Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 155
Hads: 842
rAvg: 4.53
pDev: 6.4%
Wants: 1,313
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: 842
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 weonfire
4.74/5  rDev +4.6%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of 80x2HopHead
4.99/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The second you pour the galaxy the citrus assaults your nose- I immediately thought of pink grapefruit blood orange and tangerines. Certainly more of a citrus overtone and a fruity undertone- mango for sure. Fuck the blah blah shit- amazing hops character with excellent grapefruit and tangerine taste in the background. Quite bitter but doesn't go too far overboard, not a strong booze taste at all (very well masked) and not so malty, however why the fuck would I want malt in a doub? Insane hops is what is what I came for and its what I got in return. I live in VT so not so hard for me to get my hands on, but if you can do so its worth a 2 hr wait in line (661 characters)

Photo of CuriousMonk
4.71/5  rDev +4%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of Rutager
4.62/5  rDev +2%
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!! (922 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.63/5  rDev +2.2%
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. (427 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 jaasen64
4.52/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler (Tree House Brewery swing-top) filled at HF this past weekend (a few days ago). Thanks a ton Don for sharing this with us after we barely missed it the last time we were up there.

A- Pours a very hazy non-translucent yellowish orange with a white head that quickly dissipates (most pictures I've seen has a nice fluffy head with great retention so perhaps even though this growler is still very fresh some carbonation loss might have occurred). This is probably one of the haziest beers I've seen, even though it is fairly light in color there is hardly any light that penetrates.

S- Very aromatic with nice strong tropical fruity aromas of oranges, grapefruit, and pineapple. Easily one of the best smelling DIPAs I've encountered.

T- Similar to smell with tropical presence of pineapple, oranges, and grapefruit. Very flavorful with a nice bouquet of tropical fruits.

M- Medium bodied, very easy drinking, finishes with a slight alcohol bite that lets you know it's there but isn't very noticeable, a little bit fuller bodied then your average IPA.

O- This was another fantastic HF beer that was extremely flavorful and is one of my new favorites from them. I wish they could make this year round along with Abner. Although maybe slightly overrated this beer definitely lives up to it's hype and is well worth checking out. (1,344 characters)

Photo of montrealbcr89
4.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Served from a growler into HF tulip

A: Poured a murky bright yellow with orange highlights. 1.5 fingers of a bright white head

S: Wow. This is where this beer shines. HUGE tropical and stone fruit notes: sweet peach, papaya, pineapple, coupled with nice citrus elements - lemon peel, orange, and grapefruit.

T: Ton of that tropical fruit in the front of the mouth. Lemon peel emerges a little bit towards the middle of the tongue. Finishes quite dry and bitter

MF: Spot on. Medium body with carbonation on the lower end. Works perfectly.

O: Super drinkable, refreshing, at at 8%, the alcohol is not present at all.

I could drink this consistently. Paired great with spicy food. HF does not disappoint once again. Was worth the 2 hour wait in the cold. Cheers! (765 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Very hazy orange body. Light wisps on the surface. Clings a little bit.

Smell - Oh yeah. Buckets of hops. Excellent citrus hop smell but it still manages to have a grainy malt presence. Sweet hoppy nectar.

Taste - Juicy citrus hop. Orange and grapefruit flavors. Nice sweet flavor behind it. Very monotonic, but deliciously so. Grainy malt and the sweetness drops off.

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Medium carbonation. Clean and just a little heavy.

Overall - One hop makes it a bit one-note, but the flavor is excellent. Definitely a top IPA. (594 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
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). (542 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (1,035 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Eric. This review took me about 40 mins, as I allowed the beer to evolve and my sobriety to be compromised.

Pouring a hazy yellow orange with a dense, white head with excellent retention but surprisingly little lacing, this looks pretty decent. The nose is a beautiful expression of fruit hop notes. Tangerine zest, mango, passion fruit, a little floral character, fragrant honey, all bright, with minimal bitterness, this smells _excellent_. There is also a little bit of semi-ripe pineapple present. I can't perceive much malt character here. While the nose isn't explosive (like, say, Heady Topper), it does display depth and delicacy, which I enjoy.

The palate opens bright with a blend of moderate bitterness and plenty of tropical fruit. The layered flavors of citrus, mango, passion fruit and pink guava juice are delightful, but there is something that's a little lacking here. The hop flavors, while beautifully layered, aren't as bright and redolent as I'd hoped. Bitterness is moderate, delicately so, working well with the flavors. There may be a hint of pale malt somewhere here, but it doesn't particularly stand out, this is all about the hops. Given the delicacy of the flavors here, the medium-high carbonation is distracting. It makes this a blend of creamy and frothy on the palate, which when combined with the lack of aggression as far as the hop flavors go, seem a little muted. Once the carbonation does fall off, this does gain a slightly ethereal feel, which is nice. Drying, moderately bitter on the finish, with a lingering fruity hop flavor, this beer is pretty excellent.

I initially gave this beer a 4 for MF, but as I keep drinking it, it really does get better with subsiding carbonation, and so, I'm upping the score a hair. I guess what I was looking for was just a little bit of snap (1,834 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
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. (409 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.45/5  rDev -1.8%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (1,170 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml to Lawson's Sniffer

A: Golden orange hone cloudy and basically completely opaque with a thick white fluffy head looks pretty much exactly like a dipa should in my opinion

S: Smells of tropical hops there is pretty much nothing there but hops but it has such a presence that you can almost smell the bitterness

T: HOP BOMB this thing literally punches you in the mouth with hops instantaneously after taking even the smallest sip. This resides some as the beer warms and the hops start of have a juicer flavor with some citrus notes, but there is still a strong bitterness with hints of pine resin. This beer is pretty much straight hops in terms of flavor profile but I see nothing wrong with that.

M: The feel is very oily and resinous you can almost feel the stickiness in your mouth and it lasts for a pretty decent amount of time after the finish. There is not much carbonation but the bite from the bitterness makes up for it with crispness.

O:This is a hop head's dream especially if you like galaxy and bitterness. I really enjoyed this and does live up to the hype, but it is a little too much for me, however compared to everything else this beer is amazing. If you can get your hands on it try it for sure. (1,228 characters)

Photo of srandycarter
4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
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. (328 characters)

Photo of MDDMD
4.5/5  rDev -0.7%
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 (382 characters)

Photo of Kinsman
4.54/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a beautiful bright white and creamy head on top. Citrus and tropical fruits pack a punch right up front on the nose. A nice variety of lemon and orange alongside juicy mango and pineapple. Just a hint of pine resin in the background.

First sip is like drinking the mix of juices from a bowl of tropical fruit salad. Mango and passionfruit with a bit of orange as well. Not nearly as grapefruit-centric as many IPAs are these days. This is followed by a healthy bit of floralness and some heat from the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is rather full-bodied with smooth but bubbly texture. Overall, another winner from HF. I'd put this on par with Heady Topper and just below Abner. (696 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 Sarlacc83
4.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Growler courtesy of Andy. Thanks!

A: Cloudy lemon yellow. Foams dies down after a decently aggressive pour. Legs are OK. Not perfect, but acceptable. Might be turbulent still from the shipping.

N: Clementines, pineapple, grapefruit. Pretty intense citrus. However, I don’t find there to be much depth to this. It’s like a wind through an orange grove.

T: Very full. Pine and earth. Lots of citrus: Mandarins, passionfruit, pineapple. Quite tasty, but like the nose, it seems to hit a high dimension in the front and leave the back end lacking.

M: Sticky and filling. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: A very solid DIPA and not when I’d ever turn down. Balanced and flavorful, bitter and filling, but it feels like it’s lacking another dimension which would bring it to the top tier for me. (800 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 Knapp85
4.75/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Massive thanks to DaveHack for pouring this one.

The beer poured out as a cloudy yellow color with a decent lookin white head. The retention is pretty good the lacing is also pretty nice. The smell of the beer is very hoppy, lots of fruity aromas and citrus. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation and creamy. Overall very good. I really enjoyed this beer!! (369 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.42/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64oz swing top growler filled Saturday 12/29/12
Heady Topper stemless wine glass

A: Pours a really cloudy hazy bright yellow orange color. Layer of bright white head. Still has tons of carbonation. Leaves sticky lacing sheeting all over the glass.

S: Getting some serious fruity hop aromas. Grapefruit, tangerine, mango, etc. Just an epic hop bomb. Also getting some herbal hop notes too? Maybe my nose is off. In appearance and small so far, very HT like.

T: This is really awesome stuff here. Not overly bitter on the tip of the tongue. Great citrus hop bomb. Getting all that grapefruit rind and orange juice like character that you smelled. There is minimal malt backing here. Just lingering hoppy goodness. Leads you to a nice dry finish.

M: Medium bodied. Mouth coated in hop flavors. (794 characters)

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