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RATINGS: 1147   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Series   IBU: 71   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Double-Wide I.P.A. uses Columbus and Magnum hops for both bittering and aroma with Chinook hops added in the whirlpool. It is dry hopped with generous amounts of Cascade, Centennial, and Chinook hops. The resulting beer has a hop forward aroma, redolent of peach and apricot. The assertive flavor bursts with the citrus qualities of blood orange and lemon with a slight caramel malt backbone to balance the intense hop flavor. There is little restraint in the flavor of this beer; it is certainly not for the pedestrian palate.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkover (1528) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUL 9, 2008
Copper color with a huge beige head. Aroma of citrus and piney hops and caramel malts. Flavor of citrus(grapefruit) hops and caramel malts. Finish is bitter and sticky.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
logantownsend (15) - bonner springs, Kansas, USA - JUL 9, 2008
The aroma is distinctly piney, with a slight citrus hint. Deep head with good lacing. The head lingers through the entire beer. Very hoppy with some citrus, bit of a tart finish. Hides the alcohol very well. A well done IPA. Kudos again boulevard

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Stine (1657) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUL 8, 2008
Rich copper color and gloriously thick gold-tinted white foam. Sticky lace. Delicate and full hop aroma that eventually seems to dart and duck around a heavy, warm body of malt; the immediate waft is pineapple, apricot, cotton candy, and fresh pine needles. Cookie dough and toffee gather in the sunshine with stability and ease. Complex character and graceful simplicity holding hands.

The citrus sweetness from the hops is vibrant and fresh in the flavor, never abrasively bitter but simple, fresh, and fragrant. Beautiful and refined floral touches. Sappy resins really push that natural, earthy perfume through. Blood oranges, lavender, and a mildly abrasive tarragon spice heat that rides in on alcohol.

Medium to full body is fairly prickly and punchy; finishes with warm sourdough and a pasty pine nut bitterness, though the substantial caramel malt foundation is steadfast. Somewhat sticky ending. Itís almost silly to describe the characters of this beer with words and phrases when it could be noted simply that it has every quality of forward hops and earth-dwelling malt in this style that anyone could ask for. I might prefer for this to be called a double IPA such that in that case I could really be blown away by its restraint and generally gorgeous balance. Lovely stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
bbrock81 (312) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - JUL 7, 2008
750 mL bottle. Not bad, but nothing special. Very similar to Sierra Nevada IPA, but not quite as good. I thought this was an IIPA, but it looks like an IPA here, which makes mroe sense, because it wasnít nearly as good as the IIPAs Iíve had. Poured a red/brown color with a substantial head. Aroma was of bitter hops, pine needles, some citrus if you really dig for it. Flavor was about the same. Heavily carbonated. A muddled attempt, IMHO, that doesnít compare favorably to the big players in the high-bitterness game.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
KUEric (889) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUL 7, 2008
What an awesome beer! The first of my Boulevard Smokestack series. I really enjoyed it. It had a very hoppy profile (its a IIPA, shocker I know). Reminded me aof a lot of hop heavy Colorado brews and less so the West coast heavy-hitters. After reading some of the reviews after writing mine, apparently its a prevelant thought. Glad to see the midwest represent! There was a very floral, citric flavor to be sure, but there was also some minor notes of pine, caramel, bread dough, etc. I am a Bouolevard fan for sure, but this was just good.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - JUL 6, 2008
bottled. pours amber with a huge off white head. A little too much carbonation. Hoppy floral aroma, with alcohol notes. Malt flavors dominate with a tinge of citrus. Hops and bitterness let you know its an IPA with attitude. Overall, a very good IPA, will have it again.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Baggie (8) - , Nebraska, USA - JUL 6, 2008 does not count
Bottle, pours amber in color. Nice fat head that laced the glass. A great floral aroma. Loved the hops.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3729) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Pours a reddish amber with a big, fluffy head. Aroma is sweet and spicy, sugar cookies, pine. This a delicate yet complex mix of piney and spicy hops, a bit of caramel sweetness peaks through before a bitter hop finish. This is a well-balanced ipa that has a nice, slick mouthfeel and smooth carbonation. Overall, this ipa is not like the giant hop bombs as the hops offer more flavor that straight up bitterness, but it is insanely drinkable and enjoyable, and still complex. I didn’t really expect a lot, but very pleasantly surprised.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 4, 2008
Big grassy,pine hop aroma,very nice in that its big yet different from your standard West Coast Hop Bomb, very aggressive hop bittering is the first thing you notice, citrusy in nature,like you are sucking on an orange peel, pretty much overwhelms any attempt of the caramel to balance. Again,very enjoyable,because of its huge hoppiness, done up in an unique way

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4611) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUL 2, 2008
Dark copper color with a medium head. Lots of pine and citrus hop aroma. De-freakin-liciuos bitter hop taste. Tons of orange peel. Thick malt base.


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