popery (1865) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 1, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
GarrettB (1374) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 18, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
December 15, 2013 - I think I missed No. 1, but No. 2 looks just as promising, given the old-time tonic label. But the real joys first come in the aroma. Buttery pear and apple in abundance push out from the mottled head, sweetened with butter cream. Thereís a small acidic dimension with tangerine, and popcorn butter on the finish, which I know is undesirable, but itís a stellar smell, rich and decadent like a French dessert. Leaning back, I take in the look, which reminds me of a potion, totally clear, but riddled with bubbles on the sides of the glass in the same pattern as needles on a cactus. On the taste, I first notice the palate, which is light but buoyant was gas, and then to the flavors, punctuated in three places. First, I detect mellow butter, pear and sweet custard notes. This then quiets and peaks again, but more intensely across all those flavors. Finally, thereís a slight hoppy punch near the end, and a wheat note too, leaving the palate ready for more of those gentle sweeter notes from the beginning - a positive feedback cycle.
PartyFowle (941) - - APR 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 11-10-11, into a tulip. This hereís a wheat-based IPA, made with hops courtesy of Deschutes and wheat courtesy of Boulevard. Pale gold with soft haze and one inch of sticky, yellowish-white foam. The craggy, foamy head eventually dissipates to nothing, but leaves behind some snakes of lace. Lots of lemon in the nose, but it seems artificial and a little solvent, like lemon Pledge. Hints of pine show up before a heavy background of dry wheat. Citrus impacts the flavor first with lemon peel. Floral notes emerge soon after in the form of lavender. Itís a nice, spicy mix of hop flavors. Hints of sweet peach and slight solvent characters pop in before a crisp, clean finish. A crazy amount of bubbles stab the tongue with steely knives ó this is a painful level of carbonation. The bodyís a smooth medium with soft fizz. Somehow, though, it remains light on the palate, crisp and refreshing. Conflux 2 tastes pretty much how I expected it would: like a hoppy Belgian wit. Itís not amazing (a bit too reminiscent of dust cleaner for me), but it is refreshingly hoppy.
slowrunner77 (9221) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
"marked as a white ipa. i expected the deschutes version to be a spiced ipa and the boulevard version (collab #2) to be a hoppy wit, but the spice (orange, coriander) and dryness of this one was strong enough to overshadow the hoppiness a bit. the hops came out more as it warmed and struck a beatiful balance with a nice new summer style. citrusy hops and a wit married well. everything i expected by the end. glad i got a couple more. RB has it as a belgian ale, but itís either an ipa or a wit, i picked ipa... 2nd time started warmer...pretty close to 50 50 wit/ipa...loved it...was craving a 2nd bottle the day after the first."
Torontoblue (85) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
650ml bottle, BB Date of 11/10/11. Been stored, vertically in cellar from purchase on release. Pours a wonderfully bright golden straw with a large fluffy white head that dies to a fine lacing. Aromas & flavours of hay, cereal, sweet wheat & malts, lemons, hint of ginger, bready, fruity spicy esters,. Medium bodied, a little creamy, fine soft carbonation leading to a very pleasant, citric, bitter, long finish. It doesnít resemble an IPA now, more like a Belgian strong golden ale. Itís been interesting seeing how this has aged....and itís aged wonderfully!
harrymel (1551) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Vertabim from notes 16AUG11
Best by: 10NOV11
A: light grainy yellow ale with 2 fingers egg shell head. This falls quickly to a sheet of the same. No lace.
S: Jasmine up front for me, plenty floral. Wheat, otherwise not much going on here. (whereís the IPA?)
T: A bit of creamy wit feel, and some really pleasant floral flavors. I like the flavor, but Iím confused on the IPA aspect of this beer. sure there is a hint of bitterness, but, um, yeah, whatever.
M: Moderate body with creamy feel and prickly carb.
O: Worth a try. Probably shoulda just called this a wit collab.
Serving type: bottle
Frederik024 (20) - - OCT 31, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear light golden color. Aroma of coriander, lemon, nutmeg, orange, pepper, cinnamon. Flavor is citrus lemon/orange, coriander, pepper, pine. A nice beer.
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a small short lived layer of foam that eventually fizzes out while the liquid was a glowing yellow with a heaping serving of floaties (dead yeast). In the aroma, my nose instantly picks up on the heavy usage of orange peel, coriander, pepper, and a touch of green hops. The flavor is delicious and has a succulent taste of orange, grapefruit, mango, and completely decked out with spices such as coriander, clove, and a taste of pine. Definitely an interesting recipe and worth drinking again.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 25, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A spicy Belgian Wit hopped like a refreshing fruity IPA. Nice White IPA.
How: Bottle 22oz. Consumed not fresh enough (got confused on the style because of the Epic Project 2 I received at the same time). Generous rating considering I should have dranked this one right away. Bottle from mcberko, thanks a lot Matt.
The look: Partly cloudy pale blond body topped by a medium white head with medium retention.
In long: Nose has nice wheaty bananas, tropical fruits and such. Taste has pineapples, lemongrass, lemony wheat, some bananas, coriander, ginger. Smooth refreshing fruity bitterness. Unlike most White IPAs (unofficial name for wheat based IPAs) this one seems to use a typical spicy Belgian Witbier as the base beer instead of the usual straight up wheat ale. This makes for a more yeasty and spicy take on the style but very pleasant nonetheless. Refreshing summer beer. A refreshing beer I enjoyed fridge temperature because before drinking a beer I take it from my wine cellar and put it in the fridge for a few minutes, then 5 minutes later I cannot find my beer in my wine cellar and I turn my place upside down looking for my beer, and with the other 20% of my life I do other stuff.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Toronado in SF, shared with this dude from Beer Advocate who was honestly kind of a douchebag -- not only was he a braggart, but he drank about 2/3 of this one. Thanks, asshole. Pours hazy light orange with some visible yeast. Lots of sweet orange, some grain and wheat. Belgian yeast. A bit too sweet and add.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Got this guy as a random act of kindness, thanks Steve! Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy straw color with a light fluffy pure white head. The head slowly faints to a thin one centimeter film that follows me down the glass, along with some splotchy lace.
S: The smell is very much the Belgian side and not so much the IPA side. The funky yeast is present, very light though. Some light flowery hops, but they are very much hidden behind behind the yeast.
T: There are notes of the bubblegum funk from the yeast with a very light hoppiness although just like the nose the hops are put on the back burner to the yeast.
M: Light and clean with a nice fruity ester palate coating quality to it.
O: This drank more like witbier than a Belgian IPA. The hops definitely didnít shine through like I would have liked in a Belgian-style IPA, but it still was good none the less. I do have to dock it down a tick due to the style though. Iím want to try the Boulevard version I have in my fridge to see the differences.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 08-22-2011