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

 
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RATINGS: 267   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 48   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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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4.7
Aml42000 (625) - Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2012
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".

4.7
jduker000 (19) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2014
One of my favorites. Boulevard’s 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. It’s all very balanced. Doesn’t sit heavy on your tongue

4.7
Aquitard (27) - - MAR 10, 2014
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.

4.6
SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2011
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.

4.6
Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - MAY 19, 2014
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.

4.6
MetalNHopHead (2223) - 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.

4.4
drpimento (3795) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 27, 2011
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.

4.4
Onionkid (390) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - SEP 15, 2011
750ml bottle. Lord, this has one of the nicest aromas I’ve 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 isn’t 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 I’m 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. I’d highly recommend this beer, probably the first Smokehouse Series I’ve had that I really, truly loved. I’m 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 I’d usually expect from an IPA flavor, but that being said this is probably one of the best beers I’ve had that have called themselves IPA, ha! 7.4% alcohol.


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