Radio The Mothership
Collective Arts Brewing

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,774
Ranked #6,034
4.05 | pDev: 7.65%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Radio The MothershipRadio The Mothership
Notes: Fruity, bitter hops, berry, mango, peach; a wonderful interplay between the earthy bitterness, the nuanced fruity berry character, and the piney funky tropical depth. The resinous character of the hops shows through in a tongue-coating mouth feel. You’ll really feel saturated by all the hops. Delicious.
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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 135
Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very cloudy, yellow-gold body with one-finger head and left a lace ring down the glass. Soapy, perfumery, floral aroma with some malt smells. Fuller-bodied, “chewy” not bready but some caramel malt sweetness, balanced if not slightly overpowering an herbal, citric mild hoppiness with clean dryness.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware.

Nose is pineapple, mango and papaya. Big tropical fruit notes. Real appetizing. Beer opens with hints of mango, pineapple, cantaloupe and papaya. Huge tropical fruit bouquet up front. Sweet with very little hop bitterness. End is dry with a touch of a resiny hop presence. Finishes brown sugar, mango and pineapple. Delicious. Body is medium with moderate to ample carbonation. Smooth and soft on the palate and goes down aggressive and crisp. Dry, sticky, lingering finish.

Really really good. Worth trying for sure.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Dec 19 2018 and served slightly chilled. Took a long time to find this beer, but better late than never.

Pours a cloudy, translucent medium golden hue, with one finger of soapy, frothy white head that settles off over the next five minutes or so. A narrow collar of foam lingers on, underneath an attractive coat of lace; looks pretty typical for the style. On the nose, I am getting a mix of passion fruit, grapefruit, papaya and orange, accompanied by lesser notes of earthy, piney, slightly floral hops, as well as touches of pineapple, grassy hay and lightly caramelized malt sweetness.

Good stuff; not at all subtle, but I suppose that's why they put "imperial" in its name. I'm getting plenty of citrus and tropical fruit - orange, grapefruit, pineapple and passion fruit are all easily discerned, with hints of mango and stone fruit also rising to the occasion by mid-sip, buoyed by some bready, caramelized malt sweetness. The bitterness really ramps up on the back end, with earthy, resiny pine sap and grassy, pithy hop notes lasting through the finish and persisting into a slightly warming, boozy-sweet aftertaste. Full in body, with moderate carbonation levels that provide a crisp prickliness to this beer's thick, fulfilling texture. A big, bold beer; I do enjoy the flavours, but the alcohol is a force to be reckoned with, which limits its drinkability.

Final Grade: 4.1, an A-. Radio the Mothership is a quality DIPA, but the truth is that the competition in this category is pretty fierce, and I don't think this is the best that Collective Arts has to offer. For example, I'd say their IPA No.5 beats this one easily... but that was a limited run brew. Reminds me (vaguely) of GLB's Lake Effect, albeit with a higher abv and a hell of a lot more tropical fruit character. 5 bucks (CAD$) is a tad steep for this to be a regular pick-up, but I'm sure I'll return to it once in a while, and would encourage other BAs to give it a look.

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Photo of UncleBigShorts
4.62/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Stratford CT. Dated 9/22/2018

L: Hazy gold with a small white head. Medium retention, and some lacing.

S: Peach, mango, and pineapple.

T: peach upfront; followed by honeydew melon. Slightly sticky then more grapefruit, honey and pineapple.

F: smooth, well-balanced, alcohol is masked nicely only the warmth gives it away. Finishes lightly crisp and lightly dry.

O: A really underrated NE DIPA. I was shocked at how easy it is to find around northern CT. It’s nice not to have to wait in line at those boutique NE breweries to get something as refined. Give it a try.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.94/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Collective Arts Brewing 'Radio the Mothership' @ 8.5% , served from a 473 ml can
A-pour is a light gold from the can to a in the glass with a medium white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-fruity , mangos & tangerine
T-fruity DIPA with a malty dry bitter swallow
MF-decent carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-good beer/DIPA
prost LampertLand

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Photo of oberon
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a creepy label....Pours a lighter golden with a slight orange tinge,a thinner white head atop.Mango and tangerine aromas really stand out in a fruity nose,a smattering of sweet onion comes in as well.Tangerine driven fruity flavors with more of that sweet onion and a little bitter bite in the finish,a decent amount of sugary sweetness is there but doesn't take over the beer.An NEIPA no doubt,nice fruitiness but not overly sweet.

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Photo of Ghrymm
3.99/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can. Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe hops, 2-Row, Carafoam, Flaked Wheat, Dextrose sugar malts
100 IBU
A nice hoppy Imperial IPA great bitterness that i love, a solid beer.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a orangy gold with a nice two fingers of head. Slow break leaves nice lacing.

Smell is tropical and fruity. I really get some sweet melon aspects, but there is also a nice citrus component. Malts give a nice complement to it.

Flavor is definitely like the nose, sweet fruits and then a citrus pith comes in. Makes for a very nice flavor.

Feel is medium bodied with good carbonation. Finish is bitter and dry.

A damn nice beer. I'd have to say i like this better than some of their IPA # beers. Worth a drink if you can get it.

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Photo of avalon07
3.87/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Pretty good lacing.

S: A solid aroma of hops, citrus fruit, tropical fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a moderate amount of tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit, in particular), a blistering amount of hops, and some citrus fruit (orange). Well, the big thing here is the hoppy bitterness; it's borderline overwhelming. The fruit elements are well-represented, but not quite enough. Not bad, but unbalanced.

F: A well-carbonated beer with a dry, bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solid, if uneven beer. Worth a look, nonetheless.

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Photo of Jeffo
4.59/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at the LCBO this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter
Hops: Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, creamy white head with great retention. Cloudy, opaque gamboge orange with no real carbonation. Head slowly fades to a full wisp and clings to the glass. A splotchy wisp remains until the end leaving touches of lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Tropical fruits, grapefruit, mango, passion fruit, piney notes, melon and pineapple. Lots going on here. Super bold as well. Just awesome.

TASTE: Some caramel malts with tropical fruit flavors up front. Flavorful. Passion fruit, mango and grapefruit at the swallow. Long, bold and lingering finish of grapefruit, piney bitterness, mango and passion fruit sweetness, with a dose of alcohol as well. Great.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, enough weight, goes down smooth and finishes a bit dry. Some bitterness lingers. Stellar.

OVERALL: Another world class hop bomb by Collective Arts. These guys are brilliant. Big, bold aromas and flavors with an excellent look and feel to support the show. This has all the right stuff in all the right places, and part of me just wants to forget the other breweries and give all my money to Collective Arts when I’m in the mood for a hop bomb. Outstanding.

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Photo of LG93
4.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer full of flavor, but for me the lingering aftertaste taste like alcohol and overpowers some of the hop flavors. Can marked September 22 2018.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.41/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From the 16 oz. can that is stamped July 1, 2018. Sampled almost three months later on September 27, 2018.

It has a milky, hazy looking pale yellow color with a long lasting white foamy head.

The aroma brings out some citrus and fruit characters immediately but due to its age, the malts seem stale...or that might be the staleness of fading hops.

About a medium mouthfeel.

The hops have faded in the taste bringing out more of a stale malt breaded sweetness and a lingering, almost spicy bitter finish. I wonder if I would have liked it better two months ago.

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Photo of TheGent
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer was very drinkable for the 8.5% ABV. It had a nice peach and tons of pineapple flavor which I enjoyed, but I found the beer to be overall too sweet for my preference.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I have been waiting to sup this one for well over a year, but it was either unavailable in my parts or the brewer had none.
Today then, was my lucky day.
Hoppy (obviously), strong, yet not boozy - CA made this deceptively tame, with subtle tones in a bomb. I am thinking that this could be the result of the peach, which not only leaves the lips sticky but helps to balance the hops. The mango gives it a bit of a funky nose, once it warms, but it's tolerable. Somewhat sweet overall though.
Overall lovely colour and decent flavour.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.17/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can served cold in a pint glass. Thanks to Josh for this lovely offering and crossing a long time want off my (ever growing) list.

Appearance - Rich golden and near amber color and super duper hazy. Big two fingers of frothy white head sit on top, lots of retention and lacing. Excellent looking beer.

Smell - Big and fruity initially with grapefruit and peach dominating and possibly some cantaloupe, transitioning to a bready mixture wit loads of malt and finishes with biscuits.

Taste - Like the nose, but almost in reverse order. A hint of fruitiness and bitterness with orange and grapefruit followed by biscuits and malt which lingers, indiciating this may not be just off the canning line, but that is a filling flavor and finishes bitter with some semblance of sweetness from cantaloupe interspersed.

Mouthfeel - Big and sticky, carbonation is modest, this is certainly a sipper but the booze is rather well hidden, drinks like a lower ABV beer.

Overall - A very good DIPA that fits nicely in Collective Arts lineup. The race for the best IPA producer is in full swing with CA giving GLB a run for their money.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.07/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an unclear orange, with fine foam.

Smell is citrusy and piney with hints of cookie sweetness and passionfruit.

Taste is soft, but full. Just a hint of sweetness and alcohol heat before morping into a solidly bitter beer with notes of citrus, pine and peaches.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, well carbonated.

Overall, a very good DIPA that I will most certainly drink again.

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Photo of SSS
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- appearance is a beautiful sunset yellow and orange hazy golden colour with a white head that lingers
S-Aroma is slightly on the dank side with notes of Pine and grassy Herb, alongside and intense malt forward sweet roasty trip
M-Mouth feel is sick and viscous with medium carbonation and solid body
T-The taste of this beer is very balanced I get notes of a green type of hop character with intense malt, The taste of this beer is very balanced I get notes a green type of hop character with intense malt the bjtterness in the finish does linger
O-Really nice imperial, i was expecting more alcohol overpower, it wanst there, which was nice!

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Photo of GHow
5/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW! My first CA sampling and it meets my IIPA standards. Nice cloudy amber color,nasal clearing Hop/Citrus aroma with a resin tang as the swallow moves over the back of the tongue. Great blend of Hop and Citrus. My wife came home and said "It smells Hoppy in here! She tasted and scowled. What a tribute to Radio the Mothership! Great name. Listen to the band Return to Forever " Theme to the Mothership" while indulging. I will definitely RETURN.

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Photo of leaddog
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a warm gold with three fingers of foamy white head that fades quite quickly.

Smell - citrus and tropical hops, bready malts, earthy yeast, citrus fruits (grapefruit, orange), and tropical fruits (mango).

Taste - Citrus and tropical hops at the forefront followed by the bready malts and earthy yeast. The citrus and tropical fruits are the star of the show with the malts acting as a nice supporting member.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops lingering.

Overall - Another winner from Collective Arts. The citrus and tropical fruits are at the forefront. The ABV is well hidden making this brew dangerously sessionable.

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Photo of Jesterr44
4.24/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice looking hazy amber colour with medium off-white fluffy head which fades moderately. Some lightt lacing while drinking. Looks like #5. Aroma of tropical citrus, tangerine etc. Smells like #5 too. Taste is nice; citrus & tropical hops with some grassiness, with a slight burning sensation and bitterness. Again, to compare to #5, a little less sweet/fruity, a little more grassiness & bitterness; bitterness in both does not come off as astringent. This one is not quite as smooth or full on mouthfeel either. Still a nice, very drinkable DIPA at 8.5% and one I can see myself having again, especially if #5 stops being brewed or when it's unavailable.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

473ml can - 'brewed by Collective Arts, Stratford, Connecticut'. Wait, what?

This beer pours a hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with four fingers of puffy, rocky, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sudsy flock of birds pattern lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of mixed domestic citrus rind, dank pine resin, gritty and grainy cereal malt, some hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and gently soused-up floral green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a lesser caramel sweetness, orange, lemon, and red grapefruit citrus flesh, muddled tropical fruit esters, some damp minerality, and more weedy, spicy, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, with perhaps a soupcon of hop astringency taking a minor tithe here. It finishes trending dry, the hops zeroing in for the kill.

Overall - this is a rather well-made and enjoyable version of, I'm going to say NE-style DIPA (partly given where it's apparently produced). It masks its 17-proof booze quotient with style and aplomb, making for a pleasurably hoppy quaff. Definitely worth seeking out!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.37/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy gold with a small white head. Medium retention, and some lacing.

S: Big dankness, slightly warming alcohol, peach, mango, orange, lemon, pineapple, pine, cat pee.

T: Lemon, orange, and peach upfront; followed by slightly toasty biscuity malt, honeydew melon, and green grape. Big weedy dankness on the finish, slightly grassy and earth, then more grapefruit, honey, and pineapple.

F: Mostly full-bodied, smooth, well-rounded, moderately carbonated. Finishes lightly crisp and lightly dry.

O: A really good NE DIPA with some West Coast leanings. Dank but also fruity, smooth but slightly shows its strength. A very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is grapefruit/citrus and fresh yeast/spring water. The flavor is grapefruit, tropical fruit, malts, a hint of spring water and a bitter/slightly tart hop finish.

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Photo of GWalk612
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours an almost clear sunburst color with nice head. I get a really pleasant nice ripe orange smell. Really big flavor with good hop balance. You know you're drinking an IIPA but it's not heavy on the alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on November 23, 2017. Smell is fruit, bitter hops, berry, mango and peach. Taste is earthy, tropical fruit, berry and pine. Feel is medium in body.

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Radio The Mothership from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 135 ratings