Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Foundation Galacticon

The Stats
Style: Imperial IPA, Triple IPA
ABV: 9.4%
Current Ratings...
- Untappd: 4.39/5
- Beer Advocate: 4.47/5
- RateBeer: N/A

"Galacticon Triple IPA pours a hazy gold color, showcasing the beautiful flavors of papaya, melon, mango and white grape layered over an underlying dankness that is the hallmark of Australian Galaxy hops. Exclusively and aggressively hopped with Galaxy and Citra both in the whirlpool and the dry hop, Galacticon unleashes all of the intensity of these hops with little bitterness. The flavors and aromas of Galacticon are best enjoyed as soon as possible."

Pours out golden orange in color with a murky body and a finger of white head.

The aroma has a good amount of orange rind and citrus acidity. Some subtle dank bitterness is here too as well as a tiny bit of creamy sherbet and grapefruit.

The taste is bitter up front, bitter in the middle, and bitter in the back. However, it is also balanced with delicious citrus at the same time. Up front the dank Galaxy provides a good hop bite, but that is quickly rushed away by intense citrus zest and pulpy orange juice. As it hits the middle of the mouth, some sweeter citrus notes of clementine and tangerine take over, but the back end goes immediately back to some lingering bitter flavors and a big thud of hops on the finish. There's a minor fusel alcohol taste on each sip, but it is nearly undetectable.

Mouthfeel is full with a creamy texture. It is nearing 9% abv, but the body is in no way syrupy or thick. It drinks more like 7.5% and that can be deadly.

Galacticon was a flavorful and incredibly drinkable Double/Triple IPA. Every step of the way, the bitterness ran rampant, but it was so easy to drink that you forgot this was knocking on the door of 10% abv. The bitterness and citrus matched perfectly in this beer and it has earned its place alongside some of the better New England IPAs out there.


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