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Galaxy White IPA - Anchorage Brewing Company

Galaxy White IPAGalaxy White IPA

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600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 4.03
pDev: 11.17%


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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SHODriver

California

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: 750ml corked and caged bottle. Pours a light hazy yellow with a huge 2+ finger white head that is slow to recede
S: smells of citrus, spice, and slightly grassy
T: pale malt up front slips to a bit of peppery spice and fruitiness and then a huge layer of hop presence with some herbal flavors and some citrus. Corriander intermingles a little bit toward the end. Aftertaste is oily hop goodness that disappears quickly
M: fairly light on the tongue but has good viscosity as well. Sot carbonation from bottle conditioning is prickly at times but normally very smooth
O: a very tasty convergence of the IPA and Witbier styles

UPDATE: if you want to let this one sit for about 6-7 months the brett will come out to play with some nice barnyard and funk. the hops aren't quite there anymore but still provide a nice bitterness. the nose on the beer has gone nuts in that time as well with some sourness and funk.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 04:14:53 | More by SHODriver
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WastingFreetime

Wisconsin

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
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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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 from Aug 2012.

A: Hazy, light straw, HUGE white head, good retention, amazing lace.

S: Very Belgian aroma: Horse blanket, corriander and tropical fruit; citrus rind, lemon grass.

T: Definitely some leathery funk, but it's not as pronounced as the aroma. Tons of vanilla in the flavour, wheaty biscuit, tropical fruit, slight pepper, hints of corriander, yeast sediment has a healthy, doughy flavour. Good bitterness, alcohol is really subtle.

M: Highly attenuated, moderate body is really carbonated, with a crisp, dry finish.

O: A gold standard for this new style?

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 02:56:43 | More by Derek
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FrostBlast

Quebec (Canada)

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

***EXPLOSIVE CORK ALERT*** and I REALLY mean this. I've opened quite a few of these and every bottle was pretty violent. Be careful!

APPEARANCE : Straw yellow with some particles in suspension - otherwise very clear. Huge head drops fairly quick to a thin layer with very solid lacing. The head has an extremely pleasing look, very fluffy but sharp looking.

SMELL : First nose is some faint brett with citrus fruits and herbs. Second nose opens up the citrus profile a lot, really thickens it, lets us really grasp how fresh the kumquats were when they dropped them in the fermenters. Coriander also starts to show up. Third nose blends everything back into an amazing melting pot of fresh hoppy citrusy goodness. Amazing nose, really.

TASTE : So that's where the peppercorn shows up. It adds a sharp spicy side to the mix that really brings everything to a whole other level - citrus and coriander and hops would've been nice on their own, but the pepper really changed where this brew is headed. The only downpoint I see to the peppercorn is that it seems to cut on the refreshing side of the beer. Other than that, the taste really follows the nose.

MOUTHFEEL : WAY too much carbonation. No freaking wonder people in my beer club have seen some of their bottles actually exploding in rather dangerous ways (yes, I was WAY serious about being careful with these guys). Once you've given the brew a few swings around the glass, though, everything calms down and you can actually feel something - and boy is it enjoyable. This texture fits absolutely perfectly with the citrus kumquat taste. Feels like you're actually drinking the fruit's juice directly.

OVERALL : Very impressive beer. Very original mixture of ingredients. Bold and intelligently crafted. I'll be aging some of them, the brewers say the brettanomyces come out a lot more given time. I'm curious to see what it'll be like. I'll probably send out another review for an aged bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 01:01:46 | More by FrostBlast
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

4.44/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a delicate, translucent, bright golden color with a light, fluffy white head that fades quickly. Wispy lacing.

S- Wild Brett yeast all over the nose. Fresh fruit of kumquats and mango mesh beautifully with the yeast strain. Lemon grass also comes through. Buttery sweetness.

T- A wow beer for me. Love the mix of intense hops with the Brett kick'n up a fuss! Not picking up the coriander, but absolutely loving the peppercorn spice that makes its way. Warmth and pepper all over the back of the throat. Touch of bitterness with is fashionably late.

M- Looks like it woudln't have much substance, but this one holds up quite well. Mid body, and a crisp drinkability while remaining smooth.

O- My first from this brewery and I look forward for many more to come. Happy to see they have finally got distribution in MO. Balanced, complex, cracked pepper crispness, and journey of bold flavors that seem to explore something new with every sip.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2013 03:05:09 | More by Bosoxfan20
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ngeunit1

California

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a clear golden yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some thick lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of citrus and tropical hops with some Belgian yeast esters, light fruit, pepper and other spice, oak, and some funky Brett.

T - Starts off with some citrus and tropical hops with some grapefruit flavor and some spices and Belgian yeast esters. Through the middle some oak, funky Brett, and bitterness come through alongside a bit more yeast esters. The finish is a mix of citrus and tropical hops, light spices, funk, oak, and some bitterness.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry, bitter, and lightly spicy finish.

D - Very drinkable. Really nice White IPA. The spices and the Wit yeast really compliment the Galaxy hops nicely. The Brett also adds some nice complexity.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 06:31:35 | More by ngeunit1
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Daniellobo

District of Columbia

4.43/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Rich bretty IPA, complex and tasty.

Presentation: 750 ml brown, caged and corked bottle. Screen printed label with a green and white design of a blizzard of hop cones framed by grey bars with the details of the brew and face of the brewer. Side paragraph offers a description of the brew, and serving indications, back narrative exposes intent, and background. Notes 50 IBUS, bottling Batch #1 Jan 2012, and 7% Alc. by Vol. Served in a tulip glass.

A -Lightly hazy pale gold pour, rich frothy head, medium retention, fair surface memory and some touches of lacing.

S - Rich nose with plenty of funky brett notes, citric, and light fruity touches...

T - The flavor shows off and expand the notes with the breathy funk, hint of spice and tropical sweetness in the backbone, earthy feel in the hop profile with a hint of wood.

M - Light body with high carbonation, relatively dry finish with a pleasing lingering sense.

O - Very rich flow, quite a nice brew.

Notes: Nice flow, same issues as before with the pricing but the quality is memorable. Really enjoying these brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 21:50:17 | More by Daniellobo
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Greywulfken

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: straw-colored ale with a big fluffy head

S: grassy and herbal

T: dry pale malts, minimal sweetness, medium bitterness; lemony citron and brettanomyces musk: astringent and dank at the same time; some herbs and pepperiness

M: clean, crisp, musty aftertaste; dry, 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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 17:49:21 | More by Greywulfken
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trxxpaxxs

New York

4.4/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed blind, thanks to Stupac2...

A: Pours a cloudy light orange with two full fingers of pure white head. The foam takes a little time to settle, but not anything rediculous. Left behind is a rocky layer of bubbles that hug the glass, and leaving really nice lacing as it drinks.

S: Holy cow brett! The nose is huge brett, grass, rose hips, and some stinging hop bitters. I also get a some clove spice and maybe some mild fruit notes. But the overwhelming scents are brett and bright hops. It smells nice, and it's not a mix of scents you come across everyday.

T: This beer starts out sweet and wet, but becomes brett overload in the middle. I get tons of yeast, grass, roses, and horseblanket, followed by a really bright hop hit. It's like lime tic-tacs. You know... bright and powerful but without a solid sweetness and not over the top bitters. I dig it.

M: Medium bodied beer. It's refreshing, yet coats the palate. The brett dominates, but a lot of the other subtlties still manage to shine through. The finish is dry, but this beer is super drinkable.

O: I really enjoyed this beer. It's brett done right, with the added bonus of really refreshing hop components. Solid on all accounts. I'd love to drink more of this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 16:13:40 | More by trxxpaxxs
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CanuckRover

Ontario (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 00:04:27 | More by CanuckRover
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Vonerichs

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2012 02:49:51 | More by Vonerichs
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MasterSki

Illinois

4.38/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Batch #2, cellared for about a year I guess. Purchased at West Lakeview Liquors and served in a plastic cup.

A - The cork comes out with an explosive pop, but this thankfully didn't gush. Giant white foam that eventually settles to a lingering thick cap and splotchy lacework. Hazed mango-orange body.

S - Loads of brett; mostly tropical, but a tad dirty and musty, with light hay, grass, and medicinal notes. Still, it's mostly fruity brett mingling with fruity hops and the kumquat addition. A bit of coriander and peppercorn mixes nicely with the spicy Belgian yeast.

T - The taste is more Saison-like, with hand lotion, stone fruit malts, tropical brett, kumquat, and mild medicinal notes in the finish. Surprisingly low bitterness for an all-Galaxy beer. Not a ton of oak character.

M - Super dry and champagne-esque, with zesty carbonation and a medium body. No alcohol, and exactly what I want from this style.

D - I'd like to try this again fresh to see how intense the Galaxy hops are, but even with age this is a really nice mix of hops, brett, and adjuncts. Nice to see that these Anchorage beers hold up over time too. Very enjoyable, but I expect nothing else from Gabe.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 20:13:36 | More by MasterSki
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Kaibosh

British Columbia (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: slightly cloudy. Golden. Persistent white head.

Smell: Yeast. Floral.

Taste: more wheat beer than IPA. Taste is good, but an IPA?

Mouthfeel: lots of carbonation for a bottle aged beer. Quite thin on the palate.

Overall: a tasty beer. A Belgian style wheat beer. Not so much of an IPA.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 06:33:05 | More by Kaibosh
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Jmamay22

New York

4.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a pale golden yellow with an extremely large craggy white head that refuses to die down leaving thick gobs of foamy rings. Smells enjoyably of musty yeast, apple, pear and coriander. 

The hops provide a spicy flavor that is less prominent than in the nose. With the coriander prominent in the finish. The yeast that has a musty barnyard character comes and goes prevalent midway through tasting and again on the finish. There is a consistent fruity flavor throughout of crisp apples and pear. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, but very lively due to the great amount of carbonation. 

A very unique beer. It is difficult to say what the aging in oak wine tanks has done, but there is a greater complexity present that I have difficult picking out the individual favors that may be due to the aging. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 23:01:39 | More by Jmamay22
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portia99

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml corked and caged bottle. No date visible on the bottle. Poured into a Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a well hazed pale straw gold color. A huge three finger cap of fluffy white foam lingers for a long time, slowly falling and leaving behind sheets of lace on the glass.

S - Lots going on here...pine, tons of citrus - fresh oranges and lemons, apples, pears, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg. Very fruity and spicy on the nose. Slight hint of earthy and lightly funky brett aroma. Pretty sure this bottle is still pretty young, so not surprising that this is still on the low side. Overall this smells great...really making me long for the first sip.

T - Coriander and black pepper towards the front. Lots of oranges, lemons, limes. More earthy brett in the flavor...touch of funk but may be more sublimal than actually there. Sweet up front, but finishing pretty dry with some woody and grainy flavors at the end. Hops are strong in a good way...I get a big hit of resiny pine that stays from the start of each sip until well past the swallow.

M - Somewhat light but leaning towards medium bodied. Strong carbonation tingles on every sip. Sticky and resiny hops throughout, spicy and fruity...starts sweet and ends up on the drier side. Complex.

O - Not exactly a textbook witbier or IPA. This is my first experience with Anchorage due to the high cost of these bottles...but this bottle was given to me, so happy to give it a try. I have to say I am pleasantly surprised by this one. There really is a whole lot going on in this beer and it defies classification a bit. I tend to throw this into my somewhat catch-all style of saison...but its even on the fringes of that as well. Might think about getting another bottle of this (if I find a deal) and let it age for a while to see what kind of effect the brett has on this for an extended aging.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2012 23:29:28 | More by portia99
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drgarage

California

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured in SFBW Chalice

A: Hazy pale straw with a huge head that sticks around for a long time and leaves a lot of lacing behind. Looks a lot like a witbier that's been seriously messed with. Which this is.

S: Huge Galaxy hops. Citrus, resin, humidity, herbs. And then big brett funk.

T: Galaxy huge here, too. A lot of citrus and wet hops. Lots of resin. Tastes like Cuba. Improves pretty much by the sip. Lots of peppercorn spice and coriander. A bit of very tart citrus, hard to say if it's from kumquats or the Galaxy. Rating this a 4.5 for its style, which is better than the vast majority of IPAs and the vast majority of wits. Is it a new style? Maybe.

M: Soft carbonation. Drying, like a lightly oaked chardonnay. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of the sensual feast here.

O: My favorite Anchorage beer since Bitter Monk and maybe my favorite overall. I can't believe this beer isn't getting any hype. At some point, Anchorage will be recognized for its greatness, and people won't complain about the price, they'll offer their whole cellars to get their hands on it. What Gabe's doing is virtually unprecedented outside of Belgium. Can't wait to see what he does next. Can you say Quad?

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 06:36:14 | More by drgarage
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jsanford

Georgia

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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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ccrida

Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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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emerge077

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
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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superspak

Michigan

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass; batch 3, bottled 8/2012. Cork shot the ceiling upon cage removal. Pours lightly cloudy bright golden amber color with a 3 finger foamy and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon zest, orange peel, pear, pineapple, peach, passion fruit, pepper, clove, coriander, white wine, light oak, floral, grass, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and wine barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, pear, pine, coriander, clove, pepper, white wine, light oak, light funk, and yeast earthiness. Moderately earthy/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon zest, orange peel, peach, pineapple, pear, coriander, clove, pepper, white wine, light oak, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Fantastic balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and moderate wine barrel flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very high carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very crisp, prickly, and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a fantastic wild Belgian IPA! All around awesome balance and complexity of hop, yeast, and barrel flavors; and extremely smooth and crisp to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 03:29:35 | More by superspak
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vfgccp

New York

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Big, loose bubbled head with ok retention and lace. Hazy, banana yellow body.

S - Light sourness, pear, white peach, french oak, chablis.

T - Distinct brett sourness, tart apple, white grape, oak, orange extract. Excellent balance.

M - Nice smoothness. Medium frame.

O - A great take on a white IPA; the brett adds a nice layer of complexity while still keeping the balance in check. Stellar execution.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2012 21:16:27 | More by vfgccp
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macrosmatic

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jegross2 for this bottle. Reviewed from notes. Poured from corked & caged 750 mL bottle into an Upland pint glass.

A: Hazy light gold to almost lemonade in color, with a huge (about a third of the glass on initial gentle pour) white fluffy head, and lots of visible carbonation.

S: Funky Brett dominates over Belgian fruity yeast esters, citrus (potentially from hops), and coriander.

T: Follows the nose with some oaky dry tannins on the exhale along with the funkiness. It isn't particularly hoppy at this point, but it is about a year old.

M: Light body, bubbly champagne-like mouthfeel with the high level of carbonation. Alcohol is well-hidden.

O: With the bit of age this bottle had on it, I suspect that the Brett character has gotten more pronounced. This was quite enjoyable, although it isn't drinking too much like an IPA at this point. Two beers from Anchorage, and two big winners in my book!

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2013 01:09:14 | More by macrosmatic
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bschinelli

Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from corked & caged 750 mL bottle into a tulip style glass.

A: A cloudy, hazy, pale yellow gold or light straw color with an overflowing amount of tight, white foam leaving a four inch head - an inch over the glass. In fact the carbonation continues to bubble under the head.

S: Funk dominates on the nose, you get the Brett with a little lemon zest and black pepper.

T: Lots of Brett funk with the lemon zest, pepper and now some coriander, overlayed with some oak tannins from the barrel. A very complex and interesting and flavor profile.

M: A champagne like light, crisp taste. I like a little more malt presence.

O: Why you would call this an IPA, I don't know, but it's an interesting, complex beer to sip on the porch when the weather changes. An excellent brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:43:05 | More by bschinelli
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kylehay2004

Florida

4.31/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two finger bright white head with excellent lacing on a cloudy pale golden body. Aroma is strong and full with coriander dominating and notes of yeast, pale malts, herbal hops, lemon zest and peppercorn. Citrus aroma from white pineapple and tangerine. Flavor reminds of Saison with a lot of yeast and coriander throughout. Lemongrass herbal notes, white pepper, tropical citrus, clove and chardonnay wine. Medium body, semi dry finish and moderate carbonation. Complex, unique and memorable. Galaxy hops paired well with this combination which has a lot going on but the drinker isn't overwhelmed.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2013 00:00:10 | More by kylehay2004
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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