The IPA Series from Collective Arts has been a solid and fun series to explore, yes, there was some good, some great, and even bad (Oh hey, No. 6 IPA). Sadly, not all beer are great, No. 6 wasn’t all that great and didn’t really taste like an IPA, moreso of a rotten peach puree, barely tolerable and drain-pour worthy.
With No. 7 IPA in LCBO and Brewery (it’s actually sold out online at this time of writing.) I wanted to write up a review that you may or may not read this.
No. 7 IPA / COLLECTIVE ARTS BREWING
- SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE IPA FEATURING NELSON & CITRA HOPS
- HAMILTION, ONTARIO, CANADA
What does it look like?
The tallboy is a light-purple colour with some funky artwork that’s pretty Pink Floyd-ish. The artist is from France.
Out of the tallboy pours a murky light golden colour with a white head that quickly dissipates. As you put the glass down, you can just see the floaties….floating around, and that’s a good thing. I like to call it protein.
How does it smell?
Notes of tropical citrus, pineapples, mangos, and slight pine resin.
And that first sip?
The first sip is glorious. Why? It signals the return of the IPA series that was sorely missed after the disappointing release of Liquid Art Fest IPA (that was released right after IPA No. 5) and IPA No. 6. I just want to say… Welcome back. Back to the tasting notes, with that first sip, I get the acidity and zest of the grapefruity, pineapple, mangos, citrusy notes along with the pine resin (and that’s a beautiful thing, by the way… Sorely missed in IPAs these days) The 7.1% ABV is astray somewhere and that can be a real dangerous thing. The IPA No. 7 is a beautifully juicy balanced IPA that doesn’t have a huge bite in bitterness. As for my personal favourites in this series would have to be No. 2 and No. 5 IPAs. Both IPAs were fantastic.
I can’t wait to see what Collective Arts has in store for No. 8.
What’s the bottom line?
If you’re into IPAs that isn’t ridiculously over the top infused with lactose and somewhat prefers the juicy yet it’s actually an IPA that tastes like an IPA. Go for No. 7 at the LCBO or Brewery. The price is a daft $4.95 per can, but…it’s worth every penny. Grab one or two.