Surround Sound (Azacca, Amarillo & Comet)
Collective Arts Brewing

Surround Sound (Azacca, Amarillo & Comet)Surround Sound (Azacca, Amarillo & Comet)
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Style:
IPA - Imperial
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8.2%
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4.23 | pDev: 4.96%
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Surround Sound (Azacca, Amarillo & Comet)Surround Sound (Azacca, Amarillo & Comet)
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Apr 23 2020 and served barely chilled.

Pours cloudy golden-yellow, producing nearly a finger of foamy, soapy white head; it recedes within a couple of minutes, leaving behind a thin collar of froth and a tight band of sticky lace. Looks almost exactly like its predecessors, but the aroma changes things right up - this variant smells intensely citrusy, with mandarin orange, orange juice and pink grapefruit definitely coming to mind right off the bat. I'm also getting notes of peach, as well as pineapple and some grassy hops; it's very enticing, but maybe I'm thirstier than usual tonight.

Delicious stuff - quite juicy, and not particularly bitter. There are notes of mandarin orange, pineapple, mango and grapefruit at the front end, with notes of citrus zest and pith developing soon after. It concludes with a spicy, grassy brief hop finale - it provides a good contrast from the juicier flavours, which return with a sort of syrupy melon/mango sweetness that lingers into the aftertaste. Nearing full-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that prickle the palate gently throughout the sip, providing some bite to an otherwise pillowy soft, slightly slick mouthfeel. Far more drinkable than it has any right to be at 8.2%.

Final Grade: 4.3, an outstanding A grade. As far as top notch, widely available Ontario D/IPAs are concerned, Collective Arts must be the most reliable source, and arguably the most prolific - and I only add 'arguably' because Flying Monkeys likely comes close in terms of sheer quantity. I mean, there's been at least six in this Surround Sound series alone - and they've all been good to excellent so far - but SS Azacca is definitely one of my favourites to date. Hopheads seeking out something new should get this one ASAP, or failing that, hope that a second run hits retail shelves in early summer.

Jun 13, 2020
Surround Sound (Azacca, Amarillo & Comet) from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 4.23 out of 5 with 3 ratings