brenn79 (1429) - Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml. bottle- drank the Deschutes half of this collaboration just before this- Pours much more hazy and orange than the deschutes, but still more white when held up to the light, it has a huge 4 to 5 finger head with excellent lacing. The aroma is lemon pepper similar to the deschutes, wheaty too. The flavor is lemon and spicy pepper again, but less hops and more wheat, very interesting, more sessionable for sure. There is a definite difference in the two, deschutes is a hoppy IPA with a wheaty spin, and this is a wheat ale with a mild hoppy spin. Great experiment, I thought people were giving this one higher scores because of the nice corked and caged bottle, but I have to hand it to this one. Both beers should be sought out though, maybe they created a new style.
poisoneddwarf (1620) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a hazy pale gold (like many witbiers in the current market) with a large white lacy head. Aroma is citrusy, piney, peachy, peppery. Taste is lightly sweet with a bit of bitterness. Has a nice fruity flavor that reminds me of Zebra Stripe gum. Remember that? No? Has a peppery flavor in the finish, just as described. Medium-bodied and average carbonation. Iím impressed with this. Now I gotta compare it to Deschutesí version.
Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - AUG 19, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle. Pours a cloudy, orange-golden colored body with an inch thick, dense and foamy, white head that collapses slowly and leaves a nice lacing throughout. Aroma is really nice. Lots of bright and fresh flowers and floral hops, wheat, and a soft Belgian yeastiness. Malts are a bit bready with a light sweetness. A touch of pepper spice, some coriander, lemon-grass with a hint of tartness, and a light piney hopping as well. Flavor is similar. The hops come out up front with more of an herbal pepper along with some pine and plenty of florals. The middle gets really soft with lots of flowers, a light coriander, wheat with a light bready sweetness, and a lovely Belgian yeast. Hops then come out again in a very bright and fresh finish with lots of citrus fruits, some lemon-grass, a hint of tartness, a light herbal pepper, and a touch of pine. Medium-light bitterness that dries very cleanly and leaves a lengthy aftertaste with just the slightest hint of alcohol warmth. Medium body and a soft, fairly lively, medium-high carbonation. Overall, a highly enjoyable beer. I fully admit that I have a big Boulevard bias, but this was very well done. The aroma is more Wit-ish with a bit more coriander and wheat while the flavor is more IPA-ish while keeping the Wit base intact nicely. Tons of citrusy florals and fresh flowers with a very clean wheat, a hop forward herbal pepper finish, and a soft, somewhat subdued Belgian yeast. The coriander and lemon-grass add a nice depth to this as well. Excellent.
hopsessed (37) - Kansas, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good. Not Great. This beer (my opinion) seems to be getting WAY too high of reviews. The hops are the backbone. The yeast (which I feel SHOULD be the focus here with the style) isnít pronounced bearly enough. I want the banana. I want the cloves. I want the esters with the hop profile. This beer was good, but not a home-run as the 97 would imply. (score on rating date.)
Totochtin (73) - Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear gold with very thin white head. Aromas of grass, coriander, lemon, pear, and orange blossom. Fairly dry taste with tart citrusy fruit, grassy bitterness, and sweet floral/honey notes. Medium body with slick texture, somewhat prickly carbonation, and clean/dry finish. Flavorful, refreshing, very pleasant.
after4ever (5929) - Brier, Washington, USA - AUG 17, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750, corked and baled. Pours a hazy dark medium amber. Loose white head, tons of eggy lace. Sweet herbal grassy nose. Creamy medium body. Toast, caramel, herbs, and grasses on the mid palate. Mild finish. Not a bad IPA at all.
aasher (112) - Fishers, Indiana, USA - AUG 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer pours a nice and moderately cloudy honey gold in color with a one finger poofy white head. The aromas consist of nice Belgian spices with a light hop presence. Itís definitely closer to a wit than an American IPA. It even has a moderate pale malt, wheat aspect reminiscent of honey. The flavors are yeast, nice spice, and a light bitter finish. The sweetness, Belgian wit malty yeasty collaboration is pretty solid. It even has a nice almost gumball esque sweetness. Perhaps they added some additional sugar to up the abv? It drinks light to medium in body and is pretty refreshing. Iím a fan of the presentation. Itís a nice beer and drinks really well. Iíll have this one again.
mcberko (5368) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - AUG 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750mL bottle, pours a cloudy blonde with a small head. Aroma is much lighter than the Deschutes version - light coriander, orange peel and light hops. Flavour is quite spicy, with light coriander and orange peel - spicy hops blended in but not individually recognizable. Doesnít seem like an IPA at all. Decent.
bhensonb (10348) - Woodland, California, USA - AUG 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 c&c from Wine & Cheese in Clayton, MO. Batch 2011-2. Pours hazy, dirty light gold with a creamy/foamy 4 finger white head. It does a bit of ring lacing. Aromas of citrus, spice and a light resin. Full bodied. Flavors of orange zest/spice/herb-veg and resinous hop. This suddenly develops grassy/noble hop aspects. The zest smooths out. The spice moderates. It seems to become mostly hop. Gets a fruity sweetness, then back to hop and bitter. Seems complex to me. Excellent stuff.
Gregis (1279) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy, pale straw with a loose, white head. The nose is an interesting blend of traditional witbier notes (orange peel and coriander) with the additions of an herbal, pepper and citrus-hop notes. On the light side of medium-bodied, the palate is soft and wheaty with a moderately hoppy finish. The flavor follows the nose with a slight lean toward the spicy/herbal side of things. I find that traditional witbiers tend to come across as either overly sweet or heavy-handed with the coriander. This beer, however, leaves a lingering emphasis on the spicy-herbal-citric blend of added spice, lemongrass and mildly resinous hops. When I think of sage, I think of stuffing/dressing during the holidays. I get none of that in this beer. What I get is a really interesting blend of flavors that compliment one another without any one note truly standing out, much like in a well-executed Indian dish. While I think the IPA-hybrid has already been "perfected" in Houblon Chouffe, this is a truly interesting and genuinely tasty beer. A lot of collaboration beers have left me underwhelmed, but I would have to say that Boulevard has nailed itís first two forays into the genre. I canít wait to see what Steven and his collaborator-to-be come up with next. Nicely done.