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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Reviews: 215
Hads: 874
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.92%
Wants: 82
Gots: 125 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012

White IPA brewed w/ 100% Galaxy hops, kumquats, corriander & peppercorns. Fermented in French Oak Foudres. Bottle Conditioned w/ Brett.
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Photo of grittybrews
4.8/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a cloudy, pale yellow with three fingers of bright white head. Smell is extremely intense and fresh with lots of galaxy hops, melon, and citrus.

Highish carbonation and a light, crisp mouthfeel. Blast of tropical fruit and melon up front with light floral notes and smooth wheat. Trace of oaky vanilla mixed with pepper, a tiny hint of funk, and a dry finish.

One of the best beers I've had. Extremely complex and delicious. Looking forward to trying their Love Buzz Saison soon.

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Photo of threeviews
4.79/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of SpasmWaiter
4.78/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.73/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy straw color with huge carbonation, big white fluffy head, good lacing, some floaters in the bottom. Exceptional!

S: Wow. Wheat, coriander, little spice, fresh lemon zest, the breet really shines with a moderate light horseblanket covered in barf with underlying peppercorns

T: Immediate peppercorn like heat/sting meet lemon zest, coriander, some wheat, the finish is rather dry, some bitterness, little bit of passion fruit, light sting. The brett brings a little funkiness towards the middle-end of the beer

M: Crisp, well carbonated for the style, light bodied

O: Very well done. Anchorage is fastly becoming one of my favorite breweries.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.71/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Had this at the Anchorage Brewing Company tap room. One of my fav IPAs.
Pours a nice yellow color with a fluffy, cloud of white head. Smell was that of fresh cut grass and citrus. Taste was a full on hoppy blast mixed with grass and citrus and some what floral. Overall a great IPA!

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Photo of leftoff77
4.63/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Review is a fresh bottle with one aging to be reviewed later. A really delightful beer. Really beautiful golden straw color with a generous pillowy head. Musky, melon, citrus, and spice aroma gives way to light lemon, pepper, and Brett funk flavor. Dry finish, and very sessionable for a 7% ABV beer with this level of complexity.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.61/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of Thickfreakness
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

750ml bottle into a tall tulip

A: Woah, the cork literally hit the ceiling as soon as I undid the cage. I swear, this cork would have gone 20 feet in the air if it wasn't for the ceiling. It ended up five feet away from me, the cork five feet in a different way. However, I somehow didn't get get any gushing. The beer ends up a clear golden color with extremely active carbonation and over four fingers of head even with a careful pour. Very nice looking, but the coronation is extreme.

S: The aroma starts of with stone fruit and must - the Brett is very apparent here. I also get a nice fruity hop profile that goes very well with the Brett. The two go extremely well together. I also get a nice spiciness - very peppery with a hint some citrus, ginger, and a hint of clove. Reminiscent of a hoppy Saison with the fruit, hops, and yeast perfectly matching. White wine only adds to the complexity here, giving the beer even more fruitiness.Nearly perfect.

T: Not nearly as intense and complex as the aroma, but still excellent. A bitter hoppiness starts of with citrus and must. It's almost hard to tell what's coming from the Brett and what is coming from the yeast - they match up very well together. White wine grapiness comes in afterwards and adds just a hint of sweetness, but certainly does not overpower. Peppercorn and stone fruit come in at the end.

M: Carbonation is very high and the body is a bit lighter than average. It works very well for this beer, though.

O: The aroma on this is amazing. Stone fruits, barnyard, white wine, perfectly balanced and integrated. The flavor is similar and very nice, but isn't quite as nice as the near perfect aroma. I could use a bit more fruit in the flavor. The carbonation is also a bit intense, but it seems to work for the beer.

As a side note, don't aim the cork at anyone. You could probably take someone's head off.

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Photo of Gay4IPA
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

The Bottle design Looks Expensive - And It is at around $12.00 a bottle at my local discount bulk beer wine.
The top has a Cork like Champagne - Its bubbly like Champagne - Dont drink it from the bottle or your stomach will pop and fizz will shoot from your nose :)
Let the foam bubble up for a sec after opening * Dont stick yer nose to the top to give the vapor a good sniff or you will get a snout full- seriously I got a little Nose Kettle going.
Pour it and allow the aroma and taste come to life!
So smooth....Strong natural tones Blooming, like honey, berry essence, lilac??, Savory smooth Skunky hoppy goodness mid flavors followed up bitter Pines of alcohol.
MOMMA Lucia Im diggin it!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.55/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Without an entire pour, slightly clear and crystal yellow gold brass, some nice carbonation, giving to a rocky soapy white head with some lacing. While topping up cloudiness comes with a lemon orb character just glowing. Some spider lacing and some good retention. Real good looking.

Nose hits a real nice buttery oak, good brett heat, faint lemon zest, but mostly a nice juicy buttery sense. More citrus angles seem to come out later, juicy orange and tangerine, no doubt from the kumquats. Real nice.

Taking all that, a great vinous mouthfeel just feels so clean and refreshing. Palate fills with a nice hop angle and brett punch. Good balance mix with a citrus hop hinting with juicy quality hinting from the nose all-throughout. Finish gets quite peppery hot but in control, the perfect mix of hop bitter, and brett heat. Buttery sticking sensation like bearnaise.

Overall I just can't get over how juicy this beer is. A real nice marriage, nearly perfect for me.

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Photo of iong516
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Lots of bottle variability on this one. I've had a few gushers with corks hitting the ceiling and two totally flat nearly undrinkable bottles. This beer is good but I would avoid aging or buying old bottles.

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Photo of daledeee
4.53/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 750 ml bottle.

Poured this into a big chalice. Very light yellow, cloudy with an incredible white head. Definitely a unique looking beer.

Nose is funky, brett, spice.

Taste is clean and refreshing. Citrus, with loads of Belgian hops and Brett. This is really good stuff.

Not overly dry like some. Plenty of carbonation and refreshing(repeat).

Overall, another fine beer from a fine brewery.

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Photo of ericj551
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The number of discriptors on this bottle is ridiculous. The cork hit the ceiling as it popped off. The beer pours a straw gold with a fluffy head that eventually fades. Brett is apparent in the aroma, with some tropical fruitiness from the hops (or maybe the cumquots, I have no idea). The flavor is dry with plenty of funky Brett, earthy hops, and some nice corriander and spice. The finish is bitter and dry with hits of oak. The bitterness lingers nicely. Pricey at $12 but delicious none the less.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.51/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Massive white head that left a nice lacing over cloudy straw coloured liquid, SRM 5.

S: Coriander, grass, pine, weeds, earth and some faint barnyard funk.

T: Spicy, pepper, lemon, coriander, grass, earth, pine, peach/passionfruit and some sourness on the back end.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Interesting and complex flavour profile, I have a feeling this beer will be like Orval where it will be very different and much more sour with some age on it. Actually, this seems more like a Belgian beer than a North American. Either way, this beer is fantastic.

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Photo of NWer
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Popped the cork of 22 oz bottle & poured into my Russian River stemmed glass. Foamy head explodes filling the glass in spite of a very careful pour.
Head retains very well with nice lace as head gradually recedes.
Golden color.
First impression is of a typical Belgian IPA but then the nuances take over challenging the senses. Sweetness, spiciness, sour notes make for a very enjoyable experience.
A great sipping beer so bold I couldn't finish the bottle at one sitting. Rebottled into a swing-top bottle to finish at a later time.
I love a good Belgian IPA - quickly becoming one of my favorite styles and this didn't disappoint.

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Photo of jtierney89
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of yeast action in this bottle, the cork almost took my eye out and the head is insane. Lots of sticky spiderweb like lacing. This thing may never die. Extremely yeasty nose. Lots of earthy and farmhouse notes. Lots of spicy notes. Super hazy pale bright yellow color.

Very nice beer. Brisk effervescence. Bright citrus from the cumquats, Spicy coriander and pepper. Spicy citrus hops with a bit of pine. Drying hop bitterness that lingers. At only 50 IBUS its got a nice bitterness. Nice lingering sweetness as well. Rich and complex beer. The spice from the coriander and peppercorn go along well with the citric bittering galaxy hops. Touches of passion fruit and citric fruit salad. Deeply complex and highly drinkable. Lots of earthy yeastiness. Musty funkiness. Very awesome beer. I love it. Lots of passion fruit as the beer warms.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

A- Wow, this brew is full of life! As soon as I took the wire off the cork, it pressed its way out to a large sounding "pop"! Upon pouring, I got nothing but thick white foam, which took a couple of minutes to settle...it's very champagne like for sure! It is cloudy, with plenty of yeast suspended....hard to see the carbonation, but believe me, its there. The lacing is actually very watery...something I didn't expect actually.

S- This has a very earthy/fruity aroma overall. There is plenty of fresh leafy hop cones noted and it is very fruity.....citrus to be exact.....full of grapefruit and tangerine. Spices are aplenty as well, with the coriander upfront, and a bolder smell, which I'm guessing comes from the peppercorn...almost enough to make a guy want to sneeze! It is also rich with yeasty biscuit like aromas...buttery in fact! This is a complex smelling beer, which very nice!

T- Well we get the best of both worlds here style wise! Right upfront are the bittering hops that make the sides of my mouth pucker. Once the initial bitter shock is gone, the flavors get deeper, with the hops themselves becoming very leafy. The fruitiness is also apparent, but the grapefruit aromas I smelled earlier, turn more into pomello and navel orange like. There is a spice that just hits the back of my palate and tickles my throat.....a subtle peppery note. The hops especially are very noticeable upon belching lol.

M/D- This is a highly carbonated beer, as noted before, and scrubs the palate very much so! It's a decent balance between bitter and citrus that, while I find thin bodied, is very refreshing and I'm finding it very easy to get through this 750ml bottle quickly. The alcohol is hidden very well but will sneak up on a person I'm guessing. I'm pleasantly surprised that I am enjoying this as much as I am, as I'm not a huge IPA guy, but the melding of styles works beautifully! I recommend this one and would have no issues picking this up again!

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

The beer comes in a hazy bright golden yellow.

The aroma has Galaxy of passion fruit, kumquat, citrus zest, grapefruit, orange zest, and Belgian yeast.

The flavor follows with that hop note in the front and those bright fruits. Then onto a light bready malt without much sweetness to speak of. Then spicy pepper and herbal notes along with that Aspirin astringency of Galaxy bitterness.

A very complex brew. The bottle is from April and still hoppy, but I would like to age a bottle and see how the beer evolves and if there is a sense of the Brett that I did not get this time.

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Photo of Seanniek91
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Batch 6 from April 2014. 750ml C&C bottle into a Lost Abbey Teku.

Pours a hazy yello with big one finger white head that left huge lacing. Nose is big citrus fruits like tangerine and oranges, pineapple, mango, peaches, light funky brett, and mild oaky notes. Taste is big pineapple, mango, and peach. Brett yeast is totally there as is the lightest hint of the peppercorns. Don't know if I get kumquats, but citrus is big. Dry, hoppy, and clean. Easy to drink.

I'm surprised that this beer is as hoppy as it is from April. Love Galaxy. Love brett. Love Anchorage.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle into Duvel tulip. Batch 1, bottled 1/2012.

A: Pours a light lemon-golden with a huge, soft, bright white head that slowly faded into a very fuzzy and thick film that held great retention and left streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Holly cow what a nose. Citrus dominates with scents of kumquats alongside coriander, vinous (white wine-like) oak barrel, wit yeast and a complex blend of spices and earthy brett. This smells complex and inviting.
T: All of the different ingredients in this beer work really well together to form a fantastic brew! The oak and brett come out a little bit more than the nose, with the citrus coming through in the middle and finish. Peppercorns, coriander, Belgian yeast, and some earthy and farm-like brett are all noticeable, yet no one ingredient dominates. The galaxy hops provide some sweet and slightly bitter fruits in the finish, and the aftertaste is drying, vinous, and full of yeast.
M: Full bodied with frothy, full, yet soft, carbonation. Mouthfeel is full and bubbly but very smooth. Finish is drying and refreshing.
O: Almost as good as Bitter Monk. This brewery can do no wrong in my book. This beer is so complex and flavorful yet so smooth and drinkable. I could drink this all day. Thank you, Anchorage!

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Photo of DrFayhee
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a pale yellow, slightly cloudy color that almost makes it look like its glowing. A nice thick head gives it a stunning appearance. Very fruity aroma with citrus and herbal notes. Characterizing flavor for this beer is a real challenge because I've never had a beer that changes so much with almost every sip. This alone makes it exciting. It started out slightly funky and yeasty which gradually mellowed as honeysuckle and melon-y flavors began to peek through. I'd definitely love to try another bottle to see if there are differences between batches but unfortunately it's pretty pricey.

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Photo of shand
4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Just a bit of gushing when popping the cork... Galaxy White IPA pours a hazy golden color with an absolutely massive head even when poured extremely slowly. The aroma is funky and fruity, with pepper and sweet oak jumping out. Lots of complexity, plenty of fleeting notes to discover shoving your nose into this. Judging by the label, this was always going to be an interesting beer to begin with.

Nearly a year past bottling date, it's taken on a distinctly saison-esque flavor profile, with the pepper and brett really doing a number on things here. There's also a solid hop presence still lingering, providing a fruitiness and a nice background bitterness. It's an extremely dry beer, with the brett and hops contributing strongly to that. So much going on here that it's really not worth picking apart in the review, each sip reveals new facets. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied, highly carbonated, and (as before mentioned) very dry. Overall, Anchorage's Galaxy White IPA has held up very well a year past bottling. It's very interesting, extremely complex, and very tasty.

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4.49/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/9/12

A hazy golden yellow with not many visible bubbles but there’s lots of them in there because I’m having trouble fitting it in my glass. The massive loose soapy head retains very well taking its time to fall leaving just a few random patches of lace

S lots going on with this one, I’m getting the coriander no problem, the Brett’s hard too miss, faint peppercorn but I can’t remember smelling a Kumquat before, it’s a mix of mango, passion fruit and orange marmalade. Earthy notes and oak with some vinous notes I can’t quite place, tropical citric hops round out the mix. Everything just blends together so well and I can’t think of how this beer could smell better

T a step back from the nose this only tastes awesome, spice comes out stronger with more earthy vinous notes, the funky Brett and fruit works well, I could drink this all day…or at least until I couldn’t move

M over carbonated and foamy, a swirl produces a two finger foam after the original head fell, I could do this several times, no heats a plus but quite airy, a mild bitter bite and just a fine tannic like grit

O very pleased with this one, a nice blend of fruit, hops and a very interesting yeast profile and a spicy kick. This one has a little bit of everything and its working well no matter how you look at it.

I’m stoked to drink this one and could take down another 750ml no problem. The Brett’s already strong and I’m going to find out how funky this will get, I’m going to buy another to drink now and lay one down for fun

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4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml C&C bottle opened on 2-23-12.
Batch 1

A - Pours a very light orange-yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S - Strong hop tones - grass, pine, floral and lemony. Some slight pepper.

T - Very hoppy, not much of the spice comes through.

D - Light body, no sourness.

O - Light and hoppy, and AMAZING!

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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 215 ratings.