I decided to take another crack at a Collective Arts Brewing IPA tonight because I enjoyed last night’s so much. The initial smell is definitely not as intense as it was last night, but this is not a Double IPA.
I will say that IPAs are a devil of a thing to review because unless a company is actually trying to make a distinctive flavor, mostly all you get is the in-your-face flavor of hops. This one smells a little citrus.
The one last night reminded me a great deal of a Ballast Point IPA and I’m getting the same vibe here.
Oh and the art on the can is by Annabelle Popa. She does some pretty cool comics that you can read through her site as well.
Sorry, forgot about the beer for a moment.
It’s another solid IPA, but there’s nothing that particularly stands out to me about this one, unlike last night’s offering.
Again, it doesn’t aggressively overwhelm me with bitterness and again it’s very pleasant. There’s no point where I feel let down, where it’s too airy, or too light. It’s ticking the boxes for everything I want in an IPA.
I just realized I’m coming across as disappointed and there’s nothing to be disappointed about. I think this is a good IPA starter, if you’re not a huge fan of IPAs or you’ve never had one, you won’t go wrong trying this one. It’s still bitter, but it doesn’t linger like in some craft IPAs. It’s complex enough to not be boring, but not overly heavy and it has a decent kick, in terms of alcohol content.
I give it five IPAs out of four t-rex pepper shakers.