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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

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Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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654 Ratings
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Ratings: 654
Reviews: 192
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 51
Gots: 49 | 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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mwilbur

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass. Batch #1 Jan. 2012.
A: Pours a pale greenish yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly white head.
S: Citrus and pine hops hit from a few feet away. Pineapple, orange, spearmint, passion fruit, kumquats, and a hint of brett. Smells like an absolute truckload of hops. Wonderfully fresh and aromatic!
T: A bit of an over-aggressive hop explosion up front...takes a bit to settle down and sort out. Citrus (lemon especially), pine, acidic passion fruit, soft wheat, orange rind, and coriander. Black pepper comes to the forefront on the palate in the nice lengthy finish. Quite complex!
M: Light body. Smooth and refreshing which quickly turns toward biting sharp hops. Bitter and dry finish.
D: An interesting beer and an interesting style (white IPA). Refreshing and complex. Definitely worth a try. Drinker beware: Huge hop bomb here. In hindsight, I would give this one a little more time for the hops to settle down and for the brett to do its thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 03:38:13 | More by mwilbur
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RoamingGnome

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 750 ml bottle into CBS snifter. Served slightly chilled.

A) Cloudy yellow with a nice two finger foamy head. This settles to a whipped egg white dusting, which is eventually a collar. Nice lacing initially. Definitely a bit of sediment.

S) Heavy citrus, lemon, white grapefruit with no sugar, lots of rind, and some pine. This sweetens up as it warms. A little pineapple I think.

T) Again citrus, a little sour too. The sourness is lemon. There is some hop bitterness, which hits the taste buds pretty hard. There is a bit of spice too.

M) This is pretty soft, considering the carbonation and the citrus tingle on the finish and aftertaste. The aftertaste could have been tamed a bit.

O) This started out slow, but I must say, this grew on me. Not something I would care to drink regularly, but worth a try. Not to shabby.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 01:18:40 | More by RoamingGnome
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DrFayhee


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

This beer has a pale yellow, slightly cloudy color that almost makes it look like its glowing. A nice thick head gives it a stunning appearance. Very fruity aroma with citrus and herbal notes. Characterizing flavor for this beer is a real challenge because I've never had a beer that changes so much with almost every sip. This alone makes it exciting. It started out slightly funky and yeasty which gradually mellowed as honeysuckle and melon-y flavors began to peek through. I'd definitely love to try another bottle to see if there are differences between batches but unfortunately it's pretty pricey.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 02:56:37 | More by DrFayhee
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freethehopspc

Alabama

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2012 02:45:38 | More by freethehopspc
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cosmonick

Indiana

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-27-2012 02:22:57 | More by cosmonick
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.23/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brad for sharing this with us the other day, served in a snifter.

Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate to high carbonation.

Aroma is bretty, Bretty c and b and some fruits with a nice hoppiness, earthiness to follow.

Beer is light in body and very effervescent on the palate, stinging and sweet, with a late oakiness and funk with a nice hop palate. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2012 03:41:52 | More by drabmuh
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MaineMike

Maine

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-26-2012 01:12:33 | More by MaineMike
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from an online shop. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a nice, clear light golden color with a huge, foamy white head with really nice retention. As it finally falls, there's plenty of lacing left behind. Half-inch cap throughout.

The nose carries some really nice Brett notes -- there's some very light hay and straw plus a bit of pineapple and lemon zest. Slight pepper component there as well as mild Galaxy notes. The Brett and additions seem to be more prevalent than the hops, though everything is quite balanced.

The flavor is quite nice as well, though it doesn't quite live up to the nose. The Brett is the focus here and, while quite nice, it doesn't let some of the other components from the nose shine as much. Body is light and crisp with nice carbonation and a very dry finish. Moderate bitterness on the palate and then continuing through the finish.

Overall, really nice use of Brett and I could have gone for a bit more hops in the flavor, but that's a minor complaint considering how much I'm enjoying this one.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2012 19:24:28 | More by Thorpe429
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aasher

Indiana

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

This beer just arrived in Indianapolis today. It pours a light bodied milky and cloudy pear juice gold in color with a one finger whispy head. The nose is dry and full of brett with a moderate hop profile with a good amount of coriander and lemon peel. The flavors are a really interesting mix of fresh and pungent hops with a boatload of brett and dried citrus fruits. It's about as complex as could be. It drinks light in body and of course finishes dry and tart. It is just incredibly different. I don't know if I could drink a whole bottle BT myself and thoroughly enjoy it hut this is definitely a beer to share with a friend.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 00:27:22 | More by aasher
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Callmecoon

California

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-22-2012 00:35:10 | More by Callmecoon
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SpdKilz

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Dan (DSlim71) for this beer. Cheers buddy!

Appearance – Pours a relatively clear, straw color with about two fingers of head that dissipates quickly leaving spotty lacing.

Smell – A wonderful citrus aroma; lemon, grapefruit, peach, etc. Slight funk, straw, and a hint of a malty backbone.

Taste – A tart bready flavor up front along with wheat, straw, and slight barnyard funk. Nice hops, pine, and lemon zest. Coriander, clove, and white pepper. Finishes up slightly tart yet caramel sweet.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, plentiful prickly carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – A very interesting beer for sure. A “hybrid” IPA, Wit, and Saison in my opinion. Quite enjoyable and extremely quaffable. Very glad to try this beer. Thanks again Dan!

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2012 01:49:45 | More by SpdKilz
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

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

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad.

The beer is very hazy and appears golden to straw yellow hued. The head is pure white, rapidly fading to a thin, wispy layer.

The aroma offers brettanomyces, oak, fruits (maybe kiwi, passion fruit, star fruit), hops, coriander, peppercorns. Really interesting and nice.

The flavor is also quite good. Lots of brett. Deliciously tart. Certainly not a normal witbier, saison, or IPA, but rather a hybrid of the three.

Lovely mouthfeel. Lingering bitterness and wild yeast. Fabulous.

Overall, this was delightful. I am already looking forward to having it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 21:36:31 | More by Huhzubendah
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illidurit

California

4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle from AJ’s in Aptos. Pours a pale gold color -- not quite as light as a wit or berliner weisse, but still very pale. Aroma is zesty and bright. Big tropical papaya and grapefruit and pineapple, lemon verbena, no trace of malt. Just as it should be. Flavor is a little light on hops due to the aging, but it still has a solid tropical fruit presence. Reminds me of orange pineapple juice a bit. A bit of musty oak and brett, moderate bitterness and a lingering tickle of black pepper. A very impressive beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 07:35:57 | More by illidurit
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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

750ml C&C bottle opened on 2-23-12.
Batch 1

A - Pours a very light orange-yellow with a huge fluffy white head. Great retention and lots of lacing.

S - Strong hop tones - grass, pine, floral and lemony. Some slight pepper.

T - Very hoppy, not much of the spice comes through.

D - Light body, no sourness.

O - Light and hoppy, and AMAZING!

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 05:15:27 | More by HuskyinPDX
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baybassboy

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-18-2012 04:39:13 | More by baybassboy
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-17-2012 20:57:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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ejw127

Nevada

2.5/5  rDev -37.8%

03-16-2012 04:02:36 | More by ejw127
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THECPJ

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-15-2012 00:14:46 | More by THECPJ
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Diomede

California

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

03-13-2012 05:29:48 | More by Diomede
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DSlim71

New Jersey

4/5  rDev -0.5%

03-12-2012 16:09:55 | More by DSlim71
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jenray

Texas

3/5  rDev -25.4%

03-12-2012 02:11:04 | More by jenray
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StaveHooks

Oklahoma

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle corked and caged. Served in Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a golden pale straw. Pretty clear when poured without the yeast sediment. 2.5 fingers of bright white head slowly melt into deep mounds leaving sudsy lacing behind.

S - Brett is the first thing picked up after popping the cork. It mixes with bright citrus zest - tangerine, mandarin, and touch of lemon. Dry coriander, and green herbal notes come through as it warms. Brett is plentiful and fills the glass with a demanding funk.

T - Acidic citrus zest blast the palate. Citrus oil, white grape skins, pineapple, green herbs, coriander. Very crisp and clean. The brett adds flavors of damp straw but isn't as involved as the aroma. The finishes with dry grapefruit pith.

M - Moderate carbonation, big bubble champagne-like, light and flowing across the palate, finishes bitter and dry.

Very nice! Galaxy hops combined with Brett is a dream come true. Super fresh and juicy flavors contrasted by the mustiness of the brett just works. Brett is way stronger in the aroma than the flavor. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 01:14:57 | More by StaveHooks
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed "fresh" from tasting notes.

A. Semi hazy pale straw color with a monster four finger head that lasts for a minute and a half, leaving behind amazing sheets and curtains of sudsy lacing. Slightly more retention time and I would have awarded a perfect five for appearance on this one!

S. The first aroma that came to mind was a freshly cooled lemon custard meant for a pie. A split second later I got hit by a wave of the trademarked Galaxy passionfruit aroma coupled up with a side order of Brett Funk and the black peppercorns. The coriander aroma....gets sort of lost in the shuffle for my nose until the beer warms up quite significantly, and even than it is a very meek level of coriander that gets bullied around and obscured by everything else quite a lot.

T. Belgian Brett funk and wet tart wheat, hay, grassy herbal tea-like hopping combined with an appropriately IPA-level of citric peel and rind bittering. The oak and peppercorns team up to form a spicy dry incredibly long finish that blends in with the pithy bitterness that stays with you long after the citrus peel drops away.

M. Medium body and somewhat medium-heavy carbonation. My only real nitpick with this brew is that I would dial the carbonation back just a tad, as it made me feel somewhat bloated even while sipping. Just a bit too effervescent.

Holy hell this was a great beer, and it's going to be hard on my self discipline to wait and see how the funk levels develop in the other bottle I have in the basement.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2012 15:33:14 | More by WastingFreetime
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Docer

Washington

3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.5)
- Nice light colored straw yellow brew.. a very light cloudy touch to it. Nice fingers of bubbly frothy foamy head.. settle to a thin mixed pillow and sticky foam all about the glass.

Smell: (4.5)
- Surprisingly an IPA aroma.. very floral and citrus-like hops over a light grainy biscuit bready malt. Not overly sweet smelling. I like that. No caramel really to be found. Some oak and dry esters sit nicely with a spicy flare that shows up late. Quite good.

Taste: (4.0)
- Grain, biscuit, bread, light sweet malts.. very floral and crisp grassy hops and citrus blended well with a slight spice and peppery character. This is a very well balanced and seemingly green IPA. Bottled with Brett? Is this an IPA to sit on awhile to get more tart and sour flavors? I don't get much in that regard other than the oak and drying flavors that brett can provide in its early stages.

Mouth Feel: (3.5)
- A nice light bodied brew which is quite dry.. I like dry in most of my beers. It is however a little over-carbonated for me. I wouldn't mind some excessive carbonation if the Brett shined more. Not bad.

Overall: (3.5)
- This is a very good IPA. I don't like the price of it. There was a lot of hype around this beer, and along with the packaging.. it fell a bit short for me. Though I do not, and will not grade any of my scores on anything but the fluid. There is some nice Brett character, and a slight funk to it. It is probably the first IPA I would actually even consider aging. The base beer must be stellar, but beyond that.. a little over-done. I like the Whiteout Wit much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2012 05:33:54 | More by Docer
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wmrogers11

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

03-10-2012 05:08:21 | More by wmrogers11
Galaxy White IPA from Anchorage Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 654 ratings.