Intergalactic

American IPA J. Wakefield BrewingInterboro Spirits & Ales

3.5

Intergalactic, an American IPA collaboratively brewed by J. Wakefield Brewing and Interboro Spirits & Ales

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Intergalactic is an American IPA collaboratively brewed in the New England style by J. Wakefield Brewing and Interboro Spirits & Ales. For the purposes of this craft beer review, the ale was served in an IPA glass from a can.

Appearance

The NEIPA pours a murky golden orange-brown hue that’s topped by a very generous stack of rocky off-white foam that shows excellent retention. Be careful when pouring this one. Gobs of chunky residue clutch the sides initially. But only a little lace remains during consumption.

Aroma

The aroma is sweet with a scent of grape juice.

Flavor

The palate begins with a taste of doughy bread mixed with a mild dose of pine. A sweet and tart burst of grape juice punches the finish. It’s mixed with bitter notes of grapefruit and lemon that linger through the finish.

Mouthfeel

Its feel is smooth with a medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes dryly with a less-than-moderate astringency.

Overall

Doesn’t have the most appealing color but it is hazy and its head retention is remarkable. Its feel isn’t quite there for a New Englander but as an IPA, it’s just fine. But whether you enjoy this brew or not will depend on just how much you enjoy grape juice. Its vinous flavor isn’t overpowering and but it’s definitely noticeable. The sweet and bitter finish doesn’t clash but it’s not the most harmonious pairing. All said, Intergalactic isn’t out of this world, but it’s still a pretty darn good brew.

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About the American IPA

The American IPA is the most popular craft beer style in the United States. And for good reason, too. When well crafted, its hoppy goodness delivers intense aromas and flavors that can be citrusy and fruity; floral and piney; earthy and herbal. The hops are complemented by a wide range of malts and other ingredients. It’s a popular playground for brewers to express their creativity and a veritable cornucopia for craft beer connoisseurs.