Collaboration No. 2 - White I.P.A. - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 4.15
pDev: 10.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BradLikesBrew on 05-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Combining Boulevard’s expertise at making Belgian-style witbiers with Deschutes’ skill at brewing hop-forward ales, this beer puts a new spin on the idea of collaborative brewing. Working from a single recipe, brewmasters Steven Pauwels of Boulevard and Larry Sidor of Deschutes have produced two separate beers, more than 1,600 miles apart.

Despite the beer’s shared recipe, each of the two versions possess a unique identity, reflected in their naming and packaging. Boulevard’s half of the equation, christened Collaboration #2, is available throughout our selling region in both 750mL bottles and in kegs. Brewed at their Bend, Oregon facility, Deschutes’ effort is the second beer in their new Conflux collaboration series, and is available throughout their selling region in kegs and 22-ounce bottles.  http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/71419 

42 IBU
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Reviews by wschmit:
Photo of wschmit
3.83/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

.75L bottle into a tulip. Batch number 2011-3; Best By date 02-2012.

A: Clear, golden body with lots of carbonation sports a thick, creamy, ivory head with good staying power. Sticky lacing, too.

S: Grassy, green hops and a nice hit of orange. I also pick up the sage, but not so much lemongrass. Definitely a lot going on, and pretty well-blended nose for something so busy-sounding.

T: Witbier up front, IPA in the back. Good bittering towards the middle and end, and not just hops--a distinct herbal twang, as well. The orange helps the whole thing along, mingling nicely throughout the sip. Just a bit alcoholic. There's a slightly off-putting soapiness to it as well.

M: Nice mouthfeel, pleasant, high carbonation. Not too thick for a wit of this size, very easy drinking on a warm day.

O: Not a bad quaff. Don't remember what I paid for it, so I can't comment on the value, but for a sort of hybrid, it's actually pretty tasty. I like its pronounced orange/spice, and the round hop bitterness in the end--a manlier version of a witbier. Good stuff, once in a while.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
4.09/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 2011-3; Best by 02/2012

A - Pours a clear golden brown with a ton of suspended material, probably disturbed when the cork popped. Gentle pour yields almost two fingers of pillowy white head. Head has decent persistence and leaves a wall of lacing.

S - Smells a bit like an herb garden with Belgian yeast. A bit of pepper, some sage, coriander and lemongrass come through, along with hints of lemon and orange.

T - Similar to smell, with a strong herb presence. Strong, but not overpowering or unpleasant in any way. Also, citrus and pepper are abundant and very nice, and there is a faint sweet presence throughout. There is a lot going on here, but it works.

M - Medium mouthfeel. Finish is a combination of drying from the spices and yeast, and some lingering sweetness.

O - Not something I would drink everyday, but the spicing works really well and makes for a very enjoyable take on the style.

Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy golden yellow color with a white head. The aroma starts off with some wheat but then you get hit with quite a bit of lemons, orange and a wee bit of pine. There is also a lot of Belgian yeast in the aroma.

The flavor is full of wheat with hoppy lemons and oranges. There is a good amount of yeast notes as well as a low amount of bitterness. The orange citrus is pretty juicy and easy to drink.

Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice Belgian IPA.

Photo of bsp77
4.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Batch 2011-2, whatever that means, but best by February, 2012.

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with thick foamy head and very sticky lacing.

Smell: Lots of orange (both from the hops and the orange peel), plus some grapefruit, lemon and coriander.

Taste: What an odd beer. Strong citrusy hops upfront of orange and grapefruit, along with orange peel and nice wheat undertones. Then it turns more spicy, with coriander, clove, pepper and a long lingering pine-like bitterness. It is odd, but fantastic.

Feel: High carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Comes across as both oily and effervescent, which is a little strange.

Overall: Great pairing here. Extremely refreshing and easy to drink, yet very complex.

One additional note: something about this beer reminds me of Lagunitas.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

big thanks to big tom for bringing this to our last tasting!

750ml cork and caged bottled poured into a snifter. served side by side with the deschutes version.

pours out a pale golden color, maybe yellowish, pretty cloudy, nice looking pure white head.

a little bit of dank, spicey hops, some lemony citrus, and a phenoly belgian yeast.

again, slightly dank lemony citrus hops, some nice spice whether it be from the hops or yeast, phenols, a touch of clove.

somewhat of a lightness like you would find in a wit, but overall a medium body. some bitterness lingers, maybe could use a bit more.

a nice hybrid style pulled off very nicely. i could drink this again, but i wouldnt really seek out another bottle. most of the people i was with thought the deschutes was a little better, i personally would say this one was better, but they are both so very similar its really hard to tell.

Photo of beenitty
3.98/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Opened this one on my fourth wedding anniversary, many thanks to lnashig for this bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Great off white head. Looks awsome, typical of boulevard beers, great craftmanship

S - Mango, Pine, bit other tropical fruits. May have been better if I'd had this fresh. Still very nice. Bit of hops in there as well but mostly fruits and spice.

T - Malt, bit of spiciness, with a hop finish. Slight bit of funk as well, honestly tastes like a poor mans version of RR Temptation. Maybe thats saying too much, but reminded me a bit of it, not as good OBV.

M - Bit dry, not amazing, but probably because this bottle is almost 8 months old.

D - Pretty high. Split this bottle with no issues.

O - Smell was great, taste didnt match, I wish it had. I can tell this one is definitely better closer to the bottling date. Taking that into account this is an 'A' beer.

Curious to try this fresh at release next year.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch Best by
2011-3
02-2012

A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright straw yellow with the last pour being a hazy tangerine with lots of jetsam swirling around. The gentle carbonation of microbubbles supports a lunar white head that turns rocky and then fades to a sticky ring.

S- The sage mixes with green hops that are herbal but softer than the herbs. The finish takes on an herbal medicinal quality with some menthol and soon Ben-gay aromas.

T- The big mouth full of spices blends with the carbonation to take on a very medicinal herbal quality with a dry finish. There are pungent qualities of sage and ginger with some rosemary aswell. The finish is a full bitterness that has a pungent bite that lingers. As the beer warms there is a dry bubble gum ester flavor that comes through in the finish.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a full fizz and the fizz takes on a touch of alcohol burn in the finish.

O- It starts of a big herbal carbonated mess that is tough to drink but either the alcohol kicks in or the carbonation and spiced simmer down a bit to show some nice tripel qualities underneath with a good abbey yeast and some nice green hop dry flavor in the finish. The last beer was not the same beer as the first glass out of this bottle.

Photo of lnashsig
4.12/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into my brooklyn snifter, pours a really light transparent yellow. Awesome head, nice retention. Smell- coriander, orange, clove, citrus hops. Taste- citrus, orange, lemon, coriander, rosemary, wow. The citrus and hoppiness fits perfect with this beer. Mouthfeel- dry, carbonated, perfect. Drinkability- high.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a decent sized white head on top, rather foamy. Decent head retention and moderate lacing.

S: Smells fresh, with a little bit of grassy hops and some spices, mostly pepper and coriander. Not overly hoppy in the aroma though.

T: A good amount of Belgian spice, some orange, coriander, and a slight hop bite at the end. In a way reminded me of a slightly hoppy saison. Would have like a bit more of a hop presence.

M: Medium bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Not bad, but nothing out of this world. Like I mentioned, would have liked it to be a little hoppier. Drinking it blind, I probably would not have guessed it a hybrid.

Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Went for the boulevard half first. Yes, their stuff has a similar taste but I like it. Light and hazy appearance. Funky aroma. Creamier than the drier Deschutes side, with sweet and a bitter aspects. Nice drinkability, though i do not want a bomber by myself. Horizontal tasting, thanks Tom.

Photo of augustgarage
4.05/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to lnashsig for the chance to compare this to Conflux #2 (the same recipe but brewed at Deschutes and bottled in a 22oz bomber). Batch 1, 2011 - best before February 20th, 2012 - poured from a 750mL caged-and-corked bottle into my Hoegarden tumbler.

Cloudy pale maize liquid with a shock white active soapy head - decent retention and lacing.

Funky floral aromatics with pepper, burdock, chrysanthemum, coriander, and sage. Some fruit comes forward as the beer warms.

Spicy, hoppy palate entry with the confluence of spices and yeast. Moderate bitterness fades into a orange/lime zest flavor, followed by more earth and pepper into the dry finish. A touch of sourness from wheat.

Medium-bodied, soft, and pillowy with a delicate effervesence.

An effective domestic rendition of a witbier/Belgian IPA cross-over. The sage is subtle but pervasive and helps to further distinguish the ale from its peers.

Photo of dirtylou
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. smokestack series has earned an auto-purchase for any new release.

appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, pale golden body, light suddsy white cap

smell: quite floral - extra dosage of lemon zest, orange peel, loads of corriander

taste: the belgian ipa is one of my favorite styles, though it has a pretty wide range - the boulevard adaptation is heavy on lemon - zest, peel, juice. Zesty yeast, white pepper, corriander, lemon grass and citrus.

mouthfeel: light and lively, refreshing, sharp carbonation

overall: real nice - different from a lot of the hoppier belgian ipas, but not necessarily a bad thing in this case

Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard made another beautiful unique creation!!! The Belgium White IPA is awesome!!! The appearance is a cloudy yellow with thin white head that is lacing nicely. The scent is very complicated that includes floral citrus and hop tones. The bottle says lemon grass, camomile, coriander, and orange peel....all mixed into a goodness! The Taste....fullfills even more so the smell. all the scent are encapsulated in the beer. This is wonderful. The mouthfeel is good from flavor....but one bottle would be more than enough. If you see this beer...buy it....you will not be dissappointed.

Photo of plfahey
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Light to medium yellow straw color, with a significant cast of haze and some suspended yeast in the glass. Moderately tall white head with moderately high retention.

Aroma-Orange citrus aroma is augmented by citric hops, with lemon, lemongrass and very faint grapefruit. Moderately high fresh coriander aroma with perfumy/almost soapy notes. Hops also have piney and slightly herbal notes (perhaps from the sage). Faintest hint of peppery alcohol. Now that I read that there's sage in there, that note has become very apparent along with the citrus.

Flavor-Huge citrus-lemongrass, orange, tangerine, and just a hint of grapefruit from the hops. Next comes the hop bitterness, which is moderate to moderately high. Pine manifests in the finish, with some herbal notes come through in the end. Finishes very fresh with coriander and herbal notes, and citrus carrying through along with the bitterness. Very good.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Almost effervescent.

I really liked this. The sage and lemongrass additions complemented the Belgian Wit style better than I could have even imagined. The style combination was delicious. Highly recommended.

Photo of dbossman
4.14/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale golden and fairly clear hue with a huge sudsy head--huge bubbles actually--and lacing that is okay but a bit sporadic

S: An intriguing blend of citrus and dry fruits--from the hops and yeast presumably: lemon and grapefruit mingle with banana, apples, and pears; some light spices--coriander and black pepper among others

T: Dry acidic fruitiness up front followed by the typical oily citrus from the hops; there is also a touch of a grassy funky grainy quality hanging out underneath itall; this really is a nice marriage of West Coast and Belgian

F: Medium bodied and so sticky; I love that oily residue it leaves on the mouth

O: This is a nice beer--a really nice beer--and like I said such a great blend of the West Coast American IPA and the Belgian whit (or even a touch Saison-ish). Mmmm.

Photo of cjacobsen
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

(A) Honey orange and yellow, slight haze, 3/4" white head.

(S) Spices and hops, light malts with sweetness and citrus. Some floral notes.

(T) The spice hits up front and big. Coriander and lemon grass. Hops to the middle and end of the taste.

(M) Medium to light body. Crisp. Well carbed.

(O) It was like a spiced ipa. Like a farmhouse/saison ale mixed with a hoppy ipa. It was a greatly refreshing beer. Perfect time to release this collaboration. Absolutely a great brew.

Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a semi-hazed honey color with 3+ fingers of ivory colored head. Good lacing & head retention

S: Grassyness, white pepper, lemons & coriander.

T: Lemons, white pepper, coriander, grapefruit & orange peel. I get green peppercorn as this warms along with coriander, orange peel & white pepper mixed in with a bit of honeydew melon, also a touch of cayenne. Finishes with juicy fruit, white & black pepper, plus orange peel

Medium bodied with crisp carbonation & great balance, nice juicyness to this

I could drink this all damn day especially with this crazy heat. I really enjoyed this one!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color that's hazy with some small floaters. The head is uber-agressive and I have to stop my pour numerous times to let the beer catch up.

The smell is minty with citrus notes of lemon and orange. There's a corriander spice.

The taste resembles a wit much more than any kind of IPA. Corriander spice, yeast, and a minty finish. The light orange notes are the only hop aspect of this.

Mouthfeel is thin but works well for a wit... wait, this is an IPA, or is it? Anyway, it is light and thin, but in context with the flavors it works. In context of an IPA, not so much.

A good beer but I was let down from an "IPA" point of view. For a wit, very good. I guess it's a decent beer with an identity crisis.

Photo of sdmvd6
4.82/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a Boulevard tulip.

A - Cloudy pale straw colored with tall head. Lacing sticks to the side of the glass throughout the enjoyment of this beer.

S - Wit beer-forward with spicy fruits (citrus, apple, grapefruit) and coriander. Definite citrus hop presence along with lemon and a menthol scent (likely from the sage).

T - Wonderful and bright. A classic farmhouse ale at the front with spicy fruits as mentioned above and herbal sage in the middle. The herbs become more apparent as the beer warms. It finishes with a blend of lemongrass and bitter citrus hops.

M - Light to medium feel and effervescent. Fits the style very well. [Edit]: As you near the end of the glass, your mouth gains a tingling sensation, presumably from the sage. This is a very unique aspect of this beer.

O - An excellent collaboration by Boulevard and Deschutes. The balance of the flavors of wit beer and ipa are incredible. If you are expecting just an IPA or just a white ale, this isn't for you. But if you are wanting to taste an ideal blend of the qualities of both styles in which they compliment each other perfectly, you will love this.

Photo of morimech
4.6/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Arguably Boulevard's best beer even considering Belgian IPAs/witbiers are not my thing and I thought BBQ was outstanding. Poured into a tulip glass resulting in a pale golden color with a massive head that slowly settled to a thick cap. Moderate amount of sticky lacing is left on the glass.

Hops fill the nose with citrus. Herbal qualities are strong as well. Faint hints of wheat and yeast.

Complex flavor that combines the best of the hops with their citrus flavor, and herbs and spices from the yeast and added ingredients. A little sweetness from the malt creeps through but is easily overtaken by the bitterness. Has a peppery finish with a slight alcoholic flavor.

Light and vibrant body. Fantastically carbonated.

Hard to find fault in this beer. Maybe a little more malt flavor would of been nice but superb as is. How do you make a witbier palatable? Dump a load of hops into it.

Photo of Forb
4.29/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had from a 750ml bottle / Batch 2011-2 / BB 2-2012 and on-tap at the Crescent Moon - Omaha, NE...

Appearance: Light, hazy golden with a massive head on pour that subsides quickly.

Smell: Spicy, lemon, coriander, orange, sage, lemongrass, pepper.

Taste: Earthy hop aroma of lemongrass aside sage with a nice peppery finish.

Mouthfeel: Very light and dry with plenty of carbonation.

Overall: Will be buying again while I can. This beer is such a light, toned down, delicate yet full-flavored, version of a Belgian IPA that I would highly recommend it to anybody who hasn't tried such a beer.

Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally, Collaboration #2... after 1.5 years since #1 came out...

Hazy orange pour in to a tulip glass, intricate fine lacing is left in the glass. Retention is good, lasting for the duration of the glass.

Smells spicy and citrusy, nice blend of coriander and grapefruit citrus peel.

Smooth, dry feel, orange citrus and coriander like a witbier, with the deep residual bitterness of an IPA. Interesting blend, retaining aspects of both styles. Moderate carbonation, dry feel like a Belgian IPA. Seems to show the alcohol just slightly, like bigger Belgian styles typically do. Overall very enjoyable and definitely worth a try.

Photo of jsh420
3.93/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

batch 2011-4 best by 02-2012

pours cloudy yellow gold with a 1+ finger chunky white head that had good retention and left lacing all down the glass

smells of citrus some spice earthy hops little malt

taste is like the nose lemon citrus allspice coriander sweet malt and earthy hops

mouthfeel - medium body lots of carbonation

overall - a very tasty brew but with the high price tag i would not buy another

Photo of KDawg
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light yellow color. Very aromatic and filled with aromas of orange peels, coriander, citrus tones and some floral tones as well. The feel is a creamier feel backed up by a lighter medium body. A really damn fine beer that I couldn't stop drinking

Photo of UTCengOwl
3.88/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer #100! It's been a good ride so far and I've learned a ton about tasting beer. I'm sure that some day I'll look back and shake my head at how unsophisticated of a palate I used to have... but, hey, I'm enjoying it now.

Bought this bottle at the Sunrise Mini Mart. That place has a crazy selection. Poured from the C&C 750 into a Budweiser Signature Glass.

The beer pours a thin, hazy yellow with a pillowy white head. Leaves outstanding lacing and has excellent retention. Boulevard hit the head out of the park on the last two beers I've had from them. If the body was more inviting, I'd give it a 5.

The nose is mainly the Belgian White. Orange peel and coriander. Maybe some of that lemongrass. I'm not sure I would have called this an IPA based on the nose.

The body has a bit more IPA characteristics. More bitter than a Belgian White, for sure. Distinctly dry relative to the nose, which is welcome and refreshing. The mouthfeel on this is excellent. However, the flavors are a bit too muted and clean for my tastes. I was wanting something more in my face than smooth and intermingled. It's all so well blended together... but it says IPA on the bottle. That's not consistent with the flavor profile I'm getting here (or with the one that I would prefer).

This is an interesting collaboration, but I think it could have been better. I'll enjoy the rest of the bottle, but I don't think I'd run out to buy another.

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Collaboration No. 2 - White I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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