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Time once again to wish you all a Happy Towel Day!  For those of you that missed it last year, May 25th has been declared Towel Day in honor of author Douglas Adams.  An homage to his famed Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, it is a day set aside to celebrate his life and works.  Sounds like a great reason to pick up a book and a beer!Beer Name: Hop Head’s Guide to the Galaxy

Brewery: Cambridge Brewing Company (Cambridge, MA)

Style: New England IPA

ABV: 7.0%

Description: A NEIPA that’s been brewed with, of course, an “irresponsible” amount of Galaxy hops.

Appearance: It poured to an other-worldly glowing straw-yellow body.  It was also densely hazy, but if you looked closely you could see little bubbles rising from the bottom to steadily feed the foamy white head.

Smell: Tropical fruits and resinous bitterness.

Taste: Lots of tropical and citrus fruits upfront, blending mango, peach, orange, tangerine, and pineapple into a delightful whirl of juicy flavor.  Hints of a light, cracker malt backbone poked through before coming to a hoppy haze of earthy, piney, and citrus bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a bit less than moderate carbonation.

Hype: It’s no secret that I have an affinity for brews that tie into books.  This reference, however, makes me especially happy as The Hitchhikers’ Guide is one of my all-time favorites and I have a ton of respect for Cambridge Brewing Company, who are celebrating their 30th anniversary this year!

Overall: This was an excellent beer and a fantastic example of the NEIPA style.  I loved how the intense juices mingled with the fairly assertive bitterness to form one delicious whole.  When it comes to making beer, these folks really know where their towel is!