Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by TheHammer:
4.08/5 rDev +25.9%
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?
02-24-2014 05:02:54 | More by TheHammer
More User Reviews:
3.75/5 rDev +15.7%
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 average Canadian craft IPA.
02-01-2014 06:15:36 | More by biboergosum
3.75/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
This nice little IPA paired well with... mild cheeses. Nice gouda or creamy Havarti.
03-04-2014 00:17:23 | More by DaveBar
2.8/5 rDev -13.6%
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.
03-29-2014 00:00:08 | More by Phyl21ca
4.13/5 rDev +27.5%
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.
04-24-2014 03:02:17 | More by patre_tim
3.29/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
02-10-2014 01:15:38 | More by spinrsx
3.61/5 rDev +11.4%
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: 3.61, 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.
02-08-2014 14:35:50 | More by thehyperduck
Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale from Alexander Keith's
75 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.