Thursday, March 22, 2018

Idle Hands Galaxy Four Seam

The Stats
Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.6%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 4.13/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.34/5
- RateBeer: N/A

"Take all that you know and love about our flagship NEIPA but swap the big Citra addition for a big Galaxy addition! Flavors of ripe oranges, pineapple, and melon on a pillowy and rounded body of malt."

Pours out like murky gold. Completely hazy body and a sunset orange color with a finger of white head.

The aroma is a volcanic eruption of pineapple, oranges, dankness, and melon. A distinct bubble gum or Juicy Fruit quality makes my mouth water, but it has an overwhelming hop juice quality too. Smells excellent.

Much like the nose, the taste is exploding with flavor at every conceivable turn. The juicier pineapple and orange are back in big ways and are refreshing at any given time. This time around, massive amounts of non-acidic grapefruit and small touches of dessert-like orange sherbet are also leading a D-Day invasion on my palate's Omaha Beach. Once the fruits are finished, the onslaught of flavor continues with unrelenting bitter dankness and pure hop juice. Each swig is capped off with a thud of bitter flavor and is quite the exclamation point on each sip. More of the aforementioned Juicy Fruit and bubble gum taste, which is a characteristic of well-made Galaxy IPAs, is almost just as big as anything else in the flavor profile. The aftertaste is full of an equal 1-2 punch of the pineapple and the weed-like dankness. It's one of the best Galaxy IPAs I've ever had.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy texture. It feels bigger than 6.6%, but retains insanely high drinkability. The body does come in JUST a bit thin for such a flavorful and creamy beer, but at this point I am just looking for things to bitch about. Dankness lingers for extended periods of time after each sip and the carbonation is spot-on.

What else can I say about Galaxy Four Seam? The base Four Seam is a Citra bomb, but the Galaxy version is not merely the same experience, but with different hops, but instead is a completely different beast. The aroma and flavors are at the highest levels of intensity and it is only a Single IPA and not imperialized. I think I might be ready to call it and say this is the best use of Galaxy hops in a Single IPA I have ever had. Damn you, Idle Hands for making me show an emotion!


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