Collective Project: Dry Hop Sour
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Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #388
Ranked #9,976
4.04 | pDev: 7.92%
Aug 27, 2021
Apr 20, 2017
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Notes: After the never ending battle between the hop heads and sour lovers, we decided to appease the two. Using Nelson Sauvin from New Zealand and Citra from the Pacific North West, this mixed fermentation brew is juicy, sour and extremely refreshing. Nelson adds a white grape and passion fruit base, while Citra explodes on the nose with lime, lychee and grapefruit. Sour and hops in perfect, thirst quenching, melody!
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4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

Carbonated, but without any head, it arrived in a clear pint glass, drawn off a tap. The color is an opaque yellow-amber. There's only a hint of fruit and sourness to be smelled. This is a refreshing sour beer. It's ironic that something that feels so wet on the tongue can also taste so dry. The stated goal was to appease both the hopheads and sour lovers and this could actually pull it off. It is more sour than hoppy, but Saisons aren't supposed to blast one with a hop overload. It's also a pleasing sour, more rounded than just drinking something reminiscent of vinegar. The mouthfeel is light, but satisfying with its body. Again, this is a very refreshing Saison.

Aug 27, 2021
3.77 by djrn2 from New Jersey on Jun 14, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

Light golden straw colored, clear and very bubbly looking with some orangeish sediment at the bottom of the glass, pours with a good three fingers of light puffy, white colored head that has amazing retention and leaves loads of webby lacing.

Loads of aroma to it, remindes me of five-alive, tons of limes and other citrus fruits nice tropical notes pineapples and some papaya as well as a faint white grape and grassy hint to it.

Tart, tangy but not over sour front-end, balanced, bright and fruity: lemon, lime, pineapple some light hints of passion fruit and white grapes as well as faint grassy, floral notes forward.

Lightly sweet, clean malt base with faint hints of wheat and a ghostly lactic trace, very light bodied, almost a little too light, with a very high amount of bubbly carbonation to it.

Faintly grassy hop finish with light floral/ herbal notes to it that linger on the aftertaste along with a slight buttered wonder-bread flavor

Sep 16, 2018
3.75 by jschott75 from Illinois on Jul 04, 2018
4 by aztraz from Sweden on Jul 01, 2018
3.57 by Silke_Neryn from Sweden on Jun 26, 2018
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3.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by JamFuel from Sweden

Pours a fairly clear yellow, with fine foam.

Smell is mild overall, with some tart notes of lemon hard candy and orange peel.

Taste is balanced with nice tartness and notes of lemon and oranges joined by a soft citrus peel bitterness and some floral notes. Very refreshing!

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a very nice, refreshing sour, maybe a bit lacking in depth.

Jun 23, 2018
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4.89/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
by monkist from Hungary

Amazing explosion of carbonation! pours the beer with tremendous head and an intensive myriad of bubbles rushing up to the surface in this stangely pale-colored brew. And this farmhouse ale is hopped to an extent that it smells and tastes like an elderflower lemonade. It IS sour. It is almost like a gose or rather like a berliner weisse but with zesty, citrusy fruitiness that supports the sourness, it really becomes a raw grapefruit flash. Boom!
Loving it. Not only it is an amazing farmhouse ale and a good sour, it is also hopped with a perfect balance to achieve this treasure. Not as mesmerizing as Prairie Artisan Ales though, but it is a perfect piece that I greatly enjoyed. Another one sick brew from Canada, way to go!

May 20, 2018
4.24 by ADKbeerguy from New York on May 13, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by arensburgh from Illinois

Yellow, slightly greenish in color. Almost tennis ball yellow. Hazy.
Tropical smell, with a biscuit overtone.
Taste is great, bright at first with a tartness in the middle (doesn't quite reach sour for me), then leaves a lingering biscuit taste. Very sessionable for a sour, doesn't threaten heartburn like stronger sours do imo.
Feel isn't really noticable--about medium light, doesnt distract me from the taste.
I wish this wasn't limited, this is something I would dedicate half a shelf to myself, maybe a full shelf come summer.

May 12, 2018
3.97 by jroof1 from Massachusetts on Apr 04, 2018
4 by Corson from Canada (AB) on Mar 16, 2018
4 by jakea from Wisconsin on Dec 30, 2017
3.78 by GWalk612 from New York on Dec 18, 2017
3.99 by Bunman3 from Canada (AB) on Dec 13, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by leaddog from Canada (AB)

Appearance - Pours a pale straw with two fingers of bubbly white head.

Smell - citrus and tropical hops, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, biscuity malts, vinous aromas, and earthy yeast.

Taste - Citrus and tropical hops upfront then followed by a moderate level of sourness but not overpowering then goes into the pineapple, mango, passionfruit, and vinous aromas. The biscuity malts and earthy yeast finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes off-dry with a lingering tartness.

Overall - A well executed take on the Saison style from the folks at Collective Arts. I like that this brew is not too sour which makes it very sessionable. A nice cohesive marriage of all ingredients make this brew a standout.

Nov 26, 2017
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4.01/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

473ml can - I don't really think that hopheads and sourheads will ever truly agree on anything, with few exceptions.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of crumbling sudsy webbed lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of crisp orange, white grapefruit, and lemon citrus rind, indistinct melon flesh, gritty and grainy wheat malt, a bit of lacto tartness, faint earthy yeast, and more heady leafy, grassy, and piney green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and crackery pale malt, a lesser edgy wheatiness, some Sauv Blanc vinous character (gooseberry, lychee, and citrus, sans the heat), a generic mixed fruity/lactic sourness, and more zingy grassy, herbal and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly restrained in its workaday frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and sort of smooth, as both the hoppy and tart esters don't really interfere, but they don't help, either. It finishes trending dry, with a nice blend of lingering graininess, hops, and mild fruity sourness.

Overall - this is indeed a well-wrought meeting of brewing styles, much in the vein of what Four Winds out in BC produces. The robust fruitiness of the hops meshes seamlessly with the sour essences, making for one refreshing and enjoyable drinking experience.

Nov 24, 2017
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Nov 07, 2017
4 by krome from Illinois on Nov 06, 2017
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4.72/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Themanders1 from Connecticut

Sour yet dry, a great balance with just enough hoppy finish

Nov 04, 2017
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4.26/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by wordemupg from Canada (AB)

473ml can into tulip 25/10/17

Hazy pale yellow, catty, lemon, pineapple juice, passion fruit, apple cider vinegar, more citrus, smashable stuff, sour but not overly so, I really liked this one and wish it was around under the summer sun

Oct 26, 2017
4.19 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB) on Oct 25, 2017
4 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts on Oct 21, 2017
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3.9/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

16 oz can. Canned 9/24/17 opened on 10/20/17

A light golden color, active and full of life. The white cap is supported by lively carbonation and stays high for a bit, recedes to a constant white covering. Decent lace hangs on tight.

A fruity hop nose with sour notes and sweet juicy tones. White grape juice, tart citrus, herbs, honeydew mellon and earhy funk round out the aromatics.

The flavor and mouthfeel has a rather refreshing, crispy bite with long, sour earthy tones. White fermented grapes, earthy and sour yeast, juicy mellon and starfruit notes from the interesting hop combo. Certainly one of the most hop-forward and complex sour's I've had. Super light and crisp, pilsnerish malt frames the overall light effect.

Bigger hops in a genuin sour, wild and funky yeast brew certainly adds depth and complexity. Ever since "Ransack the Universe" dropped I've had major respect for the Collective Arts brewers.

Oct 20, 2017
4 by fosters9 from New York on Oct 17, 2017
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3.94/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Billolick from New York

Tal can...23 sept 2017....stamped on the bottom

$3.55 for the single at Brew & Co, Bedford, NY

The pour is moderately hazed, lighter amber, looser head, film and leaves scattered medium bubble lace all over the glass.

Big lemon notes on the nose

Grassy, lemon overload, about medium tart/sour, pepper on the back end...boundary pushing for a style with wide boundaries....could us a little more body and depth of flavors to get my interest and rating numbers up...

Oct 17, 2017
3.67 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Oct 15, 2017
3.74 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Oct 15, 2017
4.48 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Oct 09, 2017
4 by jrenihan from Canada (ON) on Jul 05, 2017
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4.37/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear straw yellow, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells pretty grassy, with lemon, soft grape, and grapefruit.

This is pretty excellent. It's very soft and fluffy, and means definitely more towards IPA than sour. There's a very grassy and earthy lemony thing, with a slight pine and creamy flavor.

This is light bodied and pretty soft, with a good level of carbonation.

Collective Arts has been mostly hits for me since they hit town.

Jul 04, 2017
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3.81/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Sammy from Canada (ON)

solid dry hopped. hop and malt overtakes the moderate tart sour. on tap at the source. Approachable for a sour, and that's why it's been on tap there so long.

Jun 19, 2017
4.1 by sdm9465 from Canada (NS) on May 26, 2017
4 by Stockatron from Australia on May 24, 2017
3.8 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut on May 21, 2017
2.92 by jwalters from New York on May 19, 2017
4.22 by Mousel from Canada (ON) on May 13, 2017
3.63 by Strohm from New York on May 08, 2017
4.27 by smb71481 from Vermont on May 07, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by TheHammer from Canada (ON)

Appearance: Poured two and a half fingers of head that produce minor lacing but did not retain. The body is a pale, slightly cloudy yellow with steady carbonation.

Smell: Dry hop is for certain, as grassy, floral and fruity hops make up a majority of the nose, but are closely followed by citrus lemon, grapefruit and a hint of pineapple. Think I'm also catching some wheat malt in the background.

Taste: It starts with a restrained malt and lemonade taste that builds to a citrus explosion as lime, grapefruit and mild orange notes come forward. It them comes across a barricade of herbal hops which simple cannot contain the sour wave, as the impression that some of the hops join with the citrus. In this case though, that's a good thing as the wave is slowed well, leaving a restrained sour twang and a much cleaner aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is good, but doesn't help out the start of the beer very much, but that's a minor point. While the transistioning is a bit of a bumpy ride, the restrained mixed citus aftertaste is where this one excels. They got the hops just right to ensure a crispness and cleansed aftertaste.

Drinkability: It's a little gassy in the gut, but it's a minor complaint. Despite it's clear dry hop note, it manages to be refreshing, but not overly so to make it a guzzler. It's a bit heavier then I expected to be, but I'm cool with that. It went down quick enough, that is for sure.

Final Thoughts: When I saw this beer I thought " guys better know what the heck you are doing" and in this case, yes, Collective Arts definetly know what they are doing. It walks the hop and sour line incredibly well. This is the kind of beer you want one those warm summer nights before turning it in for the night. Two thumbs up.

May 06, 2017
Collective Project: Dry Hop Sour from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 51 ratings