Collective Arts Brewing Rhyme & Reason – American Pale Ale at 5.7% ABV

Collective Arts Brewing Rhyme & Reason American Pale Ale at 5.7% ABV (C$2.58 at NLC Stavanger, 355 ml, bottle date 28-Jan-2016, reviewed 5-Apr-2016)

Appearance: clear pale amber with one fat finger of fluffy ivory head, excellent retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: resiny pine, catty, citrus, pale malt. (7/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, off-dry lingering bitter finish. (4/5)

Can I just say, their decision to integrate their labels with the Blippar app is just fucking genius? Crack a beer, scan the label, and rock out (in this bottle’s case, to a choral rendition of Toto’s “Africa”) – what’s not to like? Oh, and the beer’s quite decent, too. Resiny pine leads, with a mild and inoffensive catty edge, and just the right pale malt supporting. The bitterness in the finish is fairly lingering and aggressive, and I can see it being a deal breaker for some – but not me. Yeah, it’s got some rough edges, but ultimately it’s a solid APA. (15/20)

7.5/10 #ryansbooze ryansbooze.com

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