Tasting Notes: Collective Arts State of Mind Session IPA

By: Dave Robson

Collective Arts. It’s the little brewery that could. Back in December of 2013, when they launched with just one beer that had ninety different labels, each celebrating a different musician, artist, photographer, or filmmaker, a lot of people (like yours truly) thought the whole enterprise was neat but slightly Pollyanna-ish.

Now, just over a year later, Collective Arts is a fixture in trendy bars and restaurants, the go-to brew for up and coming artists, and an all-round sessionable choice. They aren’t reinventing the wheel in terms of brewing, but they are turning out good craft product that comes with a conversation starter in the form of their third series of artist labels. Hey, who are Junior Battles? Let me just pull out my phone and check—oh, new punk band. Now I have some new music—and you have a new beer—to check out.


Pale gold, small, fast-dissipating white head. Mild hoppy aroma with a little wheat and banana. Robust hoppiness on the front of the palate, with notes of copper, grapefruit, and yeast. Smooth and light mouthfeel. Sessionable? Oh yes. Slightly bitter finish.

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