Friday, July 1, 2016

Toppling Goliath Galaxy Dry Hopped PseudoSue

The Stats
Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.8%
Current Ratings...
- Beer Advocate: 4.43/5
- RateBeer: 3.92/5

If you tuned into my DDH PseudoSue review from last week, you may recall a moment where I asked if Toppling Goliath was doing anything new to their PseudoSue Pale Ale in order to keep it interesting. As we see here, it seems TG is hell bent on dry-hopping their pale ale with every hop known to man. I just reviewed Trillium's DDH Congress Street which was one of the best uses of Galaxy hops I've ever experienced, so this baby has a tough act to follow.

Pours a transparent light orange with a finger of bright, white head.

The smell doesn't really scream Galaxy hops as I pick up some resinous notes with maybe a little candied orange, tree sap, and pine.

The taste sticks with the resinous theme with a mouthful of pine needles to get the party started. If I ate a pine tree air freshener filled with sap, I think the results might not be too far off from each other. This one tends to stay on the sweeter side with more of the aforementioned candied fruits of oranges and some peaches too. Not a whole lot going on in terms of dankness, but the hop presence is more of an earthy thud with some decent hop oils thrown in. A dry, doughy malt character is present on the back end and it lingers on the finish for sure.

Mouthfeel is full-bodied, but feels surprisingly thick at time for a pale ale. The surprisingly large pine resin flavors don't equate to easy drinkability, but I appreciate the flavors that are present and I am enjoying sipping on this one. I think it finishes a bit too clean.

I don't think Galaxy PseudoSue does a whole lot for the reputation of the hop variety that it is showcasing. Compared to DDH Congress Street's Galaxy bukkake, this one doesn't stand toe-to-toe. I still enjoyed the big pine and sweeter flavors, but if we're going to compare it to its Double Citra brother, then I will take its sibling any day. On its own, it's a pretty good pale ale that is comparable to a lot of mainstream offerings, but doesn't celebrate Galaxy the way it should.


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