When looking for the perfect beer to pair with the start of the MLB season, my thoughts immediately went to my neighbors at Idle Hands. They usually have a few baseball-themed offerings available and at my last visit they certainly did not disappoint!
Beer Name: Galaxy Four Seam
Brewery: Idle Hands Craft Ales (Malden, MA)
Style: New England IPA
Description: A variation on the brewery’s primary NE IPA that substitutes Galaxy hops for Citra.
Appearance: Hazy, juice-like body with light golden/amber color and persistent foamy white head up top.
Smell: Blend of tropical and citrus fruits with a similar bitterness lingering in background.
Taste: Started with a burst of fruity sweetness that dominates until about mid-sip. Intricate blend of citrus zest, grapefruit, and melon with tropical influences as well. Halfway in, the beer picked up some light crackery malts before closing with a moderate haze of dank grassy hops and sweet bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Fluffy medium body, with a roughly moderate level of carbonation.
Hype: There was a decent bit of buzz in local beer forums and social media feeds about this one. Not enough to generate obscene lines and immediate sellouts, but it’s fair to say Idle Hands had a hit on their hands with this one.
Overall: I highly enjoyed this and thought it was a superlative example of the style. Fans of NE IPAs should definitely should not to miss out on this just because it’s not from a brewery hyped for the style. Local beer drinkers in general should check this out as well because it’s just that good. Cheers!