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Double Galaxy - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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827 Ratings
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Ratings: 827
Reviews: 155
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 1,251
Gots: 28 | 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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Ratings: 827 | Reviews: 155
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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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3.74/5  rDev -18.3%

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4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | 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.

Final score: 4.59

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.57/5  rDev -0.2%
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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4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
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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4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
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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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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5/5  rDev +9.2%

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4.76/5  rDev +3.9%
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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4/5  rDev -12.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.71/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%

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4.42/5  rDev -3.5%
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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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +3.7%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -7.2%

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4.45/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Double Galaxy from Hill Farmstead Brewery
100 out of 100 based on 827 ratings.