Thirsty Thursday- Ransack the Universe

Name: Ransack the Universe

Style: Hemisphere IPA

Brewery: Collective Arts Brewery

Brewery Location: Hamilton Ontario

Can / Bottle / Draught: Can – 473ml

Price: $3.05

ABV: 6.8%

From The Can: There is no description of the beer on the can, but they showcase artists work on their labels, so the labels vary. This particular can had a tiger on it, artist Lisa Vanin, Toronto Ontario.

Website description: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.

Hops: Galaxy, Victoria, AU

Mosaic, Yakima, WA

Color: goldy orange (goldy is a word now)

Clarity: translucent

Head: A short lasting white head reduces to a thin lace

Aroma: A bit sweet, citrus, bready pine


This week I decided to follow Darren's concept of finding a brew to taste that's within the 100km range of home(I also posted on a Friday instead of the “Thirsty Thursday”).

This beer starts a bit bitter, with more pine than citrus notes, and has cracker and floral flavors as well as a nice carbonation with a sweetness that sticks around after.It is a high strength beer but you really don’t taste the near 7% alcohol content and their hop selections (Mosaic and Galaxy) really compliment each other.

I like this beer as it has a lot going on. I’m also a fan of the curated artwork on all the beers they produce, along with scannable barcodes that take you to videos and music using the Blippar app, its for sure an interactive beer drinking experience. If you find yourself at the LCBO, pick up a few cans while they’re on rotation. I’m anxious to try their other beers.