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Average Review High Score Low Score Reviews Tried Consumed
78 86 70 6 35 22
Double Wide Double IPA by Boulevard Brewing Co.
American Double / Imperial IPA
8.50 % ABV


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Review by joe1510 on 11/26/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 2 10 16 5 8 2009
750ml

Batch D8095

Received in a recent trade with turbine2475, thanks again Jeremiah! Double-Wide IPA pours darker then expected and appears more garnet then amber. A hazy body barely lets me see the logo on my glass through the beer. A standard pour produces a creamy dense three finger head that eventually falls to a thick cap with a mountain in the middle and a thicker ring around the glass. Leaves chunky lacing after each drink.

As soon as I stick my nose in the glass I'm greeted by a strong hop presence, which I always enjoy. Resinous hoppiness hits first but is quickly joined and overtaken by an apricot and grapefruit fruitiness. There's even a splash here and there of the aspirin like bitterness I've really come to enjoy in my IPAs. As this opens up more I seem to pull out blonde tobacco over the top of the caramel maltiness and mild alcohol. Gives the idea this will be a bit of a tongue ripper.

The resinous hop presence isn't quite as prominent as the nose suggested but does take center stage. A quick flash of the apricot comes through mid palate but the grapefruit isn't around on the tongue. While the resinous hops lead throughout they're met by the tobacco on the swallow. All of this hop complexity is layered over the top of a caramel foundation that stands out more on the swallow. A hint of clean alcohol here and there adds to the flavor rather then detracts.

The mouthfeel on this beer is near perfect. The body is on the heavier side of medium but there's ample carbonation to keep things moving along before things get at all sticky. Each swallow leaves a coating of bitterness that eventually is becomes the tongue ripper I was expecting. The drying finish only adds to the bitterness.

There is huge flavor in this beer but it stays easy drinking throughout. The dryness and bitterness keeps me going back faster then I should which could get dangerous with an 8.5%abv.

This is an excellent IPA that will definitely give your tongue a beating which just happens to be a quality I love in my IPAs. My first of the Smokestack Series and if the others live up to Double Wide I'm certainly in for a treat. Thanks again Jeremiah!

Reviewed: 6/18/08

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Oxymoron on 09/03/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
72 3 8 14 4 7 2009
It's funny to see a beer released in certain area/state and all the reviews coming pouring in? Speaking of pour, the appearance is a mostly hazy light orange to amber red color with a soft fizzy head. Good retention and moderate lacing through the tasting.

The nose is more along the lines of an East Coast IPA (IMHO). There is a lot of fruity notes both from hops and esters. Some orange and citrus notes. Some rose and tropical fruit notes too. Mango, a bit of pineapple and lemon as well. The malt is noticeable but a bit sweet but blends ok with the fruit/hop notes. Clean yeast beyond the esters with a slight chalky finish.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more with a bigger sweet caramel candy flavor. Almost too sweet to balance out the hops. The hops are noticeable with more of a citrus and orange note. Some minor pine but limited. Not much bitterness, would have liked to see more hop balance. The sweetness either hides or there is no bitterness really to speak of. A bit of a deterrent. The esters are light but still there. Pineapple and rose notes specifically. There is a slight minerally note on the back. Very clean from the yeast.

The body is moderate but the malt leaves a sweetness that hides some of the hop notes. Carbonation is good. Some sticky hop notes, but really looking for more. This is good for an East Coast IPA that is super easy drinking, but the sweetness and lack of bitterness really leaves me wanting more.

Served In: Bottle

Review by mr. furley on 05/10/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
86 3 10 18 4 8 2009
this was a good fucking beer

the end

Price: $7.99 Served In: Flute Glass

Review by SAP on 09/09/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 8 13 3 8 2008
Batch Number: D8121; Sampled September 2008
A soft pour into my 25cl tulip glass easily produces a three-finger thick, light tan colored head. The beer is red stained, darkish amber color that shows a lightly hazy, orangish tinged, red stained, dark copper color when held up to the light. The aroma is a mix of up front citrus hops and a crystal malt backdrop. Aromas of bergamot, candied grapefruit zest and lychee are dominant up front, while softer notes of caramelized malt, lightly toasted grain and even some pine-notes are noticeable more towards the end if you dig for them. This is a touch muted when compared to the more hopped examples of an IPA, much less a Double IPA, but it is still quite hoppy and definitely enjoyable for the inner hop head.

Sweet tasting with a big, biting bitterness. The carbonation is a bit excessive and just causes the beer to foam up as it hits the tongue. The alcohol is noticeable towards the finish with a warming effect and the crystal malt definitely plays a big role in the flavor. The excessive carbonation is dealt with by a vigorous swirl of my glass, this softens the texture allowing a medium-rich body to become noticeable. Flavors of sticky caramel, lots of browned malt character, a touch of toffee and a toasted, browned, whole grain bread crust like flavor in the finish are quite noticeable considering the slightly more dominant hop flavors should be the central focus. Despite my ignoring them up until this point, this beer is about the hops after all and they do contribute substantial flavors of candied orange zest, lychee, a nice herbaceous, at times menthol-like, pine note that mingles along with the bitterness in the finish.

Definitely on the malty side of the spectrum for a Double IPA; it focuses a bit too much on flavors derived from crystal malt and the body could certainly be a bit lighter so that it captured the quaffability that I find requisite in a Double IPA. For all of my griping about this not being the type of Double IPA that I prefer, this is actually not all that bad, in fact it can be downright enjoyable when you get down to it; forget about styles, and just enjoy the beer. It is certainly enjoyable and I have no qualms about finishing, though I would characterize it as more of a crystal malt focused, hoppy, Double American Amber, than a Double IPA.

Purchased: South Bay Drugs, Imperial Beach CA

Served In: Tulip

Review by tavernjef on 07/10/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 9 17 4 8 2008
Very hazy bordering on murky coppery cherry-tinted rust color with a powerful capping of yellowed foam thats semi crunchy and billowing. Lots of lacing cakes itself in huge sheets and globs.

Aroma hits with lots of gritty pith tones of orange and grapefruit and twisted within is a whole bunch of pine. Reeks of hops that are very citrusy at first and toned in peels and pith, then it slips into a more lower toned maltier take as it warms as it becomes more like orange marmalade and toasty caramel rolls.

Taste is pretty good with a smoothness of hop tone in citrus and pine thats semi sharp at first with a well-rounded toasted edge. Floral grasses add some depth in character as does a decent malty girth. The character of this changed throughout the session as it warmed as the sharpness in carbonation and hops really took a back seat and let the malts and citrusy flavors meld together into a pretty damn yummy delight of hoppy citrus juices, pine, toasted breads, slender finishing oils and featherings of grassy floral textures as it leads off the backside for a lasting effect of flavors.

Body is medium with a boldish tone and texture that suits its flavor well. Mellows out as it sits and becomes a bit more manageable from that point as at first its a bit overwhelming. The alcohol is hidden well compared to other Dbl IPA's and helps it out a bit as for its drinkability. Which is good. I liked it overall especially as it changed its character once it warmed. The flavors were very well put together and made for a lasting impression on the palate.
Boulevard did well enough with this one I think.

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by Tip Top on 06/03/08  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
76 3 9 15 4 7 2008
A - Aggressive pour produces a towering 3 inch head of soapy butter colored foam. Body is a firey orange color with lots of bubble action. Slight chill haze.

S - Piney hops at the forefront, followed by some spritzy lemony aroma. Sturdy caramel malt backdrop balancing things out.

T - Bitterness is right up front and center, bringing forth a spicy hop blast. Black pepper is big here. Tastes like there might be some simcoe at work here. Light citrus flavors never seem to come out of the background. Malt base is big caramel, which sort of provides the base throughout the whole experience. Aftertaste keeps the spiciness of the hops on the tongue for a while.

M - Medium bodied. Maybe a touch thin for the style.

Overall - Good overall brew, albeit not really my favorite approach on DIPA. I tend to like things more citrusy and hoppy rather than spicy and bitter. Solid effort worth checking out.

Served In: Tulip

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