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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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 FanofHefe
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very happy to get a chance at this one as a fan of both hefeweizens and IPAs. Pours a slightly hazy light yellow color with a one finger white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like a witbier with some hoppy notes. Sweet malt, lemon zest, and coriander.

The tastes goes well beyond the flavor. The hop bite comes through much more pronounced in the flavor and blends extremely well with the sweeter flavors and the Belgian yeast notes. I was a little skeptical at first but this blend really works for me.

Very drinkable; light texture and a dry finish. An excellent brew.

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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 armock
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to doughanson78 for hooking this bottle up in the Tickers BIF.

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus wheat and some Belgian yeast spiciness

T - A good bit of spices up front then the citrus comes through with some yeast flavor

M - This beer has a lighter body with high carbonation to it

O - I enjoyed this beer quite a bit Belgian IPAs are a style that I like a lot and this one didn't disappoint it tastes very good making it very easy to drink worth picking up if you have the chance

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.83/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy bright gold. Head is big, rocky, and chunky. Sticky lacing clings and won't come off. Solid carbonation pulls throughout. Slightly hazy.

Smell: Wheat, citrus, coriander, sage, and mint. Lots of herbaceous goodness. Big tang of wheat and that distinct almsot spice of Belgian yeast. Solid spicy/peppery note. Hops bring citrus and a touch of pine. An aggressive hopping really adds depth to the usual wheat/Belgian combo. A greatly appreciated addition. Sweet. Touch of something earthy/oaky.

Taste: Lemon, orange, and grapefruit. Sage, mint, and a lot more spiciness than the nose would indicate. Despite all the floral/herbal flavors, it's big on the yeast and rather well balanced. Coriander adds a nice dimension to the overall spice component. Warms to a touch of horse blanket, hay, and slightly floral hops. Very, very floral and yeasty in the long run.

Mouthfeel: Light and dry. Hits like it sat in a barrel for a bit. Maybe it did? Lively carbonation, but decidedly drinkable nonetheless.

Overall: Not being a fan of anything Belgian at this point, I was a little hesitant to give this a try. I was pleasantly surprised. A nice hopping helps cover up some of the overt yeast and spice flavors. Nicely balanced and complex enough to keep things interesting in the long run.

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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 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 jsh420
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
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

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Photo of warnerry
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of jthreee
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I work part time at a wine/liquor store in downtown Boston with an excellent craft beer selection. I love wine but I'm more partial to beer and I love trying something new each week. I've decided to start reviewing beers, but I have a very simplified rating system. I found that in answering customer questions, very ornate and descriptive assessments really proved unhelpful. Also, given the selection of amazing beers on the shelf I found myself playing down beers that were perfectly fine on their own because they didn't measure up to the high bar that I had set for myself. I realized that this didn't help the consumer in any way. So, my rating system is simply would I, or would I not "buy it again". I realize this is somewhat of a departure from the norm on BA, but I really feel it is a true and honest assessment of the product.

Boulevard Collaboration No. 2 - White IPA: I would by this beer again.

Wow, this is really something special. Amazing aroma. Full, almost creamy mouth-feel. Complex flavor, all the spices come through, they aren't muddled. Not something I'd grab every day, but yeah, this is really great.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy lemon-yellow color with two fingers of creamy white head.

Aroma of lemon, tart apples, yeast, white pepper and coriander.

The taste has a tart bite of lemon zest, apple, grass, yeast, white pepper and cracker. The tartness lingers thru the finish.

Medium bodied and dry with a moderate carbonation.

A tasty Belgian IPA from the folks at Boulevard that I'd definitely have again.

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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 Ryan011235
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into something at Jackie O's on 8/27/11

Irresponsible Tick #8

Thanks dude

Light hazed golden. Smokestack head. Over two fingers. Thins quickly but lots of thick lace. Smells very spicy. Potent white pepper, sharp grapefruit pith. Grassy and grainy. Toasted wheat with spicy notes and a decent citrus hop presence. Decent bitterness. Light body with pointed carbonation. Finishes herbal and spicy. Interesting. Dig it.

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Photo of Jayli
3.61/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to my Portsmouth tulip

A: This beer pours a deep, clear, dark yellow/lighter copper color with a three finger of bone white foamy head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving big chunks of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is lots and lots of sage, somewhat soapy, and spicy.

T: Taste is hugely filled with sage at the forefront, a peppery spicing comes through, lots of yeast with a touch malty sweetness. Finish had a bit of lemon zest.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, thinner bodied but nice and crisp with a dry finish.

O: Goes down easy, tasty, not too filling, decent but well hidden kick, ok representation of style. I've warmed up to belgian beers, the sage was a touch much but yet not offputing. I'd have another glass, but would not seek this out.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
Batch Best by

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.

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.02/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A big thanks to Thorpe429 for this bad boy! 750mL brown glass cork and caged.

Pours perfectly with a nice hazy yellow hue and fluffy white head. Nose smells like both fresh and dried herbs, sage and thyme come to mind and some light citrus, just like a wit. Palate is thin thin thin! with some razor-thin bitterness that flanks the whole experience. Flavors match the palate and are joined by flaky wheat grains and orange essence.

Notes: This is the way a white beer should be! More balanced owing to the bitterness of the hops, but still true to style. More white than IPA though for sure. A very enjoyable beer after a long day at work. Cheers!

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Photo of 2xHops
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Belgian Style IPAs seems to be all over the map when our American breweries are making them. This collaboration is no exception.

When I poured the beer, there was a tremendous amount of head frothing away! The color resembled like many of Wit beers. It had very light and cloudy yellow hue.

The flavor coming from this beer is typical for a belgian style IPA except for one thing: I thought it was slightly more sweet than usual. There doesn't seem to be any hops that are present. I am starting to wonder if the bottle had lost some of its freshness? There were plenty of spices coming through. It certainly did balance out the sweetness that I tasted.

Overall, It is a decent beer. I would drink it again, but I think the jury's out on the whole style because there seems to be a wide range of flavor profiles brewers are putting out.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.95/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a big snifter

Pours clear golden with a huge head, fades pretty quickly leaving lots of lacing. Very active carbonation. Smell is fruity, belgian-y, yeasty. Some spicy hops.

Taste is somewhat sour, pretty funky, nice crisp hoppy finish.

Mouthfeel is thin and a little oily. Overall, this is pretty good.

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Photo of Spider889
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to BlueOkie for this awesome beer.

Batch number: 2011-4
Best by: 2-2012

Brewed with coriander seed, orange peel, sage, and lemongrass.

Poured into a Duvel tulip. Really tall eggshell white head. Yep, there's something a little Belgian-y going on here in the appearance alone. The beer in my globe of glass is showing a bit of chill haze, and sports a bright 14k color. Spotty tufts of heavy lace grasp onto the walls of the tulip.

Smells really spicy at first. Those witbier aromas are very strong - loads of peppery yeast and coriander. The sage is muddled a bit, but with slight effort it plays nicely into the hands of everything else.

This is a tasty one, no doubt. Here the herbal components really start to shine, especially the sage. Sweet crackery malts give way to the hoppy backbone of this beer. The hops are citrusy - really sweet, juicy citrus - like orange and pineapple juice. Bitterness is enough to prove the IPA component, though nowhere near where it'd be without all these other flavors/aromas to mask it.

The mouthfeel is appropriate, I guess. For a Belgian beer it is about normal, but for an IPA it is way too harsh. From the first sip the prickly carbonation caught me a little off guard. Balance this out a bit and this beer would be enjoyable in ways I can't even describe.

Overall a really nice beer. I must admit I am pleasantly surprised. For whatever reason I kept assuming that this wasn't going to be anything that special. Once again, Boulevard has proven that they can make really amazing beer.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boulevard Collaboration #2 White IPA 7.4% ABV
Poured into a white wine glass (sorry, lack of proper glassware).

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color. Some bottle yeast in there. 1/2 finger bright white head that dissipates quickly. Good bottle conditioning carbonation rolling off bottom of the glass.

S: Lots of Belgian character to this one. All the spice, orange peel, yeast, etc. There is some sweet citrus notes but not there normal hoppy notes.

T: Taste does give off some of the more traditional IPA character. It all lives in the mid-tongue. The tip of the tongue is all Belgian Wit feel. Nice crisp finish. This version is more IPA-ish than the Deschutes version.

M: Medium bodied but not really coating. It's really quite smooth with the bottle conditioning.

O: B+ or A-

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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 Dope
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: A very cloudy golden orange pour. Huge fluffy white head. Great splotchy lacing and good head retention too.

S: Very interesting smell. Lots of orange, lemon, coriander like a witbier. Some more pungent notes are there too, some stronger pine and citrus and grassy hops mingle nicely. Some lemongrass too possibly? Some banana in true belgian fashion of course. Basically smells like a big IPA and a witbier mixed together, as the name implies.

T: Taste is almost amusing. At first sip it's a really nice sweet, fruity witbier. Then suddenly the fruit fades and the grassy/herbal and maybe even piney hops kick in through the aftertaste. It's a great combination. Very well balanced and a roller coaster of flavors at each sip. Almost no indication of alcohol. As the beer warms, the grassy/herbal hops stand out stronger and stronger.

M: Nice and smooth with some perfect carbonation. Aftertaste leaves just a tiny bit of resin.

O: Great combination and one I have never had before. It's like a black and tan only with a witbier and an IPA. Has all of the great characteristics of both I think.

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Photo of MrTopher
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thank you Jim (ratedz), this along with the Deschutes Conflux No 2.

A – A nice hay gold color with a decent bright white head that has an awesome retention. Some small bubbles produce through the consumption of this phenomenal beer.

S – A lot of pine/grass, and some other nice citrus hop smells. A sweet malt must have been added because there is a sweet presence.

T – An awesome blend of hop and malt, there is some definite wheat blended into this but seems more hop forward. There is some pine and faint citrus hop flavor, and a good sweet maltiness. Some nice spice when you get to the bottom of the bottle.

D – This brew has the traditional Boulevard carbonation; this is on a lighter side but very enjoyable. This is perfectly balanced.

O – I thoroughly enjoyed this beer over the Deschutes version; the hops seemed to be more present in this version than the PNW version.

* this review is from a side by side with the Deschutes version.

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

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip. Batch 2011-3 and Best By Date of 02-2012 on back label. It was a slightly hazy golden yellow color with a massive amount of floaters and good carb. Really surprised by the thick flakes in here. More typical of something that's sat for a few years instead of a release in July. It had a massive 3+ finger white head that took forever to settle into a thick foam cap fed by the carb. Great lacing with plenty sticking. Except for the flakes it was a good

The aroma was good and interesting with a pleasant mix of herbal and grassy hops along with the coriander and orange from the wit along with good dose of lemongrass and touch of sage. Good aroma and mixed well which has been a problem in a lot of these mixing of styles. The flavor matches the aroma and again is a good mix of the styles. It's more IPA than White but you still can see the Wit in here. Starts out with the fruity and coriander of the wit and then the grassy hops and lemongrass quickly jump in for a nice flavor ramp-up with a nice smooth finish. Mouthfeel was medium with a bit too much carb for me (a real burber this one). Good aftertaste.

Overall, an excellent beer that succesfully blends two styles into a cohesive treat. Highly recommend. I like that is gives me some good hop flavor but also has some good fruit and spice elements. I love a good hop bomb but this one is great when I want some hops along with other elements. Available here in TX. Rotation - gonna have to grab some more before it disappears. Hopefully, it gets re-released down the road. [R;Y]

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Photo of antlerwrestler19
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch 2 - Best by 2-2012

Pours a light but vibrant golden straw color with a super thick, big-bubbled head that leaves wispy splotches of lace. A mixture of in your face spicy notes and orange/lemony zestiness all expected of a great witbier mingles with the hops of this belgian IPA, but it is much more forward on the wit end. The mouth changes the game up a bit bringing the hops out a bit more, but not by much. A huge takeover of orange zest and lemongrass as well as subtle floral hops followed by massive belgian yeast notes that leave a nice moist spiciness on the palate. All rounded out by a perfect amount of carbonation to this light to medium bodied almost sticky yet refreshing brew. I was hoping it would be a little further on the hop side but I was most definitely not let down by this beer, just wish I would have reviewed it when I had it at it's freshest point.


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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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