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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 184
Hads: 1,063
Avg: 4.55
pDev: 17.58%
Wants: 1,384
Gots: 73 | FT: 1
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States | website

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: 184 | Hads: 1,063
Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Big enjoyable hoppy beer, one of the best I've had. The galaxy hops are very prominent, very tasty, and very smooth. The hops manage to be full front and center without getting bitter or overpowering.

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Photo of weonfire
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pour this from a HF Growler. 5 days old. Still...perfect. Amazing.

A - Golden, huge white fluffy 2 finger white head. Perfect thick patch lacing up to high beer point.

S - HUGE citrus, gummy lemon/orange/grapefruit.

T - tart grapefruit, lemon, orange peel, dry and pine. finish: bitter (9/10) very acidic, no booze.

M - creamy, frothy, full body, gummy, high viscosity, grapefruit is a def lingerer.

O - Literally tastes like grapefruit - the fruit. nose is extraordinary, closest beer to an actual fruit i've ever tasted. Dry not sweet. I just happen to prefer a bit sweeter. Best IIPA I have ever had. Personal opinion: Double Galaxy > Heady Topper > Pliny the Elder.

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Photo of largadeer
4.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler from gn0sis. Thanks!

Appearance: Hazy unfiltered pale amber. The head is lasting and dense, leaving sheets of lacing down the glass.

Smell: A ton of tropical fruit - pineapple, mango - lesser notes of grapefruit and onion. A low level of pale malt sweetness enhances the scent of tropical fruit. This smells excellent.

Palate: Waves of pineapple, mango and grapefruit. A hint of onion. There's a moderate level of malt sweetness that works well with the fruity hop profile. Medium bodied with slight chalkiness; not quite as light and crisp as I'd like, but it's not much of a detraction. Bitterness is firm and lasting without bringing any astringency.

Overall: Outstanding. Easily in the upper tier of DIPAs.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

deep crystal clear amber with a nce foamy head that was slow to fad, leaving a fine lace all the way to the bottom. The smell is deep piney hops with a bit of grapefruit thrown in for good measure. The taste...well lets just say this ain't you daddy's beer!! Knock you down hops, beautiful, strong, pine and citrus that will have you puckering your mouth for a while. Great dry finish. This is a hop heads delight and lived up to the hype

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Photo of spdyfire83
4.72/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

122nd Review
Growler to snifter

From notes. Thanks to CharlieMurphy for sending this amongst other HF treats in a wonderful trade!

A: Burnt orange. 2+ (frothy white) fingernail head on medium pour.

S: Earthy and hoppy with loads of citrus fruit...you name it has it - mango, guava, orange, pineapple, passion fruit, papaya, etc. Hugely inviting!

T: Oh so nice! The wonderful citrus fruit in the nose is perfectly balanced with earthy hops and smooth bitterness. Simply perfect! No joke.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation.

O: Beautifully balanced beer! Another wonderful beer for these folks. So smooth and easy to drink it's almost dangerous. Luckily there was a group of folks to help enjoy the growler; otherwise, it might have been tempting to enjoy it over a day or so by myself. Will definitely seek this out again!

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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 schmoopsbeer
4.7/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of Slatetank
4.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Re-review 9/27/15 enjoyed from the 750ml growler shared with tenderbranson69 in a Hill Farmstead goblet.
The color is golden peach with 3 fingers of voluminous white head with fine bead and lace clings in rings on the inside of the glass. The smell is light floral at first with lots of tropical fruit and light herbal with subtle spice and very light alcohol in the aroma. The feel is excellent with very juicy texture and resinous with moderate carbonation and lightly sweet mid palate with semi-high bitter element into a dry finish.

The taste is tangy and tropical with slightly bitter flavor in the back with hops overwhelming the flavor profile with a slight fruity and juicy quality with subtle pine and very floral quality with zesty lemon and mild pineapple tropical quality yet subtle stone fruit and citrus compliments the combo with low malt taste and slihght lemongrass quality with low alcohol in finish with a nice lingering bitterness. Overall a wondefrul IPA, just about as close to perfect as yoou can imagine -I increased the score because on a fresh palate it seems even more vibrant than I remember. A single hop galaxy is great to enjoy I was so glad to have been able to share this with my brother!

back in 2010?
Look- 4.5 Smell 4.5 Taste 4.5 Feel 5 Overall 5
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!

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Photo of musicforairports
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Blackback Pub in Waterbury, Vt. in a stemmed Hill Farmstead glass.

Very cloudy and light gold in color. Definitely unfiltered. Small head and some huge lacing.

Aroma of dank tropical fruit--mango, pineapple, passionfruit, some citrus.

Tastes like tropical hop juice. Big orange, pineapple and passionfruit flavors. Minor catty flavors. Little to no malt notes. The hop flavor is a great showcase of Galaxy hops. This beer lacks the usual pine/earthy/citrus-rind hop distinctions.

Mouthfeel is medium in thickness, creamy and mildly carbonated. It goes down like nothing, but doesn't feel like water, either.

Hill Farmstead nails every hoppy beer they make, and this is no exception. It may be the best IPA or DIPA I've ever had.

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Photo of QuadLover
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ML pour from the Hill on 8/6/11

A ~ Cloudy, orange blossom honey. Thin head.

S – Fantastic; peach, orange, grapefruit.

M ~ Thick for an IPA. Creamy but not heavy mouth feel.

T – Initials citrus – Orange, followed by heavy grapefruit. Very delightful, full bodied flavor.

O ~ Excellent IPA. Beautiful balance. A truly sensory rich experience.

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Photo of rowingbrewer
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a yellowish slightly orange color with a good sticky off-white head that laces the glass as it recedes. The smell is out of the world spicy and citrus hop aromas emanate from the glass. The flavor is right there as well with citrus and spicy hop notes and a slight malt backbone to round it out just a little bit, but this is still extremely dry and hoppy. The mouthfeel is light to medium and good carbonation. Overal this is hands down the best single hop ipa I have ever had, it even beats out some if the multiple hopped dipa

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Photo of Tmyhre802
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.67/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL growler shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike!

The beer is a hazy orange hue, with a small head that hangs out for a while, leaving a fair bit of lacing on the glass. The aroma is just awesome, with bold scents of oranges, grapefruits, hops, and nary a trace of malt. What a delicious beer. I wish I had a keg of this. Teeming with delicious citrus and hop flavors, this is hard not to chug. Superb on all accounts, I highly recommend this beer. Hill Farmstead is quickly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - Opaque cloudy bright orange colour, yellow towards the edges. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed and left some nice lacing behind.

S - Tropical fruit and some dank/musky notes. Passion fruit, guava, mango, peach and a hint of caramel sweetness.

T - Sharp bitterness up front with a huge tropical fruit bouquet consisting of mango, passion fruit, pineapple and guava. A caramel sweetness provided just enough balance.

M - Medium body. Dry. Sticky and oily. Light carbonation.

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Photo of DevilsCups
4.66/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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 AutumnBeerLove
4.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- A murky yellow-orange with a thin white frothy head. Plenty of lacing to go around.

S- Hops! Plenty of zest and citrus. Nice and tropical.

T- Strong and slightly bitter. But the zest is so nice. The aroma pours over into the flavor.

M- Nice and crisp. It's a truly refreshing beer.

O- One of my personal favorites. A nice 8% ABV with a kick. Its crisp, refreshing taste will have you sitting back and enjoying this beer for time to come.

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Photo of stakem
4.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

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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 Rutager
4.62/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

A huge thanks to the awesome trader montrealbcr89 for bringing this 750 back from a recent trip to the farmstead and getting it to me with haste.

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey gold with a finger of thick white head that leaves some nice lace.

Smell. Pineapple, papaya, oranges, red and yellow grapefruit, cedar, and some grainy toasted malts and a little bit of savory herbs.

Taste. Big herbal, floral, and citrusy hops with some pine sap and cedar, a bit of those savoury herbs I was smelling, some grainy, lightly toasted malts, oranges and grapefruit flesh. Some bitterness throughout and some slightly numbing citrus rind in the finish. Very nice.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body with fine medium carbonation. The fine carbonation really stands out among other IPAs.

Overall. A fantastic IPA on par with the best. Reminiscent of heady topper with some more fruit juice flavours. Loved it. Thanks again montrealbcr98!!

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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 M_chav
4.61/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Looks hazy orange, a beautiful amount of foam forms and stays for minutes. Looks like Sunny D and the smell is world class. Resin, earth qualities matched with Danky juice and the perfect amount of garlic. Taste is world class this is insane. Really the perfect blend between resin and juice. They balance so well and the alcohol is no where to be found. Mouthfeel is where I like it. Just enough bite to remind you it's full of hops but plenty of smooth orange/white grape danky goodness. Definitely my favorite brewery - makes me want to visit Vermont STAT

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Photo of Kraj30
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a Hazy yellowish orange color. Smell is light pineapple and citrus fruits.. taste is so smooth. it great citrus flavor through it.. mouthfeel is very solid... HF has maybe the most refined beers there are.. this was another winner for sure..

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Photo of Hootie159
4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Fresh squeezed orange juice. 2 finger foamy head that leaves behind a nice dollop. Great lacing. Smell is an earthy pine with dank citrus. Among other citrus, some orange and grapefruit peel. Limey bitterness in the back. Signature HF feel. Great beer.

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Photo of skivtjerry
4.59/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.