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Galaxy High - MadTree Brewing

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.31
pDev: 9.28%
Wants: 27
Gots: 37 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 150 | Reviews: 23
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Photo of Chris33
4.8/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of DoctorBeer
5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wonderful citrus flavors. Malty smooth. For a 10% beer, there isn't even a hint of alcohol. A very skillful job by the brewers.

Photo of chrismattlin
4.81/5  rDev +11.6%

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.

Photo of Ri0
4.45/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Unique hop flavor. For being 10% alcohol, this is a very balanced and smooth IPA. MadTree did good.

Photo of rodney4130
4.86/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of mdmarvich
4.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Finally in Can's! Seek this one out.

Photo of GOBLIN
4.04/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mad Tree imo has been knocking out of the park lately. The trend continues with Galaxy High. 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. Huge tropical aromas and flavors. Sticky and crisp. Alcohol is well hidden but unfortunately it still finishes a tad harsh. A fantastic dipa . . . Somewhat reminds me of OTWOA.

Photo of screamking
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Madtree tap room, poured into snifter.

Pours light apricot, with a thin off white head. The nose is filled with huge amounts of tropical notes, pineapple and mango being the biggest. Some bready malts are in there as well. It is a very good smelling beer.

The taste is equally as good if not better. Bitter tropical hops right up front. Pineapple is at the forefront, along with some orange and hints of lemon zest. Back of the mouth gets some sweet mango, along with a slight biscuity malt. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of full bodied. It coats the palate well. ABV is hidden very well for a 10.2%.

I must say I'm not a huge fan of Madtree's canned options, but this is a great DIPA. They need to put this bad boy in 4-pack 16oz cans immediately. Or at the very least make enough to give growler fills at the brewery. This one is worth seeking out even it might be a drive.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
4.44/5  rDev +3%
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.

Photo of shelt11
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now sold in cans at the brewery!

Photo of WesMantooth
4.42/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Photo of DeFaz
4.5/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Bonis
3.91/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of BEERchitect
4.28/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Photo of kbrown
4.22/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

At The Crest on V Day.

Photo of barczar
4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
4.07/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of IowaBiertrinker
4.34/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very drinkable Big beer!

Photo of Lukass
4.44/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ive had Galaxy off the tap a few times, cuz it is indeed a delicious DIPA. But, I must say I had to do a re-review on this one, because the canned version blew me away - even danker and fruitier than off the tap. Damn! Can't believe the ABV on this one - not boozy at all. Super smooth. Will be back for a 4-pack of this one for sure. Only live about 10 min away from the brewery, but I swear I'm not biased. This is one of the better DIPAs I've had. Cheers to the Brewers at Madtree on a job well done.

Photo of CincyBrewTull
4.47/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of patpbr
4.53/5  rDev +5.1%
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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Galaxy High from MadTree Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.