Collective Arts Stash

Hamilton’s Collective Arts Brewing has gained a following in the craft beer market in the last few years with its bold and excellent beers, as well as its packaging. Bottles feature prints of art by current artists and independent album covers.

Stash, a “straight-up ale,” is a blonde ale and a departure from creations like the American Pale Ale Rhyme & Reason or the very strong American IPA Ransack the Universe. Stash is not as straight-up as you would think though. It pours blonde yellow with a light head and a grassy aroma. So far, as expected. The palate has a grassy taste, but it’s the finish where this beer takes a sharp hairpin turn like in a police-chase scene in an old movie. I didn’t expect a hoppy grapefruit taste that lingers in a blonde ale. This isn’t quite a straight-up ale, but if you have an open mind, you should like this.img_20161016_194531637

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