Collective Arts Rhyme & Reason

By: Dave Segaert

Imagine my surprise and sheer delight to discover a pale ale that doesn’t taste like a hop plant exploded in your mouth.  Admittedly, I should have tried this one sooner.  Rhyme & Reason is a gem of a beer in an endless sea of over-hoppy and underwhelming pale ales and IPA’s.
I picked up a bottle of this at the local LCBO (love that it’s available in singles) and couldn’t wait to try it, as I’ve been hearing lots of good things about Collective Arts Brewing, a small and creative brewery out of Burlington Ontario.  After I poured this beer, I found myself borderline mesmerized by the tiny suspended particulate floating around in the glass.  Pretty cool shit, and I can’t say that I’ve ever seen anything like it.  The beer’s aroma presented pretty much the same as most hoppy PA’s and IPA’s, with distinct citrus-like scents.  The flavour stands alone though in my opinion, very tastefully and subtly done, capturing the true essence of what hops should bring to a beer, instead of going bat-shit crazy with it.  Each mouthful is met up front with a nice citrus and pineapple hop flavour, followed by a faintly sweet and spicy malt taste.  Finishes crisp and clean with a pinch of hop bitterness and a nice lingering aftertaste.  It’s more hoppy than a traditional English pale ale, but it’s one of the better examples I’ve had of an American pale ale, mostly because at 55 IBU’s you can taste more than just hops.  Definitely the most drinkable American pale ale that I’ve had, and at 5.7% ABV I won’t go so far as to say that it’s sessionable, but it’s surely a beer that begs you to have more than one.  I’ve found myself buying this beer often now, and the more that I drink it, the more I love it.

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