Saturday, July 22, 2017

The Hop Concept Galaxy & Comet IPA

Beer Name: Galaxy & Comet IPA
Brewery: The Hop Concept, The Lost Abbey, and Port Brewing Co. (San Marcos, CA)
ABV: 8.0%
How sold: 22 oz bottles; on draft
Where bought: Craft Shack (San Diego, CA)  ****bought online
Price: $7.99 for 22 oz. bottle

Date Bought: March 29, 2017
Date Received: April 6, 2017
Date Opened: April 22, 2017
IBU: 72 (according to Untappd)

When brewed/released? Likely a limited-time beer. Released for just the second time. Available starting in March 2017.

What's on the Bottle: "Our flagship series of dry-hopped IPAs explores the limitless combinations of our favorite classic, new and experimental hops. Each one is crafted to bring out the complementary characteristics of the different varietals - and deliver a solid hit of bold, crispy freshness.

Always curious to find out what happens when worlds collide, we combined a slice of rustic Americana with a rising star from Down Under. Galaxy hops, grown exclusively in Australia and revered for their clean, bright aromas, lend notes of passion fruit, citrus and peach. Comet, a descendant of a North American original, packs a wildly bitter punch with an invigorating blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange flavors."

Where distributed: Unknown, but can at least be found on the West Coast.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear light golden into a pint glass. White head, trace lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Tropical passion fruit, citrus orange, pine, and slight dank/malt notes. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Hop-forward, good combination of dank, pine, tropical, and citrus. Some malty qualities. Bitter towards the aftertaste. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, good carbonation. Dry tongue. Stickiness allows the bitterness to linger. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome Double IPA. The Hop Concept apparently also bottles beers outside the four seasonal offerings listed on their website. To me, Galaxy & Comet possessed tropical characteristics similar to Dank & Sticky IPA, yet I found was also more bitter. Untappd had this at 72 IBU, but it felt like 95+ to me. Probably all tasting similarly bitter to people at some point. Again, fairly standard price for a 22 oz, and one you should try if you're into the bitter West Coast style IPAs. 4.25/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.15/5

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