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Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's

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Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop AleAlexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale

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94 Ratings
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Ratings: 94
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 15.6%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Nova Scotia, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wordemupg on 12-11-2013

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Ratings: 94 | Reviews: 23
Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle snagged from a "Pick Six" craft beer wall (Oak & Vine in Calgary). Admittedly I grabbed this solely because Galaxy is center stage. Alexander Keiths proper is insipid and devoid of much merit (see that review) and this state of affairs does not exactly entice me to try their single hop brews. I was sufficiently curious here, however ... How is a big Canadian brewer going to translate a trendy flavor hop into something for the "masses"? Aroma was actually ... decent. Smells like an orange creamsicle with some accompanying tropical fruit and red berry notes (too faint to identify to specific type) and light caramel. Tastes like strong almost coarse gooseberry, passion fruit, unripe strawberry, lemon-lime citrus, and slightly oxidized caramel malts that fortunately managed avoid a full-on cardboard flavor. There was also a fairly aggressive spice pervading the entire experience that I found pleasant ... Spicy currant or tomato leaf like one can get with really dank weedy American hop bombs. Of course this brew is nothing like a truly well-crafted American IPA when it comes to either complexity of flavor or overall magnitude of the hops on the palate, but I can appreciate it for what it is. The malt backbone is predictably insipid but some of the tropical and gooseberry flavors come through in an assertive fashion, which makes me wonder why this brewery cannot do the same with its flagship offering. Yeah, I know ... Its because they'd lose three-quarters of their customer base. Nevertheless, the existence of brews such as this, targeted towards the mainstream market, has a significant upside in terms of shifting peoples' palates away from mediocrity and towards bona-fide flavor. I might even try the other single hop ales from Alexander Keiths.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.74/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, a single from the nearby Liquor Stores Int'l Emporium Inc location. Hah - nowhere on this offering do they refer to an 'IPA', which, given their main product, is fucking gut-wrenchingly ironic.

This beer pours a clear medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, and mostly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some decent layered stone arch lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells straight away of meaty, somewhat funky cat-piss informed citrus hops, with a further mixed tropical fruitiness, bready pale malt, a fake sugary candy character, like old Pez inserts, and a bit of wet cardboard. The taste is more rather streamlined orange, white grapefruit, and still muddled tropical fruitiness, thankfully having shed the neighbour's alley cat essence, a mildly crackery pale grainy maltiness, a burgeoning metallic flintiness, and some soft earthy herbal notes.

The bubbles are fairly light in their basic frizziness, the body medium-light in weight, and a bit stoney in its otherwise plain smoothness. It finishes barely off-dry, the lingering musty orange bitterness still rather heady, with an ably supportive pale malt sweetness. Swuh?

So, as already alluded to, Alexander Keith's spends years trying to convince the Canadian beer-drinking public that their pale lager is really an IPA. Now, they actually have one, and a single-hopped, craft-beer geek orgasmitron-wannabe instance at that, and they don't even call a spade a spade, as such. Anyways, the Galaxy hop, in all its south-seas splendour, does well by this otherwise run of the mill pale ale - I have my biases, yes I do, but if you were to jam this into my hand at a party, origin well enough obfuscated, I'm not sure that I could differentiate this from yer (maybe below) average Canadian craft IPA.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale
473 ml can

Notes: Mainly clear yellow gold body beneath a short head of frothy white. Aroma is limited but some general citrus / tropical fruit comes through. The flavor follows suit but without the hop character there wouldn't be much to this beer. Tangerine and pineapple give it some life. Balanced. Clean. Free of defect. Keeping in mind that it's just an ale and not an IPA, it pretty much hits the target.

Photo of DaveBar
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Purchased at The Beer Store approx. $2.45/473ml can. Served at 3deg C in a water glass

A- Very good. Above average deep golden colour. Opens well with a solid 2" head settling down to a film within a minute

S- Very good. Citrus scents.

T- Very good. Light, carbonated highly, long finish. Have had Galaxy hops blended with other hops in the past but on it's own, first time... enjoyable.

M- Light on the tongue!

O- Very good. Definitely will buy again. Won't win awards or anything but pretty nice none the less.

Food Pairing

This nice little IPA paired well with... mild cheeses. Nice gouda or creamy Havarti.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can: Poured a bright clear copper/amber color ale with a nice off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet caramel malt with some light tropical fruit notes. Taste is also a mxi between some lightly sweet caramel malt with light tropical fruit. Body is thin and aftertaste is quite watery with good carbonation. I was quite excited to try the Galaxy version but this is quite a miss with almost no hops punch.

Photo of papat444
3.07/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Date code is G11H410055 which means it was canned July 11, 2014.

Light orange hazy body. Full head rests at 2 fingers. Tropical fruit in the nose but sadly this does not carry through in the flavor as a malty cardboard taste is present. I do catch glimpses of tropical fruit but it`s a fail for me though it`s miles better than their ``IPA``.

Photo of patre_tim
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Copper with an orange tinge, clear filtered, little carbonation, 2 fingers of off white head like dirty snow.

S: Tropical fruit, citrus and floral like Hawaiian punch. Bitterness comes in on the nose rather like chili peppers. Fruity and sweet.

T: Tropical fruit punch, papayas, mango, pineapple, light sweetness, little bitterness on the end. Light maltiness.

M: Medium body, little carbonation.

O: Great scents and good flavours. Not overdoing it for an IPA, i.e., kind of light but fragrant and fruity. Quite pleasant and I wouldn’t mind having it again.

Photo of spinrsx
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

473ml can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2.75

Appearance - Clear amber/copper with a large size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Hops, malts, metallic, peach?

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste caramel, malts, and hops. There is also some light grapefruit and something sweet along the lines of peach.

Overall – Seems just like the other in the hop series of beers.. passable but boring and far from the great american IPA's on the market today. I think their cascade version is the best of the bunch.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.62/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; packaged Jan. 8 2014 and served well-chilled. It's nice to see that this Single Hop Series apparently sold well enough to warrant continued additions to the lineup. I wasn't blown away by either the Hallertauer or Cascade Hop Ale, but by macro standards they are still serviceable pale ales.

Pours a bright, clear orange-amber colour, topped with a little over one finger's worth of frothy, soapy white head. It recedes relatively rapidly, eventually settling into a thin cap and leaving behind a delicate doily pattern of lacing on the glass. Looks good to me - and for the first time with a Keith's product, the aroma is actually pretty enticing to me. It's very fruity, which should not be a shock to anyone familiar with this hop (or anyone who has read the side of the label). Tangerine and passion fruit really stick out for me, with a touch of peaches and the overall bouquet leaning toward the sweet side. Some grapefruit as well, but not much to report in the malt department.

This is actually a pretty tasty little ale, though it still lacks the blunt force hop trauma required to satisfy most hop heads. That being said, the nicely-balanced notes of orange, grapefruit and passionfruit still result in a rather yummy flavour profile. My only complaint is the malt backbone, which I'm pretty sure is the exact same one they used in the Hallertauer/Cascade ales, and is just as uninteresting as ever. It finishes on a somewhat pithy, slightly metallic note that doesn't linger. On the lighter side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation that offers an acceptable amount of bite. This is an easy-drinking, balanced pale ale that I could see myself drinking in larger quantities, which is something I rarely say concerning these 'crafty' ales.

Final Grade: 3.62, a B. Alexander Keith's Galaxy Hop Ale isn't a mind-blower, but it's still a well-crafted pale ale that was clearly designed with newbie craft drinkers in mind. The hop notes are a little more interesting and in-your-face than in the first two entries in this series, making this a nice introductory pale ale for the uninitiated - and a simple, non-challenging, enjoyable session beer for the more experienced palate. Give this one a shot, it's the best brew to ever come out of Keith's IMO.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%

Nice concept and you can taste the focused hops. Good beer

Photo of nmann08
2.79/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From a can, pours a clear gold yellow color with a nice white head.

The nose is a bit offensive, very earthy, watered down hops mixed with a malt backbone and caramel. Upon drinking, you realize there is almost zero hop content. Really, none. You start to wonder if the hops are there, or your mind is tricking you into thinking they are there. It continues with this musty corn water thing, that goes further away from the notes of galaxy hops. Way too earthy for what it was supposed to be.

Photo of BxSTEW
4.82/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

i go up to montreal at least four times a year to visit family and friends and keith's is always my go to beer up there. Obviously not craft by any means but for drinkability and a nostalgia taste for me its the best!

Photo of Noxious26
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the Regina Festiv-Ale Jan 31st. 4 oz sampler.

Orange-amber in colour with an off-white/beige head.

Interesting aroma. I'm picking up tropical fruits, particularly passion fruit.

Flavour is much the same as the aroma. Malt backbone stays in the background and is pretty subtle. This beer is about the hops, but with only one hop it lacks complexity.

Not a great IPA, but the hops series will do in a pinch.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.2/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

473 ml can served cold into a pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for $2.60 CDN.

Appearance - Crystal clear copper beer with few bubbles rising to surface. 2.5 fingers of fluffy white head that almost overflows but quickly recedes leaving a bit of sticky lacing around the glass.

Smell - Butterscotch malts with a tropical mango pineapple mixture . Also some molasses aromas in there.

Taste - Pretty much exactly like the nose, with a slight biscuity flavor profile. The molasses is surprisingly dominant but the tropical pineapple and mango comes through especially on the back half of each sip. However overall, I'm just not getting enough out of the hops here, as the malts come through a lot stronger.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, low carbonation and moist, juicy finish. A touch flat on the tongue but not terrible.

Overall - A decent effort for the third beer in Keith's hop series, but probably my least favorite as the Hallertau is well constructed and the Cascade is improving over time for me. Nonetheless a very tropical and fairly sweet single hop beer.

Photo of leaddog
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a clear copper hue with a half finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Malts, tropical fruit, mild citrus-like hops.

Taste - Caramel malts with a touch of tropical fruit and light citrus hop bitterness. Bitterness is kept on the low-to-moderate side.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-moderate carbonation.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this entry from Alexander Keith's. Definitely a gateway American IPA for those interested in making a segue into craft beer.

Photo of wordemupg
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip 10/12/13

A clear amber with several streams of slow bubbles feeding a well sustained finger of foam that leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S passion fruit, mango, orange creamsicle, canned peaches, some caramel, gummy bears and just a little spruce, I'm finding this hard to believe but this actually smells good

T more of the same with a faint metallic thing going on, a little macro comes through in the mouth but it still tastes respectable but a step back from the nose

M light bodied, a slightly bitter bite, a little foamy, some rind on the finish

O this one surprised me, smells solid and perhaps the best beer I've ever had from a macro brewer

call me crazy but I really like the nose on this one and although it doesn't come close to following through in every area this ones respectable much to my surprise

Photo of biegaman
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale has a deep tawny-amber complexion and is perfectly clear (allowing for some hazy distortion). Completely flat, without even a single bubble or trace of foam visible, I'm tempted to say it looks like honey but its highlights are way too resplendent.

In aiming to showcase the tropical fruit flavours of the hop, the brewery would have been wise to cut down on the caramel malt. More extensive dry-hopping would have been a good idea too. Still, the aroma delivers distinctly passionfruit- and peach-like notes as hoped.

The palate also features a noteworthy fruit flavour, something like a cross between a kiwi and a pear. My initial concern, however, was well-founded; biscuity caramel malt may not hinder all the tropical fruit taste but does crowd out most of the hop's more subtle qualities (i.e., hints of citrus blossom and apricot).

The recipe is more focused on toasted grain and honeyed sweetness than floral tones or citric bitterness. Given Keith's track record I naturally expected to complain about a lack of hoppiness but, credit where credit is due, a deficiency of hops is surprisingly not this beer's downfall; it's an abundance of malt (another thing I never thought I'd say about a Keith's beer).

Galaxy Hop is another unexpectedly good offering in the Alexander Keith's Hop Series. While they've a ways to go yet before competing on the level of most craft brewers, the effort and integrity is there. Prior to this there wasn't a single Labatt beer I would order at a sports bar - now there's three (and hopefully counting) that I'll accept.

Photo of tbeckett
3.14/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've had a fair bit of exposure to Galaxy from living in Australia for a small chunk of time so I had pretty high expectations for this one, but I tried to balance that with my expectations for a Keith's beer. From notes off a pint at Darcy McGee's.

A - Coppery golden colour and bright. Mild carbonation leading to one finger of white head. Spotty lace and a little retention.

S - If they were trying to show off the hops, it's not what they've done. Galaxy character was mild and there was a punch of citrus and tropical fruit. Wasn't too bad, but fell short.

T - Milder than the aroma. Stronger malt character than there needed to be to let the hops shine. Sweet malt, mild grapefruit, some mild citrus character. Meh.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, not overly bitter.

O/D - They could have done much more with this. That said it's not bad, just OK. I prefer the Hallertau to this for sure. You didn't get that whallop of tropical fruit and passion fruit you can get from Galaxy. I had high expectations that weren't met, but to look at the beer on its own suggests that this is probably one of the best things Keith's has ever released.

Photo of TheHammer
4.07/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had good experiences with the last two hop series beers, time to give this one a shot.

Appearance: Clear copper body with ample carbonation and a thumb worth of head that laced admirably. Good start so far, only down side is the head didn't stick around and with it, the lacing ceased.

Smell: It's Hoppy...who would have thought a beer that is part of a hop series would smell hoppy. Although seriously it has this almost five alive citrus smell to it, with touches of bitter herbs and a slight background of sweet malt.

Taste: It's tastes like tropical fruits, from start to finish. It begins with Pineapple and orange notes backed to a very mild caramel malt which then turns to a more bitter lime and guava taste with a strong bitter hop presence. It's not IPA hoppy, but solid Pale Ale hoppy.

Mouthfeel: There is a bit of a oily aftertaste sensation which is a little odd and the carbonation tends to accent the bitterness more then the other aspects of the beer. However, the solid transitioning a mild tropical aftertastes makes up for it.

Drinkability: It's hoppy, but not to excess but I'm not sure if I'd want to drink it all night. There is a bit of a drier aspect to it as well, but it's also fairly light and settles down nicely.

Final Thoughts: Wow, this was an all around good beer. This is the evidence that a large producer can make a good beer if they put their time and effort into it. My thumb is way up on this one, and may I recommend perhaps Fuggles hops for the next one?

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.71/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: A copperish color. Very clear color. About one finger of clear white head with some lacing and excellent retention. Head looks very soapy with fairly large bubbles.

S: I get a slight touch of pineapple along with a vegetable/leafy character that I would associate with either strong dry hopping or excess hop matter in the fermentor for too long. None the less fairly appealing.

T: Hops definitely come through well. Not IPA level but a substantial amount or enough to be called a decent pale ale. A bit of the pineapple comes through. Some type of white gummy bear flavor is also there. Caramel malt is also there and provides a good body to balance the hop flavors off of.

M: Good carbonation but maybe a bit high and leaning somewhat into lager territory but its acceptable. The mouth feel was also a bit thicker than I was expecting but it wasn't awful.

O: Personally this is the best macro I've ever had. While that might not say that much I still consider it a pretty good beer and would actually buy it again if a situation called for a portable canned beer. Would definitely recommend to somewhat looking to see what macros are doing now but nothing outstanding in comparison to a lot of craft brews.

Photo of TheDoctor
3.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A:
Pours a clear amber with a finger and a half of puffy off-white head that pretty quickly settles to a healthy-but-thin covering. Meh retention; little to no lacing.

S:
Malty with ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, brown sugar, papaya, weed, faintly resinous.

T:
Dry and tropical. Funky dry earth flavors with some hints of fruitiness.

M:
Dry, velvety. good strong carbonation with a pretty smooth finish. Light to medium body and pretty easy drinking.

O:
Pretty good beer in general. Very good beer for the price.
Say what you will about some wacky macro "craft" brews, this was better than I had anticipated. It pours okay and had a nice, fruity, fairly busy nose and a relatively beefy taste. While it is obviously to some extent a cheap beer and made to be generally inoffensive and approachable, it is nice to get a baseline of beers like this that are cheap and available to give people (myself included) a little training in individual hop flavors just for the hell of it.

Photo of TerryW
2.48/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a short rough head that disappears right away. Clear amber coloured brew after that without even a hint of a head, a ring, lace -- nuthin'.

More sweet malt and caramel in the nose than anything else which has pretty much got be be a non-starter for a beer selling itself on it being a hop varietal.

Anonymous macro style flavour, some sweetness, then a little bitterness to finish. A bit of a gentle bite.

So why did they even bother? <yawn>

Photo of peensteen
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale orange colour, cap of white head, not much in the way of lace. Smell is citrusy and quite fruity, a bit of mango, orange gummy bears, fairly generous hop profile, underlying sweet malt. Taste is initially dry and bitter, muddy mixture of hops and malt, honey graham cracker, citrusy but no fruit specificaly makes its way out of the muddy mix of flavours, bitterness softens mid palate with a light sweetness, hoppy aftertaste. Medium - high carboantion, medium body. This is OK, not something I will probably ever purchase again but if offered to me I would be alright with drinking this again.

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