Life in the Clouds | Collective Arts Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
collectiveartsbrewing.com

Style: New England 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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
185
pDev:
6.78%
 
 
Wants:
3
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Photo of zotzot
4.16/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jeffo
4.07/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one from the LCBO this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter
Hops: Mosaic and Simcoe hops

APPEARANCE: Pours a 1 finger, medium-looking, fluffy white head with good retention. Cloudy amber orange with no real carbonation evident. Head fades to a light wisp and clings to the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving some falling dots down the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Tropical fruits, passion fruit, some grapefruit and piney notes. Bold and good stuff.

TASTE: Tropical fruits, piney notes and passion fruit up front. A bit of bitterness at the swallow, then a bold and lingering finish of passion fruit, grapefruit, piney notes, melon and some light bitterness. Touches of bready malt as well. Lovely stuff.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little foamy perhaps, goes down fine and finishes a touch dry. A bit of bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Excellent stuff. A top notch NEIPA and definitely the best one available at the LCBO. If I’m honest, I liked their Liquid Arts Fest more, but it’s a flip of the coin and it’s all Collective Arts anyways. Lots of lovely flavor and aroma and a great example of the style. Check it out. Cheers!

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Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a turbid yellow color with a big frothy and lathery head. Excellent head retention, creamy film throughout, and sticky lacing. Good looking brew.
Dynamic aroma that opens with citrus, mainly orange and grapefruit pith. Then, hints of banana, peach and nectarine. Hops forward throughout, an earthy pine and grass aroma develops midway.
The taste opens sweet and juicy with a soft pine spice. Flavors of peach, apricot, grapefruit, banana, amidst a crackery malt. Mild bitterness and a grapefruit rind flavor punctuate the finish. The earthy hops flavors develop in intensity as the drink unfolds, adding an assertive peppery spice, grass and pine needles.
Medium bodied, gently carbonated, smooth, even creamy. A developing bitterness makes it increasingly drinkable.
I never heard of this brewery. I got a can from Trader Joe because it piqued my interest. I’m impressed.

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Photo of Mousel
4.19/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of headlessparrot
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of plaid75
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DJ-Hophead
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tap @ Small Bar, Bristol - Pours hazy yellow with a medium white foamy head. Nice lacing. Medium carbonation. Aroma - Sweet tropical notes - mango/papaya/passion fruit, hints of straw. Taste - Sweet tropical citrus as aroma forefront - mango, grapefruit, grassy middle, hint of resin, dry light bitter finish. Solid NEIPA.

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Photo of rapayn01
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from a 473 ml tall-boy can last night. It's a decent example of a New England IPA. It was hazy, as expected, with a nice hop/juice smell, and a tropical, fruity taste. Both the smell and taste were a bit mild compared to other beers I've had in this style.

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Photo of Act25
4.11/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I've found Canadien beers tasty, you? Life in the Clouds- flagship New England style IPA - is no exception.
a) Totally hazed clouded with particulate body pours a rippled cloudy head that laces well but faces to seaside cap.
s) fruit forward with citrus and melon prominant and sun-baked hay.
t) the bitter hops restrain the fruit to a sharp and pungent finale.
f) Chalky, juice like, unfiltered, with a peppery bitter finish.
o) NEIPA - at its best from North of the border.

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

Photo of wisegreensoul
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of baldy00
3.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from the can, into a tulip glass

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.96/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Canned 6/14/18; drank 9/25/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange appearance.

Pineapple, table sugar & faint caramel notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Pineapple & table sugar flavors up front; mild dry grass notes on the finish.

Mid-tier modern IPA vibes here; you could do better, but you could do far, far worse.

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Photo of ian_graf
4.24/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chicagocraft
5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Rediculous!!

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Photo of Chasecrandell
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Dakin
3.88/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smooth finish in an IPA. At first I thought it tasted watered down. But its really drinkable. If you're looking for something with a lot of taste this isn't for you. This is an Ale man's IPA.

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Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of florisj135
4.25/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of AD17
4.1/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.57/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz. can into Night Shift stemware. Pretty cool cans... same beer but different can art depending on the artist.

For a NE style IPA, this is clearer than most. Nose is sulfur, citrus, pineapple and starfruit. This needs a bit of cleaning up. Beer opens citrus, pineapple, starfruit and grapefruit. Some grassy hop bitterness in the middle and a dry, sticky hop resin bitterness at the finish. Not as juicy as most in the style. This is more IPA than NE IPA. Body is light with moderate to ample carbonation. Aggressive on the palate and going down. Dry at the finish with a lingering, bone dry aftertaste. Maybe a touch too much carbonation.

Aside from the nose, this is a very solid beer. Far more balanced than most offerings in this style with a nice hop bite at the finish.

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Photo of Ian_T
4.17/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Greywulfken
4.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pale-medium gold color and lightly hazed with a finger of two of foam on top... Featuring Simcoe and Mosaic hops, it presents a wonderfully plush and juicy citrus and melon character... Lightly sweet with very little bitterness, this is a clean, fresh-tasting and fluffy beer, soft and smooth and refreshing... A delight to drink... 8/21/18 canning...

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Life in the Clouds from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 4.13 out of 5 with 185 ratings