Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Ratings: 787
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.19%
Wants: 66
Gots: 87 | 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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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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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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Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 787 ratings.