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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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784 Ratings
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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 66
Gots: 82 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Anchorage Brewing Company visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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

(Beer added by: Jason on 01-09-2012)
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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a delicate, translucent, bright golden color with a light, fluffy white head that fades quickly. Wispy lacing.

S- Wild Brett yeast all over the nose. Fresh fruit of kumquats and mango mesh beautifully with the yeast strain. Lemon grass also comes through. Buttery sweetness.

T- A wow beer for me. Love the mix of intense hops with the Brett kick'n up a fuss! Not picking up the coriander, but absolutely loving the peppercorn spice that makes its way. Warmth and pepper all over the back of the throat. Touch of bitterness with is fashionably late.

M- Looks like it woudln't have much substance, but this one holds up quite well. Mid body, and a crisp drinkability while remaining smooth.

O- My first from this brewery and I look forward for many more to come. Happy to see they have finally got distribution in MO. Balanced, complex, cracked pepper crispness, and journey of bold flavors that seem to explore something new with every sip.

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4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a lightly hazed yellow with one finger of rich white head. Light lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, pineapple, coriander, white pepper, Belgian yeast, and brett.

Tasted of lemon, brett, Belgian yeast, saltine cracker, white pepper and brett. Lightly bitter finish.

Light-to-medium bodied and quite dry with a sharp carbonation.

An easy drinking and tasty Belgian IPA from Anchorage. It's so good to have them return to St. Louis.

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4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

***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.

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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.

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4.2/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Poured into a snifter and a goblet from the 750ml bottle, both receive a slightly hazy golden beer and a ridiculously large, foamy white head. Seemingly this foam would fizz out but it stays around the entire time I drink at about two fingers high, extreme retention. Lacing comes in thick pillows that coat almost the whole glass. Good looks. Carbonation bubbles seen rising from the bottom of the glass rapidly in what appears infinite amounts.

S- Opening up a can of pineapples comes to mind as well as a blast of tropical stone fruits like tangerines. Just makes me think of juicy fruit pulp. The added spices come in behind this with nice cracked pepper and coriander hints. Some barnyard funk and lemon tart with warmth.

T- A vast array of flavors open up here and mix in with what carries over from the aroma. Dry, rustic hay and grassy barnyard Brett comes to mind first for me with a blast of tangerine, oranges, mango and citrus fruits in the follow through. Peppercorns, coriander, hops, white wine grapes, fresh oak, citrus pulp and funk all come to mind.

MF- Super foamy and highly carbonated light-end dried out body. Slight warming from alcohol and a nice bitterness throughout.

Lots and lots going on flavor wise but it all comes together pretty nicely for me. I like the way the Brett, spices and big fruity flavors work with each other.

Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 784 ratings.