SMaSH IPA Tasting

SMaSH IPA

Freshly poured SMaSH IPA

The Australian bred Galaxy hops are quickly becoming one of my favorites. They are a wonderful dual purpose hop with nice bittering and passion fruit characteristics. I did a single hop IPA with Galaxy before, for a party and it was a hit. Brewing another slight variation of my single hop IPA with Galaxy was on the top of my todo list.

Appearance: Pours a dark peach color with 2 inches of creamy white head. The head leaves behind a ton of lace and has good retention. The beer is very cloudy, it would be nice to have a clearer appearance.

Aroma: The aroma has a very strong fruitiness to it. Passion fruit and Hawaiian Punch come to mind. There is also a very, very subtle alcohol presence. I overshot the original gravity and the yeast ate almost everything leaving it very dry (which is a plus in my mind), but with more alcohol presence then desired (8% rather than 7.5%).

Mouthfeel: Medium in body with a creamy finish. Carbonation is perfect for this one.

Taste: This beer benefits from warming up a little bit before drinking. A lot of the passion fruit character becomes more pronounced as it warms. Huge passion fruit flavor mixed with some bisquity malts lasts throughout the beer. The finish has a strong bitterness and some alcohol presence (undesirable in this instance).

Overall: Despite the higher than desired alcohol presence I am very pleased with how the beer turned out. I still find it dangerously drink-able. Thankfully I have some friends to help me with finishing it. I have a few more ounces from my pound to use, that I will likely combine with Amarillo or Simcoe in a future IPA.

You can find the recipe and notes in the Recipes page.