Conflux No. 2 - Deschutes Brewery
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4.95/5 rDev +24.1%
Came into this one blind, not knowing what to expect, and it immediately became one of my all time favorites. If citrus-smelling strong IPAs and Belgian-style blonds are your thing, then this combination is the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup analog in the craft beer world. Complex, yet highly drinkable.
A: Beautiful, cloudy sunrise with a 1 1/2 finger foamy white head that dissipates into a nice sticky lacing.
S: This beer had me at smell-o. All orange zest with a hint of spice. This is what I long for my DIPAs to smell like.
T: You get it all -- the citrus, the coriander, the Belgian funkiness, with a hoppy bitterness that starts in the background but crescendos until it's the only thing left at the end. Wow. Amazingly complex, and yet incredibly drinkable. And I really appreciated the lack of anything remotely resembling syrupiness.
M: With everything going on, I was pleased with the clean and somewhat dry finish.
What can I say. For me, this is what it's all about.
09-08-2011 16:38:31 | More by DarthGuitarHero
4.93/5 rDev +23.6%
This is a fantastic and unique beer.
It's almost too bad it's classified here as a Belgian IPA, because it's so much more. A witbier... a fine summer ale... and yes, an IPA.
We had a hard time deciding what kind of glass to use. A wit glass? Something for an IPA? We decided on a standard weizen glass, which did the trick.
We poured the first 2/3 w/o the sediment. Then for the final 1/3, we swirled and dumped the sediment right in, which added a very different character. It was more Belgian IPA at the start, then more wit/blanche near the end.
The scent of the beer was intriguing. The orangey-citrus from the witbier-side, combined with the piney-citrus from the IPA-side. I don't recall having a beer like this before. Schneider-Brooklyn tried this, but the results were kind of flat. Here, the results sparkle.
On the IPA side, this is well balanced and not over the top--the hops are not killing the wheat. And the spicing (orange peel, coriander, etc.) play up to the hops nicely.
Deschutes and Boulevard are two of my favorite brewers, and although they sell a lot of beer, I still think Deschutes is underrated, and this beer strengthens that opinion. And I love Boulevard's Zon witbier, and this takes that to a whole new level.
I'd love to see either brewer take this brew and tweak it up and down, more wheaty, less hoppy, etc. and see what happens. Loads of possibilities here.
This beer is different, but it reminds me of Boulevard's Tank 7 a bit, and the Victory/Dogfish Head Saison du Buff.
Aha! That's it -- maybe this beer is actually a saison? Wheat... dryness... a present but muted hopiness... It's like a reinvention of the saison. I love it. This is a must-try beer.
08-25-2011 05:01:28 | More by HighCarbDiet
4.73/5 rDev +18.5%
Deschutes, my favorite Oregon brewery, and Boulevard? Collaborating? Lucky enough for me, I went to Portland the week this came out and had this version - on tap - then went back home to the KC area and had the Boulevard bottle. Superb!
It's not really an IPA. It's really more of a witbier with more hops. Not much else I can say, it's a lot like the old Two Joker's witbier Boulevard had, with all those delicious hops like Deschutes uses in their super hoppy beers.
12-06-2012 21:04:15 | More by acelin
4.72/5 rDev +18.3%
Cloudy golden yellow , lightly bubbly, frothy white head and good retention. Yeasty citrus and spice aroma with hints of wheat. Dry and hoppy combination is the first impression with citrus peel, coriander, and hints of wheat come in to play. Yeast and what seems like pilsner malt sweetness follow and a dry hoppy finish and moderate linger. Crisp, bright, and smoothly carbonated.
I will have to say I wasn’t overly excited to give this a shot but it was available so I grabbed one. Usually beers brewed with coriander seem salty to me and a wheat IPA didn’t seem enthralling, however I like both breweries so… why not? Boy, am I glad I did. This is the most interesting and tasty beer I’ve had in awhile. Elements of trippels, pilsners, wheat and IPA all duck their heads in. All the flavors are clear and balanced, including the spices and it has such a refreshing feel. Not to be overly disgusting but even beer burps tasted great. Damn, I wish I had grabbed a couple more, this is a very well crafted beer.
08-30-2011 18:12:41 | More by Bfarr
4.68/5 rDev +17.3%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy yellow orange amber. Two finger fine white head. Sweet malts and wheat aroma with a hint of spices and citrus. Unusual flavor of neutral hops, orange, light citrus and Belgian spicing. Creamy bodied. Moderate hop finish with a bit of peppery spicing. An unusual and hard to classify beer. Complex and interesting flavor progresion. Seems understated, but as it progresses, the complexity shows. I really liked this one. The Boulevard version is a bit more strightforwardly flavored, but I like the almost aged mellowness of the Deschutes a bit better. Both are excellent.
03-14-2012 03:36:54 | More by LiquidAmber
4.58/5 rDev +14.8%
Picked this up in steamboat springs
Appearance: Pale gold/straw colored with a great big head that was pure white and made of big, fragile bubbles.
Aroma: Hoppy zest paired with spicy and yeasty wheat. It is sweet and peppery with hints of lemon.
Flavor: Peppery wheat flavors explode, but are reigned in by lemon citrus from the hops. The hop character is quite Northwest, contributing great sweetness with bitterness to balance, not overwhelm. The finish is dry, with nice woody/earthy taste. A very tasty beer.
MF: Medium-bodied, much like a wheat or light belgian ale. Finish is crisp and the flavor is lingering until the next drink.
09-12-2011 00:33:41 | More by ebrauser
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.
Appearance-Yellow golden color with good clarity but some sediment, even with a careful pour off the top of the bottle. Tall white head has good retention.
Aroma-Gorgeous aroma of lemongrass, mint, herbs, sage, orange citrus, soft perfumy coriander, and light floral notes. Heavenly. Soft white bread malt in the background. Elegant and quite pleasing.
Flavor-Light orange citrus and lemongrass up front, with light honey and wheaty white bread flavors in the midpalate. Herbal, minty, sagelike, and coriander all stride through the middle before it finishes with moderate hop bitterness and some yeasty funk, to blend with all the spice and herbal character. There's a lot going on, but it blends together seamlessly.
Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth on the palate.
This is a very good beer. It's pretty busy, but somehow it all works together, and creates a delicious, palate-pleasing delight of a beverage. It edges out the Boulevard version slightly in terms of flavor and aroma, though both are superb beverages.
11-19-2011 05:28:09 | More by plfahey
4.53/5 rDev +13.5%
On-tap at Beachwood II,
A: Pours a translucent yellow with a small white head, some lace.
S: Coriander, spice is heavy, with some earthy hops.
T: Strikingly good. The sage which I picked out without knowing it was in there defines the beer which I like. Reminds me a lot of Craftsman Triple White Sage. The flavours of the wit and IPA are balanced seamlessly with a lot of white pepper and coriander along with some sweet grass and lemon. Delicious.
M: Firm carbonation, medium-bodied, frothy at times. Fresh and full-flavoured.
O: Fantastic, Deschutes once again proves why they're one of the best in the business. One thing I'm still wondering, is there a Conflux No.1?
07-30-2011 22:50:32 | More by Halcyondays
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
a-slightly clouded with a creamy white head. Active carbonation and a good amount of lace going down the sides. Looks like a wit type beer.
s-smells wonderful. Has a lot of an herbal lemon grass quality, smells of sage and critus hops. Really different smell to this beer. Again, like a IPA/wheat beer crossed. Has some peppery notes with some earth tones too.
t-bright and refreshing with hops and a wheat quality. Great beer with a balance of hops and a lot of flavors that flash across the palate. This has a great amount of balance with the hops adding a little bit of bitterness on the finish. There are a lot of wheat beer taste in here as well. Finish is clean with a bit of lemon and bitterness at the end.
m-med body, with the malts really taking a back seat on this beer. This beer has a great summer feel to it. Hops have a crispness that is fantastic.
o-I am impressed with the quality of this brew. There is a lot going on, but the beer is refreshing and crisp. Amazing what these two brewers came up with. I will be getting this as long as I can find it!
08-09-2011 01:42:04 | More by
4.5/5 rDev +12.8%
4th review on BA
Bomber into Allagash tulip
"Best by: 11/10/11" on bottle.
A: Hazy yellow. Thick head from a somewhat gentle pour. 2+ finger white head reduced thin bubbly top.
S: Hint of hops balanced by slight spice. Smells fresh, very very fresh. Almost as though straight from the bottling tank - delightful change for a bottled brew.
T: Smooth spice with well-balanced hop flavor. Hint of orange/citrus zest. Coriander is not over-powering; quite subtle actually.
M: Complex, but smooth - especially as it warms. Full body with dry finish. I like it!
O: Fantastic brew! I really enjoyed how this beer developed as it warmed up. Overall, I'd go back for this again and again. Most Belgian style IPA are "too Belgian" for me, but this one hit the spot. Great job and excellent collaboration between these two awesome breweries!
08-07-2011 04:35:02 | More by spdyfire83
Conflux No. 2 from Deschutes Brewery
89 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.