What You Need to Know
The latest year-round IPA from Boulevard is light and easy to drink with a mild bitterness. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t flavorful. Late addition hopping from a trio of varietals contribute to the Space Camper Cosmic IPA’s juicy aroma and palate. So how was it? Let’s get to the review.
The IPA pours a mostly opaque yellow ochre hue and is topped by a inch-thick cap of puffy white foam that shows fine retention. A smattering of droplets dot the glass following the head’s reduction.
The aroma is bright with a scent of tropical fruits like pineapple and mango. It becomes a touch perfumey as well as the beer warms.
The palate is led by neutral taste of bready malt that sharpens to a bite of lemon and orange citrus. The tasting then mellows with sweet notes of peach and watermelon.
The feel is crisp and dry with a body that’s medium-light and moderate carbonation. The finish has but a mild astringency.
Though not categorized as such, the Space Camper Cosmic IPA is very much like a New England style brew. Obviously, there’s its hazy appearance — while not quite as opaque as a fresh New Englander, its appearance adequate. The late addition hopping keeps the bitterness mild but delivers a fair amount of stone and tropical fruit goodness to the aroma and palate. A light, crisp feel and a low ABV help make this brew easily quaffed. Overall, this brew is an easy drink with an approachable palate that ought to appease most tastes.
Boulevard Brewing recommends the following food pairings with their Space Camper Cosmic IPA: Chicken biryani, Ginger tuna poke, Gorgonzola cheese, Carnitas, and Key lime pie for dessert.