Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by Brenden:
4.01/5 rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Part of this beer's description makes it seem, at base, to be a hoppy sort of wit; with the coriander, spices, and Belgian yeast, perhaps the hops make the difference. It looks, in any case, like a classic wit: light gold, somehow simultaneously bright and cloudy, with a fluffy pure white head. That head rises high and strong, making a beautifully rocky and densely pillowy crown that lasts, fades to a thick 1/2 finger, and leaves chunks and heavy patches of lacing. Full retention and very slightly more lacing are the only barriers to a higher score.
The nose is brilliant, mending vinous, citrus and tropical fruits with a raw, leafy bitterness along with vinous notes and a touch of pepper. The Brett comes through in such a way as to show off the funk without interference in the overall profile. Belgian yeast adds just a ghost of earthiness and more light pepper, but like raw green buds before maturation.
The taste is very nice, mingling the same notes with the exception that the funk isn't really drawn out until this beer has warmed a bit. The vinous dryness and pith pull into the finish, but the fruitier elements keep it from going particularly dry. There is a noticeable, though faint and ghostly, note of band-aid.
The feel is crisp and smooth mingling together for a nice flow in a fairly light-bodied brew.
While it seems like a lot thrown together coming into it, brewing expertise is showcased in that these guys can do so much without making it a muddled mes, and blending it all together so well. I hope they come out with more.
Serving type: bottle
09-24-2012 17:30:03 | More by Brenden
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4.09/5 rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
750mL corked and caged bottle poured into Dogfish Head goblet. Batch #6, April 2014.
A - Pours a fizzy, lite beer yellow, with some serious haze. About a finger of bright white head lasts for a very long time. A blanket of white lacing paints the glass as I drink. Looks like I would hope a Bretty-IPA would look.
S - Tart, peppery aroma full of sour fruits, bubblegum, and a touch of funk. Lacks the candy sweetness typical of the Belgian IPA style. I consider this a good thing. Complex and inviting.
T - Starts with lemon tartness, quickly replaced by a belgian spice billing. Nice dry, piney hops on the back end. The finish is full of citrus. Tart, but lacks the funk I picked up in the nose.
M - Prickly carbonation with a fantastic dry finish. Drinks true to its mid-range ABV.
O - This is the first time I have seen this (or any Anchorage beer) in Delaware. Hoppy Belgian beers are typically among my favorites so I had high hopes for this one. I couldn't have asked for more in the aroma. It is a complexity of brett, citrus, hops, and spices. The flavors followed suit, but I would have liked a little more. There are no flavors out of place, but the flavor came off a bit diluted, the more I drank. A great beer, but I was looking for something with more flavor. Still among the best int he style I have ever had. Well done, but I won't be running back to the store to get another $11 bomber.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 00:47:07 | More by NoLeafClover44
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.