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RATINGS: 151   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?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
thorongil2 (1476) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 6, 2011
(tap) clear pale yellow, small white head; strong floral aromas, lilies, pine; balanced and spicey flavour, thick palate, wonderful

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tennisjoel (1191) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - SEP 6, 2011
Light golden bodied pour with a thin white head. Aromas of citrus, lemon, tangerine, and orange. Very fruity. Kind of a nice blend of flavors. Very drinkable with a tart finish. The wheat part of this beer kind of mutes the hoppy bite. I could see a person who doesnít like hoppy beers enjoying this one. Nice effort.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
emeinz (220) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
22 ounce bottle to glass. Very interesting aroma. Citrusy, but with hints of coriander. Golden pour with a generous white head. Tastes unlike any IPA Iíve had before. Slight wheat presence, citrus notes (i tasted a little apricot), slightly spicy to change it up. Medium/light body and medium carbonation. Definitely a good beer. As most Deschutes beers, it was a reasonable price. Would drink it again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
baraciisch (2187) - California, USA - SEP 3, 2011
Pale straw yellow in color... Minimal light citrus aroma... Flavor is crisp and citrusy up front, notes of lemongrass and zest, finishes nicely with a wellbalanced hop finish...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Wombata (469) - Kobe, JAPAN - SEP 3, 2011
Bottle. Aroma: citrusy, floral hop, wheat, coriander, pepper Palate: Light-medium bodied. Flavor: Lemon, green grass, wheat, floral, coriander, pepper. White grapefruit on the mid-palate and bitter grapefruit rind, coriander and pepper on the finish. Comment: Refreshing, great for summer or when what a flavorful beer that wonít fill you up. Complex, fresh, tasty. Drink by 10/2011 on the bottle.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22 oz. Very light gold in color, thick head that leaves a lot of lacing. Aroma is full of spice. Flavor has hints of citrus and coriander. Lively carbonation and a slight bitter finish. ABV is well hidden. Goes down easy, refreshing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - SEP 2, 2011
22oz bottle. Lots of citrusy coriander on the nose, sweet orange peel and tangy lime. Slight banana and strawberry as well. Hazy ale straw color with a fluffy white head. The flavor is moderately sweet with lots of tangy citrus and a medium-strong bitter finish. A little raw and doughy in the finish. Medium bodied with slightly over medium carbonation. This one is a big and flavorful mashup of citrus. Iím usually not a fan of imperial wits as they tend to be phenolic and boozy-sweet spice-bombs, but the IPA-cross approach here accentuates the cool fruity citrus notes of the coriander and orange peel, and the hop bitterness ties up the finish perfectly. A cool beer and perfectly refreshing and flavorful while weíre hitting some nice hot late-summer weather here in California.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2831) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2011
650 ml. bottle. Pours a medium, lasting white head, with some lacing, over a hazy, particle laden, yellow (SRM 3) body....nose is lemon-orange citrus, light coriander, bit of grapefruit peel, very light pine.....taste is soft sweet lemon-orange citrus at the start, then light allspice, finishing with a light lingering grapefruit bitterness, with a hint of clove....mouth feel light, carbonation medium. This is a very interesting collaboration. The malts come through and the hops were done with a relatively gentle hand. It is more of a hop heavy Witbier, than a spicy IPA. It is easy drinking, nicely balanced, reasonably complex, and refreshing. It is a grand summer beer. BJCP 7/3/15/4/7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
dionysian_son (277) - Colorado, USA - SEP 2, 2011
Pours golden with white head. Nose is thin and notable for citrus, toast, and pepper. Medium body is smooth but with lively carbonation. Tangy taste starts moving into a bitter lemon with copper and yeasty threads to finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
popery (1562) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
The beer pours a pale yellow-gold with a big frothy white head. Bubbles cling to the walls. It has a very floral hop aroma. Itís all wildflowers, honeysuckle, potpourri and earth. The witbier spicing comes through with some coriander and a good dose of orange peel. Bready wheat spice makes a definite apperance, as well. Thereís some fruity Belgian phenolic character, but itís on the mild side and stays far from cloying territory. Itís yeastily dry with a good dose of orange peel and hop bitterness in the finish. The beer is refreshing and drinkable. You get a bit more Belgian character, but itís all light malt and fruit notes. "Belgian IPA" doesnít really describe this beer well, as itís definitely an IPA melded with a witbier. Itís summery, spicy and lightly hoppy. The hops are wonderfully restrained while still making a significant contribution. Carbonation is fairly strong. Thereís no booze to be found. The beer is light on the palate and lacks any rough edges. It tastes fresh. Thereís a sort of saison-ish quality to it. This beer is more than the sum of its parts. Itís hard to stop drinking and easy to like.

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