Collective Project: IPA No. 8
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American Imperial IPA
4.08 | pDev: 6.37%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Collective Project: IPA No. 8Collective Project: IPA No. 8
Notes: Our biggest and possibly our most beautiful (we’ll let you decide though) IPA in the Series to date. IPA #8 is double dry hopped with Simcoe, Moutere and Columbus hops, so you should expect a cloudy bright pour and intense fruit, dank citrus and pine notes. Best enjoyed as soon as you get it home
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3.64/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am wrapping up my day with a Collective Art Brewing CAN for The CANQuest (tm)! I spent the bulk of the day drinking Kvasses & now, I am ready for some hops!

From the CAN: "Double IPA with Moutere, Simcoe & Columbus Hops"; "Limited Release"; "Unfiltered Keep Cold"; "Artist: Chris Morin, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan".

My CAN depicted a halo-wearing dog atop a happy cloud.

It made me happy to hear the Crack! as I opened the vent. I went with a slow, gentle C-Line Glug until I realized that any attempt to achieve clarity was futile. I am up for a lot of things, but futility isn't one of them! I was satisfied by & with the formation of just under two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with good retention. Color was a murky, cloudy, turbid Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled very tropical fruity along with a grapefruit citrusiness & Simcoe the naughty kitty doing her business in the background. Mmm. Mouthfeel was full and creamy. The taste had an odd bitterness, as though the hops were not harmonious. One reviewer mentioned an "aspirin[-like] bitterness" & I totally get that. The flavors were jangly, beginning with a tropical fruit sweetness & then, Pow! I would get cattiness followed by grapefruit pith & rind. Did they perhaps overhop this to the point of saturation & beyond? I'm not going to be so down on as to say that it was unpleasant, but it needed tweaking for better balance. Finish was dry & bitter, which is the way that I generally like my AIIPAs/ADIPAs, but in this case, it was less than optimal. YMMV.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Sep 23, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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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3.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Collective Arts Brewing 'IPA No.8' @ 8.0% , 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-pungent (great hop combo)
T-dry hopped Moutere , Simcoe & Columbus , dank
MF-ok carbonation , do not feel the ABV
Ov-good beer
prost LampertLand

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LampertLand from British Columbia (Canada), Jul 01, 2019
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3.87/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a somewhat cloudy golden/dark yellow with a finger of off white head. Aroma is grapefruit rind, ripe orange, mildly piney, and a touch of dankness.
Taste of slightly bitter citrus, resinous, hints of tropical fruit but in back keep getting a little aspirin like bitterness.
Well carbonated with medium mouthfeel leaving with a lingering bitterness that just seems a little sharp. Not bad but not my favourite of this series.

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TooManyGlasses from Alberta (Canada), Jun 26, 2019
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3.42/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Somewhat disappointed. I dont know if I was trying to live up to the hype of this one, especially with the different hops. Sadly, to me it was more of an average wheat beer

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rdilauro from Connecticut, Jun 26, 2019
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4.03/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow w9th soft, soapy head and some floaties.

Smell is citrusy with notes of passionfruit, grass and a hint of pine.

Taste is fruity and citrusy, with a little bit of tartness. Notes of passionfrut, grass, pine and a bit of booze on the first few sips.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

Overall, a nice DIPA, very citrusy.

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JamFuel from Sweden, Jun 18, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - Pours a cloudy gold with four fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - citrus, piney, tropical, earthy, and leafy hops, pine resin, orange peel, grapefruit peel, hint of pineapple, papaya, and apricot, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - citrus, piney, tropical, earthy, and leafy hops upfront. The pine resin, orange and grapefruit peel, hint of pineapple, papaya, and apricot come through next. The bready malts and earthy yeast finish the brew off.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops and various fruits lingering.

Overall - Another winner in this series. This one adds a welcome and pleasant presence from the piney, earthy, and leafy hops. This one is easy drinking considering the ABV!

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leaddog from Alberta (Canada), Apr 23, 2019
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3.96/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 473ml can, Canned on Jan,8/2019.
A pretty nice IPA all in all it does have a bit of a off bitter finish to it but as i drink it things get better.

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Ghrymm from British Columbia (Canada), Apr 03, 2019
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3.97/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This one has a light artificial sweetener flavour that I’m not fond of (like the 7). It’s exceptionally smooth though, with a good hopping. Not their best, but pretty good.

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Derek from British Columbia (Canada), Mar 30, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

16 oz can poured into a Pilsner glass.

Hazed-out, opaque blonde. 1/2 finger of creamy white head.

Catty, dank weed, pine, damp grass, and wintergreen. Wow on the dankness!

Insanely catty and dank. Weed, damp grass, forest floor, wintergreen, and pine sap. Light honeydew and watermelon. Some pithy grapefruit bitterness. Honey oats, candy sugar, and toasted biscuit in the background.

Medium-plus bodied, silky, oily, juicy, dry, and moderately bitter.

Dank and catty as any beer. It's like drinking a can of liquid jazz cabbage!

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justintcoons from Pennsylvania, Mar 21, 2019
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4.44/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a really good neipa. Smells and feels so dank. Ground stone fruits and dry tangy orange rinds. Hearty and doughy. A refreshing bitterness almost like a grapefuit orange juice. Refreshing while still maintaining a dark and dank heavy body and feel. I'm talking more dank and wet than most neipas. A polished high quality piece. Surprised this doesn't have at least a 4.25 score.

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Dakin from Utah, Mar 20, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can - does this one's label art have anything to do with 'All Dogs Go to Heaven'?

This beer pours a slightly hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly eggshell white head, which leaves some splattered and chunky lace around the glass as it rather lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, some orange, red grapefruit, and lemon citrus peel, a stoney flintiness, and some leafy, weedy, and resinous piney green hop bitters. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, muddled domestic citrus rind, a further indistinct tropical fruitiness, some damp minerality, and more earthy, herbal, and piney verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its palate-pleasing frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, and generally smooth, with a wee airy creaminess evolving as things warm up a bit around here. It finishes off-dry, the malt and mixed frooty essences throwing a lingering block party.

Overall - this comes across as yet another pleasantly-rendered iteration in the series, nice and crisp and quaffable, especially given the invisible 16-proof booze factor. Worth checking out, certainly, but I can't help feeling that 'Moutere' sounds more apt for a French philosopher's name, or something.

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biboergosum from Alberta (Canada), Mar 12, 2019
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4.41/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours hazy blond with a short lived crackly head. Mango, guava, passionfruit tropical hops in the nose. The taste is an onslaught of tropical, citrusy hops. A bit of bready, doughy malts in the back provide a semblance of balance. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a medium level of carbonation. High bitterness and lingering tropical hop notes in the super long lasting finish.

Another winner from the Ontario giants of IPAs. Super complex and juicy and very quaffable for the high strength.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Mar 02, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy to cloudy pale yellow in color. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that left lots of specks of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and tropical fruits are present in the smell.
T: The taste follows the smell, except that the flavors are a little stronger and the tropical fruits seem to consist of passion fruit and stone fruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and somewhat juicy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This New England IPA is a good representation of the style and has a nice juicy mouthfeel along with a mixture of citrus and tropical fruit flavors. It manages to hide any traces of alcohol very well.

Serving type: can

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metter98 from New York, Feb 18, 2019
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4.11/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on February 10, 2019. Double dry hopped with Simcoe, Moutere and Columbus. Cloudy bright yellow pour with intense fruit, dank citrus and pine notes.

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4.28/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 2/8/19

Pours out looking like a hazy straw gold with orange or copper highlights.
Creamy white foam, tight as can be, holds up for the duration, clumpy ending with nice lace.

A sharp and piney citrus dominated aroma from the hops. A wheat and grains based malty thing, or perhaps it's the Moutere hops...for I'm not familiar with its attributes. At any rate, its citrus/pine, pineapple, white grapes and earthy grain funk mostly. Pretty bold, not crazy like some of the most intense New England styles however.

The mouthfeel is very classicly New England, juicy, smooth, vibrant and full of life. Oh, yes, its got all that. A crisp, light to medium start, snappy, then smooth, slightly dry finishing CLEAN.

My first impression is...damn this thing is really well balanced. The malt is crisp, grainy but clean, the hops have a few fine layers of complexity, including: white grape juice, pineapple, mellow mango, I said, pretty complex. The grainy, earthy aspects come from both the malt and hops that have a very dry-grains finish as the citrus fruitiness subsides slowly.

Overall, this one falls right in line with the rest of the high-grade ipa's from the Collective.

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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire, Feb 09, 2019
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4.34/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Super hazy, opaque rather, pale yellow beer has a decent sized white foamy head, and leaves decent lacing. Nose begins with a little ripe veggie thing that quickly allows some garlic to pop in. Taste starts out garlicky and morphs through beet and green onion before finally settling in with a medicinal sweetness (likely the only indication of a higher ABV) coinciding with a sandy feel and bitterness.

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gopens44 from Virginia, Feb 03, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a very hazy yellow golden color with a very generous head and lacing.
A-Aroma has abundant citrus and hop hints.
T-The taste follows the nose with abundant citrus and hop flavors
M-A medium bodied decently carbonated beer.
O-A good DIPA

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VABA from Virginia, Feb 03, 2019
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4.26/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Opaque yellow with a rocky white head. Good retention. Lots of sticky lacing.
Nice aroma of peach, mango, pineapple, orange, and honeydew melon.
Flavors of peach, apricot, pineapple, mango, honeydew melon, diluted orange juice, and sugar cookie. Lightly dry with no bitterness.
Medium-bodied, moderately carbonated; a bit thin for the abv but in no means watery.
Another great new IPA from Collective Arts!

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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473ml can served cold into a chalice. LCBO purchase for $4.95 CDN. Canned January 3, 2019. This is a long awaited arrival as there was some lag to get this into the LCBO.

Appearance - Super hazy peach coloured brew with lots of bubbles and a finger plus of brilliant white head. Moderate retention, the occasional small floatie at the the bottom of the glass and minimal lacing at the edges of the glass.

Smell - A subtle citrus explosion with some grapefruit, tangerine and peach with some lemon as well.

Taste - Initially ripe stone fruit, peach and plum shine through before turning bitter with grapefruit afterwards. Some sweet melon follows afterwards before a cascading of citrus, lemon and grapefruit once again. Somewhat more boozy than other IPA's, partially expected given it's 8%, but also strikes me as more boozy than IPA No. 5 as a comparison.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth, medium bodied with a somewhat sharp and boozy finish. Carbonation is just right and finish is also dry.

Overall- As other reviewers have pointed out, I don't believe this is the best in the series, however on it's own stands up as a well constructed and flavorful DIPA that would be seen as a very fine finished product had virtually any other Ontario brewer brewed it. Given Collective Arts reputation in the IPA field, this is a more middling entry but still very delicious and worth a sample or three.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Jan 23, 2019
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4.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light straw colour with extreme cloudiness & small sticky white head. Lacing is significant throughout drinking. Aroma of thick tropical citrus; pineapple, grapefruit, peach, lemon, grassiness - tons of fruity hop aroma which continues into flavour while drinking. Mouthfeel is full, sticky & contains a hint of heat from the 8%ABV, but not what you'd call a boozy flavour. Great beer; right along the lines of #5 and SurroundSound.

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Jesterr44 from Ontario (Canada), Jan 23, 2019
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4.04/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Poured from a tallboy can to a snifter glass. Had a golden yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a half inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A very good aroma of hops, pine, citrus fruit, malt, and tropical fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mainly in the finish), a good shot of hops (not overdone, though), lots of citrus fruit (grapefruit), some tropical fruit (passion fruit, mango), and a bit of pine resin. Like IPA No. 7, this one has a much more subtle flavor. This isn't to say it's shallow, because the fruit elements keep it interesting. Pretty tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a super smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A solidly made DIPA. Worth a look.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Jan 19, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Jan 3 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a cloudy goldenrod colour, generating one finger of frothy, soapy, white-coloured head that devolves to a thin collar within 90 seconds. Not a lot of lacing, but it looks like a typical NEIPA otherwise. The aroma is mostly characterized by hop-derived tropical fruit notes - grapefruit, passionfruit and pineapple are foremost, with minor hints of mango, Lemonhead candy, pine resin, melon and grassy, slightly resiny hops.

A solid DIPA that starts off with some grainy pale malt and sugar sweetness coming through before the hops start to catapult themselves at your taste buds. Notes of orange, passionfruit and melon are quite prominent towards the front of the sip, but the baton is passed off to pithy grapefruit and earthy, resiny, piney hop bitterness soon after. Finishes with some grassy hay and spiciness, with pithy hops persisting into a moderately bitter aftertaste - that is, moderate by DIPA standards, at least. Medium-full in body, with average carbonation levels that provide a gentle crispness to the texture, which is mostly smooth and slick. Decent drinkability - I wouldn't want to drink this one after another... even two in a row might start to become a slog.

Final Grade: 4.15, an A-. Not the best in this ongoing series, but definitely not the worst, either; Collective Arts' IPA No. 8 is a quality brew that is sure to delight a plurality of hopheads. I wouldn't say that this is a drastically unique brew - all of the flavours I'm picking up here can be found in a few of their other numbered IPAs - and it reminds me of their Collective Project Imperial IPA from a year or two back, too. Recommended, but not any moreso than a few of their cheaper, easier-to-find year-round products (Ransack, Life in the Clouds).

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Jan 19, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the weaker links in the series. Despite the double IPA label and the high alcohol level, it's somewhat thin tasting with a not very appealing nose. But truth be told, many of Collective Arts' IPAs (and they have had a few) are actually starting to blend together, without too much distinction between them and way too much overlapping.
Having said all of this, it's still recommended, as most of CA's brews are.

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Cramshawbar from Ontario (Canada), Jan 17, 2019
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4.23/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Moderate pour yields a one inch white head over a hazy, light golden body with some sticky lacing. Nose of ruby red grapefruit, tangerine, candied lemon, candied orange, and slight pine. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with an additional grassy herbal hay thing going on as well. Finish is easy, not too bitter. Nice feel and overall, an interesting DIPA. I've never heard of Moutere hops until now. I'm impressed with this and would definitely recommend this to any and all IPA lovers. Cheers!

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bobv from Vermont, Jan 13, 2019
Collective Project: IPA No. 8 from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 96 ratings