Boulevard Smokestack Series: Reboot White I.P.A.

RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
This re-release of our 2011 Collaborations Series No. 2 White IPA brings back the unique marriage of a classic Belgian wittier to an American IPA. We enjoyed the experience so much the first time around that we happily pressed Control+C (Command+C for Mac), and Reboot was born. Version 2.0 has upgraded its spicy aroma, with hints of bubblegum and clove. Bold flavors will launch upon uncorking, as sage and lemongrass balance the tangy, zesty wheat malt profile. Rather than merely blending a wittier with an IPA, Reboot harmonizes distinctly fruity Belgian yeast overtones with big, fruity American hop notes by creating an herbal bridge between these two somewhat contradictory flavors. The beer’s complexity os supported by a spritzy effervescence, finishing dry, with lingering hop notes.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
strattonspeaks (113) - Springfield, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2013
Pours murky hay with nice white head. Terrific lace. Aroma of Belgian yeast, spice, white grapes, and grass. Incredibly tasty. Lemon zest, yeast, and clove on a perfect wheat malt canvas. Sweet and somewhat tart with a hidden earthy bitterness. Long, sweet, dry finish. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Wonderfully complex and wonderfully balanced. Great beer.

GarrettB (1638) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 15, 2016
June 1st, 2014 - Boulevard isn serving up the trendy White IPA, in service to the digital era, where integers were presented in a clumsy way, like sticks on an abandoned island. But the aroma is alright, with a light lemon grass, wheat and mizuna blend, both grainy and bitter, with a touch of white vinegar, and a spine of malt. The flavor is lighter, starting drum with a touch of lemon and like. But mostly like a luxurious Sprite, with dry and vegetal notes, bringing those vegetal greens from the nose back to the case. These notes disappear right before the aftertaste, which reveals just a little yam and sweet potato sugary, with a body that lingers through out with a nice sweetness, popping with flavorful bubbles here and there.

tennisjoel (1484) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - JUN 13, 2015
Golden body with a long lasting average sized white head. Hops combined with belgian flavors of biscuit, banana, clove. I really like th white IPA style. This one does not disappoint. One minor complaint is the flavor can sometimes get masked by thehigher carbonation level. Still overall another solid beer from a solid brewer.

UncleKorm (1335) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 26, 2015
Bottle poured a hazy hold hue w/ large frothy white head. Moderate sweet spiced aromas. Initial flavor is light sweet w/ a light bitter finish. Tastes are sage, white pepper, clove, lemon, and pea. Medium bodied and creamy mouthfeel. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

BeerdedDave (1853) - Beckley, USA - OCT 4, 2014
cloudy pale gold color; nice citrusy hop aroma; lots of citrusy, grassy hop flavor; citrusy, spicy flavor with notes of corriander on a very light malt base

Gachupines (1252) - USA - SEP 30, 2014
Straw yellow with a medium white head. Aroma is light hops, coriander and a little yeast. Flavor is light, grassy hops with strong notes of spice. Coriander notable. Mild yeast with a light finish. Wife: 4

slowrunner77 (12594) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 27, 2014
"had a side by side with Deschutes Conflux, thanks to Hannah. This one poured nothing like a wit, darker than Conflux by far, but ironically smelled and tasted more of wit than ipa. i’d say this was 60/40 wit, and Deschutes was 60/40 ipa. the hops were present, but the spices dominated slightly, and the mouthfeel was livelier being bottle conditioned, which probably affected the flavor some too. both good beers, but us 3 prefered the Conflux slightly."

fidelis83 (2497) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 10, 2014
Hazy gold pour with a tall, pillowy off white head. Aroma is citrus, peppery spice yeast, spicy hops, lemon, stone fruit, wet limestone, a little bubblegum, clove and earthy floral notes. Flavor is lightly sweet cereal up front, then berry heavy tree fruit sweetness, nice sweet grassiness, muted stone fruit, spicy, Styrian Goldings-like hop spiciness, citrus, citrus peel and just a hint of wet limestone funk. Medium body, juicy, slightly chalky entry, medium, blanketing and slightly pleasantly sharp carbonation and off dry, still kinda juicy finish. Really good stuff, sorta like a mix of Orval and a sweet, fruity and citrus hoppy APA.

Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 24, 2014
They’re calling this a wheat/wit IPA, but I’m getting a hoppy saison, a good one at that. Orange zest, touch of lemon, grassy, Belgian yeast. grassy hops. Good stuff.

bb (9697) - Alamo, California, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle. Amber beer with a big cream head. Yeast and citrus aroma with light spice. Grapefruit and yeast flavor with spice. Medium bodied. OK bitterness. Grapefruit and yeast linger with spice.

MetalNHopHead (2127) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - JUL 4, 2014
White IPA’s 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 (it’s 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 I’m 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 don’t 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 brew’s 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 it’s too damn tasty to pass up. The gamer-style bottle artwork is badass, too.

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