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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 963
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 1,359
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: sisuspeed on 04-02-2011

Imperial Single Hop IPA hopped exclusively with Galaxy.
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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 963
Photo of rlee1390
4.46/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Bright cloudy yellow orange two finger head that leaves lots of lacing.

S-Lemon, citrus, slight grass, bread, tropical.

T-Starts rather tropical, citrus, lemon, slight grass, nice bitterness, good balance.

M-Medium bodied, nice carbonation, hop resins.

O-An amazing beer. Not as good as Heady, but a fantastic DIPA nonetheless.

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Special Thanks to BearsonAcid for providing this in a trade. I was saddened to have to wait a week+ to dip into this growler, but the time has come.

Pours with a finger of very creamy bright white head. Retention decent & lacing is intense. All over the glass. The beer is a slightly hazy orange color

Aroma is fantastic. Blast of tropical fruit, grass, lots of herbaceous tones and this all is quite nice.

I can certainly see why this is receiving some great scores. Excellent. Full flavor front to back. Tropical, citrus (orange) and even some apricot. A touch of mint and even the herbal flavors that are apparent in the aroma. The lingering bitterness is sprinkled with some real fruity flavors. A bit of mango at the end. Nice! ABV is not really in your face, but you can tell this is bigger than a standard IPA.

Medium body and somewhat muted carbonation. I can’t tell if this is from a growler sitting for a week, so I’ll ignore this. (besides, I like that)

Great DPA. Fresh, juicy flavor with a bog hop punch.

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Photo of Resuin
4.76/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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 DrinkSlurm
4.53/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Well in Brooklyn. Perfectly murky...amazing juicy hop aroma. Fantastic juicy hop flavor with perfect bready balance. So smooth it's insane. Absolutely love this...wish I could drink all the time.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.63/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to try this beer thanks to DonFrap. Thanks Don!

Swing top HF growler served in a snifter.

L - Cloudy honey-mustard color with a white head that thinned out leaving rings of lacing behind.

S - pineapple and other tropical fruits, great aroma.

T - tropical fruit with a solid malt background, very well balanced with no hint of ABV.

F - medium bodied, it goes down smooth and easy.

O - very good example of the style.

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Photo of Sean9689
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've had this beer on-tap at the brewery, on-tap at Parker Pie Co. (near the brewery), and this is the second time I'm enjoying it from a growler. 750ml Hill Farmstead flip-top growler into my Bruery tulip. All to myself! (don't worry guys, I got a 2nd one to share).

A - Pours a FL orange color, white frothy head, sticky white lacing, lots of bubbles along the collar and cap, thin whisps on top.

S - An wonderful aroma of bitter hops, tons of orange peel citrus dominate the nose. Tons of hops, but, it's really nothing like I've ever had before. Very juicy, rich, and just plain outstanding. There's some sweetness there on the finish that's very tropical, peaches, pineapple.

T - Orange peel, mango, some tropical notes and lots of wonderful hops. The bitterness is smooth and enjoyable, not trying to destroy your palate like many other inferior DIPA's. You know this is a DIPA without it screaming "look at me"...it's refreshing.

M - Perfect, to say the least. Smooth, refreshing, soft carbonation, with a medium body.

O - Seriously, there is nothing wrong with this beer. I looked, I tried, I failed. I've had this beer in draft, out of a growler, from a taster, from a wine glass, tulip, etc. I still can't find a flaw. I would put this DIPA up against any of the same style from any brewery, it's just that good. Not a palate destroyer, not overly sweet or syrupy, just f'n awesome. Shaun, you killed it with this beer!

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.96/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Growler-share my friend picked up one day at the brewery. From notes, finally getting around to reviewing.

Appearance: Dark golden pour into a Hill Farmstead tulip. Thick head that slowly dissipates and leaves the glass thoroughly laced.

Smell: Huge juicy citrus and tropical fruit. Grapefruit is strongly present. Hops and a piney resin scent a lightly present in the backbone, but this one is all citrus.

Taste: The galaxy hops really shine here. Grapefruit, orange, tropical fruits. Lightly bitter to start, with a stronger, lasting bitterness to finish. Beautiful.

Mouthfeel: Mild carbonation with a medium body. Slick and smooth on the palate.

Overall: This is by far the best IPA/DIPA I've ever had. I drank this immediately after a Heady Topper and it put my previous favorite of the style (and still much beloved) to shame. I can't wait to try the other single hop experiments from Shaun. Incredible.

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Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Murky light apricot, HUGE head, tons of cling lace that lasts forever. Head has long stay too.

S - A little musky, skanky, cat pee, sweet malt behind.

T - Nice. Big malt, balanced well with the hops described above.

M - Medium body, good carb and great balance.

D - I have a growler, I plan to do it some damage tonight.

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Photo of koopa
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got a growler fill at the Saison event this past weekend.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy/hazy dull caramel with honey folds. The crown is 1 finger, soft white, shows good retention and lace.

Smell: Pink starbursts, grapefruit pith, a dash of brewing salts, and a nice lightly sweet bready malt.

Taste: Same as the nose with added red fruit presence and much more pith in the finish. Very nice lingering bitterness and just a hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation that really helps the hops shine.

Drinkability: very drinkable despite the abv and the ibu's.

Wow what a solid brew from Hill Farmstead. Definitely my favorite of the hoppy offerings they have (along with Edward).

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a murky yellow-orange color with a finger of frothy white head atop. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice thick lacing.

S - Aroma is full of citrus and tropical fruits with lots of grapefruit, pineapple, and mango. There is some sweet caramel malt mixed in along with a bit of lemon and orange zest.

T - Starts off strong tropical fruit hop flavor with lots of grapefruit and pineapple with some bitterness. Through the middle, more bitterness comes through with even more topical fruits and citrus flavors with some orange zest, mango, and stronger pineapple, with a bit of sweet caramel malt. The finish is a mix of orange zest, lots of tropical fruits, bitterness, and a touch of caramel malt.

M - Medium-full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a zesty, dry, and bitter finish.

D - Very drinkable. The hop profile is incredible with the tropical flavors strong from start to end. The bitterness is really nice as well. Great showcase of the Galaxy hop.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden orange color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-citrus, tropical fruit, pine, floral notes, very fragrant

T-nice tropical fruit and citrus upfront with light grapefruit flavor, pine and bitter hoppy finish follow, well-balanced

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and yet smooth, alcohol well integrated

O-delicious and certainly and upper echelon DIPA

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy Imperial IPA pours a flat, cloudy amber with little to no head, however a few spots of lace do cling to the glass.

The strong aroma is loaded with orange citrus, grass and lemon zest. I could smell it from 2 feet away as I poured the beer into the glass.

Each sip of this full bodied beer is smooth, chewy and slick on the palate. Dry finish with mild carbonation. The flavor is sweet with loads of citrus and spice. It begins with orange and lemon citrus, grass and a touch of pine. In the middle some peppery spice takes hold. Throughout a sweet malt caramel flavor balances out the bitterness. It finishes bitter with a lingering lemon citrus when gone.

A friend of mine got me this beer on a recent trip to Vermont. It's definitely worth the trip to the North Country to get this beer! Loads of flavor and very well balanced.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2 day old growler from the brewery

The beer pours a slightly hazy amber with a thin, whispy white head. The nose is subtle yet potent, slightly citrusy/lemony, and has a great sweetness. The taste is saturated with flavor - sticky, fruity hops, a touch of alcohol, and sweetness, all of which is incredibly well balanced. The mouthfeel is drinkable, medium bodied, hop forward...it's a beer you could drink endlessly. This is definitely worth getting a growler of, even if you're not impressed after trying the sample size (which I was not).

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Photo of ElGallo
4.42/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Blackback Pub & Flyshop in Waterbury. 10 oz. pour into a small Allagash cervoise, which was a bummer given that they had plenty of Hill Farmstead glasses. Oh well.

Hazy gold in color with a solid off-white head and residual lacing. Nose is incredible, with tons of citrus notes. I savored the scent for a bit before taking a sip. Taste is equally as impressive: fresh hop bite but with some mild creaminess to it. Not as bitter as most DIPAs, but the dank hop bitterness is still noted. This goes down way too easy and did no damage to the palate. Another fine offering from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of siege06nd
4.89/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks again, jchem! From growler labeled best by 10/16 into nonic pint.

A. Cloudy, hazy goldenrod. Three finger white head with big soapy bubbles and coating lacing.
S. Mmmmmmm, those Galaxy hops. Like a sun drenched citrus farm. Bursting with tropical scents and just a little bit of a herbal hop and doughy malt backbone. Perfect.
T. Close to perfect. It's loaded with flavor but doesn't quite "pop" like the nose. I'm not having this super fresh but it ain't stale either. Honey drizzled tangerine rind, watermelon, candied oranges, and drying grassy hops. Yum.
F. Big, creamy, luscious, coating, refreshing. Bright and expressive with nice complexity.
O. One of the very best IPAs around. Would enjoy again and again.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Hill Farmstead Galaxy Imperial Single Hop IPA has a hazy body that is a mix of orange and yellow hues. The off-white head is thin yet very solid looking, and the retention and lacing are both pretty good.

The aroma is very nice. Lots of citrus, passion fruit, a little bit of leafy hop flavor. Just a hint of pale malt lingers in the background.

Galaxy hops rock. The best way to prove that point might be by trying this IIPA from Hill Farmstead. The flavors are extremely juicy and fruity, with an array of citrus flavors that are not dominated by grapefruit. Hints of passion fruit and lemon also come through. The bitterness is low relative to the hop flavor, and relative to the style, moderate is the strongest I could describe it. The malt is very understated, with just a hint of cracker and bread from what tastes like a malt bill lead by pale malts. The finish has some more hop flavors, with a grassy, fresh taste to them and a little bit more bitterness.

The body is very nice, with a smooth creamy feeling and just a little tongue-rattling bitterness.

This is a IIPA that is worth seeking out for fans of the style, as it is one of the few best that I have ever had. Hill Farmstead absolutely crushes hoppy styles, and this and Ephraim are prime examples of that.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
4.71/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazy yellow-gold with a small white head. Aroma of citrus and tropical fruits, piney, resinous hops, caramel, and butter. Flavor of bitter, citrusy, and resinous hops, pineapple, caramel, biscuit, mango, and floral notes. Medium-bodied, with a sweet, juicy, resinous mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. This beer really reminds me of the Ephraim! This was a very good DIPA that really showcases the galaxy hops.

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Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.57/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Galaxy, on tap at Shorty's in Hell's Kitchen, New York City, billed as "Double Galaxy" and sold at $9 per 14-oz glass.

Appearance: This looks like a homebrew, super orange-amber-hazy. Classy and rustic at once, with a bit over one finger of white-and-bubbly head, very frothy. Good retention and great lacing. Belgian qualities here! Looks bright and cheerful.

Smell: Super citrus! Fresh lemon (peel, zest and juice), pine, cleaning product. Sap, cake icing.

Taste: Super citrusy and carbonated right away, a bit like sparkling water and/or a non-alcoholic concoction or orange juice. Tingly and bitter, sticky around the roof of the mouth. A fresh, lemony taste and feel all around. A bit too soapy and astringent at times, like licking fresh snow. Mild sweetness and pleasant tropical feel, reminds me of a pineapple cake or lemon custard.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation. A tad thin around the edge, bit of a watery finish, but well-balanced nonetheless and super delicious, enticing. Intensely dry finish.

Overall: This is truly an exceptional beer. I had it many times while on tap at Shorty's (despite the sticker shock) and I just couldn't stop drinking it. It goes down so damn easy! It strikes the right chords of flavor, balance and and smell, and it leaves you wanting more. The only thing I would ask is for a bigger body. I love Hill Farmstead!

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Kyle for getting this one for me. 22oz. growler into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours a .5 finger frothy white head with moderate retention. Beer is a cloudy, pale yellow-orange. Lacing is thick and layered with great stick. As always, quite the looker from Hill Farmstead.

Nose papaya, pineapple, starfruit, citrus, and cane sugar. Very pulpy and aromatic. Delicious!

Opens citrus, pineapple rind, papaya, and lemon rind bitterness. A light malt body balances this one in the back. Some citrus hop notes make their way to the front at the finish which is sticky and dry with a lightly astringent hop bitterness. Aftertaste is balanced tropical fruit. So drinkable and with a refreshingly new hop profile.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with some bubbles and life in the mouth and goes down dry and sticky with a long, lingering aftertaste. Perfect as always.

Double Galaxy is far from my favorite Hill Farmstead DIPA but that's not to say it isn't astoundingly complex, refreshing, and drinkable all at the same time. Definitely worth seeking out as this one is quite different from the other HF pale ales.

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Photo of Kendo
4.34/5  rDev -4.6%
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 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 jegross2
4.45/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewing the Galaxy Imperial Single Hop IPA from the Hill Farmstead Brewery. Thank you Jason for sending me this brew!
Score: 94

No bottling date, but this one was picked up from the brewery approximately one week ago. Served in a stemmed Hill Farmstead snifter and enjoyed on 04/04/12.

Appearance: Pours a hazy and transclucent golden yellow color. One-plus fingers of cream colored seafoam head at pour settles into a thin layer atop the glass. Amazing lacing, undying retention. This IPA is beautiful. 5/5

Smell: Huge notes of fresh tropical citrus. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, apricot and mango. Fresh pine and freshly cut grass. Candied grapefruit too. 4.5/5

Taste: The aroma's hops were piney and a bit leafy, but the flavor's hops are downright earthy. Heavy, sticky and earthy hops pummel the palate along with light, complex, juicy and sweet tropical citrus flavors to balance out the hoppy bitterness. Pineapple, grapefruit, orange, mango and lemon. Maybe a little peach and apricot. Definitely detecting some "fresh mulch" or dirt-like flavor from the earthy hops (but not in a bad way, despite how bad such a descriptor might sound). The flavor throughout is very consistent: heavy hops with a sweet juicy citrus backhone. Finishes with a lingering earthy hop bitterness. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied with low carbonation. The lesser carbonation works really well with the heavy, earthy hops on the palate. Juicy mouthfeel. Bitter finish. 4/5

Overall: Another home run from Hill Farmstead, who are quickly proving to me that they are the northeast masters of hops. If you liked Half Acre's Double Daisy Cutter, you will absolutely enjoy this one too.

Recommendation: If you like your IPA's juicy, and especially if you like heavier, earthier hops in your beer, then seek this one out. Short of the most casual beer drinker and the most cynical hop hater, I feel the remainder of beer enthusiasts out there could/should/would enjoy this one.

Pairings: Home grilled hamburgers with plenty of garlic and mango BBQ sauce.

Cost: $9 for a 750 ml swing-top bottle (plus a $3 deposit).

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Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to dujayhawk for hooking me up! Reviewed from notes. Poured from HF growler into Russian River pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy gold with peach highlights. Medium size white fluffy head over fairly low visisble carbonation - perhaps due to the serving type, though this was a very fresh fill.

S: Wow, hops. Grass, pine, citrus, tropical fruit, all atop just a bit of biscuit malt.

T: Follows the nose well. Melon/spice hops show up big on the tongue, along with the big tropical fruit, and citrus. There are flavors of dank, resiny, citrus, and some grass hops. Surprisingly, though, it seems only moderately bitter amidst the cavalcade of hops. Just a big of chewy malt noticeable just before the swallow.

M: The alcohol is well-hidden. A big, heavy, sticky body for an IPA with good carbonation sensation.

O: This is very tasty, and I'm glad to have had an opportunity to try it. It's a very well-put-together beer, but the hop profile isn't my favorite (or I may have scored it even higher). Very impressive nevertheless.

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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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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 174 ratings.