Surround Sound (Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe & Centennial)
Collective Arts Brewing

Surround Sound (Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe & Centennial)Surround Sound (Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe & Centennial)
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New England IPA
Ranked #1,475
Ranked #13,860
4.13 | pDev: 6.05%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
Surround Sound (Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe & Centennial)Surround Sound (Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe & Centennial)
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3.92/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on March 4, 2020. Surround Sound: Enigma, the latest version of their rotating-hops DDH DIPA, showcases some truly unique hops from around the world. Enigma from Australia, Moutere from New Zealand and Simcoe from the US. The result is a beautifully intense bouquet with flavors of tropical fruit, passionfruit, ripe berries and citrus. They dose all of their Surround Sound DDH DIPAs at 20 g/l of hops to impart an insane hop experience.

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4.69/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours glowing peach with haze and a frothy, everlasting head. Patches of lace coat the glass on the way down. Enormous citrus, apricot, pineapple, lemon notes explode in the nose. The taste follows suit with an big wack of juicy, tropical, dank hop flavor. Quince and gooseberries there too. Mouth coating hop bitterness throughout and lasting forever. Light cracker malts hide way in the back. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with full, creamy carbonation. High bitterness and loads of fruity, citrusy hop notes in the long finish. Alcohol is imperceptible through the hop wall.

This is a stellar NE IPA. Very hoppy even by today's standards and eminently complex. A must try for hopheads.

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CAMRAhardliner from Ontario (Canada), Feb 25, 2020
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4.09/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

473 ml can served cold into a chalice. LCBO purchase for $4.75 CDN and canned on December 16, 2019. I believe this is the second of the Surround Sound series I've reviewed, out of 5.

Appearance - Very hazy, fluorescent yellowy gold color capped with a thin finger of white head. A little sediment in the glass. Good staying power and a little trail of lacing left behind.

Smell - Very tropical, melon, lychee and grapefruit mostly with subtle integrations of lemon as well.

Taste - Initially melon, grapefruit and some berries, lemon interjecting itself proudly, passionfruit and berry sweet flourishes at the close. Tropical through and through with assertive but not overwhelming bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, juicy, well carbonated and easy drinking.

Overall - Very well made, tasty and especially aromatic NEIPA or DIPA, this brew is both New England Double IPA? (NEDIPA). That sounds like a tax acronym, so let's get back to the beer and say that it stacks up well with the balance of CA's collection and is comparable and not superior or inferior to the other Surround Sound's in any meaningful way.

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taxandbeerguy from Ontario (Canada), Feb 13, 2020
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4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tallboy can from the LCBO; dated Dec 10 2019 and served slightly chilled. Another Surround Sound variant (#5 by my count), this time pairing two of the most common North American IPA hops with two lesser-used southern hemisphere varieties.

Pours golden and slightly hazy, topped with one finger of tight, foamy white head that dissipates within two minutes or so, leaving behind an attractive coat of even lace. A collar of creamy froth surrounds a thin cap; looks good, and more or less the same as its siblings. On the nose I'm getting hints of honeydew melon, floral hops, lemon and grapefruit, with suggestions of passion fruit and berries.

An even-keeled DIPA - not too bitter, nor too boozy, with an interesting range of hop flavours to peruse. There's white grapefruit and lemon aplenty, as well as notes of passion fruit and melon; more pithy towards the finish, with hints of resiny, floral bitterness preceding a tropical fruity, pithy aftertaste. Medium-full bodied, with middling carbonation levels that provide a bit of prickliness to this brew's otherwise smooth, slick texture. Easy to drink for its strength, but I'll pass on a second round for now.

Final Grade: 4.18, an A-. Surround Sound Enigma is a quality DIPA, combining classic American IPA hop sensibilities with a liberal dose of tropical fruit and berry-like aspects contributed by the AUS/NZ hop pair. Is this the pinnacle of Collective Arts' pale ales? As with all of the other Surround Sounds, I'd say probably not - but make no mistake, it's a solid beer that is worth checking out as soon as possible.

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thehyperduck from Ontario (Canada), Feb 01, 2020
Surround Sound (Enigma, Moutere, Simcoe & Centennial) from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 16 ratings