Twisted Galaxy
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company

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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #376
ABV:
8%
Score:
94
Ranked #1,305
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 7.75%
Reviews:
71
Ratings:
392
From:
Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
 
Iowa, United States
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SCORE
94
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Twisted GalaxyTwisted Galaxy
Notes: No time and no space. Life beyond life. An experience transcendental, originating from within and projected through the third eye. Relax. Take a journey of the mind. Open up to the possibilities beyond your mortal coil. Follow the lines that lead to your inner twisted galaxy. Unravel it, question it, understand it.

100+ IBU
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Reviews by MNAle:
Photo of MNAle
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is tropical fruit, sharp citrus, grapefruit, faint pineapple, slight grassy malt aroma.

1 inch+ thick, creamy white head that retains nicely. Thick strings and loops of lacing as it sags a bit in the middle. Yellow-orange hazy color, like a mix of orange and pineapple juice with sparse bubbles visible. Some highly visible white floaties are in the initial pour, with gobs of them in the final pour - again, typical of many TG IPAs.

Feel is medium-thin, somewhat sharp.

A fairly bitter, somewhat piney, start with tropical fruit flavors, but not what I would call "juicy". Flavors of orange, some pineapple, with a nice grapefruit-like bite. Moderate to a bit stronger bitterness throughout all the way to the finish. The brewer states this beer has an IBU of 100, but the hops don't translate that into the perceived bitterness you might expect; moderately bitter, more like a 60-70 or so IBU beer.

Malt presence is grassy but subdued by the hops.

Finish and aftertaste are dry with the moderate bitterness, citrus flavors lingering for short time, eventually fading to nothing but the bitter aftertaste remains. The bitterness in the aftertaste builds as you drink.

I didn't judge this against the NEIPA BJCP guidelines, but if I had, in my view, the main thing "New England" about this beer is the hazy appearance, which has been a characteristic of TG pale ales and IPAs for a decade. The aroma is tropical fruit, for sure, but not tropical fruit juice, and the malts are grassy. The feel is not soft, and is medium-thin, not medium-full; the taste is moderately bitter (not necessarily a disqualifying feature by itself), but the taste is more IPA-citrus-like rather than "juicy", and the finish is dry and, again, moderately bitter.

This is a very good DIPA, but is it mischaracterized by those calling it a NEIPA?

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a tall can into a tulip.

Pours hazy/cloudy orange-gold with a nice fluffy head, solid retention and good lacing. It looks every bit an NEIPA.

The nose is hit with ruby red grapefruit, orange, pineapple, lemon, lime, mango, and white pepper.

The brew is well balanced between solid malt sweetness and citrus hop bitterness, with plenty of white stone fruit and tropical fruits as well.

Well balanced, medium-full bodied. It is creamy, yet well-carbonated and moderately crisp.

An excellent NEIPA.

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Powderhornphil
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of geneseohawk
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of TheEpeeist
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bunuelian
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of teamwiggum
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bigred89
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyjohnson55
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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4/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy bright orange body. Nice white head. Chunky thick collar.

Smell - Doesn't smell the way I expected it to. It's very tropical, but has a must or mineral aroma too. Kinda detracts. Doesn't smell that sweet.

Taste - Much more dynamic. Orange, some piney hops, lots of tropical fruit. Grainy and a little bitter in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium body, maybe pushing medium heavy. Creamy carbonation texture.

Overall - Wasn't enthused at first, but this really grew on me. Very tasty.

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4.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.57/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Taste: spiced juicy grapefruit hops, dry clean finish. Same with the nose. Gold hue, hazy, with a white head and some lace. medium body. For all the IBUs this not bitter which I like. 100 IBUs

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4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 1.5

Twisted Galaxy from Toppling Goliath Brewing Company
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 392 ratings