Hace unos días nos hemos hecho con unas cuantas latas de Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale y su “prima” la Double Dry Hopped Fort Point de Trillium Brewing, una joya de craft beer!. Para que os hagáis una idea de la maravilla de cerveza que es, os dejamos una review de nuestros amigos de pintsbitesandflights.com –> Ven a probarla al PEZ TORTILLA de la C/ Cava Baja, 42 – 28005 Madrid
TRILLIUM BREWING COMPANY’S GALAXY DRY HOPPED FORT POINT PALE ALE
January 15, 2017
Over the past couple of years, New England has propelled itself into the upper echelon of the craft beer world. This surge is due in large part to a specific style of beer, the India Pale Ale. In fact, the phrase “New England-style IPA” has become synonymous with unfiltered, hazy beers that assault the palate with fruitful, tropical, and juicy flavors. This style of beer has turned a nation of casual beer drinks into fervent and zealous hop-heads, eagerly anticipating the next big New England IPA to hit the market, the way Apple groupies wait for each iteration of the iPhone.
One could make the case that this all started with the Alchemist’s Heady Topper DIPA, but I would make the case that two breweries in particular really put this style of beer on the radar of American beer drinkers, Tree House and Trillium.
Located in a neighborhood of South Boston from which the titular beer takes its name, Fort Point, it is the city slicker to Tree House’s country kid. Trillium Brewing Company was founded back in March of 2013 by the husband and wife duo, JC and Esther Tetreault. The beers brewed at Trillium represent a feeling of love and passion the Tetreault’s have for their community, which is apparent in the quality of their offerings as well as the names they give to their beers. So many of their beers are named after actual streets or places in the city of Boston, paying homage to the support the community has give to the Trillium Brewery. Most would agree: it sure is easy to support a local brewery when they are putting out spectacular beers like their Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale.
Trillium’s pale ale has several different varieties including regular Fort Point Pale Ale, Double Dry Hopped Fort Point, Mosaic Dry Hopped Fort Point, etc. Their Galaxy Dry Hopped Fort Point Pale Ale (which will hereby be referred to as GDH FPPA) is a version of their base Fort Point Pale Ale that is dry hopped with Galaxy. Dry hopping is the equivalent of Emeril Lagasse taking a bit of a spice and doing the whole “BAM!” bit. It’s a extra dose of what gives the beer its fruity and tropical flavor thrown in towards the end of the brewing process.
GDH FPPA, per Trillium’s website, comes in at 6.6% ABV, uses American 2-row Barley, White Wheat, C-15, Dextrine malts, and contains Galaxy and Columbus hops. If that doesn’t mean anything to you, then I don’t what to tell ya.
Anyway, this beer comes in 16 fl oz. cans which was a recent change from the massive bottles the beer used to come in. This has been a welcomed change by many (me) as they are now more conducive to taking into the shower and packing into your golf bag. Pouring the beer into their arch rival Tree House’s glass results in a series of chemically-induced flashes of eternal hellfi… a completely opaque, deep orange looking beer. It’s like grapefruit juice in the glass. There is about half a finger of head on the pour as well. You care about this for some reason.
The aromatics of GDH FPPA are Jamba Juice in nature. There is a lot of orange, mango, and pineapple scents tickling the nostrils. When you’re recreating this tasting with guests or a loved one, just say things like “tropical aromas” and “emitting from the glass” and “why are you leaving so soon?”.
All kidding aside, this is, in my opinion, the best pale ale I’ve ever had. The beer is perfect. It is full bodied, even for a pale ale, and has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. To the casual beer drinker (or any beer drinker who was just handed a glass of this), it feels like an IPA. Melodic notes of mango and other citrus flavors excite the taste buds. Basically, it tastes like it smells: FREAKING DELISH! The finish is dry, but it leaves you with a quick, hoppy, herbaceous bon voyage, like a kiss from a loved one as they embark on an open-ended journey, reminding you of what will make the wait worth it. Trillium’s GDH FPPA is simply one of the best. It’s the type of beer you share with friends in order to suck them into craft beer fandom.