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RATINGS: 254   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.74   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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This re-release of our 2011 Collaborations Series No. 2 White IPA brings back the unique marriage of a classic Belgian wittier to an American IPA. We enjoyed the experience so much the first time around that we happily pressed Control+C (Command+C for Mac), and Reboot was born. Version 2.0 has upgraded its spicy aroma, with hints of bubblegum and clove. Bold flavors will launch upon uncorking, as sage and lemongrass balance the tangy, zesty wheat malt profile. Rather than merely blending a wittier with an IPA, Reboot harmonizes distinctly fruity Belgian yeast overtones with big, fruity American hop notes by creating an herbal bridge between these two somewhat contradictory flavors. The beerís complexity os supported by a spritzy effervescence, finishing dry, with lingering hop notes.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Strykzone (4475) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Sampled at an ESBLS tasting. A cloudy and light golden beer that has a white head. Wheaty, citrusy nose. Citrusy hops lead the flavor. Also noted are yeast, complex spices, and more fruit. This was pretty good but way over done. It just wasnít as good as hoped.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MrBunn (2384) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 29, 2011
750 with cool label. Pours a slightly cloudy gold with a fizzy head and aromas of wit and maybe a little citrusy hops. Flavor is interesting and pretty good. To think, I have tried a mess of "Belgian IPA" attempts and they have all pissed me off... this is the first one that brings something to the table. My knock on it is that there is an abrasive alcohol bite to the late finish, but other than that, it starts kind of dusty, with lemon, cloves and grass, then transitions to a citrusy hops finish. Interesting, refreshing (minus the harsh ABV blast) and decent.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mbpufall (83) - Andover, Minnesota, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Distinctly reminds me of the St. Feuillien/Green Flash collabo. Pours bright gold, cloudy, with big, pillowy white head. Smells of yeast, citrus, lemongrass, a bit of pepper spice and bitter hops. Flavor is a touch sweet candi sugar with heavy lemon citrus, a bit tart, grassy with hops almost seeming to dry it out some on the finish. It smells far more belgian than it tastes. I like the lemon...Iím pretty sure I like the beer. Weíll have to let it open up a bit.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
17thfloor (2428) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle thanks to... me? Pours a hazy straw color with a white head. This tastes very similar to a saison, nicely dried out, Belgian-esque esters, the spicing is in lovely balance, hay, light citrus, just a wonderful beer here. Easy to drink... wow this is a great herbal, dry, lemony, thirst quencher.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (2905) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 29, 2011
On tap at El Bait Shop. Pours a very hazy yellow with a big white head and lots of nice lacing on the glass. The aroma is grapefruity with some citrus rind and loads of fruity hops, pepperiness, and spice. The flavor is similar with lots of those fruity hops on fruity yeast character; the bitterness and dryness of this beer provide a balance to all the fruity flavors going on. The beer is spicy but the coriander is fairly subdued. As this warmed it got more and more peppery in both the aroma and the flavor to the point where pepperiness became less of a nuance and more of a dominant flavor, which worked really well. At this age the beer is more of an IPA than a White Ale, and that makes me happy, but itís a really great melding of the two styles thatís for sure. My only qualm is that itís simply too expensive to drink a lot of... well on draught at the bar it is... Iíve yet to see any bottles in town but even if theyíre "only" $8 a pop Iíll likely only buy a couple of them.... which is a shame because I want to drink 74 of them .

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eboats (1082) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Damn delicious. Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is big and fruity with orange and lemon. Also spices and a slight sourness. Medium bitterness and sweetness. Good hop character with a slight sour taste. Above average carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUL 29, 2011
(750ml bottle) Pours a cloudy golden orange body with a tall white head. Aroma of grapefruit, pine, coriander, florals, pineapple, sage, and pepper. Flavor of orange, grapefruit, pepper, coriander, and yeast with a soft mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ernest (6031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 28, 2011
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is hazy medium to dark yellow, bottle conditioned. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain), moderately hoppy (resin), lightly yeasty (basement/cement), with notes of sage, thyme, black pepper, coriander, lemon zest. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Quite an overload of spices...while not quite an unpleasant blend, itís certainly too much, especially the sage (which is a somewhat medicinal smelling herb, not my fave). Both tart and bitter, which I suppose follows from the style combo but isnít the most enjoyable flavor balance. Not very fond of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
750 thanks to 17thfloor for sharing! Pours a lightly hazy bright orange with a thick white head. Aroma is very nice fresh hops, spicy and belgian yeastiness, plenty of citrus peel and coriander, a good balance between the wit and hops. Flavor starts very spicy and herbal with the coriander and sage really coming out aggressively, matching hops, almost overpowering the citric character which comes out more in the finish with a moderate herbal bitterness and some of the wheat and grain lingering. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. Really nice beer, tough to classify it as an IPA with all of the belgian wit aspects but very good

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beastiefan2k (2274) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2011
750mL C&C bottle. Loved it, very good melding of the styles. I wish for a little less bitterness on the hops but otherwise very well integrated. Great pale color with a medium head. Aroma is more wit than I expected but plenty of hop aroma as well. The base wit is tame, coriander abundant but not sweet, not overly herbal. The citrus hops accompany it well. The flavor is well attenuated, refreshingly simple with a base wheat beer with subdued Belgian yeast and a relatively strong hop component. Drinks so nicely, I could drink this all day in this hot weather. I wish this came in a 6 pack. I will quote Eric to finish this off "This about perfectly fit my pre-determined mental picture of what a íWhite IPAí would and even should be. Well done. Iíd certainly like to try the Deschutes Conflux version next. "

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