Surround Sound (Chinook & Citra)
Collective Arts Brewing

Surround Sound (Chinook & Citra)Surround Sound (Chinook & Citra)
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Style:
IPA - New England
Ranked #1,265
ABV:
8.2%
Score:
91
Ranked #10,020
Avg:
4.16 | pDev: 6.49%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
23
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Collective Arts Brewing
 
Ontario, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
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SCORE
91
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Surround Sound (Chinook & Citra)Surround Sound (Chinook & Citra)
Notes: The fourth version of our Surround Sound DDH DIPA features a very unique version of the old-school Chinook hop. This amazingly fruity and bright variety of Chinook is grown by our friends at Crosby Hops Farms. We paired the Chinook with the bright citrus and tropical fruit from Citra hops for a total of 20 g/l of hop dosage.
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Bluecrow from New York

4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

-cloudy yellow -orange can pour with a fluffy foam cap and a lemony-resin aroma. The flavor is citrus-rich with orange rind and mango up front. There is a bit of alcohol heat/sweetness. The hop bitterness is moderate. This is a lighter bodied, flavorful IPA.

Feb 19, 2020
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada

4.58/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours murky dark straw with a frothy, compact head. Grapefruit, mango, pineapple and pine tar hops burst forth in the aroma. A giant wall of juicy, tropical, grapefruit, piney hops dominates the taste. A meek, clean malt profile lays well in the back. Alcohol is very well hidden for the ABV. The mouthfeel is full bodied and creamy with carbonation. High bitterness and loads of melon, tropical fruit, citrus in the everlasting finish.

This is yet another stellar IPA from this brewery. Super juicy and complex and very aggressive in the hopping. A must try.

Jan 31, 2020
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SSS from Canada

4.61/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A-Hazy yellow with a line of white head that floats around the glass circumference
S-Citrus and tropical fruit aromas with fragrant melon in the background
M-Medium to full body due to the higher end alcohol level. Low end carbonation which helps to accentuate the hop flavours
T-Really nice malt sweetness on the front, with a ripe Grapefruit bitterness that elevated the beer and gives a nice juicy character
O-Fantastic brew that hits many elements of a well crafted DIPA, as stated on the can and NEIPA, as stated in the description.

Jan 11, 2020
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

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

473 ml can served cool-cold into a pint glass. LCBO purchase for $4.75 CDN. Review partially from notes.

Appearance - Hazy turbid pale golden color with lots of yellow. Topped by a finger and a half of loose white foam that leaves a soapy collar as it recedes.

Smell - Big tropical splash with grapefruit and orange which then transitions to some pine resin at the close. Interesting take and definitely appetizing.

Taste - Big and juicy, grapefruit orange and passion fruit lead the way. Transitions nicely to pine resin. Big bold flavors.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy bodied, prickly carbonation just right for the style and flavor profiles.

Overall - Surprise surprise, Collective Arts makes another very good IPA. I actually had a pair of these over a couple of days, they were mostly similar except that one was nearly six months old and the other was about a month. The elderly one held up quite nicely all things considered, the fruity explosion was subdued but still there and the transition to pine resin was quite crisp. Definitely top tier stuff.

Dec 24, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

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

Can: Poured a slightly hazy bright yellow color ale with a medium size white head with light retention and some lacing. Aroma of bright hoppy citrusy floral undertones with light juicy notes is quite enticing. Taste is also a mix of floral hoppy citrusy undertones with light juicy notes and faint residual sugar notes. Body is pretty full with good carbonation. Not as sweet as most NEIPA but very enjoyable nonetheless with nice floral notes.

Dec 11, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Jul 2 2019 and served barely chilled. Loved the other Surround Sounds, though this one's Canadian debut seems curiously late.

Pours hazy golden yellow, topped with one finger of sparkling white head that lingers for less than two minutes' time. It leaves behind a messy smattering of lace as it seeps off, eventually reduced to a soapy collar of bubbles encircling a thin, filmy layer upon the surface. Fruity aroma, but not intensely so - I'm getting orange, grapefruit, lime and gooseberry, along with some pine resiny notes.

A fantastic DIPA; one which skilfully hides its 8.2% behind a deceiving veil of juicy, fruity deliciousness. Mandarin orange, passion fruit, grapefruit, lemon and lime all come to mind, with more of a piney, resiny, spicy bitterness combining with citrusy/pithy elements towards the finish, both of which carry on into the aftertaste. Medium-full in body, with relatively moderate carbonation levels that gently agitate the palate; feels soft and smooth, with decent drinkability for a beer of its strength. It's hard to compare these SS beers, since they aren't available fresh simultaneously, but this version's vying for the top spot IMO.

Final Grade: 4.22, an A-. Surround Sound #4 is just as good as the other variants that I've tried, and quite possibly the juiciest one yet. That's not to say that it doesn't have a resiny, bitter side to it as well, but both facets are well balanced against one another, which makes this one of the best Canadian DIPAs I've tried in recent memory. Hope to see some fresh cans available in the near future - this one was a bit older than I'd prefer from an IPA, but I will say it has held up very well indeed for the time being. Try this one ASAP.

Oct 24, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a thin white head. Tons of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, pineapple and grapefruit.

T - The taste is orange, grapefrut, pineapple, passionfruit and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a nice soft finish.

O - Pretty tasty DDH NEPA. Bright tropical fruits with a nice piney finish.

Oct 03, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on July 8, 2019. Bouquet of pine and spice. Notes of bright citrus and tropical fruit. Feel is light to medium in body.

Sep 27, 2019
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superspak from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 7/3/2019. Pours opaquely hazy deep golden amber/light orange color with a 1 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Mild pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of tangerine, orange juice, red grapefruit, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, gooseberry, citrus peel/zest, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, white bread dough, biscuit, light honey/toast, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky/bready, fairly sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy mouthfeel that is fantastic. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.2%. Overall this is an outstanding NEIPA. All around awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/fairly earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to drink with the mildly bitter/resinous/drying finish; amazingly soft/silky feel for the ABV. Fantastic Chinook/Citra profile as expected. Extremely juicy, vibrant, and fairly dank/earthy hops; with a perfectly balanced wheat/oat/malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering dryness. A highly enjoyable offering, and outstandingly spot on style example.

Sep 23, 2019
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johnreggie from New York

4.76/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

6/19 dated can poured into an iced tulip glass . Strong citrus, melon and pine to the nose. Rich tiny bubble carbonation and thin lacing that sticks around. Chewy mouthfeel, dry boozy finish. Definitely a world class, strong example of the style

Aug 23, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 6/26/19; drank 7/22/19 @ the Yarchives.

Opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A violent pour yielded a huge white head; a thick curtain of tree-rung lace.

Lemon, grapefruit & mild cane sugar notes in the nose.

Creamy medium mouthfeel.

Lemon & cream flavors up front; dry grass, grapefruit & faint table sugar notes on the finish. No booze heat.

Overall, a nice NE IPA. Not mind-blowing, but slightly above average.

Jul 23, 2019
Surround Sound (Chinook & Citra) from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 23 ratings