Major Tom
Lamplighter Brewing Company

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IPA - New England
Ranked #276
Ranked #1,680
4.37 | pDev: 6.64%
Lamplighter Brewing Company
Massachusetts, United States
Notes: NE-Style IPA with Galaxy
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 71 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Can. Been wanting to try this for a bit. A bit disconcerting that this beer pours nearly clear. I've seen several images of this beer and it's supposed to be a nuke. Super Turbid? Not in my can. Hmmm...someone pulling back on ingredients? Anyway. The aroma is nice but subdued. Definitely digging the hop profile on the taste too. Boy have I forgotten how delicious the Galaxy hop can be. Overall, solid but leaves me wondering what the original recipe tasted like.

Dec 05, 2020
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SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.32/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint can - dated 09/19/2020 - purchased locally - poured into an ale tulip at 42°F.

Pours a raw honey golden - only just foggy enough to be opaque, and topped with three fingers of remarkably dense off-white foam with impressive retention, and leaving a perfectly collar of lacing as it deflates. Some micro-sized suspended particulate is visible and suddenly disappears.

Nose: Really simple malt base here. Slightly doughy, slightly bready, slightly toasty, slightly sweet, with just a whisper of honey. The Galaxy hops are in full effect, and lend that super typical overripe stone fruit quality of apricot, peach, nectarine, papaya, with some mango, muskmelon, satsuma, and some grassiness. There's a real leafy, resinous, slightly floral boiled hop element as well, giving it a distinctly non-New England vibe.

Palate: The beer greets the palate malt-first with a real West Coast pale ale delivery. Pale, slightly grainy and raw, and the most balanced level of sweetness imaginable. Next, those Galaxy hops come out, lending papaya, melon, apricot, fresh grass, leafy hop cone, and a hugely herbal spiciness. Galaxy is generally seen dry-hopped/late-hopped, and when utilised this early in the kettle, it lends some pretty atypical flavours. Interestingly enough, the fruitier late-hopped notes appear later, providing some mango, tangerine, and even a bit of pineapple, before the beer takes a resinous turn, revealing some oily, almost pine sap bitterness, more grassiness, some big herbal spicy notes, and that leafy daw hop cone note. A bitter finish dries it all out in a lengthy, but clean fashion.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is medium-full in body, possessing this inherently New England creamy softness, yet clearing up halfway, becoming rather crisp and fluid. Essentially no malt stickiness. The hops are oily and resinous, clinging to the palate and lingering, and therefore the finish is dry, drying. Effervescence is perfect - super fine bubbles, and quite lively.

Overall: This is a really enjoyable IPA. They are not striving for cookie cutter hazy IPA, and I respect that so much. The malts used, the hops used, the decision to boil the hell out of them before dry-hopping, to create a bitter, resinous beer... It's all very deliberate, and somewhat against-the-grain for a New England IPA. It also makes this stand out - for the better, in my opinion. This is absolutely one to try, and if you enjoy West Coast IPAs, I think you'll enjoy the homage paid here.

Sep 30, 2020
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a can fresh from the brewery, canned last week.

Pours fully opaque, yellow-orange with a thick white head. Head fades quickly to a spotty layer with some sudsy lace.

Smell and taste are big, full of hops. Pungent, green leafy oils and juicy tropical fruits and citrus rind bitterness.

Feels full, balanced and a great full flavors. Round bitterness and a slight prickly brightness. Soft malt base, well-rounded. Lingering hop oil slickness.

Overall fantastic! Glad I could pick some up!

May 01, 2019
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Damian from Massachusetts

4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Drank from a 16 fl.oz. can purchased at Lamplighter Brewing Company, Cambridge, MA
Served in a tulip
Big thanks to my friend Sean for trading me this can.

Cloudy, straw yellow appearance. A frothy, finger tall, bone white crown topped the liquid and slowly fell to a small, resilient collar. Drippy, streaky lacing coated the glass and lasted throughout the session.

The aroma was ridiculously dank and fruity. Super weedy. Fresh bud came to mind. Intense melon and tropical fruit notes. Loads of overripe cantaloupe. Big guava and papaya presence too. Really intense. As the beer sat, the nose kept getting more fragrant and complex. Later, grapefruit notes appeared.

The flavor profile was also amazing but quite a different beast from the aroma. Citrus notes dominated. Loads of juicy and sweet white grapefruit. Big tart lemon and crisp wheaty presence in the center. Lots of pineapple too. Subtle mango and papaya notes came through as well. The beer turned more pithy on the back end and in the finish. Grapefruit peel was noticeable. Just the slightest hint of lingering, resiny bitterness. As the beer warmed, both the grapefruit notes and the bitterness on the finish really intensified.

Terrific frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Medium bodied for the style. The beer contained a fine, zippy, somewhat spritzy effervescence that turned uber creamy and smooth on the palate.

I am a huge fan of galaxy hopped beers, and Major Tom might be the best example of one I have ever tried. Between the incredibly dank, exotic, tropical fruit notes in the aroma and the bright, juicy, citrus notes in the flavor, this was a joy to drink. I thought Lamplighter’s Rabbit Rabbit Double IPA was terrific, but this beer is on another level of awesomeness.

Dec 15, 2017
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.79/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Look: Yellow hazy turbid with a thin white head. Has low carbonation.
Smell: Pineapple, sorbet, dank resin, kumquat, and papaya.
Taste: Pineapple, melon, papaya, sorbet, and dank resin.
Mouthfeel: Medium and soft.
Overall: An amazing IPA from Lamplighter, has a lot going on.

Dec 09, 2017
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you CanConPhilly for this
16 oz can, dated 9/28/18, poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden orange with a two finger white head

S- Lime zest, citrus, tropical fruits, pineapple, grapefruit, really dank.

T- Mango, tropical fruits, citrus, dank/piney bitter finish.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium body.

O- A great tasting IPA with a nice bitter finish, definitely worth seeking out. I feel the taste is somewhere between 4.25 and 4.5 but went with the 4.25 since it wasn’t as bright as the nose.

Nov 10, 2017
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NE style IPA brewed with 100% Galaxy. Orange, pine, grassy and white Grapefruit. Cracker and biscuit malt profile. Creamy feel. Lower sweetness. A somewhat raw biting bitterness on the back of the throat. Dry. Pretty dank. Not bad, would probably be just right in another couple weeks.

Oct 16, 2017
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Sheppard from Virginia

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden, opaque. It looks like mango flesh. Tons of tangerine and orange citrus aroma. A lot of orange juice, some resin. The finish is a bit aggressive with its rindiness. It's a little gelatinous too. An excellent IPA that is reminiscent of Green for me.

Oct 14, 2017
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StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

16 oz. can dated 09/28/17

Pours cloudy hazy opaque orange amber gold with a dense creamy white foam head. Smells like big peach, passionfruit, mango, melon, pineapple, zesty grapefruit, orange citrus, lemon rind, gooseberry, some caramelized biscuity malt, with resinous floral dank earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like lemon rind, zesty grapefruit, orange citrus peel, peach, passionfruit, mango, melon, pineapple, gooseberry, some caramelized biscuity malts, with floral dank resinous earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy and thick, smooth with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really great Galaxy hopped New England style IPA.

Oct 13, 2017
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tonypeezoh from Massachusetts

3.76/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Start's off very solid but the hop saturation builds and builds on your palate. I couldn't have more than one of these. This beer is very close but it's not quite there.

Oct 01, 2017
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.11/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Extra cloudy creating an apricot juice like appearance save for the lasting, foamy head. Excellent ring lace after every sip.

First impression is of the fresh hop nose--inviting with lots of grapefruit rind. In the background, unusually, I pickup a touch of coffee.

The base is almost peachy with a mild sweetness. The hop, while strong and dominating, is not as biting as most NE IPAs. It leaves a very dry and lasting finish. Good body with a light carbonation touch.

Oct 01, 2017
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