Aml42000 (616) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My favorite beer of 2011. I had only one bottle and would have given up the rest of the annuals I had for more. Coriander and fresh hops combine for a flavor profile that blew my mind. I really liked the Deschutes version, but this was "next level".
SPDickerman (827) - 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.
drpimento (2023) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer is pretty much as the brewery describes it. Poured with a huge, foamy, frothy, fluffy, cream colored head that lasts a long time and lots of clingy lace. Color is a hazy/cloudy straw amber. Aroma is spicey, lots of caramel malt, hop and fruit. Flavor is a cross between a classic wit and an american ipa with plenty of fruit, spice, hop and malt and great balance between bitter, sweet, and acid all playing major roles. Body is excellent, full and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and fairly long with a little alcohol. Super beer. Session.
Onionkid (349) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750ml bottle. Lord, this has one of the nicest aromas Iíve ever had the pleasure of whiffing. Aroma of grapefruit, orange zest, wheat, coriander, and grassy/floral overall. Very balanced aroma full of texture. Massive, foamy white head on top of a limeish color when poured. Decent lacing from the foam, not amazingly so however. Most of the head dissipates but a tiny head remains while drinking. Tastes of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon, sage, and a surprising amount of wheat flavor to it. The finish isnít particularly bitter or strong, but the flavor does linger on the tongue for a good while, a bit wheaty probably more than a usual bitter IPA bite. I guess overall Iím surprised by the wheat in the beer, but the balance overall is pretty good and the hints of spice at the end go well with the wheat. Iíd highly recommend this beer, probably the first Smokehouse Series Iíve had that I really, truly loved. Iím a little hard pressed to call this an IPA straight-up, the finish and overall wheat flavor as well as the sage kind of take away from what Iíd usually expect from an IPA flavor, but that being said this is probably one of the best beers Iíve had that have called themselves IPA, ha! 7.4% alcohol.
superspak (1902) - Michigan, USA - DEC 10, 2011
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into tulip, Batch 2011-4; best by 02-2012. Pours slightly cloudy golden straw color with a huge 3 finger dense white head with incredible retention that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Some decent lacing clings to the glass as well. Aromas of pepper, clove, herbs, coriander, lemon, orange peel, wheat, and yeast spiciness. Damn nice aromas here, with good strength and balance. Taste of big lemon, wheat, pepper, coriander, herbs, orange peel, and yeast spiciness. Fair amount of bitterness on the finish; with lemon, pepper, and big spicy notes lingering on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance of flavors. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a bit of a prickly mouthfeel, but it doesnít harm the drinkability at all. Alcohol is not noticed at all in this; very drinkable and smooth. Overall this is an absolutely outstanding witbier/IPA hybrid beer. I have officially been blown away.
nickjgates (6) - - JUN 30, 2012 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not a ton of bite. Subtle coriander and pepper notes. Oh so smooth. Great collaboration.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
EtTuCthulhu (730) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - OCT 31, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The color of this beer is a cleat golden color with a small white head, and the aroma has floral and resin hops and a hint of wheat. The taste is mildly bitter and mildly sweet, which is unbelievably good. The palate combines a medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, and an abrupt finish.
AbbeyRoade (188) - Missouri, USA - NOV 3, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
An ideal White IPA specimen. You have the citrusy, floral hop notes yet also plenty of yeasty aroma and taste characteristic of a witbier. Excellent equilibrium between IPA and witbier here with no sharp bite from hop-- just very smooth flavor and not lacking in wheat. Great all around, especially for someone who may like hop but not necessarily a straight-up IPA that is only hop.
brenn79 (1332) - 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.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip. Batch 2011-2, whatever that means, but best by February, 2012.
Appearance: Hazy pale yellow with thick foamy head and very sticky lacing.
Aroma: Lots of orange (both from the hops and the orange peel), plus some grapefruit, lemon and coriander.
Taste: What an odd beer. Strong citrusy hops upfront of orange and grapefruit, along with orange peel and nice wheat undertones. Then it turns more spicy, with coriander, clove, pepper and a long lingering pine-like bitterness. It is odd, but fantastic.
Palate: High carbonation, medium body, very dry finish. Comes across as both oily and effervescent, which is a little strange.
Overall: Great pairing here. Extremely refreshing and easy to drink, yet very complex.
One additional note: something about this beer reminds me of Lagunitas.