Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company
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Reviews by Gueuzedude:
4.09/5 rDev +1.7%
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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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.