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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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217 Reviews
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Reviews: 217
Hads: 881
Avg: 4.06
pDev: 21.92%
Wants: 84
Gots: 131 | FT: 8
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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Reviews: 217 | Hads: 881
Photo of mattsander
3.72/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Ginormous carbonation, decent clarity straw color with a puffy white head that rises out of the glass.

S: This smells really nice. Lots of earthy brett character, some unique fruity/slightly skunky hops, lemon and an herbal sweetness. Brett funk dominates.

T: Again the brettanomyces character takes the lead with a soft 'wet leaves' and earth vibe. The galaxy hops aren't prominent but they play a nice role.

M: Huge large carbonation, overcarbonated IMO but very refreshing until the end of the bottle.

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Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 1 from January 2012. It was poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Anchorage's Galaxy White IPA pours a fairly hazy lemon yellow. Four fingers or so of frothy white foam balloons up to fill the top two thirds of the glass. Head retention is very good, but lacing is a bit on the spotty side. Eight to nine months after bottling, it's hard to rate this as a Belgian IPA, as it's more of a wild ale at this point. The nose has a good bit of barnyard funk to it, as well as a citric tartness to it. There's also the last remnants of some more tropical fruit aromas from the fading Galaxy hops. Again with the flavor profile, there's a strong funky, brett presence. I don't know what kumquats taste like, but given that they're related to oranges, I'm attributing to them the citrus bent that the light tartness here has. Just as with the nose, the fruity hop flavor is a shell of what it must have been soon after bottling. The body is wonderfully dry, and the carbonation is very lively. It could stand to be just a little bit more so, but it's still very close. I really dug this bottle of Galaxy White IPA, and I'd love to try one that's much more fresh, as I think it'd be a very different, but still very good beer.

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Photo of Vonerichs
4.35/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and hazy color. The head is extremely thick, tall, and frothy. Great retention.

The smell is lemon, the funky barnyard/horseblanket scent that is brett, and citrus.

It's an extremely interesting beer. The cirtrus notes and lemon compliment the funk of the brett. There's a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is clean with good carbonation. Slightly sweet yet bitter.

This is a fantastic beer with plus points for being highly original. A definite must try.

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Photo of wordemupg
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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Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now THIS is a unique beer. I've said that so many times but I really mean it this time. It pours incredibly pale, paler than a Miller Lite. Topped with a massive, soapy, bubbly swelling tower of curdled latte froth.

The nose - clove, hefe type spice character, mild brett presence, wet hay bales, slight alcohol spice, obvious floral and citric hops, very smooth, very nice.

The twang of the brett is perfectly married to the still bitter hops. The spices are dialed back appropriately, clove is still apparent, some orange zest qualities, love the bitter finish. Impeccable mouthfeel.

Try this beer.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 1, January 2012.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a billowy 2-finger thick fluffy white head which leaves clumpy and mosaic lace.

N: Bretty funk, wheaty yeast, citrus (lemon and grapefruit) pith, floral. The horseblanket is mild and allows some tropical fruits (guava and passionfruit), herbal with peppery spices to show through.

T: Musty barnyard as the door opens revealing floral grassy herbs and yeasty spices. Citrus is bright white and illuminates into the corners revealing crisp wheaty grains.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry bretty finish with citrus and spicy finish.

O: Fairly light and refreshing. The Galaxy hops combine well with the brett and wheat and spices. Very enjoyable and look forward to what is next from this brewery.

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Photo of Brenden
4.05/5  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.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw-colored and hazy ale with a big fluffy white head; ample lace will adorn your glass as the beer moves past

S: grassy and herbal; something lightly funky and slightly citric; clean, fresh grain-field aromas

T: dry pale malts bring minimal sweetness; lemony citron and brettanomyces musk; oak and drying wood with a touch of tart on the pith side of things, and even a little dank around the edges; some herb and pepper; a very subtle fruitiness, mostly citric, something faintly pale and perhaps tropical...

M: medium-bodied, smooth with some slight coating of funk; medium bitterness but/and essentially clean and crisp; some mustiness on the aftertaste; drying finish, slight tart astringence

O: I thought this was really good beer - has a lot going on, and I like the effect of brett in beers. Classified as a Belgian IPA, but open to interpretation. Hoppy, sure, but not really bitter. This is going to remind folks of farmhouse ales and witbiers. If you like ales with brett and barrel-aging, you will want to try this.

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Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as a part of a free tasting held at GBX! Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, coriander, funk, earth, fruit, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, fruit, wheat, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the level of complexity that the Brett addition to the bottle added to this brew. This was a fairly light IPA as the name would imply, so the nice kiss of funkiness went really well here. Anchorage is definitely doing good things and I can't wait to try more offerings from them that I have not tried yet.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.42/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very (very) pale gold with a snow-white head. Looks just about perfect. Head gets nice and comfy and sticks around for awhile, whiting out most of my glass with thick lacings.

Unbelievably fresh zingy aroma. Big hit of lemon zest and coriander complimented by mild fund and lively yeast. Just beautiful.

Sharp bitterness up front. Settles to some lovely fruit flavours, mango comes to mind, though I'm guessing if I had ever eaten a cumquat that would be more apt. Bitterness kicks up again near the finish, just to let you know its there. Dry finish and all yeast and restrained funk.

Wasn't sure what to think of this one at first, but a few sips in and I was really digging it. IPA is a bit of a misnomer here, this is sort of an Imperial Wild Wit or something like that. Seek this one out.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #2, April 2012. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head that grew for a while and took some time to settle. Also, there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, brett, hay, peppery spice and some coriander. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some white wine and pineapple flavors. I liked the taste of this beer more and more the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's very carbonated. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, although I do wish the carbonation was lower. $13.99 a bottle.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled January 2012.

Cork eagerly jumps out the bottle. Beer is a very pale and cloudy golden with a massive white head. Good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

Tonnes of funk in the nose- a really huge amount. The brett is pretty dominant- horse blanket, barnyard, etc. Coriander, lemon. An unusual smell that I expect is the kumquat. Alongside the brett is some tropical fruit notes, which took me awhile to find in the face of the funk.

Funk is upfront in the taste, but not as intense as the nose. Light fruit flavours, lemon. Coriander, a bit of pepper. Certainly has characteristics similar to a witbier. Finish is slightly bitter with a bit of tartness.

Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I like it but was expecting more. I would not call this a Belgian IPA, but it is admittedly hard to classify. The brett aspect is most dominant, so perhaps an American Wild Ale.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass from a 750ml bottle. Split this bottle with my fiancé who loves a good Belgian.

A loud pop sends the cork flying and hits the ceiling. Pours a lemony golden color with some haze. A large 2.5 inch white head billows up. Quite soapy and sticky and as it recedes it recedes into an uneven chunky mess.

Nose starts off with tons of spices. Nice peppercorn, coriander and grassy herbal hops. Nice lemony notes in the nose as well. There are some good Belgian yeasty notes in the nose. Some cloves present as well. Pretty refreshing.

Starts off with tons of lemony notes that are balanced and tempered well by tons of coriander and peppercorn. The nice lemony zest accompanies the beer all the way down. There is also some nice citrusy and grassy herbal notes more similar to an American IPA mixed in with the slight sweet notes of the belgian yeast esters and the spice. Quite a funky brew with nice vinous notes. Some white wine notes as well as some nice woody notes. Mouthfeel is light and crisp with a nice dry and bitter hop finish.

The brew is delicious. Anchorage really knows how to do these Belgians. I love their Love Buzz and this is right up there.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.63/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle. Pours bubbly hazy bright yellow with a huge bubbly white head that grows in the glass and leaves some lacing.

The aroma is spices, soapy floral notes and brett.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malts and sweet honey fruitiness with floral hops and peppery spices that leaves some good bitterness in the finish. The brett is a bit subdued. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall, an interesting well done beer. One of the better Belgian IPAs I've had. I still don't really love the blend of Belgian yeast and the hops - maybe fruitier hops would be better for me. I'd also like more Brett out of this one.

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Photo of Sammy
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from recent Vermont and Maine trip. Medium golden with enormous head that lasts and lasts. Funky almost stinky aroma, yeah its Brett. Bottled in June. The IPA is subordinate completely to everything else going on, some pepper and wheat. Soft mouthfeel.For me very drinkable with supper.
Kosher certified.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a re-write as apparently my first review was not committed to the database :( Picked up a bottle for $12.99 based upon my experience with Bitter Monk. First off this si much more of a wild ale than an IPA but that's ok. Bright white-yellow color. Smells a lot like the chardonnay barrel with hints of brett and stink. Flavor is mostly brett, fruit, citrus but not necessarily hops. good stuff and got me to pick up a bottle of whiteout wit.

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Photo of brewcrew76
3.9/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy, very light lemon yellow with a big bubbly white head.

S - Brett funk with lemon and green apple mixed with tropical and citrus hops. Woody with coriander and peeper spice as it starts to warm. Aroma is spiced brett ipa

T - Wheat malt with some tart funk, sweet tart candy, spice, light citrus, hint of coriander, white grapes. Taste is spiced brett wit

M - Medium with bubbly carbonation and a tart, very dry finish.

D - Very interesting. More "bretty" than the other Anchorage beers I have tried but a nice combo of flavors.

50 IBU

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Photo of bigfnjoe
3.73/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged bottle into a Duvel tulip

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a robust three finger white head. Looks pretty nice, lots of carbonation

S- a lot of lemony funk comes through...not too much farmhouse, not too hoppy

T- lemony tartness floods my mouth, with a little bit of funk from the Brett. Eh, I expected more funk to be honest

M- medium bodied

O- I honestly expected more. I was looking for an experience like Bitter Monk, and got a slightly tart white IPA. Disappointing overall, especially at $20/bottle

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Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml, batch 2 April/2012

Pours a hazy golden banana yellow color with a 2.5 finger frothy, pillowy white head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing left behind.

Complex aroma with a balance of dry oak, musty brett, vinous white wine, earthy spice and citrus hop notes. The white wine, brett and spice characters are most prominent. Zesty pepper and strong coriander followed by grape and light fruit. Musty brett compliments the toasted oak and earthy hops. The hop character is earthy with subtle citrus but is slightly overpowered by the other notes. I'm not picking up much fruit/kumquat but I'm sure it's burried underneath everything else that's going on.

Medium bodied with a very musty, earthy flavor from the oak, brett and hops that dominates the flavor until it warms up a bit. Dry toasted oak, funky brett and coriander followed by earthy and citrus hops and vinous light fruit. Again, I'm not picking up the kumquats but they are possibly lingering underneath everything else. The peppercorn and coriander provide a dry spiciness that compliments the dry, resinous hop flavor. After a while, the white wine and bready yeast notes come forward. Pretty dry from all of these elements and the citrus characteristic from the galaxy hop and sweetness from whine and wit yeast are kind of overshadowed. Slightly tart and dry toward the finish but not sour. More funky than anything else. Pretty complex but could use some more sweetness for balance.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
3.83/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle poured into my comically large CBS snifter; Batch 2, April 2012

Highly pressurized bottle. Good thing I had my hand over the cork after unraveling the cage or it would have taken out a light fixture.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a huge, paper white cap. Excellent retention with little to no lacing left behind.

The aroma is all Brett. The Galaxy hops seem to have faded considerably. Leather, damp hay, citrus fruit, and herbal/earthy notes.

On the palate, some light citrus is overpowered by Brett. Damp, dank hay, leather, herbs, earth, and a floral quality.

The feel is overcarbonated and prickly. I think I may have gotten an off bottle or maybe this is a little too old.

I had a couple of samples of this at EBF 6 months ago and it was much different. Strong galaxy depth with Brett complimenting the profile. This bottle was all Brett. I am going to have to seek this one out again.

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Photo of Florida9
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy pastel yellow with an enormous white head. Looks like lemon meringue pie in a glass. Excellent head retention and lots of lacing.

S: Aroma is somewhat subdued by the excellent head retention, but the Brett predominates the nose. Lots of leather, hay, and barnyard, with just a hint of juicy citrus.

T: The taste is where this beer shines. Incredibly complex and nuanced, yet balanced and drinkable. Starts off with the Brett notes: hay, barnyard and earth before turning sweet with notes of candied orange peel, lemon, bubblegum, and citrus. Then a bit of yeasty spice and lime rind. Finish has a mild bitterness and more lemon-lime.

M: On the lighter side of medium. Fairly aggressive carbonation. Mild bitterness. Very crisp mouthfeel.

O:n A very nice beer. Incredibly complex, yet still so drinkable. This beer would be an excellent introduction to Brett.

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Photo of justintcoons
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip.

Hazy straw with an explosive 4-5 fingers of fluffy white head. Excellent head retention and low carbonation.

Wheat, lemongrass, hay, barnyard, white wine, potpourri, notes of kumquat, hints of pineapple.

Very earthy and packed with barnyard and potpourri. Wet hay, lemongrass, kumquat skins. Hints of pineapple and subtle passion fruit. Hops are balanced right between tropical and highly floral. Tons, tons, tons of barnyard. Light notes of white wine and dried oak. Finishes with some grapefruit zest and black peppercorn.

Light bodied, crisp, juicy and uber-dry.

Extremely complex. Huge Brett notes throughout; earth, funk and dried hay. Tropical fruits, wheat and spice. A blend between a Wit, American IPA, funky Saison and a white wine. I couldn’t really ask for anything more.

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Photo of Kadonny
3.82/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked and caged 750 bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A: A light straw color that is hazy with a huge white bubbly head. Not much glass lacing after the head does finally settle down.

S: Loads of light citrus smells with lemon and orange mixed with yeast and some herbal notes. Brett smell is there but not overwhelming.

T: The tart fruit starts with massive lemon and tangerine and orange flavors. Some herbal and peppery notes come next with the coriander. The brett barnyard flavors come out more in the flavor than the smell towards the back of the beer. Tart finish with some hops bitterness, crisp and clean with the brett flavor lingering. As the beer warms, the barnyard gets even funkier at the finish.

M: Light, prickly, bubbly tart and dry. No real alcohol noticeable. Carbonation seems a bit high though as the head was massive and unyielding.

O: A real different take on an IPA with the brett and the coriander and the whiteness. Very different, but not something I could drink regularly.

Overall I'm glad I got to try this, and it's a different take on an IPA, but it's not something I would grab regularly.

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Photo of BrewerB
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark straw colored with a very large, persistent foam on top. Slight haziness.

Freshly sliced lemons and a prevalent tartness make up a prominent chunk of the aroma. There's also a hint at tropical fruits here - passionfruit, perhaps.

Plenty of citrusy hop on the palette, very lemon-like. Also noting herbal character. Bitterness is moderate, clean, and there's also some piney hop flavor coming through. Dry finish though having difficulty picking up on the peppercorns.

Body and carbonation on par for the style though a bit more carbonation would be welcome.

Though I'm not huge on the "White IPA" style this beer is definitely well done and really enjoyable. I'm hoping I have another beer stashed away somewhere as it'd be interesting to see if this one gets funkier with time.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.24/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice cloudy straw color, lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle leading to an unfiltered straw color. This thing was seriously a bitch to pour, every ounce of beer = at least an ounce of head. Pretty good retention. Really the head is just out of control, otherwise great

S - Coriander, citrusy orange/wheat type aromas, plenty of mild but citrusy hops. A nice combination of spices, fruit and bitter hops.

T - Imagine a white rascal, saison du buff and a wallop of hops into one. Lots of spiced clove/coriander flavors mixed with a really nice orange type of citrus flavor with some nice lighter but prominent hops flavor. Brett/slight funk in there with the orange as well.

M - light-medium bodied, appropriate carbonation, well done.

O - Very very tasty, im not big into Belgian wheat's but this was a fantastic combination of belgian wheat/orange, spices, and hops/bitterness. While drinking all I could think was "well worth the $17.50".

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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 217 ratings.