Year of New Beer: Alpha Experiment: Galaxy, Country Boy Brewing (Lexington)

Written By: Dion on 03/06/2017

I think anyone who has visited Country Boy in the last several weeks, either at the original location in Lexington or at the new Georgetown taproom, would agree that the beers are about as good as they've ever been. Five years have come and gone, and they haven't been without growing pains. But the Boys have listened. They have taken the criticism over a few poorly received beers and refocused their efforts. And those efforts are paying off in a big way. For this release, the Alpha Experiment series features the Australian hop, Galaxy. The nose is fairly straightforward, offering up a crisp, clean dose of citrus that seems to meander from orange to peach to passionfruit. With warmth, a slight herbal grass sneaks in. No letdown is experienced once this hits the tongue, as the citrus leads the way, providing a pithy, bitter punch. Orange and grapefruit peel are joined by very light undertones of caramel and honey, doing just enough to keep the bitterness in check. A little dank and a touch dry on the finish, with a very subtle alcohol presence. This is quite good, and with a price rumored to be in the neighborhood of $8, it's well worth a try. Goes on sale this coming Sunday. (Definitely in Lexington, not sure if any will make it to Georgetown as this is a pretty small run of bottles)