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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 162
Hads: 883
Avg: 4.54
pDev: 17.84%
Wants: 1,351
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: sisuspeed on 04-02-2011

Imperial Single Hop IPA hopped exclusively with Galaxy.
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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 growler poured into a nonic glass.

Hmm, can't give this much props for appearance. Very turbid in the body and resembles pear juice or something of that variety. Excellent lacing however and a nice frothy head. 3

That nose gets us back on track. Mango and pineapple leap out at me. It's so potent I feel like there are strands of fruit fiber stuck in my nostrils. How this is achieved I don't know, but I'm mighty impressed. It's bitter and citric to boot, but those are minor role players. 4.75

When I shared this beer with friends earlier in the day, I got much more pithy and zesty grapefruit peel, but for whatever reason, more mango emerges with my second visit of the day (alone and able to focus entirely on the beer). Still, it's got a strong bitter grapefruit flavor followed by an injection of floral flavor that suggests a saison. 4.25

Has what seems a trademark of Hill Farmstead beers, an excessively easy-drinking quality and smoothness, at least for 2/3 of my palate. The finish is much more aggressive, yeasty, pithy and bitter. It's easy to miss the spicy hop bite too, but it's there. 4.25

Hill Farmstead. Good beer. I'm being redundant.

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Photo of BranfordBound
4.58/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a 750mL growler at the brewery on 9/26 and drank it on 9/29. Pours a cloudy orange color with not a big head, leaves some lacing. Big wallop on the aroma of oranges and citrus, sweet, with a nice malt note in there. Resinous hoppiness. The taste is pure sweet orange juice, much more so than the Edward I had before. Some tropical notes in there, too, and the bready and doughy malts try to form a backbone. Body is a bit thinner than expected for a DIPA, but overall quite light and easy to drink, no alcohol present. Simply a lovely, citrusy DIPA from those awesome Galaxy hops!

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Photo of Durge
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is of murky golden wheat with a classy gentle blanket of off white foam and a solid ring of lacing that cascades pretty evenly around the bowl of my glass. The aroma brings bold orange/lemon citrus with a lightly grassy mustiness. Very appetizing. The flavor delivers big juicy orange grass with mild lemon edges and piney malt. Fairly intense but mellowed slightly by the woodsy grain ideas. The body is medium plus with a finely full carbonation that blankets the tongue and finishes with a lively but mildly sticky feel. Just a class delivery of wonderful hops here.

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Photo of Hootie159
4.6/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh squeezed orange juice. 2 finger foamy head that leaves behind a nice dollop. Great lacing. Smell is an earthy pine with dank citrus. Among other citrus, some orange and grapefruit peel. Limey bitterness in the back. Signature HF feel. Great beer.

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Photo of -Rick
4.55/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Armsby Abbey, this beer is loaded with tropic fruits. Pineapple, and grapefruit smells all over the place. Taste follows the nose. One of the best ipas I have had from HF! So well done.

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Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Is there a better showcase of galaxy hops available? I doubt it. Got this on draft at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, MA. This beer is chock full o' pineapple and grapefruit goodness. It's a hoppy punch in the face and oh so delicious.

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Photo of handcrafty
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

Oh, Hill Farmstead. Aren't you mortal? Isn't there something that you DO wrong?
Pours a hazy burnt copper with a frothy 1/4 inch top.
Mangos, pineapples, citrus, pine needles and white pepper touch the nose.
The taste starts clean, and finishes with a gracious Galaxy hop presence punctuating fresh grass, hard herbs, citrus and stone fruit. Only a hint of alcohol present for an 8% beer.
Truly a wonderful DIPA, and one I would be lucky to have time and time again.

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Photo of Franck
5/5  rDev +10.1%

Aromas of orange, tangerine, pineapple, grapefruit, alcohol and flowers
Taste is so smooth and balanced. Far from the typical over-resinous or sweetened dipa. Citrus, hint of pepper (alcohol?) but not boozy at all.
Bitterness is dry, fruity, smooth, perfect.
Overall, that's the kind of ipa i've always dreamed to drink. One of my best beer from HF so far

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Poured from a brewery-filled growler into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is an excellent blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out very sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a nice piney hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and provides a great balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Extremely tasty, goes down dangerously easy, not too filling, good kick, great representation of style, this is a tremendous 2IPA to drink for as long as you can handle it.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Split with Goblinmunkey7, growler filled about 10 hours ago

Consumed 10/25/14

A: Hazy tangerine colored with some burnt orange, honey, and gold - pours with a large, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves some nice streaks of lacing

S: Hoppy, as expected - potent, bright notes of tangerine, orange, and grapefruit - very ripe, fresh, and fleshy - floral and herbal notes - hop cones, pine, grass - peaches and some spice - pale, bready malts, with a touch of caramel

T: Fruity, juicy, nicely hoppy - ripe orange and ruby red grapefruit flesh - herbal, grassy, floral, and kind of spicy in an earthy way - pine needles and an aftertaste of mint - moderately bitter - malts are very mild, just providing a solid base of pale malts, pale grains, and bread - very clean, as is the trend with Hill Farmstead

M: Medium body, nicely carbonated, very smooth, finishes very clean, dry

O: So many stars in one bottle

This is very similar to Hill Farmstead's Double Citra, which makes sense. I'm not as familiar with the idiosyncrasies with galaxy as I am with citra, so I guess this was more novel. Both are awesome beers, but I think this may have some more depth.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Split with angrybabboon.

Appearance: Hazy dark golden yellow. Head is a loose dense white with tons of sticky lacing. Solid retention leaves a small clumpy cap and slightly thicker collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Earthy and grassy with a pronounced but not aggressive bitterness. Pine needle lingers on the back. Tropical, but more like guava, mango, etc. A less sweet fruitiness. Malts are the expected pale malt sweetness with a slight push of cracker and undercooked biscuit dough. A touch of yeast adds some slightly fruity esters. Some grapefruit rind and oil in the mix as well. A bit more aggressive than the other single hop beers.

Taste: Woody pine branch. Slightly earthy and herbal as well. Some pithy bitterness coupled with some grapefruit rind. Pushes guava, mango, some passion fruit, and a touch of ruby red grapefruit. Flash of bitterness cleans out rather quickly. Malts are very lightly sweet with some mild bready elements. Slightly mealy fruit. Flower petals. Some hints of grass thrown in there. Fresh biscuit dough. Some very mild fruity esters. Bitter pithy fruit.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a moderate carbonation and a decently dry finish. Initial sip is slightly creamy and smooth. Easy drinking.

Overall: The Guardians might have trouble protecting this Galaxy.

Throw on your favorite mixtape and sit back with this and enjoy. As far as a single hop goes it has decent depth and plays quite well with the malt base. Slightly sweet and properly bitter. It lingers.

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Photo of Davepoolesque
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%

pretty standard awesome double single hop beer that Hill puts out. It's just really good. The double Citra might be a smidgen better, but it's so close.

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Photo of F2brewers
4.43/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL growler filled 10/2. Served at 40F into a HF wine glass.

A: Hazy just darker than golden body full of vey fine carbonation. A 1.5 inch frothy whote head bursts over and over again with bubbles. Head retention is moderate (~ 1 minute) and eve vigorous swirling regnereates only about 1/2 inch of the head. A moderate yet fone lacing pattern remains as the glass empties.

S: Compared to Citra single, thos is more tropical, perhaps passion fruit or guava? Not as potent or strong up front as the Citra. but more balanced and nuanced with touches of grassy, earthy aromas. Still no hint of malt in this.

T: Pine and resin dominate with tropical fruit and lemon following up. Much jucier i my mouth tha. I thoguht fromthe nose. Bitterness lingers on the tongue, but not at all unpleasant. Malt backbone is mild but noticable...it doesn't smack you lie, a west coast IPA, but it's presence is clear and crisp.

M: Despite the huge hop flavor this remains medium to medium-heavy in the body. Oily residue is minimal and as a result, residual bitterness fades quickly. Carbonation is appropriate and keeps the beer fresh. 8.00% alcohol is well hidden...no hint of fusel heat or booze.

O: I really like this, and I'd like to think I could drink more... but I don't think that the alcohol would permit that. A great example of the style, especi?ly or out here o. the east coast. I can see why people clamor for this beer.

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Photo of Resuin
4.76/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bomber into a stemmed glass. This was filled at the brewery Wednesday, October 8th and consumed on October 10th.

Appearance: Pours a bright honey color and leaves a couple fingers of white, medium head which lingers for a little while before fading to a white layer atop the beer, leaving lacing down the glass. (4.5)

Smell: Nice grapefruit, peach, mango, honey, some light cereal malts. Really nice aromas from the hops in here, and really well balanced. (4.75)

Taste: Grapefruit takes the lead along with some peach, light piney resin, all hops which is great. Really juicy. Nice smooth finish too - all the hops without the bitterness. Really drinkable for a big IPA, and really balanced for being so hop forward. (4.75)

Mouth-feel: Medium carbonation with a medium, creamy body. Really nice mouth-feel. Finishes smooth. (4.9)

Overall: Wonderful citrus, peach and resin flavors in the aroma and taste take center stage and make it terrific. Nice, creamy body and an extremely drinkable DIPA. Fantastic. (4.76)

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big enjoyable hoppy beer, one of the best I've had. The galaxy hops are very prominent, very tasty, and very smooth. The hops manage to be full front and center without getting bitter or overpowering.

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Photo of Phigg1102
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Hazy amber color. Lots of tropical fruit aroma. Very intense floral taste to go along with the great tropical fruit. This is one of the best hop showcases I've come across.

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.67/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fantastic beer, but what else would you expect from those guys up at hill farmstead? Found it very different from the edward or their other ipa's it had a bite that resembled some of the Heady hoppiness. Overall the mouthfeel was definitely what I appreciated the most, cant wait to make the trip up to Greensboro and visit again!

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Photo of Kendo
4.34/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Poured from a 750 ml bottle "growler" purchased at Hill Farmsted in VT. Body is hazy yellow with a white head. Good lace.

S: Earthy, leafy, garlicky hops dominate. Touch of lemon too.

T: Juicy hops that bring to mind tropical fruit and plenty of apricot. Nice lemony bitterness as well.

M: Medium heft, soft carbonation.

O: Really good stuff. I liked Abner a little better, but this was very good.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.79/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour is hazed yellow amber with lots of tight white head. Nose is hoppy peach, not super bright but hops lead in nose. Taste is a bit muddled. Stronger hop presence, peach and tropical fruit with a light bitterness. Body is light with a strong carb and clean finish.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.66/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque cloudy bright orange colour, yellow towards the edges. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed and left some nice lacing behind.

S - Tropical fruit and some dank/musky notes. Passion fruit, guava, mango, peach and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with a huge tropical fruit bouquet consisting of mango, passion fruit, pineapple and guava. A caramel sweetness provided just enough balance.

M - Medium body. Dry. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml flip-top growler opened on 1.18.14
Best by Jan 18, 2014

A - Dirty, hazy light orange with a soapy cream-colored head with good retention.

S - Lots of grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits, grassy.

T - Grapefruit, very grassy, a touch leafy and bitter. A small amount of heat in the finish.

D - Good carbonation with a medium body.

O - Lots of grapefruit and grass, a touch bitter.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.77/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Served from a fresh 750ml growler into a HF stemmed Tulip

Review #200

Appearance- Hazy orange with big 2 finger bubbly white head that left great lacing.

Smell- Big tropical fruits, nectarine, peach, tangerine, clementine, mango, pineapple, white grape, light malt background, and a slight hint of booze.

Taste- Big citrusy hops with light grassy/pine notes. Peach, grapes, oranges, earthy floral notes. No hint of booze in taste at all.

Mouthfeel- Well carbonated, with a medium body. No booze heat, very drinkable. Not very bitter, but very fruity.

Overall- A very well-crafted IIPA from Hill Farmstead (obviously). Very good beer that I could drink all day.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead - Double Galaxy, poured into a DFH Spiegelau IPA glass.

Look - Cloudy straw golden with an amber hue and a small soapy head. Great lacing. Great looking brew as per usual from HF.

Smell - Dank citrus from Galaxy hops, touch of malt but otherwise hops take center stage. Hill signature yeast.

Taste - Mouthful of juicy Galaxy hops. Dank citrus followed by some lemony zest and pine.

Mouthfeel - Light-medium bodied with light-medium carbonation. Rests citrus and pine bitter. Slight warm booziness but definitely well balanced. Great drinkability.

Overall - Great Galaxy hop brew, HF almost goes without saying that it's going to be a treat.

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Photo of pmarlowe
4.39/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

Growler is two weeks old. Teku glass.

A: Pours a slightly orangish straw color, hay with a half finger of attractive, snow white head. A good portion of the bubbles are quite large. Very good retention and some dots of lacing.

S: Predominantly delicate fruit (passion and stone fruit) with some herbal/floral notes, dankness and the occasional whiff of blue cheese, with a mild malt backbone. with some sweaty socks/blue cheese thing going on.

T: Again, some mild fruit (grapefruit, now, but also stone, tangerine) with a more prominent herbal note, finishing quite dry with a mild bitterness.

M: Soft mouthfeel with light carbonation and medium-light body.

O: Not the most exceptional DIPA, but delicate and highly drinkable, esp. given the ABV. Like all HF, this is well crafted, though more on the subtle end.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.57/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler generously sent to me by Anthony. Thanks a lot man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 1/15/2014. My main comparison is Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn as that is the one other Galaxy-hopped DIPA that stands out in my mind.

Appears much like the other HF DIPAs- hazy golden-straw body, lots of thick white head and lots of lacing. Looks delicious, and from a homebrewing perspective, I can't quite see how Shaun can get his beers to look quite that pale!

Smells very good- straight up Galaxy hops. Lots of passion fruit and mango, but a little bit subdued compared to Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn. However, the hops are more or less unopposed given that the malt base isn't as ridiculous in this one. This is a nice showcase of Galaxy hops here.

Flavourwise- comes out better than the smell. Flavour is a lot of passion fruit, a little of mango but not a ton of sweet malt backbone, which is interesting. Still, the flavours comes across really well here and I actually prefer the balance here more to Galaxy Unicorn which definitely has quite a bit more of a malt backbone.

Medium bodied, very creamy and rich; not a terribly bitter aftertaste as Galaxy Unicorn has but rather a more passion fruity flavour finish. Finishes somewhat dry as well. Very good and easily drinkable. I could drink the entire growler on my own, easily.

I see the hype here, and the hype nearly meets expectations here. At the same time, I think the nose doesn't quite measure up to Galaxy Unicorn, but it does beat that beer in every other facet. Not Shaun's best DIPA despite what these ratings would have you think (Abner is a better, more complex beer) but it's definitely worth trying at least once.

Final score: 4.59

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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.