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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Ratings: 784
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 66
Gots: 83 | 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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Photo of tdmccarthy
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of millerbuffoon
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Siriusfisherman
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Very hazy yellow with a fluffy/rocky white head. Superb lacing and moderate retention.

Smell: Sweet citrus and kumquat (really came through) and maybe a little tropical from the hops, as well as peppery yeast spice notes and some esters. There is also a solid brett presence, some nice earthy, barnyard tones to it.

Taste: Similar to the aroma, nice bitterness up front with a big carbonation bite and some nice citrusy hop character and yeast spice to follow. The wheat give a nice refreshing tartness and plays incredibly well into the yeast/brett character. The brett presence is not a front runner in the flavor, but is very noticeable still. The earthy tones play wonders with the hops, beautiful use of all parts of the brewing process. The mouthfeel is thin but high in carbonation and very dry, makes for an insanely drinkable brew.

Overall: Complex and very unique in terms of flavor profile. I absolutely loved this beer, although I am quite the lover of all things hoppy and all things brett. There are many different parts of the brewing process that played major roles in the final product, frequently this would lead to a beer with muddled flavors, but not this one, incredible balance. Can't wait till my next trip to alaska, great fishing and now great belgian-style ales!

Photo of NearTheGrove
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of ricoch3t
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Jimmys
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into tulip. batch #2 APR 2012.

A: very pale straw yellow body. bright white head. lace everywhere. great retention. carbonization racing to the surface. perfect.

S: straight funk on the nose. barny and bretty goodness. bright. wild flower honey. the hops try and make their presence known, but struggle to behind the barny Brett.

T: the Brett flavor is strong. tart and refreshing. there is a linger of citrus flavor, lemons and limes, helps to remind me this is an IPA as well as a funky brew. finish of mild grain chewiness is dried out by acidity.

M: champagne-like in its carbonation. medium bodied.

D: very tasty stuff. glad the Brett characteristics are as prevalent as I was hoping they would be. also, I would like to say this is one of the most appealing looking BIPA's I have seen ever. kudos to Anchorage for doing a stellar job with the bottle conditioning here.

Photo of Pinche_Oso
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Evan47
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of PatGreer
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Gavage
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a bright hazy golden yellow color with a big two inch head.

Smell: loads of coriander, cracked pepper, and some oak comes through to the nose.

Taste: coriander, orange, lemon zest, pepper, oak, and Brett make up the most of the flavor profile. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is slightly noticeable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Very crisp throughout with some moderate refreshing qualities. Long lasting aftertaste.

Overall: slow sipping beer and a bit too crisp here. Well balanced flavors and the oak and Brett make this very interesting.

Photo of BeerNDoggerel
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of DaveHack
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.85/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a snifter, the beer was a straw yellow color with a generous white head. A high level of carbonation made this one want to jump out of the bottle. I will forgive the minor inconvenience. The aroma was very discreet with floral notes and some Belgian accents. In the initial taste, I thought I was drinking soapy water. The citrus notes that come with the Brett combine with the floral notes to make me wonder if the glass was properly cleaned. The backbone of hops is mild, even for a Belgian IPA. The mouthfeel was aggressively bubbly, like drinking a warm can of Sprite. The carbonation mercifully subtracted the soapy taste from my mouth. I can not endorse this beer.

Photo of goblue3509
3.6/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw almost white yellow color with a big three finger head despite a pretty easy pour. Thre are big lines of lace all over the glass. The aroma is of breadiness, lemon zest and floral and earthy hops. The aroma is deep and full. The taste is unique. There is a lemonzest and corriander taste up front along with brett. The middle waters out a little and you get belgian yeast and some funk. The back end is all hops, it is a floral earthy hop at the back end. Not overly bitter but it balances out very well. The mouthfeel is very carbonated, in fact when I uncorked the bottle i almost killed three people. Mouthfeel is stingy and bubbly. Overall it is a decent belgian ipa, it starts out strong but starts to fizzle a little at the end.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of bmwats
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a Duvel sn-ulip.

A: Very light, cloudy, hay color. Pours a giant, bubbly, dry, white, head. Disintegrates, quickly and unevenly, leaving dry white foam, and giant craters. Eventually settles to a pretty standard quarter finger, light foam blanket. Some decent foamy beer ring lacing remains as you consume. Head renews fully with each pourl

S: Bready, lemon citrus, coriander, a little honey, and some strong floral components. Maybe a little basil and oregano in there, too.

T: Lightly bitter, lightly sweet. Hay, freshly cut grass, with a little pine, and a touch of Italian spice.

M: Light an crisp, with a subtly bitter finish. Steely or coppery aftertaste.

D: The character dictates a slow and savory experience.

Atmosphere is pretty impressive. Interesting hue, great primary head which settles to a nice secondary head. Pretty solid lacing, too. Nose is a sourdough bready tone, with plenty spice, floral, and some sweet components. Very well-balanced. Flavor is a buttery feeling combination of fresh flora, with pine and savory spice. Not too bitter, not too sweet...subtle all the way around, except for the steely, biting finish. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Photo of ADZA
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

As soon as i cracked the cage on top of the cork the cork blew straight off without even touching it and pours a hazy light yellow hue basically looks like urine and has a fluffy three finger rising head and similar lacing,the smell is flowers in bloom,oranges,herbacous hops and lavender,the mouthfeel is light bodied yet creamy and has tastes of kumquats,citrus,corriander,the slightest touch of spice and funk,pineapple and finished with a light zesty herbal hoppy bitterness and overall i like it and its definately something id buy again just like the rest of their range you have to try it.

Photo of MRsojourner
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

super citrusy aroma with hints of lemon, orange, and piney evergreen maybe even vanilla as I go back again.
color is of a cowboy yellow with a very thick head that sticks around for quit some time. the bubbles are smaller and tight but look more effervescent.
Taste is a bit bitter at first but that doesn't follow through all the way to the finish. midway your hit with a almost orange flavor giving way to a semi-dry finish.
the carbonation is a bit bitting witch make it a bit hard to quaff but needless to say it's really enjoyable.

Photo of throwback
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -25.6%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.59/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Batch #3, August 2012 (nice to see this all the way from Alaska, welcome to Maine):

In my chalice:

A: golden hazy yellow body leaving a super big head for a Belgian IPA (about three fingers), some really nice looking foamy lacing appears

S: Galaxy hops up front and the Brett comes out appropriately with the grapefruit and peppercorn

T: Brett with hints of lemon, the grapefruit coming back

M: 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, perhaps to some, but to me, uh . . . not really.

O: this is good for its style but since I'm still not much of a fan of the lighter Belgian styles, just ok to me. I'll keep looking for lighter Belgians to try and maybe I'll find my niche in one of these things some day.

Photo of Hopswagger
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #2 April/2012

P: Once I pulled the cage off the cork I turned to put it on the counter and I heard a loud shot. The cork exploded off hitting me in the back of the neck and I quickly put my mouth over the top till it subsided. Once poured the mountainous rocky white meringue head perched upon a vivacious sea of hazy pale gold. Retention is outrageous and leaves thick sticky bubbles clinging for dear life.

S: Nose is brett heavy with tart lemon drop candy. Coriander, honey, ruby red grapefruit, fruit wax, grains, black pepper corns and dusty oak.

T/M: Brett funk and Belgian powdery yeast. Timid bitter notes of lemon zest, grapefruit, kiwi, and lime. Bartlett pears sprinkled with crushed peppercorns and rustic oak lacing. Wheat and dirty grains come through after the swallow. Mouthfeel is similar to a sparkling wine that encourages rowdy explosive carbonation and finishes dry and slightly chalky. Lingering and assertive ground pepper corns and a touch of orange oil.

O: Whats not to love when you have brett and the zing of galaxy hops. This white IPA is out of this world and delivers its name claim. Super complex yet well blended. Nothing over dominates but all layers work together in one harmonious universe of flavor.

Photo of teddyarrowhead
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of dcanderson345
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of vissai
3.5/5  rDev -13.2%

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