Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Boulevard Brewing Double-Wide IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Kansas City, MO
Price: $4.49/750 mL
ABV: 8.5%
NSP: 14.20 (unscaled)

Back to regularly-scheduled programming after the BeerPlow and the Boulder County Trilogy. I love the juxtaposition of this bottle. High-tone cork and cage and a 750-mL bottle (note to all burgeoning brewers- 750s. Bottle your shit in 750s. It immediately adds an extra level of allure). But then it's called Double-Wide (the bottle says "It's Twister Proof"), which is not a term usually associated with high living, no offense to any of you trailer trash folks.

The beer's got a nice frothy head and a beautiful reddish amber color. The nose is pretty floral to start, but that fades fast. It ends up just vaguely malty, which is kind of disappointing, given that it's an IPA. The flavor's got a heavy malt body with a sort of musty cardboardy accent, sort of like a hyper-malty dubbel but without the candy sweetness. There's a decent bitterness from the hops, but little floral/vegetal flavor. The alcohol is fairly strong on the finish, which is otherwise decently clean. I'm not really sure what to make of this. There's nothing bad or out of whack. But I think I'd refer to the flavors as more muddled than balanced. There's just nothing that's really outstanding. But in the end I also enjoyed it. I guess that's a juxtaposition in its own right.

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