Beer Notes: Galaxy Widebody IPA

Barnstormer Brewing & Pizzeria (Barrie, Ontario)

American Imperial / Double IPA (8.5%)

notes-galaxy

Look: Hazy, colour reminds me of peach meat ot apricot. Sizable, tight white head is retained as a small cap. Rocky lacing.

Smell: Huge Galaxy character. Nectarous fruit, pepper, pine oil. Earthy malt base with subtle caramel tone.

Taste: Very well-balanced. Warm, thick and sweet caramel malts. Passion fruit, lemon peel. Sturdy bitterness sneaks up on you and really hits in the finish.

Mouth: Feels earthy and full-bodied at first, but sort of falls out mid way. Quite syrupy, fairly low carbonation.

Opinion: Very solid DIPA and a great showcase for the Galaxy hop. The robust malts keep you from getting carried away, but it’s still pretty easygoing.

Food: Samosa, curried dishes, fried chicken, aged cheddar, fruit salad, dark rye.

 

Beer Notes: Shoulders of Giants

Flying Monkeys Craft Brewery (Barrie, Ontario)

American Imperial / Double IPA (10%)

Shoulders of Giants

Look: Hazy, colour reminiscent of blood orange juice. Small tan head settles as a yarn thick collar, leaves large rings of lace.

Smell: Caramel and butterscotch-sweetened malt base. Citrus (grapefruit, lemon, bitter orange), pine.

Taste: Surprisingly balanced. Rich, sweet, caramel soaked malts. Plenty of bitterness to counter. Strong combination of juicy citrus flavours. Notes of strawberry jam and watermelon in the finish/aftertaste.

Mouth: Full body, quite viscose, minimal carbonation. Dryness throughout.

Opinion: Quite possibly the most refined beer Flying Monkeys has ever released. Sturdy malt, spot-on hopping. Drink as fresh as possible.

Food: Deep fried anything, fresh breads, chorizo, grilled salmon.

Twice as Mad Tom IPA: A Real Nutter

Twice as Mad Tom IPA from Muskoka Brewery in Bracebridge, Ontario is a slightly hazy and bright amber colour with a frothy off-white head that settles as a thin collar and leaves cascading lace at every stage of the glass. This American double IPA wallops your nose with pineapple, grapefruit and mango notes along with accents of pepper and pine set against a thick toffee-caramel backing.

Twice as Mad Tom IPA
I Start to Look Like Mad Tom After a Couple of Bottles

The taste of Twice as Mad Tom IPA has a layered effect about it. Waves of citrus flavours like pineapple and tangerine, grapefruit rind wash over toasted grains, caramel malts and mango tones. Every sip seems to taste a bit different, though a solid bitterness permeates the whole glass. The mouthfeel is fairly thick and grainy, but it also has a warm creaminess, semi-viscose oiliness and mild carbonation. The finish is sharp while pine, rind and pepper notes mingle in the aftertaste.