I am currently working on a big article highlighting my favorite New England Style IPAs from every state in New England. I am overflowing with ideas for Massachusetts and Maine, the two states where I spend the most time, but I have various levels of work to do in every other state. The one that has come together surprisingly easily is Rhode Island, despite the fact that I have spent a limited amount of time visiting breweries in the smallest state in the US. The major reason for my ability to sample a range of Rhode Island IPAs is my friends Tim and Amanda, they live in Providence and are always happy to share the best beers the state has to offer when we get together. On a recent visit my friends brought a number of beers from Proclamation Brewing Company in Warwick. While Proclamation does distribute into Massachusetts it is rare to see it in bottle shops, a limited amount makes it north and it tends to fly off the shelves. One of the beers Tim and Amanda brought this trip was Ethereous, one of the many IPAs Proclamation brews. Proclamation Ethereous is available on a rotating basis on draft and in 16 oz cans.
Proclamation Ethereous pours hazy deep yellow with a small white head. The scent is all hops, citrus and tropical fruit heavy. These fruity hops also lead the flavor, notes of pineapple, tangerine and mango along with just a little bitter bite. This is balanced by a little malt, hints of whole grains and bread dough. Ethereous is pretty light bodied and easy to drink, and not overly boozy at 6.6% ABV. The finish is crisp with some lingering hop flavor. This is another really solid IPA from Proclamation, they make a wide variety of hoppy beers and this one has a nice mixture of easy drinkability and big hop flavor. Hoppy Boston score: 4.25/5.
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Proclamation Derivative Galaxy
I’ve made it pretty clear in this space that I don’t usually go out of my way to chase “unicorns” or “whalez”, the craft beers that are so hyped up they cause otherwise rational people to wait in line for hours in order to buy a couple cans or bottles. That being said, I do have a running list of beers that I’ve heard good things about and will jump at the chance to try if acquiring them doesn’t require anything too crazy. One beer that’s been on this list for a while is Derivative, a series of American pale ales from Proclamation Ale Company in West Kingston, RI. Each version of Derivative features a particular hop variety. Proclamation has been distributing their beers to the Boston area for a while now, but we get limited amounts and they tend to sell out very quickly, so I’ve been looking to try this beer for a while but always seem to just miss it when it lands in stores. I saw on Instagram that Sudbury Craft Beer got in a shipment of the Galaxy version of Derivative the other week, I showed up the next day and was able to grab the final can left in the store. Proclamation Derivative: Galaxy is available year-round (when you can find it) on draft and in 16 oz. tallboy cans.
Proclamation Derivative Galaxy pours a hazy light yellow with a massive white head. The scent is a big burst of citrus hops. The flavor is very hop forward, notes of tangerine, grapefruit and mango along with a mild bitterness. This is balanced by some malt flavor, touches of white bread and crackers. Derivative Galaxy is light bodied and very easy to drink and just a touch boozy for an APA at 6.0% ABV. The finish is crisp and clean with a little lingering hop flavor. I was glad that I finally tracked down a can of Proclamation Derivative, and it didn’t disappoint, this is a top notch pale ale. I will still be on the lookout for the other versions, as I tend to prefer Mosaic and Citra hops to Galaxy, but this is still a very good beer. Hoppy Boston score: 4.5/5.