Conflux No. 2 | Deschutes Brewery

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Conflux No. 2Conflux No. 2

Brewed by:
Deschutes Brewery
Oregon, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed in Collaboration with Boulevard Brewing Co.; released July 2011.

Made with orange peel, coriander, lemongrass and sage.

See: for the same recipe (with minor variances) brewed and bottled at Boulevard.

IBU: 49
ABV: 7.3%

Added by msubulldog25 on 07-26-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of DarthGuitarHero
4.95/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Came into this one blind, not knowing what to expect, and it immediately became one of my all time favorites. If citrus-smelling strong IPAs and Belgian-style blonds are your thing, then this combination is the Reese's Peanut Butter Cup analog in the craft beer world. Complex, yet highly drinkable.

A: Beautiful, cloudy sunrise with a 1 1/2 finger foamy white head that dissipates into a nice sticky lacing.

S: This beer had me at smell-o. All orange zest with a hint of spice. This is what I long for my DIPAs to smell like.

T: You get it all -- the citrus, the coriander, the Belgian funkiness, with a hoppy bitterness that starts in the background but crescendos until it's the only thing left at the end. Wow. Amazingly complex, and yet incredibly drinkable. And I really appreciated the lack of anything remotely resembling syrupiness.

M: With everything going on, I was pleased with the clean and somewhat dry finish.

What can I say. For me, this is what it's all about.

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Photo of HighCarbDiet
4.92/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a fantastic and unique beer.

It's almost too bad it's classified here as a Belgian IPA, because it's so much more. A witbier... a fine summer ale... and yes, an IPA.

We had a hard time deciding what kind of glass to use. A wit glass? Something for an IPA? We decided on a standard weizen glass, which did the trick.

We poured the first 2/3 w/o the sediment. Then for the final 1/3, we swirled and dumped the sediment right in, which added a very different character. It was more Belgian IPA at the start, then more wit/blanche near the end.

The scent of the beer was intriguing. The orangey-citrus from the witbier-side, combined with the piney-citrus from the IPA-side. I don't recall having a beer like this before. Schneider-Brooklyn tried this, but the results were kind of flat. Here, the results sparkle.

On the IPA side, this is well balanced and not over the top--the hops are not killing the wheat. And the spicing (orange peel, coriander, etc.) play up to the hops nicely.

Deschutes and Boulevard are two of my favorite brewers, and although they sell a lot of beer, I still think Deschutes is underrated, and this beer strengthens that opinion. And I love Boulevard's Zon witbier, and this takes that to a whole new level.

I'd love to see either brewer take this brew and tweak it up and down, more wheaty, less hoppy, etc. and see what happens. Loads of possibilities here.

This beer is different, but it reminds me of Boulevard's Tank 7 a bit, and the Victory/Dogfish Head Saison du Buff.

Aha! That's it -- maybe this beer is actually a saison? Wheat... dryness... a present but muted hopiness... It's like a reinvention of the saison. I love it. This is a must-try beer.

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Photo of Groenebeor
4.7/5  rDev +18.1%
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 this version - on tap - then went back home to the KC area and had the Boulevard 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 Briken
4.68/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cloudy golden yellow , lightly bubbly, frothy white head and good retention. Yeasty citrus and spice aroma with hints of wheat. Dry and hoppy combination is the first impression with citrus peel, coriander, and hints of wheat come in to play. Yeast and what seems like pilsner malt sweetness follow and a dry hoppy finish and moderate linger. Crisp, bright, and smoothly carbonated.

I will have to say I wasn’t overly excited to give this a shot but it was available so I grabbed one. Usually beers brewed with coriander seem salty to me and a wheat IPA didn’t seem enthralling, however I like both breweries so… why not? Boy, am I glad I did. This is the most interesting and tasty beer I’ve had in awhile. Elements of trippels, pilsners, wheat and IPA all duck their heads in. All the flavors are clear and balanced, including the spices and it has such a refreshing feel. Not to be overly disgusting but even beer burps tasted great. Damn, I wish I had grabbed a couple more, this is a very well crafted beer.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.65/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a cloudy yellow orange amber. Two finger fine white head. Sweet malts and wheat aroma with a hint of spices and citrus. Unusual flavor of neutral hops, orange, light citrus and Belgian spicing. Creamy bodied. Moderate hop finish with a bit of peppery spicing. An unusual and hard to classify beer. Complex and interesting flavor progresion. Seems understated, but as it progresses, the complexity shows. I really liked this one. The Boulevard version is a bit more strightforwardly flavored, but I like the almost aged mellowness of the Deschutes a bit better. Both are excellent.

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Photo of ebrauser
4.59/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in steamboat springs

Appearance: Pale gold/straw colored with a great big head that was pure white and made of big, fragile bubbles.

Aroma: Hoppy zest paired with spicy and yeasty wheat. It is sweet and peppery with hints of lemon.

Flavor: Peppery wheat flavors explode, but are reigned in by lemon citrus from the hops. The hop character is quite Northwest, contributing great sweetness with bitterness to balance, not overwhelm. The finish is dry, with nice woody/earthy taste. A very tasty beer.

MF: Medium-bodied, much like a wheat or light belgian ale. Finish is crisp and the flavor is lingering until the next drink.

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Photo of plfahey
4.54/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass.

Appearance-Yellow golden color with good clarity but some sediment, even with a careful pour off the top of the bottle. Tall white head has good retention.

Aroma-Gorgeous aroma of lemongrass, mint, herbs, sage, orange citrus, soft perfumy coriander, and light floral notes. Heavenly. Soft white bread malt in the background. Elegant and quite pleasing.

Flavor-Light orange citrus and lemongrass up front, with light honey and wheaty white bread flavors in the midpalate. Herbal, minty, sagelike, and coriander all stride through the middle before it finishes with moderate hop bitterness and some yeasty funk, to blend with all the spice and herbal character. There's a lot going on, but it blends together seamlessly.

Mouthfeel-Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Smooth on the palate.

This is a very good beer. It's pretty busy, but somehow it all works together, and creates a delicious, palate-pleasing delight of a beverage. It edges out the Boulevard version slightly in terms of flavor and aroma, though both are superb beverages.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a-slightly clouded with a creamy white head. Active carbonation and a good amount of lace going down the sides. Looks like a wit type beer.

s-smells wonderful. Has a lot of an herbal lemon grass quality, smells of sage and critus hops. Really different smell to this beer. Again, like a IPA/wheat beer crossed. Has some peppery notes with some earth tones too.

t-bright and refreshing with hops and a wheat quality. Great beer with a balance of hops and a lot of flavors that flash across the palate. This has a great amount of balance with the hops adding a little bit of bitterness on the finish. There are a lot of wheat beer taste in here as well. Finish is clean with a bit of lemon and bitterness at the end.

m-med body, with the malts really taking a back seat on this beer. This beer has a great summer feel to it. Hops have a crispness that is fantastic.

o-I am impressed with the quality of this brew. There is a lot going on, but the beer is refreshing and crisp. Amazing what these two brewers came up with. I will be getting this as long as I can find it!

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

4th review on BA
Bomber into Allagash tulip
"Best by: 11/10/11" on bottle.

A: Hazy yellow. Thick head from a somewhat gentle pour. 2+ finger white head reduced thin bubbly top.

S: Hint of hops balanced by slight spice. Smells fresh, very very fresh. Almost as though straight from the bottling tank - delightful change for a bottled brew.

T: Smooth spice with well-balanced hop flavor. Hint of orange/citrus zest. Coriander is not over-powering; quite subtle actually.

M: Complex, but smooth - especially as it warms. Full body with dry finish. I like it!

O: Fantastic brew! I really enjoyed how this beer developed as it warmed up. Overall, I'd go back for this again and again. Most Belgian style IPA are "too Belgian" for me, but this one hit the spot. Great job and excellent collaboration between these two awesome breweries!

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Photo of ejyoung
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an opaque straw color with a white head that falls pretty quickly. Not much lacing.

Great nose of coriander, Belgian yeast, grassy hops and lemon/citrus.

Taste of wheat malt, coriander, and lots of lemony/citrusy hops. Lots of spice from the yeast and the coriander. I wouldn't pick out orange in particular, but the citrus is nice. Great hop flavor that complements the spice nicely. The mix of a wit and a Belgian IPA is pretty unique.

Awesome mouthfeel - fairly light body with a great amount of carbonation. Lively on the tongue.

Overall this was excellent - not that I'm surprised with the reputation of these brewers. Great to drink outside on a warm AZ summer evening.

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Photo of BobCS
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy straw colored beer with fairly bright white foam. Some sediment in the bottle so decant carefully or get particles

S: lovely spicy aroma and plenty of esters, clear Belgian influence, reminds me of a very aromatic wit

T: lively and spicy, with pepper and lemon zest, and distinctive "wit beer" yeast character, with a clean light finish

M: on the lighter side of a medium body, and very effervescent and lively,

O: Gorgeous, complex and very drinkable, I really enjoyed this beer. Although it is called a "White India Pale Ale" to me it is not at all like an IPA and much more like a bigger version of a wit beer.

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Photo of Klym
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Lost Abbey tulip.

A: Creamy head floats a series of larger bubbles. The body is a very hazy pale gold; a very belgian look/

S: Orange peel, coriander, hops, a little tropical fruit, and yeast. A great balance between these smells, definitely coming off as an ipa/witbier mix.

T: Pretty much what you'd expect from the nose. A fantastic wit/ipa balance with maybe a little room to go on the IPA side of things. Some unexpected wheatiness in the finish.

M: More crisp and full bodied than a wit and more airy than an IPA, what you'd expect from a blend of the two styles.

O: I think this one is bound for lower ratings than it deserves because it's rarer to find someone who loves both witbiers and IPAs than it is to find someone who loves one or the other. Honestly I'm a fan of both styles and I found a great deal to love in this. It's got the qualities of an exceptionally good witbier and an exceptionally good IPA and finds a great middleground between the styles. I highly recommend this if you like both styles-- I might be grabbing another bottle myself, which is rare for me to say.

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Photo of timmick
4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light, cloudy, straw colored in appearance with a white, one finger, foamy head. For now I'm thinking a wheat beer.

A: Uhhh... what the. Is this a Belgian, a Wheat?, and IPA? Naw... it may be the best of all. Lemon, orange, citrus in general... Belgian funky yeast, biscuit, grassy, with banana and other fruits.

T: Again... hmmm. Just what is this? Citrus hops and Belgian funk, grassy, biscuits, tart... they all combine quite well. Small bite of bitter pine. I think I like this.

M: Nice and smooth... Light and refreshing. As hot as it is right now... I find this very refreshing... nice carbonation and feel.

O: I like this. Totally different, but in a good way. Basically sort of a Belgian/Wheat with a bite.

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Photo of Halcyondays
4.45/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap at Beachwood II,

A: Pours a translucent yellow with a small white head, some lace.

S: Coriander, spice is heavy, with some earthy hops.

T: Strikingly good. The sage which I picked out without knowing it was in there defines the beer which I like. Reminds me a lot of Craftsman Triple White Sage. The flavours of the wit and IPA are balanced seamlessly with a lot of white pepper and coriander along with some sweet grass and lemon. Delicious.

M: Firm carbonation, medium-bodied, frothy at times. Fresh and full-flavoured.

O: Fantastic, Deschutes once again proves why they're one of the best in the business. One thing I'm still wondering, is there a Conflux No.1?

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Photo of kbnooshay
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet ass label. Poured a super hazy golden straw color with lots of carbonation and floaters. Thick and frothy bright white head. Shrunk quickly. Aroma is of a hoppy Belgian triple and it tastes the same! This is super floral and hoppy with lots of clove and yeast. Super drinkable. Gets more and more citrusy. It goes down way too fast! Feel Slick and light mod feel.

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Photo of robbrandes
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

poured from a 22 bomber into a tulip.

wonderful light straw color, one the brighter beers in recent memory. fine, white head, not impressive at first, but great staying power. nose is a pleasing mix of spicy hops, a bit of citrus and a slightly funky belgian yeast aroma.

taste - dang, this is an easy-drinker. light across the tongue, the hops are assertive, but extremely clean. lemon, pepper and belgian goodness. exceptional mouthfeel, and a nice dry finish.

great balance of a refreshment and complexity.

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Photo of sholland119
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Aces and Ales.

A Pours a clear golden honey with very little head and no lacing.

S Belgian yeast and citrus hops.Delicious.

T Some sweet malt, grapefruit hops in abundance and nice Belgian yeast.Really good!

M Light to medium bodied, crisp with nice dryness.

O Really nice.I am a big fan.


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Photo of Haybeerman
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale yellow color; slight haze. Poured a 3 finger fluffy stark white head with excellent retention. Decanted continually. Laced in wavy patches.

S: Sharp citrus, lemon grass and coriander. Yeast; fruity esters and pepper. Wheat malt. Nice hop and malt character.

T: Wheat malt and sharp lemon citrus in the opening. Gives way to smooth fruit and coriander. Peppery spice in a fairly crisp and refreshing finish.

M: Medium-to-light body. Ample carbonation; ;very active. Crisp and refreshing with a nice balance of wheat malt and hop character (throw in the yeast too).

O: Interesting and fairly complex. Good balance. Has "beer character" - hops, yeast and malt - in a beer that is refreshing yet has some body.

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Photo of ottovon
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the bottle has a ton of yeast on the bottle. left quite a bit of beer in the bottle.

A: pours out a clear, straw yellow with fluffy white head that fell slowly to leave a film on top of the beer.

S: it has a nice spicy aroma. i get orange, coriander, lemon grass, white pepper, and spicy yeast. There is also a nice citrus hop aroma with some fresh baked french bread. i also get hints of pear and apple.

T: it is a nice spicy, hoppy wit beer. the aroma comes through quite a bit. citrus hops, lemon grass, orange peel, coriander, yeast, and lots of nice bready malts. the hops also lead into nice melon flavors. finishes with citrusy, fruity hops, and dry and bitter.

M: thin and carbed. the mouthfeel is nice for the beer. it is quite smooth and refreshing.

O: this is a really good beer, that i could drink regularly.

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Photo of portia99
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle (best by 11/10/11) courtesy of BOLTZ7555 in a recent trade. Big thanks for this one! Poured into a Duvel tulip. Part of my Hurricane Irene survival kit!

A - Pours a very pale and quite hazy yellow in color with three fingers of dense fluffy white head with outstanding staying power. This is definitely one of those beers that requires a multi-stage pour.

S - Spicy and fruity, dominated by Belgian yeast character - oranges, coriander, cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar, lemons...all can be found here. Not much of a malt contribution to the aroma...hops are subtle, but what is there is bright, fresh and citrusy.

T - Wow! Way hoppier than the aroma would indicate. Bubble gum intertwined with fresh citrusy hops, cloves, lemons. Really light and refreshing and very hoppy. Hops really takeover mid-sip and linger thru the swallow. So spicy and of the better examples of an American/Belgian IPA that I've had. Really like this style and its combo of Belgian spiciness/yeast complexity and the distinctive American/west coast hop character. This is pretty damn good!

M - Light to barely medium in body with ample carbonation that makes this light and spritzy and propels the diverse combination of flavors in here.

O - For me, this is a really, really well done example of a Belgian IPA. Lots going on here in the nose and flavors, but remaining quite light and smooth drinking. I have to figure this is going to drop off a good bit as it ages...right now tho, this is really good.

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Photo of tito42
4.38/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22 oz. bomber to a Boulevard Smokestack tulip. Best by 11/10/2011.

A: Lemon yellow with an amazing amount of unfiltered particulate in suspension. A frothy white head billowed up high, but didn't leave much after dissipating. Nice lacing.

S: A very Belgian nose with banana, bubblegum, wheat, and coriander.

T: Orange peel and sweet bubblegum yields to lemon and wheat with a finish of hops and coriander. A bit of alcohol lingers. Very nicely done.

M: Smooth and light-bodied with a touch of creaminess. Extremely drinkable. The hops dries the finish and there is a glowing warmth of alcohol at the finish as well.

O: I sampled the Boulevard companion to this collaboration the week after release, and judging by memory, I enjoy this version better. I'll be reviewing the Boulevard mate soon, though, so we'll see if memory serves. A trippel/pale wheat ale/IPA combo that is definitely worth trying.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clean-Hazy, golden delicious apple yellow in color with a frothy two-finger head that settles down to a finger-width.

Smell: Hop and wheat are dominant. Coriander is present, along with lemon grass and some notes of oranges. An ever so slight earthy, sauerkraut smell comes out as the beer warms up.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Hmmm, mmmhhh...good! Sage and spice is what hits you immediately. Hops are upfront and blends seamlessly into that Belgian flavor and taste. This is most certainly a hybrid of a Wit-IPA. Lemons are pronounced and the spice stays on your lips for most of the beer life. Getting a bubble gum flavor at the end and in the aftertaste. Lighter-Medium in body with a spicy and tingling feel to it. Refreshing.

Overall: I could and would drink this on any hot day. Please make this a seasonal!!! It's so crisp and refreshing that it screams to be tasted on summer days. Glad I got more than one. It may be No.2, but it's No.1 in my book.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a hazy, light yellow color with good carbonation leaving a nice white cap and some lacing

S: Orange peel, spice and grass

T: The first thing I though of was a Wit/IPA mix. Hints at citrus, a bit of orange peel and lemon zest, some spice, a very earthy notes, some wheat perhaps, grassy

M: Light to medium body, crisp, refrsshing

O: Pretty good overall

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Photo of grittybrews
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale, slightly hazy straw yellow into a tulip with two fingers of fluffy bright white head. Aroma of lemon and grapefruit followed by clove.

Moderate carbonation and a creamy, fairly light mouthfeel. Banana, clove, and biscuity sweetness up front followed by grapefruit and pine.

Interesting brew -- IPA leading to Belgian characteristics in the aroma, followed by the reverse in the flavor profile. Really flavorful and easy-drinking,

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Photo of doughanson78
4.33/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. My first Belgian IPA. First BA review of Deschutes' Conflux No. 2.

A: Yellow. Almost bright/fluorescent when held to the light. Very hazy. Can't even see your finger on the other side. One finger bright white head, with a smattering of medium sized bubbles. Alright retention. Nice sticky lacing.

S: Citrusy hops upfront that are immediately mixed with the Coriander aroma, which lightens the hops. Light grapefruit, and apples from the hops. Lemon. Some pepper and other spicy aromas. Maybe a Belgian yeast aroma. Not getting any of the orange peel. A light zest but not orangey.

T: A sweetness on the tip of the tongue. Then the Coriander takes over. Peppery spiciness. Followed by a light citrusy bitterness. Finishing with the orange peel that alluded the nose.

M: Medium bodied. Light carbonation. Dry finish.

O: Another winner from Deschutes'. Give credit to Boulevard too on this one. A pretty complex IPA. Haven't had a Belgian IPA before but really liking this one. Give it a try.

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Conflux No. 2 from Deschutes Brewery
3.98 out of 5 based on 258 ratings.
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