Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City offers Double Wide India Pale Ale (IPA) at 8.5 percent alcohol as one of their Smokestack Series beers. It pours a rosey amber with a substantial head. Aroma is mild with a slight hop kick. A blast of grapefruity hops hits the palette and lingers leaving a coating of bitter on the tongue. The aftertaste is bitter and lasts a bit too long. This is a big IPA that will satisfy the hop lover with it’s bold, overly bitter finish. It’s a bit too much for me as I enjoy a more balanced IPA with less grapefruit flavors.
Pair with apple pie or Barbecue.
Double Wide is no trailer trash. Boulevard has proven once again its ability to step up its brewing game with its Smokestack Series version of an India pale ale.
I’ve mentioned before — probably too many times — my admiration for the Kansas City brewery. That admiration has grown as the brewery has expanded its attempts, and it took a big leap forward with the Smokestack Series, which Tank 7 ale, Dark Truth stout and Double Wide to its lineup.
The DW IPA has a potent one-two punch of hops mellowed just enough with richly roasted malts that add a tinge of sweet caramel to the mix. Every draw is potent and delicious, from the beginning of the glass to the bottom swallow.
This will definitely be in the rotation of brews for me while I’m cheering on the Kansas City Chiefs during the Church of the NFL this year. I’d already eaten a dinner of boneless pork chops and green beans, so I paired this tasting with a nerdtastic viewing of “Stargate Universe.”