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Galaxy IPA - Big Muddy Brewing

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Galaxy IPA
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99 Ratings
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Ratings: 99
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 4
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Big Muddy Brewing visit their website
Illinois, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mtlasley on 09-21-2012

Australian Galaxy & American Cascade Hops create an intense hop aroma and flavor balanced with a medium malt body yielding a very drinkable American-style India Pale Ale.

60 IBU
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Ratings: 99 | Reviews: 21
Photo of chadkuhns80
5/5  rDev +38.5%

I love this beer. crisp, and it finishes well.

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

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4.75/5  rDev +31.6%

Photo of jtierney89
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hazy tarnished brass with a finger and a half of white head that coats the side of the glass as it dissipates. Sweet dried sugared tropical fruits, lots of tangerine, pineapple, and grapefruit. Hop Resin and caramel as well.

Such a good hoppy IPA. Bright tropical fruit flavors up front with a fruit rind bitterness. Just enough of a malt body to carry the hops over your tongue. Just enough carbonation to keep the beer brisk without breaking up the flavors. Finishes with a nice bitterness. Awesome. Big Muddy pushes the limits of the galaxy hops aroma, flavoring, and bittering agents.

Photo of dacrza1
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

DATE REVIEWED: July 31, 2014... GLASSWARE: Duvel oversized tulip... OCCASION: a week with the air conditioning off continues...APPEARANCE: dark, forceful amber orange body, thick and hazy; effervescence is deliberate, sparse; head is creamy, thick, almost oozing with Swiss cheese-like caverns forming along the glass; fantastic lacing--a near one-finger head holds throughout drinking... AROMA: beautiful bouquet of fresh floral hops with some fruit traces; big caramel malt presence--strikes a surprising balance for an IPA with a 7.5 ABV and with pine cone wafting all about... PALATE: medium-to-full bodied, swift to the throat yet sitting against the tongue and cheek in its aftertaste; the weakest aspect of the beer? ... TASTE: caramel eases the hop bomb that rears its piney head; orange, mango and some other tropical fruit is suggested in the profile; finishes sharply with a somewhat astringent pucker--yet, overall, this beer delivers a tremendous balance for a beer that too often is a bitter battle.. OVERALL: at $4.99, probably worth a bomber's price; Big Muddy may be the brewery, but this one's pretty clear in its taste--though, as the bottle drains, the beer becomes more subdued and easier drinking--is ita trap to drink another?!...

Photo of PJKSR02
4.27/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

So what do you want in an American IPA? Personally, I want an unfiltered recipe of hops and malts that combine for a flavorful experience with a respectable "kick." Big Muddy has captured that here. Is it the best AIPA I've had? Maybe not. Is it solid? Yes! Don't be afraid.

Photo of --Dom--
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great beer. The first time I had it I wasn't crazy about it. The second time I had it, it was much fresher and it was great. I really think, like with all ipa's you have to get this one fresh. Awesome hop aroma and flavor. Very unique taste. Definitely worth a try.

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of KFBR392
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a vibrant head of two fingers which settles in but is present throughout drinking. The color is a bright orange with a cloudy body. Rich, sticky lacing left behind at each level. Active carbonation is a touch low for the style. A very pretty beer.

Smell: The front is a combination of soft fruits with accents of grapefruit and mangos and slightly bitter pine. Tropical fruits continue to build on the body with a light yet perfectly complimentary malt profile. A touch of resinous pine rides throughout and adds an extra touch for the drinker to enjoy.

Taste: The front is a touch of bright fruits with accents of kiwi, mangos, and tangerines. Medium bodied, rounded malt warm up on the front. The malt profile takes on the creamy, rich buttery flavor on the body with lingering resinous bitterness in the background. Some more tropical fruits pop up on the back end up the finish gets a touch mashed together in an undistinguished way which would be my only gripe about the taste.

Mouthfeel: Outstandingly drinkable. An easy going malt profile lets the soft fruits to shine on the palate and makes this IPA disappear quickly. Carbonation is a touch low but I think it plays well here.

Overall: Seeing Galaxy hops in 16oz cans was more then enough for me to give this a go. Really glad I did because this is no doubt an excellent IPA. No hesitation should be given to trying out this brew, especially at a great price.

Photo of HopBomb515
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Bright orange glow, nice 2 finger head, great chunky lacing down the glass. Head doesn't stay long, virtually gone before the first sip.

S - Big bright hop character jumps out of the glass with an assertive and definite tropics land citrus nose. Subtle sweetness in the nose promise something nice.

T - Thankfully follows the nose with tropical and slightly citrusy notes. There's snow underlying sweetness, never cloying but adds to the overall experience and compliments the tropical notes. Bitterness builds just a bit then fades, never really growing and making it into the finish. Very clean finish with no lingering bitterness but some citrusy notes following through on the back end. Really good tasting beer.

M - A bit thinner than I'd like, very low end of medium mouthfeel. Smooth, not very punchy with carbonation. Very clean on the finish. Nothing special mouthfeel wise but nothing distracting either.

O - Recommended to me by my beer guy and I'm glad I tried it. This could have benefited from a fuller mouthfeel and some more bitterness to bring it together but overall a strong IPA. I would revisit this again.

Photo of shoretaxi
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a nice IPA. I love Galaxy hops, and they are very present here. This one is neither too bitter nor too sweet. It straddles the line between those two types of IPA's very nicely.

Would purchase and drink again.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of WestHam973
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Nice Ipa, very balanced between hops and grassy grapefruit flavor, comes in 160z cans which is perfect to take out anywhere.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of scotorum
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Acquired in Tennessee in a mixed sixpack on my July trip to the South. Can't get this Illinois product in Mass.

No visible canning date. Attractive green and gold can design.

Poured from the 16 oz. can into a Tree House Tulip pint.

a: Clear amber with a finger thick offwhite head which receded to uneven surface foam and dense lacing.

s; Moderate floral and resin.

t: Floral and pine hops up front over a medium biscuit malt base. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Slightly musty aftertaste becomes grassy later.

m: Medium with very good body and smooth, chewy texture, good carbonation tingle and some alcohol throat burn as well.

o; Definitely an above average IPA for flavor and mouthfeel. Would buy this again if it was available in my area. But that is highly unlikely.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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Galaxy IPA from Big Muddy Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 99 ratings.