Radio The Mothership
Collective Arts Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #1,892
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #6,134
Avg:
4.06 | pDev: 7.14%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
156
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Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
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SCORE
90
Outstanding
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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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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours murky orange with a wispy, crackly head that musters up a ton of foam chunks on the glass. Mango, peach, pineapple, guava in the nose. The taste is replete with the aforementioned fruit flavors with the addition of lime, berry and floral hop notes. Light bready malt profile in the back. Full bodied with high carbonation that remains smooth and not prickly. High bitterness and loads of tropical fruit character in the eternally long finish.

A stellar DIPA. Dank, juicy, complex. Worth a try.

Nov 08, 2020
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woodchipper from Connecticut

4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 16oz can dated 09/17/20 to a Nonic glass at fridge temp.
Light yellow/gold hazy body. Pillowy, puffy white head, laces nicely.
Smells of oranges, mango with a hint of hops.
Taste is similar, hops come out at the end. Alcohol is noticeable, but subtle. Malt also contributes.
Mouthfeel is a little light for the appearance and flavor, but not bad.
Pretty good beer.

Nov 08, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A pint can poured into a clear pint glass displays a golden amber ale. Slightly hazy, yet bright, it brings very little lasting head and glass lacing along, despite being well carbonated. The malt body is ample and the dry hopped character is evident. Nicely bitter and a bit earthy, the finish is crisp and clean. There's just a little too much harsh alcohol presence to make this a great one.

Sep 25, 2020
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JRed from New Jersey

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy golden in body with white frothy head. Aroma of light citrus, mango, pear, grass, and pine. Tastes of grass, pine, mint, citrus with rind, pear, big dry bitterness towards the finish, with some booze lingering. Thick bodied with medium carbonation.

Apr 09, 2020
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TheBierdimpfe from Canada (QC)

3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium: Canned + IPA glass.
Opacity: Clear with a cloud of yeast.
Color: Dark straw going for gold.
Head: Foamy beige 3 finger.
Legs: Very good overall.
Smell: Pineapples/Buttery/Caramel.
Taste: Mangos/Orange/Lemon/Herbal.
Feel: Tropical/Piney/Citrusy.
Body: Medium to full slick and oily with good smoothness.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp.
Overall: High quality rich Imperial IPA with a low alcohol profile.

Visual 8/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 5/10 - Intensity 7.5/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

Jan 25, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Das Beer Garden. Hazy orange. No head. Smells of citrus, alcohol, pale malt, and a little tropical fruit. Tastes of citrus, alcohol, earthy notes, a little grapefruit. Boozy. Not too sweet. Medium heavy. Slow to drink but good.

Jan 18, 2020
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Well made and easy to drink. 8.5% ABV just slowly creeps upon you, so make sure you've got a place to sit a while. Soft on the palate and to taste. Sweet up front, enjoyably hoppy without being excessive. Grapefruit and orange, some pithiness. Understated aroma. Moderate head settles to long-lived cap, lots of lace over top of a hazy peachy coloured brew. Yum.

Jan 04, 2020
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beam me up Scottie? Will a great adventure await? Let us find out.
Poured from a November 21/2019 batch can into a wide tulip. Pours amber orange with slight opaqueness although i do prefer a cloudier IPA. Excellent collar here that lasts well. Nose is decent. Nose is soft fruits with grassy undertones. Quite subtle for an 8.5. Taste is excellent - sweet fruit comes through with a very smooth finish again surprising given the ABV. Been waiting to try this so glad I found it!
Beam me again Scottie...I’m yours....hic!

Dec 22, 2019
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Act25 from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

40th review. Beautiful from Wisconsin. Collective Arts
a/ pours a hazy, yet bright light golden body, with ample fingers of puffy, bubbly white head, that lasts and laces.
s/ Aromas of dank grass, pine resin, minerally water flint and lots of hempy, leafy, weed.
t/ As with aroma, plus bright, piney hops. Fine hop complexity and bittering in finale.
f/ creamy mid-weight, smooth, resinous candy like without being sweet due to astringency.
o/ great feel and taste, had me wanting more and to blind test against some great dipas.

Oct 24, 2019
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clayrock81 from Florida

4/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Feb 24, 2019
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SpeedwayJim from New York

4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Jan 23, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.1/5  rDev +1%
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.

Jan 06, 2019
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UncleBigShorts from Connecticut

4.62/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Jan 01, 2019
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LampertLand from Canada (BC)

3.94/5  rDev -3%
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

Nov 29, 2018
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oberon from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev 0%
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.

Oct 27, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.99/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Oct 27, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Oct 25, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

3.87/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Oct 25, 2018
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Oct 24, 2018
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LG93 from New York

4.26/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Oct 17, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.41/5  rDev -16%
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.

Sep 28, 2018
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TheGent from New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Aug 25, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.97/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. 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 but just good enough flavour.

Jul 27, 2018
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jul 08, 2018
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Jun 15, 2018
Radio The Mothership from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 156 ratings