For this week’s installment of Tasting Notes, we find ourselves cruising through the mid-week doldrums at warp speed thanks to a little help from Beyond the Galaxy IPA from Terrapin Beer Co. (Athens, Georgia).
Arriving as the single hop successor to Terrapin’s Mosaic Red Rye IPA, Beyond the Galaxy is a new Seasonal India Pale Ale that features a “stellar flavor and . . . aroma of candied pineapple and tropical fruit” sourced from “an astronomical amount of Galaxy hops.” Clocking in at 6.3% ABV and sporting “a soft, juicy bitterness”, Beyond the Galaxy IPA aims to “take you on a voyage where no man has gone before.”
Beyond the Galaxy IPA is available now and will hang around throughout the spring months. You can find this new Seasonal offering in 6-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at beer-friendly establishments located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and throughout the rest of Terrapin Beer Co.’s distribution area.
Now that we have appropriately covered all those necessary particulars, let’s crack open a few cans and single hop our way into some Tasting Notes!
Tasting Notes for Beyond the Galaxy IPA from Terrapin Beer Co.
Appearance: Beyond the Galaxy presents itself as a deep, golden colored beer that has a solid orange hue radiating at its core. When held to direct light, that orange tone softens and the golds glow. This IPA is completely clear and displays an abundant carbonation level coursing within. The pour produced nearly two fingers of bright white foam that quickly retreats down to a wispy but complete top cap. No matter its size, the head still coats the glass with some serious lace coverage.
Aroma: The aromatics are dominated by distinct, tropical fruit notes of passionfruit, grapefruit, orange, mango and pineapple. An undercurrent of pine progressively settles into the background and the experience closes with just a grace of sweetness from the pale malts. Just as it should be, this aroma is all Galaxy hops.
Taste: Leading with pronounced notes of passionfruit and pineapple, the Galaxy hops have come ready to work in this department as well. A slight malt character eventually threads its way in as the hops transition to juicy and sweet citrus tones. This opens further to bring some pine resin and dankness just before the experience closes out with a vibrant pop of orange and grapefruit zest.
Mouthfeel: Falling on the lighter side of medium in body with a bright carbonation presence, this India Pale Ale is pleasantly crisp and dries out nicely. This beer does have a moderate amount of bitterness, but it cleans up quickly. Weighing in at just 6.3%, the ABV is incredibly reasonable for the style and further adds to the easy-drinking nature of the experience. The aftertaste is minimal, but there is a touch of orange and grapefruit left to linger.
Final Thoughts: Just as expected, Beyond the Galaxy IPA is a super solid study in Galaxy hops and all the tropical goodness they have to offer. The hops absolutely rule the arenas of aroma and flavor, but the bitterness is kept in check with just the right amount of balance. That deft level of balance combines with the beer’s juicy character, lighter mouthfeel and reasonable ABV to create an absolutely crushable, thirst-quenching experience. Seriously, this beer is ridiculously drinkable, and it deserves your consideration whenever you are partaking in a little warm weather drinking this spring. Check it out. Prost!