Galaxy Pale Ale - New England Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 274
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 8.64%
Wants: 62
Gots: 25 | FT: 0
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New England Brewing Co. visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: jimmy82063 on 09-10-2011

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Ratings: 274 | Reviews: 36
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz. growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy deep orange. Small white head and a thin collar.

Smell - Bright juicy orange, then musty and dank grassy hops behind it. Barely any malt.

Taste - It's all orange hops. Very nice. Cracker malt. Light grassiness and bitterness in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Low carbonation is probably a function of the growler, but even without it, it's drinkable and delicious.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a beautiful clear golden color with a white head that trails the glass as you drink. The smell was full of light citrus and floral notes from the hops, very crisp scent. The taste was a wonderful melding of different kinds of hops giving a bright and flavorful beginning and a complex middle and crisp finish. A wonderful interpretation of the style.

Photo of WunderLlama
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Growler poured into glass

Hazy golden yellow, thin layer of white bubbles. No visible carbonation.

Aroma of pine, grassy

Slight bitter bite on the front of the tongue, pine hops in the middle, bitter aftertaste on the back of the tongue.

Smooth, little carbonation.

Good iPa , fresh and worthy of a growler refill

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%

A: Hazy (probs from Galaxy dry hopping) medium golden with brighter yellow straw highlights. 2 finger, loose, pillowy and light, starchy white head.

S: Herbaceous, woody, green smelling beer. Sarsparilla, grapefruit, orange,

M: Meringue like. Creamy, smooth and light bodied. Moderate carbonation. Soft and lasting astringency.

T: As expected large grassy notes combine with solid pale malts to give the tropical passion fruit and leafy lime citrus flavor give a pie like finish. Lots of bready and toasted. crust. notes. Bitter and light spice notes, blood orange. Has a low-moderate medicinal quality. Clean tasting and an excellent hop profiling beer, which is also it's limiting factor.

Photo of HamdenHector
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: very cloudy; gold with an orange tint; 1 finger white head that reduced quickly to a thin film;

S: grapefruit, pineapple, and orange; juicy;

T: same as the nose with some malt background for balance; some bitterness on the finish, but not a lot; citrus flavor stays to the end;

M: medium bodied, maybe a little lighter; carbonation was on the light side; crisp, dry finish;

O: a lot of really good flavor for a 4.8% ABV. easy and enjoyable to drink;

Photo of CTbrew32
4.41/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Galaxy pale ale pours a bright, hazy golden color with a slight amber hue. The aroma pops with some dank grapefruit, some lighter citrus and bread notes. Big citrus and grapefruit taste that you'd find in a ipa, but there's very little bitterness. I would imagine the ibus are 40-50. The taste is rounded out by a bread malt and creamy mouthfeel that provides balance and medium body feel. The malt presence makes this unmistakably an APA , but it has huge hop flavors and balance that make this stick out from the typical APA. In other words it teeters the line of APA and session ipa, but captures the best of both. Its a shame this is growler only as I would love to kill six packs of this all year round. Plus the artwork for this beer would be pretty cool. (94/100)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Growler shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

The beer is golden with a mild haze and a thin white head. The aroma offers dank citrus, grapefruit, oranges. Citrus up front with some delicate bitterness in the back. Dry and clean finish. Tangy with a mild tartness. Very tasty.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Pours a hazy dark orange, almost a light amber. Small head, very visible and active carbonation.

The aroma is pine needles and orange juice.

The taste is pretty similar, with a crackly bitterness that is very nice. The bitterness lingers a decent amount of time, and complements the juicy fruity hop flavors very well.

Well carbonated, light body. Very drinkable pale ale.

This is a great hoppy draft-only offering from NEBCO- if you ever see it on tap, grab it!

Photo of belgbeerdrinker
4.66/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: soft yellow with clear, crisp bubble spirals driving up through the beer

S: citrus punch in the face -- i thought this was a session beer! very enticing

T: unbelievable citrus punch in the mouth and flavors, carbonation and experience for such a "light" beer -- on par with much heavier abv beers

M: Carbonation was almost dead-on...not too much or little

O: Unbelievable brew considering the abv -- never had anything comparable given the weight, size/focus of the brewery (which I picked "in-between" their day jobs of brewing great beers)

Photo of Wolfpack2005
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Martin for hooking me up with this one. Poured from a 32 oz growler into a Kuhnhenn snifter.

A-Cloudy golden orange with small head and minimal lacing.

S-Pineapple, orange, and pine hops.

T- A subtle sweet malt flavor with notes of ripe pineapple and dank pine. Catching a little funky flavor towards the end.

M-Smooth with moderate levels of carbonation.

O-Excellent sessionable pale ale with a lot of flavor and great balance.

Photo of Amalak
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had at ginger man in south Norwalk, Connecticut.

A. It has a yellow/orange color, hazy, with a foamy head with some good lacing. Totally cloudy.

S. it has a good double hop scent.

T/M. It has a beautiful floral hop taste. Orange peel in there. There's a balanced hoppiness. Very tasty.

O. It has a perfect balance, flavorful but tamed.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
4.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz. growler into a Pizza Boy pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger coarse white head with low retention. Beer is a semi-clear pale orange. Lacing is layered and thick with good stick. A good looking beer considering the container format.

Nose is citrus, pine, cane sugar and a grapefruit hop bitterness. A touch of soapiness too. Moderately aromatic.

Opens papaya, citrus and grapefruit. Some pine hop bitterness with a light malt backbone for balance. End is hoppy and citrussy with a bitter finish and a lingering, sticky hop aftertaste. Pretty much what I want from the style.

Light bodied with moderate to low carbonation. Slick and quenching in the mouth and goes down smooth with some light bubbles. Clean finish with a slightly filmy aftertaste. Appropriate for the style.

NEBCO is slowly starting to be recognized for the pale ales and this one doesn't disappoint. Nothing really stands out here but that's a good thing. Very drinkable with a nicely balanced flavor profile and appetizing nose. Worth trying.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap at coalhouse in Stamford and at cask repubic in new haven...this review is from cask republic.
Pours a fantastic hazey orange golden into tulip pint. Amazing citrus lemony and a bit of melon or pineapple hop aroma. The aroma is just powerful and enticing.
Amazing lemony citrus and fruity melon with slight hop bitterness. ..so much intense flavor for such a low abv brew. The balance is perfect. Amazing refreshing and my favorite session brew of all time...just wish I can get in cans all the time!

Photo of Rifugium
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First had: on tap at NEBCO

Hazy orange-amber pour, with a nice puff of white head that retained well and laced the glass. Obviously showcasing Galaxy hops, with a nice dose of citrus zest in the nose. More citrus in the taste, lemon and orange pith/zest, piney bitterness, with a somewhat muted malt base, a tad grainy. Medium body, crisp and enjoyable. A pretty basic APA, but solid and tasty nonetheless.

Photo of cfrances33
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler poured into Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Completely clear golden orange with three fingers of eggshell colored, puffy head. Solid lacing throughout the glass, and the head retains well.

Smell: Lots of bright grapefruit, citrus, and resin up front. A touch of honey malt. Really powerful nose given only being 4.8%.

Taste: Follows through with more citrus and pine. The pine is in no way too strong, just a nice resinous dankness - this is a citrus bomb first and foremost. More of the biscuity, honey maltiness from the nose, but just enough to provide a light balance. Finishes bitter with citrus.

Mouthfeel: Packs a heavier punch than I expected... a really nice bitterness throughout, that lingers well. Rather refreshing, with a nice body thanks to the doughiness.

Overall: Really nice, clean drinking IPA. Drinks similar to Zombie Dust (clichéd, yes), but a touch less aggressive, and with familiar galaxy flavors instead of citra.

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler from the brewery.

Hazy chilly looking yellow gold body. Level snow white head. Good lacing.

Big enticing, inviting fresh citrus aroma. Oranges, lemons, and more.

Hint of sweet malt slips by fleetingly, quickly overwhelmed by fresh juicy sunny citrus. Nice lemon accents. Hop love nip at the swallow that lingers long into the afterglow.

Beer dances along the tongue like Fred Astaire.

A terrific light and fresh tasting pale ale which would be a great spring/summer seasonal.

Photo of CHADMC3
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy straw yellow with pale hues beneath the abundant rocky white head that persists for some time and leaves a consistent sticky lacing around the glass.

Fresh hop aromas of citrus and pine float from the glass.

The flavor coats the palate with pine and citrus hops with an impressive sweet citrus aftertaste with a pleasant pine residue remaining. There is only a hint of malt mid palate with lemon grass hints as well.

Medium to lighter in body with a fair amount of carbonation and a resiny finish.

Fantastic beer that goes after being one thing and knows what it is.

Photo of Pete27lax
4.58/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the growler on 10/4/12. Have had this beer a few times before but just reviewing it now.

Really good looking beer! Hazy light orange color with a one finger, off white head. Retention is pretty good but the lacing on this beer is all the way down the glass. Just awesome!

Fresh citrusy hops in the smell. Not a particularly strong smell but refreshing.

Taste is nothing short of awesome! Blast of citrusy hops up front with some piney notes on the back end. Orange and grapefruit come through beautifully here. Excellent amount of bitterness that hits the palate perfectly.

Mouthfeel is very nice. Good amount of bitterness, not too harsh. A little high on the carbonation.

Overall this is an insanely drinkable beer. Splitting a 64 oz growler with a friend but could easily take this by myself.

One of my favorite offerings from nebco, hope the decided to bottle or can this soon!

Photo of mdfb79
4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 09/30/12 notes. Big thanks to Brett for sharing this growler, through way of Joey and Adam; thanks guys! 8 oz. pour.

a - Pours a hazy bright orange color with one inch of bright white head and low to moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, oranges, grapefruit, pine hops, fruity malts, tropical fruits, and some lemon. Ton of fresh citrus and hops to it; really awesome nose.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, grapefruit, lemon, oranges, pine hops, floral hops, earthy notes. Nice citrus again, more grapefruit than the nose. Still hoppy but not quite as much as the nose.

m - Medium body and low carbonation. Little more carbonation woudl be great, but guessing that is due to the growler. No bitterness and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really great, hoppy pale ale. The nose has a ton of citrus and fresh fruit/hops, and it is very easy to drink. Would love to have this one again sometime, worth seeking out.

Photo of davey101
4.45/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

64 oz growler of the second batch. I believe this was tapped on 9/21/12. Pour into a NEBCO pint glass.

A - Like most hoppy beers from NEBCO, this is unfiltered. Hazy orange body that resembles juice. One finger high white head forms with large bubbling. Settles into a thin white cap with loads of sticky lacing and retention.

S - Orange juice hops, pine, light grass, and some crackery malts. The finish is very faint, but its certainly of dank weed. Smell is excellent.

T - Orange and grapefruit juice, a touch of pine and grass, light and crackery malts then BAM...a huge wall of bitterness. Its just so pleasantly bitter with clean and fresh notes of citrus. There is a little danky and spicy bite to round things out as well.

M - Light to medium bodied with great carbonation. Very crisp with a lasting bitterness.

O - Another amazing hoppy hit from NEBCO. This beer drinks like an IPA, but has the alcohol of one of those new-fangled session beers. This is extraordinary stuff!

Photo of Gambrinus1184
4.09/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a nonic pint glass at Max Burger's CT Tap Takeover in West Hartford, Conn.

A: Poured a bright, but very cloudy, golden yellow color tinged with an orange glow beneath a creamy, one-finger head of dense, white foam that retained nicely and left some clingy lacing. Not like any other APA I've seen before, but more like an IPA with lactose added.

S: Very fresh, herbal and citrusy hop aroma. Lots of spicy grapefruit and grassiness in the nose.

T: Light, sweet and juicy malts up front hit the palate with a little orange peel and toasted grain before Galaxy hops wash over the palate. Hops flavors range from orange and grapefruit juice to lemongrass and back to a slightly hot and citrusy bittersweet finish.

M: Light to medium-bodied pale ale with loads of sweet, juicy malts and astringent, bitter hops to cleanse the palate, leaving it almost minty with a bitter citrus rind finish.

O: A very sessionable, hopped out pale ale, NEBCo's Galaxy Pale rings in at only 4.8% ABV but carries the body, flavor and complexity of an American IPA. It'll probably lead to palate burnout after a couple, but I'd gladly order one after the other in the face of stronger DIPAs or lackluster pale ales.

Photo of shivtim
4/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a pint on tap at Prime 16 in New Haven, at the suggestion of the bartender when I asked for something local.
Nice hazy copper/orange. Well carbonated.

Nose is piney and maybe a bit grassy. Malts come through.

Taste is an all around solid pale ale, trending towards an IPA. There is a strong hop presence. Some citrus. No discernible ethanol.

I also had a little taster of their Sea Hag IPA, and the Galaxy Pale seems much better based on a limited comparison.

At under 5%ABV, this would make a good session beer.

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.37/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Growler fresh from the brewery; poured into a pint

A cloudy orange body with a thick, creamy off-white cap that rose two fingers. Solid retention with chunky lace inside the glass.

I am so impressed with the depth of the galaxy hop. The nose and flavor profile are all over the place.

The nose is of perfumey soap, flowers, herbs, white grapefruit, orange pulp, and pine sap. Just an insanely deep and broad aroma.

Up front, the citrus fruit hits you first, unleashing a mild bitterness through the middle that mingles with perfume and flowers. The finish is a sweep of bitter pine and ganja. Not knee buckling bitter, but just a right amount. Clean malt lays low, hops are the focal point here.

Medium body, rich and creamy. The carbonation was right on point. Good drinking pale ale.

This is a well crafted beer, no question, but I am just in awe of the complexity and depth of this hop strain. This is a fantastic APA that I cannot wait to get my hands on again.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

@ Gulu Gulu, Salem MA. Brought the puppy out for a beer.

Opaque gold with a hearty white head. Several lace rings.

Grassy and grapefruit edged aroma at first becomes more buttery and orange as it warms.

Tastewise it certainly doesn't seem like 4.8%. Orange preserve hop character on mildly bready malt. If balance is the point of a pale ale this Galaxy hits the mark.

I like this new trend of low abv but flavorful pale ales that seems to be on the rise (21stA Bitter American and White Birch Hop Session come to mind). Also one of my few experiences with Galaxy other than SA 3rd Voyage - so far I like it.

Photo of jbertsch
3.52/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excited to try this as I love galaxy hops.

On tap at the Armsby Abbey. Served in a pint glass.

A light orangy-glow to its color. 1 finger of white head stuck around.

Aroma is real nice for a pal ale. Galaxy hops are definitely present and give off a sunny, citric feel. This is the beer's best trait.

Unfortunately it goes down hill a bit from there. The flavor gives off notes of citric hop, but there's almost no malt profile to be found and it tastes a bit too watery. I know this is a low-abv brew but that should really be no excuse for how thin this tastes and feels. What I can make out are almost faint notes of wheat (thought I don't believe it's brewed with any), and possibly some cracker malt. But I'm stretching it.
Overall not bad, and the aroma is real nice. But I think this has room for improvement. If the body came across just a little less watery, this would be great in my book. It's a nice session brew, but IMO I don't think it deserves the high scores I see here.

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Galaxy Pale Ale from New England Brewing Co.
95 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.