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Galaxy White IPA | Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Anchorage Brewing Company
Alaska, United States | website

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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

Added by Jason on 01-09-2012

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Photo of jwc215
4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml cage-corked bottle - Bottled April 2015 (Batch # 8) - Poured into a tulip glass:

Pours hazed lemon-drop yellow with a large white foamy head. Web-like trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of funky yeast, coriander, black peppercorn, kumquat and general citrus.

The taste is of funky yeast, coriander, black peppercorn. Sweet bready malt backbone. Spicy dry finish.

Spritzy carbonation in a fuller-side of light body.

An interesting brew. Qute a bit going on - almost goes in different directions but pulls together nicely. Fruity, spicy, funky (not overly so), bittersweet. A unique brew.

Paid 13 and change for the 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bit foamy head (half the pint glass) on the lightest straw body.
The aroma is a big hit of spices and flowers. Nice.
The taste is fairly clean, a little spice, mellow fruits and finishes with a mild lemon bitterness.
The texture is crisp.
The aroma is great, the flavor may get better with age.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch #8, April 2015. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a crystal clear, golden coloring, with a ton of carbonation in the body, and a foamy, light, fluffy white head. Nose of an herbal blend forward, heavy on grass, basil, and coriander, with a solid yeast funk, orange highlights, and a subtle farmhouse sourness. Flavors are very herbal and slightly medicinal forward, with tart citrus notes of grapefruit and orange, a grainy and cracker backbone, and subtle grassy and tropical fruit hops characteristics. Light bodied, with a very crisp backbone, almost astringent. Funky yeast and farmhouse funk aftertaste, with subtle citrus notes still kicking around. Dry, crisp, effervesced finish. Interesting take on an IPA.

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Photo of Flounder57
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle was poured into a snifter.

Appearance: A crazy billowy 3 inch head was poured that eventually reduced to a thin layer. It is a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some clarity and vision of tiny bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Light tropical, funk, barnyard, hay, bready, biscuity, wheat, vanilla, spice and green apple.

Taste: Nice blend of above aromas. More Galaxy hop flavor would have been nice, but everything complimented each other. Light chewy, tart, and bitterness notes in there too.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp, refreshing, medium to high carbonation, a little chewy, a little tart, light bitterness, and a little dry.

Overall: As I would have liked more Galaxy flavor, I did like the light funk and oak compliments to this beer. Will have to look forward to this beer again in the future too.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.59/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow chunky hazy appearance with an almost 2" of head to it, very white. Aroma was mildly hoppy, white wine barrel aromas, spice rack.

Taste was more spice rack, brett, dry chard barrel, pepper. Came across too much like what I would expect the base to be like, the barrel and bugs didn't get this one popping off all that much, needs more mustiness, tart, sour flavors. The hops didn't pop either. This is my least favorite Anchorage offering.

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Photo of aquazr1
3.79/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle served in a tulip. Poured carefully but still got a huge white head. Beer is a hazy straw color. Nose is some coriander and yeast. The peppercorns come through more in the taste. Also hints of lemon peel and a bitter hop finish. Interesting beer.

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Photo of Back_in_the_Saddle
3.8/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The appearance has a golden hazy yellow body leaving a super big head for a Belgian IPA (about three fingers), some really nice looking foamy lacing appears. The smell has some Galaxy hops up front and the Brett comes out appropriately with the grapefruit and peppercorn. The taste has a majority of the Brett with hints of lemon, the grapefruit coming back. The palate, well, I can tell it was aged in wine tanks, because there is a great quality of wine-likeness to it. Harshness all around, perhaps one of the most harsh beers I’ve ever had, but I know, its part of the style, so I’ll just keep going since there are people out there that love this stuff. Drinkable = yes. Overall, this is good for its style and I think I could have this again.

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Photo of Ian_B
4.23/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pale, hazy, lemon-juice yellow with a billowing, spritzy head that leaves beautiful clouds of foam clinging to the sides of your glass.

Aroma leads with a very soft funkiness from the brett, which carries the spice from the coriander and peppercorn. This is backed in both the nose and flavour by a gentle amount of tropical citrus, with a lingering kumquat citric-tartness and bitterness on the finish. Fresh oak paints the background adding a subtle complexity to the overall taste and aroma.

Dry and effervescent, very light body. Nice balance of citrus and spice. If aged this will probably lose some of the citrus hop flavour/aroma, but I'm looking forward to seeing if it develops some more funk or tartness.

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Photo of TomMorris
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First time trying a brew from these guys; here it goes…

Pours a rather cloudy golden/straw yellow. I poured a bit haphazardly and was greeted with a huge milky white head that settled at about two fingers-worth. Left a nice bit of lacing as well. Looks like a nice saison.

If the beer looked like a saison, it certainly smelled like one; I got lots of brett as well as some barnyard funk/hay. Definitely some coriander and other spices as well, while a few citrusy notes lurked underneath. Pretty complex-smelling though the brett definitely dominated.

The taste was lovely. Began like a nice spicy witbier, before segueing into some light, but sweet fruit flavors (such as citrus and I swear I taste a little apple as well) that I'd expect in a Belgian Tripel. Doesn't really taste much like an IPA until the finish, where some hop bitterness definitely comes through. Like the nose, very complex but definitely not in your face. There's solid carbonation throughout and there's overall a pretty medium mouthfeel; not too thin and not too viscous.

Overall a pretty fantastic beer which I'd find a bit difficult to categorize; you get the look and scent of a saison, the taste of some hybrid of spicy witbier and belgian tripel, and the finish of an IPA. Really great stuff - would definitely purchase again.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Dated April 2014. This is something that should have been ahd fresh but alas I am drinking it on July 20, 2015.

The pour is a hazy looking yellow color with a fizzy white head that fizzles to a ring.

The aroma is overripe fruit, Brett and spice .

The body is light and champagne-like.

The taste has a vague sour note due to the Brett I expect, or the age of the bottle as I already mentioned. But I also get a peppery spice note in the flavor. It finished dry. I might have liked a fresher bottle.

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Photo of n2185
4.43/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with three fingers of voluminous white head that fades into a dense cap with a solid sheet of lacing.

S: Belgian spices with a touch of candy sugar before bright citrus hop aromas. Sweet hay and some funky barnyard notes follow.

T: While there are some sweet citrusy hop flavors here, the Brett dominates with musty barnyard flavors and sweet hay. Some tartness come through along with some Belgian spices before a finish that is lightly bitter and musty.

M: Medium-light body with lots of sudsy carbonation, this beer is dry and drinkable.

O: Yet another good beer from Anchorage. The Brett definitely dominates, making it more Belgian than IPA, but it works well.

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Photo of Roguer
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon yellow brew with a bright white head; excellent retention.

Nose is all Brett: funky, citrusy, and tart.

Flavor is much more balanced overall, although it's still clearly Brett-forward. What hops remain are likely reflected only in the strong bitterness, but the overall profile gives off plenty of tart citrus and even pineapple, balanced against rustic funk and a solid, wheat-and-cracker malt bill.

Exceptional drinkability: lively and smooth, active and medium.

This beer doesn't really scream "White" IPA, as I don't really get any traditional Belgian yeast flavors or spices. Brett is the real show-stopped here, especially with an aged bottle.

2013 vintage (aged a full two years).

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Photo of leftoff77
4.63/5  rDev +14.3%
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 Davepoolesque
3.52/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Huge fluffy, pillowy white head. Smells like cannabis and dirty gym socks. Definitely some horse blanket and barnyard funk on this. The taste was very muted though. Very like, highly carbonated. Some brett but overall it's lacking in flavor.

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Photo of Mickeyp2814
4.71/5  rDev +16.3%
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 brureview
4.1/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer should be served on the warmer side-45-50F, although Beer Advocate recommends a lower serving temp. The higher temp brings out the tastes, Brett and grassiness.

Poured in Brooklyn Snifter. Very interesting looking beer: very light for an IPA. I could smell the aroma from the bottle: wine, citrus, and Brett-very barnyard.

The MF is highly unusual- it goes beyond the usual tartly carbonated- there is a pungent spiciness to the MF that sets it apart from most IPAs.

Taste: better warmer. Fruit, spice,lemon, Brett, a hint of coriander and more. As the beer warms, there is less intense pungency, and the flavors come through- especially the barnyard flavor from the Brett.

Overall_ highly distinctive and original. There are winey undertones to this beer, spice, complex fruit and more. The brewery distinctively brews beers which are different.
A different IPA experience.

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Photo of iong516
4.53/5  rDev +11.9%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Faintly cloudy pale yellow body with brilliant white foamy head, rings and sheets of lacing. Cool galaxy/whirlpool artwork- gets me ready to get dragged into this one!

S: Funk and major citrus overtones on the nose. Not getting much of the spice, but this is enough for me.

T: Good mix of funk/citrus/tang. Mostly lemon and white grape, including some of its potent puckering power. I detect a bit of sweetness but not much bitterness. Maybe the spices are finally present? Tangy finish. Reminiscent of watery lemonade.

F: Light bodied, faint but sharp effervescence. Wish that head lasted longer.

O: Intriguing for sure. When I'd had enough citrus I could focus on the funk. Kept my attention the whole bomber through, although by the end the lemon did start wearing on me- I could have appreciated a wider variety of hop flavors. My bottle was about a year and half old, I wonder how long it should be kept so that the funk becomes the main component?

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Photo of PintOh1759
2.91/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Looks like an over carbonated white ZInf with a wicked chill haze. fresh squeezed white grapes. Super fizzy Head. TONS of carbonation rushing straight up the glass like an air pump.

smell - right off the bat super tropical citrus, pineapple, grapefruit, orange peel, pine, super spicy notes that i wish i knew what they were to describe them better, almost like you through a peppercorn in it. some mild dirty sock Brett funk.

Taste- White wine, bitter bite into a bundle of pine needles, carb burn 1 inch up from the tip of the tongue. ends with a lingering spice on the curl of the back of the tongue heading into the throat.

feel- suuper lite. no body.

Overall this isnt that impressive of a beer, especially from Anchorage Brewing, they put too much time into trying to re create the IPA and failed miserably. This is a completely unbalanced beer and has funky bitterness from places that shouldnt contribute to the taste of a great IPA. I can only hope that Bitter Monk is their answer to this.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.31/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Back of bottle says Batch #7 Oct/2014.

A- Pours a hazy light golden color with a 3/4 inch white head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a mostly full sheet of surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Bright Brett aroma commingles with the bright citrus of the hops. The funk is more of a clean one that adds to the zesty nature of the hop fume.

T- Refreshing taste of citrus and spice with the Brett providing an extra kick to everything. Mild bitterness and overall a very light flavor. Mild tartness on the backend from the kumquats. Tropical fruit flavor comes through more as it warms.

M- Tight and spritzy with medium-high carbonation and a very light body.

O- A damn tasty Brett IPA. I kind of wish this came out in the summer since it would taste even better under the hot sun. All the ingredients in this beer work harmoniously to create a unified flavor profile.

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Photo of jonboyd_md
4.01/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light, Lacey, quickly fading head. Good lacing. Pale yellow in color. Not a lot of smell to it. Flavor was a bit off to me at first. Half way through the first glass the hops, kumquats, and peppercorns became very detectable. Very tasty after getting used to it. (3.91 original score before aging) I'd buy it again, maybe age it..

Aged a bottle from October 2014, opened June 2015. The flavor mellowed quite a bit. Made for quite a nice beer. I don't think I'd quite say this fits my thinking of an ipa. More of a champagne almost.

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Photo of ChrisCage
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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 GreesyFizeek
4.4/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Craft Beer Cellar in Waterbury, VT.

Pours a hazy light yellow, with a little bit of lacing coming from a 1.5 inch fluffy head.

Smells like delicious Galaxy hops- passionfruit and orange, a bit of grapefruit, and some distinct Brett barnyard funk.

This tastes delicious. It doesn't really scream white IPA to me- not really getting the peppercorns. I am getting a varied fruit flavor which could include Kumquats- if I knew what they tasted like. Getting lots of passionfruit, orange, and grapefruit, with some chalky sweet tarts flavors, barnyard funk, and crackery malt.

The body on this one is of light to medium thickness, with a lower amount of carbonation, and a crisp mouthfeel.

Probably the best white IPA i've ever had, although I would have just identified it as an American IPA with Brett.

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Photo of fmccormi
4.11/5  rDev +1.5%

Straight pour from a 25.4oz/750ml cork-and-cage bottle to an oversized wineglass (JK stemware); this bottle has a batch label indicating it was bottled in April, 2014 (“BATCH #6 APRIL/2014”), which would make this bottle right around five months old. I wasn’t too worried about the hops falling off though, given the brett fermentation.

Appearance (4.25): This pours eagerly, raising nearly three fingers of bone-white foam that cap a pale, straw-colored, light yellow-golden body that’s slightly hazy. The head doesn’t last, but it does leave a wide, arcing collar on one side of the glass, a few legs, and a thin film on the surface. Gorgeous body, and while the lacing seems disappointing it actually matches the hue and consistency of the body extremely well. Aesthetically, it works.

Smell (4.0): Well it’s certainly got a funk—an oddly bright one that incorporates the hops. A quick shot of straw and barnyard leads the way, followed by mixing in some bright, juicy fruit and dank herbal tones: papaya, limeade, a garlicky funk, cedar undertones, and light, spicy herbs (a little coriander, and maybe even a little basil).

Taste (4.0): Jesus, there’s a lot going on here. Bretty, light barnyard funk with a very tangy finish jumps right out of the gate, melding with a lightly garlicky, weedy, dank tone. Subtle spices come in on the mid-palate, with coriander, herbal notes (dried basil again), white pepper and a little black. Light, dry malt tones make up the body, offering light biscuit and water cracker flavors, with just a touch of honey, to support the hops and funk. Light fruits run through the front, middle, and back of the palate: slightly vinous, white grapes, green pear, a touch of granny smith, and finally bitter white grapefruit comes in toward the finish. There’s an earthy undercurrent to all of this, with a light spice, dusty hay, and warm, raw wheat. The funk and the earthy, crackery body really integrate the hops more smoothly as it warms.No booze anywhere to be seen. Overall, a pithy, limey flavor is the most noticeable component, which married to that slightly garlicky dank note, rides above everything else.

Mouthfeel (5.0): A light tingle, a soft, foamy carbonation with above-average depth, and a moderately dry, easy body with a lighter-than-medium weight come in easily, and wash out with a smooth, tingly foaming action. The finish is very dry but not parching, with enough viscosity to make it an easy, refreshing drink.

Overall (4.0): This beer is a bit all over the place, but in a thoroughly entertaining way. The appearance is excellent but a little non-standard for the style; the aroma is funky and slightly off-kilter, but bright and aromatic at the same time; the flavor is very complex with some unexpected characters, but well-crafted; and the feel is as close to perfect as anything could be, especially how well it complements the flavor. Some things don’t mesh at all times, and I’ve never been big on the garlicky hop notes, but it still works. This is just a very complex, deeply interesting brett beer, and I like it. (Still like Bitter Monk better, though. :-)

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.