Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by FrostBlast:
4.44/5 rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
***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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4.78/5 rDev +18.9%
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
3.58/5 rDev -10.9%
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
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 599 ratings.