Galaxy & Comet IPA | The Hop Concept Brewing

Galaxy & Comet IPAGalaxy & Comet IPA
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Galaxy & Comet IPAGalaxy & Comet IPA

Brewed by:
The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Always curious to find out what happens when worlds collide, we combined a slice of rustic Americana with a rising star from Down Under. Galaxy hops, grown exclusively in Australia and revered for their clean, bright aromas, lend notes of passion fruit, citrus and peach. Comet, a descendant of a North American original, packs a wildly bitter punch with an invigorating blend of grapefruit, lemon and orange flavors.

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Ratings: 134 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of rex_4539
4.34/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Slightly hazy golden color, two finger white head, ok lacing, good carbonation.

S: Hops, hint of tropical fruits.

T: Very hoppy, tropical fruits, rich taste. Slightly bitter on the back end. Really nice!

F: Medium bodied, full flavored.

O: Surprisingly good, wasn't expecting that. Great beer.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours an unclear orange, thick foam.

Smell is very citrusy, with Seville oranges at the forefront. Hints of peach and apricot marmalade.

Taste starts off sweet, then the hops and bitterness hits you. Citrus peel, pine, apricot and just a hint of mint. Really balanced.

Mouthfeel is medium, well carbonated.

I'm a fan of Hop Concept, they are always full of flavor, but always balanced.

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Photo of MKrauss
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PaulSlazinger
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22-ounce bottle, with no obvious date stamp, a slightly hazy egg yolk yellow under a one-finger thick white head which leaves clumpy semi-rings of lace. Aromas of citrus and tropical fruits, floral, pungent, mild dankness. Flavors are herbal, resiny citrus pith. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Finishes bitter, dry and piney.

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Photo of mschrei
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into snifter. Hazy, bordering on cloudy, mild head and lacing, some small particulates. Not much of a smell, slight lemony hoppiness. Mildly bitter taste. Slight alcohol presence.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Bomber from Inside the Cellar beer club. Aroma is cat piss, grapefruit, lemon, floral, melon. Pours slightly hazy golden with an off-white head with great retention and lace. Taste is highly highly bitter (10/10) with lots of citrus rind, pithy flavors; a bit savory. Virtually no malt sweetness or flavors. Great old school DIPA.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: 1 pint 6 fl oz format. Brown glass. Branded white and black pry-off crown cap. Green and black label.

8% ABV. India Pale Ale. Hopped with galaxy and comet hops.

HEAD: ~7cm in height. White colour. Fair frothiness. Not too creamy. Could be softer looking and fuller. Retention is good - ~7 minutes.

BODY: Clear clean copper colour of above average vibrance. Filtered; no yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears well-carbonated. It's a nice looking IPA, but isn't unique or special within the style in terms of appearance.

AROMA: Fruity, floral, and inviting. Peach, citrus, grass, floral hop aromatics. Soft fruit takes center stage. Malts stay out of the way, letting the hops shine, but there's enough pale malt sweetness to balance out the hop bitterness. Ripe and inviting.

No overt yeasty notes (apart from fruity esters from the ale yeast) or off-notes are detectable. Aromatic intensity is average for the style. Not boozy.

TASTE: Fruity, evoking dried mango, mango peel, candied tangerine peel, passionfruit, citrus, guava, and floral hop flavours. Pale malt sweetness keeps it balanced, but extra malt sweetness from caramalt or crystal malt goes too far, giving this too much malt oomph.

Average flavour duration and intensity. Limited depth of flavour. Not an intricately built brew, nor a subtle or nuanced one, but I do like it for what it is.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, overcarbonated, unrefreshing, and of average thickness.

Doesn't accentuate specific flavours or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Drinkable fare for what it is, but not the mind-blowing IPA I hoped for given the brewers at the helm. The IPA style is the most oversaturated style in the country, and you've got to bring more to the table than this to stand out in it. I wouldn't buy this again, and it fails to measure up to the hoppy ales being put out by Port Brewing, but it's by no means a bad brew.


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Photo of ommegangpbr
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So far, I've enjoyed everything I've tried from this brewery and this is no exception. I have preferred others more. To me, the mix of fruity and bitter flavors don't harmonize as well as could be, but it does make for an enjoyable ale.
The feel is a little thin. The bitterness in the finish is that if charred toast. The fruity profile is tropical fruit; soft mango flavor with peach and nectarine notes and bitterness.
I like my IPAs either funkier or more citrus influenced, but this is a good one to throw into the mix.

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Photo of BeerMeCJS
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of travolta
3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ummswimmin
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jschott75
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mactrail
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow gold in color with a big whipped cream foam in the Bacchus tumbler. Quite fragrant and fruity with peach and apricot. Light body and hot alcohol mouthfeel. Tangerine taste.

The finish is quite earthy, woody, and a little astringent. Quite bitter from the second or third sip. I'm not so crazy about the hop mix. It starts out fruity and ends up in the onion patch with a grapefruit peel aftertaste. This is in the usual Hop Concept "take no prisoners" hop overdose tradition. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market on West Point Loma.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.51/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into tulip glass no bottled date

A: Soapy big bubbled white head that settle to a lacy film. Body has excellent clarity and is a pale Amber in color.

S: Lots of resiny and earthy hops. Lots of like raw vine smell.

T: A light sweet fruit then lots of bitterness earthy and a little peppery hops flavors little to no malt backbone or presence.

M: Medium bodied about right where you would expect from an IPA good carbonation.

O: This beer is just ok, it really doesn't stand out from the oceans of IPAs it isn't offensive either it's just average.

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Photo of HermitDan
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ackeeper
3.81/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NappyB
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dsa7783
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Cloverleaf Tavern in Caldwell. Pours an effervescent golden hue with moderate frothing. Mellow aroma replete with hints of citrus and grapefruit. Similar overall flavor profile.

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Photo of calcnerd
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smcolw
3.89/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy gold liquid. Modest head but ample ring lace after each sip.

Equal parts earthy and flowery from the hop. I also get white pepper and light neutral pale malt.

Bitter start which only intensifies throughout the tasting. The tasting starts balanced but becomes a hop bomb. Long aftertaste as one might expect.

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Photo of tongbliss
4.24/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of eldoctorador
2/5  rDev -48.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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Galaxy & Comet IPA from The Hop Concept Brewing
Beer rating: 71.6% out of 100 with 134 ratings
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