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

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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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Reviews: 161 | Ratings: 340
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of oline73
3.21/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy golden/yellow with a finger of fluffy white head. There is a reasonable amount of retention.

Smell: Milder than I expected. Some citrus like hops, but I"m getting a strong note of fruity Belgian yeast spice.

Taste: There are some hops here. The main flavors I'm picking up are herbal and slightly fruity. The hop bitterness and the fruity notes from the yeast don't work together in perfect harmony as far as I'm concerned. The finish is bitter and fruity, kind of weird.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: There was a clash of flavors here that I couldn't quite get past. Just didn't work very well for me. Oh well, to each their own.

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Photo of zeff80
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden color with a two-finger, head of bubbly white foam. It had good retention and left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fruity and yeasty with a phenolic nose.

T - It tasted spicy with a phenolic bite. Notes of lemon, caramel and cracked wheat.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a truly unique and delicious beer. I hope I can get some more.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Ordered this bottle from the Wine & Cheese Shop. Served in a Russian River "TION" goblet.

Pours a slightly hazed golden color with a strong yellow tint. Single finger white head falls into a nice thin collar. The nose brings a great burst of coriander, orange peel, and a good dosing of lemon grass. Really nice notes pull together into what appears to be a good saison. Adding the nice floral and citrus hops to that really hits a high level. Flavor isn't quite as integrated and the hops come together and the lemongrass and sage come together and overshadow a few other things. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Slight chewiness, though not much. Really fantastic beer. Great concept and beautifully executed. Certainly not for everyone, but it hit the spot for me.

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Photo of mothman
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serve in a large pilsner shaped glass .

Served with a half finger of white head. Decent retention leaving a little bit of lace. Color is a clear yellow hued gold.

Aroma: Very hoppy. Earthy, grassy, floral, and weedy. It also has a brett like flavor with a lot of spices. Reminds me a bit of a Belgian ipa (edit, just noticed this was classified as a Belgian IPA).

Taste: More hops and more spice. Hop profile is similar to the nose but more floral. It also has notes of citrus fruit and some zesty flavors. I also get that brett like flavor I picked up in the nose.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and spiced. Medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Ends a bit sticky

Overall, I enjoyed this one more than I thought I would. It was very fresh and complex, providing an interesting mix of flavors. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of superspak
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into tulip, Batch 2011-4; best by 02-2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a huge 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of pepper, clove, herbs, coriander, lemon, orange peel, wheat, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas here, with good strength and balance. Taste of big lemon, wheat, pepper, coriander, herbs, orange peel, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lemon, pepper, and big spicy notes lingering on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a bit of a prickly mouthfeel, but it doesn’t harm the drinkability at all. Alcohol is not noticed at all in this; very drinkable and smooth. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding witbier/IPA hybrid beer. I have officially been blown away.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.8/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

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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 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 womencantsail
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks for sharing this one, Bobby.

A: The beer pours a pale golden with a big white head on it.

S: The nose has a rather interesting blend of spices and hops. Some fruity pineapple and grapefruit hop notes along with a touch of grass. The traditional coriander and citrus peel are there along with a light bread and wheat aroma.

T: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit on the flavor. There is a somewhat light bread/wheat character with a mild hop bitterness. Light grass and citrus peel on the finish.

M: The body is medium with medium to high carbonation.

O: I really liked this one, lots of nice flavors and great execution of a concept I wasn't too crazy about.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

Still working my way through the Boulevard catalog and generally enjoying the trip. This stop pours a clear amber-gold topped by over a finger of solid white foam. Like many Boulevard offerings, this one's got some floaties, just not as many as in other cases. The nose comprises powdered sugar, grapefruit peel, light cantaloupe, caramel, and a few prickles of minty pine needles in the very back. The taste holds notes of lemon zest, mint, pine, balsa, caramel, banana peel, light mandarin orange, and a dash of clove. The finish is a solid wall of eucalyptus, which lingers for some time, leaving a slightly bitter chlorophyll-laced taste in the mouth. It's not too unpleasant, but it's still a bit unpleasant. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty nice BIPA. I'm not the biggest fan of the hop choice, I think, but it doesn't ruin things. I'd drink another one, but I wouldn't run out to get it.

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

Bottle shared Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is hazy and yellow, with a finger of white head that leaves ample lacing. The aroma brings coriander, yeast, hops. The flavor is decent, offering more spices than hops. The feel is medium bodied, with a lingering spicy finish. I like the aroma a bit more than the taste. Overall, a pretty tasty brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
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 will not be dissappointed.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up after seeing all the positive reviews. Served in a 6oz taster pint glass.

A - Big white foam that has great retention, and leaves behind spotty lace and a thick cap. The body is hazed golden color that is slightly transparent when held up to the light.

S - Smells like a witbier. Wheat, coriander, and vanilla flavors dominate, with some mild lemon and orange notes from the lemongrass and hops. If it didn't say IPA on the label, I'm not sure I would have guessed this was a hybrid.

T - Taste has more of both styles mixed together, but it's kind of a confusing experience. Citrus hops, vanilla malt, and coriander and other spice character in the finish. Some perfume notes in there was well. Not much bitterness at all - perhaps dry-hopped witbier would be a more appropriate description.

M - Pleasant carbonation, smooth texture, medium body, and no obvious alcohol. Finish is dry and resinous and is somewhat evocative of an IPA.

D - Odd beer, that I found strangely compelling but many of my friends disliked it. It was pretty easy to drink, but not mind-blowing as many previous reviews have suggested. I suppose I'd take it over most witbiers, but I'd rather have an IPA to be honest. Even with the lukewarm response the 750ml bottle was drained rather quickly.

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Photo of Tone
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy, gold color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of hops, slight floral hops, slight sweet malt, slight spice, and hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Belgian IPA. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of floral hops, slight hops, slight spice, hint of sweet malt, slight pale malt, and hint of grass. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, blend, and body.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

At the time of this review, this is the #7 top Belgian IPA. Received in a trade recently (thanks!) and served from a corked and caged 750 ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. This beer is a witbier with some hops in it, that is all.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a big soft white head, lots of lacing, moderate carbonation, good retention, looks good.

Aroma is bready, sweet, corriander, some citrus, hoppiness comes through, fruity.

Beer is medium in body and sweet on the front, strong yeast palate, probably about 50 IBU on the moderately dry finish, overall a nice little witbier, I really like it but then again I really like witbiers. How is it as an IPA you might wonder, the hops are close to the last thing I'm thinking about with this beer but I won't ding it for that since I do enjoy it so much. I would have it again.

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Photo of aasher
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a nice and moderately cloudy honey gold in color with a one finger poofy white head. The aromas consist of nice Belgian spices with a light hop presence. It's definitely closer to a wit than an American IPA. It even has a moderate pale malt, wheat aspect reminiscent of honey. The flavors are yeast, nice spice, and a light bitter finish. The sweetness, Belgian wit malty yeasty collaboration is pretty solid. It even has a nice almost gumball esque sweetness. Perhaps they added some additional sugar to up the abv? It drinks light to medium in body and is pretty refreshing. I'm a fan of the presentation. It's a nice beer and drinks really well. I'll have this one again.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a medium golden orange amber huge somewhat coarse white head and lacing. Aroma of sweet and caramel malt, orange, coriander and other Belgian spices, light hops. Taste starts with mild malt, wheat, citrus and spice flavors, somewhat dry but complex, finishes with hop bitterness and spices. Medium bodies with some creaminess. Quite different, but flavor progression is nice. Perhaps a bit astringent on the finish, but overall a great beer. I think they pulled off a cross between an American IPA and a Belgian witbier. More agressively flavored than the Deschutes, but also more of an IPA. Beautifully done.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I'd give this beer a '5' on appearance, but it takes the jaws of life to get the damn cork out.

Faded golden body, clean and clear. Very large white head. Dense, tiny bubbles at first, then the bigger bubbles come up for a bit of a rockiness. Settles with nice lacing.

Good yet faint aroma. Light. Spicy, banana, faint sweet bread. Green/unripe pineapple. Grapefruit. Not as spicy as a Belgian it seems. But nice.

Flavors are also light. They have their place and make the taste interesting. Definitely a summer brew, but of course can be enjoyed anytime. Spicy; they don't hit until the end...clove and banana. After that come the hops. Dry and crisp. Some herbal, but mostly citrus. Nice finish to a lemongrass start.

Slick, crisp and dry. Good finish.

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Photo of Mora2000
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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

A very strange beer. In essence, this is a highly hopped Wit, a fusion between an IPA and Belgian white. It pours nicely enough, with a hazy golden color and a fluffy white head. It starts aggressively herbal, with lots of coriander. This is just accented by the herbal hops. Thankfully, the citrus flavors eventually come out and deliver a much needed counterpoint, but I swear, it took a good hour with the bottle open before the citrus became prominent enough to really make a difference. A tightly wound beer that is a bit dryer and a tad less crisp than I'd like. The hops both dry the beer out and lessen the crispness while emphasizing the herbalness. Nice, but not quite the balance I'm looking for.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 picked up at the COOP tonight for a seemingly pricey $12.. but oh well. Poured into my new badass HotD tulip.

3 finger white head lingers forever... great lacing ... the brew is hazed golden.

Nicely spicy phenolic nose.. minor coriander and only a decent smack of orange peel... even some banana with warmth.

Flavor is pretty much the same with a good bready malt component... finish is long with phenols and a bit of lemongrass... Not getting much in the way of hops... but they were pretty hidden in the Deschutes version too IMO...

I dig this brew.... but given the Conflux was close to half the price, I will probably only buy this one again if somebody wants one in trade.


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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.86/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased from Belmont Station in Portland. Despite its proximity to Deschutes, this is actually the Boulevard version.

Pours a really lovely bright but hazed golden yellow colour. The haze adds a lovely sheen and sparkle to the body of the beer. Head is firm, fine and lovely and frothy, but mild and light at the same time, leaving about as much residue as a cloud. Very little lacing, and very little weight to the head itself. It really looks very good indeed, though.

Nose is clear and bright, but somewhat grassy, leaving a slightly prickly vegetative note in the aroma. There's a subtle hint of seawater, or perhaps chlorine to it too, not in a bad way, but in a fresh, slightly too eager brightness kind of way. Perhaps a dot of pepper to it as well, something that gives it something slightly spicy. It's OK, but I was expecting something a little bit more full and better integrated.

Taste is clear and bright, with a brusque, peppery note on the back. Light leafy hoppiness pervades throughout, but I think there must be a good dash of the wit botanicals in here as well: there's certainly an insidious spicy character that drifts through. The 7.5% ABV is hidden pretty well, but there could be a dash more body to support the beer overall. Feel is a little light as a result.

Overall. This is decent stuff. It's a nicely put together White IPA which leans a little heavily on the White, while maintaining some of the aggression of an IPA. I'm probably not the biggest fan, but I'm a fan nonetheless. But just in fair weather.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle poured into a tulip. Best by 02-2012. Thanks Chris for sharing!

(A)- Pours a hazy golden yellow color. Produced a giant fluffy pure white head with good retention. Plenty of lace.

(S)- A lightly spicy lemon, clove, and yeast profile. Bits of green hops and wood characters.

(T)- Very similar to the smell. A spicy profile; can definitely see now the sage, coriander, and lemon grass. Has a woody hop profile. Very mild fruity wheat finish.

(M)- A nice carbonation level and balance. Not overly spicy or hoppy but a good combo of the two. Minimal bitterness.

(D)- I thoroughly enjoyed this one. It could be the heat and how refreshing it is, but whatever the case is, I like it.

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