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Galaxy Single Hop IPA - Bridge Road Brewers

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Galaxy Single Hop IPAGalaxy Single Hop IPA

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very good

24 Reviews
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Reviews: 24
Hads: 37
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Style | ABV
American IPA |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: smithflipper on 12-27-2009

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Reviews: 24 | Hads: 37
Photo of rblib
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Color has a golden, murky appearance with foamy lacing. My first time isolating the Galaxy hop in an IPA. I find it to be rather dry but this IPA has some fruity passionfruit and considerable malt to balance it into a good offering. I still think the Galaxy alone is an acquired taste.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/18/15.

Pours a murky dark honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of citrus zest, grapefruit juice, tropical fruit, and earthy hop aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest, grapefruit juice, and earthy hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that starts out citrus and tropical fruit forward, but more earthy hop qualities come out and take over as the beer warms up.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Marc280
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Didn't really pour with much head and what was there quickly faded. A deep golden colour and pours fairly cloudy. There is an unmistakable Galaxy hops aroma and on the first sip I found it too bitter, but after drinking a little more it seems better balanced. The bottle says is has a medium malt profile but I don't really get this. Overall a good beer but not great.

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Photo of chogm54
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

330ml poured into half pint

L - orange/brown, cloudy, pours a very thick white frothy head.

S - tropical fruit (mango, passionfruit), hint of pine and spicy notes.

T - very hoppy - intense fruity flavours - mainly passionfruit, followed by woody, caramel malts and a fairly tarty bitterness at the finish.

M - moderate carbonation, dry almost caustic texture, medium to heavy bodied

O - very much a bitter, tropical hop style is Galaxy. Nice, but couldn't down to many in one go.

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Photo of pagriley
3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden amber, slightly cloudy with 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly
Bright citrus hop aroma - distinctive and nice
Dank hops with hard bitterness on the finish. Some nuttiness to the beer - not sure where this is coming from, so I am assuming the malt, but it is quite strong hints of hazelnuts and something vegetative.
Light mouth feel with good carbonation

Overall solid - better than the single hop summer IPA I had yesterday. Something nutty in the beer is keeping me interested.

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Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a cloudy dark copper color with a good off-white head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of grapefruit with a hint of pine, fresh grain and a bit of malt sweetness in the background.

T: Taste of grapefruit with a bit of pine. Light caramel sweetness with fresh grain. Good bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Medium body, crisp, clean and refreshing. Nicely balanced.

O: This beer hit the spot. well worth a try.

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Photo of joecast
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

received today from user bluebetty. off my wants list too. taken too long to get to this. thanks!

light tan thin stable head. cloudy (probably been thrown around a bit the last few days) copper. medium carbonation.

nice flowery perfumy hop aroma with some light malt and spiciness.

bitterness is quite potent, which is great. not too much though as there is enough malt and hop flavour there to carry through the whole beer.

obvious why this beer is held in such high regard. right up there with the best aussie ales.

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Photo of tbeckett
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Purvis. From notes.

A - Poured cloudy dark gold. Good carbonation and a fluffy two finger head. Sticky rings of lace and a full finger of retention.

S - Lot's of tropical fruit and citrus. Sweetness as well. Really juicy.

T - Pineapple, passionfruit, grapefruit, a vinous element with sweetness up front as well.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body and nice bitterness.

O/D - Pretty nice. Galaxy is a cool hop and there is enough balance yet it really punches above it's weight. Good stuff.

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Photo of foles
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is amazing beer for the abv. Absolute hop bomb on the nose and palate that has made me realise that galaxy is a great hop. Citris with a bold hit of wild fruits, but this is a nice sharp hoppiness that isn't flabby. The taste of and IPA and the gravity of a pale ale, what a combo.

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Photo of heygeebee
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber-brown, one finger very coarse head.

Pine and hops on nose.

Taste is very thin, one dimensional, dry, and totally hop-driven. Reminds of grapefruit - but a dry segment. Gets quite puckering by the end. Needs some malt to balance out. Also, go figure, one hop will be a one-dimensional taste (!)

Mouthfeel is refreshing, one reviewer notes as sparkling mineral water - apt. Quite thin.

A dissapointment given its overall rating - I guess i just ain't a hop-head.

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Photo of danieelol
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to MrKennedy for bringing this back from Warners for me!

Pours a mango syrup colour with nice head and lacing.

Smell is passionfruit, mango, Splice ice creams. Little bit of yeast. Malt is not very detectable. Rather pungent and nice.

A lot more of the classic Galaxy profile in the taste. Again tropical fruit, and also some nuttiness and pine. Tiny bit of malt.

Finishes really dry and a bit astringent. Like mineral water, including the high carb.

The style here, as with the Stella, is to go really light on the malt and really dry the beer out so as to emphasise the hops and bitterness. The hops are still pungent enough to work, though, and while the mouthfeel is astringent, it is not ashen like the Stella iteration. All hail Bridge Road as a rare quality Australian brewer.

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Photo of dansmcd
4.19/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Orangey-brown amber. Creamy white head. Drools of lacing.

S - Slap! All intense, fresh hop goodness. Pineapple, passionfruit, pine needle, sorbet. A very subtle malt sweetness.

T - Very hop dominant with the pineapple and passionfruit flavours and bitterness. Mild malt profile.

M - Moderate in body and carbonation level. Bitter finish.

O - This was much hoppier than I expected. Very tasty, very fruity, refreshing IPA.

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Photo of Stew41
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

There’s a good little scene building in Victoria on the IPA front (Bridge Rd, Beast, Kooinda etc). This beer sits comfortably in that group although by no means a world beater. Immediately noticably is the very low carbonation, at least for the style. Marmalade orange in colour with a very thin head and slightly hazy in the body. Passionfruits on the nose; quite subtle but very classy. Palate is somewhat devoid of obvious fruit and malt but the very clean and linear hop profile makes up for this. Again not over powering but shows a sharp grassy hop note with nice aniseed and bitterness to finish.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Local Taphouse in Sydney, right next to their Stella IPA. Both tasted on International IPA day. Although I've had this before, I've somehow never reviewed it.

Pours a deep golden colour, very hazy and refracting the light until it seems to glow on its own. Head is firm and full, like soft-beaten egg-whites. Lacing is intricate. Looks really good.

Nose is fresh and ripe, with sharp tropical fruits, but also a bit of raw green organics. A little passionfruit (less than I remember), and a bit of orange citrus. Nice.

Taste is clean and fresh and rather tasty, although the Galaxy lends a sweet character and surprisingly not a lot of raw alpha bitterness. Clean, crisp, sharp tropical characters, with a bit of melon ring and almost a touch of green pepper. Not bad. Feel is smooth, with just enough body to balance the hops.

Weirdly, this is more peppery, less fruity and less smooth than I remember. Sharper than the Stella, and possibly slightly less drinkable. I know this is their first, but I think I liked the Stella more.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly orange-tinged gold with an unnecessary - but not unwelcome - cloudy haze. Head is white, tightly packed bubbles and retaining very well. Slow bead in the glass, nice lacing left behind. That's a cracker.

Oh, that's some passionfruit goodness. Lots of sweet and tangy fruit with passionfruit seeds and lovely cakey malt underlying. It's just fresh, fruity and delicious. A bit one-track but when that track is this beautiful it's not such an issue. Tangy, fruity, tasty.

Taste is pleasant. Lots of deep malt notes on the front and tangy passionfruit all over it. Fruity and seedy with a slight spicy flavour on there as well, kind of cinnamon-esque which is perhaps just a byproduct of the hop intensity. Finish starts early and a bit muted for an IPA, but in the sense that there's no hop wallop, it's just a hoppy bitter finish. Quite floral but with a strong citric element. Very acerbic at times and a decent IPA strength to it. Yeah, there's a slight dirtier, ashy bitterness late that just isn't as nice as the rest of the palate, but still a good tasty palate.

A bit sharp on the feel when the bitterness hits and otherwise a lot of carbonation sizzle. I've definitely found the Achilles' heel of this beer and it's in the texture.

Notwithstanding, a tasty beer with lots of good elements. If those rough edges could be pruned it would be a top drop.

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Photo of brendan13
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange to amber with a few centimetres of white head that hangs around for a while and leaves some lacing.
S - Floral & tropical hop notes. Bit of light malt sweetness.
T - Floral & fruity hops also in taste with some piney notes. A bit of light malt sweetness.
M - Lighter side of medium bodied. Bitterness is there but not too assertive.
D - A nice beer indeed. Worth trying.

This review was based partly on a tap review and on a growler.

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Photo of LittleCreature
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - 3.5
Pours a finger of off-white head that quickly reduces to a thin patchy layer over a cloudy golden to amber body. Some lace.

Smell - 5.0
Like sticking your face into a a sack of whole hop flowers, which is exactly as an American IPA ought to be. Floral and fruity aromas of honeysuckle, pine needles and passionfruit. Malt is barely detectable, but seems to add a little sweetness.

Taste - 4.0
Wow! The pure one-dimensional hoppiness is like a bitchslap to the palate, coming as a real shock. Flavours of acidic pineapple, grapefruit, mint and a little honey, with some fruity yeast appearing with increased temperature. I don't know the IBU, but bitterness seems in excess of anything else Australian. Well attenuated and bone dry in the finish, I'd hazard a guess at about 60IBU.

Mouthfeel - 3.5
Once you get over the intense, puckering bitterness (which borders on astringent), it is clear that the beer is well attenuated and feels quite light in the mouth.

Drinkability - 3.0
This will vary greatly depending on the drinker's liking of hoppy beers. Some will struggle, others will lap it up. Personally, I like an IPA with a little more balance.

OVERALL - 3.95
My first thought is that "Hophead's Heaven" would be a suitable name for this beer. Reminds me of Feral Hop Hog, though not quite as refined. Possibly the beer was a little green, I'd be interested to keep one for a couple of months before drinking next time. A few small tweaks and this could be an outstanding IPA.

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Photo of ADZA
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at my bottleshop today have heard of it but never tried until now,it pours a beautfiful cloudy orange/golden brown hue with nice carbonation that leaves a frothy two finger head and sticky lacing all around the rim and sides of the glass,the smell is sensational aswell with aromas of sweet piney,mango resinous hops and some pineapple aswell,it has a nice easy medium mouthfeel which is very sessionable with tastes of piney,citrus hops,pineapple,a dab of some caramel malts and it finishes quite nice and bitter which definately makes me go for another sip,overall i really rate this beer and ive never had a brew that i can remember that showcases the galaxy hop as much as this one and i just hope Bridge Road Brewers continue to do this sort of stuff as ill buy it everytime i see it if they do just so glad i went the six pack instead of only a couple.

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Photo of dgilks
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweet, resinous mango and passionfruit aroma. Moderate amount of malt aroma.

Slightly hazy, gold colour with a nice, thick white head. Good head retention. Sexy.

Hmmmm, is this really an IPA or just a big APA. I get a good, strong bitterness with sweet, tropical fruit flavours are all over the place. There could be more flavour and bitterness along with a bit more malt to make this a better example of an IPA. The malt profile itself is okay with a nice caramalt flavour but the intensity of it could be better.

Medium-light body with moderately-low carbonation. I'd like a bit more bite here.

An eminently tasty beer. The galaxy hop really comes through but on the whole it needs a bit more to it even though it is really tasty.

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Photo of juju7
3.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like the idea and hope to see more of it. Nice piney, resiny, pineapple notes with a hint of fresh grass. And that, is Galaxy hops boys and girls. Solid bitterness and a nice pine-like tannic feel. It's ticking all the right boxes. Overall a solid beer and a great way of showcasing galaxy (or hops in general) for the uninitiated.

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Photo of Alt
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Kilkenny branded 375 odd ml pub glass.
Slightly hazy/cloudy orange, poured a single finger head, which has dissipated very quickly. No carbonation or lacing at all, the cap came off rather easily I think I may have a bit of a dud.

Definitely passionfruit, citrus, piney resin, caramel/toffee.

Taste: Slightly different from other IPA's I've tried, however a good balance of malt and hops, slight touch of citrusy pine with a nice mild drying bitterness. Would be a good introduction into the world of IPA.

Mouthfeel: Nice and soft full mouthfeel, as mentioned no carbonation which I don't mind but this does seem a tad flat.

Jamiesons Beast is my usual go to drop so this is very tame for me, has a nice bitterness to it, would be good for a session/all day but at $27.50 for a sixpack of 4.8% IPA it's ridiculously overpriced and I know my merchant isn't one of the sheisters that puts an insane markup on his stock, despite my love of all things IPA and this being a limited batch this isn't going to be something I'll be in a hurry to buy again. Especially when I can get 7% Beast from the same store for over $5 cheaper. Sorry to say Bridgeroad dudes, I'm a fan of your work but in this instance I'm not really impressed, if you're going to release a limited edition IPA at this price make it an Imperial over 8%.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours orange/amber with a large fading head.
Aroma shows loads more fruity confectionery, with passionfruit, pineapple, lemon and lime lollys all represented. Alongside this is a pungent grassy note, presumably from late/dry-hopping. Some faint caramel is also present, but I think this could really benefit from more malt.
Some of those fruity aromas transfer through as flavours, but the malt dominates in this department (contradictory to what I just mentioned above??), with caramel, toffee and bready notes before a solid, but somewhat boring and dull bitterness follows.
Carbonation is light, body is moderate... pretty good!

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Photo of jbowers56
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A nice Golden brown/orange colour. 2 fingers of head in a snifter.

Huge nose. A whole bunch of passionfruit and underneath some sweetish notes, maybe from crystal malt.

Follows up the nose very well. A little one dimensional, but that's not really a flaw in a single hop ipa - it shows off galaxy very well and what a hop it is. Mmmm. Not hugely bitter - but bitter enough to be called an IPA, unlike some examples I have had recently.

Feels great in the mouth, smooth but still with plenty of carbonation - ideal for an IPA on tap.

Edit: in the bottle it was nowhere near as good. The wild fruitiness of galaxy stood alone unsupported by adequate bitterness or malt backbone. I will leave the review for the tap version though, as I really liked it. To be honest, I doubt there was a heap of difference, drinking a beer at a great bar with great friends certainly enhances the experience!

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Photo of smithflipper
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly Cloudy, orange/gold with 2 fingers of sticky white head.

Passionfruit, like passionfruit merange dominate the aroma. Smells like a bag of fresh galaxy hops.

Some sweet bready malts upfront, then a big resinous hop finish with reasonable bitterness.

Pretty good body, with ample carbonation.

All in a great, and very interesting IPA, could've bee a touch more bitter, but now im just being difficult

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Galaxy Single Hop IPA from Bridge Road Brewers
85 out of 100 based on 24 ratings.