Saturday, June 25

Beer Review: Hopworks Galactic Imperial Red Ale

Since I am missing the North American Organic Beer Festival in Portland.. I figured I'd swing by 'By The Bottle' and sneak in for a quick freebie Pelican Brewery Tasting, and snag my first bottle of Hopworks Galactic Imperial Red Ale which is organic as are all of their beers for the most part.


I love the 'Astroids-like' game theme on the screened bottle. I also like the fact that the year is dated. This is an Imperial Red brewed with the notoriously fantastic northwest hops, and ranks in at 100+ IBU's. 9.5% Alc. is certainly a steep feature as well.

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a crisp clear dark molasses brown and ruby red color. Big fluffy off-white head with big planetary galactic spotty head that settles to a nice frothy ring of lace-making goodness.

Smell: (4.0)
- The smell is somewhat masked in the beers body. But I get some wonderful sweet caramel scent, as well as a sharp bitter pine hop, with some fantastic citrus and floral notes all melded together in perfect unison. Very grassy, earthy, and herbal as well.

Taste: (4.5)
- Great bready and sweet caramel malts. Not too overly sweet which I like. There is a big bready earthy touch to balance this bad boy out. The super bitter pine forward hop certainly plays a big role as well in balancing this beast. Some light caramel, brown sugar, and a roasty earthy flare hits first, with a nice grassy herbal and floral finish. Certainly well balanced while still being very bitter. The heat from the alcohol exists, but is not overpowering or boozy. Very well done.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- Medium bodied, chewy and cloying. Drying from the mad bitterness, and leaves the palate a bit sticky. Overall expected from the style. Well carbonated and bubbly.

Overall: (4.0)
- Overall a very nice and smooth malty imperial red. If you don't like very bitter early boil hops, this beer probably won't be for you. It's certainly for me. Very true to the style, all organic, and hits the spot. I like that it isn't so overly syrupy and sweet like so many can be. Well worth the purchase.

A- / 4.18

(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)

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