Lunch Money
Collective Arts Brewing

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Style:
Blonde Ale - American
Ranked #278
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
82
Ranked #41,638
Avg:
3.63 | pDev: 9.64%
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
77
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Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
82
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SSS from Canada (QC)

3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- beer pours a transparent light golden yellow with a thin white head ring that quickly dissipated
S- aroma is spicy, with lemon notes and even a hint of citronella
M- The body is quite light on this beer, carbonation is high
T- dry crisp flavour with a smooth bitterness that leans heavily on lemon rind and subtle grapefruit
O-more flavourful that your standard, easy summer drinking brew

Sep 11, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was part of a drop-off/pick-up by/from my local, in-person trader, @tone77 who knows my affinity for CANned CANadian beers to further The CANQuest (tm).

From the CAN: "Hops: Centennial and German Magnum"; "Art: Nicolae Negura, Lisbon, Portugal".

It amazes me that I have a number of Collective Arts Brewing beers in my backlog & yet, this is not one of them! I felt honored to Crack! the vent on my inaugural CAN & begin a slow, gentle C-Line Glug. I watched in rapt fascination as it foamed up to form two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose had a slightly grassy biscuity maltiness. Another Pilsner-like Ale? Okay by me! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but I generally expect greater body in/from Ales. The taste was very mellow, only lightly malty with a slight melon & citrus fruitiness. This was eminently drinkable & could make a great addition to the beach-bound cooler. Finish was semi-dry with not a lot of sweetness in evidence. This was quite unexpected & quite good. YMMV.

Sep 07, 2019
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some bread. Taste is of grains, malts, some lemons, mild and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall it's pretty mild but it's a decent beer.

Apr 03, 2019
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

2.85/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This is my fault. I thought I was reaching for a Life in the Clouds, but I grabbed this by accident.
I had no interest in ever trying this and while it's not as bad as some of the mass produced garbage out there, I really don't see the value of this beer. The slight bitter malty taste is not much and it's not worth the time.
A forgettable offering.

Mar 16, 2019
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz cans

Fairly clear light golden color, bone white head. Decent head retention. Aroma is slightly sweet, grainy, a little fruity - berry, white grape. Similar flavor, a touch sweet, no real hop bitterness. Thin to medium bodied.

Dec 01, 2018
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DanLane from Virginia

3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Light gold with a one finger head that immediately disappears, no lacing.
Sour apple a floral smell that just isn't my favorite combo.
Crisp with mild hops, a bit of apple again that gives it a cider feel.
Dry with a lingering sour aftertaste.
Not my favorite offering from CA, but it goes away from my personal preferences.

Nov 22, 2018
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Colborne from Canada (ON)

3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reminds me of a stern Britsh pub ale, particularly drunk warm. Definitely, a good lunch beer particularly if the lunch is a ploughman's. I think this makes a nice change from sweet craft beer.

Oct 27, 2018
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably one of the most ordinary brews put together by CA. Well made and a decent enough imbibe, but not too memorable. Pretty light and unassuming although the hops carry a bit of a bite.

Oct 12, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can: Poured a clear pale yellow color ale with a medium size foamy head with limited retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry hops notes with light residual sugar notes and cereal notes are pleasant. Taste is a god mix of dry hoppy notes with some dry malt notes and light cereal. Body is light with good carbonation. Nice use of lesser known hops for a highly drinkable golden ale.

Oct 03, 2018
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in a Rastal Craft Master glass from a one pint can on July 20, 2018. Brewed exclusively with German Magnum and Centennial hops. Crisp, refreshing and well balanced.

Oct 02, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty solid blonde. All the good lager like quality with more body, malt and not as crisp. Prettyuch want you would expect and very approachable, especially after some yard work.

Sep 28, 2018
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

1 Pint Ale, colorful blue-labeled 16 ounce can in to a tulip glass.

Pale yellow-gold color, clouded, quick dropping 1-finger white cap, minimal lacing. Despite the cloudiness, there's a trace of champagne-like look in there, too.

There's a trace of white wine in the aroma, too. Floral, spicy, and fruity. Grass and lemon. Oyster crackers.

Very grassy. Dry and clean pale malt. The fruit, floral, and spicy hops flavor the mix. The lemon stands out.

Light body, clean feel. Dry; again, white wine like, driven by the hop mix.

I bought this single earlier this month while in VT, having no idea what it is. I'm drinking it as a Friday afternoon relaxer and it does not fit that bill. I can imagine that it would nicely accompany a paired meal - such as a white fish or spiced meal. oh, well, next time...

Aug 31, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had poured from 473 ml. can, no canned on or other date, into nonic pint. Collective Arts is rather tight-lipped about what their intent is, but Lunch Money is more a Continental than an American ale.

Aug 27, 2018
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ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.16/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A- This pours, I hate to say, the way piss looks the morning after a bender....9/10 on the whiz factor! A frothy super white head coats the top of the liquid and retains rather well, settling into a thick foamy layer over this chill hazed, quite neon yellow colored brew! The carbonation appears quite aggressive, with many columns rapidly rising in fast fashion and the lacing is nice and sticky, with good chunky foam clinging to the inside of my glass! Overall not a bad looking brew outside of the color IMO.....really liking the artwork on the can!

S- Muted grassy/grainy aromas dominate the nostrils, with mild citrus rind, flaked barley malts....perhaps some cleansing rice/corn and really not a whole lot else.....do I detect a bit of a soapy aroma?.....it hits my nose and I feel like I have to sneeze. Hop presence is muted too with just a hint of dryness to finish things off.

T- This is very clean overall, and the hop presence reveals itself much more diligently! Plenty of grassy notes, dry barley kernels, leafy floral flavors, and a finish that is clean and unassuming but definitely could use more oomph if you know what I mean.

M/O- Light bodied and fairly heavy with the carbonation, this makes a nice summer thirst quencher but doesn't really do the overall.....I think it could use a little more malt profile, however, in hot weather, I would have no problems downing this can quickly! I would probably pass on buying again....try for yourself.

Jul 24, 2018
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours hazy pale yellow with a flash in the pan head. Grainy pale malts, dough and some herbal and lemony hops in the nose. Malty with lemon meringue pie and some corn and wet paper notes in the back. Subdued hop flavor and bitterness. Lightbodied with medium carbonation. Pretty sweet with very low bitterness in the finish.

A decent kolsch(?), but too sweet and a bit lacking in depth. I wouldn't seek it out again.

Jun 19, 2018
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Borbly from Canada ()

3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a slightly hazy golden body with a robust head of pearly white foam. The nose is quite light, with light malt and some slightly floral and otherwise neutral hops. The palate is again fairly neutral with a lightly malted taste and bitter hoppiness with a similar floral hop tone. Really smooth and crisp finish, a really well balanced beer overall.

May 21, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottom of the can: "PKG 11JAN18 20:22"

Appearance: The body has a cloudy appearance with a nice gold color. There is a lot of visible carbonation leading to a medium, white, creamy, fluffy head. It has good retention.

Aroma: The beer has a sweet Cheerio aroma with a light herbal hop scent.

Taste: It has a nice clean, herbal, noble hop flavor. There is a light bit of grain flavor to the beer which works nicely with the hops.

Mouthfeel: It is light and easy to drink with a crisp body and a moderate finishing bitterness. It is very enjoyable to drink.

Overall: It's a great beer that has a lot to offer in flavor. It is a nice, crisp, enjoyable beer that hop lovers will enjoy to drink. I would drink it again and I would recommend it.

Apr 28, 2018
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Smakawhat from Maryland

3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass. Packaged Jan 11th 2018.

Sudsy and creamy top white, very bleach white two finger head, with some decent retention. Lots of staying power as well. Body color is a touch of haze, but manages a simple bold gold body color, and ample amounts of very fine carbonation.

Aroma while ok, is not that unfortunately pleasing. Slightly flour like malts, but also a bit of bile like aroma coming off. Faint touches of fruity ester qualities but very indistinct. After a little time there's a nice baked bread smell which is one fair saving redeeming quality.

Palate gets quite a bit better. Light bodied with a decent malt bill and continuing more of that light bakery kind of flavor on sips, but also a touch of bread toast as well. Slightly chewy mouthfeel which is nice as well, with a hint of fruity hop quality also. Minimal hop angle but just a hair touch of fruit sweetness of light tropics. No sense of poor aroma comes through on the palate luckily.

Pretty decent blonde as far as blonde ales go.

Apr 26, 2018
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From the one pint can dated 11 Jan 2018. Sampled on March 28, 2018.

It pours the way it is supposed to look with a golden-yellow color and a modest white head. Good clarity.

Pleasant toasted bread and biscuit aroma with a grassy sensation too. Seems to smell clean.

Light to medium body.

Big toasted bread and biscuit character sweetness in the taste and a definite grassy hop finish. Perhaps some lemongrass. This feels, looks, smells, and tastes like a basic Golden Ale. Refreshing. Just not my thing.

Mar 28, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Feb 5 2018 and served slightly chilled. I originally assumed that this was just a re-labelling of their old Stash blonde ale, but it would seem to be a new beer entirely.

Pours pale lemon drop-yellow, with a relatively clear complexion that is teeming with tiny flecks of (what I assume to be) hop particulate. Two fingers of bubbly, soapy white head stays in place for the next several minutes, steadily dissipating until only a thin collar and a few filmy wisps remain to obscure the surface. Decent lacing; looks fine. The aroma is muted and low-key - grain husks, hay/straw and some light, doughy sweetness are what I'm getting out of it, along with a touch of lemon rind. Nothing too exciting so far.

The flavours are fairly light and inoffensive, but also very clean and approachable, which is a good start for any blonde session ale. Notes of grainy, gritty pale malts and doughy bread sweetness comprise the backbone, with the Centennial hops allowed to take the reins on the back end. Lightly floral, with grassy hay and a hint of lemon pith; the sip concludes with a flash of mild hop bitterness, preceding a dry-ish aftertaste that leaves the taste buds ready for another gulp. Light in body, with moderate carbonation that levels that provide a gentle bite; the liquid itself feels smooth and wet on the tongue. As easy to drink as any light beer, but with much better flavour.

Final Grade: 3.82, a B+. Lunch Money is a pleasant little session ale, but it's not something I'd go out of my way to seek out. In fact, compared to most of Collective Arts' other releases, this one is downright forgettable. All that being said, it's still quite well-made, not to mention highly refreshing and totally easy to toss back - with those last two traits being prerequisites for any blonde ale worth trying, IMO. It'd probably be even better served on a hot deck or patio in the summertime. I wouldn't say that it's all that much better or worse than Stash was, so if this is intended to be its replacement, then I'd say it's sort of a sideways move.

Mar 22, 2018
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PatrickCT from Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw gold body, crystal clear. One finger white, fluffy head that dissipates quickly to a faint ring.
Nice hope aroma and flavor. Grassy, lemony with some rind sourness. Nice bready malts.
Medium body with active carbonation and dry finish.

Mar 05, 2018
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

"Packaged 11Jan2018."
This was poured into a becher pint glass.
The appearance was a nice transparent blonde color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Some carbonation bubbles were seen rising at a fair pace. Lace seemed fair as it kept a minute little cap at the top.
The aroma had a nice blend of the Magnum and Centennial hops creating a nice smooth grassy sweet to lemony qualities to slide over some white bread. Ended with a little bit of herbal sweetness.
The flavor mildly blended a grassy bitterness to embed underneath the lemon sweetness. White bread comes back to smooth out the bitterness and keeps the aftertaste fairly low key and semi-malty.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a nice sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt on par as projected. Bready to bitter grassy sort of finish with a touch of stickiness.
Overall, I'd say this was pretty nice as a blonde ale. Pretty nice use of the hops to keep it to style and yet create a pretty nice flavorful blonde ale worthy to have with it's respected food.

Feb 17, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.92/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Look is clear gold with about two fingers of head. Retention is good, eventually breaking to a nice cap and collar. There is some good lacing.

Smell is dominated by some grainy and bready malts. There is a grassyness that comes in later and then a touch of lemon.

Taste brings those malts mentioned in the smell forward. The hops make an appearance, and they are earthy and bitter to provide some balance to the hops.

Feel is right in the medium range with a nice amount of prickly carbonation. Finish is dry and the hops remain with you to the last minute.

Growing up on blonde ale, albeit a Moosehead product, I have a soft spot for the style. I found this beer to be done quite well, and I enjoyed it. I think this could be in regular rotation in my fridge.

Feb 05, 2018
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a pale gold with two fingers of foamy white head.

Smell - grainy malts, grass and hay aromas, leafy, grassy, and floral hops, lemon, and earthy yeast.

Taste - The grainy malts upfront followed by the grass and hay aromas. The leafy, grassy, and floral hops add a nice kick to the brew. The lemon and and earthy yeast help to finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes crisp and dry with the hops lingering.

Overall - A crisp and refreshing blonde that is very easy to drink. Could easily be a summer patio beer. Kudos to the folks at Collective Arts for creative another flavourful and enjoyable brew.

Feb 03, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Straw filtered with a few slow rising bubbles, and topped with 6 fingers of yellow tinged white head.

Smells of a hint of citrus, malt, straw, and white pill.

Tastes of a light, citrus, blueberry, fruitiness, hay, straw and dried grass with a bitter finish.

Light body with little carbonation.

Got this in Hamilton, ON, drinking in Muskoka, Jan 21st, 2018. Nice session ale.

Jan 22, 2018
Lunch Money from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 77 ratings