Aml42000 (622) - 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".
jduker000 (18) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
One of my favorites. Boulevardís Smokestack Series rarely disappoints. Nice size head, kind of fluffy after it settles. Leaves a healthy lace. Nose is a bit spicy, although not very hop heavy. Pours a cloudy, dull golden color. Taste is just so perfect. Subtle notes that make for a good IPA, along with a bit of spice. Itís all very balanced. Doesnít sit heavy on your tongue
Aquitard (27) - - MAR 10, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Perfect blend of two styles I love. Light copper of an ipa big white head of a Belgian. Smells yeast hops yeast malt cloves. Flavor malt yeast cloves little banana clean hop finish. Amazing smooth mouthfeel. Awesome.
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.
Bulk_Carrier (2589) - Temporarily, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 19, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
On the back of the bottle, it says "best by June 2014."
I ended up pouring this into a Boulevard tulip because that is what the back of the bottle recommended.
The appearance was a nice hazy yellow to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dies at a nice pace and ends up leaving a decent amount of spiderweb lacing.
The smell has a gracious amount of Belgian spices and lends a touch of clove into a somewhat tightly packed light citrusy sweetness of a tangy yet zesty and somewhat grassy lemongrass and sage of sorts.
The taste is zesty, tangy, has a decent sour to tart background in it and still maintains a nice spiciness to it. There is a nice lemon and somewhat citrus aftertaste that ends up leading to a decent somewhat dry finish.
On the palate, it sits fairly light and has a decent sessionable quality to it. The carbonation is there as an AIPA or witbier, but also maintains a decent smoothness about it.
Overall, AIPA or witbier, its labeled as an IPA on here, to me, I see qualities of both and for the most part, this is a very good beer. One I would have again - most definitely! Boulevard, please keep sending your beers to Alaska. Thank you.
jbuskirk (576) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
White IPAís are already pretty unique but Boulevard is never content with leaving a good style well enough alone. Not when it comes to the Smokestack Series. Reboot looks just like a Belgian White (itís beautifully heady and effervescent by the way) but has a rather unique aroma of lemongrass, clove, citrusy hops, and slightly funky yeast. Basically, the smell is as complex as it is awesome. The hops are surprisingly subdued in this beer, and Iím surprised to be saying that as a remark rather than a criticism. The flavors of citrus, lemongrass, candy-like wheat malt, clove, and ginger account for most of what you taste. That said, the body is very complex and is liable to change substantially even with a slight variation in temperature. While you donít necessarily get a lot of hop flavor (aside from nice lemon and orange peel citrus notes), you certainly feel their effect with the crisp finish. The lively carbonation helps to cut through this brewís creamy mouthfeel and amplify that brilliant finish. To put it another way, this ale is one hell of a refresher. Reboot may not be your typical IPA (or even White IPA for that matter) but itís too damn tasty to pass up. The gamer-style bottle artwork is badass, too.
drpimento (2425) - 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 (371) - 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 (3236) - 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.
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