Life in the Clouds
Collective Arts Brewing

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #1,131
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
92
Ranked #3,542
Avg:
4.11 | pDev: 6.81%
Reviews:
96
Ratings:
388
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Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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SCORE
92
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Notes: Life in the Clouds is our flagship New England style IPA. After experimenting with the Collective Seasonal 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.
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Colour is a deeper golden with frothy white head. Nose is bright and citrusy. Flavour is a bit dank for a NEIPA but some subtle stone fruit and citrus notes which bring it back around

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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from British Columbia (Canada), Apr 16, 2020
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a largely opaque light orange body, with a short white head, tiny bubble lacing and a persistent cap through which the orange pokes through.

S - Strong hop, dank and sharp orange juice and grapefruit pith.

T - Follows the nose, with strong citrus, a touch of sweetness, over a thin malt core, and a very mild bitterness and an acidic bite that trails through the close.

M - Prickly carbonation, bright and strong, a just a touch of crunchiness lingering in the finish.

O - A lovely NE IPA, with solid flavors and a very drinkable feel. Quite delicious.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Mar 08, 2020
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4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Collective Arts Brewing "Life In The Clouds"
1 pint can coded "12/17/19 10:44" and sampled on 01/15/20 11:40
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Well this is a hoppy bugger, I could smell that when I opened it. It's poured a cloudy golden color beneath a two inch tall head of bright white foam. The aroma is hoppy - DUH! - with notes of hop resin, berries, and a little bit earthy/herbal/piney. Let me get a second whiff though... there's some citrus there but it's not really clear although I'm leaning grapefruit and orange. Peach as well. I'm a bit surprised though because this is NOT as hoppy as I thought it would be given that very first waft coming from the can at opening. It's not that old either. It's still not that limited, it's certainly hoppy, but just not as strong and bright as I thought it would be. OK then, on to the taste... there's some sweet malt to it that I wasn't really getting in the aroma. It's just basic golden malt which is quite common for the New England juicy/fruity style as there's nothing to interfere with the hops going on. The hops remain as they were in the aroma but I'm definitely finding a clear note of orange that I was initially unsure of. I'm getting some apple as well but I find apple in almost every beer. There's a pleasant sweet berry-like note that's great, and some pear as well. Peach seems to linger over everything and round it all out. Yeah, I really like this mix. Not unlike the aroma, it's not overblown in hop flavor and I find it really drinkable - almost compellingly drinkable. It's moderately bitter, lightly sweetish, and fruity. It's not a juicy bomb, it's not like drinking a glass of orange juice, but it's definitely got some fruitiness to it. The hop resins and soft pine and earth linger in the background. It's a little weird in that it's sweetish but not too sweet, and it somehow finishes dry. Wow, I just got a big piney and resinous hop burp but even that was kind of smoothed over. Interesting. I hope at least some of what I just said makes sense as it's a little confusing even to me. I wonder if there's some lactose in here, although I can usually taste it and I'm not finding any - nope, that doesn't appear to be the case. The hops are listed as Simcoe & Mosaic. I get the Mosaic in the "berries" and "peach" but not the Simcoe so much. How strong is this? Just 6.1%; that makes a little more sense - I've had APAs that have clocked in higher than that. This is a softer & smoother NEIPA with more orchard fruits than you'd usually find. Ahhh, I love it. Let's finish up. The mouthfeel offers a medium body with a smooth, gentle carbonation and the head retention and lacing turned out to be good but not great. I doubt this will win any accolades as it's not brash, but in my book beers that are more refined and fly under the radar a bit are usually the more "drinkable" beers overall (Sierra Nevada Pale Ale would be a good example of that).
Review #6,899

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Jan 15, 2020
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3.7/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oily with an acidic citric bitterness to it. Tastes good.

Heavy weight. 16oz is large volume for NE IPA, I'd like to see them in classy looking glass bottles (with horizontal font) instead. It would make for a better looking display, and you might have a better chance of finishing it before it warms.

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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy straw pour with thin white cap. Aromas are mild citrus and melon, not much going on here - can is from June unfortunately. Flavor is better with more of both the citrus and melon present balanced very well by the malt - neither sweet nor bitter - they really nailed the commercial description! Finish is very nice - smooth and clean.

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tekstr1der from New Hampshire, Nov 11, 2019
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4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Smooth, mellow with a great taste and very little bite. Very easy drinking and delicious beer with nice feel and a good smell as well. Definitely pick some up for your fridge!

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mmhannon from New Jersey, Oct 13, 2019
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3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left just a narrow collar of bubbles around the edge of the glass after it settled down.
S: Moderate aromas of mangos and stone fruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of stone fruit along with notes of mangos.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and very juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a little lighter in body compared to other beers in the style. I liked the combination of stone fruit and mangos.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Oct 03, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden orange win a one finger creamy white head. Good amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is light. Orange peel, pineapple and light resinous hops.

T - The taste is orange, mango, grapefruit, pineapple and light piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - A pretty solid DDH NEPA. Subdued aromas but the flavor solid. Super easy drinking.

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TreyIsWilson from Michigan, Oct 02, 2019
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a foamy white head that lasts quite a while. Aroma of pineapple and tropical fruit. Taste is sweet with the tropical fruit coming through. A bit of bitterness at the finish. Good mouth feel. Smooth And easy drinking.

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dd53grif from Michigan, Sep 24, 2019
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4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/26/2019. Pours opaquely hazy medium deep golden amber color with a 1 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 6.1%. Overall this is an awesome NEIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; awesome soft feel for the style. Awesome Mosaic/Simcoe profile. Very juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example. Loved the hop profile as expected.

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superspak from Michigan, Sep 20, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I have found a number of Collective Arts Brewing beers in my backlog & since I really like adding CANadian CANs to The CANQuest (tm), they will be my focus for the time being.

From the CAN: "Hops: Mosaic & Simcoe"; "Unfiltered [-] Keep Cold"; "Artist: Danielle Summerfeldt Toronto, ON, CANada".

My CAN depicted a long-haired brunette, surrounded by flora, wearing sunglasses while her hair billowed in the wind.

I was kind of anxious to Crack! open the vent on this one since I was jonesing for some hops.

I was made to stick around this afternoon for a few hours of "Professional Development", which is part of what led me to retire in the first place. I kept thinking of the meme "I wonder if beer thinks about me while I am at work." since I could not think of anything else. I had some malternative bottles upon returning home, but they were not fulfilling, nor was the Porter that I just finished reviewing.

It revealed itself to be a brimful craft CAN when it gave me a spritz across my fingers during the Crack! I then decided to allow it to free-flow since it was an NEIPA & clarity was out of the question. It foamed up nicely to form just under two fingers of foamy, fizzy, rocky, tawny head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled strongly of Mosaic with its plethora of tropical fruits. Okay, fair dinkum. Mouthfeel was medium, but with that slick creaminess that comes with the lactose addition that is the hallmark of the style. Okay, fair dinkum. The taste was CANterbalanced in terms of its tropical fruitiness by the presence of Simcoe, the naughty little kitty doing her business off to the side. I have really come to appreciate the cattiness of Simcoe & what I CAN do for otherwise overly sweet or lackluster beers & this was no exception. I was really enjoying this beer as a result! Finish was semi-dry to dry, very pleasant, very refreshing & just what the doctor ordered. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 12, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow I. Body with floating white froth. Subdued aroma notes of grass, pine, citrus, and papaya. Flavor is more pronounced. Grass, papaya, orange juice, some fruit acidity, cream. Heavy bodied with medium carbonation.

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JRed from New Jersey, Sep 01, 2019
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4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Can- pours a pale straw cloudy unfiltered straw color with a massive white cap that lasts....aromas of citrus, melon, passionfruit, pine over a solid malt mixture...not pungent but rounded and well assimilated...flavor is fruity, juicy, malty with silken delivery....finish is wet, hoppy in balance with a satisfying character....probably one of the better NEIPAs available this summer

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pootz from Ontario (Canada), Aug 20, 2019
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4.09/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can. Poured out a cloudy, golden color with a small, white head of foam. It smelled of grapefruit, orange and mango. Sweet tropical taste with toasted caramel and a sharp bitter bite.

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zeff80 from Missouri, Aug 18, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

473ml can poured into tulip.

Pours a clear bright yellow with half a finger of white head that leaves some crumbling English archway lace as it recedes. There are floaties.

Smells of red grapefruit, mango, pineapple, orange zest, mild caramel malt and leafy, resiny hops.

Tastes of more grapefruit and orange, mango slices, juicy pineapple and doughy caramel malt, and continues pine resin and leafy hops.

Feels jolly and frothy. Medium bodied with fluffy carbonation. Finishes dry.

Verdict: Highly recommended. Another solid IPA from a really good brewery.

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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Alberta (Canada), Aug 17, 2019
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3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Medium: Canned, IPA glass.
Opacity: Deep hazy and chunky.
Color: Yellowish gold.
Head: Slightly foamy 2 finger.
Legs: Average all the way.
Smell: Pineapples/Butter.
Taste: Tangerines/Passion fruit/Caramel.
Feel: Floral/Resinous/Tropical.
Body: Medium to full tender, smooth and milky.
Carbonation: Moderate crisp.
Overall: Highly drinkable, high quality IPA.

Visual 6/10 - Flavors 8/10 - Sensations 8.5/10 - Balance 8/10 -
Freshness 6.5/10 - Intensity 7/10 - Complexity 8/10 - Appreciation 8/10

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Aug 03, 2019
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2.93/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A beautiful can containing Life in the Clouds IPA (brewed in Waunakee, WI) was given to me at the end of July, 2019. It was cooled to refrigerator temperature and poured into a "Saison Dupont" glass. The rocky head dissipated fairly quickly, leaving some lacing. The body is cloudy, very cloudy. The taste is modern IPA. The style is not my favorite, and the numerical ratings reflect this. I guess I should have increased my "Look" rating to reflect the quality of the 16 oz. can artwork (poodle in bubblebath) by Frankie Cosmos. That alone makes this worth the purchase price, and the canned version a better buy than the draft!

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moodenba from New York, Aug 01, 2019
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tried this beer at Slightly Toasted a new bar and pub near the Northwest train station in downtown Chicago. The beer poured a hazy orangish with white head that left a spotty lace. The scent had citrus peel notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit peel presence. The mouthfeel was medium in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

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3.89/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: hazy dark orange color with some peach notes and a 1 finger thin off-white head

S: guava, pineapple, mango, passionfruit, oranges, strawberry and crackers

T: follows the nose. Guava and strawberry upfront. Sharp pineapple and mango behind that. Earthy sweetness with a hint of dry oranges at the end. Crackery malt at the end

M: slightly fluffy with low carbonation

O: pretty tasty NEIPA. Sweet, juicy, and earthy

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hopsputin from New Jersey, Jul 03, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Collective Arts Brewing 'Life In The Clouds' @ 6.1% , served from a 473 ml can
A-pour is a yellow/gold from the can to a hazy yellow/gold in the glass with a small white head leaving a spotty lace along the spiegelau
S-slightly pungent , dry hopped (Simcoe & Mosaic)
T-clean & crisp , very dry finish
MF-mild carbonation , feels full bodied
Ov-tasty beer , for a dry hopped NE IPA
prost LampertLand

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LampertLand from British Columbia (Canada), Jul 01, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Ah summer, life is good when life is in the clouds? Do we ever want to come down? Let’s find out. Enjoyed a can from May 13th batch so a bit dated when I tried. Poured into a tulip offers minimal collar but a beautiful sunset yellow opaque pour. Nose is decent pineapple and peach. A fruity feel awaits with decent hops that are highly drinkable. Light aftertaste ends the experience well. Really like this brewery and need to see it this summer for sure for some fresh on tap. A great find.

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Mysticmage from Ontario (Canada), Jun 30, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Solid NEIPA although aroma outperforms taste. Heavy on grapefruit-orange-lime citrus and melon hop notes. Not a lot of malt notes not surprisingly. Feel is chalky in a not good way. Enjoyable but would look elsewhere given the number of options.

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argock from Virginia, Jun 17, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very hazy on an aggressive pour, a grapefruit color with a sudsy off-white head - and a lotta floaties. Pungent citrus hop aromas including pineapple and grapefruit dominate the nose, a product of the Mosaic hops in my opinion.

Big citrus flavors on the taste, as well as the melon described by the brewery in the description. The mouthfeel is a bit thin, otherwise this is a really nice example of the style. My first from these guys, I’ll be back for more.

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ovaltine from Indiana, May 12, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, yellow body with hint of orange and a minimal head with wispy lace patches. The aroma has some funky tropical fruit vibe with bits of soapy, citric hops and I swear something like guava. The smooth, medium body, is a little overly sharp and acidic like pineapple juice but is balanced thanks to a tropical fruit sweetness (like mango) and finishes easy and clean.

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clayrock81 from Florida, May 01, 2019
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4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think I liked this better than the regular IPA it's double dry hopped yet smooth bitterness. Not sure how it's a New England IPA since it doesn't have any tea herbal flavor but it's a very tasty unfiltered looking IPA regardless.

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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania, Apr 24, 2019
Life in the Clouds from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 388 ratings