493. Flat Branch Pub & Brewing – Galaxy Wheat IPA

Flat Branch Pub & Brewing - Wheat IPAWe’re in Columbia, Missouri this weekend for the homecoming football game at my alma mater, Mizzou.  I get to make it back here a couple times a year, and when I do, I like to stop here and try some of the beers on tap.  If you’re a regular reader, you’ve already seen that I’ve had their Ed’s IPA, English Pale Ale, Irish Red, Hudson’s ESB, Cherry Brown, Green Chili, Belgian Golden, and Kristal Weizen.  Today, we took the kids here for lunch, and along with this beer, I took a growler of their Green Chili back home with me to Illinois.

Location: On tap and served in an imperial pint glass at Flat Branch Pub and Brewing in Columbia, MO.

Numbers: 5.8% ABV, 24 IBUs, 160 Calories

Ingredients: 40% wheat malt along with 60% malted barley. In addition, a portion of the wheat malt is roasted, thus contributing color and a somewhat bready flavor. Hops: used Galena and New Zealand Galaxy hops along with a small dry hop add of Galaxy hops in the serving tank.

Appearance & Aroma: It’s clear and brick red in color.  The head is fairly thin, but retained for a few minutes and left a decent lacing on the glass.  The aroma was very hoppy-citrusy.

Taste & Feel: The body was solidly medium, and the mouthfeel was mostly smooth with a bit of crispness from the hops.  There was a bready, almost rye-like maltiness up front, which transitions smoothly to a honey and caramel maltiness in the middle.  In the finish, plenty of citrusy hop flavor came through, but it mixed again with the maltiness in the aftertaste.

Food Pairing: This had a decent amount of bready, honey, and caramel maltiness, as well as a healthy dose of citrusy hop flavor in the finish.  With that mix of flavors, it went perfectly with my Flat Branch burger, which is a thick, juicy burger, covered in their chokes ‘n cheese dip.  The malty flavors mix nicely with the bun and burger, while the citrusy hop flavors mix with the cheese dip.  So good!

Overall Impression: Given the huge citrusy aroma, I was expecting an over the top hop bomb.  However, what I got was a very well balanced beer with a good mix of malty and hop flavors.  I never would have guessed it was only 5.8% ABV, as the body and flavors all indicated a well-balanced IPA.  Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer, and a nice change from overly hoppy and citrusy IPAs.

My Rating: ★★★½☆

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