Ransack the Universe
Collective Arts Brewing

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #200
ABV:
6.8%
Score:
92
Ranked #2,972
Avg:
4.12 | pDev: 8.01%
Reviews:
148
Ratings:
578
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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
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Reviews by Mcchargersbeerquest:
Photo of Mcchargersbeerquest
4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.31/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

473 ml can poured into tulip 4/20/2016

A suspended particles in a golden orange body, pours like a nitro can, half a glass of dense tan foam just kinda sits there slowly falling to a table top island, thick partial rings all the way down and still a finger of foam at the bottom

S mango, passion fruit, guava, overripe pineapple, big fruity nose on this one, faintly catty, crushed up Vitamin C chewables, soft caramel, pine and citrus maybe tangerine?, smells strong all over

T more pine, lemon rind comes out strong, not the tropical flesh I was smelling but an intense piney citrus that works just as well

M harsh bitter bite but I love it, gritty at first but finishes with some slickness on the palate, feels like a nitro can creaming right up, piney finish

O less then a month old and its big and fresh, solid everywhere and I may even be underrating the nose, a little dangerous how quick the pint can goes down

I just love it when Canadian top 100 beers just pop up on the shelf in Alberta, no trading required. I can see myself drinking lots of this over Summer, cheaper then pint cans of crappy pilsner from Northern Europe? this ones a no brainer

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Photo of connecticutpoet
4.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer was most everything you want to see in an IPA... nice one finger head, hazy amber body, even poured nicely. The head died down quickly, though it did leave lacing on the glass.

Aroma was massive hops... citrus, white pine, pineapple, sweet tropical fruits. Quite a mélange of scents.

For the blast of hop flavor, the taste was restrained but very much there. Citrus, lightly bitter resins, some sweet tropical fruit. Held back so it wasn't so in-your-face, surprisingly so.

Mouthfeel was silky smooth and slightly oily. It coated the tongue a little bit but not in a bad way. That helped the flavor linger.

Overall, one of the best IPAs I have had in years, apart from Tree House. I liked it even better than the various Night Shift IPAs I have had this past year.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

473ml can, part of a trio of so-packaged offerings from this Ontario brewery to suddenly appear in Alberta.

This beer pours a hazy, medium apricot amber colour, with four voluminous fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and bubbly ecru head, which leaves some scattered cloud form lace around the glass as it very lazily and unevenly recedes.

It smells of fresh orange and white grapefruit juice, grainy and lightly crackery pale malt, further muddled tropical fruit esters, white chalk, and more leafy, dank piney, and sort of floral green hop bitters. The taste is bready and faintly doughy pale malt, wet saltine crackers, underripe domestic citrus rind (now more or less free of the tropical character), pithy flint notes, a bit of gassy white wine fumes, and steadily acerbic piney, leafy, and herbaceous hops.

The carbonation is fairly evenly distributed via its workaday frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and sort of smooth, as all that citrus and pine hoppiness can't help but have a certain degrading effect here, that's just the way of things. It finishes trending dry, the piney bitterness starting to solidify its stranglehold over the base malt and inherent fruitiness.

Yeah, wow - for around 3 bucks a can, I don't think you can beat that around here, for a single (pint) serving of a hands-down engaging IPA! Lots going on here, but overall, I'd say that despite the Pacific Rim ingredients, this leans more towards the American Northeast style, given the emphasis on pine over citrus, not to mention the turbidity. Also, the near 7 points of boozy-booze - helloooooo, where are you?

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a clear no haze marigold yellow with some head and some dusting on top

S: aroma is not very appealing. Im not sure if this is due to age or what but this is the weakest aspect of the beer and usually the first to go as well

T: flavors of sweet pineapple, mango peach and other tropical fruit. Nice light caramel cracker bread malt flavors with cotton candy sugars bouncing in the background. Plenty if sweetness here which is enjoyable but not over the top sweet

M: medium thickness with light to medium carbonation

O: overall i was impressed. Having had a few beers locally on Ontario I was actually unaware this was made in Hamilton when buying but i would be a fool to not get this again and hope to see it regularly

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Photo of MA_hops
4.39/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Apricot in color with a thin white, soapy head that dissipates into a sticky lacing.

S: Apricot, tangerine, grapefruit pith, it has a sweet, fruity aroma that seems to morph into a dank citrus aroma.

T: Similar to the nose. It's not as juicy/dank in taste as it is in aroma, however notes of apricot and grapefruit are noticeable.

M: Medium carbonation, hops are prickly to the tongue with a slightly bitter finish.

O: I came across this beer at a local variety store in Burlington and I'm very impressed. If the taste was as good as the aroma it could pass as a Tree House IPA. Well done Canada!

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.63/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phil9250
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.93/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JohnWesolowski
4.72/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hoppy with out being too heavy.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - 2-finger yellowish head atop a translucent orange body.

S - pine, orange, dank, cotton candy.

T - grapefruit rind and hard candies. Some pine, a little dank. Moderate bitterness, low sweetness, low booziness.

F - medium body and carb.

O - leans more towards a traditional ipa, but very well executed.

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Photo of FBarber
4.04/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmbphoenix
3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Brewxer
4.5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My current favourite Ontario IPA

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Photo of ajm5108
3.48/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

You can see the direction it wants to go in but it never quite gets there - some vague tropical / citrus notes that never really express themselves fully, standard malt backbone - good, just unexceptional

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Photo of jschott75
4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyronegangsta
4.15/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
3.82/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fermentedbarley
3.89/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RobbyBeerTester
5/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best IPA on the Canadian market.

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Photo of trdtercel92
3.75/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyB
4.18/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JLK7299
4.25/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BigGruntyThirst
4.36/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dakin
4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Ransack the Universe from Collective Arts Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 578 ratings