Rhyme & Reason - Collective Arts Brewing

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 4
pDev: 8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Collective Arts Brewing visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beelzebeer on 10-14-2013

Our ʻRhyme & Reasonʼ Extra Pale Ale showcases the very best hops have to offer, but at only 5.7% ABV. It’s far more sessionable than your typical American IPA. The flavour and aroma of Citra, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe hops prevail without excessive bitterness for maximum drinkability. Malt sweetness in the background complements the hops for a crisp finish that will make you keep going back for more!

55 IBU
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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 29
Reviews by Digimaika2:
Photo of Digimaika2
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(4.25) A: Hazy copper with a sizeable creamy and bubbly head that’s coloured a stark white. Recedes promptly to a ring where it sticks around for while. Lacing hangs in sheets.

(4.25) S: Lemon-grapefruit mix, pineapple, subtle pine, toffee, nutty, bread, and an underlying damp grass/weedy aroma. Not the most robust or full aroma but all the aromas seem to be distinctive and pleasant albeit a bit hidden.

(4.0) T: As per aroma with grapefruit zest, lemon, hints of tropical fruits, pine, and baked bread. Although not as pronounced, there still is a slight grassy taste towards the backend. Pleasingly very dry and similarly very bitter.

(4.0) M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Slick and semi-oily with some texture.

(4.0) D: A very good APA that I’ll be keeping my eyes out for again. This has a lot of those great pale ale qualities and comes together very well for the ABV range. The bottle art is also a nice touch. I typically gripe about the 6-pack go-big-or-go-home format, but this is deserving of it and worth the risk.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Danomeister
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Fantastic beer. Enlightened beer. Incredible hop aroma off the tap with a thick malt backbone and little lingering bitterness. Could have sworn this had New Zealand hops in it from the aroma. Intensely fruity, with that exotic lychee raspberry peachy smell that most good IPAs strive for

Photo of DaveBar
4.31/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO $14.00 or so for a 6 pack. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass.

A- Pretty good. Opens well with nice head.

S- Excellent! Holy hops batman. Very nice dry hopping experience.

T- See above! Plus this is down right delicious. It's the hop experience I like.

M- Excellent. This bitter bite beer was fantastic. Just a sour note on the end to let you know how long this baby was boiled.

O- Excellent! Very enjoyable. Liking it a lot. It's the lower alcohol, higher hop beer I have been looking for. Problem is though it's expensive. No deals on cases hurts. Will try the brewery to see what's up

Food Pairing

This wonderful little girl went well with... Pad Thai. The spicy nature of the Pad Thai goes well with this hoppy beer.


Photo of Rutager
4.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

355mL (yes 355 mL, this is Canada) bottle with a very cool label featuring The Zolas in what looks like a very hipster (or 80s) album cover pic. 3/series 2 ...whatever the hell that means. From the great trader Liamt07 as part of another great box! Cheers bud!

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy gold with a little orange and a finger of almost white head.

Smell. Man, fresh ruby red grapefruits, some sweet tropical fruits, a touch of orange and cedar with just the lightest hint of pale malts and sugary candy in behind that citrusy goodness. This is the kind of hops I like in a pale ale. Winning so far with this one.

Taste. Some juicy citrus and tropical fruits and plenty of bitterness, slightly woody, light sweetness. Doesn't quite live up to the smell, but a very tasty beer.

Mouthfeel. Just below medium in body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Great pale ale though I bet a lot of people wouldn't expect that big hop bitterness when buying this one.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a generous white head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of citrus hops with lightly sweet malt notes is quiet pleasant. Taste is also a good mix between some citrus hops with some light tropical fruit notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good drinkability with just enough complexity (hops floral notes could be a bit more powerful) with wheat malt barely noticeable.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.78/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 09/20/13 poured in to snifter.

A - Slightly hazy translucent orange colour with a thin layer of white head.

S - Fresh citrus, pine and tropical fruit aromas with a fairly substantial caramel malt sweetness. Some orange, musk and peach notes specifically coming through.

T - A nice hearty bitterness for the style compliments a big musk/dank hop profile with lighter notes of tangerine and pine. While the bitterness is certainly welcome, the flavour profile is somewhat lacking and preventing this from being a top notch pale ale.

M - Light to medium body. Some hop oils present. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of ssmack
3.92/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

A slightly hazy lemon and honey colour. Quarter inch of greenish white head that quickly became a ring. Some lacing with great retention.

Smells of tropical fruits ... mango, orange, grapefruit. Sweet hoppiness .. not super bitter. Aroma grows as the beer warms and grapefruit and pine blossom.

The taste starts with the malt ... sweet bread the then bitter grapefruit and pine come out and into a sharp bitter earthy after-taste. It feels as if bitterness is embedded in my tongue.

Low medium feel. Nice and crisp but a bit watery.

Definitely an American IPA. This was better than I expected. Very enjoyable. My impression going in was a brewery that seemed to care more about the artwork than the beer. I will look for this again.

Photo of patre_tim
4.28/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Golden honey with a good haze, lots of floating white particles, a little fine bubble carbonation, 2 fingers of creamy head. It leaves a solid lacing.

S: Citrus, orange candy, pine, toffee, light red pepper, caramel.

T: Citrus, pine, orange candy, caramel, a good solid bitterness on the end.

M: Medium thick bready, somewhat syrupy body, medium low carbonation, smooth finish.

O: Well rounded American IPA. Really proud of this Canadian brew. As good as any solid American version of this style I’ve had, well done and proves they know what they are doing.

Photo of spinrsx
3.93/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle from the Ottawa LCBO - $13.95 for a 6-pack

Appearance - Clear amber colour with an average size off-white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, apricots, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and hops. There is also some apricots and grapefruit and a bit of resin.

Overall - Like a slightly sweeter (more tropical fruit sugary notes) version of the Naughty Neighbour Pale. I assume they share some of the same ingredients since they are brewed at the same place. A good beer but I think I'll stick with the Naughty Neighbour due the lower ABV which allows for a better session beer.

Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice semi-hazy golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, pineapple, mango (very tropical) piney resins and sweet caramelly malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, pineapple, a resiny pine bitterness and caramelly malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/med carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Photo of thehyperduck
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

355 mL bottle from the LCBO; bottled Oct. 10 2013. APAs are a dime-a-dozen these days, but this one has managed to distinguish itself from the crowd right out of the gate with a neat variety of labels from a selection of talented artists. Still, it'll take more than unique packaging to guarantee this one a spot in my pale ale rotation. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, topped with one finger of puffy, frothy white head with great retention. It slowly wilts over a period of five minutes or so, coating the glass in sticky lacing, and eventually culminating in a dense cap and collar. Great aroma, possessing many of my favourite attributes in this style - orange citrus and pineapple, as well as some light pine resin and peach. Not much malt presence; just some light caramel sweetness.

Well-balanced flavour, with a good dose of hop astringency that should please the majority of hopheads. There is a firm caramel malt backbone underlying much of the flavour profile, but the fruity, somewhat tropical features of the hop bill take centre stage. Grapefruit and orange citrus figure in strongly, with additional notes of pine and peach; the latter becomes more prominent as it warms, in addition to a light touch of pineapple. The finish is mostly bitter grapefruit, but with a sweet, almost honey-like accent to it. Somewhat bitter, resiny aftertaste that lingers on the palate for more than a moment. Medium-bodied, with some light hop oiliness and light carbonation that gives this one a soft, satisfying mouthfeel. This is my fourth bottle tonight, so it's reasonably drinkable, but the bitterness is tiring out my tongue. Or maybe it's the alcohol; whatever.

Final Grade: 4.12, an A-. I was mostly drawn to Rhyme & Reason because of the art, but I am highly impressed with the beer itself as well. This is a solid APA that reminds me of a cross between Mad Tom and Naughty Neighbour - two of my favourite hopped-up OCB ales, so I'm singing pretty high praises. It's a tasty brew that I'm sure I'll pick up again at some point - if it's this good after sitting on the shelves for a few months, I'll bet it's even better fresh.

Photo of jaz58
4.29/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed a sample at the Real Canadian Craft Brew Show a few weeks ago and I got hooked on it.

The nose is amazing. Grapefruit and lemon, finishing with fresh pine needles.

In the glass, the head is white, thin dissipating quickly. The body is pale orange and muddled.

The taste is one of the most refreshing I've experienced. Lot's of citrus, grapefruit, lemon, mango and a slight hint of honey. The dry hops shine with great flavour and smoothness. A very good bitters finish, not heavy yet noticeable.

Mouthfeel was very good. round and pleasing.

A great quencher on a hot day.

Photo of byronic
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Reviewing my second bottle after being unsure about the first.

Pours a hazy orange with little head.

Very citrus forward in the nose. Orange and grapefruit stand out along with pine.

Again as the nose very citrus forward, lots of fruit with a tinge of sweet. Doesn't really follow up on the punch delivered by the nose.

Low carbonation and medium mouth feel with a dry and bitter finish

Photo of BakaGaijin
3.32/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from the LCBO

A - Golden, hazy, slightly orange appearance

S- Citrus, Orange, a little pine at the end

T- Nice citrus up-front, then bitterness. Can taste the malt. I prefer less malt in hoppy beers. I'm not a fan of the aftertaste. Almost metallic, tin-like.

M- Nicely carbonated

O- Not bad, however, the aftertaste makes it hard for me to rate this higher. Not worth the price IMO.

Photo of DenisKolkin
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Cost was about $2.25 CDN for the bottle.

Appearance - cloudy golden color, with plenty of sediment. Significant two and a half finger head that is off white in colour. Plenty of sticky lacing. Lots of bubbles. Great looking beer that looks like it means business.

Smell - big citrus nose, lemon, grapefruit orange and especially pineapples. Straightforward and simple yet extremely inviting.

Taste - significant bitterness, the citrusy shines through bit it's more grapefruit and lemon than the sweetness of the pineapples or oranges. Juicy flavours and a slight earthy undertone.

Mouthfeel - crisp and clean, full and slightly oily body.

Overall - a very very good APA, well rounded with plenty of citrus infusion. Tasty filling and reasonably affordable, this is going to be a regular going forward. Looking forward to this coming in cans one day too.

Photo of EvanHarper
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Medium gold / pale amber, very slightly hazy with no visible bubbles to speak of. Gauzy foam cap doggedly sustains itself.

Sweet, hoppy aroma, all honeydew and stonefruit.

Hop-forward, with melon, apricot, pine, lemony, and vegetal (almost oniony) hop notes dominating. Soft malty sweetness is evident as the glass warms up or you hold the beer in your mouth. Very "west coast," no caramel or toffee notes in evidence.

Thinnish mouthfeel, highly drinkable.

Very solid West Coast APA, pushing IPA territory, hoppy and off-dry.

Photo of jrenihan
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer is clear golden orange with a moderately-sized white head. Good retention.

Nose contains nice, sticky citrus and tropical fruits. Mango, orange, pineapple. A bit of a caramel malt base, but mainly hops.

Taste is nice, but not as remarkable as the nose. Moderately bitter, with a bit of a soapy, grapefruit flavour, along with some mango. Like the nose, a bit of a caramel malt base. Bitter aftertaste, slightly grassy.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. A bit oily.

Overall, very nice. Flavourful and juicy.

Photo of polloenfuego
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass.

This beer pours a light golden color with a generous three finger head. The head lasts for a while and when it breaks you are left with some nice lacing and a thin foamy film. From a smell perspective this is all about the hops. Citrus is dominant with pine coming in afterward, but those classic hops scents are there. Taste is hops forward, but there is a tropical fruitiness as well. The feel is medium with good carbonation.

A nice APA that makes me look forward to seeing what else will come from this brewer.

Photo of Franck
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Sweel malts, resin, caramel and great hops. Very tasty and refreshing. Do not reinvented the style but quite drinkable

Photo of wordemupg
4.21/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355ml bottle poured into tulip 2/6/14 thanks liamt07 for sending the bottle

A slight haze in a orange amber body, big stream of bubbles coming off the bottom with lots of big bubbles clinging to the side, finger of eggshell foam sits around long enough to leave a couple partial rings

S lots of citrus, orange, lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and some lychee and guava, lots of tropical hops but not a complete runaway with some caramel malt and a little pine

T slightly less tropical notes, more pine and caramel, just a little spicy, lemon rind, not exactly what I expected after the smell but the quality's still there

M lighter side of medium, enough bubbles to cream it up, bitter but nowhere near a palate wrecker, lingering spruce and rind

O lots going on in something I could drink a 6er of without falling over or getting board, I'd have this in my rotation if I cold get it locally

I'm surprised I've never heard of this one before, thanks again Liam for this little hidden gem

Photo of hopsolutely
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle - and the impressive diversity of labels - list this as an "extra pale ale", so I am surprised to see it listed here as an APA. This is a very respectable "pale ale", but lacking many of the citrus hop elements I personally associate with "American" styled beers?

Pours a slightly hazy golden amber colour with a minimal white head that disappears quickly. Aroma of caramelized malts with a background of tropical fruit. Solid taste has a nice mixture of malts and hops, with a respectable bitterness in the finish.

Photo of kevinlater
4.27/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

355ml bottle into nonic pint. "packaged on 05 jun 2014". enjoyed on july 26, 2014

a: a beautiful hazy light orange with two fingers of off-white head

s: mango, lychee, grapefruit, juicy sweet orange, malt, onion, peach, slight lemon. very fruity and inviting aroma

t: a little less fruity than the nose up front, but still very tasty. mango, lychee, orange, grapefruit, a bit of lemon. onion/garlic notes emerge shortly after -- it's not too dominant though. honey-like sweetness. hints of peach and pineapple. little malt flavours. slight pine presence at the end, then the nice moderate bitterness dries the palate

m: medium mouthfeel, medium carbonation, slightly creamy. excellent

o: a fruity and delicious pale ale that i will definitely have more of in the future. the guys from collective arts did a fantastic job with the hopping here

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is the best APA going in Canada right now. Would love to see bigger distribution soon.

Photo of CaledonCountryBoy
4.24/5  rDev +6%

Tried for first time at a pub ... in a bottle. It's in my top five, and will be stocking it whenever I get to a store that stocks it. Always a problem for APAs in Ontario.Intriguingly, R&R grows on you (me) as more is consumed. Not an explosive hoppy mouth feel, but it lingers really well. My guess is that's the sweetness in its malt(s) which makes it a 'grows on you' product for pale ale lovers.

Photo of biegaman
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rhyme & Reason is unfiltered, which explains how it can have such a cloudy complexion despite the sunny colour. It looks as it smells: like peach nectar. Small and displaced puffs of white are spread across the beer's surface like drifting clouds in a summer sky.

The aroma has super concentrated notes of ripe orchard fruits and candied citrus. There's plenty of peach, tangerine, lime, and a whiff of guava. There's also tinges of jasmine green tea and mojito mint. All these fruity and herbal elements are surprising compliments to the beer's sweet and bready maltiness, which impressively adds almost as much aromatics as it does body.

One might expect a beer loaded up with three C-hops (Citra, Centennial, Chinook) as well as Simcoe to be on the flamboyant side, and, indeed, this is about as vibrant as pale ales get. In fact, it has all the fruity, resinous hops and toasty, honeyed malt characteristics of an IPA, albeit tucked into a slightly more approachable and less intimidating package.

I think it's really cool that each bottle have a unique label featuring a different picture from a different artist - it's yet another reason to open bottle after bottle. This is a seriously quaffable ale that has enough vivacious, tropical flavours to keep the palate entertained but not enough bitterness (a notably mellow 55 IBUs) to wreck it.

Rhyme & Reason is a perfect recipe for a brewery endeavoring to use the sociability of craft beer to promote the arts. An offering like this naturally lends itself to stimulative drinking, convivial conversation and is impressionable, somewhat edgy and, with such an exuberant hoppiness, just a little bit pretentious too. It's perfect for the art world!

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Rhyme & Reason from Collective Arts Brewing
89 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.