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 (2199) - San Francisco, 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.
bb (7052) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Rich amber bronze beer with a big light tan head. Grapefruit aroma with light caramel and light earth. Grapefruit flavor with caramel and a light woodsiness. Medium bodied. OK bitterness, but could definitely use more. Grapefruit lingers with light pine and caramel.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml Bottle. Dark orange color with a bit of haze and a frothy white head that settles quickly. Heavy citrus on the nose, with subtle pine and caramel. Flavor is somewhat sweet initially, but is rapidly replaced by an assertive bitterness. Mouthfeel is on the thin side for an imperial IPA. Finishes with a note of alcohol and a touch of tongue coating acidic hop resin. Beer does not quite live up to its fabulous nose as its overall qualities are a bit one dimensional compared to some other beers in this style.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a wicked cloudy orange colour with a creamy white head. Aroma is floral, enticingly hoppy, pine grapefruit and lemon. Mouthfeel is creamy, slightly astringent with nice soft spritz. Taste is spicey, hoppy, and fruity all the way through. Awesome!
bitbucket (2159) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - DEC 25, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750, corked and baled courtesy mreusch. Pours clear orange with a massive pale yellow head that produces sheets of lace. Huge aroma: grapefruit, mango, pine and caramel. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Initially sweet taste with the same notes as the aroma. Soft resinous earthy finish. To my taste, this beer seems to be in the same midwest IPA camp as Two-Hearted IPA.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 23, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber pour with a quarter-inch white head. Fresh, fruity hop aroma. Flavor is not quite as hoppy as I expected, the malt coming out in force with an overtone of citrus. Nicely carbonated with good body and great lacing. Very good.
bblack99 (527) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I am a big fan of a good IPA, and Boulevard came through with a nice offering in this Double-Wide in their Smokestack line.
Pours amber with an off-white head from the Smokestack 750mL bottle. Hoppy, as expected from an IPA. Malt and hops are the predominant flavors, but with a sweeter finish than many IPAs.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was medium dark with a thick head. Very hoppy aroma with a little bit of herb. Has a sweet malty finish. Alcohol is well hidden with a medium body.
amishcaravan (247) - Winona, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice scent of sweet hops. long lasting head. taste is bitter with a nice hops finish. slightly bitter finish. I would probably purchase this again.