Life in the Clouds | Collective Arts Brewing

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Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
New to our core lineup, Life in the Clouds is our flagship New England style IPA. After experimenting with the Collective Project HAZY IPA we dialed in the Simcoe and Mosaic hops and malt balance to optimize this juicy IPA’s pleasantly fruit forward (think citrus and melon) taste and aroma. In keeping with the nouveau NEIPA tradition, Life in the Clouds is an unfiltered beer, neither overly-sweet nor bitter, with a pillowy mouth feel. Crack one, pour it in a glass, take a whiff, hold it up the the light and take a sip! Don’t you agree?

Added by Blackrobe on 12-20-2017

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Photo of BlackBeerPirate
3.53/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: juicy tropical fruit, citrus hops, smooth finish. Mild citrus fruit floral, nose. Golden hue, unfiltered, with white head, some lace. Medium to med/light body. fresh and not over bitter hopped. 50 IBUs

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Photo of EdFed
3.78/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Slightly cloudy with little visible carbonation and 5 fingers of off white head.

Smell really dank, citrus, cat nip, green herb and fruity.

The taste follows the nose.

Medium body, with medium low carbonation.

Got at LCBO, drinking in New Hamburg, July 17th, 2017.

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Photo of robotic_being
3.49/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of boszormeny
3.26/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CantankerousCaveBear
4.16/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stooven
3.19/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Straw-colored and not so much hazy or cloudy as similar to a hefeweizen, etc. Smell is faint, some banana and wheat, light citrus. Taste has surprising bitterness up front, grapefruit, grass, kind of astringent. Feel is kind of flat, carbonation dissipates and gives to a watery feel. Disappointed in this. Have enjoyed previous CABs.

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Photo of Patches826
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Hondo
3.81/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It’s an okay hazy ipa. I was hoping for better from my fellow Canadians @CAB. They’ve knocked it out of the arena on other ipas.

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Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold, mango flesh coloured body, hazy, capped by a thick, bubbly white head that retains form for several minutes.
Tropical fruit aromas are pouring from the glass, even before you get your nose to it. Mango, sweet pineapple, nectarine, touch of spruce. Enticing.
Flavour is more subdued than the aroma, but I may have got to this one too late after it's brew date (a month past). The tropical fruit is still there though - pineapple and mango - with a more aggressive dose of hops, making for a strong bitter resin finish, super dry. That bitterness does mellow out. At that point, the balanced flavour makes it easy-drinking, and half the can is gone before I realize what happened. Medium body and medium-light carbonation, without being watery. It has that light effervescence like kombucha (if I'm remembering what kombucha feels like correctly).

This could be your new summer sipper for long days on the patio. Interesting without being tiring, and it could pair with a variety of food. Well done

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Photo of doktorhops
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I’ve got a theme for tonight’s double-header, let’s see if you can guess it (it’s in the ____). First up from Collective Arts, of whose liquid refreshment BOYOBOY I reviewed last night. This time I’ll be looking at (and tasting) Life in the Clouds – an IPA in the vein of that New England style that I believe is all the rage these days [I won’t lie: I’m actually a NEIPA fanboi]. Simcoe and Mosaic are on the hop bill for Life in the Clouds, so it’s going to be a tasty roller-coaster of love with a slant towards mango fandango from the Mosaic, and piney/orange goodness-gracious-me from the Simcoe. As far as a hop bill goes the only other hops I can think of to swap out the Simcoe would be: Amarillo or Citra – that’s a solid bill IMO. Also love the label artworks, très bien Collective Arts!

Poured from a 473ml can into a nonic pint.

A: Murky AF mango-coloured body with a big 3 centimetre white head that slowly drops back leaving splotchy lace patterns inside the glass. Yep, she definitely looks like a NEIPA – I think calling it “hazy” is underselling it: light will not shine through this dense fog of a body. 9/10.

S: Mango puree, fresh-squeezed OJ, that’s Mosaic/Simcoe at work right there, doing what they do best. Hints of grapefruit and passionfruit round out a fantastic hop-driven NEIPA aroma, no malt, no worries – can’t wait to get stuck in, so without further ado let’s move on already. 9/10.

T: Taste follows the aroma: sweet mango puree, fresh-squeezed OJ, hints of grapefruit, passionfruit. Then it adds in a dry earthy cracker malt base. Finish is long dry with a medium grassy hop bitterness. Balance is pretty good, I mean it’s a bit more bitter than the last few NEIPAs I’ve had, but I don’t mind a touch more bitterness in my NEIPAs, actually reminds me of Hop Nation Jedi Juice – and that’s a tasty East meets West NEIPA right there. 8/10.

M: Mid to heavy bodied with a dense and a reasonably gassy carbonation – it was 7 burp beer, nothing inherently wrong with that, though it does detract slightly. 7/10.

D: Apart from the overly gassy carbonation (looks like there was plenty of secondary going on in the can – there was a heap of yeast chunks in the pour) this is indeed a stellar brew from the Canadian brewer Collective Arts, who are wowing me with their label art and the beers inside. Now if they’re ever thinking of doing a collaboration with an Aussie brewer: Hop Nation, yes! 9/10.

Food match: Vietnamese Bún Bò Xào with fresh chilli for that extra zing.

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VikMunyal
4.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NorthSideSean
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of lic217
4.01/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.34/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours super pale yellow with a lot of haze. The giant, rocky head drapes the glass with lace chunks. The aroma is of tropical fruit and grapefruit rind. The taste is citrusy with green melon and herbal notes. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with textured carbonation. Medium to high bitterness in the long, tropical, grapefruity finish.

Yet another stellar IPA from this Ontario IPA powerhouse. A must try for hopheads.

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Photo of ericcmay
4.45/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Scootiebennett
4.19/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A solid hazy IPA. Has a decent sweet aroma and pours a nice cloudy yellow orange. The taste is that of a citrus punch but with a slight bitter after bite. Good carbonation. An enjoyable IPA that I will buy again.

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Photo of petewheeler
4.25/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GHow
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another winner from Collective Arts.
My 1st was Radio the Mothership which IMHO is a 5 rating. Love the hop/pine taste.
2nd was Ransack the Universe is not outstanding but better than SO many other IPA on the market.
Now my 3rd tasting is another outstanding brew. It starts with the hazy amber color poured from 6oz can dated April 25. As soon as I cracked it open great aroma hop whaffed towards my nostrils. Took a giant gulp and now I'm hooked on CA product. So smooth and a very pleasing taste and sensation on the top and sides tongue all the way down past the palate. Met all criteria right to the smell of my empty glass. Glad this is a year rounder. I'll always return until tariffs?

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Photo of ThePold
5/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Fresh from a can into a proper beer glass. Buy this, buy this and buy some more. If you see it, buy it, for gawds sake. This is one of the finest hazy IPAs out there. Buy it. Shut up and buy it.

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Photo of bryanzk
4.49/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Azpittil57
4.21/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ntanner83
4.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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Life in the Clouds from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 133 ratings