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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Ratings: 258 |  Reviews: 144
Photo of HalfFull
3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchase this Conflux Series with a touch of trepidation. As I do any brew that has 'series' in its name. Alas, I pour this 22 oz. bomber into a wine glass for fear of recrimination. From whom you ask, well, I don't know. Yet..

Pours a hazed blonde as one might expect from a Blvd. Wheat brew, I think. As I haven't experienced such a beverage. Offers decent retention and some sporty lace, particularly after a bit of a spin, and improving with warming..

Nose of Noble hops, primarily of lemony Saaz influence. Lightly bready and sweet. Touch of orange on the back and quite spicy in a Saison sense. Pleasant but IPA is hardly a term I would use to describe this beer, Belgian or otherwise.

That being said, this beer is pleasant and fruity up front. quite wheaty in the middle and offers a subtle finish.

Overall, an IPA? Seriously? Beligian, as in wheat? Surely not from a San Diego area perspective? Quite enjoyable nonetheless and viewed as a Saison with a blast of Noble hops on the finish.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with best by date 11/10/11 printed on label poured into Hair of the Dog tulip, reviewed on 8/19/11.

A: Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a large white head that leaves a bit of lacing around glass. The second pour has a ton of yeast chunks and sediment floating around even when leaving an inch of beer in the bottle..

S: Some herbal hops, citrus notes and esters, lemon, orange, grapefruit, and sage with some pale malt

T: Mild-Moderate hop bitterness with crisp pale malt and an assortment of fruit and herbal flavors, lemon, orange and sage come to mind. Finishes with some yeast esters, lemon and more herbs.

M: Light crisp body with moderate carbonation and a dry finish.

O: I have never truly enjoyed the belgian IPA style but this is definitely one of the better ones that I have had. Very light, crisp and refreshing with an assortment of herb and citrus flavors.

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Photo of matttttYCE
3.33/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Poured into my tulip glass. The head is nice and fluffy, about 2 fingers high and seems to stick around for a long time. Lacing is moderate and sticky. Color of the brew is a clear pale straw color. Looks almost like a wheat or Belgian style ale.

Smell - If i didn't know what this was, I'd probably tell you that the aroma is like a mix of an IPA and some kind of wheat beer. Like a slightly hoppier Witbier. Up front there's a good deal of wheat, spice and citrus, the sage, lemongrass, and orange peel, and coriander are pretty darn apparent, estery aromas, slight banana and clove, Belgian yeast smells like a bit of tart and funk. Behind all that are some of the IPA notes, like herbal and citrus hops, maybe a faint bit of pine. Smells pretty good, but not anything I'm really blown away by.

Taste - Taste is much the same as the nose except there's a bit more to the northwest hop flavors. Wheat, spices, sage, lemongrass, and coriander are most apparent, Belgian yeast, a bit of tartness, fruity and estery notes (again probably from the Belgian yeast), some sweetness, and citrus and floral hop qualities, maybe a hint of pine, slight banana and clove like the taste. When I burp I get a good amount of the Northwest style hops, but they really aren't all that apparent in the taste. Again, not much to write home about.

Mouthfeel - Feel is pretty good. Silky smooth consistency, medium carbonation, light-medium body, and a pretty average length finish. Nothing sticks around that long.

Overall - Overall this one is a decent beer, but really not my cup of tea. If the hop qualities had been more apparent, I might've enjoyed this more, but it was really just like a slightly hoppier Wit. And Wits really aren't go to beer most of the time. Now that I think about it, this beer actually tastes a little bit like a hoppier, more Belgian/wheat version of Stone's Saison Du BUFF with all the sage and spices in it. That was another beer that was decent and interesting, but not really my thing.

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Photo of ehammond1
3.38/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On Tap

Churchill's Pub & Grille
San Marcos, CA

Hazy light yellow and golden with a thin white head. Lined lacing down the glass. Looks like a traditional witbier.

The tart, tangy, somewhat spicy Belgian yeast is strong and slightly overpowering, along with lots of sage and lemongrass. An incredibly aromatic beer, though I'm not crazy about the heavy-handed addition of the herbs.

Sage and lemongrass are front and center and the Belgian yeast also plays a huge role in this beer's flavor. There are floral and lemony notes as well. Interesting and unique, though not one of my favorites.

Light to medium bodied with amble carbonation. No complaints.

An interesting and unique beer and a showcase of sage and lemongrass flavor within a beer. That being said, the Belgian yeast and herbs overpower any hops or earthy characters this "IPA" might otherwise possess.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Conflux #2
22oz bomber
Deschutes Snifter

A: Pours a mildly hazy bright yellow. One finger crisp white head. Tight tiny bubbles. Great carbonation rolling from bottom of glass. Mild lacing on glass globe.

S: Ok, one initial sniff....I get a mild IPA. Upon a glass swirl, I get all the wheat traditional smells right up from: coriander, orange, spices, yeasty notes, etc. Deeper nose gives more IPA underneath.

T: Wow, a very interesting "confused" beer. On the front of the tongue, I get some IPA notes. Hop character and bite. But this one lives in the middle and finish as a wheat. You get all the yeast and spice right then. Nice clean finish to close.

M: Medium bodied brew. It's got a little body to it.

O: I really enjoyed this one. Tasted another two weeks ago in the mits of a tasting and it was different. Standing alone I like this much more! A beer for sure. Maybe not, but definitely good.

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Photo of Trilogy31
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden sunset orange with a thick rocky white head leaving nice lacing. The nose carries classic belgian wit spicing, along with some herbal and citrus notes as well, complex yet seemingly unbalanced an odd combination. The taste brings coriander and a fruity ester sweetness along with citrusy tea notes, the beer also finishes up with a tannic tea astrigency, with light citric hoppy bitterness as well Pretty looking at decent quality the two styles really dont make sense together to me.

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Photo of BrewtifulMind
3.42/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. Bottle into a Bruery tulip

Pours a yellow/gold color typical of a wit. Has a finger of head, but quickly dissipates leaving no lacing. There was a good amount of sediment and floaters also. Smells of coriander and citrus, really lacking of hops. To me, this tasted like any other belgian white. Nothing special, tastes like coriander, spices, and citrus, not very hoppy. Maybe I was expecting too much coming in to this thing. It has nice carbonation and went down smooth. Overall, this was a decent beer, but definitely not worthy of the IPA tag it carries. I wouldn't go out of my way to find this one again.

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Photo of harrymel
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vertabim from notes 16AUG11
Best by: 10NOV11

A: light grainy yellow ale with 2 fingers egg shell head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Jasmine up front for me, plenty floral. Wheat, otherwise not much going on here. (where's the IPA?)

T: A bit of creamy wit feel, and some really pleasant floral flavors. I like the flavor, but I'm confused on the IPA aspect of this beer. sure there is a hint of bitterness, but, um, yeah, whatever.

M: Moderate body with creamy feel and prickly carb.

O: Worth a try. Probably shoulda just called this a wit collab.

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Photo of 20ozmonkey
3.35/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into an Old Guardian glass. Very nice hazy yellow color with a good lumpy head and many specks a'floatin' in the glass.

Smells incredibly spicy. Lots of coriander and lemon. I don't get much hop smell, but they could be backing the other scents.

Very interesting flavor. All of the coriander hits the back of your tongue like someone is jabbing it with a nail. I would say its akin to bitters or an aperitif. That being said, I don't particularly like it. The person I shared the bottle with liked it quite a bit, though. Lots of carbonation, but it isn't strong carbonation.

I had to hunt this sucker down because my usual store wasn't going to be getting it in. I feel like I might be missing something, but I did not particularly dig this beer's flavor. Everything else seemed good, but the flavor seemed like it was attacking my tongue.

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Photo of snpub540
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very hazy pale yellow hue with a fluffy white head that left some fine sheets of lacing on the glass. Decent amount of carbonation floating up the glass.

Smell was a citrusy and pine hop bouquet with also a touch of hay aroma as well.

Taste was crisp like a wheat beer with some banana and clove notes from the yeast and a nice amount of wheat flavor. There was a nice citrusy hop finish which kept things nice and bitter.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and this beer was a nice summer drinking beer with great flavor. I don"t drink alot of wheat beers but this one could hold my interest.

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Photo of mjyoung
3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 8/16/11. Best by 11/10/11.

A: A light golden color. Slightly hazy, with large particles floating and on the bottom.

S: Definitely comes across as a strong witbier, with notes of orange spice and coriander. Very intriguing, but not too complex.

T: The first hit is a big mouthful of coriander and spice. There's a pretty subtle note of hops and a slight malty body, but it's pretty subdued. A good taste, but not necessarily what I was expecting or hoping for. As it warms the citrus notes and hop flavor comes out a bit more. Let it warm a bit first!

M: Dry dry dry. Not necessarily a bad thing, but it's on the line. The carbonation is quite appropriate, the beer comes across as really light and airy.

O: A pretty solid collaboration, and I appreciate the awesome work from Deschutes. The conflux series is a great idea!

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Photo of HopHead84
3.2/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


On tap at Churchill's.

A: Transparent straw gold with a white cap.

A: Pronounced sage with lemongrass. Lightly grainy with a touch of caramel. Earthy hop notes and faint hay.

T: Sweet sage accompanies a peppery spiciness and ample bread. Caramel is evident. There's a lower moderate earthy bitterness with a little lemon. Light apple notes.

M: Light body with high carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry.

Overall: This was merely okay. Between Carlos and I the pint was not finished.

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Photo of chumba526
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appears hazy yellow with a small thin head.

It smells strongly of citrus. I get an orange peel citrus smell as well as a citrus hop smell. I get a spicy Belgian yeasty smell and a mild dry spice like smell from the beer as well.

It tastes initially of coriander. I get a banana type of a yeasty flavor as well. The beer then moves on to a mild dry citrus flavor. The beer ends with a nice pairing of bitterness and spicy Belgian yeast. I am surprised how well the classic wit spices and yeast goes so well with the hops of the beer.

The carbonation is moderate low and there is a somewhat think mouthfeel to the beer.

Overall a slightly refreshing complex, unique and flavorful beer. I might just have to pick up another bottle or two of this.

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Photo of GilGarp
3.97/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber served cold in a pint glass.

Slightly hazy and very pale yellow color. Head is thick at first but short lived.

Aroma is sweet and hoppy with a Belgian yeast character.

Flavor is nicely hoped and crisp. A good bland of saison and ipa.

Mouthfeel is very light in body and dry on the finish.

Overall a good and uniquely different beer.

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Photo of Docer
4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a light straw yellow with a fat finger of fluffy white head. Settles to a very spotty layer of light foam on top, leaving lace around the glass. Brew is mostly clear.

Smell: (4.5)
- Bready yeasty malts, wheat, lemon zest aroma, light citrus, effervescent. Light grassy and earthy aroma. Slightly sweet, and yellow cake-like. Rather herbal as well. All smells very smooth, balanced, and crisp for a hot day.

Taste: (4.0)
- Smooth light malts, bready, yeasty, wheaty. Little candy sugar. Big bitter hops make this a dry brew. Very herbal and full of citrusy zest. Coriander, lemon grass, lemon, orange.. Flavor is great. Also this beer is very floral.. it's like walking through a spring garden in your mouth.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- The brew is well carbonated, and light bodied without being overly thin and watery. It seems to be a very well made brew. I like a dry beer, but feel however that this beer is a touch too dry from its bitterness for the style.. though it is technically an IPA. I feel the dryness takes a bit away from the flavor.

Overall: (4.0)
- Overall this is a fantastic unique summer style brew full of zest and great flavors. Normally I don't like a super cold beer, but I feel this is a good candidate for being super cold as it fits the flavor profile for a refreshing summer drink.

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Photo of avaldivia
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into a Belgian goblet.

A: Hazy hay color. Very little head or retention. What I would expect from a witbier.

S: Spice. A bit of Coriander, I want to say cinnamon. Some yeast and a bit wheat. A little grapefruit and orange citrus.

T: Taste is all of the above. The grapefruit citrus is more prominent in the taste than in the nose. Not normally a fan of Witbiers, but I enjoy the flavor.

M: Light to medium bodied. Very crisp. Hops add more of cool citrus taste than a bitter dry mouthfeel.

O: Not a style I have ever truly been a big fan of, but this I would drink often.

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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 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 rlee1390
3.88/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Cloudy yellow, one finger head that leaves behind some lacing.

S-Lemons, orange and wheat.

T-Very citrusy, lemons and oranges abundant. Solid bitterness with some spices (the coriander I would assume)

M-Light with some carbonation

O-A decent beer that I got as an extra but something just wasn't there to make a 4.

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Photo of distantmantra
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber poured into a straight pint glass.

A: The beer pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow/gold color with a creamy white head of foam. There are numerous strands of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass and medium lacing clinging to the glass.

S: The beer gives off an aroma of Belgian yeast, lemon grass, pepper, sage and citrus hops. It really does smell like an IPA crossed with a Wit.

T: This is a very refreshing beer with a nice cross of hops and wheat. It starts with a nice clean wheat flavor but then finishes with the bitter hops and a touch of lemon.

M: This is a very medium to light bodied beer as the malt is very minimal. The wheat and hops take center stage, making this is a very nice and refreshing summer beer. Nice light and crisp mouth feel.

O: I'm typically not a fan of Belgian IPAs, but I was impressed by this beer. It's light and refreshing but complex at the same time.

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Photo of draheim
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle (best before 11/10/2011) poured into a tulip. Color is hazy straw with a white 3-finger head. Good retention, nice lacing. Good Belgian-style carbonation.

Aroma is all spices and lemon. Coriander, lemon zest, spicy yeast, and hints of grass.

First sip: wow, lots of lemon up front. Same spicy notes picked up on the nose: pepper, fruity esters, more lemon rind. There's a real citrus tang going on here, with undertones of musty yeast.

What I'm not really getting here is the IPA side of the equation. Hops are very subtle and there's not a lot of bitterness. This definitely seems more of a witbier than an IPA.

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Photo of
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 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 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 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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Conflux No. 2 from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 3.98 out of 5 with 258 ratings