Collective Project: IPA No. 2
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IPA - American
4.16 | pDev: 7.21%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Collective Project: IPA No. 2Collective Project: IPA No. 2
Notes: IPA #2 is the second in the series of Collective Project India Pale Ales. This cloudy, “New England” style IPA is beautifully balanced with tropical, citrus and piney heavy hops: Mosaic, Simcoe and Waimea. This is a small batch brew that will only be around for a limited time.
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srw from Virginia

3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can dated May 17th 2017 into a teku glass.
L: Pours a golden honey color with some haze making it difficult to see through. About 2 fingers of white head that take a while to settle down. Tons of lacing remain on the side of the glass.
S: Mostly pine with some notes of grapefruit and another fruit I can't quite figure out.
T: Citrus upfront followed by the pine and some bitterness on the finish.
F: Medium carbonation with a smooth creamy mouth feel.
O: An easy to drink IPA. It is an older can so I'm thinking the flavors have changed a bit.

Nov 13, 2017
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digboy from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz can - doubled stamped date but I think it is 6/2/17.

Pours a vibrant cloudy orange gold color with a just-off white 3 finger fluffy head that settles down quickly to a half.

Aroma is apricot, grapefruit and something a little sweeter at first like honeydew but it dissipates fast.

Taste has similar hop flavor with the addition of pine notes that ride along with a surprising amount of bitterness. Low but sweet malt backbone lending to the fruit tones. It really is all flavor through to the finish.

Feel is smooth and creamy with a touch of seltzer.

This is a nice, more bitter take on the NEIPA and with a distinctive stone fruit profile. Very nice job.

Jun 29, 2017
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Bluecrow from New York

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a clear golden can pour (not the cloudy ale described by the brewer). Aroma is mostly pine and some grapefruit. The flavor is hop resin and some citrus. This is very easy to drink and has a persistent hop bitterness in the finish. The alcohol is not detectable.

Jun 25, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.21/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Orange, melon, hints of passion fruit, papaya and ruby red grapefruit juice. Clean, slightly sweet malt profile. Nice citrus punch. Nicely balanced. Medium bodied. Very delicious. Yum.

Jun 23, 2017
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SawDog505 from New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 16 oz Weyerbacher tulip glass, not sure when it was canned, because the numbers are smudged. Pours a very attractive slightly hazy orange and leaves behind big thick wisps of lace, after a 2 inch white head settles.

Smell is apricot, earthy herbal hops, tangerine, guava, pine resin, and a nice hit of grapefruit.

Taste follows apricot, herbal, so darn balanced and really just a little piney grapefruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel is a touch larger than medium, mild carbonation not complaining, not dry, and excellent drinkability.

Overall this is a beer that is just flat out tasty, doesn't blow you a way, but really tastes great. Well done.

Jun 20, 2017
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wordemupg from Canada

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

473ml can poured into tulip 16/6/17

A hazed orange liquid, pours foamy, takes some effort getting it in the glass and the massive foam just sits there, still foam at the bottom, lots of spider web lace with a couple chunks stuck to the side

S lots of tropical punch, mango, kiwi, papaya, pineapple, and citrus, vitamin C chewable's, heaps of pine, a total hop runaway but it works and its massive

T citrus rind comes out heavy, even more pine, much of the tropical flesh is gone, some booze, still good but a step back from the nose

M medium weight but very foamy, needs some swirls of the glass to calm it down, oily and bitter, a little heat for 7%

O Smells amazing but didn't follow through on that world class level but still great stuff all around and I'll be drinking more of it while I can

I loved this stuff but there's a little room for improvement, over-carbonated and a some booze popping up here and there. A couple minor tweaks and this could be a world beater, Collective Arts is killing it!! price point and quality keep on rolling.....

Jun 16, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head. Almost perfect retention. Lacing comes in sheets.

S: Lots of candied fruits with an underlying dankness. Blueberry hard candy, sugar sprinkled lemon and grapefruit peels, with hints of pineapple and honeydew melon as well. However, there's a lot earthy dankness, leaning towards fennel and pine sap spicy notes. A little bit of toasty bread shines through as well.

T: Huge candied fruits upfront. The Mosaic shines through with a blueberry hard candy, even cotton candy flavor. There's also a big pineapple, honeydew melon, and green grape flavor. Some candied lemon and orange peel throughout. The malt backbone is a big rich bready taste, but it doesn't come across as very toasty, unlike the aroma. Mostly a chewy doughy presence. Finishes off lightly dry and lightly bitter, with a bit of lingering pine needle and orange peel flavor.

F: Pretty full-bodied. Pushing carbonation with a rounded, creamy feel.

O: This is a really good IPA. Packed with ripping hop flavor. Highly recommended.

Jun 14, 2017
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brureview from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a cloudy golden copper color with a 4F head in a Spiegelau glass.
Good head retention and abundant lacing.

Earthy citrus, very floral aroma which intensifies with warming.

Very carbonated, oily MF.

Grapefruit, smooth citrus, pine, tropical fruit taste. Rich, flavorful.

Puckering finish with citrus. More spiciness with warming.

Quite enjoyable. I like it better than No.1. Wonderful fruit.
The Waimea hops give it a special character.

Jun 14, 2017
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nuggetlover from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From can ( no idea on date but assume within 2-4 weeksbased upon where I bought it) Pours a nice fairly hazy gold.
Smells like like mildly hoppy pineapple.
More pineapple with a piney / slight medicinal finish
The finish is lingering. Still very nice.
Liked this a lot. really good.

Jun 04, 2017
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can: Poured a bright hazy yellow color ale with a huge white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of tropical fruit with nice floral hops undertones is quite enjoyable. Taste is a great mix between some tropical fruits notes with some citrusy notes and nice floral hops undertones with some residual sugar notes. Body is full with good carbonation. Superb IPA and a beer that should make it to their regular line-up.

Jun 04, 2017
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sulldaddy from Connecticut

4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sampling a cellar temp 16 oz can poured into a snifter. The beer pours a mostly clear gold color with some suspended sediment visible in the glass. There are several fine streams of carbonation rising to the surface and a frothy bleached white head of 1 cm foams up. The head recedes slowly to a sturdy surface layer and leaves windowpane lattice on the sides of my glass as it fades.
The aroma is very fruity with pineapple and mango but I also a little grapefruit and some pine. There is a bit of biscuity caramel buried in the nose as well. Pretty complex but not incredibly assertive nose.
First sip reveals a silky smooth textured beer with mild spacious carbonation. The beer floats across my palate but does leave a bit of a sweet coating. The flavor is briefly biscuity malt and then goes to fruit notes with pineapple and some peach. It then rolls to a bit of pine sap and finishes with a bit of rindy bitterness that lingers a bit. The finish is also fairly dry and also leaves some sweet tropical fruit on my palate.
Flavor is diverse and fairly bold, and also completely hides the 7% on this beer.
I like this IPA and would recommend it to others!

May 27, 2017
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andrenaline from Canada

4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super fruity, loads of mango and pineapple on both the nose and tongue. Buttery caramel base comes through nicely with a bitter citrus finish. Well crafted and definitely recommended.

May 27, 2017
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swim from Canada

3.6/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Opaque golden yellow that matches the colour of the can and plenty of bubbly creamy head and lacing.

S: A lovely fruity citrus aroma with tangerine, grapefruit, and peachy notes. Also some faint doughy yeast and alcohol aroma.

T: A bit bitter and an odd herbal medicinal funkiness right off the bat. Has a strong acetone alcohol flavour to it. The citrus and fruity flavours are second to those odd unpleasant flavours, mostly a bitter citrus rind taste, grapefruit, pine, and some slight indiscernible fruitiness. There is just a bit of malty toastiness to it. Rather bitter but not bad considering it's rated at 80 IBU.

F: Medium carbonation, slightly creamy and coating, a bit astringent.

O: Try this if you like pungent bitter and unusual IPAs. I don't think I'll be having this one again.

May 21, 2017
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polloenfuego from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a lovely slightly hazy gold, with a whopping three and a half finger head. The head takes its time breaking and when it does there is generous lacing. The smell is citrus hops and crackery malts. Tail end sees some pine come in. The taste is grapefruit and other tropical fruits, with a pine bitterness there as well. The bready malts are also quite present. Feel sees moderate to high carbonation, and a medium body.

Okay, I did like this beer, but I have to wonder if my can wasn't on the wrong side of fresh based on other things I have read here. Still a strong offering and I would like to try the future iterations in this series.

May 20, 2017
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bobv from Vermont

4.31/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a beautiful 3/4 inch white head over a golden straw body with very nice lacing. Wonderful nose of tropical fruit, citrus, and pine. Taste follows exactly with a very nice feel and overall this IPA is smooth, even, and very well made. Cheers to those guys up in Hamilton, Ontario!

May 20, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 oz. can

Pours hazy amber gold with a creamy frothy white foam head and a load of small floaties. Smells like strong passionfruit, berries, grapefruit, orange citrus, lime, guava, pineapple, mango, apricot, melons, some crackery caramelized malt, spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Tastes like passionfruit, berries, grapefruit, orange citrus, lime, guava, pineapple, mango, apricot, melons, crackery caramelized malt, some spice, with dank floral earthy herbal grassy resinous pine. Feels medium-light bodied, creamy and smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a real nice IPA.

May 18, 2017
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Cramshawbar from Canada

4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is not bad at all but still doesn't measure up to Ransack, just like No. 1 didn't either. There is an odd, metallic aftertaste that doesn't sit well with me. I would gladly drink this again, although it's close to $5 and it's not THAT good.

May 10, 2017
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Roby923 from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Superb IPA from Collective Arts. Deep and hazy golden in color. The pungent Mosaic hops are balanced by the more subtle Simcoe and Waimea hops and work in perfect hop harmony. A real treat. Canned from the LCBO.

May 07, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very cloudy golden orange with an absolutely massive, soapy, off white head. Retention is fantastic and there are many sticky patches of lacing left on the glass.

Smell is orange, mango, pineapple, pine, slight earthiness and a touch of bready malt.

Taste is the same. Starts off fruity, with a touch of bread showing up mid sip, and then everything is washed away by a Olney, moderately bitter finish.

Feel is light side of medium, smooth and slightly resinous with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall this is a very solid beer. The hop flavors seem a little subdued though. The beer is only a month old, but it was purchased at room temperature off of a Wegmans end cap, and knowing the short shelf life of NEIPA's, I wonder how much of a toll that took on the hop flavors.

May 07, 2017
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Jesterr44 from Canada

4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A cloudy straw-golden colour with tall frothy white head; tons of lacing, and some sediment. Full flavour hops with citrus - nice mango, tangerine, grapefruit, less pine and very little astringency (love those mosaic hops). Full mouthfeel brought from the malt & carbonation may be a little too much at first but flavours open up & mouthfeel smooths out as it's stirred up a bit. Nice IPA; hard to choose between this & ransack but I'm giving this a slight edge for now..

May 07, 2017
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 ml tall boy can purchased from the LCBO for $3.45 CDN. Canned April 4, 2017. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - hazy and rich golden color capped with a finger or so of bright egg shite white coloured head. Modest retention and traces of lacing around the edges of the glass.

Smell - huge and tropical. Close to Ransack the Universe, but with mor pineapple. A hint of a sourness maybe a splash of lime mixed in.

Taste - pretty much like the nose. Tropical fruit namely pineapple and lime are most dominate, with an earthy grapefruit flavor underneath. Really good stuff. As mentioned in another review, more lemon than I'm used to in my IPA, comes through. Fantastic stuff.

Mouthfeel - smooth and slick, heavier bodied than some IPAs. Carbonation is crisp and leaves an astringent finish on the tongue. Goes down smooth and super easy.

Overall - as I've come to expect from these guys, one of the best local IPAs on the market. IPA NO. 2 has nothing to apologize for, and is a robust and flavourful IPA that certain warrants a sample from any IPA lover.

Apr 22, 2017
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ludachris from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours golden amber with a bit of haze. The head that sits on top is bright white and dense. The wheat and oats really plus up its retention.

Ripe, fleshy mango comes with a pithy citrus twang. Green, sticky resin is close behind. The more I smell, the more lemon I get. IPA No. 2 has got it all so far.

It's more piney, more green, and more resiny than the nose leads you to believe. Pineapple is the dominant fruit with some green mango mixed in. There's still plenty of pithy citrus - grapefruit, and mandarin orange especially. Its bitterness is pine like and sappy. There's still some sharpness to it as it lingers past the finish. At 7.1% and 80 IBU's, I didn't expect anything less.

Its weight lies between medium and full while its feel is more creamy than slick. The finish is dry with a green bitterness. I can't taste the alcohol but I can definitely feel it.

Another bright and bold, fruit forward IPA from Collective Arts and I'm not complaining. It's a heavy hitter in comparison to IPA No. 1. It's a bit too bitter for me to think of it as a New England IPA but it's a damn good IPA overall. I love the use and experimentation with hop varieties in this series so far. Looking forward to No. 3!

Apr 18, 2017
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Apr 3 2017 and served slightly chilled.

Pours cloudy golden-blonde, giving rise to one finger of foamy, bone white-coloured head that dissipates over the course of the next five minutes or so. An attractive swath of lacing is produced as it recedes, with a decent-sized collar of foam remaining in place afterwards. Citrus is probably the most striking element of the nose, with mandarin orange and grapefruit coming through clearly, along with peach and tropical fruits such as mango and passion fruit. Hints of bubble gum and dank pine resin are also in there, but overall it's the fruity notes which seem to dominate the aroma.

A beauty of an IPA. The pale malt backbone is more of a subtle background presence, with grainy wheat and oat sweetness underlying a dizzying array of taste bud-electrifying hop flavours. Citrusy notes of tangerine and grapefruit take the lead, with notes of apricot, peach and pineapple in tow. There's also mango and passion fruit mid-sip, with the earthy, piney aspects of the Simcoe hops beginning to rear their head more towards the back end. Finishes fruity and somewhat resiny, but the bitterness is surprisingly restrained for something quoted at 80 IBUs. Medium in body, with relatively low carbonation and a soft, smooth, somewhat slick texture. Barely any sign of the 7.1%, making this a bit more drinkable than it probably should be.

Final Grade: 4.32, an A grade. Simply put, IPA No. 2 is one of the best hoppy, strong pale ales you can find at the LCBO these days. I'm not sure if I enjoyed this more than their Ransack the Universe - but I do love that beer, so the fact that there's any question whatsoever obviously means that I also think very highly of this one. Yet another winner from Collective Arts - not a surprise, as these guys have grown into one of the most reliable and consistently solid breweries in the province (especially in the increasingly-crowded IPA category). Any true hophead would be foolish not to grab a few cans of this while they're still fresh.

Apr 17, 2017
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byronic from Canada

3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Can from the LCBO two week old

Pours a mostly opaque orange with very little head. Minimal retention and lacing. Great nose, explosion of flavour in a quick burst. Flavours fade rather quickly, and even more so as the brew warms. Clean finish.

Apr 13, 2017
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 77 ratings