Monday, November 26, 2007
My first of the Boulevard Smokestack Series, the Double-Wide IPA. It's every bit as delicious as it looks, although classification is a bit tricky with this one. At 8.5% ABV it's a little stronger than a standard IPA, but not quite bitter enough for me to consider it a double IPA. In my opinion, this could be the benchmark for showcasing the flavors of a double IPA without the intense bitterness generally associated with the style. Overall, a very balanced and tasty beer and one of my new favorites. The only mark against this one is it's relative limited availability for the time being. Hopefully Boulevard will consider adding some of these Smokestack bottles to the regular lineup soon.