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

Pours a very light yellow color. Very aromatic and filled with aromas of orange peels, coriander, citrus tones and some floral tones as well. The feel is a creamier feel backed up by a lighter medium body. A really damn fine beer that I couldn't stop drinking

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Photo of FreshHawk
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Slightly cloudy straw color with a large, light, foamy, whispy, white head. Really good retention leaving a thin patchy lacing.

S - Great blend of fruit and spice. Banana, lemon, clove, hints of sage/thyme. Touches of grass and hay. A bit more of a wit aroma han an IPA. Nice balance between the fruit and spice.

T - Quite spicy. A bit more of an IPA feel than the nose. Starts with a strong spicy and herbal taste that are closer to stronger/woody herbs than say tea like herbalness. Mid to late sip, some fruitiness comes out, primarily banana. Grassy hops and Belgian IPA flavors also come out mid sip. Finishes with a slightly tart lemon flavor.

M - Medium body with a healthy amount of carbonation. Very zesty and crisp.

D - Even though it is quite spicy, it is still very drinkable. Very refreshing and easy to put down.

Notes: Enjoyable and interesting beer. Quite spicy and a good mix of Belgian IPA and Wit flavors. Overall a very solid beer, not elite but very solid.

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

Bright golden body. Clear and not sign of sediment in the first pour. Massive, three and a half finger creamy bone white head. Retention is rather impressive, working its way back rather slowly. Spotty moss eaten lacing coats the wall of the glass.

The aroma displays a strange juxtaposition between an IPA and a Witbier.I was somewhat skeptical at first about how these aromas meld, but in the end they come together quite nicely. Light citrus and floral hops, coriander and peppery aromas pour out of the glass. Definitely herbal quality lies just beneath, provides an interesting counterpoint to the dominant aromas.

The flavor does not have the transition on the palate. Every element of the flavor hits the tongue at once and maintains a constant level from front to back. Light cracker malt base sits along side a lightly citrrusy hop flavor. Pleasant herbal quality, the sage and lemon grass come through very well. A slight peppery flavor lingers on the back of the tongue.

Light to medium bodied beer. Moderated carbonation, the beer is very light, nearly tingly on the tongue. The finish is rather dry, slight hop sweetness lingers on the tongue.

A very interesting beer but well executed. The beer merges two styles that many would not expect to mesh. There are a lot of flavors at work but they all come together wonderfully. Very easy to drink, highly enjoyable. I am not sure this is one I would pick up often but it would be something I could enjoy on occasion. Big thanks to Gratefulbeerhead for the bottle and opportunity to enjoy this beer.

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

A - Cloudy golden orange body with a 3 finger white head. Pretty good lacing left behind as well.

S - Clove and coriander, musty Belgian yeast, confectioner sugar, oranges, herbal hops.

T - Lemon and minty herbal hops followed by a creamy orange flavor. Clove, and coriander accent the chewy yeasty center. Sweet tropical fruit bleed through close to the peppery finish.

M - Soft and delicate at first then moves to a peppery finish. Full bodied.

Boulevard loves the citrus when it comes to this family of styles and it works well here. Solid amount of spice and plenty of herbal and tropical flavors running through the yeast and malt.

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

Opened this one on my fourth wedding anniversary, many thanks to lnashig for this bottle.

A - Pours a hazy golden yellow. Great off white head. Looks awsome, typical of boulevard beers, great craftmanship

S - Mango, Pine, bit other tropical fruits. May have been better if I'd had this fresh. Still very nice. Bit of hops in there as well but mostly fruits and spice.

T - Malt, bit of spiciness, with a hop finish. Slight bit of funk as well, honestly tastes like a poor mans version of RR Temptation. Maybe thats saying too much, but reminded me a bit of it, not as good OBV.

M - Bit dry, not amazing, but probably because this bottle is almost 8 months old.

D - Pretty high. Split this bottle with no issues.

O - Smell was great, taste didnt match, I wish it had. I can tell this one is definitely better closer to the bottling date. Taking that into account this is an 'A' beer.

Curious to try this fresh at release next year.

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

A - Pours light straw in color into my snifter with a big white head that has moderate retention and leaves splotchy lacing on the glass.

S - Sweet candied sugar and malts, orange and lemon citrus hops, clove and coriander.

T - Piney hops with just the right about of bitterness that carries through to the finish. Sweet candied sugar and citrus paired with clove and coriander with a nice spice that lingers on the palate.

M - Crisp and clean, really well balanced.

O - This is a very well balanced Belgian IPA that is totally worth trying.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I did a side by side with Conflux #2 version from Deschutes.

25.4oz bottle poured into a Snifter glass.

A - Pours a light orange color, but darker than the Conflux, with a three finger off-white head.

S - Strong Belgian yeast, oranges, spices.

T - Very orange, warming spices, again belgian yeast.

D - Good carbonation, lighter body.

O - More yeasty and spicey than the Conflux version.

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Photo of Vonerichs
3.7/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow color that's hazy with some small floaters. The head is uber-agressive and I have to stop my pour numerous times to let the beer catch up.

The smell is minty with citrus notes of lemon and orange. There's a corriander spice.

The taste resembles a wit much more than any kind of IPA. Corriander spice, yeast, and a minty finish. The light orange notes are the only hop aspect of this.

Mouthfeel is thin but works well for a wit... wait, this is an IPA, or is it? Anyway, it is light and thin, but in context with the flavors it works. In context of an IPA, not so much.

A good beer but I was let down from an "IPA" point of view. For a wit, very good. I guess it's a decent beer with an identity crisis.

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Photo of mmva321
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a chalice.

Like butterscotch topped with pure white foam, this beer is absolutely beautiful. Vibrant and simple. It suffers only from a lack of retention. The aroma is sublime. A perfect balance of a healthy amount of hops, malts and yeast strains, with the malts really dominating. It's very close to a tripel, with strong hops being the differing factor. There is a beautiful bouquet of fruits, most notably orange peel and lemon along with some coriander. But>>>>>>>>>the taste is so disappointing. All the right flavors are there, but the coriander is too strong right away and the pepper is too strong in the finish. Distracting and unbalanced flavors take this away from being an amazing beer. The mouthfeel is appropriate, but it can't save the taste, which is still good, but underwhelming for this kind of project.

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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 katan
3.87/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml into a pint

A - Pours a golden straw color. Lots of carbonation in the form of a pearly white head and a load of bubbling. Slightly hazy.

S - A white pepper spiciness dominates the nose. Very strong. A little bit of floral hopping in the background. Yeast takes center stage, while the other white ale attributes are not noticeable.

T - Starts off balanced, with some yeast spiciness and a hint of noble hops. A wild grain note grows with it, almost saison style funk. Finishes with a stronger pilsner malt note. Aftertaste is clean but certainly leaves behind the funkiness.

M - Strong carbonation results in a stinging mouthfeel. A bitter texture hangs around the center of the tongue for a while.

O/D - An interesting beer that doesn't really distinguish itself in either of its constituent styles. The white pepper does a great job on the smell but after that I find it almost to be more of a saison.

I've had the #2 from Deschutes and I think I liked it better.

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Photo of Briken
3.76/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with yellow highlights with huge white foamy head that clumps with craggy lacing. Medicinally herbal and yeasty pepper aroma. Herbal salty bread with a light hop profile. Elements of sage and citrus with a light sweetness finishes dry and peppery. Evolves some orange peel and lemongrass and more fruity esters as yeast is more involved. Sharp biting feel evolves a little more body.

I loved Conflux 2 and was eager to try this one out. Right off the bat…I hated this one. VapoRub and salty herbal taste dominated and it wasn't too good looking either. I was really expecting more and thought since this had a longer best by date I thought perhaps it needed some aging. But then as more of the yeast came into play all the flavors became more pronounced, subtly nuanced, and any unpleasant flavors mellowed. My taste score moved from 2.5 to 3 and finally to 4.5. Quite a range. The aroma didn’t improve much. Unfortunately, as I finally started to enjoy it, I reached the end of the bottle. Out of the bottle Conflux 2 is easier, sufficiently complex, and highly enjoyable. This is more of a sipping, highly complex, and eventually satisfying beer. I may have to get another and tip the bottle before serving… and maybe be a little more patient.

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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 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 roodie
3.71/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My 50th review!

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into my Bruery tulip

A: pours a golden irridescent yellow gold with 2 fingers of white foamy head that lasts a short time, leaving a trace of lacing

S: cloves and other spices, a bit of yeast, orange peel and zest. Hops round out the profile, resiny/piny, not much fruity hops

T: begins with cloves/corainder spiciness, but orange and piney resin round out the flavors.

M: spicy and smooth, bitterness from the hops lingers.

O: I really like this beer. Sorry it's not more widely available.

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Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at hills alongside deschutes version.

Pours a golden raisin ale with a little head and some spot lace. Near good clarity. Smells more like a wit than the deschutes version and has tones of yeast and coriander. Some banana smell. Taste is bitter without much other hop character. More like a bitter witbier than a new style. Mouthfeel is about right with a semi dry finish. Overall, not getting much ipa per se, but bitter wit.

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Photo of popery
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is meyer lemon yellow with a big frothy white head. The head does settle, but it seems to stick around a smidge longer than the Deschutes version. Some lacing.

S: The aroma is also quite similar but some brewery difference comes through. This version's hoppiness is a bit more subdued, and probably as a result, the grain and spice come through a bit more. It's all good stuff, though. There's light, fresh malt and peppercorns, orange peel (milder than the Deschutes), sage (more than the Deschutes), light coriander and a definite lemongrass note for spicing. I'm not sure that I picked up on the lemongrass at all in the other version, but it's definitely here. The hops are a bit milder but still floral and pleasant.

T: The taste is also interestingly different. There's more malt sweetness (very well done) and less orange peel/hop bitterness. You get a more nuanced spice contribution in this version's taste, particularly the finish. It's a mild to medium sweet beer with a gentle honeysuckle/pine hop note just at the very end.

M: A tad creamier than the other. Quite good, though. Carbonation is a bit lower, which I like.

O: I prefer the Deschutes by a tiny margin, but they're both very pleasant beers and very nearly equal in my overall enjoyment. I think the slight edge for Deschutes is due to it tending more toward the refreshing side of things than the sweet. The Boulevard is hardly a chore to drink, but the Deschutes was almost impossible to put down. This might be the best collaboration pairing that I've tried and a couple of the better collaboration beers. Great work from two excellent breweries.

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Photo of FosterJM
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

777th Review on BA
Bottle to goblet

@Woodshop Classix

App- A very clear but hazy yellow pour. A little bit of a mix of orange towards the outsides. As it settled into a one finger head the cling was quite nice. Wouldn't expect anything less from Blvd.

Smell- After a ton of stouts and the roast and chocolate it was good to shock the nose. Big amounts of the wit spice with the lemon/orange and nutmeg. Played against a good amount of hops to create a really nice balance of aromatics.

Taste- A good blend like the nose of the two styles. I love Blvd smokestack series and this was another good beer for me. Very light and drinkable with a balance of a juicy hops and maybe a touch of bitter. Smoothed out by the spices of the wit.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated. The bright finish between the spices and the zest and hops was nice.

Drink- A big fan of both breweries. I was excited to see this at woodshop as I am still waiting on my bottle from a family member. I loved the balance this struck and the color it showed. If we can have a black IPA, why not a white. I am stoked when I can sit with a whole bottle.

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Photo of MarkIntihar
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into my brand new Jackie O's glass! Thanks to Mike for this one!

A - Pours a brilliant yellow/orange/amber that seriously seems to glow! Very excellent looking beer! A finger plus of pure white head is accompanied by a solid visible carbonation with bubbles continuing to float from bottom to top still minutes after the pour. Excellent looking!

S - Hmm, smells definitely like a white, but not really picking up much IPA. Orange peel and other citrus fruits dominate, with strong spices accompanying them on the front of the nose. Very potent and smells nice enough, just not picking up the hop profile as much as I'd like.

T - Alright, so here are the hops! While still very potent with the citrus and spice in the beginning, this beer finishes with a very nice compliment of bitter hops, really giving a nice balance to the spicy/sweet tastes of a more traditional white beer. This is mostly what I think a Belgian IPA should taste like. As I get deeper into the bottle, I pick up a lot more of a traditional orange taste, which definitely pick this up nicely. Altogether a very nicely done beer, with great complexity.

M - Somewhat acidic due (I imagine) mostly to the citrus present, but really evens out nicely with almost no burn on the way down. A bit drying like a good IPA should be as well. Very nice.

O - Overall I'm pretty impressed. I was a bit skeptical of this one, as I typically prefer American IPAs and DIPAs, but this is a very nice representation of the style.

Thanks again Mike!

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

Poured from a 750ml caged and corked bottle into a pint glass. Batch: 2011-3

A: A slight hazy straw with some floating sediment. Nice 2 finger white head that is airy on the pour with nice retention. Sticky lace follows me down the glass.

S: The yeasty witbeir quality is shining through some nice peppery spices. Little bit of citrus hops at the backend.

T: Same as the nose, but it is lighter on the funky yeast and bigger on the hops. Has a mild bitter finish.

M: Crisp and clean with a light body. Nicely carbonated.

O: I enjoyed this version much more than the Deschutes version as I got more hops in this one and it drank closer to the style of "White IPA" IMO.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

humongous thanks to cfh64 for helping to feed my deschutes obsession and just being a rock n roll type of a BA. solid dude...tip my glass to you.

a - opened and filled my capt lawrence taster tulip. the stream from the bottle was almost clear or white. settled into the glass as a very soft straw yellow with a frothy white IPA'ish head. chunky lacing. the brew was murkly...very white wine looking.

s - strong candied sugar. strong orange peel with clove and coriander and nice vanilla like spicing. quite saison like with hints of belgian pale ales and sage. really nice.

t - coriander, vanilla spicing, some hop bittering. kind of like a belgian ipa should be. some orange peel. a bit watered down in flavor, but good. soft. sage. lemony.

m - mouth jumped out as thin at first, but then seemed a bit heavier and finished with some hop bittering and a peppery kick.

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Photo of drpimento
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty much as the brewery describes it. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream colored head that lasts a long time and lots of clingy lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy straw amber. Aroma is spicey, lots of caramel malt, hop and fruit. Flavor is a cross between a classic wit and an american ipa with plenty of fruit, spice, hop and malt and great balance between bitter, sweet, and acid all playing major roles. Body is excellent, full and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long with a little alcohol. Super beer. Session.

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