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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%


Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
White IPA brewed w/ 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, corriander & peppercorns. Fermented in French Oak Foudres. Bottle Conditioned w/ Brett.

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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threeviews

New Jersey

4.78/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

(Batch# 5, July 2013), consumed March 15, 2014...poured from a 750ml bottle (corked & caged) into a Lost Abbey branded, 16oz, Rastal 2.0 Teku Glass.

A- First pour reveals a slightly hazy golden yellow with a 1-2 finger soapy, white head (second pour is much more hazy, courtesy of the bottle conditioning). Regardless, it looks amazing for being bottle conditioned. 5.0

S- Massive! Fruity tartness (Grapefruit, White Grape, Passionfruit), spice (from the peppercorns) and astringency courtesy of the oak aging from the foeder(s) all mingle effortlessly. Galaxy hops, oak aging and re-fermenting on brettanomyces makes for an absolutely perfect balance...Gabe Fletcher is a masterful brewer! 5.0

T- Despite the label of 50IBU's, it tastes much more bitter/hoppy than suggested. Like the IBU's, it also feels a but more than the 7.0% as stated on the bottle...complaining, I am not! The aroma, flavor and mouthfeel are absolutely perfect...I cannot fathom what this beer tastes fresh, but the amalgam of ingredients, the care aged on oak and the quality of packaging makes this nothing short of a world-class offering. I am nothing less than honored to have the ability to enjoy this multiple times and hope to continue the trend. 4.75

M- Firmly light on the palate. Strong carbonation (courtesy of the bottle conditioning) makes for a highly effervescent and rather soft experience on the palate allowing the bitterness to shine as courtesy from the hops, adjuncts and oak aging in equal amounts. 4.5

O- This is a MUCH bigger than stated on the bottle and does not disappoint in any regard. Anchorage is many miles away, yet continues to deliver their offerings as far as VT, and am nothing but impressed with everything I have sampled thus far (Galaxy White IPA, Bitter Monk, Darkest Hour). 4.75

Bitter Monk and Darkest Hour are more stupefying offerings from Anchorage Brewing Co. and encourage all who read this to investigate these brands.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 23:08:56 | More by threeviews
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brianmandell

New York

3.58/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch #5 dated July 2013

Hazy light yellowish poor; head settles to a film with retained lacing. Heavy smell of citrus, tropical fruit - signature brett - with some light bready malts. I get some bitterness in the nose. Bright and tart citrus up front - primarily orange peel and some grapefruit - with an odd combination of fruits mid palate. Minimal bready malt. Very dry. Fairly funky and peppery on the finish with some stale bitterness and a touch of unpleasant astringency. Mouthfeel is on the thin side with low to moderate, prickly carbonation.

This one drinks like a mix between a belgian IPA and a saison. I like what it's trying to do but I don't think it was successful. I'm also not sure time was kind to this. There are a fair amount of hops but the hop flavors are not fresh. The Brett is very developed and the additives make for an interesting and very fruity experience. But it just doesn't come together for me. Add in some off flavors and I will pass next time.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2014 00:19:14 | More by brianmandell
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Copernicus

California

3.69/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Pours a hazy golden yellow with a magnificent, meringue-like head of 2 fingers that recedes slowly, leaving a craggy lace.

S: Citrus, coriander, sour, and funk. Peppery. A hint of vanilla and oak. There is some wood and barn and light pineapple from the brett.

T: Bitter. Spicy. Finishes like a chardonnay. It's oaky and slippery with some savory vanilla. The malt character is light. Fermentation is spicy and funky. There is an intense bitterness.

M: It's smooth, with some unenthusiastic carbonation. Slightly drying.

O: This beers struts some impressive plumage but ultimately falls flat. I may have to get used to this style and then give it another try.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 20:45:50 | More by Copernicus
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JMScowcroft

Vermont

4.6/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Anchorage Brewing Company - Galaxy White IPA, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a cloudy pale straw with a chunky white head that leaves tons and tons of sticky lacing. You can't make em look better than that.

Smell - Slight bitter coriander zest. Spice and pepper. Sour yeast brett isn't totally overfunked but smooth. Touch of woody oak.

Taste - Starts fruity juicy orange and transitions to funky sour brett with pepper and oak, then fades leaving some oak behind.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with balanced carbonation. Rests woody. Clean and dry. Great drinkability.

Overall - This is an acquired taste that I have learned to appreciate over the past year or so. This particular brew has more balance that other "brett bombs" I have had. Tasty and refreshing, relies less on fruit than non-brett whites, however, both have their respective places. This is the brett counterpart to Allagash White.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 17:04:36 | More by JMScowcroft
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farrago

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Thin bone white head, mostly loose and bubbles off swiftly, very bright and seems to reflect light nicely, the lacing is the sort which initially forms a very thin yet broad sheet but has little stick and as a whole it just glides down the glass sides. Cloudy yet bright canary yellow colored liquid, very difficult to see any bubbles inside the glass, warm luminescence to it. The nose most prominently hits you with tart white grapefruit notes, lots of salty accents and burnt dark bread crusts, more finished bread than yeasts, quite grassy, there’s something like an herb infused olive oil thing going on too, maybe pineapple or nectarine but you would be hard pressed to call the scents fruity. Medium-bodied, the carbonation swells immediately through the attack which gives it a creamier mouth feel, needed for when that lemon and white grapefruit citrus slash on through. Pepper and salt, green grass, clove and coriander, all contribute to a bright, tangy experience. Here the peach, apricot, nectarine and persimmon fruit is sweeter and more longlasting. There is a certain vinous quality, not sure I’d call it out and out bretty, likewise the yeasts are tame and not particularly softening. Fresh finish, given the elements it throws at you remains very good on the drinkability scale.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 01:00:29 | More by farrago
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beagle75

Iowa

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, pale yellow color with over two fingers of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass.

S: Crisp--even sparse--brett-affected yeast metabolites that exhibit remarkable focus and clarity without being overpowering.

T: Begins dry, with soft refined malt and some bright pithy fruit. Acidity is strong into the middle where the beer becomes sweeter, more mineral, and tinted with a breezy quality of goat pasture. The latter lingers during the finish, faint but complex.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, refreshingly acidic--especially late, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: An excellent brett beer, this Belgian-style strong pale ale struggles to live up to the IPA label. Instead, it delivers an austere dose of wild yeast funk with little associated tartness.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 19:02:02 | More by beagle75
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Thickfreakness

New York

4.58/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow with a a huge bright white head. Tons of carbonation. The fluffy lacing drips and grips all the way down the glass but never really lets go.
Tart notes of lemon, funky yeastiness and compost. Tons of bretty goodness. Sharp and pungent, barnyard, wet hay, pink peppercorns, green grass, grapefruit, tangerine rind and touches of mint and thyme. Really nice depth and aroma!
Huge bitter citrus mingles with sharp funky yeastiness. Grassy with a touch of pepper spice and a wonderful herbaceousness that adds life and refreshes your palate at the same time. Notes of wild barnyard, lemon and grapefruit, composted hay, green tea, and subtle touches of earthy wood.
Really sharp and crisp on the palate. Easy drinking with great carbonation. Very refreshing with absolutely no fatigue. Beautiful citrus, lovin' the funky yeastiness, and wonderful herbs and spices that keep you diving both your nose and mouth back in.
If there's another Belgian IPA that's better, someone please hip me to it. This is fantastic, although I couldn't possibly justify the $16.99 price tag as a regular in the rotation and that's a shame. I will however be grabbing at least a few more of these to cellar for the long haul the next time I see it.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 04:02:39 | More by Thickfreakness
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artoolemomo

Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with a less than a finger's worth of head. The head was a pure cotton white while the body is a pale amber which appears as a weak, golden straw when held up to the light. Lacing is sporadic and mostly consists of wisps but there are small patches of sheeting.

Nose- Good amount of citrus which is very inviting and has a bit of tartness to it. Really speaks to its Belgian qualities. Definite lemon and orange peel and the coriander is unmistakable. Good amounts of floral qualities with a touch of honey. Swirling reveals mustiness from the hops and slight funkiness from the Brett.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of citrus that is quite reflective of the nose. Some tartness, coriander, orange and lemon peel. Floral characteristics with touches of stone fruit in the background (mostly peach, hints of apricot, cherry). Good amount of pine and resin and woodiness on the finish but it really works with the slightly tart sweetness that is the front. Wasn't aware that kumquats were used but that's definitely the most prominent of the stone fruit like flavors that I was experiencing. Slight Brett notes in the background- slight straw, slight funk- but nothing that shows a bunch of age. Slight touches of pepper. Good to really good beer and at this point, it proves why I shouldn't question any Anchorage beer- I should just try it. Very good balance and integration. Nice complexity and presence as well. Pretty much in between good to really good, slightly closer to really good. Lacks that little something extra which would propel it to really good or great. Perhaps some age and as a result, little bit more Brett character. A little bit of grapefruit, somewhat mimosa like.

Mouthfeel- Between light and medium bodied with a good amount of syrup to the texture. Carbonation is a little higher than usual but works well with the overall flavor profile. Somewhat effervescent which gives this beer a little more structure.

Drinkability- Very easygoing IPA that doesn't even really drink like an IPA. Bittering hops add more character rather than being an obstacle. 4.50 might be a little much for an 8 oz pour but it is pretty expensive in the bottle. Don't really want to spend 11-12 bucks a bomber to try an IPA. Probably wouldn't get this again but mostly because of the price.

Overall- Good to really good beer. Doesn't do anything amazing but is impressive in its delicacy. Definitely worth a try but try to find it on tap. I'm on the fence whether it's worth the bottle price.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2014 03:01:45 | More by artoolemomo
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SpasmWaiter

Vermont

4.66/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I split a bottle of this with a friend tonight, 1/17/14. It was from batch #5, July/13. ABSOLUTELY DELICIOUS. This brewery has yet to do anything but bow my mind. My only regret is that I don't live close enough to frequent the brewery. At least there is another bottle in the fridge I can drink tomorrow.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2014 01:43:46 | More by SpasmWaiter
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to angrybabboon for sharing the bottle.

Appearance: Hazy yellow gold with a bright-white bubbly head. Drops to a small collar and faint wispy cap. Some sticky lacing.

Smell: Bright yeast with some pale wheat and slightly sweet pale malts. Galaxy hops drop a hint of tropical fruit and a touch of orange. Biscuity dough and some lightly toasted malts. Fruity esters with a very soft spiciness. Very light bitter. Brett adds a nice slightly earthy finish to the whole thing. Some powdery yeast. A touch of banana and some apple. Maybe a touch of mealy kumquat through the back.

Taste: Coriander straight up. Some yeasty spice coupled with a touch of banana and clove. Light pale malt sweetness. Hops run a touch of tropical fruit along with some bitter grapefruit rind and a touch of pine needle bitterness. Brett adds a touch of earth, damp grass, and some lemon. So much brett as it warms. A nice balance of hops, yeast, and malt. Coriander takes control as it warms, starting to dominate almost everything. A slight push of wheat through the back.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate to above average carbonation. Clean, crisp, and slightly dry. Par for the style.

Overall: Better than the Beatles.

A very nice Belgian/white IPA. Bitter with spices in the right places. I'll be giving Anchorage my patronage in the future.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:41:32 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split with Goblinmunkey7

Consumed 12/11/13

Appearance: Lightly hazy gold - some light orange in the dark, some yellow when held to the light - pours with a large, white head - leaves some nice lacing

Smell: Loads of funky Brett, some wood, and some witbier aromas - can't entirely discern the galaxy hops, but there are some interesting citrus and grassy notes here - nicely funky - some barrel aromas - some spiciness, with peppercorns - some pepper and clove from the yeast as well

Taste: Tongue-coating Brett with some wood and light citrus - decidedly funky, with both Brett weirdness, straw, and a load of wood - nice use of French oak barrels, which sometimes can be a bit much - citrus, with some nice orange and grapefruit notes - some lightly tropical undertones - some spiciness, with pepper - moderate bitterness - finishes pretty clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, nicely smooth, dry finish

Overall: Brett and hops are bffs

This starts off interesting, and actually gets more interesting as you make your way to the bottom of the glass. The use of Brett is quite lovely, and the hops have held up (even through this is months old at this point). This is the first beer I've had from Anchorage, and it's far from a disappointment.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2013 01:38:50 | More by angrybabboon
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger bright white head with excellent lacing on a cloudy pale golden body. Aroma is strong and full with coriander dominating and notes of yeast, pale malts, herbal hops, lemon zest and peppercorn. Citrus aroma from white pineapple and tangerine. Flavor reminds of Saison with a lot of yeast and coriander throughout. Lemongrass herbal notes, white pepper, tropical citrus, clove and chardonnay wine. Medium body, semi dry finish and moderate carbonation. Complex, unique and memorable. Galaxy hops paired well with this combination which has a lot going on but the drinker isn't overwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:00:10 | More by kylehay2004
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a delicate, translucent, bright golden color with a light, fluffy white head that fades quickly. Wispy lacing.

S- Wild Brett yeast all over the nose. Fresh fruit of kumquats and mango mesh beautifully with the yeast strain. Lemon grass also comes through. Buttery sweetness.

T- A wow beer for me. Love the mix of intense hops with the Brett kick'n up a fuss! Not picking up the coriander, but absolutely loving the peppercorn spice that makes its way. Warmth and pepper all over the back of the throat. Touch of bitterness with is fashionably late.

M- Looks like it woudln't have much substance, but this one holds up quite well. Mid body, and a crisp drinkability while remaining smooth.

O- My first from this brewery and I look forward for many more to come. Happy to see they have finally got distribution in MO. Balanced, complex, cracked pepper crispness, and journey of bold flavors that seem to explore something new with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:05:09 | More by Bosoxfan20
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Monkeyknife

Missouri

4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed yellow with one finger of rich white head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, pineapple, coriander, white pepper, Belgian yeast, and brett.

Tasted of lemon, brett, Belgian yeast, saltine cracker, white pepper and brett. Lightly bitter finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and quite dry with a sharp carbonation.

An easy drinking and tasty Belgian IPA from Anchorage. It's so good to have them return to St. Louis.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 20:40:50 | More by Monkeyknife
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

***EXPLOSIVE CORK ALERT*** and I REALLY mean this. I've opened quite a few of these and every bottle was pretty violent. Be careful!

APPEARANCE : Straw yellow with some particles in suspension - otherwise very clear. Huge head drops fairly quick to a thin layer with very solid lacing. The head has an extremely pleasing look, very fluffy but sharp looking.

SMELL : First nose is some faint brett with citrus fruits and herbs. Second nose opens up the citrus profile a lot, really thickens it, lets us really grasp how fresh the kumquats were when they dropped them in the fermenters. Coriander also starts to show up. Third nose blends everything back into an amazing melting pot of fresh hoppy citrusy goodness. Amazing nose, really.

TASTE : So that's where the peppercorn shows up. It adds a sharp spicy side to the mix that really brings everything to a whole other level - citrus and coriander and hops would've been nice on their own, but the pepper really changed where this brew is headed. The only downpoint I see to the peppercorn is that it seems to cut on the refreshing side of the beer. Other than that, the taste really follows the nose.

MOUTHFEEL : WAY too much carbonation. No freaking wonder people in my beer club have seen some of their bottles actually exploding in rather dangerous ways (yes, I was WAY serious about being careful with these guys). Once you've given the brew a few swings around the glass, though, everything calms down and you can actually feel something - and boy is it enjoyable. This texture fits absolutely perfectly with the citrus kumquat taste. Feels like you're actually drinking the fruit's juice directly.

OVERALL : Very impressive beer. Very original mixture of ingredients. Bold and intelligently crafted. I'll be aging some of them, the brewers say the brettanomyces come out a lot more given time. I'm curious to see what it'll be like. I'll probably send out another review for an aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:01:46 | More by FrostBlast
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

4.09/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sampled May 2012
This has a huge, incredibly distinct, hoppily fruity aroma to it as I pour this beer into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip. The beer forms a large, five-finger thick, pale head. The beer is a deep gold color and shows a brilliantly clear, yellow-gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma has an intense fruitiness to it that is a mix of Juicy Fruit bubblegum, super floral honey, concentrated tangelo blossoms, apricot, huge lychee, kumquat zest and perhaps even some Guava. The hop fruit character is what dominates the aroma, but towards the finish, and in a much more subtle manner there is a sort of dusty, or perhaps even more musty, sort of “cob-web” like and slightly medicinal Brettanomyces signature; This still is quite subtle, and has a long way towards adding character to this beer (a good reason to age a couple bottles perhaps). As the beer warms up it gets more spicy, quite a bit more funky and just that much more complex

The beer is quite dry, in fact exceedingly dry for an IPA even, but this really isn’t an IPA. The dryness certainly reduces the hop fruitiness substantially in the flavor, but there is still an oral nasal, floral fruitiness that just can’t be completely held in check. The finish has a medicinal, sort of aspirin like, almost mineral like note that seems to be brought out by a combination of the hop character and the Brettanomyces influence. The finish has a bitterness to it (in actuality the entire flavor profile has a certain level of biting bitterness), though this isn’t a super bitter beer, and this combines with a biting note from the Brettanomyces phenolics and perhaps even some astringent green hop character. There is definitely an herbal character to the flavor that wasn’t noticeable in the aroma (again the dryness of this beer brings this out); it reminds me of tobacco, some pine, perhaps of something menthol like, none of these are really distinct in and of themselves though, perhaps it is better described as a peppery, spicy herbal character. This beer is quite light bodied, as one would expect, it is quite quaffable, even dangerously so given the beers strength.

The problem with beers like this, incredibly hoppy / citrusy but bone dry, is that much of the juicy citrus character is lost in the flavor due to the dryness. This beer is a testament to the wonders of Indian coriander, it doesn’t have that dirty herbal character that western coriander does and it really integrates very nicely with the kumquat and Galaxy hops; interestingly enough, I hadn’t realized that coriander and kumquats were used here; I wholly attributed their flavor contributions to the hops, but now having read the label they most definitely contribute. The pepper to adds a nice spiciness to this brew that was again mistaken for hop character. Back to the problem, without the residual malt sweetness that even supports the driest of the usual IPAs, this beer has lost the juicy citrus character that would be otherwise be noticeable in the flavor. While I have compared this a lot to an IPA, it is clearly not one, given the interpretive take the style can have, I would say this fits into the Saison category (at least better than it fits anywhere else). Since I do love hoppy and I do love Saisons, this beer is right up my alley; exceedingly enjoyable and I doubt I will be able to hold on to my second bottle long enough to allow the Brettanomyces presence to increase much.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2013 02:54:02 | More by Gueuzedude
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a snifter and a goblet from the 750ml bottle, both receive a slightly hazy golden beer and a ridiculously large, foamy white head. Seemingly this foam would fizz out but it stays around the entire time I drink at about two fingers high, extreme retention. Lacing comes in thick pillows that coat almost the whole glass. Good looks. Carbonation bubbles seen rising from the bottom of the glass rapidly in what appears infinite amounts.

S- Opening up a can of pineapples comes to mind as well as a blast of tropical stone fruits like tangerines. Just makes me think of juicy fruit pulp. The added spices come in behind this with nice cracked pepper and coriander hints. Some barnyard funk and lemon tart with warmth.

T- A vast array of flavors open up here and mix in with what carries over from the aroma. Dry, rustic hay and grassy barnyard Brett comes to mind first for me with a blast of tangerine, oranges, mango and citrus fruits in the follow through. Peppercorns, coriander, hops, white wine grapes, fresh oak, citrus pulp and funk all come to mind.

MF- Super foamy and highly carbonated light-end dried out body. Slight warming from alcohol and a nice bitterness throughout.

Lots and lots going on flavor wise but it all comes together pretty nicely for me. I like the way the Brett, spices and big fruity flavors work with each other.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 00:09:28 | More by cbutova
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flexabull

California

3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by a friend.

Pours a bright and slightly hazy light gold color with a nice white head.

Aromas are nice, light brett, some funky yeast, and lemon zest.

Taste didn't translate quite as well as I thought this one smelled. Light funky brett yeast, creamy sweet malts, and a general lemon note. Finish is crisp, clean and dry. The hoppiness is kind of lost here too.

Mouthfeel is nice and full, with snappy carbonation.

Overall, an interesting and tasty beer. The white IPA is style I don't usually care for, but I like the Belgian / Brett twist here.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 17:37:25 | More by flexabull
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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 3, bottled 8/2012. Cork shot the ceiling upon cage removal. Pours lightly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, pepper, clove, coriander, white wine, light oak, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, pear, pine, coriander, clove, pepper, white wine, light oak, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderately earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, white wine, light oak, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and moderate wine barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wild Belgian IPA! All around awesome balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:29:35 | More by superspak
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jerrytodd

New York

3.63/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light lemon hue with huge fluffy white head and excellent lacing

S: BRETT all the way.

T: BRETT all the way. Maybe a touch of wood. But they could save their money on the Galaxy hops as you can't taste them at all. Nor the spices that are supposedly in this beer. All you get is that funky barnyard classic brett smell and taste.

M: Thin and right for this style

O: Too much attempted and not enough results in the taste experience (wood aged! Galaxy hops! Spices! Brett!) Still I give them props for trying this

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 17:27:47 | More by jerrytodd
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

2.31/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Split a cellar temp 750 corked and caged bottle of this beer with Fish 113d.
The beer pours a cloudy gold hue with frothy bright white head foaming up even with gentle pour. Head is 3 cm easy and fades slowly leaving pockmarked craters on the surface.
Aroma is funky, wet blanket messy scents. I get a little white wine and grapes, maybe some herbal hops too. Nose is mostly funky and not really appealing and is generally messy in my opinion.
First sip reveals a thin body with small tingly carbonation. Much lighter than I anticipated from the pour. Almost watery texture on this beer doesnt help the experience.

Flavor is some sweet grain and fruit with white grapes again here. This is quickly overtaken by funky wet grass flavors and some general funky notes. The beer finishes very dry and there is no hint of booze anywhere.
In general this beer is messy and not well defined, maybe the brett took over, or maybe the brewery tried to do too much in one bottle. I generally didnt really like the beer. Maybe just the fruit, spices and wine barrel is a good beer, or maybe the dry-hopped, ,brett featuring and wine yeast fermented beer is good. All of the above makes a poorly defined end product that has too much going on and none of it clear to make an enjoyable beverage.
I wouldnt buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 03:39:26 | More by sulldaddy
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We crack the cage and cork on a bottle labeled “Batch #1, JAN/2012”, pouring a brew of canary yellow into our oversized tasting snifters. It holds a two and a half finger tall head of eggshell colored bubbles that rest like snow. This retains very well, but pops off audibly as it slowly creeps away. Light etches of patterned lacing are left around the glass. A definite haze is noted to be without sediment. Carbonation appears to be active, and centrally concentrated. The nose gives brightly tart Brettanomyces, zesty lemon rind and juice, stark heat and prickle of peppercorns, sweet floral and citric hops, biting oak of grapey chardonnay, gravel and dust, vanilla coolness, white vinegar, pale and wheaty malts, phenolic plastics, nonspecific tropical fruitiness, and sweet booziness. Our first impression is that at first, the flavoring is strikingly strange, but as the sip fades, you get all of the expected fruit, spice, and funk, making for an ultimately unique beverage. As we sip, the taste begins with perfumed florals, grassy, herbal, and grapefruity hops, pale and wheaty malts, funky Brett tartness, black pepper, foamy plastics, lactic creaminess, and citric rind bitterness, potentially imparted by the kumquats. The middle peaks with white sugar sweetness, clean pale maltiness with brushes of amber depth, booze, nickel, booze, continued Bretty pop, soured lactics, vinyl plastics to balance, and light bite of the peppercorn to come. Washing through the finish is massive organic oakiness, big black pepper spice, mango and pineapple fruitiness, flourishing spice of coriander, kumquat bitterness, candied cherries, wheat breadiness, biting hops of citric, soapy, and fruity varietals, offering final sweetness and balance. The aftertaste breathes of smoked wheat, clover honey, kumquat citric bitters, whole black peppercorn and cinnamon burn, booze, passion fruit, light leathers, soured sweatiness, grapefruity and soapy hops, white onion, light butters, gravel, gritty pale malts, tart and metallic yeastiness, oily green bark, and moss earthiness. The body is medium to full, and the carbonation is medium to high. Each sip gives big cream and foam, with nice slurp, smack, pop, and puck on the lip. The mouth is left fully coated, with light residual prickle and drip into smooth, but palpable, astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer sips nicely.

Overall, the best thing about this beer was the story on the back of the bottle, and the idea of it that they executed. Seriously though, read the back of the bottle if you have the opportunity, because it is especially inspiring. That aside, the most enjoyable quality of the beer itself was its taste. The nose starts off nicely, giving bright florals and grain against the included advertised ingredients. The Bretty remains ever pervasive, but really begins to pop in the flavoring, even as the aroma fades into booziness with warmth. The taste, again, shows all of what you would expect, with bitterness from the whole peppercorns and citric kumquat inclusions alike. The oak, coriander spiciness, and Brett also blend through the finish, giving a final picture of cohesion and fullness. This is reflected in the creamy feel, which helps keep the aforementioned robustness in check. While certainly made headway on “the trail” with this one, with the wildness of the yeast and the unconventional fruit and spice, hopefully those to follow with further mold and refine what Anchorage classifies as their “White IPA”.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2013 02:29:27 | More by TheBrewo
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appears a hazy straw toned yellow with a huge fluffy white cap that slowly fades into a gentle head of fluff. Scattered bits of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of tropical fruit, pineapple, papaya, white pepper, ripe peaches, and earthiness...yum. I'm very happy with this beverage. :)
Taste is of the aromas with a sweet tropical flavor up front followed by earthy herbs, minerals, and juicy nectarines.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and dry.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 01:44:00 | More by weeare138
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.76/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

I wanna make a Men in Black reference, but after witnessing the horror of the third film, I'm not even gonna bother. This stuff pours a hazy auburn-brass topped by over a finger of white foam. The nose comprises funky Brett, grapefruit rind, mild grass, and a touch of lime. The taste brings in more of the same, with the Brett hamming it up on stage and some lemon and lime trying their best to blend into the background. Some minor notes of earth and wood (need we build a log cabin in Louisiana?) sneak in there as well, but aren't able to cause much of a ruckus. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a moderate carbonation and a rather dry finish. Overall, this seems like a godsend for any lovers of Brett and/or hops. For me, I felt the Brett overdid it a bit, but not by too much.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2013 04:38:39 | More by TMoney2591
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind, thanks to Stupac2...

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with two full fingers of pure white head. The foam takes a little time to settle, but not anything rediculous. Left behind is a rocky layer of bubbles that hug the glass, and leaving really nice lacing as it drinks.

S: Holy cow brett! The nose is huge brett, grass, rose hips, and some stinging hop bitters. I also get a some clove spice and maybe some mild fruit notes. But the overwhelming scents are brett and bright hops. It smells nice, and it's not a mix of scents you come across everyday.

T: This beer starts out sweet and wet, but becomes brett overload in the middle. I get tons of yeast, grass, roses, and horseblanket, followed by a really bright hop hit. It's like lime tic-tacs. You know... bright and powerful but without a solid sweetness and not over the top bitters. I dig it.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's refreshing, yet coats the palate. The brett dominates, but a lot of the other subtlties still manage to shine through. The finish is dry, but this beer is super drinkable.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's brett done right, with the added bonus of really refreshing hop components. Solid on all accounts. I'd love to drink more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 16:13:40 | More by trxxpaxxs
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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.