Friday, August 12

Beer Review: Deschutes/Boulevard Conflux Series No. 2

"Second in a series, this citrusy, smooth white IPA is a fortuitous meeting of Deschutes' hop skills and Boulevard's deft wheat touch. What's 1,800 miles when a great beer is at stake?"


Grabbed this up at a local QFC for just over $7 for a 22 oz. bottle. I never did try or even see the 1st in the series. Oh well.

This is a 'White' IPA brewed with wheat, orange peel, coriander, and other spices. This bottle has a best by date of 11/10/11, and ranks in at 7.3% Alc. by Vol.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a light straw yellow with a fat finger of fluffy white head. Settles to a very spotty layer of light foam on top, leaving lace around the glass. Brew is mostly clear.

Smell: (4.5)
- Bready yeasty malts, wheat, lemon zest aroma, light citrus, effervescent. Light grassy and earthy aroma. Slightly sweet, and yellow cake-like. Rather herbal as well. All smells very smooth, balanced, and crisp for a hot day.

Taste: (4.0)
- Smooth light malts, bready, yeasty, wheaty. Little candy sugar. Big bitter hops make this a dry brew. Very herbal and full of citrusy zest. Coriander, lemon grass, lemon, orange.. Flavor is great. Also this beer is very floral.. it's like walking through a spring garden in your mouth.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- The brew is well carbonated, and light bodied without being overly thin and watery. It seems to be a very well made brew. I like a dry beer, but feel however that this beer is a touch too dry from its bitterness for the style.. though it is technically an IPA. I feel the dryness takes a bit away from the flavor.

Overall: (4.0)
- Overall this is a fantastic unique summer style brew full of zest and great flavors. Normally I don't like a super cold beer, but I feel this is a good candidate for being super cold as it fits the flavor profile for a refreshing summer drink.

A- / 4.05

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


2 comments:

  1. You haven't seen No. 1 (with Hair of the Dog) because it's still in barrels! Here's an update from beernews.org.

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  2. Damn... that's one hell of a fancy beer. Kind of makes the No. 2 look like a quick release to keep people happy for awhile. By the sounds of this brew, a bottle might sell for $30? lol

    Thanks for the tip, I was unaware of the blend.

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