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Collaboration No. 2 - White I.P.A.Collaboration No. 2 - White I.P.A.

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

42 IBU

Added by BradLikesBrew on 05-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of 603BeerMe
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A white IPA you say? Why, sure!

750ml Batch 2011-2 into my Portsmouth Brewery tulip & shared, by chance, with an Oregonian. Very glad to get to try this - thanks ratedz(Jim)!

A - Beautiful! Like a cloudy, light golden Belgian IPA. Nice, thick 2 finger head, then thin after settling with little to no lacing.

S - Coriander, orange, citrus, lemon, light on the hops. Very nice! Complex yet lovely.

T - As it smells - spice notes, peppery, a bit more hops in the taste than in the nose. No bitterness. Lemon, orange. Really nice!

M - Perfect! Great carbonation - no too much, not too little. Easy drinking!

O - High, for me. At 7.4% it's not by definition sessionable but I could drink this all day. Perfect Belgiany blend of citrus & hops. Awesome collaboration - bravo Boulevard and Deschutes! Highly recommended!

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Photo of Lillie1128
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

After a long fight with the cork...

A - Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with a fluffy white head

S - Big whiff of cloves and some floral notes

T - Tastes like lemon zest with a little grapefruit and lots of baking spices. Just a little hoppiness at the end.

M - Really smooth!

D - drinks like a session

This, is just fantastic! I can't believe it's an IPA! Really smooth, and so drinkable. This is just an excellent, excellent beer.

Thanks so much to sweetwillyrolbar for this one!!

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Photo of willpedalforbeer
4.97/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Hazy/cloudy/golden. LOTS of carbonation(make sure to tilt glass and pour gently), big med/heavy head that is slow dissolve.

S: Wheat, citrus, LOTS of herbs like lemon grass, grass, sage, coriander, belgian yeast, orange peel. Pepper?

T: Same as smell. Wheaty, the lemon grass and sage come through. Spicy/peppery, orange and lemon peel. Hops are there but not as strong/overbearing as I had hoped for in this style but are more of a balance that adds to the complex herbal flavors. Finishes nicely crisp, very dry, peppery, and bitter.

M: Wow, mouthfeel is amazing, medium, similiar to the same feel of other boulevard beers but very bubbly, almost champagne like which I loved.

O: Overall, I am partial to both Wits and IPAs so my review might be a little bias. That said this is my new favorite beer. For the style I think the balance is more on the Wit end and could be a tad more hoppy but still loved it. The beer is great with even more spices then I had hoped for. For me with the price and carbonation of this brew I would drink it on a special ocasion.

Boulevard-Deschutes please re-release this beer.

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Photo of ahq514
4.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into Duvel tulip.

Pours a slightly darker golden color with a beautiful head. Reminds of the head on Duvel. A solid, frothy, two finger head that doesn't diminish rapidly. Lots of little bubbles rising to the surface indicating a fair amount of carbonation. Decent lacing.

Smells exactly as I would have imagined with a little more spice. All of the belgian wit and IPA characteristics are there. Citrus (orange and lemon) not just from the hops but from some orange peel. Coriander, lots of coriander. Very floral hoppy aroma. Earthy and slightly funky as well.

All I can say is wow this is delicious. All the elements of the aroma are there. Starts off with a nice bitter hop bite, accented by spicy belgian yeast characteristics and coriander. This then moves into the citrus and floral hop flavors. Then seems to seamlessly move into the orange peel and lemongrass notes. Earthiness and funkiness found in the aroma are subtle in the taste. Malt, hops, spices, and yeast all work in perfect harmony here.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style. A little higher carbonated than most brews. Very drinkable.

Overall, this is a very good brew. I very rarely buy multiple of the same beer, but this beer I need to get more of before its gone forever. Everything in this beer complements itself perfectly. Thought the combination of a wit and ipa couldn't be this good.

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Photo of russpowell
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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!

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Photo of sdmvd6
4.82/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
4.8/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best by date: 02-2012. Tasted 08-2011.

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a massive, big-bubbled frothy white head. Reduces to a solid layer, while the lace from the first pour is still sticking to the top of the glass.

The nose is simply astounding. Well, the whole beer for that matter. The Belgian Wit and IPA styles meld so perfectly together here that you really can't tell where one ends and the other begins. Is that lemony-orangey citrus from the Wit or IPA? Both in fact. And the same goes for all the other spice, herb, grass, floral, leafy and earthy tones. Not to mention that everything is in perfect balance. Not one of the added herbs or spices, which include coriander, orange peel, lemongrass and sage, overwhelms the others. Such a perfect stitching of spice and styles. And underneath all of it lies a solid, sweet-cored malty backbone contributing more aromas of buttered biscuit, apricot and marzipan.

The palate shows every bit as much depth and complexity as the nose. Med-full bodied, rich and frothy, the mouthfeel begins with the Wit character (citrussy and spicy with those herbal touches) and seamlessly transitions into the IPA character (oily and dry hop feel with leafy and earthy tones). And again, the flavors are perfectly interwoven. The bitterness is there but never over-the-top. A bit of dry malt flavor joins on the finish, which is long, lean, juicy and mildly bitter- final flavors of orange peel, almond and white pepper.

Just isn't enough praise for this. Take two styles that are known for being crisp and refreshing, blend em together and not lose one bit of complexity in the process. After this, the Bourbon Barrel Quad, an aged Harvest Dance, and my memory of several others, I'm officially declaring that the Smokestack Series is the best beer line-up in the world. Yes the entire world.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - A brilliant, sunny yellow, the body is clarified without being transparent. This beer poured a solid three to four finger head, with a very light body carbonation making its way up the sides of the tulip glass. Head fades to a sheeting eventually, with a light sudsy cascade that makes its way down the glass.

S - A real pleasure. This gives off a full spectrum, from the lighter notes of orange and coriander of the wit flavor, to the herbal and floral flavors of a light IPA, right down to a hint of more pungent bittering hops over a Belgian yeast.

T - Extremely unique and complex, and every bit as refreshing and enjoyable. A high citrus flavor comes across first, with hints of orange, lemon/lime, grapefruit, and even a bit of their non-citric fruit brother banana. The body hints at coriander and fresh sage, with almost a quinine-like pop and tang across the tongue. The yeasts and spicier hops lay a baseline for the body. A very crisp beer, finishing pleasantly bittersweet. I could drink this all day.

M - Crisp and dry with a fair bit of carbonation. The body is extremely light, making this a beer that’s hard not to gulp.

O - My first foray into Boulevard’s collaboration beers hasn’t disappointed. This is an amazing beer, combining many of my favorite styles into one beer. In a single night, I’m usually both a hophead and someone thirsty for a well-crafted and interesting summer refresher. The combination of an IPA with a wit is genius, and extremely well-executed. This one plays to the strengths of both styles, robbing neither of their spotlight.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.77/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice white foamy head!!! Beautifully light and airy. Brew is nice golden color with lots of white and yellow. Awesome stream of bubbles rising. Nice lacing is left behind.

S - Nailed the scent. Fantastic! Very buttery and rich. Big banana and great lemon and orange too.

T - Perfect! Awesome light citrus with some big pine and earthy flavor! Definitely a 5 out of 5.

M - Not overly bitter, great balance of hops and oils. Slightly over carbonated, but very drinkable.

O - One of the best and most enjoyable BIPAs I've ever had! Great brew! Try it if you're able to find it! Keep the collaborations coming :) Love Deschutes and Boulevard both, together, Brilliant!

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.75/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

750 ml cork and caged bottle split and poured into a Duvel tulip.
7.4% ABV, Batch No. 2011-3, Best By Date 02-2012, Store upright, serve in the proper glass.

A - Bright golden yellow in color, it's fairly clear but I didn't swirl the bottle either. A huge plume of foam rests on the beer and lowers incredibly slowly. Thick lace cakes the tulip.

S - Belgian yeast aroma is abounding with a garden floral hop nose. Light cardamom, coriander, and lemon and orange peel citrus. Soft wheat and sweet pils malt provide the perfect backbone for this outstanding smell!

T - Soft wheat and grainy, raw pilsner malt provides a great, unintrusive base for the zesty lemon notes, orange peel, and coriander going on. Floral hops are predominant through the aroma and flavor. White IPA is delicate and luscious.

M - Spritzy carbonation brightens up the lively, lighter body. Soft and approachable, there's mild bitterness to the finish that pairs fantastically with the citrus, floral, and herbal aspects.

O - There isn't much, if anything, I'd change about this beer. It's a near-perfect blend of two great styles, pushing itself into uncharted territory. Sure, Belgian IPA comes to mind, but it's clearly an aggressively hopped wit! Additionally, where are they hiding the higher alcohol in this? It's dangerously drinkable! Boulevard and Deschutes have created a phenomenal beer. Try this beer with spicy jalapeno chips and pepper jack cheese. It stands up well.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deschutes, my favorite Oregon brewery, and Boulevard? Collaborating? Lucky enough for me, I went to Portland the week this came out and had the Deschutes version - on tap - then came back home to the KC area and had this 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.

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Photo of mynie
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass because I am a bad motherfucker.

And what, exactly, is a white IPA? Is this the sort of thing where I need to read the story off the bottle before I can figure out whether or not I like it? Ok, whatever. The compound adjective "hop-forward" is on there, which is awesome. Also I see the word "Belgian," so now I know what it is I'm reviewing.

How does this hop-forward Belgian IPA taste? Like I should have chosen another glass. Let's correct that...

Okay, pours as thick and gold as Duvel. Way thicker and golder than any other hoppy Belgian IPA I've ever had. Smells a lot spicier, too, but the hops are still plenty present and tasty.

Tastes like what I hoped De Ranke XX would taste like, when I first heard about it. Maybe it's because this is pretty fresh. Maybe it's because Deschutes knows what it's doing with Belgian yeast better than just about anybody else.

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Photo of Mississipping
4.67/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm a big fan of the Smokestack Series and really enjoyed Collaboration #1, so I was really excited to hear about another collaboration (technically #4, considering the two Glace collaborations).  The recipe sounded interesting and the collaborating brewery sounded promising.  Anxiously poured into a rev 2 Smokestack Series goblet. 

A: Pours a slightly, slightly hazy yellow-straw color with a medium white head that rose and fell quite quickly, leaving behind an almost nonexistent film with no ring at all.  Numerous streams of bubbles rise in the own syncopation to the surface, in a mesmerizing effect. 

S: A generous citrus aroma (lemon and orange) right up front.  More subtle are the lemongrass and grapefruit, but they come out more as the bottle warms slightly.  The sage and coriander are a little more prominent in the aroma that I had expected, but they're beautiful and blend perfectly well with the citrus and piney aspect of the hops.  I'm really taken aback by this.  It smells fantastic. 

T: Slightly sweet start with the juicy fruit (lemon, orange, tangerine).  The grapefruit is, as it was in the aroma, a little more subtle, but provides an initial bitterness that balances out the sweetness.  The finish spicy and slightly bitter.  Earthy/piney hops, coriander, and sage overplay the fruit from the beginning, though it's all still there even if just subtly.  Really, really well done from beginning to end.  

M: Medium bodied with a pretty high level of carbonation.  Bubbly, tingly, and bright.  This is really lively in the mouth, but I think they have just about nailed the mouthfeel too.  

D: Really exceeds expectations.  Aromatic, flavorful, great mouthfeel.  Alcohol is completely hidden and goes down very smoothly.  I'm really not a fan of the Belgian Wit style, but Boulevard was able to pull out the better characteristics of the style to enhance what I'm sure would have been an excellent IPA without them.  I never expected to have this reaction, but this is easily one of the best beers Boulevard has put out.  I really hope that this makes it into some sort of rotation.  I had a friends pick up four more bottles while traveling through KC, and in retrospect, I wish I had told him to get even more.  If you can get a bottle of this, it's the perfect way to finish out the summer season.  Nicely done, Boulevard, nicely done!

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Photo of phishsihq
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Collaboration No. 2, Smokestack Series, Boulevard Brewery & Deschutes Brewery. These two GREAT breweries got together and collaborated on an interesting idea, fusing a Belgian White and an India Pale Ale. The two worked together to create a recipe, then brewed it separately at their respective breweries, Deschutes naming their version, Conflux.

This brew pours a hazy, golden color, with LOTS of bubbles, a 2-inch BIG frothy head that is very slow to dissolve, leaving very clingy lace. Aromas of wheat, citrus, orange peel, coriander, lemon grass, and spices fill the nostrils and build a very complex nose. Those same complex and intriguing aromas follow into the taste of the beer, with a somewhat aggressive citrus hop profile cutting through the wheatiness. This lighter bodied ale features very spritzy carbonation and a clean, dry finish. An interesting take on two very distinct and classic styles, but one that works amazingly well. GREAT beer!

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle.

A - Pours a slighty pale yellow color with some godlen hints and a nice golden hue. There is a huge 2 inch head that is soappy and very dense.

S - Dank sweet pine resin. Nice notes of clove and some spices. Corrainder as well as some peper notes. The hops however overtake teh nose and in a very good way. Delicious nose. There are some slight tropical fruit ntoes such as mango and some tangerine notes in the nose as well but this gets offset by some nice Belgian wheat malt.

T & M - Starts off as a Witbier. Coriander, wheaty bread notes, fresh earthy grain as well as some nice spice and slight celery notes. After this there are some nice grassy and citrus hop notes. Some tropical flavors are present. This beer is delicious and the nose really compliments the flavor profile. There are some clove notes present and some nice resiny pine. The balance between the hops and the belgian yeast and malt profiles is nearly perfect. I thin that Blvd and Deschutes have struck gold with this Belgian IPA. Balanced and well crafted, yet every flavor pops. Mouthfeel is light-medium with great carbonation and a smooth yeasty aroma.

O - Wow. I've been blown away with this beer. This is a great collaboration and a very well crafted beer in general. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of mdcrouser
4.62/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Caged, capped and corked, it pours with what sounds to be a great deal of effervesence, sounding like cola from the bottle. Giant bubbles form a chunky head that leaves big lace down the sides of the glass. Pale gold, slightly hazy.

Belgian yeast and citrus from hops, the lemongrass or otherwise are the first to hit the nose, followed by a bit of herbaciousness - guessing that's the sage.

Damn - layers upon layers of flavor. A deep lemony citrus balances with the yeast - they sit upon the tongue, tied in beer eternity. Some vegetation in there too - likely the lemongrass. I'd heard the inclusion of the sage was to provide a bridge between the hops and yeast - seems to be true, drawing them together. Completely original.

Smooth and dry, filling the mouth, with the sage sticking around for quite awhile. The carbonation delivers just a hint of a burn. A deep breather this one is - great to let the remnants roll around in your mouth.

Outstandingly good - fresh, hoppy, with the uniqueness of the sage contributing a completely new take on beer.

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Photo of morimech
4.6/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Snifter shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a healthy looking one finger white colored head; good amount of lacing formed on the sides of the glass and stuck; head held very well; the body looked very healthy itself; body was opaque and had a yellow cloudy appearance; gold colored

S - Spices and citrus scents of orange come up very quickly and its followed up with a soft biscuit malt back-end; lemon; pine; hops

T - Tangy orange and citrus flavors; lemon zest; soft caramel-biscuit malt flavors finish off the sip; not as bitter as I expected for an IPA, but it really has a great Belgian spice profile that makes up for the lack of IPA bitter kick

M - Effervescent; dry tangy aftertaste of citrus; full body feel; crisp; orange/sweet linger and slightly bitter

D - Great taste; filling beer but very smooth; great aromatic notes making this beer very enticing; a "must try" before its all gone!

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Photo of JEdmund
4.55/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Could be either a lightly-colored IPA or a Belgian wit with its hazy, bright straw yellow color and wispy, foamy white head (which leaves ample lacing down the glass). Smell is stellar: Belgian yeastiness, orange, citrus hops, coriander, and even something herbal. Flavor and body just glide over the tongue and crescendo with a lovely, unique flavor. Feels full-bodied, but is fluffy and airy rather than heavy. Taste is kind of what you’d expect for this hybrid style. And it works really, really well. A lot of orange flavor throughout, seemingly from both curacao and hop choice. Coupled with it are notes of coriander and that herb (possibly sage, based on another’s review on BA). Finishes with a lot of spice and hop snap. I would not peg this beer above 6.5%; it drinks really easily. Wow, I’m really loving this and already agonizing over the fact that it’s (most likely) a one-time beer. I’d love to see this in their portfolio of regular Smokestacks. This beer seems destined for a great cheese pairing (I just don’t know which one to suggest!).

This beer absolutely lived up to my expectations. Deschutes and Boulevard have really outdone themselves here. For my tastes, this is a much more exciting collaborative beer than their first endeavor.

At $7.99/bottle, I’ll definitely be buying another one...or few.

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Photo of theboozecruise
4.53/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a goblet, it's a light golden color with a couple fingers of white head. Great retention and lacing!

The aroma is all hops with a dominant pine flavor.

The taste is more of the same with just a slight coriander flavor in there. I wish the spices came through more but even the little bit gives this beer some unique (to me) qualities to it.

I'd bet the spices come out more as the beer warms up, but this is really a well done different beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

golden amber, light haze and cloudiness but amble carbonation streaming up the sides of the glass led to a huge head of white that scraped the sides of the glass with rich lacing.

the aroma is light citrus aromas, lemon, with hints of banana, light clove and grassy notes and a touch of light bready malts, well rounded i have to i take the first sip, crisp, clean with a nice touch of lemon zest that cracks the lips. smooth yeast notes and light banana then grace the palate and leave a light fruit flavor that mingles well with the grainy malts on the way out. light dry, clean and smooth finish.

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Photo of Goliath
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hazy yellow color with a large inch and a half bright white head. There is great head retention as well.

I really enjoy the aroma. There is a nice dose of citrusy hops and a nice spice profile as well.

The taste is great. It's got a great pale malt base with a bit of spicing followed by a touch of sweetness. There is also a gentle hop presence that is extremely drinkable but stil does it's intended job. As a matter of fact, this beer is dangerously drinkable. I think I could guzzle it down and not think twice about it. I'm diggin it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated, just what I'm looking for out of a beer with this type of Belgian influence.

Overall I think this beer is great. It's unique, tastey, aromatic, and just simply pleasing. The ABV is moderate which adds to the ease of consumption. Really a great beer, and it's great in this summer heat.

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Photo of Chaney
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was stoked to get this brew as a Christmas present from my brother.

Corked and caged: Batch 2011-4; best by 2/2012.

So, this is the collaboration with Deschutes huh?... and it was re-labeled by Deschutes as "Conflux" and is the same recipe, with a couple of minor variances.

I poured this into a FFF shaped glass.

A: It looked like freshly-squeezed orange juice with Alka-Seltzer, and about half my glass was filled with off-white head after a hard pour. Oops...

S: It had a very inviting citrus makeup, with a good bitter of grass that wasn't as grating as many I've tried in the Belgian IPA arena. Nice fresh filtered water quality to boot.

T: Lots of creative herbal spices here: lemongrass, coriander, and sage. Additionally, the sugar slap that I got on the finish was very reminiscent of Pixie Stick dust. I took my first sip before I even read the stats on it. Hot damn, I was right! This IS very much a Witbier with IPA leanings.

M: Bubbly and highly comfortable to drink. I'm pretty sure I've made that comment before about Boulevard's Smokestack Series beers. The lacing was used care wash stuff, and the spice stain on my palate is one that I wish for after every gourmet meal.

O: I think that it's quite ironic that I just had one of my favorite beers of the year with only two days left in the current calendar year. This was quite remarkable actually.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first Boulevard beer! Thanks to my buddy, Bruce. Pours a bright, golden-straw color with a medium white head that disappears quickly. Scent is very inviting with subtly hoppy notes, coriander, Belgian yeast, lemon zest, and pepper. Tons of herbs...almost pizza like. Reminds me of a saison in so many ways. Taste is a lovely blend of the qualities of a witbier, a saison, and a Belgian IPA. Great blend of all three IMO. Lovely lemon zest with a bit of farmhouse. Delicious herbal flavors that compliment the pepper and Belgian yeast amazingly. Subtle hop profile to make the coriander as mellow as it should be. Finishes spicy and the slightest bit tart. Mouthfeel is tingly and dry. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this beer is very unique and delicious. I love it! I don't think it's very fresh, so I'm wondering what it was like with more hoppiness. It's probably better like this. (Best By Date: 02/2012). Awesome brew.

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Photo of bfields4
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear pale gold body. Nice frothy white full head.

Grassy hoppy aroma nice citrus lemon zest notes. A bit of sweet wheat and belgian spice.

Wow a huge citrus blast up front. Corriander and other spice. A nice mellow wheat a bit lemony and just a touch of tartness.

Lots of carbonation fairly mellow with just a touch of booze. I am very impressed

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Collaboration No. 2 - White I.P.A. from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.16 out of 5 based on 340 ratings.
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