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IPA - New England
3.98 | pDev: 10.55%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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dzag from Connecticut

3.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For someone who doesn’t love IPAs, this mango vanilla milkshake was absolutely delicious with little to no bitterness and lots of mango flavor. Only thing I was surprised by was the smoothness ofnit for being a milkshake ipa. Expected it to be a little thicker.

Overall a delicious beer for even those who don’t love IPAs!

Mar 07, 2019
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Jeffo from Netherlands

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this one from the LCBO this past summer

From a 16oz can into a snifter
Milkshake IPA with passion fruit, mango and vanilla

APPEARANCE: Small, thin white head that vanishes quickly. Murky, opaque amber orange in color with no real carbonation. Head quickly fades to a ring only but finishes flat looking. Looks like bright, amber juice.

SMELL: Lots of mango, passion fruit, tropical fruits and a touch of vanilla. Very fruity, and the fruit additions are lovey.

TASTE: Excellent stuff. Piles of mango and passion fruit up front. Plenty of sweet tropical fruits. Big aftertaste of tropical fruits, mango, passion fruit, a bit of bready malts and some light vanilla cream flavors from the lactose. Lovely NEIPA and the fruit additions are great.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. A little fizzy on the palate, not quite as creamy as hoped, goes down fine and finishes a bit mouth-coating from the fruit.

OVERALL: Collective Arts continues to rock out the hop forward stuff. This fruited IPA is the bees knees. Love it. This is one of those beers that changes your ideas about what you should be brewing on the homebrew set up. Fruited NEIPA here I come. Wish they made this as a regular in their line-up. Killer.

Oct 24, 2018
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 oz can into IPA glass. Dated JUL 6/18 (I think, hard to read).
Beautiful hazy golden milkshake look. Smell is tropical fruit, apricots, mango. Taste is mostly mango and passionfruit with smooth ending. As it warms is has a little sour fruit taste. Feel is creamy. Overall a very interesting milkshake beer that has lots of complexity.

Sep 20, 2018
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titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

4.11/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75


Pours like fresh orange juice or pineapple juice with a quickly dissipating white foamy head.

The aroma is mainly sweet tropical fruits like mango, pineapple, and passion fruit.

Taste is a lot of mango/passion fruit juice with some hops (but not that much). I get maybe a slight hint of the vanilla but I can't tell if it's there or not. Some bitterness on the back end - but, again, this drinks mainly like fruit juice.

The consistency is creamy and juicy. There's some carb.

This is my time trying a beer like this - a NEIPA with added fruit and lactose. I was pleased overall, but I do wish there was more of a hop presence. I was also excited to find vanilla here, but I didn't get that. All in all this is a tasty beverage and I'd try it again.

Sep 18, 2018
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avalon07 from South Carolina

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

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a pint glass. Had a yellow-orange color and a thick, cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that quickly dissipated. Pretty good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of tropical fruit, hops, citrus, malt, lactose, and vanilla.

T: Tasted of a mild amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a bit of vanilla, a hint of lactose (not overly noticeable), lots of hops, a ton of tropical fruit (mango, passion fruit), and some citrus (orange). Definitely a fruit bomb here, but that's not a bad thing. It's vibrant, sweet, and easy to drink. Tasty stuff.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a juicy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, a completely likable NE IPA. Drinkable.

Sep 07, 2018
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy peach with a bubbly shortlived head. Lots of lace on the glass. Passionfruit, guava and lactose sweetness abound in the nose. Some fruity hops in there too. The taste juicy with lots of sweet, tropical fruit flavor interspersed with mango, pineapple hops. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a light carbonation. Light bitterness and juicy guava in the finish.

This tastes strong Radler with hops, and it's good. Worth a try.

Sep 03, 2018
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

3.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok, adding fruit puree to an IPA seems like a decent idea to add some extra fruity flavours. A nice fruity, juicy, hazy IPA is my favourite style. But this beer is just dominated by the fruit puree leaving it feeling like someone poured their thick tropical pineapple/passionfruit juice into my IPA. Mouthfeel is too thick (have I ever thought that before) & hop tastes are overshadowed by the fruit.

Sep 01, 2018
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BigGold from Mississippi

3.76/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had poured from 473-ml. can, bottom stamped (apparently) canned on “30 MAY 2018,” into nonic pint. This is a very surprising beer. Looks and smells like a super juicy NEIPA. But although forewarned (by the can) is forearmed, the fruity sour that hits your palate ain’t what your eyes or your nose told you to expect.

Aug 31, 2018
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BEER88 from Washington

4.47/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This taste like the perfect mimosa to have on a Sunday for brunch! Looks like Oj, smells like guava and passionfruit. Feel is smooth and silky! Outstanding for a can that is 3 months old (dated 19may2018)!

Aug 25, 2018
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 473ml can. From website: This brew is a tropical, full bodied milkshake IPA showcasing vanilla, mango and passion fruit flavours paired with Simcoe and Citra hops.
Really no even close to a IPA.
Well this one is not my thing at all it is more of a fruit smoothie drinkable but you really have to like a thick fruit beer.

Jul 28, 2018
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

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

16oz can dated 5/18/18.

Pours murky orangy-gold with a thick, whipped head. The nose smells like fermented orange and grapefruit juice. Medium to full bodied with a creamy, fluffy mouthfeel. Soured oranges, mangoes, and grapefruit on the palate. Minimal hops with lots of fruit. Finishes like soured orange juice.

I think the beer is infected and the lactose has fermented but I kind of dig it. Certainly not an IPA of any type though.

Jul 22, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a completely hazy/cloudy bright yellow color ale with a medium foamy head with limited retention and light lacing. Aroma of sour mango notes with some residual sugar notes and light vanilla is surprising and somewhat unique. Taste is a mix of sour mango notes with some light vanilla notes, some sweet notes from the lactose with a subtle floral hoppy undertone. Body is full with medium carbonation. More sour then I was expecting with lighter hops profile than expected. Taste is closer to fruit smoothie then beer but interesting nonetheless.

Jul 19, 2018
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Canned 5/26/18; drank 7/13/18 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque yellow/orange appearance.

A rough pour yielded a small off-white head; decent lace.

Passionfruit, mango & dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Passionfruit & mild mango flavors up front; dry grass finish.

No vanilla notes, to this palate; a bit too tart, but enjoyable. I won't seek out another.

Jul 14, 2018
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patre_tim from Thailand

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow green with no visible carbonation, and topped with 6 fingers of yellowish, glassy head.

Mangos, passion fruit, vanilla, pine, pineapple and oranges.

Tastes like unsweetened orange juice, mangos, pineapple, and a hefty, lingering bitterness on the end. Fairly sour.

Medium, juice like body, with little carbonation.

Got at Summerhill LCBO in Toronto, drinking in New Hamburg, July 10th, 2018. Sour, juicy, interesting.

Jul 10, 2018
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HorseheadsHophead from New York

4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Orange juice. Completely opaque bright yellow with a small white foamy white head that fizzles away quickly, leaving no film and no lacing.

S: Mostly mango, with some passion fruit. Apricot and yellow peach as well.

T: Tons of mango, apricot, peach, and passion fruit. Tastes fairly sour thanks to the fruits, with some ripe fruit sweetness as well. The malt is barely there, except for a creamy dough/white bread presence. Hints of vanilla and lactose, but they are subdued. Finishes lightly dry with some mild weedy dankness. Just a light hint of astringent yeasty off-flavor lingers.

F: Thick and creamy, moderately carbonated, almost full-bodied. Finishes fairly clean, but lightly dry and sticky.

O: A pretty solid milkshake IPA.

Jul 04, 2018
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a hazy peach with three fingers of bubbly off-white head.

Smell - mango, passionfruit, hint of vanilla, biscuity malts, citrus and tropical hops, earthy yeast, and creamy aromas.

Taste - Tastes like a tropical juice. The mango, passionfruit, and hint of vanilla come through first. The bready malts, citrus and tropical hops follow suit. The earthy yeast rounds out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with a lingering tartness from the tropical fruits.

Overall - For my first go at this new and upcoming "milkshake IPA" style, this certainly is a very fruit forward brew. Seems like a hybrid of American Pale ale and IPA combined into one. An enjoyable brew that is quite sessionable and fruity.

Jul 02, 2018
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BGDrock from Canada (ON)

3.91/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Body looks like mango flesh, capped by an airy, white head that holds on for a couple of minutes.
Plenty of tropical fruit on the nose, pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, and a hint of spruce which prevents it from being overly sweet.
Kicks off with tropical fruit juice flavour that matches the aroma, pineapple, grapefruit predominantly, with mango and passionfruit more subtle. It's fresh and real, with a fine effervescence like Perrier - actually now that I think of it, it feels not unlike a mimosa. The finish switches gears, with hops like bitter grapefruit zest taking over and lingering, a bit pithier than I'd like. Medium body and light carbonation., it is bordering on watery. No real sense of milkshake creaminess, or vanilla.

It's not bad, but doesn't stack up against Bellwood's Milkshark series. The ice cream-iness isn't there and the body is lacking. On the plus side, the fruit flavours are pure and bright, and it is balanced. Worth a try, could pair well with latin foods.

Jun 30, 2018
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pint can: 5/19/19 opened on 6/28/18

The classic hazy-opaque appearance is a bright orange and golden color with a white foam, thick but very bubbly, kinda quick to fade away, not much leftover, no real lacing.

The first whiff is all fruity additive, smells mostly like grapefruit. The Mango brings out sweetness along witj vanilla adjunt. Once again, a sharp, tingly passion fruit aroma that really does smell like just grapefruit. The malt and vanilla settles it down to a smoother sweetness.

This ipa really tastes like a sour ipa from the mango and passion fruit adjuncts. The mango doesn't really add much seeetness, and just like nose has a big grapefruit tanginess. The pale malt and vanilla add a touch of sweetness and lactose adds a rounder, smooth effect in both flavor and mouthfeel. The effect of whatever hops are in here is pretty muddled by the mango and passion fruit thing. I think there is a very subtle tone of earthy bitterness from the hops, deep down.

The mouthfeel and texture is light to full!! Seriously, the malt is light and bright witj a sour, tangy fruit thing but then the lactose kicks it into smooth and silky textures, which feel at least medium bodied.

I like the creativity of the fruit, vanilla and lactose additions, Lactose is a favorite adjunct additive for me because of the robust texture, smooth and silky style. Honestly, not a big fan (actually dislikes very much) of the fruity blend additions. I feel the hops can speak for themselves. Blending adjuncts is a very artistic endevor, which fits this Brewery very well, but their straight ipa's have amazingly bold charecter from just the hops. I feel like the fruity additions dominate to the point of totally muddling up the hop....or ipa flavor. If I think of this one as a tangy-mango and grapefruit sour ipa, I'm o.k .

Jun 28, 2018
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated May 26 2018 and served slightly chilled.

Pours turbid and opaque, with an apricot-yellow hue that is not too far removed from that of actual orange juice - it even leaves behind that film of pulpy residue on the glass after each sip (similar to a glass of unfiltered OJ). One finger of loosely formed, bubbly white froth barely manages to hold together for more than a minute, soon fading down to a scant collar accompanied by a few modest splashes of lace. The smell is a bit odd, to be honest - fruity, sure, but also rather funky. Mango, passion fruit, grapefruit and tangerine are what I'm mostly getting, along with much subtler hints of vanilla and pine.

Not bad, but more akin to juice than a milkshake. The mango and passion fruit are front and center from the start of the sip, with citrusy flavours of orange juice, grapefruit and lemon-lime also figuring in fairly prominently. There are shades of lactose sweetness and vanilla in there, but for the most part its the tropical fruits that dominate the front end, with moderately bitter notes of earthy, resinous hops and citrus pith continuing to crowd out the milk sugar towards the finish and into a juicy, bitter back end. Concludes with a sour juiciness that fades to a light funkiness which reverberates into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with average carbonation levels that provide a gentle bite; feels quite slick and a bit creamy in the mouth. Not particularly refreshing, honestly. I'll cut it a bit of slack and say that it is extremely drinkable, but the low abv and the brew's overall similarity to fruit juice are huge contributing factors.

Final Grade: 4.0, an A-. Collective Arts' Liquid Art Fest IPA is an ambitious beer that turned out well enough... though it definitely could've turned out better. The mango, passion fruit and hops completely obliterate the vanilla (which I am ok with), but they also shove aside the lactose sweetness, which is part of what makes a milkshake IPA so unique and delicious. This one still has its merits, especially if you're looking for something juicy - but personally I'd much rather be drinking more of their Life in the Clouds or IPA #5.

Jun 20, 2018
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bobv from Vermont

3.92/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Moderate to vigorous pour yields a 1/2 inch white head over a murky, light golden body with scant lacing. Great nose of passion fruit, mango, and very slight vanilla. Taste mirrors nose pretty well with a good feel and overall, for me, there might be a bit too much going on here, but I like it. Cheers!

Jun 18, 2018
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

2.72/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

As with anything from Collective Arts, I was excited to try this.
The price was inexplicably high to begin with, but that is not often a deterrent. So I bought a couple.
The nose hits you, because it smells like stinky feet. When you whiff enough, it eventually turns to a passion fruit/grapefruit combo. Still stinky. :-)
But I looked forward to the taste ultimately, which is way too fruity and sour for my liking (then again, I am not a fan of sour, tart, lambic beer). So I won't even go any further. They have done well with a style I don't like. I will finish my two cans, never to look back.
Keep on brewing CA, regardless. You rock!

Jun 15, 2018
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MilkLeg from Canada (AB)

4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This stuff is like if Mash Up The Jam had a love child with Life In The Clouds. Any festival with this stuff pouring sounds like a sweet time in my books.

Jun 10, 2018
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polloenfuego from Canada (ON)

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a juice like orange gold with a nice thumb's worth of head. Head breaks somewhat fast, but there is some nice lacing.

Smell is fantastic, juicy passionfruit and mango dominate and then there are hints of citrus before a small whiff of vanilla comes in.

Taste is very similar to the nose. Those passionfruit and mango flavors pop. The vanilla gets lost though.

Feel is creamy and full, with good carbonation. Finish is a nice puckering passionfruit dryness.

Well, I wasn't convinced I'd like this one, but it turned out well. I loved the fruitiness of this one, and that slight tart finish.

Jun 09, 2018
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Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Want exotic, well this is it. Called a beer milkshake this one is a true adventure. Poured into a tulip looks like a pint of orange juice. Thick, rich orange with weak collar. Hey, it will take some getting used to but had to hive high marks for sheer uniqueness. A decent blend here of fruits with slightly hoppy finish. vanilla, passion fruit and mango as promised. taste: just like smell a strong mango base here with minimal hop will make you think it is not beer at all. This is pretty complex for such a cheap beer. Very little carbonization is a drawback but i get why it would be hard to do. This is one cheeky beer.

Jun 09, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Almost tastes like a dry hopped sour. Lots going on but very well balanced and drinkable. Doesn't have the super soft mouth feel you would expect though.

Jun 09, 2018
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