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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 960
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 1,359
Gots: 51 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 960
Photo of callmescraps
4.12/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Hop Head Throwdown, and reviewed from notes. I made sure to start with this guy, to go in with a fresh palate.

Appearance- Hazy orange or apricot color. Sort of a cloudy gold, with a hint of amber. Thick two inches of head. It takes a moment to settle, but I can barely wait.

Smell- Huge tropical fruits. Just massive. Mango, tangerine, a fruit bowl for sure. A little dankness as well. That sort of dank, pot-like aroma. Very good.

Taste- Follows the nose. Delicious fruits lead off. It's like a fruit punch. Pineapple, mango, tangerine, the whole nine. It gets very, very bitter on the end. The bitterness leads to a dank, almost herbalness. The finish is almost grassy. I love bitter beers, but the finish on this one is sort of detracting from the actual flavors. It transitions from huge fruit, to huge bitter pretty quickly, I'd like it a little smoother.

Mouthfeel- Pretty thick, unfiltered, reminds me of Kern River Citra. A tad heavy, but good.

Overall- Not the smoothest beer ever, and it honestly got a little hard to finish. I remember just throwing down the aforementioned Citra, ordering one after another. This one, I needed a break before getting a second pour. I found the extremely bitter, grassy finish a little off-putting. I think there is a reason that people often mix hops. I enjoyed the aroma aspects of this hop more than the bittering ability, it appears. It's 9/10 of being a truly spectacular beer, but it just misses.

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Photo of AgentZero
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Three cheers for Sean for sharing this growler.

A - Yellowish orange beer with a frothy white head that had some good retention.

S - Smells a lot like catnip and catnip tea. Some nice tropical fruits, citrus, and some sugary bitterness on the end.

T - Great hops, sweet, with a little floral taste, tropical fruit, grapefruit, citrus rind. There is a nice buttery taste at the beginning of this one that adds an interesting element to this beer melded with the hops.

M - Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, and a crisp feel.

O - Really nice beer, with a unique taste. I'm not real familliar with Galaxy hops, but it made for a really great beer.

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Photo of MasterCraft
4.13/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Have had this beer multiple times from multiple bars on tap in the last week, but this review is live and from a 750ml growler, picked up at the brewery 5 days ago. Poured into a tulip.

Looks like natural apple juice coming out of the growler, pours a nice hazy apple juice color with a fat white head. Sticky lacing.

Smells dank, like overripe mangos and passionfruit, a little cat piss but somehow not in a bad way.

Tastes again like borderline-rotting mango and passionfruit, solid bitter bite, clearly a palate ruiner. I get maybe a little pine, lots of fruitiness and basically no citrus. Little to no malt character.

Mouthfeel is great in my book, very creamy and inviting, medium carb, evident tannins from the hops. About 8-9oz is, my mouth feels like it's covered in hop particles.

Overall, a pretty great beer. It reminds me very much of Lawson's Kiwi. I enjoy single-hop beers, as they are an exercise in brewing restraint (though it's hard to argue this beer is in any way restrained). As far as DIPA, I enjoy Heady Topper and Abner more.

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Photo of Luk13
4.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L growler, drank a week later. Very murky hazy blond pour with very small head. Probably the worst looking beer I’ve had from Hill Farmstead. Aroma is a burst of tropical fruits, mango and pinneaples with a woody and rustic touch. Taste: Citrusy and spicy hops. Not as expressive as the other HF DIPA I’ve had but highly drinkable. Full bodied med-low carbonation. A little attenuated because it wasn’t consumed as fast as it should have. Should have drank this one sooner, but still very good nonetheless.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml growler, picked up at the brewery last weekend.

Pours a hazy bright orange color, with one finger of white head. Great lacing and retention. Looks inviting, for sure.

Smell is quite fruity, with undercurrents of grainy malts and hoppy bitterness. Grapefruit leads the way for sure, but the galaxy brings forth some unique juicy tropical fruity aromas. Pineapple, something pulpy I can't put my finger on. I like it.

Taste starts out with grapefruit citrus, then has a wave of I-don't-know-what. Almost nutty. Finish is grapefruit peel bitter. Unique, but in a way I wasn't really expecting, with some surprising flavors mid-way through. The bittering comes off a bit strangely, and peaks quite late. And I get much less of the tropical fruit here than I did in the smell. It's good, but doesn't have quite the depth, variety, or balance I find in the best DIPAs.

Medium-bodied, long bitter finish, spot-on carbonation. Not as sticky as many DIPAs, but good.

A very good IPA, definitely showcasing many aspects of this hop. Doesn't bowl me over, though, in the way that, say, Abrasive does. Looking back on this review, I barely mentioned the malts. Didn't mention their absence either, though. Clearly they're the supporting cast, and they do their job by not being noticeable.

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Photo of tarheels86
4.16/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

750mL flip-top thanks to oteyj. Hazy, glowing deep orange pour. Fluffy, buttermilk head. Huge, 360, sheets of lacing. Long retention. Significantly fruitier, more tropical melon aroma than the Columbus Pale Ale. Vanilla tinged alcohol noticeable in the nose along with sticky jackfruit, mango, cantaloupe. Taste is soft, balanced, fruity, thicker mango and sweet strawberries saved by decent pine resin. Quite rich and almost dessert like compared to other HFS hop bombs. Doesn’t get boozy at all, which is quite nice. Thicker, oily mouthfeel. Fluffy. Long, quenching palate with mild peach yogurt. 8% is impossibly hidden. Be careful ;) 3/28/2012 8/5/8/5/16=4.2

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

thanks to chippo33

750ml growler

pours cloudy murky dull orange and burnt gold. nice inch or so of creamy white head. some lacing and decent retention.

very tropical and fruity. mango and orange dominating. some grapefruit hidden.

similar to nose, very fruity and tropical up front. through the finish a citrus and pine bitterness emerges and finished this. faint malt.

a bit chewy with a mild to moderate carbonation. drinks easy.

pretty good overall, very straight forward with emphasis on the hop.

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Photo of mltobin
4.17/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A buddy of mine was kind enough to share his growler.

The appearance is pale yellow with a good sized white head. Its` smell has pine, grapefruit, a certain earthiness. Galaxy tastes of citrus hops, different tropical fruit, bitterness. It is a well balanced imperial ipa and does not seem to overdo it, in any aspect. MF is dry, bitter in the end, but not too much. Yet another, very good beer from these folks out of Vermont.

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Photo of tempest
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Had a glass at Judy & Punch. Appeared a hazy yellow, as you'd expect. The Aussie hops come out with a huge peach with a creamy floral undertones. It's a great imperial IPA and delicious, but not quite as interesting or complex as some of the other opaque IPAs from HF.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Blind Tiger Ale House during the Hill Farmstead event. This hop strand was a new hop hybrid from Australia, bred from the Perle Hop. The Galaxy produces flavors of citrus and passionfruit, with a significant bitterness on the tongue. An excellent new hop strand to assault my palette!

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Photo of jrallen34
4.2/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to this "Expert" my review is as follows... super unique color of a dark murky honey gold with tons of orange, super dark orange deep in the body, a cool light tope head... the nose is a bit light, some nice grass hops with a bit of dank, a bit of orange peel, good but cursing that I’m not having this totally fresh... the taste is super buttery grass hops... a really good beer, but getting a touch too hyped right now

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.21/5  rDev -7.5%
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 Tommo
4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Similar in style to most of there Double series ipas. The overwhelming galaxy hop gives it a mild vomit or puke taste in my mouth that i cannot escape. Its very nice, smells wonderful, but for some reason i cant get over this feeling i get when i drink it. Had 2 750mls growlers and they were both overwhelming

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Photo of SFLpunk
4.23/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz pour in a tulip at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill for "Hoppy Easter."

Pours super densely hazy with a reddish gold color and thick white head that leaves lots of lacing. Aromas of dank bud, over-ripe orange peel, lemon oil and hay/grass. Palate is immediately bitter with loads of orange & tangerine juice followed by yellow grapefruit bitterness. Sticky up front and bitter on the finish, but far from dry. Not as tropical as the Nelson Sauvin, but packed with all manner of citrus fruits. Excellent.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Light wisps on the surface. Clings a little bit.

Smell - Oh yeah. Buckets of hops. Excellent citrus hop smell but it still manages to have a grainy malt presence. Sweet hoppy nectar.

Taste - Juicy citrus hop. Orange and grapefruit flavors. Nice sweet flavor behind it. Very monotonic, but deliciously so. Grainy malt and the sweetness drops off.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Clean and just a little heavy.

Overall - One hop makes it a bit one-note, but the flavor is excellent. Definitely a top IPA.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap poured into a tulip.

Pours a slightly hazy orange color with a small white head and a thin fine lacing. Nose is Piney and fresh, a bit of tropical fruit and light sweetness.

Taste is a punch of bitterness and floral hops. There's a nice long bitter bite on the finish. Mothfeel is smooth and crisp with some very nice carbonation. Very tasty and refreshing on a hot day like this.

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Photo of 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tapped straight from the keg @ Rochefort10nh's place. Reviewing from a growler.

Price - $130 per 1/6 barrel

Pours turbid with a shade close to that of apricot accompanied by a fluffy white two inch head. Laces nicely with polka dots. The appearance is like a 9.0 on the beach.

The aroma is strong with hemp resin and herbal hops. Oranges, lemon, mango and pine are all there behind the backdrop of grapefruit. The fruit and pine blend well together and add to the balance.

The flavor is much more earthy than what I was expecting. Not as fruity and sweet as the nose would suggest. Grapefruit, orange and caramel are hidden in there. No sense of the 8.0% punch lurking in the dark so beware.

The mouthfeel is intense and sticky with a bitter dry finish. It does settle down a bit as it warms. Has a medium body with a near perfect carbonation feel.

Overall I enjoyed this beer many times over several days. As a DIPA this is very dangerous due to it's high drinkability. Perfect for this time of year and another solid offering from the areas best brewery.

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Photo of Cavery
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Barnesy148927; thank you very much for getting this out to me. Hope the Expo Hop made it worth it!
Filled ~ 8/13/11

Poured from Swing-Top Fill to Oversized Wine Glass.

A: Deep bread crust orange/yellow with some bold foam sitting over the beer like clouds. Really very lofty foam that leaves rain drops of lacing as it recedes. This is a very deep orange/persimmon jam in the glass. I would say marmalade, but it's much thicker and darker than that. Organic raw honey look that makes me excited to taste.

S: Huge tropical fruit character that exhibits those more unusual fruits: Passion fruit, Mango, and a bit of guava with rind. A bit of tangerine citrus mixes with lemony zests. Though I would say the only thing very citrusy about this is the zesty spritzy essence, while the smell character is actually tropical in a slightly unusual way. This reminds me a bit of the Kern River IPAs in the nose. Which I think are some of the best smelling beers on the planet.

T: The taste is a bit more ordinary than I would have hoped (It's single hop, I know, but I can dream). A really rounded grapefruit rind and connective tissue flavor that lingers closer to mandarin oranges/clementines. A very light bitterness that doesn't come off harsh in any way whatsoever. There's a big "oily" character to the flavors that I can't quite pinpoint, but it soothes over any potential room for alcohol to peak in the flavor. Oily flavors mix with alcohol to create a cloak for the alcohol.

M: Okay, this mouth is phenomenal. This is so buttery and so creamy I can hardly believe it came out of a growler. I'm very glad that it's held up this well, but really this is just an outstanding lightly bursting bubble mouth that just slips down the throat like some delicious broth. Even if the taste wasn't that good, the mouth feel would make this crushable for me. Fortunately the flavor is good, and the mouth almost convinced me it tasted better than it does. light burstings of small bubbles match a silky slipper nectar mouth.

O: It's impressive to see what HFS can do with a single hop DIPA, but I have to say I felt teased. The look and the smell gave me that same sort of build up that non-fresh Just Outstanding IPA does. It looks awesome, it smells fantastic, it tastes.... not quite as good. Don't get me wong, exceptionally well made, but it doesn't compete with its other characteristics. Before you light the torches and cry blasphemy, let me just say that this is still just a single hop DIPA. Galaxy tastes good, but I still want a cocktail of hops in my glass. All things considered, this is super good. I just wish more was there in the flavor to compliment the amazing aesthetics and feels. If nothing else, this beer makes me want to try ephraim quite badly. If HFS can do this well with a single hop series, then I've got to know what other potions they can concoct. The brewers up there are certainly masterful in their creations, I just want to know what they can do beyond the limitations of a single-hop. A good beer where the flavor stood out far too much as the weakest link.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 07/07/11 notes. 750ml growler shared by Thorpe429; thanks Mike, always interested in trying more beers from these guys. Poured into a Fantome tulip.

a - Pour a hazy yellow-golden color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Light lacing on the glass, looks pretty nice.

s - Smells of tropical fruits, citrus hops, pine hops, and light floral notes. Lots of fruit, I found it pretty enjoyable.

t - Tastes same as the nose, with some moderate bitterness. Pine hops, citrus hops, and some tropical fruits.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Moderate bitterness up front and then especially in the aftertaste.

o - Overall I thought this was a really nice DIPA from Hill Farmstead, though I personally prefer Ephraim. Would certainly have it again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy dark amber in color. Forms a huge, off-white, bubbly head. Good retention and some light lacing.

S: Hugely aromatic. Oranges, mandarine, tropical fruit, passion fruit. Sweet tropical fruit.

T: Reminiscent of the aroma, but, unfortunately, toned down a bit. Light to mild sweetness. Orange, citrus, and tropical fruit with a mild-moderate bitterness.

M: Medium to heavy bodied. Light to medium carbonation. Somewhat creamy or velvety.

O: A very good beer. Absolutely drinkable, though I did find the aroma to be more inviting than the flavor itself, but this is a minor flaw.

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Photo of Billolick
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The keg of this one came and went way to quickly at the Birdsall House in Peekskill, NY. If not for the heads up from Stone's Dennis F. I might have missed it.

Pours heavily clouded, dull, dark tangarine amber, well groomed head, with ample webs of lacing left behind..

Muted ripe mango, lite smoke and some grapefruit on the nostrils.

Ruby red grapefruit, mangoes at back with a note of hot sauce. Nice spicy/sweet balance. Smooth grapefuit pith infused finish. Clear quality, dense and complex mixture of flavors, fresh, yummy and complex. The Hill Farmstead brews have been consistantly living up to the hype/buzz..Well worth seeking out this one

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Photo of codysjb
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Galaxy
Poured from a HF growler which I bought on 3/21/2012 into my glass (date 4/11/12).
A: Pours a brown/orange with a large head. Cloudy but uniformly so.
S: Lemon zest, some pine and citrus notes. Overall a simple but great IPA smell.
T: Musty, some citrus and some hop very balanced and a little malty.
M: Hops and malt fills the mouth all of which are good and balanced.
O: A great IPA. It would have been better fresher, but no worries. I would drink this on a weekly basis the only problem is there really nothing that particularly seems to stand out to me and it’s way too far out of the way to buy this when nothing stands out.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
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 jlindros
4.3/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tap at the Armsby Abbey Hill Farmstead takeover.

Light fizzy 1/2 finger head, soapy lacing, super hazy carrot wheat color.

Nose fresh hops, light musty resin, pine, citrus, very light malt, tangerine, peach etc.

Taste starts grainy and malty, then earthy hops, light floral, then citrus galore, light tropical fruits, tangerine, mango, even slight pineapple, hint of pine and resins, light malty sweetness but little balance. Big malts and bitter hops, would be astringent if it wasn't for the malty sweet balance. finish is fairly bitter, little sweet but dry, hint of fresh pale malt, more hops, long pine and reason, lots of fresh tropical fruit hops late, and gets boozy as it warms.

Mouth med bodied, good carb.

Overall nice, big hops and malts, nice malty balance overall, a bit on the boozy side, decent tropical fruits and citrus hops, overall not too heavy but a sipper.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.31/5  rDev -5.3%
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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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.