Ransack the Universe
Collective Arts Brewing

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IPA - American
Ranked #258
Ranked #3,621
4.11 | pDev: 8.03%
Collective Arts Brewing
Ontario, Canada
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Notes: Galaxy hops from Myrtleford, Victoria in Australia and Mosaic hops from Yakima, Washington, USA, deliver aromas and flavours of tropical fruits, mango and citrus. Light malt body lets the hops shine through, and finishes crisp but not bitter. A hemispheric hop mashup.

Flavour Hops: Galaxy & Mosaic
Aroma Hops: Galaxy & Mosaic
Dry Hop: Citra, Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe
Malt: 2 Row Pale Ale, Flaked Wheat, Crystal, Carafoam

85 IBU
Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 657 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Drinktomylegs from New York

3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I gotta admit, I picked up a four pack merely for the aesthetic. The artwork is really cool and eyeball grabbing. It had been in the cooler a while, three months, so not the freshest batch. It pours like a glass of grapefruit juice in both appearance and smell. Thin, lacy head that disappears quickly. My nose likes it better than my pallet. The taste is fine but a bit flat and not as hoppy or multi dimensionally flavorful as I like. Good enough to wash down this bacon cheeseburger I just cooked up though. And those cans

Dec 14, 2020
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gatornation from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slight hazed golden color with a nice white head. Smell is grassy and hoppy with citrus Citrus and pine hoops dominate this IPA. A good amount of bitterness with some pine hoops and sweet malts, somewhat a WC but more just an IPA that’s well made.

Nov 18, 2020
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ommegangpbr from New York

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have to shout out the art on the cans. These are beautiful cans.
The contents are quite lovely as well. Light bodied, hoppy and fresh. On the juicy side of the IPA spectrum. Sweets and tarts flashing. More, please.

Oct 31, 2020
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Hazyfuss from North Carolina

4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not as hoppy as usual west coast IPA’s but definitely has the profile. They are not normally refreshing but this one is. On the lighter side but full of deliciousness!

Oct 25, 2020
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Mugman8 from New York

4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy orange on the pour with almost no head but some lace. Aroma is fruity and hoppy. Slightly bitter floral hops to start, juicy, crisp finish. Right up there with the other great juicy IPAs I have had this summer. First brew from Collective Arts....

Sep 30, 2020
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dano213 from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can purchased from the fridge as a 4-pack for $11.99. Canned on 7/2/2020, so this is 10 1/2 weeks old.

Look: Beautiful deep orange color with a slightly hazy core. A thin, compact white head. Decent lacing.

Smell: Lots of dank, resinous pine. Also lots of citrus and tropical fruit notes: orange, papaya, passion fruit, mango, cantaloupe, even coconut? Some spicy notes on the finish as well.

Taste: This is certainly a west-coast style IPA but what I like about this version is the use of galaxy and mosaic hops makes the style more interesting and current. The taste of this beer essentially follows the nose: citrus and tropical fruit notes up front followed by a crisp, dry, and bitter finish with notes of dank, resinous, earthy pine. It's not aggressively bitter, but it is assertive. For a 6.8% ABV west-coast IPA, it is what I would call balanced. This is not juicy, but it reminds you of juiciness if that is even possible. It's the west-coast IPA version of a juicy, hazy IPA....and as such, it is not so juicy or hazy.

Feel: Medium body and medium mouthfeel. Has an almost oily, thicker mouthfeel that lingers a bit long. Enjoyable.

Overall: I've been trying to find this beer for a while, and I was excited to finally see it on the shelf again. I probably haven't seen it around since before the pandemic, and the last time I had it was probably last summer. Really nice offering at a great price. Worth trying, especially for someone who is willing to give the old west-coast IPA a second chance. You won't regret trying this updated version of a classic style.

Brewed by Collective Arts, Waunake, WI, USA

Sep 14, 2020
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BigGold from Mississippi

4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ransack the Universe came in a pint can, surprisingly labeled "Brewed by Collective Arts Brewing, Waunakee, WI, USA," as CA is apparently now brewing at Octopi Brewing.

Anyway, had poured from can, bottom stamped (apparently) canned on "04/30/20," into nonic pint.

This beer pours a bit cloudy and somewhat lemon-gold with a beautiful creamy head of nearly a finger, which stays and stays and generates solid lacing the time. Aroma is citrus over pale malts, but could be bigger. The "West Coast Style" (says the can) bitterness, however, is on the money, nicely finishing this decently malty, citrusy experience.

Aug 04, 2020
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Shiredave from New York

3.6/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brewed /canned in Waunakee WI on 7-2-2020. Amusing can art of a spaced out young Paul Bunyan (?) celebrating his birthday alone, naked in a mountain forest. Canadian humor. I have Canadian blood so I get it.
Lovely amber color, hazy but not gunky looking. Loads of sticky lace spatters remain on the glass while a film and ring of foam persist on top of the beer.
Aroma to me is grapefruit and a touch of honey. Some more lemony citrus and some celery/ cucumber notes come in behind.
Flavor is just thin all around. I mean it's pleasant and mild but not a wow in any way. Body is also thin but appropriate to the light sugar load. Hops are subtle as well and leave a good aftertaste but all in weak balance on a teeter totter thats only 4 inches off the ground.
A nice session ale with good pale ale flavor but it's just barely an IPA and ... why am I wondering if I would like the "real" Canadian version more?

Aug 01, 2020
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Gajo74 from New York

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From the can, it pours a mostly clear orange straw color with visible carbonation. A large foam head nearly spills over-the pour was aggressive-and retains well.

The aroma truly reminds me of Hawaiian Punch. It has notes of berries, mango, grapefruit and grape juice. There is a light herbal and dank aroma.

Juicy flavors of tropical fruit and berries along with pithy notes of grapefruit rind; very West Coast. It has an assertive, yet ultra smooth bitterness that really aids drinkability. It is very piney and resiny, especially in the dry finish. The body is medium, the mouthfeel is both crisp and smooth, and the carbonation is moderate.

This was a nice West Coast style IPA. It was both juicy and bitter, and, most importantly, absolutely crushable.

Jul 29, 2020
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Chag22 from Canada (QC)

3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours out a little hazy, nut much for a non filtered. ornage color or maybe dark yellow. Very fruity, easy to drink.
Not much bitterness. A malt taste at the finish. Good overall but nothing unique.

May 29, 2020
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VoxRationis from New York

4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Decanted from a 16 oz (473 ml) can into a muffin top taster pint glass; canned on 03/03/2020.
A: Pours very hazy, dark orange color with two finger, off-white head and nearly a finger of retention. Rings of foamy, sticky lacing evident all the way down the side of the glass.
S: Aromas of orange, tangerine, nectarine, and mangos predominate. Barley component evident later as it warms.
T: Semi-sweet with palate basically following the nose closely. Peppery almost minty bitterness provides a counterpoise to the sweetness and fruit.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Fairly creamy; leaves a tingling on the palate at end swallow.
O: A gorgeous fruit-forward but not overly sweet IPA. I could get used to these; sadly I only have one. Kudos to the master brewer.

May 11, 2020
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morimech from Minnesota

3.82/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Contract brewed in WI. Not filtered but not full hazy. Aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and mild dankness. Typical Galaxy hop flavor which means, not much besides fruit juice. Not bitter and paired with sweet malt. Boring. ABV suggests a bigger beer but this feels much smaller. Nicely carbonated.

May 02, 2020
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WanderingRonin from Canada (AB)

3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is mostly clear with a bright yellow color to it with some gold highlights to it, pours with a finger and a half of whitish, foamy head that has a great retention to it and leaves a nice curtain of lace down the side of the glass.

Nice juicy citrus nose to it with lots of navel oranges and tangerines to it.

Fairly bitter citrusy hop flavor forward, orange zest and lemon pith with some hints of tangerines and maybe a ghostly trace of mint.

Medium/ light bodied with a mild pale malt base, little sweetness to it but with a enough of a body to balance a bit of the bitterness and a highish carbonation to it to make the beer a bit easier drinking.

Heavy bitterness on the finish, fairly piney with waxy, pithy, grapefruit note that lingers onto the aftertaste along with a faint astringency that slightly coats the mouth.

A Good example of a classic west coast IPA but was expecting a little less bitterness and a lot more tropical nuance to it, and was a bit disappointed there.

Mar 09, 2020
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avalon07 from South Carolina

4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Had this beer on-tap at Growlers to Go - Innsbrook, poured into a pint glass. Had an orange / yellow color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy, somewhat long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A solid aroma of citrus fruit, hops, tropical fruit, and malt.

T: Tasted of little bit of malt (mostly in the finish), a good shot of tropical fruit (mango, in particular), a decent bit of hops (a major factor here), and some citrus fruit as well (orange, in particular). An extremely focused and well-balanced flavor all around. It definitely has more subtlety than your average IPA, but remains flavorful.

F: A decent amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: A rock solid IPA. Worth a try.

Dec 14, 2019
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themoviebrewer from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

An aromatic IPA that hits softly and lingers on your tastebuds. A hazy amber pour with just a bit of collar, this beer has a dry taste that delivers on the fruity promise made by it’s aroma. The galaxy hops shine against the light malt. Hints of citrus and fruit round out a delightful full bodied beer.

Nov 21, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

16oz can, date stamped 16 JUL 2019. Hazy tangerine colored body with a frothy off-white head resting on top. Big zesty and juicy aroma of grapefruit, tangerine, mango, pine, and light caramel. Brilliant citrusy flavors with more tangerine and grapefruit, a nice heft of bitter pine, orange pith and zest, mango, light caramel, and some spicy hops on the finish. Soft carbonation on the full body creates a nice creaminess, then resinous hops take over, then it's bitter and dry. I am loving everything about this one - great stuff!

Oct 11, 2019
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TreyIsWilson from Michigan

3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A - Pours a lightly hazed gold with a two finger creamy white head. Heavy amount of soapy lacing.

S - Aroma is orange, grapefruit, mango and light piney hops.

T - The taste is tangerine, orange peel, mango, grapefruit, toasted biscuit and piney hops.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation. Creamy mouthfeel with a crisp dry finish.

O - Very solid west coast ipa.

Oct 01, 2019
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Collective Arts Brewing "Ransack the Universe"
1 pint can, coded "08/01/19 13:05" and sampled on 09/30/19
$4.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: Great label artwork, but then again, that's what they do, right? It's poured a very hazy golden body beneath and inch and a half of off-white foam. There's visible sediment floating in it. Anyway, let me get to the hops before I even smell it. It's Galaxy and Mosaic so I'm expecting passionfruit and peach from the Galaxy and berry and mango, and usually a lot of other stuff, from the Mosaic. There's also Citra, Centennial, Chinook and Simcoe in the dry hop. Let's see... it's resinous... definite passionfruit, and I think yes, peach... also a kind of generic citrus, some soft pine, earthiness, and mango and other tropical fruits. Yeah, that about covers it. There's some berry as well but it's minor, and not as strong as it sometimes is. Mosaic is an odd hop like that though, sometimes it goes one way, and sometimes it goes another. The aroma is fairly bright and I'm quite pleased with that, but I didn't really find the Chinook or the Citra. OK, let's hope the flavor is just as good... ... and it is! I'm getting more of the peach and a lot of mango, those seem to be the more dominant notes, followed by berry, yeah, and the passionfruit. It's floral, which I didn't pick up in the aroma, and I get some of that in the finish along with some soft pine and earthiness. The longer it goes the spicier it seems to become, for about 15 seconds and then it fades. I'm really liking this one! It's labeled as a West Coast IPA though, and I'm not feeling that. It's not as bitter as it should be, or at least it's not the 85 IBUs they suggest, and in that sense it's almost more of a New England IPA. The malt, I should point out, is just basic sweetish golden malt which doesn't interfere with the hop flavors or aromas. I say nicely done on this one. Of course Mosaic hops are one of my favorites, with Galaxy working its way up the ladder, so this is right in my wheelhouse. And I also appreciate that they haven't overdone it. I recently had an IPA that used 5 or 6 hops and although it smelled good the flavors just became a muddled mess even though they were hops that would have generally fit together pretty well. To a certain extent that also has to do with how long the hops are dry hopped, and when, but in general I find you get brighter, clearer flavors that work better when you focus on two, or even three hops. So what have I missed? Mouthfeel as usual, and the reminder of the appearance. It's medium bodied and crisp, no surprises there, and the head held well and left some fair lacing about the glass. It could have been better but it wasn't bad. To sum up, it's a great beer and well worth seeking out for IPA fans.
Review #6,732

Oct 01, 2019
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superspak from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 8/1/2019. Pours very hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with big strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, lime, peach, pear, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, mango, honeydew melon, guava, blueberry, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, toasted biscuit, light honey, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy/sticky, and fairly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 6.8%,. Overall this is an awesome IPA. All around awesome citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the modestly bitter/resinous/drying finish; nicely soft feel and not aggressive. Awesome Galaxy, Mosaic, Citra, Centennial, Chinook, Simcoe profile. Very vibrant, juicy, dank, and earthy hops; with a great pale/wheat malt backbone. Light residual sweetness with lingering resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and impressive style example. Feels like a hybrid of west/east coast styles.

Sep 23, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Proving once again that, like rust, The CANQuest (tm) never sleeps (or at least keeps odd hours with cat naps thrown in), I am getting started to CANincide with sunrise. I have a full day ahead with a visit to the neighborhood church's monthly Attic Treasures rummage/odds 'n' sods sale; the Pitt/PSU game at Noon #H2P; & off to see "Hustlers" this evening for bonus Regal points. As to the last, with the death of MoviePass, Regal stepped in/up with Regal Unlimited & as long as I watch 3+ movies a month, it pays for itself. I have a Film Studies certificate from Pitt, so it is not too tough to get them in, but I have two CANplaints: 1) too much mainstream stuff, not enough indie/foreign/art films & 2) NO beer! 8=( My business cards, when I have them, read: J. S. "Woody" Chandler Pittsburgh Sports Fan, Movie Buff, Beer Pest. Beer at the movies? Super! Beer & sports? A natural fit. Movies about sports? Not usually a winner, making the ones that are worthy really stand out. Following the movie, I will be stopping in at both Dominion Pizza & Rieker Bottle Works to scour for a few things. Beer, that is. Like I said - a BIG day ahead!

From the CAN: "Hops: Galaxy & Mosaic"; "Unfiltered Keep Cold"; "Artist: Ronan Lynam Grand Rapids, MI, USA". One of my all-time fave bartenders is Danny Lynam who used to work the stick at Bridgewaters Pub inside of 30th Street Station in PHL. Any relation? I wonder.

My CAN depicted a trio of deep sea divers, CANplete with copper helmets. Do they still wear those?

What I do not wonder is how to CANduct the Crack! & subsequent Glug on this one. The key is in the word "Unfiltered", which means that I shall begin by striving for clarity & failing that, I will allow it to free-flow in a C-Line Glug into the awaiting glass. My plan worked beautifully & came to fruition bearing just over two fingers of dense, foamy, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with excellent retention. Color was a hazy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 - 5). Nose smelled of tropical fruits being peeled in the middle of a pine forest! Mmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was quite tropical with some orange/tangerine thrown into the mix, acCANponied by a pine mintiness. Mmm. My only bugaboo was a woodiness that really intensified the pine flavor & might not make it everyone's cuppa joe. It did not really bother me, but I would be remiss as a reviewer if I did not mention it. Finish was dry with a cool mintiness that lingered well after the swallow. CAN interesting beer, to be sure, but I think that one was enough for me. YMMV.

Sep 14, 2019
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4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Purchased from a liquor store in the NYC area, unknown freshness

A: Turbid, dull orange
S: Peach
T: Boozy, bitter, grapefruit
M: Crisp, moderate carbonation, slick
O: Its a crisp beer, said to be a west coast IPA, for that it is pretty good.

Came back a minute later to add .25 to taste.

Sep 14, 2019
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4.95/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Galaxy hops really shine here. This is a fantastic, crushable IPA that even the bitter hop heads can appreciate this one. My wife spilled a pint on our counter and I got upset.
Aces from collective arts.
Color is hazy bright yellow, citrus in the nose and early palette. Carbonation is smooth so if you like your IPAS more carbed maybe you'll find it a bit flat.
Mouth feel is thick and smooth, with a medium body.
Definitely recommend.

Sep 11, 2019
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

DATE: September 7, 2019... OCCASION: a ton of chores done, Joey/Michael soccer success, and a beautiful day not wasted--time for a much-heralded offering I first tasted at Brad's a few weeks back... GLASSWARE: Victory Hop Devil nonick... trademark hazy, nearly opaque amber orange body akin to the color of the can... its bubbles swirl with life, building a healthy, staunch half-finger of fluffy white head... quite a nice picture... can states plainly Galaxy and Mosaic--and the mango, pine, passionfruit and orange citrus ... some dankness too, but not enough to trend towards an NE variety... the mouthfeel is light to medium-bodied, creamy to a point, buzzing the teeth a bit but not leaving much at the finish... the malts are merely a fizzy crackle of cracker.... its IBUs are fierce, pounding the passionfruit, orange, and pine... mango seeps in too... this is solid, singular in its delivery and experience...that night, it paled a bit in comparison to the Lawsons of the world; tonight, it more than holds its own as a hop bomb should...

Sep 08, 2019
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apants007 from New York

4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16oz can into a pint glass

Pours a little cloudy with very thin head. Lemon and parsley on the nose. Surprised at how soft it feels in the mouth... like reverse carbonation... weird but pleasant... big dried apricot taste up front that fades to butter cookie ... then the parsley on the nose comes back and shows as summer garden ... not grassy ... but green and “soil-like”.... in a good way. Pretty delightful.

Sep 04, 2019
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JediMasterLenin from District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

16oz can into an IPA glass

Look: Pours a mostly clear pale orange, with a one-finger white head that has some decent retention and leaves lacing down the side of the glass.
Smell: An earthy dankness hits the nose right away, with some lighter citrus and tropical fruit notes like grapefruit, mango, and pineapple in the background.
Taste: The fruit is a little stronger here, and that dankness is on the finish leaving it with a crisp dry finish.
Feel: Medium with some nice softness to it. Fine bubbles and low carbonation.
Overall: Collective arts has squeezed a lot out of these hops here. The earthy/piney hops and dankness on the finish keep the fruit from overwhelming the palate and makes it hard to stop drinking!

Aug 20, 2019
Ransack the Universe from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 657 ratings