Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company
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3.9/5 rDev -3.2%
750ml bottle. This is from Batch #1, January 2012. Poured into an unmarked tulip glass. Reviewing from memory.
A: Pours out an extremely hazy, bright yellow color. I remember being pretty amazing at how different the color was. Great carbonation from the bottle conditioning. Big two finger, bright white head that stuck around a while. Left some nice lacing as well.
S: That Brett yeast is very pronounced, which was pretty pleasant being a Brett fan. You got hints of lemon and grassy notes hidden below it. Being an IPA though, the hops were sort of dominated by the other smells.
T: Up front you taste that mild barnyard funk on the tip of the tongue that comes from the Brett. I pulled some lemon, coriander notes as well right away. There isn't a strong hop bitterness, but they are there. It's a nice refreshing flavor on this brew. I remember the finish being fairly dry and not overly bitter.
M: It's a medium bodied IPA. Very highly carbonated which helps the flavors clear the palate.
05-04-2012 14:24:44 | More by inlimbo77
3.53/5 rDev -12.4%
SMELL: Immediate, bright hops intensely blended with equally bright lemon juice citrus. Some definite pepper spiciness accented off the bitter sweet smell.
TASTE: First reaction is a surprising division of the mouth feel. It feels like it divided in half, the top being bright and citrusy while the lower part is strangely dry and clear. Very clear, refreshing vibe overall, with a mild spicy bitterness seeming to follow. The bitter hops lingers forever almost uncomfortably bitter.
04-29-2012 02:22:03 | More by weazal
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +1.7%
Beer pours a hazy light yellow/straw color with a pretty fluffy white head. Smell is very nice and interesting, a mix of citrus from the hops and spice from whatever else is in here goes really nicely with the brett. Unfortunately the flavor isn't as exciting as the aromas was. The taste comes off more like a Belgian IPA with brett, which is I guess what this beer is, but the smell indicated it could be more. It's very hoppy/bitter and a little citrusy with a nice dryness from the brett and a bit of oak. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. Overall, another very tasty, interesting beer from Anchorage. It's not quite on the level of Bitter Monk, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.
04-29-2012 00:39:45 | More by starrdogg
4.2/5 rDev +4.2%
Poured from a 750mL bottle into an Allagash cervoise glass. Batch #1. Bottled January 2012.
A: Very pale (hence the name white?) yellowish, topped with three fingers of loose head. Some bubbles. Quite clear. (Edit: after pouring the last half, it becomes murky and opaque.)
S: Whoah! Incredibly interesting, just as I'd hoped. Spice (pepper and coriander?), funky-sharp Brett, and more traditional IPAish citrus like grapefruit. I love it.
T: Sweeter than anticipated, with an excellent funky yeast character that tests my tolerance for Brett towards the endtaste as it grows less like weird-fun and more like porta-potty cleaner. The spice is pleasant on the bitterish endtaste, the peppercorn really shining. Apparently, the fruit is kumquat. An interesting contribution, but a welcome one. I've never encountered Galaxy hops, and I'm unclear how I feel about them now...perhaps they provide some of the fruitiness? At any rate, the hops are nice. I have no real sense of the French oak maturation, though I suppose that could be contributing to the spiciness.
M: Always fresh and titillating.
O: Points for style and for being curious as hell. I love interesting beers, and this is one. I saw the many many modifiers on the bottle and knew I had to try it. Probably not worth the money, but definitely worth giving a try.
"Ale brewed with Galaxy hops, coriander, kumquats, and peppercorns. Fermented and aged in French oak foudres with a wit yeast. Dry hopped with Galaxy hops. Bottle conditioned with brettanomyces and wine yeast.
04-28-2012 05:07:56 | More by AgentMunky
4.55/5 rDev +12.9%
Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.
Without an entire pour, slightly clear and crystal yellow gold brass, some nice carbonation, giving to a rocky soapy white head with some lacing. While topping up cloudiness comes with a lemon orb character just glowing. Some spider lacing and some good retention. Real good looking.
Nose hits a real nice buttery oak, good brett heat, faint lemon zest, but mostly a nice juicy buttery sense. More citrus angles seem to come out later, juicy orange and tangerine, no doubt from the kumquats. Real nice.
Taking all that, a great vinous mouthfeel just feels so clean and refreshing. Palate fills with a nice hop angle and brett punch. Good balance mix with a citrus hop hinting with juicy quality hinting from the nose all-throughout. Finish gets quite peppery hot but in control, the perfect mix of hop bitter, and brett heat. Buttery sticking sensation like bearnaise.
Overall I just can't get over how juicy this beer is. A real nice marriage, nearly perfect for me.
04-28-2012 02:51:15 | More by smakawhat
3.43/5 rDev -14.9%
Really nice looking beer, slightly opaque golden color with a decent looking head. It is one finger but the bubbles are rather medium sized and tehy all line up to try and reach the top to escape into the atmosphere. My nose detects citrus, orange, lemon, grass, and then hay and a slight note of basement and funk...yes some barrel too. Everything seems good so far, then I tast the beer, bummer. Right off the bat it is good. Hoppy, citrus forward flowery punch, a hint of crisp white wine, but then...dirt, earth, just poor fermentation management on the brett scene. The minerally quality of anchorage brewing has got me down. Mouthfeel is overly spritzy to style. A let down, I'm over this brewery.
04-26-2012 02:09:34 | More by pmlondrigan
3.7/5 rDev -8.2%
Pours a clouded straw gold color, big plume of soapy white froth, diminishes slowly but leaves little lacing. Scent brings notes of citrus and tropical fruits - grapefruit and pineapple - before musty, earthy funk presents itself, segues into a dry, earthy grainyness, moderate spice. Taste lacked the hop punch or brett funk expected from descriptors on the bottle, moderately bitter with light citrus and tropical notes, mildly earthy from yeast and grain, faint spicing, a touch of sweet fruit juice on the end. Medium bodied, lightly prickly, dry. Maybe a little too much expected from this and maybe a little too much advertised on the bottle, would have liked a touch more aggressiveness on some flavor fronts, maybe the bottle just in a weird spot with aging with faded hops and muted brett.
04-23-2012 17:15:14 | More by rfgetz
3.83/5 rDev -5%
750ml C&C bottle. Batch #1 - Jan/2012. Served in a snifter.
Cork was a serious pain to get out of this one.
Pours a hazy gold with 2 fingers of fizzy, rocky white foam. Maintains a little bit of a covering. A few swaths of lacing.
Aroma is floral and citrus hops right up front, followed by the now familiar Anchorage bretty white wine note. Sour fruit. Salt and pepper. Spicy and complex.
Flavor starts out exceptionally dry and spritzy, bitterness kicks in after that. Fruity sourness with a salty note emerges next. Long, *long* lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. A little bit of alcohol emerges in the finish as well. Overall, the flavor is a bit of a letdown from the aroma.
Medium-low body with high hybrid natural-spritzy carbonation. Exceptionally dry. Very easy to drink and leaves you wanting more.
04-23-2012 01:43:38 | More by brotherloco
4/5 rDev -0.7%
750ml bottle, belmont station
appearance: served in my ale asylum chalice, a quite pale yellow body, creamy white foam head
smell: bright citrus, brett funk, grassy, bready
taste: anchorage appears to be a one trick pony, but when your trick is brett, you're sure to sell bottles and make interesting beer. The brett plays well - more belgian than IPA, but nice and citrusy
mouthfeel: light, funky and refreshing
overall: nice stuff
04-23-2012 01:14:27 | More by dirtylou
4.13/5 rDev +2.5%
Very pale color, if not quite exactly white, with good clarity and rambunctious activity. It has a fluffy white head that is more dense on top, and that recedes gradually and leaves thick lacing.
Horsey Brett and lemony citrus are most noticeable after letting it warm for a good little while. A wee little nip of malty sweetness sneaks in underneath. I'm not getting much from the hops other than the lemon, as the Brett is dominant, even if not overly strong.
The Brett is not so prominent as in the nose, but still noticeable. Hop derived bitterness is mild, and some gentle malty sweetness balances really well. Hop flavor is citrus and pine and increases from the middle onward toward the finish. ... Later I notice some spiciness. But I'm not going to pretend I identified any specific ones named on the label, because I assuredly did not. While the flavor is tame in most respects, it is exceptionally well balanced and maximizes complexity. On first sip it may seem plain, but repeated sips reveal a very well made and unique beer, as we have come to expect from Gabe.
A little tingle/sting from the carbonation, medium body, and really smooth. It doesn't finish dry and bitter like so many others.
While this one doesn't bash you over the head with bold flavors or aromas, it has subtle complexity and great balance. Gabe gets it done again. If he keeps it up, beer geeks may someday have to re-rank the top breweries in Anchorage (and Alaska) with ABC as # 1 and Midnight Sun as #2. When I first learned Gabe had was leaving Midnight Sun to do his own thing I was a bit bummed, but I am all for it now.
04-08-2012 05:05:09 | More by sprucetip
4.5/5 rDev +11.7%
Popped the cork of 22 oz bottle & poured into my Russian River stemmed glass. Foamy head explodes filling the glass in spite of a very careful pour.
Head retains very well with nice lace as head gradually recedes.
First impression is of a typical Belgian IPA but then the nuances take over challenging the senses. Sweetness, spiciness, sour notes make for a very enjoyable experience.
A great sipping beer so bold I couldn't finish the bottle at one sitting. Rebottled into a swing-top bottle to finish at a later time.
I love a good Belgian IPA - quickly becoming one of my favorite styles and this didn't disappoint.
04-08-2012 02:09:45 | More by NWer
4.23/5 rDev +5%
Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma if full of brett, with some orange notes as well as some bread from the malt. The flavor is similar. I get a ton of brett and orange citrus notes, with a little bit of bread and biscuit malt. There is also a nice yeasty component to the flavor and a low amount of hop bitterness. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Glad I got to try this one.
04-07-2012 03:51:02 | More by Mora2000
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.