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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 53
Gots: 50 | 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 ccrida


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
Photo of jsanford


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
Photo of 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
Photo of BeerBucks

New York

3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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


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
Photo of ste5venla


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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


4.75/5  rDev +18.2%

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


3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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


4/5  rDev -0.5%

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


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
Photo of Psychmusic

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev -0.5%

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


3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

06-26-2012 01:23:17 | More by raythealeman
Photo of 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
Photo of TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Batch #1 (Jan/2012). Poured in to FFF stemmed tulip.

A - Translucent bright yellow. Two fingers of big, bully bright white head that receded to half a finger.

S - Sourness up front from the brett but thankfully it doesn't overpower the other aspects of this beer. Some Belgian yeast, spice, citrus and earthy hop aromas create a fairly complex nose. Some oak is present as well.

T - Sour and funky up front from the brett with a good oak presence that give way to citrus and passion fruit flavours with a moderate bitterness. The finish is dry with a touch of spice.

M - Medium body. Light to moderate carbonation.

O - An excellent beer. It is nice to see that the brett didn't overpower the base beer flavours.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 14:04:49 | More by TheSevenDuffs
Photo of metter98

New York

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy light yellow in color. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but has excellent retention properties and consistently left a thin head covering the surface and some bits of lacing running down the sides of the glass..
S: There are moderate to strong aromas of citrus and passionfruit in the nose from the Galaxy hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of citrus and passionfruit but there is some initial sourness from the brett. The hops also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a good amount of dryness in the finish.
O: The brett really complements this beer because it adds some initial sourness but does not mask the citrus aromas and flavors from

Note: Batch #1, January 2012

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 22:46:56 | More by metter98
Photo of FreshHawk


4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Cloudy dull gold color. Large, fluffy, cloud like, white head that raises quickly. Nice retention leaving a nice layer of lace.

S - Quite a bit of Brett on the nose. Nice barnyard funk aroma. In the back is a nice mix of fruity hops. Passionfruit, mango, peach, grapefruit, and pineapple. Intriguing mix of aromas. Some pale malt.

T - Doesn't quite live up to the nose. Not as much Brett although there still is some funk. Fair amount of hops both citrus and tropical (especially pineapple). Touches of spice (pepper and coriander come out a bit). Touches of light/pale malt provide a nice base. Not much from the barrel comes out. Sweet and funk.

M - Light to medium body. Plenty of carbonation. Effervescent and crisp.

D - Interesting beer. Pretty drinkable with a nice funk but nothing too strong (could even use a bit more on the taste). Overall pretty drinkable.

Notes: Didn't quite live up to my expectation (but they were pretty high given Brett and Galaxy hops) and I prefer the Tripel, but this was a nice beer. Interesting play with the hops and kumquat. Could use a bit more Brett on the taste but all in all I can't complain.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 04:55:36 | More by FreshHawk
Photo of rudzud


3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up this bottle from the Hill Farmstead retail shop. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Opens with a very loud pop. The cork was a real bitch to get off, had to use a corkscrew. The pour results in a massive basically four finger sudsy white head that keeps on billowing with an epic amount of carbonation bubbles going on in the tulip. A maelstrom of carbonation. Its nice, good colour (crystal clear gold) but the head is way too much.

S - Light funk from brett, nice peppercorns. Struggling to find any of the fruit. There is a light galaxy hop aroma. Very faint. Smells more like a barrel aged saison than anything.

T - More of the nice funky brett with very like oak barrels. There is some slight peppercorn spice and bitterness from both hop and fruit.

M - Mouthfeel, ehh. Doesnt do it for me. A bit too heavily carbonated and yet I can still feel a fair amount of alcohol. And after it sits for a few minutes thanks to all the carbonation it just falls a bit flat.

O - Overall, while I liked this beer it was easily my least favourite from Anchorage. Glad I got to try it though.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 19:42:21 | More by rudzud
Photo of CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

06-20-2012 11:19:04 | More by CliffBrake
Photo of BarryMFBurton


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

I’m hoping a French-oak-aged IPA bottled with brett is worth nearly 80 cents/ounce – though from what I experienced with my last sampling of Anchorage Brewing, I’m sure it will deliver.

Batch #1, brewed about five months before the date of this tasting (“JAN/2012” on the side of the bottle).

A: Hell of a head on this one – it churns and bubbles absolutely powerfully, standing at two full inches of head-turning foam. The body is straw-yellow, slightly hazy, and with a torrent of bubbles everywhere throughout. No gimmicks – this is just a genuinely superb-looking beer, with an inch of retention and chunky lacing that could not look any better.

S: WOW, that’s a ton of brett; funky and spicy, it picks up a scent of freshly-ground peppercorn, bright barnyard astringency, dry wheat, and coriander. Also popping out front is a touch of Noble hops, showcasing juicy, cherry-and-citrus-forward aromas, though with a healthy dose of grassy dryness. What really stands out, though, it what’s underneath it all: a dense fruit backdrop, filled with complex flavors not normally found in a beer of this style. The kumquats are coming in nicely, as are notes of fleshy peach, mango, and orange; beautifully complex and original.

T: Quite unsurprisingly, this starts out bitter and acidic: phenols, lemon peel, more barnyard Brett, grassy hop bitters, and spicy clove and black pepper, though with a lactic acid tinge that looms over them all. Not to say that it’s one-dimensional, but the acid is boldly upfront, sometimes to a fault. Still, great complexity, and with a nice touch of fruity undertones from the malts – lots of peach and kumquat, all over a mild citrusy wheat. It’s an exotic-tasting beer, that’s for sure. Finishes with touches of more controlled Belgian yeast, lingering with coriander and Wit-like hay, as well as dry, almost metallic tones of brightness.

M: Smoothly carbonated – there isn’t the bite of lively bubbles that I was expecting. And frankly, I’m glad there isn’t; the last thing the beer world needs is another complex IPA that distracts the drinker with loads of artificial-feeling fizz. This beer goes down smooth, feeling perfectly natural at all times.

O: Once again, Anchorage bends the style guidelines of American craft beer and ends up winning. Galaxy is refreshing, complex, and an absolute joy to drink, much like The Tide and its Takers. I might even grab a bottle or two for aging – that brett will be something to behold in a few years’ time (even more than it is now).

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 21:46:45 | More by BarryMFBurton
Photo of Holland


4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-18-2012 17:08:11 | More by Holland
Photo of roblund


4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

06-15-2012 15:14:14 | More by roblund
Photo of halo913


4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-11-2012 01:34:26 | More by halo913
Photo of Cresant


2.68/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured this 750 mL brown bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet glass. No date. The body was pale straw colored. Clear on the first pour cloudy on the next.The head was pure white and large. The head settled to a film and stayed throughout.

The smell was spicy - pepper and coriander! Citrus peel. Lemony, kumquats I suppose.

The taste did not live up to the aroma. There was some spiciness but plastic and Band-Aids prevailed. Not nearly enough fruitiness. Some dryness in the finish. Not enjoyable.

The mouthfeel was medium to light in body with a modest amount of fine carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 14:28:29 | More by Cresant
Photo of rab53


4/5  rDev -0.5%

06-10-2012 00:19:40 | More by rab53
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
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