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The Badass Bottle: Boulevard Double Wide IPA

The Boulevard Brewing Co. of Kansas City, MO doesn't have the same high profile as some of the more well know craft breweries such as Dogfish Head, Stone or Sierra Nevada, but they make some fine beers, one of which - Single Wide IPA - we've had on tap here at Lamar for a few months now, and another - Nutcracker Winter Warmer - sold well last Christmas. I'm also a big fan of their Bully Porter.

A  few years ago they began bottling a new range of beers - the Smokestack Series - which come in 750ml cork-and-cage bottles, and the second one to be released was Double Wide IPA in 2007.

As American IPAs go this one is fairly restrained, at least compared to some of the big west coast IPAs, and that's no bad thing. You can only have so much of the 100+ IBU hop bombs before your palate is wrecked. Double Wide is a bitter, but reasonable, 55 IBUs and a decent 8.5% ABV. It's brewed with Magnum and Zeus hops for bittering and aroma plus Ahtanum for aroma, and then it's dry-hopped with Ahtanum and two of the holy trinity of American 'C' hops - Centennial and Chinook (Cascade being the third). It's typical of American IPAs with its reddish-orange colour and pillowy white head, and there's a nice malt backbone to round the whole thing out.

Jim Hughes, Head Beer Nerd, Alamo South Lamar “If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink… I’d spend it on drink.” ~ Sir Henry Rawlinson

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