Boulevard Brewing Company Double-Wide I.P.A.

So, after a few months of being backlogged, this is the last post that was out of date that I needed to post. You know what that means? I can start reviewing again real-time, which makes me quite excited. Anyways, here’s how this one went.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The classic India Pale Ale is a traveler’s beer, aggressively hopped to withstand the long, hot ocean voyage to the British East Indies. Our Double-Wide I.P.A. also travels well, and is right at home in the most exotic ports of call of the Midwest. While this modern-day prairie schooner may not resemble a graceful sailing sloop, our liberal hopping regimen does make her virtually ‘twister-proof,’ with toffee and caramel notes balancing out the lingering bitterness. Enjoy this beer fresh to best appreciate the complex blending of hop aromas, ranging from minty to citrusy, with subtle hints of pine.”

Random: I’ve been picking up a bunch of Boulevard brews on vacation. I wonder since they’ve been bought out if they’ll be distributed up here.

This brew poured with a two and half finger high cream-colored head that dissipated very slowly. It left some lacing on my Flying Dog glass. The body was a very cloudy almost chestnut color with high carbonation visible throughout. It also had a large amount of detritus visible in the bottom of the glass. The nose had the usual grapefruit hop kick to it, but also had some noticeable tropical fruit notes as well. It also had this minty/medicinal tinge at the end. The taste was very similar to the nose. I got some grapefruit up front, then subtle tropical fruit notes with a bit of malt. At the end of the sip, the medicinal/mint quality came up that lasted well through the finish. After a few sips, I got some apricot as well. The body was on the thick side of the style and was decently carbonated. The finish was really, really long with mint. The booze was noticeable on the end, but generally well hidden. The brew was good, but nothing outstanding, although I’m glad I got to try it since it’s not distributed in New Jersey.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

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