Alexander Keiths Galaxy Hop Ale - Alexander Keith's
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Reviews by thehyperduck:
3.61/5 rDev +11.4%
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: 3.61, 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.
Serving type: can
02-08-2014 14:35:50 | More by thehyperduck
More User Reviews:
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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