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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

147 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 9
Gots: 39 | 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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Released Spring 2011

(Beer added by: msubulldog25 on 03-23-2011)
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Photo of RDHerm
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of phishbfm
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of hoserking
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Brewski
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Ale & Witch

When I drank this, I was unaware that it was intended as a Barleywine, nor did I know it was 9.5%; I though of it as being very much inbetween SNPA and Torpedo. Strange.

A - It pours a brassy golden hue, and is capped with a nice ecru head, depositing plentiful lace.

S - The nose is just generally hoppy: herbal, dank, piney, resiny, and slightly citric. The malt is pretty sturdy as a base, but it is not contributing any big flavors; perhaps a wee bit of spicy caramel if anything.

T - Tastes like a tweener. It is not as hoppy as a big IPA, not as big as a hoppy DIPA, the hops are prominent over the malt like an APA, et al. The flavor is really resiny and herbal, just as with the aroma, and the malt does not go much beyond a supporting role. As I get deeper in the glass, the hoppy bitterness seems to intensify, and the flavor lingers for an extended period.

M - IPA. Pretty good. (Actually not IPA as it turns out...)

O - When I thought this was an IPA, I thought it was decent. As a Barleywine, I am not sure what to say. But it is hoppy, and tastes pretty good.

Photo of sailorastro
3.53/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall: By the name, I expected an overwhelming amount of hops in this beer. Hoppy it is, but it's set off kilter by its sweet character. Not a bad brew--I would recommend giving it a try if you're into heavy barleywines.

Appearance: Muddled red body with a white, one-finger head. Lots of lace that lasts on the glass.

Smell: Orange peel; honey; anise; hops; pine.

Taste: Upfront thick sweetness, like trying a spoonful of maple syrup. Tart bitterness strikes in the back.

Mouthfeel: As impressed by above notes, the mouthfeel is thick and syrupy. Calling its body "full" might be an understatement.

Sampled from a standard pint glass.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle, bottled on March 14, 2011 (printed on label). Served in a snifter, the beer pours a dark chestnut brown color with about an inch light tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like candy sugar, dark fruit (raisins, figs, cherries), bready malt, caramel, and some citrusy hops and booze. It tastes like bready malt, candy sugar, dark fruit (figs, raisins), caramel, toffee and a little bit of candied oranges. However, I think it smells better than it tastes. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit slick but it's also thin for a barleywine. Moderate carbonation. It's a solid enough brew, but there are a lot of other barleywines I like better. With that being said, it's worth trying.

Photo of beerandcycling88
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter

A Pours a dark mahogany color with a thin slightly off white head that sticks around.

S Very sweet almost sugary so with lots of fruit, especially grapefruit. A hint of caramel malt also comes through just a bit. But the hops are the dominant note.

T A very balanced brew. The hops stand out with a citrusy tropical fruit like flavor while the malt provides notes of caramel and candy sugar. The alcohol is well hidden. Overall Quite nice

M While it is quite viscous it is a bit thin for the style, but still not bad just nothing special.

Overall this was a solid American Barley Wine that was enjoyable to drink. I would consider getting this again.

Photo of gopens44
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark coppery red with a quickly diminishing creme colored frothy head.

S - Hop heavy at first with a touch of a berry like sweetness. Maybe a touch of caramel as well.

T - Again with the hoppy start. After the hop front, there are some nice toffee and vanilla notes coming up. Finish is slightly metallic. The alcohol isn't hidden too well as a nearly medicinal alcohol taste quickly overrides the metallic taste. I guess it was an improvement?

M - Very smooth yet a touch thin. Bitter with relatively low carbonation. Bitter aftertaste.

O - I guess I was looking for a real dandy here but came up feeling a little let down due to the off tastes. This will be one that I buy in a bottle as well, just to see if it mellows out decently over about a year.

Photo of ferrari29
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a stemless Tulip shaped wine glass

A - Beer pours with a deep dark burgundy color; not cloudy and somewhat clear; low amount of visible carbonation; beer poured with a 1/2 finger white colored foam; the head did not hold well; good amount of lacing formed

S - Oak; bourbon; sweet notes; fruit and citrus; hops; caramel; soft malty notes; pine

T - Oak; bourbon; has tangy dark fruit flavors like a young wine; finishes with a hop bitterness; licorice; caramel with other subtle malt flavors

M - Thin consistency; dry aftertaste; tangy tart feel on the tongue, a mixture of carbonation and dark fruit sour flavors

D - Too much hop for a Barleywine; I'd prefer something with a bit more flavor up front instead of the hop bitterness at the end of each sip; worth a shot and should not be overlooked when comparing to other beers of the same type

Photo of jaxon53
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of JayQue
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spring 2011!!! I let this one age a while. Probably affected the hops presence but the beer is still very solid.

Initial pour was an opaque clear amber with a medium size light tan head, Head retention is good. Filmy lacing with some small spots of froth. Subsequent pours were a murky/ hazy/amber.

Smell was sweet caramel malt all the way. Fairly prominent.

Taste is sweet caramel malt up front with some hops bitterness in the finish. I wonder what 3 years of aging did to the hops presence but this is still a very enjoyable brew./

Mouthfeel is crisp and somewhat rich. A little lighter than some of the monster barleywines. There is always a little alcohol harshness in a good barleywine, but it is fairly muted and more smooth here. Aging makes a difference.

A very tasty baraleywine,

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of emcohen
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A color the appearance of fine mahogany with a thin whitish head that dissipates quickly. Leaves some lacing when the head disappears.

Smell: Citrus and cherry notes jump out at me right away. I also get some dark chocolate and toffee.

Taste: Reminds me a little of a toffee crunch candy bar with some cherry or raspberry flavors. The hops are very apparent from start to finish, but not overwhelming. Not overly sweet and the hops cuts that really well.

Mouthfeel: The smooth caramel feel at the beginning is replaced with hoppy bitterness at the finish. The hops and malt linger for quite a while but it's balanced enough that it's not a problem. The carbonation is light and prickly.

Overall: This not your usual spring-time ale and I'm surprised it's their limited Spring release. However, the day is cloudy and I have nothing else to do but nap off the 9.5% alcohol. Very hoppy for a barleywine but it's malty enough to balance that out. The further I got into the bottle, the more the malt came out and my enjoyment increased. Not my favorite barleywine but certainly a good bottle. I bet it'd age really well.

Photo of sendbeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of RangnaR
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bootdown21
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Nobcefus
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of billab914
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier 2xIPA glass. It poured a deep mahogany color with a frothy, off-white head taking up the top inch and a half of the glass. The head faded, but left a nice thin covering throughout drinking it. Pretty good lacing as well.

The aroma has a lot of hoppiness to it. I get some pretty big grapefruit and pine flavors to it coming out of the hops. I get a good dose of sweet, malty and caramel flavors to it as well with a little bit of a candied like presence. Pretty decent aroma overall, the hops are definitely the best part of it.

The taste shows more of the caramel and toffee flavors to it. I get amount of the citrusy, bitter, grapefruit and pine flavors to it towards the finish. Pretty nice flavors to it overall, not outstanding but definitely good.

The mouthfeel is on the heavier side with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall it was a pretty good beer. I really liked the hoppiness it had, but the malty, traditional barleywine flavors were a little lacking relative to some of the better in the style. Overall a pretty enjoyable beer though.

Photo of thegerm87
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of olmatty
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber brown with a low white head. Light smell of honey and caramel and some spicy floral hop. Flavor is deep layers of sweet biscuit and earthy, bitter hops. Bitterness is intense for the barleywine style. Long lasting bitter finish. I'm not sure I appreciate the huge hop presence in a barleywine ale.

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of avalon07
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a copper color and a clear consistency. There was a big, foamy, very long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A solid smell of hops, malt, caramel and fruit.

T: Tasted of hops (above anything else), caramel, malt, and lighter fruit. This is the sort of beer that front loads all of its flavor and leaves nothing for the finish. Not bad, but certainly uneven.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Medium-bodied.

D: Despite some flaws, this is drinkable beer.

Photo of surprenant1138
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a snifter. This beer pours very dark for a barleywine style, deep mahogony colored with minimal head and excellent, slow lacing. Aroma is of hops, barley, cherries, oakey, and slightly floral. Mouthfeel is fairly heavy. Taste is very hoppy for a barleywine (hence the name). It is flowery, and not so much tasting like a barleywine. There is only a hint of that earthy, farm-like, hay and grassy taste to this beer. That certainly isn't bad, but it doesn't seem to much fit into the barleywine category. It is basically a floral, hoppy IPA, with some barleywine splashed in. That being said, it is very tasty, but more if you are in the IPA mindset.

Photo of laituegonflable
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a vibrant red colour, slight toasty note to the colour. Head is cream in hue, sunk to a thin film with some nice lacing left behind. More retention would be great, but it still looks very appealing.

Smells intriguing. Some light spicy notes all over that, with subtle coriander, cumin and pepper. Fruity esters hiding behind and complementing well; maybe some lime and pineapple with some English toffee malt underneath. Toasty, warming smell; very appealing again.

Taste is more toasty, particularly upfront that gets slight spice notes midway, mostly pepper with a slight nod to cloves. Finish is sadly far too sweet for me, treacly with a touch of cinnamon for an overall sticky-bun kind of flavour. Slight peppery hop note on the back is a welcome addition but it doesn't quite redeem. Not bad, and I can see others liking this a lot more, but it's just a tad syrupy overall.

Actually a bit thin in the mouth; hint of a drying pull as it goes down but otherwise yeah, slightly empty.

I can see nothing but a well-made beer in my glass, so I have to forgive it for its perceived flaws on my palate.

Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.