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Galaxy High - MadTree Brewing

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Reviews: 27
Hads: 191
Avg: 4.36
pDev: 23.62%
Wants: 45
Gots: 42 | FT: 0
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MadTree Brewing visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.90% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: screamking on 09-29-2013

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Photo of Kasabear
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Sam Adams glass. Nice head goes away quick . Thin layer hangs on forever. Lacing holds a line on every taste. Cloudy Amber never clears up. Tropical smells with grapefruit hanging on and on. All the other good stuff of an imperial pale, pine resin other tropicals. Taste just like the smell. All good stuff with pink grapefruit hanging on the longest. Feel is easy and complex. How can that be. Well it is!!
Maybe from some smoooooth hops and Imperial taste favors. Drink slow and enjoy.
Overall a pleasant surprise of a masterpiece from a Brewer who I was not quite sure of.
Pretty good was Dads best compliment on anything , and that makes this pretty good !!!!!!
Thanks Jason for the hook up.

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Photo of zimm421
4.27/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice orange to amber color with a fluffy white head. The nose is faint, but has notes of mango, grapefruit, and touches of pine. The taste is extremely fruity. Pineapple, tangerines and loads of mango take the forefront. The mouthfeel is a bit too sticky for me, but overall, this is a very good beer that I could drink over and over.

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Photo of nonpo
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from can into a Madtree Brussels style glass.... Solid "microbeaded" (small tight intact bubbles) head with dark golden color... Thick appearance but I wouldn't call it hazy of that makes any sense.... Not a lot of carbonation action going on below the surface.....

Aroma initially seemed mild and first whiff.... After beer opened up a bit I got Tropical fruits with apricot, tangerine and a hint of Grapefruit.... Nose also hinted at dryness and acidity to come of that makes any sense?

Taste was initially mild compared to what I expected.... Took the beer a couple minutes to "open up" once it did it assaulted my tongue in a deceiving way.... Up front you get a little carbonation and acidity that seems to open up your tastebuds.... After that you get a nice residual malty sweetness that is your only initial hint of it's ABV.... And that is all you get for the first half of 12oz pour is a hint that this might be a big beer... Very balanced.... As the flavor progresses and you work your way through the first 6-8 ozs. you begin to get slight grapefruit and apricot rounding out to a solid DANK hop hit.... Bitterness is very balanced with all the flavors going on and it doesn't over stay it's welcome... Finishes dry with a slight dank after taste.... But in a good way...

Mouthfeel is initially mild but as beer opens up, dryness and acidity really kicks in a attacks your palate.... It's not till the last 4oz of a 12oz pour that you get hit by the feeling that (if you are like me) you are going to get a canker sore or at a minimum some raw tastebuds from the acidity but it's a discomfort you will relish in the days to come!!!!

Overall I was initially kind of surprised that the beer didn't hit me the way Citra High did.... But as the beer progressed I was definitely a happy camper and get great about the purchase at around $14 for four 12oz cans... Well worth the cost of admission.... Speaking of which I need to wrap this up so I can pop the next can while still able to ambulate.... Can definitely feel the ABV as I finish the first round....

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Photo of Roguer
4.06/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark, orange-copper appearance, topped with a moderate, light beige head. Decent retention.

Aroma is interesting: there's a nice blend of tropical hops, pale and caramel malts, honey, and floral notes. Reminiscent of Hoptimum.

Flavor follows: it's a sweet, malty DIPA. The individual hop notes blend well with the malts, and are hard to pick out, but there is definitely some resinous pine, to go with very light dank notes and some tropical juiciness.

Thick and almost chewy, slightly syrupy feel. Very satisfying.

This is a very good DIPA, following more toward Hoptimum than Ruination. Worth a try.

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Photo of kkleu357
3.84/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Very flavorful beer. Most bitter beer of the bottle share. Possibly too bitter for me. Big dank resin flavor. Some pineapple citrus taste. Pretty good.

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Photo of madelfonatree
4.38/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look - Bright, golden orange. Short, white head with good lacing.

Smell - Pine. Dank. Mango.

Taste - Not as citrusy as most, but there. Pine and bread in the finish.

Feel - Medium feel. Creamy.

Overall - It's hard to pick a favorite Ohio Double/Imperial IPA. Fat Heads Hop JuJu or MadTree Galaxy high? This is exactly what I would want out of an Ohio IPA. I was surprised when I saw it in cans.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
4.46/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A stellar looking DIPA, with bright yellow orange color, clear, a short white head, tight and persistent, and massive lacing.

S - The nose on this one has extraordinary promise. Tropical (mango) and stone fruit (peach, apricot) mingle with a subtle pine quality, as well as a dialed back wildness that suggests the big hop bomb to come.

T - The taste does not quite deliver on the smell, but it is not that this is an unsuccessful brew. Quite the contrary, the open is a full hop experience, with bitterness front and center, but supporting fruit elements of lemon, mango, and peach to keep things rolling. The middle and close step back on the fruit, with the bitter hop hit running throughout, but now coupling with a light honey element. The close is not overpowering or abrasive, but simply dialing back the bitterness until it fades into the next drink.

M - This is a big beer, but the ABV was a bit hard to find - it was only when I got home from the evening and had a chance to consult its profile that I realized how big a beer it was. The bitterness is slightly drying, but the carbonation and alcohol keep things from getting too taxing.

O - This beer is very good - with a full, delicious fruit nose, and a more traditional American IPA flavor. The feel on this is quite good, keeping everything in balance and drinkable. So well hidden is the alcohol that drinking more than one, though it would be pleasant, could get a bit risky. I'd love to get my hands on this one again.

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Photo of dsaudio
3.72/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer, but my beer looked like a rookie homebrewer's beer who doesn't know how to carbonate their beer properly. Very flat so it took away from the overall beer experience. Noticed I'm not the only one with flat cans, serious bummer for the price.

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Photo of metter98
4.23/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is slightly hazy amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high off white head. The head has very good retention properties and consistently left a quarter finger high layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: Moderate aromas of tropical fruit hops are present in the nose—mango seems to stand out in particular.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has flavors of mango hops along with notes of citrus and lingering hints of alcohol in the finish. The hops contribute a moderate amount of bitterness. Surprisingly, the mango flavors be one a little stronger and the alcohol weakens a bit once the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors if tropical fruit hops, but the taste of alcohol detracts a little from the taste. Nonetheless, it is very drinkable considering its strength.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Hop-lovers of the Ohio Valley, your beer is here! Backed with the unassuming power of double-digit alcohol and a drier than usual malty spine, these seemingly small attributes really help to sell the quality of "Galaxy" hops.

Mid-amber to deeply goldenrod, the diffused ale catches the nose in a web of teeth-churning drippy citrus, succulent tropical exotics and peppery herb. As the sweeter counterpart of malt layers onto the mouth, notions of honey, biscuit and honey offer a soft rebuttal to the early palate.

Then across the middle, the hops really come alive and carry a fruity cornucopia that spans citrusy red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon; tropical apricot, mango, pineapple; and finally finishing with the gripping bitterness of fresh pine shavings, sticky resins, peppercorn and fresh-cut grasses- whew! All the while, the sweeter malt flavors slowly recede, leaving behind a creamy substrate of malt to support the hops with remarkably little effort.

As the finish looms, the beer's bitter-sweet balance tilts heavy toward the hops as the medium-bodied beer latches onto the throat with a refreshing but long grip. Aftertaste of pine and citrus remain while a peppery bite and alcohol spice announce unceremoniously in echoes.

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Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.47/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So much citrus hops! It reeks of tropical fruit but is backed up by sweet bready and honey like malts. The bitterness does not linger but a fruitiness does which is a huge win in my books.

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Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Smell was tons of tropical fruits and citrus, chewy as a MOFO, coats your mouth like a professional painter and just feels like Sunday morning gliding into your belly. For a monster of a DIPA, this is very nicely done.

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Photo of Bonis
4.07/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Beer has great flavor, but my can was not carbonated.

So... 1 of the 4 cans I had was not carbonated. This is an excellent beer overall, but I'm not sure how this happened

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Photo of WesMantooth
4.42/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured out of a 3/17 stamped can, it is a deep golden color. Slightly more cloudy than clear. An off-white frothy head that leaves a fine ring.

Smell is citrus hops galore. All kinds of tropical fruits. Also some sweet bready malts.

Taste like mandarin oranges, mango, pineapple, and some grapefruit. Plenty of sweetness from the fruit flavors, but also a honey like sugar taste. It reminds me a bit of Hopslam. Some biscuit like bready malt right along with it all the whole time. Some dankness on the back side with a slight bitter aftertaste. Hops are much more noticeable after the fact.

Average carbonaion. Nice slick, creamy body. Coats the tongue. A little bit of a drying effect afterwards and just ever so slightly noticeable alcohol, or I would rate feel even higher.

This is a wonderfully balanced beer. I have been back and forth with my scores, but I am pretty confident that this falls somewhere in the 4.25-4.50 range. Maybe a tad too sweet and too much alcohol, but another world class Ohio DIPA to throw into the hat for sure.

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Photo of Ri0
4.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

poured can 12oz can into snifter.

A - Dirty hazy orange with a 2 finger eggshell head. Retention is really good and it fades to a frothy ring with lacing the completely coats the glass.

S - Very hoppy with bigger orange and tangerine aromas. The malt aromas are bready with some honey. Hints of pine and tropical blossoms.

T - A very nice flavor or citrus, orange, tangerine, and faint grapefruit. The honey and bready malts help give a bit of sweetness. Finish is bitter with pine notes and a slight booziness.

M - Somewhat sticky and resinous with a medium body. Well carbonated.

O - Terrific IPA and it's cool that it comes in a can. Had a few beers from Madtree, and they are doing a magnificent job.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12 ounce can, canned on 03/19/2015. Maybe I should say cans since I just drank a couple. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a slightly hazy orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is good, and there's a lot of lacing. The brew smells like citrusy (tropical fruit, mango, orange peel) and spicy hops, bready and caramel malt, and a bit of honey. I think the taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but with the addition of some tangerine and grapefruit. The 10.2% ABV is well hidden! There's also a nice bittersweet finish. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's coating and creamy with a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a pretty good Imperial IPA, I wouldn't mind having this again in the future. Glad I bought some this morning! $11.99 a 4-pack.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.89/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another decent canned offering from Mad Tree brewing.. New to a lot of us due to the recent canning of this gem. I was a little put off by the first can I had but that's why I sometimes wait to review after two. So . . . After three cans (on three seperate nights). Galaxy High is huge with tropical aromas and flavors. Sticky and crisp. Alcohol can be well hidden depending on batch but unfortunately it still finishes a tad harsh. A decent and drinkable dipa . . . Somewhat reminds me of OTWOA. Galaxy High is nice beer but it feels like a beer that is still trying to mature. Pro's . . . I like the aromas and feel. Con's . . . Price and batchy.

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Photo of rodney4130
4.86/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

What can you say about this? Exceptional in every sense. Get this fresh and experience beer bliss. Citrus, hints of honey malt, no alcohol flavor. Very warming. Very dangerous. A beautiful experience.

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Photo of patpbr
4.53/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour had a nice foamy head and nice lacing. Smell was a hoppy and fruit scented goodness. Taste had noticeable honey and pine along with plenty of tropical flavor. Malt was plesentaly noticeable. Its worth talking about, and top notch to drink.

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Photo of Chris33
4.8/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So smooth for an imperial. Piney and bitter to start then it mellows out to a fruity and smooth finish. It definitely lives up the the hype and name! Living in Cincinnati right now I usually side with the "other guys " (rhinegeist) but Madtree has hit the spot with this one. Blows Saber Tooth out of the water.

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Photo of DeFaz
4.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is deceptive and dangerous but very tasty. I had it alongside three floyds' best dipa permanent funeral and this holds up. Not too sweet and the alcohol is barely noticed. Smooth and crisp. Worth seeking out and even more impressive than psychopathy.

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Photo of chrismattlin
4.81/5  rDev +10.3%

I'm sure this is said about a certain beer in every city by the people in craft beer circles, but I'm gonna say it anyway- this beer taste like Pliny The Elder. Plain and simple. Pretty much anyone reading this can relate to a statement like that. If you're chuckling to your self, or rolling your eyes, you're only missing out.

Unfortunately, this brew isn't packaged, but if you should find yourself in greater Cincinnati, do yourself a favor and find yourself a "better" beer bar- the natives here know what's up, and it's on draft at most places.

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Photo of drdiesel9483
4.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look - golden Amber color with a sticky white head and lacing
Smell - floral piney tropical fruit hop smell with a malt backbone and a hint of tingly spice
Taste - so complex. First thing I taste is a tropical fruit explosion with slight pine a little spice and a good toasty malt backbone to balance the beer
Feel - full body with medium carbonation. Slight fizz/crisp taste
Overall - incredible iipa! Best beer in cincinnati! Complex and balanced!

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Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly chill hazed golden copper with a lingering cream head.

Earthy pea-like hops, oniony, muted citrus, and honey malt form the aroma. Floral hop character becomes evident, along with resin.

Resin, catty hops, and citrus pith dominate the flavor late. The finish screams of bitter pith, pine, and a savory character. Good malt backbone. Grapefruit, tangerine, and mango are great undertones early.

Body is moderate, as is carbonation. The resiny finish is slightly harsh, but balanced well by caramel malt.

Great variety of hop character, with enough malt to support and add complexity.

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Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a growler into a Goose Island tulip. The pour is murky and orange with a pronounced hop haze. It sports about a finger of fine white foam that dies down to a clumpy lace. The nose is decidedly citrus-like and fairly sweet with lots of fresh pineapple and ripe peaches.

Medium-full body with a hoppy, yet balanced flavor. Substantial malty flavors greet you up front, providing ample sweetness to withstand the orange-rind bitterness of the galaxy hops. The end result is a hodgepodge of fresh bread, honey, orange candy, and grapefruit. The finish is delightfully bitter and lingering, while the heavy malt load gives an extremely creamy feel.

Galaxy High is an Imperial IPA worthy of the makers of PsycHOPathy IPA. It's big, bruising, creamy, and dripping with hoppy goodness. Hopefully, MadTree will someday can or bottle this so more BAs can have an opportunity to try it.

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Galaxy High from MadTree Brewing
93 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.