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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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90
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769 Ratings
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Ratings: 769
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 65
Gots: 80 | 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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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Snarf103, Feb 12, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

chickenm, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

one of the more interesting and delicious beers ive had in some time. very very impressed with my first beer from anchorage. pours a hazy pale yellow color, creamy looking, with one of the most prominent, airy, long lasting, bone white heads ive ever seen, rising well above the rim of my globe. fluffy! the nose is crazy, lots of bitter hops, quite a bit of citrus too from the kumquats, and of course the brett, which is subtle but definitely a contributor. the flavor is super complex, but perfectly balanced. I would leave the coriander out, as I think it doesn't add a ton to the flavor that couldn't be there otherwise, but it does sort of crowd a some stuff out. wheat malt first, with the Belgian witbier yeast and some lemon pepper stuff, which I guess is aided by the peppercorn addition, works well with the yeast anyway. it gives way to a fruity hop bitterness that's really intense, and there is some acid from the wine barrels that exacerbates this. there is a ton going on here, and the bretty bitter finish is unique and memorable. white ipa with galaxy hops, coriander, kumquat, peppercorns, wit yeast, then aged in wine casks, dry hopped with galaxy, and conditioned with brett. its insane, and it works. light airy feel from the carbonation, it seems almost too light to handle all the flavor, but it does somehow. a really phenomenal beer that im sure a quantum physicist is behind, its just so advanced...

StonedTrippin, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of spicelab
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bomber from Slowbeer.

Cork explodes after most of the cage is released, fortunately not followed by a major gushing incident. Dirty straw with a dizzying fluffy white head that falls with sparse lacing to a raised ring.

Really appealing and balanced blend of Brett and tropical Galaxy character. Lemon sherbet and tart granny smith apples facing off against sweaty pineapple and mango, with some zingy, peppery grass and heather notes keeping it tight.

The Brett gains the upper hand a little, with sherbety, lemon all-purpose cleaner, musty basement and earthy oak character prevailing over the hops, which still provide nice subtle tropical undertones and a green-tea like bitterness.

Entry is super light for 7%, feels closer to 4%. Spritzy carbonation helps pad out the palate and leads to a lovely fresh equally tart and bitter finish.

Well impressive. The interplay and balance between the IPA and Yeast characteristics is a thing to behold.

spicelab, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of ericj551
4.51/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

ericj551, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of StJamesGate
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Web of white champagne froth over hazy platinum blonde.
Funk, fresh flowers, honeydew, white pear, and preserved lemon peel on the nose - fabulously bright and fresh.
Saltines and lemon curd up front, a Brett hit, white grapefruit, some fresh cut oak, floral nectar, white balsamic and more melon.
Lemon vinaigrette finish and waxy rind linger.

Lots going on, but tough to taste through all the Brett. This was an April '12 vintage, so that could be the issue - the kumquats, etc. are lost. Still, seems like a beer that's trying to do too much - probably would be great just without the funk.

Liked it where I could've loved it.

StJamesGate, Feb 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

powdersoldier, Feb 06, 2013
Photo of Derek
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 from Aug 2012.

A: Hazy, light straw, HUGE white head, good retention, amazing lace.

S: Very Belgian aroma: Horse blanket, corriander and tropical fruit; citrus rind, lemon grass.

T: Definitely some leathery funk, but it's not as pronounced as the aroma. Tons of vanilla in the flavour, wheaty biscuit, tropical fruit, slight pepper, hints of corriander, yeast sediment has a healthy, doughy flavour. Good bitterness, alcohol is really subtle.

M: Highly attenuated, moderate body is really carbonated, with a crisp, dry finish.

O: A gold standard for this new style?

Derek, Feb 04, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy white/yellow color ale with a super large pale white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of dry hoppy notes with some strong Brett notes also dominating. Taste is a mix between some solid wheat alt notes with some strong fruity and dry hops notes with a finish dominated by the funky Brett notes. Body is full with great carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Really well put together with huge amount of complexity while retaining a great level of drinkability.

Phyl21ca, Feb 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

bentonquest, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

randylangford, Feb 03, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

CB_Crowe, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of Jmamay22
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale golden yellow with an extremely large craggy white head that refuses to die down leaving thick gobs of foamy rings. Smells enjoyably of musty yeast, apple, pear and coriander. 

The hops provide a spicy flavor that is less prominent than in the nose. With the coriander prominent in the finish. The yeast that has a musty barnyard character comes and goes prevalent midway through tasting and again on the finish. There is a consistent fruity flavor throughout of crisp apples and pear. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, but very lively due to the great amount of carbonation. 

A very unique beer. It is difficult to say what the aging in oak wine tanks has done, but there is a greater complexity present that I have difficult picking out the individual favors that may be due to the aging. Very enjoyable.

Jmamay22, Feb 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

twelveinches, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of DenverLogan
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Corked bottle ordered through letspour...poured in Corsendonk chalice glass.
Even before opening, you can see this is a hazy, hefeweizen, modestly or unfiltered beer.
Nice pop of cork...pours a cloudy yellow gold, white gold...Belgian wit color.
Big head of clouds hangs quite a bit.
Aroma is big...tangerine, clove, rosemary, cardamon, black pepper, kumquat, vibrant hops, citrus, citrus hops, mango, orange.
Big carbonation and spicy mouthfeel.
Flavors of funky, bitter hops and malt. Whoa...I'd better give this 5 minutes...
OK...it's opened up and that helps...cantalope and hop aroma, nice head remains, cloudy but not noticeable particulates...yet! Rich, bold flavors...somewhat of an assault on the tongue and mouth but not a complete palate wrecker, so to speak! There's some cream of tartar, a slight chalk dryness, some melon rind juice, subtle sweetness, herbs, yeast...strange strong abv saison qualities. The French oak leaves a big imprint, or, masks some inherent flavors. This is an example where I wonder if oak helps a good beer. Then again, the Brett also adds complexity, and I'm not sure it helps. I guess it's what you're hoping for, and I should therefore be open minded to what's offered, but it's bitter, dry, funky and, for me, significantly difficult.
Funny thing...I only just looked at the side label that mentioned kumquats and peppercorns. I sometimes mention these as flavors in beers that don't actually contain them, but this time it does...that explains quit a bit...gosh darn kumquats. OK...that said, I'm half way through, solo on this bottle, and will give it another five minutes....
Yep...brought a taste to a distinguished beer taster and she said bitter and gave me the puckering "uh what's this" expression. Not pretty. Still, I appreciate this...am amazed I guessed kumquats, find it bold and tasty, especially after some opening up, but unnecessarily complex, busy, bitter, and weird.

DenverLogan, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of DaveJanssen
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

28-Jan-2013 review from 750 mL bottle poured into chouffe tulip. Batch 3 Aug/2012 (it takes a bit for beer to get to Canada).

Ar: citrus peel, more wit-like than the rest of the beer, floral and fruity, peach, great fruitiness, spicy brett

Ap: Massive white head, great retention, clear golden straw. Chunky lace

T: Strong resinous hops, tropical fruit, mild peach/apricot, sulfury hints, aggressive hop presence, good fruitiness, the galaxy, yeast and fruit work well together, assertive bitterness, lingering resin, not as much brett as in aroma

M: light body, high carbonation, resinous bitterness

O: A bit too bitter/resinous, good fruit character overall. May have been better a couple months ago but still solid. Not especially wit-like but good

DaveJanssen, Jan 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

JRBecks, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of Kaibosh
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slightly cloudy. Golden. Persistent white head.

Smell: Yeast. Floral.

Taste: more wheat beer than IPA. Taste is good, but an IPA?

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation for a bottle aged beer. Quite thin on the palate.

Overall: a tasty beer. A Belgian style wheat beer. Not so much of an IPA.

Kaibosh, Jan 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

Stevie_Janowski, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

MEW, Jan 26, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Mattias, Jan 25, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

drummermattie02, Jan 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

KiMiRaiK, Jan 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

DotBier, Jan 21, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

unclekeith, Jan 20, 2013
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 769 ratings.