop flavor that turns into a slight resigny hitch.
The heat from the alcohol is mild and hidden well in the hoppy floral complexity. Malty sweetness blend nicly with the hops into a wonderfully drinkable beer.
I should have got 2!

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a hazy orange color. The head is a massive frothy white color. Lacing sticks around until the beer is gone leaving thick chunky lacing all over the glass. The aroma is mix of grapefruit, citrus, and floral hops. It is quite bold. The taste leans more toward the grapefruit and citrus with only hints of the floral notes that were present in the aroma. The mouthfeel is a little lighter than full bodied with appropriately low carbonation. Overall, this is a nice DIPA. I like how there is enough malt to keep it moderately balance, but not so much that it verges into barelywine territory. I would happily drink this again.

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Photo of briman
3.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dull copper color. Excessive thick foam head dominates the pour (75% of the glass).

Aroma displays both an obvious citrus essense as well as a secondary note that seems more perfumy than floral. Light toasted malt note in the background.

Flavor has citrus, with some toasted and caramel malt leading into a moderate grapefruity bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Medium-full body, slightly chewy, with moderate carbonation. Body is a little fuller than expected for the style.

Overall very good as far as flavor and aroma are concerned, but it's certainly a negative when you have to use a spoon to ladel out the foam just so you can drink it. Also seems a bit heavy for the style.

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Photo of coldmeat23
4/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

GLASS: Goblet
TEMP: Cellared @ approx 50 degrees
BATCH#: D8078

Pours a beautiful golden brown with amber highlights. Medium pour produces a huge head of fairly dense, light tan foam. Retention is excellent. Lacing is fairly sticky.

Smell is of big floral hops. Hints of pine and citrus, mostly grapefruit. Definitely some sweet malt presence coming through, as well. Caramely biscuit notes. Tropical notes of pineapple and oranges. A touch of mango.

Big caramel malt base is offset by big hops presence. Nice caramel and brown sugar notes mixed with pineapple and grapefruit. Hints of pine.
The bitterness of the hops are fairly subdued, here. They are balanced out by the sweetness of the malt profile. Still a little too upfront for my tastes, but the balance is close.

Mouthfeel is somewhat murky. I associate IPA's with being towards the crisp and clean side, generally. This one starts crisp and by the time you swallow, it has become creamy. Somewhat odd body for a DIPA.

This is an example of a big DIPA that is verging on a nice balance, but remains a tad bit too hop forward for me to enjoy it frequently.

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Photo of hopdog
4.04/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired trades with theisti & mreusch (thanks!).

Poured a medium to deeper and cloudy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of grass, hay, light caramel, and a trace of citrus. Tastes of caramel, citrus, grassiness, and earthy.

Notes from 5/2/08

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Photo of srandycarter
3.91/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Thick sticky clumpy head, dark pekoe tea body.

S - Malty, a bit metallic, some bitter finish in the nose.

T - Nice medium volume sweet center, balanced out with bittering hops.

M - Creamy, would have liiked a little more carb. Nicely coating.

D - A fine beer, just not real complex.

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Photo of Reaper16
4.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

served on-tap at Boulevard Brewery

Poured a brown/orange, perhaps copper, color. Abundant beige head that didn't really go away. Darker than expected, but sort of captivatingly so; really pretty beer.

Big-time hop aroma. Smells like a DIPA, honestly. Boat-loads of citrus, especially grapefruit. Pine notes. Put a big grin on my face. The malts are there, but are definitely overshadowed by the significant hop smells.

Taste departs from the aroma in that the malt presence is tasted much more significantly than it is smelled. Nice caramely malt flavor, a little bready. The hops here are more pronounced on-tap than in the normal bottled version of Double Wide. A deliciously puckering amount of grapefruit flavor greets the tongue. Plenty of pine resin and even orange peel, too. The hops work very nicely on tap. Make no mistake, Double Wide is the definition of balanced. Just less-so on-tap. This is a treat.

The alcohol content is noticeable after awhile. Because you really can't get this on-tap many places, though, there isn't the expectation to try and session this or anything. As is, it is both drying and refreshing. A dangerous combo, sure, but an agreeable one.

Basically, this is very, very good. Double Wide exists in the wonderful little borderland between IPA and DIPA. It is perhaps balanced to a fault, especially if one expects a full-on DIPA. Whatever it is, it is a splendid offering from Boulevard. I really hope to have this on-tap again sometime.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
2.92/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 12/14/2008 (bottle batch#D8240):

Pours a reddish brown color body..Big creamy head, lasting, okay lacing. Piney, hoppy aroma. Bitter pungent nose with some sickly sweetness. Balanced taste, some grapefruity taste. Watery body, some carbonation. Not a strong flavor. More aroma than taste.

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

a: a deep amber beer fills my Piraat snifter, giving a thick khaki head and moderate lacing after a molasses-slow recession

s: lush tropical hop aroma with sweet citrus, pineapple, and passionfruit most notable, nice balance with an aromatic and darkly fruity caramel malt base, rich grain without being overly sweet

m: soft but medium-full carbonation accompanies a smooth body on the heavier side of medium, a nice combination of delicacy and liveliness

t: rich grainy caramels, hop-burp inducing full tropical fruit flavors, moderate-high bitterness in keeping with the balance found throughout

d: a nice one to take your time with, highly enjoyable

from mhewes in the Pre-Season Football BiF...enjoyed with some buffalo yam curry

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Double-Wide I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
3.96 out of 5 based on 2,644 ratings.
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