ABV 6.1% IBU ?
Today’s beer profile comes from down the QEW and Hamilton, Ontario’s Collective Arts Brewing. Life in the Clouds is a New England IPA and it comes in at 6.1% ABV. I picked up my can from my local LCBO.
Fad or Fab?
The style of New England IPA has exploded onto the craft beer scene. It is characterized by two main characteristics: hazy or cloudy appearance and extremely fruity taste and aroma. The style quickly took the place of the West Coast IPA as a sort of ‘must have’ for breweries in their lineup. Crafting a hazy beer is more difficult than you think. A lot of modern brewing techniques and equipment are designed to promote crystal clear beer so making this style requires a bit of changeup from some norms.
One of the more well-known ways to create a hazy beer is to use a large amount of flaked oats with the rest of the malted grains. Imparting big fruit and juice flavours can be accomplished by using specific hops at large amounts at specific times.
Get to the beer, already!
Life in the Clouds is a hazy (thank god!) pale straw colour with an ample white foamy top. The aroma is a fruit explosion. The dominant aroma for me is tangerine with a bit of papaya. The flavour is very similar with an earthy and floral notes at first with a touch of papaya. The mouthfeel is full and really coates your mouth entirely. The finish is bitter but not overpowering. Overall, this NEIPA is true to style.
Collective Arts Brewing is always up to something interesting. They promote the arts in many forms. Most notably, the artwork on their cans changes often and is always interesting and promotes local artists. Click here to learn more.
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