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Judge's Review: 94 Rating - Galaxie:503 by Black Lung Brewing Co.

March, 2020
Judges Rating: 
23 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
18 / 20

Galaxie:503 by Black Lung Brewing Co. is being evaluated as a Double IPA (Category 22A) from the 2015 BJCP Style Guidelines.

Galaxie:503 pours a milky deep yellow with a long-lasting white, rocky head. The aroma is a cornucopia of tropical fruit with a focus on fresh mango and pineapple that has an impression of sweetness. A candy-like malt character of cookie dough laced with vanilla emerges behind to provide balance to the hops, along with light floral alcohol. The flavor follows the aroma, with prominent fresh tropical fruit of mango, pineapple and guava. The rich cookie dough maltiness emerges mid-palate with a hit of vanilla and medium-low hop bitterness, lingering into a medium-sweet finish. The sweetness level is a bit high and would benefit from a touch more attenuation to create a more pintable beer. Light floral alcohol, a touch of warming and a creamy mouthfeel rounds out this hazy Double IPA.

The tropical fruit hop character plays well with the rich cookie dough maltiness to create a very flavorful beer that is quite enjoyable overall.