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RATINGS: 150   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.67   IBU: 60   EST. CALORIES: 219   ABV: 7.3%
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Isnít it how it always works? A few brewers sit around tippling and waxing poetic about what-ifs, wild ideas and untapped dreams when one suddenly proclaims "why not?" So the Conflux series was born, bravely leaping corporate and geographic barriers to jointly explore uncharted beeratory. Cheers, fellow explorers, cheers.

Second in a series, this citrusy, smooth white IPA is a fortuitous meeting of Deschutesí hop skills and Boulevardís deft wheat touch. Whatís 1,800 miles when a great beer is at stake?


3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
boFNjackson (4100) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 2, 2011
Bottle... Poured hazy golden-yellow with some floaties and a frothy white head. Thick, foamy palate, soft mellow carbonation. Nose had some esters, floral hops and grassy tones. Mild bitterness, citrus, yeast spices, and light bodied wheat malt flavors. Thought it was sort of a mess, different characters were struggling to shine. Perhaps if there was less of a hop bitterness to allow the citrus and spices to shine.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
whatsupstairs (112) - Inland Empire, California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
i should of listen to mac lethal and stayed away from anything boulevard. But i like Deschutes. a:yellow hazy straw tones, thin withe head very cloudy no sedi. n:banana, zesty lemon rind, barnyard wet towelish hay t:strong coriander over the top, not sure what spies didnít taste them for and ipa not to impressed its ok they still make some super ill beverages

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 1, 2011
BB 11-10-11. This one pours lighter than the Boulevard version with a cloudy, pale honey-gold color and a full, white, fluffy, head which settles to a very thin rocky layer and leaves scattered lace. The nose is less attractive than the other; still floral and herbal but much harder to decipher the specific herbs, very much lemongrass and orange citrus, almost grassy hops, and a sweaty yeast note. The flavor is does not carry the sweat notes but still lacks in areas; some doughy yeast appearing, more coriander but less citrus, hop flavors in there but not very distinguished (maybe grass, some resin, and light citrus), the wheat is barely apparent. The bitterness is moderate and the acidity is nearly moderate. The palate is mildly refreshing, more than medium, lively, and drying towards the finish. The drying continues to increase in the finish, adding white pepper, sage, and lingering seed-like notes. I am disappointed after trying the Boulevard version of this beer; the other seemed more like a White with more bittering and finishing hops added, while this one felt like an American beer brewed with spiced and a Belgian yeast. The wheat was much more clashing in this one adding tartness but not much flavor. The other version was much more delicate and complementary and much preferred.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChapelThrill (52) - California, USA - AUG 1, 2011
Bottle - Pours a surprisingly bright yellow. Cloudy with suspended sediment, making it look jelly-like, even though it was perfectly smooth to drink. Smells of traditional wheat beer, including citrus, cloves, breadiness, grass. But also the noticeable, but not overpowering hint of hops. Starts out like a wheat, but finishes with a slightly bitter hop note. very refreshing, and quite drinkable on a warm summer day. A nice twist on a traditional wheat beer, and while not being a hop-head myself, I fully enjoyed the aromas and slight hop taste influence. Good beer. Different than anything in this "class" Iíve tried before.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1164) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 1, 2011
On tap at the 2011 Oregon Brewers Fest (and then a bottle this evening). Colour... cloudy gold with a thick white head. Nose... noticeably citrus like with some yeasty notes. Palate... delightfully frothy with waves of lemon peel, quince, spice, kumquat, yeast and a lemon zest with a tangy lingering finish. I had this beer this evening with a lemon prawn and pasta dish and I must say it paired exceptionally well!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 31, 2011
Bottle courtesy of Chuck at Glimmerglass prior to BCTC. Did a side by side with both the Deschutes and Boulevard versions. Pours a hazed gold with a thin to medium sized white head. Musk, citrus and pine, citrus, malt and wheat. Crisp musk and pine filled lemon. Musk, soft sweetness and more musky lemon.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (4766) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2011
[Note - should be listed as a witbier] Bomber bought for 8 bucks at Wilburís in Fort Collins - I refrained from buying the Boulevard version because it was a full 5 bucks more for less than 4 additional ounces - hazy gold with an impressive, soapy lace - lesser brewers could have really fucked this up, making a hop bomb out of a delicate style - they mostly have a soft touch here - the usual spices of a wit get a nice boost from the addition of the sage - the beer is a little sweet up front, but dries out fast, which compliments the spiciness well - the hops are secondary to the spices, adding their bitterness more than they add their flavor - it blends well with the spices, so you canít tell where one ends and one begins - my only complaint would be that the sage is just slightly overdone, but otherwise this is quite well done.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BMan1113VR (7822) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUL 29, 2011
Bottle with a best before of 11/10/11. Pours with a hazy golden hued body and a large, thick white head that stays and leaves excellent lace. Aromas are strongly estery and phenolic. Belgian yeast, pears, pepper, coriander, fruity. Malt notes are grainy, and bready. Decent amount of hops on the nose with notes of citrus and tropical fruit. Candi sugar and cardamom. Flavors are soft, bready and somewhat malty. Strong yeast phenols and ester, coriander and pepper. Finishes dry. Mild bitterness. Some hop flavors towards the finish. Medium to lively carbonation. Medium bodied, dry finish. Tasty. Not an IPA as it is currently listed.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
darthservo (1) - USA - JUL 29, 2011 does not count
Served in pint glass on tap at Ventiís Cafe in downtown Salem, OR. First White (wheat) IPA Iíve tried. Very grassy aroma, with coriander and hints of citrus. Cloudy appearance (although in the dark Ventiís basement I wasnít able to get a truly good look at it), expected for a wheat beer. Very little head for a wheat, and didnít seem to be as highly carbed as a typical wheat, but certainly wasnít under carbed - Iím guessing this was intentional to more resemble an IPA. Taste was lightly sweet with wheat pulling enough of its weight. Belgian yeast called to mind wit styles. Hops were present, but bitterness was subdued. Aroma was the heaviest part about this beer, with grassy hops accentuated by the coriander. Overall, I was pleasantly surprised, but I would imagine this style would have to be tightly controlled to get the balance. Sampled side by side with Boulevardís version. This seemed to have more grass and coriander than Boulevardís version, but it was not as sweet as Boulevardís.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
troopie (2292) - Munchen an der Willamette, Oregon, USA - MAY 31, 2011
A worthy effort. Called Collaborator as itís a joint venture between Deschutes and Boulevard. Pale gold with a hoppy aroma. Tasted like a hybrid (I almost wrote baster) between an IPA and a Belgian witbier. Bready flavour with hoppiness and a hoppy finish.


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