Re: Hops is a weekly column created by Swig contributor Pack Kennington. In the column, he reviews a different hoppy beer each week, and goes over its stats, flavor profile and a bit about the brewery from which it hails.
Brewery: Boulevard Brewing Company
Beer: Single-Wide IPA
Location: Kansas City, MO
Good day, Hopsperts! Welcome back to Re: Hops. Today I have for you a dank, piney IPA hailing from Kansas City, Missouri, courtesy of Boulevard Brewing Company. Dubbed the Single-Wide IPA, this refreshing pine-bomb will quench the hop-thirst of any bitter-loving maniac. Let us dive right into one of the best (and prettiest) beers I’ve had in a while.
The aroma of this beer is pungent with pine. So dank in fact that someone who doesn’t know better may think it was brewed with something rather illegal! Rest assured, Boulevard uses only the necessities to brew this fantastic beer: water, yeast, barley, wheat malt, and hops, of course! Boulevard Brewing uses quite a list of hops in the Single-Wide IPA: Zeus, Bravo, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and one my favorites, Citra. The Zeus and Bravo hops are a bit newer to me but I love that sweet pine flavor that they bring to the table.
On the palate, the hops impart a sweet, candy-like, lemon flavor that’s just sugary enough to cut through the waves of bitter. A succulent note of orange-tangerine assists the lemon and brings forth to the palate a tropical note. The malt side of things is subtle and flat, with the wheat lending a soft bread note to the beer. In my opinion, it was a great idea to add the wheat malt because it gives the Single-Wide IPA a woodsy quality that draws me back to certain witbiers from time to time.
The beer art that surrounds the bottle is eye-catching as well. Although the trailer logo is drawn in the same whimsical cartoon style as Boulevard Brewing Company’s other beers, the choice of the retro colors is what draws my attention to the bottle. The trailer itself is cucumber-flesh green, outlined by a technicolor sunset. The word “IPA” is framed in what appears to be a blue and red neon sign, and the word “Single-Wide” is written in the style of a 50’s diner sign. One’s eyes cannot help from staring at the graphic in all its simplistic balance.
Formed in 1989, Boulevard Brewing Company has kept their mission simple and unchanged: to provide fresh, flavorful beers using only the finest of ingredients. The brewing company’s first beer, a pale ale, was delivered to a local restaurant by way of founder John McDonald’s pickup truck. Since that humble beginning, Boulevard Brewing Company has grown from 6,000 to 600,000 barrels of beer a year in production. Their 70,000 square foot building is open for tours and as always, you can find out more by visiting their website.
Until next time, Hopsperts. Stay bitter!
Overall Score: 5/5