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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy) - Flying Dog Brewery

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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy)
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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 9.83%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial IPA |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ColForbinBC on 01-26-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Kegatron, May 12, 2013
Photo of mactrail
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hugely drinkable strong DIPA. Handsome orange ambef color in the pint shaker. Modest foam. Warm and fragrant, and less sharp than lots of IPAs, but plenty tangy. This is just a great hop-- Galaxy seems to be fruity with some resiny taste, but not so outrageously bitter.

A spicy nose with hints of cardamom. Full rich flavor with plenty of malt, though the body is lighter than lots of big beers. The hops are just outstanding. Served in a pint at Pizza Port San Clemente. Yee-haw!

mactrail, Mar 27, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

mendvicdog, Feb 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

oriolesfan4, Jan 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

drewone, Mar 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

duceswild, Jan 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

iL0VEbeer, Oct 13, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

rolltide8425, Mar 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

Griffith, Jan 18, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

IPAchris, May 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

popery, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of ColForbinBC
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a pint

A pretty clear orange amber with a firm two finger off-white cap. Good retention with big sip marks coating the glass.

Galaxy hops leaping into the air. Huge tropical notes of mango, pineapple, papaya, guava, and ruby red grapefruit. The super clean malt bill is just an afterthought.

Clean malt slides in first before a burst of tropical goodness. Juicy mango and papaya with guava and pineapple poking through. Some ruby red grapefruit bitterness sweeps through, leading to a moderately bitter and dry finish with a little help from the rye.

Oily and resiny feel. Good carbonation, medium body. A little bit of rye, hoppy bitterness and light tropical fruit juice lingers.

A solid DIPA on all fronts. Simple, easy malt bill with a heavy hand of galaxy hops. Galaxy hopped beers continue to tickle me just the right way.

ColForbinBC, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

AngusOg, Mar 08, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with an almost orange like hue. Upon pouring there was a two finger white head that faded relatively fast to leave a moderate level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma was bready and malty with a fruity smell being mainly of tropical fruits of tangerine, mango, and pineapple; but also containing some nice notes of apricot and peach. Along with the fruit and bready aromas comes hop smells of a light grapefruit smell as well as a decent showing or a grassy aroma. A little bit of a yeasty smell is there as well producing a rather nice sweet and fruited, lightly hopped aroma overall.

Taste –The taste begins with a doughy and slightly bready flavor with tons of sweeter tropical fruit tastes of a tangerine and mango nature. Soon after the initial taste, even more fruitiness comes to the tongue with the apricot and peach as well as a bit of orange that were detected in the nose, all hitting the tongue. Upfront in the flavor profile, there is also some grapefruit and a bit of grass which are quite light, but which gain strength as the flavor advances. All the while, the sweeter flavors persist, but with the bready flavors fading a bit, it allows for the sweet and hop to really stand out more. Other hop flavors of an earthy and light pine flavor join the taste more toward the end, blending nicely with the sweeter flavors of the brew. While at 10 % abv., only a trace of alcohol flavor is present, with the total of flavors left at the end of the taste, leaving a fruity and more moderately but nicely balanced hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the brew was on the slightly chewier and thicker side with a carbonation level that was a little on the lower side. The thicker body and lower carbonation really nicely upheld the more moderate hops in light of the sweeter maltier flavors of the brew and made for a great sipping style.

Overall- As to date I think this is one of the top single hops in my mind. It seems to have a very nice balance, all while keeping any one flavor from becoming the dominate and while hiding the alcohol level very well. This is a delicious brew.

Darkmagus82, Thursday at 02:39 AM
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3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

jbaker67, Sep 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

IrishColonial, Feb 19, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Jspriest, Apr 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev -1.7%

KevMo84, May 30, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Daniellobo, Friday at 12:48 PM
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3.89/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy, decent head retention.

Bready caramel malt, fairly grassy, resiny, muted citrus notes of mango and pineapple. Pretty sweet. Slightly dank.

Toasted malt overwhelms the flavor, fairly sweet, becomes resiny and bitter at the finish. Citrus is underlying, but overwhelmed by malt and bittering hops. Grapefruit pith, orange, and earthy hops emerge.

Pretty smooth body. Alcohol warmth isn't as much as expected.

Too bitter for my liking. Hop flavor is somewhat muted by malt and bittering hops.

barczar, Apr 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -14%

2dogbrew, Feb 01, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color. The head is a finger high, with a shade just barely off-white. Retention is quite good for 10%, and the sticky head leaves behind nice lacing on the glass. (4)

Smell: Oh yeah, this is why I love Galaxy hops. Vibrant tropical fruits immediately appear on the nose, backed by a touch of caramel malt. For 10%, this is quite lean. Some gentle hints of herb and mint also appear. This is a wonderful nose...but I can't help but feel it would be even more wonderful if it was a bit bolder. It's a hair dinky for 10%, but at least it seems well balanced. (4)

Taste: Sweet tropical fruits hit the palate first. The hops will ultimately evolve into an herbaceous, minty flavor near the middle and a mildly bitter grapefruit note finishes it off. Notice I never said anything about the malt yet? That's because it's quite lean for 10% (I said that before, didn't I?), and the hops don't seem very bitter at all. At first, I don't think it comes together quite as well as the single-hop Citra, but as I continue to sip it, everything starts to balance out beautifully. (4.25)

Mouthfeel: There are subtle hints that suggest its bigness: it feels a hair thicker than a standard IPA, and it tries to communicate a warming sensation going down. Otherwise? No, this definitely doesn't taste 10% at all. Despite the dryness, it's initially creamy on the tongue. Carbonation is slightly low for the style. It's amazing how this has so many facets that work against its drinkability (low fizz, full body, 10%), and yet it still drinks easier than many 7% IPAs. (4.25)

Overall: Another successful single-hop DIPA from Flying Dog, period. As excellent as it is right now, I think ramping down the malt bill/gravity to 7% would make it one of the best IPAs on the market. Still, it's hard to complain about getting a great, local DIPA in 6-packs. I need more of this, right now. (4.25)

4.19/5: Excellent showcase of an excellent hop

ThisWangsChung, Sep 26, 2014
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%

Another solid, big single hop IPA from Flying Dog. This one is smooth and not bitter in the finish, but the taste and smell profile is subdued. For Galaxy hops I was expecting a bigger citrus pop but it wasn't there.

bubseymour, Saturday at 01:43 AM
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4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

jacewg, Feb 08, 2013
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Single Hop Imperial IPA (Galaxy) from Flying Dog Brewery
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