Galaxy IPA - Big Muddy Brewing
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Ratings: 77 | Reviews: 15 | Display Reviews Only:
4.3/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
12-21-2012 02:44:30 | More by jtierney89
4.26/5 rDev +18.7%
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?!...
08-01-2014 01:13:39 | More by dacrza1
4.18/5 rDev +16.4%
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.
06-29-2014 17:41:37 | More by KFBR392
4.1/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
05-31-2014 01:57:56 | More by HopBomb515
4/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
08-17-2014 05:13:22 | More by scotorum
3.93/5 rDev +9.5%
Really great homerun from this local brewery and something that was literally just bottled!
A strong deep gold pours from the bottle and forms a thick, soapy, white two finger head. Classic IPA burnt orange and a great looking beer.
I get a ton of sweet fruit on the top followed with a touch of pine. Tons of fruit here and it really dominates the hop profile.
The taste is slightly sweet on top followed by bitter pine flavors. There's a slightly passionfruit/kiwi/general tropical note that really makes this great. As it warms theres a very sweet malt profile lying underneath and my only qualm with the beer is that this is a bit strong. Still a really, really great IPA.
There's a certain thickness here that permeates and makes this beer come off heavier than a lot of easy drinking IPAs but it still turns out delightfully.
Finally something I love from Big Muddy. If this is the direction they are headed, I will happily be there for the future. At five bucks a bomber you cannot go wrong with this awesome, delicious IPA.
09-21-2012 06:08:33 | More by mtlasley
3.89/5 rDev +8.4%
Appearance: pours a dark and slightly cloudy orange color with a two finger head that lingers around a while. Moderate lace develops.
Smell: orange and grapefruit citrus, some woodiness, and a bit of earthiness comes through to the nose.
Taste: caramel, orange, grapefruit, earthy bitterness, and some pears create a well balanced IPA.
Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp at the start, less crisp at finish. slightly dry aftertaste here.
Overall: an easy drinking beer, flavorful and tasty.
02-03-2013 19:20:16 | More by Gavage
3.89/5 rDev +8.4%
a dark copper pour with 2 fingers of fluffy white head leaving behind excellent amounts of lacing. smells of caramel, bready malt and lots of grassy and floral hops, along with a wonderful grapefruit-like citrus. a very bready tasting english style ipa with a nice hop selection. slightly bitter, mostly sweet. lots of bready biscuity notes, caramel, with a light grapefruit flavor, and grassy/herbal hops.
medium body with a creamy mouthfeel, moderate carbonation.
a nice ipa, doesn't feel like it's all too fresh, but still hoppy to the point where i can feel what they were going for. not a bad beer, more leaning towards an english style ipa rather than the overhopped american. not a bad value for about $5 per 22oz
05-06-2013 00:16:23 | More by facundoCNB
3.83/5 rDev +6.7%
Bottles just showed up here, so assuming it's a fresh batch.
Poured into a tulip glass it's a nice saturated orange color, slightly hazy with a persistent head of creamy white foam on the surface. Rings of lace in the glass, long lasting head retention.
As it warms up there's a distinct citrus presence, resinous with a slightly funky dankness. Biscuity pale malt middle beyond that.
Earthy resinous citrus peel aftertaste, grapefruit and marmalade, moderate hoppy bitterness. Dry and bitter in the aftertaste, some lingering cracker and biscuit notes from the pale malt. Medium bodied, definitely a solid IPA, could use a little more edge in the hop department, though it's clearly well hopped. Again not sure how fresh the bottles are, but it's a nice effort, and will check it out again down the line.
02-02-2013 04:56:35 | More by emerge077
3.8/5 rDev +5.8%
never heard of these guys before, but was pretty happy with this galaxy ipa, a hop I think should be used more widely. this pours a hazy brass color, pushing burnt orange, with a sensational white head that's tall and permanent, leaving sexy rings as it drinks. the galaxy hops are immediately apparent on the nose, sharp and fruity, almost with a bubblegum character, but still citric at the same time. more malt than we probably need here in nose, taste, and body, it crowds out the interesting hops a little more than it should, but its good pale malt and aside from making this beer a little less drinkable, it doesn't really hurt it too much. great hop journey in this one, moving from fruity to bitter and back again to zesty citrus fruit, a very well hopped brew. the alcohol and the body make it a one and done bomber for me, and the carbonation is a bit strong, but the flavors of this beer are its best assets, as they should be in any beer. a great introduction to big muddy brewing for me, I will be looking to get my hands on some more of their stuff, and this is further proof that the galaxy hop needs more exposure, maybe my next homebrew...
06-21-2013 13:15:56 | More by StonedTrippin
Galaxy IPA from Big Muddy Brewing
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.