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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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BA SCORE
91
outstanding

783 Ratings
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Ratings: 783
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 66
Gots: 81 | 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 MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of axeman9182
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle, batch 1 from January 2012. It was poured into my NEBCO tulip.

Anchorage's Galaxy White IPA pours a fairly hazy lemon yellow. Four fingers or so of frothy white foam balloons up to fill the top two thirds of the glass. Head retention is very good, but lacing is a bit on the spotty side. Eight to nine months after bottling, it's hard to rate this as a Belgian IPA, as it's more of a wild ale at this point. The nose has a good bit of barnyard funk to it, as well as a citric tartness to it. There's also the last remnants of some more tropical fruit aromas from the fading Galaxy hops. Again with the flavor profile, there's a strong funky, brett presence. I don't know what kumquats taste like, but given that they're related to oranges, I'm attributing to them the citrus bent that the light tartness here has. Just as with the nose, the fruity hop flavor is a shell of what it must have been soon after bottling. The body is wonderfully dry, and the carbonation is very lively. It could stand to be just a little bit more so, but it's still very close. I really dug this bottle of Galaxy White IPA, and I'd love to try one that's much more fresh, as I think it'd be a very different, but still very good beer.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange and hazy color. The head is extremely thick, tall, and frothy. Great retention.

The smell is lemon, the funky barnyard/horseblanket scent that is brett, and citrus.

It's an extremely interesting beer. The cirtrus notes and lemon compliment the funk of the brett. There's a peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is clean with good carbonation. Slightly sweet yet bitter.

This is a fantastic beer with plus points for being highly original. A definite must try.

Photo of brendaniel
3.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 29/9/12

A hazy golden yellow with not many visible bubbles but there’s lots of them in there because I’m having trouble fitting it in my glass. The massive loose soapy head retains very well taking its time to fall leaving just a few random patches of lace

S lots going on with this one, I’m getting the coriander no problem, the Brett’s hard too miss, faint peppercorn but I can’t remember smelling a Kumquat before, it’s a mix of mango, passion fruit and orange marmalade. Earthy notes and oak with some vinous notes I can’t quite place, tropical citric hops round out the mix. Everything just blends together so well and I can’t think of how this beer could smell better

T a step back from the nose this only tastes awesome, spice comes out stronger with more earthy vinous notes, the funky Brett and fruit works well, I could drink this all day…or at least until I couldn’t move

M over carbonated and foamy, a swirl produces a two finger foam after the original head fell, I could do this several times, no heats a plus but quite airy, a mild bitter bite and just a fine tannic like grit

O very pleased with this one, a nice blend of fruit, hops and a very interesting yeast profile and a spicy kick. This one has a little bit of everything and its working well no matter how you look at it.

I’m stoked to drink this one and could take down another 750ml no problem. The Brett’s already strong and I’m going to find out how funky this will get, I’m going to buy another to drink now and lay one down for fun

Photo of falconxman
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of yamar68
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now THIS is a unique beer. I've said that so many times but I really mean it this time. It pours incredibly pale, paler than a Miller Lite. Topped with a massive, soapy, bubbly swelling tower of curdled latte froth.

The nose - clove, hefe type spice character, mild brett presence, wet hay bales, slight alcohol spice, obvious floral and citric hops, very smooth, very nice.

The twang of the brett is perfectly married to the still bitter hops. The spices are dialed back appropriately, clove is still apparent, some orange zest qualities, love the bitter finish. Impeccable mouthfeel.

Try this beer.

Photo of BoRaeCho
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

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

Batch 1, January 2012.

A: Pours a hazy pale straw yellow with a billowy 2-finger thick fluffy white head which leaves clumpy and mosaic lace.

N: Bretty funk, wheaty yeast, citrus (lemon and grapefruit) pith, floral. The horseblanket is mild and allows some tropical fruits (guava and passionfruit), herbal with peppery spices to show through.

T: Musty barnyard as the door opens revealing floral grassy herbs and yeasty spices. Citrus is bright white and illuminates into the corners revealing crisp wheaty grains.

M: Medium body and carbonation. Dry bretty finish with citrus and spicy finish.

O: Fairly light and refreshing. The Galaxy hops combine well with the brett and wheat and spices. Very enjoyable and look forward to what is next from this brewery.

Photo of arash1000
1.25/5  rDev -69%

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of Brenden
4.01/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of this beer's description makes it seem, at base, to be a hoppy sort of wit; with the coriander, spices, and Belgian yeast, perhaps the hops make the difference. It looks, in any case, like a classic wit: light gold, somehow simultaneously bright and cloudy, with a fluffy pure white head. That head rises high and strong, making a beautifully rocky and densely pillowy crown that lasts, fades to a thick 1/2 finger, and leaves chunks and heavy patches of lacing. Full retention and very slightly more lacing are the only barriers to a higher score.
The nose is brilliant, mending vinous, citrus and tropical fruits with a raw, leafy bitterness along with vinous notes and a touch of pepper. The Brett comes through in such a way as to show off the funk without interference in the overall profile. Belgian yeast adds just a ghost of earthiness and more light pepper, but like raw green buds before maturation.
The taste is very nice, mingling the same notes with the exception that the funk isn't really drawn out until this beer has warmed a bit. The vinous dryness and pith pull into the finish, but the fruitier elements keep it from going particularly dry. There is a noticeable, though faint and ghostly, note of band-aid.
The feel is crisp and smooth mingling together for a nice flow in a fairly light-bodied brew.
While it seems like a lot thrown together coming into it, brewing expertise is showcased in that these guys can do so much without making it a muddled mes, and blending it all together so well. I hope they come out with more.

Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of anteater
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw-colored and hazy ale with a big fluffy white head; ample lace will adorn your glass as the beer moves past

S: grassy and herbal; something lightly funky and slightly citric; clean, fresh grain-field aromas

T: dry pale malts bring minimal sweetness; lemony citron and brettanomyces musk; oak and drying wood with a touch of tart on the pith side of things, and even a little dank around the edges; some herb and pepper; a very subtle fruitiness, mostly citric, something faintly pale and perhaps tropical...

M: medium-bodied, smooth with some slight coating of funk; medium bitterness but/and essentially clean and crisp; some mustiness on the aftertaste; drying finish, slight tart astringence

O: I thought this was really good beer - has a lot going on, and I like the effect of brett in beers. Classified as a Belgian IPA, but open to interpretation. Hoppy, sure, but not really bitter. This is going to remind folks of farmhouse ales and witbiers. If you like ales with brett and barrel-aging, you will want to try this.

Photo of ctwinne
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of brez8791
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had as a part of a free tasting held at GBX! Served from bottle into a sampler shaker. Poured a pale yellow with a three finger white head that subsided to one finger very slowly. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, spice, coriander, funk, earth, fruit, and wheat. The flavor was of sweet malt, earth, funk, fruit, wheat, and spice. It had a light feel on the palate with very high carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. I really like the level of complexity that the Brett addition to the bottle added to this brew. This was a fairly light IPA as the name would imply, so the nice kiss of funkiness went really well here. Anchorage is definitely doing good things and I can't wait to try more offerings from them that I have not tried yet.

Photo of CanuckRover
4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very (very) pale gold with a snow-white head. Looks just about perfect. Head gets nice and comfy and sticks around for awhile, whiting out most of my glass with thick lacings.

Unbelievably fresh zingy aroma. Big hit of lemon zest and coriander complimented by mild fund and lively yeast. Just beautiful.

Sharp bitterness up front. Settles to some lovely fruit flavours, mango comes to mind, though I'm guessing if I had ever eaten a cumquat that would be more apt. Bitterness kicks up again near the finish, just to let you know its there. Dry finish and all yeast and restrained funk.

Wasn't sure what to think of this one at first, but a few sips in and I was really digging it. IPA is a bit of a misnomer here, this is sort of an Imperial Wild Wit or something like that. Seek this one out.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml caged and corked bottle, Batch #2, April 2012. Served in a DFH Signature glass, the beer pours a hazy gold color with a huge off-white head that grew for a while and took some time to settle. Also, there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like lemon peel, brett, hay, peppery spice and some coriander. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also the addition of some white wine and pineapple flavors. I liked the taste of this beer more and more the longer I drank it. Mouthfeel/body is medium, and it's very carbonated. I think this is a pretty good overall brew, although I do wish the carbonation was lower. $13.99 a bottle.

Photo of theminutemen
4.5/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of jrenihan
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 1, bottled January 2012.

Cork eagerly jumps out the bottle. Beer is a very pale and cloudy golden with a massive white head. Good retention, lots of sticky lacing.

Tonnes of funk in the nose- a really huge amount. The brett is pretty dominant- horse blanket, barnyard, etc. Coriander, lemon. An unusual smell that I expect is the kumquat. Alongside the brett is some tropical fruit notes, which took me awhile to find in the face of the funk.

Funk is upfront in the taste, but not as intense as the nose. Light fruit flavours, lemon. Coriander, a bit of pepper. Certainly has characteristics similar to a witbier. Finish is slightly bitter with a bit of tartness.

Medium bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, not bad. I like it but was expecting more. I would not call this a Belgian IPA, but it is admittedly hard to classify. The brett aspect is most dominant, so perhaps an American Wild Ale.

Photo of dtx00
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of thebouch01
4/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Health
4.25/5  rDev +5.5%

Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 783 ratings.