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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 599
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.59
pDev: 8.5%
Wants: 1,157
Gots: 14 | 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

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

(Beer added by: sisuspeed on 04-02-2011)
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Photo of Rochefort10nh
4.9/5  rDev +6.8%

Tasted multiple times off a 1/6 barrel I'm lucky enough to have sitting in my fridge.

A beautiful hazy yellow-orange sunburst when held up to a gorgeous summer New Hampshire sky. Really, this might be the best looking beer I've ever seen. A two-finger white foam collar settles down quickly after a vigorous hand pump. Sea spray-like rings form on the sides of the glass after each sip and gradually recede back into the opaque yellow-orange depths.

The nose on this is unlike most of Shaun's other stellar DIPAs/IPAs as it is much more herbaceous and floral than tropical. Dank marijuana, fresh basil, sage and nettle mix with scents of pine and various flowers. Notes of Mandarin orange and mango can be found, but definitely not at the fore. Wow! This is my first experience with a single hop beer featuring Galaxy and all I can say is "Wow!"

As usual with HF's beers the nose is carried over to the palate almost verbatim. This is one bitter beer but in the best way possible. The finish is ever so slightly sweet after the onslaught of bitter and is so damn clean that you'll find yourself salivating for the next sip. This makes this 8.1% abv libation eminently drinkable and dangerous!

The mouthfeel is exceptional and another thing that Shaun gets spot on with his beers. It's soft with just enough of an edge from perfect carbonation. Silky but not too oily. Perfect.

Overall, this is a tremendous DIPA and might be my second favorite beer from Hill Farmstead (single Citra being my favorite). A fantastic beer in every regard.

Rochefort10nh, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
4.88/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

biglobo8971, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of afksports
4.95/5  rDev +7.8%

There are a few beers that defy review. This is one, but I still managed some notes. Some notes. Not a lot. And I was sharing a 64oz growler with only two others. Big big thanks to myspoonistoobig for driving to VT to get this beer at Hill Farmstead. It's just freaking epic.

Brewed - as the name states - with the single hop strain of Galaxy, the beer has an orange hazy hue with a wonderful off white head. The lacing sustains as it sits there looking like just another good beer. If you're a finding fault person, you had better find fault here: there aren't many other places. Because it's way better than just another beer. The aroma smashes you on the first sip. It's a mix of citrus first, followed by pine and grass. But honestly my notes aren't much of a help here. "Smell: 5.0. Amazing. Pure joy."

So apparently they put joy in this brew. They must, because Praise the Lord the taste follows the aroma. The hops are tamed and tempered by the malt, but also enriched. I can't describe it with the little beercabulary I have. It feels perfect, it drinks perfect.

Simply put, try this beer.

afksports, Jun 09, 2011
Photo of plaid75
4.47/5  rDev -2.6%

On draft at the Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a hazy bright orange hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a balmy earthy hop spice with a touch of juicy orange. some tropical notes as well.

The taste consisted of consecutive waves of pine, pepper and grapefruit With a moderately doughy malt.

The moutfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall an excellent DIPA.

plaid75, May 15, 2011
Photo of stakem
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%

Cheers and thanks to weeare138 for sharing this brew.

Poured into a mini snifter, this brew appears a hazed golden orange color. When held to the light it displays some greenish and yellow hues around the edges. The head formation is soft with white bubbles that hang close to the edge if the glass. Spotty lace sticks to the glass.

The smell of this brew is downright fantastic. Citrus explosion in the nose with a fruity rindy aspect that is a little catty in character and herbal as well. The aroma comes across quite sweet and fruity with such a sick abundance of juicy hop oils. It is somewhat spicy and as it warms picks up a vinous twinge, fantastic all around.

The taste of this brew is rindy with citrus and spices, it has a lasting catty character that also turns more herbal in flavor. There is a spiced aspect to the hop flavor that gets a bit grassy as the experience continues. The malt backing is light and bready, maybe a bit biscuit-like that provides a soft sweetness to let the hop be the showcase in this offering. It has a lasting aftertaste of grassy and herbal bitter rinds.

This is a light bodied brew that is modestly carbonated and exceptionally easy drinking. Fantastic straight across the board. On this occasion, Ephraim was suppose to be the star of the show and this Galaxy offering completely stole the show. Supposedly this offering was more fresh than Ephraim but still I was blown away. For my first experience with Galaxy hops, I am very anxious to see more of this and get my hands on more of Hill Farmstead's offerings.

stakem, May 11, 2011
Photo of oakbluff
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

Growler from my main HF man Glouglouburp - pours a muddy orange with a nice frothy white head. Nose - mango, grassy hops. Taste- big tropical fruit punch followed with grassy and pine notes. Very resinous and has a lingering white grapefruit rind bitterness. Some sweet pale malts also come through but by and large a fairly dry dipa. This is one helluva hop monster- very unique offering.

oakbluff, May 04, 2011
Photo of Azurescens
4.53/5  rDev -1.3%

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!

Azurescens, May 04, 2011
Photo of Gosox8787
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%

Presentation: 64 oz. growler (they were out of the nice Hill Farmstead swingtops) poured into a tulip glass. Growler split amongst a couple friends.

Appearance: Pours a really impressive, white fluffy and full head. Cloudy orange in color. The growler certainly did well in holding the carbonation as this is exactly how it tasted earlier in the day on tap.

Aroma: Big grapefruit, pine and sweet tropical fruit notes dominate the nose. Impressive hop presence here.

Taste: The hops truly dominate here and they are really impressive. Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon zest, and some strong pine are all here in full force. Some nice sweetness from the malt is a nice underlying note as well. The aftertaste is a tad bitter and can wear thin over a couple glasses.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied and creamy. Coats the mouth wonderfully.

Overall, a really impressive and strong IPA. A great way to showcase this hop. The flavors are big and bold. This is certainly not for the timid. A really nice hop bomb and something I would love to try again.

Gosox8787, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of Reagan1984
4.5/5  rDev -2%

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.

Reagan1984, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of ElGallo
4.43/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

ElGallo, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
4.65/5  rDev +1.3%

I am very appreciative to weeare138 for sharing this. enjoyed from a snifter.

A hazy apricot color w/ slightly sunny appearance and small head w/ spots of lace collecting. The smell is so fragrant! a juicy nose of pineapple and very tropical in general with dank juicy aroma and some floral elements from the hop w/ mild apricot and light grassy odor w/ slight honey tinge in the back. The malt body is smooth allowing for the hop bitterness which is not coarse at all, moderately carbonated w/ juicy texture and light bits of malt interwoven w/ some highly resinous effects from the hop oils.

A slightly lemony and juicy tropical hop flavor is saturating this with some fresh and almost mango-like flavor w/ subtle citrus edges and light tea-like herbal notes. There is a mild spice tinge w/ moderate malt in the finish that seems to tie the whole flavor profile together. It doesn't really strike me as a normal single hop flavor since it has a good deal of complexity and doesn't have the one-note quality of some single-hop IPA's. Overall a wonderful beer to display the great complexity of a very unique hop-Galaxiy really shines in this brew and I admire the great things Shaun from Hill Farmstead can do to Pale ale w/ some amazing smoothness for an 8% Imperial IPA!

Slatetank, Apr 27, 2011
Photo of rtepiak
4.38/5  rDev -4.6%

for a single hop... this is one amazing hop. there are subtle characteristics of a collection of other hops in this one. pour is nice and lacy but not a sugar bomb. the nose is citrus... this is a DIPA on the fruity side. some pine earth hints. nose of mango, tangerine and hints of grapefruit. palate is a bit citrus tropical. beautifully refreshing for a DIPA. it good to see something this nice when there are so many trying.

rtepiak, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of SFLpunk
4.25/5  rDev -7.4%

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.

SFLpunk, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of Jefe73
5/5  rDev +8.9%

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.

Jefe73, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of myspoonistoobig
4.95/5  rDev +7.8%

Tonight marks the third time I've had this beer (once at the Blind Tiger event, once at the brewery, and now from growler) and the third time it's blown me away.

Appearance is a cloudy, amber/gold, with a nice, half- to one-finger head that lingers long enough.

Easily the most striking feature when drinking this is the aroma. Explosive citrus hop character that fills the air without assaulting you; you don't have to bury your face in the beer to find something worth noting, it's overflowing the glass.

The taste is also exceptional; citrus to equal the nose, bitter yet balanced by a sneaky sweetness and hint of earthy pine.

As for the mouthfeel, it took some time and comparison to note how exceptional it really is. At Blind Tiger, I had this side-by-side with Ephraim; at the brewery, obviously it was stacked up against the other outstanding HF beers, and tonight it was served up by chance next to Pliny the Elder. I don't necessarily think that the practice of side-by-side tasting is about one beer winning over another, it really just allows for comparison of style and highlights relative success amongst like-styled beers. This beer succeeds. This is not your typical hop-forward, hit-it-and-quit-it IPA. It really fills your mouth. Here I am typing and it's been literally minutes since my last sip and there's still the flavor developing in my mouth. Truly beyond comparison.

I can't imagine a better beer (a 4.0 in appearance simply because it's unfiltered and the cloudiness makes me think "overcast" versus "clear skies"). Cheers to Shaun and Dan and this truly delicious brew. Can't wait to refill my gorgeous growler. Worth way more than every penny spent and every minute behind the wheel, sleet and snow notwithstanding.

myspoonistoobig, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of bonbini26
4.22/5  rDev -8.1%

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!

bonbini26, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of TheDudeRules
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Review from my notes. Thanks to Baconsausage for hooking this up.

Poured from growler to my Darkness snifter.

A beautiful honey color fills my glass. About six foot of head atop the beer. It in fact poured over and spilled on the table. After I'm done punching the guy that spilled it I contemplate licking it off the table. Lacing prevails after I let it sit for about 3 mins.

Sweet baby jeebus this smells like ecstasy. It's so sweet rich and potent of orange juice and zest. My mind wanders to a grove of orange trees and a pool of orange juice with oompa loompas frolicking about. This smell can't be real for a beer.

I'm waiting for the pinch of reality to set in as I put the glass to my dry lips. Ha f'n ha. Cruel fate does not come and I have won. The prize is damn near the best tasting ipa ever. Holy bat testicles Batman. Just like orange marmalade. When you get to the orange zest/peel part of the taste is when you get the slight, ever so slight hop bite then that dry cut in the tongue /back of the throat you yearn for. The carbonation is tender and perfect. So easy to drink. I'm in awe this is 8%.

This beer is flat out incredible. Worthy of every praise that will come its way. Tonight when I go to bed i will not pray for world peace. No I say. I will pray that Hill Farmstead remains a hidden gem and that I can trade for it all my life and there will be no rarity inflation attached to its good name.

Galaxy imperial single hop ipa. Ask for it by name.

TheDudeRules, Apr 19, 2011
Photo of corby112
4.5/5  rDev -2%

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a frothy two finger pillowy white head that has excellent retention, only slowly fading into a lasting cap that coats the glass with chunks of soapy lacing.

Another incredible smelling beer from Hill Farmstead. They really know how to nail down the nose on an IPA(all of their beers for that matter). This beer is exploding with tropical an citrus fruit notes which are nicely complimented by the floral earthy, notes and faint pale malt. Hints of pineapple, mango, grapefruit and citrus peel alongside grassy, piny hops and sweet biscuit malts.

I tried Ephraim before this and while that beer looked and smelled incredible, the flavor and palate let me down so my expectations for Galaxy weren't the highest. Thankfully this beer lived up to the appearance and nose. Chewy medium body with an complex, delicious flavor profile. Again, as in the aroma, the palate is bursting forth with sweet citrus and tropical fruit notes. Hints of papaya, pineapple and mango as well as a boat load of citrus rind. This is countered by an earthy resinous pine bitterness that creates excellent balance and makes this beer dangerously drinkable. There's also some faint biscuit pale malt adding to the balance and complexity and there is little to no heat, resulting n an excellently masked ABV. I was very impressed with this beer. I highly recommend that you seek it out.

corby112, Apr 18, 2011
Photo of TomStew
4.63/5  rDev +0.9%

Wow! This beer tastes like pineapple juice. It is so hoppy it's incredible.The Galaxy is really showed up and you prefer much know what that hops tastes like after drinking this DIPA. The color is great, pale, yellow with a white head.

The mouthfeel is juste a little bit thick, enough to give it body. It's hoppy but not overly bitter like some IPA's and that makes it very drinkable. Overall a really great beer!

TomStew, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of BearsOnAcid
5/5  rDev +8.9%

This is the beer I would take on a desert island.
This is the beer I would take on a camping trip.
This is the beer I would take tailgating.
This is the beer I would drink if I had 1 day left to live.
This is the beer I would fill a six pack with to represent my local breweries.
This is the beer I would pick as my answer to any other repost you see on the forum.

It's is presented to you with an enormous billowing head that just sits on top of the unfiltered golden beer like a barrier keeping you from drinking it. The more you want to try it the more head you have to endure.

I can remember the first time I stuck my face in the first bag of hops I bought. This reminds me of that day. It's like if I were to make a mask for my face out of passionfruit, citrus peels and used hops as glue then stuck it on my head. The inside of the mask is what this beer smells like.

It's amazing how much this one hop can acheive. Its high alphas can achieve a palate wrenching bitterness but the softer side of it lends dynamic flavor and a unique tropical aroma making you think that this is all impossible. This is the Macgyver of hops.

8%?! You have to be joking. The very mild carbonation lets you suck this down like its 2012. I can see Galaxy becoming trendy among brewers pretty quick. Much like the Citra craze that is happening now.

BearsOnAcid, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.33/5  rDev -5.7%

On the tap at Blind Tiger, this beer had the misfortune of being sampled directly after the magic of Ephraim. How could anything top that sick bastard? Well, this one would attempt to use my memories against me, trick me into thinking it was better. Even though this was a new hop, a descendant of Perle, it reminded me of standing in the gigantic Hopunion refrigerated warehouse, swaying, intoxicated by the brilliant and bold aromas of citrus assaulting me. In an instant with my nose in the glass, I was transported back to Yakima, a kid in the nose candy store. The flavor was nice, some sweetness, oranges, tangerines, and the resins lingered with the sweetness nicely. Ultimately, another awesome DIPA, but quite a different brew.

dragonWhale, Apr 11, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.93/5  rDev +7.4%

Had at the Blackback Pub.

Pours a cloudy light orange with a decent head into my glass. Very colorful and appealing.

Strong citrus notes. Very remiscent of a ripe orange with just a hint of mint.

Mango and orange flavors mingle with the taste buds. Mellow. Subtle. Not excessive. Wonder if it woulld go well with a cheese plate?

Citrus and mango mouthfeel. Very enjoyable.

Yet another marvelous, highly drinkable example of the style from Hill Farmstead. At this point, there is precious little that can match the quality of this brewery.

Brad007, Apr 09, 2011
Photo of sisuspeed
4.45/5  rDev -3.1%

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tasting glass. An unfiltered, peach-orange body holds up a thick, foamy, white head. Lots of beautiful lacing.

The nose is filled with orange wedge citrus and grassy, slightly spicy, hops throughout. Some sweet malts and a touch of grapefruit.

Grassy, peppery hops, caramel, crushed orange wedge and sweet malts on the tongue. This is like drinking hoppy liquid candy. Delicious.

Mouthfeel is smooth with medium to low carbonation. Nice level of hop bitterness throughout. Finishes fairly clean. Not quite as crisp as some of the other HF offerings. ABV is unnoticeable.

Overall, this is another solid DIPA from the Hill Farmstead. Drinks like a single IPA, but is packed with a ton of flavor. I'm really digging the Galaxy hops. It seems like Shaun can do no wrong with IPAs/DIPAs. Highly recommended.

sisuspeed, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of Skrip
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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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.