Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Beer # 147 Rhyme & Reason Collective Arts Brewing

Rhyme & Reason

Collective Arts Brewing

Bracebridge and Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Brewery Collaboration?
Extra Pale Ale 5.7 % ABV Brown Glass Bottle 355 ml.
$2.33 (Canadian) At LCBO ($13.95 for a six pack)
Twitter: @CollectiveBrew

Now this is a beer I have tried before. We had it recently at a BBQ where we used it for some "Beer Butt Chicken," to rave reviews.  So I had to save one and post about it. Collective Arts is as their name suggests is collecting artists. Each bottle features a random piece of artwork or independent band of some note. More information about the labels can be found by downloading and using "Blippar" an image recognition app for your phone or by simply searching for the label on the company's website here.

Other than their commitment to new artists, there is not a lot of information on the brewery other than their cryptic location. They say they are from Bracebridge and Burlington, Ontario. Which we here at Pint Jockey Headquarter know there are two fairly well known, and very excellent breweries in those two locations. We will not discuss who they are, their names are only a google search away... Instead, we will concentrate on their beer. And what a beer it is. 

Onto the artful tasting. 

Dark gold with a small off-white head made up of small bubbles. Head disperses fairly quickly. Nose is sweet, honey, dates, pine aromas. First sip is tangy bittersweet orange and lemon followed by a piney hop zing. Some caremelised citrus and orange peel oil. Some light breadiness through the middle with that unmistakable Simcoe hop herbal piney finish. Some sugar candy sweetness thrown into the mix along with some citrus pith bitterness. Aeration gives us grilled oranges.

Impressions: Fail, So-so, Pass, Exceptional 

Cost: 5/6 Pass
Colour: 5/6 PASS
Beer Style: 6/6 EXCEPTIONAL
Re-Order:  6/6 EXCEPTIONAL
Experience:  6/6 EXCEPTIONAL

Final Thoughts:

Very good indeed. This is another beer that has to head to the top of the list as a good summer sipper. Crisp, juicy, refreshing, and just bitter enough not to be too fruity. Get yourself into one of these and check out all the local and independent artists on the labels.



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