Life in the Clouds
Collective Arts Brewing

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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,465
ABV:
6.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #4,152
Avg:
4.1 | pDev: 6.83%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
443
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Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
91
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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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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.04/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Can purchased from the FLX Wienery in Dundee, NY.

This one pours a somewhat hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and ots of lacing.

This smells like stone fruit, blueberry, orange, and grapefruit zest.

This is a really nice flagship beer for Collective Arts. Mosaic and Simcoe is a very nice and classic combo at this point. I get some clean and refreshing bitterness, with some marijuana, orange zest, grapefruit, and some stone fruit.

This is light bodied, clean, and very crisp. It tastes quite refreshing.

This is a classic, no-frills take on the style. I like it, and I could drink a good amount of it.

May 17, 2021
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TheBigBoy from Pennsylvania

3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

For me this was like a session hazy, hazy flavor to the minimum, dominated by quenching water feel/taste. Had via a can with date unknown, so might do better on tap

Apr 11, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

3.61/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 ml can, from bestofbeers.dk . ABV is 6.1%. Hazy golden colour, moderate white head. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruits and pine. Medium sweet flavour, again with citrus and tropical fruits, and a moderate piney / resinous bitterness in the finish.

Apr 04, 2021
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stcules from Italy

3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dark orange, quite hazy. A beautiful white foam.
Strongly hopped smell, citrus, fruity, light tropical, pineapple. After all, balanced.
More full taste, tropical, citrus and pineapple again.
A bit heavy in the end, but, after all, ok.
Bitter aftertaste, citrus, cleansing, ok.

Apr 02, 2021
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Perchy-McBride from Antarctica

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice, favourite beer on kazakstan.............................................................................................................................................................................?

Dec 31, 2020
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KTCamm from New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12/16/20...pours thick cloudy bronzed gold with white foam resins. Oily. Sharp subdued opening bite. Fades fast. slick and smooth mouthfeel. A wave of bitter rolls away. Pleasant.

Dec 28, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

3.57/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This murky, doeskin tan beer produces a billowing cloud of white foam that clings in gravity defying sheets around the goblet. A rocky ring is retained and a low head replenishes with a simple swirl. Plenty of carbonation.
Aroma is soft but surprisingly malty. Mildly sweet with distinct notes of nothing in particular except unmistakable pale ale and toasted grain type smells.
Pine and floral hop scents waft in at the seams which I could use more of in a "double dry hopped anything. At least it's not some citrus "bomb" of non beery aromatics.
Boy I want to like this and describe flavors that are unique and yummy... but I can't.
Soft is a sadly appropriate term for this and even more sad that it has become a selling point for beers mis-labled IPA's.
Oats and wheat and milk sugar do NOT replace malted barley for body, complexity or flavor.
While this beer has some interesting late boil hop flavors, they do not make up for the lack of mouthfeel and malt presence. Like so many NEIPA's it is so innocuous and easy to drink it's hard to criticize and even harder to praise.
The finish is dry and mildly hoppy yet so mild in every way as to not even think of this as beer, just a fruity beverage with less than IPA alcohol content.

Dec 11, 2020
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ANIMOUL from Vermont

3.58/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank a can circa 8 past its birth date; consequently, seemed a bit stale and flat in taste. Poured a nice golden, hazyish color with good head retention; smelled great! Taste didn't seem to match the look and smell.

Dec 04, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Cloudy, light golden color on the pour with minimal head and lace. Strong aroma of sweet fruit and hops. Taste is dominated by the dry Simcoe and Mosaic hoppiness over the citrus and melon. Not as juicy as other NEIPAs that I have enjoyed. This one is solid but I liked their 'Ransack The Universe' offering more. Canned on 8/26/20.

Oct 16, 2020
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swim from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: Opaque light yellow, little head
S: Very strong fruit juice smell, peach is most noticeable
T: A bit of a deviation from the smell, a very hard to place unusual mellow flavour profile. It's not very citrusy, fruity, or piney although there is definitely some hop flavour. The malt flavour is also there but a bit hard to discern. There is some sournesss and bitterness and the alcohol is slightly noticeable.
F: The feel is a bit light and foamy, not much carbonation.
O: The flavour wasn't what I was expecting from the description and I was a bit disappointed. This beer seems overrated to me,

Sep 27, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.02/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw with a two finger head; splashy lacing and good head retention

Smell: Melon with some mild pineapple and mango tones; orange citrus rounding out the aromatic

Taste: Melon forward with hints of pineapple and mango developing; a squeeze of orange, in the middle, but the bitterness is restrained

Mouthfeel: Creamy, medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This can is a couple of months old so the flavors could have faded but it is still very enjoyable

Thanks, The_Kriek_Friek, for the opportunity

Sep 26, 2020
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JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A pint can emptied into a clear glass liter mug gives a brew of rich and bright amber. Not much head, nor glass lace. There's a soft and somewhat dry hoppiness to the aroma. Its taste is much the same. Simcoe Hops usually deliver a more complex and bigger taste, but Life In The Clouds is very mild and constant. It goes down more like a true NEIPA, rather than the Double Dry Hopped definition on the label.

Sep 02, 2020
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Roguer from Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beautiful hazy IPA: lemon yellow body, no particulate, decent head production, good retention, and nice lacing.

Nose hits all the right notes: mildly dank, with strong melon and mango tones, along with light citrus and bright green herbal aromas.

Balanced but a touch watery on the palate. Good flavor, hop-forward with just enough malt backbone to keep it grounded. I would still prefer more heft and body, and another 0.5-1.0% ABV may have helped; at 6.2%, this is the very low end of IPA range (technically below the BA style range).

Lightly honeyed cracker, but this is really (unsurprisingly) all about the hops: pineapple, lemon, citrus, mild dankness, passion fruit. The nose conveys more distinct tones, actually, while on the palate it's a bit more muddied - again, I can't help but feel that a thicker malt base would lend it more support. However, they were clearly going for something a bit more lively and refreshing, and I can't fault them for that - and the result still works.

Aug 29, 2020
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BFCarr from New Jersey

4.19/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is tasty. Pours hazy yellow with a half inch white head. Aroma is floral hoppy with citrus notes. Taste follows, citrus and hop bitterness nice balance. Feel is great, smooth and coating. Overall a very nice NEIPA from. . . . .Canda

Aug 15, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a single for $3.49 to the best of my recollection. Canned on 6/23/2020, so this is 7 1/2 weeks old.

Look: Uniformly hazy. A bit more pale in color compared to a lot of other NEIPAs. This one is more yellowish-orange than orange. Initial half-finger white head diminished to a barely noticeable cling to the rim of the glass.

Smell: Very nice, pleasant tropical aromas mixed with some grassy dankness. Can definitely perceive some blueberry aromas coming from the use of Mosaic hops along with notes of passion fruit, mango, pineapple, and peach gummy rings. Simcoe hops are also used. Smells very juicy! More subtle dank notes on the finish. A bit of chalkiness present on the nose too.

Taste: This is nice. Taste basically follows the nose with lots of tropical juiciness up front and grassy bitterness on the finish. I am impressed at how drinkable this beer is for the style. Definitely a bit sweet and juicy up front, but it finishes rather clean with a bit of acidity, low bitterness, and mild dryness. It's surprisingly refreshing within a beer style that I have found others to often be lacking in that category.

Feel: Soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation - appropriately carbonated.

Overall: I've had a few other beers from Collective Arts and they haven't let me down. I like that it's only 6.1%, which is relatively low for the style. This is a solid offering, and I think that the brewery's choice to use Simcoe and Mosaic works very well here. I would probably buy this again, especially if I can get it a bit fresher. In my opinion, a surprisingly well-balanced NEIPA that I would certainly recommend!

Brewed by Collective Arts, Waunake, WI, USA

Aug 14, 2020
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GoBearsWalter from Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Forza hazy orange with a thin, white head. Leaves decent lacing.
Nice fruity smell of tropical fruit and melons. Nice mall smell as well.
Good better Citra taste with great mall profile. Plenty of melons and maybe even strawberry.
Pretty thin mouthfeel.

Aug 08, 2020
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AdmiralOzone from Minnesota

4.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a murky bright yellow with a huge white pillow of a head that sticks around leaving great lacing. Aroma is melons, pineapple and oranges. Flavor follows the nose sweet with just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Feel is medium bodied, creamy and adequately carbonated. Overall a fine beer.

Aug 06, 2020
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Four pack copped from Wine Rack in Millburn. Pours a golden, hazy hue with extreme frothing and a Very dense head. Pronounced aroma replete with notes of marshmallow and candy cane. Similar overall flavor profile. Highly recommended.

Aug 03, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.71/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Four month old can.

Pours a hazy orange yellow with a billowing two finger eggshell colored head. Really good head retention and lacing.

Aroma is a mix of nectarine and peach with a backdrop of bitter pine and soapy grapefruit peel.

Flavor follows the nose. Soft clementine and peach. Slightly tart. Bitter grapefruit and pine sap Immediately follows. Some vague caramel malt pokes it's head through, only briefly.

Med/light body. Mouthfeel is rather light for the style.

Even after four months in the can this is decent. I'm sure its better when it's fresh.

Jul 26, 2020
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MattThommes1980 from Illinois

3.27/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellowish color and light citrusy smell. Taste is soapy and carbonated. Very light on flavor but refreshing - I could probably have a few of these and not realize it. Not a fave.

Jul 20, 2020
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barnzy78 from Illinois

3.85/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can
date stamped 04/13/20
Thanks to Ken for giving me a can to try!
L: hazy yellow with a frothy white head
S: mild lemony citrus
T: lemon, guava, wheat, grapefruit, melon
F: medium body, resinous, moderate carbonation, slightly tangy finish
O: although I enjoyed this, I feel there is an abundance of better options of this style out there

Jul 12, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a huge fan of the hazy trend, but I *do* like the double dry hopping. And this is an excellent demonstration of why the flavor profile works so well for me. Great dry flavor, with leather and tobacco notes, and enough body to support the somewhat stronger flavors.

Jun 22, 2020
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BillRoth from Maryland

4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can dated 12/19/19; had on 6/7/20 unfortunately. Found this a nice Simcoe fwd APA. A bit more dank than expected for claimed NE style, but otherwise brew was just as expected. Didn’t really come across as an IPA. Mouthfeel was not pillowy initially, but softened nicely as beer lost chill. Still a Didn’t really notice DDH. Overall Just a decent tasty very drinkable beer. Reasonably priced @$4/can. First from Collective Arts. Will definitely check them again.

Jun 07, 2020
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

4.05/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Apr 16, 2020
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Mar 08, 2020
Life in the Clouds from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 443 ratings