I had a chance to sample the Boulevard Smokestack Collaboration #2 – White IPA, a collaboration with the Deschutes Brewery in Oregon, over the weekend and I found it to be a great beer. Imagine a Belgian style wit beer with more hop bitterness.
At first sip, it definitely tasted like a witbier, with nice spicy fruitiness. As the beer hits the back of your tongue, it goes into more of the piney, herbal, stronger American hop flavor. The hop-forward flavor wasn’t overpowering, and balanced out nicely with the witbier spice and citrus notes.
Overall, I loved how the White IPA started like a wit but then finished with a nice and firm, but not overpowering, hop bitterness. It was a very good beer, and I hope this collaboration sticks around or happens again. It’s great to see breweries pushing styles out of the way to make a great beer.
Did you try the Collaboration #2? What did you think?
Last Sunday was the 7th annual Festival of Iowa Beers, and each year it continues to grow. This year,all the Iowa breweries, including the newly-named Backpocket Brewing, and many of the Iowa homebrew clubs participated.
Overall, it was a great day, and a great day for beer, with interesting beers from the commercial breweries, including a new Extreme Series beer, a dark rye, from Millstream Brewing.
Just like the previous Festivals, the homebrew tent offered the most interesting beers, including several barrel-aged beers, including an imperial stout aged in a Templeton Rye barrel, along with several meads and ciders . My favorites from the homebrew tent were the Templeton Rye barrel-aged stout, an Imperial Wit, a Duvel clone, and a Munich Helles.
As always, I look forward to next year’s festival. Did you make it out to the festival? What were your favorites?