Collective Arts Brewing
Bracebridge and Burlington, Ontario, Canada
Flavoured Blonde Ale
4.7 % ABV Brown Glass Bottle 355 ml.
$2.33 (Canadian) At LCBO ($13.95 for a six pack)
The next beer by Collective Arts Brewing, who is currently opening their bricks and mortar brewery in Hamilton. They have been very busy not only bringing out this beer but there is a sessionable IPA as well which I am hoping to get my hands on soon. Like it's predecessor Rhyme & Reason, this beer features labels that celebrate art and music. I also believe that the name itself refers to the Grateful Dead song of the same name.
Onto our tasting:
Some sediment in the bottle I had to store it upright for a day or two. Light cloudiness on the beer but a bright crisp clean aroma. Colour is clear gold with a giant white head made up of small to medium bubbles. Aroma is lemon, citrus, and lychee. First sip is very fruit salad-ish. Bananas lemon, lychee, guava and passionfruit. Light backbone of grains especially wheat. A hint of sourness on the middle, and finishes with some orange zest. A lighter crisp clean zesty sessionable ale, and nice example of a blonde as well. Not quite a fruit bomb but there is plenty of fruit present for those inclined that way. Aeration gives up some nice medicinal hops in the background with a deeper barley malt giving us some earthy, caramel aromas.
Cost: 5/6 PASS
Colour: 5/6 PASS
Beer Style: 5/6 PASS
Re-Order: 5/6 PASS
Experience: 5/6 PASS
Very light and refreshing a well thought out blonde ale worthy of it's companion beer.Save this one for the patio this summer. you will want to savour it.
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