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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

143 Ratings
THE BROS
91
outstanding

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 76
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good and tasty barleywine, much like an American strong ale,there is lots of hops and lots of malt. Brown with a bubbling head. Some nice spiciness and fruitiness, big taste.Boozy.Above average mouthfeel.A little caramel.I was concerned about ageing this one because of the hops featured.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 01:31:47 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled on 3/14/11.

Pours a clear dark copper color with a 1 inch orange-white head that fades to a thin cap. Thin tight rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smells of citrus zest, tropical fruits, and slight malt. There is also a slight off-scent that I cannot quite identify, almost like stale grains. Taste is of huge citrus zest and pine hops, tropical fruit, brown sugar, and a malt finish. Mild citrus zest bitterness on the palate after each sip. Mouthfeel is slightly thick and sticky with a lower carbonation level. Overall, this is a good barleywine with a huge hop presence. I am glad I picked up one of these to try.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 19:41:56 | More by UCLABrewN84
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oberon

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an imperial pint glass a chill hazed deep amber with a thin off white head atop with no lacing left behind as it settled quickly.Big juicy fruit malt and resiny hops in the nose,quite a contrast but they meld well.Alot like the aromas the flavors start out with deeply fruity malt and brown sugar notes that becomes a herbal/resiny hop lingering finish.It doesn't wow you but it's solid and is somewhat complex,I would drink again if offered.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 21:17:17 | More by oberon
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GRG1313

California

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-17-2011 18:54:59 | More by GRG1313
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 06:37:51 | More by TMoney2591
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This hits me as about the easiest drinking barleywine that I can recall having in a very long time. The galaxy hops provide a nice accent, but don't seem to hijack too much of the experience, though they do grab a bit of it. Smooth malt presence with a hop spicyness that keeps it fairly interesting. The feel on this one is very smooth and pleasant. Overall, I like this beer a lot. I'd be happy to get several more of these and sit on them for a while and see how they turn out.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 04:43:46 | More by RblWthACoz
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz brown bomber, vintage date on the bottle.

LOOK: Heady, dark chestnut.

SMELL: Highly caramelized sugar, spicy, ripe fruit, hoppy, malty, toasted grain, alcohol, esters.

TASTE: Bittersweet, hoppy, malty, toasted grain, resin, citric rind, caramel, tobacco, mellow alcohol, brown bread, unsweetened chocolate.

Wow ... not only did Widmer hit this style the right way the depth and complexity presented is a sheer joy to pick apart. With that and it being drinkable for its size I have a winner in my glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2011 02:28:00 | More by Jason
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Before trying this, I'll reiterate that most of the Bros Reserve series look like awesome beers from the outside, btu seem to be sub-par or mediocre, or just meh overall beers. Hopefully this will break that mold. 2011 Vintage too.

Pours a small fizzy head that barely covers the beer before disappearing fairly quickly, dark murky mahogany cranberry reddish brown colored.

Nose pretty much brings a sweet candy barleywine, lots of toffee, caramel candies, a nice touch of Belgian candi sugar on top of that, smells quite sweet and a bit syrupy, a little nutty, with more reddish candy like even slightly toasty malts. Galaxy hops are there but lighter, probably due to the age on it, a little spicy, little grassy, touch of a passion fruit like tropical fruit, but very muted (probably due to age). The age does bring a hint of soft aged malt character.

Taste brings more sweet malt characters, lots of toffee again, candy, caramel, a bit nutty like candied nuts almost, and even a little molasses. Later on the taste as it warms, a bit of Belgian candi sugar even, which also brings some booze, mostly clean booze but warmth, slight tingle, and hint of ester like. Chewy malts lead into bitterness, a fair bitter hop character, hint of tropical fruit like, bit spicy and fruity, but the hops again seem subdued to do age. The malts get quite soft and chewy like, aged malt feel that melds well with the booze. Finish brings more booze, warming tingly booze, with more sweet malts, toffee, nutty, caramel, etc, with more spicy slightly fruity hops that linger for quite a while.

Mouth is fuller bod, decent fluffy carb, and plenty of carbonation.

Overall much better than I expected, nice aged malts, lots of sweet characters that meld well with the booze which comes on hot even for 2+ year old beer, the hops seemed like they would have been great except it's a bit too much age for them, but the booze also seems like it would have been way too hot for the fresh beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2013 01:20:26 | More by jlindros
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Mora2000

Texas

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to blutt59 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is quite hoppy, with a lot of pine and orange citrus notes, as well as quite a bit of toffee and caramel malt. The flavor is similar, with the pine and orange citrus notes from the hops coming through nicely. There is also a little bit of sweetness from the caramel malt, and the bitterness is fairly low. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 03:39:49 | More by Mora2000
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mactrail

Washington

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aromatic and hoppy strong ale.

Beautiful dark amber in the Brigand chalice. Rich and really spicy. If Galaxy is the only hop here, it's a winner. Both aromatic and bitter. The Belgian touch is just right. Adds a mellow, sugary touch to the sharp bitterness of the hops. Well-balanced in a flamboyant style. Sweetness is almost over the top, but then the tropical hops come on strong. Every mouthful is an adventure.

I have been enjoying a lot of Widmer beers lately. Like the Deadlift Imperial IPA, which is generously hopped but on the sweet side. I'll definitely be willing to spend more on their special releases.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 04:59:01 | More by mactrail
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XmnwildX12

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-05-2014 21:37:42 | More by XmnwildX12
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased from Healthy Spirits in San Francisco, brought back to Sydney Australia and opened with @LaitueGonflable and @tobeerornottobe.

Pours s deep reddish brown colour, with a fine film of quite light white coloured bubbles. Lacing is speckled and fine and tight. Body is firm and strong, and hold very tine carbonation. Overall, it's a really good looking brew.

Nose doesn't really scream Galaxy to me, but the reason for that might be in the luscious, overwhelming barleywine sweetness. Lots of caramelised malts and crystalline sugar characters, giving a deep sweet pool that other characters get lost in. There's a slight tin-foil like metallic twinge to it, which suggests some hops (although not Galaxy), but it's hidden really in the caramelised, rich, sweet sweet sweetness.

Taste is also good, with a true clear caramel barleywine flavour to it that dips out before it gets too heavy. Pleasant cleansing bitterness on the back manages to leaven and cut the palate and stop it from being too intense. Some mild buttery characters do perhaps make it a little chewy and heavy, but otherwise it's a very decent barleywine.

That kind of sums it up, in a way: it's a very decent barleywine. What it's not is a particularly good showcase for Galaxy, which is a lovely hop if used judiciously in the right place. I'll take this beer on its merits (and merits it has), but I'll secretly be a little bit disappointed.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2012 05:11:37 | More by lacqueredmouse
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a snifter)
Limited release #4 Spring 2011
A- This beer pours a dense hazy glowing brown body with a mass of yellowish-white bubbles that last a bit before fading to a thin film.

S- The nice caramel malt has a hint of sweetness and a faint buttery diacetyl to it with some British yeast ester qualities in the finish.

T- The dark toffee notes are slightly sweet with some coffee malt flavors underneath and a pungent woody green hop flavor in the finish. The bitterness grows a bit in the aftertaste.

M- The medium mouthfeel has no real alcohol heat and a scrubbing fizz that hits in the back of the throat.

O- This beer has a nice malt flavor but it is not really luscious like a typical barleywine and the sweetness is soft compared to the bigger pungent bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 16:41:43 | More by rhoadsrage
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer leaving a good lace. Clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Nose is grapefruit hops and flavor is grapefruit hops and caramel. Not bad but tart for a barleywine. $10.00 for a 22oz bottle from Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, Me.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 23:27:44 | More by jdhilt
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Zorro

California

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear dark reddish amber colored beer with basically no head formation.

Smell is sweet with a ripe fruit smell that is heavy on the plum and prune scent. Little bit of a cedar wood scent and some spiced apple.

Starts out sweet and a little woody with a sharp bitter kick in the finish. Sweet toffee flavor, butter, vanilla, and some prune. It is fairly spicy and the alcohol level is notable and warms the tongue very noticeably. Mildly bittersweet but this is one well balanced Barleywine.

Mouthfeel is thick and creamy, a real nice sipper.

Overall this is a very nice Barleywine. Some maybe put off by the detectable alcohol burn, for me this isn't a problem.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 04:22:05 | More by Zorro
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superspak

Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 3/14/2011. Pours very hazy dark ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big raisin, orange zest, pineapple, grapefruit, caramel, toast, toffee, candi sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, light pine, and floral earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and hop notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, grapefruit, orange zest, pineapple, caramel, toast, toffee, floral, pine, grass, candi sugar, biscuit, and floral earthiness. Slight pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, citrus, caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, floral, light pine, candi sugar, and floral earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors; with a great hop/malt balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a moderately slick, smooth, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice barleywine style. All around good complexity and balance of malt and hop flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2013 20:05:00 | More by superspak
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tdm168

North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled March 14, 2011. Enjoyed on February 7th, 2013.

A - dark brownish amber with some orange around the edges; thin, soft, white lacing of head

S - bread, caramel, candy sugar, bright citrusy aromas

T - dark bread, caramel, faint burnt toast or charred bread, raisins, figs, bitter, some pine, some very faint citrus, alcohol

M - full bodied, warm, sticky, well carbonated

This is a really enjoyable Barleywine. It has great depth and flavor. It is hoppier than most Barleywines, but it is certainly the malty, complex beer that the style demands. I really enjoyed this beer. I wish I could find more.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 02:31:38 | More by tdm168
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JohnGalt1

Idaho

4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 picked up a couple of weeks ago at the COOP... I wanted to get a review in before the stocks dry up. Poured into my Cigar City snifter.. decent but short lasting tannish head.. the brew is surprisingly dark.. deeep amber but very clear.

Nose is very complex.. but odd for sure... tons of caramel and melanoiden notes ... burnt sugars and earthy elements that I am having a hard time wrapping my mind around... punctuated by a mildly assertive hoppy presence.

Flavor mirrors the aromas but some very nice fruity notes come out as dried cherry and fresh fig.. even blackberry... dark bread and maybe some pipe tobacco toward the finish.. sorta salty burnt sugar at the end of the palate....

The booze in this one helps a bunch right now as it is really all over the place with aromas and flavors.. the EtOH helps tie things together and make for a beer that I am looking forward to down the road.

^^^ If I remember :-) I am going to get more than a few of these for the cellar. I hate missing out on interesting BW's as they age just because I didn't stock up. Digging this one now for sure.

3.5/3.5/4.5/4/4.5

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2011 06:23:19 | More by JohnGalt1
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sendbeer

Georgia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

01-06-2013 06:02:18 | More by sendbeer
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billab914

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2011 00:47:30 | More by billab914
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HopHead84

California

2.8/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 19:31:50 | More by HopHead84
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into snifter

Pours a slightly burnt orange color with some brighter golden tones. A froth of beige head rests on top, retains pretty well with a smattering of lacing on the glass.

Splash of citrusy hops with a nice whiff of grapefruit. Some hints of pineapple and tropical fruit. A thick bready malt presence comes through with a nice warmth.

Bitter and juicy up front with a pretty distinct hop flavor. Grapefruit and pineapple create a citrus cocktail. Burnt sugar and bready notes lead into a nice malty backbone. Caramel with some lingering fruity notions. Finishes boozy and hoppy.

Fuller medium body, decent carbonation, sticky and chewy on the tongue. Drinks really nicely actually, and I had no problem finishing off my half of the bottle. I haven't been too impressed with some of their other beers, but I was into this one.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 02:17:26 | More by xnicknj
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottle shared at hosers 17/7/11

A brownish amber with a short lived thin film that leaves some polka dot lace

S pineapple and pine needles, a little lemon and a shitload of toffee

T guava and a hint of booze with piles of caramel and burnt toffee, big hop overkill with just enough caramel malt too keep things from getting out of hand

M a little slick and quite sticky on the lips, a little heat but its manageable and it leaves something behind in the form of grit

O a better DIPA then a BW at this point but I'm loving the piney goodness

I'm not sure if I'd want to age this one its drinking well right now if you like a hop bomb

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 23:08:21 | More by wordemupg
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ccrida

Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ruddy chestnut with a light tan head leaving scattered foamy lace.

Smell is pretty dank, this one is really hoppy, some cat piss that reminds me of centennials (I admit I'm not familiar with the Galaxy flavor profile). Nice light sweetness as well.

Taste is big hops and malt, definitely straddling that line between American BW and DIPA, in a good way. Smooth and well integrated big flavors. The hops show more citrus, sweetened by the malt, but it's a dry, moderately bitter brew overall.

Mouthfeel is dry, a little sticky malt, but not overly viscous (for a craft brew drinker). Low carbonation, spot on for the style.

Drinkability is high, I really enjoyed this. Maybe not the best showcase of the hop, due to the richness, but they still provide a distinctness. Very good, Widmer make this again, but regardless, I'm glad to see they're putting out some really nice beers with this new reserve line.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 00:03:57 | More by ccrida
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 12:05:52 | More by avalon07
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Galaxy Hopped Barleywine Ale (Brothers' Reserve Series) from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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