Tasting Room Series: White IPA | Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Tasting Room Series: White IPATasting Room Series: White IPA
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3.6/5
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Tasting Room Series: White IPATasting Room Series: White IPA
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States
boulevard.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#36,062
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
39
pDev:
18.33%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
5
Trade:
0
 
User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 39
Photo of BeerSexLove
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is an interesting beer. The smell is citrus and floral. It poured hazy with a good deal of particulate which dances with the full carbonated thickness. The taste is what perplexes me, it's tangy but soapy with a lingering spice, almost pepper like. I could see myself drinking this minus the "soapy" taste. It was worth exploring once but there shall not be a repeat.

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Photo of ABabbidge
3.42/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

L: Hazy golden/orange body and a course white head. A lot of sediment. A lot.

S: Mostly coriander with some orange.

T: Lemon and orange mixed with some coriander up front. Some mild hops giving it a somewhat dry, bitter finish. I also get a hint of bubblegum at the end as well.

F: Surprisingly creamy texture up front with a slightly dry finish.

O: Not bad but not great. Although I normally can't stand coriander but it doesn't seem to bother me too much in this beer for some reason.

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Photo of golf_sierra
2.88/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, cloudy, with lots of particulate floaters.
Lemon aroma.
Lemon in the taste, but in an unpleasant dish soap way. Bittering hops longer.
Over carbonated.
Disappointing beer.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Deep golden in color, with a slight haze, a large, somewhat coarse white head with good retention compliments. Thin, scattered lacing adorns the glass walls. Carbonation is profuse, fine-beaded, and slow-rising. There is some particulate present.

Aroma: The aroma yields heavy citric rind notes, tending more towards orange than grapefruit, although the latter is present as well. Pine hops are present also although they are more subdued. Coriander is also notable, adding a pleasant spicy character. There is even a little pink bubblegum. Fresh white bread notes offer a little balance amidst the spicy, hoppy aromas.

Taste: Opens with a wave of citric hops, spicy orange rind is notable immediately, soon followed by some grapefruit, although this seems more like juice, than the rind, and then some sharp pine hops. As the taste progresses, coriander presents, also some white pepper, and even pink bubblegum, these play off well against the hops. The malt presents as a mild, bready undercurrent. The finish is a battle of the various hops, with the piney hops dominating, but the coriander offers a pleasant counterpoint, allying the bitterness with a pleasant, spicy sweetness.

Mouth feel: Soft and full, almost delicate to the touch, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Really quite nice, a pleasant change from other American IPAs, many of which seem to (over) emphasize the resinous, piney, tarry hops. The coriander brought a little of the charm of the Belgian Wit style.

Presentation: Packaged in a short twelve ounce brown glass bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Brief initial impressions from a bottle:

Slightly doughy Belgian yeast. Green apple.

Floral hops, pale malts, fruity hops, fruity ale yeast esters. Wheat.

Smooth, slightly coarse, medium-bodied, somewhat refreshing, well-carbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, or harsh.

Overall, it's drinkable but seems like an unsuccessful hybrid style overall.

C+ (3.08) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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08/19/16: further impressions from another bottle.

Gorgeous foamy frothy head with a good consistency. Body is a clear vibrant yellow. Clean-looking, lacking any mucky sediment or yeasty particulate. Appears well-carbonated.

Aroma is soft and floral with some subtle spicy Belgian yeast poking through. Coriander, clove, lemongrass. Estery. Soft flaked wheat and pilsner or pale malt give it a clean refreshing malt aroma. Suggests a delicate brew with Belgian leanings. Aroma is above average in terms of intensity.

Taste is underwhelming, and the texture is rough/coarse, scratchy, and dragging. I get hints of Belgian yeast character (along with the abovementioned spices), pleasant floral hops, and a strange mix of flaked wheat and pale malt. It's not balanced, especially in terms of its witbier and IPA elements. My biggest criticism is that the hop profile is overtly soapy - not a flavour I want in a beer.

I like that Boulevard is taking risks and doing new things, but this isn't one of their strongest beers. It's the right kind of beer to put out as part of their tasting room series in that they'll be able to get feedback on it prior to making any release plans, but in this case not releasing it at all in the future may be the right play.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.24/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Boulevard's White IPA from the tasting room series in a variety pack from The Lager Mill. I 'm in the mood for something a little hoppy today, so I thought I would try out this white IPA, lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a IPA glass.

A- The label is ok, it's a little plain, but it has some nice info on it and it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice golden orange color that takes on more of a brighter golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of creamy slightly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some patchy lacing behind. THis is a good looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness with the coriander being the first to show up, it's pretty strong and it's followed by some cloves and over spices showing up in the background. Up next comes a big citrus rind and orange rind aromas with some lemon showing up and it's followed by the yeast which imparts a little bit of a bubblegum like aroma. Up next comes the malts which impart a wheaty, grainy, pale malt and doughy aroma. The aroma was ok, but I thought the coriander was too strong.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the spices still being the first to show up, the coriander is still too strong, but it's just a little lighter than it was in the aroma and it's followed by the other spices showing up in the background. Up next comes comes the yeast which imparts the same bubblegum aspect that it did in the aroma, but this time it's lighter. Up next comes the citrus rind aspects that are also just a little lighter than they were in the aroma and this time theirs more of green hop and floral hop like aspects. Towards the end comes the malts which impart all the same aspects that it did in the aroma on the finish there's a slightly lighter amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little with some Belgian yeast flavors dominating the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, but the coriander is still too strong for me.

M- Not the smoothest, medium bodied, a little crisp, with a higher amount of medium carbonation. THe mouthfeel is decent, but I wish it was smoother.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and an average example of the style, nothing besides the aroma stood out as being the good and it really lacked some balanced with that coriander just being too dominating for me. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is more than enough for me. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance, it's a good looking beer. What I like the least about this beer is how heavy the coriander is, it needs better balance. I wouldn't buy this beer on it's own and I can't say I would recommend it unless you really like coriander. All in all I wasn't a fan of this was one, it was just too unbalanced and heavy on the coriander for me and that's what really held this beer back. So far it's my least favorite Boulveard beer and it's average at best fro the style. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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Photo of beergoot
4.2/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Slightly hazy, straw yellow body; lively carbonation; fluffy, sticky, white head. Peppery aroma; spicy; floral tones; orange and lemon traces; perhaps ginger or coriander. Wheat and light cereal grain flavors; yeasty; Light body; soft and dry; powdery.

A very fine, easy drinking light ale. Deft nuances of flavor and aroma abound.

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Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 6/23/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, coriander, sage, peppercorn, clove, pine, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange peel, coriander, sage, peppercorn, clove, pine, light bubblegum, wheat, cracker, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Moderate amount of pine/citrus rind/herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange rind, coriander, sage, peppercorn, clove, pine, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitter/spiciness balance; and some light hop/spice astringency that builds up, but never becomes overwhelming. Moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, that increases through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with as very smooth, crisp, sticky/resinous, and lightly grainy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a great White IPA. All around great yeast, spices, and light-moderate pale malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of do_ob
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The bottle says, "Belgian-style witbier meets hopped-up American IPA. Everybody wins!" I suppose we'll see!

Marked best by 06/23/16. Pours a vibrant yellow and settles the same in the glass. Quite a bit of yeast sediment was lurking in the bottom of the bottle. I chose to pour mine in the glass, making the beer's appearance cloudy. About 1 finger of white foam on top initially, which bubbled down to a spotty lacing pretty fast. Lemon peel, orange peel, sweet citrus, grapefruit, and peppery spice on the nose. The taste follows along quite well. Big notes of sweet tart lemon and orange, light wheat, grass, fresh flowers, citrus, and grapefruit are the main flavors I'm picking up. This one's on the sweet side, but balanced very well with the Belgian side's ingredients. Light/medium weight, and fairly creamy on the back end.

Overall, really good. Very refreshing and well-crafted.

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Tasting Room Series: White IPA from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 39 ratings