Collective Arts Brewing Life in the Clouds Hazy IPA – American IPA at 6.1% ABV

Collective Arts Brewing Life in the Clouds Hazy IPA American IPA at 6.1% ABV (C$4.50 at The Brewer’s Apprentice, 473 ml, packaged on 7-Feb-2018, acquired 14-Mar-2018, reviewed 15-Mar-2018)

Appearance: cloudy pale gold with two fingers of rocky white head diminishing gradually to a thick creamy cap, spotty soapy lacing. (4/5) Aroma: citrus, tropical fruit, crackery pale malt, light pine. (8/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate-low bitter. (8/10) Palate: medium-light body, moderate carbonation, off-dry medium duration finish. (4/5)

I had seriously high hopes here – like, Heady Topper level hopes. It didn’t quite live up to them, but I suppose that’s the risk associated with high hopes. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good, but I’m not sure it’s next-level good. When all is said and done, it’s a solid example of the NEIPA style, with a pleasingly balanced hop character in the aroma, but restrained bitterness, and that’s what it’s all about. My love affair with the style continues unabated… (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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