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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series)

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BA SCORE
87
very good

145 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Barleywine |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Released Spring 2011

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-23-2011)
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

BGsWo22, Mar 20, 2013
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2/5  rDev -48.5%

GrindFatherBob, Nov 08, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

marvin213, Feb 09, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

cougarbait, Jan 21, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -30.9%

I enkoyed the fact that the Galaxy hop was put center stage here and that the Widmer reserve series is something I always look forward to but this was less than my favorite.

Appearance: Slight watered down bourbon color with off white head with moderate size bubbles that vanishes quickly with litte lacing.

Smell: All Galaxy hops with a backing of booze.

Taste: All hops. Strong, herbal, fresh cut grass hops. I really didn't get any true malt profile here. I have read other reviews and I really do not get any malt backbone at all. Reminds me more of a Hopped Stupid IPA than a American Barleywine.

Mouthfeel: Little carbonation but a bit light on the feel. I was hoping for more chewy but this is not even close.

Like I said I really enjoy Widmer beers but this was not my favorite experience with any of thier beers.

tat2dhllblly, Oct 06, 2011
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2.8/5  rDev -27.8%

2/10/2012

On tap at Churchill's.

A: Reddish orange with a fast fading white head.

S: Light grapefruit notes. Brown sugar blends with caramel, pine, and earth. There's evident alcohol and a little prune.

T: Bitter and boozy with astringent dried fruit and alcohol macerated dates. Caramel is evident. The finish is unpleasantly boozy and bitter with aspirin notes.

M: Upper medium body with upper low carbonation.

Overall: Not a very good beer. The flavor is harsh and unpleasant.

HopHead84, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of 4000qtrap
2.88/5  rDev -25.8%

Source/Serving: 750mL bottle

S: Soft floral/kiwi/citrus hop blend, balanced by cherry cola malts, fresh tobacco, and some alcohol that’s a bit hot for my tastes. Overall, quite nice and just the right balance for a hoppy barleywine that’s meant to be drunk fresh.

T: Nice balance between good hop flavor and malts, but not very dynamic for a barleywine. Malt and alcohol is reminiscent of the nose with cherry cola malts that have a cherry cough drop edge and alcohol that’s a little raw. Unfortunately, I'm not a huge cherry cola fan. Notes of leather, prune, and tobacco. Hops are mellow and smooth with the same floral/kiwi/citrus note as the nose but don't quite match the malt flavor or sweetness, keeping this beer malt forward and quite sweet. Nice, thick mouthfeel. Finish is more of the same but with an unpleasant mineral/medicinal note that lingers.

Notes: Not sure if its my bias against cherry cola that makes me dislike this beer more than everyone else or what, but overall I'm not a huge fan and don't get much nuance or flavor dynamics as expected for a barleywine. And, the alcohol character is quite rough. The hop character is nice, however, and I appreciate the balance of this hoppy barleywine meant to be drunk fresh.

4000qtrap, Dec 18, 2011
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2.93/5  rDev -24.5%

Poured this 22 oz'er into my tulip glass, a wee bit at a time. Can this be considered an American Barleywine even though it's using New Zealand hops? Spring 2011 release.

A: Pours a cloudy rust-colored beer with a minimal off-white head that fades pretty quickly. An average looking Barleywine at best.

S: Following a good swirl, I get massive earthiness here. Earthy hops and a dusty grains. Rum-soaked dark fruits and a good bit of confectionary sweetness in the form of molasses and brown sugar.

T/M: Huh. A little bland for a Barleywine. Nothing overly pronounced. Caramels malts, figs, raisins...more brown sugar...but mostly a lot of a cotton candy type of generic sweetness. Ends up tasting a little like a Belgian Quad...just a random dollop of that fruity sweetness. A solid hop bitterness, but no hop flavor really. Dank and earthy. Mouthfeel is exactly where a Barleywine should be...moderate to low carbonation and plenty of juicy chewiness...leaves a thick coating on the mouth.

O: Nothing earth-shattering here. I was really hoping for more of that hop profile to shine through, but it fell short. Also seems to lack any sort of distinguishing flavor profile in general. Couldn't really ever say at any point that anything took a hold of my taste buds. Taste was muddled for sure. Still...not bad. I do like the low"ish" ABV on it for a Barleywine. Don't get any heat at all on this sucker.

kbuzz, Jan 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

pperez38, Jan 31, 2012
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 16, 2013
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3/5  rDev -22.7%

Translucent dark sunburst color. oranges and ambers fading up the glass. Thin cap.
Woody, spice, citrus, brown sugar.
Caramel and sweet toffee, a hint of pleasant alcohol, orange zest, brown sugar and rye bread like spice type of deal.
Mouthfeel is medium, same for carbonation.

Solid and average. If in a 4 or 6 pack i'd buy it now and then to have around, but in bomber it's too expensive to be worth it.

ChadQuest, Aug 17, 2012
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3.1/5  rDev -20.1%

I got a bottle of this from Bristol Farms. It came in a box, but the label on the bottle had several wrinkles in it. It poured nicely - not much head, but nice lacing and a beautiful reddish-brown color. The smell was quite nice - spicy, fruity, and sweet. From the smell, I was a tiny bit worried it was going to be a bit syrupy sweet, but it smelled like it would be quite enjoyable.

In actuality, what I got was hops - quite a lot of them. Too bitter for my tastes, especially the aftertaste. It was a bit frustrating, because I could tell it had more complexity there, but it was drowned out. If I worked hard to combine the smell with the beer, I got a well rounded and interesting beer (until I set the beer down and get the aftertaste) but otherwise all I really got was hops and some sugar - kind of disappointing, but I'm really not a hoppy guy. A strong 9.5 ABV, but I could not taste the alcohol. Carbonation was quite light, but it felt real in the mouth (as a barley wine should).

As time went on, I found myself really liking the initial and middle parts of each sip - if it stopped there, I'd be a pretty happy camper (taste would be 3.5-4) but the aftertaste continued to be very unpleasant to me. That's quite possibly a personal preference - I don't like certain kinds of bitterness. Glad I tried it, but unlikely to try it again.

Edit: I do think it would age well. I would like to try that.

Vandint, Sep 11, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

mitch3114, Oct 20, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

originsbrewery, Mar 27, 2012
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3.43/5  rDev -11.6%

Poured the beer into a snifter at 50 degrees.

Appearance: A monster two finger head that is light tan and has good retention. The head is frothy and creamy, it left some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a rusty brown and clarity is opaque.

Nose: A rich complex malt that is caramel and bready. The hop is slightly fruity esters, floral, and grapefruit. Other aromas raisins. earthy, hint of chocolate, resins, and alcohol.

Taste: A deep roasted complex malt that is bready, caramel, and biscuit. The hops is prevalent, with a fruity esters,floral and grapefruit. Other flavors in the beer is earth, resins, and alcohol.

The mouth feel is astringent, dry, carbonated, and warm.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium, and the finish is medium full. This beer is much different then what I expected. The hops are overwhelming verses the malt backbone. I have tried other barley-wines that were more sophisticated than this. Good barley-wine, sadly age would not have help this at all.

colts9016, Sep 23, 2012
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3.45/5  rDev -11.1%

660th Review on BA
Bottle to Snifter
22oz
Bottled 3/14/11

App- The color of dirty bronze with a fair amount of highlights on the amber/brown side. A very well done two finer head with a great amount of dotted cling as well as streaks of leg.

Smell- This is a very young barleywine. I believe a year would do this good on the nose. Very medicinal alcohol with a backing malt presence. Not much in other smells.

Taste- The malts really come through on the taste of this beer. Its young as I said so it hasnt mellowed. The malt is very forward without much to balance. Its a bit harsh with ABV and a slight bitter. A little sweet as well.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonated with a bit of a huge malt and stale fruit after taste.

Drink- A very young American Barleywine. I need another bottle to age for a year or more to see how it mellows. I think this could make a turn and be quite good. Right now a bit rough around edges and not too smooth.

FosterJM, Jul 22, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -10.3%

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Thanks to mdfb79 for this bottle!

Reviewed blind as part of Blind BIF Round 5. It pours a murky brown-copper topped by a minor bit o' dirty white soapy foam. The nose comprises pine, toffee, light leek, light mint, dank greens, and light candi sugar. The taste is generally the same, with more toffee character, less mint and greens, and a kinda sharp piney character. The body is a staunch medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta dry finish. Overall, a generally okay b-wine, though nothing really outstanding in any way. It is nice to see a hitherto unknown (to me, anyway) hop variety get the spotlight.

TMoney2591, May 27, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

bonez05404, Jan 22, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Massbmx, Jan 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

mhaugo, Dec 17, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Hopstout, Aug 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

jplopez21, Sep 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

TubaDan, Apr 11, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

Pours a deep, reddish amber color with marigold highlights. Has a thin, cream colored that retains quite nicely and has good lacing.

Strong but pleasant aroma with strong notes of floral hops and citrus fruits. There are hints of yeast and light malts, as well as a touch of vanilla.

Very strong flavor of floral hops, with good notes of malt, yeast, and bread underneath, as well as hints of spice and a bit of alcohol bite.

Medium in body with a higher carbonation level. Good body, but the carbonation could be a bit much at times, walking the line between creamy and frothy. The bitter aftertaste also lingers a bit too long.

An interesting take on a traditional style, if you're a fan of either barleywine or IPA this is definitely worth giving a shot. It's not something you'd want to drink more than one of, but not bad overall.

RDHerm, Jun 28, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

phishbfm, Sep 27, 2013
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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.