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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
100
world-class

582 Ratings
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Ratings: 582
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 8.48%
Wants: 1,116
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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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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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 19:00:49 | More by WanderingFool
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HopHead84

California

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

7/1/2011

Thanks! Poured into a snifter.

A: Hazy orange with a big white head. Nice retention and good lacing. 

S: Strong mango notes with tangerine, peach, nectarine, and orange flesh. Bright and aromatic. Touch of saltine cracker. Killer fruit profile.

T: Amalgamation of tangerine, peach, nectarine, and orange flesh. Smooth upper moderate bitterness with just a little of alcohol. Lots of hop flavor. The dry finish displays an increase in bitterness with accompanying grapefruit rind.

M: Medium in body with lower moderate carbonation. The mouthfeel is dry and sticky.

Overall: Another good hoppy beer from Hill Farmstead. I'm liking the Galaxy hop.

Serving type: growler

07-02-2011 16:08:34 | More by HopHead84
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Gobzilla

California

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pale orange in color with pale yellow highlights and a thin bubbly head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass. Very nice citrusy sweet candy hops show their face first with good malt sweet character, signs of grapefruit, with pine and earhty notes. Nice hop profile consisting of citrus pine and earthiness with candi sugar accents, good bready malty sweetness, notes of pineapple and grapefruit accents. The brew was medium in body with a fair amount of carbonation which had a sweet, hoppy, bready, semi malty, piney and slight bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 04:23:45 | More by Gobzilla
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Stevedore

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler generously sent to me by Anthony. Thanks a lot man! Poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass today, 1/15/2014. My main comparison is Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn as that is the one other Galaxy-hopped DIPA that stands out in my mind.

Appears much like the other HF DIPAs- hazy golden-straw body, lots of thick white head and lots of lacing. Looks delicious, and from a homebrewing perspective, I can't quite see how Shaun can get his beers to look quite that pale!

Smells very good- straight up Galaxy hops. Lots of passion fruit and mango, but a little bit subdued compared to Pipeworks Galaxy Unicorn. However, the hops are more or less unopposed given that the malt base isn't as ridiculous in this one. This is a nice showcase of Galaxy hops here.

Flavourwise- comes out better than the smell. Flavour is a lot of passion fruit, a little of mango but not a ton of sweet malt backbone, which is interesting. Still, the flavours comes across really well here and I actually prefer the balance here more to Galaxy Unicorn which definitely has quite a bit more of a malt backbone.

Medium bodied, very creamy and rich; not a terribly bitter aftertaste as Galaxy Unicorn has but rather a more passion fruity flavour finish. Finishes somewhat dry as well. Very good and easily drinkable. I could drink the entire growler on my own, easily.

I see the hype here, and the hype nearly meets expectations here. At the same time, I think the nose doesn't quite measure up to Galaxy Unicorn, but it does beat that beer in every other facet. Not Shaun's best DIPA despite what these ratings would have you think (Abner is a better, more complex beer) but it's definitely worth trying at least once.

Serving type: growler

01-16-2014 05:59:22 | More by Stevedore
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sisuspeed

New Hampshire

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: growler

04-02-2011 21:31:25 | More by sisuspeed
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starrdogg

District of Columbia

4.45/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to yourefragile for sharing a growler of this one - love me some Hill Farmstead!

A: Looks like a Hill Farmstead DIPA! It's a hazy golden/orange with a decent amount of lacing.

S: Smell is a fantastic citrus/hops aroma.

T: Taste is a somewhat sweet up front with a bitter grassy hops bite on the finish. This is pretty much straight hops right here with nary a hint of malt, yet the flavor is still complex enough to keep this beer interesting. Quite good.

M: Medium-bodied with decent carbonation.

O: This is another great DIPA from Hill Farmstead, but I'm not sure it comes quite up to the level of Ephraim. This seems more in line with their other DIPAs instead, not sure why exactly this one is getting so much more hype. It's damn good, but no better than their other fine offerings.

Edit: Revisited in January of 2013 and it's better than I remember! I might still give it a similar score, though would consider going up to 4.75 on smell, taste and overall. It's got more of a malt characteristic than I remember which really helps balance the incredible citrusy hop flavor. I absolutely believe it deserves the hype it gets now.

Serving type: growler

07-14-2011 03:28:20 | More by starrdogg
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.46/5  rDev -3%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-13-2014 23:42:22 | More by rlee1390
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DearthVader

California

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-31-2011 03:08:43 | More by DearthVader
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plaid75

New York

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2011 18:13:15 | More by plaid75
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seanwhite

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hill Farmstead Galaxy, paid a visit to the brewery in Greensboro Vermont and cannot wait to go back. Billed as "Double Galaxy" and sold at $9 per 750ml bomber (plus $3 cost of the capper bottle).

Appearance: This looks great - super orange-amber-hazy. Classy and rustic, with a bit over one finger of white-and-bubbly head, very frothy. Good retention and solid lacing.

Smell: Super fresh and full of the best of citrus.

Taste: Super citrusy and carbonated, sticky around the roof of the mouth. A fresh, orange and zestful taste and tropical feel.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, flavor and carbonation.

Overall: Another great beer from HF!

Serving type: growler

01-04-2012 02:36:15 | More by seanwhite
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billab914

Virginia

4.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler poured into my Southern Tier tulip. It poured a pale, yellow orange color that was a little reminiscent of pineapple juice. A thick, frothy, white colored head filled the top two inches of the glass and clung to the sides as I drank it.

The aroma has a juicy, citrusy hoppiness to it with notes of grapefruit, pineapple and mango. Nice range of hoppy flavors coming out in it, and I really liked the tropical fruit notes.

The taste shows more of the juicy, sweeter, tropical fruit notes to it up front. Towards the finish more of a bitter, citrus rind, grapefruit flavor starts to take over and linger into the finish. I get some piny, resiny flavors lingering in the finish as well. Nice range of hoppiness to it.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall I thought it was a great beer. It was a very flavorful and easy drinking beer. It had a great range of hoppy flavors to it but more importantly it really managed to balance the juicy, sweet flavors with the bitter, resiny flavors nicely.

Serving type: growler

01-01-2012 01:13:07 | More by billab914
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scottfrie

California

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thank you to SneezyAchew for being my Hill Farmstead hookup. 750ml growler poured into Gulden Draak tulip.

A: Pours an extremely cloudy dark iced-tea color with a huge, greasy and fluffy head that slowly faded into a thick and very oily looking head that left a ton of crazy lacing down the glass.
S: Huge notes of citrus rind and tropical fruits. I get notes of lemon zest, orange peel, grapefruit zest, passion fruit, papaya and pineapple. There might be just a hint of pine as well. Smells great!
T: Follows the nose with huge dominating notes of galaxy hops. Lightly bitter citrus mixed with sweeter tropical fruits fill my palate. I get hints of dough and mint in the finish, and the aftertaste is solidly bitter.
M: Slick and lightly greasy mouthfeel, smooth overall, with soft carbonation and a medium-heavy body. Bitterness is refreshing and goes well with the flavor.
O: This was an amazing dipa, definitely top 10. Galaxy is a hell of a hop to make a beer out of. Thanks a million for this growler Mike. Much appreciated.

Serving type: growler

05-04-2012 00:13:18 | More by scottfrie
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kevanb

Illinois

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler (Tired Hands) poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a murky, unfiltered, copper color, hues of orange and gold with a big, thick, soapy white head, about 2 fingers high atop the beer that has very good retention and leaves a beautiful network of lace behind. The aroma is great, super dank, herby and grassy, big notes of pine and resinous hop spice that is cut beautifully by tropical fruit and a touch of citrus with only the softest, doughy malt character. The flavors follow well, bitter pine and coniferous character, hop spice, dank grassy and a bit of floral qualities pop up before the malt evens things out a bit. The mouthfeel is great, typical of a Hill Farmstead beer, rich and coating, but soft and gentle with just enough liveliness. The finish is dry and kicks well.

Verdict: A delicious DIPA from Hill Farmstead, great bitterness with a tremendous balance of flavors. It's ripe, juicy but also dank and bitter, wonderful to sip on. It's not the best DIPA he's made, but damn is it tasty.

Serving type: growler

01-11-2014 04:05:25 | More by kevanb
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.48/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Sean for sharing this one!

Pours a fizzy beige head. Color is a hazed dull golden orange.

Aroma: Mango and grapefruit. Huge fruit profile. Floral, earthy, and fresh. No malts show here. Lots of hops, however.

Taste: Again, mangoes up front providing a sweetness. A light amount of grapefruit citrus. Floral and pine hops. Fresh and earthy. A touch of honey. No malts again.

Mouthfeel: Bitter and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends sticky.

Overall, this was a solid dipa. No malts showing which was awesome. Tons of great hop and fruit flavors. This is up there with the best.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 14:02:21 | More by mothman
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SpeedwayJim

New York

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Serving type: growler

01-22-2013 00:39:01 | More by SpeedwayJim
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oline73

Maryland

4.49/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a tasting glass. We had this to break up the barleywines.

Pours a super cloudy yellow/golden color. The smell is full of fruity citrus hop notes and seems very fresh. The taste lives up to the beer's reputation. Full of juicy citrus and pine hop bitterness. Enough sweetness to balance the bitter but still let the hops be the star. The finish is bitter and full of wonderful hops.

Serving type: growler

01-28-2013 13:49:19 | More by oline73
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-26-2011 06:01:12 | More by Mac19872
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cincysig

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

02-19-2013 20:53:45 | More by cincysig
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, hazy, moderate carbonation

Smell: big pine and citrus hops

Taste: juicy citrus hops with some caramel in the back

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation, medium bodied, bitter start with some sweetness mid drink, and a dry bitter end

Overall: With apologies to Wachusett Larry, this is the best IPA that is coming out of New England. Certainly one of the most refreshing IPAs I have had. On the hoppier side but what a nice juicy burst of citrus. I could drink several pints of this.

Serving type: growler

08-11-2011 13:05:51 | More by tigg924
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-17-2014 10:39:07 | More by williamjbauer
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SPRichard

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-11-2013 17:03:22 | More by SPRichard
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JulianB

South Carolina

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

03-22-2013 22:32:56 | More by JulianB
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akukucka

New York

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-12-2013 18:28:46 | More by akukucka
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Varkias41

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-31-2014 16:17:50 | More by Varkias41
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fiedler84

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-05-2012 01:34:20 | More by fiedler84
Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 582 ratings.