joe1510 (501) - Illinois, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 Iím 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. Thereís even a splash here and there of the aspirin like bitterness Iíve 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 isnít 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 isnít around on the tongue. While the resinous hops lead throughout theyíre 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 thereís 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 Iím certainly in for a treat. Thanks again Jeremiah!
ljstephenson (249) - Enterprise, Alabama, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pleasant surprise here, strong lemon and grapefruit notes, excellent amount of dryness, finishes very crisp.
nightrider (754) - encinitas, California, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pour revealed an hazy golden orange hue with a nice white head. Sweet floral citrus aromas. Medium full bodied in your mouth. Good solid bitter hops but balanced well with caramel sugary maltiness. Flavors of lemon and grapefruit kick in. Good long nice finish. Easy drinking. Will sample more of these for sure.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2011 Bottle courtesy of Dave on 10/22/2010. Best by 05/2011, 010169. Slightly cloudy orange/amber body with a small off-white head. Sweet floral hop aroma with a light caramel background. Sweet floral and citrus hop flavor on a caramel background. Medium body with moderately high carbonation.
7/3/7/3/15 - 3.7
Bottle on 11/30/2008 at the 3rd Annual Richmond Industry Gathering. Clear golden body with a medium frothy off-white head. Citrus and caramel aroma. Big citrus and fruity flavor. Medium full body with moderate carbonation.
7/3/7/3/14 - 3.4
Doppelganger (1388) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - JAN 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, from Liquor World in Fayetteville. Opened with Sunskates. Warm copper, good dense white head. Intense bright green hop nose, citrus oil, fresh pine and cinnamon, a little marzipan around the edges. Huge pungent oily grapefruit flavor with a gentle balancing touch of sweetness. A really interesting quality to the bitterness: very high volume level, but then very silky at the same time. No rough spots anywhere. Like a freshly squeezed glass of hop juice.
nearbeer (3847) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 12, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml, thanks General Gao. Huge head finally settles to a 2 inch mound, atop an orange-copper body. Big hop-tilted aroma of earthy tea leaf, caramel-orange, and resin. Medium body is slightly watery, lightly carbonated, and dryish. Taste is orange-grapefruit blend, caramel, resin, and tea leaf with some lightly peppery oak.
MONZA (18) - Kansas, USA - JAN 11, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Wow, this is an awesome beer. While I wouldnt exactly consider an IPA, it has lots of aroma hops, but too dark and not bitter enough for an IPA (which is fine with me). You can tell the Belgian influence from the brewmaster at BLVD in this one. This is in my favorites list now. Nice head, Citrusy, very malty, and a nice balance of bitterness. There is a hint of oak, although not oak aged. Caramel, with a nice grapefruity sourness. Poured from a 750 bomber into a tulip at 50deg. Simply awesome.
alexsdad06 (5924) - Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle (for rating #750). Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a large yellowish beige head. The aroma is a mix of sweet caramel malts and tart aged citrus. The flavor is more malt forward than I would expect from an IPA. Flavors include a big caramel malt opening with orange citrus present as well. Grapefruit with slight bitterness in the middle. The finish has some bready/biscuity malt with some more sour citrus. This does warm a bit as it goes down. Medium-full bodied and easy to drink.
johnnysmoke (101) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
An impressive start to DIPA. S: The hops are predominant, framed by a underlining sweet maltiness. Hop aromas of pine oil, evergreen needles, mint leafs, grapefruit peels and leafy herbs. Caramel, bready malts are at the edges. F&T: Moderate bodied with a nice chewy creaminess, softly firm from the carbonation. While the hops rule the taste, there is also a nice balance of flavors,Double Wide to be easy to drink and highly enjoyable. Hop tastes of sweet peaches and apricots, mint leafs, earthy, leafy dark green herbs, orange peel and pith, and oily pine needles. Grain bready, caramel maltiness provide at light sweet backing to the hops. The alcohol is barely noticeable, just a low temperature warmth in the back of the palate with the flavor of pepper and pineapple juice.
illidurit (2175) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour: 750 mL champagne style bottle to pint glass. Absurdly dark color for an IPA; itís 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 canít taste it. Mouthfeel is very very effervescent, in fact overly so. Itís 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. Itís a tolerable beer and it doesnít taste bad by any means, but itís a departure from my stylistic ideal.