Collective Project: IPA No. 11
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IPA - New England
4.12 | pDev: 7.04%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Collective Project: IPA No. 11Collective Project: IPA No. 11
Notes: The latest in our IPA Series is a beautiful Mosaic and Idaho 7 hopped 5.8% IPA with lactose, which is balanced and sweet. This tropical fruit bomb clocks in at 20 g/l of dry-hop load.
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.49/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy pale yellow, moderate head settles to a partial film. Some spotty lace. Slightly boozy nose. Floral hops. Sweet to taste, gently bitter finish. Not a muscular IPA. Tasty, anonymously fruity. Maybe a tad too sweet in the end. Full mouthfeel. Competently made, but run of the mill stuff.

Jul 30, 2020
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Peach63 from New York

4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a 1/2 inch white head. Moderate lacing. Very cloudy.

Strong aroma of tangerine. Also grapefruit, papaya, pine, orange.

Taste is orange, pineapple, tangerine, pine, peach.

Full bodied, light carbonation. Sweet, creamy finish.

Pretty good NEIPA. Cloudier than most.

May 30, 2020
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on December 22, 2019. IPA 11 is all about balance. They took Idaho 7 hops, bursting with big tropical fruit notes, and paired it with Mosaic. Next they added lactose to balance out all those big hop flavors. Nice silky smooth mouthfeel.

Mar 06, 2020
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can - more lactose IPA, but I suppose I have gotten over nitpicking all these trendy style iterations. Maybe.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some thick, tiered and streaky lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of gritty and grainy cereal malt, muddled domestic citrus flesh, a hint of cold cream, some damp minerality, and a plain leafy, weedy, and piney green hop bitterness. The taste is bready and doughy caramel malt, some mixed lemon and citrus peel frooty notes, more indistinct melon ball sweetness, understated milky essences, and a weedy, herbal, and grassy verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is average in its palate-coddling frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and quite smooth, with the guest ingredient going the long mile in engendering a supple mouthfeel. It finishes off-dry, but with a trend towards the latter, making for a quick reminder to stay on target -!

Overall - well, as was to be expected, this is yet another exemplary version of any IPA sub-genre, in that it tickles me flavour centers, and isn't shy about it. Anyways, the lactose eventually performs the task to which it was put, and thus it all works out in the end. Yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah!

Feb 22, 2020
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Pmicdee from Canada (ON)

3.66/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden coloured. Smell is sweet and citrusy. Taste is bitter, hoppy and tropical, which is what an IPA is supposed to be. Mouthfeel is tangy. I can taste the lactose which brings the sweetness. Overall not bad
February 2 2020

Feb 03, 2020
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heydre from Oregon

3.69/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Begins with pear/apple followed by a hint of lemon and then a good dose of pine. Seems way more yeasty than malty to me with a watery bitter finish...not catching the lactose much here either.

Jan 16, 2020
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SSS from Canada (QC)

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Golden yellow with a decent amount of haze (I had a three month old can, so sediment may have settled). Thick pillowy white head that remains quite stable
S-Wonderful sweet tropical fruit medley pointing in the citrus direction
M-Medium body with a good element of juiciness. Carbonation is medium to low end.
T-Solid flavours of citrus fruit, tangerine, orange and subtle lemon. Smooth bitterness of citrus rind that is balanced by the sweetness from the lactose
O-Very nice NEIPA that creates a nice equilibrium of bitter and sweet.

Jan 14, 2020
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.05/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can: Poured a slightly hazy bright yellow color ale with a medium size white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of juicy citrusy hops notes with light residual sugar notes also perceptible. Taste is also dominated by juicy citrusy hops notes with light lactose notes with no discernible bitterness. Body is a bit lighter than other lactose based IPA with medium carbonation. Solid IPA without being too heavy like other NEIPA.

Dec 10, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I must say, I have been impressed by just about everything that our CANadian neighbors have put in a CAN & sent south to me for The CANQuest (tm)! Not only are the beers good, but the graphics are wild! It makes for a rollicking good time each & every time.

From the CAN: "IPA brewed w/Lactose, Mosaic & Idaho 7 Hops"; "Limited Release"; "Unfiltered [-] Keep Cold"; "Art: Mystery Meat Design, Toronto, ON, CANada".

I had, indeed, kept it cold since purchasing it last weekend & now it was time for a Crack! & Glug. I beCAN a slow, gentle C-Line Glug until it beCANe obvious that any attempt at clarity was futile. I then let it free-flow, creating a massive two-plus fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with excellent retention. Color was a cloudy, turbid Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose was a tropical fruit bomb with a vanilla-like sweetness. Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was less sweet than the nose had led me to expect. It was still quite tropical fruity, but with an earthiness that held the sweetness in check. The lactose added a creaminess, but I could have done without it. Finish was semi-dry. It was a pleasant, mildly bitter interpretation of the style & certainly worth trying while it is currently available as a one-off. YMMV.

Dec 03, 2019
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leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy pineapple with four fingers of frothy white head that leaves some puffy lace on the glass.

Smell - citrus and tropical hops, pineapple, peach, citrus, orange peel, mango, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - bold citrus and tropical hops upfront. The pineapple, peach, mango, citrus, and orange peel follow suit. The bready malts and earthy yeast finish off the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate to high carbonation. Finishes sticky with the tropical fruits lingering.

Overall - Another exemplary IPA from the folks at Collective Arts. These guys don't disappoint. This is a very tropical fruits forward brew that delivers on the drinkability front. A highly sessionable brew.

Nov 03, 2019
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

4.37/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy gold with a frothy, long lasting head. Citrus, tropical fruit, pineapple in the nose. Giant hoppiness with a lactose sweetness in the first sip. The balance is perfect - not too sweet at all. More citrus, pineapple and lemon drop candy hops in there too. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy. Medium to high bitterness in the long hoppy finish.

This is a really good IPA. The lactose compliments Collective Arts typical IPA hop onslaught very well. Worth a try even if you aren't a big hophead.

Nov 02, 2019
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

4.2/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 473ml can. Canned on 13 Sept./2019.
A: Pours a off clear Golden with a thin white head/no lacing.
S: Wonderful citrus/tropical fruit nose with dank hops in the background.
T: A very hop filled hit, the lactose really smooths this one out.
F: Medium body with a slick mouthfeel from the lactose.
O: Best IPA from these guys in a while the hops and lactose work perfect.

Nov 02, 2019
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deleted_user_1111368 from Delaware

4.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned 9-18-19
Pours hazy.. orange, with a tiny head, and minimal lacing. Aroma is bodacious, and inviting with a base of pineapple. Citrus, tropical and light pine blends in. Taste is fruity, tropical and very well balanced. MF light to medium...smooth actually.

Sometimes I run into a 5% beer that blows the doors off some good 7% brews. This is one of them.. delicious from the get-go.

Nov 01, 2019
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ichorNet from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

CA's IPA series has had some rocky moments, but overall I have quite enjoyed their playful (and sometimes irreverent) attempts at different kinds of odd IPA styles utilizing bizarre hop combinations as well as some tried-and-true buddies in unusual formats. For example, their previous entry to this series was a tiny little 3.2% beer with Mosaic and Simcoe which delivered an unusually-dense and complex hop load for its size. This one, balanced with lactose, and pumped full of the oddly-charming Idaho 7 and the unpredictable Mosaic, should be a similarly-beguiling experience, especially considering its sub-6% ABV.

Pours a chewy/"healthy"-looking deep orange color with intense opacity and a dense head that settles at about a half-finger after a few minutes sitting around in my glass. Nice legs leaving behind a dappled surface of thin, crater-like foam with streaks of decent lace around the edges. I definitely expected this to be an NEIPA kinda thing, but it really does go the whole "nine yards" with the concept, right down to the inconsistent lace and decent (but not great) surface tension of the foam. Not great by any means, but alright for sure.

Idaho 7 hops are so hit-or-miss to me that at this point I'm convinced they entirely rely on other hops to define what they're doing in any particular beer. I don't think I've ever had a beer that focused on them discretely and specifically, but I know their general character revolves around dense fruit (pineapple, mostly) with a weirdly-tannic structure and some tea and stone fruit revolving around that tropical center. Mosaic, of course, just goes into a bunch of different directions and varies wildly depending on how it's added to the recipe and, seemingly, how the grain bill plays out. Given that this seems pretty much like a strict 2-row/oat base, I'm assuming it's just about as basic as can be for these two hops. The lactose challenges perception somewhat, but my first few sniffs give off marshmallow, pineapple, passion fruit, and grapefruit rind. A nice, pleasant scent without too much aggressive character.

On the tongue, this just feels so plush and comforting, with flavors of mango, guava, gooseberry, lychee, and apricot surrounded by a nice, pillowy malt backbone that seems quite oat-forward. The lactose definitely helps this feel dense and soft, of course, but I must commend the balance going on here. It's interesting, though, because if I were to go in blind to this beer, I probably would never have thought it to be hopped with I7 and Mosaic. Perhaps that's the power of lactose, or maybe the low-ish ABV allows for some trickery, but the dense pine-y dankness and earthiness on offer here is mellowed so well by a soft, supply fruitiness and chill tropical element that I can't really tell if it's the most frustratingly-honest IPA I've had in ages or if it's fundamentally-flawed but super delicious despite that... anyway, at the end of the day, this is a great IPA with roots firmly planted in the modern "NEIPA" style. Using nouveau hops and a less-aggressive approach, it seems CA has created something very nice and very drinkable here.

Oct 27, 2019
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TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.09/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Single canned on Sept 19/19.
Hazy uniform pale yellow golden with 2 fingers creamy turning foamy white head that gradually declines to 1/2 finger bubbly foam with creamy cap.
Aroma of mango, tropical fruit, ripe orange with some piney hops on a sweet malt base.
Initial sip sweet tropical fruit, mango, pineapple, melon, touch of red grapefruit - at swallow gives a hoppy bitterness of grapefruit rind.
Carbonation appropriately moderate on medium full mouthfeel (may have guessed 7+% on ABV) - sweetness hangs fighting off a nice lingering bitterness.
Very tasty indeed - best in series in a while.

Oct 26, 2019
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bobv from Vermont

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can.
Canned 09/18/19.
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a one inch slightly off white head over a hazy to cloudy, light golden body with very nice, sticky lacing. Subdued nose of tropical fruit, citrus and slight grassy hay. Taste is where this one shines: with tropical fruit, sweet citrus, and candied fruit finishing with an ever so slightly citrus pith bitterness. Very nice feel and overall, this is a great representation of how to use lactose in an IPA as it is a thoroughly enjoyable taste experience. Cheers to our pals at Collective Arts!

Oct 21, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

4.27/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Sept 13 2019 and served slightly chilled.

Pours a hazy goldenrod colour, producing one finger of soapy, foamy white head that lasts for several minutes. It steadily recedes, painting a messy band of lace against the glass before being reduced to a frothy collar and some filmy patches upon the surface. I'm getting orange, grapefruit and stone fruit on the nose, in addition to hints of mango, papaya and herbal, grassy hops. Good stuff so far.

Very juicy, with flavours of mandarin orange, grapefruit and nectarine leading the way, backed by a grainy, wheaty pale malt backbone as well as some lactose sweetness. Hints of papaya, pineapple and melon give way to grassy hay and an earthy, herbal bitterness at the finish; this aspect doesn't last into the aftertaste, however, which consists of reverberating echoes of milk sugar, citrus rind and tropical fruit. Medium in body, with mild carbonation and a silky smooth, satisfying texture that seems apropos for a milkshake (or in this case, 'lactose') IPA. I'd be up for a second round - the abv is pretty low, and unlike some IPAs the flavours aren't particularly palate exhausting.

Final Grade: 4.27, an A-. Collective Arts' IPA No. 11 is the latest fine beer in this long running series, and certainly one of their top four or five numbered IPAs IMO. Its hop flavours are intense, while its lactose helps to rein things in a bit, balancing the flavour profile out and helping to make this into a highly drinkable hoppy pale ale. If you haven't already grabbed a few of these, be sure to do so as soon as possible - it's not getting any younger, and I wouldn't count on another batch being released any time soon.

Oct 18, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 9/17/2019. Pours very hazy deep golden/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, vanilla, cream, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops, lactose, and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, vanilla, cream, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, blueberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, vanilla, cream, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops, lactose, 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/silky/bready/grainy, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol for 5.8%. Overall this is an awesome milkshake IPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops, lactose, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/resinous/drying finish; awesome soft/silky feel for the ABV. Awesome Mosaic, Idaho 7 profile. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a great balanced lactose and wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example as expected.

Oct 13, 2019
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Fun-Gus from Canada (ON)

4.21/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

I think this beer is interesting. All flavour stuff aside. it pushes boundaries.
Adding lactose adds high gravity sweetness. Not to counter balance that with bitterness is odd and probably wrong but interesting.
I say, good experiment!

Oct 05, 2019
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

4.17/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

473ml can served cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for around $4.25 CDN. Been looking forward to trying this one for a few months now.

Appearance - Pours a hazy rich light gold color and capped with two fingers of fairly long lived head. Great curtain lacing at the brim of the glass.

Smell - loads of tropical notes, pineapple, mango and cantaloupe are there as well as some orange and grapefruit in a more complimentary role.

Taste - Fairly sweet, but not too sweet, just enough bitterness to counteract the juicy fruit flavors of mango, pineapple and orange. Subtle orange creamsicle flavor in behind, which is the lactose stepping in but certainly doesn't overstep it's bounds here.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, quite creamy, carbonation is middling, melds with the flavors very nicely.

Overall - And the IPA numbered series is certainly back on track, best beer since No. 7 as No 8-10 were all good-very good, and well executed, but just left lacking just a bit in one area or another. No. 11 is better than I thought it would be and just a treat to enjoy. Will gladly pick up another 4 of these while they're fresh.

Sep 30, 2019
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Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

4.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Another beauty from CA. I've had a few lactose IPAs and I always wind up thinking they're a bit too sweet. This brew has the focus on the hops and you can barely tell its a lactose. Wonderful balanced tropical hop aromas & flavours wash across the palate with a full smooth mouthfeel. Many of the same tastes as the fantastic #5 and the milky sweet lactose is only noticeable at the end of each sip if you're looking for it. Get it while you can.

Sep 28, 2019
Collective Project: IPA No. 11 from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 53 ratings