Milky Way Galaxy

Georgia
United States
Milky Way Galaxy, Pontoon Brewing
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Flavor:
34 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Our double dry hopped double India Pale Ale with enormous amounts of Galaxy and Citra hops added in both the primary and secondary fermentation. An addition of lactose in the boil gives this well balanced beer a smooth and silky mouthfeel that is so easy to drink, it could leave you lost in the Milky Way Galaxy.

Profile

ABV: 
10.0%
IBUs: 
100
Served at: 
46 - 50º F
Hops: 
Galaxy, Citra
Judges Review 
Rick Franckhauser's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
21 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
34 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Milky Way Galaxy by Pontoon Brewing is being judged as BJCP category 31B, Alternative Sugar Beer with category 22A, Double IPA, as the base style.

The aroma opens with a pronounced sweet grapefruit joined by additional citrus reminiscent of clementine. Subtle honey malt comes through as it warms. Nearly opaque in its haziness. The beer was not identified as a NEIPA but appears to be one. Orange gold color topped with a big creamy off-white head. The flavor brings more of a tart orange and grapefruit character with a touch of pine resin and a little pineapple. Firm bitterness but not to the level typical of a Double IPA and overly so for a NEIPA. The lactose is serving to subdue the bitterness and providing a touch of sweetness. Some mineral chalkiness is present, which helps extenuate the bitterness. The finish is moderately dry with a pithy citrus character. The aftertaste lingers with blood orange. Medium full-bodied and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation levels with a carbonic bite lingers as does the mouth-coating stickiness.

The beer seems closer to a NEIPA other than the increased bitterness levels and mineral harshness would indicate. A Double IPA with lactose is somewhat of a conundrum as the lactose counters the crisp dry finish and overall drinkability, which is the hallmark for a Double IPA. Style issues aside, the beer does provide a nice big hit of citrusy hops in the nose and flavor. The lactose seems to round the beer out and keep the hops from being a one-man show. Overall, an enjoyable beer for hop lovers who want a fuller creamier body.

Brewery Introduction

What's the Pontoon Lifestyle? It's a way to embrace Southern leisure with a fresh, modern exuberance. It's that sweet lookin' party platform on the horizon, rocking out to your favorite tunes and waving the ol' Red White and Blue as high as she blows! Pontoon Brewing is inspired by the South's... Read More

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