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

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BEER INFO

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

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. http://beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/63/71419

42 IBU

Added by BradLikesBrew on 05-06-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
161
Ratings:
340
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
10.58%
 
 
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4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was EXTREMELY fortunate to have the opportunity to try this with Steven Pauwels at the brewery this week. He is a very generous man.

White IPA is a collaboration between Larry Sidor of Deschutes and Steven Pauwels of Boulevard. It is an attempt to combine the unique, subtle character of a Belgian Wit with the more aggressive qualities of an American IPA. Citra, Centennial, and Bravo hops combine with Coriander, Orange Peel, Lemongrass, and Sage to produce this truly unique beer.

The result is a hazy, pale golden body with a fluffy white head. Aromas are floral and herbal in nature with lingering citrus tones. The palate is complex and unusual, but impressively balanced. Malt provides little of the flavor, but I didn't miss it, the hops, herbs, and yeast take to the spotlight in style. Sage provides a distinct savory herbal element with bright fruity, floral lemongrass adding a twist to the typical orange and coriander Wit flavors. The citrus driven hops really take White IPA to another level. Bitterness doesn't seem too high, though it is listed at 60 IBUs.

Steven said he thought the Sage was too strong in this batch. It certainly was a large contributor to the flavor profile and I can see why he would want to tone it down, but I must say, I found the Sage to be a thoroughly enjoyable, yet unusual touch that really makes White IPA a different beer.

Larry and Steven have done a superb job here. This is the sort of refreshing, yet full bodied and flavorful beer I absolutely love. I hope it draws a wide audience, but I have my fears. Hop heads may be disappointed that it is not more intensely hopped, while Belgian fans may find the non-traditional hopping out of place. I hope there are more people out there that appreciate experimentation and boundary pushing that White IPA represents while displaying subtlety and nuance that has become all too rare. The world needs more beers like this.

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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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