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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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100
world-class

599 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 1,160
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Imperial Single Hop IPA hopped exclusively with Galaxy.

(Beer added by: sisuspeed on 04-02-2011)
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Djsali, Jul 17, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -28.5%

On draft at Blind Tiger, billed as Double Galaxy. Really looking forward to this one!

Strongly hoppy, piney aroma. Assorted of citrus fruitiness hides in the background. Flavor profile is nearly a palate wrecker, though, as it unloads wave after wave of sharply flavored hops onto my taste buds. No malt in sight; balance be damned! Again: mild citrus in the shadows if you can find it amongst the overwhelming hops. Plenty of lingering bitterness after swallowing.

Might be the first West-Coast-style DIPA from Hill Farmstead, and certainly the first that lacks balance. Reminds me much more of a Single IPA than a DIPA due to the absence of a malt backbone, and I dislike Single IPAs for exactly this reason. If you like hops with your hops (and then more hops on the side), you're gonna love this one.

brystmar, Mar 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

leschkie, Mar 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -18.3%

tom10101, Mar 20, 2013
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3.78/5  rDev -17.6%

Growler shared by Thorpe429 at his place the other night. Thanks! A big want, obviously because at the time of this review, this is the #44 beer on the beeradvocate best of list "popular" and the #6 beer on the best of American Double / Imperial IPA. This probably means I'm going to love it.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a wispy head of small white head that leaves some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is mildly vegetal and earthy with a mild citrus hops, moderate floral notes, smell good but I'm not overwhelmed so far.

When I drank this I asked Thorpe if it tasted the same as the one he drank (by himself) a few days earlier and he confirmed that "It is nearly the same, perhaps a little less hoppy" -- it is hoppy, mild to moderately bitter on the back, interesting throughout but there is an off sulfur character or some sort of vegetalness that makes me wish we were drinking more Abner. Not my favorite from HF but perhaps my expectations were too high. I've never had a Galaxy single hopped beer. I'd have another and I'd even have this again on draft but it was somewhat of a disappointment.

drabmuh, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of cpetrone84
3.79/5  rDev -17.4%

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.

cpetrone84, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.9/5  rDev -15%

Counter pressure filled yesterday. I've had Ephraim before but not this one. My palate is a little wrecked from the Saison fest yesterday so...

A: Orange merange with a thin frog egged head. Very warm and murky

S: These hops smell incredible- Tons of citrus, thin and blended- there's lots of different fruits amalgamating and making it difficult to identify, pine is even significantly quaffable as a tertiary aroma. Some thin/cleanness + a lesser degree of mustiness akin to simcoe and/or centennial at the end as well.

T: Not quite a mirror of the smell. Some empty delay in flavor in the beginning that's a slight let down. Citrus fades quickly from first sip to last and it doesn't have anywhere near the citrus presence implied by the nose. Finish is also akin to simcoe/centennial.

M: Not too rough, approachable level of dehydration for a DIPA. low-medium carbonation.

O: Good IPA, not on world class level like some other HF's.

CharlieMurphy, Aug 14, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev -13.9%

Growler shared by Whitemomba-- thanks Jason!!

Served in FFF tulip pint.

A really hazy beer here-- a lot like other HF beers that I've had actually... It's a golden apricot color with a nice two finger head. The bubbles are big and loose, and due to that fact, it seems we don't see great retention or lacing.

The beer smells and tastes very nice: citrusy lemon and grapefruit with some dank floral notes, all over a light bready/biscuity malt. Very dry and bitter finish. Clean and fresh.

Body is nice. Well carbed and medium light.

Overall, this is a good beer... Not the best HF beer I've had, but still good.

AleWatcher, Jul 08, 2011
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3.99/5  rDev -13.1%

750ml growler filled at the brewery yesterday, split with Kev.

Hazy light peach-colored body with a white head. Falls to about a half-finger leaving decent lace.

Scent includes herbs, earthiness, citrus/peach, caramel and sugar cookie sweetness. Honestly, tame overall.

Taste is better and more potent with cat pee, peach, pineapple, earthy hops and some dank. Some sugar cookie malts and warm bread there but mostly hops. Low bitterness.

Nice smooth mouthfeel similar to other HF IPAs. Good carbonation, light feel, and way too drinkable for 8%.

This was good, the highlight to me was how crushable it was. Compared to some of their other hoppy ales I thought this too subtle in the flavor-wise.

Chico1985, Jan 13, 2014
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3.99/5  rDev -13.1%

750ml growler poured into a Jester King snifter

A~ glowing amber color, cloudy but still beautiful. nice head as well.

S~ overpowering citrus all around! lemons, grapefruits, mangos, etc... just the smell i want from a DIPA.

T~ following the nose with very nice bitterness from the hops. pine and earthy notes too!

M~ very nice and smooth, some what thick and creamy but not over powering. this is a double i could drink all day long and definitely fall over =]

O~ could be one of my favorite double IPA's but at this point i've said that so many times its really hard to pick... would definitely drink again, but IMO it would be easier to seek out some heady or something similar and still have just about the same experience, maybe even better?

Skrip, Jan 16, 2013
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4/5  rDev -12.9%

joel66, Mar 17, 2013
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Callmecoon, Jan 10, 2013
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acurtis, Dec 27, 2013
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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.