…with Double-Wide IPA, brought to us from Boulevard Brewing Company in Kansas City, MO. I picked this one up from my local mega-liquor store earlier today as a single. It’s nice the place lets you break up 4 and 6-packs, but they charge a premium per bottle, usually bumping up the prices almost double for them. Regardless, this beer is one I’ve intended to try many times, especially with my past frequent trips to KC, but I never had it. That changed last night.
I love visiting this liquor store simply because it has such an amazing selection, but I always seem to pass way too much time in there, especially when you consider the amount of money I’m looking to spend. I was there for almost an hour yesterday walking up and down the aisles, but I also have an excuse in the fact that they had a tasting of various “Valentine’s Day” beers, i.e. beers with the word “chocolate” in them. I’m not going to turn down the chance to have a taste of some pretty solid beers for free, so I sampled those as a break in the shopping. All told, I ended up walking out with two bottles and a growler, along with a lost afternoon.
This bottle has a “BB 7/27/12″ marking on it, meaning it is very fresh, likely bottled within the last few weeks. With a Double IPA, this is what you want in order to experience the hops as much as possible and taste it as it was intended. Double-Wide clocks in with an ABV near 9%, so this is not one to chug.
A: Poured into my Duvel tulip. A murky dark orange with a huge light tan head. You can’t tell by the picture, but this thing was out of control when I poured it, even with a fairly gentle hand. The color is much darker than I expected, but isn’t a turnoff. I’m intrigued at this point and ready to dig in.
S: This exceeds my expectations by far. Tons of citrus and grapefruit picked up with some pine mixed in there as well. Thank God I’m having this fresh. Even more drawn in.
T: Hit hard by the citrus, which is very clean and crisp. The caramel malt, which provides the color, comes in afterward, but this is still dominated by the hops. A little sweet aftertaste, but not cloying. Very, very nice.
M: As mentioned above, this beer is very crisp and even feels fresh. There’s some carbonation going on, but about the right amount. The deliciousness lingers after the sip is gone and I’m perfectly okay with that.
O: This is an awesome beer, one of the better I’ve had recently. I would gladly buy this one again if and when presented the opportunity.
Hope everyone had a great weekend! Iechyd da!