Space Cowboy | People's Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
People's Brewing Company
Indiana, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by ElizabethCraig on 09-29-2011

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Photo of boilerbrew
4.67/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I've had this beer many times, and have occasionally been able to enjoy it on nitro at Peoples. I find this a very solid offering that isn't over the top but still provides quite the kick in the mouth.

Pours a dark almost Amber color with a thick white creamy head

Smell was rich with an overwhelming hit of citrus right off the bat. Very resinous and mouthwatering.

Mouthfeel was a solid bodied, not overly heavy IPA

Taste was very hoppy right off the bat before smoothing out. I enjoyed the taste of this beer but it can be a bit astringent if you get it not on nitro.

Overall I think this guy is very solid and a great use of Galaxy and Amarillo hops

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Photo of Treesatine
4.55/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +21.3%

Photo of twoody
4.34/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Reddish glow. Isn't clear but isn't cloudy either. It looks hearty. Not much of an odor at all. Very smooth on the tongue. Doesn't taste or feel quite as boozey as the abv might suggest but a tad boozey nonetheless. It's creamy and heavy on the tongue with a very smooth finish. Pleasantly refreshing.

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Photo of Ramenroodles
4.3/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm a huge fan of Space Cowboy. It's a seductive beer with hints of pineapple and grapefruit. I'm not saying it's super sweet. It definitely gives you a good buzz in an elegant manner.

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Photo of Stutz
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wonderful smell. Definite finish of an Imperial IPA.

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of JKretz
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mynie
4.18/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Frickin' awesome name for a beer. The guy who ordered one right before me squealed out "some people called me Maurice, hee hee" and that kind of dampened my enthusiasm, though.

The rest of this is from notes written on a cocktail napkin, so please excuse the paucity of detail:

"Good. Very dark, almost English, with a really nice head. Smells like [them newfangled] Galaxy [hops]. Big citrus, but rounded. Kind of like pineapple instead of grapefruit, and melon instead of orange."

Hmm... that's not very much. The citrusiness was much more typical in the aroma. It was about medium sized for an double IPA--not very well balanced but very pleasantly hoppy. It came together surprisingly well in the taste, though; that's when the less traditional hop nodes became apparent, and there was some biscuity malt sweetness to back them up. It was really thoroughly hoppy but avoided being a hop bomb--not too bitter, not syrupy. Just unique and very enjoyable.

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Photo of connor4835
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Misfit2209
4.16/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Warren2621
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rxthree
4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of AMG55
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I feel that this is their ultimate beer for hop heads. The single hopped Galaxy double IPA is a super fruity and sweeter double IPA.

It definitely has the malt balance you need in a heavily hopped beer. Pours a deep golden orange and has an off white head that gives great retention around the glass.

It smells as good as it tastes. Astringent but not overly bitter and finishes very cleanly. I wish they did this one more often.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of dmgeng
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got this at the brewery because they were having a very limited batch and wanted to try it before it was all gone.

A - Brilliant deep orange color. Very clear with nice white head with moderate lacing.

S - Hoppy smell with some earthy and fruity tones. Not as strong a smell as other IIPA's but definitly hoppy smell. Light alcohol and some malt comes through.

T - Tastes stronger than it smells but very similar. The earthy/fruity character is stronger and mingles with alcohol and malt to give a nice flavor that has a crisp bitterness. The summit hops add more herbal/earthy tone that is mixed with the passion fruit of the galaxy hops. No caramel tones but still some sweetness in the middle from all the malt.

M - Heavy mouth-feel with light carbonation. Mostly clean finish for an IIPA.

Overall, not the best IIPA but a good beer that is better than most regular IPAs. Has an interesting flavor and definitely worth a try, but I would recommend less summit and more galaxy to give it more passion fruit and less garlic.

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at People's Brewing Company the day it was released. Release day is always fun, but very packed and not the time to try to relax and interview a beer. I interviewed this on 9/28/11 in a 12 oz snifter glass.

The appearance is medium golden brown with a nice pale tan/white head. I'm a big espresso freak, if I saw the foam alone I'd think it was espresso crema. A nice amount of it too!

Pineapple and cirtus greet you in the scent. I heard it described once as pineapple juice but I get a generic citrus and slight hop-musk scent in the background. Kind of like eating a pineapple in the middle of a citrus grove with some earthyness coming through.. mmm..

The taste is pineapple too - a slightly musky (which is how I inevitably experience Summit/Galaxy hops I suppose!) pineapple with a clean citrus finish. The bitter components don't hit my palate for probably 40 seconds or so and then pow, then gone =)

Medium in body, which fits the flavor quite well, a very slight tingly carbonation around 10 seconds after the sip. Lovely lacing on the snifter.

Bottom line is that if you are anxious to experience what they've done with Galaxy hops and/or you love double IPA's and/or you just love tasting something new, get the stars out of your eyes and check out Space Cowboy. A very enjoyable double IPA.

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Space Cowboy from People's Brewing Company
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