Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by CalgaryFMC:
3.55/5 rDev +9.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
03-16-2014 18:44:46 | More by CalgaryFMC
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3.33/5 rDev +2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
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.
Malty with ripe tropical fruits. Pineapple, brown sugar, papaya, weed, faintly resinous.
Dry and tropical. Funky dry earth flavors with some hints of fruitiness.
Dry, velvety. good strong carbonation with a pretty smooth finish. Light to medium body and pretty easy drinking.
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.
Serving type: bottle
07-03-2014 00:48:31 | More by TheDoctor
3.29/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
Serving type: can
05-22-2014 13:49:10 | More by peensteen
Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
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