Ransack the Universe is an American-style IPA by Collective Arts Brewing whose hoppy pine and citrus palate is balanced lightly with tropical fruit.

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Ransack the Universe is an American IPA that’s brewed by Collective Arts Brewing, and for the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a 16 oz. can.

Packaging art for the Ransack the Universe by Collective Arts Brewing

Packaging art for the Ransack the Universe by Collective Arts Brewing

What You Need to Know

This West Coast-style IPA is expectedly hop-forward, powered by a pair of varietals, and is unfiltered, giving the brew a cloudy appearance. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.

Appearance

The IPA pours a somewhat cloudy straw hue and is topped by a thick cap of puffy off-white foam that shows excellent retention. The head’s reduction leaves behind small patches of sticky residue on the sides while heavy sediment is visibly adrift in the glass.

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Aroma

The aroma is bright and fragrant with pine and backed slightly with cracker and stone fruit.

Flavor

The palate is led with a mild bite of piney hops and cracker malt that ramps towards a more pronounced bite of lemony citrus before mellowing out with tropical fruit and a bit more malt.

Label art for the Ransack the Universe by Collective Arts Brewing

Label art for the Ransack the Universe by Collective Arts Brewing

Mouthfeel

The feel is crisp and relatively smooth with medium body and matching carbonation. The finish is dry with a moderate astringency.

Overall

Ransack the Universe is unfiltered and perhaps this IPA shows more haze than a lot of West Coast-style brews, but otherwise, it presents nicely. The aroma is strong, persistent, and enticing. The palate is quite hoppy but its bitterness isn’t overwhelming. Overall, this brew may originate from Canada but it’s an excellent take on West Coast-style IPA.

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