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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Ratings: 645
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 49
Gots: 47 | 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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WDJersey

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-26-2012 03:44:26 | More by WDJersey
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KDawg

Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 into a tulip. Pours a clear straw-yellow color with a foamy head.

Very interesting and bretty aromas of spice, lemon peels, tropical citrus and funk.

medium bodied, but on the lighter side. Very good feel with fresh flavors of lemon peels, funk, and tropical fruits.

This was a really tasty belgian IPA with a bretty touch.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 01:01:06 | More by KDawg
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Aml42000

Washington

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Hazy gold with a half finger white head. Light lacing in the glass.

S- Brett and lemon verbena. Pleasant and fragrant.

T- Loads of apple, peach and citrus flavors on the mid palate. A bit of melon on the finish. Layered and complex.

M- Creamy and refined with excellent lift despite the powerful body hiding behind all that fruit. Snappy hops accentuate the finish.

O- A well crafted, classy beer. The fruit and yeast balance Each other out and the hops blend nicely as well. Anchorage continues to be one to watch.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 02:15:50 | More by Aml42000
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The complexities keep on coming with the Anchorage Galaxy as it rearranges the proportions of witbier more in line with that of an India pale ale, then adds the strength to match, and goes off into left field with the additions of brettanomyces and French oak. Not only does the beer take the palate on a ride, but it satisfies the taste for beer with every sip.

Easily mistaken for witbier, this white IPA pours with a hazy milky-yellow pour that's as bright as canary and faint as powdered sugar. Capped with a frothy stark-white head that lasts the session and laces remarkably in the presence of both protien-rich wheat malt and hop oils, this beer should find comfort with anyone who is off put by dark beers.

But because it's light in color, doesn't mean that character is compromised. The nose is chocked full of fruit aromas that span sharp white grapefruit to juicy passion fruit. Decorated with the spice of dried orange peel, corriander, and dusted woods; the beer does a lot of directions at once. Light vinous (white wine) notes and musty wheat all play a part in the varying aromas.

Low lying tangy sweetness flavors takes the shape of sourdough wheat bread before dissolving on the tongue like confectioner's sugar. The mid palate carries a dry malt line of cracker-like pilsner and tactile wheat into the fruity center of fruit and hops. White grapefruit pulp, tangerine, white grapes, passion fruit, mango, and pineapple all take turns introducing themselves while the veil of musty wheat, white wine, and fresh oak offer a pungent brine that offers mature taste to match that of the zesty fruit. Spicy with white pepper flavors, mild lime acidity, and alcohol- the complexities keep on coming.

Light in body, the beer dries out early and closes quick. The light prickle of carbonation springs the malt off the tongue and ushers in a semi-arid texture of evaporating malt, sharp acidity, and mild tannin in finish.

Anchorage lands in Kentucky with a remarkable beer that'll sure win over lovers of both IPAs and characterful Belgian-style wild ales. Deeply rooted in tradition and encouraged by experimentation- these guys aren't hampered by history, they seem propelled by it!

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 18:45:24 | More by BEERchitect
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bump8628

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

07-21-2012 01:50:15 | More by bump8628
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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Anchorage is quickly becoming "Jolly Pumpkin of the North" and this beer is no exception. Makes me long for the days Calabaza Blanca was in six packs.

Huge billowing head of soap suds, clinging to the glass, sparkling and threatening to spill over the edge of the glass. Pale pastel yellow, highly charged carbonation. Great long lasting coverage, though the dish soap look (somewhat common with Brett beers) isn't all that flattering, but not that important in the scheme of things.

Softly woody and fruity aroma, Brett yeast is present at a moderate level, with some galaxy hop fruitiness playing a minor role.

Bare hints of sweetness in between the oaky middle and dry bitter finish. Grapefruit pith, oak, champagne. Dry and clean, equal parts Brett funk and galaxy hop bitterness, with touches of coriander/pepper in the background. Nicely structured, complex layers emerge and lend unique aspects to the beer. If you ever dreamed of a hoppy version of Calabaza Blanca, this is it.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 03:04:16 | More by emerge077
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lots of yeast action in this bottle, the cork almost took my eye out and the head is insane. Lots of sticky spiderweb like lacing. This thing may never die. Extremely yeasty nose. Lots of earthy and farmhouse notes. Lots of spicy notes. Super hazy pale bright yellow color.

Very nice beer. Brisk effervescence. Bright citrus from the cumquats, Spicy coriander and pepper. Spicy citrus hops with a bit of pine. Drying hop bitterness that lingers. At only 50 IBUS its got a nice bitterness. Nice lingering sweetness as well. Rich and complex beer. The spice from the coriander and peppercorn go along well with the citric bittering galaxy hops. Touches of passion fruit and citric fruit salad. Deeply complex and highly drinkable. Lots of earthy yeastiness. Musty funkiness. Very awesome beer. I love it. Lots of passion fruit as the beer warms.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 23:49:09 | More by jtierney89
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crossovert

Illinois

3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Second batch. The cork absolutely flies off with a boom.

Be careful pouring this one, it is super-carbonated. It pours a lightly hazy gold with a big foamy white head that likes to linger.

The smell is awesome. Clean brett notes, citrus, decent malt bill underneath. Oak mellows.

The flavor is also good. Honestly the hops don't come through much, it is more of a witbier with brett and citrus than anything but it is a refreshing take on it even with the odd experimentation. The Bitter Monk was unbelievable,the Whiteout Wit was horrendous, this is closer to Bitter Monk but not quite as awesome. The sweetness and oak come through with a few more sips. Brett is tame with a hint of funk and medicinal flavor, pretty low tartness.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2012 00:57:01 | More by crossovert
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womencantsail

California

3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A pale golden color with a rocky white head. Really nice hoppiness on the nose. Great citrus and pine with a light floral character. The Brett gives a good funk and there’s a lot of straw and earth notes. Taste-wise, the hops are a little bit less pronounced. Very dry with lots of earthy tones and a little bit of straw and grass. Some light malt character, but it doesn’t really contribute much sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 17:33:49 | More by womencantsail
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bootdown21

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

07-15-2012 17:40:12 | More by bootdown21
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pohldogg356

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

07-15-2012 03:09:19 | More by pohldogg356
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ccrida

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chill hazed straw gold with a white head leaving foamy lace.

Smell is peppery, spices or brett, not sure, with some tropical esters and more skunk as it warms.

This had a more robust hop presence when it was first released - and I could have swore I reviewed it! The spices seem more robust, particularly the peppercorn. Less kumquat. The skunk of the hops really comes out as it warms, but not overpowering the depth of the brett and spices.

Mouthfeel is on the dry, medium-light bodied side.

Drinkability is pretty good. It's got a bite to it, a complex pungency of hops, brett, sour spice and fruit. But the blonde pedigree give's it more than a semblance of digestibility.
Overall, the creativity of this recipe, in combination with the difficult but successful execution, is what really sets it apart.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 04:53:23 | More by ccrida
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jsanford

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, dull gold with a dense white head that settles to a nice cap. Superb aromas of tropical hops (mango, peach, and tangerine), white wine, French oak, and spicy coriander. Bitter hop flavors of tangerine, grapefruit, and mango with a slightly funky Wit yeast, white grapes, citrus, and oak. Really good, I just wish the Galaxy hop presence was more noticeable. Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, with a medium body and great carbonation. Another superb Anchorage brew, love these guys!

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 02:00:37 | More by jsanford
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TriggerFingers

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased while in Anchorage.

Very interesting brew. Poured a hazy light golden straw color (like a wit). Only a little musty on the nose, but did get some sweet citrus too.

Having had an all galaxy IPA before, I thought this didn't showcase the hop all that well. The bitterness is nice for an IPA, but there is a sharp note on the finish (could be the peppercorns?) that most IPA junkies wouldn't like (and I had to find myself pausing and try to figure out what my palate was picking up). I only noticed it on the first few sips--after that tasted like a slightly funky IPA. I dig the funk, but this beer seemed to be going in too many directions for me.

This is definitely one for beer nerds as this beer is more of an "esoteric" IPA. If you are like me an enjoy trying every type of beer out there, its definitely worth a shot. However, if you think this is going to be Belgian, a wit, or even your typical IPA, this brew may leave you scratching your head.

Kudos for pushing the boundaries of beer--its different, thats for sure. Probably wouldn't buy again.

Grade: B

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 00:24:39 | More by TriggerFingers
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BeerBucks

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-10-2012 01:07:43 | More by BeerBucks
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bashiba

Iowa

3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very light straw yellow with a big and sticky white head.

The smell was more Brett and musty than the Galaxy itself with some very light citrus notes sneaking through.

The flavor was a touch tart with bits of oak, citrus, and light tropical fruits all coming through, but overall very mild. The sour and musty brett flavors along with the oak really mask the hops. There is a very mild amount of bitterness.

The mouthfeel was very dry and clean.

A good beer, drinks more like a nice Berliner Weiss than Belgian IPA, but seems almost like a waste to use Galaxy in such a minor starring role.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 17:12:55 | More by bashiba
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-05-2012 20:39:49 | More by ste5venla
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

07-04-2012 23:36:20 | More by Soneast
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Maseitz

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

07-04-2012 21:22:45 | More by Maseitz
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avaldivia

California

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

07-01-2012 18:30:30 | More by avaldivia
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alwaysanswerb

California

4/5  rDev -0.5%

07-01-2012 06:24:05 | More by alwaysanswerb
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litheum94

California

4.48/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Whole foods.

Hazy, opaque golden yellow body. Frothy, bone white head leaves a protective cover and some killer lacing.

Corriander spice and funky Brett aromas. Distinct French oak aromas and citrusy hops.

Corriander spicing and some creamy wheat. Big, funky bite from the Brett, gives it an earthy flavor. Oaky, white wine tones. Big hop flavors on the finish; citrusy and bitter.

Excellent, funky take on the style. Another great one from Gabe.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2012 20:27:11 | More by litheum94
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Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-28-2012 00:25:20 | More by Psychmusic
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raythealeman

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-26-2012 01:23:17 | More by raythealeman
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch #1 (Jan 2012)

A: Pours a very cloudy pale straw yellow in color. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that reduces to a thick film and thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate to significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Strong aromas of brett with the associated sour/barnyard funk. Moderate aromas of tropical hops, citrus hops, citrus, and spices.

T: Not quite as strong in taste as the smell might have implied. Lighter amounts of brett sour/funk along with tropical (pineapple) hops, citrus (orange) hops, citrus, and some light amounts of pepper/spice.

M: Medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Dry in the finish.

O: This is a very enjoyable beer and the addition of the brett really adds to the enjoyment of the beer. This beer is easy to drink and I would enjoy sipping on this one for quite a while. Impressive take on the style and one to have again.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 17:32:20 | More by dbrauneis
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.