Collective Arts makes a really engaging beer. Their bottles feature limited release artwork by curated artists, and with the help of the Blippar app, the bottles come to life. No, I haven’t had a few too many – you simply scan the label, and voila! You can hear the music and see the videos of really great artists, and check out the artists bios. Every bottle in your 6-pack comes with a different label, and the label series changes 4 times a year. Their Black Box Sessions also make a great collaboration with Indie88.
We first heard about these guys at the Ugly Sweater Christmas Party last year, and we were quick fans. They stood out in a sea of great beer and painfully hideous sweaters, and we remembered them the next time we went on a beer run. But great bottle work and innovative product aside, the beer is pretty damn awesome too. I’m a big fan of the Rhyme & Reason Extra Pale Ale, but to counterbalance some seriously spicy food, I picked up the Saint of Circumstance “Any Time” Blonde Ale. I usually prefer blonde beers during the warmer months, but this one packs enough flavour into it to hold my attention during the winter months.
Appearance: Pale yellow colour, close to apple juice. Nice head on the pour.
Aroma: Very citrusy, lots of lemon peel and orange peel aromas. A faint hops aroma.
Taste: Light and bubbly flavour. Hint of citrus on the palate, possibly lemon balm or lemon grass flavours. Very refreshing light wheat flavour.
Aftertaste: Hint of hops and caramel in the aftertaste.
Overall: Nice carbonation with a dry mouth feel. Super refreshing in warm weather. I definitely prefer the Rhyme & Reason Pale Ale, but this is a really solid blonde beer. I haven’t had any luck finding the State of Mind Session IPA in my local LCBO yet, but I’m pretty stoked to give it a try. I’d pick it up again when the summer returns, or if I’ve decided to cook up another fiery concoction. Not the first time I’ve purchased it, and definitely not the last.
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