Collective Arts Brewing Life in the Clouds IPA

Beer type: New England Style IPA
Alcohol Level: 6.1%
Brewed By: Collective Arts Brewing
IBU: 50

This is my second beer from Collective Arts Brewing. I initially wrote about Prophets & Nomads back in May 2018. As a refresher, Collective Arts Brewing is based out of Stowe, Vermont. Vermont is the phenomenal state that holds the great title of most breweries per resident. Might need to take another trip to visit family up there soon.

Like the beer I wrote about before this (Noon Whistle Mosiac Gummy Northeast India Pale Ale), Life in the Clouds is a northeast style IPA. Traditionally, northeast IPAs have a more citrus flavor and less bitterness compared to west coast IPAs that are the opposite.

When pouring the beer, I immediately smelled the citrus aroma. It has a hazy, tangerine/golden color to it. When I drank it, I tasted a semi-citrus flavor and a crisp aftertaste. In my opinion, it wasn’t bitter at all, compared to a lot of other IPAs.

Collective Arts says that Life in the Clouds is, “an unfiltered beer, neither overly sweet nor bitter, with a pillowy mouthfeel.”

Overall, a good IPA that I would love to drink again.

Cheers!

Switchback Ale

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Beer Type: Amber Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.0%
Brewed By: Switchback Brewing Company
IBU: 28

Hey everyone, sorry it’s been a while since my last post. Don’t worry, I’ve still been drinking beers, just haven’t recorded them due to reasons like travel, drinking cheap beer, or drinking ones I’ve already written about.

This post is all about Switchback Ale. Switchback Brewing Company is based out of beautiful Burlington, Vermont. Their Ale is one of their fan favorites and every time in the Green Mountain State I have to get my hands on one of their bottles.

Their Ale has a hazy, red/amber color with a semi-sweet smell to it. It’s easily drinkable and it’s a great beer to have if you’re looking to relax after a long day. Switchback Brewing Co. says, “Five different malts, select hop varieties, and our own specially cultivated yeast create an ale which leads with hop flavors and a subtle impression of fruit (our yeast’s contribution), followed by a palate pleasing malty finish.”. All in all, it’s a great beer that you should try out when in the Northeast.

The Alchemist Brewery Heady Topper

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Beer type: Double IPA
Alcohol Level: 8%
Brewed By: The Alchemist Brewery

This is one of the most coveted IPAs in the country. In 2015, it was rated the 5th best beer in the world and I managed to get 3 of them due to some family in Vermont….score.

I’m not a huge IPA fan, but I can respect this beer. I can taste and feel the craft that went into this one. This is a double IPA with a sweet smell and bitter taste. The aftertaste bites right away and leaves your mouth with a feeling of dryness. Like my coworker rightfully said, “You drink this beer like a scotch.” It’s a perfect mix of hoppy and fruity that makes it such an amazing beer. Plus, it’s brewed with some of the rarest yeast you can find.

Another amazing beer brewed by John Kimmich. Cheers!

The Alchemist Brewery Focal Banger IPA

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Not the best photo quality….black and silver cans make it hard. 

Beer type: IPA
Alcohol Level: 7%
Brewed By: The Alchemist Brewery

This beer comes straight from Vermont with style. This American IPA is packed with Citra and Mosiac hops, providing a pure and clean IPA taste. The can has a great design to it with a artsy type of drawing. I love the message on the bottom of the can, “Don’t be a D-Bag. Recycle this can!”

Regarding the taste of this beer, it definitely has all the characteristics of a good IPA. It has a sweet smell to it. When you first drink it, you get a light and sweet taste and then a bitter aftertaste. I’m not a huge IPA fan, but I could drink a few of these and be satisfied.

Cheers to the Alchemist himself, John Kimmich on this masterpiece of a beer.