Collective Arts Brewing IPA #6 – American IPA at 6.7% ABV

Collective Arts Brewing IPA #6 American IPA at 6.7% ABV (C$5.79 at Oak & Vine, 473 ml, packaged on 24-Aug-2018, acquired 29-Sep-2018, reviewed 11-Oct-2018)

Appearance: opaque pale gold with one fat finger of fluffy off-white head, good retention and moderate lacing. (4/5) Aroma: mild, peach & stone fruit, orange juice, hint of pine, light sulphur. (6/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (7/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, sweetish medium duration finish. (3/5)

Not bad at the outset – peachy, even – although slightly muted and mild in character. As it warms, though, I’m getting a slight but very unwelcome sulphur edge. This thing isn’t all that old, so I don’t think it’s a matter of it having oxidized or otherwise gone off, maybe more a characteristic of the fruit puree used? This is probably my fourth or fifth encounter with Wai-Iti hops, but I can’t say I’m getting any of the typical ANZ characteristics here – again, maybe everything’s just overwhelmed by the peach puree. All in all, not one of CA’s better efforts, but OK. (14/20)

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