Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 841
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 6.4%
Wants: 1,315
Gots: 30 | 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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Reviews: 155 | Hads: 841
Photo of codysjb
4.3/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (656 characters)

Photo of Jefe73
5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I haven't reviewed very many beers, but I felt very compelled to do so for this one. Thanks to jsvt for sending a very fresh growler of this.

A - Pours a very hazy, golden yellow with a nice two finger off white head that lingered to the very end.

S - As everyone has been quick to point out, the aroma on this bad boy is incredible! It's exploding with citrus and tropical fruits at every turn. Orange zest, grapefruit, pineapple and piney hop notes. Hill Farmstead really nailed the smell on this IPA.

T - Much of what is present in the nose is exactly what you get upon your first sip of this perfectly crafted brew. Again, citrus and tropical flavors dance all over my tongue. Orange rind, lemon zest, pineapple, mango and maybe some peach. This is all finished up on the backend with a resinous piney bitterness. It's all balanced perfectly. Very drinkable.

M - not overly carbonated. A think mouthfeel which adds to the body. Not overly bitter.

O - This has definitely moved to the top of my list when it comes to IPA's. I highly recommend seeking this out and trying it for yourself. (1,095 characters)

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.95/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (944 characters)

Photo of Gfunk720
4.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Special thanks to Tucker for accidentally sending this to me! Out of a snifter...

A- A glowing amber/hay color, the beer is quite murky but very bright. A light frothy/foamy white head forms.

S- Fresh grass, lemon, pinnaple. It smells extremely fresh and smooth, no harshness. Other people at our group said it smelled like pot, but I wasn't picking it up.

T- Wow. So smooth, soft, and balanced. Lots of citrus and fresh grassy hops. Some piny notes, and the perfect malt background. This beer tastes amazing, and everyone agreed that it was an amazing IPA.

M- Perfect. Nothing I would change about it.

O- Hill Farmstead is making the best IPA's on the East Coast right now, and possibly in the country. The Ephraim/Galaxy/Citra are all in my top 5 IPA's of all time. You really can't go wrong with this beer.

-GFunk (822 characters)

Photo of 05Harley
4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (1,065 characters)

Photo of gonzowestwood
4.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On Tap

A- Pale Yellow Orange, Big Head and Real Cloudy

S- Fresh Hops, Grape Fruit, grain, grassy, mango, orange and farm smell

T- Oh WoW! Big Big Hop Bomb Flavor. Very nice display of the Galaxy Hops. Same as the smell... orange and mango god damn!

MF- Would say Medium Body but has a very smooth overall feel

O- Overall an absolutely, amazing, World Class IPA. At 8% it a real creeper. Shaun Hill has done it again. . . (428 characters)

Photo of xpimptastikx
4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Nick for another 2L growler of hoppy goodness from HF!

Pours a clouded burnt orange with 2 fingers of creamy off white head, retains a sheet forever and leaves beautiful rings the whole way down the glass.
Mmmm Galaxy hops! Smells like super fruity pineapple grapefruit juice poured over some biscuits. Taste is a concoction of tropical fruits, pine resin, and biscuits. Medium body with creamy carbonation, light and dry finish for such a resinous hop monster. HF knocks it out of the park yet again with their IPA/DIPAs, and this might be my favorite IPA to date. (576 characters)

Photo of Azurescens
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Super excited to try this, swing-top growler poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 5/3/11

A: Pours a bright, cloudy orange with large off-white head and good retention that leaves lots of lacing around glass.

S: Smells absolutely delicious, tons of sweet citrus and piney hops make it hard to type this without taking a sip. Some alcohol and barely any malt aromas are detectable beneath the hops. Awesome!

T: Tastes just as delicious as it smells if not better. Perfectly balanced, nice hop bitterness that isn't overpowering with tons of flavor from the juicy piney and citrus hop resins. Just the right amount of malt to let the hops dominate the taste without being overly malty yet provide enough sweetness to balance out the bittering hops. Balance and flavor are spot on.

M: Moderate carbonation with sticky, medium-full body that coats my mouth with delicious hoppy goodness.

O: Awesome imperial IPA, my first offering from Hill Farmstead and I am not disappointed one bit! I will admit that I prefer my IPAs to be clear but when it smells, tastes, and feels like this I don't care one bit! I want more! (1,126 characters)

Photo of 321jeff
4.92/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Much thanks to Michael for providing this one!

Pours a dull golden amber with a huge fluffy white head that leaves tons of sticky lacing as it fades to a thin layer that remains for most of the drink.

Holy citrus! Loads of juicy oranges and grapefruit, with a slight resiny presence. Not much malt to be found, but that's the way a good hop bomb should be.

Taste is equally as citrusy and juicy. No doubt this one is loaded with hops, but it's extremely smooth and balanced. Slightly sweet with minimal malts to be found.

Pretty thick and sticky in the body with lots of find carbonation. Pretty bitter up front, but the finish is as smooth as can be with no lasting bitterness, excellent. This is an absolutely fantastic DIPA. I'd love to be able to have this on a regular basis, maybe I should look for a job in Vermont... (828 characters)

Photo of DearthVader
4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler provided in a very generous trade by phingdong. I can't thank you enough for this one Pete.

I like to try and review my DIPAs from the same glasses so I split this with my girlfriend in my Duvel Green tulip and La Fin Du Monde tulip.

Pours a very appealing blood orange that glows violently. A pure white head of foam climbs about 2 inches, but falls rather quickly to nothing but a thin film. At first, lacing is not present at all, but as the bottle warms and I pour my second glass I get some sticky foam cloying to the sides. The lacing isn't terribly impressive, but it's there.

The smell is so enticing. It has heaps of tropical fruits (mango, pineapple, peaches, all the norm), gobs of citrus, then a hop heads delight at the end with a punch of galaxy.

The taste follows the smell perfectly. Blends of fruits, pine, slight earth tones, then hops hops hops. A perfect dryness on the end that I really didn't expect. Hard to believe there's only one hop varietal in this one.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Slightly lighter than a typical DIPA, but it works so damn well for this. It has the lighter body, but the lower carbonation makes it feel thicker. Insanely drinkable.

Naturally, I compared this to Citra the whole time I was drinking it. My girlfriend and I split a bomber of Citra last night. She is siding with the Galaxy, but in my eyes, Citra took it by a nose. Call me a homer, you're probably right. You can tell from the review though, I absolutely loved this beer. (1,493 characters)

Photo of beenitty
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hunted this one all over NYC and finally was rewarded with 32oz growler from Decicco's Ardsley.

A: Gorgeous orange pour of your typical DIPA, looks great.

S: Awsome nose of tropical fruits followed with hops, no complaints.

T: Explosion of fruit flavors, leaves you wanting more and more and more

M: Very very nice, slight bitterness in aftertaste, very smooth

D: Super high, give me more holy crap.

This beer tastes just like Double Sunshine except a bit less on the explosion of fruit in the taste department, but the description of liquid heaven by other reviewers is very accurate. The fact that I gave Double Sunshine all 5's is the only reason that I didn't give this one all 5's. Not sure if that's fair but, there's nothing wrong with this one. Do what you can to get ahold of this beer its worth it. (814 characters)

Photo of tarheels86
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
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 (664 characters)

Photo of Skrip
3.99/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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? (751 characters)

Photo of handcrafty
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%

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. (467 characters)

Photo of biglobo8971
4.85/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

got this growler in the Regional Growler BIF. First off thank you Baconsausage. Now the review.
Absolutely amazing. From the appearance, to the smell, to the taste, this is now my White Whale. Absolutely amazing. For the Hop fiend, this is a great one to seek out. I cant give this beer enough praise. Mos Def will seek out again. (330 characters)

Photo of hillvt4me
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Cloudy honey-yellow color with a medium bodied white head that lingered nicely with some lacing behind.

S - tropical fruits and pine.

T - pineapple, pine and malts; extremely well balanced.

F - medium bodied, smooth and another easier drinker from HF.

O - excellent DIPA.

Serving type: HF Tulip (303 characters)

Photo of Tmyhre802
4.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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! (330 characters)

Photo of schmoopsbeer
4.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Alex for sharing this
Served from growler into pint glass

Color: Big vibrant yellowish color, almost hay like. Two fingers worth of frothy white head form from the pour. Leaves behind a good amount of lacing.

Nose: Big fruit smells.... Pineapple is massive here also followed by hints of mango, apricot and peach. The hops are fresh and evident. Wonderful smelling beer.

Palate: Amazing presence on the tongue. The drinkability is perfect and the carbonation is just right. Waves of fruit hit the mouth with a fury, but its all balanced out by the hop and malt body. The Abv is nowhere to be found. Amazing!

Finish: Superb! complex and smooth. You get an array of fruit flavors, especially pineapple. The Abv is so well masked its unbelievable. An excellent IPA.

Rating: 96/100 (796 characters)

Photo of fvernon
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks much to gn0sis! About as fresh as I can manage and poured into a Deschutes snifter.

It's murky... cloudy... sort of like looking at melted butterscotch, except for the beautiful pearl head that leaves a good deal of lacing on the sides of the glass. I wasn't expecting such a translucent sheen, but I like it. The smell is... of... wait for it... Galaxy hops! no kidding! these are an earthy hop, sort of like smelling a peony in a pine forest. a bit of honeycomb comes through as well.

The taste is on the bitter side, but comfortably so with caramel on the sides of the tongue (as well as clementine, navel orange, and just a hint of berry sweetness). It goes down incredibly smooth with a clean aftertaste. The mouthfeel is a bit thin at first - it enters just on the watery side, but seems to thicken as it moves toward the throat and leaves just a bit of film. The transitional nature isn't quite doing it for me, but it's a small hiccup in an otherwise outstanding brew.

This was my first taste of Hill Farmstead. I blew the chance last time I was in Burlington, but glad I took the time here. Galaxy is a really wonderful brew, showcasing the quality of the hop variety in a subtle but focused manner. I'd certainly have this again. (1,249 characters)

Photo of durrrr
4.57/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap recently at Blackback pub in Waterbury, Vt.

The beer pours a murky, cloudy, light yellow/gold color. Very unique color and appearance for a DIPA or any beer for that matter. Rustic looking. Less head than other Hill farmsteads... maybe 1 finger or less.

The nose is unique and inviting. Very fresh and loads of tropical fruit smack you in the face. The most tropical smelling/tasting beer I have experienced. I got mango, pineapple, passion fruit and orange. There is some citrus but less noticeable.

The taste is similar to the nose. lots of juicy tropical fruit hops lead, with some mild/medium bitterness that transitions to a creamy and smooth finish. Not much malt apparent and the alcohol taste is well hidden -- two things I really like in a DIPA.

The mouthfeel is pretty good. medium carbonation right at the beginning of the sip and beginning of beer, slips to mild carbonation for most of the experience. A little less that i prefer. Very creamy and smooth with nice bitterness and hops dancing around the taste buds.

Overall another fantastic hop creation from Hill Farmstead. Very unique tropical flavor profile which is very cool. I'll look for this one to try again soon! (1,209 characters)

Photo of skivtjerry
4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Blackback pub.

Pours slightly cloudy with a medium sized tight sticky head. The aroma is phenomenal, lemon, grapefruit, mango, passionflower and a little oniony dankness. Taste is more of the same, just not quite as incredible as the aroma. The citrus hits hard up front, gives way to some slightly sweet malt (hint of medium crystal), which then disappears into a wonderful complex hop finish. Medium-light body with just enough alcohol evident to push the hops into your tongue. Smooth and dangerous.

I cannot believe that something this complex only contains one hop! (582 characters)

Photo of DevilsCups
4.66/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Black Back Pub. Served into a stemmed HF glass.

A - Light orange/yellowish murky appearance. Looks like thicker pineapple juice. Beautiful lasting fluffy white head. Lacing is great. Usual story with HF beers.

S - Awesome mix of pineapple, mango, citrus and grapefruity hops. Big tropical notes.

T - Taste? Tastes like candy. There's a nice sweetness with great tropical flavors in there. Follows the nose.

M - Smooth and creamy. Perfectly carbonated. Credit to Hill Farmstead and to Black Back for serving it correctly.

O - Great, great beer. (563 characters)

Photo of MasterCraft
4.13/5  rDev -8.8%
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. (1,056 characters)

Photo of F2brewers
4.43/5  rDev -2.2%
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. (1,423 characters)

Photo of islandboi8204
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2L growler split two ways.

Pours a hazy peach color with a small head that settles and leaves lacing down the glass.

Smells of grapefruit, orange, sweet vanilla and topical fruits in the background.

Tastes similarly, lots of grapefruit and lemon ring. Some caramelized sugars and tropical fruit flavors. Initially quite bitter, but sweetens as it warms.

Medium body, medium-low carbonation, a hoppy dry finish. Super drinkable and creamy mouthfeel.

Overall, a great hop very forward DIPA. Incredibly drinkable. Half the growler was delicious and I could have had a few more glasses. Alcohol well hidden. Great balance of hops, sweetness and citrus. (653 characters)

Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
99 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.