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.


Noon Whistle Mosiac Gummy Northeast India Pale Ale

Beer type: Northeast IPA
Alcohol Level: 7.6%
Brewed By: Noon Whistle Brewing

Happy 2019 folks! It’s been a while since I’ve written about beer and I don’t know why I stopped. Part of me didn’t know if I should keep blogging about it. But, another part of me thought why not? What’s the worst that can happen? (Odd foreshadowing moment) Anyways…To the beer!

Today, we’re talking about Lombard, IL’s own Noon Whistle Brewing Company. They have a series of beers called the “Gummy Series” that they say are “Hoppy, Hazy, Juicy and less of a bitter finish than a traditional IPA…”.

So, I decided to grab the Mosaic Gummy Northeast India Pale Ale from that series. My good friend Jack from Fomo Chicago loves this beer, so I wanted to try it out. Noon Whistle says it’s a “Double dry-hopped mosaic New England style IPA.”

First of all, this beer has an old-fashioned can opening style. You don’t just pop the small tab, you pull the whole top of the can off. That’s a unique feature to these beers right away. Once you pour it in a glass, you see a hazy, yellow color that starts to remind me of orange juice. Then, you get a fierce citrus aroma as you bring it to your lips. When drinking it, you get a citrus flavor which then transitions to a smooth, semi-bitter finish.

As we know, I don’t truly review beers with scores on this blog. But, I would give this a high rating if I was. It’s refreshing, flavorful, and it’s a good alternative to a traditional IPA.


Tighthead Reformator Doppelbock



Beer type: Doppelbock
Alcohol Level: 8%
Brewed By: Tighthead Brewing Company
IBU: 24

Tighthead Brewing Company is back for their second beer on the blog! Tighthead Brewing Company is based out of Mundelein, IL and has been brewing since 2011.

This Doppelbock is a seasonal beer offered in the fall, perfect for drinking on a cold night around a campfire or in front of a TV, whatever works for you. A doppelbock is a German-style beer that means double bock. A bock is just another type of beer. Word on the street is that monks began to brew the doppelbock when they were fasting. Essentially, it had enough ingredients to keep them healthy and obviously a bit buzzed.

This beer has a dark brown/black color to it with a breadlike maltiness smell. When you taste it, you get flavors of bread, caramel, and toastiness. Personally, I’m a fan of dark beers and I truly enjoy this one a lot. However, due to its  8% alcohol content, I can’t drink too many before I start to feel ‘real’ good.




Temperance Beer Co. Birdsong Farmhouse Ale


Beer type: Farmhouse Ale
Alcohol Level: 6.3%
Brewed By: Temperance Beer Company

Temperance Beer Company, I never heard of them until today but I’m a fan. Based out of Evanston, IL, they brew Birdsong. After the first sips, I can say that I like this beer.

This farmhouse ale has a hazy golden color to it. It has a semi-sweet aroma to it with hints of bitterness as well. When you first sip it, you get a citrus-bitter taste. Then, as you finish drinking it, you get a semi spice/pepper/dry aftertaste. Overall, I’m a fan. I bought a sixer of the Birdsong and I’m excited to finish the rest.

Farmhouse ales have a lot of different flavors to them and this one fits the description. Other farmhouse ales include Off Color’s Apex Predator, Goose Island’s Sofie, and 3 Floyds’ Rabbid Rabbit.

Lagunitas Aunt Sally Sour Mash Ale


Beer type: Dry-Hopped Sweet Tart Sour Mash Ale
Alcohol Level: 5.7%
Brewed By: Lagunitas Brewing Company
IBU: 33

It’s been a while, but I’m back again trying more beers. I was out of the beer drinking game for a while due to a nasty cold/Chicago CTA shared virus. Now, I’m back to feeling 100% and craving some tasty beers.

The Aunt Sally by Lagunitas is definitely different compared to your normal Lagunitas beers and just any ales in general. It has a citrus smell to it, instantly making you think it’s going to taste sweet. When you taste it, you know right away that this is a sour beer. It isn’t too sour to drink, but you definitely get a sweet then sour taste. It has a golden color to it and it goes down pretty easy. Some people are really into sours and some hate them. This one is good, but I wouldn’t drink a lot of them. If you haven’t had a sour before, they’re definitely an interesting take on beer.

Lagunitas says, “It tastes like a big bowl of fruity candy or some chewable flavored vitamins, but what’s the difference? It’s sweet, tart, and sassy, just like the tasty cherry pie that your favorite aunt makes.” As a reminder, Lagunitas brews in Petaluma, CA and Chicago, IL.