IrishBoy (3688) - Bakersfield, California, USA - NOV 22, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml from mreusch! Thanks Matt! Nose of flowey and piney hops and a little caramel; copper with a big, long-lasting, heavily glass-lacing off-white head; flavor of caramel and peachy sweetness mixed with hop bitterness. A well balanced IPA!
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to theisti for the bottle. Slightly hazy orange with a large head. Aroma of lemon peel and resin. Taste brings out a fair amount of caramel and sugar sweetness, but this is definitely closer to the west-coast tradition as far as balance. Also taste a bit of fruit (apricot). Bitter and fruity finish. I’m fairly impressed with the new look from Boulevard (so far).
drfabulous (3387) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 20, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
What a surprise. I normally do not like Boulevard, but this one took me by surprise. The first Smokestack I’ve opened, it is rich and has a full body. Very nice hops. Nice finish. Maybe Boulevard is ready to take the leap and stop being mediocre.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml brown bottle corked and caged. Served in a Chimay chalice.
Bottle conditioned. Poured a hazy reddish gold. Plenty of carbonation.
White bubbled head around one finger. Bright American hop aroma.
Medium body. Good malt backbone. Resiny hops and a little malt sweetness in the middle. Long dry hop finish.
This beer has a nice balance of bitterness and malt. It is not a hit you over the head with hops brew. Very easy drinking for the alcohol level.
csbosox (1215) - Prairie Village, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml corked bottle. Served in a Blvd Chalice (thanks Tim!). Aroma is citrus (orange/lemon), pine, candi sugar, floral, and perfumey. Smells great. Initial taste is caramel, citrus, wildflower honey, pine. Hops are moderately bitter, but very clean. I like the Zeus/Columbus/Tomahawk hops and any beer that uses good amounts them will always be near and dear to my heart. I think this is more a big IPA rather than a DIPA.
shadey (1820) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade. Hazy melon color with a big white fluffy head of tight white bubbles and lace. Really nice looking beer. Aroma is an attractive citrus hops - I can tell it is going to be chewy and juicy. My impression was right on. The flavor is a juicy resiny bitter hop body. Its a bitter IPA but pretty enjoyable.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted 9/30/07. 12oz sample bottle. Hazy with a deep amber hue. Lighter around the edges. Activated fingerwidth of bone white head. Sweet citrus candy aromas. Lightly herbal. An almost minty crisp aroma. Medium to full bodied with big hops and a dry malt backbone. Tight effervescence and super sticky. Big citrus and good creaminess. Good, but dry. Big and sharp. Hits all aspects of the palate. Totally solid brew!
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2009
Name: Double-Wide IPA
Date: October 13, 2007
Source: Brewfest, GABF
Appearance: hazy dark yellow, frothy off white head
Aroma: sweet crystal malt aroma with pine and tangerine
Flavor: lots of sweet malt and sweet fruity hop flavor, light balancing bitterness lingers into a long finish
Name: Double-Wide IPA
Date: February 23, 2008
Source: cellar tasting
Appearance: anothe gabf beer that is really amber instead of dark yellow
Overall: flavor and aroma is otherwise the same
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 15/20
Ernest (5905) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 20, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2009 Bottle. Head is initially huge, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly lasting. Body is hazy dark amber, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, cookie), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin, grapefruit). Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, moderately acidic, moderately bitter, yeasty. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Little more in the nose than raw, resinous hops. Quite citric/sour in the mouth. Amazing appearance, though. Little change in score since my GABF samples. Meh. Amazing how much better the Brett version is...like night and day.
xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2008 On tap at the GABF. Vadalia onion dankness dominates the nose, with more than a slight touch of alcohol. Taste is very sweet, almost sucrose sweet, but not enough malt to cover up the alcohol. 837316
Aroma is orange and sweet malt. Mostly just oranges.
Taste is like Tang- orange juice, touch watery.
Very, very nice. Lingers well, but not too much.
I am much more impressed.