TAR (2518) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - AUG 7, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 8, 2011 Clear golden. Mountainous white head adorns the glass with intricate lace. Ordinary nose of dried pineapple, honeycomb, lemongrass, peach marmalade, white grapefruit, and bubblegum. Prominent note of alcohol and juniper. Pointy, expansive carbonation. Greenly hoppy and grapefruit-zest-laden, initially, with a complementary kiss of peppery esters. Sharply herbaceous with a grassy note of sage striking discord with the unidimensional citrus-peel bitterness. Hop profile is also tainted by some fairly forceful baby-aspirin chalkiness (Amarillo?). Vivid dry maltiness provides some short-lived relief as it gracefully brushes the palate and furnishes the body with a clean base. Alcohol is apparent throughout. Some vague floral notes are buried within, and harmonize with the distant orange peel, but are largely neutralized by the ample sweetness which comes by way of dried pineapple and persistent bubblegum. Lack of cleanness leaves much to be desired as some doughy yeast creeps in, adding astringency while exacerbating the already one-dimensional and unrefined hop bitterness. A stark and crunchy dryness and blazing spiciness accompany the crescendo of unrefined hop bitterness, sage, and doughy yeast. Has a lovely appearance along with some pleasant estery qualities and clean malt, but thatís pretty much it. The original Boulevard Saison (one of the most beautiful examples of the style, I might add) suffered a tragic demise as the brewery decided to replace it with something bigger/Americanized, i.e. citrusy hops in lieu of the much more delicate floral/herbal Noble varieties, and ramped up alcohol. While that same mold is pretty much what we have here, the signature Descuhtes character (dough, concrete) manages to worsen the aforementioned unpleasantries. And this was brewed at Boulevard, no? Interesting. Of all the breweries in the world today, I am dismayed that Deschutes (not the cleanest of brewers, IMHO), was the pairing in this collaboration. A commendable effort, certainly, but I remain perplexed.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at Blind Pig Brewery in Champaign, IL. Pours a hazy golden with a retentive white head, good lacing. Bold floral hop aroma. Lighter side of medium bodied with average carbation, and a creamy mouthfeel. Flavor of pale wheat malts, spices, and lemon grass with a citrus rind bitterness that carries through the dry finish. An interesting and great merging of two styles.
KapitiCritique (369) - Xincheng, Henan Province, CHINA - AUG 7, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 AROMA: beef, sage, Bavarian wheat esters (cloves, banana)
APPEARANCES: sea foam head and lacing - large dense globes, straw yellow, hazy particulate matter,
TASTE: bitter and clean
PALATE: medium body, might be creamy - it has a huge head and good carbonation
OVERALL: This is listed in the wrong category. As an IPA there are issues. This should be listed as a Belgian Specialty Ale in which case it would score significantly higher.
brokensail (12498) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 6, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: The beer pours a pale golden with a big white head on it.
S: The nose has a rather interesting blend of spices and hops. Some fruity pineapple and grapefruit hop notes along with a touch of grass. The traditional coriander and citrus peel are there along with a light bread and wheat aroma.
T: Lots of pineapple and grapefruit on the flavor. There is a somewhat light bread/wheat character with a mild hop bitterness. Light grass and citrus peel on the finish.
M: The body is medium with medium to high carbonation.
O: I really liked this one, lots of nice flavors and great execution of a concept I wasnít too crazy about.
SPDickerman (1038) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2011
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2011 Pours clear golden with a large, fluffy, white head. Smells citrusy from either the hops or the lemongrass. Tastes bitter and kind of like lemon with touches of wheat. Medium-bodied with a slightly prickly texture and active mouth-carbonation, Boulevard Collaboration No. 2 White IPA finishes fairly clean with a touch of bitterness.
LinusStick (2968) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A delicious twist on the IPA style. Aroma was all hops. Strong and stinging with heavy citrus and slightly creamy. Pour was a light gold with a 3 finger white head, plenty of rising bubbles. Taste was big and full. Strongly bitter with grapefruit rind and grassy hops in the front. In the middle there is a strong spiciness consisting of coriander, ginger and bitter orange peel. Into the aftertaste, the spices remain and the mouth is left dry and bitter. Nice carbonation round the beer out. Delicious beer
mattcoats (47) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - AUG 2, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the most interesting beers Iíve had in a while. Pours like an unfiltered wheat beer. Aroma light and floral. The taste of sweet Thai basil. Very interesting.
tmoreau (2826) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and served to a tulip with a cloudy, orange/amber hue, a white, billowy crown of fairly lasting head froth, and curtainy cling to the lacing. The nose was perfumey, expressive citrus, sweet fruit, with some tropical aspects, spice, and a hint of resin on the edge. The flavor was a nice malt, hop, and spice blend, with some zesty notes, light creaminess, and a moderate but persistent, hop bitterness and peppery dryness that stayed for the finale. The body was on the lighter side of medium, with some alcohol warmth exposed as it warmed. I enjoyed the variety of notes and complexity.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The pour is a cloudy, coppery, honey color with a full, fizzy rocky head which settles to very little and leaves scattered lace. The nose is delicate and a little saisonish; very floral and herbal, definitely sage and coriander, some citrus peel, almost a caraway seed note, wonderful blending of tart wheat and citrus hop, dusty/doughy yeast, maybe just hints of white pepper. The flavor is similar but lacks some of the finesse I thought I would get based on the nose; sage and lemongrass initially, a brief orange citrus and tart wheat, then drying white pepper notes take over. An odd caraway seed note and coriander still find there way with some dusty yeast. The palate is quite dry, medium to full, a bit refreshing initially, creamy, and prickly carbonation. The finish is lingering with sage, white pepper, and dry herbal notes. I still have yet to find any highly hopped Belgian styles that I would prefer over the original style. So I have reservations about trying beer like this, but this one did balance both very well and does seem like it was constructed how the brewers intended. I just feel like the early bitterness drowned out some of the Belgian-esque notes with note enough hop flavor to match. Overall, it was an interesting beer and I am interested in Deschutes version.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Pours a nice golden amber pour, lighter, good haze with, a bit dulled, with a big frothy offwhite head that cakes well, big froth and sticks around. Big. Aromas are a strange bag of tricks: coriander and dry floral hops, some lemon, bread dough, and flaked wheat. Touches of orange. Ok, letís do this. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, coriander spice up front with some lemon, flaked wheat, touches of cool mellow orange peel. Into the middle more coriander, bread dough, flaked wheat and orange. A bit bigger, with a dryness, florals and touches of citrusy hops into the finish dry this sucker up. Pretty good, better than expected. More citrusy wit with a solid dry hopping than IPA with coriander. Nice, and Iím kinda surprised at that really.