Brewery: Collective Arts Brewing
Type: Blonde Ale
IBU: 19 (!)
Appearance / Aroma: Fluffy meringue-like white head that gives a spicy, floral hop aroma. Perhaps a few citrus notes as well. It’s color is a slightly cloudy apple juice; yellow-orange.
Taste / Feel: After smelling the beer I was worried it was going to be heavy on the hop bitterness, however it’s not. It’s slightly sweet with a bit of tanginess which, combined with the carbonation, give it an interesting tingling sensation.
As far as the taste, it’s not “punch-you-in-the-face” intense. Rather, it develops into this soft floral hop and mellow grain flavor that’s deep. It’s almost like wine where you can sit back and relax in the lasting sapidity and follow it until it fades away. The exhale brings it back to life, pushing the experience a bit further before, finally, it’s time to take another sip.
This, my friend, is what I would call a sessionable beer, even though it’s not advertised as such. It’s below 5% ABV and has great subtle flavors that taste great, especially on a hot summer day. I would buy a case of these to bring camping.
Edit: I just read that, in addition to the normal blonde beer ingredients, they’ve added lemon and orange zest to the brewing process. I’ve been wrestling with this for a couple of days because I’m a purist when doing a review. I look for and especially appreciate a unique or complex beer that’s made using only basic ingredients like hops, grains, and yeast. I can’t help but feel a little cheated here.